Disney World Hotel Rooms For Six People

We recently got a question about rooms at the Disney World hotels for six people and there are several options:

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels that can accommodate six guests in one room or unit. 

The least expensive option is two standard rooms at any Disney World value resort  You would have a total of 4 double beds and 2 bathrooms.   You can also get connecting rooms at several of the Disney World moderate or deluxe resorts but some of the other options we've listed below may be cheaper.  In the case of a family with 2 adults and 4 children age 17 or under,  you can get  guaranteed connecting rooms with an interior door between them.  A party with three or more adults can request connecting rooms but they won't be guaranteed connecting rooms though it is worth noting that Disney does have a fair number of connecting rooms and will try to accommodate the request when possible.   If you only need three beds, it may be possible to get a room with a king bed that connects two a room with two double beds at the value resorts or two queen-size beds at the moderate and deluxe resorts. 

A standard room with two double beds at one of the Walt Disney World Resort value hotels. Rooms with one king bed and connecting rooms may also be available.   

A standard room with two double beds at one of the Walt Disney World Resort value hotels. Rooms with one king bed and connecting rooms may also be available.   

The Family Suites at Disney’s All-Star Music (ASMu) or Disney’s Art of Animation (AoA) can accommodate six.  Disney's All-Star Music Resort is generally less expensive than Disney's Art of Animation resort and has 1 queen bed, 1 double sleeper sofa and 2 twin sized pull-outs, along with a kitchenette and 2 full bathrooms.   Disney's Art of Animation costs a bit more but is newer and has 1 queen bed, one double sleeper sofa, and 1 murphey-type table bed, as well as a kitchenette and 2 full bathroom.

The family suites at Disney's Art of Animation resort can sleep up to six adults plus one baby in a crib. 

The family suites at Disney's Art of Animation resort can sleep up to six adults plus one baby in a crib. 

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground sleep six.  They have a bedroom with a queen bed and a twin size bunk bed, there is also a murphy bed in the living area.   This option only have 1 bathroom but it does have a full kitchen.  People either love or hate the cabins – I love them!   The challenge with the campground is that it is so large and there is an internal bus system so you have to catch a bus that takes you to either the boat to Magic Kingdom or the buses to the other parks, adding additional transportation time.

The bedroom in the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground can sleep up to four guests; two more can sleep on the Murphy bed in the main living area for a total of six adults + up to one baby in a crib. 

The bedroom in the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground can sleep up to four guests; two more can sleep on the Murphy bed in the main living area for a total of six adults + up to one baby in a crib. 

The two- and three-bedroom villas at the Deluxe resorts are very nice, have full bathrooms, full kitchens, free laundry, in a wonderful resort setting with lots of great amenities.  The exact bed configuration may vary by unit size and resort.   Keep in mind that 3-bedroom units are excluded from almost every Disney sales promotion and some of the other villas are also often excluded from discounts. 

Some of the Disney World deluxe resorts have a limited number of specialty rooms or suites that can accommodate six adults (+ one baby in a crib) but these can be very expensive and have very limited availability.   Suites and deluxe rooms are also often excluded from discounts and promotions.

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We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

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How Disney Got People to Pay Their Income Taxes!

How Donald Duck and the Disney Studios convinced Americans that it was their patriot duty to pay their income taxes and pay them on time.   Taxes to beat the Axis!

How Donald Duck and the Disney Studios convinced Americans that it was their patriot duty to pay their income taxes and pay them on time.   Taxes to beat the Axis!

I learned something interesting in Service with Character - The Disney Studio & World War II by David Lesjak.   The expenses of World War II meant that 7-million American workers would need to pay income tax for the first time so the US Treasury Department contracted the Disney Studios to create a cartoon short to convince these people that it was their patriotic duty to pay their taxes and pay them on time.   Disney studios created the short film below, named "The New Spirit" with the slogan: Taxes to Fight the Axis which was distributed freely to theaters throughout the United States and was seen by an estimated 3.5-million people.   Disney Studios produced the film at cost but when the Treasury Department submitted the cost ($80,000) in an appropriations bill, Congress denied the funding saying that the taxpayers would not approve of having their money spent on cartoons when there was a war going on.   It was a very heated, very public debate that was covered widely in the news.  Despite the fact that The New Spirit was produced at a loss and the free distribution of this film was costing the Disney Studios  $50,000 to $60,000 in lost bookings for other cartoon shorts, the Disney Studios received hate mail accusing them of being war profiteers as a result of the negative press.  Congressional never did budge on their veto but the US Treasury Department did finally pay the Disney Studios out of funds on hand. 

A second film called The Spirit of 43 was created a bit later that encouraged people to set aside money to pay their taxes.   It had some new footage and reused a large portion from The New Spirit.   It is notable for being the first appearance of a prototype of the character that would later be named Scrooge McDuck. 

This post is lovingly dedicated to Monica and Laura, two of our hard working travel agents who are feeling the burn of tax day.   Chin up, my friends...your taxes will keep democracy on the march!

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Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

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Universal's Volcano Bay Water Park Will Open May 25, 2017

Universal Orlando has announced that you can "live the carefree island life at Universal’s Volcano Bay™. It’s an all-new water theme park like no other where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. With the power of the TapuTapu™ wearable there’s no standing in long lines, wrestling with tubes, or waiting for the fun to begin. It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort™ has to offer. Your clients will want to include an additional day to their vacation and experience a water park different from any other.

Universal's Volcano Bay Water Park Will Open May 25, 2017 / Universal Orlando - Florida. 

A Full Day of Tropical Thrills & Relaxation

  • The park boasts 18 incredible attractions, including some that take you right through the iconic volcano.
  • Unique daytime and nighttime experiences make it an entire day’s worth of fun.
  • Guests can rent two-story cabanas, enjoy concierge services and other resort-like amenities.

World-Class Theming & Storytelling

  • Only Universal’s award-winning designers, the same team responsible for creating the incredible environments of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, could create such an immersive experience.
  • The culture and architecture of the fabled Waturi islanders are brought to life amid the park’s lush tropical landscaping.
  • Guests can play and relax in four unique areas of this South Pacific paradise where “Water is life. Life is joy.”
  • Towering high above the island is the mighty volcano Krakatau™, which cascades water by day and illuminated lava effects at night.

Technology & Design to Make the Most of Your Stay

  • The park has been designed so there’s no standing in long lines or carrying inner tubes from ride to ride.
  • It’s ideal location within Universal Orlando Resort™ makes it easily accessible to guests of the resort’s on-site hotels.
  • On-site hotel guests enjoy early park admission* (valid theme park admission required).
  • With the power of the TapuTapu™ wearable, there’s no standing in long lines, wrestling with tubes, or waiting for the fun to begin.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Universal!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Universal theme park vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Universal vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

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Pandora - The World of Avatar Will Open at Disney's Animal Kingdom on May 27, 2017

Disney has announced that the much anticipated Pandora - The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom will open on May 27, 2017.   

The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom will open on May 27, 2017.   

Here is Disney's Official Announcement: "Pandora - The World of Avatar, a new land in Disney's Animal Kingdom park, will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.

First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, Avatar Flight of Passage will offer guests the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee.

You will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

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"Happily Ever After" Nighttime Spectacular to Debut May 12

Disney World:  Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom will be ending May on May 11th and will be replaced on May 12th with “Happily Ever After,”

Disney World:  Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom will be ending May on May 11th and will be replaced on May 12th with “Happily Ever After,”

Disney has announced that the Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom will be ending May on May 11th and will be replaced on May 12th with “Happily Ever After,” a new nighttime spectacular that will combine the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and so much more.

According to Disney, "The spectacular will inspire guests to seek out and find their own “Happily Ever After” by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show, including moments from “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin” and many others."

The Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace will continue to offer up a scrumptious way to view the nighttime fun as “Happily Ever After” makes its debut.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

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Rivers of Light (Animal Kingdom) to Debut Feb. 17

“Rivers of Light,” the newest nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, will officially debut on Feb 17, 2017.  According to Disney, "This new show has live performers, a soaring musical score, grand theatrical imagery and innovative water special effects that celebrate the relationship between animals and nature. "Rivers of Light" comes to life on select nights after dark on the Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest."

Rivers of Light, a nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom park / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida. 

Disney also announced that, "starting immediately, you can book "Rivers of Light" Dining Packages at Tiffins and Tusker House Restaurants. Similar to the popular “Fantasmic!” Dining Packages at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the “Rivers of Light” Dining Package includes reserved seating at the new show. At all-you-care-to-eat Tusker House, you can choose the breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet on the day of the show (but you will have to dine at least 2 ½ hours before the show). Breakfast is $37, $23 ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuity; lunch and dinner, $49, $30 ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuity. Tusker House Restaurant is on the Disney Dining Plan and counts as one table-service meal.

At Tiffins, “Rivers of Light” Dining Packages are available at both lunch and dinner. You can choose an appetizer, entrée, dessert plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Dining must take place at least two and a half hours prior to showtime. Cost is $67, $32 ages 3 to 9 plus tax and gratuity. Tiffins accepts the Disney Dining Plan, and counts as two table-service meal entitlements."

As of this morning, dining packages were available for dates through June 30, 2017.  Book through your  MyDisneyExperience account or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  Glitches and technical issues are common whenever Disney introduces anything new so try again or call Disney if you're having trouble.

Elephants and tiger floats from the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. 

Elephants and tiger floats from the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. 

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

Our “Quote Request” form is the easiest way to start planning your trip. Just fill in as much or as little information as you know at this time and one of our agents will be in touch soon. There’s never any pressure or obligation.

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Important Information for Your February Trip to Disney World

Here is some information that will help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible.  

 Weather:  Bring a jacket and plan on layering your clothes because February can go from shorts weather to jacket weather within the same day, especially when the sun goes down. You can rent lockers near the front of the parks if you don’t want to carry jackets or extra clothes.  The Disney World resort hotel pools are outdoors and are heated to about 82-86 degrees.  The Disney World moderate and deluxe resorts have towels available near the pools; the value resorts and campground do not provide pool towels so be sure to request extra towels from housekeeping. 

  • Average high temperature: 74°
  • Average low temperature: 52°
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average Rain: 7 days in January / 2.4 inches of total precipitation.  

Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments:

  •  Magic Kingdom - Hall of Presidents will be closed from January 17 to June 29, 2017.
  • Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed from January 9 to March 2, 2017.
  • Animal Kingdom – Kali River Rapids will be closed from January 3 to February 13, 2017.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be closed from December 25, 2016 to March 11, 2017.  Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will be open, weather permitting.
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort Fantasia pool is closed February 6-10, 2017 but the Mighty Ducks pool is open.
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort Piano pool is closed December 12, 2016 – February 2, 2017 but the Calypso feature pool is open.
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort Tidal pool is closed February 20 - 22, 2017.
  • Disney's Boardwalk Resort Garden pool is closed February 13 - 15, 2017. The Community Hall pool is closed February 27 - March 1, 2017
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Sandcastle pool (main pool) is closed January 3– February 24, 2017 but the resort’s two smaller leisure pools will be open.
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort Admiral pool is closed February 22-24, 2017.
  • There may be more pool refurbishments - you can check for updates at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/wdw-february-crowds-closures-special-events/

Disney World Ride Special Events in February:

Epcot International Festival of the Arts (January 13 – February 20, 2017) will debut on January 13, 2017 and will run for six weekends (Fridays through Mondays).  Guests will get to enjoy the works of past Disney artists like Mary Blair as well as works by current artists like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos, including live demonstrations. Disney Theatrical will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage, including songs from Disney on Broadway's award-winning shows The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin.  The culinary arts will also be celebrated in the Food Studios area of the festival.   Most of the festival experiences will be included in the cost of Epcot admission; some dining and other events will have a separate cost associated with them.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training begins on February 25th – Tickets on sale beginning Dec. 12th.   The Atlanta Braves do spring training in the Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. Click here for additional information.

Have you booked your accommodations? Discounts must be booked by December 21, 2017 - Disney World has released two promotions – a room rate discount and the popular “Play, Stay & Dine” offer - for February and availability is limited. It’s okay if you don’t know where you want to stay, I can help you select a hotel that is a good fit for both your family and your budget.   I can also help with Universal Orlando resorts and other area hotels.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your itinerary -  Disney has released their February 2017 calendar and park hours and it is a good idea to map out which theme park(s) you want to visit on a given day during your trip so that you can book dining and FastPass+ reservations that don't have you running all over Disney moderate from most of the month but spike to high levels for February 17 – 20 (Presidents Day Weekend).  Did you know that the parks are not equally crowded on any given day?  For example, on February 25, the projected crowds for Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ expected crowds will be about a "9" on a scale of 1-to-10 but Epcot has projected crowds of “4” that same day.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom crowds will be around “8” and the Magic Kingdom are an expected "7"  that day.  I can help you map out an itinerary that lets you take advantage of the best relative crowd and show conditions during your trip. When you book your trip through us, you’ll receive either a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disney World (printed guidebook) or a subscription to TouringPlans.com because we really know for a fact that their touring plans will save you a lot of time otherwise wasted in line and help you make the most of shorter hours when crowds are low.  

  • Clip-out theme park touring plans (itineraries) are available beginning on page 814 of the 2017 Unofficial Guide to Disney World.
  • Printable theme park touring plans (itineraries)  are available in the Touring Plans tab of our TouringPlans.com account or you can access their itineraries through their smartphone app.
  • We also include printed, standardized plans in the packet of documents and information mailed to you shortly before your trip, when you book through us.

We’re Here To Answer Your Touring Plan Questions - Do you know which plan you want to use? Do you have questions about how to use the plans or how to include your FastPass+ & dining reservations into the plans? We don't expect you to figure it all out on your own; Steve, our theme park guy, is available most evenings and on the weekends to talk with you about your touring plan questions.   With a little advance planning, you can have a great time regardless of the crowds.   

 Have you booked your Disney Dining Reservations?  There are still some great options available and you may even be able to snag a reservation at popular locations if your schedule is flexible. I can help you narrow down the restaurant choices to options that you will really enjoy so we can lock in some great options before they’re gone.

In a nutshell, here’s how we will help you have a great vacation:

1.   Your travel agent – You will have one travel agent from start-to-finish who will know your name and your priorities and will do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.

2.   “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, and shows and help with dining and Fastpass+ reservations.  The theme park touring plans we provide will help you stay ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines. 

3.   Saving Money – Of course we will watch for discounts and promotions and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but I also help you avoid up-sells and costly options you won’t use.

4.   We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  This way, you can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  If you booked directly through Disney within the last 30-days, you can also sometimes have us listed as the "agent of record" on your existing reservation and still receive our services for free or you can purchase vacation planning consulting services from us if you booked more than 30-days ago or through another travel agency.

Does that sound like a good plan? 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

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Important Information for Your January Trip to Disney World

Are you headed to Disney World this January? I want to pass on some information that will help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. 

Weather at Disney World in January

Bring a jacket and plan on layering your clothes because January typically has the coolest temperatures of the year.  It can go from shorts weather to jacket weather within the same day, especially when the sun goes down, or it can be on the cool side all day. You can rent lockers near the front of the parks if you don’t want to carry jackets or extra clothes.  The Disney World resort hotel pools are outdoors and are heated to about 82-86 degrees.  The Disney World moderate and deluxe resorts have towels available near the pools; the value resorts and campground do not provide pool towels so be sure to request extra towels from housekeeping. 

  • Average high temperature: 71°
  • Average low temperature: 49°
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average Rain: 7 days in January / 2.4 inches of total precipitation.

Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments

  • Magic Kingdom - Hall of Presidents will be closed from January 17 to June 29, 2017.
  • Magic Kingdom – Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed from January 3 to 12, 2017.
  • Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed from January 9 to February 16, 2017.
  • Animal Kingdom – Kali River Rapids will be closed from January 3 to 29, 2017.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be closed from December 25, 2016 to March 11, 2017.  Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will be open, weather permitting.
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort Piano pool is closed December 12, 2016 – February 2, 2017 but the Calypso feature pool is open.
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort Computer pool is closed through January 3, 2017 but the Hippy Dippy feature pool and Bowling Pin pool are both open.
  • There may be more pool refurbishments - Click here for updates.

Disney World Ride Special Events in January

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts (January 13 – February 20, 2017) will debut on January 13, 2017 and will run for six weekends (Fridays through Mondays).  Guests will get to enjoy the works of past Disney artists like Mary Blair as well as works by current artists like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos, including live demonstrations. Disney Theatrical will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage, including songs from Disney on Broadway's award-winning shows The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin.  The culinary arts will also be celebrated in the Food Studios area of the festival.   Most of the festival experiences will be included in the cost of Epcot admission; some dining and other events will have a separate cost associated with them.

Accommodations, Dining, FastPass+ and Itinerary

Have you booked your accommodations? Discounts must be booked by December 21, 2017 - Disney World has released two promotions – a room rate discount and the popular “Play, Stay & Dine” offer -  for January and availability is limited. It’s okay if you don’t know where you want to stay, I can help you select a hotel that is a good fit for both your family and your budget.   I can also help with Universal Orlando resorts and other area hotels.

Now is the perfect time to start planning your itinerary -  Disney has released their January 2017 calendar and park hours and it is a good idea to map out which theme park(s) you want to visit on a given day during your trip so that you can book dining and FastPass+ reservations that don't have you running all over Disney World.   Did you know that the parks are not equally crowded on any given day?  For example, on January 5, the projected crowds for the Magic Kingdom are a "10" on a scale of 1-to-10 but Disney’s Animal Kingdom has projected crowds of “4” that same day.  Epcot crowds will be around “8” and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ expected crowds will be about a "9" that day.  I can help you map out an itinerary that lets you take advantage of the best relative crowd and show conditions during your trip.

Do You Know How to Use Theme Park Touring Plans to Manage Crowds? Crowds will be high through January 7th but drop to low to moderate levels beginning January 8th .  When you book your trip through me, you’ll receive either a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disney World (printed guidebook) or a subscription to TouringPlans.com because we really know for a fact that their touring plans will save you a lot of time otherwise wasted in line and help you make the most of shorter hours when crowds are low. 

  • Clip-out theme park touring plans (itineraries) are available beginning on page 814 of the 2017 Unofficial Guide to Disney World.
  • Printable theme park touring plans (itineraries)  are available in the Touring Plans tab of our TouringPlans.com account or you can access their itineraries through their smartphone app.
  • I also include printed, standardized plans in the packet of documents and information mailed to you shortly before your trip when you book through us. .

We’re Here To Answer Your Touring Plan Questions - Do you know which plan you want to use? Do you have questions about how to use the plans or how to include your FastPass+ & dining reservations into the plans? We don't expect you to figure it all out on your own; Steve, our theme park guy, is available most evenings and on the weekends to talk with you about your touring plan questions when you book your trip through us. With a little advance planning, you can have a great time regardless of the crowds.   

Have you booked your Disney Dining Reservations?  There are still some great options available and you may even be able to snag a reservation at popular locations if your schedule is flexible. I can help you narrow down the restaurant choices to options that you will really enjoy so we can lock in some great options before they’re gone.

Here’s how we will help you have a great vacation:

1.   Your travel agent – You will have one travel agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and will do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.

2.   “Best Days” Itinerary – We will help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, and shows and help with dining and Fastpass+ reservations.  The theme park touring plans we provide will help you stay ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines. 

3.   Saving Money – Of course we will watch for discounts and promotions and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and costly options you won’t use.

4.   We Are Fee-Free -  We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  This way, you can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  If you booked directly through Disney within the last 30-days, you can also sometimes have us listed as the "agent of record" on your existing reservation and still receive our services for free or you can purchase vacation planning consulting services from us if you booked more than 30-days ago or through another travel agency.

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

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Free 2017 Disney Planning DVDs Now Available

2017 Free Disney Vacation Planning DVD  - Every year Disney creates a vacation planning DVD that you can have delivered right to your mail box or you can view it online.  Just click the image below to request your free copy.

It is a little cheesy but a lot of fun and can be used to tell the kids about your Disney vacation plans. This free DVD provides some great basic information about the Disney World and Disneyland theme parks and resorts but won't help you plan an itinerary that puts you in the best theme park for each day of the trip but don't worry - we'll help you with that when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip.

The online version is available in both English and Spanish.   The DVD is only available in English.  If the banner above doesn't work, you can click here to request the free Disney World Vacation planning DVD.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  • Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  • “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  • Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  • We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency.

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

Our “Quote Request” form is the easiest way to start planning your trip. Just fill in as much or as little information as you know at this time and one of our agents will be in touch soon. There’s never any pressure or obligation.

Get A Quote
The 2017 Free Disney Vacation Planning DVD is now available.

The 2017 Free Disney Vacation Planning DVD is now available.

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New PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs - Disney World

Choose from several great backgrounds at the PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida.

Choose from several great backgrounds at the PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida.

Here are a couple of the images taken at the new PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs. You get to choose your own backdrop. My daughter wouldn't get in the picture with me so it's a little awkward with just 1 person in the picture! (Plus I wasn't a fan of the posing....)

 There are view stations available so you can preview your photos and you can purchase prints of the photos right there, if desired.   Your photos taken at the PhotoPass Studio are included in the Memory Maker and are linked to your MyDisneyExperience account. 

To have photos taken, you go to the PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs, and tell them you have the Memory Maker and you want the studio pictures taken that go with it. You then get to choose your background (I'm not sure if you just get to choose 1 or several....I told him I am a Travel Agent and was interested in seeing how it worked and showing clients so he let me choose a couple of them). They take the pictures and they show up in your Memory Maker!

PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs - images are included in the Memory Maker package / Walt Disney World

PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs - images are included in the Memory Maker package / Walt Disney World

The PhotoPass Studio is located between The World of Disney Store and Ghirardelli's Chocolate in Disney Springs.   Click here for additional information.

Map courtesy of Google

Map courtesy of Google

About the Author: Monica is the most experienced agent at Build A Better Mouse Trip, a travel agency specializing in Disney World and Orlando theme park vacations.  Click here to read more about Monica.

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December at Disney World - Tips & Information

The waiting is almost over and you’ll be headed to Disney World soon so I wanted to share some important information to help you have a great December Trip to Disney World:

Tips & Information for your December Holiday Trip to Disney World - Christmas events, crowd tips, and more.

Tips & Information for your December Holiday Trip to Disney World - Christmas events, crowd tips, and more.

Weather:  Bring a jacket and plan on layering your clothes because the temperatures can go from shorts weather to jacket weather within the same day, especially when the sun goes down. You can rent lockers near the front of the parks if you don’t want to carry jackets all day.  The Disney World resort hotel pools are outdoors and are heated to about 82-86-degrees.  The Disney World moderate and deluxe resorts have towels available near the pools; the value resorts and campground do not provide pool towels so be sure to request extra towels from housekeeping.

  • Average high temperature: 72-degrees
  • Average low temperature: 53-degrees
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average number of days with rain: 6

Online Resort Check-In: If you’re not particular about your room location and feel comfortable about your ability it to find your room, online check-in can save time since you will probably receive a text with your room number and may be able to by-pass the front desk altogether – you’ll be able to unlock your room using your MagicBand.   If you have a room location request or multiple rooms, you may prefer to wait until you arrive to check-in. 

Lots & lots of holiday events at Disney World – There are too many incredible holiday experiences to list here so please check for information at this link: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/disney-world-holidays

Parades in the Magic Kingdom:

  • Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade will be presented daily at 3:00PM through December 22nd.   It is not offered from Dec. 23 – 31 but returns on January 1, 2017
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade will be presented daily at 12:00PM and  3:30PM on December 23 – 31, 2016.  This parade is also presented during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties offered on select evenings in December (special ticket required).
  • Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade is no longer presented at Disney World.

 Magic Kingdom Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks –  New Years Fireworks display will be presented at 11:48PM on December 30 & 31, 2016.   

Disney Theme Parks Open Early to Everyone on select days in December - The Disney World theme parks typically open to the general public at 9:00AM but there are days during the holiday season where one or more of the theme parks will open to everyone (not just guests of the Disney World hotels) at 8:00AM.   The early bird gets the shortest lines so this is important information.   The Magic Kingdom will open at 8:00AM on Dec. 3, and Dec. 17 - 31.  Disney's Hollywood Studios will open at 8:30am on Dec. 18 - 24 and at 8am on Dec. 25 - 31. Epcot and the Animal Kingdom will open at 8:00AM on 8am on Dec. 25 - 31.  Disney may expand their early openings as we get closer to Christmas break. Early openings typically correspond with high crowd expectations so arrive early to enjoy the lowest crowds of the day and use a good Disney theme park touring plan.  Extra Magic Hours benefits for Disney World resort hotel guests may be available in addition to these early openings.

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Keep a screenshot of your FastPass+ reservations on your phone:  This isn’t affecting everyone (thank goodness!) but  Disney had a “system enhancement” in November that changed all of the Disney vacation package reservation numbers and it seems to be affecting FastPass+ recognition with some MagicBands.  Have a screenshot of your FastPass+ reservations and they’ll probably honor them without sending you to Guest Services. You can use the screenshot as your smartphone wallpaper so that the information is handy.    If you do have to go to Guest Services due to problems with your MagicBands, be sure to ask if they can give you any extra FastPass+ reservations to make up for the time you lost; they can often do that.     We hope you don’t have any problems but you may want to scan our “What to do when things go wrong” article at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/when-things-go-wrong.

Holiday Crowds:   We’re not telling you this to scare you, just to prepare you - 

  • Disney World will have moderate to moderately-high crowds from December 1 – 18
  • Disney Holiday Peak / High crowds from December 19 – January 5.
  • Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – when multiple performances are offered, the later performance is always less crowded than the earlier show.
  • Arrive at the theme parks at least 45-minutes prior to park opening to enjoy the lowest crowds of the day.   When crowds are high, it is better to arrive early and take a mid-day break than to arrive late. 

Do You Know How to Use Theme Park Touring Plans to Manage Crowds? When you book your trip through us, you will receive either a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disney World (printed guidebook) or a subscription to TouringPlans.com because we really know for a fact that their touring plans will save you a lot of time otherwise wasted in line - especially during the busy holiday season.

  • Clip-out theme park touring plans (itineraries) are available beginning on page 814 of the 2017 Unofficial Guide to Disney World, and near the very back of any other edition. 
  • Printable theme park touring plans (itineraries)  are available in the Touring Plans tab of our TouringPlans.com account or you can access their itineraries through their smartphone app – must have a subscription.
  • We include printed, standardized plans in the packet of documents and information mailed to our clients shortly before their trip.

Do you know which plan you want to use? Do you have questions about how to use the plans or how to include your FastPass+ & dining reservations into the plans? We don't expect our clients to figure it all out on their own.    When you book through us, you can let us know where you are confused or have questions because Steve, our theme park guy, is available most evenings and on the weekends to talk with you about your touring plan questions.   With a little advance planning, you can have a great time regardless of the crowds.

Expect crowds at Disney World - Dec. 2016 / Photo courtesy of TouringPlans Blog

Expect crowds at Disney World - Dec. 2016 / Photo courtesy of TouringPlans Blog

Winter-Summerland Miniature Golf This is a very cute Christmas themed miniature golf and you should have four free miniature golf vouchers (must start your game by 4PM) in your Disney Documents.  Winter Summerland shares a parking lot with the Blizzard Beach water park so it can be a little tricky to get to when Blizzard Beach is closed.  If there is a transportation cast member (Disney employee) on hand, ask for instructions; otherwise, you typically take Disney transportation to Epcot (main entrance area) and then catch the “Coronado Springs / Blizzard Beach” bus.  Let the driver upon boarding that you want to be dropped off at Winter Summerland.

Click Here for Disney World Ride Closure & Refurbishments in December

Can you access the email address you used for your MyDisneyExperience account from your Smartphone?   If a ride breaks down or something else happens that forces Disney to change one of your FastPass+ reservations, they will send a message to the email address you used for your MyDisneyExperience account.   This message may provide a new time or it may give you the option of using a FastPass+ at any other FastPass+ enabled attraction, if they don’t expect to be able to resolve the problem in a timely fashion.  

Disney Magical Express - Departure Day Information:   Because Disney is using MagicBands for so many things, many Disney guests don’t realize that they still need to use the printed Disney Magical Express vouchers that will be left on your hotel room door on the morning prior to your departure day.   It is a good idea to take a look at the contents of that envelope to make sure they have your correct flight information and to confirm the time you need to be at the front of the resort.   Also, be aware that Disney’s Magical Express runs around the clock but  the airline check-in desk in your resort lobby is only open until the early afternoon.   If your airline participates in the resort check-in option, you’ll need to have prepaid any baggage fees if you intend to check your bags at the resort.   Carry-on items can be stored at your resort’s baggage services desk for those of you who have a later flight and want to make the most of your last hours at Disney World.  

Using Disney Dining Credits after check-out on your departure day – Any unused Disney Dining credits should be available to you until 11:59PM on your departure day but guests sometimes have trouble using them after hotel check-out time.   Don’t panic - the manager at the restaurant can usually resolve this easily enough.   If you have unused snack credits, you may want to use them on Disney themed treats from your resort food court or gift shop, just remember that liquids will not be allowed past the security gate at the airport.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.

We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

Our “Quote Request” form is the easiest way to start planning your trip. Just fill in as much or as little information as you know at this time and one of our agents will be in touch soon. There’s never any pressure or obligation.

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Magic Kingdom Parade Information for December:

The Magic Kingdom parade schedule changes a bit in December:

Information about changes to the December parade schedule in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World - includes information about Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade and Festival of Fantasy Parade as well as Fantasy in the Sky fireworks on New Year's Eve.
  • Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade will be presented daily at 3:00PM through December 22nd. It is not offered from Dec. 23 – 31 but returns on January 1, 2017
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade will be presented daily at 12:00PM and 3:30PM on December 23 – 31, 2016. This parade is also presented during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties offered on select evenings in December (special ticket required).
  • Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade is no longer presented at Disney World.

Magic Kingdom Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks – In addition to the regular Wishes Fireworks, a New Years Fireworks display will be presented at 11:48PM on December 30 & 31, 2016.

Click Here for more Disney World holiday information

Click Here for a Full List of December Closures & Refurbishments

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts to Debut in January 2017

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will debut on January 13, 2017 and will run for six weekends (Fridays through Mondays).  Guests will get to enjoy the works of past Disney artists like Mary Blair as well as works by current artists like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos, including live demonstrations. Disney Theatrical will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage, including songs from Disney on Broadway's award-winning shows The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin.  The culinary arts will also be celebrated in the Food Studios area of the festival.   Click here for more information.

Tips for January at Disney World: Disney World will remain at peak holiday crowd levels through January 7, 2017 but then crowds drop to low or moderate levels for the rest of the month with a small spike in crowds over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (January 13 - 16).   Because of the cooler temperatures, Disney typically finds January the best month to attend to pool repairs and refurbishments but open pools are heated to 82 - 86-degrees. Start checking your extended weather forecast about 10 days prior to your trip and plan to layer clothing as temperatures can vary quite a bit throughout the day and chilly evenings are common.  

Disney World Closures & Refurbishments in January

Tips for February at Disney World: February guests enjoy cool temperatures and low to moderate crowds for most of the month but crowd levels do spike to moderate to high levels over Presidents Day Weekend.  

Disney World Closures & Refurbishments in February

Disney has two early 2017 discounts available now - Offers Expire on December 21, 2016:  The Play, Stay and Dine offer is available for January 1 - March 7th arrivals, though availability is limited.  Room rate discounts are available for January 2 - April 6, 2017 arrivals.  Since both offers must be booked by December 21, 2017 to qualify, this is the best time to book your spring break trip to Disney World.  The good news is that the deposit is only $200.00 and you can cancel up to 30 days prior to arrival for a full refund. 

Click here for a no-obligation vacation quote

Another good reason to book your Disney World vacation packages now is that Disney has raised ticket prices in February every year for the last three years so you'll want to lock in current prices now; once your deposit is applied, your price cannot go up. Ticket prices increased on February 23, 2014, on February 22, 2015, and again on February 28, 2016.

Garden Grocer Offers Holiday Meal Delivery to Disney Hotels

Did you see that Garden Grocer is offering holiday meal delivery (ham or turkey) to the Disney World resort hotels now through Dec. 24? They're fully cooked but require reheating. Order at least 15 days in advance and save 5% or order 30 days in advance to save 7%.  This is a nice option if you're in a Disney villa (1-bedroom or larger) or a cabin at the campground and have a stove available to you; most standard hotel rooms at Disney World do not have a microwave or stove. Studio villas and family suites have microwaves.   Click the photo above to go to the Garden Grocer website.

I love this scene with a full turkey being cooked over a little barbecue grill in front of a tiny trailer from Disney's Winter Summerland miniature golf course.

I love this scene with a full turkey being cooked over a little barbecue grill in front of a tiny trailer from Disney's Winter Summerland miniature golf course.

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New MagicBand Packaging

Disney World has introduced new packaging for MagicBands that is fully recyclable and is printed on recycled paper.  The Walt Disney Travel Company also includes gift luggage tags that come in the sleeve on the left side of the box; the straps for the luggage tags are in the gray MagicBand holder. The new packaging includes printed information for sizing, wearing, and using MagicBands

New, fully-recyclable packaging for MagicBands from the Walt Disney Travel Company. 

New, fully-recyclable packaging for MagicBands from the Walt Disney Travel Company

MagicBands are included as part of Walt Disney World Resort room only reservations and vacation packages and are mailed to guests from the United States. Guests from other countries and guests who book less than a month prior to arrival will receive their MagicBands when they check in at their Disney resort.  You will need to set up a MyDisneyExperience.com to link your resort reservation and tickets (if purchased separately) to your MagicBands.

MagicBands contain a RFID chip that can be used:

  • To check in to your resort
  • To check in to Disney's Magical Express upon arrival.  Paper vouchers are still used on departure day.
  • To unlock yourhotel room
  • To enter the theme parks, if admission tickets have been linked to your account.
  • To access your resort feature pool & laundry areas
  • To use Disney Dining Plan credits, if you have purchased a Disney Dining Plan.  
  • To charge purchases to your room, if linked to a credit card and a 4-digit PIN has been set up.

Guests not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can purchase MagicBands at Disney World or prior to their trip through the Disney Store.   

MagicBands can be reused on future trips and have a life expectancy of about two years before the enclosed battery dies.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  1. Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  3. Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

Our “Quote Request” form is the easiest way to start planning your trip. Just fill in as much or as little information as you know at this time and one of our agents will be in touch soon. There’s never any pressure or obligation.

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Disney Trivia: Pin-Ups for Disney Service Men

"Dispatch from Disney's" was produced in 1943 for Walt Disney Studios employees serving in the Armed Services and it included a page titled "Pin-Ups For Service Men from Walt Disney Staff" that featured hand drawn pictures of topless women.

"Dispatch from Disney's" was produced in 1943 for Walt Disney Studios employees serving in the Armed Services and it included a page titled "Pin-Ups For Service Men from Walt Disney Staff" that featured hand drawn pictures of topless women.

On Veterans Day, I started reading Service with Character: The Disney Studio & World War II by David Lesjak and was surprised to learn that one issue of a magazine called "Dispatch from Disney's" was produced in 1943 for Walt Disney Studios employees serving in the Armed Forces and it included a page titled "Pin-Ups For Service Men from Walt Disney Staff" that featured hand drawn pictures of topless women. Now I have the song "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from Disney's Mulan going through my head!

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Disney World Transportation Tip - Bus or Taxi?

Disney World Transportation Tip: This week, someone asked me if they should use a taxi or Uber to get to the parks, rather than wait for the buses. We usually just use the buses and do just fine. If you don't have a car, I do like using a taxi or Uber for early morning character meals scheduled before park opening because the timing is more predictable.  Definitely take a taxi or your own vehicle to the Cape May Character breakfast if you're not staying in the Epcot resort area because transportation to Disney's Beach Club Resort from any other resort involves too many transfers.  Buses run pretty regularly at park opening & closing but you might like using a taxi or Uber for your midday break so you don't spend too much time waiting for transportation. It can also be a great option if you're trying to go from one resort to another since the buses typically do not move between the resorts.

Disney World Transportation Tips -  Is the free transportation fine or should we taxi or drive to the Disney World theme parks from our Disney World hotel?

Disney World Transportation Tips -  Is the free transportation fine or should we taxi or drive to the Disney World theme parks from our Disney World hotel?

Taking a taxi to the Magic Kingdom will not save time in most cases because it will drop you at the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC) and you will have to take the ferry or monorail to the Magic Kingdom but the resort buses will drop you off by the entrance of Magic Kingdom.  This same principle applies if you have your own vehicle as the Magic Kingdom parking is located in the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC); you'll probably have to wait for a parking lot tram to take you to where you'll wait for the monorail or ferry boat to take you to the Magic Kingdom; or you can take your Disney resort bus and get let off near the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.

Don't Miss Out on Great Experiences at Disney World!

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible. We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation. Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here’s how we help you have a great vacation:

  • Your travel agent – You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
  • “Best Days” Itinerary – We’ll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, crowds and shows. Then we help with dining & Fastpass+ reservations.
  • Saving Money – Of course we watch for discounts and promotion and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won’t use.
  • We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us.  You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer.  You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency. 

Let’s start planning a great vacation!

Our “Quote Request” form is the easiest way to start planning your trip. Just fill in as much or as little information as you know at this time and one of our agents will be in touch soon. There’s never any pressure or obligation.

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Book Review: Murder in the Magic Kingdom

Murder in the Magic Kingdom, by Anne Salisbury and Bob McLain
Amazon price: Paperback: $14.95 / Kindle Edition: $4.99
Reviewed by Annette Johnson

Note: There are two books with the title Murder in the Magic Kingdom listed on Amazon.  This review is for the 2014 book by Anne Salisbury, not the 2008 book by Foreman Heard. 

Murder in the Magic Kingdom: A Novel
$14.95
By Annie Salisbury

Disney World cast member Tommy Boyd’s murdered body is found in the waters of the Jungle Cruise attraction and Josh, another cast member, comes under scrutiny because Tommy was inexplicably wearing one of Josh’s uniforms at the time of his death.  Though Josh isn’t detained, due to lack of evidence, he rightly feels that they’ll stop looking for other suspects unless he finds some compelling evidence to prove his own innocence and to point their attention elsewhere.  I don’t want to give anything away but what follows is a fairly short book (only 154 pages) that moves quickly through the Disney World theme parks to catch the real killer.     

What I like:   A lot of Disney park based fiction has a common theme of the current Disney leadership being motivated solely by profits and the need to find a rightful successor to carry on Walt Disney’s true spirit and vision for the parks.   That is fine - I’ve certainly imagined what I would do if I was at the helm of the Disney corporation – but it can also get monotonous.   Murder in the Magic Kingdom doesn’t go there; it simply places a murder mystery into the current Disney World setting.   The author is a former Cast Member so she weaves both the public and backstage areas of the park into the story in effective ways.  Josh, the lead character in the book, is likeable but refreshingly normal; he isn’t a genius or drop dead gorgeous – he's just a regular guy who was dropped into a bad situation and you can’t help but hope that things work out for him.

What I didn’t like:   The book would’ve benefited from better proofreading; there is a your/you’re mistake which is easy enough to read through.  There are a few places where the wrong word is used and it sort of stops the flow of the story as your brain tries to fill in the right word; for example, there is one place where one cast member “shames” the hand of another instead where it should’ve been “shakes”.   I felt like the book ended rather abruptly with too many loose ends; in particular, the main character was feeling like he was simply treading water in both his career and his relationships and there was nothing to indicate whether this rather dramatic set of circumstances helped him to find clarity or come to any decisions about his life.

Final thoughts:  The author has only published two books and this is her first fiction effort; her first book, which I have not yet read, is an autobiographical account of her experiences as a Disney VIP tour guide. Murder in the Magic Kingdom isn't a bad first work but may have benefited from a little more work and a little better editing. I bought the Kindle Edition and, at $4.99, it was an enjoyable, light read providing a quick fix to satisfy my Disney theme park addiction; I probably would’ve been disappointed if I’d purchased the paperback version for $14.95. 

About the reviewer: Annette has been reading mystery novels since she discovered Nancy Drew in her school library.  She and her husband love the Disney theme parks and launched Build A Better Mouse Trip / Mouse Trip Travel, a Disney-focused travel agency, over ten years ago so that they and their agents can help others experience the wonder and the magic of the Disney theme parks.

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame is Being Removed at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Exhibit has permanently closed at Disney's Hollywood Studios and is being replaced with a food and beverage marketplace.  Walt Disney World Resort - October 2016

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Exhibit has permanently closed at Disney's Hollywood Studios and is being replaced with a food and beverage marketplace.  Walt Disney World Resort - October 2016

The Orlando Sentinel has announced that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in the Echo Lake area of Disney's Hollywood Studios is being replaced with a food and beverage marketplace.   The exhibit featuring busts of TV stars has been behind construction walls since September 2016 and will be completely cleared by Thanksgiving.   The busts will returned to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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New Disney World Christmas show: Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM! to Debut on November 14, 2016

Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM!  A New Christmas show at Disney World to debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 14, 2016 and will be offered nightly through December 31st.

Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM!  A New Christmas show at Disney World to debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 14, 2016 and will be offered nightly through December 31st.

The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has just announced a new nighttime holiday show called “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” which will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Nov. 14th and run through December 31st.  The show will feature a seasonal musical score along with state of the art projections on the façade of The Great Movie Ride / Chinese Theater, special effects and fireworks.    Elves Wayne & Lanny from “Prep & Landing” lead this yuletide adventure to that includes favorite holiday moments from Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty & the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, and Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.   It all builds to a festive finale and we here that there will be snow!  This experience is included with park admission and replaces the Osborn Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights which was retired in 2015.

For those wanting a little more,  Disney is also offering a  Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more. Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use while watching the show. The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.   The Dessert Party will occur one hour prior to each performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and costs $69 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $39 for children (ages 3-9). This price includes taxes and gratuities.  Reservations can be booked now and will probably sell out quickly.

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