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.

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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

What You Should Know Before Buying Discount Disney Tickets

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

Best Shoes to Wear to Disney

Free Disney World Souvenirs

Disney Character Meet & Greets

Disney World Parades
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FREE Disney Dining 2015

by Kristi on April 27, 2015

Free Disney Dining 2015Dates for FREE Disney Dining Promotion were released today. Typically, those with Disney Visa Cards get a heads up on booking their Disney Vacation with the Disney Dining Promo. This was not the case this year.  Another HUGE difference this year is that you have to get the Magic Your Way Park Hopper OR Magic Your Way Park Hopper with Water Park Fun & More theme park tickets.  This means that you are going to pay more this year than in previous years. 

Things are booking up quickly and phone lines have been jammed all day today.

Here are the dates for the FREE Disney Dining 2015 Promo:

August 28 – October 2, 2015
October 25 – October 31, 2015
November 8 – November 19, 2015
December 15 – December 21, 2015

What you need to know before booking:

  • The following resorts are excluded from the Free Dining Promo:

 Little Mermaid rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation

All-Star Movies

Port Orleans French Quarter

Port Orleans Riverside

Polynesian Village Villas and Bungalows

Bay Lake Tower

Grand Floridian Villas

Campsites at Ft. Wilderness Campground

  • There is a minimum stay of three nights required when booking your Disney Vacation.
  • The Quick-Service Dining Plan comes with Disney Value Resort hotel packages
  • The Full Disney Dining Plan comes with Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages.

 

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Disney Tips & Tricks

  • Snap a picture of the parking lot marker to remember where you left your car.
  • Disney Photographers will take pictures with YOUR camera/phone for FREE.
  • Get a free dusting of pixie dust at the Harmony barbershop on main street.
  • Instead of standing in line for hours to meet your child’s favorite characters, choose a character meal. You will pay a premium, but you avoid wasting time in lines and get one on one time with each character!
  • If you stay at a resort, you can have your purchases from gift shops delivered to your resort. If not, you can have them delivered to the front of the park where you can pick them up (given that you shop early in the day).
  • Buy the cheapest Disney pin and then trade with Cast Members for the more expensive ones!
  • Get to Magic Kingdom before the park opens for the Rope Drop Ceremony. It is pure magic.
  • Think outside the box in terms of Disney Souvenirs. There are plenty of FREE ones!
  • If your kids pop their Disney Balloon, they will replace it for FREE.
  • Some rides (like Test Track) have a line for those riding solo. The line is MUCH shorter!
  • Ask for a kids swap if you are traveling with kids who can’t ride. One  adult rides while the other waits (at the front of the line). Then they swap places for the second adult to ride.
  • Adults can eat off the kids menu at quick service counters.
  • Disney Visa card holders get special perks, like FREE photos, discounts at some restaurants & % off your purchase at gift shops!
  • Gift shops stay open 1 hour after the park rides are shut down.
  • You can get a complimentary cup of ice water for FREE at any counter.
  • You can order food a la carte on just about any quick service menu. Just ask and they will accommodate.
  • Just about every Disney World resort does a FREE campfire in the early evening where you can roast marshmallows. They also have FREE Movie nights!
  • Parking is FREE at Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon.
  • You can walk right through the center of Cinderella’s castle. You will find some beautiful mosaic murals telling her story.
  • As you walk into Haunted Mansion, look for the Headstone for Leota. Watch it carefully.

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Get your FREE Disney Decal from Show Your Disney Side! You will create a one of a kind Disney Decal that will be mailed to you for absolutely FREE!  We did this the last time they had this promo and ended up making our sticker a magnet! Where will you put your decal?

FREE Disney Decal
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Legoland CouponIf you haven’t been to LegoLand, now is a great time to go. Not only do they have the new water park open, but you can go get a Free Legoland Water Park Ticket when you buy your tickets on Zulily! This is the first time I have ever seen this type of offer on Zulily, but I know it won’t last long!

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World Showcase of Flavors in Downtown Disney

by Kristi April 17, 2015

Want to get a taste of the scrumptious goodies at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival but can’t make it to Epcot? Don’t worry! You can hop on over to Downtown Disney’s Westside and find some of the great dishes at World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck!  You can get: Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized […]

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Breakfast at Be Our Guest

by Kristi April 15, 2015

If you are planning to have breakfast at Magic Kingdom, you will find that your options are minimal.  While there are some quick service options, there are very few sit down restaurants.  We are glad to hear that Be Our Guest has begun taking reservations for breakfast. You can dine at Be Our Guest for […]

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Disney Character Signed Photo Frame

by Kristi April 11, 2015

If you are planning on going on a Disney Cruise, there is one thing you can bring with you that your family will really cherish long after your cruise is over.  It is a generic photo mat.  You can find photo mats at all craft stores and even at some big box retailers for relatively […]

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Into the Woods Blu-ray Giveaway!

by Kristi April 8, 2015

From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern musical twist on your fairy tales. A baker and his wife are desperate to have a child of their own. The find that the wife of the baker is unable to bear children due to a curse that was placed upon her […]

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Souvenirs at Castaway Cay

by Kristi April 4, 2015

If you are planning a Disney Cruise, you will surely want to  purchase souvenirs to remind you of your trip.  While you can find Disney Cruise items on board the ship, the best place to purchase one of a kind Disney Cruise Souvenirs is at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. This is the only place […]

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Magic Kingdom Rope Drop

by Kristi April 2, 2015

There are many hidden gems in Walt Disney World, but one of my favorites is what is called the “Rope Drop Ceremony.”  If you are standing in front of the main topiary below the Walt Disney Railway Station 10 minutes prior to the Magic Kingdom opening, you will get to see a celebration like no […]

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