Walt Disney Wednesdays: 02. WHERE TO STAY?

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Hey Guys! It took a little while but I’m back with part 02 of the Walt Disney Wednesdays and today I want to help you pick the perfect place to stay on Disney property.

So you have chosen what time of year suits you best,  but once again depending on how many of you there are and what time of year the prices of property to stay at can fluctuate rather a lot!

Lets start with the pros and cons of staying on site first.

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The biggest benefit of staying on site is that it is convenient. The hotels are all closer to the parks, which in some cases can mean it’s as simple as taking a monorail , bus or boat from the hotel to the park and in some cases you can even walk to the parks!

This allows you to pop back in the middle of your day for a rest and freshen up without feeling guilty that you have missed a chunk of your day. Less time traveling gives you more time in the parks to get things done. It also allows you more sleep at night because there is less traveling in the mornings.

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Another aspect of that convenience is transportation. Guest’s don’t actually need a car to get around Disney World, of course you can if you want to and you will need one outside of Disney World, but if you don’t plan on leaving Walt Disney World grounds then you can save the buck and use the transport provided.  You can pick up Disney’s Magical Express from the airport (MCO only) and it will take you to your hotel, and then Disney transportation once on property to get from their hotel to the parks and other locations on property. All of this transportation is complimentary (or built into the price of their room). It’s very reliable too!

If you do decide to hire a car though the parking at the parks will be free for you (normally $20 PER DAY!)

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Another perk of staying on site is Extra Magic hours! On different days, certain parks at Walt Disney World open early or stay open late for Walt Disney World resort hotel guests only! It’s a great time to get loads done as the parks are a lot quieter. I highly recommend using the extra magic hours they are just so efficient! You can find the extra magic hours on the My Disney Experience.

The Disney dining plan is a pro on some levels. The Disney dining plan is where you pay in advance for your food. There are different options available for you and you can check those out on My Disney Experience! Right now this isn’t sounding like a pro because you have to pay for it BUT at certain times of the year they offer it to you for FREE!

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Animal Kingdom Lodge

My favourite pro of all though is the Disney theming! Disney know how to do a lot of things but their themeing is out of this world incredible. You can stay in a hotel with all of your favourite characters, or why not stay in the Caribbean? If you like animals then you would love Animal Kingdom Lodge where you can look out over the savannah from your balcony! You are immersed in the Disney bubble and it is the most incredible feeling!

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Walt Disney Wednesdays: 01. WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO GO TO WDW?

Hello guys! This is a new series that I am starting where I will give you tips and tricks on planning your WDW trip.

So, you know that you want to go to WDW so now you need to pick what time of year is best for you. The same as most vacations depending on the time of year you go depends on the cost of the trip. You need to keep this in mind when booking.

I always go at the beginning of May because it suits me best. I will explain why its best for me and then I will go through a few more options.

Right, I don’t have any children and there are no small children in my family so we don’t need to worry about going in the school holidays, which is wonderful for us because it can get very busy. I have only been with my entire family once and we stayed off site so in consideration to a family having to book a resort in May I’m not sure how busy of the prices but I’m pretty sure that it will be a big saving compared to the peek months.

Other than the one trip that I went on with my family the party consists of 2.  Me and my Boyfriend or myself and my best friend. So other than price and low crowds why else do we pick May. Well, it is right before hurricane season which usually runs from June through to November. You may still get the odd shower but its never anything too bad and everything drys off in minutes.

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Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot! I had never been to Epcot, it had never interested me but going May this year (2016) I was blown away! The topiaries are so beautiful and the whole park is incredibly colourful and perfect for spring. The festival also offers more food a drink options from pop up kiosks in each pavilion where you can try smaller portions of delicious traditional food.

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So other times to go are around Valentines where they have a few more princes around the parks. Halloween because Disney know how to do Halloween, you also get to meet the villains at Mickeys not so scary Halloween party (which is an extra ticket)! Finally , Christmas time, the park is magical as it is but with all the Christmas decorations up it is out of this world!

If you can afford to go in the autumn months then i would advise going last week of October and to the first week of November because you get to see the Halloween decorations and the Christmas ones. They also have Food and Wine Festival at Epcot from end of August to mid November.

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Regardless of when you pick to go, always look on their website for deals! Disney ALWAYS have great deals on, from free memory maker, free dining plans and 14 days for 7. If you can’t find it on their site try typing in Walt Disney World offers on google or call them on 0800 169 0749 and just ask.

Hope this helps and I will see you next week for which hotel to stay at!

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