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…
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(Article last updated: April 11, 2016) So you know about Space Mountain and Toy Story Mania. And you know about character meals and autographs. What else is there? Today, I’m showing you 15 unique things that most first-timers don’t do that you might want to add to your trip plans. Let’s get started…
(Article last updated: September 24, 2017) People who plan to visit a Disney World water park don’t usually plan to visit both so they have to decide – Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon? In this post, these 2 water parks face off in 8 different categories and 1 is crowned the winner. Let’s get started…
(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.
(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.
(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
(Article last updated: April 11, 2016) Lots of people requested a trip plan for large families. I initially held off for a little bit on doing this because…let’s just say…I’ve learned some of these things the hard way. Here are some ideas for doing a Disney World with a group…
(Article last checked: April 11, 2016) I’m appealing to your creative side today and have gathered 16 different free fonts for you to use. A lot of people use the basic Walt Disney font (you can get the Waltograph font here) but for a little extra credit, you can get even more specific and use some of the fonts from each park, the lands within each park and/or from the rides themselves. These are great for scrapbookers as well as anybody wanting to do a Magic Kingdom-inspired DIY project because they saw it on Pinterest. (I’m super jealous of all
(Article last updated: April 11, 2016) We have 2 kids: a princess lover and a nerdy kid. Since I’ve already written a trip plan for princesses, this one is for the geeky types. My teen son (affectionately called “Nerd Boy”) is a kid who loves programming, robots, physics and math. Oh, and Disney World. He’s been visiting since he was 3 and he helped me with this trip plan because he has great ideas and I like hearing his perspective. Now, on to the geeky stuff.
(Article last checked: April 11, 2016) When people sign up for the email list, they automatically get an email from me asking them to reply with their trip planning concerns. The number 1 thing that people email me is that they feel overwhelmed (number 2 thing is that they just want their kids to have fun). I have a confession: some years ago when we were planning our first trip to Disney World, I emailed somebody on a Disney site and it said this (I had to dig through really old emails to find this snippet): I am interested in
(Article last updated: January 4, 2016) So you’re about to leave for your Disney World trip and you want to keep your kids busy en route while getting them in the Disney spirit… Or maybe your kids think the wait for their Disney World trip is sooooo long and need something to help pass the time… Here are my favorite Disney-themed activities for kids to pass the time while they wait for their trip to start.
(Article last checked: February 15 ,2018) In order to do everything you want to do on your Disney World trip, you need to start planning more than 6 months in advance. Of course, not everybody has that much notice on their trips, so they have to figure out how to plan on a shorter schedule. Here is the ideal planning timeline as well as what you can do if you are running short on time.
(Article last updated: April 11, 2016) No matter how much research or planning you do, there will be things that surprise you on your first trip (and your second and third and…). Here are 10 things you might not know if you’re planning your very first trip to Disney World.
Parents spend a lot of time planning their family’s Disney World trips and hopefully eventually arrive at a plan for their vacation. If your kids are like mine, they want to know what to expect during their trip. I’ve designed two templates to help you do that in a fun way. Here’s how you use them.