Planning Your 2015 Disney World Vacation

by Kristi on November 22, 2014

Planning a 2015 Disney World VacationAre you planning a 2015 Disney World Vacation and don’t know where to start? Believe me, you are not alone. Trips to Disney are AMAZING, but navigating through all the information out there can be difficult. That is why we have created Disney Insider Tips.

Wondering if you can afford a Disney Vacation? Can’t decide whether to stay on Disney Property or at a Non- Disney Resort?

You can find all the information you need to plan your 2015 Disney World Vacation in just one place! Use our navigation menu at the top of the pages to check out our reviews on Disney Resorts, Disney Restaurants, and find the latest tips on Disney World Parks.  There is also a search feature on the right side of the page where you can look for information on more detailed items.

Have questions you need answered?  You can contact us or post a question on the Disney Insider Tips Facebook Page.

Here are some of our most popular posts that should help you understand everything you will need to know for your 2015 Disney World Vacation:

Current Disney World Ticket Prices

How MagicBands Work

FastPass+ Rides & Attractions

FastPass+ Kiosk Locations

What you want to know about the Disney Dining Plan

Packing List for a Disney Vacation

Packing List for a Day at the Parks

Free Disney World Souvenirs

Disney Character Meet & Greets

Disney World Parades

 

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Disney Dream Cruise

by Kristi on January 27, 2015

Disney Dream CruiseIf you are looking for a great getaway cruise to the Bahamas, look no further than the Disney Dream! The Disney Dream travels to both Nassau and Castaway Cay in both 3 and 4 night itineraries.
Disney Dream Cruise Stateroom with VerandahStaterooms on a Disney Dream Cruise can sleep 4 quite easily. The sofa is turned into a set of bunk beds in the evening!

Disney Dream Kids ClubKids have so much to do on a Disney Dream Cruise that they will NEVER get bored. Younger kids (under 12) can spend time playing video games, dressing up, doing art or science activities over at the Oceaneer Club & Lab. Disney Characters even come to join in on the fun!

Disney Dream Club EdgeOlder kids (11-14) will enjoy all the fun activities they have at Club Edge! They can watch sports on the large screen TVs, create their own TV commercial on the green screen or just enjoy playing video games.

Disney Castaway Cay IslandWhile Disney Dream does make a stop in Nassau, the true high light is stopping at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY).  There is a ton to do on the Castaway Cay and most of the activities are totally FREE!

Disney Dream Pelican PlungeThe kids (and adults) will love Pelican Plunge!

Disney Dream AquaduckAs if the water slide at Castaway Cay isn’t enough, you will also be able to enjoy the Aquaduck located on the ship! This 765-foot-long water coaster will even take you over the side of the ship!

Disney Dream Cruise Poolside MoviesIf water slides aren’t your thing, then you can always spend time watching a movie poolside. Movies are played both day and night on the big screen! There are also movies inside (at the theater) you can check out!

Disney Dream Halloween Cruise (60)Dining on the Disney Dream is AMAZING. There are three restaurants you will dine at on rotation. Your servers will come with you each night and will treat you like you are royalty!

Disney Dream TheaterEach evening, you will get to see a live show that is exclusive to the Disney Cruise Line.  These shows are fabulous and you will not want to miss any of them!

Disney Cruise NavigatorBy the end of the evening, you will look forward to coming back to your stateroom. There you will find that your attendant has taken the time to decorate it and there will even be chocolates on your pillow!

This is just a taste of what you can expect on a Disney Dream Cruise. Feel free to browse the above links to find out what else you can do while on this amazing cruise!

 

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Disney or Royal CaribbeanTrying to decide between Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise line when planning your cruise to the Bahamas? Well, I’ve done both and I can say with 100% conviction that Disney is the way to go when traveling with the family or as a couple.

Disney has four ships in its fleet. What this means is that Disney can easily maintain and supply each ship with its absolute best in terms of pretty much everything. Royal Caribbean on the other hand, has 22 ships and pays little detail to their older ships.

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of Seas ReviewWe recently took Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas for a 3 night Bahama Cruise. We booked last minute and got a great rate, but the old saying rings true; You get what you pay for. While you pay a premium price for Disney, Disney doesn’t nickle and dime you like Royal Caribbean. What do I mean?
If you want a soda during your trip, you will need to opt in to the Royal Caribbean drink program for an additional fee.

Want the Drink of the Day? Sounds like it would be a discount (like on DCL) but oh no, it is a premium price!

Want a float while on Coco Cay? It’s $15!!!

The kids want to go down their super high waterslide or floating fun park on their private island? Yeah, you’ll be paying a heaping extra price for that too ($34 per person).

Could you imagine Disney charging to go on Pelican Plunge? I think not.

royal caribbeanOur room on Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas, while ocean view, was less than appealing. What you don’t see is that if we had brought our kids, their bunk beds would have come out on the right and left of our bed. Too close for comfort! Rooms on the Disney Dream are laid out much better!

Royal Caribbean ShowerThe shower was also ridiculously small. Ladies, you can forget shaving your legs! It is impossible in this cocoon.

Love getting those cute towel animals and chocolates on your pillow? Well, we only got one towel animal during our trip and NO chocolates on our pillow.

How nice is it to find those awesome Disney Spa toiletries in your room each day! Royal Caribbean opts for a shampoo dispenser in that crazy small shower. Nothing else.

Want to watch TV in your room? Well, there are only a few channels and nearly half are in another language. Even CNN is the European version.

What about those Oscar worthy shows Disney puts on EVERY NIGHT. We got two nights on comedians and a 30 minutes show with about 10 dancers/performers that mimicked the best of Broadway titles: Little Shop of Horors, Hair Spray and Chicago.

You’ll find Ben & Jerry’s and Starbucks on board, but they are an additional fee.  Prices weren’t too inflated thank goodness.

There is also a FREE Soft serve ice cream machine (tucked away where no one can find it) and it is only open during the day. I tried to get ice cream 3 x during our trip and it was always closed.

The only place where I felt Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas had it together was in their dining room (yes, there was only ONE).  Food was exceptional and arrived quickly (compared to the 2 hour dinners on DCL).

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas (3)They also had their tendering process (yes, they had to tender in to their private island) down to a science with very little wait time.

To be fair, I understood that Enchantment of the Seas was built in 1997 (and had an addition around 2007), but Royal Caribbean has spent ZERO in the years since in updating pretty much anything. We’re talking 90’s peach and teal green EVERYTHING.

So, all in all, there is really no comparison. Disney Dream (which travels to the Bahamas) wins hands down when compared to Enchantment of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas (2)Oh, and did I mention my view from the ship when we were docked in Nassau?

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New Pirate Night Menu, Same Food

by Kristi on January 20, 2015

Disney Wonder Pirate Night Menu
If you have been on a Disney Cruise lately, you might have noticed that the Pirate Night Menu has a new look. The old Pirate Night Menu featured Mickey Mouse on the cover. The new updated menu features Pirates of the Caribbean.

Disney Wonder 2014 078Food seems to be exactly the same as in the past with no notable differences.

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Disney Million Dollar Arm Blu-ray Giveaway

by Kristi on January 19, 2015

Million Dollar Arm GiveawayMillion Dollar Arm is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel who were discovered by sports agent J.B. Bernstein after winning a reality show competition.

Jon Hamm plays the struggling sports agent who travels to India in hopes of turning two cricket players into the next great pitchers for American baseball. The boys, who come from a small village in India, have quite the journey while learning what life is like in America. While the movie is centered on baseball, there is a bigger message sent about family, committment and perseverance.

It is hard to find a good movie for the entire family to enjoy! Disney hit it out of the park with Million Dollar Arm! It is a great movie to add to your personal collection.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm on Blu-ray? I have been given one copy to share with a lucky fan of Disney Insider Tips!

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Contest is open to US & Canadian Residents.

While we were given a free copy of Million Dollar Arm to review, all opinions are my own.

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Big Hero 6 Blu-ray + DVD for $19

January 17, 2015

You can pre-order Big Hero 6 Blu-ray & DVD collectors edition for $18.90 at Walmart.  Shipping is free.  This edition will have those Easter Eggs that I told you about earlier plus additional bonus information.  This is the best deal out there besides Amazon (but you will have to have Prime shipping or bring your […]

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Doc McStuffins Deluxe Doctors Kit on Sale!

January 11, 2015

Anyone with a Doc McStuffins fan in the house? Walmart has the Disney Doc McStuffins The Doc is In Deluxe Doctor Set for $19.97. Ship to store for free.  Details: Includes 25 Doc-inspired pieces Care for stuffed animals and toys just like Doc McStuffins Dress up like Doc in her signature white lab coat with […]

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Easter Eggs in Big Hero 6

January 9, 2015

Have you seen Big Hero 6? We were able to see it while on our MerryTime Cruise this past December and I have to say it is now one of my favorite Disney movies. What I didn’t know was that Disney put in a few “Easter Eggs.”  What are Easter Eggs? Well, let’s just say […]

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Disney Princess Tutu Outfits

January 7, 2015

If your child isn’t into wearing Princess Dresses at the park, you might want to consider these precious Disney Princess Tutu Outfits over at Zulily! The phrases on the t-shirts are so clever!  I just love the Frozen inspired tutus, but a close second is this one based on Tangled: Sizes run from 4/5-10/12 so […]

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Jake and The Never Land Pirates: Battle For The Book Giveaway

January 2, 2015

Do you have a fan of Jake & The Never Land Pirates?  What about a fan of Peter Pan?  In Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book you will get to enjoy both! In this adventure, Captain Hook steals Wendy’s beloved storybook. With the help of Peter Pan, Jake and the Never […]

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Best Disney Tips on Pinterest for 2014

December 29, 2014

Are you getting ready for a trip to Disney? If so, Disney Insider Tips is here to help. This Disney blog was designed to help you travel the Disney parks with ease. While we share a lot on our Disney Insider Tips blog, you can find even more great Disney tips on Pinterest!   Here are  […]

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