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Trattoria al Forno: Disney’s newest Italian Restaurant

2015-04-29T08:47:40-05:00

Back in February, my husband and I ate at one of Disney’s newest restaurants, Trattoria al Forno. This restaurant is located on the Boardwalk, near the Flying Fish Café. We walked into the beautifully decorated lobby and waited as our name was called. This restaurant serves Italian food, and the theming went right along with the menu. We were quickly greeted and brought our drinks and some delicious bread. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu, and made some [...]

Trattoria al Forno: Disney’s newest Italian Restaurant2015-04-29T08:47:40-05:00

Save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels

2015-04-27T11:59:08-05:00

Save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels! You can save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights August 15, 2015 – October 3, 2015 when you book April 27 – Aug. 7, 2015. Booking Window: April 27 – Aug. 7, 2015 Travel Window: Aug. 15 – Oct. 3, 2015 Save up to 20% at Select Value Resorts Save up to 25% at Select Moderate Resorts Save [...]

Save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels2015-04-27T11:59:08-05:00

Packing tips for your next trip!

2015-03-27T13:19:27-05:00

After many trips, I have put together a list of some things you may want to bring with you on your trip to the Disney parks! Here are some packing tips: *Smart phone loaded with the MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE app *CAMERA!! *SUNGLASSES!! *SUNSCREEN!! *If you are driving - put a case of water in your car. If you are ordering from Garden Grocer or Whole Foods - order a case for your room. www.gardengrocer.com www.wholefoods.com *Stroller for small children (or [...]

Packing tips for your next trip!2015-03-27T13:19:27-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

2015-04-26T11:11:43-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of April 18, 2015 Magic Kingdom® Park Jungle Cruise Big Thunder MountainCasey Jr Splash 'N' Soak Station Pirates of the Caribbean Liberty Tree Tavern Dream Along with Mickey Liberty Square Riverboat Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2015-04-26T11:11:43-05:00

What are the differences between Value, Moderate and Deluxe Disney Resorts?

2015-04-24T08:19:22-05:00

I hear it all the time, “I’m not going to be in my room very much, besides the money what is the difference between the resort categories?” Many people are surprised to find there are a lot of options between them and I hope I can help bring some clarity and help you decide which will best suit your family in both comfort and budget. Value Resorts These are the cheapest hotels on property and offer a basic motel room [...]

What are the differences between Value, Moderate and Deluxe Disney Resorts?2015-04-24T08:19:22-05:00

Signature Dining at Walt Disney World

2015-03-27T13:06:12-05:00

Walt Disney World is often referred to as the best of the best when it comes to theme parks. Disney also takes their theme park and resort food to the next level. While great food can be found throughout the parks and resorts, a handful of restaurants have earned the “Signature Dining” tag. Here are a few of my favorites: If you want a spectacular view of the Magic Kingdom head over to California Grill on the 15th floor of [...]

Signature Dining at Walt Disney World2015-03-27T13:06:12-05:00

14 Smartphone Tips for your Next Disney or Universal Vacation

2019-06-03T14:10:31-05:00

I’ve compiled some tips I have used on my recent trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando to share with you! Enjoy these easy ways to make your smartphone work for you and keep you organized (and happy) on your next vacation. Tips Before You Go: 1. Save important phone numbers in your phone like your insurance company, airline, travel agent, emergency contacts, etc. 2. Delete unnecessary apps and then backup and delete old photos. You will need all the room [...]

14 Smartphone Tips for your Next Disney or Universal Vacation2019-06-03T14:10:31-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

2015-04-18T17:41:59-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of April 18, 2015 Magic Kingdom® Park Jungle Cruise Big Thunder Mountain Pirates of the Caribbean Liberty Tree Tavern Dream Along with Mickey Liberty Square Riverboat Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Express monorail beam, which runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Express beam shutdowns will occur between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2015-04-18T17:41:59-05:00

Washington DC

2015-03-27T12:56:27-05:00

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with my family to do some sightseeing. We flew in to Reagan International airport late on a Thursday night. We stayed at a Fairfield Inn in Chinatown. While I highly recommend the hotel- the staff was friendly and the rooms clean and comfortable- I have reservations about recommending the area. Chinatown was pretty rowdy over the weekend. There are lots of homeless in the area. Typical of a big city [...]

Washington DC2015-03-27T12:56:27-05:00

Flo’s V8 Cafe at Disney’s California Adventure

2015-03-27T11:31:30-05:00

GOOD (FAST) FOOD WITH A VIEW Disney's Cars Land area in California Adventure is so incredibly well-done, you absolutely must go see it! The attention to detail is amazing. And this is also true at Radiator Springs' local eatery, Flo's V8 Cafe. From the moment you walk up, you feel transported into the Cars movies. I half expected to see an animated vehicle roll up to order some food here! Once inside, the place seems like an old fashioned soda-fountain [...]

Flo’s V8 Cafe at Disney’s California Adventure2015-03-27T11:31:30-05:00

10 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Disney’s Memory Maker

2017-08-14T10:20:43-05:00

Disney and photography…. I am not sure if I could tell you which is more important to me. Now mix the two together and be still my heart! I am that person you see touring Disney with a HUGE camera. I may or may not have been mistaken for a Disney photographer during some of my last trips. I even go a step further and take both my IPhone AND a high powered point and shoot. You know…for those times [...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Disney’s Memory Maker2017-08-14T10:20:43-05:00

Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian Resort

2019-05-29T14:01:56-05:00

Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted two things: a) to be a princess and b) to experience a real life tea party. Well, when you are at Disney World, every girl is a princess, so I had that one covered, but my next goal to accomplish was experiencing the tea party! Luckily, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort offers an amazing traditional British afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room! Held from two o’clock to five o’clock [...]

Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian Resort2019-05-29T14:01:56-05:00

Surfing at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

2015-04-09T08:22:52-05:00

  When planning your trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, you will likely have images of relaxing by the beach or watching the kids play in the pool while you sample a Dole Whip or Shaved Ice. However, if you’re looking for a bit more excitement, Disney has what you’re looking for! Disney offers excursions from Aulani via Pleasant Holidays or Adventures by Disney. On our recent trip to Aulani, we debated as to which excursion [...]

Surfing at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa2015-04-09T08:22:52-05:00

2015 Magic Kingdom Special Events

2015-04-08T12:49:33-05:00

2015 Magic Kingdom Special Events tickets went on sale today for the following events : Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party include: September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27; October 1 – Advance: $68 (plus tax) for adults; $63 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9); Day of the Event: $74 (plus tax) for adults; $69 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9) October 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, November 1 [...]

2015 Magic Kingdom Special Events2015-04-08T12:49:33-05:00

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party

2015-03-27T11:14:38-05:00

Summer is the perfect time to relax with your family, enjoy a private dessert party, and be awed by the spectacular IllumiNations Fireworks Display! The Party The IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party provides a private viewing area for the evening fireworks by the World Showcase Plaza. The Party usually opens around 8:00pm, but guests start lining up about 30 minutes before. You will find a Cast Member there waiting to check you in! Children and Adults are welcome to the dessert [...]

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party2015-03-27T11:14:38-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

2015-04-06T15:02:36-05:00

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of April 6, 2015 Magic Kingdom® Park Pirates of the Caribbean Jungle Cruise it's a small world Big Thunder Mountain Liberty Tree Tavern Dream Along with Mickey Liberty Square Riverboat Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Express monorail beam, which runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Express beam shutdowns will occur between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. [...]

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule2015-04-06T15:02:36-05:00

Temecula Wine Country

2015-03-27T11:10:23-05:00

Looking for something fun to do while in town visiting the city of Murrieta or Temecula Wine Country? There’s a great company called Bottle n Brushes that provide you the opportunity to paint and sip wine in a breathtaking setting. Bottles n Brushes host painting events at three of the local wineries and they are Wilson Creek Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, and the Curry Vineyards allowing the class participants the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine of their choosing [...]

Temecula Wine Country2015-03-27T11:10:23-05:00

Spring Break in New York City

2015-03-27T11:09:04-05:00

This year for our family Spring Break vacation we traveled to New York City. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria which is located in midtown. The hotel is located just blocks from Rockefeller Center, Time Square, 5th avenue shopping, and several popular New York sites. The Waldorf Astoria is one of New York’s luxury historical hotels and takes up and entire city block. I was struck by the beauty of this hotel. We stayed in a luxury guest room which [...]

Spring Break in New York City2015-03-27T11:09:04-05:00

Tips for Disneyland’s Paradise Pier

2015-03-27T11:08:46-05:00

California Adventure’s Paradise Pier is home to the flagstaff Mickey Fun Wheel, recognized by Disney fans big and small. Because of Paradise Pier’s famous attractions like World of Color, Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant, and California Screamin’, the crowds can really pack in. Follow my tips for smooth sailing around the Pier! Tip #1 Head to the Pier first thing in the morning Crowds are lowest in the morning at the Pier, yet it has the most crowd-drawing attractions. Toy Story Midway [...]

Tips for Disneyland’s Paradise Pier2015-03-27T11:08:46-05:00