Author: Stephen

I'm Stephen Ashley. My wife and I are huge fans of Disney World. I'm the author of Walt Disney World With Disabilities. I also wrote a book called Walt Disney World Made Easy for Everyone, but rather than have it published, at this point we've decided to place all the material from the manuscript on this website so everyone can have access to it! I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it makes your day just a little bit brighter and easier.

By Katie Penn Temporarily during COVID changes, guests must use mobile ordering in order to dine in any park counter service restaurant. You must also pick a time window in which to get your food. You will be given 30 minute intervals to pick from. Want less time waiting in lines at Disney World? Try mobile ordering! Mobile ordering is a tool that Disney has added to make your life easier. It allows you to skip the long lines at selected quick service locations by ordering food in advance, using the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. It’s…

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By Sue Guindon First, we want to thank you for your service! Since 2009, Walt Disney World has offered significantly discounted theme park tickets and discounts at their resorts for eligible military members and their families. Prices and details have changed each year, but it is wonderful that Disney “salutes” those who serve, to help them experience the parks and resorts! There are other discounts as well, which we’ll cover here. This article includes info on:  Disney World Theme Park Ticket Discounts for Military Shades of Green Military Resort Discounts on all other Disney World Resorts Memory Maker Discounts for…

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Location: Adjacent to the Wide World of Sports Complex, near Caribbean Beach Resort, across from Pop Century Resort, and not far from Hollywood Studios. Address: 1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Phone: (407) 938-4000 Fax: (407) 938-4040. Parking fee: $15 per night. Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Resort Type: Value. This is the newest, and arguably the jewel in the crown of Disney value resorts. Open for business in 2012, it’s one of the two Disney resorts that have family suites in addition to some regular rooms. The other resort with family suites is Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Naturally as…

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By Katie Penn & Stephen Ashley It’s common sense that if you’re going to Disney frequently, an annual pass is a great idea. There are others who should really consider it as well. While the different levels of annual passes vary your access to the parks and vary your perks, they last throughout the year. Consider these two good reasons: Annual passes get you discounts. Sometimes big! You can participate in things that are only for annual pass members. TIP: Only one person needs to buy the Annual Pass to get discounts (and some perks) for your entire party. To…

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What is there for you to do with your young and/or small kids? Disney does not have minimum ages for kids to go on their rides, but they do have minimum heights for many rides. Still, there’s plenty for children to see and do at Disney World, even if they’re below the height requirements of some rides. We’ll list the rides and attractions with NO HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS that children can participate in. If you’re looking for height requirements check out Disney’s page with that info here.  In addition to what we list below, the Disney parks all have various forms…

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For those who can’t handle rough rides, physically challenging rides, or spinning rides, there’s still plenty to do at Disney World. Here are some options in all four of the Disney World parks that are considered more gentle and non-spinning. Meet and greets are not included, but of course all of those are considered gentle experiences. If we’ve left some rides off the lists below, that’s because there’s something about it that we think may be physically difficult for some people. For example, Tomrrowland Transit Authority (Peoplemover) looks gentle and most of the time it is, but the ride includes…

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Disney’s Pop Century Resort In-Depth Info for Everyone! Plus More for Those with Extra Challenges… Location: Adjacent to the Wide World of Sports Complex, next to Caribbean Beach Resort, across from Art of Animation, and not far from Hollywood Studios. Address: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Phone: (407) 938-4000 Fax: (407) 938-4040. Parking fee: $15 per night. Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Resort Type: Value. Pop Century is one of the more popular Disney Value Resorts. Built after the three All-Star resorts (All-Star Music, All-Star Movies, All-Star Sports), Pop Century opened at the end of 2003. Built by…

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Are you considering staying at a Disney World value resort? That can be a great decision. We get plenty of feedback from our readers saying they loved the experience. Many of them go back over and over. And why not! You get a full Disney experience with all the perks, at their most affordable rates. The value resorts include: All-Star Music All-Star Sports All-Star Movies Pop Century Art of Animation It’s important to realize that value resorts at Disney World can be noisy. The value resorts are highly favored by families with young children, and perhaps more importantly, by teenage…

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Disney World is in a constant state of change and the Disney World resorts are no exception. Personally I love that Disney keeps everything clean, modern and in great condition, and as a frequent visitor, I think it’s fun when they add something new. But… it’s important to know what’s going on when you’re deciding on what hotel to book. And sometimes you’ve made your reservation already, and Disney surprises you! It happens all the time. You’ve booked your resort, only to get a notice from Disney that there’s construction or renovation going on. Or you arrive at your resort and…

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Costs vary for parking at Disney World in the resorts, parks and Disney Springs, and there are exceptions to the rules for most of the fees. Here’s all you need to know. Disney World Resort Parking Fees The cost per night is: Value Resorts: $15 per night Moderate Resorts: $20 per night Deluxe Resorts: $25 per night Resort Valet Parking: Only available at the Deluxe resorts and villas, valet parking is $33 per night. It’s free to guests with valid disability placards. You can visit Disney’s website page on parking here. Free resort parking – There are guests who are…

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Coffee lovers rejoice! There’s a new convenience at Disney World, and we’ll tell you how to use it! Now not only can you hang around Disney Springs and enjoy the shopping and entertainment, now you can have your coffee delivered to you while you do it! You must be on the Marketplace side of Disney Springs to have your order delivered. Personally I think it would be ideal to have coffee delivered to me while I’m watching one of the many concerts that take place around Disney Springs each evening. It can get chilly during the winter and a hot…

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Disney allows guests to bring their dogs to four of it’s resorts. While service animals were always permitted, Disney is allowing pets that are not service qualified in four of their resorts. There will be approximately 250 dog-friendly rooms in those resorts. This will be an option for those who don’t want to leave their pet friends behind. (See the Allergy Alert below).  This may also be a great solution for visitors with emotional support dogs. While service dogs can stay in any Disney resort, emotional support dogs do not qualify because they are not covered by the Americans With…

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From Our Friend Autumn Barnes, Travel Agent Intro from Stephen Ashley: I recently wrote an article called Riding Out Hurricanes at Walt Disney World, and our friend Autumn Barnes wrote a follow-up post on facebook. It was full of some great tips, so we asked her permission to include it on our site. (If you haven’t read my original article yet, be sure to check it out here. It’s full of info that is not on this page.) Here are Autumn’s tips, and if you need a travel agent, check out her agency at Pirate & Mermaid Vacations. Autumn’s Tips for Riding Out…

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What happens if there’s a hurricane while you’re at Disney World? Florida hurricane season runs from the beginning of June through the end of November. If you’re planning a trip to Disney World during that time, there’s always a chance a hurricane can impact your trip. If your trip is approaching and you see a hurricane brewing, or you find yourself in Orlando when a hurricane is coming, you’ll be asking some questions that I’ll be addressing in this article: If you haven’t left for your trip yet, should you cancel your trip? If you haven’t left for your trip…

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Is this man a musical genius? Or does he have too much time on his hands? Either way he’s clearly a Star Wars fan. Watch as he plays the play Darth Vader’s “Imperial March” theme from Star Wars using only a coffee stirrer. He’s speaking Russian by the way. Watch the video below: Join our facebook group!!!! Ask any questions, share your knowledge and just enjoy getting to know other Disney fanatics in our FACEBOOK GROUP: Walt Disney World Made Easy for Everyone. Also: Like our FACEBOOK DISNEY NEWS PAGE too for breaking Disney news. Also join me on Pinterest here. GET UPDATES, NEWS…

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