327 episodes

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!

Disney Deciphered: a Disney World planning podcast Leslie Harvey and Joe Cheung

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 305 Ratings

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!

    Ep. 323 - Disney VIP Tours 101

    Ep. 323 - Disney VIP Tours 101

    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.
     

    • 36 min
    Tips for Doing Disney w/ a Big Group

    Tips for Doing Disney w/ a Big Group

    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.
     

    • 32 min
    Tokyo Disney Tips and Must Dos

    Tokyo Disney Tips and Must Dos

    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.
     

    • 40 min
    Is the Disney Wish Better than the Classic Disney Cruise Line Ships

    Is the Disney Wish Better than the Classic Disney Cruise Line Ships

    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.

    • 37 min
    How to Book a Trip to Tokyo Disney

    How to Book a Trip to Tokyo Disney

    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.
     

    • 34 min
    9 Tips to Help You Maximize the Disney Dining Plan

    9 Tips to Help You Maximize the Disney Dining Plan

    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.
     

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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305 Ratings

305 Ratings

Angry Shopper who Can't Shop ,

Great show!

Love it 😄

Kimp.All ,

So helpful in preparing for Disney!

My husband and I spontaneously decided to book a WDW trip a little over a month from our departure date because of an airline deal. I messaged a Disney planner, but she took too long to get back to me, so we just booked a hotel and character meal ourselves. I haven’t been to WDW since 2003 and know ALOT has changed. With this podcast, I feel incredibly prepared planning the trip on our own! I’m actually glad we didn’t book further out because I’m completely obsessed with listening to all the old episodes and finding it hard to focus on anything else! Great job!

Ceta5 ,

So helpful to learn before a trip

My family recently took our first trip to Disneyworld and I crammed planning into the last few weeks by listening to this pod. It was so helpful, and our trip was so much better and less stressful thanks to their tips and guidance. Thank you so much!

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