Planning a 2014 Disney World Vacation

by Kristi on January 1, 2014

2014 Disney World VacationIf you are planning a 2014 Disney World vacation, do your homework! You will want to make the most of your Disney vacation and doing a little research up front can help make it more enjoyable.  There is a lot of information out there on Disney World and it can sure be overwhelming.  That is where Disney Insider Tips can help.  We travel to Disney World 4-5 times a year and have a good perspective on how to make the most out a Disney World Vacation.  If you are looking for something specific, be sure to browse our search menu at the right of the page or feel free to post questions about planning a 2014 Disney World vacation over on our Facebook page. Please know that we don’t get paid for our advice, so you can get an honest perspective from a real Disney insider!

Here is a list of posts that will help you with planning your 2014 Disney World Vacation:

Planning Your Disney Vacation on a Budget

2014 Disney World Ticket Prices

Should You Purchase a Disney Dining Plan?

20 Items to Pack for a Disney Vacation

Dining at Disney on a Budget

FastPass+ Rides & Attractions

FastPass+ Kiosk Locations

What You Need To Know About Disney Bus Line

Disney World Magic Bands Tips

15 Free Disney World Souvenirs

Favorite Disney World Souvenirs to Buy

Hidden Treasures at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Tips for Beating Crowds

Magic Kingdom Parade Tips

Top 5 Attractions at Animal Kingdom

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot Food & Wine Festival

List of Best Epcot World Showcase Stops

Where to Meet Characters at Hollywood Studios

Benefits to having a Disney Rewards Visa Card

What is your family most excited about seeing/doing on your 2014 Disney World Vacation?

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Disney Fish Extenders

by Kristi on October 25, 2014

Disney Fish ExtendersDisney fans love to show their spirit and one walk down the halls of a Disney Cruise Ship, you will pick up on how spirited they can be!  Not only will you find stateroom doors decorated with custom magnets,  you will also find Fish Extenders hanging on the wall beside the door.  If you have no idea what I am talking about, here is a quick course in Fish Extender 101:

What is a Fish Extender?
Fish Extenders are pocketed holders that Disney fans use to exchange goodies with other Disney cruisers.  The holders are usually attached to the metal Fish that is right above the stateroom door number (hence the name, Fish Extender).

Where can I get a Fish Extender?
Fish Extenders can be elaborate or very simple. Some will purchase them pre-made (eBay or Etsy), but Fish Extenders are very easy to make on your own. All you will need is fabric and a sewing machine capable of making a basic stitch!

How do I find a Fish Extender Group?
Those who are interested in joining in on the fun of a Fish Extender Exchange, simply find a group hosting an exchange either through The Dis Boards (or similar Disney Fan Site) or via Face Book. The host of the FE Exchange will supply a spreadsheet with family names, their favorite Disney character and their State Room Number. You will put together a small gift for each person participating and leave them in the pockets of the Fish Extender at some point during your cruise.

What do I give as a Fish Extender Gift?
When deciding on what to give, understand that it isn’t about the cost. Be creative.  You can find some great Fish Extender Gift ideas on Pinterest, at the Dollar Store, or the Dollar Spot at Target! Some of our favorite gifts have been things were symbolic of one’s home state (or country), were ordinary items given a touch of Disney or something totally unexpected.  Whatever you do, make it something fun!

It might take a little bit of time to get your gifts together, but nothing beats all the neat items you will walk away with at the end of your cruise.  If you haven’t been part of a Fish Exchange group, give it a try and let me know what you think!

Have you participated in a Fish Exchange? What types of gifts did you receive?

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Disney Character Breakfast: Tusker House

by Kristi on October 22, 2014

Tusker HouseThere is nothing better than a Disney Character Breakfast Buffet!  You get to meet your favorite Disney characters without having to stand in a Meet & Greet Line and you get to eat some delicious food!  When we get the opportunity to take advantage of FREE Disney Dining, we always try to hit a character breakfast.

Mickey at Tusker HouseMy favorite Disney Character Breakfast is Tusker House located at Animal Kingdom.  Here, you get to meet Mickey Mouse, Donald, Daisy and Goofy while you eat.

Tusker House BuffetThe Tusker House buffet is spacious, giving you plenty of room to roam around searching for your favorite breakfast items. You will find your favorites like Mickey Waffles, Omelets (made to order) and everyone’s favorite drink, POG juice along with some traditional African dishes as well. Because it is a buffet, you can go back as much as you want!

Another reason why I love buffets is because you can save money by making two meals out of one!  There is so much food at the buffet that you will be so full when you leave that you won’t even want lunch.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

by Kristi on October 19, 2014

Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainI can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to finally get to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! We had planned our trip for fall in hopes of lesser crowds, unfortunately we totally forgot that most of Florida (and elsewhere for that matter) got off for Rosh Hashanah which meant that Magic Kingdom was packed. Lucky for us, we staying on resort, booked our FastPass+ well in advance, and managed to get reservations for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the early evening.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train CottageThe first thing you will want to do is take your time walking through the queue. You are going to notice several things that make you feel like you are living in the land of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, like this cottage.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train CarEven the ride seating makes you feel like you are sitting inside a train car getting ready to go down the mining railroad tracks!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train RideThe ride is the perfect mix of rocking and turns. I am not a huge fan of roller coasters. I do like Thunder Mountain (even though it is shaky) and will ride Goofy’s Barnstormer, but not into rides with big drops  (like Splash Mountain).  Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has drops but they are gradual and not bad at all.

We were lucky to get front row seats and I can honestly say that there isn’t anything scary about this ride.  It was nothing but FUN! I am glad that Disney Imagineers made this ride great for the entire family!

Seven Dwarfs Miine Train WitchThere is so much to see on the ride itself that if you get the chance, you might want to ride it twice just to take it all in. My favorite part was near the end of the ride where you go by the Dwarf’s cottage.  Be sure to look through the windows and notice who is knocking at the door!

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sleeping beauty giveawayDisney’s Sleeping Beauty has been released from the vault!   You can now get Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on Blu-ray and Digital HD which is something you’ve never been able to do before.  This classic princess movie is brought to life like you have never seen it before.
Do you have a favorite Disney song?  I have to say that my all-time favorite Disney princess song has to be Once Upon a Dream. There is just something about that song that screams Disney! It is a tune you will sure to be humming once you’ve watched the movie!

The best part of owning Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition is that is has some pretty amazing behind the scene concept art including never before seen characters (that didn’t make the cut) and deleted scenes!

Sleeping Beauty is a Disney classic and great movie for the entire family to watch together.  Don’t delay in getting it because it is only out for a limited time before going back into the Disney vault.

Want a chance to win it before you buy it?  Disney Insider Tips has a copy to share with one lucky blog follower! Enter the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Giveaway:
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Inside Enchanted Tales with Belle

October 5, 2014

Because our children are older (9 & 12), Enchanted Tales with Belle wasn’t on our radar. We had done Storytime with Belle in the old location when our kids were younger, so we really didn’t think there was  a need to do the updated version in Belle’s cottage.   One rainy day in Magic Kingdom while […]

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Coupons for Disney Board Games

October 3, 2014

Just released are a whole bunch of board game printable coupons that you can use on your favorite Disney Board Games. It is a great time to start stocking up for Christmas!  Here is how you can use them: $2.00 off any YAHTZEE game from Hasbro $2.00 off Connect 4, Sorry or Trouble Hasbro games […]

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Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2014

October 1, 2014

One of the best times of the year to visit Epcot is during their Food & Wine Festival. Each Fall, Epcot turns into a food wonderland where you can taste small portions of entrees and desserts from all over the world. Be sure to grab your Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Discovery Passport.  These […]

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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

September 28, 2014

I am always amazed at how well the Disney Imagineers capture the stories behind the characters when constructing the floats for the Disney Theme Park Parades.  The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom is probably the most magnificent in terms of parade floats.  Each float not only highlights the character, but also ties […]

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Disney Family Fun Magazine Deal

September 19, 2014

If you are looking for a great magazine that not only has articles for parents, but also is kid friendly in that you can feel comfortable with letting your kids look at it, check out Disney Family Fun Magazine. Right now, Disney Insider Tips readers can get a year subscription to Family Fun for only […]

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Sofia the First Royal Learning Tablet $12

September 18, 2014

Do you have a Sofia the First fan in the house? If so, this might be the perfect gift! Through 10/1, you can get 40% off Sofia the First Royal Learning Tablet. This makes it only $12! If your child has a birthday coming up, you can save even more. Sign up for Club VTech […]

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