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WDW Reservation Finder

You've gotten your reservations for WDW. You woke up early (or maybe not), and did your best, and... you're dissapointed.

...because you didn't get what you want.

Ugh!!!! But WDW is where your dreams come true, right? Sure! My favorite website- touringplans.com - has released a new tool called reservation finder.

1st things 1st- they say its free, but I can't figure out how to use it without logging into my pay account. Previous posts discuss why you should just pay to use the website and app in general, so I'll skip that here. What does reservation finder do?

It searches for reservations you want and TEXTS you! when they open up! AND IT WORKS.

Here's the catch- it only looks for 2 reservations at a time, and then alerts you (and anyone else who signed up for it) when the reservation is open. Then it stops searching.

So when you miss the text or don't log in to the WDW app fast enough.... you have to start over. A little frustrating, but all you do is clic…
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DVC Rental Walk Through

Ok, friend. I told you there was a cheaper, better way to go to WDW, but it didn't seem true. So I just told you to go read this blog post. Its cool, we can do this together.

I love the Deluxe Resort Hotels at Disney World. If I am spending that much on a vacation, I want to stay somewhere nice! Somewhere super close to the parks! Somewhere that is so nice it makes me relax.

But I'm also super cheap. I refuse to pay retail on anything, and 75% of my wardrobe is consignment. How can I get my love of resort hotels to match my cheapskate being?

RENT Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Points.

Stay with me. This isn't scary.

There is a timeshare section of Walt Disney World. For those with a lot of mullah (or not scared to take on a lot of debt), they buy a timeshare at WDW.  Years ago I bought another timeshare somewhere else, and we won't go into it here, but.... don't do it. The math doesn't work.

But sometimes people that own through the Vacation Club don't go to WD…

WDW Week before Christmas

Having a daughter in Kindergarten has opened my family to a new thing; vacations dependent on the school calendar. Where as pre-kid life meant that my husband and I would avoid times that families travel, now we are one of THOSE families.



So we decided to attempt a "Disney PRO" feat: going to WDW the week before Christmas. For your reference, this is a "red" week at Disney World, and the 3rd busiest week of the year for them. We are talking CROWDS people. And while I love Disney, I hate crowds. Why even consider it then?

Because I love a challenge.

Word of warning: if you have never been to WDW, I'm just going to put this out there- I would not recommend having your first trip to WDW be a red week. Like Christmastime. Or July 4th, or Thanksgiving week. There are 48 other weeks to take a first trip, and you should do it.

But if you've been at least once, you can do this! All you need is a plan.

I of course, read and read my favorite blogs (see my Disney plan…

Disney World Planning Part 3- Bringing it All Together

Touring Plans
There is an amazing website called touringplans.com. For 12.99 (subscription), you get a years planning.
Whats cool about it? A couple of things:

1. You can create a plan and "time out" the day. It will show you walking distances between rides, average wait time based off of historical wait times for that specific day, and make suggestions based on that same math on which rides you should fast pass. You can also schedule in meals and "rest time."  They will then recommend an order based off of walking/wait times, etc., that makes the best use of time and limits standing in line.

2. As a part of the above, they also have pre-programmed "small children," plans, that you can edit with your own preferences. Soooo cool. Enter your FastPass info and dining plans, and it will work around what you have done up to now.

3. Just discovered today that you can also put in your hotel reservations, and they will show you all the rooms in that ca…

Disney World Trip Crafts

Ok- These are easy ones... I'm just going to post the links, and how my versions turned out:

http://wdwprepschool.com/customize-and-print-your-own-stroller-license-tags/

Mine looked like:

 http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2011/12/29/a-disney-project-giveaway-silhoutte-cameo/
 Mine looked like:


Disney Planning Part 2- Days 61-60

Why 61 days?
Because at midnight, 60 days, out, you can log on to the MyDisneyExperience App and reserve your Fastpass selections. You get 3.

I had things I wanted, but really, the only reason to log on 60 days out is if you wanted to see Anna and Elsa. And I KNOW my soon-to-be 4 year old would. And I want to spoil her. So there you have it.

There are a lot of good blogs out there with fast pass help. For me, I used these:

Best general Fastpass advice is OF COURSE from the WDW Prep School.

For the hard ones I wanted to get, and save my time at the witching hour, I checked out DIBs Fastpass Calculator, so that I didn't waste time on days they were already booked up.

My Strategy:
1. Book all my fastpasses in the morning, because we would be taking a mid-day break each day. (Sleep or not, naptime/quiet time is just going to happen so we all stay happy)
This also allows for us to book 1 afternoon fast pass at a time, but if we change parks, we aren't held to a fast pass time.  I o…

Disney Itinerary Cards

This isn't so much a how to, rather than sharing an idea.
I have the Touring Plans app on my phone, as well as MyDisneyExperience app. But being an over-planner AND having had a dead phone several times at Disney World, I decided to make quick touring cards that we could stick in our pockets for quick reference.
First I printed out each days itinerarys on stock paper. To make them, I just chose a large label template in word (3 inches by 4 inches, which is smaller once cut out).
 Then I just cut them, added a red (Disney Red!) card stock behind them. Itinerary on front, tips on the back. And, of course, I used my laminator (if you don't have them, you can ignore this, but I love my machine, so why not?)

 Now, we just grab the card we need for the day, and head out!