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What do you do when you wish you were at Disney World and you’re not? It’s a real problem, folks. I usually hit Pinterest and spend some time perusing what’s new, or thinking about future trip plans. My husband, who is a major gigantic ‘Dis-nerd’ does far more.
He listens to theme park music and podcasts, reads trip reports and watches videos of people we don’t know on their Disney trips (they’re actually travel vloggers, but my way of describing it is way funnier). Whether you’re like me and just want a few good review sites to check out, or want to jump in with both feet like Greg, we’ve gotcha covered.
The Frugal South … I love Leah’s Disney posts. She reviews resorts, compares options, gives dining tips and more. She offers some helpful ways to save money and get the most value for your trip.
The Delightful Life … I am really taken by how thorough Jennifer is. (A personal pet peeve of mine is to go to a site looking for real information and getting a generic list that makes me say, “duh”. You won’t find that here). Jennifer is also a part of a Disney ‘Blogorail’ group, so you will find lots of links to other Disney articles here.
Disney Food Blog … All things Disney food. Restaurants, Food & Wine Festival, the dining plan, snacks, drinks, what’s new. Yum.
When I asked Greg to share his favorite sites with me, here’s what I got:
These are my three go to sites for news. The last one, MiceChat (used to be called MiceAge), is one of the earliest Disney websites, and has lots of opinion pieces, as well as insider scoops on what is coming or happening behind the scenes. It is more Disneyland focused, while the first two are more WDW focused.
This next one covers both parks, and has really good forums to answer all your Disney parks questions, and has a lot of good Trip Reports.
This one has really good forums.
All Ears was a great resource, too, when we were homeschooling Disney, especially when looking at the countries in Epcot’s World Showcase.
Oh, one last one. This is the one with the really good photographer that just has excellent overall trip planning info.
Disney Tourist Blog
I have to agree with Greg’s assessment of this site. I’ve visited this one a lot to read reviews of resorts and really like his perspective.
Podcasts & Vlogs
This podcast features a very plugged in guy (Jim Hill), who has fantastic stories of attractions that were never built and why, decisions that went into existing attractions, and rumors of upcoming projects, which he is usually right on.
The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish with Jim Hill.
This podcast has become one of our standby favorites for road trips. Love the history and behind the scenes info.
This podcast started as just walking through Disneyland primarily to give a feel of the sounds of the parks. It has evolved to be a lot more now.
A Window to the Magic.
These are the British ladies who visit parks. They have guests on as well to talk about all things Disney.
The Disney Dream Girls
(OK, it has to be said here: we love a British accent around our house. It might even be true that once at Epcot my husband recorded the cast members in the UK Pavilion just talking to each other in the store. Maybe.)
The first vlog I like is called Gillian at Home, starring Gillian (and her sister usually). It isn’t just Disney, as they travel to other places as well, but it is often Disney. They are both Canadian, and very funny.
Gillian at Home
My all time fave is See Ya Reel Soon, starring Joe and Ashley. Right now, they are on either temporary or permanent hiatus due to baby on board (they haven’t made up their minds yet). They have dozens of videos that they released weekly for the last 2 years or so. They just take you along during their adventures in the park, and clearly love all things Disney and have a ball at the parks.
See Ya Reel Soon
Theme Park Soundtracks
If you want to feel like you’re in the park, there may be no better way than surrounding yourself with the sounds of Disney.
Funny story, in looking for the above link, I just asked my husband “Where do you listen to the Disney parks music?” My son, from the other room called out, “Alone”. 🙂 It’s true that while we’re all big Disney fans, Greg is kind of a super fan.
Whether you’re a super fan, an aspiring super fan, or just want to add a touch of Disney to your day…I hope you’ve found something valuable here.
And if you’re planning a trip anytime soon, especially if it’s with someone who is on the fence, be sure to check out these tips!
Do you have a favorite Disney site?