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 Character AutographsWe all know that Disney World corners the market on Autograph books. They are found in almost every gift store at Walt Disney World and nearly all characters will take the time to sign whatever you give them. If your autograph books is filled up and you still would like characters to sign autographs, there are a few creative ways to get Disney character autographs. Here are some of my favorite:

white-casePillowcases (Be sure to pack fabric markers)

white matMats for Framed Pictures

white-shirtT-shirts (Be sure to bring fabric markers)

Disney PosterDisney Posters

Disney-StorybookDisney Storybooks with Glossy Pages

White SashSash (like the ones you get at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique)

fabric squareFabric Squares (to use later as a quilt)

white ceramic ornamentOrnament (flat works best)

mickey hatMickey Mouse Ears

WhiteWhite Drawstring Bag

Disney 2015 CalendarDisney/Pixar 2015 Poster Calendar – 14 Month
Disney Parks ChalkboardDisney Parks Chalkboard (Use a Paint Pen or Silver Sharpie)

These are a few ways I thought of to display your Disney Character Autographs. What other ways can you think of?

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Frozen Magazine Deal

by Kristi on October 28, 2014

Frozen-coverDid you know there was a Frozen Magazine?? Meet the characters, explore the Ice Palace, comics, games, posters, puzzles and crafts inside, plus fun movie facts and behind-the-scenes trivia with each issue of Frozen. Order your subscription today for just $15.99 for 1 year! This magazine is the perfect gift for any child who is a fan of Frozen!

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Halloween at the Magic Kingdom

by Kristi on October 28, 2014

Halloween at Magic KingdomOne of my favorite times of year to go to Disney World is during the fall. Spending Halloween at Magic Kingdom is a treat for the senses! While we love to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you don’t have to buy the ticket to get to enjoy the Halloween atmosphere at the park.  The entire Magic Kingdom park is decorated for the holiday day and night!Disney Halloween StatuesBe sure to take your time through the park, because you are sure to spot things you won’t typically find any other time of the year, like these holiday statues!

Halloween Treats at DisneyFood is also a little more special this time of year because you can find Halloween treats like these delicious Mickey Mouse Jack-o-Lantern Cookies!

Halloween Items at Magic KingdomAnd if you want to do some shopping, you will find a ton of one of a kind Disney Halloween items!

These are just a few of the many reasons why I love spending Halloween at Disney. What about you? What are your favorite things about Halloween at the Magic Kingdom?

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Wilderness Explorers Program at Animal Kingdom

by Kristi on October 28, 2014

Wilderness Explorer ProgramIf you are looking for ways in which Disney can be a learning experience for your children, check out Wilderness Explorers Program at Animal Kingdom.  Animal Kingdom guests can become Wilderness Explorers and learn about animals and their habitats.  Just head over to the Wilderness Explorer headquarters (located on the bridge between the Oasis and Discovery Island) to pick up your field guide and get started.

Wilderness Explorer TrainingWhile going through the Animal Kingdom Park, you will find various  Wilderness Explorer stops. Here, Cast Members will teach kids facts about animals and they will have to prove their knowledge by filling out the information in a field journal. Wilderness Field Guide at Animal KingdomOnce they have the required information written in their field journal, the cast member will give them a sticker badge (similar to those worn by Russell from the Pixar animated movie, UP) signifying that they have mastered learning about the animal.Wilderness Explorers ProgramWhen you sign up, you will be given a map with all of the locations of the Wilderness Explorer Stops. There are over 30 badges, so you might want to make a plan on how to collect them all so you aren’t running back & forth all over the park in search of them.  We found that it was hard to get to them all in one visit, so don’t worry if you can’t get them all in one day! It will give you a good excuse to come back to Animal Kingdom again!

Have you had a chance to try out the Wilderness Explorers Program at Animal Kingdom? What badges have you earned?

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Disney Fish Extenders

October 25, 2014

Disney 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 […]

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Disney Character Breakfast: Tusker House

October 22, 2014

There 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 […]

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

October 19, 2014

I 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 […]

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Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Giveaway (ENDED)

October 9, 2014

Disney’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?  […]

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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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