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Disney Deciphered: a Disney World planning podcast

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Join Leslie from Trips with Tykes and Joe from asthejoeflies as we discuss how to save you money, time, and stress as you plan your Walt Disney World vacation. Visiting Disney is like visiting another country - we're here to help you understand the ins and outs of what to do, where to stay, what to eat, how to minimize your wait times for rides, Genie+ tricks, and a whole lot more!

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United States

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Join Leslie from Trips with Tykes and Joe from asthejoeflies as we discuss how to save you money, time, and stress as you plan your Walt Disney World vacation. Visiting Disney is like visiting another country - we're here to help you understand the ins and outs of what to do, where to stay, what to eat, how to minimize your wait times for rides, Genie+ tricks, and a whole lot more!

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English


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Ep. 330 - What We'll Miss About Genie+ (really)

7/17/2024
Goodbye Genie+ Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode before it’s obsolete! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description “We fear change” - Wayne Campbell With Lightning Lane Multipass (™) set to go live next week, Leslie and Joe discuss all the things they are going to miss about Genie+. While we’re excited for the new system, there are definitely aspects of Genie+ that we’re going to miss. Along the way we have some mild speculation about the new system and can’t stop ourselves from starting to theorycraft a little bit - we’re looking forward to trying it out! Are you going to miss Genie+ or is it a good riddance for you? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 4:48 - Not having a set plan 7:37 - Pricing (?) 8:49 - Sleeping in 9:41- Pricing 11:34 - Character meet and greets 14:53 - Lack of attraction tiers 18:44 - Day to day flexibility 21:46 - Afternoon stacking 23:06 - Understanding the system 24:31 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:30:11

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Ep. 329 - Are Disney's new DAS changes working? (w/ Becca Robins)

7/10/2024
DAS at WDW Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode before it’s obsolete! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Becca Robins from This Crazy Adventure Called Life returns to discuss her experience using DAS for her family at Walt Disney World. She ran into some problems but it ultimately worked out, but is that the case for everyone? Hear her personal experience and her thoughts on the new system overall and whether it’s adequately accommodating families who need it. How has your experience with the new DAS system been? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 2:51 - Changes to DAS (Disability Access Service) at the Disney parks 6:25 - DAS preapproval process 13:53 - Experience using DAS in the parks 24:07 - Is the new system adequate for those who need accommodations? 29:24 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:31:11

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Ep. 328 - Listener Questions! Best QS, Disney Changes We Want to See, and More!

7/3/2024
Listener Questions Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Listener questions! Our Patreon subscribers asked us a bunch of questions and we have a bunch of answers. What country would we love to see in World Showcase? What are our favorite rides? And what do we tell our kids about why we go to Disney all the time? All this and more in a fun episode! Any other questions for us? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 2:03 - What country do we want to see in World Showcase? 4:34 - Where do we start in Magic Kingdom? 6:27 - Best quick service restaurants? 8:45 - Our dream Adventures by Disney trips? 13:20 - Best non character breakfasts? 15:48 - Favorite rides by park? 21:00 - What could Disney announce that would get us most excited? 24:55 - Disney travel trends? 27:51 - What do you tell your kids when you go to Disney all the time? If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:32:41

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Ep. 327 - Fantasy Springs at Tokyo Disney Sea w/ Shawn Coomer

6/26/2024
Fantasy Springs Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Shawn Coomer from Miles to Memories and 20 Minute Travel visited the brand new Fantasy Springs expansion at Tokyo Disney Sea on opening day! We talk the new attractions, why the new land is better than anything that has happened Stateside for years, and his experience dealing with day one crowds. Plus, how to minimize your time in line and details that can’t be missed. Want to see some of Shawn’s video - check out the Youtube version! Are you excited about Fantasy Springs? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 4:08 - Fantasy Springs introduction and overview 11:02 - How to enter Fantasy Springs 15:23 - Fantasy Springs attractions 19:14 - Peter Pan’s Neverland Adventure 21:54 - Eating at Fantasy Springs 25:24 - Fantasy Springs Hotel 27:20 - Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Adventure 33:13 - What’s Disney’s best ride worldwide? 38:08 - Final Fantasy Springs tips 42:59 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:48:21

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Ep. 326 - Rides that Disney World Needs to Get Rid of

6/19/2024
Rides to get rid of Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Do you have rides at Disney that you just think need to go? In today’s episode, Joe and Leslie each pick a ride from each of the Walt Disney World theme parks that they think Disney should get rid of. We offer replacement ideas and our reasoning - and disagree a few times in the process. Just a fun summer episode of hypotheticals! Which Disney World attraction would you get rid of and what would you replace it with? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 3:27 - Magic Kingdom attractions that need replacing 10:43 - EPCOT attractions that need replacing 15:40 - Hollywood Studios attractions that need replacing 20:53 - Animal Kingdom attractions that need replacing 26:53 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:28:48

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Ep. 325 - Ride Guide: Mountains of Magic Kingdom

6/12/2024
MK Mountains Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description We’re back with a new ride guide! With Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opening up, Magic Kingdom will be back to three “mountain” rides - so we chat about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain. As always, what you need to know about the rides, who they are for, and our all important tier ratings! Plus, how to minimize your wait time. Do you prefer Space or Big Thunder? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 2:34 - Space Mountain background 4:29 - Space Mountain queue and ride run through 11:54 - Who is Space Mountain for/not for? 14:08 - Minimizing Space Mountain wait times and Genie+ strategies 17:27 - Space Mountain tier ranking 19:20 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad background 22:17 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad queue and ride run through 25:55 - Who is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for/not for? 27:36 - Minimizing Big Thunder Mountain Railroad wait times and Genie+ strategies 29:27 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad tier ranking 31:57 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:34:16

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Ep. 324 - Character Meet and Greets 101

6/5/2024
Character Meet and Greets Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Meeting Disney characters is a big part of the Walt Disney World experience. In today’s episode, we let you know the ins and outs of character meet and greets, including the ways to minimize your time and stress when you get those oh so important autographs. Plus, some thoughts on picture taking and why characters are an essential part of the Disney experience. Who are your favorite characters to meet? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 1:43 - What you need to know about character meet and greets 10:10 - Different ways to meet characters and where you can find them 18:35 - Tips for meeting the characters 25:10 - Character photo tips 32:39 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:34:49

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Ep. 323 - Disney VIP Tours 101

5/22/2024
VIP Tours 101 Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Disney VIP Tours! Disney’s private VIP guides are super expensive - are they worth the cost? We tell you everything you need to know about VIP tours, discuss tips for what to do before and during your VIP tour, and talk about the overall experience. Plus, how much to tip, special access, parade guides, and Joe’s VIP guide (who he loved!). We also discuss who a VIP tour might suit best. Have you ever done a VIP tour? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 1:59 - Disney VIP tour basics 4:48 - What’s included/not included in a Disney VIP tour 8:12 - How to book a Disney VIP tour 9:31 - How to prep for your VIP tour 18:56 - Extending your tour and tipping your VIP guide 22:35 - VIP tour tips 23:40 - Who does a VIP tour make sense for 27:14 - Joe’s VIP tour recap 35:08 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:36:41

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Ep. 322 - Tips for Doing Disney w/ a Big Group

5/15/2024
Disney w/ a Group Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description It can be tricky traveling with a big group to Walt Disney World! Joe shares his tips from his recent spring break trip with extended family - a group of 12 - not the biggest group but a big enough group to cause some trouble! We discuss tips on how to handle a big group and how to make sure everyone has a good time. Any tips for doing Disney with a big group? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 3:23 - Link friends and family 6:44 - Setting priorities 8:34 - Setting expectations 12:24 - Make park reservations if necessary 13:54 - How to book dining for a big group 15:51 - Ideas for touring 19:00 - Standby Skipper 21:23 - Taking it slow 23:18 - Paying for special group experiences 25:45 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:32:33

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Ep. 321 - Tokyo Disney Tips and Must Dos

5/8/2024
Tokyo Disney Tips Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description We close out our miniseries on Tokyo Disneyland Resort with Leslie’s top tips! What attractions do you need to prioritize? How do you make sense of all the different line skipping systems? Does rope drop work the same way? We look at all this and more on an episode that will have you looking at flights to Japan. Are we tempting you to visit Tokyo Disney? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 3:58 - Line skipping strategies and services 9:51 - Deciphering the different pay to skip the line options 15:43 - What to do after you enter the park 19:06 - Tokyo DisneySea must see attractions 25:24 - Tokyo DisneySea strategy 29:06 - Tokyo Disneyland must see attractions and strategy 36:41 - Crowds 38:03 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:40:41

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Ep. 320 - Is the Disney Wish Better than the Classic Disney Cruise Line Ships

5/1/2024
Disney Wish Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Joe finally sailed the Disney Wish! We discuss Disney Cruise Line’s soon to be second newest ship, with some tips about sailing Disney Cruise Line and some things that Joe thinks are better on the Disney Wish than on the classic ships. Plus - is it really that much more expensive to take a cruise than to visit Walt Disney World? Have you sailed the Disney Wish? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 5:52 - First impressions of the Disney Wish 7:21 - Driving to Port Canaveral 11:18 - Does the internet work now? 13:09 - Castaway Cay strategy 16:57 - Disney Wish pools 19:23 - The Wish’s different layout and design 22:05 - Quick service food 23:11 - The Grand Hall 24:03 - The Wish’s top notch entertainment 27:11 - A beautiful ship 29:28 - Is it worth it to sail on the Disney Wish for a three night cruise? 33:35 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:37:22

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Ep. 319 - How to Book a Trip to Tokyo Disney

4/24/2024
Planning Tokyo Disney Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Thinking about visiting Tokyo Disneyland Resort? Leslie and her family just visited over spring break and in this first Tokyo Disney focused episode Leslie shares everything she learned about booking a trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Where to stay, where to buy tickets, and most importantly - how to get those difficult dining reservations. Even if you’re not planning on going, the price might tempt you! Have any tips for planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 1:41 - Tokyo Disneyland Resort resources 3:13 - Tokyo Disneyland basics 9:34 - Booking tickets and hotels 24:53 - Booking dining 30:51 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:34:17

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Ep. 318 - 9 Tips to Help You Maximize the Disney Dining Plan

4/17/2024
Disney Dining Plan Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description The Disney Dining Plan is back! Famously, we are not the biggest fans at Disney Deciphered, but Joe recently bought the dining plan on his spring break trip to Disney World. He shares nine tips to help you maximize the dining plan and to make sure you are getting the most value (and not losing money) when purchasing the dining plan. Have you been buying the dining plan and getting value out of it? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 2:23 - Disney dining plan basics 7:29 - Come up with a plan 10:23 - The value of character meals 12:29 - Using the dining plan for a larger group 17:25 - Alcohol is included 18:40 - Make sure to use ALL of your allotments 19:31 - Avoid using the dining plan for Signature Dining or at least do the math 21:45 - Using kids’ quick service meals to pay for adult meals 22:47 - Eat your snacks! 24:13 - Don’t ignore out of pocket costs 27:56 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:32:33

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Ep. 317 - Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa Review

4/10/2024
Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description We tried a new Walt Disney World resort (for us) - Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa! We’ve never prioritized this resort just because it seems too far from the parks and we don’t love Disney Springs. Were we wrong? Is Saratoga Springs a great value for people looking for deluxe benefits? We talk about it all and discuss why you should or should not consider Saratoga Springs for your next Disney stay! Have you stayed at Saratoga Springs? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 2:49 - Saratoga Springs location and theming 9:27 - Transportation options 18:02 - Restaurants and food options 20:31 - Amenities and pools 21:56 - Pricing 24:50 - Why you should/should not stay at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa 29:07 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:32:35

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Ep. 316 - Ride Guide: Classic Fantasyland Attractions

4/3/2024
Ride Guide: Fantasyland Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description We’re back with a ride guide! It’s been awhile, but today we’re discussing two classic rides - Peter Pan’s Flight and It’s a Small World! Is Peter Pan worth the wait/Genie+ difficulties? Is It’s a Small World worth the earworm? We discuss all that and more! Do you have to ride Peter Pan or It’s a Small World when you visit? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 2:18 - Peter Pan background 3:51 - Queue and ride walkthrough 9:18 - Who is Peter Pan for/not for? 10:03 - Genie+ and touring strategies 12:19 - Peter Pan tier ranking 14:28 - It’s a Small World background 16:42 - Queue and ride walkthrough 20:16 - Who is It’s a Small World for/not for? 22:26 - Genie+ and touring strategies 24:52 - It’s a Small World tier ranking 26:08 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:28:26

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Ep. 315 - Best Places to Eat at Disneyland

3/27/2024

Duration:00:31:58

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Ep. 314 - Taking Disney Strategies to Regional Theme Parks

3/20/2024
Regional Theme Parks Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description How do regional theme parks like Cedar Point, Six Flags, and even Sea World stack up to Disney? What Disney strategies and skills transfer over - and how can you get the best value out of these “amusement parks”? We discuss all that and more for when you wish you were at Disney but end up at a different amusement park instead! What’s your favorite park outside of Disney and Universal? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 4:00 - Overview of other theme parks out there 6:33 - When to visit the other parks 7:54 - The value of season passes 12:51 - How to save on those expensive one day tickets 18:03 - Chaperones? 21:57 - Ride and touring strategies 29:59 - Food 31:28 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:33:11

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Ep. 313 - Should You Go to Disney World in 2024 or 2025?

3/13/2024
2024 or 2025? Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Walt Disney World put 2025 on sale months earlier than usual. What’s going on? What new offers has Disney added to entice people to book for next year. And most importantly - is it better to visit in 2024 or 2025? Spoiler alert, we think it’s a bit of a wash, but we discuss the pros and cons of this year or next, including price breakdowns, Genie+ rumors, and more! Are you thinking of visiting Walt Disney World in 2024 or 2025? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 3:12 - Ticket price increases 4:55 - Hotel price changes 9:50 - New waterpark benefit for on site guests 12:04 - Hotel cancellation policy and dining plan changes Would you rather 2024 or 2025 due to… 17:22 - Price 20:02 - Features and attractions 21:13 - Crowds 23:45 - Genie+ 27:04 - Age of children 30:04 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:33:58

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Ep. 312 - Early Entry and Rope Drop Strategy at Disneyland

3/6/2024
Disneyland Early Entry New! Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming with Leslie’s best tips for how to tackle early entry for Disneyland on site hotel guests and rope drop for everyone. What attractions should you start with and which should you avoid? What tough choices are you going to have to make at the start of your day? Leslie’s got the details for you! What do you do at early entry in Disneyland? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram now! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 2:56 - What is early entry and when is it? 7:06 - How to approach early entry generally 9:25 - Disneyland Park early entry strategy 17:25 - California Adventure early entry strategy 25:30 - Other things to consider 28:47 - Disney dos and don’ts If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies.

Duration:00:31:10

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Ep. 311 - What Does a Conversation with a Travel Agent Sound Like?

2/28/2024
Travel Agenting New! Find us on Youtube - please like and subscribe! If you’re planning to visit Disney World in 2024, definitely check out our Genie+ 101 episode! Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you, helping you get the best discount, at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Episode Description Leslie was sick and Joe was in Taiwan but luckily Joe had recorded a special crossover episode with the Milenomics podcast! Robert (Bob) Dwyer from Milenomics actually hosts the show - an episode where Joe talks to Disneyland regular Kelly about booking a Disneyland trip. If you’re curious what working with a travel agent looks and sounds like, this is pretty much it! Special thanks again to Bob for coming up with this idea - if we hadn’t recorded this we’d have had to skip a week - so it all worked out. What do you normally tell a Disneyland regular about Disney World? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Youtube page. You can also follow us on Instagram now! Episode Notes (all timestamps are approximate) 6:10 - Differences between Walt Disney World and Disneyland 9:57 - Kelly’s Disney background 12:54 - Discussing the split stay 21:09 - Would concierge be worth it in this case? 25:23 - Zeroing in on a hotel 31:43 - Walt Disney World planning timeline 34:02 - Thoughts about dining in Walt Disney World 37:13 - Next steps plus some random Disney thoughts 49:15 - Disney dos and don’ts (and epilogue) If we've helped you to plan your trip and you'd like to thank us we'd appreciate you considering a one time donation. Or if you'd like to receive bonus content, check out our Patreon page and our special subscriber only content! You can also support the show by buying tickets (if they're the best deal, of course) using our Undercover Tourist link or signing up for Mouse Dining through our link. If you like what you hear, please share and subscribe! Find us on iTunes,Spotify, TuneIn, PlayerFM, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts (please leave a positive review if you're enjoying the show), like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Connect with Leslie @TripsWithTykes on social media and Joe @asthejoeflies. BM

Duration:00:51:40