FastPass+: What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

FastPass+ is a free perk to all Walt Disney World guests, making it easier to plan your day and guarantee you will experience your favorite attractions. Theoretically. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with FastPass+. Ever the Uber-Planner, when FastPass (the original) was first introduced in 1999, I loved the idea guaranteeing a spot on my favorite ride and waltzing past the other guests like a VIP. But as FastPass has evolved, I’ve begun to resent it more and more. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its advantages. But, being strapped to a specific schedule, visit after visit, has Continue reading FastPass+: What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

EPCOT’s 22nd Annual Food And Wine Festival Is In Full Swing

Starting earlier than ever,  EPCOT is currently hosting the 22nd Annual Food and Wine Festival, a favorite event for any adult Disney fan and foodie. This year’s dates run from August 31 – November 13th. Special food, special events, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and special packages will be available to expand your knowledge (and waistline) of food and wine from around the world. Follow the tips below to get the most out of this unique Disney experience. 1. If you haven’t already, book your dining and special event reservations NOW! As with any Disney vacation, the earlier you book the Continue reading EPCOT’s 22nd Annual Food And Wine Festival Is In Full Swing

Getting The Most Out Of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

With Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in full swing (there’s one tomorrow night! Get schedule here!) I thought you all might be looking for ways to get the most out of this hard ticket event. Ticket’s start at $74 and go up, depending on the night. We have attended many, many times with children of all ages. It’s my daughter’s favorite Disney party. She had her first trick-or-treat experience at the party and now, at 24, it’s still her preferred way to usher in the fall season. But with so much going on, it’s easy to get star struck and Continue reading Getting The Most Out Of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Walt Disney World Parks After Dark

There was a period of time, when the kids were small, that we never saw the parks in the dark. A good night’s sleep was critical for our middle son. No one wanted to upset his routine, afraid of the repercussions the next day. No one. Fast forward a few years later and we re-discovered the joys of Disney after Dark. Magic Kingdom There is nothing like entering the Haunted Mansion while it is dark and eerie outside. Or, as you round the corner on Splash Mountain, catching a glimpse of the castle all lit up.  Everything is a new attraction Continue reading Walt Disney World Parks After Dark

When The Rain, Rain Won’t Go Away While You’re At Walt Disney World

Our last visit to Walt Disney World was wonderful, as it always is, except for….. the weather. On the drive down to our favorite vacation spot, my husband and I chuckled when I read aloud an unhappy poster’s comments on a Disney message board. “We have a 90% chance of rain each day of our upcoming visit. Will Disney refund our tickets if we cancel because of the bad weather?” “It’s Florida,” my husband sighed. “In the summer. Of course it’s going to rain during your vacation. And then the sun comes out 20 minutes later. Buck up, Buttercup!” Were Continue reading When The Rain, Rain Won’t Go Away While You’re At Walt Disney World

The Best Place To Celebrate? Walt Disney World, Of Course!

Playing along with Deb at focusedonthemagic.com, it’s Worldless Wednesday and the theme is celebrations! We have celebrated many a holiday and family event at Walt Disney World. It’s our favorite place to celebrate! And a special Happy Birthday shout out to Deb! Thanks for hosting this hop and have a magical birthday! How do YOU celebrate at Walt Disney World?

Walt Disney World Planning Guide For The First-Timer

Planning your first trip to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming. There is so much to consider and so much to forget. Follow this step by step guide for your first trip! Set your budget. Your budget is going to dictate where you stay, how long you can stay and when you can go. And the beauty of it? You can take your family to Walt Disney World for a handful of hundreds or double digit thousands. But if you’re not a lottery winner like me, cheaper is always better. Just be careful not to fall for any “too good Continue reading Walt Disney World Planning Guide For The First-Timer

Why Disney’s PhotoPass Memory Maker Is SO Worth The Extra Money

I can be a bit cheap. I don’t see the need for something new if you already have something tried and true at home, no matter how worn out it may be. I’ll hold onto purses and shoes for longer than is attractive. Just ask my daughter. And in the early days of PhotoPass, also known as Memory Maker, I struggled with the cost and if it was truly worth it. Now, we don’t take a Disney vacation without it. Here’s what you need to know… The family photographer (usually me) gets to prove they were on the vacation, too! Continue reading Why Disney’s PhotoPass Memory Maker Is SO Worth The Extra Money

No Reservations? How To Eat at WDW or Disney Dining On The Fly!

I remember the good ol’ days when Disney Dining was just a matter of showing up. Always a table, minimal wait and you could eat where and when you wanted to eat. Today? It’s a different beast entirely. On a recent trip, I really resented having to plan 6 months in advance. I didn’t realize how much I resented it until I completely forgot to make dining reservations for the bulk of our trip. Crazy. I know! Because I am an uber-planner. But on the 180 day mark, I got up early, snagged a Be Our Guest reservation (the “must Continue reading No Reservations? How To Eat at WDW or Disney Dining On The Fly!