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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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Debunking some common criticisms from Disney World skeptics

Right off the bat let’s agree on one thing: Walt Disney World is NOT for everyone. I totally get that, and honestly, if it really isn’t your thing then I don’t want to convince you to go… because then you may just end up ruining my trip! But, there are complaints that I hear all the time from people who haven’t been there, or who have been there but had a bad experience and wrote Disney World off entirely. Today I’d like to debunk a few of the criticisms that I consider unfair…

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Fall 2015 – Walt Disney World Room-Only Discounts Announced

If you’ve got a trip coming up this fall this may be of interest to you, especially if you wanted the dining plan promotion but weren’t able to snag it. Disney has announced their Fall room-only promotions, which save you 20-30% on your room cost depending on what type of resort you’re staying at. Remember you can ONLY have one promotion applied to your stay so if you already have free dining, give Disney a call and ask them to compute which promotion yields the most savings. Get the full details here.

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21 Walt Disney World Hacks For Your Family’s Dream Vacation

I was poking around on Quora and decided to answer a question on cool Walt Disney World hacks. I ended up with this list of 21 hacks that will definitely make your Disney World vacation go better!

Planning Hacks:

  • One of my favorite hacks, is more of a planning ‘hack’, and that’s making sure you use crowd calendars to book your visit. Knowing what the projected crowd levels are a great way to avoid crushing crowds during your stay. Undercover Tourist has a great one, here: April 2015 Orlando Crowd Calendar
  • Always, always, always arrive at the parks when they open (or earlier, if you have access to Extra Magic Hours). You will be shocked how empty Disney parks can be – even at peak time – when they first open. Get all the big-ticket rides out of the way in the morning and then enjoy a more relaxing afternoon.

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Five practical (but unconventional) ways to train like an Olympian for your upcoming Disney Trip

Here at Disney Dork Tom, we aim to be practical. “How can I prepare for a Disney trip” is by far one of the most frequent questions that I get via e-mail and social media. So, we gave that question some thought within the context of “what if visiting Disney was like the Olympics”. What would the events be and how would we train for them to get the gold? We put together this list of practical (albeit unconventional) ways that you can train like an Olympian before your visit to Disney.

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Four Major Time Wasters to Mitigate at Walt Disney World (infographic)

Time is your most valuable asset while you’re at Walt Disney World. You’re paying a lot of money to be there so maximizing that time is crucial! Unfortunately, there are a lot of “time traps” at Walt Disney World that you could stumble into if you don’t know about them. Here are four major time wasters to mitigate before (and while) you’re there:

4 Time Wasters at WDW

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Disney News Weekly Roundup: 10/31/2014

Every week we enjoy countless Disney articles, blogs, announcements, rumors, and legends. I do my best to read a lot of them so every Friday I pick my favorite tid-bits to share with you fellow Disney Dorks and I sort them a bit so you can immediately hone in on what really matters to you! Without further a do…

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When is the best time to visit Disneyland or Disney World?

Every Disney vacation starts with that fundamental question: when is the best time to visit Disneyland or Disney World? Now, there are many variables to this question, things like:

  • What kind of weather do you do best in?
  • What kinds of prices do you want to pay for resorts?
  • Do you want to be there during a festival or special event?
  • How crowded or empty do you like the parks to be?
  • Do you like visiting with decorations up?

These are all absolutely crucial questions to ask and sometimes its really hard to find the answer. But, if you do some digging, you’ll find that a few people have put together some pretty helpful resources that help you answer these questions so I’ve decided to try and aggregate a few of them here for you.

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