Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Ride Tips & Impressions (Ep. 95)

At long last, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is fully open and complete. The second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened on December 5, 2019. While the first, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, received fairly positive reviews, everyone knew that Rise of the Resistance was intended to be the more epic and ambitious of the two. Did it deliver? Did it break down? Joe took a quick 24 hour trip to Walt Disney World a few days after the attraction opened to test line avoidance strategies and review the ride. Here’s everything you need to know about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

(Note that this post does contain spoilers, but we’ve left them until the end and marked the spot where they start in both this post and in the podcast, so it’s safe to read or listen until you see/hear that warning!)

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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Review (Ep. 94)

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has gone through a lot of changes in recent years. Have these changes been for the better? We think so – Coronado Springs has become one of the best moderate resorts on Disney property and the addition of the new Gran Destino Tower has really made the hotel a great place to stay.

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Best Times to Visit Walt Disney World in 2020 (Ep. 93)

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World in 2020? The first question that many Disney guests in the planning stages ask is when is the best time to go. Considerations like crowd levels, special events, ride openings, and even the weather can make for very different vacation experiences at different times of year.

As Disney gears up for its big 50th anniversary in 2021, there is a lot under construction but also a lot coming in 2020. If you are planning a trip in 2020, here are the things you may want to consider as you pick a vacation date.

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Epcot Under Construction: What You Need to Know About Visiting (Ep. 92)

Disney is always making changes and additions to its parks, but the changes happening in Epcot right now are more significant than usual. Epcot is currently under major construction, planned to continue well into 2020, 2021 and beyond.

Should you visit Epcot during this period of flux, hard hat zones, and construction walls? If you know your Disney Deciphered hosts, you know that the answer to “should you visit Epcot” is always YES. Before you go, however, you need to know how to make the most of the experience with so much closed or out of place within the park.

So let’s break down what is happening and when various stages of construction are forecast to be complete. Here are all the essential tips visitors to Epcot under construction need to know. Continue reading Epcot Under Construction: What You Need to Know About Visiting (Ep. 92)

October Disney Trip – Odds, Ends, Tips, and Lessons Learned (Ep. 91)

Episode Description

We wrap up some odds and ends from our October trip. Not quite a trip report, but some observations and some tips we picked up on our trip. Included: we checked out some new (to us) dining, Main St. streetmosphere, Epcot under construction, some hotel review updates, and…we finally checked out Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. It certainly was something.

Plus, some great tips from listeners!

Got any questions or tips? Contact us disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com!


Episode Notes

1:31 – Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor – what’d we think?

5:28 – Skipper Canteen

7:01 – Pecos Bills and mobile ordering reminder

9:41 – Main St. USA Streetmosphere

11:52 – Epcot under construction

12:42 – Beach and Yacht Club updates and Port Orleans French Quarter listener tip (thanks Melanie M!)

15:50 – Animal Kingdom updates – ice cream, birds, and more

18:23 – Tiffins

20:42 – Food and Wine Festival listener tip (thanks Michael T!)

21:17 – Disney dos and don’ts

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Itinerary for Disney World on a Luxury Budget (Ep. 90)

Episode Description

We complete our Disney World on a Budget series by going all out – Disney World on a luxury budget! Where would we stay, what extras would we shell out for, and why can’t we overcome our money saving ways even with a theoretical boatload of cash? All that and more in this week’s Disney Deciphered!

What would you most like to splurge on at Disney World? Let us know by e-mailing us disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com.

And in case you missed it, here are our low and moderate budget episodes

Episode Notes

3:14 – Hotel ideas (including some outside of the box thinking)

8:48 – Off property options

10:35 – Ticket options

13:23 – Food and souvenirs

19:23 – Miscellaneous splurges

22:38 – Final cost breakdown

24:06 – Disney dos and don’ts

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Tips & Beginners Guide (Ep. 89)

Epcot at Walt Disney World is known for its many festivals, but the crown jewel of them all is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Held every fall in the park since 1995, the Food & Wine Festival keeps getting larger and held for an even longer period of time with each passing year. The festival’s popularity, combined with all the Disney World Halloween offerings like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, has made the fall an increasingly busy time of year at Walt Disney World. Continue reading Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Tips & Beginners Guide (Ep. 89)

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World Impressions (Ep. 88)

Episode Description

Joe finally makes it to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World and Leslie checks out the eastern version of Batuu as well. Impressions, thoughts, comparisons between the coasts, how to maximize your time in Galaxy’s Edge, and much more!

Have you been to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, yet? Let us know what you thought by e-mailing us at disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com!

Episode Notes

1:28 – Comparing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge between the two coasts

5:18 – Crowds in Disney World’s version

7:55 – Why Joe enjoyed the Disney Parks Play app more than he expected

11:25 – All about Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

14:36 – Smuggler’s Run line tips and tricks

16:28 – Oga’s Cantina

20:50 – What’s next at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

22:40 – Tips to help you get the most out of your visit

25:20 – Disney dos and don’ts

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Impressions and Tips (Ep. 87)

Episode Description

We both got a chance to finally try out Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World! We share our impressions, successes, and failures while discussing tips and what you need to know before you go.

Also be sure to check out ourĀ Halloween Party 101 episode!

Have you been to the Halloween party and do you have anything you’d like to share? Let us know by e-mailing us disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com.

Episode Notes

Disney Tourist Blog’s article on Halloween party crowds

1:42 – Our first impressions of the party

2:54 – Getting into the party and getting started

4:23 – Overall themeing, decor, and vibe

7:40 – Grabbing a quick dinner

8:47 – Character meet and greets

10:33 – Special attraction overlays

15:17 – Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and trick or treating

16:12 – Prioritize!

17:05 – Tips for watching the special entertainment (show, parade, fireworks)

20:30 – How to close down the party right

22:40 – Now that we’ve tried it: do we think it’s worth it? Would we bring our kids?

26:11 – Disney dos and don’ts

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Itinerary for Disney World on a Moderate Budget (Ep. 86)

Episode Description

We continue our Disney World on a Budget series and discuss sample itineraries for Disney World on a moderate budget. We discuss on site hotels we’d recommend, park tickets, add ons, places we’d eat, and much more!

What are your moderate splurges at Disney World? Let us know at disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com!

Episode Notes

0:46 – Parameters for our moderate budget

2:26 – Hotels and ticket types

6:04 – An alternate luxury adjacent itinerary (within budget!)

8:03 – Food and souvenirs

11:52 – Transportation

14:00 – Fun add-ons

16:00 – Summing our itineraries up

18:16 – Disney Dos and Don’ts (thanks to listener Joe H.!)

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