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Top Travel Agent Tips for a Better Disney World Vacation

 Partners Statue featuring Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney Word: Travel Agent Insider Tips from Build A Better Mouse Trip ~

  • Think through Extra Magic Hours.  Disney has special “Extra Magic Hours” that allow Disney World Resort Hotel guests.  This is where – on select days – the Disney Theme Parks open one hour early or stay open an additional three hours after closing to the general public  A lot of Disney hotel guests plan an itinerary that includes every Extra Magic Hour but this isn’t always a good idea.  For one thing, the Extra Magic Hour park is always the most crowded park of the day so you may actually enjoy more attractions with shorter lines by going to a less crowded park, especially during peak travel seasons.   The parks generally open at 9:00AM, so the Extra Magic Hour begins at 8:00AM – which means that you need to leave your resort by 7:30AM – at the latest – to take advantage of this early opening.  Will your family be interested in getting up that early – especially if they were up late watching fireworks the night before?   Epcot stays open until 9:00PM every night and the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are also often open late.  Will your little ones really be able to enjoy Extra Magic Hours that begin at 9:00PM or later?   We’re not saying that you should always avoid Extra Magic Hours – we just want you to consider crowds and the potential for exhaustion levels when you plan your Disney vacation itinerary.
  • Disney Theme Park Touring Plans – Did you know that people who use theme park touring plans generally cut their time spent in line by 3 hours per day during the busy summer season?   A touring plan is simply using good information to see and do everything that is important to you in a way that minimizes lines and long waits. We are so convinced of the value of a good touring plan that we provide them free to anyone who books their vacation through us. For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php
  • Book T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe, and Raglan Road reservations directly through the restaurants, rather than through Disney dining.  Communication has never been good between these three restaurants and the Disney Dining Reservation system.   Call the restaurants directly, if you’ve been having trouble getting a reservation:   Phone numbers: Raglan Road – 407-938-0300 / Rainforest Cafe (Animal Kingdom) – 407-938-9100 / Rainforest Cafe (Downtown Disney) – 407-827-8500 / T-Rex – 407-828-8739.   These restaurants all participate in the 2012 Disney Dining Plans.
  • Having trouble getting your favorite Disney theme park restaurant reservation?   Go to the restaurant podium as early as possible on the day you’re in that park.  They’ll be able to check for last minute cancellations and may be able to give you a spot, if you can be flexible with dining times.
  • Need to check in for your return flight 24 hours before departure? The guest services desk at the Disney theme parks or the concierge desk at your Disney World resort hotel can help you check in for flights and can even print boarding passes but be sure to bring your airline confirmation number with you.
  • Don’t carry souvenirs & purchases all day – Disney offers package pick-up service at each of the Disney theme parks.  Anything you purchase during the day (cut-off time applies) can be sent to a pick-up desk at the front of the park.  You retain your receipt so there is no worry about lost items.   Guests staying at the Disney World resort hotels can have the items sent to a pick-up area at their resort – they’ll arrive the following day so don’t use the resort delivery service on your day before heading home.
  • Disney Rider Switch Passes for families with small children – Did you know that Disney offers Rider Switch Passes for families that have members who cannot ride a height restricted attraction?  This allows one family member to stay with the non-rider while everyone else rides, then you can switch and the person who waited can ride without having to go to the end of the line.  Disney knows that no one wants to ride alone so the rider switch pass is good for 2-3 riders.  You can read all about it at http://www.squidoo.com/WDWBabySwapPass
  • There are lots of things to do at Disney World that don’t require a theme park admission ticket.  See our list of free things to do at Disney World at http://www.squidoo.com/free-activities-at-disney-world
  • Get schedules for Disney World live entertainment (shows, street performers, etc) at www.wdwent.com
  • Free Activity: Staying at a Disney Resort?  Find out what outdoor movies will be shown at your resort during your stay at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/activity-outdoormovie.php
  • Our list of the best quick-service meals available at Disney World can be found at http://www.squidoo.com/best-disney-world-quick-service-meals
  • Driving Directions to Disney World http://www.squidoo.com/where-is-disney-world

Thank you

Steve & Annette

Build A Better Mouse Trip
Toll free: 877-815-6515
Email: info@babmt.com

Build A Better Mouse Trip is an independent, Disney-focused travel agency.   We book directly through Disney but are not employees of the Walt Disney World Travel company.

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August 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Disney World Free Dining Promotion Announced for Aug. 25 – Sept. 29, 2012

2012 Free Disney Dining Promotion for Disney World  Free Disney Dining Promotion Released to the General Public

Disney currently has a great money saving free-dining promotion for guests booking a qualifying Disney World Vacation Package between August 25 – September 29, 2012.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney moderate or deluxe resort and receive the Standard / Plus Dining Plan at no extra cost. This dining plan includes 1 counter-service meal credit, 1 table-service meal credit, and 1 snack credit per person, per night of stay. Receiving this dining plan free of charge saves a family of four at least $107 per night of stay, based on the regular cost of this dining plan. You can upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan and just pay the difference between the standard and the deluxe plans. Contact us for details.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney Value Resort (All-Star or Pop Century resorts) and receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan at no extra cost. The quick-service plan provides two quick/counter-service meals + 1 snack per person, per night of stay. Receiving this plan at no extra cost saves a family of four about $85 per night of stay. You can upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plans by paying the difference between the quick service dining plan (received at no additional cost) and your preferred dining plan. Contact us for details.

2012 Free Dining Promotion – Travel Dates: August 25 – September 29, 2012.

Minimum Requirements: Must purchase a package that includes three (3) Consecutive nights stay at a Disney Resort + at least 2-Day Disney Magic Your Way theme park Tickets.

Must book by May 18, 2012.

There are a limited number of promotional packages available at each resort so book early to get your first choice in resort.

You must pay the $200 deposit at the time of booking with the balance due 45 days prior to arrival. Deposit is fully refundable up to 46 days prior to arrival.

Suites and campsites are excluded from this offer. The Cabins at the Fort Wilderness campground are included in the promotion.

If you do not have us book this for you, be sure to tell the booking agent that you want the free dining promotion. They do not automatically apply promotions to new or existing reservations – you must specifically ask for the discount.

Existing reservations falling within these days can be altered (subject to availability) to reflect the free dining promotion. Call and ask to have the discount applied – it will not happen automatically.

Dining Reservations – Book your dining reservations immediately. The free dining promotion has a serious impact on the number of available dining reservations and some restaurants may already be fully booked at certain times. Remember that we book dining reservations on your behalf (subject to availability) when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip.

In addition to the free dining promotions, you can receive vacation planning help at no additional cost when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip. We help with establishing a “Best Days” itinerary, help with dining reservations, and provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike, TouringPlans.com or a new edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (guidebook) to help you with touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines. Contact us today to book your vacation.

To book your free dining promotion

Thank you,

Stephen

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll free: 877-815-6515

March 5, 2012 at 3:53 am 1 comment

Last Minute Tips for Visiting Disney World in December

December is such an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World. The theme parks and resorts are all decked out in their full Christmas glory and there is special holiday entertainment in each park. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you have a Better Mouse Trip.

Continue Reading December 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Magic Kingdom news: Enchanted Grove is now “Cheshire Cafe”

Photo of the Enchanted Grove snack shop in the Magic Kingdom theme park at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Enchanted Grove at Magic Kingdom is now Cheshire Cafe

The menu is the same but the name of the Enchanted Grove refreshment stand at the Magic Kingdom theme park has changed to Cheshire Cafe.  The snack shop is located near the Mad Tea Party ride and  so the name change ties it to the “Alice in Wonderland” theming of this part of Fantasy Land.   We don’t have our own picture of the new sign yet but you can see the Disney Food Blog’s photos here: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/11/10/first-look-magic-kingdoms-cheshire-cafe-photos-and-menu/

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November 16, 2011 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

Disney World Adds New Character Lunch at Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Beginning Dec. 4th, character lunches will be offered at Tusker House restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  Daisy & Donald Duck will appear.  Character lunches are better than character breakfasts because you get to ride the rides while the crowds are at their lowest (morning) and then sit down for a meal and a break when the crowds start to build.   The meal is a buffet. Yea, Disney!

Contact us today to plan your Disney Vacation:

Build A Better Mouse Trip
http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll free: 877-815-6515

September 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Free Dining Promotion Released to The General Public

 Disney is once again offering this great money saving promotion to guests booking a Disney “Memories” Vacation Package between August 28 – September 24, 2011.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney moderate or deluxe resort and receive the Standard / Plus Dining Plan at no extra cost.   This dining plan includes 1 counter-service meal credit, 1 table-service meal credit, and 1 snack credit per person, per night of stay.   Receiving this dining plan free of charge saves a family of four at least $107 per night of stay, based on the regular cost of this dining plan. You can upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan and just pay the difference between the standard and the deluxe plans.  Contact us for details.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney Value Resort (All-Star or Pop Century resorts) and receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan at no extra cost.  The quick-service plan provides two quick/counter-service meals + 2 snacks per person, per night of stay.   Receiving this plan at no extra cost saves a family of four about $85 per night of stay.   You can upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plans by paying the difference between the quick service dining plan (received at no additional cost) and your preferred dining plan.  Contact us for details.

Travel Dates:  August 28 – September 24, 2011.

Minimum Requirements:  Must purchase a package that includes three (3) Consecutive nights stay at a Disney Resort + at least 2-Day Disney Magic Your Way theme park Tickets.

“Memories” Vacation Package  includes a Disney’s PhotoPass® Photo Book.  Choose from a variety of layouts and page designs and customize with your favorite photos! This 20-page book is printed on archival paper to preserve it for years to come.  (Note:  Online registration required. There is no charge to use Disney’s PhotoPass® Service to capture, view or share your photos. Prints and other products are available for purchase. Photos must be claimed within 30 days of being taken. Once claimed, they will be available for 30 days from claim date. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos.)

Must book by August 27th, 2011.   There are a limited number of promotional packages available at each resort so book early to get your first choice in travel dates and resort.

You must pay the $200 deposit at the time of booking with the balance due 45 days prior to arrival.   Deposit is fully refundable up to 46 days prior to arrival.

Suites and campsites are excluded from this offer.  The Cabins at the Fort Wilderness campground are included in the promotion.

If you do not have us book this for you, be sure to tell the booking agent that you want the free dining promotion.   They do not automatically apply promotions to new or existing reservations – you must specifically ask for the discount.

Existing reservations falling within these days can be altered (subject to availability) to reflect the free dining promotion.  Call and ask to have the discount applied – it will not happen automatically. 

Trip Insurance – The travel dates for this promotion fall within Florida’s hurricane season; consider purchasing trip insurance (either through Disney, your airline, or another insurance provider), especially if you have non-refundable, non-transferable airline tickets. Trip insurance is not usually a good value if you are driving.

Dining Reservations – Book your dining reservations immediately.  The free dining promotion has a serious impact on the number of available dining reservations and some restaurants may already be fully booked at certain times.    Remember that we book dining reservations on your behalf (subject to availability) when you book your Disney vacation through Build  A Better Mouse Trip.

In addition to the free dining promotions, you can receive vacation planning help at no additional cost when you book your Disney vacation through Build  A Better Mouse Trip.  We help with establishing a “Best Days” itinerary, help with dining reservations, and provide either a subscription to www.tourguidemike.com, www.touringplans.com, or a 2011 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (guidebook) to help you with touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Contact us today to book your vacation.   

For more information on the vacation planning services we provide, see our Build A Better Mouse Trip free dining quote and ordering page

Thank you,

Stephen

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll free:  877-815-6515         

Note: Build A Better Mouse Trip is an independent travel agency specializing in Disney World vacations.  We are not employees of Walt Disney World Resort or the Disney Travel Company.

April 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Check out our new Disney Pirates Page

We’ve been wanting to do a Disney pirate page for forever but more practical concerns seemed to take all of our time.     Then we heard, “Do what you want cuz a pirate is free…”  and we ignored all those pressing responsibilities and stayed up til the middle of the night (pirates don’t have bedtimes) to make our pirate page.   Please take a minute and check it out:

Where to find Pirates at Walt Disney World:  http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/disney-pirates.php  

After you see our pirate page, you should definately check out this video:

If you don’t want to check out that video, then you should sing along to with the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything:

January 15, 2011 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

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