Ask It: Best Splurges at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!It’s Wednesday again, and we’re putting you in the driver’s seat for another round of Ask It!Last week we asked you:Which of the following WDW Splurges is the best use of money?Truthfully, any would have been a great Valentine’s Surprise, but here’s how more than 700 of you voted (in order from least to greatest):Senses Spa Day (9%)Victoria & Albert’s (24%)Private Tour Guide (30%)Staying Club Level (37%)Spa DayIn general, I’ve found that people either love spa days or don’t see the point or enjoyment in a spa day. For me, I enjoy spending time in the Rainforest Room on a Disney cruise, but I’m not as fond of interaction with estheticians, so spa days would be a waste of money for me. Many people who were fans of spa days commented that you can get a spa treatment anywhere–the experience at Disney isn’t all that unique at any of the Senses Spa locations at Walt Disney World.Victoria & Albert’sVictoria and Albert’s offers an elegant dining experience. Photo Courtesy of Disney. For my husband’s birthday one year, we did the splurge at Victoria and Albert’s, and it is something that I’ll gladly roll pennies for a few years to save up and have another experience there. More than any other meal that we’ve had anywhere, we still talk about some of the unique parts of our meal there. (On Living with the Land, they are growing fiddlehead ferns, so every time our boat passes by, I remind everyone with me that I tried fiddlehead ferns for the first time at Victoria and Albert’s. Not sure how that rates in the world of humblebrags.) Hands down, the food is excellent, and although the price tag is steep, somehow it ends up feeling like you got your money’s worth at the end. Moreover, beyond the food, the intimate setting with a lovely live musician (like the harpist playing the theme from Star Wars) and some of the unique presentations of food and drink makes it an experience that goes beyond “just a meal”. One down side for some people is the required dress code–not everyone wants to dress up in their Sunday finest on a hot and humid August night on their vacation in Florida.Private Tour GuideWhether you look at a private tour guide as “renting a Plaid” (the tongue-in-cheek phrase many people used to refer to hiring official Disney VIP tour guides who often wear plaid) or taking one of Disney’s exclusive behind-the-scenes tours such as Keys to the Kingdom or Wild Africa Trek, the consensus of people who have spent the money on this type of splurge is that it is well worth the price tag. For the VIP tour guide, you not only get someone who truly knows the ins and outs of the parks, but the ability to bypass lines and ride favorite attractions multiple times. The behind-the-scenes tours offer unique experiences outside of a “normal” day in the parks.Staying Club LevelStaying Club Level provides many little extras, like food and beverage offerings throughout the day, including afternoon wine selections.In the end, when it comes to splurge, there is something about saying that you are staying Club Level at a Disney resort that really feels like a splurge. My first time staying Club Level, I loved pulling out that gold Key to the World card any time I could. (Yes, I was staying on DVC points, but no one needed to know that! Maybe that is DVC’s best kept secret?) Each Club Level lounge offers food throughout the day, including a sampling of foods in the evening from the signature restaurants at that resort. And while you could probably dine at one of those restaurants for the price difference that you pay for the Club Level room, there’s a level of attentiveness from the concierge staff that really can make this a grand experience. It really is the definition of a splurge–doing something for yourself that makes you feel like you’re experiencing the better things in life–and that may be why it took the top slot in this week’s votes.Ready for another poll? As Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts wraps up and the plants start popping up for Flower and Garden, we’re curious about what is your favorite event at Epcot. This week’s poll is:My favorite special event at Epcot is:Festival of the ArtsFlower and GardenFood and WineHolidays Around the WorldHead over to Twitter to vote, or leave your thoughts in the comments here or on Facebook. And in the meantime, share with us your favorite Walt Disney World splurge.last_img read more

4 Questions You Should be Asking as You Prep Your Mobile Strategy for 2014

first_imgWhat tasks will be performed on the device? Companies need to weigh the long-term pros and cons of device decisions. While some devices might be best suited to one environment (i.e., multimedia display in the field), other devices may better support other areas of the business (i.e., back-office work, document creation). Will we strictly issue company devices or permit a bring-your- own-device (BYOD) environment? How will this decision affect data and network security?Opens in a new window How will it affect the usability of existing and future software purchases in need of support on multiple operating systems? Where should we locate our data? How sensitive is the data being used? Does local storage of information on the device make sense to improve performance and offline availability, or is the data better suited to the cloudOpens in a new window for security reasons? As industry experts roll out their end-of-year retrospectives and their predictions for 2014, one thing is obvious:  mobile will continue to have a significantly disruptive effect on business in the upcoming year. Forbes recently predictedOpens in a new window that in 2014, businesses will be “putting remote wipe and encryption software on personal devices, as well as mobile virtual workspaces that separate work data in a separate, encrypted area on a user’s personal device;” and  dealing with blurred boundaries as “employees complete work during evening and weekend hours, as well as on vacation.” As you examine your organization’s 2013 internal mobile projects and prepare for 2014, what are the questions you should be asking yourself? The analysts at IDC Health Insights offer the following guidelines:With mobility now a core attribute of IT strategy rather than an optional add-on, there are many best practices and key areas of concern that companies need to contemplate when approaching their mobility strategies. Important questions that companies need to ask themselves include: center_img How long must the battery last per charge? Will the device be used by people with regular access to electrical outlets, or must the battery last from 8 hours to 12 hours per charge for employees out in the field? In addition to these questions, one of the most important topics that companies need to address is mobile device management. Companies are integrating mobile capabilities into all aspects of the business, and as the business mobilizes its employees, and more importantly, their data, the ability to remotely secure, lock/unlock, and wipe data from a mobile device will become critically important to corporate security and protection of data covered. IDC Health Insights expects investment in remote mobile device managementOpens in a new window and security software to experience significant uplift over the next few years.In the comments section, tell us: Which mobile trends do you predict will have a disruptive impact on business in 2014?Want more information on mobile trends? Check out the attached IDC Health Insights’ whitepaper on mobility in the life sciences industry.For more information from Intel’s IT Center and conversations on enterprise tablets click on the Hashtags below:   #ITCenterOpens in a new window #InsideTabletsOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

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