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

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 Room Service on a Disney Cruise

by Kristi on February 27, 2015

Free Room Service on Disney CruiseDid you know that you can get FREE Room Service on a Disney Cruise?  That means that if you don’t want to leave your room, you can still enjoy a meal on board the ship!

Why would you want to eat in your room?

Well, sometimes it is hard to get moving early in the morning. That’s when you might want to order one (or a few) of these scrumptious items:

Juices: Orange, Apple, Grapefruit
Breads & Pastries: Danish pastries, Fruit & Bran Muffins, Croissants, doughnuts, White/Whole Wheat Toast, English Muffin, Bagel
Cold Cereals (small boxed)
Beverages: Whole/Skim Milk, Chocolate Milk, 100% Colombian Coffee, Decaf, Assortment of Teas

Breakfast Room Service MenuTo order Room Service for breakfast, you just fill out the Room Service Request Card (pictured above) in your stateroom and leave it outside your stateroom door the night before you wish your breakfast to arrive OR you can order a Continental Breakfast by calling room service directly in the morning. It just may take a bit longer.

During the day, you might find that you just want to take a nap and avoid the lunch rush all together.  A fresh fruit bowl is something nice to keep in your stateroom daily!

I can’t imagine missing a dinner, but if you don’t want a big meal, you can order dinner in your room as well.

For those of you that have late dining, you might want to get a snack to tide you over. In that case, I would suggest the cheese platter! Want a snack brought to your room before bed (each night!), consider a cookie (or ask for a Mickey Bar which isn’t listed but available)

For lunch and dinner, you simply hit the  “In Stateroom Dining” on your stateroom phone and you can have the following brought straight to your room:

Salads and Appetizers

Southwestern Caesar Salad
Blackened Chicken Quesadila Salad
Mexican Tortilla Soup with Fried Tortillas
Chicken Noodle Soup
All Hands on Deck Cheese Platter
Fresh Fruit Bowl

Sandwiches

BLT
Ham/Turkey and Cheese Sandwich
Focaccia Sandwich
With Grilled Zucchini Portobello Mushroom and Aioli
Tuna Salad (in jumbo brioche)
Chicken Fajita Wrap
Steak Sandwich

Cheeseburger
Hot Dog
Macaroni and Cheese

Italian

Mexican Fiesta Pizza
Vegetarian Delight Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza
Meat or Vegetable Lasagna

Desserts

Cake at Sea (daily cake selections)
Big Island Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

There are also beverage and snack packages available for a fee, but I wouldn’t recommend anything you have to pay for when you can get so much for free!

Do you use the FREE room service? Tell me your favorites!

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Curse of Princess IvyDisney Junior’s favorite little princess, Sofia the First, is on a new adventure in Sofia the First Curse of Princess Ivy. In this episode, Princess Rapunzel makes an appearance!  Those fans of Tangled will be glad to know that Mandy Moore actually voices Rapunzel in this feature!

In this animated feature, Amber learns that Sofia has the ability to communicate with animals because of her amulet. Amber then proceeds to steal the amulet while Sofia is asleep.  At this point, things begin to take a drastic turn.  Amber unleashes a curse and Princess Ivy sends black and white butterflies throughout Enchancia… taking all color from the kingdom. With the help of  Rapunzel (and a super cute dragon), Sofia  & Amber must defeat Princess Ivy to restore the kingdom back to normal!

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect:

This DVD contains four episodes:

1. The Curse of Princess Ivy (Full Length Feature)
2. The Amulet of Avalor
3. Princess Butterfly
4. The Emerald Key

Sofia the First Curse of Princess Ivy will not disappoint your Disney Junior fan. Those that already know the story of Tangled and love Princess Rapunzel will be thrilled to see her brought into the story and even more excited to hear her sing a new song!

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While a copy of this DVD was provided for me to review, the opinion are my own.

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2015 Disney World Ticket Prices

by Kristi on February 21, 2015

2015 Disney Ticket PricesGoing on a Disney World Vacation in 2015?   Ever year, Disney seems to raise their ticket prices.  This year, you can expect to pay an average of $5 more per ticket!

Here are the 2015 Disney World Ticket prices for single-day admission:

Ages 10 and up: $105
Children ages 3-9: $99
Children Under 3: FREE

Single-day admission to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are as follows:
Ages 10 and up: $97
Children ages 3-9: $91
Children Under 3: FREE

Remember, these are just one day ticket prices. The best bang for your buck is by purchasing multi-day Disney Park tickets. If you are looking for the best price on multi-day Disney tickets, be sure to check out  Undercover Tourist. They are the only ticket broker that Disney Insider Tips uses.

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Grand Floridian Cafe for Breakfast

by Kristi on February 17, 2015

The Grand Floridian CafeOne way to check out the Grand Floridian without having to actually stay there is to head over there before the parks open for breakfast.  Just head over to Magic Kingdom early and take the monorail straight over. They have several options in terms of breakfast.  You can get a reservation for one of my favorite character meals at 1900 Park Fare, grab a quick service meal at Gasparilla Grill or enjoy a sit down breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe.  No matter which you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Grand Floridian Cafe Dining RoomWhile dining at the Grand Floridian Cafe, you will feel as though you have been transported back in time to the turn of the century.  Ask for a seat near the window, where you can observe the beautiful Floridian rose garden.

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast

Grand Floridian Cafe French ToastFood is moderately priced and well worth the extra money to be able to enjoy the scenery and have the experience of spending time at the Grand Floridian. The Grand Floridian Cafe has all of your favorites from Omelets to Mickey Waffles.  We had an American egg platter and the Vanilla Laced French Toast. Delicious!

While there, you might also inquire about the Hidden Mickeys. We found one!

Have you dined at the Grand Floridian Cafe? What was your experience?

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Disney Cakes & Sweets Magazine

February 16, 2015

Want to make your own cute Disney treats like you see on Pinterest?  Get the NEW Disney Cakes & Sweets Magazine and receive FREE Disney Cakes and Sweets Welcome Package! With the first issue, you will get a silicone Mickey Mouse cookie cutter and two Winnie The Pooh cupcake stencils. The links in this post […]

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Disney Family Fun Magazine Deal

February 16, 2015

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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Disney Mickey & Minnie Mouse Colllection on Sale

February 16, 2015

Zulily has their Mickey & Minnie Mouse Collection on sale for up to 60% off! This is a great time to stock up on all things Disney! They have t-shirts, pajamas, toys and house decor. The amount of great Disney items they have in stock is amazing, but it won’t last long.  This sale is […]

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Festival of The Lion King at Harambe Theater

February 14, 2015

Heading to Animal Kingdom? One thing you won’t want to miss is the Festival of Lion King at the Harambe Theater.  Running several times a day, this live show brings to life the story of The Lion King in a way you have never seen before! The Festival of The Lion King has everything you […]

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Inside Be Our Guest Restaurant

February 11, 2015

Be Our Guest Restaurant, located in  Fantasyland, is one of the most highly sought after dining options at Magic Kingdom.  Why?  Probably because it has one of the most majestic settings in all of Magic Kingdom!  That and the food is really good!   Now, that guests will be able to make reservations for lunch, hopefully […]

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Disney Princess Art Set only $5

February 8, 2015

Right now, Walmart has this Princess Art Set for only $5. It is regularly $15. Set includes: activity pad, stickers, ruler, markers, oil pastels, crayons and more  You can even have it shipped to your local store for free pickup. These are great to stock away for birthday parties or for those of you who […]

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