Jan 092013
 

By Debbie Boehm

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With so many choices to make when planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, the most important one, in my opinion, is your resort.  We are fortunate to have so many options – resorts that will satisfy your budget, space requirements plus amenities.

So how do you choose a resort?  There are several things to consider: how many people in the family, what kind of food do you like, do you like a themed pool or a quiet one, do you mind a lot of noise or prefer quiet, does anyone in your party have food allergies, are there laundry facilities, to name a few.  Resorts at Walt Disney World are also equipped to keep guests with food allergies safe and healthy.

One of the best ways I’ve found to choose my next resort is to visit other resorts while on vacation.  It’s really simple to do and a lot of fun.   Just take Disney transportation to the resort you want to visit from either a Park or Downtown Disney!  It’s a snap!

A great thing to do while you’re visiting other resorts is to try some of the food that resort has to offer.  Many offer different things that you can only get at that particular hotel.

For example, if you choose to visit one of the Magic Kingdom resorts, you have the ease of hopping on the Monorail and you can visit three very different locations in a short time.  You can have lunch at The Grand Floridian, coffee or a Dole Whip at The Polynesian and dessert at The Contemporary where you can sit outside under the Monorail tracks overlooking the Magic Kingdom.

The food served at each resort tends to correlate to the geographic area represented by the resort.  Would you like to tour the Caribbean?  Take the bus over to The Caribbean Beach Resort and enjoy the colors, the music and the food which are all representative of the area.  It’s fun and lively.  Our trip over there included a torrential downpour one August and it’s one of our family’s great memories.

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May 302012
 

By Debbie Boehm

When my husband and I planned our April 2012 trip to Walt Disney World we chose to stay at the Polynesian Resort and made one dining reservation – breakfast at Kona Café.  The last time we had stayed at the Polynesian was in 1994 with our three children and we were looking forward to revisiting the resort.

Our reservation was for breakfast on Sunday morning at 9:30 am.  We arrived, as suggested, 20 minutes before our scheduled time and were promptly seated five minutes early.  Although the restaurant was busy it was quiet and cozy.  I was so torn between Tonga Toast and Macadamia Nut Pancakes but went with the Tonga Toast.  After all there are pancake houses close to home and I can get anything I want on a pancake there.  So I ordered the Tonga Toast bacon and pineapple juice.  This is one of the few places that still serves pineapple juice.  Coffee was brought to our table along with a plate of butter and syrups.

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Feb 082012
 

By:  Debbie Boehm

Is it really possible to be enthusiastic the umpteenth time you say those words?  The answer is yes!  Planning a trip to Walt Disney World is exciting and fun.

The beauty of Walt Disney World is that there is a resort to suit every budget and every desire. From the grandeur of the Grand Floridian to the fun of the Pop Century, it’s all there.  Four theme parks, two water parks, two miniature golf courses, a downtown shopping district, golf resorts, amazing restaurants and experiences are all there for the taking.

This is the story of my next trip with my husband. For this trip we have chosen to travel in April and stay at the Polynesian Resort.  The choice was easy – it has the ambiance of the islands with the sights, sounds and smells that remind us of our honeymoon.  Many of the rooms have balconies or a patio which we have been missing at the moderate level and the convenience of the monorail can’t be beat.  Within moments we can be at the Magic Kingdom or on our way to the Epcot monorail loop, a short ride away.  In addition, there is a boat launch which transports guests to the Magic Kingdom.

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Sep 212011
 

By Debbie Boehm

While on vacation a few weeks ago our family was exiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the afternoon due to excessive heat when we spotted a Photopass photographer on duty.  He smiled at us and we asked if he could please take our picture.  I asked him if he was melting yet and he responded that he had just started his shift so he was okay.

We started bantering back and forth about making us look extra thin, younger or just cuter.  We had a great laugh and then he asked us to move to a different location and set us up for a “magic” shot.  I was so excited thinking about what we would be holding when he said it would be balloons.  This was a first for us and my daughter and I almost kissed this man because in all our trips we’ve never had a balloon shot.  When we thanked him for the extra care he took with us, his response was that we were the ones who started it by asking him how he was and caring about how he was dealing with the heat.

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