There was a period of time, when the kids were small, that we never saw the parks in the dark. A good night’s sleep was critical for our middle son. No one wanted to upset his routine, afraid of the repercussions the next day. No one. Fast forward a few years later and we re-discovered the joys of Disney after Dark. Magic Kingdom There is nothing like entering the Haunted Mansion while it is dark and eerie outside. Or, as you round the corner on Splash Mountain, catching a glimpse of the castle all lit up. Everything is a new attraction Continue reading Walt Disney World Parks After Dark
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
Playing along with Deb at focusedonthemagic.com, it’s Worldless Wednesday and the theme is celebrations! We have celebrated many a holiday and family event at Walt Disney World. It’s our favorite place to celebrate! And a special Happy Birthday shout out to Deb! Thanks for hosting this hop and have a magical birthday! How do YOU celebrate 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
I remember the good ol’ days when Disney Dining was just a matter of showing up. Always a table, minimal wait and you could eat where and when you wanted to eat. Today? It’s a different beast entirely. On a recent trip, I really resented having to plan 6 months in advance. I didn’t realize how much I resented it until I completely forgot to make dining reservations for the bulk of our trip. Crazy. I know! Because I am an uber-planner. But on the 180 day mark, I got up early, snagged a Be Our Guest reservation (the “must Continue reading No Reservations? How To Eat at WDW or Disney Dining On The Fly!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a money tree growing in my backyard. We’re a regular, middle class family who just happens to love going to, what can be, an expensive vacation destination. That’s why, whenever I can, I get other people to pay for my Walt Disney World vacations. There are several ways to do this. And I’m going to share with you how you can get other people to pay for your Disney vacations, too! # 1 Disney Gift Cards I know this sounds like a no brainer but hear me out. Everyone in my Continue reading How To Get Other People To Pay For Your Disney Trip!
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?
A fan of Disney? That’s me! A fan of heavy duty thrill rides? Not me. So when The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened in 1994, I had no interest in riding. But my dear friend and fellow Disney nut encouraged me to join her. Her son, a Cast Member, had been one of the lucky ones to “try it out” during the final testing phases and he was going to join us. At the time, there was only one sequence. You entered the car, rode around for a bit then one short drop, one hefty drop and you Continue reading Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror: Do You Dare?
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