The Best Start To Your Disney Vacation – The Magic Of Downtown Disney

Disney Springs/Downtown Disney

You have arrived. Finally arrived. But it’s 3pm and you don’t want to hit the parks mid-day. So what do you do on your first day at Walt Disney World? Downtown Disney, of course. What better way to immerse yourself in the magic than Disney shops, stores and attractions that don’t require a park ticket? Downtown Disney, soon to be Disney Springs, is an expansion and improvement over the already popular Disney destination.  The projected completion date is 2016. With the addition of a multi-level parking garage, Disney Springs will include a rumored 180 shops and restaurants found in four distinct “neighborhoods” Continue reading The Best Start To Your Disney Vacation – The Magic Of Downtown Disney

How Well Do YOU Know Your Disney Attractions?

  The facts: The above picture was taken by my 9 year old. He was trying to capture a picture of his brother and I. (His brother’s arms were the only thing that made it into the picture.) It IS an attraction in a Disney World theme park. Where am I?      

Don’t Forget These Items – Summertime Disney Packing List

Summer Packing Tips

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 Continue reading Don’t Forget These Items – Summertime Disney Packing List

MagicBand Secrets Revealed

Magic Band Secrets Revealed

Have you received YOUR MagicBands in the mail? Anticipating your upcoming trip? We recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World, using our MagicBands for the very first time. From a Newbie’s perspective (a newbie to MagicBands, that is) MagicBands are magical and sometimes, not so magical (see item #4.) Read on for some MagicBand observations, tips and tricks! Once you’ve made your reservations for your trip you are able to customize your MagicBands through Disney by color and by name. Color was easy in our family. Everyone just chose their favorite. Names got a little trickier. Oh sure, we could have gone Continue reading MagicBand Secrets Revealed

Throwback Thursday: Having A Little Phone Fun In EPCOT

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I wrote this post a few months ago. I came across a picture from one of our previous trips and I remembered what fun we had, one hot summer day. My daughter and I sent my sons into the  UK phone booth at EPCOT and then secretly called them to see if they’d answer. They did. And we all had a good laugh. Then, while waiting for my husband, we called again. We told the people who answered how much we loved their Mickey shirt or handbag. We wished them a magical day. We had a blast. I wrote the below Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Having A Little Phone Fun In EPCOT

Online Check-In At Walt Disney World Resorts Wearing Only Your Pajamas

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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 Continue reading Online Check-In At Walt Disney World Resorts Wearing Only Your Pajamas