Planning Your 2016 Disney World VacationAre you planning your 2016 Disney World Vacation and don’t know where to start?  You are not alone.  Those who have never been to Disney can easily get overwhelmed by all the information out there. Disney Insider Tips is designed to be a one stop source for all things related to Disney.

You can find pretty much everything you need to plan your 2016 Disney World vacation on Disney Insider Tips.  Use our navigation menu at the top of the site for reviews on Disney Resorts, Disney Restaurants, and information on all the Disney World Theme Parks.  We even have tips to save you time & money!   Use the search bar on the right to look for more specific items. Have questions and you can’t find the answers? Feel free to contact us or ask us a question on Facebook.

For your convenience, you will find a list below of the posts readers find most valuable:

Disney TIcketsTICKETS

Current Disney World Ticket Prices

What You Should Know Before Buying “Discount Disney Tickets”


How MagicBands Work

FastPass+ Rides & Attractions

FastPass+ Kiosk Locations

Disney RestaurantsDINING AT DISNEY

What you want to know about the Disney Dining Plan

Dining at Disney on a Budget

Character Meals


Packing List for a Disney Vacation

Packing List for a Day at the Parks

Best Shoes to Wear to Disney

Mickey Mouse EarsAT THE PARKS

Free Disney World Souvenirs

Disney Character Meet & Greets

Disney World Parades

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Christmas is the best time to start a tradition for your family. What better way than collecting Christmas ornaments that can be enjoyed year after year. Start with these beautiful heirloom quality collection of the Disney Frozen ornaments featuring Anna, Elsa and Olaf!

With the purchase of these ornaments, you will become a member of the Disney Character Ornament Collection. New hand-painted porcelain ornaments are released about 4 times per year and sent directly to you.  You can keep them or return them within 7 days for a full refund including postage.

You may cancel your membership at any time, for any reason, and best part is there is no purchase commitment. You can learn more and find other Disney themed ornaments available by clicking the above link. If you choose to purchase and would like the deal,  use the promo code FROZEN when you place your order.

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darth vadarJust another reason why I love my Disney Visa Card!  Card members can get the chance to purchase this exclusive Darth Vadar figurine November 21st at your local Disney Store! This Cardmember-exclusive figurine is made from sculpted resin with exceptional detail and painted with a never-before-released bronze color.  This would make a great Christmas gift for the Star Wars fan in your life.


Disney Christmas Experiences No matter how early you attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit.  There is something about seeing the Magic Kingdom decorated for Christmas that brings out the holiday cheer in everyone.  If you have a chance to go to Disney during the holidays, be sure not to miss out on all the fun and festive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Experiences! There are several things you won’t be able to see any other time of the year.

Here are my top 5 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Experiences:

Disney Castle at Christmas 1. The lighting of Cinderella’s Castle.

Disney Christmas Decorations2. The Christmas decorations throughout the Magic Kingdom Park.

Disney Christmas Parade Float3. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

Christmas Cookies & Hot Chocolate at Disney4. FREE Chocolate Chip and Snickerdoodle Cookies with Hot Chocolate

See it snow on Main Street USA5. Watch it snow on Main Street USA

Have you had a chance to visit Magic Kingdom during the Christmas season? What are your favorite Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Experiences?


Disney Items at the Dollar Store

by Kristi on November 15, 2015

Shopping for Disney at Dollar TreeWhether you are shopping for your own Disney trip or for gifts for Disney Cruise Line Fish Exchange, you should look for Disney items at the Dollar Store.  This is our go-to place when looking for inexpensive Disney items.  Here is just a few of our favorite items to pack for trips or give as gifts:

Dollar Tree Disney Items

Dollar stores have many different types of Disney themed activity books. You can find coloring books, wordsearches, picture books and even sticker books.  Be sure to look in the checkout lines too.

Dollar Tree Disney Items (5)One item that is great to pack for kids are these Disney Magic Towels. They start off as a small 2×2 block and expand into a full size washcloth when the touch water. You can usually find a Disney display like this one at most Dollar Stores. Dollar Tree Disney Items (6)Need something to keep the kids busy while waiting for parade to start or when you need downtime in your room? Small puzzles are great. Simply put the pieces in a sandwich bag to carry along to the park. Dollar Tree Disney Items (1)

What little girl doesn’t love small Disney dolls? For a dollar each, you can afford to get a few! Dollar Tree Disney Items (2)All kids love these drinkable water sacks. What’s nice is that these cute Disney theme water bags can also double as an ice pack. Just fill with water and freeze the night before you go to park.

Dollar Tree Disney Items (4)Don’t miss looking at the end caps in Dollar Tree. We found everything from Disney themed wet wipes to bracelets!  If you are worried that you kids will cause problems in gift shops at Disney, buy a few Disney themed trinkets to give them while they are at the park.

Dollar Store Glow SticksWould you rather spend $20 on a light stick or $1? Buy these NOW if you are planning to stay at Disney after dark or for the night parade/ fireworks show.  Your kids will be less likely to beg you for the expensive ones if they already have these in their hands. (You can also find cute glow in the dark Minnie Ears at some Dollar Stores).

As you can see, there are a ton of Disney items at the Dollar Store.  I truly believe that you don’t have to spend a fortune or buy expensive souvenirs at the park to make lasting memories for your kids.  The trip to Disney World is an amazing experience in itself!  Save your money for the things you can’t get elsewhere (like a Mickey Ice Cream Bar :0).

What Disney items do you buy at the Dollar Store?

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Toy Story That Time Forgot Giveaway

by Kristi November 7, 2015

Come on, you know you can never get too much Toy Story! Toy Story That Time Forgot is the newest Toy Story adventure to come out on Blu-ray & Digital HD. In this animated feature, Trixie feels neglected because Bonnie doesn’t treat her like a dinosaur. After being taken on Bonnie’s play date, Trixie, Woody, Buzz […]

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Christmas at Magic Kingdom

by Kristi November 3, 2015

Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World in November or December? It is certainly one of my favorite times of year to visit the parks, especially the Magic Kingdom.  Christmas at Magic Kingdom is magical!  Even if you don’t get to visit Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you will find the Magic Kingdom […]

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Cape May Breakfast Buffet with Characters

by Kristi October 31, 2015

We are big fans of Disney Breakfast Buffets, especially when we get to go during Disney’s Free Dining Promotion.  Recently, we stopped over at Disney’s Beach Club resort to check out the character buffet at Cape May, and we were not disappointed. Like all Disney breakfast buffets, you will find all your favorites; eggs, bacon, […]

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Cinderella on Disney Movies Anywhere Giveaway

by Kristi October 24, 2015

We all know the Disney Animated Classic, Cinderella; a young girl who despite her wicked step mother and evil step sisters, creates a new life for herself after meeting her prince charming.  The new live action version of Cinderella, gives us our favorite storyline, but also adds some information that helps us truly understand the […]

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Disneyland Paris: Hotel Cheyenne

by Kristi October 16, 2015

On our most recent trip to Disneyland Paris, we stayed at Hotel Cheyenne. Built to look like you are stepping back in time to the American old West, this resort is about a 20 minute walk to the park (and train station).  They have 3 different types of rooms, and honestly, I couldn’t tell the […]

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