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What are the best things to do on Main Street USA in Disneyland?

What are the best things to do on Main Street USA in Disneyland? Where do you find the best food on Main Street? How can I incorporate Main Street into my Disneyland planning? How can I make sure I don’t miss anything on Main Street?

These are all great questions, and the truth is most people don’t know how to answer them. In fact, many people treat Main Street USA at Disneyland like an entrance and exit, without knowing about all the great things that you can do right there as soon as you enter Disneyland.

In this video, we’ll cover:

  • Main Street USA’s best restaurants, attractions, and shops.
  • Special ‘protips’ on how you can do Main Street USA like a total pro.
  • Where to find first aid or help with your babies if you need it on Main Street USA.
  • Some fun Main Street USA history that you can impress your friends with.

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How to do Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland like a PRO!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is on everyone’s to-do list when they visit Disneyland. So, how do you get in a few rides like a pro? In this video, I’ll give you a few tips and tricks to optimizing your Big Thunder Mountain Railroad experience!

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Disney World reopening in July! What we know and what we don’t…

Disney just announced some reopening dates for Disney World in Florida. JULY 11TH, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom would re-open. Then JULY 15TH Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will open, too. Disney Springs is already open, and I suspect the water parks will stay closed longer because crowds are more contained and germs seem easier to spread in that environment.

Obviously, there are a bunch of rules and guidelines we’ll all have to follow. Things like wearing masks, temperature checks, social distancing. Apparently some kind of (as yet to be revealed) park reservation system. Parades, fireworks, character dining are on hold, too, since they want to avoid crowds however possible. Lots more to consider though, some of which I cover in more detail here:

 

How do you pick the best Disneyland hotel for you?

Disneyland trips are no easy thing to plan and one of the MOST IMPORTANT decisions you’ll make is what hotel to stay at! So where do you even begin to figure out which hotel is best for you?

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An American’s Guide (and trip report) for Tokyo Disney

I recently had the pleasure of crossing something exciting off my bucket list: a visit to my first overseas Disney park, Tokyo Disneyland! Needless to say, I had an absolute blast and enjoyed every minute of it, and there are some clear similarities and differences to the parks here in the United States. I’ve written up this blog to be part recap, part review, part tips & tricks (as best I can figure, given my one visit).

This is a long, detailed post, but this is because before my trip I struggled to find blogs and articles with those kinds of insight into Tokyo Disney. I hope this blog will be helpful for future US travelers to Tokyo Disney. For anyone who doesn’t want to read the entire thing, skip to the end for a quick recap. Without further ado, let’s take a trip down memory lane to Tokyo Disney!

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What’s the best way to get to (and around) Walt Disney World?

You’ve figured out what you want to do and You may be thinking this is an obvious question, but there are a few nuances that first-timers may not know about that I want to shed some light on.

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Picking the priorities for your trip

One of the biggest dilemmas of any Walt Disney World trip is figuring out what you want to do. There are so many options to consider for your trip, including 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs, hundreds of restaurants and attractions, shows, tours, and more. With all of these options, and the understanding that you can’t possibly see and do everything in one trip (even a 7-day trip) here are some tips to figure out what to include in your itinerary.

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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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