242 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 • 235 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!

    Oogie Boogie Bash and Leslie's Recent Disneyland Trip

    Oogie Boogie Bash and Leslie's Recent Disneyland Trip

    Disneyland in October
    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
    Leslie was back in Disneyland recently and had a packed trip - Oogie Boogie Bash, meetups, rope drops, and a whole lot more. Tune in to hear why Genie+ still is amazing at Disneyland and all the things she managed to get done in just a few short days!
    Also - if you haven't yet, consider joining Leslie's Disneyland with Kids and Disney World with Kids Facebook groups!
    Have questions for Leslie about Disneyland? 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
    1:53 - The Disneyland with Kids Facebook group (and Disney World!)
    3:59 - Oogie Boogie Bash
    12:42 - Rope dropping Disneyland
    22:45 - Taking it "easy" at California Adventure
    33:13 - Final Disneyland takeaways
    37:46 - 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.

    • 39 min
    Disney Math: How Spending at Disney Causes More Spending at Disney

    Disney Math: How Spending at Disney Causes More Spending at Disney

    Disney Math
    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
    Ever fall victim to Disney math? Ever notice that spending money at Disney makes it easy to spend more money? In today's episode we discuss how Disney math can sneak up on you and cause you to spend more than you want - and chat about what you can do about it.
    Have you ever fallen victim to Disney math? 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 - What is Disney math?
    3:42 - Simple examples
    5:51 - Time is money at Disney
    7:38 - Simple ways to buy your time back
    11:19 - Disney math in action when planning a trip (with numbers)
    18:12 - An example of how things can get expensive quickly
    19:03 - How to avoid falling victim to spending more because of Disney math
    21:20 - More tips to overcome Disney math
    28:48 - 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.

    • 31 min
    Disney Parks News from D23: What's New and What's Coming?

    Disney Parks News from D23: What's New and What's Coming?

    D23 Parks News (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
    D23 dropped a lot of announcements, but did we learn anything? Leslie and Joe react live to the newest Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line announcements and speculate about what the future will look like in the Disney theme parks.
    What did you think of the D23 announcements? 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
    3:21 - Happily Ever After...returning?
    4:50 - Hatbox ghost coming to Magic Kingdom
    6:49 - A super late Tron opening date
    9:43 - RIP Harmonious?
    11:12 - Figment!
    12:03 - Moana: Journey of Water updates
    13:03 - The lack of solid Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios news
    14:23 - Disney's bizarre "Blue Sky" presentation including ideas for Moana, Zootopia, Coco, Encanto, and Villains
    26:37 - Disneyland Resort updates
    28:10 - Disney Cruise Line updates
    32:20 - 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
    Ride Guide: Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise

    Ride Guide: Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise

    Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise
    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 Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. We learn how to pronounce "Caribbean" on Pirates of the Caribbean and find out why Jungle Cruise factors into Leslie's retirement plans. 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 headliner attractions in Adventureland? 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
    2:18 - Adventureland background
    4:35 - Pirates of the Caribbean premise and basics
    5:28 - Walkthrough: queue and ride
    11:29 - Who is Pirates of the Caribbean for and who is it not for?
    13:28 - Touring and line strategies
    15:25 - Pirates of the Caribbean tier ranking
    18:06 - Jungle Cruise background and premise
    19:46 - Walkthrough: queue and ride
    24:14 - Who is Jungle Cruise for and who is it not for?
    25:13 - Jungle Cruise touring and line strategies
    27:32 - Jungle Cruise tier rankings
    29:19 - 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.

    • 31 min
    Joe's Cruise to Alaska on the Disney Wonder

    Joe's Cruise to Alaska on the Disney Wonder

    Alaska on the Disney Wonder
    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
    Joe finally takes his cruise with his family to Alaska on the Disney Wonder! We chat highs and lows and why Disney Cruise Line really is much more relaxing than a trip to the parks. If you're interested in learning more about Disney Cruise Line, check out Episode 233!
    Have you visited Alaska? 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
    2:35 - Basics of trip
    5:37 - Why DCL is more relaxing than Disney World and Disneyland
    11:01 - Seeing wildlife
    14:15 - Dining experiences
    18:04 - Palo, the adult only restaurant
    19:35 - Beautiful Alaska views
    22:21 - Excursions
    27:19 - Our experience with our staterooms
    28:20 - Enjoying Disney Cruise entertainment
    29:13 - The DCL app
    34:46 - Was the ship rocky?
    36:41 - 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.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 236 - Disneyland Paris Trip Report

    Ep. 236 - Disneyland Paris Trip Report

    Disneyland Paris 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
    Leslie visited Disneyland Paris and had a great time! We talk about her trip and what Disneyland Paris does better and does worse than the US parks. Bring drones to the US, you cowards!
    Have you been to Disneyland Paris? What has been your experience? 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
    2:08 - Basics of trip
    5:53 - Cut the line options
    11:17 - Rider switch
    15:07 - Cast member interactions
    18:12 - Park hopping
    20:13 - On property hotels
    23:53 - Coasters!
    27:08 - Dining
    29:41 - Celebrations
    32:20 - Final impressions
    34:09 - 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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

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!

Sarena_aw ,

Incredibly informed and fun to listen

I was already excited for my upcoming Disney trip, and thought I knew A LOT about the parks but Leslie and Joe have kindly let me know I do NOT! 😊 this podcast is my favorite for Disney park information and tons of great tips for everyone!!

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