11. Be On Time To See The Opening Show – I always recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the park opens so that you can get the most done on any given day. But the park’s welcome show is a must-see event, putting you into the spirit of the magic ahead. 10. Enjoy A Parade – With up to 5 parades a day, you’re sure to be around for at least one. This is a great time to stop and smell the roses. People watch, take a breather or join in and sing along. 9. Ride It’s A Small World – My family tolerates it with me now, as we’ve probably ridden It’s A Small Continue reading Top 11 Things To Do At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
I’ve been to Walt Disney World more times than I can count. And each time I go, I learn something new. Making mistakes along the way and gathering new tips for you. That’s my job! When a friend or family member who hasn’t been to Disney joins us they are amazed at how much I know. But while they’re singing my praises, I’m kicking myself and saying, “We should have made earlier reservations” or “That was a useless FastPass.” I’m the first to admit, I don’t know as much as you think I know. But I’ve learned plenty. And I’m happy to share it with you! Getting up early on your Continue reading I’ve Been There. Done That. Now You, Too, Can Learn From My Mistakes
I obsess and plan. And I plan and obsess. And then I just throw up my hands and leave it to the universe that my trip will go without a hitch. And the universe laughs. Invariably, something is forgotten. Stop the mail. Online check-in. Double check a hard to get dining reservation. It’s always something. There is so much to do to plan the perfect Walt Disney World vacation. If you’re two weeks out from your magical trip make sure you review this “last minute” check list before you go! For Your Home Stop mail or alert the neighbors that you’ll be out of town so they can check in on Continue reading 15 Days Out From Your Disney Trip: What Have You Forgotten?
You’ve saved. You’ve dreamed. You call and make your vacation plans. Dining reservations are made. And now, 60 days out, it’s time to schedule your FastPasses. So, you log onto My Disney Experience and you see this: Yep. One of your favorite rides is closed for refurbishment. This just happened to us while planning our next trip. And I’m officially bummed. But that’s not going to ruin our trip. It is, however, a big reminder that many favorite attractions or ones we want to try might be shut down. Time to re-group. Disney is constantly maintaining, updating and making downright changes to their attractions. It goes on all year round. Continue reading Disney Refurbishment Schedule: Know Before You Go
Packing for a trip to Walt Disney World can be a monumental task. If you’re not familiar with Florida weather or the parks themselves it can be downright intimidating. Aside from the usual short, shirts, skirts, underwear and standard toiletries, I’ve compiled a list of Walt Disney World Summer Necessaries to pack along in your suitcase. Adjust accordingly for your family’s ages, interests and individual needs. There is no perfect list for everyone. But maybe the items listed below will help complete YOUR perfect list! Insect Repellent – Disney is pretty good at keeping the bugs at bay. But if you want to enjoy an evening outdoor movie or an Continue reading The Disney Summertime Packing List
Are you a spender or a saver? Me? I’d love to say I’m a saver but if I’m perfectly candid, I’d admit that I’m really only a saver when it comes to trips to Walt Disney World. And Disney has the perfect plan to help you save for a trip to the most magical place on earth and their other vacation destinations. May I present: The Disney Vacation Account. You create an online Disney Vacation Account; set the budget, set the goals and set the payment plan from the convenience of your couch/breakfast nook/car in the carpool line. With the help of a budget estimator, you can create the perfect Continue reading Saving For Walt Disney World – The Disney Way!
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
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
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
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