Disney’s Magic Kingdom Maximized 1-Day Itinerary

You’ve got one day to spend at Walt Disney World.  Which park should you pick?  I get asked this question all the time, and here’s my panicked response, every single time:  “Wait, one day isn’t enough!!”  But I get it, sometimes that’s all your plan allows.  In that case, if your kids are in the range of ages 5- 12… I recommend Magic Kingdom. My children are ages 7 (1st grade boy) and 12 (7th grade girl).  We recently had a whirlwind, long weekend at Walt Disney World to attend an awesome Take Me Fishing event. We had one park day.  ONE. PARK. DAY.  Being the crazy mom uber-Disney-planner that I am, I found this an exciting challenge! First, I need to give credit where credit is due.  I’m a huge fan of using TouringPlans.com, for everything from their Disney Parks estimated crowd calendar to their optimized park touring plans.  They’ve put a lot of research into park traffic flows, and such.  So I based our strategy loosely on that.  It worked out great, and we packed in … [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 Wordless Wednesday ~ Spring at Magic Kingdom

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme:  Your March Calendar Shot! *o*     *o*     *o* Since I have never been to EPCOT's International Flower & Garden Festival (and officially found out today that I won't be seeing it this May 9-12th, either ... ahem!  But enough about that), I don't have many lovely topiary character pictures to dazzle you with, for a Disney Spring Calendar shot today. Although I was excited to see my first topiary, at the Magic Kingdom last month: And although it wasn't Spring yet when I took this next shot, the fact that you can see beautiful foliage like this in early February (a novel concept to a Midwesterner like myself) is one of the many reasons we love to go to Disney World in winter! Check out more great Springtime Disney shots this week by clicking the button below.  Thanks Deb, at Focused on the Magic, for hosting this fun weekly photo hop! … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday

This week's theme is: Disney's  Frontierland *o*     *o*     *o* Dare I commit myself so, and say that Frontierland is my favorite land in Disney's Magic Kingdom?!  I think it may be true.   And I think it all stems from happy childhood memories of riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad with my dad (loving the sound of his low, nervous chuckle throughout), followed up by a session together with him and my brother at the shooting gallery.   Good times.  Now I take my own young 'un there... Yeeeeee-Haaaaw!  Best Character Greetin' in the West, pardner! … [Read more...]