A Day with Rae: My Keys to the Kingdom Tour

day with rae

During our recent trip to Disney World, my hubby and I decided to splurge on a Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Magic Kingdom. This 4.5 hour walking tour takes you behind the scenes at the Magic Kingdom, including the famous utilidors - the first level of the Magic Kingdom, long thought to be a tunnel. It was a great experience for Disney lovers like us and there is so much to share that I will be writing several blogs about it.We were scheduled for the 9:00 a.m. tour so we had to check in at … [Read more...]

Best Things I Love About Disney – Impressions de France


The France pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase is a lovely place to pass some time. If you enjoy excellent food there are two top notch restaurants there as well as a couple of shops with outstanding baked goods and cheeses. If you are a shopper you will be in heaven with some truly fine shops just full of goodies from France.Probably the best attraction at the pavilion, as well as one of the best in the World Showcase is Impressions de France. It is a marvelous film that explores … [Read more...]

Take Five at Walt Disney World: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios Citizens

As much as I like my theme park thrills and e-ticket attractions, some of my fondest memories of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and of Walt Disney World Resort in general, are of smaller moments not found on my touring itinerary.These “Take Five” moments offer a bit of a break in the overscheduling that die-hard Disney fans like myself tend to commit to. So in between scoring my next FASTPASS or showing up for my ADR, between the first ride and the last fireworks, I seek out “Take Five” moments … [Read more...]

Keeping things fresh at Walt Disney World

“You’re going to Disney AGAIN?”That’s not an unusual reaction for me to hear when I announce an upcoming trip to family or friends who don’t quite understand my love for Disney. With so much to do, see, and experience, there seems to be no shortage of “new” things to do in Disney World. Trying new things on your Disney trips is a great way to make each trip seem like a completely brand new experience. So, what are some of the ways that my family keeps things new in Disney?Lay your head … [Read more...]

Planning the Multi-Generational Family Vacation

Cinderella's Castle at night

There is nothing quite like taking a family vacation to Walt Disney World.  The excitement that comes with planning the trip is almost half the fun.  How long do I stay?  Where do we want to eat?  Should we do the Disney Dining Plan?  These are some of the questions that need answering.However, there is a whole other dimension that gets introduced when you start planning a trip involving multiple families, and even multiple generations of people going.  Just like planning your own family … [Read more...]