It’s no secret to my family and friends that I LOVE Disney. Everyone knows, for birthdays and Christmas and even Mother’s Day, I love a Disney gift card because I’m always scheming for my next trip. And I love Disney gift cards because they can be used in so many wonderful Disney ways. Uses Pop one in your child’s stocking or as a countdown gift for your upcoming trip. They can “pay” for their own souvenirs and learn how to budget, too! For more countdown ideas, click here. Obviously, to pay for the bulk of your trip. But who wants Continue reading Disney Gift Cards: Uses, Tips and Tricks
Our last visit to Walt Disney World was wonderful, as it always is, except for….. the weather. On the drive down to our favorite vacation spot, my husband and I chuckled when I read aloud an unhappy poster’s comments on a Disney message board. “We have a 90% chance of rain each day of our upcoming visit. Will Disney refund our tickets if we cancel because of the bad weather?” “It’s Florida,” my husband sighed. “In the summer. Of course it’s going to rain during your vacation. And then the sun comes out 20 minutes later. Buck up, Buttercup!” Were Continue reading When The Rain, Rain Won’t Go Away While You’re At Walt Disney World
Planning your first trip to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming. There is so much to consider and so much to forget. Follow this step by step guide for your first trip! Set your budget. Your budget is going to dictate where you stay, how long you can stay and when you can go. And the beauty of it? You can take your family to Walt Disney World for a handful of hundreds or double digit thousands. But if you’re not a lottery winner like me, cheaper is always better. Just be careful not to fall for any “too good Continue reading Walt Disney World Planning Guide For The First-Timer
I can be a bit cheap. I don’t see the need for something new if you already have something tried and true at home, no matter how worn out it may be. I’ll hold onto purses and shoes for longer than is attractive. Just ask my daughter. And in the early days of PhotoPass, also known as Memory Maker, I struggled with the cost and if it was truly worth it. Now, we don’t take a Disney vacation without it. Here’s what you need to know… The family photographer (usually me) gets to prove they were on the vacation, too! Continue reading Why Disney’s PhotoPass Memory Maker Is SO Worth The Extra Money
If a trip to Walt Disney World during the summer months sounds like pure, sweaty torture than winter is your season. With mild temperatures and lower humidity, winter is a much more comfortable time to visit. Each month has it’s own pros and cons and I’m here to help! Whether you go in December, January or February, packing can be a little tricky for winter Disney travel. I’ve worn both turtlenecks and sweaters AND t-shirts and shorts for a winter trip to Disney. These were separate trips but it’s possible to need both types of wardrobes in the same week. Just be sure to Continue reading Disney Winter Travel: Pros and Cons
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 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!
Continue reading 15 Days Out From Your Disney Trip: What Have You Forgotten?
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 from Continue reading The Magic Of Disney’s Online Check-In
Even if you’ve been to Walt Disney World 50 times, there are always new tricks and tips 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. This is probably the most valuable tip. The parks are much less crowded first thing in the morning and you can get a lot done in those first few hours. 2. Bring Ziploc bags in a variety of sizes. Our favorite use is for our cell phones in case we get caught in a thunderstorm or Continue reading Favorite Disney World Tips To Make It Your Most Magical Yet!
If you’ve visited even just a few Disney fan sites you’ve probably run into our little secret language. We speak in code. Not because membership is restricted. Not because we’re secret agents working under cloak of internet for the Disney organization. We speak in code because it’s so much easier than spelling it out all of the time. “I recommend you ride the TTA while you wait for your BTMR FP and then head over to CRT for your ADR.” Now here, I’m assuming most people visiting me have limited knowledge of Walt Disney World and are coming here to learn. Continue reading The Ultimate Disney Shorthand Cheat Sheet