My 2016-1017 Walt Disney World Tips

STUDY the best Non-Disney Websites

Websites like Mousesavers, AllEars, have the latest WDW information with “no BS” evaluations, some hotel deals, and restaurant menus.  Don’t just read the WDW website material!


My Biased View On WDW Hotels

In my view the only reason for staying at a WDW All Star Budget hotel is price, for the rooms are small; there is only a food court; there is only bus transportation; and facilities get packed at breakfast and bedtime.  Budget hotels allow families on fixed incomes to come to WDW and these are the vacations you see promoted on TV.

The Moderate hotels have bigger rooms, a real table restaurant, and more upscale facilities and services. You have to take a bus to the parks.  I actually love Port Orleans Riverside with its moonlight horse and buggy rides and a boat to Disney Springs and its nightclubs and restaurants.


Port Orleans Is A Boat Ride to Disney Springs

The DeLuxe Hotels have multi-restaurants, big facilities and services, and most have monorail or boat transportation.  But wait! The non-Disney Swan and Dolphin resorts are actually in the parks and on the boat line to Epcot and Disney Studios.  At times you can get a room here for $160 that sells for $400 at the next door Disney Epcot resorts.  And I can use my SPG points.  Of the Disney hotels I still vote for the Animal Kingdom Lodge.


The Redesigned California Grill On Top of the Contemporary Hotel

Disney Dining Plans Tips

 Be sure you match up your kid’s eating habits to the Disney Dining Plans to see if it is a good deal.  Unused meals expire and wasting a table service credit on a bland meal at your budget hotel is a sad situation.

Remember Signature Restaurants and Character Meals cost two dining credits.

My Worth two Dining Credits List: Jiko, California Grill, Narcoossees, Le Cellier, Yachtsmen, Hoop-Dee-Do Musical


The Boma Buffet

Best One Credit Restaurant List : Sanaa, Boma (buffet), Raglan Road, Chefs de France, Mama Melrose, Tutto Italia, Be Our Guest (D), Cape May Café (buffet) Biergarden (buffet)

Reasons To Stay On Disney World Property

The main reason is TIME … Orlando traffic is terrible .. unless you are also going to Universal Studios, don’t book a hotel on that traffic snarl known as International Drive.  Relying on hotel shuttles to get to and from the Parks will take hours away from your vacation.

Look at Google Maps and note that the hotels just north of WDW in Buena Vista and those east of Epcot like Buena Vista Suites provide the fastest car transport.  Other factors for picking Disney hotels are being able to book FAST PASS 60 days ahead rather than 30 days ahead, EXTRA MAGIC HOURS and the FREE DISNEY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

Underrated Attractions at Walt Disney World 

If you haven’t been to WDW than the older rides that have lost some of their popularity and glow  are really excellent for first-timers. Don’t be influenced by people who have to see the latest rides because they must be best.

My choices of attractions that fit this category include: Muppet Vision 3D, the   Maharajah Jungle Trek, the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail  (formerly Pangani Forest Exploration Trail) , the Jungle Cruise (the ride is only as good as the comedic skills of the boat guide)   and Disney 3D.

Best Looking Themed Restaurants at Disney World

The BOATHOUSE Restaurant;   50s Prime Time Café;     Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater;   Biergarten Restaurant;   Be Our Guest  (choose the Rose Gallery to avoid kids); and T-REX.


The Muppets Still Make Me Laugh

 Disney’s Epcot Tips 

Go Back for Spaceship Earth  if you arrive and see a line … it is a tiny line three hours later; please   Fast Pass Soarin’ Around The World, Test Track (unless you choose to ride single which is often very fast), Frozen in Norway;  Eat in World Showcase  to fully enjoy the World Showcase goals of Walt Disney for the people are from those nations.

To see Illuminations at a table requires great planning for the outside seats at England and behind Mexico are the best spots … the inside waterfront Mexican and Moroccan restaurants do not have views of the fireworks … if you are bringing kids to Epcot get the list to see where the characters will be standing and when: these are the people your kids want to meet and you must be at the right spot and the right time.

When Is The Best Time?

The best time is when you need a vacation to another place.  Florida is hot from May to September and it will be cool only if there is a huge thunderstorm.  It is best to avoid Epcot on weekends during the fall Food and Wine Festival and the spring Flower Festival for Floridians pour into the park.

About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as an Emeritus college professor, he moderates the FHIC at
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