Home/2013/December

Fireworks Cruises at Disney World

2013-11-26T15:20:32-05:00

If you are looking for a wonderful, unique experience while at Disney World I have a suggestion...try a Fireworks Cruise! Fireworks cruises are offered not only to view Magic Kingdom's Wishes fireworks but also for IllumiNations at Epcot as well. Whether you are interested in a romantic evening with that special someone or want to get away with friends or as a family, you can't go wrong with a fireworks cruise! Each pontoon comes with a driver, snacks (pretzels, chips, [...]

Fireworks Cruises at Disney World2013-11-26T15:20:32-05:00

Magical Memories: Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

2013-11-26T15:11:11-05:00

This past October I had the opportunity to partake in wine tastings at 2 different wineries in Napa Valley with my sister during our girls’ getaway weekend – Kelham Vineyards and Vine Cliff Vineyards. We had a wonderful experience at both vineyards. Even though it was just after the harvest season, and most of the grapes were picked, we thoroughly enjoyed walking through the fields of grapevines. There were still some grapes left hanging on the vines, so of course [...]

Magical Memories: Wine Tasting in Napa Valley2013-11-26T15:11:11-05:00

New Orleans with kids

2013-12-09T21:36:41-05:00

I’ve been to New Orleans several times with other adults, but when my nine-year-old son chose this destination for a mother/son trip, I thought “Why not?” New Orleans is full of fun, interesting and educational things to do with your kids. One of our first stops was City Park. They have a playground area named Storyland, where all the play equipment has been designed by Mardi Gras float makers. It’s a lot of fun for the kids to play, while [...]

New Orleans with kids2013-12-09T21:36:41-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments

2013-12-23T17:54:05-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World® Resort Refurbishment schedule.   Magic Kingdom® Park Casey's Corner Tomorrowland Speedway Splash Mountain Splashdown Photos Agrabah Bazaar The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Liberty Square Riverboat Barnstormer Tomorrowland Transit Authority Pinocchio's Village Haus The Plaza Restaurant 1/6/14 - 2/15/14 1/6/14 - 1/12/14 1/6/14 - 3/21/14 1/6/14 - 3/21/14 1/7/14 - 2/13/14 1/13/14 - 1/16/14 1/21/14 - 1/30/14 2/3/14 - 2/5/14 2/10/14 - 3/27/14 2/17/14 - 3/30/14 2/17/14 - 3/15/14 Epcot® American Adventure Restrooms Mid-January - End of [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments2013-12-23T17:54:05-05:00

Epcot’s Sum of All Thrills

2013-11-26T14:43:04-05:00

For starters, I must admit that my family is a bunch of roller coaster fanatics. When they found out that they could design, test, and ride their own roller coaster simulation, they were thrilled. If this sounds like an experience that your family would enjoy, please make sure you visit The Sum of All Thrills at Innoventions East at Epcot. You must be 48” to ride. The first thing you will do is go to the briefing room to watch [...]

Epcot’s Sum of All Thrills2013-11-26T14:43:04-05:00

My Disney Trip: Through the Eyes of a Child

2013-12-23T11:06:52-05:00

I have many Walt Disney World trips under my belt, but 2009 was the first year we visited as a family of 4. Our boys were 5 and almost 2 years old. Trying to think of the perfect “Disney trip tradition”, it didn’t take long to figure out that a review or interview might be an amusing way to document Disney memories for years to come. Last year, I took my oldest on a special Mom and Son trip- his [...]

My Disney Trip: Through the Eyes of a Child2013-12-23T11:06:52-05:00

2014 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

2013-12-20T12:37:17-05:00

Dates have been announced for the 2014 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 16, 2014 through June 8, 2014. Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014 Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014 Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014 Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014 Do you plan on attending the 2014 Star Wars Weekends?

2014 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios2013-12-20T12:37:17-05:00

Magic Bands and Fastpass+: My Personal Experience

2013-12-20T09:24:54-05:00

Have you heard about Disney's new Magic Bands and Fastpass+?  I did research, took a class, and tried to learn all that I could about them for my clients.  It wasn’t until this past week when I experienced them on my own trip that I realized all the benefits they have to offer. One of the very first things that comes to mind when I think about using my Magic Band this week: convenience.  No more fishing through my bag to [...]

Magic Bands and Fastpass+: My Personal Experience2013-12-20T09:24:54-05:00

Disney Prize Pack Giveaway

2019-05-29T13:54:29-05:00

Disney Prize Pack Giveaway! Recently, Disney parks announced it’s newest campaign which invites everyone to “show your Disney side”. This campaign is all about letting loose, having fun, playing, and experiencing a great vacation. So what is a Disney side? It can be whatever you want it to be! Do you have a family tradition you do at the parks? A certain ear hat you love to wear? Do you blare Disney music in your car on the way to [...]

Disney Prize Pack Giveaway2019-05-29T13:54:29-05:00

Infant Packing Tips

2013-12-09T21:24:14-05:00

Now that you have made the awesome decision to take your little ones to Disney, we should talk about getting ready for your adventure. One of the biggest concerns parents have when traveling is, “How am I going to take ALL the stuff my baby needs on vacation?” Let’s face it, babies require lots of stuff. Here are some infant packing tips to help you get ready for your next Disney trip. 1. Have a vacation drop zone. I know [...]

Infant Packing Tips2013-12-09T21:24:14-05:00

Coronado Springs Resort & Spa

2013-12-18T08:47:46-05:00

Step into the world of Colonial Spain and relax in the comfortable, easy-going yet festive atmosphere at the Coronado Springs Resort! The Coronado Springs Resort is an American Southwest themed resort providing over 1900 rooms around a 22-acre lake, Lago Dorado. From the Lobby to the resort rooms, the Old Southwest can be seen in every detail. The Lobby Ceiling Contains a Beautiful Southwest Mosaic Ranchos Style Rooms Southwest Feel Along the Walkways The design and layout of the Coronado [...]

Coronado Springs Resort & Spa2013-12-18T08:47:46-05:00

Harmony Barber Shop

2013-12-17T08:46:21-05:00

When I talk about having my kids’ hair cut at Disney people always give me these puzzled looks, but yes it’s true Disney has their very own barber shop in Magic Kingdom! The Harmony Barber Shop is a full service salon with licensed cosmetologists and is a hidden gem that most visitors walk right by each day and is one of the most unique happenings the Magic Kingdom offers. While this Barber Shop services customers of all ages, its specialty [...]

Harmony Barber Shop2013-12-17T08:46:21-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments

2013-12-16T11:02:39-05:00

  Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments Magic Kingdom® Park Casey's Corner Tomorrowland Speedway Splash Mountain The Magic Carpets of Aladdin Liberty Square Riverboat Agrabah Bazaar Barnstormer 01/06/14 - 02/15/14 01/06/14 - 01/12/14 01/06/14 - 03/21/14 01/06/14 - 2/3/14 01/13/14 - 01/16/14 01/21/14 - 01/30/14 02/03/14 - 02/05/14 Disney's Hollywood Studios® Monsters, Inc Meet & Greet 01/05/14 - 01/19/14 Disney's Animal Kingdom® Kali River Rapids Festival of the Lion King Camp Minnie-Mickey 12/02/13 - 12/13/13 01/06/2014 01/06/2014 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishments2013-12-16T11:02:39-05:00

Disney Vacations for “Grown-Ups”: Don’t wait till you have kids…enjoy the magic now!

2019-06-03T14:10:14-05:00

Disney vacations are not just for kids! Whether it’s a trip out to California to see Disneyland (where it all started), a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a Disney Cruise Line getaway, a romantic vacation in Hawaii, or an international adventure with Adventures by Disney….I promise you will have a blast…kids not required. Though children certainly enjoy Disney vacations, there is actually a lot to do for those of us without kids in tow. Disney is [...]

Disney Vacations for “Grown-Ups”: Don’t wait till you have kids…enjoy the magic now!2019-06-03T14:10:14-05:00

Disney Junior Play and Dine Breakfast at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

2013-12-03T10:33:42-05:00

One of the highlights of our most recent trip was the Disney Junior Play and Dine breakfast. We had 8 am reservations which was prior to park opening, something I highly recommend! (If you eat quickly, you can make it to Toy Story Midway Mania before the park officially opens). We arrived at the park so early that they hadn’t even hung the “character dining entrance” sign yet. When they finally let us through the gate, we headed to the [...]

Disney Junior Play and Dine Breakfast at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios2013-12-03T10:33:42-05:00

New! Limited Time Magic offerings for December 2013

2013-12-11T09:06:20-05:00

New! Limited Time Magic offerings for December 2013 New! Secret Santa Week at Magic Kingdom Park Join Duffy the Disney Bear and other character favorites during Secret Santa Week at Magic Kingdom Park, happening Dec. 9-13. Duffy will be dressed in his Christmas finest under the Town Square Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. eagerly anticipating your arrival. Guests will also have the opportunity to catch some of his closest friends throughout the park giving away decorated keepsake cards for the holiday season. Each card [...]

New! Limited Time Magic offerings for December 20132013-12-11T09:06:20-05:00

Club 7 – Hard Rock Hotel

2013-12-11T09:01:16-05:00

One step into the Hard Rock Hotel property in Orlando and the tone is set to have a ROCKing vacation, but for some the party only starts when you walk in the doors! From the guitar filled fountain and the memorabilia lined walls this hotel is an amusement in itself, but beyond the lobby of this luxurious resort lies the exclusive 7th floor club level and home to “Club 7” where the concierge’s motto “Love All, Serve All” really comes [...]

Club 7 – Hard Rock Hotel2013-12-11T09:01:16-05:00

Adventures by Disney is heading to Norway!

2014-03-31T18:00:14-05:00

The newest vacation in the Adventures by Disney portfolio has been many years in the making. During the creation of Disney’s newest animated feature, Frozen, animators and other Disney Cast Members traveled to Norway for inspiration. After working closely with VisitNorway.com, Adventures by Disney decided to help guests explore the natural wonders of this beautiful country. Norway is a majestic country, rich in natural beauty and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites. From fjords to the Northern Lights, the [...]

Adventures by Disney is heading to Norway!2014-03-31T18:00:14-05:00

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

2013-12-09T07:40:49-05:00

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party On select nights in November and December, the Magic Kingdom hosts a special ticketed event, a party to be exact.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very special event with activities the whole family can enjoy. Upon entering the park, you will be given a special wristband showing that you are indeed there for the party. Be sure to pick up a guide map as well. It will tell you all of the locations [...]

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party2013-12-09T07:40:49-05:00

Beautiful, other worldly Iceland

2013-12-06T09:06:47-05:00

People would ask me “Where are you going for your honeymoon?” and I knew what they were envisioning: warm beaches, swimsuits, and umbrella drinks. Then I’d answer them: “Iceland!” We went to Iceland in mid-October for our honeymoon. Yes, it’s cold there, but not crazy-cold. Temps in mid-October were around 40F, so we were quite comfortable in jeans and jackets. We flew IcelandAir nonstop from Boston to Reykjavik (the capital), which took only about five hours, and arrived at 7:00am, [...]

Beautiful, other worldly Iceland2013-12-06T09:06:47-05:00

Exploring Walt Disney World’s Main Street, USA

2013-12-03T13:55:47-05:00

"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."  - Walt Disney While everyone looks forward to their first view of Cinderella Castle, don’t overlook the special street welcoming you to the Magic Kingdom. Inspired by Walt Disney’s home town of Marceline, Missouri this turn of the century street pays tribute to [...]

Exploring Walt Disney World’s Main Street, USA2013-12-03T13:55:47-05:00

Starbucks at Epcot

2013-12-02T11:04:43-05:00

During our recent fall trip to Epcot we visited the new Starbucks that recently opened in September 2013. Starbucks replaced the former Fountain View Cafe and reopened as Fountain View Starbucks. This location offers a wide variety of treats and drinks. You are able to use a Starbucks card at this location. The only thing lacking at this location is seating. There are no tables or chairs inside the location. The outside patio does not offer seating either. However, down [...]

Starbucks at Epcot2013-12-02T11:04:43-05:00