The Mystery of the “Teddy Bear Lady” at the Grand Floridian Resort

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Have you heard of the “Teddy Bear Lady” at Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World?Back in 2009 our family was on our annual Disney World trip and we were taking our 5 year old Princess to dine with Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian. After we checked in for dinner we went to the lobby to take in the beautiful resort. We quickly noticed a lady sitting in a chair in the lobby, and let’s just say we couldn’t look away.She was an elderly lady (I’d guess in her late … [Read more...]


Saving Money on Your Disney Vacation…Using Gift Cards!

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Hey all! Pretty soon, I will be heading to the most magical place in the world and as lifetime Disney lover, I can not wait! They only downside about a Disney vacation?? ... The cost!!As any Disney goer knows, anything Disney is not cheap! I am no gazillionaire so deciding to go on a Disney vacation is a big deal and requires a lot of thought and planning. Saving money on my Disney vacation is a big plus! Over the next few weeks I thought I would share any tips and tricks I have done or are … [Read more...]


5 Easy Tips to Help You Start Planning a Magical Walt Disney World Vacation

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If you’re anything like me, planning your Walt Disney World vacation is almost as fun as actually going on that vacation.  My planning starts months (almost a full year!) in advance and involves countless hours of research, several excel spreadsheets and more than a few phone calls to the Disney Reservation Center - the hold music alone is enough to put me in a happy mood.Now, I know that not everyone is like me.  My husband wouldn’t be caught dead putting as much thought into one single … [Read more...]


Disney makes it Magical….

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You're probably going to think..."what in the world does one have to do with the other?", but you'll see.I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids. Currently, I'm raising them alone since dad is overseas with his work full time. It's not easy, especially when 3 of them are all boys 10 and older, all on the spectrum of Autism and 1 little princess who is now 2 and Disney crazy to boot. We're Florida residents so naturally everyone thinks "YOU'RE SO LUCKY TO BE NEAR DISNEY!" Well, if a 6 hour drive … [Read more...]


An Adult’s Take on MVMCP

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I have read many reviews over the last couple of years regarding Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Some reviews positive, some not so much. I just wanted to give you my “take” on the event as an adult that went with 2 other adults to the party.We are not ones for characters or really parades, we enjoy the rides. This was the prime opportunity to engage in the attractions with little or no line ups. Main Street was extremely busy, so we tried to avoid that as much as possible (of course we … [Read more...]


When you “Make-A-Wish” Upon a Star!

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Having a child with needs that are different than what one would expect or anticipate is challenging both in execution and acceptance. Our road with our almost six year old daughter has been nothing other than the opposite of what we had thought it would be during the time we were pregnant. When Addison was just six months old, an infectious disease doctor at the Cleveland Clinic told us to prepare ourselves to not celebrate her first birthday. Obviously they didn’t know that she would far … [Read more...]


Visiting Disney Rain or Shine!

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“The rain, rain, rain came down, down, down In rushing, rising riv'lets, 'Til the river crept out of it's bed And crept right into Piglet's!”--Winnie the Pooh & The Blustery DayDid you know that the climate for Central Florida is a sub tropical climate? What does that mean in layman’s terms? It means that there is a defined rainy season in Central Florida from June till September. This means that there is a chance of rain most days during the rainy season. Most days start off … [Read more...]


Guide to Downtown Disney for First Timers

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If you've never been to Downtown Disney aka Disney Springs, I suggest making it part of your next trip. I like the relaxed pace I adopt there, the chance to see the Disney touches and creativity of outside businesses. Then there’s the variety of shopping and dining – it’s all very low-key, “Disney down time.”But if you've never visited, where do you start? Here are my top suggestions, with alternates, for things to do for a first timer at Downtown Disney.Downtown Disney Marketplace or … [Read more...]


Sometimes You Just Have To Stop And Look At The Ducks!

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ʺMommy! Look at the ducks!ʺ My 3-year-old was tugging at my hand.We had a late start that morning and there was no way we were going to make it to the park before rope drop. My mom and dad were racing ahead to catch the boat to Hollywood Studios which was just pulling up to the dock. I was torn. I wanted to keep up with my parents but I wanted to honor my daughter's thrill at seeing the ducks.Waving wildly at my daughter and I, my parents won.I tugged gently on my daughter's hand and … [Read more...]


5 Reasons Why More Guys Should Go To Walt Disney World

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1. The food. And lots of it. Us guys like to eat, and at Disney World, there’s definitely food to satisfy every man’s palette. You can find hearty foods like pizza, pasta, steak, BBQ chicken, fish, and--of course--the classic Disney Turkey Leg all around the parks. The snack selection is never-ending: from churros to pretzels to popcorn to pastries. For the more extravagant man, Disney offers frozen bananas, waffle sandwiches, and snacks from around the world. Don’t even get me started on the … [Read more...]