Do I Really Need a Plan for Disney World or Disneyland?

Do I Really Need a Plan for Disney World or Disneyland?

Do I Really Need a Plan for Disney World or Disneyland?

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You’ve probably had friends go to Disney World or Disneyland before, or maybe you went when you were a kid.  And you might be thinking, “Why can’t I just show up and go with the flow?”  You can.  Sure, you can.  But it’s best to know ahead of time what that will mean for you, so you can best decide if “go with the flow” is really what you think it is when it comes to Disney Parks vacations.

Crowds or No Crowds

The first question to ask yourself is if you like crowds.  Because yes, there are always some crowds at the Disney Parks, but they are not all equal.  Different days in different parks, as well as different times of day all, affect the total number of people in the parks.  And that, in turn, causes changes in wait times, but also the very real sense of crowdedness with people all around you.  Thick crowds you have to push through?  Or people easily walking the paths?  There’s a big difference in your experience.

Think About Dining

What about dining?  If you haven’t been to the Disney Parks in a while, you may be surprised to find out that simply walking up with your family to the restaurants at dinner time is likely to lead to some big disappointment.  Popular restaurants book up far in advance.  Want the best dining experiences?  You’ll need to plan for that.  And you’ll want to plan with some consideration – for example, getting the best use of dining credits on the dining plan, timing the meal such that it doesn’t interfere with shows or parades you want to see and so forth.

Time Is Of The Essence

But probably most important for you is the value of your time.  I frequently see people commenting on Facebook or news articles that they can only get through a handful of rides each day because the lines or so long.  Long laments about an hour or more lines fill the internet.  The reality, though, is that these people, for the most part, are showing up with no plan at all.  The assumption that Disney lines are always long is false.  You can absolutely avoid the long lines and get far more done with a good plan.  And for the amount you’ll be spending on your parks experience, isn’t actually getting to the rides and attractions you want to experience important?  Your time is extremely valuable, and the only way to maximize it is to know where to go when.

Speaking of the value of time, get this:  You don’t have to spend the next few months trying to figure out how the heck you are going to plan all of this.  That’s a lot of time and research, I know.  If you enjoy it, that’s great – happy hunting!  If you don’t, there are actually professionals out there that specialize in this kind of planning for a living.  I should know, I’m one of them!  I highly suggest seeking out a Disney expert to help you plan your next Disney vacation.  An expert can listen to all that you hope for, recommend the best options and meticulously put together a plan to keep you in the shortest lines, the easiest days, and the most fun you can have.

What Lack Of Planning Usually Means

So while people often arrive to the Disney Parks with no plan at all, thinking they’ll just go with the flow, what that really means is a lot of aimless wandering, disappointment in the wait times, a lot of standing around waiting for things, and a let down when they run out of time to get to all they had hoped for. Maximize that Disney vacation experience by walking in, plan in hand.  So what if everyone else has no plan and complains about all the waiting around?  You’ll be miles ahead of them.


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Top 10 Reasons to go to Aulani

Top 10 Reasons to go to Aulani

Top 10 Reasons to go to Aulani

by Aspen Tinius, age 10

(This is a guest post by Aspen during Take Your Child To Work Day)


I went to  Aulani in February 2016, and these are the reasons I think you should go there!


1. If you stay in a villa you will get a mini kitchen with a oven, microwave, dishwasher, and your very own fridge.

2.There is a beautiful beach with lots of fun stuff like paddle boarding, canoeing, and boogey boarding.

3.The dining experience is nice like the buffet at Makahiki or the fancy restaurant called Ama Ama. They have characters in the buffet and awesome mini milkshakes in the fancy restaurant.

4.The pool is also amazing with the lazy river and pool and infinity pool.

5.The water slides are awesome. The inner tube slide is for two people and is lots of fun because you can ride with your mom or dad. The speed slide is really dark and fast!

6. The kids club is so cool. There are video games and activities like making space goo with Stitch.

7. There are free activities like the Menehune Hunt. The Menehune are hidden creatures around Aulani and you can get a special tablet to find them and make special things happen around the resort. There are also things like a hula show and learning how to draw Disney characters.

8. You can also go around the resort and find the Hawaiian dressed version of the characters to take pictures with.

9. You can get a rental car and visit Waikiki or the North Shore if you want to!

10. Aulani is very relaxing. You don’t have to follow a schedule and just do whatever you want all day!


Disney’s Long Lines are NOT Something You Must Accept

Disney’s Long Lines are NOT Something You Must Accept

Disney’s Long Lines are NOT Something You Must Accept

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Who waits 90 minutes for Peter Pan? Wayyyy too many people.

“And with the ubiquitous crowds, lines lasting up to two hours for a ride, it is doubtful that they will get to experience one-quarter of the 58 attractions.”

This quote was a portion of an article about Disneyland, published on the LA Times website. It’s not the first quote of its kind that I’ve seen – not by a long shot. I’ve seen it in blogs, in news articles and in comments below these articles. It seems like it’s simple common knowledge: if you go to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you simply have to accept lines of well over an hour. You’ll be lucky, they say, to get on more than 5 rides in a day. And, many complain, it’s not a good value when you can only ride 5 rides.

All of this is true, but only for some people. Realistically, it’s actually mostly true for most people. But it is not true for me. And it’s not true for my clients.

The Secret Is In The Planning

The difference is entirely in the planning. Showing up to the parks, to decide what to do on a whim, is what a vast majority of travelers do. And why not? They have no reason to think otherwise. If everyone stands in lines, so will they, as far as they figure. A good plan, though, one built out of strategy, completely changes the game. Suddenly, you’re no longer waiting in these huge lines for each ride. You’re riding rides back to back with very little wait most of the time.

What Previous Clients Have Said

As soon as I read this, I wondered what my clients would think. I put a quick Facebook post up to some of my past clients. Here are just a few of the responses I got:

“We went [to Disney World] over Christmas week, which is supposed to be the most crowded time of the year. We followed the touring plan and were shocked to not have to wait in lines longer than about ten minutes at the most. We did everything we wanted to, some rides twice, and had no problems.” – Kara, VA

Kara has been many times to Walt Disney World and is familiar with different crowd levels. She’s right that Christmas is absolutely the most crowded time with the longest lines of the year. But note that she was able to accomplish all that she wanted to do with low lines after using our planning services.

“I went to Disney World over Presidents day weekend last year. The crowds were huge, but by following The Enchanted Traveler plan our longest wait time was 30 minutes, and most were under 15 minutes. We were able to ride every ride that we wanted while still taking a mid-day swimming break. There was a 3 hour wait for the Mine Train ride and we walked right on!” – Mandy, WA

“They obviously need to call you. Our wait times were around the five minute mark.” – Melissa, MI

And to see a lot more commentary on the low waits and ease of park touring, you can read past testimonials here.  If you want to read a really cool third person article about what it’s like to have an expert plan your trip, read this blog post by Queen Bee Coupons.

The point is that these articles about the terribly long waits perpetuate the idea that nothing can be done about these lines. It frames the Disney Parks as places where you simply give up, show up, and suffer 1 or 2 hour waits for anything you want to do. And that’s frustrating for me, because I know you don’t have to simply accept that. I love helping families get the most out of the Disney vacations and that includes creating customized plans that keep them out of those crazy long lines, allow them to accomplish what they want to accomplish in an easier, less stressful way. And in the end, the value get they out of the parks by working with a Disney expert is far more than they get from just showing up and riding only a handful of rides per day.


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Don’t Be a Last Minute Summer Vacationer!

Don’t Be a Last Minute Summer Vacationer!

Don’t Be a Last Minute Summer Vacationer!

Disney summer vacation

Ok, look.  I know how this goes.  It’s the last third of the school year, things seem like they’re moving like molasses.  Kids have homework, the weather’s not that great yet, you’ve got what seems like 20 different sports and activities to get to, and summer seems like a far away dream.

But then here’s what happens.  You slug through all that homework, and all those practices, and then starts all the end of year hoopla – recitals, championships, classroom parties, field days, graduations.  And then, one day, well would you look at that?  Summer’s here!

BUT WAIT.  Didn’t you mean to plan a vacation this summer?  Weren’t you saying this past month how much you want to get around to that family vacation once the kids are out of school?

And Disney is calling your name.  Of course.  How could it not be?  It’s Disney for crying out loud, and you’ve got kids.  Match made in heaven.

Oh, right, but you’ve heard it’s crowded in summer.  Then maybe you get a little disappointed.  Like, really…when else are you supposed to go if your kids can’t miss school?  Right?!  So how unfair that you have to choose between big crowded days or not going at all.

That is…if you ever get around to thinking about it at all before it’s too late.

Guess what, I’ve got great news for you!  First of all, we can get you around those crowds.  It’s absolutely possible to avoid the hugely long lines and hottest parts of the day, making your trip exponentially better than the rest of the masses.  That’s what we do here.  So check that worry off your list right now.

And as for finding time for planning?  Check that off your list, too.  You won’t believe how easy it is and how little time and effort you need to put in for an amazingly well planned trip.  It takes maybe 30 seconds to email us to get started, and then a simple phone call for us to discover exactly what we need to start planning a highly customized trip for you.  Yeah, how’s that for stress free?

Whatever you do, don’t put this off to the last minute!  You don’t want your options to dwindle until all the best choices have been taken from you, simply because you were too busy and stressed out to finally get that vacation planned.

Your family deserves an awesome vacation this summer – and so do you.  Let’s make it happen!

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