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Tip, tricks and advice on making the most of an Orlando vacation with a definite focus on Walt Disney World.  

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2013, A Banner Year for Orlando

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (5)

It's been a while since I've posted anything, but the good news is the advice I have written has stood the test of time.  I'm hoping to get backing in the posting swing on things shortly, but here's a quick link to an interesting article from the Sacramento Bee in the meantime.  The net of it is there's a lot of new stuff coming to Orlando this year.  Happy Ne...

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Beat the Disney Price Hike

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are considering a trip to Disney World in the near future, you may want to look into buying your tickets soon.  Historically, Disney has raised their prices once a year in late summer, but last year they made the change in June.  If you know you are going, buy now and you'll save yourself a few bucks.

Orlando Attractions - Beyond the Four Major Disney Parks

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I’m going to write about a few of my family’s favorite things to do in Orlando outside of the big 4 Disney parks. I’m excluding Universal for another day.

Water Parks

Our family really enjoys both Typhoon Lagoon and

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Planning an Orlando Vacation

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems a lot of people simply “wing it” when they visit Orlando. It is supposed to be a vacation after all. However, unless you enjoy waiting in lines or listening to your kids melt down, this is a mistake. A little advance planning will go a long way towards ensuring a fun time while you are there. In this post, I will try to cover some of the keys things I consider when planning our family’s trips to Orlando.


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Meeting Disney Characters and Autographs - Agony or Ecstasy

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have young children (but not too young), you will quickly learn that meeting characters and getting their autographs is a part of the Disney experience. However, if unprepared, you will also learn how painful this experience can be. You can easily waste several hours a day waiting in lines and baking in the sun to meet the most popular characters. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Here are a couple simple ideas to minimize the pain and maximize the gain. ...

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Orlando Vacation Rentals, Why They're a Smart Choice

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Freshly back from my own vacation and not having posted in a while, I thought I'd try something different.  Instead of simply writing a post, I'm posting this entry to a couple of article distribution sites and then linking to it from my blog.  

When travelling to Orlando / Disney, one of the first decisions you need to make is where to stay.  Orlando has an almost limitless set of choices from hotels to resorts to condos t...

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Why Pick Windsor Hills for your Orlando Vacation Rental?

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Beyond the obvious reason that you can stay in our fabulous home ☺, let me walk you through why you should consider Windsor Hills Resort when looking at vacation rental homes in Orlando.

First and foremost, don’t take my word for it; simply look at the reviews of other people on the Web. You will quickly discover that Windsor Hills has the best reputation, hands down.


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Some of My Favorite Disney Special Events

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Beyond the main attractions at the parks, there is an almost infinite variety of additional activities one can do at Disney.  Here are a few of my favorites.


  • Cinderella's Castle during the fireworks - Cinderella's Castle offers character meals for breakfast and for dinner.  If you are most interested in meeting the princesses, you need to a) attend the breakfast and b) learn some ridiculous t...
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Best Lunch Choices at the Parks

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I expect a lot of people assume the dining options in the parks are all roughly equal in terms of quality and value.  This is most definitely NOT true.  Today's recommendations will focus on lunch options that I think represent the best combination of a good meal and a decent price.

  • In the Magic Kingdom, there are two options I recommend, Peco Bills and Cosmic Rays.  Depending on which side of the...

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Saving money on a rental car

Posted on March 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

When visiting Orlando, I highly recommend a rental car.  While you can choose the Disney bus system if staying on property, and a lot of local properties provide shuttles to the major parks, the flexibility and time savings of a car are well worth the extra expense.  With that in mind, here are some tips on rental cars.


  • Use an aggregation site like
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