What Is The Perfect Age To Take My Kids To Walt Disney World?

People ask me all the time, “What is the perfect age to take our kids to Walt Disney World?” I get it. You want to know the best 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. My kids have been at all ages. When they were infants. Toddlers. School age. And now, with our oldest, young adult. It’s hard to pick a perfect age. It all depends on your means, motivation and method. Taking that all into consideration, Continue reading What Is The Perfect Age To Take My Kids To Walt Disney World?

15 Days Out From Your Disney Trip: What Have You Forgotten?

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!
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Disney Refurbishment Schedule: Know Before You Go

You’ve saved. You’ve dreamed. You call and make your vacation plans. Dining reservations are made. And now, 60 days out, it’s time to schedule your FastPasses. So, you log onto My Disney Experience and you see this: Yep. One of your favorite rides is closed for refurbishment. This just happened to us while planning our next trip. And I’m officially bummed. But that’s not going to ruin our trip. It is, however, a big reminder that many favorite attractions or ones we want to try might be shut down. Time to re-group. Disney is constantly maintaining, updating and making downright Continue reading Disney Refurbishment Schedule: Know Before You Go

How To Ruin Your Family’s Walt Disney World Vacation

We all dream of the perfect Walt Disney World Vacation. Blue skies. Calm toddlers. Affordable food and drink. Getting lost in the idyllic commercials of happy families and perfect weather we forget that things can and will go wrong. Typically, I’m a glass-half-full Disney girl. But, sometimes, you simply must plan for the worst in order to have the best vacation. How not to ruin your family’s Disney vacation? Read on! 1. Neglect The Planning Process. Gone are the days when you could turn to your spouse and say, “Hey! Let’s take the kids to Disney this weekend.” Okay. You Continue reading How To Ruin Your Family’s Walt Disney World Vacation

How To Survive The Long Wait Until Your Next Trip

For most of us, a Walt Disney World vacation takes a lot of planning and a lot of saving. Okay. Mostly saving. And because most of us spend a good bit of time saving there’s a good bit of time waiting for the trip to start. How do you pass the time and survive the long wait? Let me show you! Plan, Plan and Plan – To make sure that you’re on schedule with all of your planning, check out this timetable. You’ll need to schedule meals and FastPasses. Oil changes. Plane tickets. Boarding the dog. Stopping the mail. Make Continue reading How To Survive The Long Wait Until Your Next Trip

My Most Popular Disney Pinterest Post

This almost Wordless Wednesday post was inspired by the Disney Wordless Wednesday blog hop,  sponsored by Disney Day By Day and Deb at Focused on the Magic. My most popular Disney Pinterest Pin is a link to my collection of the best packing lists out there. Over the years, I’ve found that my Disney packing list changes. Constantly. Because mine is ever-evolving, I figured many of you have evolving lists, too. Click below for some amazing suggestions.

Your New Year’s Guide To Walt Disney World

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Celebrations at Walt Disney World can be extra magical. And because so many people feel this way, it will also be extra crowded. New Year’s Eve is no exception. New Year’s Day, however, is a different story. Read on to find out why! From New Year’s Eve parties at resorts and restaurants to special fireworks displays, Disney World will be buzzing with activity. To find out what special event is right for your family, check out this page. Our favorites, especially when the kids are small, include the early countdown and fireworks displays. Our kids got to participate in the countdown Continue reading Your New Year’s Guide To Walt Disney World

9 Ways To Make Sure Your Large Party Has A Magical Time!

Walt Disney World is the perfect place for a family reunion or for a few families in your neighborhood to meet for a magical time. There’s something for all ages, making it the most popular vacation destination in the world with 52 million visitors each year. But how to coordinate such an endeavor? Follow these simple steps! Pick A Team Captain – If you’re reading this post, I’m going to assume that you’ll make the perfect team captain. Every large group needs a leader and because you’re the Disney enthusiast it should be you! One person to organize and pull all Continue reading 9 Ways To Make Sure Your Large Party Has A Magical Time!

To Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner…. Or Not?

Hi. I’m Maureen. And I am a control freak. (There. It’s out there. You all know my dirty, little secret.) I have planned vacations to Walt Disney World since the early ’80s. Oh, who am I kidding? I orchestrated trips earlier than that, dragging my family around from ride to ride because my parents knew I had studied and honed my skills since first visiting the park the year it opened. My grandparents took my sister and I, just months after the grand opening. And they stood there, befuddled with how to use the ticket books. We were wasting valuable ride time and Continue reading To Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner…. Or Not?

The Magic Of Extra Magic Hours

One of the best benefits when staying on-property is the access to Extra Magic Hours. Any guest staying at a Walt Disney World resort, with valid theme park tickets, can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (EMH). These extra hours allow access to the parks when regular guests must wait or go home, depending on when the EMH are in place for that particular park. Times vary;  always check the official online calendar during your planning stages, or in your information packet when you arrive at the resort. As stated above, times that the parks are open these extra hours will Continue reading The Magic Of Extra Magic Hours