Lysa’s Holiday Trip to Disney World Part 1 – Episode 21

In this week’s episode, for February 12, 2017, Jon and Lysa will be discussing Lysa’s recent trip to Disney World during the holiday season as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

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Lysa’s Christmas at Disney World Pre-Trip Report – Episode 17

In this week’s episode, for December 18, 2016, we will be getting a full pre-trip report for Lysa’s upcoming Christmas trips to Disney World as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Please send any questions about the show to host@mousedreamsblog.com and visit our website, www.MouseDreamsBlog.com for more information. Also, like our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MouseDreamsblog and follow us on Twitter @MouseDreamsBlog.

Finally, thanks to our sponsors and friends at Big Dreams Travel, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Visit them at www.bigdreamstravelusa.com to help with your next vacation.

You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!

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New Quick Service Breakfast Opens at Sanaa

Disney has just opened a new quick service breakfast option at Sanaa, which is a much needed addition to Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The one negative with Kidani Village is the 10-15 minute walk you must make to get to Jambo House to have a quick service meal. Disney has at least fixed the problem at breakfast by offering this new option at Kidani Village.

Once guests arrive at Sanaa they will order at a register before proceeding to a table inside the restaurant. They will also give you a decorative “animal” which will guide the cast member delivering your food to your table. The headliner menu item is the “Boere Breakfast”, which comes with two eggs any style, tomato chutney, Tanzanian hash browns, bacon, Boerewors sausage, and a Johnny Cake. Their is also the “Safari Waffle” which has berries and whipped cream on top. They also have a vegan option on the menu, the “Fruit Sosatie”, which comes with a quinoa and dried fruit salad. There are a few other items on the menu as well as some kids options.

In addition to the menu items there is also a grab and go section for items such as Yogurt Parfait, fruit plate, Boerewors sausage and egg bobotie pie, banana bread with house made African chocolate-hazelnut spread, African breakfast cereal, assorted pastries, and fruit.

Our Top Picks in Each Resort Category

Now that you have looked at all of the less fun parts of planning a Disney vacation you get to do one of the most fun parts…select a resort! Disney has resorts of many different sizes and prices, but we want to list our top resort pick in each of the Disney resort categories. There is not a Disney resort that we wouldn’t recommend, these just happen to be our current favorites here at the MouseDreams Blog.

Top Value Resort – Disney’s Pop Century Resort

pop-signThis resort happens to be our favorite resort in the value category for several factors. Pop Century is a resort that is in that lowest priced value category, but it has a few things that stand out to us when compared to the other value resorts. First, when comparing it to the newest Disney resort, Art of Animation, we know that the newer resort has some added amenities such as the family suites and themed pools, but we feel Pop Century is still a better value because Art of Animation’s standard rooms are almost always excluded from Disney room discount offers. So at a time when you may can get 15-25% off of a room at Pop Century you are not able to get the same at Art of Animation making the value not as good. The main factor we see when comparing Pop Century to the All Star Resorts, the other values on property, is that Pop Century has dedicated bus service that only serves one resort. All of the All Star resorts share bus service at most times of year. This mean Pop Century usually has shorter waits when traveling to and from theme parks. For these reasons we think Pop Century is slightly a better value than the other value resorts on property.

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Top Moderate Resort – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside

riverside-entranceWe feel the charming theme of the Port Orleans Resort-Riverside makes it the best Disney moderate resort on property. This resort feels like you have stepped into the bayou and are staying in one of the most interesting and relaxing place that exists. From a top notch pool complex, ‘Ol Man Island, to boat service to Disney Springs we feel it is a cut above the other moderate resorts. Port Orleans has a better location than most other moderates with the proximity to Disney Springs and the Magic Kingdom. The only resort that is close in that category is Port Orleans Resort -French Quarter, but that resort is usually not included in Disney room discount offers because of its small size making Riverside resort a better value at most times of year. In addition to these things the Riverside resort also includes the new Royal Room’s to book for the little princesses out there, making it a great choice at the moderate level.

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Top Deluxe Resort – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort & Bungalows

poly-from-lakeThe top deluxe resort in our opinion is the newly re-named Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort & Bungalows. This resort is going to be one of the most expensive on property, but we feel when looking at the theming and amenities of the resort it is the best deluxe resort on property. The South Pacific theming is all around the resort making you feel like you are on an exotic island and in for a week of relaxation. The next biggest positive for this resort is its location on the monorail loop, which leaves guests just 10 minutes from the Magic Kingdom. Another thing we love about the Polynesian is the beach and the great view of the Magic Kingdom from there, especially when the fireworks are going. Finally, we think the Polynesian has some of the best dining on property. Both ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe are two of the best and most popular table service meals on property, and when you pair that with a Dole Whip bar located by the pool, you have some great food options. This resort has it all, top notch theming, top notch location and top notch dining. For those reasons we think it is the best Disney deluxe resort.

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