Category Archives: Walt Disney World

Disney World Christmas: Why you should visit Walt Disney World for the holidays!

There are so many magical things to experience during a Walt Disney World Christmas! Decorations, special events and characters, etc.

This is why your family should experience the magic of Walt Disney World during the holidays!

Walt Disney World During the Holidays - Why a Disney World Christmas is a must!

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Walt Disney World with Toddlers: Must-Dos and Tips

Visiting with Walt Disney World with Toddlers is so much fun! Read on for our tips from our trip with a 2 and 3 year old. What to do, where to stay, and what to pack.

Walt Disney World with Toddlers - what to do, where to stay, and what to pack and tips from our trip with a 2 and 3 year old

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Walt Disney World with a Baby

Kids are never too young for Disney! You can bring a baby and have a wonderful vacation. Here’s how to enjoy Walt Disney World with a Baby.

Walt Disney World with a Baby - Why you should totally bring a baby to Disney World #DisneyMom

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The Magic Kingdom WDW 2017 {Day 4}

The much-anticipated day at The Magic Kingdom WDW 2017! We took it easy much of our trip and planned only the Magic Kingdom and didn’t visit any other parks this time around. We planned to get there early for the opening, hit as many rides as possible early on (without fastpasses), return midday for a rest, and go back in the evening.

Here is Day 4 of our WDW 2017 trip. You can find Day 1, Day 2 part 1, Day 2 Part 2, and Day 3 here.

The Magic Kingdom - the new "rope drop" - taking it easy with kids - how to visit the most rides before noon

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Disney Springs {Walt Disney World Day 2 Part 1}

Disney Springs is a great place to visit during your Walt Disney World stay. There is no admission to enter and so many things to do to keep you in the Disney spirit without going to the parks.

We always take a day and visit Disney Springs – formerly Disney Marketplace or Downtown Disney. It’s a great way to still experience the magic of Disney without spending a lot.

Disney Springs 2017

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WDW 2017 Day 1: Art of Animation Cars Suites and Saving on Food

What to expect when you arrive at the Art of Animation Cars Suites – the resort, rooms, pools, and helpful tips. Also, some tips for saving money on food by planning ahead. This is Day 1 of our 2017 Walt Disney World vacation.

Walt Disney World Art of Animation Resort Cars Suites: a view of the rooms, resort, pools, and some helpful tips

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To the girl who said, “strollers are the worst thing to ever happen to Disney World.”

How many of you have tried to make it through any central area of the Walt Disney World during a parade or firework show?

You get some major points for making it through alive.

How many of you have made it through the most congested areas of Walt Disney World with a stroller?

You should be given a medal, and you should get major points that the others made it through alive!

And those poor babies, forced to sit at shin-level to the adults so focused on their own destination that they forget that Disney World is a place for children to experience joy and wonder and a place where the rest if us have the ability to feel like children, they should be given the biggest medal of all!

To the girl who said, "strollers are the worst thing to ever happen to Disney World"

While we were at The Magic Kingdom last weekend we were forced to brave those crowds during the light parade. It went well until we came to a particularly congested area with room for barely two lanes of traffic… And we had a double stroller

As I maneuvered past parked strollers, parade watchers, and the other lane of traffic, I desperately made sure I wasn’t about the hit the heels of the girl in front of us one more time, that we were going to make it through without hurting the people sandwiched around us or my little ones in the cart, and that we were going to be able to keep moving without getting stuck in one place and blocking all traffic.

It wasn’t easy, but it happens and we’ve all been in those situations. Strollers or not, it can be frustrating.

I was hunched over the awning of the stroller desperately trying to make sure I didn’t injure or irritate the girl in front of me, when we came to a particularly tough spot. As I checked the kids, checked the wheels, and tried to find a way to push on, I looked at a teenage/twenty-something girl, literally inches from me, as she complained loudly to her friend,

“strollers are the worse thing to ever happen to Disney World.”

Yes, it is a pain pushing those strollers through the crowds of people. Yes, that stroller cost me $31 dollars. Yes, Disney strollers are designed to be shorter and you can’t see the front over the canopy, making it impossible to be sure you won’t hit people in the ankles. Yes, the kids would rather walk and half the time you just push their stuff around and struggle to keep their hands in your’s while you push that beast of a stroller one-handed.

But you know what?

It is worth every minute of it when I look at the wonder on those precious faces and realize I am giving them a gift of magic and ensuring that they will have wonderful childhood memories. I’m also doing a little bit to prolong that innocence that ends far too soon, and giving them just a little more whimsy to combat our day-to-day realities that affect those little ones too.

Disney is for the children

Disney is for the children.

I’m sorry that you can visit Disney World and still hold on to your cynical views of entitlement.

Do yourself a favor, look around and decide what is really important.

Look closely at those children and the joy on their faces.

Look closely at the parents. It is a complete chore to give those little ones the gift of a day at Disney World, but if you look close enough, you will see that the parents would do it all ten times over to see their children that happy.

So, with many things I could have said in that moment not suitable for Disney, I kept plugging along with that beast of a stroller, looked her dead in the eye and said,

“you’re right, Disney World is totally the wrong place for children.”

"You're right, Disney is totally the wrong place for children"

As she didn’t respond rudely again, I hope it made her think and possibly go out of her way to help another struggling mother or create a magical moment for one of those other precious kiddos experiencing the wonder only Disney can bring.

And for the poor girl – no older than the other- who pushed through these crowds directly in front of our stroller that is the worst thing to ever happen to Disney World…

She calmly raised her foot each time we stopped to protect her ankles, used her own body to block my children from the oncoming crowd, mentioned to people who were especially pushy that there were children below, and helped guide us through the madness.

It’s people like her who are the best thing to happen to Disney World. I will be forever grateful to that stranger who understood that Disney is for the children.

 

My Disney Bucket List

Hey All!

Today, I’m sharing some of my Disney Dreams!  I’ve created a Bucket List of all things Disney.  I have a feeling this is only the start, so don’t be surprised if a “part II” turns up after our vacation!

Disney Bucket List (Part I???)

1.  Stay at the Grand Floridian Resort. I almost made this one happen when I realized we could get a room there, with David’s Vacation Club Rentals, for about what we’re paying for the Art of Animation suite, but it was all one room so space won out.

2.  Become a member of the Disney Vacation Club and make Disney a family tradition


3.  Watch Fantasmic (can you believe I haven’t seen it????)

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4.  Run Disney – Disney Princess Half Marathon! Or Expedition Everest Challenge!

5.  Really do it up – a full week or more at the resort, park hoppers, meal plan, etc…


6.  La Nuba. Another thing I should have done while I lived there, and I think we even had a chance to go for free… What was I thinking!

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7.  Safari at Animal Kingdom. Seriously! What did I do when I lived there for 4 months!?! Oh yeah, they worked us to the bone! So fun!

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8.  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. I worked this one but I would love to go as a guest – especially with the kids! You couldn’t ask for a better place to trick-or-treat!

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9.  Richard Petty Driving experience. Has anyone done this? Someday when I hit the millions, I want to treat my dad to this one.

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10.  See the Cinderella Castle Suite.  It’s even too much for my bucket list to say I’d like to stay in the suite.  I’ll be realistic and say I’d just like to “see” it – but wouldn’t staying there be a dream!?!

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11.  Be proposed to with a glass slipper outside Cinderella’s castle.  Ok, I’m already married, but I’m pretty sure Hubby got the memo that this was the way it was supposed to happen… Maybe he can do a redo. 🙂  Have you seen some of the weddings they do!  Magic!!

12.  Stay in the Pirate room at Caribbean Beach Resort.

13.  Find a way to bottle the smells from Philharmagic. Have you smelled this attraction??? Amazing! The shop outside needs to carry a candle that will take you through the smells of the Beaty and the beast Scene and the magic carpet ride! Omg! Heaven to my nose. **Disney, if you’re reading, this idea is GOLD and I want my royalties**

14.  See the candy making lady in Eocot Japan again.  She was the best!  Anyone know if she’s still there – she was in 2004…

15.  Ride in the front of the monorail.  I hear they have a little co-pilot pin the kiddos can get! “Please stand clear of the doors.  Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.”

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16.  Get my Little Lady’s first haircut at the barber shop on Main Street. I think they give a little souvenir for first haircuts.

17.  Eat at Ohanas. I’ve heard it’s pretty amazing.

18.  See the Osbourne Family lights at Disney Hollywood Studios – are they even called that anymore?

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19.  Chef’s table at Victoria and Albert’s.  How cool is that?  I’m pretty sure you get a personalized menu too, but I’m also pretty positive I’ll never be able to afford it.

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20.  Beers around the World at Epcot World Showcase. This is something I should have done when I worked there, but I turned 21 a month before I left. I don’t know if I was ready for it then, and maybe not even now since I haven’t drank much since the little ones, but give me a few more years…

21.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  I’m hoping to fit this into our short trip this December.  We will be in Disney December 1-4.  The Christmas party is Sunday and Tuesday night and we will be spending a full day at the Magic Kingdom on Monday – I’m torn between going Sunday and knowing what rides will be closed that we should hit on Tuesday or going on Wednesday night so they get their first glimpse of the Magic Kingdom Monday morning and seeing it the second time all dressed up for the party.

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22.  Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage.  So cool!  The tour starts with a visit from Captain Hook and Smee, then there are snacks and beverages, games and prizes, and then great views of the fireworks.  There is also a special guest at the end.  Very neat!

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23.  Get the little Guy to join the Pirate League.  He’s not old enough yet, but it seems like fun!  Maybe this is where to start before forking out the money for the pirate cruise.

24.  Get the Little Lady done up at the Bibbidy Boutique.   Although, knowing her, she might be just as interested in the Pirate League.

25.  Get the kiddos silhouettes done each year – so far so good, we did one last year. I have a bunch from when I was younger and we started this tradition with my kiddos last year. I would recommend doing this at Downtown Disney, so you don’t Jane to spend valuable Magic Kingdom time searching out the silhouette cart and waiting.

26.  Go to Jelly Rolls on the boardwalk. I am a complete sucker for a piano bar. I’ve embarrassed myself at quite a few Shout Houses and Howl at the Moons all across the USA, but I never made it to Jelly Rolls once I turned 21. That would have been a great 21at birthday when I was down there if we all hadn’t been working so much. My birthday is December 5th and everyone I knew was busy working the Very Merry Christmas Party.

27.  Stay at Aluni in Hawaii.  Doesn’t it sound amazing!?!

28.  Disney Cruise!!!  We are absolutely doing this!  I just have to figure out the best age for the kids.

29.  Use the kids clubs and have an adult night.  How cool is it that Disney has childcare!?  They have in-room babysitting, but I love that they have kids clubs at a few of resorts and they can play with others and do tons of fun activities.  Yea Disney!

30.  Earn a coveted spot on the Disney Moms Panel. I don’t know if I’ve visited enough yet, but I sure have looked up a lot of Disney facts and tips!

Well there you have it!  My Disnet bucket list.  Thirty items and I bet I’ll keep adding!

What’s on you Disney Bucket List?