A luxury Disney World trip plan

(Article last updated: October 23, 2014) I’ve had some really amazing trips to Disney World but there’s a whole level of luxury that I’ve never experienced and it will remain a fantasy unless I hit the lottery (which is going to be tough since I don’t play). Here are my suggestions for a fantasy, luxury Disney World trip…

Guide to all Epcot rides and attractions

(Article last updated: July 27, 2017) Epcot is my favorite park now and it was when I was a third grader on my first visit. It’s a huge park with lots to explore. Here’s a guide to all Epcot rides and attractions to help you decide what to do on your next trip…

A guide to all Animal Kingdom rides and attractions

(Article last updated: July 27, 2017) I think Animal Kingdom is a hugely underrated park. It’s a beautiful place with interesting things to see, impeccable theming and some fantastic attractions. Here’s a guide to all Animal Kingdom rides and attractions to help you decide what to do when you visit.

Vacation travel bag ideas by age

When we went on our recent trip to Orlando, I posted pics on the Facebook Page throughout the trip and many people told me they thought it was cute that my big kids still liked having me pack a travel bag to keep them busy en route. The truth is that I did these bags when they were little and then stopped once they got older because I figured they could handle keeping themselves busy. They could but….they really missed having me surprise them on each trip. Here are some ideas by age group that you might like to help

The art of trip plan design

There are some common issues with people’s trip plans which made me realize that I hadn’t explained some aspects of planning a trip enough. To help you improve your plans, here are 6 things you should keep in mind when creating your Disney World trip plan.

Painted medicine bottles = cute coin containers

There are lots of opportunities to use coins at Disney World which has resulted in many people using mini-M&M containers to store quarters and pennies on their trip, including me. Here are ones I made for a trip we took that included some of our nephews and nieces…

Gift ideas for Disney World-bound families

For most families that are planning trips to Disney World, it’s a big deal. It’s also an expensive deal. This is a good chance to get extended family involved and have them get gifts that will make the trip even more special and reduce some of the costs for you. Here are some ideas…

11 Secrets of Animal Kingdom

Disney has always been super sneaky in creating an environment that looks the way they want it to look, but may not always be what it seems. When Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, Disney had to work really hard to create their ideal environment, an especially huge challenge because it involved live animals. Here are 11 of the secrets that went into creating Animal Kingdom…

Printable, customizable (and cute!) Mousekeeping money envelopes

Housekeeping at Disney World is called Mousekeeping and it’s a good idea to tip them daily. The going rate for tipping is about $1 per day per person. I often just leave $5 for our family of 4. (It’s important to tip daily since different people come throughout your stay – if you leave an amount at the end, it probably won’t get to all of the people who cleaned your room during your stay.) I’ve done Mousekeeping envelopes in different ways. You can keep it simple and just use regular envelopes. You might get the kids involved and have

5 mistakes I’ve made when planning Disney World trips

(Article last checked: April 11, 2016) In years and years of planning Disney World trips, I’ve made some mistakes. And you will too. You can read and read to plan your trip but some of what you learn will be gained just by going there and figuring some things out on your trip. Here are 5 mistakes I’ve made while planning trips to Disney World.

Drinking your way through Disney World

(Article last updated: February 15, 2017) For many of us who stay on-site and don’t drive, the freedom to have a few drinks here and there makes for a fun (and sometimes tipsy) vacation. There are lots and lots of different drinks to try, many of them very unique and hard to find anywhere else. Here’s a sampling of over 20 of the most interesting/delicious drinks you will find when you are drinking your way through Disney World.

20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas

(Article last updated: December 5, 2017) There might be a million different souvenirs you can buy at Disney World (and I’m convinced 90% of those are located at the World of Disney store in Disney Springs) but for brevity’s sake, I’ve pared it down to a list of 20 unique Disney World souvenir ideas I think you’ll like. Some general advice on souvenir shopping: buy it when you see it, you may not see it again. There are lots of items unique to a location and there’s a chance you won’t come across it later. If you’re staying on-site, you can

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