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The $15 Question: Has Walt Disney World Become TOO Complicated?

I’ve been pondering this for some time now, but I think it may have finally happened: has a Walt Disney World vacation become too complicated for the average vacationer? Before you answer, consider: you’re reading a largely Disney parks-focused blog right now, and a pretty niche one at that. I suppose you could be here exclusively for my sparkling wit and winning personality, but it’s more likely you enjoy discussing Walt Disney World. Heck, you seek it out, you pursue it. Therefore, you are NOT the average Disney vacationer. WAIT, WHAT’S GOING ON AT WALT DISNEY WORLD? So you...

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In Which Jenn Has A Counterintuitive FastPass Theory

I’ve got a theory. Wrong! Wrong again! It’s about FastPass+. It may make you uncomfortable. But if you hear me out, you may have an effective new strategy on your hands. Or I’ll ruin your whole vacation. Either/or. So on my last trip to WDW with my mom, I left plans for the final day completely blank, the idea being that I would let my mom decide how she wanted to spend our remaining hours based on what she liked best the previous days. As such, I reserved precisely zero FastPass+ slots. How could I, if I couldn’t be...

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In Which Jenn Uncovers A Surprise (FastPass)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who keeps a small shrine to Disney parks in their cubicle. Some of the more enterprising of you may have beautifully framed photographs and artfully fanned park maps. Me, I more or less slapped some schmatta on the wall with push pins and called it done.  Okay, so it’s not the most impressive display, but it definitely cheers me up to glance over once in awhile and see my old Annual Pass or the pin I got for helping train a porcupine at DAK.  Recently while casting an eye over my collection, I...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 10/04

Ah, yes. Back to normal. More or less. (I wish it was less. Beach, I miss you!) Sunday | rest Gearing up for… Monday | ran 20.16 miles on the treadmill in 3:25 No, it wasn’t that bad, I swear. But it wasn’t, like, good. What is it that makes a 20 mile training run so much more painful than the actual marathon? Tuesday | 70 minute ballet class I had planned to walk, too, but wound up stuck at Mount Vernon for a business meeting. Because that’s how your life goes sometimes when in you’re in the arts industry...

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Kill/Refurb/Marry: My Magic+

Yes, I’m back from Walt Disney World. 🙁 Trip/race reports forthcoming, of course, but first I’m knocking out this month’s Kill/Refurb/Marry – for the last time. :/ The infrastructure on the blog hop has changed so much that I can completely understand why it’s ending, but I’m bummed; it was nice to have it in the monthly post rotation. Ah well. Onward! The final topic is My Magic+. Hmmmmmm. Tough one. Kill: Magic Band Batteries I have wracked my brains and decided to kill the battery inside Magic Bands. They only last a year, which means piles of Magic Bands will...

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In Which Jenn Solidifies Her Disney Park Planning Cred

My now sadly former boss is planning a Walt Disney World vacation for her extended family, and I have, as is my wont, been offering advice every step of the way. I assisted in her resort selection, her dining reservations, and lately she’s been sending me emails asking about My Disney Experience. I have now gone through two rounds of helping her pick which attractions to FastPass+, and my last email garnered this TOTALLY AMAZING response: This weekend as we were doing these plans, I said to my parents, “Are you SURE you don’t want me to make dining...

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In Which Jenn Uses Space Mountain to Triumph Over Moon’s Ex-Boyfriend

JENN: This is another story from our 2004 high school orchestra trip to Orlando. It was the very last night of the trip, and we spent the afternoon/evening in the Magic Kingdom. I had been to Disney’s California Adventure a couple years earlier where I learned about the recently instituted FastPass program, so the moment we stepped into the park I herded everyone toward the Space Mountain FP kiosks. This was before Moon’s Roller Coaster Renaissance, so she made friends with the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover. How many times would you say you rode? MOON: Umm… I think enough...

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