Advanced Dining Reservations: Disney Style

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If you want to have a sit-down meal at Walt Disney World it’s imperative to have Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs). This means advanced planning on your part. For the most popular venues, this can mean making reservations 180+ days in advance. Do you really have to make reservations 180+ days in advance? No. It is possible to wing it. But if you have a specific place in mind, you must. Walt Disney World is crowded at just about any time of the year. Restaurants fill up. Advanced Dining Reservations allow you to have a plan in place. With Advanced Dining Reservations you know you’ll have a place to sit-down and Continue reading Advanced Dining Reservations: Disney Style

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Animal Kingdom Lodge

You can view the animals from your balcony or any of the outdoor viewing areas for an up close and personal experience.

Still the youngest of all of Walt Disney World’s deluxe resorts, Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL)opened in April of 2001. And if I’m being perfectly honest, I was a bit of a snob about staying there. When we could afford to stay at a deluxe resorts, one of the perks was the unique transportation each resort offered. Monorail for Polynesian, Contemporary and Grand Floridian. Boat transport for Wilderness Lodge, Boardwalk and Beach & Yacht Club resorts. The ability to walk from Contemporary and the EPCOT resorts. There’s nothing wrong with bus transportation, especially at Walt Disney World, but busses seemed to take such a long time. And Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) is entirely bus transportation for Continue reading Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Breakfast: The Most Important Meal Of The Day

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Fueled and ready to go! That’s the best way to start any day. But at Walt Disney World, there are just as many choices for breakfast as there are FastPass options. What’s the right choice for you? At The Resort I’m the type of person who must eat right when I get up in the morning. For every trip, we pack energy bars, a pack of bagels, peanut butter, cheese and crackers, and juice boxes. If we drive, we also bring a case of bottled water and yogurt. And don’t forget to pack spoons and napkins. Just about every morning, we eat breakfast in our room, between turns for the Continue reading Disney Breakfast: The Most Important Meal Of The Day

Walt Disney World Packing List For Babies And Toddlers

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Packing for a trip to Walt Disney World, with four theme parks, two water parks and Disney Springs, can be a massive undertaking. Add a baby or toddler to the mix and it can be downright intimidating. Aside from the usual diapers, pull-ups, PJ’s and daily clothing, what else will you need for a trip to Walt Disney World? Below are my favorite-must-never-be-left-at-home items that have helped me through countless Disney vacations. My “babies” are now 12, 12 (they’re 10 months apart) and 23. I’ve had plenty of trips to hone the list. Take a copy with you for your next trip so you are never left unprepared! Disney Packing Continue reading Walt Disney World Packing List For Babies And Toddlers

How To Stay Healthy On Your Disney Vacation

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First, I am not a doctor. I just play one when my kids are sick. (And not very well, according to them – but that’s for another post.) So, take any of this advice with a grain of salt. Okay. With a few grains of salt, because my husband and close family members are in the health care industry and I’ve been to Disney World in and under all kinds of weather. And since it’s still early April, we’re not out of flu season yet. (Ugh!) If you’re like me, the anticipation of arriving at such a magical place can wreck havoc on your regular routine. When your routine is wrecked, your Continue reading How To Stay Healthy On Your Disney Vacation

How To Ruin Your Family’s Walt Disney World Vacation

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We all dream of the perfect Walt Disney World Vacation. Blue skies. Calm toddlers. Affordable food and drink. Getting lost in the idyllic commercials of happy families and perfect weather we forget that things can and will go wrong. Typically, I’m a glass-half-full Disney girl. But, sometimes, you simply must plan for the worst in order to have the best vacation. How not to ruin your family’s Disney vacation? Read on! 1. Neglect The Planning Process. Gone are the days when you could turn to your spouse and say, “Hey! Let’s take the kids to Disney this weekend.” Okay. You could. But, depending on the season, you’d have to forfeit Continue reading How To Ruin Your Family’s Walt Disney World Vacation

How To Do Disney On The Cheap

While a beautiful time to go, the time between Christmas and New Years is a very expensive time to visit Walt Disney World.

Whenever my husband and I take our family to a baseball game or local fair or even putt-putt golf the topic always comes up — a day at Disney isn’t much more than this! Think about it. To get a decent seat at a professional baseball game you have to be willing to shell out $60 minimum, depending on the time of year and how well the team is doing. And that doesn’t include parking. And the food? Many times it’s more than the counter service at Disney. Local amusement parks and fairs aren’t much better. Dollar for dollar, after an hour round of putt-putt golf my husband always says, “Hmmm, Continue reading How To Do Disney On The Cheap

Declare Your Disney Resort Room A Clutter Free Zone!

Over the door or over the rack holders and lightweight backpacks for each member of your party will help keep your resort room clean and tidy!

Let’s face it. Most of our homes are a little bigger than 440 square feet (the average size of a room at the Grand Floridian, a deluxe resort.) Squeeze that down to the 260 square feet of the average value resort and you can get downright claustrophobic. To save a bit of money, our family of 5 stays in one room. With one bathroom. And with three “boys” and two “girls” (my daughter and I), the bathroom storage situation is not ideal. And the clutter? Drives. Me. Crazy. Here are some tricks we’ve learned over the years to help you save your sanity. Read on to stay organized in tight Continue reading Declare Your Disney Resort Room A Clutter Free Zone!

The Magic Of Disney’s Online Check-In

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You arrive at your resort and you want to hurry up and start the magic. But first you have to check-in. And if you are arriving during the busy season, there will probably be a wait. Have no fear! Online check-in is here! Online check-in is a fast, easy, free and convenient service that Disney offers all of their resort guests. And, you do it from the comfort of your kitchen table, comfy couch and in your PJs, if you so desire. The benefits include reduced time at the registration desk because you’ve already entered all of the necessary information from home. Once you are physically present in your resort you Continue reading The Magic Of Disney’s Online Check-In