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Jennifer and Sara
The PassPorter Moms
Have You Heard?

More Disney We Haven't Done - Disneyland Edition (09/21/2016)

A 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview with Disney Food Blog (09/14/2016)

Everything We Love About Fall at Walt Disney World (09/07/2016)

Adventures by Disney River Cruising with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (08/31/2016)

The PassPorter Live! Guides (08/24/2016)

Disney News Round-Up (08/17/2016)

Disney Dining 101: Signature Dining Restaurants (08/10/2016)

Planning Your Vacation is Half the Fun (08/03/2016)

A Little Disney Every Day (07/20/2016)

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando (07/27/2016)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Universal Orlando (07/13/2016)

Disney Dining 101: Choosing Character Meals (07/06/2016)

Feeling Less Than Magical - What to Do When You Are Sick at Disney World (06/29/2016)

Disney Dining 101: Advanced Dining Reservations (06/22/2016)

Summer Awakens at Walt Disney World (06/15/2016)

Dining at Disney Springs with the Disney Food Blog (06/08/2016)

The Disney We Haven't Done Yet (06/01/2016)

Disney Food and Drink 'Crawls' (05/25/2016)

runDisney Recap - Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon with Bernie Edwards (05/18/2016)

Our Favorite Deluxe Villas Resorts at Walt Disney World (05/11/2016)

May the Fourth Be With You: Our Top 5 Star Wars Experiences at Disney Parks (05/04/2016)

Disney After Hours with Beci Mahnken from MEI-Travel and Mouse Fan Travel (04/27/2016)

Disney Vacation Planning Tips with Disney 'Dad' Steve Cantafio (04/20/2016)

Our Favorite Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World (04/13/2016)

Creating the Magic with Lee Cockerell (04/06/2016)

The Top 5 Things at Disney Springs (03/30/2016)

How to Be a Polite Disney Park Guest (03/23/2016)

The Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Review with AJ Wolfe (03/16/2016)

Jennifer and Sara's Excellent Adventures at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando (03/09/2016)

The Star Wars Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (03/02/2016)

Princess Race Weekend Recap (02/24/2016)

Our Favorite Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World (02/17/2016)

Princess Race Weekend Prep (02/10/2016)

Jennifer's Trip to Disneyland (02/03/2016)

Practical Parenting Tips on Traveling with Kids with Author Katie Hurley (01/27/2016)

Our Favorite Value Resorts at Walt Disney World (01/20/2016)

Getting Married at Disney with Author Carrie Hayward (01/13/2016)

Our Top 5 Tips on Saving Money for Your Disney Vacation (01/06/2016)

The PassPorter Moms 2016 Disney Resolutions (12/30/2015)

Disney Dining Update with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (12/23/2015)

What's New at Disneyland (12/16/2015)

More Magic For Kids - Activities and Extras Just for Kids at Walt Disney World (12/09/2015)

How to Avoid Comparing Other Vacations to Disney (12/02/2015)

Creating a runDisney Costume with Kimberly Markey and Gail Savidge (11/25/2015)

Our Top 5 Things We Are Thankful For at Disney (11/19/2015)

Universal Orlando versus Walt Disney World (Or Both!) (11/11/2015)

The Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (11/04/2015)

Six Parks, One Week - Sara's Trip to Orlando! (10/28/2015)

Tokyo Disney Resort with former Disney 'Mom' Bernie Edwards (10/21/2015)

Adventures by Disney with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (10/14/2015)

2015 Food and Wine Festival Review with Disney Food Blog (10/07/2015)

Disney Days Gone By - Part Two (09/30/2015)

Walt Disney World Days Gone By (09/23/2015)

Special Needs at Disney with Kathy Kelly of Special Mouse Podcast (09/16/2015)

The Story of Us - The History of PassPorter and the PassPorter Moms (09/09/2015)

'Suite Dreams' on the Disney Cruise Line (09/02/2015)

Disney Cruise Line 101 - Port Adventures (08/26/2015)

D23 Recap and Disney Dining News from Disney Food Blog (08/19/2015)

Disney Cruise Line 101 - Choosing a Stateroom (08/12/2015)

Training for Your First runDisney Race with Fitz Koehler (08/05/2015)

Our Top 5 Cool Summer Treats at Walt Disney World (07/29/2015)

D23 Expo Preview with Deb Wills from AllEar.Net (07/22/2015)

Registration for the Disney Princess 5k (07/15/2015)

Disney Cruise Line 101 - Choosing When & Where to Cruise (07/08/2015)

Frozen Summer Fun and Fourth of July with Deb Koma from AllEars.Net (07/01/2015)

Crowd Control - Handling Peak Season at Walt Disney World (06/24/2015)

Walt Disney World Dining Update with AJ Wolfe (06/17/2015)

Random Acts of Pixie Dust (06/10/2015)

Jennifer and Sara's Tips for Nighttime Spectacular Viewing (06/03/2015)

Disney On a Diet: How to Enjoy Your Disney Vacation Without Undoing Your Diet (05/27/2015)

The Top 5 Dates to Remember When Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation (05/20/2015)

Walt Disney World Prep School with Shannon Albert (05/13/2015)

Free Dining with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (04/29/2015)

Mothers Day at Walt Disney World (05/06/2015)

Listener Question and Answer (04/22/2015)

Jennifer's Trip to New York City (04/15/2015)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Disney in the Spring (04/09/2015)

DisneyBound with Leslie Kay (04/01/2015)

Our Disney Vacation Traditions (03/25/2015) with Len Testa (03/18/2015)

The Top 5 Things We Skip at Walt Disney World (03/11/2015)

Epic Disney Road Trip Report (03/04/2015)

Prepping for the Magic - Cars, Cruising and Disney World! (02/25/2015)

Disney Dining Update with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (02/18/2015)

Comparing the Disney Dream with Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas (02/11/2015)

Disney Dream Review (02/04/2015)

Our Top 5 Vacation Mistakes (01/28/2015)

Disney Cruise Line with Disney Parks Moms Panelist Doug Ingersoll (01/21/2015)

Disney World After Dark (01/14/2015)

The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line with Erin Foster (01/07/2015)

Listener Q and A with the PassPorter Moms (12/31/2014)

Walt Disney World What Ifs with Jennifer and Sara (12/24/2014)

Run All the Races with Kimberley Markey (12/17/2014)

Budgeting for Your Disney Vacation (12/10/2014)

Packing Tips from the PassPorter Moms (12/03/2014)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Epcot (11/19/2014)

Holiday Dining at Walt Disney World with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (11/26/2014)

PassPorter's Disney Weddings and Honeymoons Author Carrie Hayward (11/12/2014)

Author and Disney Parks Moms Panelist Doug Ingersoll (11/05/2014)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Animal Kingdom (10/29/2014)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Hollywood Studios (10/22/2014)

Disney Cruise Line Northern European Ports Preview (10/15/2014)

A Universal Orlando Review (10/08/2014)

Our Top 5 Favorite Things About the Magic Kingdom (10/01/2014)

Food and Wine Review with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (09/24/2014)

Memory Maker and PhotoPass (09/17/2014)

Food & Wine Preview with AJ Wolfe from Disney Food Blog (09/10/2014)

Our Top 5 Overlooked Attractions (09/03/2014)

PassPorter Moms Answer Your Questions (08/20/2014)

Avoiding Vacation Meltdowns at Disney (08/27/2014)

Disney Rumor Round Up (08/13/2014)

Hidden Mickey Guy - Steve Barrett (07/30/2014)

Let's Get Down to Disness with Kathleen Wolfe (08/06/2014)

Disney Days Gone By (07/23/2014)

PassPorter Moms Answer Listener Questions (07/16/2014)

Sensational Summer Snacks with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (07/09/2014)

PassPorter 101: Books, Websites, and the Message Board - Oh My! (07/02/2014)

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, FastPass+ Changes and More from Sara's Trip to Walt Disney World (06/25/2014)

Photography Tips from Tim Devine, (06/18/2014)

Keeping Kids Healthy While Traveling with Dr. Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH (06/04/2014)

Our Favorite Snack Options at Walt Disney World (06/11/2014)

Our Favorite Counter Service Options at Walt Disney World (05/28/2014)

Hong Kong and Tokyo Disney Theme Parks with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (05/21/2014)

Free Dining, Room Discounts, and more - How to Make the Most of Your Disney Vacation Budget (05/14/2014)

Disney Food News with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (05/07/2014)

Celebrations Magazine with Creator & Editor Tim Foster (04/30/2014)

Making the Most of Star Wars Weekends (04/23/2014)

Listener Questions (04/16/2014)

Why Disney Cruise Line? (04/09/2014)

Disney Vacation Club with Cheryl Pendry (04/02/2014)

Disney Cruise Line in 2015 (03/26/2014)

Listener Q and A - Part 2! (03/19/2014)

Jennifer and Sara Answer YOUR Questions! (03/12/2014)

Disney Magic Kids Clubs and Grand Floridian Villa Review (03/05/2014)

Camping and Cruising, Disney Style! (02/26/2014)

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World (02/19/2014)

The Wild Africa Trek (02/12/2014)

Disney Dreaming - How Much is TOO Much? (02/05/2014)

Meet the WDW Happy Place Podcast (01/29/2014)

Our Top 10 Eats at Walt Disney World (01/22/2014)

Sara's runDisney Adventure (01/15/2014)

Getting Ready for a runDisney Race (01/08/2014)

What's New at Disney's Polynesian Resort with Tikiman Steve Seifert (01/01/2014)

A Few of Our Favorite Things From 2013 (12/25/2013)

Making the Most of FastPass+ with Deb Koma from AllEars.Net (12/18/2013)

The Holidays at Disneyland (12/11/2013)

Disney World and DCL in 2014 (12/04/2013)

Holiday Dining at Walt Disney World (11/27/2013)

Disney with Special Needs with Pilar Clark (11/20/2013)

Our 200th Episode with 200 Random Acts of Pixie Dust (11/13/2013)

The PassPorter Moms Visit to Walt Disney World Part 2 (11/06/2013)

The PassPorter Moms Visit to Walt Disney World Part 1 (10/30/2013)

Halloween Happenings (10/23/2013)

2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Review with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (10/16/2013)

My Disney Experience - Our Experience So Far (10/09/2013)

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World Author Bob Sehlinger (10/02/2013)

Our Top 5 Things We Can't Wait to Try (09/25/2013)

The Disneyland Story with Author Sam Gennawey (09/18/2013)

Planning the PassPorter Moms Trip to Disney (09/11/2013)

'Once Upon Your Time' Author Randy Crane (09/04/2013)

How to Help First Time Travelers to Disney (08/28/2013)

Our Top 5 Most Overlooked Resort Activities (08/21/2013)

D23 Expo Recap and Q&A (08/14/2013)

Disneyland Dreaming (08/07/2013)

Disney Food Blog Update with AJ Wolfe (07/31/2013)

2014 Packages at Walt Disney World - What's New, What's Changing (07/24/2013)

Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World (07/10/2013)

Great Group Rates at Disney (07/17/2013)

The Mickey Miles Podcast with Michelle Scribner-Maclean (07/03/2013)

Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation (06/26/2013)

Our Top 5 Relaxing Moments at Disney (06/19/2013)

The Random Acts of Pixie Dust Project (06/12/2013)

Making the Most of Our Favorite Park - Epcot! (06/05/2013)

Making the Most of Disney's Hollywood Studios (05/29/2013)

Renting a Stroller at Walt Disney World with Orlando Stroller Rentals (05/22/2013)

Making the Most of Animal Kingdom (05/15/2013)

Making the Most of the Magic Kingdom (05/08/2013)

Disney Cruise Line Update (05/01/2013)

Epcot IS For Kids with AllEars.Net Blogger Kristin Ford (04/24/2013)

Gear-ing Up for Disney - What to Pack, What to Rent, and What to Order! (04/17/2013)

Disney History with Jim Korkis, author of "The Vault of Walt" (04/10/2013)

Disney Discounts - What, When, and Which is the best deal for you? (04/03/2013)

Epcot Flower and Garden Food Booths with AJ Wolfe from (03/27/2013)

Special Souvenirs from Walt Disney World (03/20/2013)

The Other Orlando - Islands of Adventure and LEGOLAND Florida (03/13/2013)

A Whole New 'World' of Technology with Lou Mongello (03/06/2013)

Walt Disney World, Universal, and More! (02/27/2013)

Travel Safely with Kids with Special Guest Jennifer Bright Reich (02/20/2013)

Disney Q&A with the PassPorter Moms (02/13/2013)

A Passion for Disney with The Minnie Minxes (02/06/2013)

Crowd Control - Making the Most of the Busy Season at Disney (01/30/2013)

Disney Cruise Line Review with Cheryl Pendry (01/23/2013)

Our Top 5 Favorite Disney Movies (and Where to Find the Characters!) (01/16/2013)

Adventures by Disney - Galapagos Islands with Sharla & Suzy from Mouse Fan Travel (01/09/2013)

What's New at Walt Disney World in 2013 (01/02/2013)

What to Do When Things Go Wrong on Your Disney trip (12/26/2012)

The Holidays at Walt Disney World with AJ Wolfe from the Disney Food Blog (12/19/2012)

Q&A with the PassPorter Moms (12/12/2012)

The Holidays at Disneyland (12/05/2012)

Child Safety at Disney (11/28/2012)

The Walt Disney Family Museum with Disney Moms Panelist Bernie Edwards (11/21/2012)

The Week Before Your Walt Disney World Trip (11/14/2012)

The Walt Disney World Marathon and runDisney events with Team AllEars Runner Steve Cantafio (11/07/2012)

Our Disney Cruise Line Wish List - Where We Wish Disney Cruise Line Would Go Next (10/24/2012)

New Fantasyland Preview with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (10/17/2012)

If We Had a Million Dollars - Our Fantasy Disney Trips (10/10/2012)

The Walt Disney Moms Panel with Doug Ingersoll (10/03/2012)

Happy 30th Anniversary Epcot! Our Top 5 Favorites at Epcot (09/26/2012)

Adventures by Disney with Dotti Saroufim from (09/19/2012)

The Disneyland Resort (09/12/2012)

PassPorter's Disney Weddings and Honeymoons Author Carrie Hayward (09/05/2012)

2012 Food and Wine Festival with AJ Wolfe from Disney Food Blog (08/29/2012)

Disney Cruise Line for the Whole Family with Mary Kraemer from (08/22/2012)

Fun Fall Activities at Walt Disney World (08/15/2012)

Disney Vacation Club and Disney World for Brits Books (08/08/2012)

Dealing With Unwanted Disney Advice and Figuring Out What Works for Your Family (08/01/2012)

PassPorter's E-Books with E-Book Editor Carrie Hayward (07/25/2012)

Making the Most of Your Resort: Resort Activities (07/18/2012)

Taking Family to Disney World: The Dad and Chad Trip Report (07/11/2012)

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, with Heather Coursen (07/04/2012)

PassPorter's Disney 500: Fast Tips for Walt Disney World Trips (06/27/2012)

Cars Land Review with Deb Wills from AllEars.Net (06/20/2012)

Our World Showcase Wish List (06/12/2012)

Disney's Magical Express (06/06/2012)

Best Places to Grab a Bite Outside the Parks (05/30/2012)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Tips with Matt Hochberg from and the WDW Today Podcast (05/23/2012)

Best Viewing Tips for Parades, Shows, and Fireworks (05/15/2012)

New PhotoPass Plus at Walt Disney World (05/09/2012)

Disney Cruise Line Dining Part Deux (05/02/2012)

Our Top 5 Places for a Drink at Disney World (04/25/2012)

Child Care Options at Walt Disney World (04/18/2012)

Disney Cruise Line Dining with Disney Food Blog (04/11/2012)

Off Site Vacation Rentals with Sara Moore from All Star Vacation Homes (04/04/2012)

The Disney Fantasy (Video Available) (03/28/2012)

Safari in South Africa - Adventures by Disney (03/21/2012)

Planning for Your Disney Cruise Vacation (03/14/2012)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (03/07/2012)

Traveling with Kids (02/29/2012)

runDisney and Team AllEars (02/22/2012)

Vow Renewal Options at Walt Disney World (02/15/2012)

10 Awesome Travel Tips (02/08/2012)

Finding Disney Information Online (02/01/2012)

Our Never-Done-at-Disney List (01/25/2012)

Disneyland and Los Angeles (01/18/2012)

Jennifer and Sara's Top 5 Must Dos in 2012 (01/11/2012)

Disney Dining in 2012 (01/04/2012)

Disney Trip Planning 101 (12/28/2011)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Walt Disney World with Doug Ingersoll (12/21/2011)

Our 100th Episode -- Do You Know Your PassPorter Mom Trivia? (12/14/2011)

Making the Most of the PassPorter's Club (12/07/2011)

A Brit Different Disney Chat with Craig Duncan from the Disney Brit Podcast (11/30/2011)

Thanksgiving with the PassPorter Moms (11/23/2011)

New Happenings In Orlando with Orlando Attractions Magazine (11/16/2011)

The Reluctant Mouseketeer (11/09/2011)

Holiday Dining at Disney (11/02/2011)

PassPorter's Walt Disney World Guide (10/26/2011)

Surprising Your Family With a Disney Trip! (10/19/2011)

LEGOLAND Florida (10/12/2011)

2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (10/05/2011)

Aulani, Disney's Newest Resort (09/28/2011)

Photography Tips with Disney Moms Panelist Marc Lorenzo (09/21/2011)

Disney Cruise Line: Choosing a Cruise (09/14/2011)

Disneyland with the Disney Moms Panel Dads (09/07/2011)

The D23 Expo in Review (08/31/2011)

Social Media Tips for Planning Trips (08/24/2011)

Just Desserts with AJ Wolfe from Disney Food Blog (08/17/2011)

Making More Magic: Special Meals at Walt Disney World (08/10/2011)

Jennifer and Sara's Favorite Resorts (08/03/2011)

Disney Speed Planning with Justine Fellows (07/27/2011)

Disney Cruise or Disney Park? Tips For Choosing (07/20/2011)

Cruising to Alaska with Disney Moms Panelist Andi Sims (07/13/2011)

Holidays Around 'The World' (07/06/2011)

Dining at Disney with Kids (06/29/2011)

Walt Disney World Questions & Answers (06/22/2011)

Disney Dream Cruising with Cheryl Pendry (06/15/2011)

How to Beat the Heat at Disney (06/08/2011)

Orlando Balloon Rides (06/01/2011)

The Importance of Community (05/25/2011)

Dining at Disney (05/18/2011)

What We Dislike About Disney (05/11/2011)

The Good Enough Mother - Rene Syler (05/04/2011)

Hidden Mickeys with Steve Barrett (04/27/2011)

When to Visit Walt Disney World (04/20/2011)

Tracie Cook, Vacation Field Guides Author (04/13/2011)

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2011 (04/06/2011)

Ordeal in Cairo -- Cheryl Pendry's Experiences in Egypt (03/30/2011)

PassPorter Moms Do Epcot: A Video Podcast (03/23/2011)

Living the Suite Life on the Disney Dream (03/16/2011)

Planning a Last Minute Trip to Disney! (03/09/2011)

Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (03/02/2011)

The Disney Dream - Part 2 (02/23/2011)

Backstage Magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom - The Wild Africa Trek (02/15/2011)

Disney's Earmarked Travel Advisory Board (02/09/2011)

Cruisin' on the Dream with the PassPorter Moms (02/04/2011)

Disney Dream Christening Cruise (01/26/2011)

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions: Sticking to Your Diet at Walt Disney World! (01/19/2011)

Our First Anniversary Episode with Deb Wills from (01/12/2011)

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions: Staying on Budget at Walt Disney World! (01/05/2011)

Marine Life at Walt Disney World (12/29/2010)

Bring Disney Home for the Holidays (12/22/2010)

Relaxing in the Spas at Walt Disney World (12/15/2010)

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Tots (12/08/2010)

Walt Disney World for Military Families (12/01/2010)

Walt Disney World with Tweens and Teens (11/24/2010)

Planning a Group Trip to Disney (11/17/2010)

Things to Do Without Park Admission (11/10/2010)

Favorite Resorts at Walt Disney World (11/03/2010)

Signature Dining at Walt Disney World (10/27/2010)

Holidays Around the World (10/20/2010)

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups (10/13/2010)

Alexander & Ryan's Top 10 Rides for Kids (10/06/2010)

Former Disney Moms Panel Member Jackie Stevens (09/29/2010)

Working at Walt Disney World (09/22/2010)

Long Haul Disney Cruises -- When a 7-night Cruise Just Won't Do! (09/15/2010)

Get Your Disney Groove On with Sorcerer Radio (09/08/2010)

Flying Safe with CARES Creator Louise Stoll (09/01/2010)

The Disney Moms Panel Dads (08/25/2010)

Our Top 10 Favorite Snacks (08/18/2010)

Taking a Town Car to Walt Disney World (08/11/2010)

Top 10 Meals at Walt Disney World (08/04/2010)

Owner's Locker (07/28/2010)

Scrapbooking Your Disney Vacation (07/21/2010)

Keeping Kids Safe While Traveling (07/14/2010)

Top 10 Must-See Attractions (07/07/2010)

Visting Disneyland in Fabulous Sunny California (06/30/2010)

Walt Disney World with Special Needs (06/23/2010)

Feasting and Snacking Around The World (06/16/2010)

What's New in Orlando with Orlando Attractions Magazine (06/09/2010)

Finding Buried Treasure: Geocaching at Disney (06/02/2010)

Disney Vacation Club Membership Reselling and Renting (05/26/2010)

Interview with Former Cast Member Mike Demopoulos (05/18/2010)

Planning for a Summer Trip to Walt Disney World (05/13/2010)

Traveling the World (05/04/2010)

Interview with Lou Mongello of WDW Radio (04/27/2010)

Knoebels Amusement Park in Pennsylvania (04/20/2010)

The Art of Disney Podcasting (04/13/2010)

Disney Dreamin' - Preview of the New Disney Cruise Ship (04/06/2010)

To Rent or Not to Rent ... a Stroller! (03/30/2010)

Renting a Vacation Home (03/23/2010)

Deb Wills of (03/16/2010)

The Dish on Disney's Latest News (03/10/2010)

The School That Walt Built! (03/02/2010)

Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World (02/23/2010)

Disney Weddings & Honeymoons (02/16/2010)

Solo and So-Loving It! (02/09/2010)

More Days to Play! (02/02/2010)

A Tale of Two Moms: Why We Love Disney! (01/28/2010)

PassPorter Moms Podcast: Disney and Beyond!

Grab your mug and listen to tips, advice, and chat from PassPorter's Jennifer and Sara -- and their friends and guests -- about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and general travel. We are the PassPorter Moms! Let us know you're listening!

A weekly podcast for all travelers, with or without kids!

Details On This Episode:

The Disney Dream - Part 2 (Episode #58 - 02/23/2011)

Photo illustrating Disney Dream - Enchanted Garden at Dinner
Image from the PassPorter Photo Archive

Description: Jennifer and Sara wrap up their coverage of the Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Dream, plus discuss this week's news, announce listener celebrations and a new contest winner! We also talk about PassPorter's new iPad Giveaway Contest, including mention of how podcast listeners who subscribe to our podcast through our Concierge Desk can get a hint to a hidden contest ticket (listen to the podcast for more details)!

Questions/topics we discuss in this podcast:
Kymm W writes:
I love your podcasts! I listen as often as I can and appreciate all the advice you give.

This is my 3rd trip to WDW as an adult, every single time I've taken my son, now 8. We will be flying with my BF who hates that I overpack. I will be trying to appease him and lose my status as the overpackers anonamyous president. The last trip included 7 people so I had a bag stuffed with stuff (snacks, sunscreen, drinks, autograph books etc) that I lugged around the parks. However since it is just the 3 of us I want to pack VERY light. What are the absolute essentials to carry at the parks for a trip in September? My list includes cell phone, wallet, lanyard with pocket to hold hotel key & FP, lip balm, along with my sons ears and our medications (2 pills!). I really do not want to carry a bag if I'm packing light. My only problem is I am very fair skinned and need sunscreen applied hourly during peak hours. What solutions and or suggestions can you offer?



JCRKTW459 writes:

Hi there!  I love your Podcasts!  It helps me to get a shot of Disney every week to get me through till my next trip.


First my backstory –

I have always loved Disney since my first trip in 1972.  My love has been magnified since the birth of my 3 children.  This past May, we made our 2nd trip as a family, for my 40th Birthday.  It was the absolute best way to take my mind off turning 40!  :-P  Shortly after, I asked my husband if I could have Disney every year for my birthday and he happily said yes.  He thought I meant a trip to Disney every year for my birthday, and I simply meant a D23 membership every year to feed my Disney hunger!  May is approaching, so I was looking forward to getting a piece of the magic with a D23 membership soon.  Imagine my excitement, when the D23 Facebook group made an announcement of a D23 WDW 40th Anniversary Event on  MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND!!  It’s not in the budget for the family to make two trips to WDW.  So my husband decided to give me the membership for a Valentines Day gift and is sending me on my own for the event for my birthday!!!  My kids are never going to forgive me.  But I am sure looking forward to exploring WDW on my own.  I’ll get to take a leisurely stroll down Main Street and actually go into all the shops!  I get to ride Pirates and Snow White – rides that my kids have been too afraid to go on, so we’ve had to skip.

So on to my question... I am very excited to do the WDW alone and a bit apprehensive, mostly about dining alone.  I am always self conscious when I have to eat a restaurant alone. Can you recommend places to eat, that will be comfortable for a party of one?  Of course everyone is involved in their own trips and probably won’t take notice. And maybe there is no one place any better than another.  But I’d love to hear your input.   (My plans are 2 park days only - only MK and Epcot – but I *might* add park hopper to do the other parks.  Specifically thinking about adding Animal Kingdom.  Our family has never been, and I’d feel a little bad making the visit there without them – but that Yak & Yeti that you rave about, plus I think you mentioned a little off beaten path to sit and eat near Yak & Yeti – is calling to me!!  J) Thanks so much!


Leslie Wiseman writes:

Hi Jennifer!  Hi Sara! I love your Podcast and rarely miss it!  You do a fabulous job!

I have a unique question.  I am the “go to” person of all my friends about Disney and I can’t answer my own question!

We recently booked our July vacation that we are taking w/ our very good friends via our local AAA agent.  We booked at French Quarter originally, and though a beautiful resort, we just weren’t thrilled with the choice and neither were the 4 kids!  We wanted Coronado Springs from the beginning, but it was booked on our arrival day.  After playing w/ dates after we booked, we found that CSR opened up the day after we arrive, on Saturday.  So we would just have to spend the first night elsewhere.  After talking to AAA, we switched our Magic Our Way Package w/ 8 day Hoppers and basic dining to Saturday-Saturday instead of Friday through Saturday.  We then decided to make a room only reservation at Pop Century on our arrival night.  We have always stayed at Wilderness Lodge (but our kids are now Disney adults and those days are over, so we knew we had to go moderate) and we wanted to try a value for one night.  (Aren’t I brave, Sara?)  We lost one day of our dining plan, but that was okay, it made our trip cheaper, but now I’m concerned with park entry.

My question is, because I can’t book my entire trip at CSR, can I “tap” into my Park Hoppers early so we can go to a park on our arrival night?

Since our Magic your way package doesn’t start until Saturday morning at CSR I don’t know if we can?  My AAA agent says I can go to guest services and they should let me, but I have never been in this situation before and not totally sure?  If we can’t, it’s not a HUGE deal, but will be arriving at Pop very early Friday and would like to go into the park at least that evening after unwinding from our drive from Ohio.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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I have to agree with Sara about the All Star Resort. My family and I stayed at All Star Music for 2 nights and we will never do it again. We were also so far away from the lobby it was crazy. We also had three rooms which I booked all at once, while two were together the thrid one was not and that was not a good way to start a two week vacation.

     emilykm on March 7, 2011 @ 12:13 pm
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