Category: Tip Day Thursday

Tip Day Thursday – All About Tickets and Annual Passes

Well this was supposed to be a simple Tip Day post, however, over the weekend Disney made so major changes to the Annual Passes for Disneyland and Disney World. So I’m going to go ahead and postt this a few days early and first up we’ll discuss the Annual Passes, then we’ll move over to discussing the regular tickets then we’ll hop over to the other side of the country and cover those Passes and tickets. A quick note Disney also updated the price and participating restaurants in the Tables in Wonderland program, so we’ll cover that as well, along with the rumors bouncing about for moving regular tickets to tiered pricing. Another note, Disney World parking went up to $20 a day. It’s a lot of information so feel free to use the links below to jump to specific sections.

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Tip Day Thursday – iOS 9 Content Blockers

I know, you’re like what does an iOS post have to do with Disney? Well directly, not a thing! However, many like myself have come to suf the web off mobile devices and Safari for iOS is the majority of the market. So I’m getting my geek hat on this week. I do apologize that it’s actually Friday, but this week was a bit chaotic. Yes, there are tons of Android based phones and tablets running anything from Chome to Dolphin to Firefox and a lot more. Several of which have had ad blocking for a while. In fact you could have had it on iOS for a while if you jailbreaked the device. So what’s the big deal? The big deal is multi-fauceted: First, a major company basically endorsed your right to have a better web experience (there are other reasons for them). Second, in the long term it may change how you get your Disney (and other) content. Let me say, Stitch’s Home does not advertise at all, I have no stake in it whether you use them or not. It’s upto you if you do, though after some background I’ll cover a few of the hot ones that have come out.

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Tip Day Thursday – Disney Transportation

Did you know that you can use the Disney Bus system even if you’re not staying at a Disney Resort? You can. Disney provides this service for free, along with monorails and ferries across the resort. The only place they have tried to discourage it’s use has been at Downtown Disney, where they don’t run buses from the parks. You can still hop to a resort and get there but just not directly. The primary reason for this is Downtown Disney, now Disney Springs needs it’s parking for it’s own shops, entertainment venues, and restaurants. Diseny lets resort guests park at the resort or the parks for free and offsite guests only have to pay to park once per day. They can then utilize the assorted Disney Transportation options and leave their vehicle at one park or show the other park where they paid for the day. If you’re a Passholder or DVC Member, you also can park for free whether you are staying on property or not.

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Tip Day Thursday – Disney’s Magical Express

Flying into Walt Disney World and wondering how to get from Orlando International Aiport (MCO) to the land of the Mouse? Disney’s Magical Express operated by MEARS has you covered and it’s free. Sitting at the ground level on the B side of the of the airport past the rental car agencies is Disney’s Magical Express, which takes a large chunk of the level. One thing to note whether you arrive from B terminal or A terminal, you will need to goto B side to board Magical Express to your resort. The bus will take you from the airport to your Disney Resort, however, you may have to wait a stop or two as it’s not uncommon for them to fill up a bus and cover 3 resorts with it. You can call 407-939-1936 to make a rservation with Magical Express or you can add it when booking online or ask your Travel Agent to do it.

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Tip Day Thursday – Resort Types

When looking to stay at Disney you’ll see a few diferent classifications of Resorts. Aside from the cost, you may be wondering what exactly the difference is. Largely the difference is size of the room and the various amneities available at the resort. By and large nearly all of them will have a fridge, a small table/desk, a television along with bed(s) and a bathtub with a shower. All of the Resorts have a pool and somewhere to get some food, as well as bus stops to the Parks and Downtown Disney.

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Tip Day Thursday – ADRs

Well before MyMagic+ added FastPass+ selections into the pre-trip planning, advance dining reservations were already there. Now though, they are tied into My Disney Experience both in making and viewing them, at least for Walt Disney World. While many of things we’re going to cover apply to getting an ADR whereever, it’s important to note a difference in how far out you can make them. Disneyland allows yo to make an ADR upto 60 days in advance. Walt Disney World allows upto 180 days in advance of your arrival date if you are staying at a Disney Resort.

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Tip Day Thursday – FastPass and FastPass+

FastPass and FastPass+, two services provided for free by Disney to help you have a great time in the parks. FastPass+ is the newer of the two and has only been running even in testing for a few years. It’s only available at the momment at the Walt Disney World Resort and is part of the big MyMagic+ project. Originally, though, Walt Disney World also used the FastPass system. There are many that wouldv love to revert back, however, the odds of that occurring are slim given the sheer amount of money put into it. The general gist of both system is wait virtually in line for an attraction til a given time when you actually enter the line, though with a much shorter wait.

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Tip Day Thursday – The Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining Plan is one of the most popular offerings Disney has, and can be obtained with a Magic Your Way Package. It is also offered occasionally in special promotions for free dining, which when they do happen, they go fast. With several tiers with a variety of options, it’s quite likely they have at least one that appeals to you. The basic gist is you pay Disney the amount of the plan and you get a variety of credits that can be used at a variety of Table Service, Quick Service, and Snack Kiosks all over the parks and resorts. Though some things are not covered, such as alcoholic beverages and tips. Speaking of tips if you have a party of 6 or more, you will automatically be charged an 18% tip. They can add the automatic tip if you order things not covered on the plan as well, like an alcoholic drink. Also worth a note is some Table Service places cost more credits than others, and excluding Cinderella’s Royal Table, photos are not included.

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Tip Day Thursday – My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience is main hub for almost everything about your Disney vacation and part of the billion dollar MyMagic+ project. Accessable from both the web and mobile apps (iOS and Android), My Disney Experience allows you to view your reservation, set FastPass+ times, view and make dinner reservations and more. It’s highly recommended that if your phone supports it, that you get the app (it will also run on tablets). This lets you quickly view or make dinner/FastPass+ reservations on the go as well as gets you park maps, wait times, descriptions, and more. If you don’t have the app, that’s ok, you can still make these changes at Guest Relations and various points around the parks as well as Downtown Disney. The main function of the apps and webpage is dealing with reservations, tickets/MagcBands, and FastPass+, however, The app adds maps, wait times, and a couple of other features while the webpage adds access to PhotoPass pictures and for Passholders, a quick link to their page.

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Tip Day Thursday – Things You Can’t Bring Into The Parks

I’m starting a series that will go out on Thursday’s for various tips, tricks, and handy tidbits to know. For the first one in honor of the Great Selfie Stick Ban of 2015, I’ll give the rundown on things not allowed in the parks. Some are common sense based (IE: Weapons) and some you may not have thought of before. Disney says the following itadditional items may also be included, though not listed:

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