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Finally, A Reason to Buy an iPad?

By Dave Shute


WDW MagazineMy bud Carl Trent, founder of Dad’s Guide to WDW and a real friend of this site over the years, has just launched the brand-new WDW Magazine available for iPads (and soon iPhones) here.

Carl rounded up a stable of terrific writers, articles, videos, and photographs…plus me.

Carl asked me–out of desperation, no doubt–to be the lead columnist on issues first-timers face, so I’ve got an article in there on how old your kids should be on their first visit.

Check out WDW Magazine if you have an iPad–and if you don’t, isn’t this a great reason to buy one?

And by the way, I have nothing to disclose here, as I have no financial relationship with WDW Magazine other than being a writer.  But Carl does still owe me breakfast

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1 Carl { 10.03.13 at 10:09 am }


Thanks for those kind words. You’re too humble. I’m honored to have you on board.

Yes, I owe you breakfast. After this I probably ought to buy you lunch and dinner too. You rock.


2 Dave { 10.04.13 at 11:59 am }

Thanks, Carl!!

3 Kathy { 10.12.13 at 10:09 pm }

We are planning a family reunion at Disney arriving Saturday December 14 and leaving the following Saturday. We are staying at carribean beach. There are 14 of us and 4 generations. My parents are 73 we are renting them scooters ( can you recommend a place for that?) 5 of us are in our early 50s and a few in the late 20’s a 3 year old and a 5 month old. We will also be meeting up with an additional family of four with a 5 and 6 year old who recently moved to the Orlando area from the mid west. Would you recommend park hopper passes? What about the additional Christmas party?

4 Dave { 10.13.13 at 11:34 am }

Hi Kathy, I don’t have a scooter company to recommend….sorry.

Hopper passes are expensive, but in your circumstances they do make sense. There’s no way a party as big as yours and whit such wildly varying ages will want to do the same things every day. The hoppers will allow you to join together for some things (e.g. early mornings on the rides or evening dinners or shows in the parks) but go towards the mast age and family appropriate stuff at other times.

I do recommend the Christmas Party…see this

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