My Disney World Guide Blog

A blog relating to a Florida Disney World pass holder's experiences at the parks and hotels.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Shopping for Disney Stuff

If you're longing to visit Disney World but can't get there very often, shopping for Disney stuff can be a good way to cure the blues! (My husband will be horrified that I'm saying this!) I just want to recommend DisneyShopping.com. I just received my fifth order or so from the site, and all of the toys and clothes I've bought are top quality. They often carry items that you can't find at the Disney Store, Parks, or the Resort gift shops. I just can't believe how low the prices are. If you get on their mailing list, they send you special promotions almost daily - such as coupons for $20 off your order or more (depending on how much you spend) and often free shipping. The personalized items are really adorable. I just bought a personalized Power Rangers robe with my nephew's name on it. It is so cute, I can't wait to give it to him for his 4th birthday. My daughters are fans of the PJpals - they love to wear matching princesses - and I can't believe how high quality the pj's are for such a low price (from about $4-6 for the short sleeve/shorts sets and $7-10 for the long sleeve/pants sets). I also got my girls the princess tea set and cart - adorable! I got my husband two pairs of Mickey sweatshorts for $4.99 each - unbelievable! And my very favorite purchase is my Snow White nightgown - a little more expensive since it came from the Disney Couture line (about $20). It's not the same as actually being at Disney World, but at least it will hold you over until your next trip! (By the way, I want to repeat that I am not affiliated with Disney in any way - just a fan of good shopping!)

My online reservation experience for Disney's Contemporary Resort

I'm very excited about our next trip to Disney World at the end of November! Last night, I logged onto the Florida Passholder website at disneyworld.com to make my online reservation for the Contemporary Resort. First off, I was amazed at how smoothly the online reservation system is running now. In the past, the online reservations system has been really slow and difficult to use, to say the least - freezing up for no apparent reason, not even allowing me to log on at peak traffic times, and the like. The entire online reservations system has recently undergone an overhaul, and I'm pleased to report that the improvement seems tremendous! This is my second time using the online system since the overhaul - I used it a few weeks ago to book at the Coronado Springs Resort - and both experiences were excellent.
I noticed something else during last night's reservation experience - prices and availability for resorts can vary from day to day. For example, I had my heart set on getting a Tower Magic Kingdom view room at the Contemporary, so that we could see the fireworks from our balcony. Two days ago, the reservations system did not have any Magic Kingdom views available. Then suddenly, last night, as if by "magic", one showed up as available! Similarly, when I booked the Coronado a few weeks ago, I got a great rate - and when I checked back the next day, the rate had increased by $30! So, I guess the lesson is, if at first you don't find the price or type of room you want, check back later. Another good idea that I've used in the past is to call the reservations line. Sometimes they have availability that is not posted on the web (and vice versa).

Friday, November 17, 2006

My Disney World Guide

Welcome to my blog about Disney World related news. I will post regularly on my recent visits and experiences.

Thank you!