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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: October 3, 2018) 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: September 4, 2018) 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

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…

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

Doing Disney World with large families

(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…

16 Magic Kingdom fonts (and they’re all free)

(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

Disney World for techie geeks

(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.

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