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Posted by on Jul 20, 2011

Tips for Staying OFF – Property at Disney World – Use a GPS

Continuing my series on Tips for people planning to stay off property!! To read more of those Tips click HERE. Make SURE you have a GPS with you. I’m not saying you have to buy one, but I’d borrow one from a friend or make sure the one on a smart-phone is properly working. GPS can save you A LOT of time at WDW. I would suggest that you make each park a “favorite” in order to easily move from one to the next and back “home”. The roads can get sort of confusing, especially trying to get on and off of I-4. So a GPS can really come in handy and ease some of the stress that is already present on a Disney Trip. There are few things that can bum you out quite like getting REALLY lost can, either on the front end or the back end of the day and while it seems like the road-signs would direct you nicely for some reason they just DON’T!...

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2011

Tips for Staying OFF Property at Disney World – Parking @ Disney

Today I’m continuing my series on Tips for people staying OFF PROPERTY at Disney World. If you want to read more on this subject click HERE. Plan for Parking! Ok so if you’re off property and PARKING then that means you are in a car, either rented or your own (thank you Captain OBVIOUS). It also means you need to plan for parking and for the tram which will be another post this week. IF you’re not sure what time you need to leave your resort by in order to make a dining reservation then you can read my post HERE. 1) When you arrive you will have to pay for parking (unless you have annual passes). At the time this was published (7/2011) You will pay $14.00 – Car/Taxi/Shuttle/Limousine/Motorcycle, $15.00 – Camper/Trailer, $18.00 – Bus/Tractor Trailer. I cant imagine you’d have a camper or bus, but I’ve been wrong before. (Take this into consideration when you’re looking at the cost of a value resort on property vs off...

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2011

Tips for staying OFF Property at Disney World – Planning your travel time to the parks

Staying off property can save you a lot of money, but let’s face it, it is A LOT MORE WORK. The name of the game at Disney World is convenience, people pay more for convenience whether it be staying on the monorail loop or not bringing snacks into the park. What you pay the big bucks for will almost ALWAYS be linked to how convenient it is for the guest. However, many people opt for savings over convenience so I want to make sure THOSE people have some good tips about how to navigate WDW more smoothly so you’ll actually come back again! (which is why I’m doing this entire series of tips. You can read more by clicking HERE) Before you travel you should really try to sit down and Calculate Parking and Tram rides into your travel time. This is one of those things that can really sneak up on you, especially when you are going to Magic Kingdom. The other parks seem to be less drama...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2011

Tips for staying OFF Property at Disney World– Choose a resort or hotel nearby

I had a great question on the Tips from the Disney Diva facebook page about staying off-property while at Disney World which set off a whole series of tips in my brain. The Diva family has chosen to stay off property both in hotels and in time-share resorts many times so I feel pretty comfortable giving you some TIPS to consider! I’ve decided to write an entire series because there are so many things you need to plan for when you’re off property that you don’t even consider when you are on. So please check out my other posts in this series by clicking HERE. My first tip is to: Know how close your resort/hotel is to the parks before you book. If at all possible you want to get into the Downtown Disney area. There are so many resorts (including time-shares) and hotels to pick from and its close enough to the parks that you’re not driving an hour just to get to WDW! The further north you...

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2013

VIDEO: TIPS for riding the Walt Disney World Tram

If you plan on driving a car to Walt Disney World then you need to know a bit more about riding on the tram. Especially if you plan on renting a stroller or bringing your own stroller.  For first time visitors to Disney, the tram could cause you problems you hadn’t thought of! And for those of you staying off property for the first time (get lots of tips for staying off property HERE) it could become a major headache. Here’s a little video with a tip for you, its especially important if you’re bringing a stroller!...

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