Episode 34 – Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter: Tips and Impressions


Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter resorts are two moderate resorts at Disney World near Disney Springs. The Port Orleans resorts have fairly central locations, middle-of-the-road pricing, and ample amenities, making them a popular choice for many families. In this week’s episode, Leslie and Joe explore the features of the two resorts and share pros and cons (and a few tips!) for stays at Riverside and French Quarter.

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Episode 33 – Disney World Character Dining Tips and Tricks


Walt Disney World character dining is one of our favorite things to do when visiting the theme parks. We find it saves us time and stress planning our touring plans in the parks and our kids love it! You have to eat anyway, right? In this episode we discussed our tips and tricks for the character dining experience along with restaurants we recommend and try to avoid. Plus, how to fit character dining into your plans and a can’t miss tip for getting pictures with your kids (or yourself!).

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Episode 32 – Epcot 201 – Advanced Tips for Touring Epcot


With only a handful of attractions and a totally different vibe than the other three Disney theme parks in Orlando, Epcot requires a different strategy for success. Guests often prioritize restaurants, festivals, and even leisurely strolls over the thrill rides. Get a more advanced lesson in touring Epcot, with FastPass+ strategies, favorite restaurants, character meet-and-greets, and a sneak peek at how the park will change in the next few years.

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Episode 31 – Tips for traveling to Disney World with a baby or toddler


Thinking of traveling to Disney World with a baby? Unsurprisingly, Disney theme parks are very baby friendly. In this week’s episode of Disney Deciphered, Leslie and Joe take a look at what makes Disney parks baby friendly and features such as baby centers, rider switch, and more that will help you minimize stress when visiting Disney with a baby. We also include tips and strategies for dealing with naps, strollers, and much more!

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Episode 30 – Unique Interactive Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World

Many Disney restaurants offer unique meals, but some of them offer truly interactive dining experiences. Whether it be wise-cracking waiters, music or dancing, some of these iconic experiences can make (or break) a Disney trip for many families. In this week’s episode, Leslie and Joe take a look at five interactive restaurants at Walt Disney World: Skipper Canteen, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Whispering Canyon, 50’s Prime Time Café, and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Find out whether the jokes and wackiness will be up your alley and whether the food is worth of the increased prices that many of these dining experiences entail.

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Episode 29 – Polynesian Resort 101: Tips & Impressions

Disney’s Polynesian Resort stands as one of the first two on site hotels ever built at Walt Disney World. With its great location on the monorail, a tropical theme that makes you feel like you’re in paradise, and plenty of unique dining options, the Polynesian Resort often is viewed as one of the gold standards of Disney hotels. But having been around so long, has this resort started showing its age? Does it justify its high price point? We give our impressions of the Polynesian in 2018 and share our pros and cons for staying there.

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Episode 28 – Disney Dream and Polynesian Resort Trip Report

Episode Description

Joe just spend four nights on the Disney Dream cruise ship and two nights at the Polynesian Resort in August. We chat about the differences between Disney land and sea cast members, tips for cruising with Disney, and how Joe’s family enjoyed hanging out at Walt Disney World without visiting the parks (for the most part). We also update what’s going on at Whispering Canyon, chat about the wonder of Trader Sam’s, and more!

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Episode Notes

2:07 – Whispering Canyon Cafe impressions

4:18 – Getting from Orlando to Port Canaveral

6:18 – Quick thoughts on cruising on the Disney Dream

9:17 – Sanaa (Animal Kingdom Lodge) impressions

13:19 – Staying at the Polynesian Resort

16:02 – Fun adventures on the monorail loop

18:22 – Crowds at Toy Story Land and Hollywood Studios construction

23:26 – Trader Sam’s

26:55 – Disney dos and don’ts

 

Episode 27 – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 101: First Timer Tips


Yes, it might still be August, but it’s already Halloween at Walt Disney World. The spooky season starts a couple of months early, with the launch of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the middle of the month. Since Joe and Leslie have yet to make it to Disney World for a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party themselves, they brought in someone they know to be a true party expert as a special guest on this week’s podcast. Karyn Locke of Sand and Snow… And Everywhere In Between has been to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World nearly every year for the better part of a decade with her family. She shares her very best tips for making the most of this special ticketed event, from how to find the most sought after characters, dodge the lines, and take home the most candy.

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Episode 26 – Leslie’s First Time in Pandora (& First-Timer Tips)


Pandora – The World of Avatar has been open for over a year in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but it’s still a new land for many Disney guests. Attraction lines, particularly for the very popular Flight of Passage, remain long. Leslie finally paid Pandora a visit earlier this summer, and returns with her first-timer impressions with additional expert tips from Joe who has now seen the land several times.

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Episode 25 – Talking to Len Testa about how to use Touring Plans to maximize your Disney vacation


Touring Plans is a website that helps tens of thousands of Walt Disney World visitors save time and stress on their Disney vacations every year. Leslie and I love the website so we brought Len Testa, the founder and president of Touring Plans, onto the podcast to discuss the how to use Touring Plans to enhance their Disney vacation and some hidden features some users might not even know about.

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