7 Magical Reasons to Stay at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista (near Disney World)

Let's talk about the elephant in the room first.  I almost always advocate for staying at a Disney World resort.  However, after two visits now to the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista property, I’ve now decided this is my one exception. They’ve got a  LOT to offer, and have gone to great efforts to make sure that families staying with them for a Disney World vacation still feel surrounded by that special Disney magic. There are even a few hidden Mickeys on site! Take a look at these solid reasons to consider staying at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista during your next vacation to Walt Disney World. #1 On Disney World Property Location The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista is literally ON THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT PROPERTY, across the street from Disney Springs!  If you want to save money but still stay as close to Disney World as possible, it’s an absolutely perfect location. Staying at this resort really adds no more travel-to-park time than staying at one of the other periphery … [Read more...]

Meet Lightning McQueen & Jackson Storm ~ FREE Denver Event!

Hey Coloradans!  If you are excited about Disney∙Pixar’s CARS 3 heading to theatres on June 16, 2017, then you'll want to head to this fun FREE family event in Denver!  The Disney∙Pixar’s CARS 3 Road to the Races Nationwide Tour is racing through Colorado, with a very importnant pit stop in Denver. ome see your favorite five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm.  This fun-fueled event is free, and open to the public. Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release, is coming to Denver for two days only. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling in to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at Aspen Grove in Littleton.  They will set up shop Memorial Day Weekend- Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ 4 Things I Always Take Pictures Of

Hooray for Disney Wordless Wednesday!  With only 27 sleeps left on my family's countdown to our next Disney World vacation, I enjoyed looking through photos for this week's theme.  Here are the four most common things I always take pictures of. # 1 - The Castle and Fireworks I don't want to talk about Wishes going away.  *sob* At least we'll get to see it one last time. #2 - Family Photo Entering Magic Kingdom A classic.  It's no small feat to pull this off, either... as my family's always vibrating with excitement to get inside Magic Kingdom and start our day of fun! #3 - Disney Food, Particularly Mickey Waffles A blogger's annoying habit.  "DON'T EAT THAT YET!!!"  :) #4 - My kids with Mickey I wish I had used some consistent pose/character/location for photos with my kids on our trips through the years, like I've seen some parents do.  Oh, well... shots like this still make me happy. It doesn't matter where we find Mickey, seeing him is always a highlight! … [Read more...]

Disney Cars: Extended Look at Cars 3, What You Should Know, & Carsland!

After a distressing couple of months with nothing but that awful (as in, upsetting) teaser trailer of Lightening McQueen getting in a wreck that "changes everything"... we finally are getting an extended peek at the new Cars 3! Cars Movies ~ My Family's Favorite! First, I'd like to address the commentary I've read online about Cars and Cars 2 "not being Disney/Pixar's best work".  What?  What?  What's this? To hear that someone thinks the Disney Cars movies aren't great films genuinely puzzles me?  My family absolutely ADORES Cars.  The setting, the characters, the storylines, the jokes, Mater's twangy accent.  All of it. Sure, having a young son who loves all-things-with-wheels has increased our interest.  But as an adult parent who has watches hundreds (perhaps thousands) of animated movies in the past decade, I know of what I speak.  The Cars movies are fantastic, and well worth a repeated watch.  And we can't wait for the release of Cars 3! I'd just like to plug … [Read more...]

Fantastic Family Activities You Can Enjoy aboard a Disney Cruise

Deciding on a destination for a fun-filled family vacation can be difficult, which is why a cruise is a terrific option. With a cruise, you can visit a number of amazing destinations and have the adventure of a lifetime along the way. There is nothing more fun for the family than Disney, and the two can be combined with the unique and magical Disney Cruise Liners. The Disney Cruise Liners offer many different itineraries. Here is what you can expect to enjoy when you step on board. Live Disney Shows There is no better way to spend evenings at sea than with a fun and exciting live Disney show with your family. Each night, there are brilliant musicals and live productions to keep the guests entertained as they retell all the Disney classics. Character Experiences When you step aboard a Disney Cruise Liner, there are plenty of opportunities for your kids (and you) to meet all their favourite Disney characters. Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Peter Pan and more can all be found and … [Read more...]

Is Disney California Adventure’s “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” Worth the Time?

It's new, it's hot, and everyone wants a seat.  Being a full scale Broadway-caliber musical, the new Frozen - Live at the Hyperion production that recently opened at Disney's California Adventure Park is a bit of a time investment.   Even with a FastPass, waits will be involved.  And the Frozen musical itself lasts about an hour. So is it worth the valuable park time? This was my family's recent dilemma, when for the first time in forever... we had just one precious day to experience both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. Frozen... Are You Over It? First, let's address the elephant in the room. I'm a huge lover of all-things-Disney, and I feel like Frozen was one of their best animated films ever.  But at the risk of sounding like a hater, I'm over it. I'm sorry, but I feel like the saturation of merchandising, attractions, and promotion of that movie has given me a bit of a Frozen hangover. I love Olaf.  I do. "Let It Go" gives me goosebumps.  It … [Read more...]

Disney Cars 3 Cruises to the Big Screen in 2017

This just in... some very exciting news from Disney Motion Pictures!  Cars 3 will be cruising into theatres in 2017! A new release in the beloved Cars storyline will be a must-see for my family, and reconfirms my desire to try and get us to California to experience "Carsland" soon. Disney Cars 3 Cruises to the Big Screen in 2017 Owen Wilson is back in the driver's seat as the voice of #95, Lightning McQueen, who faces a new challenge in "Cars 3." Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017. "Having worked on the first and second "Cars" movies, I’m honored to be directing "Cars 3," said Fee. "These characters are like family to me, so it’s very special to be able to follow Lightning McQueen as we dig even deeper into racing and McQueen’s relationship to the sport than we ever have before. The mix of thrills and emotion in the film is going to be really … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Royalty

I'm joining the awesome Disney photography blog Focused On The Magic today for their fun Disney Wordless Wednesday hop! This week's theme:  Disney Royalty Our most recent brush with Disney Royalty was when my mom, daughter, and I took a girls trip to the runDisney Princess Half weekend in February!  We had some unexpected runDisney ups and downs.   But overall, we had a fantastic time and great memories were made. Waiting back at the cold, dark Epcot parking lot as a runDisney half marathon spectator... my daughter was so excited to find princesses available to meet! And what's  more fun than dressing like Disney Royalty YOURSELF?!  This was a Disney First for me (aren't those fun???) Who is your favorite member of Disney Royalty? *o*     *o*     *o* Thanks to Deb at Focused On the Magic for hosting this fun weekly Disney photo blog hop.  Join in the fun and click on the button below to see more great shots from this week!   … [Read more...]

Easy Disney Resorts Planning 101

My family and I are big fans of taking our vacations at Disney World.  This love extends blatantly into our daily life at home, including my work office bedecked in Mickey Mouse and Cinderella Castle mementos. In other words... it's no secret.   And while not everyone knows about my planning spreadsheets I create for each Disney trip, they do know I love Disney Resorts Planning!  So I'm often asked for Disney planning advice.  I say "Disney Resorts" because it's the #1 tip I always give people:  Stay on the Disney World property.   This brings with it so many benefits, additional pixie dusted ambiance, and even cost savings. But this post is about easy Disney Resorts planning!  It can be intimidating to plan a Disney World vacation, worrying that you'll miss something.  In recent years, exciting changes like FastPass+ and the use of My Disney Experience to make reservations and keep track of your itinerary makes it even more critical to do some planning up front. So here … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Weekend ~ the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Mission accomplished, and it's a such an amazing feeling!  Participating in a runDisney Half Marathon has long been a goal of mine.  Between enjoying fitness, and being a Disney addict... this was solidly on my bucket list.  (And let's face it, people.  I ain't getting any younger.)  Last weekend I finally got to fulfill the dream, when I ran in the 2016 runDisney Princess Half.  With my mom and daughter both joining me, it was to be a grand Three Generation Girls Trip. Alas, it was not without it's ups and downs.  I also learned a thing or two along the way, that I'd wish I'd known about runDisney events before our adventure began. The Bad   Let's just get the BAD out of the way. American Airlines apparently "discontinued" my outgoing flight a few weeks ago.  Nice.  Although they reassured me they sent an email last November, I never received any notice of this adjustment.  Sadly, it robbed us of our allotted 4 hours to head to the ESPN Sports Complex on arrival night. … [Read more...]