250 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 • 238 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!

    What We're Thankful for in 2022

    What We're Thankful for in 2022

    Thankful for Disney in 2022
    Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Bookings for the Disney Wish are open if you are interested in sailing on Disney Cruise Line's latest ship!
    Episode Description
    We start a new tradition - giving thanks for six things Disney related in 2022. Hope you have a lovely and restful holiday with your loved ones if you're in the States: Happy Thanksgiving!
    What are you thankful for in 2022? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Instagram now!
    Episode Notes
    6 things we're thankful for in 2022 - and we recorded before the leadership change! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
    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.

    • 20 min
    Ride Guide: Rock 'n' Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror

    Ride Guide: Rock 'n' Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror

    Rock 'n' Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror
    Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Bookings for the Disney Wish are open if you are interested in sailing on Disney Cruise Line's latest ship!
    Episode Description
    We continue our ride guide series with a trip to Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios. We talk about Aerosmith in Rock 'n' Rollercoaster and the Twilight Zone themed Tower of Terror. Thrill junkies, this one's for you. Plus, of course, we let you know what you need to know about the attractions before you ride and how to save time in line doing it!
    What do you think of the thrill rides on Sunset Boulevard? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Instagram now!
    Episode Notes
    2:49 - Rock 'n' Rollercoaster background and basics
    3:38 - Walkthrough: queue and ride
    8:04 - Who is Rock 'n' Rollercoaster for and who is it not for?
    10:27 - Touring and line strategies
    11:52 - Rock 'n' Rollercoaster tier ranking
    13:52 - Tower of Terror background and premise
    17:58 - Walkthrough: queue and ride
    22:08 - Who is Tower of Terror for and who is it not for?
    22:44 - Tower of Terror touring and line strategies
    25:27 - Tower of Terror tier rankings
    26:44 - 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.

    • 28 min
    Will Kids Enjoy the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser? (Trip Report)

    Will Kids Enjoy the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser? (Trip Report)

    Kids Experience on the Galactic Starcruiser
    Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Bookings for the Disney Wish are open if you are interested in sailing on Disney Cruise Line's latest ship!
    Episode Description
    Listener Nick joins to discuss his kids' experience on a recent sailing of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser. We discuss the kids experience and whether they had the time of their lives (they did). Find out how to prepare your kids for the trip and how to make the most of their experience! (Mild spoilers)
    Would you take kids on the Galactic Starcruiser? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Instagram now!
    Episode Notes
    3:28 - Family makeup and Star Wars background
    7:54 - Dressing up for the cruise
    11:42 - First impressions
    14:27 - Were there a lot of kids on the cruise?
    18:56 - Kids experience with food
    25:39 - Merch
    27:33 - How the kids interfaced with the story (mild spoilers)
    39:11 - Worth a return voyage?
    46:37 - 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.

    • 50 min
    Disney Date Ideas

    Disney Date Ideas

    Disney Date Ideas
    Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Bookings for the Disney Wish are open if you are interested in sailing on Disney Cruise Line's latest ship!
    Episode Description
    Looking for some date ideas if you're visiting Disney World with someone special or just getting away from the kids for a bit? We've got the episode for you - chatting about restaurants to try, cruises to take, and a whole lot more!
    What do you enjoy doing on Disney dates? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Instagram now!
    Episode Notes
    1:56 -  Babysitting: Kids Nite Out, Nanny-Land
    5:26 - Typical date-like options at Disney
    6:21 - Park touring dates
    8:28 - Behind the scenes tours
    10:21 - Dining options at Disney World
    14:13 - Dining options at Disneyland
    16:05 - Bar crawls
    20:17 - Fireworks at Disneyland
    23:16 - Fireworks at Disney World
    26:40 - 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.

    • 28 min
    Is Disney's Aulani Worth Visiting Now?

    Is Disney's Aulani Worth Visiting Now?

    Is Disney Aulani for you?
    Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Bookings for the Disney Wish are open if you are interested in sailing on Disney Cruise Line's latest ship!
    Episode Description
    Disney's Aulani is almost fully operational - so naturally we want to know whether it's worth visiting now (because the prices are definitely back to normal!) Luckily Leslie visited recently so we hear about her experiences with everything that has reopened and discuss whether Aulani is worth the price. Of course, the answer is "it depends" but hopefully this episode will help you decide whether it's worth it for you and your family right now.
    Do you find Aulani to be worth the money right now? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Instagram now!
    Episode Notes
    1:52 - Leslie's previous Aulani experiences
    6:45 - What's back at Aulani and what is still missing
    10:09 - Characters are back to normal: what that means for you and your family
    14:16 - Current housekeeping practices
    16:07 - Dining options including the reopening of Ama Ama and Leslie's experience there
    25:12 - Aunty's Beach House: needs improvements right now
    29:51 - Other things to note
    34:41 - Notes about crowds
    36:56 - Should you visit Aulani right now?
    40:48 - 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.

    • 42 min
    Disney Updates Genie+ (again) and other news

    Disney Updates Genie+ (again) and other news

    Disney Genie+ Price Increase
    Looking to plan a Disney World or Disneyland vacation? Let Joe do all the hard work for you at no cost to you as your travel agent. Get started by e-mailing josephcheung@travelmation.net today! Bookings for the Disney Wish are open if you are interested in sailing on Disney Cruise Line's latest ship!
    Episode Description
    To the surprise of no one, Disney has increased the prices on many products - including Genie+. It's enough of a change to affect your upcoming vacations, so we cover what Disney has changed - including news about when more things might be coming back.
    Are you frustrated by the price increase of Genie+ or is it necessary to thin the herd in the Lightning Lanes? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Instagram now!
    Episode Notes
    2:30 - MagicBand+ coming to Disneyland: dates announced
    6:12 - Ticket price increases on both coasts
    11:26 - Fantasmic return date: sort of
    12:21 - Genie+ price increases and changes: what does it mean for your vacation?
    28:07 - Other random price increases
    30:41 - 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

4.9 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

NessTem ,

Helpful Tips!

Headed to Disney for the first time and enjoyed hearing honest information on Genie Plus and Lightening Lane. Thank you!

Schmash ,

Thank you!

Thank you for all the tips and info. We are planning a fall trip. It has been a few years since we went and it sounds like a lot has changed (magical express, early/late hours, Genie+) and I feel better prepared by all you have done.

Beeswave ,

A MUST listen before your next visit

I can not thank this team enough for the wonderful tips shared! If you are visiting Disney, you MUST listen weekly and dig into some older episodes. Joe and Leslie are easy to listen to and the show is packed with must knows to have an easy vacation. We got all the genie+’s we wanted without problem and even snagged TWO boarding groups in the week for guardians. Don’t worry - I’ll keep listening as I save for our next trip!

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