Category Archives: Trip Planning

Fastpass Plus Debate: Great Idea or Overplanning

Fastpass Plus

Today’s topic is Fastpass Plus.  It’s a new feature that Disney has rolled out in the past year.  I’m going to give an overview of what Fastpass Plus is for our newer readers and then go into a debate of whether Fastpass Plus is great idea or has caused guests to “overplan” their vacation.

A little history on the Fastpass system at Walt Disney World.  Fastpass came to Walt Disney World in 1999 as a concept for guests to create a “ride reservation.” Guests would slide their Key to World Card into a Fastpass machine which would then print out a ticket with an hour time window for guests to return to go on the ride.  When guests returned for their “ride reservation,” they went into a special Fastpass queue and bypassed the standby queue.   Fastpasses were limited and once the daily allotment of Fastpasses were gone, guests could only go on the ride via the standby queue.

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Reasons to love a Deluxe Resort

Last week, I did a post on some of the reasons to love a Disney Moderate Resort.  Today, I’m moving a class with reasons to love a Disney Deluxe resort.  Disney has a lot of deluxe resorts – eight in total: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club are considered deluxe resorts by Disney.  This is the resort class that I have most experience with since I started going with my family back in 2009.  I have stayed at the Contemporary, albeit in the Garden Wing, Wilderness Lodge, and I have a visit to Yacht Club in my future.  So, what are some reasons to love these resorts.

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Weekly Update – June 7

It’s been a busy week at Dad For Disney headquarters with the announcement of the Villains Unlimited party on August 23rd.  Dad picked up a lot of readers in the last two days as the blog set viewership records on Thursday and then again on Friday.  To our new readers, welcome.  Here’s what you may have missed earlier in the week:

Club Disney at the Polynesian Resort: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/06/02/club-disney-at-disney-polynesian-village-resort/

Attractions in New Fantasyland: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/06/03/top-5-attractions-in-new-fantasyland/

Reasons to Love a Disney Moderate Resort: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/06/04/why-to-love-a-disney-moderate-resort/

Official Villains Unleashed 2014 Information: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/06/05/official-villains-unleashed-information/

Hidden Gem Restaurants: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/06/06/hidden-gemlow-cost-table-service-restaurants/

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Dad would like to turn some of new readers into followers so please follow if you like what you see here.

I am collaborating with a friend of mine, Kim Jordan, who is a travel agent with Magic of Mickey Travel.  If you ever need a person to help you plan your Disney vacation, she is an excellent resource and would be more than welcome help you plan the vacation.  Her contact information can be found on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KimJordanMagicOfMickeyTravel

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back on Monday.

Club Disney at Disney Polynesian Village Resort

Club Disney will be a brand new children’s activity center at the Disney Polynesian Village Resort.  It will be replacing the old Neverland Club also at The Polynesian.

Children’s Activity Centers are places where guests can drop off their children, ages 4 to 12, for the evening.  The centers are not located at all resorts, however, they are available for all resort guests.  A list of the centers:

Simba’s Playhouse – Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sandcastle Club – Beach Club Resort

Camp Dolphin – Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Club Disney – Polynesian Village Resort

Cubs Den – Wilderness Lodge

Hours for most resorts is 4:30 pm until midnight and the cost is $11 per hour and does include dinner if you book during dinner hours.   Reservations are suggested and can be made at 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463)

What do these centers provide?

They provide supervised games and activities for the children.  Dinner – usually chicken nuggets or a hot dog.  Later in the evening, they wind down with a movie in the center.

Children must be potty trained to go to the club.

Back to the Club Disney:

Formally the Neverland Club complete with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell theme.  The area has been completely re-themed.  The new theme will be takes its inspiration for the Disney Little Golden Books series featuring  Lady and Trump, Pinocchio, and Alice in Wonderland.

These children’s activity centers are great for parents who want a night out without the kids.  My family have used this service once during our Disney vacations.  We made reservations for one of the Candlelight Processional packages.  It included dinner at Chefs de France and then one of the showings of the Candlelight Processional during Christmastime.  My wife and I knew that our daughter, who was five at the time, could make it through the dinner in France.  However, we knew that the Candlelight Processional would be difficult for her to sit through.  So, we made a reservation for her at the Cubs Den since we were staying at Wilderness Lodge.  My wife and I had a great night out even if it was FREEZING!!!!!! Cold_Smiley outside. My daughter was the only person in the Cubs Den that night and had a great time as well playing by herself and with the cast members in the Cubs Den.

These children’s activity are a great over-looked service that Disney provides for children to allow parents to have a night out to themselves.

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180 Days From A Disney Vacation

180 days is one of those landmark days for planning a Disney vacation.  It is the day when guests can start making table-service dining reservations for their stays at Walt Disney World.  At Disneyland, this is as big of a day because the demand for dining isn’t as high as it is at Walt Disney World.  For Walt Disney World, however, it is very important.  Some restaurants are very difficult to get if you don’t make your reservations right on that 180th day.

So, what are some ways to successfully navigate this day and get the restaurants that you really want.

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