Tuesday’s Tips- Take an Uber!

Disney makes getting from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to your resort a piece of cake with Disney’s Magical Express.  With this free service you’ll be taken from the airport straight to your resort on a Disney themed motor coach.  You won’t even have to worry about going to baggage claim!  Disney takes care of that for you as well!  Put the special tags on your bags, and they will be magically delivered to your resort after your arrival.

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While these awesome perks are magical indeed, they’re designed to keep you on property.  A magic bus that eliminates the need for a rental car?  Yes perk, but also convenient for Disney to keep you (and more importantly your $$$) in their parks, stores and restaurants.  (I’m certainly not complaining either… “All magic comes at a price.”)

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There have been plenty of Disney trips that we have taken where we’ve been very content to stay right on Disney property and keep our adventure there, however there are sometimes where it is also nice to get off property to visit other theme parks, and restaurants.  While I’m a dedicated “mouskaholic”  I also very much enjoy the magic of Harry Potter.

Because of my devotion to this other magic, I have visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. (Shhhh… don’t tell the Disney Gods lol!)  We had a few options for getting from Disney to Universal for us, taking an “Uber” was the most economical, and quickest option.  If you purchase your Universal tickets through at travel agent, they have the option of selling you tickets that include round trip transportation from the Disney Resort to the Universal resort via Mears Motorcoaches.  This isn’t a bad option, but it is time consuming because the bus makes stops at multiple resorts, AND costs $26 per person for the roundtrip transfer.  For a family of four you’re looking at $104.00 extra just to get from Disney to Universal.  Another option is renting a car… If you’re on a week long trip you’re looking at at around $150.00 – $200.00 (depending on car type and size) for a week long car rental.  If you’re only plan is to head to universal or off property once or twice this is definitely not the most economical plan.  You could head to the “Disney Car Care Center” and rent a car just for the day, but getting there means taking time out of your valuable vacation time to do so.

So what is the most economical solution that I’ve found?  Ride-sharing Apps!  I personally have only used Uber, but I know that Lyft is also available in the Orlando Area.  Ride-sharing apps base their fares on a combination of mileage and time spent in travel, rather than basing in on per person.  So with an UberX you can transport up to 4 people for one low price.

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Here is the price (without a surge) going from Disney’s All Star Music Resort to Universal Studios

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So for $17.24  you can transport 1-4 individuals to Universal (one way).  So even at the round trip price of about $35.00, that’s still considerably less than round trip for two on the Mears motor coaches ($52.00 round trip for 2), and about the same price as a one day car rental, just without the hassle of heading to the Disney Car Care Center.

Here are some other approximations of cost to other popular orlando destinations (Estimates are done from the All Star Music Resort to the destination)

One of my favorite places to eat off of Disney Property is Giordano’s Pizza!  It’s deep dish Chicago style STUFFED pizza, and it’s AMAZING (FYI, they also deliver).  An uber to Giordano’s is approximately $11 bucks

 

An Uber to the Orlando Eye= $14.00

An Uber to Orlando Premium Outlets= $12

An Uber to Seaworld= $13.50

To use Uber you just need to download the app to your smart phone, and sign up with a valid credit card.  If you’re interested in getting up to $15 off your first ride enter this code when you sign up- ashleyf1931ue 

Happy Riding!

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Tuesday’s Tip- Traveling with Preschoolers

Have you ever wondered if you’re crazy trying to take your preschool aged child to Disney World?  There is magic for children of all ages at Disney, including magic for your preschool aged child!  In fact, Disney has put together an entire PDF brochure to guide you to a magical trip with your preschooler!

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Click Below to print your own copy!

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Tuesday’s Tip- Using the Baby Centers at the parks

High chairs, changing stations, formula, baby food, and toddler sized toilets… these are all things that you can find at the Baby Care Centers at Walt Disney World’s four theme parks.  Disney World is a place for families, including those with young children.  To make travel easier for all families, they have these centers to accommodate those with younger children.

In each Baby Care Center you’ll find the following

  • Private rooms with rocking chairs for nursing mothers
  • Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom
  • Feeding area with high chairs
  • Kitchen with a microwave, oven, and sink
  • Main room with television, table, chairs, and sofa
  • Toddler sized toilets
  • An on-site shop that offers formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over the counter medication, and clothing for purchase.

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Where are these baby care centers located?

At the Magic Kingdom you’ll find the baby care center between Casey’s Corner and the Crystal Palace (just left of Main Street USA as you head towards Adventureland)

At Epcot you’ll find the baby care center in the Odyssey building.  This building is right in between future world, and Mexico, in the World Showcase.

At Animal Kingdom you’ll find the baby care center next to Pizzafari.  To to the left of the tree of life to get to Pizzafari, pass it, and it’ll be on the left.

At Hollywood Studios you’ll find the baby care center located in at the front of the park located in the guest relations building.

Worried about cleanliness?  No worries at all, each changing table is equipped with disposable paper liners, and dedicated Baby Center cast members will be ready with paper towels and other clean up supplies if necessary.

While you’re allowed to nurse your baby anywhere you like, these areas are air conditioned and equipped for all of your baby needs.  This includes pumping.  In each of  nursing rooms there are electrical outlets for you to plug in your pump.

Do you have an older child that you’re worried about what to do with them while you are taking care of the little one?  No worries, the toddler can relax in the small main lounge area.  On the tv you’ll find Disney movies, as well as books and coloring pages in the lounge area to keep them entertained.

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Fun Fact Friday- The Size of Walt Disney World

27,000 acres of land is owned by the Disney corporation in central Florida.  To give you an idea of how much land that actually is… 27,000 acres is 80 times the size of the nation of Monaco, twice the size of the island of Manhattan, and the size of the city of San Francisco.  Convert that from acres to miles, and it’s 47 square miles!  Keep in mind only 1,100 acres are taken up with the parks, while only 7,100 acres have been developed.

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Walt learned from Disneyland that outside developers and hotels would quickly surround his precious park.  He wanted space when he began to plan “Project X” or also known as the “Florida Project.”  To get the space needed Walt set up “dummy corporations” to operate under.  He knew that once it was announced that they were creating a park that the price of property would skyrocket.  So corporations like “M.T. Lott” (get it… empty lot!), “Reedy Creek Ranch Corporation” and several others went to central Florida to purchase the 27,000 acres of land.  The first acres of land were purchased for about $80.00 per acre.  After it was announced that Disney was purchasing the land, the price skyrocketed 1000% to $8000.00 per acre.

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With this land, the Disney corporation was able to create the magical world that we now know as Walt Disney World.  Even though Walt died prior to the opening of Walt Disney World, it has been a huge success!

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Words of Walt- Main Street USA

Today’s post is about the first thing you will see when you walk into WDW’s Magic Kingdom, or Disneyland!  Main Street USA 🙂

“Main Street, USA is America at the turn of the century- the crossroads of an era.  The gas lamps and the electric lamp- the horse-drawn car and auto car.  Main Street is everyone’s hometown- the heartline of America.”

Check in tomorrow for some fun facts about Main Street USA!

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Main Street USA- Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

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The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1)

I was going to write about the many “Behind the scenes” experiences at Disney World, but Charming Travels has a well written blog post, so why re-invent the wheel!?!  Check out Charming Travel’s blog post on the awesome behind the scenes tours available at WDW   (click on the link)

The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1).

8 Reasons to Stay on Property When Visiting Walt Disney World

Here is an awesome article on 8 reasons to stay on Disney property from the Charming Travels Blog!

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Many times I am asked if it’s “really all that great” to stay on property at one of Disney’s resorts when visiting Walt Disney World. And each time I give them the run down of why it Really Is all that great and advantageous! So I figured if so many people that I talk with are questioning where they stay, others may be too. Disney has so many options when it comes to staying on property that you can find the perfect resort for you and your family/travel party. Without a doubt, I highly recommend staying on site and here are my 8 reasons why:

8.  Packages & Discounts

Disney offers Magic Your Way packages that allow you to have all of your plans set up for you before you check in for your stay. Tickets, dining and other add-ins including waterparks, Disney Quest (a multi-floor arcade complex), golf and…

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