Top 5 Trains at Walt Disney World Resort

All aboard for the final article in this series:  the Top 5 Trains at Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney was a train fanatic, so it's only logical they would be prominent features in his theme parks. You know, he built his first thrill ride, the 1/8 scale Carolwood Pacific Railroad, in his own backyard years before opening Disneyland Resort. Proof positive that Walt, like Peter Pan, never wanted to grow up!Walt's favorite tops today's Top 5:1.) The Walt Disney World Railroad - Like … [Read more...]

Top 5 Mountains at Walt Disney World Resort

The tallest mountain range in the sunshine state--well, the only mountain range in Florida--is located smack dab in the middle of the state at Walt Disney World Resort. It's a rather unique geographic feature, sampling desert outcroppings, snowy peaks, even reaching to the stars.Today's Top 5 was an easy list to assemble, seeing as there are only five mountains in the World. Ranking them, however, was a different challenge.1.) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Built to resemble the rugged … [Read more...]

Top 5 Boat Rides at Walt Disney World Resort

I'm checking in with Part 2 of my current Top 5 series: Top 5 Boat Rides at Walt Disney World Resort. It seems four out of five of my favorites are found at Magic Kingdom Park. I must admit it was hard to narrow the list down to just five rides. I mean, in addition to the 10+ boat-oriented park attractions, you've also got ferries (or is that fairies?), fireworks cruises, and water craft rentals. In the end, though, it came down to which ones my family rides over and over and over and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Flying Rides at Walt Disney World

I’m starting a new series of Top 5’s today, and we're starting with the flying rides. Let’s see if you agree with my faves!Alrighty, here…we…gooooo!1)      Peter Pan’s Flight – A popular Magic Kingdom draw, happy thoughts and pixie dust power this adventure. Climb aboard a pirate galleon for a fanciful flight from the Darlings’ London home to the Lost Boys’ haunts of Never Land. There’s often a long line—and long FastPass waits—for Peter Pan’s Flight, but according to my kids, it’s a … [Read more...]

Taking your teen to Walt Disney World

Is your teen ready to go it alone at Walt Disney World Resort? Small children see the Parks through pixie dusted lenses. Everything is magical and memorable and perfect. As they age, though, a little of that pixie dust wears off. A Disney trip may still be fun, but tagging along with Mom and Dad and little siblings can be a drag.The teenagers I know keep their love of The Most Magical Place on Earth alive by stepping out on their own. They taste some independence, and they discover the … [Read more...]

Visiting Disney World – Slow down and pay attention

When you visit Walt Disney World Resort, slow down and pay attention. It’s impossible to see and do everything in one Park visit anyway, so try not to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of doing it all that you overlook what makes the place so magical.It’s tempting to take touring plans in hand and race from one attraction to the next or to watch your watch closely and time each curtain call. Gotta catch that bus, make the dinner reservation, sprint back for your Fast Pass … [Read more...]

Disney Family Deals

Disney Family Deals is Coming Soon Find fantastic offers on Disney toys, vacations, clothing, collectibles, music, videos, and more!Plus: Discover other fun, family-friendly products, services, and activities in your city or online — with special, limited-time discounts.Disney Family Deals will be on the order of Groupon or LivingSocial, sending recipients periodic emails on special offers and incentives. Visit Disney Family Deals today to sign up. Enter your email address and they'll … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World Celebrates America this 4th of July

Fireworks light the sky above Walt Disney World Resort most nights throughout the year. This week, however, extra spectacular, super fantasmical pyrotechnic shows will dazzle the darkness with a pixie dusted patriotic display at Magic Kingdom, a rockin’n’rollin’ extravaganza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and a classic sky show at Epcot infused with an Independence Day finale.As Chip informed you recently, you can celebrate America’s birthday with a Disney bang!“Disney’s Celebrate … [Read more...]

Disneynature Chimpanzee Coming to DVD

Meet Oscar, the young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest.Experience the spectacular imagery and stunning high-definition visuals on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital & On-Demand August 21, 2012. Disneynature will donate a portion of first-week sales to the Jane Goodall Institute through the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” Conservation Program.On August 21, 2012, Disneynature’s most unforgettable and heartwarming adventure yet, … [Read more...]

Give Kids the World

From its early roots, the Walt Disney Company has had a compassionate heart. Take a few moments to watch the 1932 short, Mickey’s Good Deed, and you’ll understand Walt’s selfless generosity. In this wonderful tale, Mickey Mouse portrays a fellow down on his luck, playing Christmas carols on the street corner for change. To his and Pluto’s dismay, passersby do not give money at all, but nuts and bolts and useless junk. Soon Mickey’s instrument—his source of income—gets destroyed by a passing … [Read more...]