Seeing Disney From A New Perspective

EpcotI don’t have a lot of free time on my hands these days but when I do get a little time, I begin to imagine what it will be like living 24 miles from Walt Disney World.
On our most recent trip to Florida to find a home, I saw a Disney Magical Express bus and realized, I won’t be riding that bus anymore! In case you don’t know, Magical Express is the Disney-provided transportation from the Orlando International Airport to your Disney resort. It didn’t really bother me that I won’t be on that bus anymore since our new home is so close. I’ve always had this like/dislike relationship with Magical Express anyway. I liked it when I arrived and it was whisking us off to start our vacation, but I really disliked the bus when it was picking us up to return to the airport and go home.
There are a few things I’ll miss about planning my Disney vacations.
I’ll miss choosing a resort to stay at and I’ll miss the midday breaks we would take at the resort to go back and swim. I’ll also miss the anticipation and countdowns we always did to our Disney vacations.
But instead, we’ll have countdowns to the visits from our children and grandchildren, friends and family! We’ll also get to experience every season in Disney! I won’t have to go years without seeing the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. And I don’t have to wonder every year if I’ll get to the International Food and Wine Festival. I can spend my birthday in Disney every year.
I also won’t have to worry about how I’m going to get something home that I want to purchase. I won’t have to miss our dog, Tinkerbell. And if we spend a long day at the parks, I can take her to Best Friends Pet Care Center for the day! It’s located right near the Port Orleans resorts and is open an hour before the parks open and it closes an hour after the parks close, so I can drop her off on our way to the parks and pick her up after we finish!
I could flip a coin to decide which park to go to that day. Or I could park hop and go to all of them in the same day. We could go to the parks just for dinner and fireworks! We can track points we accumulate at Buzz Light Year and Toy Story Mania and have monthly competitions!
And if I take another Disney Cruise, we’re just a short half hour drive to Port Canaveral!
So as the list of “benefits” keeps growing in my mind, I think about, and am grateful for the one thing I will not have to do ever again.
Shovel snow!

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Price of Disney Park Tickets Increase Starting Today

Disney raises their park ticket prices a little bit every year. So it should come as no surprise that they are once again raising the prices of their park tickets. What was surprising was that they are doing that this year in June. Typically, it was done in early August. For most guests staying a week in Disney, the increase is about $20 per person. If you have a large family traveling that can add up.
I recommend you don’t try to save by eliminating the park hopper option on your park tickets because that’s just too limiting. You definitely want the ability to visit one park in the morning and another in the afternoon if you choose. Suppose the day you are in the Magic Kingdom it rains and Wishes Fireworks is canceled. If you don’t have a park hopper, you don’t have the ability to return to the Magic Kingdom the next night to see it without using a whole day on your base ticket. Another problem created by not having the park hopper option on your tickets is making dining plans.If the restaurant you have reservations for is in a park, you need your park ticket to get in. And to get the most for your money, I believe the park hopper is the way to go. There are other ways to save on a Disney vacation package, don’t skimp on the tickets.
One good thing comes from Disney’s prices being raised today….they will now have 2012 package pricing available.

Sharon Spohn (Disney Diva) is a travel consultant and Disney Vacation Planning Expert with Liberty Travel, Coventry Mall, Pottstown, PA. She can be reached via e-mail at spohns@libertytravel.com or by phone at 610-327-8400.