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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

2014-06-30T18:57:19-04:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Magic Kingdom® Park Tomorrowland Transit Authority - People Mover Astro Orbiter The Yankee Trader Liberty Square Riverboat Mickey's PhilharMagic Carousel of Progress Cinderella's Royal Table Monorail - Monorail service will be adjusted on the Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from: 8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam 9 [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2014-06-30T18:57:19-04:00

Which Park Should We Visit First?

2014-06-10T16:25:08-04:00

One of the questions I am often asked is “what park do we visit first?” The answer is that it depends on you! There is definitely an optimum order to visit Disney Parks but that order varies from family to family. For first time Disney World guests, I often suggest Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is quintessential Disney and there is nothing quite like the first time you walk through those gates, see all the color and Cinderella’s fabled castle as [...]

Which Park Should We Visit First?2014-06-10T16:25:08-04:00

Death Match 2014-Days 14 &15 trip report

2014-06-29T09:08:21-04:00

The End of the Road Day 14 - After breakfast today, I stopped in the office at Pismo Lighthouse Suites and asked the desk clerk how find the sand dunes we looked for during yesterday's frightful adventure. It turns out that we had the right place the very first time! The place that had a flashing sign asking for permits and papers was just for people who want to DRIVE on the dunes. There's a restaurant just off the road [...]

Death Match 2014-Days 14 &15 trip report2014-06-29T09:08:21-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Days 12 & 13 trip report

2014-06-28T08:37:27-04:00

Leaving Los Angeles Day 12 - This morning, my six-year-old woke up feeling a bit better again. I was glad, as it was time to pack up all our belongings and hit the road. Again. But before we left, we had breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. The food was plentiful and delicious, and we had an added bonus: Cinderella made an appearance during our meal! That really made Amber's day. It really made my ten-year-old's day to [...]

Death Match 2014 – Days 12 & 13 trip report2014-06-28T08:37:27-04:00

Fun Facts before you sail on a 3 or 4 day Carnival Cruise

2014-06-04T21:55:50-04:00

If you are looking to go on a vacation that provides entertaining entertainment, fun for all ages, wide variety of food choices (that you don’t have to cook), affordable accommodations, and the perfect last minute get away, then a 3 or 4 day Carnival Cruise might just be what you are looking for. It is the perfect last minute get away if you live in the state of California or even if you were visiting this state and wanted to [...]

Fun Facts before you sail on a 3 or 4 day Carnival Cruise2014-06-04T21:55:50-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 11 trip report

2014-06-26T15:49:09-04:00

Disneyland Park Well, my little one has been fighting some sort of illness for a few days now, and we had a bad night. So my older guys went with Gina and her crew to enjoy Disneyland Park at opening time, to knock out lots of rides as quickly as possible, and Amber & I joined them later in the morning. I'm a big proponent of arriving early at any of the Disney parks whenever possible. If you can get [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 11 trip report2014-06-26T15:49:09-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 10 trip report

2014-06-25T21:34:34-04:00

Disney California Adventure Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, and Death [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 10 trip report2014-06-25T21:34:34-04:00

WDW Locker Rentals

2014-06-04T21:59:17-04:00

I am a be-prepared-for-anything girl. And a trip to Disney is no exception. I pack everything in my backpack because I don’t want to be caught and have to pay a high price at the parks. This includes bulky items such as a light jacket in case I get cold, my rain jacket in case it rains and an umbrella for defense against the sun. And if you include personal items, just-in-case medicines, wallet, everyone else’s stuff, and all those [...]

WDW Locker Rentals2014-06-04T21:59:17-04:00

Things to do in New Orleans

2019-07-29T13:53:49-04:00

I grew up outside of New Orleans, and have done many touristy things, eaten in a lot of restaurants, and caught beads at a lot of Mardi Gras parades. Often times, friends will ask me for advice on things to do in the city and if II have any tips, so I thought a blog post as appropriate on the subject. 1.) Riverwalk Mall Outlet Collection: The Riverwalk mall is right along the Mississippi river, and it just reopened last [...]

Things to do in New Orleans2019-07-29T13:53:49-04:00

Death Match 2014- Day 9 trip report

2014-06-23T20:12:52-04:00

Disney's Grand Californian Resort Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, and [...]

Death Match 2014- Day 9 trip report2014-06-23T20:12:52-04:00

10 Great Disney World Bucket List Ideas from a Disney Travel Planner

2014-06-04T21:55:34-04:00

I've been to Walt Disney World quite a few times, and there are always things I discover to add to my "To Do" list for the next time! So if you've already tried a Dole Whip, eaten waffles at Chef Mickey's, and know all the words to "it's a small world", maybe you'll find some inspiration for your next trip here: 1) Visit Beaches and Cream Ice Cream Shop at Disney's Beach Club resort - I need to order the [...]

10 Great Disney World Bucket List Ideas from a Disney Travel Planner2014-06-04T21:55:34-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 6 & 7 trip report

2014-06-22T16:44:57-04:00

LOS ANGELES Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, and Death Match [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 6 & 7 trip report2014-06-22T16:44:57-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 8 trip report

2014-06-22T08:40:09-04:00

UNIVERSAL HOLLYWOOD Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, and Death Match [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 8 trip report2014-06-22T08:40:09-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 4 & 5 trip report

2014-06-19T09:30:02-04:00

Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, her daughter Emma named the [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 4 & 5 trip report2014-06-19T09:30:02-04:00

Family Cruising on Disney Cruise Line

2014-06-16T08:34:43-04:00

From the moment you arrive at the port, you’ll notice something about Disney Cruise Lines – it’s all about family. With the creation of Disney Cruise Lines, the company wanted to keep true to Walt Disney’s original vision for the parks. They wanted to create a place where families could come together to play, but also have wonderful options for adults to relax and enjoy some alone time. One thing that Disney does differently from other cruise lines is the [...]

Family Cruising on Disney Cruise Line2014-06-16T08:34:43-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 3

2014-06-16T08:57:13-04:00

DAY 3 - TRIP REPORT Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 32014-06-16T08:57:13-04:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

2014-06-18T17:21:09-04:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Magic Kingdom® Park Tomorrowland Transit Authority - People Mover Astro Orbiter Liberty Square Riverboat Mickey's PhilharMagic Carousel of Progress Monorail - Monorail service will be adjusted on the Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from: 8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam 9 a.m. -11 p.m. on the Epcot beam Jun. [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2014-06-18T17:21:09-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 1 and 2

2014-06-17T08:27:58-04:00

DAY 1 & 2 - TRIP REPORT Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 1 and 22014-06-17T08:27:58-04:00

Conservation Station at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

2014-06-04T22:00:09-04:00

If you’ve visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom and bypassed Rafiki’s Planet Watch you’ve missed on out one of the most enriching parts of the park. Here you will find Conservation Station, a real live working conservation, education and rehabilitation center for animals. Guests arrive at Conservation Station via the Wildlife Express Train located in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. Along the one mile train ride you will see some of the backstage area of Animal Kingdom including where some of [...]

Conservation Station at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park2014-06-04T22:00:09-04:00

Death Match 2014

2014-06-10T16:33:00-04:00

PRE-TRIP REPORT About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, and Death Match 2014 [...]

Death Match 20142014-06-10T16:33:00-04:00

Top 10 Character Meals at Disney World

2014-05-27T20:35:55-04:00

During my many trips to Disney World with my family I have compiled quite a list of my favorite restaurants including many with characters. These meals are a great way to see you family’s favorite characters without using valuable park time. Below is a top ten list that I collected with my personal recommendations and tips, keep in mind many of the restaurants below completely fill up 180 days in advance. All Travel with the Magic agents begin their day [...]

Top 10 Character Meals at Disney World2014-05-27T20:35:55-04:00

Girl’s Getaway on The Disney Dream

2014-05-27T21:03:20-04:00

I recently went on the Disney Dream with my daughter, my two friends, and their daughters. The planning started months ago during a trip to see Frozen. It was so much fun to talk about it and makes plan in the months leading up to the cruise! My daughter and I were the only ones in our group that had been on a Disney cruise before. I was so excited for my friends to experience the Disney Dream! The day [...]

Girl’s Getaway on The Disney Dream2014-05-27T21:03:20-04:00

Maui Wowie!

2014-05-27T21:02:50-04:00

You know how we all work all year long at the gym or hitting the streets to run/walk so that we look great in a swimsuit? Or at least look decent? Well, I know that going to Hawaii is one of my incentives for keeping in shape. I look forward to enjoying all that the island life has to offer- the scenery, the great seafood, and the beautiful beaches. Whether you’re taking a helicopter ride over the volcano on the [...]

Maui Wowie!2014-05-27T21:02:50-04:00

6 Tips for Documenting Your Disney Trip

2014-05-27T21:02:16-04:00

Attention photography enthusiasts and family memory keepers. I have compiled my favorite tips for documenting your awesome Disney vacation! 1. Snap, snap, snap! In the age of digital cameras you can never ever take too many photographs. My photography mantra is “splurge now, purge later.” 2. Take notes. I know, I know, how is that fun? It doesn’t have to be intensive or time consuming. A few sentences about the highlights of the day or a funny or extra memorable [...]

6 Tips for Documenting Your Disney Trip2014-05-27T21:02:16-04:00

Lessons Learned: 6 quick packing tips for a Disney Cruise

2019-06-03T14:10:19-04:00

So you have decided on a Disney Cruise Line vacation? Congrats! You are in for the vacation of a lifetime! A Disney Cruise is my all-time favorite vacation. It is the ultimate in relaxation; You get to totally unwind, unplug, and throw your cares away. However, if you are like me, packing is stressful enough to cause me to really need the vacation more than ever. So, I thought I would share some recent lessons learned from (over-)packing for my [...]

Lessons Learned: 6 quick packing tips for a Disney Cruise2019-06-03T14:10:19-04:00