Why Disney’s PhotoPass Memory Maker Is SO Worth The Extra Money

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

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?

Where To Find A Princess At Walt Disney World

Of course, all of us can be a princess as soon as we walk through the gates at Disney. But where can you find the iconic Disney Princesses? There are outdoor meet and greets. Indoor attractions. And, my personal favorite, the character meal. Everyone has to eat and why not dine with royalty? Good food, good company but most of all, where the princesses come to you. Outdoor Meet and Greets If you don’t mind waiting in line and your party has the plenty of patience, you can find many princess meet and greets out of doors in all of the Continue reading Where To Find A Princess At Walt Disney World

The Ultimate Walt Disney World Experience Check-List

To truly experience Walt Disney World there are some “must-dos” that you simply must do! Here is your comprehensive list to make sure you are getting the ultimate Disney Experience! Continue reading The Ultimate Walt Disney World Experience Check-List

Favorite Disney World Tips To Make It Your Most Magical Yet!

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!

How To Lose Wait At Walt Disney World: In Line, That Is!

There is nothing worse. You plan, plan and plan some more. The kids are excited. No one can sleep on the nights before your trip. You arrive at Walt Disney World, raring to go, only to have to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait again. It seems like the whole trip has been hurry up and wait and now it’s time to go home. All this money, time and energy spent and you feel like all you’ve done is wait in line. Fear not! This primer will share with you the best tricks of the trade so you can Continue reading How To Lose Wait At Walt Disney World: In Line, That Is!

When Our Expectations Exceed The Reality That Is Walt Disney World

Believe you me. I am a huge Disney fan. Especially a fan of Walt Disney World. When the Harry Potter (my daughter is a big fan!) section opened at Universal and my daughter wanted to go I said, “Huh? There’s another theme park close to Disney World?” So we went. We saw. And we were mildly impressed. But it was nothing compared to our beloved Disney. Or was it? On the many Disney message boards I follow, from time to time, posts will appear complaining about their recent trip. “We never got any towel animals!” “It’s soooo expensive!” “We didn’t Continue reading When Our Expectations Exceed The Reality That Is Walt Disney World

Magic Bands Now Available For Purchase By Non-Disney Resort Guests

Beginning March 31, 2014, Magic Bands will be available for purchase by Disney guests who are not staying on Disney property. The bands will cost $12.95 and will allow you to make your FastPass+ selections up to 30 days in advance of your trip. Currently, Disney resort guests are allowed FastPass+ planning access 60 days ahead of their trip. Colors available are pink, green, red, blue, yellow, gray and orange. Decorating with pins or your own creative spin is optional! The advantages to Magic Bands are huge. No more toting a card in a lanyard around your next. Or pulling paper FastPasses out Continue reading Magic Bands Now Available For Purchase By Non-Disney Resort Guests

How To Miss All The Fun On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Magic Kingdom

1. Sleep In. The best way to avoid lines and the (sometimes) oppressive Florida heat is to arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before the park opens. You can get so much done in the first few hours that the parks are open. 2. Or Go To Bed Early. I know. After waking up early to beat the crowds, going to bed early sounds great. But you’re on vacation. Sleeping is for lazy weekends at home. But if you must (and I admit, I must) get your sleep, be sure to plan for a few late nights. Riding Splash Continue reading How To Miss All The Fun On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Sometimes You Just Have To Stop And Look At The Ducks

“Mommy! Look at the ducks!” My 3-year-old was tugging at my hand. We had a late start that morning and there was no way we were going to make it to the park before rope drop. My mom and dad were racing ahead to catch the boat to Hollywood Studios which was just pulling up to the dock. I was torn. I wanted to keep up with my parents but I wanted to honor my daughter’s thrill at seeing the ducks. Waving wildly at my daughter and I, my parents won. I tugged gently on my daughter’s hand and said, “Honey, Continue reading Sometimes You Just Have To Stop And Look At The Ducks