Sunday, December 4, 2016

Next Trip

I have been trying to go to WDW every six months but this time I'm going in Sept. I want to change the date of my Pass from Dec. to Sept. I like to go in the fall than the winter. Christmas is great in WDW but I  like Halloween. So I will be starting a new Pass. This time it will give me time to rest up and save up  I will be going before the end of the 45th anniversary so I can still get the 20% discount.

With the new pass I will be going in Sept and March. So I will be able to see Food and Wine also go to Flower and Garden.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Leaving!

Well here it is 10 am and I have to leave. All I have to say is that "I'm out of here!" Out of the 11 trips I have made to Walt Disney World this is the worst trip ever! The All Star Resorts are far from the parks wi]ell the closest park is Animal Kingdom, So it means long bus rides. If you leave after fireworks or closing you will be waiting in long line. A bus can only hold so many people and they stuff as many as they can. It can be up to 2-3 buses before you can get on one. There are a lot of tired kids and parents. It make a very hard run back to the resort. Disney have bought bigger buses but that does do anything to help the problem,


Disney has a lot of problems that they need to work out. Other than the bus, is the Wi Fi. Since they rolled out the Magic Bands they have made the Wifi open to everybody, There is a app that has everything to help you stay. So having a Smart Phone is a good thing. There are places that you can look and book you Fast Passes. Having it on your Phone is a big saver. You can also check your photos. Here is the down side. If you don't have a current Phone you can be out of luck, That is what happen to me. I have a Samsung S4. I used the app on my last trip but this time it had a update and it didn't work on my phone. So I couldn't check my Fast Passes or photos. That was one big pain in the butt. I had to go to the Fast Pass places to check passes and make new one. I had to wait until I got back to my room to see my photos. This is very up setting. I found out last night that some of my photos didn't make it on my band. They were the photos with Baymax. This is a drag. If I knew that they didn't show I could have gone to the Photo Pass store and located them.

My take on the Resort. Over all it is a So So place, You get what you paid for. The room was clean. One night I spilled so sauce on the bed. The next day it was cleaned. They just cleaned the spot didn't change the sheets. Other than that Mouse keeping was fair.

The Cast Members: They were very friendly. They would go out of their way to help. I have run into a rude cast member. It was a woman that was at the place you could check in your bags to be taken to the airport. I had told the woman about one time I checked my bag early and that my bags were put on a early flight. She told me that they would be on my flight.

I wished that I could have written every day but the wifi suck. That is a big problem that NEEDS to be fix.

It's going to be another long 8 hour flight. I have to wait until 3 pm before I can take the bus to the airport. Sometimes I can ask the bus Driver if I can take a early bus. We'll see.

I'm glad to go home. it's be a long week. I will be take 10 months to a year off. So I'm letting the AP go and starting a new one when things get better.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Last Day

Here it is my last day here. And all I can say it was BAD! When I first came to WDW I stayed at All Star Music and that stay wasn't great either. The people here were friendly, My room was OK I have had better. As for my next stay I will go back to Pop Century. To get any where is a long bus ride except when going to Animal Kingdom.

My days in the park was fun. I didn't stay until closing like I have in the past. It has gotten crowed over the years. When I went to The Christmas Party I was hoping to spend a lot of time there but left after a couple hours. I wanted to see characters  but the lines for them were long and I didn't want to spend all my time waiting.

This year Disney gave a 20% discount for the 45th anniversary so I did a lot of shopping. The things that I bought were the high ticket stuff. These were things that I have been looking at for years.

Every year I buy my two gift cards. I spend all of the Shopping Card Gift Card and have some money left on the Food Card.


Too sum up my stay. Is to say that I didn't have that relaxing time. It didn't help with chasing my depression away.

As for when my next trip it will be late 2017 or 2018 depending on money and the way that the country will go with the new Leader.


I hope for my next trip I will be at POP and have a better Wifi so I can write my during then trip.


I will NOT stay at All Star Music ever again!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Day Two

Today was a OK day. The outcome of this election depresses me. I started of having a good day. I went to the Studios id did my two fast passes and then headed to Epcot for something to eat.

I had some great food. I went the Greece, Morocco and Canada. I had the  Cheese Soup. It was good. It had a bit of a kick to it. It has Moose Head Beer in it. After eating I walked around World Showcase. I stopped into some shops to look around to see what I like to buy, I went into Japan and saw a Money Cat that I would like to add to my collection. I also stop in Norway and saw a Elsa and Anna that was a pretty, I plan on going back later to buy them,

I stayed at the resort for the rest of the evening since tomorrow I have a tour at 8 AM. I going on The Keys to the Kingdom. It's a tour I have wanted to do for a long time. Since I went on In Walt's Footsteps at Disneyland in 2012 I really had a great time most of the things that I heard I already knew about. The best thing was going in Walt's apartment. I had been trying to get Keys but it was sold out and hard to get. At 100 days before I call to book it and got it, I'm looking forward to hearing about the story behind The Magic Kingdom.

Since I stayed in tonight. I thought maybe Swag Bucks would work but that was a big NO. I won't be able to get my SB's while I'm here. It depressing but the WiFi sucks here. So my evening was watch TV.
Now depressing has hit. this Election didn't go well. Now I'm starting to worry of what is going to happen with the new president. I fear of losing my benefits. It could happen but I know that it won't happen,


I have been tying to get been trying to get some sleep but nothing is working. It's too late to get something to eat. I have put on some music. I hope that will help. TV isn't that great.

Maybe doing to surfing online will help.

Day One

Yesterday was my travel day. It was a long day for me. It started at 7 am at TIA. It was a long flight. It took 8 hours. Getting to the resort was easy. I;m giving this resort a second chance. And the odds of me staying here again is very slim.I got type of room that I wanted. I wanted a room in Calypso Building and I got a room on the ground floor. The room has a king size bed. It nice. The buses suck but this cheap place,

It wifi is another down side. It's not fast. So I won't be able to do my SB's like I wanted to.

Another downer is the smart phone that I have the app doesn't work. So i won't be able to make my FP's with the phone.

Today I'm heading to The Studios. Then in the afternoon to Epcot and the evening at The Magic Kingdom since they are open until 1 am.

I hope the rest of my day goes better. The morning suck.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Last Minute Packing

Here it s the day before I leave for WDW. Yesterday I got my food and snack that I want to take. I like to   take bottle of juice for my breakfast. It's good to take something for breakfast so you don't have to buy breakfast.

I have a lot of cables for the things that I need to charge. I also have a wireless speakers  so have can listen to my music

I have also look at what the weather is going to be like. The weather is good and there is no chance of rain. But I'm still bringing my umbrella.

Great thing is that I can get my boarding pass today. I hope to get a good number. My first leg is to Vegas. I only have 55 minutes there. Hopefully I will have time to make a pit stop and stretch my legs. The second leg has a stop in Kansas City but I don't have to change planes then off to MCO. Tomorrow it going to be a long day. Tonight I won't be sleeping to much.

I will be doing my Swag Bucks during my trip. Since the start of SB is 12 PST so  that is 3 EST. I have my laptop so I can get my SB. I do the videos and I do the ones that can run by themselves so I can do them when I take a shower or going to the Food Court to fill my mug.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Packing

I have a couple days to go! Now it's time to get things ready to pack my bag. I go with two bags. One carry on and one that is checked but when I come home I come back with three. I put a small case in the checked bag so I will have a bag for the shopping that I do. This trip is my 11th so I know how to pack for WDW.
When I pack my bags I bring a bit more than for the days that I'm there. The weather in Florida is a bit crazy. It can be hot during the day and cold at night so it helps to bring more. I like to Disney Bound. So that is a extra outfit. It took me a while to put the look together. I like Elsa.

My luggage is Disney luggage. I have Disney pick up my bag but if I have to pick up my bag from Luggage Claim I can easily find my bag.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Booking a Trip

I have been traveling to WDW for 10 years. I have always do my research to find the best deal. There are a lot of websites to help in booking a trip. But which is best? Well here is how I book a trip. In the beginning I use a Travel Agent that does Disney trips. These people go and do all the work to making your trip easy. They can do a payment plan.

Travel Sites where you can book packages of Hotel and Flight.  I don't use these site because they don't have Southwest flights.

I have checked Southwest Vacations to get a price for a trip. They do have sales on Disney Vacations. They are deals good also if you want to stay at A of A and you want a Little Mermaid room. You can get the Disney discount. Disney website doesn't have a discount on theses room.

The way I book my trip is book it separate. Air though Southwest and Room though Disney. Since I have AP I don't get the packages.

I book Room Only and I get the AP discount. I can save $100 on my stay.

I book my flight at least 5-6 months a headed of time. You can get better deal the early you book. My flight are under $400 round trip. Also booking on Tuesdays you can the best fare.

I book my room though Disney. If I find a better deal I can re-book and I can lower my deal.

Finding the best deal you have to do your research.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Getting Ready

My next trip to WDW is coming up. It all started at the 60 day mark. When that happened I did my online check in and booked fast Passes.
This trip I giving some things a second chance. First is staying at All Star Music Resort. I stayed there n my first trip.It;s a nice place but when I was there was when there a lot  of cheerleaders. Well on there trip I hope that it's better. I hope that I can get the building that I want.
I'm also giving Crystal Place a second chance. This time I'm going for lunch and bring Duffy. I hope that food is better.

This trip I didn't make too many Fast Passes since this trip I'm planning on getting pictures with characters.Since I have Photo Pass with my AP I like to get as many photos as I can.

This trip I'm going to go to The Christmas Party. The last time I went I rained. I ended cutting it short. I'm also going to do a tour. I'm going on The Keys to the Kingdom. It's a hard tour to get but I booked it at the 160 day mark. I'm looking forward tp going on it. Since taking In Walt's Footsteps tour at Disneyland I have wanted to go on the Keys tour.

This year WDW is turning 45. Disney have increased the shopping discount to 20% so I'm going to do some good shopping. I have been looking at a suitcase for a couple years. this time I might get it.
At Disney Springs a lot of new stores have opened. So I'm going to take a day to check out things.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Back from Walt Disney World

This trip was good. One of the big things that was so bad was the fact that the Wi Fi  sucks at WDW. I wanted to try to write every day but since the Wi Fi was so bad and slow I couldn't get anything done. This was upsetting. Here Disney wants people to use their smart phone for the My Disney App, they have to upgrade the WiFi. Some people don't have smartphone with data plans or don't want to waste date to check things.

I have been doing a study during my trips for the last 10 years. This study is on if people will talk to strangers. Here are my results. The over all answer is a big No. People are so much into there only world that they forget that their are other people. I have been trying to conversations with people. The longest conversation is a couple second or a minute or two.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Day One Travel Day

This morning started off with a 6 am flight. It was long since I'm flying in from the West . The flight was good. I had got to MCO at 4 pm.
The shuttle ride was fast. I got a text telling me my room number that came in when I was at the Airport.

I quickly found my room. The room is nice but it missing the clock radio so I don't have the time.

After dropping off my stuff I went to Magic Kingdom. I was up there in time for my first Fast Pass. After it I went to something to eat. I went and got a Lobster Roll. It was good but had too much bread.

The weather was very sticky. It looked like it wanted to rain somewhat but didn't. I got it some rides. I went to The Haunted Mansion. They had added some new tech at the end of the ride. It showed a my picture and name. It was cool.

Monday, April 25, 2016

One week Out

I have little over a week to go before my trip. I have a lot of the things that I need to buy for the trip. Now it's time to get my luggage out of the closet. I'm taking the rolling duffle, a small carry on and my backpack. I have a small bag that has all of the cords for my phone, computer and I pod.
I will be taking two laptops. One is small that I will use to watch TV on the flight. The second will be for writing and for some work. Yes I do work when I'm on my travels. Got to make the money for the next trip. I do my Swag Bucks, I do a bit in the morning and the rest after I get back for the park in the evening. Since I will be in Florida and Swag Buck time is Pacific time I will be able to get to the first goal.

I will be bring two water bottles. I like to carry two bottle with me that is so I don't have to got to a resort to refill it. I refill it with the refillable mug. Getting that Refillable Mug save me a lot of money. Since I fill it up at least 5 times during the day. At $2-3 to buy drinks it worth  the $16 to use it for the whole week.

I will be going though menus to find place to eat while I'm there. One thing I will eat pretty well while I'm there.

Next thing to do is the packing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Two Weeks and Counting!

I have two week to go before I head to WDW. Now I start getting the last minute things done. I have started to take a mile walk everyday. I also go and buy my Gift Card. I will buy one before because I buy it from Fry's and when I get it they have a deal is where you can get x4 in fuel points. A $200 card means 800 points. I don't drive so my friend that takes me to the airport uses the points.
I also go and pick up my travel stuff. I want to do it now so I don't leave it to the last minute.

I also keep a eye on the weather there. I have a layover in Denver,CO and they have been having a lot of snow that can cause delays and cancel flights. I don't need that to happen to me.

I have my Fast Passes and restaurant reservation made.  I have also be watching videos seeing the new things that are going on.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

10 Visits in 10 Years

This trip is my 10th visit to Walt Disney World. That is the only place i have visited that isn't you see family. My 1st visit was in 2006. I stayed at The All Star Music resort. It is a nice resort but the time that I went was the time that when it was full of kids. It was ok but it was Dec. My trips after that I started to come in Sept. and I started staying at Pop Century. I have been going there every since.

This year I will be making two trips since I'm now a Annual Pass holder. .

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Getting Ready for Walt Disney World

I have about 3 weeks to go before I make my journey to WDW. I have to decide on which suitcase to take, the suitcase or duffle case. Each one is a good size but the duffle has more room if I buy big things. I might take the suitcase since I will be looking for a new bag while I'm there. At Disney Springs there is a Travel Shop that has all sorts of luggage. I hope to find a small carry on case.

Another thing that I have to get is some food for my fight. Since I will be leaving early in the morning I will be packing some things for breakfast. Also something to have on my layover. Airport Restaurants can get pricey so having something beforehand helps.

When it get closer to a week before I have be looking at the weather in Disneyworld for the time I will be there. It being May it should be nice, but things to happen. Then I will getting out the clothes that I  want to take,

Right now I just got notice that my Magic Band has shipped so I have to keep a eye out in the mail also in that time I will be getting the luggage tag and other information that I need for the shuttle.
The tag that I will be getting is a special tag that that will tell the baggage people at the airport to put my bag it area. Disney offers to pick up your luggage and deliver it to your resort. So no going to Baggage Claim. Having this cut down my time to getting to the shuttle.