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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Episode 63 – Fantasyland Guide Part II (Characters and Quick Service Dining)


Although Fantasyland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is probably best known for its wide variety of classic Disney rides, the land is home to so many other experiences as well. In part 2 of their guide to Fantasyland, Joe and Leslie discuss all the many Fantasyland character meet-and-greet experiences and get started with the dining options, covering the quick service restaurants.

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Episode 62 – How to Deal with Disney Withdrawal


Whenever we get home from our Disney trips we experience the phenomenon of Disney withdrawal. It’s tough not to miss the magic of Disney World! In today’s episode, we take a look at six ways to help combat Disney withdrawal. Got tips for how to beat Disney withdrawal? We’d love to hear them in the comments!

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Episode 61 – Fantasyland Guide Part I (Rides & Attractions)


Today we continue our land by land guide series with a doozy – Fantasyland. Fantasyland is so expansive that we ended up splitting the guide into two episodes. In this episode and post, we take a look at all of the Fantasyland attractions and rides. For each attraction we’ve included a tip on how to minimize your wait time (plus some other random tips).

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Episode 60 – Should you use a Disney travel agent?


Today we took a look at whether you should book your Disney vacation using a Disney travel agent. We chatted with Patty Holliday of No Guilt Life who happens to be a runDisney focused travel agent. On the podcast we discussed the ins and outs of how Disney travel agents can help you plan your Disney vacation and why you might want to consider using one!

In this post we’ll talk about what we think are the pros and cons of using a Disney travel agent.

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