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Six Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

Florida summers can be brutally hot and humid, but with school schedules offering summers off, it's still a popular time for a Walt Disney World vacation.  And if you aren't tied to a school schedule, the heat and humidity can last into the fall as well. So here are some tips and tricks to keep cool and make the most of your Disney vacation each summer. 1. Get Up Early and Stay Out Late This is probably the best advice for beating the mid-day crowds any time of year, but it serves more than one purpose during the summer months.  The first few hours are crucial for low crowds and relatively low heat and humidity.  For lowest wait times, plan to be at the park gates about 30 minutes before the opening time for resort guests.  Then, once the sun goes down enjoy the parks in the evening for another break from that Florida sun. 2. Take Advantage of Your Resort  When the sun starts to get really hot and the lines get long, return to the resort to cool down, take a nap or go for a swi

Keeping Cool in the Parks

We all know that Florida is known for its sunshine. During the warmer months, it is a good idea to take a break from the heat throughout the day. Luckily, there are plenty of interesting ways throughout the parks for you to keep cool for a few minutes. Here are some specific attractions to look for to take a break from the heat in each of the four theme parks.  When you are at the Magic Kingdom  there are several great shows to enjoy for a break from the heat and a break for your feet! You can visit Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room or the Carousel of Progress and enjoy Disney classic entertainment.  For a 3D show with all your favorite characters, drop by Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Are you more of a jokester? Maybe the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is right up your alley; you may become the center of attention! If shows aren't what you're after, the classic ride, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, includes a brilliant feature: much of your waiting will be done at an indoor playgrou

DCL - Rotational Dining Basics on the Disney Wish

Disney Cruise Line sets itself apart from the competition with their unique "rotational dining" set up. What exactly is rotational dining? I'm glad you asked! Rotational dining is DCL's way to make sure that all guests get to enjoy each of the three themed dining venues on board. Each night of your cruise itinerary your party, tablemates and service team will rotate to one of the three main dining rooms. This gives guests a chance to try multiple restaurants on board while having the same wait staff. Guests will receive their restaurant schedule and table number upon arrival at the cruise terminal through the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. Each evening, you'll be assigned one of the three restaurants but you'll stay at the same table number each night which makes it easy to remember where you're sitting! You'll also have the same tablemates and servers so you'll start to get familiar with everyone. It's not unheard for guests to build some r

Allure of the Seas - A Royal Caribbean Deal!

Allure of the Seas is an Oasis class ship by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.  She was due for a amplification in 2020, but that year was full of surprises so she was never fully updated.  However, we found ourselves still very satisfied without all the shiny new bells and whistles on the ship, and because she is missing some of those newer options, you can often find great deals on sailings on this ship. Let’s walk through what Allure of the Seas has to offer.  Staterooms  Your stateroom is your home base for your cruise vacation, so of course you want to make sure it's comfortable for your stay.  While there could have been a few more outlets in our cabin, everything else was just fine and met our needs.  Beds on Royal Caribbean are notoriously hard, but we didn't find them any less comfortable than on the newer ships.  Everything was clean and comfortable and there was plenty of storage for our needs. Dining One of my favorite cruise activities is eating of course!  We never fou