Sure. I Love Disney. But If You Want An Honest Opinion? I’m Not Afraid To Give It!

It’s a weakness. I know. But I rarely bash Disney. I’m one of those die-hard fans who rarely has anything negative to say about Walt Disney World, products, advertising, television or movies. Rarely. But ask me for my honest opinion? I’ll give it. Warts and all. Disney Dining Plan? Ehhh. Quite honestly, I think you’d have to take the time and effort to order the most expensive thing on the menu and max out your snack credits for it to be a true “deal.” On one hand, my husband likes to take all-inclusive vacations. If you do the dining plan and Continue reading Sure. I Love Disney. But If You Want An Honest Opinion? I’m Not Afraid To Give It!

The Magical Evenings of Walt Disney World

I am a morning person. But for Disney? I can be a night owl. The magical evenings of Walt Disney World are something everyone should experience. Here are my top reasons why: Except for high holidays (we witnessed a 5 hour wait for Test Track on New Year’s Eve), the parks tend to empty out as it gets closer to closing. This means, shorter waits for the high profile attractions. The evening entertainment should not be missed. Our favorites include Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios and Illuminations at EPCOT. While everyone is exhausted and watching the evening fireworks and parades, high profile attractions Continue reading The Magical Evenings of Walt Disney World

7 Things To Pack For Disney World You Never Knew You Needed

1. Gum – You won’t find gum sold anywhere in Disney World. And if you’ve ever stepped in it or had your toddler find a treasure trove under a table, you understand why. So, if you must indulge, bring an ample supply. 2. Ziploc Bags – Of all sizes. When the kids were toddlers, we brought snack-sized bags for non-perishable snacks and leftovers. Sandwich/Quart sized bags are used for added protection for phones on water rides or during the random rain shower. And my favorite size, the Gallon, was used when the kids were smaller. I would pack an outfit, Continue reading 7 Things To Pack For Disney World You Never Knew You Needed

Re-Create Your Favorite Disney Meals At Home

Missing Disney World and your next trip is 287 days away?  (Or more? You poor thing!) Your upcoming trip is so close you can taste it and you want something to quiet your growling tummy? Make a recipe from your favorite restaurant! When I’m missing my most magical place in the world or as part of our countdown to our next trip I make something that will make the wait that much easier. Below I’ve listed my favorite places to find Walt Disney World recipes that fill your stomach with a little magic! Magical Recipes – This site is well organized by Continue reading Re-Create Your Favorite Disney Meals At Home

How To Waste Your Snack Credits On The Disney Dining Plan

We  have used the Disney Dining Plan more times than we can count. My husband loves the idea of an all-inclusive vacation. Through the years, we’ve discovered that we haven’t used our snack credits to their full potential. Read on to avoid the same mistakes we’ve made. Mouseterplanner Mistakes To Avoid! Have Leftover Credits At The End Of Your Vacation – Each time you receive a receipt, the amount of meal and snack credits are listed at the bottom. Pay attention to this. Sounds obvious, right? But with the amount of food you’ll eat at a meal, sometimes you just Continue reading How To Waste Your Snack Credits On The Disney Dining Plan

Planning Your First Trip To Walt Disney World

It’s no longer a simple feat to plan a trip to Walt Disney World. Even for us hardened veterans. Before you take those first steps down magical Main Street here are some things you should know. Best time to go – As I said in a previous post, there is no “best” time to go anymore. There are “better” times and least crowded times, for sure. Ultimately, you have to pick the best time for your family. If you’re tethered to a school schedule, I’d recommend as soon as you can after the kids get out of school (early June) Continue reading Planning Your First Trip To Walt Disney World

Revealing The Secrets of Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle

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Disney nut that I am, I’m always looking for interesting facts about Walt Disney, Disney World and the rest of the Disney franchise. Who knew there were so many interesting things to discover about the Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom? Over 200,000 LED lights are used each holiday season to transform the castle into a sparkling Christmas display. Energy efficient, they run on the amount of energy it takes to run three clothes dryers. To see this spectacular transformation, click here. One of the most photographed structures in the world, Disney Imagineers employed a technique called forced perspective. The bricks get smaller Continue reading Revealing The Secrets of Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle

Tricks To Make Your Trip Even More Magical

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Even if you’ve been to Walt Disney World 50 times, there are always new tricks to learn to make your trip more magical! Read on for a few of my favs! Always, always, ALWAYS arrive at least 30 minutes before a park’s scheduled opening. The parks are much less crowded first thing in the morning and you can get a lot done in those first few hours. When crowds begin to thicken, have lunch, shop or go back to your resort for a swim or nap. Late in the afternoon visit another park (or the same one) refreshed and with Continue reading Tricks To Make Your Trip Even More Magical

Best Sit-Down Eats At Disney World Theme Parks

Everyone has their favorite. No family likes the exact same thing. Which can make eating out difficult anywhere. Knowing this, Disney World does a pretty good job of appealing to all ages and tastes. What restaurants truly hit the mark? Read on! Magic Kingdom It used to be that Magic Kingdom had slim pickings when it came to sit-down dining. Not anymore. The best: A tie between the wholesome, like-mom-would-make American goodness of Liberty Tree Tavern and French inspired cuisine of Be Our Guest. The service at Liberty Tree Tavern is amazing. If you choose Be Our Guest, make sure Continue reading Best Sit-Down Eats At Disney World Theme Parks

The Perfect One Day EPCOT Plan

EPCOT is over twice the size of Magic Kingdom but it’s still possible to tackle in one day. Just follow the tips below! Plan on arriving at the EPCOT parking lot no later than 8:00am. You want to arrive at the gates before 9am. Once you pass through the gates, go under Spaceship Earth and veer to the right toward Future World West. Save Spaceship Earth for later in the day when the lines tend to be shorter. Note: Look for the information boards in both Future World West and East. You can check this throughout the day for updated information about queue Continue reading The Perfect One Day EPCOT Plan