Disney announced some great changes to it’s annual pass program this week — and I couldn’t be happier. Our current annual pass expires in January but I might renew before then to get the extra month they are now offering. If you buy a new annual pass or renew a current annual pass you get an extra month for free. 13 months for the price of 12.
I use to wish for this when we made a once a year trip for the 4th of July. I didn’t want to choose one year being there for the 4th and the next year making vacation plans for the week before the 4th. Now, with this special you can definitely get two summer vacations for the price of one as far as theme park tickets are concerned.
We have a trip planned next week and I can’t wait to take advantage of the 20% discount at more restaurants. Bye, Bye Tables in Wonderland. Our Tables in Wonderland expired in July and I don’t plan on renewing at the new higher price of $150. I purchased Tables in Wonderland for the first time in July 2015 — over a year ago. I feel I got my money’s worth. But with the higher price I’m not so sure.
However, even though my husband and I have annual passes (because we go to Disney a few times a year without the kids) we usually have to buy tickets for our young adult children (in college) for our annual July trip. I have found Undercover Tourist to be the absolute best in pricing of any other source — except military tickets. Military tickets are the best bargain in town but they are limited to only 6 total per military member and only for 4 day passes. And, of course, you have to qualify — were are retired military.
As a family, we go for a week every summer and so the pricing is better at Undercover Tourist. I don’t like the idea of telling everyone they can only go to the theme parks 4 days out of the 7 days we are there — especially when one of those days is the 4th of July. It’s an annual tradition for my kids to go to Magic Kingdom on the 3rd or 4th of July during the early a.m. hours — like 3 a.m. (Note, my kids are in college and not little kids :-)) Click here for Disney – Park Hopper Tickets – Free Shipping, Discounted Admission
Everybody has been asking “Will Disney World continue the Military Discounts for 2017?” and the answer is a most definitely YES! Disney Military Discounts for 2017 are here for another year.
Three cheers for Mickey Mouse!
HOWEVER, Four-day park-hopper passes will start at $209 which is a significant price increase over 2016.
Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase the promotional tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends.
The tickets may be used from Jan. 1 – Dec. 19, 2017, except between April 9 – 23. All tickets are non-transferable and must be used by Dec. 19, 2017.
Tickets cam be used January 1, 2017 through December 19th, 2017 — with April 9th through the 23rd are blacked out.
Rumor has it that Disney Resort room discounts will also continue for 2017.
For information call 407-939-5684 or stop by any participating U.S. military base ticket offices.
TIDBIT: Many military folks believe the military member MUST use one the 6 tickets purchased. However, if the military member already has an annual pass one of the 6 tickets DOES NOT need to be used by the military member.
You have several options for Catholic Mass at Disney.
Unfortunately, Mass is no longer an option on Disney property on a regular basis. Catholic Mass use to be available every Sunday at the Disney Polynesian Resort. That is no longer the case and hasn’t been since at least 2004 or so. However, mass is offered at the Contemporary Resort on Christmas and Easter.
The closest option for Catholic Mass is available at Mary, Queen of the Universe Catholic Shrine. HOWEVER, there is another option that may be a mile or two further but will actually be a much better option for several reasons.
Corpus Christi may be a few miles further but in reality Taxi or Uber will get you there much quicker. Additionally, the mass, in general, is a much better experience — especially spiritually.
Uber can get you there in about 10 minutes and the cost will be around $10 to $12. If you go to the closer option (Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine) the costs may be a $1 or $5 more — because the line to get out of the church is almost as bad as the line for Space Mountain. Seriously, it’s true. The way the church is situated there is a long line to get into the church and a long line to get out. And, EVERYONE going to church from any Orlando attraction is here.
Take my advice, GO to Corpus Christi in Celebration. It’s a nice parish community where everyone is friendly and you feel like you are home. In fact, the last time we attended mass here in July our Uber driver was actually a member of the parish.
So, what exactly are the names of the SEVEN hotels that are in the Disney Springs AREA — that is, hotels on Hotel Plaza Blvd which are within walking distant to Disney Springs (aka as Downtown Disney to us old timers).
The great thing about all these hotels/resorts is their proximately to Disney Springs and they each have decent transportation to the theme parks — but most of all, they are far more affordable than staying in at a Disney Resort. You won’t get charging privileges on your magic band, and you don’t get Extra Magic Hours, however. Still, a great deal for a family on a budget.
Here’s the listing:
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area — I stayed here way back in the 90s when it was called the Grosvenor Resort. It then changed hands and was called the Regal Sun Resort. It’s now a Wyndham and from all looks of things is a nice resort and very close to Disney Springs.
Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area
Buena Vista Palace
Best Western Lake Buena Vista — we had a conference here one year. Seems like a nice place. It’s a longer walk to Disney Springs, but still doable.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton — these are all suites and therefore accommodate up to six people — great for families.
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista — very nice appearance from the outside and very close to Disney Springs.
B Resort & Spa — this use to be the Royal Plaza Hotel. However, the new owners nearly tore the entire building down and started all over. It looks lovely now.
I’m planning a stay at Saratoga Springs in a few weeks — I’m hoping to go resort hopping on Hotel Plaza and take lots of pictures — stop back in a few weeks for an update. 🙂
Who wants to take time out of their fun vacation to go grocery shopping?
Well, to tell the truth, when we are at the beach I really enjoy grocery shopping — not sure why but I do!
But NOT at Disney.
First, we usually fly and therefore don’t have a car. And I don’t want the expense of renting one. We have done Uber to get to church but don’t want the hassle of that for grocery shopping.
In the past we have used WeGoShop — and they were okay … but this past summer they seemed more limited in where they would shop for you. And, there’s DizzyDolphin — but when I priced out an order with them it was DOUBLE what I would have paid at my local stores. No, thank you.
So, we went with the old faithful standby, Garden Grocer. They are super easy to order from and reliable. This year our groceries were delivered directly to our hotel room at Bay Lake Tower before we even arrived. The year before, they were waiting for us downstairs — we just had to call bell services and they delivered to our room within 15 minutes.
Give them a try on your next trip and leave the shopping to them.
Looking for a fun and tasty dining experience while at Disney World?
Be sure to make a reservation (advanced dining reservation or ADR) for Les Chefs de France if you would like to personally meet Remy from Ratatouille. He makes his experience ONLY at specific times. I recommend you make your ADR for at least 30 minutes prior to one of the following times … just in case the restaurant is behind schedule.
Remy appears inside the restaurant Monday through Saturdays at
Another Meet and Greet is coming to the Magic Kingdom. I remember the days where park visitors had to run around the parks playing ‘I spy’ a princess/character hoping to track down a character to have a photo taken. Nowadays, it’s a bit more streamlined … with still another line … but hey, at least you know where to go and don’t have to ‘hope’ you might see a character when you are there.
The big date appears to be September 18th, 2013 when the royal court opens at the center of Fantasyland (where the old Snow White attraction use to be). Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other Disney princesses will greet their guests.
The whole atmosphere promises to be very royal-like with stained-glass windows, high ceilings, and stone work. Guests will enter a large space filled with pictures of the princesses and then split off into rooms to meet with the princesses.
Have you ever seen this sign at Disney’s Polynesian Resort?
There’s quite a debate about the whole issue of non-resort guests using the amenities at the Polynesian on many websites/forums.
Having stayed at the Polynesian numerous times I find it amazing how so many people believe they should be able to use the amenities at the Polynesian even though they are not staying there. I do know that prior to the internet being a huge source of information for the majority of Disney vacationers the use of the resort amenities by non-paying guests was not an issue.
It is a huge issue nowadays because everyone wants to go to the best place on property to see the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks.
Unfortunately, Disney does not always enforce the rules as stated on this sign.
I love receiving samples and coupons in the mail — especially when getting ready for our Disney vacation. Just this past week I received several little samples of hair shampoo and conditioner — perfect for traveling!
Coupons are also great for buying the smaller sized toothpaste, mouthwash and shaving cream that we typically like to take with us on vacation — rather than the larger sized I use on a regular basis. If you can still find a supermarket around you that doubles coupons it works out to be almost free.