Top 10 Archive

Top 10 Restaurants for Free Dining

Free Dining is now available for Summer 2019, which means it’s time to start making Advance Dining Reservations for popular Walt Disney World restaurants now. Seriously, it’s essential. This post covers tips for making the best ADRs to get the most bang for your buck (so to speak) out of Free Dining. The Free Disney Dining Plan at

Tom’s Top 7: Disney World Ride Upgrade Wish List

Walt Disney World is in the midst of an unprecedented amount of construction and expansion ahead of its 50th Anniversary. It’s rumored that this milestone will feature a ’50 Things for the 50th Anniversary’ celebration, with a mix of new and improved offerings comprising those offerings. This makes a lot of sense. Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary

Tom’s Top 7: Backstories at Disney World

Nothing at Walt Disney Word is “just a ride.” Backstories exist for every attraction, land, restaurant, and hotel. They provide framework and context for the Imagineered details, and a good backstory can add another layer to the visual storytelling. In this post, I’ll list my favorite backstories at Walt Disney World. In actuality, my feelings

Top 10 Disney World Scents

Why do I start humming Soarin’s score when peeling an orange? Why does a peculiar smell of ‘burning wood’ put a smile on my face? What makes shampoo remind me of Disney? Am I just an obsessed lunatic?! (Note: to that question, probably. I felt compelled to update this post in 2018 with a couple

Top 10 Bars at Disney World

Walt Disney World has dozens of bars & lounges in the parks and hotels where you can go to relax and unwind the good ole fashioned way: with alcohol, the cause of…and solution to…all of life’s problems! In this post, we share our favorite bars at Walt Disney World. (Last updated June 21, 2018.) This

Tom’s Top 7: EPCOT GOATs

The EPCOT Center of the mid-1980s through mid-1990s is my favorite theme park of all-time. As much as I praise Tokyo DisneySea (and consider it the modern analogue), I would take the EPCOT of my youth any day if I could choose. Part of that is the prospect of revisiting childhood nostalgia. Another part is

Tom’s Top 7: Audio Animatronics at Disney World

I’d describe myself as an old school Walt Disney World fan. I far prefer slow-moving dark rides to quick thrills, I love original theme park creations but am fairly ambivalent towards film IP, and I’m not particularly keen on screen-based technology. When you combine all of that, it amounts to me enjoying long, methodical attractions