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...]

7 Disney Springs Hotels Offering Holiday Rates

There is still time to make plans to experience the special events being conducted in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida this November and December.   It's also the ideal time to check out the transformed and newly-named Disney SpringsTM, formerly known as the Downtown Disney® Area. The new name took effect September 29, 2015 in recognition of the transitioning to the one-of-a-kind, reimagined Disney SpringsTM, which features new shopping, dining and entertainment venues for your enjoyment. A great way to experience these events and new offerings is by taking advantage of the special “Holiday Rates” that are being offered from November 1-December 20, 2015 by the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels, which are now known as the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels. In addition to their ideal location an easy walk to the shopping, dining and entertainment venues at Disney SpringsTM, these seven “Official Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels” also provide complimentary … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World Discount for Early 2015

At last!  Hot off the presses, it's a new Walt Disney World Discount for Early 2015.  This is the one my family has personally been waiting for... as we are headed to Disney World during our absolute favorite time of the year:  January/February 2015! Disney has just released their special offer discount deals for Disney World, for early 2015 dates.   Looks like your choice of two offers - room discount, or Stay and Play package discount.  You can get a free vacation quote here. This combination of deals is perfect for my family, as we will be trying out our first "split stay"!  We'll be using the Stay and Play for a package for the first few nights, then heading to the ocean for two nights, then back to Disney to use the room only discount and stay at a Deluxe Resort.  Exciting! Here are the details: Walt Disney World Discount for Early 2015 For those of you thinking about a January-March Walt Disney World Vacation you won’t need anymore convincing! The popular Stay Play and … [Read more...]

Magical Blogorail Disney Coast-to-Coast Giveaway

  Hop Aboard the Magical Blogorail!   A fantastic way to discover ideas and advice for your Disney trip... or just get a pixie dust fix, to tide you over until your next visit. The Magical Blogorail is a group of Disney bloggers, organized into 8 teams of colored Blogorail loops.   (I'm on Magical Blogorail Red - wooo hooo!)  Each month they write about a fun Disney vacation topic. New Disney topic loops are run every week on on Tuesdays and Fridays.   As you read through the 4-5 Disney blogs participating on that Magical Blogorail loop, you will find them presenting their own photos, tips, ideas, and experiences on the Disney theme that's been chosen.  At the end, you are directed to your next "stop". Planning a trip, and are looking for information on a specific topic?  Check out the main Magical Blogorail site - it's an excellent way to find a huge and informative array of past Disney topics which have been featured.   Just head to the Magical Blogorail Loops by … [Read more...]

Magical Blogorail ~ Tips For Your First Disney World Trip

Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Donna Kay and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.  Today, it's tips for your first Disney World trip! This topic is always a fun thing to read about.  Although it can be admittedly daunting to a first timer, hang in there... scoping out and planning your Disney vacation can be half the fun!  And for those who've planned many a Disney trip, you never know when you'll pick up a new idea, right? Best Tips for your First Disney World Trip Since I put a Disney face on most of my social media accounts, I receive regular inquiries on this exact topic.  I love to write those emails, excitedly customizing my ideas for the ages of their kids.  But there are definitely some common threads throughout my Disney trip planning advice. Here are my best tips for your first Disney World trip: Tip #1:  Order Customized Maps More of an anticipation builder than anything, my daughter and I love Disney's … [Read more...]

Magical Blogorail ~ Favorite Use of Snack Credits

Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Donna Kay and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month's theme is Favorite Ways to Use Snack Credits, when on the Disney Dining Plan.  Being the tightwad that I am, here is how I select my favorite item to use my snack credit on: Approach and peruse menu for purple snack credit logo. Choose most expensive item available as a snack. The End. Kidding!  (Well, a little bit kidding...) Let's just say when I get desperately thirsty, and use my snack credit for water, I don't just pick "water".  I get SMART water... you know, cause it's worth more $$. Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits I vividly recall planning the first Disney World trip we took as a family, and selecting the dining plan with our package.  One of my concerns was how prevalent the acceptance of our food credits would prove to be?  Turns out that was fear was unfounded, since it's accepted almost everywhere on the … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday

This week's theme:  The Letter "J" *o*     *o*     *o* *o*     *o*     *o* Come join us on this fun Disney photo blog hop! … [Read more...]

Summer 2013 Disney World Special Offers

Thinking of taking your kids to Disney World this summer of 2013?  Disney World now has some special offers available for the upcoming summer months, so this is a great time to book. I am an affiliate for the Disney Travel Planning specialists at Destinations in Florida.  I do not work for them, but the links included in this post are "affiliate" links, meaning if you booked your vacation with them via the links found here, I would receive a small commission. There are definitely advantages to using a travel planner, especially if this will be your first trip to Disney World. You can get a free quote and more information from Destinations in Florida on their website.  Plus they offer some additional free benefits if you book with them - more on that below. But most excitingly... the deals have just been released for this summer at Disney World!  So let's get to the juicy details. Summer 2013 Disney World Special Offer 4/2/13 UPDATE:  This offer has now been released to the … [Read more...]

Magical Blogorail ~ Best Disney Photo Spots

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we share with you our favorite Disney photo spots. I'd be willing to wager that everyone who's ever visited Disney World has a photograph of themselves in front Cinderella's Castle.  Classic, Happiest-Place-On-Earth shot! And you know when you spot a Disney PhotoPass photographer... you've just received a hint as to a good place to have your picture taken. But in addition to that, there are an endless number of great locations to take Disney photos.  I'm nothing even closely resembling a talented photographer, but here are some of my favorite Disney photo spots. Swiss Family Treehouse There are numerous spots along the way in the walk-through Swiss Family Treehouse to stop and take a great picture.  It's such an immersive attraction, plus has the benefit of outside natural light.  You can easily frame your photo nicely, and add a neat backdrop to your shot. Unique Views of the Castle It could … [Read more...]

Reasons to Stay at A Disney Resort

For many, a trip to Walt Disney World may likely be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Maybe it's a place you're saving up for, and long to take your kids to someday.  Maybe you're all grown up, have never been, and would just like to cross it off of your Bucket List. It is especially in cases like this - a Magical, one time only experience - when I so highly recommend staying on property during your Disney trip. … [Read more...]