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The last several weeks have been crazy at my house, so I haven’t been posting much.  It feels good to finally get something published again.  Today, I’m linking up with Focused on the Magic’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!

This week’s theme is “Celebrations!”

Traveling to Disney World/land is always a cause of celebration, but here are a few pictures of mine that this week’s theme made me think of.

Closing down the Magic Kingdom on my Birthday! 

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for Focused on the Magic’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!

This week’s theme is “This is Really Good!”

Of course, a phrase like that makes me think of food, and there is plenty of good food to be had in Disney World.  But, I’ve decided to stray from the food idea and pick a few other things that are “really good” parts of being at Disney World.  (That’s pretty much everything, for the record, but, I will try to pick just a few.)

Enjoy the list and have a great Wednesday!  Continue on to see the rest of the Blog Hop after checking out my post.

Starting Your Disney Adventure

It is so exciting to scan your Magic Band at the airport and know that, from there on out, you will be on Disney property.  The magic awaits you!

Magical Express

Wishes … Ok, All of the Nighttime Shows

Wishes is my favorite, but they’re all so good that I can’t leave them out.  Disney’s nighttime shows are not to be missed. Continue Reading…

You can’t go to Disney World and miss the American Patriotism there.  This Independence Day, I thought I’d spotlight a few of those things for you.  Enjoy some views from the Park before taking in fireworks and eating hot dogs and hamburgers today!

Main Street U.S.A

Inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri in the turn-of-the-century era.

Walt said, “For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of their grandfather’s youth” (Wikipedia).

Main Street USA

Flag Retreat Ceremony

Each evening at the Magic Kingdom, a veteran is selected to participate in a Flag Retreat Ceremony, as patriotic music is played, Continue Reading…

Stuffed Animals

Bring some little stuffed friends with you if you’re staying at a
Walt Disney World Resort hotel! 

When we went to Disney World, we packed along a couple of favorite teddy bears, as well as a few, small, Disney stuffed animals.  I didn’t want to waste space in our luggage by bringing toys at home, but I am so glad that we packed these little guys.  They really added to the magic.

Before we left our room at the resort each day, we’d make sure our stuffed animals were lying out on the bed.  When we’d return, we’d come back to a fun surprise!  Our toys had as much fun at Disney World as we did!  Continue Reading…

Selfie Sticks

According to Inquisitr and Huffington Post, Selfie Sticks are about to be banned altogether at Walt Disney World.  

They were recently banned from being used on attractions, as the sticks pose a safety issue.  (Sticking items outside of a ride vehicle is prohibited.)  Now, if all goes as the sources say, Security will keep guests from taking the sticks past the gate.  Guests will be given the option to either leave and take their Selfie Stick or check it with Guest Relations and pick it up when they leave.

The ban in Disney’s United States Parks begins on Tuesday, June 30th.  July 1st is the start date for the ban in Disneyland Paris and in Hong Kong.

Selfie Sticks

Image Credit: Ubergizmo


Dining Plan Drink Tips



With the FREE dining offer recently announced, I’ve been posting about Disney Dining Plans.  When you’re on a Disney vacation, you need to stay well-hydrated to be prepared for all of that walking you’ll be doing.  Here are my tips for maximizing your drinks with a Quick Service Dining Plan.

My Tips:

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Dining Plan Value

Last year (2014) my family took a trip and took advantage of the Free Quick-Service Dining Plan offer, with a value resort stay.  We had 3 adults (my husband, myself, and my sister), 1 son with a park ticket (age 4), and 1 son without a park ticket (age 2).  We stayed for 7 nights.  Each of us with a park ticket got the Dining Plan benefits times those seven nights:

  • 1 refillable resort mug (refillable only at the resort)
  • 2 quick-service meals/night
  • 1 snack credit/night

The receipts print out with a $0 total, but we kept track of the cost of each of our meals and snacks.  Of course, the value of a dining plan varies, according to what you order, but, this post can give you an idea of how it worked out for my family.  If you’re really curious about the cost of meals (or the break-down of our totals), you can see what we actually bought in this post, as well.  Two snack credit totals were estimated because we forgot to save the total of those orders, but the should be pretty close.

So, for our family of 3 adults & 1 child (and sharing with a toddler), our Quick-Service Dining Plan in 2014 was worth: Continue Reading…

Disney Dining

To Dine or Not To Dine?  Should your family buy a Disney Dining Plan? 

Walt Disney World recently announced their Free Dining Plan offer for this year.  If you’re like my family, it’s a pretty enticing offer.  So, maybe you’re considering the idea of a trip during the promotion dates.  But, maybe you’re trying to weigh which offer is more of a savings to you (this one or another popular one, such as 30% off resort stays).  Or, maybe, you’re not planning on going during those dates, but you can’t decide whether you should purchase a dining plan or not.  

There is a lot to think about when planning a trip to Disney World.  Factoring in the cost of food is just one of those things.

Last year (2014) my family took a trip and took advantage of the Free Quick-Service Dining Plan offer, with a value resort stay.  We had 3 adults (my husband, myself, and my sister), 1 son with a park ticket (age 4), and 1 son without a park ticket (age 2).  We stayed for 7 nights.  Each of us with a park ticket got the Dining Plan benefits times those seven nights:

  • 1 refillable resort mug (refillable only at the resort)
  • 2 quick-service meals/night
  • 1 snack credit/night

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I’m linking up with Focused on the Magic’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop today!

This week’s theme is “Disney Parades.”

My very favorite parade is the new Festival of Fantasy Parade, but I’m featuring one that I haven’t posted many pictures of before: the Main Street Electrical Parade.  

This parade is beautiful.  So much impressive technology that I don’t even understand goes into the timing of the music and the lights.  It truly is a sight to see!

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Mexico Pavilion
Epcot’s World Showcase is one of my favorite parts of all Disney World.  Of the 11 countries represented, the Mexico Pavilion is one of the ones that I’ve spend the most time in.  The Mayan temple exterior is impressive, both in the day and at night.  But, there is much more to do, of course, than look at this big pyramid.  Here are a few of our experiences:

Mexico Pavilion insideJust after the entrance to the pyramid is a Mexican Folk Art Gallery and a Kidcot Fun Stop, where your little ones can color and get the country’s stamp.  Just beyond that is what you see in the picture above: a darkened, beautiful marketplace: Plaza de los Amigos.  It really feels like you’re outside at night.  “Exteriors” of buildings even line the walls and lanterns are strung between them.   Continue Reading…