Save Up to $500 on a 5-Night Stay at Select Disney Resort Hotels in Spring and Early Summer 2022
Stay in the magic with this special offer! Join in the fun during the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration!
Save up to $100 per night on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights March 6, 2022 through July 7, 2022. You can enjoy early entry to the theme parks 30 minutes before opening to experience select attractions (with valid park admission and a park reservation). Plus, as a Disney Resort hotel Guest, you get early access to purchase individual Lightning Lane entry for up to 2 attractions each day.
This offer is valid for the Disney Resort hotels listed below:
SAVE $100 Per night
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas-Kidani Village
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
save $40 Per Night
The Cabins at Fort Wilderness
Disney’s Art of Animation – Family Suites
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter and Riverside
Save $20 per night
Disney’s All-Star Resorts (Music, Movies, and Sports)
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Valid Travel Dates Stays most nights March 6, 2022 through July 7, 2022
Length of Stay Requirements
Minimum – 1 night
Maximum – 14 nights
Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.
Advance reservations required.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.
Valid admission and a park reservation are required for the same park and same day to enjoy theme parks and special events and are not included in this offer.
Resort hotel reopening dates are subject to change.
Surely, you know all about Disney Cruise Line’s Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries, but do they go anywhere else? THEY SURE DO! Disney Cruise Line offers Pacific Coast Cruises, Mexico and Southern California, Canadian Cruises, European and Mediterranean Cruises, and SO MUCH MORE!
This September, set sail on the Disney Magic for a 7-Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise out of Dover. This itinerary offers so many amazing opportunities and sights, so let’s take a deeper look!
You will set sail from Dover, England, an historic port famed in WWI and WWII. Located in southern England, 80 miles from London and 28 miles from Paris, you can plan a couple days in the UK or France before or after your cruise to see the sights. Maybe even an Adventures by Disney getaway! Once aboard the Magic, you will have access to everything Disney Cruise Line has to offer, including pools, spas, kids, tweens, and teens spaces, and more! And Day 2 will be spent at Sea, so be sure to take in all the ship has to offer!
On Day 3, you will have time to debark and explore Alesund, Norway. This fishing town for amazing mountains, Art Nouveau architecture, and gorgeous waterways. Take a city tour, see a Viking village, rev up a RIB Boat, explore the Path of Trolls, and so much more. Or just stay on the ship and enjoy the emptiness after many guests debark!
Day 4, explore Nordfjordeid, where you can take in the beautiful Briksdal Glacier, take a helicopter sightseeing tour, visit farms,
or go on an amazing kayaking adventure!
Day 5, enjoy Eidfjord, Norway, where you can experience the Vøringsfossen waterfall. With a total height of nearly 600 feet, it’s a must-see wonder! Explore Hardangervidda National Park, home to hiking trails, spectacular vistas and wildlife, including some of the largest wild reindeer herds in the world.
Day 6, in Stavanger, hike Pulpit Point to take in amazing views of Scandinavia! You can also visit the oldest cathedral in Norway, a Viking Monument, or the picturesque scenery.
Disney JUST ANNOUNCED the upcoming return of some favorite restaurants!! Flying Fish at the Boardwalk, Jiko-the Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Saratoga Springs will all be returning soon. And Cape May will once again be offering BUFFET service!
The Flying Fish, located on the Boardwalk, will reopen on January 27, 2022. They will once again offer delicious flavors, sustainable fish, and steak offerings. The Seafood Pearl Pasta consists of shrimp, lobster, scallops, clams, and mussels.
Or maybe you prefer the Plancha-seared Scallops, which are served with savory grits, sweet corn, and Peppadew emulsion. And finish off with an amazing dessert like the Cocoa Breach, which is served with vanilla custard.
On February 3, 2022, head to Saratoga Springs Resort to dine at The Turf Club Bar and Grill. Start off with an amazing appetizer of New York cider-braised mussels, flavored with garlic, chorizo, fennel, Fresno chili, and apple cider topped with a grilled baguette.
This American-flavored spot will not disappoint, as you next can choose between the Grilled Pork Chop or Braised Lamb Tagliatelle, among other amazing dishes. And don’t forget dessert! Including an amazing New York cheesecake!
Next, beginning February 17, 2022, head to Animal Kingdom Lodge to enjoy African, Indian, and Mediterranean flavors at Jiko-the Cooking Place!! Try the Seafood Tangine, made up of prawns, scallops, squid, and Littleneck clams! A returning favorite for dessert, the Kilimanjaro dessert is not just gorgeous, but delicious too. Decadent dark chocolate mousse, pistachio financier, pink peppercorn meringue, cacao nib crunch, and ras el hanout pineapples!!
February 15, 2022, Cape May will see the return of the all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet!! Once again, enjoy items including pull-apart bread with vanilla sauce, beef hash, and an omelet station. And what breakfast is complete without Mickey and Minnie waffles?
Also, the return of the seafood boil buffet! This includes with options like cornbread, seasonal harvest salad, seafood boil, and a daily carving station! And you can upgrade your meal with snow crab legs or even a whole lobster, both purchased by the pound. Come hungry, leave satisfied!!
And finally, on January 31, 2022, Ale and Compass will see some favorites, like Blueberry Bacon Pancakes and a tasty buffet filled with dazzling additions to your entrée, including pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, and house-made cheddar biscuits with country gravy, return to what is undoubtedly one of my favorite breakfasts!! And welcome some new lunch favorites, too!
What are YOU most excited to see returning?! What is still missing that you MUST have back (the dining plan, DUH!!) Ready to book your trip? Contact me today!!
No one wants to think that their perfect vacation they spent a lot of time and money planning will have problems, but stuff happens sometimes. Here are 15 common things that will ruin your Disney World vacation unless you PLAN FOR THEM!!!
1. Forgetting that florida is hot
Florida is super hot. Yes, it can and does get cold occasionally, but, for the most part, Florida is incredibly hot. Many people will fall prey to dehydration, sunburn, and chafing. The best advice is to pack a water bottle in your park bag. You can fill it up in the morning, either from bottled water you have in your room or the water at the Quick Service location in your hotel, and then get free water all throughout the parks, either at Quick Service restaurants, water bottle refill stations, or asking for water at your table service meals. Florida water is an acquired taste, so you may want to pack some flavoring, too!
As for sunburn, SO many people skip it for the theme parks. I cannot stress how bad this is! Not only is Florida the Sunshine State and incredibly hot, but you are spending a majority of your time standing on hot, black pavement that is reflecting that sun right back up to your skin. It’s getting you from above AND below! Apply sunscreen before you leave and pack some into your park bag so that you can reapply. Nothing is worse than spending thousands of dollars to spend days 2-5 in your hotel because your skin got torched on day 1! Same thing goes for chafing! Gold Bond powder and Bodyglide can be your friend! Especially for ladies blessed without a thigh gap. Also good to pack shorts to wear under skirts, both for big kid ladies and small kid ladies. Skirts are hella cute but without shorts underneath, the thighs are EXPOSED! Don’t make this mistake! You can also purchase foot glide, and keep blisters at bay!
2. disney rash
Disney Rash, or Exercise-Induced Vasculitis, is something that happens to people when they walk, run, stand, etc in extremely hot temperatures. Though it is called a “rash,” it is actually inflamed blood vessels that resemble a rash. You can avoid or lessen the chances of getting Disney Rash by elevating your feet every chance you get, staying hydrated, taking NSAIDS/anti-inflammatory medications, and using compression socks.
3. your phone dies
You’ve spent the day taking pictures, and making Lightning Lane reservations, and pulling up your dining reservations for mobile check-in, and mobile ordering at quick service. Now it’s time for the fireworks but OH NO! Your battery is dead! Make sure you have a good, reliable portable phone charger packed in your bag! There are not many reliable places around the parks to plug your phone in for a charge, so make sure you have one with you!
4. your feet hurt
You’re going to walk. A LOT! Your flip flops might be cute, but are they going to still be cute after 25,000 steps and rain? Probably not. Invest in a couple pairs of shoes and sandals, and rotate them. If you are wearing shoes and socks, pack extra socks in your park bag. If it rains, and your socks get wet, you are going to not only be miserable, but you’re
going to get blisters. If you are staying at a Deluxe Resort, take advantage of the hot tubs. Or pack some epsom salts to soak your feet in your bathtub each night. Take care of your feet and you will have a much more pleasurable experience.
It is going to rain. Just count on it. First, you can keep an eye on the weather. The hourly forecast is fairly reliable, and in most cases, it will just pass. Then there are times that tropical storms roll through right in the middle of your Halloween party and you give up and book it to the bus stop. Either way, it’s best to be prepared. While you can surely purchase the expensive ponchos in the park with Mickey Mouse, I find it much more enjoyable to buy cheap ones on Amazon (I got a pack of 40 for $20) and then I just throw them away when it stops raining. I don’t want to carry around a wet sheet of plastic all day. I also pack a small, foldable umbrella, and, occasionally, a rain jacket. As I’ve already mentioned, I also pack dry socks and multiple pairs of shoes!
6. the cost of food
Disney food is DELICIOUS and AMAZING and SO NOT CHEAP. Is it overpriced? Yeah, maybe some of it is, but that does not mean you can’t be prepared. Spend the time researching the restaurants you plan to dine at, and start saving! Also, did you know you can pay for all your meals using Disney Giftcards? AND do you know there are many, many ways to get discounts on giftcards or rewards (like cheaper gas) for PURCHASING giftcards? Make a plan and stick to it and you will be just fine! And if you were planning on purchasing a dining plan but they still haven’t returned, why not take the money you were planning to spend on the plan and buy a giftcard?
Everyone thinks they have planned everything DOWN TO THE MINUTE absolutely perfectly. But you MUST prepare for the unexpected. The monorail might be down or seriously delayed. You might get stuck on the Skyliner. The line for the bus might go on for days. Do not get your hopes up that your plan will go perfectly, adjust your expectations, and take a deep breath!
8. never pass a bathroom
No, seriously. First of all, you need to remember whether or not you’re properly hydrated. Secondly, you do NOT want to get into a long line and then you have to go!
9. wardrobe malfunction
That may be a super cute top, but do you want to risk it ripping and falling off? Again, while it is fun to dress up and look cute, remember that you will be at a theme park. You don’t want something tearing or a heel breaking or something falling off because of the wind on a ride.
10. over or under packing your park bag
Nothing is worse than lugging too much crap on your back when it’s 9,000 degrees outside. On the flipside, you don’t want to be caught in a tropical storm without a poncho. It is important to have a practice run packing and carrying your bag. And, sorry kids, when you’re big enough to carry your own crap, you should!
11. underestimating crowds
While there are crowd calendars and down seasons and all of that, sometimes people don’t even think that it might be crowded. Expect the unexpected. You might walk into the Magic Kingdom and see a line at Pinocchio Village Haus that goes all the way back to the Beast’s castle. You just never know. Disney will be crowded. It’s best to go with that!
12. not making advanced dining reservations
Yes, you might get lucky, and walk into a reservation day of, but it’s best to plan ahead. Thankfully, it’s no longer 180 days. Now, you need only make reservations 60 days in advance. Take a look at menus and prices and make a list. Reservations open 60 days out at 5:45am eastern online. OR….get a good travel agent (me) who will do it for you!!
13. Trying to cheat height requirements
The restrictions are there for a reason, and that reason is safety. Do not try to stuff your kid’s shoes for that extra inch, just wait until your next trip and he or she can ride at that time. And don’t yell at the cast members, they are just doing their jobs.
14. unrealistic expectations
The internet is FULL of people saying they received something for free, or were sprinkled with pixie dust, or this is HOW you get something for free. And yes, occasionally things do happen, but you should not PLAN for that. And do not think that your kids will see Mickey Mouse and automatically run to him for hugs (when that is a thing again). Some children are terrified of the characters and do not warm up to them until they are MUCH older. Be patient and temper your expectations. And don’t force kids to make YOUR memory, let them make their own!
15. not taking breaks/over/under planning
Simply put, you will not be able to do EVERYTHING at Disney in one trip. I don’t care how much you plan out your days, it’s not going to happen. But you will see most of it if you plan things out that you really want to do. But the biggest mistake that people make is not taking breaks. Everyone needs a break from the heat and all the walking. If you are paying thousands to stay at a resort, why not enjoy the amenities? All Walt Disney World Resorts have amazing pools, game rooms, restaurants, and more. Try to plan at least one off day, and try to take breaks mid-day, or plan a morning to sleep in and spend time at the pool before heading out to the parks. You’re on vacation, so RELAX!!
Walt Disney World is a vacation hot spot, but, at upwards of 20,000 steps per day, it can be EXHAUSTING! Why not catch a quick little catnap while you’re in the park? Here is a list of some of the best nap spots in Walt Disney World!
Obviously, your resort hotel room is the most preferable spot, and most comfortable, but there are several locations around the theme parks that offer a nice respite during your day. Let’s start at the Magic Kingdom!
My number one napping spot? The Hall of Presidents! It is 100% my go-to nap spot! The cushy seats and the air conditioning, plus the dimmed lighting and lengthy show, leave me feeling ready for more adventures. I don’t know that I have ever seen this show in it’s entirety, and that’s ok!
Next, spot, if it’s not 3,000 degrees with 672% humidity, head into the little alcove next to the Hall of Presidents, and take a seat in the rocking chairs! People-watch, doze off, and rest your feet! If it’s too hot, and you’ve already napped in the Hall, why not take in the Country Bear Jamboree? Definitely not as comfortable, but definitely air conditioned.
Continuing on in the Magic Kingdom, head to Fantasyland for a bunch of great naps! it’s a small world provides TONS of time for you to catch 40 winks, as does Philharmagic. If you prefer to sleep under the sea in an enchanted clamshell, might I suggest Journey of the Little Mermaid? Now to Tomorrowland, for two of the best naps you’ll ever get. There’s a great big, beautiful nap waiting for you in the Carousel of Progress, but beware: there’s no privacy at all! And lastly, hop on the PeopleMover and take a relaxing snooze around Tomorrowland!
Now we head over to Animal Kingdom, to catch a superb nap on the Nav’i River Journey. If that’s not up to your standards, there’s always a nice nap for anyone who wishes to ride the Wildlife Express Train. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a nap on the train?
An usual choice, sure, but if you keep your feet out of harm’s way, you can certainly grab an acceptable nap at It’s Tough to Be a Bug. And for a supremely satisfying naptime experience, head to the Nomad Lounge and relax on the waterfront, after enjoying a satisfying snack and libations!
There are very few opportunities for sound napping at Hollywood Studios, but there are certainly plenty of places for rest and respite other than attractions! The best options here include One Man’s Dream. The film at the end is the perfect nap spot. And, as it has not changed one time since it’s inception, close your eyes behind your 3-D glasses and snooze through the Muppets at MuppetVision3D. They won’t notice.
And finally, we sleep on the boat and/or Skyliner as we travel from Hollywood Studios to EPCOT, where we have a PLETHORA of napping locales! In World Showcase, the American Adventure is the BEST nap spot. Few people, long film, comfy chairs, and air conditioning! I dare say this is the best nap spot in all of Walt Disney World! For a relaxing nap outdoors, find yourself a nice bench in the UK Gardens. Many don’t even know this spot exists! And not to be forgotten, Impressions de France is also a great spot for le snooze.
Spaceship Earth is a fabulous nap that comes with a spinal adjustment when traveling backwards! With any luck, you’ll get stopped once or twice, making your nap that much longer! Then you can stop in and catch the Pixar Film Festival…..nap. Which brings us to a perfectly proper nap, especially if you manage to grab a bench away from the crowd. That’s right, I’m talking about SeaBase. The aquarium provides a lot of quiet nooks and crannies to catch a nice snooze in or wait out a rainstorm.
So where is your favorite nap spot? Did yours make my list?! Ready to book your vacation? Contact me today!