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!

What Is The Perfect Age To Take My Kids To Walt Disney World?

People ask me all the time, “What is the perfect age to take our kids to Walt Disney World?” I get it. You want to know the best age to take your children to Walt Disney World because you don’t want to miss that perfect window of opportunity or waste money on a vacation they may not remember. My kids have been at all ages. When they were infants. Toddlers. School age. And now, with our oldest, young adult. It’s hard to pick a perfect age. It all depends on your means, motivation and method. Taking that all into consideration, Continue reading What Is The Perfect Age To Take My Kids To Walt Disney World?

Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror: Do You Dare?

A fan of Disney? That’s me! A fan of heavy duty thrill rides? Not me. So when The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened in 1994, I had no interest in riding. But my dear friend and fellow Disney nut encouraged me to join her. Her son, a Cast Member, had been one of the lucky ones to “try it out” during the final testing phases and he was going to join us. At the time, there was only one sequence. You entered the car, rode around for a bit then one short drop, one hefty drop and you Continue reading Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror: Do You Dare?

Disney Winter Travel: Pros and Cons

If a trip to Walt Disney World during the summer months sounds like pure, sweaty torture than winter is your season. With mild temperatures and lower humidity, winter is a much more comfortable time to visit. Each month has it’s own pros and cons and I’m here to help! Whether you go in December, January or February, packing can be a little tricky for winter Disney travel. I’ve worn both turtlenecks and sweaters AND t-shirts and shorts for a winter trip to Disney. These were separate trips but it’s possible to need both types of wardrobes in the same week. Just be sure to Continue reading Disney Winter Travel: Pros and Cons

Mark Your Calendars: It’s Almost Mickey’s Birthday!

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November 18th is only a week away. It’s a special day for the Disney family and it’s extra special for this Disney-obsessed family. A few years ago we found out it’s also Mickey’s birthday! My middle son joined our family through adoption. We always celebrate his “Gotcha Day” (the day we “got” him). No presents. No huge fanfare. We just let him choose a family activity that we can all enjoy with him to commemorate his special day. Surprise! One year, he choose going to Disney World and this Disney nut mom couldn’t refuse. On November 18th, he proudly wore his “I’m Celebrating” button. Continue reading Mark Your Calendars: It’s Almost Mickey’s Birthday!

It’s Never Too Late For A Holiday Season Trip to Walt Disney World

The holiday season is one of the prettiest and can be the least crowded time to visit Walt Disney World. Click here for the best tips to make the most of your Disney Holiday vacation. Continue reading It’s Never Too Late For A Holiday Season Trip to Walt Disney World

Where To Find A Princess At Walt Disney World

Of course, all of us can be a princess as soon as we walk through the gates at Disney. But where can you find the iconic Disney Princesses? There are outdoor meet and greets. Indoor attractions. And, my personal favorite, the character meal. Everyone has to eat and why not dine with royalty? Good food, good company but most of all, where the princesses come to you. Outdoor Meet and Greets If you don’t mind waiting in line and your party has the plenty of patience, you can find many princess meet and greets out of doors in all of the Continue reading Where To Find A Princess At Walt Disney World