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What You Should Know About The Walt Disney World Union Negotiations

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

What You Should Know About The Walt Disney World Union Negotiations

What you should know about the Walt Disney World union minimum wage negotiations as it relates to the bonus Disney announced on January 23rd, 2018. Before you get mad at Disney here is some perspective. Current Florida Minimum wage at time of article (2018) $8.25 USD per hour.  Disney is already $1.75 starting minimum wage. Thanks to Disney’s initiative to increase wages in 2014 it not only helped Disney Cast Members but it caused other Florida employers to raise their minimum wage including Universal Studios who followed Disney’s lead.  Keep in mind too that Universal and Sea World are not unionized like Disney World is. In 2016 the average starting Cast Member earned on average around $2 more per hour than other minimum wage positions in Florida. The last wage increase in 2014 averaged a 5% increase per year which is 2% higher than the U.S. national yearly wage increase.   Walt Disney World Union Contracts Timeline 2014 – Disney announced minimum wage increase from $8.03 to $10 by 2016 2014 – Disney World begins proposed wage increase with an initial wage increase in 2014 from $8.03 to $9.00 (which is $1.07 above Florida’s minimum wage in 2014) 2017 July – Union announces it will seek minimum wage to reach $15 an hour for Unionized Walt Disney World Cast Members 2017 August – These Union negotiations began 2017 December – In Early December 2017 the union rejected Disney’s offer of a 6% – 10% increase starting the first year an initial $0.50 increase. 2018 January – The $1,000 bonus was announced January 23rd, 2018.  How many unionized Cast Members are there at Walt Disney World?                 There are roughly between ~36,000 and ~38,000 Unionized Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort and Theme Parks in Orlando, Florida. When was the last Walt Disney World Contract Negotiated?  The current Walt Disney World union contract was negotiated in 2014 and is set to end in 2019 with renegotiations set to being September 2017. (Walt Disney World Union Contracts) When did negotiations for wage increases begin? Around July 2017 the Unions stated seeking Disney World union minimum wage pay to $15.  Negotiations were set to begin at the end of August 2017. Was it before or after the bonus was on the table?  The bonus was not in play until January 23rd, 2018. How much were they originally asking for at the beginning of all this?  The unions were originally looking for $15 an hour and are still looking for $15 an hour even after Disney’s first counter offer of a 6% – 10% increase beginning with an initial $0.50 increase. What are the wage increase on average in the U.S. and at Walt Disney World?                 On average the yearly increase for wages in the U.S. is around 3%.  A $0.50 increase would be a 5% increase for Disney Cast members which is above the national increase until you factor in that negotiations happen every 5 years.  The last negotiation happened in 2014 and Disney agreed to increase wages from $8.03 to $10 by 2016.  They immediately increased wages in 2014 from $8.03 to $9 which is a 12.45% increase.  Then by 2016 minimum wage went from $9 to $10 which is an 11.11% increase.  Since the deal was set to...

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Walt Disney World Price Increases for 2018 are Coming

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Theme Parks, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Walt Disney World Price Increases for 2018 are Coming

Every year since the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971 there have been price increases on tickets and merchandise.  No one likes paying more money but to expect Disney not to increase prices this year or any year would be foolish.  Prices hikes should be expected again this year. Currently, as of today February 6th, 2018 a 1 day 1 park ticket ranges from $99 on value days, $107 and normal days, to $119 for peak days.  These prices go down per day as you add days to your ticket. It is recommended that if you know when you are going to Disney this year that you buy your tickets ASAP as the price increase is expected to happen this month and maybe even this upcoming Sunday, February 11th, 2018. In the past, if you have a trip booked and are paying it off then your ticket prices will remain the same as the price when you originally booked your trip.  However, if you make any changes to your trip at all you could be subject to the new pricing so be aware of that.  The video below goes into better detail and explanation on that subject. CLICK HERE TO SEE A HISTORY OF WALT DISNEY WORLD PRICE...

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Best Themed Restaurants at Walt Disney World

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Best Themed Restaurants at Walt Disney World

There are more than 140 restaurants in Walt Disney World so choosing which ones to visit can be a difficult decision.  In this list, I am going to break down the best restaurants, in my opinion, by theme. I want to preface this by saying that if you wanted to go to Walt Disney World just to eat amazing food then you should definitely head over to Epcot.  Epcot has amazing options for dining for snacks, quick service, table service and even 2 Disney dining credit table service options.  Epcot has it all when it comes to food. The themes at the various restaurants at World Showcase are beautiful.  They really capture the essence of the country and make you feel like you have left Florida and are eating in France or Germany for example. There are many factors when choosing a restaurant at Walt Disney World but in this article, we are going to primarily focus on the theme. Olivia’s Café at Old Key West This table service is on my list because it is somewhat of a hidden gem.  It is located at the Old Key West Resort so you don’t need park entrance to eat here.  The thing I like best about Olivia’s Café theme is that it feels like the small restaurants I’ve eaten at around in the Florida Keys and gulf.  This restaurant feels like a true Florida oceanfront restaurant.  It feels like a restaurant that you could wear formal attire to or sandals with beach clothes. Pepper Market at Coronado Springs This quick service restaurant at Coronado Springs is hands down my favorite quick service restaurant at any of the resorts.  The theme is very fun and different from the other quick service restaurants you will find at the other resorts.  The pepper market is a Spanish themed indoor marketplace.  I feel like I’m in another place when I eat at the Pepper Market. Besides the theme being great the Pepper Market has an excellent selection of food from Spanish food to Pizza to BBQ Chicken.  They really have an excellent variety. T-Rex Restaurant at Disney Springs The T-Rex restaurant is a dinosaur themed restaurant and is much like the Rainforest café where not only is it decorated dinosaur themed but there are dinosaurs in the restaurant that come to life.  The theming in this restaurant is spectacular. You feel like you are eating in the middle of a prehistoric land and at any moment a dinosaur is going pop out.  There are storms and meteor events that you see and hear.  The dinosaurs roar and move.  There is a lot to look at in the T-Rex restaurant. As far as themed restaurants at Disney Springs go I have to say the T-Rex restaurant is the best there is.  They do have Rainforest Café at Disney Springs too but the T-Rex restaurant just so seems to have so much more detail to it and just feels massive that I like it much better. Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge For a unique themed eating experience, Boma is an excellent choice.  The atmosphere and theme of the restaurant are excellent but the theme of the food is what takes this restaurant to the next level.  Boma is a buffet and...

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Best Times to go to Walt Disney World in 2018

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Best Times to go to Walt Disney World in 2018

When is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Walt Disney World in 2018? If by “the best time of the year” you mean “when is it the least crowded at Walt Disney World?” then the following dates will almost guarantee you low crowds. Quick Glance Least and Best Times of 2018 Dates LEAST BUSIEST TIMES OF 2018 TO VISIT WALT DISNEY WORLD January 6th – February 9th April 9th – April 18th April 23rd – May 22nd August 25th – September 28 November 10th – November 16th November 16th – December 14th MOST BUSIEST TIMES OF 2018 TO VISIT WALT DISNEY WORLD March June – August December 21st – January 5th 2019 If I had to pick the 2 Best Times of the Year for 2018 Personally for the best 2 times of the year for 2018 I would choose somewhere between April 23rd – May 4th or November 5th – November 16th. I’m predicting that these 2 times of the year will be the best time to go to Walt Disney World with a mix of low crowds and terrfic weather. (The November dates are based on when the Food and Wine Festival ends. Since those dates have not been announced yet I’m making a best guess based on thinking the Food and Wine Festival will end on Sunday November 4th 2018.) Breakdown of Crowds at Walt Disney World for 2018 This list can be looked at either as the best or the worst time to go to Walt Disney World. During events Disney gets much busier than usual. Anytime there is an event or holiday even as small as a 3 day weekend you should expect to see a spike in crowds. Spring Break & Easter Crowds at Walt Disney World for March and April March at Walt Disney World is a month I generally recommend to avoid altogether. Besides spring break there are other non-Disney events in Florida that draw large crowds to the surrounding areas which seems to also have an impact on the crowds at Disney. I think there are many people who come down for those other events like Daytona Bike Week and decide that since they are so close they might as well spend some time at Walt Disney World too. This year it looks like the bulk of colleges will be done with their spring breaks by March 25th however there are still a handful of colleges that are on Spring Break until April 1st 2018. Being that Easter is April 1st you will have some leftover crowds the first week of April finishing out spring breaks and Easter Celebration vacationers. That following week after Easter I predict you will see a decent drop in crowds. Easter Sunday will be busy. The Monday after Easter, April 2nd 2018, you will see a slight drop in crowds in the parks due to people traveling home that day. Walt Disney World as a whole will likely be busy still though. Disney Springs will be busy as it seems to be a lot of people’s last Disney location to visit before they head to the airport. By Tuesday April 3rd 2018 I predict the crowds will be down enough that if you can’t wait any longer to visit Disney then that would...

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Sleeping Beauty Anniversary Release Date January 29th 1959

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Sleeping Beauty Anniversary Release Date January 29th 1959

Today in Disney History we celebrate the release of Sleeping Beauty Disney’s 3rd princess full length feature animation. Sleeping Beauty Release Date: January 29th 1959...

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Expedition Everest Area Music

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Expedition Everest Area Music

Sit back and enjoy the area music from Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This music is peaceful Asian music that will transport you back to the park wherever you are listening to it. Enjoy!

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What is a Bounce Back Offer from Walt Disney World?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Walt Disney World | 0 comments

What is a Bounce Back Offer from Walt Disney World?

Bounce Back Offers Bounce Back offers are offers from Disney given to guests while at Walt Disney World. For instance, you get to your resort for your Walt Disney World vacation and there is a pamphlet with your bounce back offer. It’s Disney’s way of trying to get you to come back to Walt Disney World sooner rather than later and they offer a pretty fair discount on these offers. The offers can be up to 30 to 35 percent off the regular price which is a pretty good deal for a Walt Disney World package. If you get to Disney World and don’t see a bounce back package offer in your room it doesn’t mean you don’t have one offered it just means they aren’t being pushy about it for whatever reason. You can always call and ask about it to see what your bounce back offer might be. If you aren’t already planning to go back to Disney given how expensive a trip can be even at 35% off it might not make any difference to you anyways. If you are planning to come back sooner than later then you might want to plan to look for the bounce back offer while on your trip and see if that can work and you will save a significant amount of money if you are planning to return to Disney sooner rather than later. Sometimes certain resorts don’t have bounce back offers over others. They really change based on what Disney wants to do so there is no sure way to guarantee the offer but it is something you can be on the lookout for. Check out this video explaining Bounce Back Offers from Walt Disney World Have you ever gotten a bounce back offer? Did you take advantage of it? Let us know in the comments...

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Dole Whips at Disney Springs

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Dining, Disney Springs, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

Dole Whips at Disney Springs

Did you know you can get Dole Whips at Disney Springs now? You can find Dole Whips at Marketplace Snacks at Disney Springs.  Marketplace Snacks is just across from the Marketplace Co-Op which is between Tren-D and Disney PhotoPass Studio.  It is a smaller location that looks more like a pop up quick service like locations at Epcot during the food and wine festival. BEST SNACKS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD I had no idea you could get Dole Whips at Disney Springs until my most recent trip.  While at Disney Springs I went to Marketplace Snacks to get an ice water.  I was waiting in line I noticed on the menu there were Pineapple soft-serve floats and I wondered if that’s like a Dole Whip.  I asked the Cast Member he said it IS Dole Whip.  I bought two of them right then and there. I was super happy because this was the last day of our trip and since it was a shorter trip we forgot to get a Dolewhip while we were at Magic Kingdom and the times we were at Polynesian was earlier and we didn’t think to get one.  Before this trip I had thought that you could only get Dole Whips at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. I’m happy to say there is a third place you can get the Pineapple Dole Whip which is the Marketplace Snacks location at Disney Springs.  Remember the menu says “Soft-Serve Floats, Pineapple” so make sure you look for that listing instead of Dole Whip.  It is the same thing just a different name.  If you get at all confused just ask a Cast Member. Do you know any other new locations you can get a Pineapple Dole whip?Let us know in the comments...

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