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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Five Simple "Hidden Spots" Most Disney World Guests Never Uncover

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by: guide4wdw - Collin

Five Simple "Hidden Spots" Most Disney World Guests Never Uncover

As strange as it may sound, the more we travel to Disney World the less time we spend worrying about riding attractions. I know that doesn't entirely make sense to many of you reading this but stick with me for minute and I'll explain. 

Inevitably, Caitlin and I have had the incredible ability to travel to and tour the Disney parks essentially our entire lives. While that is an incredible blessing, and one that I know many of you have in common with us, it's also a strange frame of thought for many first time guests embarking on their first Walt Disney World vacation. You see, for us Disney isn't about the next big thrill coming to the parks but rather uncovering those little details that are hiding in plain site that so many guests entirely overlook. 

I've said it before, but it's the little things that truly set Walt Disney World apart from all other vacation destinations. From the very beginning, Disney World in Florida was designed to be the vacation kingdom of the world. It was a place with nearly unlimited space, but also was designed in theory to be the end all, be all vacation destination. Of course, there are other destinations around the world that so many people tour time and time again, but none have that same reputation as a place that has ultimately become a "right of passage" as a kid in this modern world. 

I hate to say that the societal expectation is a good thing, but at the same time I can't say it's a bad thing either. Disney is a rare place where you can experience something, learn pieces of history, and inevitably do so without realizing you're learning in the first place. Now, at this point, you may be wondering what any of this has to do with today's article. I share all of this because to us Disney isn't just about the attractions, or the food, or the incredible array of activities Disney has developed in their "vacation kingdom," but rather the memories this place helps create. 

Almost by coincidence (okay... maybe it wasn't a coincidence at all), today's list wont mention a single attraction. It won't list the perfect way to ride every attraction in the park in one day, and ultimately it isn't going to be an article that appeals to everyone. My goal here more than anything else, and my goal for anything on this site is to be completely and utterly authentic with you all. I'm not going to tell you something is amazing when it's not and I'm not going to tell how the next latest and greatest attraction will change your life. Instead, I hope to convey one thing and one thing more than anything else and that is that no matter how incredible these parks get, it's the simple moments that stick with you the longest. I know so many of you reading this are skeptical but the other group of you know exactly what I'm trying to convey. If you go to Disney, you'll have a moment and a moment when you least expect that will exceed your wildest expectations. 99% of the time that moment has nothing to do with an attraction but rather the smile on a family members face, a moment that makes you laugh, or simply an interaction you'll never forget with a cast member or even possibly a complete stranger. It's not about the place but rather the people. At its core, Disney isn't a memory generator, but rather a place that helps you create memories of your own. It's the playground and we are the students that populate it. That is what it's all about! 

So... why do we have a list of "Hidden Spots" to share today. To be quite honest, these are the places that are simple, but at the same time they are the places that can help create memories that you least expect. 

In all reality, these places may not translate in writing (and that's one of the reason we started our podcast) but if you visit them you'll understand the quiet nature of the locations, the story they tell, or even quite possibly create new memories of your own. Take the time to step away from the attraction "run" and make time for a little bit of magic hiding in plain site. It may not seem ideal at the time but these little tucked away moments and special experiences can help yield the most incredible memories.   
                    

1. The "Hidden Fireplace" of Wilderness Lodge 

This "hidden spot" is one that is the near perfect example of a simplistic location that can yield incredible stories. It's no secret that I love Wilderness Lodge and the experience it creates through the vast and intricate theming, but it took me nearly 8 years to uncover this little gem of a hideaway located in plain site. It's so off the radar in fact that I do kind of have trouble spilling the info on how and where to find it (but I'm going to anyway).

On the floor above the grand atrium lobby level this little alcove area is quite literally hiding right in front of your eyes. It's not a place you'll simply stumble into in a high traffic area of the resort but rather one that you have to explore a bit to uncover. It's not a grand spectacle but rather a quite spot that is a near ideal place to escape for a few minutes after a long day in the parks, a place to sit and do some work (or photo editing in my case), or perhaps a spot to gather with friends to tell stories and enjoy the moment. 

As you sit in front of the fire (which is far smaller than the one in the lobby below) the worries of the world seem to melt away as you sit in a comfortable chair and the subtle music of the lobby overflows into this quaint space. At its core, it's a feeling that cant be explained in words. Much like the Carolwood Room, this spot will always be a "hidden gem" in my opinion and a spot that consistently exceeds expectations.        



2. Canada Fireworks Viewing - The Pyrotechnics Guy In The Chimney 

Moving in an entirely different direction, we have the most overlooked pyrotechnic "secret" of Disney, "the Chimney guy." You may be asking why this makes our list but it's simply because you have to be in the right place at the right time to see it unfold. 

If you're waiting for Illuminations, or looking for a viewing spot, head to the Canada pavilion. At the top of the main staircase take a step to your right and there will be a chest high rock wall. Not only is it a near perfect spot to view the show, it's also the perfect place to catch this little known Disney secret hiding in plain site. The view of Illuminations certainly speaks for itself in the image below, but the reason this makes our list is because of the "chimney." I know that sounds absurd but stick with me. 

If you're standing in this spot, turn around and you'll see a small building at the top of the hill. About 3 minutes before showtime, watch the top of that building and what looks like a chimney facade. Minutes before the show a door will open at the top of the "chimney" and a controller for the show with what I assume would be a pyrotechnic specialist background (or at least I hope lol) will pop out, lay out his controls, and remain in that position the entire show. He's wearing all black, is typically wearing what looks like some type of vest with any number of technological devices hooked to him, and truthfully I have no idea what he does. My guess is he controls the show or monitors intently for safety reasons, but I don't entirely know the details of the role. Either way, it's something neat to experience. 

About 2 minutes after the finale, you'll see him climb down out of the chimney, walk quickly and causally to the front of the pavilion, and then briskly walk around the World Showcase promenade to disappear backstage somewhere. If you time it just right, you can occasionally catch a small crowd that's "in the know" greeting him with high fives and thanks for an awesome show. Typically he just smiles and quickly acknowledges the crowd but it's one of those subtle looks "behind the curtain" at the magic that you'll likely remember visit after visit.                  


3. The Second Floor Balconies of the Grand Floridian 

In a similar way to the aforementioned Wilderness Lodge spot, the second floor balconies of the Grand Floridian offer a near ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of your vacation to simply sit back and enjoy the moment. To access this "hidden spot" hiding in plain site, head towards the grand main staircase of the main lobby, walk to the second floor and turn around. As you do you'll see two sections of windows and a balcony on the other side of the windows. Many guests assume the balcony is simply decorative but it is usable and the space is quite large. It's the perfect spot to watch the monorails roll by or a place to enjoy a spring or fall breeze on the days of near perfect weather Florida is known for. 

Again, it's a vastly simple experience that provides a needed escape from the crowds and it's just a short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom!       





4. The Wyland Gallery 

The Wyland Gallery is perhaps the least talked about gem of an experience (mostly for adults) anywhere on property. The gallery, which is a true fine art gallery showroom is located over at the Boardwalk resort. It's a fairly inconspicuous storefront behind the surrey bike rental area of the Village Green and near the tunnel to the main pool. It's not heavily Disney themed but rather acts as an incredibly classy art exhibit of sorts that flies under the radar of most guests. It is quite pricey and opposed to the Arribas Brothers style locations, this is far more wall art focused. 

Personally, I've never bought anything here but it is a beautiful spot to look around and enjoy for a few minutes while enjoying all the Boardwalk has to offer. Even on the most crowded nights down on the water, this hidden gem remains fairly quiet. Nobody is going to try to pressure you into buying a $1,000 piece of art but the staff typically has a certain passion for what they do and are more than happy to explain various things to you about the location and what you're looking at in the moment. 

If you've never visited the gallery, certainly add it to your list!        



5. The Beaches of the Yacht and Beach Club    

As perhaps the most mainstream item on the list, I have to say the beaches surrounding the Yacht and Beach Club are perhaps one of the most under appreciated gems of Walt Disney World. Sure, they're not an ideal place to watch fireworks like the beaches of the Polynesian but at the same time they are home to one of the most incredible nightly views in all of Disney property. From the glimmering water to the Boardwalk lights, this is without a doubt one of the most picturesque resort offerings you'll find anywhere in the country. If you are looking for fireworks viewing, you can catch glimpses of certain Hollywood Studios shows and even subtle glimpses of Illuminations if you time it right. 

The greatest key to this is the fact that the adults can relax in a swing or lounge chair while your kids head to the pool, roast marshmallows around a fire pit, or even play in the sand near by. It's a large open area and truthfully one that very few take the time to appreciate. Chances are you'll be the only one on the beach (with the exception of a special event) and it is perhaps one of my favorite places in all of Walt Disney World. Part of that is because this area is a photographers dream, but another part is that it creates a unique feeling being there in the moment that is indescribable in words.           

As with many of the items on our list, you truly have to witness it in person to fully understand it! If we missed your favorite "hidden spot" be sure to contact us via email at guide4wdw@gmail.com or reach out to us in the comments on your favorite social media platform! This is far from an all inclusive list and more than anything we appreciate you taking the time out of your day to spend a few moments here with us! Have an incredible day wherever you are and we hope to meet you in the parks one day! 


Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are!


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Ready to Plan?

Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way.



Thursday, January 24, 2019

Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs - Late Night Dessert Is The Way to Go!

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by: guide4wdw - Collin


Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs - Late Night Dessert Is The Way to Go!

Disney Springs has changed drastically over the last several years. The once adult centric Downtown Disney has changed in ways that even the most avid Disney fans never could have imagined. If that change is good or bad is entirely up to personal interpretation. I personally love the changes for so many different reasons. Of course it does have it's downsides and in my option they missed an opportunity to unveil a whole series of Disney specific retail locations or one off boutique style locations in favor of more mainstream luxury retailers. However, and at the same time, the decisions made helped develop an atmosphere that so many different audiences can enjoy and appreciate no matter what your age or particular stage in life may be. There really is something for everyone.


The Honest Bias Going Into the Reservation 

Today's article is perhaps the perfect example of all of this thrown into one particular dining location. Years ago, Planet Hollywood was far from the ideal place to eat at Downtown Disney. It was a hangout spot hinging on brand awareness and a prominent building that everyone wanted to see inside. Of course, that was never their marketing scheme but at the same time that's essentially what the location became. It was a place to hold large crowds if the need presented itself and a pop culture reference in the heart of Walt Disney World. Today, that experience has been turned upside down in many ways and tends to embrace a different experience and different set of goals than it once did.

After a recent visit to Planet Hollywood, after putting it off for years on end in favor of other new dining locations without a "history," we caved and gave Planet Hollywood Observatory  another shot. It is certainly worth mentioning that this is not the same restaurant it once was and, to be quite honest, it appears as if the only thing that hasn't changed is the dome shaped structure itself (which is a good thing). The cast is excellent, the decor is far more modern and upscale than it once was, and now it looks like a fun and inviting dining location rather than a tourist trap.

All of this is fine and good, but I know the real question you're likely asking at this point, "How's the food?"



The Desserts Themselves 

If I'm being completely honest, I had one desire to go back to Planet Hollywood and it was to try the borderline ludicrous desserts on the menu. The towering Super Nova shakes are piled high with candies and various toppings accompanying select flavors, and they truly are an impressive sight to say the least. Another show stopping option is the Brownie Sundae Martini. Truthfully, the sundae alone is the reason I'm writing this article! I'm sure the other dessert items (including a Banana Pudding Star Jar, a Brownie Cheesecake Star Jar, a Key lime Pie Star Jar, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and a few others) are incredible as well, but the Brownie Sundae stole the show and gathered a crowd when it arrived at our table.

(Please excuse the lower quality images than usual. I couldn't get to my DSLR at the table.)

I know that sounds like an over reaction, but we literally had the table next to us ask if they could take a picture of it. It's that absurd... in all the right ways. Just to put the description on paper it includes twelve brownie chunks, 6 scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce, and what looks like an entire bottle of whipped cream. I'm not sure if it would beat the Kitchen Sink dessert over at the Beach Club in size but I have to say this thing is quite the presentation when it's brought to the table.

In our case, we only went to Planet Hollywood Observatory for dessert, and ate our actual meal a little earlier in the day. However, this dessert easily fed four us and we still couldn't manage to finish the concoction. Our server even mentioned that the only group she had seen completely finish it was a sports team that all shared the colossal dessert.

To accompany the Brownie Sundae, we felt obligated to try at least one of the Supernova shakes (you know... for research purposes of course) and I have to say it was one of the best milkshakes I've personally tried. It was incredibly rich and while obviously your milkshake preferences and mine may vary, it is quite an impressive dessert on its own.


Long story made short, the desserts alone are worth the visit. If you are concerned about your budget, this may not be your best option. The massive Brownie Sundae is $19.99. It is the most expensive dessert on the menu but the majority of desserts range from $9 to $14. At first, that does sound quite pricey and the overall menu is quite expensive as well, but the portion sizes are unbelievably large. Everything we tried or saw being served around us could have easily been split among multiple guests which would theoretically shrink the cost of the meal.              

The Atmosphere 

The atmosphere is one of those things you're either going to love it or hate it. It's an upbeat, loud, and quite exciting environment for lack of a better word. The music is piped in, a sing along isn't out of the ordinary, and the DJ on stage this particular night even pulled out all the stops and wore a construction hat to mimic the Village People as the entire dining area sang YMCA. It's not a place you go for a quiet get away style meal but it's not in any way designed to be. Additionally, while it is kid friendly, it is worth noting that pop culture references and music are unmistakably present and I do know some parents may or may not agree with every music video that is being shown on the massive screen encompassing the majority of the dining area. In my opinion, it's just a fun environment. Of course, I am 22 years old so that is something that you should and likely will take into consideration. 

In the end, we had a blast and while Caitlin and I were joined by our parents, they did enjoy the experience for the most part as well. Again, it's going to be one of those love it our hate environments. Considering all of this, if you want an over the top experience to accompany your Disney Vacation or trip to Central Florida in general, I do highly recommend Planet Hollywood Observatory. In my opinion, the ideal plan here is to snag a later nighttime reservation (ours was at 9:45pm), order some desserts, and then return another day for the full dining experience. It not only gives you the opportunity to try the dessert on its own but also allows you to get a feel for the atmosphere before committing to a full meal if you're at all concerned about that aspect of the experience.   

As always, in the nature of full disclosure, we were not paid to write this review and paid for everything we ordered out of pocket. In all honesty I didn't expect this to be a positive review  but I must say it was well worth the money and time spent.    

Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are! 


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Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way.




               



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria - A Near Perfect Epcot Dining Location

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by: guide4wdw - Collin

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria - A Near Perfect Epcot Dining Location  

If you've read many of our articles here on the site, or even if you've read even one or too (we have a food "problem" when we travel lol), you know we're no stranger to Disney's lineup of dining offerings. However, on a recent trip we took the time to try a dining location we'd never quite taken the time to stop and enjoy on our way through Epcot. As you can likely guess from the title of this article, that dining location was none other than Via Napoli. 

If I'm being completely honest, I had a certain hesitancy about making a reservation for Via Napoli based on a previous experience we had at the near by Tuto Italia. Tuto Italia was and likely always will be one of the worst table service meals I've had anywhere on Disney property. It was near inedible. At first, I chalked it up to them just having an off day since that does happen at every restaurant. However, over time, I started talking to friends and others who had tried it as well and the results were undoubtedly consistent and consistently terrible experiences. 


So, as you can likely imagine, I was hesitant to try Via Napoli or any other Italian at Walt Disney World after that experience. At the same time, I was hearing repeat rave review after rave review of Via Napoli and at the urging of a friend I booked a reservation. 

As we made our way around the World Showcase this particular day, we arrived at our reservation over 30 minutes early. As soon as we walked in the door we were greeted and seated near immediately with no questions asked about being early. 



Once we arrived at our table we were each poured a glass of ice water before our waiter even arrived. It was a nice touch of class that we didn't entirely expect. After we ordered our additional soft drinks to accompany the meal, we took the time to review the menu and even ordered a caesar salad as an appetizer. The salad could easily be considered a full meal, but after seeing a few of them pass by we opted to split it among the four of us knowing full and well how much pizza we hoped to eat later on in the meal. While it was a pretty conventional caesar salad, the ingredients were incredibly fresh, the shaved mozzarella included in the mix was wonderful and quite flavorful (as you'd expect from a good Italian restaurant), and it easily bridged the gap between our order time and the arrival of our pizza to the table.    

In regard to our actual order, we chose to try the classic pepperoni pizza and the more unique Quattro Formaggi pizza featuring a white sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone. It sounds like a fairly simple "cheese pizza" but it is a far more intricate flavor palette than that oversimplification implies. Each cheese blends perfectly and the distinct flavors are noticeable in just the right way as you take bite after bite with each subtle variation of flavor.  Long story made short, this is, without a doubt, the best pizza on property and quite possibly one of the better pizzas I've had south of Chicago. Of course, Chicago pizza isn't really a fair comparison because this isn't deep dish and it's not designed to be. At its root, Via Napoli serves pizza in a classic style that will likely exceed your wildest expectations. Paired with an excellent cast experience and an immaculately clean dining room, it's certainly a meal that is hard to beat in the World Showcase.   


We did not have high expectations, but when we return in March for a short vacation once again, this is already high on our list of "must-do" experiences. If I had to share one word of warning it would be for the frugal folks reading this and it would be that this isn't a super budget friendly meal. It's not a hopelessly expensive meal but it's quite likely that a family of four eating a reasonable amount of food could cost you in the neighborhood of $100+ dollars. If you do want to be bit more budget friendly, try ordering two individual pizzas and a salad to share if you have a party of four. We ordered two of the large pizzas and I'm 100% positive we over ordered... pictures do the size of these pizzas no justice. We still almost finished it (I told you we had a food problem lol), but for the average guest it's typically more food than you'd want or need. Nonetheless you're still probably looking at a $80+ meal unless you're traveling with kids or exclusively drink water (which is an incredible way to save money anywhere on Disney property). 

At the end of the meal, the four of us unanimously agreed that it was one of the better meals we'd had anywhere at Walt Disney World. Additionally, we all said that we'd vastly prefer returning to Via Napoli over a buffet, or other more "classic" Disney go-to meals that so many guests feel obligated to eat at during their vacation experience.


Via Napoli was and is the perfect example of a restaurant that the typical guest will overlook time and time again. It's a popular reservation but at the same time it doesn't have the incredible demand someplace like Be Our Guest or Cinderellas Royal Table do and the food (in my opinion) is far better than either of those alternatives. 



Lastly, it's a great option for families with kids. It's not a character meal, but what kid doesn't like pizza? 

Would I go back?
I know the answer to this is likely obvious at this point, but I always like to finish food reviews with that exact question. Is it worth your money? Is it worth your time? Is it worth an hour or more of your oh so limited vacation experience? The answer to each of those questions is 100% yes! In fact, I've already booked this meal for our next trip! 


Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Ready to Plan?

Need help planning your vacation? Let our friends over at Destinations to Travel (FREE - no obligation quote request form below) help you out at no additional cost to you! Their services are free and a great way for you to help out the site at no extra cost to you! Here's a closer look at why I recommend an Authorized Disney Travel Planner!

Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way.


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Monday, January 7, 2019

Our Top Ten Memories From Walt Disney World - Guide4WDW Uncut. Episode #1

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by: guide4wdw - Collin


Our Top Ten Memories From Walt Disney World - Guide4WDW Uncut. Episode #1  

A short time ago we shared that we would officially be doing a podcast here at Guide4WDW.com. I had debated it for about 2 years and officially decided to give it a shot when my sister Caitlin got "onboard" with the idea and really got excited about the project. 



From the very beginning, the goal of this wasn't to try to compete with any of the established podcasts and a few of their owners I'm lucky to call friends in this content sharing realm. However, I still wanted to do something where I could connect with readers in a new and more personal way that gets out from behind a keyboard and onto a platform that provides greater emotion and that would show (hopefully) what all of this means to us. It may not be the blockbuster production many top podcasts are but hopefully it's a way for us to expand our audience while also connecting with so many of you in an entirely new way. 

So, this week is our first week of sharing and we invite you to check out the show, ask questions, provide feedback, and get in touch with us. Tell us what you liked and what you didn't like. We want this show to be about you all and less about us. If there's anything you'd like to hear or just something you'd like answered, please don't hesitate to ask! 

Without further ado, here's the very first episode. Don't forget to rate and review the show on iTunes! If we could ask just one thing from you all today, it would be to please invite a friend to listen to the show and SHARE this new venture with them. You don't know how much we appreciate your shares! 

To listen to the show on iTunes: Guide4WDW Uncut. Episode #1 - Don't Forget to Subscribe! 

Or listen right here by tapping the play button below!  



Ever since the beginning of Disney parks, Walt had this dream of creating a place where he and his daughters could go and have fun together. From that dream on a park bench in Griffith park to the journey that led to Disneyland, he created something we’ve all come to appreciate. Every time you step through the gates of a Disney parks, you’re enveloped in a multi-sensory experience that is unparalleled by any theme park across the globe. So many of us call it the Disney difference. It’s the memories we make with our friends and families that will stick with us throughout our entire lives. Walt created the park, but it’s the little things that you’ll never forget. Today, we are taking a moment to share those little moments that have meant the most to us.

Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are! 


Ready to Plan?

Need help planning your vacation? Let our friends over at Destinations to Travel (FREE - no obligation quote request form below) help you out at no additional cost to you! Their services are free and a great way for you to help out the site at no extra cost to you! Here's a closer look at why I recommend an Authorized Disney Travel Planner!

Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way.







Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Disney World Free Dining is Back for Select 2019 Dates!

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by: guide4wdw - Collin

Disney World Free Dining is Back for Select 2019 Dates!

Despite my own personal speculation that free dining could have disappeared this year, Disney has just officially released dates for the offer. As always, availability is limited for this offer and you should book as soon as possible to try and take advantage of free dining if it is the best option for you and your vacation planning needs.

This years debut appears to have arrived a bit earlier than usual and is available for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019. 





Here are the details that have been shared with us:

-You can enjoy a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day vacation package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and a ticket with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option.

-This offer must be booked by February 10th of 2019 and the package includes:

  • Your resort room
  • Theme park ticket(s) with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option
  • Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages)
As usual, select resorts and room types will be excluded from this offer. Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. These are the typical, expected, exclusions and don't appear to be overly different than previous years. 

When booking this offer, be sure to weigh your options and other booking rates that may be available. The free dining offer isn't always your most budget friendly offer but if you are interested in booking it, act fast. If you want help weighing your options, we always recommend Destinations to Travel (quote request form below) simply because it's who we've used and they share this information with us first time an time again so we can relay it over to you! 



Good luck in the booking process no matter how you choose to book your vacation. Be aware, every time this offer debuts the Disney reservation system backs up and backs up quickly. Be patient and you'll eventually get though. 

This was a quick article but hopefully it helps some of you all out in booking your next Disney vacation.   

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