My Top 5 Tips For Saving Time At WDW

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Walt Disney World is a busy place – there are hardly ever any non-busy times at the Parks anymore, which means you can expect to wait for everything from bathrooms to rides and everything in between, too. No one wants to stand around in lines all day, so I suggest you use my top WDW time saving tips to help avoid some of that waiting:

Use The Fastpass+ option: Disney allows you to essentially “Reserve” your spot on 3 rides each day – you pick a time online (you can do this up to 60 days before your trip!), and the information is stored on your Magic Band. You then go to the ride at the designated time, scan your magic band, and go through the (MUCH SHORTER) fastpass line and are on your favorite ride in no time! No 3 hour wait times for you (yes, wait times for rides can get that long – and trust me, it’s not pretty) – this can be a MAJOR time saver for sure!

Make An Itinerary: I know some people hate planning out their days and want to just go with the flow while on vacation – and that will work sometimes at Disney, but I find that it’s good to have even just a basic “what Parks you want to go to which days” type of plan – that way you can plan fastpasses and meals around what park you will be at, and you can avoid having to spend time traveling to another park to try and get there in time for your dining reservation….been there, done that – and that’s why I make an itinerary now!

Hook Up Your Credit Card To Your Magic Band: Magic Bands are amazing – the tiny chip in this bracelet holds the key to your room, your dining reservations, your park tickets, your fastpasses, and your payment information if you want – and trust me, you DO want! Pay for drinks, snacks, souvenirs, meals with just a wave of your wrist! Plus that way you don’t even really need to carry around your credit cards with you when you head to the Parks – win, win!

Make ADR’s: ADR stands for Advance Dining Reservation – which means you can book what table service meals you want to eat at before your trip (180 days before, to be exact!), and when you arrive at the restaurant at the reservation time, you’re put on the list for the next available table for your party. Disney is so crowded these days that walking up to a sit down restaurant and expecting to get a table is near impossible – so I HIGHLY recommend you make some ADR’s before your trip, or else you might end up waiting a LONG time to eat, or waste time trying to find another less busy place to eat

Eat at “Off” Times: Avoid the noon hour and the 5-6pm hours for lunch and dinner – as pretty much ALL Disney dining spots are SUPER crowded at this time, and you’ll end up waiting in long lines for food, and might have to fight someone for an available table too – not worth it, in my opinion. Have a late breakfast, so that you can wait to eat lunch until after 1pm, you’ll save time this way for sure!

Basically – I recommend you plan ahead – and use the ALL the technology Disney has to offer – Magic bands, fastpasses, ADR’s, their mobile app, pre-trip booking via computer – use them, and you will for sure save time and frustration on your next Disney Trip

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: My Favorite Disney Moments With My Favorite Birthday Boy

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVE to my amazing husband – he is not only all around awesome at being married to me (not always an easy task I am sure), but he’s a great dad and friend too! We have had a lot of great times together, and we have been blessed enough to be able to travel to Walt Disney World 4 times together – here’s a recap of some of my fave Disney moments with my fave guy:

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There were many delicious meals shared at WDW with my man – we both love trying new foods, and Disney has some amazing restaurants – so it’s the perfect place for foodies like us!

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There’s no better place to be than The Magic Kingdom, am I right?

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Posing with characters is fun no matter how old you are

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The couple that rides Star Tours together, stays together (or something like that…)

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Ok, I know this one isn’t a Disney picture – but the cuteness makes up for that, right? I am so grateful for my family and can’t wait to make more Disney memories with them

TGIF – and HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDREW – may your day be as amazing as you are!

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My Top 5 MUST PACK Items For WDW

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I have been lucky enough to get to travel to Walt Disney World many times as a kid, and a handful of times as an adult as well, and after all those years of packing (with blunders along the way – overpacking, underpacking, forgetting things) – I have come up with this list of items that I will absolutely not travel to WDW without:

Sunscreen: That Florida sun can be brutal – and even if the sky seems partly cloudy, you could end up with a bad sunburn – which is why I make sure I bring plenty of sunscreen along with me in my suitcase and in my bag I pack for the Parks, too. You can put it on as you’re waiting in line for the bus/monorail/boat to the Parks in the morning, and you’ll want to make sure you reapply every few hours too (every few hours as in every 2 – not every 4-6 – yes, the sun is that strong there). You can purchase sunscreen at the Parks/Resorts of course, but it’s very expensive, and the selection is limited, so I recommend you plan ahead and purchase a few bottles of your preferred brand/SPF to bring along with you

Sneakers: And not just any sneakers, I specifically make sure I bring new-ish sneakers that have been well broken in but that aren’t totally worn out/worn down. Yes, this is oddly specific – and for a good reason – you will do a TON of walking on your Disney vacation – like multiple miles a day. So while those flip flops may seem like a great idea because the temperature is already over 80 before breakfast time, trust me – that is one decision you will regret, as most flip flops/sandals offer little to no support for your feet – which will be poor and aching feet by the end of a day spent in sandals at Disney, for sure. So bring sneakers, ones that are broken in (so that they are comfortable), but ones that are new enough to still offer decent support for all that walking you’ll be doing

Ziploc Baggies: This may seem like a strange one to have on the list, but they come in so handy and have SO many uses. I bring assorted sizes, and use them for storing partially eaten snacks, park maps, autograph books, wet ponchos, batteries, chargers; and I also use them to store my electronics (cell phone, camera, etc) when I go on rides where I might get wet – like Splash Mountain

Water Bottle: With all that walking and the hot sun and temperatures, it can be easy to get dehydrated while at Walt Disney World – so I like to make sure I am drinking a LOT of water. I bring along a big 32 oz water bottle and I fill it with ice and water every morning before I leave for the Parks, and I make sure I refill it frequently throughout the day as well. Not only is staying hydrated super important, but saving money is too –and if you plan to just buy bottled water whenever you need it, you will spend a LOT of money unnecessarily, so bring your own bottle along and you’ll ensure you aren’t passing out from heatstroke, while saving money at the same time!

Ponchos: Of course Disney sells them, but not only are they costly, but I can never seem to find them when I need them – like when it starts pouring. So bring your own along instead – you can buy them at Target/Walmart – they sell nicer ones that run about $9 each, or you can buy smaller disposable ones at the dollar store. Either way – you will be well prepared for the (sometimes very sudden!) rainfall that tends to happen almost daily at Disney World

Hopefully you will include some (or all!) of these items in your suitcase next time you head to WDW – and that you find them as useful/helpful as I do!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Redecorate With These Awesome Disney Finds!

I don’t know about you, but I have a TON of things I want to get done in 2016: things to clean, things to accomplish, things to change – and things to make better, too! One of the things that’s on my many lists this year is to spruce up the house – do a deep clean and then do some redecorating too, and I am hoping to get some more Disney into my design scheme. If you’re considering doing some redecorating in 2016, then you’ll definitely want to check these out:

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You don’t have to be an artist to create an awesome Disney-themed kid’s room – decals are available online or at a lot of local retailers, and anyone can slap a fresh coat of paint on some old furniture to spruce it up!

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Disney bedrooms aren’t just for the little ones – using black, white and a splash of red with some Mickey décor can really make for a sharp looking adult bedroom too!

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Mickey perks up even the smallest space – and the bathroom is a great space to freshen up (since it gets a lot of use!). Kohl’s has some great Disney bath accessories right now, and they are pretty affordable too!

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I love the idea of getting to display all my favorite Disney kitchen ware (most of which I brought back from the Parks), and putting up shelves or hooks in a dining or kitchen area is pretty simple, and a great way to decorate too

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One of my favorite Disney trip souvenirs is the photos I take while at WDW – I love looking over them and then printing the best ones for framing and albums. A Disney trip vacation photo wall is a great way to express your love for Disney anywhere you have a blank wall – and you can add things like a pin shadow box too

Hopefully these have inspired you to head to your local home improvement store and get some things done around the house – I know I can’t wait to infuse a little bit more Disney into my house this year!

TGIF!

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Forget The Flowers – I want DISNEY This Valentine’s Day

I was at Target a few days after Christmas – hoping to score some good post – holiday deals (which I did – half off Reese’s peanut butter cups? Yes PLEASE), and next to the discounted wrapping paper and LED light strands were items for Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, and Easter. Now – you might think I’m now going to say “why is this stuff out so early?” and complain about the commercialization of our country – but I am NOT. Why not? Because I love holidays, and I love to plan ahead – so I am actually kind of psyched to see this stuff out at the stores (the cheese stands alone on this, I realize)

Of the three aforementioned holidays, Valentine’s Day is my favorite – my husband and I don’t make a big deal out of it usually, but I love thinking of little things to make or buy him, things with sentimental value that really mean something to him. After being together for ten years, that can get tricky – but that’s half the fun of it! As a Disney lover, I of course love receiving Disney themed items for any and all holidays/celebrations – because who can tell a love story better than Disney? No one. This year I am going to leave not-so-subtle hints for my husband in hopes that he will skip the roses in favor of something way better:

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You can have these custom made with your names – check it out here

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Jewelry is always a good go-to present for Valentine’s Day – check out the Disney options here

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This frame would be perfect for displaying a cure snapshot of you and your hunny – check it and others out here

If you’re a fellow Disney lover like me, maybe you can convince your sweetie to get you one of these awesome gifts this Valentine’s Day. And if you don’t have a Valentine – these make perfect “to me from me” presents too!

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As much as I would love to receive any of these great gifts, the truth is – a homemade gift is even better than something store bought! And not to brag, but my husband has made me some awesome cards and gifts over the years – and I love every single one and am so grateful he takes the time to create these for me – I’m a lucky girl to have such a great Valentine!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – 2016 Disney Vacation Must-Do’s

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you all had a great time ringing in the new year, and that you are looking forward to starting fresh today and having the best year yet!

If you’re planning on heading to Walt Disney World in 2016, then you will definitely want to add these to your list of “Disney Vacation Resolutions” – as they are ALL Must do’s:

Norway   Epcot’s Norway is being expanded to include the new Frozen meet and greet attraction – where your little princesses will get the chance to hobnob with royalty – none other than Anna and Elsa!

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Soarin’ is getting overhauled – a third theater and new ride experience that takes you “around the world” make this one a must-see

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Toy Story Midway Mania will be getting a third track in 2016 – which will help cut down on the (sometimes REALLY LONG) waits, so if you haven’t checked this one out yet, 2016 will be a good time to give it a try

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Any steak fans in your family? You’ll definitely want to check out the new STK steakhouse in Downtown Disney that’s opening in Spring of 2016

As part of the largest expansion in its history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be adding all-new entertainment experiences including a new after-dark spectacular centered around and above Discovery River, new nighttime entertainment including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured) and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris. (Concept art, Walt Disney Imagineering)

Animal Kingdom will be adding a “Rivers of Light” nighttime show, which will be just one of the many changes aimed at turning the park into an “after dark” destination

There are so many amazing changes coming to the Happiest Place On Earth in 2016 – and I don’ know about you, but I can’t wait to experience them all! Here’s hoping I can stick to my Resolutions this year….

TGIF – and HAPPY 2016!!!

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