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Walt Disney World #DisneyKids April T...

This summer, families of little ones have so much to enjoy together all over the Walt Disney World Resort! Disney’s Hollywood Studios has lots of new and exciting things going on, as well as some classic favorites. Join us as we share all of the great experiences you can enjoy with your little ones, plus…

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Doing Disney World Solo

I first visited Walt Disney World in 1981 at the tender - and clearly impressionable age - of three. We luaued, we Hoop-Dee-Dooed, and we rode It's a Small World more times than is probably healthy or appropriate for any small child. There were several more trips to the World sprinkled throughout my childhood, but...
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Walt Disney World #DisneyKids March T...

With spring underway and summer just around the corner, Now More Than Ever is the perfect time for an adventure at Walt Disney World Resort! There is adventure lurking around every corner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, making it a perfect place to make amazing memories for families with little ones. There is so…

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Walt Disney World #DisneyKids Februar...

Though winter weather is still whipping around the country, we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring, and with it, the arrival of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. From March 6th through June 3rd, Epcot comes alive with the beauty and flavors of spring in this amazing annual celebration! Now, more than ever, is…

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Walt Disney World #DisneyKids January...

It’s always a great time to visit Walt Disney World with your little ones, but now, more than ever! This new year, the Magic Kingdom is welcoming new experiences and kicking off Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration. And of course, there are classic attractions and long-time favorites to enjoy. There is so much to see…

Walt Disney World #DisneyKids Kinderm...

  Celebrating the beginning of a new stage of life is often a tradition, with honeymoons for weddings and babymoons before the arrival of your first little one. Walt Disney World Resort would like to introduce a new concept to help you celebrate one of the biggest milestones of childhood – the Kindermoon. Create some…

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A Kid’s Three Can’t-Miss ...

It’s always fun to interview your kids after vacation and learn about their favorite parts of a trip. When we visit Walt Disney World for the first time, we thought their favorite parts would be the parks or the characters. Instead, they told us our days spent poolside were their favorite. This time, I asked…

The Wonder of the Disney Wonder

A few weeks before our cruise on board the newly reimagined Disney Wonder, I sat down with my daughter to figure out what our must-see activities would be while we were onboard: “Should we reserve a time to meet the princesses?” “No. I don’t care about princesses anymore, mama.” She’s only eight years old, but…

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An Open Letter to Everyone Under 18 G...

Dear Youth of the Nation, Do you like that? I didn’t call you whippersnappers, shake my cane at you, or yell at you to get off my lawn. In a gesture of good faith, I’m willing to refer to you as youth. Let’s begin this conversation from a civilized place, shall we? This Thursday evening…

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The Day I Became a Disney Pin Collector

Last month my daughter and I flew to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on her 11th birthday to learn more about what it means to be a tween visiting Disney Parks (more to come!). I first took my princess to Walt Disney World when she was four years old, the focus on a schedule…

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Legacy

One of my primary goals as a mom is to transfer the treasures of my own upbringing to my children while protecting them from the traumas. My childhood was a mixed bag of wonderful reckless abandon and stormy turbulence. I admired and respected my hard-working mother, yet often missed her presence. I fought without fear,…

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The Next Chapter in Disney’s Po...

My Polynesian Resort story began in 1981. I was a Minnie Mouse loving three year old the first time I stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Resort with my best buddy Bun Bun in tow. I still remember two of my favorite treasures from that visit – a shell necklace and a floral lei – as well…

5 Ways Disney Parks Push Me to Be a B...

If we’re being honest, we all know that family vacations tend to include more than their fair share of stress. Add a couple overtired children to that stress, and what you’ve got is a recipe for parenting disaster. My husband and I have traveled to Walt Disney World Resort enough times now to be able to do so without…

What Disney Parks Taught Me About My ...

Before we took our kids to Walt Disney World Resort for the first time in 2008, this is what I thought I knew about my children: My four-year-old daughter was quiet, intelligent, timid, sweet, and loved Disney princesses. My two-year-old son was brazen, a dare-devil, and I hoped he would someday get into college on a football…

Walking in Walt’s Footsteps

I’ve experienced more Disney magic than is really fair for one person to enjoy. I was blessed to grow up in a family that sometimes had more than enough and was led by a father who believed those extras were gifts to be enjoyed, namely in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. At the tender age of…

Why I Took My 9 Year Old to See the P...

(Spoiler alert — This post discusses specific moments from the film Saving Mr. Banks.) When I imagined myself as a mom prior to having kids, I envisioned a relaxed, laid-back, playful person whose days would be filled with far more yeses than no’s — my future children would be thrilled to be raised by the “cool…

The Tough Truth About My Disney Side

You’ve probably seen all of the calls to show your Disney Side, from the at-home Disney Side parties to the Disney inspired recipes on Pinterest. I’ve hosted a Disney Side party of my own and have hashtagged tweets, Facebook updates, and Instagram posts with the #DisneySide tag. I’ve declared myself to be showing my Disney Side when I’m doing…

In Defense of Disney Parents

Recently I’ve found myself in a series of conversations about parents in Disney movies, mostly inspired by Disney’s Frozen, that powerhouse film that continues to break records with its success. {Spoiler Alert} Of course the parents in Frozen die very early on in the film, shaping the entire story. Any Disney film fan knows that parents are rarely…

Disney IS a Small World After All

Thanks to my often whimsical father and the excuse of traveling to an aunt who lived in Tampa, I grew up visiting Walt Disney World Resort more often than most of my peers. I always assumed that when I had a family of my own we would do the same, family members in Florida or not. When…

Finding Inspiration At Disney

I recently returned from the fifth annual Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and this year like each year in the past left me feeling inspired. Quite honestly, every visit to Disney Parks fills me with inspiration. Whether I’m learning about the incredible dreamer, thinker, and innovator Walt Disney or simply recharging my own batteries with…

My Magical Richard Sherman Experience

I was raised by a stay-at-home dad in rural Pennsylvania in the 1980s, the younger of two kids, the only girl in the house most hours of the day. I remember spending my first few years convinced that I, too, was meant to be a boy and that my parents had somehow convinced the doctors…