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Backside of Magic: Tips and Tricks For Your Walt Disney World Vacation

A show focused on getting the most out of your time at Walt Disney World by considering every available advantage during planning and once on the ground. We analyze and test pre-arrival strategies, the latest in-park systems, and money-saving techniques in an effort to determine the best ways to maximize fun and minimize costs.
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Mar 28, 2017

Gift cards, news, fishy madness, and thoughts on touring Animal Kingdom after Pandora opens.  Thanks for listening!

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Mar 21, 2017

Non-member price clubbing, number one madness, and strategies for successful off-property hotel stays through Hotwire and Priceline.  Thanks for listening!

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SHOW NOTES

BJ's Wholesale Club Disney Gift Cards

Sites helpful for Hotwire/Priceline hotel guessing: BetterBidding, HotelDealsRevealed, BiddingTraveler

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Mar 14, 2017

Agency-discounted hotel rooms, unconventional vacation financing, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

Deeply discounted Legoland FL tickets: https://goo.gl/ZTcO2y

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Mar 7, 2017

Caribbean Beach gift cards, DVC rental rates, and a discussion of how we utilize some of the features on touringplans.com when planning trips to Walt Disney World. Thanks for listening!

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Feb 28, 2017

Plaza ADRs, Uber at Disney Springs, Avatar, Gondolas, and some of the great listener tips we received for getting the most out of a trip to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

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Feb 21, 2017

FastPasses for sale and a discussion of some of the goods and bads from Jeremy's three January trips to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

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Feb 14, 2017

A pile of follow-up, a heap of news, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for the questions and thanks for listening!

Touring Plans day-of-FP-availability research: https://goo.gl/NLLvuf

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Feb 7, 2017

Getting free flights faster, trip recap feedback, and a steaming bowl of Topic Stew (ingredients: trip talk, parking/resort fee speculation, new Magic Kingdom VIP tour, and the lengths to which we would go to jam).  Thanks for listening!

"Purple Martins of Epcot" by Jim Korkis: https://goo.gl/5QcxKM

WDWMagic Forum thread regarding parking/resort fees: https://goo.gl/cTIMb5

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Jan 31, 2017

Magic Kingdom rope drop follow up and a recap of fun, interesting, and other categories of things from Ryan's recent family vacation to Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

MouseDining ADR tool: https://goo.gl/gxzC2Q

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Jan 24, 2017

Convention center ticket kiosk, tail tales, and an examination of 4 different approaches we tried out on recent trips to account for the new Magic Kingdom welcome show's impact on rope drop touring.  Thanks for listening!

Raise.com 1-year protection policy: https://goo.gl/8F6HIC

MouseDining ADR tool: https://goo.gl/gxzC2Q

easyWDW: Rope Drop Strategy & Breakfast Options

Everson Griffen:

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Jan 17, 2017

Discounted park ticket limitations discussion and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for listening!

Orlando Trade Show Calendar - https://goo.gl/ujzQqx

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Jan 10, 2017

A ticket reassignment oopsie and a discussion of Kenny the Pirate's site and Character Locator tool.  Thanks for listening!

Kenny the Pirate

Brad's Legoland tips blog post

Discounted Legoland tickets (link at bottom right of page)

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Jan 3, 2017

Meetup at WDW: Monday Jan 9th 9PM at Abracadabar

Gift card talk, touring impact of the MK welcome show move, and a discussion regarding planning and experiencing Walt Disney World trips in the year that was and the year to come.  Thanks for listening!

@DCharacterNews on Twitter

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Dec 27, 2016

ADR availability alerts, paying dues, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for listening!

Meetup at WDW: Monday evening Jan 9 / Crescent Lake area

MouseDining Reservation Finder

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Dec 20, 2016

MDE & ticket talk, a great 2017 room discount, infrequently asked questions, and a discussion of strategies and concerns regarding split resort stays at Walt Disney World.  Thanks for listening!

Meetup at WDW: Monday evening Jan 9 / Crescent Lake area

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Dec 13, 2016

MDE issues, discounted gift card sale post mortem, and helpful Walt Disney World trip recaps from three lovely and talented listeners.  Thanks for listening!

Meetup at WDW: Monday Jan 9 / Crescent Lake area

MouseDining Reservation Finder

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Dec 6, 2016

Finding ADRs, express transportation, and a discussion of first-hand experiences and planning concerns for seasoned Walt Disney World travelers at Legoland Florida. Thanks for listening!

MouseDining Reservation Finder

Discounted Legoland tickets (link at bottom right of page)

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Nov 29, 2016

13-month Annual Pass activation, on-property stay via Priceline, and a discussion of strategies for successfully nabbing desirable dining reservations at Walt Disney World. Thanks for listening!

Touring Plans Reservation Finder

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Nov 22, 2016

From the sad ashes of a lost recording arises a discussion of some Walt Disney World news and email.  Thanks for listening!

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Nov 15, 2016

Valuables at the water parks, requiem for a podcast segment, and we discuss a recent trip to Walt Disney World that included some fun, some runDisney, and some other stuff. Thanks for listening!

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Nov 8, 2016

Applying dining discounts to large groups, vacations with issues, and we go over some of the better ways to save money on Walt Disney World on-site hotel rooms including our thoughts on a recent article on travel agency exclusive pricing. Thanks for listening!

Touring Plans blog post regarding Magical Vacations Travel room pricing: http://tinyurl.com/onepphr

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Nov 1, 2016

Discounted Disney gift card follow-up, better touring through chemistry, and we respond to listener-provided sentences that end with question marks. Thanks for listening!

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Oct 25, 2016

Follow up chit-chat, Jim from Atlanta, and we go over our thoughts on the current best practices for acquiring discounted Disney gift cards. Thanks for listening!

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Oct 18, 2016

Food & Wine, golden entry, and an examination of the value found in the new Walt Disney World passholder benefits and their impact on Tables in Wonderland. Thanks for listening!

NOTE: There were two errors in the final list of restaurants we produced for our discussion of Tables in Wonderland.  First, Boma should have been in the list of restaurants that are eligible for a 10% off AP discount.  Second, we (Jeremy) neglected to copy his second page of written notes into the spreadsheet that included all of the in-park and Disney Springs restaurants that are covered by some level of AP discount.  The spreadsheet has been updated to correct both of these issues -- very sorry about that!

To download the spreadsheet mentioned in the show:

http://tinyurl.com/zssugkf

 

 

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Oct 11, 2016

A run on Disney Springs plus a deep dive into the family trips we recently took to Walt Disney World. Thanks for listening!

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