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This site was founded mid-2011 by Tom Bricker (I’m not the fighter pilot pictured above) for one purpose and one purpose only: to surpass Google as king of the internet. Sadly, this day has not come (yet), but it has been a good ride, nonetheless!

In addition to that goal, we formed this site as a place to assemble our thoughts, photos, and opinions about Disney. Our true goal with DisneyTouristBlog, above all else, is to present a fun website that can provide information and entertainment to like-minded Disney fans and tourists similar to ourselves. While we take seriously being objective and critical, it is important to note that this blog is for fun, and we are undoubtedly biased towards Disney. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t visit the Disney parks so regularly or have a blog devoted to the subject.

While this blog is completely unofficial and unaffiliated with The Walt Disney Company, it should be noted that Disney is a client of Tom’s for contract photography. You should weigh the opinions presented here accordingly. Read more about the various bribes, kickbacks, hush money, potential conflicts of interest, and blood diamonds we receive on our marketing disclosure page. We think that despite all that junk, this site presents a fairly frank and candid assessment of all things Disney. You will seldom find things described with meaningless fluff words like “magical” here, and this blog most certainly is not “sprinkled with pixie dust.” We are real people trying to offer real advice based on our actual experiences visiting the Disney theme parks.

Since we first opened the doors on DisneyTouristBlog, we have been honored and humbled at the response to our website. We’ve seen a strong surge in readership, growing from 2 readers (our moms!) back in mid-2011 to over 11 readers today (our dog and cat count, right?). We’ve also seen a precipitous increase in hate mail, and the undeniable highlight of the site’s history is when we were attacked by robot walruses. That last part hasn’t actually happened yet, but we fully expect it to occur in the year 2055. Here’s where most websites would feature some reader testimonial quotes showcasing how great we are. Unfortunately, we could only find two such quotes that weren’t laced with vulgarity:

“Wow, this site rules.” -Tom

“Cool site, dude.” -Thomas

As you can plainly see, our “fans” love us.

As for the future of DisneyTouristBlog.com? Well, there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow (and robot walrus) shining at the end of every day!

About Us

We make the trek to Walt Disney World and Disneyland multiple times per year, and also regularly Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resort. (Next stop, Shanghai Disneyland!) While experiencing attractions matters to us, we approach trips from a more laid back perspective since we’ve been so many times. We enjoy the art of the Disney theme parks, fine dining, and the exceptional ambiance that makes Disney theme parks so much more than just simple amusement parks or kiddie parks. In contrast to our relaxed touring style during the day, we stay up until ridiculous hours at night so Tom can photograph the parks and resorts. Tom usually gets right back up for sunrise and more photos. Yes, a bit crazy and obsessive about Disney photography, indeed.

By the way, all photos on this blog are by me (Tom). If you’re interested in purchasing Disney photo prints for your office or restroom, check out some recommendations and tips I have (and where you can just download my photos for free).

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77 Responses to “About”

  1. Keri Dowsett says:

    Please sign me up to the newsletter, thank you

  2. Amanda Z. says:

    Awesome site! I thoroughly enjoyed reading many of your posts tonight. We are preparing to our first family of 3 adventure to Disney World this November, and you provided us with some helpful information to employ on our trip.
    Also, I have always love the 50’s Primetime Cafe, and can’t wait to take our 3 year old there.
    Keep up the great writing and love your photography as well.
    -Amanda Z.

  3. Ashton says:

    WOW! I honestly can say that this is the most interesting blog I’ve ever read. Love that it’s coming from a young couple’s point of view, which is what I’m looking for. Also, the photography is awesome and it really makes me want to buy a nicer camera before my next trip so my pictures wont be so non-creative! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your stories!

  4. Caryn M says:

    Loooove your site & pictures. This site is one of my favorites to visit & get my “Disney fix” until my next visit. Thank you!!!

    Caryn M
    Rosedale, Indiana

  5. Tom Bricker says:

    Hopefully, I can do the name justice as I am at WDW for the weekend.

  6. Hi Tom & Sarah! I stumbled across your blog while my fiance and I started planning our October 2013 Disney World honeymoon. I was so happy to see that you and Sarah are Valpo grads! Us too! (class of 2011). Small world. We love Disney so much and your blog has been so helpful in our planning (especially choosing restaurants). We can’t wait for October!

  7. Rod Wheaton says:

    Hi Tom,

    Love the blog! I stumbled across it while researching an article I’m writing for Celebrations Magazine. I’m a Disney Geek, too, and proud of it! I loved hearing you did your honeymoon at WDW, we did ours there too (but it was 22 years ago) and stayed at the (then) brand new Dolphin…I read about your excitement at going to Disneyland for the first time ( I think you said 2010?) and totally related. I went for the first time in ’02, and as many times as I’ve been to WDW it was still cool to walk where Walt started it all. Anyway, I know I’m rambling here, but I wanted to say I’m glad I found your blog and look forward to reading more in the future!

    Rod Wheaton

    PS–if you go for any running events, I know several bloggers going for the Wine and Dine half. It would be cool to do some kind of blogger meet-up!

  8. Jamie Tatham says:

    Hi guys,

    I am so happy I found your site, I absolutely love reading your trip reports and looking at all your wonderful pcitures. My partner and I are heading to Disney World in November this year (2013) for our first trip. We live in Australia and it will be the first time for both of us travelling to the US :)

    We were both very excited and booked our trip in May, then would you beleive, not even two weeks later we found out we are expecting our first child. I will be seven and a half months when we get there and although our trip will not be what we originally thought it would be we are still looking forward to it so much :)

    I was wondering if you had any good suggestions for things to do as I won’t be able to go on to many of the rides?

    Thanks for all the information :)

  9. Andy Nixon says:

    Hey Tom and Sarah,

    We can honestly say that your site is ‘the’ goto site for everything WDW…. The hours you put into your site, the quality of the edititorial, the PHOTO’s!!, the enthusiasm are second to … None! I’m sure that Disney couldn’t do much better than to pay you to publish your blog and photos directly, however your enthusiasm, honesty (and integrity) shine through in your posts…. So I guess this is a thanks, and a request to please keep it up for those of us who are over the pond and can’t visit as often as you can!)

    (Btw did you ever visit “The Chapel” when you were near Edgware Road in London? :-) ..)

  10. Hannah says:

    when you two have kids to take to Disney- it will be a whole new world!!!

  11. Charleigh Clark says:

    Hey there Tom & Sarah!
    My husband and I are going to WDW this December for our honeymoon. This might be an odd question, any tips on how to be an adult, couple, in Disney without kids & still have fun? Its an odd question to ask and phrase. Sorry if I sound like a dummy.

  12. Shelby says:

    This has become my favorite website!! My husband and I didn’t get a honeymoon when we were first married, and are finally taking one this November to WDW!! I am an avid Disney fan, always have been. I’m going wondering the same thing as the above comment, do you have any tips for an adults only/honeymoon trip? (We will be staying offsite.) Keep the greatness coming, I have become engrossed in your site!!

  13. Dani says:

    I absolutely adore reading your blog. My fiance and I are going to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon next October and I’m not sure how I will cram in all the things we want to do in just 2 weeks. Keep up the great work!!!

  14. Hi guys, just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed checking out your blog the last couple weeks. You have so much great information here and have already given me a bunch of great ideas for our next family trip.
    We have gone to WDW every Fall since 2007 and have been lucky enough to experience either the Hallowe’en party or the Christmas party each year. We are a running family as well, and we are doing our first Disney run next weekend (Tower of Terror) and it will also be our first trip without the kids…very exciting stuff :) We will be heading back in November for a surprise trip with the kids as well and are planning on doing your Christmas Resort Tour the day of the Party…what a great idea!
    We even get to head back to WDW in January as we’re going to be doing the WDW Marathon weekend…my wife Michelle and our friend Rhoda are going to run the Half Marathon while I’m getting Goofy and doing the Half and the Full Marathon the following day.
    Thanks again for a great site…I’ll be checking in often for new tips and ideas, as well as to follow you guys on your adventures.
    Cheers to your great big beautiful tomorrows!

  15. Jaimee says:

    You guys rock! My husband and I are also huge lovers of everything Disney and of course Disneytouristblog. We don’t get to visit as often as you as we are some 6520+ miles away, so we kinda live vicariously through you :) Keep up the super awesome awesome work! Jaimee and Ben from New Zealand.

  16. Ryan Spruce says:

    I just found your site & as a fellow Disney Dork I cannot believe I hadn’t found it sooner! I absolutely love it. You have a regular reader, & new imaginary BFF. :)

  17. Pam Carver says:

    Really enjoy your blog and tips! I have a question about extra magic hours. We’re staying on Disney property for a week, but may try to stay longer and may have to stay offsite the rest of the time. If we have 10+ day tickets for the park, do you think we can still use EMH after leaving Disney property. Last year when we stayed on Disney property, we had to show our Disney passes before being permitted on rides during EMH. So, for this trip, if we have a few more days to spend after leaving Disney property, do you still think we can show our passes during EMH? I sure hope my question makes sense! Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated!

  18. Kimberley says:

    Hi Tom and Sarah. Just wanted to say how much I love your site. I keep coming back to it as a reference when making Disney decisions, as I adore the writing style, honesty and humour the site provides. Of course, the fantastic photos speak for themselves.

    My friend and I are in the process of organising a holiday this coming September (which is gigantic for us as we are travellng from Australia). We are tremendously excited, as when we went to Disney World in 2012, we made a promise to ensure we would get back there again. This time we are doing Disneyland, Universal and Disney World in the one trip over two and a half weeks (and on my oart, doing as much Diasy duck spotting as possible!) Since there is so much to think about with the planning, I will be on this site very regularly.

    Thank you so much for bringing the online Disney magic to us!

    • Kimberley says:

      Whoops – I meant Daisy Duck spotting! The merchandise for her is even rarer.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the kind words–that sounds like some cross-country trip. Have fun and good luck with the Daisy Duck merchandise. I can’t say I’ve seen much, but I’m never really looking. (Although I do know one of our friends got a Daisy Duck cape from Tokyo Disneyland!)

  19. Amber Dana says:

    Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago when we decided to plan our long awaited first trip to WDW (this October) and I started researching. I’ve been here every day since! Your posts are so informative and fun to read–THANK YOU for sharing your wealth of Disney information! It is incredibly helpful for a first-time planner like me. (PS: Your photos are gorgeous!)

  20. Gabby says:

    i love your website and cannot help but read every post you share on facebook, and thanks to you we are probably going to visit WDW for the fourth time in 6 years (we honeymooned there as well and it was our first trip tp WDW.)
    I’m just curious, as I read your comments on each post, why are there so many lousy jokes about kids?

  21. Chloe says:

    I am traveling to Disney at the end of February (one month from today) with my two grandson’s 6 and 3. I am getting overwhelmed with all there is to see and do and don’t want to miss a thing, I know that is a little (a lot) unrealistic. We just want to get the best experience. Also, what are the best times and places to see parades? Thank you for your thoughts. Chloe

  22. Laura says:

    GREAT website Tom & Sarah!!! I am a Florida Resident and I WISH I could go to WDW as much as the two of you do. I try to go at least once or twice every year. This year, we have a week long trip planned in June. Trying out POFQ for the 1st time (have stayed at POP, POR, CBR & ASMu in the past) and I am beyond excited! I have already booked a 2nd trip for the year this Labor Day weekend to hit up BOTH water parks. We are staying at AoA for the 1st time as well, VERY happy to check it out FINALLY. I love reading all the reviews, suggestions and comments from you and your readers. Keep up the good work and let me know if you ever need me to make a quick trip down to the “World” during a special event for some insight, lol!!!!!!!

  23. Dommac says:

    Tom, you are a cutie, I love this site and thank you both for the great info. Planning a vacation is sooo fun!

  24. YORCH C. says:

    hello tom and sarah! as a disney crazy fan i just want to say that I absolutely love your blog,(since a year ago) I have to go on it, maybe twice a day in case I missed something the first time..i know.. stalker would be the proper english word!..( i’m from mexico, “Yorch” is how “George” sounds in spanish,my name is Jorge).. I was once a cast member and I agree 99% of the time about what you’re saying.. and for the things i haven’t experience yet, I can tell you that i trust you 99% of the time , 99% of your reviews.. the other 1% I leave it to my imagination… my fiancee is a disney fan too .. i have to make her that way :) …well my dear friend.. thanks for making people forget about the sadness , hunger, war and lack of love that is happening nowadays in our crazy planet.. and also for making me dream about our next visits to this magical place…

    • Tom Bricker says:

      You agree with us 99% of the time??? We don’t even agree with each other that much! 😉 Seriously though, thank you got the very kind words. Glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  25. Cindy says:

    I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been enjoying it every day since! We’re traveling cross-country in July for our first visit to Disneyland and we can’t wait. We’ve been to WDW at least 10 times and love it there but we’re excited to see Disneyland and what it all has to offer. Thanks for sharing your experiences, suggestions, comments, etc.

  26. Charlie J says:

    Hello Tom!
    Thank you guys for putting up this blog. It was really helpful in planning our family vacation for me, my sister (12) and parents. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at WDW. The reviews on this site were spot on!

    Please keep this updated!


  27. Kayla says:

    Hello! I believe my husband and I have found our disney vacations role model couple…that’s a tongue twister and not sure if it makes scenes. We (like you) are huge Disney fans, long story shot we became bf/gf, fiancé’s, and soon to be *Mr. & Mrs. At Disneyland ( *We actually eloped but are having our wedding there in 2015) for our Elopemoon? We’re going to Walt Disney World + Disney Cruise for the first time and I been taking notes from your trip reports. For our actual wedding honeymoon we plan on doing a “Asia Disney Tour” visiting Hong Kong/ Shanghai/ Tokyo Disneyland early 2016. I enjoy your posts and the fun adventures you and your wife go on, it’s truly inspiring. Thanks DVRMC

  28. Tammi says:

    I love your posts as I love all things Disney. Most of my family and friends just doesn’t get it (they’re obviously a strange, deranged bunch). Reading your posts and everyone’s comments makes my Disney obsession seem much more normal and I realize I am not alone in my love of all things Disney. My first trip to any place Disney was to WDW for my honeymoon in 1992. I was 21 years old and fell in love with Disney. Unfortunately the marriage didn’t work out, but I still have WDW and have passed the love of it on to my daughter. Thankfully she appreciates the obsession!

  29. Jacquelyn says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve noticed a recent enormous spike in traffic to my family blog. Most days I average 10 visitors, the past few days I’ve had around 500. I’m not complaining. It seems I can attribute this to your blog, but I can’t figure out which article is linking to our site. The entry portal seems to be our 2013 trip to Kyoto: http://pillspress.blogspot.com/2013/06/kyoto-japan.html

    Can you share with me where you are using it? I’ll link back to you. Maybe a few of my 10 loyal readers will check you out, too.

    I’m hoping for a trip to Disneyland Paris in the next few years. I’ll be checking our site for tips. Wish I knew about it before we went to Tokyo Disney. We had a great time, but it would have been better following your tps.

  30. Sara says:

    Hi guys! Just found your website about a week ago and I’m really enjoying it! Thanks for all the reliable information and for staying positive about Disney in general.

    I do have a very random question. I’m a huge Disneyland fan and have visited many times over the years, usually two or three times each year. On these trips I’ve been able to meet Mary Poppins and Burt a few times. They always seem to be walking. On a couple occasions I’ve seen them sign autographs while walking, barely pausing mid-step for a photo. Maybe you know, is this because (as a nanny) Mary Poppins’ character is too busy to stop, or because of something boring like scheduling? If you have any tips for characters in the parks in general I’d love to hear them!

    Loved your article about myths especially, and also the info on DisneySea as I’ll probably never have the chance to visit but love to hear about it. Thanks!

  31. Jason says:

    I have enjoyed the information from your website as I plan my trip. I was wondering if you could offer any guidance. I purchased my park tickets through undercover tourist. I was unaware that I had to buy tickets through tDisney in order to purchase a dining plan. Is there any way that you know of that Disney will work with me? I booked all dining reservations and we are staying at The Floridian. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

  32. HM says:

    Hi Tim,

    What a great Blog.

    After reading your post on Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide and those great photos that you had taken really inspire me. Just wonder how possible to arrange access to the park before opening hours?

  33. Molly says:

    I LOVE your blog!

    We seem to have had similar childhoods and classic Disney memories. I have been going yearly to WDW since I was born in the late 1970s (my parents started goin to WDW when it opened in 1971). I vividly remember being at EPCOT for opening and have some commemorative items I’m sure are worth some cash (but the sentimental value is worth more).

    When I married we honeymooned at WDW Contemporary Resort, unfortunately we stayed in the wing that is no more and now Bay Lake Tower. My husband had never been to WDW and needless to say he was hooked.

    We became DVC members in 2007. We have been to Disneyland Paris and Disneyland. Looking forward to visiting the rest!

    We are hardcore WDW fans. Disneyland was nice but not “home” for us. I absolutely love your blog for your take on the things we love. When you get nostalgic for classic WDW days (as your blog today about the Norway ride being transformed into a Frozen attraction) I feel your pain and envision my childhood and pre-Eisner days. I watched it change as I grew up and miss the old days.

    You have excellent suggestions and even though I consider myself very knowledgeable I learn a few things and love your take on virtually everything!! I look forward to your articles. I wish you owned a business and were hiring Disney experts!! This would be my dream job!

    I hope one day to run into you and your lovely wife in WDW!

  34. Cassie says:

    First, thank you so, so much for putting so much time and effort into this website. It has been an invaluable resource is helping to plan our upcoming disney vacation.
    Second, of course, a question. I was hoping you could recommend one viewing spot where we could see Main Street electrical parade, celebrate the magic, and wishes without moving around. We have 2 small children and moving them between those things would probably just be too much. I am sure you get tons of questions so thank you so much for your time.

  35. Ashlee says:

    Thank you so much for all of your information. It’s just what we were looking for. How to do Disney, adult only style :-)

  36. Matt says:

    I really enjoy your site. I just got back from an 8 night stay at the grand. First time with a real camera, although an entry level d3100. Was wondering if it would be worth it upgrading to the d5200. My “best” lens is a 50mm 1.8 but it was pretty tight on dark rides and I couldn’t figure out the right shutter speed. Any advise would be appreciated.

  37. ruth morehart says:

    Thanks Tom and Sarah! I love that you are not too serious. I read a lot of sites and people can get “heavy” about topics and take the fun out of Disney! I “get” your wry sense of humor, maybe cause it’s a lot like my family’s weird sense of humor:) I have enjoyed reading the blogs a lot and love hearing from a young couples point of view. I’m gramma-age, but love everything Disney too. We get down there once a year and wish we could visit more often! keep up the great work and include us “seniors” in your viewpoints from time to time!

  38. Nicole says:

    Hello, I have a very specific situation. I have 5 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. My parents are taking me, hubby and kids to Disney during Christmas. My son is autistic (he is higher functioning), but still {both kids} are DEFINITELY a handful. My son will be difficult to manage. My parents are INSISTING we go during Christmas, and they want me to make the hotel arrangements, etc.

    My parents are elderly and recently got into a (almost fatal) roll-over car accident, so I do understand their perspective(s) on the importance of doing this for us at Christmas. Because of these unique circumstances that I have to consider, I would prefer to have my parents in the same suite/room(s) with us. What resort hotel would you recommend? I was thinking of one the Family Suites at the Art of Animation. I am looking for ‘spacious’ and things to do within the hotel as I know I will need some personal/”private” time to rest and “regroup”.

    Also, what 2 parks would you recommend?

    Regarding the fireworks, the sounds will be a bit too much for him. He can handle them (and love them!!!) provided we are not DIRECTLY under the fireworks display. Any suggestions as to where we could go to see them? I would prefer being outside to see the fireworks. (I do plan on bringing noise cancellation earphones for my little boy.) I am an avid scrapbooker and photography enthusiast, so I would love the photo op moments!

    I am leaning towards Magic Kingdom and Epcot as I do think my son can handle Epcot and/or will be “interested”/engaged.

    Lastly, are there any special services to assist me with the lines? Someone suggested getting a Fast Pass. I am a Florida resident as well. Thank you in advance.

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  40. Kat says:

    Love this blog! It’s a little different than anything else out there. It’s definitely my new favorite Disney site, and the photography is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your Disney experiences with us.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the kind words…although I’m not sure whether the words “a little different” are actually kind! 😉

  41. Nastassia says:

    I don’t typically leave comments, but I just wanted to say two things: one, this blog is wonderful. Your articles are great, and your photography is just wonderful.

    I stumbled across your blog earlier this week while planning our December 2014 trip, and I have already found so much useful advice – not just for planning our trip, but for my amateur photography, as well. We live in Florida and were gifted an annual pass (it’s a little our of our price range sadly), so we are hoping to make the most of it with a few more-than-usual Disney trips this year, and your blog is now my go-to site for all our upcoming trips!

    Two, you’ve inspired me and made me jealous all at once. My husband and I would love nothing more than to travel, and get paid to do it. A farfetched dream, but the dream nonetheless. You seem to have achieved that dream, thus the jealousy! 😉

    As I said, I’m still learning the ins and outs of photography, and I only have a Sony Nex 7 with the kit lens, so I’m rather limited. But I’m reading everything I can, putting what I’ve learned to use with the Sony, and saving. Your blog makes me hope that dream can be attained one day.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m sure you’ve found the photography posts by now, but reading through them is a great place to start. The Sony NEX 7 is a very capable camera! :)

      • Nastassia says:

        Your photography posts have DEFINITELY given me some great pointers! I’m really looking forward to shooting with the NEX 7 this December after reading your advice, and I’m hoping to buy Understanding Exposure very soon! You’re right, the NEX 7 is a very capable little camera, and after reading your posts I realized I’m more limited by the kit lens than anything else. But I think it will make for great training wheels until I can upgrade 😉

        Thanks for the advice and inspiration!

  42. Amanda says:

    Hello Tom,
    I have been following your blog for a couple years now. I love it!! Great work! I was wondering if you would be willing to give me some advice about the Grand Californian? We are going to try to pull off the whole surprise trip for the kids in Feb. I am going to book 4 nights at the GC (our 1st time, we normally stay at PPier). However, this time instead of taking the early flight from Colorado and powering through the whole first day, we are flying in a day early, hanging out at the hotel and Downtown Disney, then starting at the parks bright and early the next morning. Brings me to my question…since we will actually be spending time at the hotel, we are debating whether or not a room with a view is worth the extra $. Or is there another option to view the park from a common area at the hotel? If the views of the countyard are nice enough and we can just take the kids to a balcony or something, maybe that’s a better route. ??? Just though you might have a good opinion. Thanks so much!!!

  43. Amanda says:

    Hello Tom,
    I have been following your blog for a couple years now. I love it!! Great work! I was wondering if you would be willing to give me some advice about the Grand Californian? We are going to try to pull off the whole surprise trip for the kids in Feb. I am going to book 4 nights at the GC (our 1st time, we normally stay at PPier). However, this time instead of taking the early flight from Colorado and powering through the whole first day, we are flying in a day early, hanging out at the hotel and Downtown Disney, then starting at the parks bright and early the next morning. Brings me to my question…since we will actually be spending time at the hotel, we are debating whether or not a room with a view is worth the extra $. Or is there another option to view the park from a common area at the hotel? If the views of the countyard are nice enough and we can just take the kids to a balcony or something, maybe that’s a better route. ??? Just though you might have a good opinion. Thanks so much!!!

  44. Lynne says:

    Hi Tom,

    I recently came across your site planning a trip for myself and my two boys in October of this year and have found it extremely useful. I do, however, have a question. My plan is to plan and buy as much as possible on line ahead of time to take away the worry of having pay for things on the day including the Dining Plan. However, seeing as my boys will be 10 and 12 when we go, I would be obliged to buy three adult dining plans. Knowing that American meals are normally pretty large I don’t think it would be logical for the boys to eat adult meals. My question is, if we have the MagicWristbands and Disney knows we’re three adults, can I pay for children’s meals on the day or will I be forced to pay for adult meals? It may sound like a silly question but knowing the answer will determine dining plan or not.

    Thanks in advance for your help,


    • Tom Bricker says:

      If you purchase the Dining Plan, you will have to buy it for adults. If you purchase meals out of pocket as you go, you can buy kids meals.

  45. Raul says:

    Hello Tom!!!

    I’ve written yourself and Sarah an email asking some questions about things. Im here on deployment and heading to DisneyWorld March20-April 2nd for my honeymoon!! i was wondering if you guys could help with some planning and just which direction to go with how many days to spend in a park. i’ve now been researching but i know you guys have been so many times! :)

  46. Kassie says:

    Hi, Tom and Sarah! I read your blog religiously. Your reviews are so helpful for planning trips! Thank you!

    I do have a question, though. My fiance and I have booked our honeymoon at WDW after our wedding in September. The problem is that I have recently lost my job, and am desperately looking for ways to still have the honeymoon of my dreams on a budget. I have heard from another site that you have advice for purchasing vacation club points? I was wondering how exactly that works, and if it’s even possible for us. Any advice you could give would be so very appreciated. I’m only getting married once, and I want to have the honeymoon I’ve always dreamed of… or at least something close.

  47. Kellie says:

    Hey, Tom and Sarah!

    Just wanted to express how much I love your site and your style of writing! Most of your suggestions are spot on, but can’t wait to see how some of the suggestions change when you have kids! Our family went to WDW in October 2014; hubby (first time), me, 7 year-old boy (first time), and 1.5 year-old girl (first time). I spent literally hundreds of hours doing research and even had a “Kellie’s Kickin’ Ride Guide’ binder (ok, I’m kind of a dork)! We decide on the dining plan and stayed at Pop Century! My husband and I both felt that it was the first vacation that we didn’t want to go home from.

    Now, to save the money and plan another WDW vacation! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your hints and tips!


    • Tom Bricker says:

      “Kellie’s Kickin’ Ride Guide’ binder” ha…with a sense of humor like that, it’s no surprise you like this site! 😉 (I don’t know if that’s insulting you, me, or both!)

      Regardless, thanks for the kind words!

  48. Kevin says:

    Hi Sarah & Tom,
    I am an avid Disney fan and visitor, but my interest has always been primarily in the parks (minimizing wait times, maximizing good times). We are frequent repeat patrons of French Quarter, spicing it up occasionally with a Riverside stay here and there. We just joined the Vacation Club (or DVC now that we are cool kids) and I realized just how little I knew about most of the resorts. We have never even seen most of them, so your blog has been both informative and entertaining. We have settled on Beach Club for our upcoming family trip which will require lots of pool time. Now I am thinking about Wilderness Lodge this Christmas. I look forward to revisiting your site for inspiration down the road. Keep up the good work! Kevin

  49. Sheila says:

    I love what I’ve seen with your blog! Is there a forum for asking questions? I’m trying to find out if Disney World would be decorated for Christmas for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on November 7th. I realize that’s early, but I’ve seen some pictures from past races that appear to include some holiday decorations. I just got back from the Star Wars Half Marthon at Disneyland and it was awesome!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Sorry, there’s no forum. The Magic Kingdom will have some Christmas decorations up then, but the other parks will not.

  50. Bobbie says:

    Love your blog — THANK YOU so many useful tips, tricks and information. Keep it up. I’m a fan of yours.

  51. Chris says:

    Love your blog, site, and photos! Keep up the great work! Hope to one day see you at the park!

  52. Lisa says:

    Hi Tom…I found your site and I’ve been on it all day. We plan on going to Disney World Dec16-27 of this year, 2015….with our autistic 9 year old daughter. Do you happen to know if they have any arrangments for the lines at any of the theme parks or at Universal (I’ve heard this in the past)….any other things you suggest for special need kids?
    Also, you and Sarah almost look like brother and sister….I mean that in a good way, you two are a very cute couple!


  53. amy says:

    Hi Tom! Wasn’t sure if you are familiar with the Philadelphia Flower Show – the largest & oldest in the nation. This year’s theme is Disney!!! So excited to go and view the spectacular displays, BTW…the Phila. Flower Show is a photographer’s dream!

  54. Stinkerbell says:

    Thank you…I am so glad we found this…we are finding it quite confusing to plan our trip in October….Dates 10 11 12 13 14…are the attractions open late for the guests staying for the MNSSHP? Or are they closed during the parade and then open late after the parade? Sound confusing? ugh

  55. rorosen says:

    Tom, We just saw Cinderella and it was magnificent! I have been indifferent to the Magic Kingdom’s castle but next time we visit I will gaze at it with great affection. I hope you two were also rapt all throughout the visual and emotional feast of this film. Restorative on many levels,..

  56. wenders says:

    Hi! I’m going back to WDW for my second ever trip in July, and your blog (and Sarah’s what to wear page) is invaluable. We’re packing a Yankee Candle Sun & Sand plug in, too. While all the hints and tips are so helpful, it’s the robot walruses comment that elevates you two to expert status in my mind. Funny and helpful? Nice job. :)

  57. BT says:

    Informative stuff!! Thanks!

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