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Our advice on luxury Disney vacations is intended for travelers whose standards are set by luxury hotels and resorts.

Encore Resort At Reunion: Orlando Vacation Homes with Private Pools and Room Service

Encore Resort At Reunion: Orlando Vacation Homes with Private Pools and Room Service

Sometimes a hotel suite just doesn’t feel large enough. Sometimes you need bigger. Like a 6,000 square foot house.When Star Wars opens on August 29th, grab the whole squad. There's room.At Encore Resort, you can have it. Instead of condos or villas, everyone gets their own resort home and private pool.Encore Resort has developed a unique ...

The Disney Dream’s Best Splurges—from Mickey Cappuccinos to Castaway Cay Cabanas

The Disney Dream’s Best Splurges—from Mickey Cappuccinos to Castaway Cay Cabanas

While many of the experiences on a Disney Cruise ship are included in the cost of the voyage, many things are additional. Here's where your money will be well spent.Castaway Cay is Disney's private island beach stop in the Bahamas.The Disney Dream is often the maiden voyage for many on Disney Cruise Line. It departs from Port Canaveral, ...

The Disney Points Guide: How To Save at the Best Luxury Hotels in Orlando

The Disney Points Guide: How To Save at the Best Luxury Hotels in Orlando

Although Disney itself doesn’t have a loyalty program, there are ways to book free or discounted hotels to save thousands of dollars on a Disney World vacation.Everyone wants a sweet deal when planning a Disney vacation, no matter your budget. Hotel savings can mean more for special experiences like fireworks dessert parties or VIP tours.Disney enthusiasts get excited ...

Adventures By Disney: Everything You Need to Know

Adventures By Disney: Everything You Need to Know

Adventures by Disney The Disney Travel Company expanded beyond theme parks and cruise ships to offer their most exclusive travel brand yet. Adventures By Disney leads luxury family tours around the world.Why, might you ask, would you turn to Disney when considering a trip to Iceland, Japan, or Alaska? The luxury tour category was full enough, but Disney evaluated ...

Disney VIP Tours and Fast Passes, What You Need To Know: Cost, Perks, and Types

Disney VIP Tours and Fast Passes, What You Need To Know: Cost, Perks, and Types

It's not just about skipping lines.There are many ways to pay for more magic while visiting the Disney World parks.I had so many questions about hiring a VIP tour guide at Disney World— like how private tour companies differed from the official Disney tours,  when the services are worth it, and what is actually included.Here’s my best effort at ...

Disneyland Hotel Club Level: Celebrating Walt In Style

Disneyland Hotel Club Level: Celebrating Walt In Style

 For East Coasters who consider Disney World in Orlando their home park, a first trip to Disneyland is a special occasion.  The conventional wisdom is that staying on-site in Anaheim isn’t as important. Many off-site properties are walkable to the parks. But for Disney theme park enthusiasts like myself, a stay on property is worth it. Disneyland has three ...

Aulani, a Disney Resort that Speaks with Deep Messages

Aulani, a Disney Resort that Speaks with Deep Messages

Given that Mickey Mouse’s roots are in California, it’s no surprise where he chooses to spend his vacation: Hawaii.   Sunrise at Aulani In 2011, the Walt Disney Company opened its most ambitious resort not attached to a theme park. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa lies on the island of Oahu. Many may assume they know what to expect of ...

Disney’s Grand Floridian: Club Level or DVC Villas, Which is Better?

Disney’s Grand Floridian: Club Level or DVC Villas, Which is Better?

Considered Disney World's signature resort, The Grand Floridian has a lot of charm. But is it a luxury resort?The Grand Floridian Welcome The Cooler was a 2003 film starring William Macy, and he played a down-on-his-luck sad sack employed by casinos to loiter near the winning to turn their luck around. Disney World does the opposite of this casino practice.They ...

The Best Disney World Hotels

The Best Disney World Hotels

What are the best Disney World hotels? Orlando has so many hotel options, but here's a Disney resorts list of the absolute best.The Best Disney Hotels Reviewed For YouThe First Decision:Staying On Disney Property or off site (or both)?There are clear advantages to each choice, depending on your vacation style and budget. The best off site Disney World hotels ...

A Hong Kong Disneyland Guide: VIP Tours and Club Level Rooms

A Hong Kong Disneyland Guide: VIP Tours and Club Level Rooms

My eight-year-old is on a quest to see every Disney theme park in the world. We surprised him with a Disney Hong Kong vacation.   We've loved seeing the similarities and differences of the Disney parks in the United States, France, and Hong Kong.  Disney Hong Kong is a short ride from the Hong Kong International Airport, on the island of ...

The Cabins at Copper Creek, Disney Wilderness Lodge

The Cabins at Copper Creek, Disney Wilderness Lodge

The fenced in hot tub on the porch gives off a blue light at night, and the sounds of the fireworks and Electrical Water Pageant tell you that you have found a new way to experience magic, Copper Creek Disney style.The Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Wilderness Lodge Disney World is constantly evolving while still providing a timeless ...

The Must Do Guide for the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge and Theme Park

The Must Do Guide for the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge and Theme Park

To walk the lobby while hearing live drumming is transporting and a noble effort of Disney’s ability to carry us to faraway places.Animal Kingdom Lodge We finally had the pleasure of checking Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge off of our Disney resort list. We’ve long enjoyed the restaurants and grounds of Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Lake Buena Vista Fast ...

The Most Critical Disney Cruise Tips You Need to Know Before Booking

The Most Critical Disney Cruise Tips You Need to Know Before Booking

Just like the Disney parks, there's a lot to learn about Disney cruising. Sail your first time like a pro with these Disney cruise tips.  We just sailed our first Disney Cruise. Despite all of my advanced research and my ninja-like travel planning skills, there were many unknowns for me. I am a planner, and I want to walk ...

Four Seasons Orlando – 11 Reasons We Can’t Stay Away

Four Seasons Orlando – 11 Reasons We Can’t Stay Away

People ask me what has been the best hotel to feature since I launched Luxe Recess in 2014. I am not saying that the Four Seasons Orlando is my favorite, because that’s like saying I have a favorite child. Although the fact that we did just return from our sixth visit may mean our family has found its magical place.There's ...

The Disney Polynesian Resort Club Level

The Disney Polynesian Resort Club Level

In the end, our favorite aspects of staying at the Polynesian had nothing to do with being club levelThe front entrance of the Polynesian resort transports you to the South Pacific.Walking into the Disney Polynesian Resort you are instantly transported into vacation mode. Tropical music plays, palm trees dance gently, and a piña colada whispers your name from ...

Best Places to Eat at Disney World With Kids For Foodies

Best Places to Eat at Disney World With Kids For Foodies

Disney World restaurants are getting better all of the time The list of the best places to eat at Disney World grows all the time. The last three years have been exciting for foodies looking for a good meal in Disney World. The newest restaurants that have opened in the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs reflect current food trends ...

The Best Disney Springs Restaurants: Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Frontera Cocina, Morimoto Asia, and more

The Best Disney Springs Restaurants: Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Frontera Cocina, Morimoto Asia, and more

The Best Disney Springs Restaurants Disney World dining either delights or disappoints based on what city you call home. If you live in a major metropolitan area with access to great restaurants like Chicago, New York, San Francisco, or Washington DC, it's hard to get excited about dining at Disney World, particularly when the city of Orlando has such a ...

7 Disney World Planning Tips for the Overwhelmed

7 Disney World Planning Tips for the Overwhelmed

Tackling a Disney World vacation for the first time is daunting. Everyone has Disney World tips, just like they have pregnancy advice. But if you’re like me, you want to know whose advice you are taking. I am not a theme park addict, and I don't choose to do Disney World on a budget. But I care about quality and ...

Is the Disney Cruise Concierge Level Worth the Price?

Is the Disney Cruise Concierge Level Worth the Price?

Disney Cruise Concierge amenities might not seem like much. But during the cruise at every turn I felt like some invisible hand was guiding us to have the time of our lives. How a Disney Dream Suite delivered our best family vacation ever After taking a couple of Disney Cruises when our kids were younger I left feeling a little ...

Magic Village Resort: The Newest Luxury Condos Near Disney World

Magic Village Resort: The Newest Luxury Condos Near Disney World

Magic Village Resort is a newer Disney area villa option for the discriminating traveler, designed as a sophisticated option to convene, cook, and slumber. Magic Village is located just over a mile from Animal Kingdom Lodge. Extended family vacations are Disney World’s specialty. I see the families pass by sporting a dozen t-shirts in the same royal blue, adorned ...

The Omni Orlando at Championsgate: The Best Kept Secret Near Disney World

The Omni Orlando at Championsgate: The Best Kept Secret Near Disney World

The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate really surprised me. I would say not only surprised me, it impressed me. The Omni Orlando's new wave pool opened in the summer of 2017.I had few expectations checking into the Omni Orlando.I don't typically stay at many Omni properties, and I associate them with their historic mountain resorts like the Omni ...

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing The Best Disney Cruise Ship

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing The Best Disney Cruise Ship

Are you thinking about a Disney Cruise? I have struggled whether or not cruising was for us, and I have convinced my husband that we should try it.  We almost went once before, and I changed my mind at the last minute.I didn't think I would like Disney World either, so you just never know. (Thank you Disney World, ...

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Why are the Disney Yacht and Beach Club are two of the most favorite resorts for Disney regulars? We'll help you decide if its the right choice for your Disney vacation. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney Beach Club are inspired by historic seaside resorts; nautical and beach imagery is everywhere. Joined together and within walking distance to Epcot, they share many ...

Your Preschooler is Your Fastpass to Joy or How Disney thawed my Frozen Heart

Your Preschooler is Your Fastpass to Joy or How Disney thawed my Frozen Heart

When to take that Disney vacation At what age do you take your kids to Disney World for the first time? Don't wait until they are older. You'll get so much more from the trip if you can see the experience through a preschooler's undoubting eyes. Most of my friends don't go to Disney World, and they have no interest. They perceive chaos, crowds, and ...