Intimate Dining Experience with Butler Service at the Grand Floridian

I consider myself a Disney Expert.  After all, I have visited Disney World 2-3 times a year since 1990.  I became a Disney Vacation Club member in 2000.  I have stayed at 1/2 star hotels in Orlando all the way up to a grand villa at Bay Lake Tower.  I have done pretty much every tour available, although I still have a few to go.  I’ve visited Disneyland as well as Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii.  So when I read all these blog posts about “Disney Secrets”, “Disney Must Dos” or any “Top 10 things to do in Disney” I chuckle as I have done almost all of them.  My bucket list include things that are virtually impossible like staying in Cinderella’s castle suite, buy a […]

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A day with a VIP Tour Guide

As long as I can remember, I have said, “One day, I will be able to spend the day with a VIP Tour Guide!”  As a matter of fact, almost a year ago, I put it on my Disney Bucket List (http://www.wdwfamilytips.com/disney-bucket-list/)  Well, that day came August 5, 2016.  As we were planning our trip, my wife and I were looking for a special gift for my daughter who just graduated from high school, and her two friends.  We had actually booked the “Ultimate Day of Thrills Tour” (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/vip-tour-services/) for the same day.  However, as we were planning our vacation, a “magical” email arrived from the Disney Vacation Club!  As we are DVC Members, they were running a special promotion of 25% off the Private […]

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Wild Africa Trek

Have you ever been on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom and while on the ride see people walking across a rope bridge?  Many times while I am on the ride, I hear people asking, “How do you get to do that?”  Well, it’s called the Wild Africa Trek! Wild Africa Trek is a “backstage” tour of the Kilimanjaro Safari.  It is a guided tour to learn more about the day to day operation of the park and also allows you to get up close and personal with some animals. Before our journey began, we had to get fitted for our gear.  This actually included a “weigh in” which caught the attention of a few members in our group.  This is actually needed for part […]

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My Disney Bucket List

So once the movie “Bucket List” came out, there have been several shows that are talking about bucket lists and it seems to come up in more and more conversations.  As I was lying in bed last night with my wife watching the TV show “Bones” the focus was around a man who was completing his bucket list.  After watching the show I had commented on a few things I wanted to add and of course Disney came to mind.  So I put together my top 10 “Bucket List” for Disney. 1.  Stay at least 1 night in Cinderella’s castle 2.  Stay at least 1 night in a DVC Grand Villa at Bay Lake Tower 3.  Parasail at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports 4.  Be the Grand […]

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Big Changes at the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

Well if you haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios lately you are in for some big surprises. Construction is finished in the Magic Kingdom surrounding Main St. USA.  As you approach the castle you will notice a beautiful new viewing area for the parade and fireworks.  This area will be designated for fastpass for parades and fireworks, however it is a perfect place to sit down and unwind during the day.  It really does open up the area that became very congested at every time of day.  It will be interesting to see how they manage the fastpass area.  Out inDisneyLand they have a viewing area like this and their are different tiers of fastpasses based on if you had a dining […]

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