The Perfect Age To Take Your Children To Walt Disney World

You want to know the perfect 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. People ask me all the time, “What is the perfect age to take our kids to Walt Disney World?” And I say, “Six.” Six is perfect. She still loves princesses and not afraid to meet one. He can join in the swashbuckling fun of playing pirate with Captain Jack Sparrow. They can ride Toy Story Mania and Haunted Mansion for the perfect kid-sized scare. Continue reading The Perfect Age To Take Your Children To Walt Disney World

Magic Bands Now Available For Purchase By Non-Disney Resort Guests

Beginning March 31, 2014, Magic Bands will be available for purchase by Disney guests who are not staying on Disney property. The bands will cost $12.95 and will allow you to make your FastPass+ selections up to 30 days in advance of your trip. Currently, Disney resort guests are allowed FastPass+ planning access 60 days ahead of their trip. Colors available are pink, green, red, blue, yellow, gray and orange. Decorating with pins or your own creative spin is optional! The advantages to Magic Bands are huge. No more toting a card in a lanyard around your next. Or pulling paper FastPasses out Continue reading Magic Bands Now Available For Purchase By Non-Disney Resort Guests

The Best Tips For Surviving The Summer Heat At Walt Disney World

Surviving the summer heat at Walt Disney World

1. Mid-day is the perfect time for a dip in the resort pool or a nap in the AC. But, it’s also a time when Mother Nature provides unlimited FastPasses. Rainstorms are prevalent in the Florida and you’ll need to plan your time accordingly. If there is no lightening, rides will still be operational and lines will be short as most everyone else will run for cover, typically choosing to call it a day. But if you’ve already had enough of the crowds, go to the pool or take a nap. By all means. You can go out again as the evening Continue reading The Best Tips For Surviving The Summer Heat At Walt Disney World

Top 11 Things You Must See And Do At Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Must- Do's

11. Be In 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 Continue reading Top 11 Things You Must See And Do At Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Gone Fishin’… At Disney World!

Fishin' At Disney World

One of the best perks of our Disney Visa card are the points we build up to spend during our next visit. We redeem them before our trip and use them on a splurge. Our last splurge was a private fishing excursion on Crescent Lake. My boys had a blast. My husband’s fish tales were scaled down to a believable account due to the many witnesses. And I was able to enjoy a leisurely cruise around my favorite EPCOT resort area. Disney supplies everything you need for their catch and release bass fishing excursions: fishing equipment, rod, reel, nets, bait and Continue reading Gone Fishin’… At Disney World!

Star Wars Fans – Time To Get Excited! “Star Wars: Episode VII” Is Coming!

Star Wars VII

Walt Disney Company announced yesterday the release date for “Star Wars: Episode VII” is December 18, 2015. After acquiring Lucasfilms in 2012, Disney will be continuing the Star Wars saga. Disney CEO Robert Iger promises we’ll still see R2-D2 but beyond that he wouldn’t commit to revealing the other characters in the film. It will take place 30 years after “Return of the Jedi.” For Star Wars fans, the film won’t open soon enough!

How To Miss All The Fun On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Magic Kingdom

1. Sleep In. The best way to avoid lines and the (sometimes) oppressive Florida heat is to arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before the park opens. You can get so much done in the first few hours that the parks are open. 2. Or Go To Bed Early. I know. After waking up early to beat the crowds, going to bed early sounds great. But you’re on vacation. Sleeping is for lazy weekends at home. But if you must (and I admit, I must) get your sleep, be sure to plan for a few late nights. Riding Splash Continue reading How To Miss All The Fun On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Disney’s Great Stroller Debate: Solved!

stroller rental and tips at Walt and Disney World

There are three options when it comes to having a stroller available for your child while at Disney World. And with those three options, there are about 300 opinions about why you should, should not, could and never use any of the options listed below. Let’s break it down so you can decide what is best for your family. Option 1 – Bring Your Own Pros: It has all the germs your child is already immune to built right into the fabric. Plenty of storage and a cup holder for your morning Starbucks (now at Disney World!) You are very Continue reading Disney’s Great Stroller Debate: Solved!

Make The Most Of Star Wars Weekends At Walt Disney World

Star Wars VII

Star Wars fan (my entire family) or not (me), Star Wars Weekends are a must-see event at least once in your Walt Disney World vacationing experiences. Due to the popularity of Star Wars Weekends, a number of changes are taking place. Read on to make the most of your visit. They’ve expanded the dates! Now offered Friday through Sunday, from May 16 – June 15, the weekends are packed with Star Wars specific events. As the name implies, these special events only take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you’re visiting Monday-Thursday as well, you can still experience Disney’s Hollywood Studios Continue reading Make The Most Of Star Wars Weekends At Walt Disney World

Want Discounted Tickets? Consider Disney’s YES Program!

No question. A trip to Walt Disney World is expensive. But there is a way to receive legitimate, discounted tickets with an amazing bonus. Participate in Disney’s Youth Education Series (YES) program. As a former teacher, I chaperoned trips to Walt Disney World. Little did I know, any kid can participate in the YES program under the individual enrollment package. You do not have to be part of a large group and everyone in your immediate family receives discounted park tickets. Disney offers a large array of classes for your child, grades K-12. You only have to participate in one class Continue reading Want Discounted Tickets? Consider Disney’s YES Program!