Seeing The Stuff That Only Disney Cast Members Are Usually Supposed To Be Able To See

Disney parks have always had a bit of mystery to them, and that’s done on purpose. Using terminology from the concept of “putting on a show,” the areas that customers (called “guests”) can see is called “on stage” and anything that’s behind the scenes or areas that guests can’t otherwise see, is called “backstage.” For decades, only Disney employees (called “cast members” [CMs]) could go and see backstage or views that guests would never have access to, but over time, things (read: rules, adherence to same, and technology) have changed and, for better or for worse, guests can see stuff like this:

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Visa No Longer Needed, Marriott Bonvoy & Other Hotel Complaints, Huge WDW Entry Change & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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YMMV Travel Deals & Discounts: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late. We take no responsibility for deals that are pulled before the “deal ends” date.

Here’s what’s out there right now:

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How Will The New Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Affect Guests Visiting WDW Later This Year?

Both Disney and Star Wars fans were thrilled when the long-awaited dates of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands were finally announced for the Disney parks in California and Florida. The land is scheduled to open at Disneyland on May 31, and at Walt Disney World a couple of months after, on August 29th.

The two parks are treating their respective openings somewhat differently. This is how the opening will be run at Disneyland:

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Things will be a little looser at Walt Disney World, in that no reservations will be required to enter the land during its first month:

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The big question for WDW visitors is how the opening will affect people and their vacation towards from late August 2019 forward, and perhaps into 2020 and beyond? Using past experience and a little hypothesis, this is what we think…

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How Much Is Walt Disney World’s Electric Bill?

Walt Disney World is ginormous. It takes up about 40 square miles (that’s roughly the size of San Francisco). It has 4 full-sized major theme parks, 4 world-class golf courses, 2 miniature golf courses, 2 water parks and a shopping/dining district with dozens upon dozens of storefronts. That’s on top of over 30 resorts and hotels, the vast majority of which are owned and operated by Disney, that contain over 36,000 rooms. There are also all the backstage areas that house the support systems Disney needs to do what it does on a daily basis.

All that stuff needs a whole lot of electricity to keep it running. Can you imagine what their electric bill must be? Well, someone did actually figure it out. Take a look…

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