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Free or Inexpensive Fun at the Walt Disney World Resort but Outside of the Theme Parks

If the crowds in the park get to be too much for you or you have some extra time, you may want to check out some of the fun and free (or low cost) activities listed below that are outside the theme parks.  

Are you staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel? Ask for your resort’s monthly Recreation Activities sheet (may not be available at every location) when you check in.   Some activities may have a fee.   You can also request the Recreation & Activities sheet for any resort you dine in or visit just to check the place out.

Boats There are several boats throughout the resort that you can ride for free without needing a park ticket:

  • Boats run between the Magic Kingdom resorts and the Magic Kingdom theme park.
  • There is a ferry that runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom.
  • There is a boat that runs between the Epcot resorts and the “International Gateway” entrance to Epcot.
  • There are boats that run from Old Key West and Saratoga Springs resorts to Downtown Disney.
  • There are boats that run from Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter resorts to Downtown Disney.
  • During certain hours, there may be a boat that goes between the two sides of Downtown Disney.

Monorails – no park ticket required:

  • The resort Monorail runs between Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resorts and the Magic Kingdom and Ticket & Transportation Center.
  • The Express monorails between the Magic Kingdom and the Ticket & Transportation Center.
  • The Epcot monorail runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and Epcot.

Recommended routes:

  1. Park the car at – or take a Disney Bus to –  Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.   Go through the resort, past the pool and see the artificial geyser go off on the ½ hour during daylight hours.  Afterwards, head to the boat dock.
  2. Option 1: Shorter boat ride – take the boat to the Magic Kingdom.   Option 2:  Longer boat ride – Take the boat that goes to the Ft. Wilderness Campground and the Contemporary resort.  Exit at either the Magic Kingdom or Contemporary resort, depending on which boat you rode.
  3. Ride the Monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center.   From the Ticket and Transportation Center – take the Ferry Boat to the Magic Kingdom.  If you used the Disney bus system, you may want to catch your resort bus here.
  4. If you drove – from the Magic Kingdom,  take the water launch back to the Wilderness Lodge to return to  your car.

Electric Water Pageant:  – this nightly floating parade can be seen from the Magic Kingdom area resorts.  My favorite is to watch from the beach at the Polynesian Resort.    I like to get a Dole Whip (Pineapple soft-serve ice-cream type dessert) from Captain Cooks, (the resort’s food court) to take with me to watch.   Typical times:

  • 9:00PM – Floats past the Polynesian Resort
  • 9:15PM – Floats past the Grand Floridian Resort
  • 9:35PM – Floats past the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • 9:45PM – Floats past the Ft. Wilderness Campground boat dock
  • 10:05PM – Floats past the Contemporary Resort.
  • These times may be adjusted slightly depending on when there are fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.  The Polynesian Resort beach area is a great place to watch the fireworks too.

Campfire Sing-Along with Chip & Dale at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground  – You’ll have to park the car and take the campground’s internal bus system to the Meadow Recreation Area for this event. 

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground also has a  horse drawn wagon ride every evening – there is a fee for this.

Many other resorts have outdoor/poolside movies – check the resort activity sheet for dates and times.

Animal Kingdom Lodge – this resort has its own Animal viewing area.  Just pass through the resort to the other side to see the animals.  There are two fire pits – one indoors and one outdoors.  They have a nightly story time at the fire pit – ask for the scheduled time when you arrive.

YeeHaw Bob at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.   Bob Jacksowagn is a very fun performer who leads a boogy-woogie, rag-time sing-along at the River Roost Lounge in the Port Orleans Riverside resort.  This event is family friendly.   He typically performs on Wednesday – Saturday nights.

Downtown Disney

  • See the Lego Store sculptures – they always impress us. 
  • The Characters in Flight balloon is neat to see, even if you don’t ride it.  It’s very pretty at night.  
  • You can sometimes take a boat from one side of Downtown Disney to the other.    You can also ride a boat from the Market Place Area to Old Key West & Saratoga Springs or to Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter resorts.  
  • Celebrate Tonight –  Downtown Disney’s West End Plaza.  Mini-street party with fun dance parties, limbo, stilt walkers, etc.   These occur Sunday – Thursday from 5:00pm – 11:00pm.   Friday & Saturday from 6:00PM – Midnight.  They do have periodic breaks through the evening so check back if there’s nothing going on the first time you pass by.

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September 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

Pre-party planning information:

  1. 2009 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates:  September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, and November 1.  The abbreviation for this party is MNSSHP.
  2. You must have a ticket specifically for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to participate in this special event.  You cannot enter using a Magic Your Way or Park Hopper ticket.  The Magic Kingdom will close to the general public at 7:00PM; after that time, only those who have the party wrist band will be allowed to ride rides.   Most nights have advance purchase discount that saves $7 per ticket (Prices include tax: Adults – $55.38;  Children 3 – 9 $48.99); there is no advance purchase discount for October 9. 15, 23, 31.   Day of event ticket prices (subject to availability) including tax: Adults – $62.84; Children 3 – 9 $56.45 – except Halloween Night (October 31st) when prices are Adults – $68.16;  Children 3 – 9 $61.77, including sales tax.  Disney Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members receive special discounts on tickets for these party nights:  September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29. October 1, & 6.   You can contact Walt Disney World directly or call us toll free at 877-815-6515 to purchase tickets.  You can also use our online form.
  3. Parties on weekends tend to be a busier than parties on week days.   The October 31st party typically sells out in advance.  There are a limited number of tickets available for each party so you do not have to worry about feeling packed in.
  4. You do not have to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom if you have a Magic Your Way basic ticket and want to visit a Disney theme park prior to the party.  Because this event is ticketed separately, it is not attached to your regular admission ticket in any way so you are not “park hopping” if you go to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or the Animal Kingdom using your regular admission ticket on the same day that you go to the party.
  5. The party is from 7:00PM to Midnight but your party ticket will allow you to enter the Magic Kingdom as early at 4:00PM.   This is a great thing because you can get your party wrist band, go into the Magic Kingdom, and maybe get some dinner before the party starts.  The parking area and front gate of the Magic Kingdom are going to be a little crazy right at 7:00PM as you have day guests exiting at the same time that party guests are trying to enter.   Be sure to get a party map when you get your wrist band.
  6. On the other hand, there are some people like to wait until a little after 7:00PM to enter because the special party affects that are added along Main Street USA once the party starts (7:00PM)  heighten the party mood and experience for them.
  7. If you are spending the whole day in the Magic Kingdom, you’ll need to go to the Rose Garden on the Hub to pick your party wrist band.
  8. Try not to wear yourself out prior to the party – this is especially true for young children.   You’re paying a premium for these event tickets so it doesn’t make sense to be nearly worn out when the party begins at 7:00PM.   We recommend sleeping in this morning and enjoying a resort day or enjoying a late character breakfast at one of the resort restaurants. Another good option is to sleep in and make this a water park day.  If you do go into one of the parks, avoid the morning Extra Magic Hour and try to get a mid-day break.
  9. Costumes:  both adults and children are allowed to wear “family friendly” costumes to these fun parties – in fact, this is the only time that adults are allowed to wear costumes into a theme park.  Florida can be hot and humid so select costumes that will be comfortable and allows you to move freely.  You may not wear masks or head pieces that obstruct your vision.  Adults who dress in realistic looking Disney character costumes are not allowed to pose for photos or sign autographs or do anything to imply that you are a Disney employee; doing so can cause you to be escorted from the park.   You are not required to wear a costume to the party.
  10. Costumes – Booking a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or “Pirate League” reservation before the party seems like a fun and easy way to get ready for the party.   You won’t be the only one to take advantage of this option and the appointments get backed up, getting done much later than expected.   Try to book a reservation early enough to be finished well before the party starts.  Remember that you can only enter the Magic Kingdom at 4:00PM with just a party ticket – that may affect your Pirate or Princess make-over time.  There is a “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” in the World of Disney shop at Downtown Disney.
  11. Disney provides small plastic trick-or-treat bags but many people bring at least one larger sturdy (canvas?) bag with handles / shoulder straps for candy – especially if the parent will end up carrying candy for more than one child.   There are candy stops all over the park but think about how much room you have for candy in your luggage.  
  12. Dining –  Plan to eat a decent dinner – you might feel sick if you eat only candy all evening.  There will be some restaurants open during the party.   Remember that Magic Kingdom resort area restaurants (Chef Mickey’s, Ohana, etc.) will be especially busy these nights as day guests look for something to do after the early park closing.   Cinderella’s Royal Table, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Tony’s Town Square are the table-service restaurants that are open during the party – but you need to decide whether spending about 1 ½ hours in a restaurant is worthwhile when the party is only 5 hours long.  Cosmic Rays, Casey’s Hot dogs, and Pecos Bills are the counter-service restaurants serving meals.  There will be some other snack carts and ice cream shops open.  You can also utilize the food courts at the Magic Kingdom Area Resorts; we like the Contempo Café in the Contemporary resort because you can watch the monorail zip by while you eat – then just walk or take the water launch over to the Magic Kingdom for the party.
  13. You might be able to buy glow necklaces at your local party supply store or even the party section of your local Wal-mart.  These will be less expensive than similar flashy items found inside the park.

At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

  1. When you get the party map, take a minute to decide which shows or events are important to you and decide when you will do activities that have more than one time available. 
  2. If you’re staying late, remember that the second parade (10:30PM) is always less crowded than the earlier parade (8:15PM).   You’ll want to find a parade viewing location at least 20 minutes prior to the parade so that you can see the headless horseman ride by.   TIP: If you do encounter crowds along the parade route, look for a garbage can.  People tend to avoid them but the Disney garbage cans are very clean and do not smell – you might be able to find a little space near one to watch the parade.
  3. Don’t line up early at a candy / trick-or-treat stops.   There will be candy available all over the park, all night long.  You don’t need a strategy for getting candy.   The character paths are fun places to get candy.
  4. Sugar free candy is available at the City Hall.
  5. There are no FASTPASS tickets distributed at the party – crowds are low enough that FASTPASS tickets are not really necessary.
  6. These rides are open during the party:  Adventureland: Swiss Family Treehouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.   Frontierland: Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railway.  Liberty Square:  Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents.  Fantasyland:  Peter Pan’s Flight, Cinderella’s Golden Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant,  Mickey’s Philharmagic, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, and “it’s a small world”.  Tomorrowland: Tomorrowland Speedway, AStro Orbiter, Buzz LIghtyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tommorowland Transit Authority, Stitch’s Great Escape, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (closes at 10PM),   Mickey’s Toontown Fair:  The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm.
  7. The Get Up and Boo-gie dance party at Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasy Land is generally geared towards little kids while the Rock-It OutStitch’s Club 626 Dance Party in Tomorrowland may have Cha Cha slide” or “Cupid shuffle” type dances that’ll be fun for older dancers.
  8. Do you want party t-shirts or souvenirs?   Your party map will have a symbol indicating areas where Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party logo items can be purchased.  Shop early for t-shirts as they may not replenish the racks throughout the evening.
  9. The Happy Hallowishes Fireworks are usually presented at 9:30PM.
  10. Free face painting is offered (check in Toontown) but the lines can get long but move quickly.  There will be a board letting you know what types of designs they can do.  The styles will be fairly simple so that they can get people done in a timely manner.
  11.  A lot of families with small children will exit after the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks (9:30PM) and ride lines typically decrease as the evening gets later.  
  12. There will be photopass photographers on hand for the party.   You can get a 40% discount on Party photo prints when you use the special discount code on the back of the party Photopass card.

Characters: Is seeing characters a priority?   This is where you need a strategy because the lines get long.  

  1. Does your little princess want her picture taken in front of Cinderella’s Coach?  This should be the first thing you do because the line gets brutally long.  The coach is in the Fantasyland Stroller parking area near to “it’s a small world”.
  2. Snow White and seven dwarfs are also very popular so plan to line up early to see them.
  3. Is there a long line in front of the character you want to see?   Ask the handler (the Disney cast member standing near the character) when they’ll go on break and when they’ll return – then line up about 5 – 10 minutes prior to the scheduled return.
  4. The dance parties are great opportunities to interact with the characters.
  5. If it is open, people tend to overlook the character meet & greet area in Adventure Land in the room near the Aloha Isle snack shop.
  6. Villains are always VERY popular at these parties so they generally don’t sign autographs – it would just take too long.  You can snap photos though.   They generally stick around the castle forecourt area for awhile after the Villains Mix & Mingle show – this is a great time to see them.    Their Meet & Greet timesa are 7:45, 9:00, 10:05, & 11:15PM.
  7. Parade characters can usually be seen in front to the castle, after the parade.

Examples of Trick-or-Treat sized candy given at past parties:  Smarties, dum dums, SweetTarts, Tootsie Rolls, Airheads, Bottle Caps, Mike & Ikes, Bit ‘o Honey, Jolly Rancher, Nerds, Skittles, Candy Corn, Twix, red licorice, Laffy Taffy, 100 Grand Bars, Crunch Bars, Snickers, Hershey bars, M&Ms, Kit Kat bars, Oh Henry bars, Starburst, Now & Later, Twizzlers, etc. 

You can contact us directly to purchase 2009 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets or to take care of all your Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning needs.

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September 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

Walt Disney World in October – Ride closures, crowd levels, special events & promotions

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World in October 2009 that you need to know about:                                                                                                           

Crowd Warnings:

1.   Free Dining Promotion – Other than Columbus Day weekend, October is a moderate  crowd time at Walt Disney World – they wouldn’t offer the “free dining promotion”, if it was going to be super busy.   But you will have a lot of competition at the sit-down restaurants; especially the most popular locations like Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, LeCellier, etc.  Make your dining reservations as soon as you are eligible.   Warning: Fantasmic Dinner Packages will probably completely fill the first day that they’re offered.  At this time, dining reservations can be booked 90 days prior to your arrival.

2.     Columbus Day Weekend – three day weekends always bump the crowds up a little bit and the free dining promotion will tempt parents to pull the kids out of school for a fall family adventure.  Expect the crowds to be busier than usual on October 10 -12th.

3.  Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival ~ September 25 – November 8, 2009.   This event is included with regular theme park admission; there a few special events related to this festival that have a separate admission fee. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is very popular as chefs and winemakers from around the world set up booths where you can savor the wonderful flavors offered offered for sale.   There will be food & wine themed demonstrations as well.  You typically can use your Disney Dining Plan meal and snack credits at this event – in fact, many people “hoard” their snack credits just for this event.  Warning: This event is very, very popular.  Expect Epcot to be busier than usual on weekends as locals and annual passholders come to enjoy the festival.  TIP: Monday is always a great day to visit Epcot.  

4.  Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.  It will be offered October 1, 4, 8, 11, 13, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 30, 31.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive at least 60 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package.   Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.  A good touring plan will help you manage this.   Warning:  This show  is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children.

5.  SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This wonderful nighttime parade is not offered every night and the Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on days featuring a SpectroMagic Parade.   The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on October 3, 5, 7,10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19,21, 24, 26, 28, 3o.  TIP: Avoid going to the Magic Kingdom on October 11, 19, 26 – the combination of the Evening Extra Magic Hour (the park stays open an extra 3 hours for Disney hotel guests) along with the SpectroMagic Parade will make this park disproportionately busier than the other Disney theme parks.

6.  Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guest) !  We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park of the day.   Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you. 

7.   A good touring plan will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.   We provide three choices for custom touring plans – our Custom Touring Plans, the 2009 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (book), or a subscription to Tour Guide Mike (online service) – at  no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip.  For more information, see:

Special Events:

1.   Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Disney’s Magic Kingdom)- 7:00PM to Midnight – October 1, 2, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31.  This special event is a lot of fun for families, with rides, trick-or-treating, and fun party type events.   These nights require a special event ticket – you cannot enter using your Magic Your Way or Park Hopper tickets.  Ticket prices vary with an advance purchase discount offered on select nights. There are a limited  TIP: A lot of children dress up for this event but select costumes that will let your kids comfortably enjoy the rides and attractions – remember that October can still be quite warm in Orlando.     Warning:  The Magic Kingdom will close to the public at 7:00PM on party nights.  Magic Kingdom resort area restaurants (Chef Mickey’s, 1900 Park Fare, Whispering Canyon, etc.) will fill their reservations early as people look for something nearby to enjoy after the early park closing.  For more information see:

2.  October 11thDisney’s Race for the Taste 10K & 3 K run. (Epcot & Disney’s Hollywood Studios™)  This event begins at 7:00AM and shouldn’t have a big impact on overall crowd levels but you may prefer to visit Epcot on a weekday.  

3.  October 17thOrlando International Dragon Boat Festival (Downtown Disney) Races will run from approximately 9:00AM – 5:30PM. 4.  October 24th – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 13K & 5K run.  Nighttime race occurs after park hours and won’t affect overall crowd levels.

5.  Celebrate Tonight – Downtown Disney’s West End Plaza.  Mini Street Parties featuring a DJ and stilt walkers lead dances, the limbo, party games, and sign-alongs.  They only last about 20 minutes each but are a lot of fun.  Sunday – Thursday:  intermittently 5:00pm– 11:00pm.  Friday – Saturday:  intermittently 6:00pm– Midnight.  Check on the hour and half hour.

6.  DIANA – The People’s Princess – Downtown Disney.  A 17,500 sq. ft. special exhibit of dresses and artifacts from the life of Princess Diana.   Now through November 30th, 2009.  Tickets available at the exhibit:  Ages 10 & older – $14.50 each / ages 3- 9 – $5.00 each.  Hours:  11:00AM – 11:00PM. 

7.   Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival ~ September 25 – November 8, 2009.   This event is included with regular theme park admission; there a few special events related to this festival that have a separate admission fee. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is very popular as chefs and winemakers from around the world set up booths where you can savor the wonderful flavors offered.     Also popular are the “Eat to the Beat” mini-concerts offered nightly at 5:15PM, 6:30PM, & 7:45PM.   Here’s a tentative list of performers (subject to change):

  • Sept. 25-27:  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Sept. 28 – 29:  Richard Marx
  • Sept. 30 – Oct. 3:  Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 4 – 6:  En Vogue
  • Oct. 7 – 8:  Better than Ezra
  • Oct. 9-11:  Sister Hazel 
  • Oct. 12-13:  Kool & the Gang
  • Oct. 14-16:  Spyro Gyra
  • Oct. 17-18:  Jon Secada
  • Oct. 19-20:  Sister Sledge
  • Oct. 21-22:  Vanessa Carlton
  • Oct. 23-25:  Taylor Dayne
  • Oct. 26-28:  Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 29-31:  John Waite
  • Nov. 1 – 2:  Night Ranger
  • Nov. 3 – 5:  Billy Ocean
  • Nov. 6- 8:  Los Lobos

Temporary Attraction Closures and refurbishments:

  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Restaurant – Magic Kingdom) the restaurant will be open but – beginning January 5th – Liberty Tree Tavern will no longer offer character dining.
  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) will be closed until November 21, 2009.
  • Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.  (Arcade – Magic Kingdom) will be closed until November 21, 2009.
  • Flights of Wonder (Bird Show – Animal Kingdom) will be closed from September 13 – October 23rd.
  • Living with the Land (Epcot) will be closed until November 1, 2009.
  • Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course – closed October 22 – 31st for aerification.
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Can You Save Money with the Fall Free Dining Promotion

Disney released a free dining promotion that goes into December.   This is the first time we’ve seen this offered to the general public for the fall season and it can be a tremendous savings.   Guests booking a qualifying Magic Your Way package with a stay at the Disney value resorts receive the Disney Quick-Service dining plan at no additional cost.   Guests booking a qualifying Magic Your Way package at a Disney moderate or deluxe resort receive the Standard/Plus dining plan at no additional cost.   This can easily save a family of four over $100 per night of stay.    These must be booked by September 26th and are subject to availability so contact us right away to book your package.   Use the online form at

 Free Theme Park Touring Plans 

If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for custom theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning. 

  • Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  • Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  • Custom touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Or, if you prefer to do your own plans, we will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to you instead of our touring plans.  The choice is yours.

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see:

You can purchase custom planning service from us but most of our clients get them for free.  We accept Disney and other hotel commissions as payment for our planning services. If you’ve already booked your own reservation, it may be possible to have our name added as the agent of record.  Your rate, confirmation, and benefits all stay exactly the same.  In this situation, Disney just pays us the commission they would’ve kept for themselves.  Then – free to you – we provide you with custom touring plans that let you enjoy more attractions with less lines.

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