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How to plan your Walt Disney World holiday

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About to head south this winter to see Walt Disney World for the first time? This attraction is nothing like other amusement parks you’ve visited, so planning ahead of time is key if you hope to get the most out of your inaugural trip.

Here’s what you should keep in mind when planning your holiday to Walt Disney World…

1) Pre-buy your tickets on the internet

While your Walt Disney World holiday will be filled with joy, one of the least favourite experiences of this trip in years past has been the experience of waiting in line for entrance tickets.

This problem has been done away with in the present day, thanks to the internet. These days, it is possible to buy your Disney tickets online to avoid the queues that will leave you out underneath the punishing Florida sun for as long as an hour in peak season.

Take the time to order them beforehand, and avoid this giant time suck.

2) Accommodations: on-resort, or in Orlando?

The fact that Disney has a number of hotels on its property is another thing that you should consider when planning the logistics of your trip to Orlando.

While it is convenient to be situated within a stone’s throw from all the parks of Walt Disney World, it also costs more, and it isolates you from the attractions of Orlando.

Staying in the city is cheaper, exposes you to a wider variety of accommodation and dining options, and places you within easy reach of the city’s non-Disney amusement parks, but it is located a considerable distance from Disney’s location outside Orlando.

If you go the latter route, you will need to rent a car.

3) Consider purchasing a Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining Plan is another way that families can save money on food during their trip to Walt Disney World.

A scheme that allows them to pre-load a card with the amount of cash that they are willing to spend on meals, it also is crazy convenient, as you can pay your bill with the simple swipe of a card … no fumbling around with purses or wallets required.

4) Draw up a plan to tackle the various WDW parks

Walt Disney World is a place that should not be taken lightly. With six different parks on the property, each of which sprawl over a wide area and have multiple distinct sections, it is incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to see everything on your visit.

We recommend a minimum visit of four days, ideally a week. Read up in-depth on the various attractions that each park has to offer, draw up a list of the ones you want to see, and you’ll have a guide that will help you make the most of your first trip here.

Things to keep in mind when visiting Walt Disney World

There are many things to keep in mind when visiting Walt Disney World

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Making a trip to Walt Disney World is the dream of many families. While many travel here every year, some are more prepared than others.

In this article, we’ll share some things that you should keep in mind when visiting Walt Disney World.

1) Order tickets online to save time

Of all the experiences that people don’t look forward to at Walt Disney World, lining up to buy tickets has to be one of the worst.

Instead of spending time on rides and having your kids meet their favorite characters, you end up wasting it for upwards of an hour, just to purchase the right to pass through the gates.

Fortunately, you can get your tickets online to avoid queues these days, which will get you through the turnstiles quickly, giving your family the chance to make the most of their day in one of the happiest places on Earth.

2) There is a special Disney shuttle from the airport

Booked accommodations at one of the 27 hotels located on the grounds of Walt Disney World? If you have, you won’t have to worry about getting a rental car if you don’t want to get one, as there is a shuttle bus that runs from arrivals to the front doors of your hotel in Walt Disney World.

Not only will they transport you, but they’ll also take your baggage from the carousel all the way to your room if you arrange for it.

While there are a few of the 27 that don’t participate in the program, the majority of people staying at Disney World will benefit immensely from this service.

3) Leave plenty of time to experience all the parks

The number one mistake that people make when planning a holiday at Walt Disney World is that they fail to grasp how big the parks within its boundaries are.

The Magic Kingdom alone needs at least two full days in order to get properly appreciated, and then there are parks like EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon/Blizzard Beach).

If you want to see it all, try to book 1 ½ to 2 weeks for your trip here, as there will be a need to take a break day at some point.

If you can only do a week, be prepared to make sacrifices; if the kids complain about missing out on an attraction, promise them you’ll see it next time. Based on how amazing this destination is, it won’t be long before you’ll be back anyway.

Top cafes in Miami

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Looking for the top cafes in Miami on your next visit to Florida? This article will give you the lowdown on what we believe to be our favorites…

1) Panther Coffee

Located in the artsy neighborhood of Wynnwood north of downtown Miami, Panther Coffee has been gaining the adulation of critics for some time, and with that, coffee travelers in the know have been slowly but surely beating a path to their door.

Staffed with baristas that have been pouring java for decades, and with tables here filled up with the most diehard of cafe culture aficionados in the city, you’ll love it here if you are similarly serious about how you love your coffee.

Despite the avant garde nature of this place, prices are reasonable for the quality you’ll be getting here – it is unheard of to pay more than $5 for a cuppa at this neighborhood hotspot.

2) Cafe Demetrio

South of the downtown core in the affluent suburb of Coral Gables is another core of quality coffee shops, the best of which is Cafe Demetrio.

Unlike Panther, the scene here is open to all types – business people, artists, and young people all congregate here for their fix of caffeine, and all without a hint of pretension.

Regulars report that the quiche her is to die over, and the patio is the place to be on dry and warm winter days in Florida.

3) Versailles

Looking for a Latin twist on your daily coffee run? Heading over to Little Havana will take care of that, but it is in an establishment with a French name where you will find the finest java in the Cuban section of town.

At Versailles, you will find décor that may not be as palatial as you might expect, but the espressos are on point, making up for the letdown in the former department.

Those wishing to mingle with the locals will want to show up around 3 o’ clock, as this is when this portion of town grinds to a halt to take a coffee break every work day.

4) Eternity Coffee Roasters

Bringing their expertise from growing coffee in the highlands of Colombia to the streets of Downtown Miami, Chris Johnson and the Garces brothers know what beans create a flavor experience that has and will continue to have their customers coming back for more.

For this reason, stopping by Eternity Coffee Roasters will prove to be a great way to start or end your tour of attractions in the downtown area. Be sure to try the nitrogen infused cold brews … just don’t challenge the regs to a game of Scrabble afterward; you will lose.