Walt Disney World Marathon Tips and Tricks: Don’t Leave Your Camera

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I'm proudly a "back of the pack" runner, so this tip may not be for everyone.  When I'm running, I'm out there to improve my own personal well being, not to be competitive and win races.  Though I do like to improve on my own personal records, there are certain races that I'm okay with simply finishing.My WDW Half Marathon time was much slower than any training speed or practice run I had previously finished.  In fact, when running through the Magic Kingdom, I took nearly 14 minutes, when my … [Read more...]

Disney World Tips and Tricks: Buying and Protecting Your Disney Tickets

You’re going to Disney World and have spent months researching where to stay, where to eat, what to see and do, and how to get there and back. A Disney vacation is a sizeable investment, and is worth spending all that time so that you and your family can get your money’s worth and have a truly magical vacation experience.But what about your Disney park tickets? This is one of the most expensive parts of your Disney vacation budget, so thinking about where you get your tickets, or what to do … [Read more...]

Disney World Quick Tips – Prioritize Your ADR’s


Most Disney visitors plan on dining at some table service restaurants while they are on vacation. I thought most everyone was aware of the Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) system and used it as designed. In reading some of the many Disney forums on the web it is a bit disconcerting to see that there are still a lot of folks out there (particularly first time visitors) who believe that you can just walk up to one of the Walt Disney World restaurants and get a table. ARRRGH!!Please make your … [Read more...]

Disney World Planning 101 – Safety at the Parks


Do you let your guard down at Disney World? I find that I do.  To most of us, Disney World is not only the happiest place on earth, it's also one of the safest.  It certainly feels like it.  There are helpful cast members everywhere. You don't have to look far to find security. Your surrounded by families.  For the most part, the assumption that Disney is a safe place is well-founded. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be mindful of safety.The best advice is simple:  Take the same safety … [Read more...]

Birthdays at Walt Disney World: Let the Fun Begin!

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We love taking our vacation trips during Sophie’s birthday!  There is so much to enjoy at Disney when you are visiting for your birthday, for us it is a no-brainer to book our vacation during that time of the year!  For this post, I’m going to go into some of the special touches that Disney puts on to help you celebrate your birthday right!First of all, I have found it a key point to make sure that Disney knows that you are celebrating a birthday when you check-in.  In fact, I have made sure … [Read more...]