Ep. 73 – On-Property Disneyland Hotel Guide


In this week’s episode, Leslie and Joe head west again to Disneyland to discuss the three on-property hotel choices in Anaheim. While Walt Disney World owns more hotels than guests can count now, the choices are much more manageable at Disneyland where the vast majority of visitors stay off-site. Should you even stay in a Disneyland on-site hotel? And if so, which one is right for your family?

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Ep. 72 – Star Wars News and Disney Updates from Summer 2019

Episode Description

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge crowds have surprised at Disneyland. What does that mean for Fall 2019 at Disney World? When should you plan for upcoming 2019-2020 Disney vacations? We tackle that and news and notes from around Disney in this episode of Disney Deciphered. Let us help you as you decide when to next visit!
Any news we missed? E-mail us at disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com!

Episode Notes

2:23 – Disney Annual Price increases – the math has changed even if you take multiple trips a year
4:48 – Disneyland Annual Flex Pass ($599)
6:37 – Country Bear Jamboree and Enchanted Tiki Room – no changes!
7:28 – New Magicband upgrade system for on site guests
9:30 – Disney Skyliner, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Rivera Resort, and Gran Destino at Coronado Springs updates and opening predictions
12:01 – Extra Extra Magic Hours
12:31 – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge crowds at Disneyland and how we think that might inform what will happen at Disney World this fall
15:34 – Suggestions for when to go to Disney World if you’re deciding between Fall 2019 and early 2020
17:00 – Will Disney offer discounts this fall?
19:55 – Disney dos and don’ts

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Ep. 71 – Tips for Staying Off Site at Walt Disney World

Off-site hotels are a popular choice for Disney World vacationers on a budget or those who simply need more space. But do you know how to make the most of your off-property stay? In Episode 67, we discussed the many benefits that can come along with staying in on-site hotels. In this follow up episode, Leslie and Joe dive in to all the details for maximizing those benefits, sharing all their best tips and tricks for off-site hotel stays.

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Ep. 69 – Disney’s Aulani – What’s New in 2019 & Trip Report

 

Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii opened in 2011 and is still going strong 8 years later. Leslie returned to Aulani for the third time with her family for spring break in 2019 and found quite a few things had changed – and almost all for the better. From improvements in the Aunty’s Beach House kids club scheduling to new (and some inexpensive) food offerings, Aulani is a resort that actually seems to be improving with age. This week, we explore all that’s new in 2019 at Aulani and whether an Aulani vacation is still worth it in view of the resort’s increasing prices.

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Ep. 68 – An Early Look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland

After years of anticipation, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open for business at Disneyland park! A nearly identical land is coming to Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019, so Disney World fans have been watching Anaheim closely this week for lessons learned and plenty of tips. With only one of the two rides open, the land isn’t quite complete, but there is plenty for Star Wars geeks and Disney fans to love. Leslie was in attendance on opening day and gives her review, impressions, and lots of tips in this week’s episode.
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Ep. 67 – Benefits of staying in off-site Disney hotels


Sure, staying in Disney World hotels can be a lot of fun on vacation, but it isn’t super fun for your wallet. There are plenty of advantages to staying at an off-site Disney World hotel. Here are some reasons we think you’ll be happy should you stay in off-site hotels at Disney World.

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Ep. 65 – Fantasyland Guide Part III (Signature Dining and Early Morning Magic)


Fantasyland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a land packed full of so many attractions and experiences, and we’ve finally reached the third and final part of our guide to this land! In this episode, Joe and Leslie discuss the finer points of Fantasyland’s signature dining experiences, explore where to get the best merchandise, and muse on whether Early Morning Magic in Magic Kingdom is worth the extra cost for Fantasyland fans.

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Episode 64 – Tokyo DisneySea Trip Report

Episode Description

In February, Joe got to check out Tokyo DisneySea, considered by many to be the best Disney theme park in the world. Does DisneySea live up to the hype? How difficult is it to navigate with crowds and the language barrier? What makes Tokyo DisneySea so special? We discuss all this and more in the latest episode of Disney Deciphered! Plus, some tips if you’re planning to visit.

Have you ever been to Tokyo DisneySea or Tokyo Disneyland? We’d love to hear your experiences and tips, please share them by e-mailing us at disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com.

Episode Notes

Tokyo DisneySea in eight pictures

2:49 – Tokyo DisneySea theming

4:05 – Society of Explorers and Adventurers

6:26 – Entertainment and shows

9:08 – Rides and attractions

12:43 – What to eat

16:12 – Tips and tricks

19:02 – Disney dos and don’ts

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