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 Surviving The Summer Heat At Walt Disney World

The Only Walt Disney World Planning Timetable You’ll Ever Need!

Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation can be overwhelming but not if you have the perfect timetable to put you on the right track! More Than 7 Months Out Buy a good Disney planning book. Birnbaum’s is great for first timers – it is concise and not overwhelming. For a seasoned Disney go-er, I like PassPorter’s Walt Disney World. Research best time for your family to go. Determine the number of days for your trip. Research and decide on a resort. Study different packages available and decide which one  is best for your family Download the My Disney Experience App Continue reading The Only Walt Disney World Planning Timetable You’ll Ever Need!

The Best Way To Start Your Vacation: 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 renamed 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 Continue reading The Best Way To Start Your Vacation: Downtown Disney

Top 5 Resort Pools At Walt Disney World

Sometimes, it isn’t all about the theme parks. Sometimes you just need to relax, get away from the crowds and lounge poolside. My husband is self-employed and will often sneak away to get a little work done while we’re off playing. His favorite Disney office is with his laptop, in a lounge chair, sipping a cool beverage, by the pool. So escape the crowds, grab your Rapid Refill mug and let’s go to the pool! #1. Beach and Yacht Club Pool – Best Pool For Families of All Ages With a unique sand bottom, this pool appeals to all ages. More Continue reading Top 5 Resort Pools At Walt Disney World

The Kitchen Sink. Because It’s Really Good!

Beaches & Cream’s Kitchen Sink This is really, really good! It’s our family’s favorite sweet indulgence at Walt Disney World and we make it a point to enjoy this extravagant treat each trip. Before….. And after…. This post is part of Focused On The Magic’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. For more “This Is Really Good” Disney pictures, click on the image below! Happy Hopping!

Have Magic Kingdom All To Yourselves!

Shhhh! I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. You can have Magic Kingdom all to yourselves, for a little while anyway, if you’re willing to get up a little earlier than most. And unless you are proficient in Photoshop (which I am not) this is the perfect way to get pictures of you and your family in front of Cinderella’s castle or walking down Main Street with little or no other people. Step 1: Make an early breakfast reservation at one of the 3 sit-down breakfast dining options. If the park opens at 9am make an 8am breakfast reservation. Step Continue reading Have Magic Kingdom All To Yourselves!

The Disney Resort That’s Best For You!

If I could stay anywhere in Walt Disney World? Any one resort? I’m sorry. I can’t pick just one. Even if money were no object, there is value in staying at, well, a Value resort. To be honest, as long as I’m at Walt Disney World, I’m a happy, happy girl. But there are many reasons to stay at the different price points. Read on to find what is best for you! Value Resorts – All Star Music, All Star Sports, All Star Movies, Pop Century, Art of Animation, Campsites at Fort Wilderness Campground Pros – The least expensive of Continue reading The Disney Resort That’s Best For You!

Quick and Painless Disney Budgeting Tip: Gift Cards!

budget planning tip using gift cards

Want a quick and easy Disney budgeting tip? Gift cards aren’t just for souvenirs anymore. You can pay for your meal at Be Our Guest, your tickets to the parks, even your resort room fee! For an upcoming trip, to “save money,” we planned on staying off property for our arrival night. In my search for an affordable room for our family of 5, every hotel told me we exceeded the room limitations. In other words, we’d need two rooms. If I’m going to pay for two rooms, I’d rather be at Disney World. And I know they can accommodate our Continue reading Quick and Painless Disney Budgeting Tip: Gift Cards!