Leaving the Kids at Home


What I'm about to say is such sacrilege that it tears at the very fabric that holds this country together.  In fact, I suggest that you don't proceed any further without locking the doors and drawing the shades.    It's this:  I love going to  Disney World without my kids.  There, I've said it.  It's true.  Okay, truth is, I love going with my kids as well.  I love watching their reactions, how excited they are over the smallest thing.  I enjoy the opportunity to slow down with them and not … [Read more...]

WDW Veteran Visitors: It’s a Given

My family and I are what is known as Veteran Visitors to Walt Disney World. During our annual trips, there are traditional practices we always tend to follow even though we don't plan it that way. Some things are just "givens" when we visit.Here are some examples:It's a given that we will be visiting the Magic Kingdom as our first park.It's a given that we will immediately head to Asia whenever we enter the Animal Kingdom park, so we can enjoy Everest first thing.It's a given … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Tables In Wonderland, Does It Fit Your Style.


Oldies and all other folks put quite a lot of time making decisions about many things before embarking on a Walt Disney World visit. One of these items is dining, after all, everyone has to eat. I'm going to give you some numbers to give you an idea what the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) costs per adult per night so you can compare the benefits of the DDP to the Tables In Wonderland Program.The DDP includes 1 table service credit, one counter service credit, and one snack credit for approximately … [Read more...]

Modern Endings: Princesses in Today’s World

 Happily Ever After. Every Disney movie seems to end that way, but especially if it's a Princess movie! Of course, we don't live in that kind of a world, do we?Celebrities are constantly being maligned. Their lives are reported on and distorted beyond recognition. Sometimes it's unbelievable the headlines we see!So I wondered:What kind of headlines would the Disney Princesses make in today's tabloids? Well, let's have a look...Snow WhiteTeenage Girl … [Read more...]

Character Dining: How Much Is Too Much?


I see this a lot:  A family plans a trip to Disney World and they get the dining plan, which allows them to eat at a wide variety of restaurants on site, but when  they make their advanced dining reservations (ADRs), they end up booking a character meal for almost every day of the trip.  As a travel agent and possibly more so parent as a who's taken my children to Disney World many times, I want to shout "don't do it."  Don't get me wrong, I like character meals, but hear me out.  There's a … [Read more...]