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Disney Dork Tom’s Ultimate Guide to Walt Disney World Planning

I get asked a lot about how to plan the perfect trip for Walt Disney World. It’s actually pretty involved, but I’m always happy to help. I’ve got some of the content already, so this post will actually serve as more of a “pinned guide” so that you can easily find the articles that most apply to you. I’ll continue to add to this as I continue to write these articles!

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How to Properly Budget for a Walt Disney World Trip

Budgeting is a huge part of planning a Walt Disney World Trip. With so many options and add-ons, knowing how much you have to spend is a crucial component to your pre-planning. What’s as important as how much you have to spend, though, is prioritizing what you really want to do on your trip. Do you want more days in the parks, or a nicer hotel? Do you want to snack around the parks, or enjoy fine dining?

These are all trade offs that are crucial to understand as you allocate your budget. Below is a list of the things you should consider (and estimated price ranges where it makes sense) while you try and hash out the perfect trip around a reasonable budget:

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Crucial Disney Terminology for any trip

Disney has a lot of their own terms for things. Since communication is key, especially when interacting with cast members, I thought it would be helpful to outline some of the most common terms that you’ll encounter:

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Which Walt Disney World Park is best for a 5 year old?

Let me preface this by admitting I am not an expert in 5-year old’s, and whether or not your child is a boy or a girl may have a bit of an impact. But I was recently asked this question on Quora, and I thought it was interesting enough to post here, too. Here are the questions I’d ask to pick a park if I was bringing a 5 year old:

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Time saving hacks for Disneyland’s Peak Season

For every person that goes to Disneyland, most of them don’t enjoy wasting time. Obviously, the BEST time saving hack is going on a week day during off season if you can. But, not everyone can do that. So, here are some hacks you can leverage any time of year:

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50s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios: A Review

Do you yearn for the days when your Mom would yell at you to “keep your elbows off the table” and “finish your peas or no dessert”? Do you love 50’s families and culture? Well, then look no farther than the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios…

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Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World: A Review

I was in the Walt Disney World area again a few weeks ago for a work event, so of course I convinced a few of my colleagues to visit my favorite place with me. To keep costs down for everyone, we decided to stay at the Pop Century Resort, which is one of the value resorts. I’ll judge every resort on property with the same rubric, so that scores are consistent, but be sure to read the details for score details. Let’s see what I thought…

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Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios: A Review

Looking for a classy escape to old-school Hollywood? Look no further than the Hollywood Brown Derby over at Hollywood Studios…

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Garden Grill at EPCOT: A Review

I have a feeling that Garden Grill is one of those severely overlooked restaurants in EPCOT, and maybe even all of Disney World. Perhaps you’ve never even heard of it? Well, all the more reason to keep reading so you can add this gem to your next trip…

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