Is the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Worth the Cost

DVC breakdown

  Is Disney Vacation Club (DVC) worth the cost? Well I consider myself well versed at traveling amongst the Disney World Parks and Resorts.  I have been booking trips for myself, my wife and my two daughters since they were toddlers.  We have been to the parks almost every years since 2005. We have stayed in Pop Century (our favorite), Art of Animation, All-Star Movies, Coronado Springs and one year stayed off-site at the Castle Hotel (at the time a Doubletree Hotel) on International Drive about two miles from Universal…

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Disney Planning to Faceoff with Netflix?

Recent articles have reported that Disney has decided to pull all Disney and Pixar films from Netflix by 2019 in order to start their own streaming service. As more and more customers cut the cord and replace Cable TV with live TV and media streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and more, it seem as though Disney wants to jump into the streaming media business offering their own service in what looks to be 2019. Although loosing the Disney titles from their library will slightly affect Netflix, it is…

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Disney Closing Loophole in FastPass+ System

With every technology there are holes and backdoors that dishonest people try to take advantage of.  Disney’s FastPass+ app is no exception.  Disney has discovered that it is had been possible to book rides through the FastPass+ using an unused ticket or Magic Band. To most, this does not seem like a big deal, but to those that have gone to the Magic Kingdom and have waited 90 minutes or longer for the Seven Dwarfs Mine rollercoaster because you were unable to secure a Fastpass using your Magic Band and…

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Great Movie Ride Closing???

Hollywood Studios - The Great Movie Ride

Rumors are swirling that the Great Movie Ride which is inside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios could be closing in the very near future. The Great Movie Ride is a dark tram ride that takes you through many scenes of Hollywood movie history that include “Wizard of Oz”, “Alien” and “Indiana Jones”.  The ride is currently licensed through Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Disney is currently moving away from licensing rides through 3rd party companies and instead using Disney intellectual property, i.e. changing Tower of Terror (which was…

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Pandora Opening Weekend, Success or Fail?

The long-awaited “Pandora – The World of Avitar” opened to record crowds in Disney’s Animal Kingdom this weekend.  The floating islands and photoluminescent plants are now open to the public with hours from 8am – 11pm daily with Extra Magic Hours of 7am-8am and 11pm-1am. This new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been long awaited in Disney World’s lesser performing parks.  Crowds and park closing due to capacity were the norm this weekend with wait times of up to six hours to just enter the new land. Pandora is…

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Is Ellen’s Energy Adventure Closing?

Epcot - Ellen's Energy Adventure

Rumors are swirling that “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” in Disney World’s Epcot is getting ready to close.  Reports are that permits have been submitted with the Reedy Creek Improvement for work to be done on the wetlands and canal that are currently behind the building that houses “Ellen’s Energy Adventure”. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is currently a dark ride in the Northeastern corner of Epcot which is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and features Alex Trebek, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bill Nye the Science Guy.  During a dream sequence Ellen is faced up…

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Where is Paint the Night Going?

“Paint the Night”, which was the former nighttime parade at Disneyland in California before the “Main Street Electrical Parade” was brought back to California after a short stint in the Magic Kingdom in Florida, has been packed up and is ready to be shipped to another park, but where? “Paint the Night” is a brightly colored, highly musical, parade that had been featured at Disneyland in California for roughly the past two years. Magic Kingdom would be the most logical choice seeing that they currently do not have a nighttime…

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Wishes, Thank You for the Memories

THE END OF AN ERA The “Wishes” nighttime fireworks spectacular debuted in Magic Kingdom in Florida on August 12, 2003.  After a truly spectacular 13 1/2 year run, the amazing “Wishes” display had it’s triumphant finalé last night to a crowd of nostalgic onlookers. My first view of “Wishes” was in April, 2005, when my wife and I took our then 3 year and 18 month old daughters to their first trip to Walt Disney World and was amazed of the incredible fireworks display that was put on.  My family instantly…

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Day 1 of Our Disney World Vacation

Our Disney World Traditions The first day of our Disney World Vacation in Florida started on a very warm April, Florida Morning with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it was going to be a warm one. We start every Disney Vacation the same way.  On the first day, we try to get out of the resort early and we head up I-4 East and get off on the Sand Lake Rd exit to get to International Drive in Orlando.  We usually eat at the Ponderosa Steak House opposite the Castle…

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We Are Off To Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL

It is incredible how quickly a week’s vacation at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL can go by.  We had been so excited to go on this trip since it was booked on December 24, 2016 and now it is over. Our vacation started on April 18, 2017 with a 7PM flight on JetBlue from Providence (PVD) to Orlando (MCO).  Upon arrival at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, RI (PVD), we parked in Long Term Parking (Garage C) and made the 10 minute walk from the garage to the…

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