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Mike Belobradic, Disney Travel Expert: As a longtime luxury Disney traveler, I have strong opinions on all aspects of upscale Disney travel, which I am happy to share. My opinions are based on a lifetime of regular Disney travel experience. My expertise is different than those who are local to each resort and who visit and write about the parks from that perspective. That is different than the advice required by Disney travelers. If you are looking for an opinion or Deluxe Disney Resorts, Disney Vacation Club (DVC), Disney dining and so on, please feel free to contact me.
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If you are planning a Disney vacation and have a question, feel free to reach out. I am always happy to offer my opinions to fellow Disney travelers. Please do not answer specific fact-based questions. That type of information is available on the various Disney websites or through your travel agent if you use one. However, if you are wondering what I think about a certain resort, a restaurant, this versus that, or a single aspect of your Disney vacation plans, I am happy to weigh in on those types of questions.
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My opinions are my own. They are not definitive answers: they are my opinions. So please take them as such. You may choose to ignore them, or go with the advice of some other source and that is perfectly fine. If you’re like me, you’ll seek out the opinions and input of many sources before making a decision for yourself. Consider my input as another source in that regard.
One very important thing that I can guarantee, however, is that I have no ulterior motives behind my responses. I am not a travel agent who is trying to sell you on something and I have nothing to gain by responding a certain way or trying to steer you in a certain direction. I am very opinionated, and that is probably why you’re here.
My opinions are:
- Based on 50 years of first-hand experience.
I do not work for the Walt Disney Company, I do not work for a travel agency and I am unencumbered by any third party whatsoever. So you can rest assured that my opinions are my own. They are based on extensive Disney travel experience — 100+ upscale vacations to Walt Disney World alone since the resort first opened.
My responses to you here are the same responses that I would give to my best friends and colleagues. So if you’re looking for additional input or perspective on a Disney travel topic, please feel free to ask away using the form below.
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Please Note: While I do my best to answer all questions that I receive, I cannot always give individual responses. Responses may come in many forms: a direct reply to your inquiry, a blog post on the subject, or answers posted to your question on this page (I’ll do a consolidated response for questions that I receive frequently). So please feel free to browse the Disney travel questions and answers below to see if I have already offered my opinion on a given Disney travel topic.
Recent Questions Answered
Q. “Is it worth it to book club level (Contemporary Resort, Beach Club, and Polynesian) when you usually spend most of your day at the parks? We usually don’t eat enough for the Disney Dining Plan and find it restricts our freedom during the day at a park if we know we need to be at a table service reservation at a certain time, but would consider Club Level for breakfast and snacks. We’ve only stayed at Beach Club Club Level and honestly don’t think we got much out of it because we were at the parks.”
A. The “is it worth it” question is always tough to answer because it is usually a very subjective decision for each traveler. If you didn’t get much out of Club Level for your family at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, then it might not be any different for you at any other resort. We enjoy Club Level for the overall experience, lounge area, food/drinks/snacks, concierges and so on. Like you, we do not partake in the Disney Dining Plan. With that said, the Club Level lounges at the three monorail loop resorts are generally larger and superior to the Beach Club lounge.
If it is only the food part that you are looking as an option to the dining plan, then as an alternative it may be worth your while to make a grocery stop on the way to your resort to stock up on breakfast items that you can keep in the mini fridge in your room (assuming you’re at a Deluxe Resort). You can’t make toast, but you could get milk, cereal, bagels with cream cheese, snacks etc. Don’t forget paper plates and cutlery (you could bring from home).
I hope that helps a bit with your decision making.
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Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Blogger and Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist