The Absolute Least Expensive Way to Travel Off Disney/Universal Property (Or Nearly Anywhere in Central Florida)

Going to Walt Disney World or Universal Studios Florida is expensive. Airline prices are high (although you can look for cheaper prices if you check out this post), park tickets run over $100 per person per day (but you may get some small legitimate discounts through the links on this page), hotels are quite a bit of money (check out the hints on this page for some better prices), food costs a lot, and that’s all before you even think of souvenirs. If you intend to stay on Disney property for your entire trip, you can travel around for free, between Disney’s Magical Express transporting you between the airport and your Disney hotel, and then Disney’s onsite transportation system of buses, monorails and boats to get you to and from the parks and other Disney-run areas. And if you stay on Universal property, you have use of buses, boats and walkways to and from the parks, once you get onto property. But if you’re staying off site, or want to venture out to, say, another theme park, or I-Drive or the outlet malls, you’re looking at even more expense with the use of a taxi, Uber, rental car, etc., right? Well, not necessarily. There’s one more option that’s cheaper than all of those…
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What To Do If You Get Sick While At Walt Disney World

Traveling to Walt Disney World isn’t easy. You run yourself ragged for the week before your trip, making sure everything at work is done, everything at home is done, everything you need is packed and that you’re all ready to go. You’ve spent a couple of late nights and didn’t get enough sleep. Then you board a plane full of people and are sealed in for several hours surrounded by coughing, hacking and sneezing passengers who didn’t want to miss out on their vacations. You know what happens next, right? Runny, stuffy nose and coughing. Or maybe your child has an eye or ear infection or you might be suffering from a case of the stomach flu or food poisoning from that buffet last night. Whatever the cause, being sick while at Walt Disney World isn’t fun. After all, this is supposed to be the happiest place on earth, right?

Luckily, there are many ways to help you back on the way to wellness while in Orlando. Here’s a few tips to help:
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#TBT April 2005: Tokyo Disneyland, Day 2!

MODERN-DAY NOTE: When I originally wrote this entry for my personal blog in 2005, I didn’t include pictures. I have no idea why, short of how much time it took to do so. I’ll include a few in the course of the post but most will be towards the bottom. Please enjoy!

Today was a “take it easy” day. We didn’t even wake up until 9:30am (almost a normal hour!).

Before we went to the park, Joe and I sent some of our luggage on to our next hotel so we wouldn’t have to lug it as much (Japan has this beautiful system where you can ship packages and suitcases to, from and between hotels for only about $20 per suitcase…with sometimes just 2 days here and 3 days there, it made things SO much easier!). Then we met up with Steve at Disneyland.
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“Tale As Old As Time Tea” For The Beauty (Or The Beast) In All Of Us

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Photo via Town House at The Kensington

Beauty And The Beast, the 1991 Disney animated feature, won multiple Oscars and Grammys, and the original Broadway production of the show won a Tony, while the 1997 West End version won an Olivier Award. Whether or not Disney’s 2017’s live feature version of the story that starred Emma Watson will have any Oscar feathers to add to its B&TB cap has yet to be seen, but right now you can have your own Beauty and The Beast celebration at The Town House at Kensington Hotel, in London, in the form of their “Tale As Old As Time Tea.” As far as I can tell, it sounds like a definite winner for any Disney fan!

As per Town House at The Kensington’s website, “This delightful Afternoon Tea, named
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Man Accidentally Shoots Self At Orlando Airport

There’s a list of things you are NOT supposed to do at the airport. You are not allowed to bring liquids larger than 3 oz. in your carry on bags. You should not talk about bombs, explosives or any similar topics around the secure area. Well, can now add to that list:
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#TBT: April 2005: Tokyo Disneyland (Day 1)

MODERN-DAY NOTE: When I originally wrote this entry for my personal blog in 2005, I didn’t include pictures. I have no idea why, short of how much time it took to do so. I’ll include a few in the course of the post but most will be towards the bottom. Please enjoy!

DSC07065We woke up at 7am and again got out of the room at 8:45am. Took the monorail to the TDL Station and saw the CROWD of people trying to meet and greet the characters. Popular characters like Pooh and the Fab 5 had lines that were close to 100 people long but Max, the Fairy Godmother and Jiminy Cricket were easily accessible.

World Bazaar is TDL’s version of Main Street. It’s essentially the same thing as Main Street, but with a covering (to protect against rain and snow) and with openings on the side arms (the area is shaped like a cross) to let you into Tomorrowland (to the right) or Adventureland (to the left).
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Trip Report: Disney Vacation Club exclusive Moonlight Magic event at Typhoon Lagoon

MoonMagWalt Disney World has run a series of “Moonlight Madness” events for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members for a while now. Joe has been a DVC member since the early 90s (the running joke was that I married him for his points) and after going to and enjoying our time at the Magic Kingdom event in February 2017 (click here for that trip report, as well as a brief history of DVC and how it works), we decided to go to the Typhoon Lagoon event on July 5th. We had gone to a similar event last summer, so we figured it would be a good way to compare last year’s event to this one.
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