The Joys Of Online Check-In

Counting down to your Disney vacation is part of the fun of going. As the anticipation builds we all get more and more excited to finally GO and it gets harder and harder to focus on work or school or other day to day concerns. Disney understands, I think, and offers us something useful to do during our countdowns -- Walt Disney World's Online Check-In service.Online Check-In becomes available ten days from your arrival date, and a helpful reminder will pop up at the top of your reservation … [Read more...]

Dinner and a Fireworks Show at Walt Disney World

Two of my family's favorite things about a Walt Disney World vacation are the wide variety of great food choices and the fact that every night can end with a party, complete with fireworks. While we really do love standing with the crowd while everyone enjoys Wishes at the Magic Kingdom or IllumiNations at Epcot, sometimes it's fun to be able to enjoy the show in a little more comfortable surroundings and off your feet. Having a plate of some wonderful Disney fare in front of you at the same … [Read more...]

Diving at Walt Disney World

 Being hours from the nearest body of salt water doesn't mean Disney can't offer some incredibly fun and educational diving and snorkeling experiences. I mean, it's the most magical place on earth, right? So for all you divers and Jacques Cousteau wanna-bes, here are some opportunities to "get wet" and swim with the fishes in Walt Disney World.Epcot Divequest -- DiveQuest is a SCUBA experience open to guests 10 years old or older with a SCUBA certification. The program lasts … [Read more...]

Top 5 Ideas For Going Beyond the Attractions

Walt Disney World is one of those vacation spots we feel like we can visit again and again. Not everyone understands that, of course, and we Disney addicts get questions along the lines of "But weren't you just there?" all the time. What those people fail to understand, and what we Disney addicts love so much, is how different the Disney parks are from other theme parks. Sure Disney has great rides and shows, there is something for everyone, from Expedition Everest to It's A Small World, but the … [Read more...]

Cruising The Waters Of The World

My favorite thing to do at Walt Disney World outside the parks, and now my son's favorite, was always renting one of the little two-person boats for a cruise in one of the property's many waterways. The "water mice" of my childhood have been replaced by Sea Raycers designed specially for Disney by Sea Ray. These little 10 foot beauties zip along powered by a 9.9 horsepower outboard engine and are tremendous fun!You need not be a resort guest to rent a boat, so you can pick and choose where … [Read more...]

How Soon Should You Start Disney Planning?

I'm not a planner in my "real life." I don't know what I'll do at work tomorrow, what I'll have for dinner or even who is picking my son up from golf practice. Tomorrow is plenty of time to work that out. But I DO know that more than six months from now, on September 19th at 7:05 pm I will be at Epcot's Coral Reef restaurant for dinner. Disney is different. Disney requires planning far ahead of time if you want to get the most out of a trip. Luckily, even for the planning-averse such as myself, … [Read more...]

You should check out The Disney Wilderness Preserve

Walt Disney World is a wonder of human invention and innovation, of “Imagineering” in Disney terminology. But what did that piece of real estate Walt Disney turned into his vacation dream land look like before the Imagineers got a hold of it?Constructing Walt Disney World impacted the environment drastically, and in the early 1990s the Walt Disney Company partnered with the Nature Conservancy to mitigate some of that change by turning a huge swath of undeveloped land at the headwaters of the … [Read more...]