Getting The Most Out Of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

With Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in full swing (there’s one tomorrow night! Get schedule here!) I thought you all might be looking for ways to get the most out of this hard ticket event. Ticket’s start at $74 and go up, depending on the night. We have attended many, many times with children of all ages. It’s my daughter’s favorite Disney party. She had her first trick-or-treat experience at the party and now, at 24, it’s still her preferred way to usher in the fall season. But with so much going on, it’s easy to get star struck and Continue reading Getting The Most Out Of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Walt Disney World Parks After Dark

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

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