Disney Vacation Club: Planning Tips for Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Surrounded by lush landscaping and lakes, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa - a Disney Vacation Club Resort is reminiscent of Saratoga Springs, NY at the turn of the century, which was known world-wide for its mineral spas and horse racing. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa uses equine motifs, Victorian style buildings, and borrowed actual street names for perfect theming. In true Disney style, the resort transports you to another time.Relax at Senses Spa. Numerous … [Read more...]

Avoiding a Disney Dining Crisis (Alternatives to Popular Disney Restaurants)

You get up at 5 am on your 180 day out from check in.  Why?  To make those Disney Dining reservations of course!  Or, not.  If you're like me, making ADRs at your 180 day mark doesn't always happen.  So, what should you do when the restaurants you were hoping for are booked?  Not only do you "just keep swimming" and keep checking back consistently until you find one you are hoping to get. OR, you look for an alternative!  Today, I'm going to share with you some Alternatives to Popular Disney … [Read more...]

Top Ten Disney Dining Locations for Adults at Walt Disney World

It seems as if options for dining at Walt Disney World with children are easy to come by.  Just about every Disney park, resort, and even Downtown Disney has kid friendly restaurants.   You know the ones I'm talking about.  O'hana, 1900 Park Fare, Crystal Palace, Tusker House, Chef Mickey's....and the list can go on and on.  But what if you are traveling without children?  What if you have taken advantage of the resort childcare service and you're enjoying a night out with your loved one?  You … [Read more...]

Top 10 Ways To Save Money On Your Disney Vacation

Traveling to Walt Disney World can be quite expensive, so finding ways to save money on vacation is very important. Here are our top 10 ways to save money on your Disney vacation.10. Ask for a cup of water - Instead of purchasing a soft drink or bottled water to go with your meals, ask for a free cup of ice water. In order to comply with Florida law, Disney will happily provide you with free ice water. Want something with more flavor? Bring some Mio or other type of  water enhancer with you … [Read more...]

Disney Quick Tip – Study the Disney World Park Maps

While it may be tempting to wing it or to just get the park map for a souvenir, I would highly recommend to study the Disney World Park Maps. When you study the park map, it can help you in the following ways:Learn where the parade route is so you know where to sit/stand to see it Know what attractions have fast passes (for those still getting paper fast passes) Identify the closest restrooms Figure out where the nearest food location is including the price range Get an idea of what … [Read more...]

Staying on Disney World Property….Yes or No?

If you are anything like me, you've been to Disney World too many times to count! I've been in the heat of the summer, I've fought the spring break crowds, I've seen Goofy Santa make his way down Main Street USA.  Over the course of my trips, I've been very purposeful about where I stay.  I like to collect blogger data (aka pictures, story ideas, and any insider scoop I can).  I've stayed on and off property and today, I'm here to share my observations.  I'm breaking down my thoughts on the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Pin Trading Spots at Walt Disney World

Pin trading has quickly become our favorite activity to partake in while vacationing at Walt Disney World. When we made our first trip as annual passholders in 2010, we really didn't know a whole lot about pin trading and decided to purchase a few pins to trade after seeing cast members trading pins with guests. Today our collection has grown to nearly 4,000 pins. You could probably say we’re pretty serious traders, but we’re not the ‘walk into Epcot with suitcases full of pins’ serious traders. … [Read more...]

Visiting Walt Disney World with Boys-A Perfectly Pirate Disney Day

Disney seems to cater a lot to princesses, doesn't it?  But as a momma of boys, I am always looking for way to make my guys feel like their trip is just as magical!  When you're a parent of boys, you see things from a whole different perspective, don't you?  That's why I want to share with you A Perfectly Pirate Day at Disney-Tips on Touring the Parks with Boys!Attractions:  Star Tours, Rock N Rollercoaster, and Toy Story Mania are best for boys at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  And, don't … [Read more...]

Easy Tips to Avoid Losing your Kids at Disney World or Disneyland

If you are like me, I am in constant fear that I will lose my kids at any theme park and Disney World or Disneyland is no exception.  From one paranoid parent to another, these are the ways I reassure myself that we will happily reunited if we become separated.Keep in mind, my kids are 12 and 13 and give me a very hard time with these precautions lately.  Nonetheless, I persist.1.  At the resort, before you leave, each day...take a photo of your child.  This ensures a recent photo as … [Read more...]

Just Say NO to Fanny Packs!

I was born and raised in a tourist town. Just like the pick-pockets in Europe know, there is one way to spot a tourist. No matter where my friends and I went, whether strolling along the beach or shopping in the shops downtown, we could always pick them out of a crowd. No, they didn’t wear funny hats necessarily, nor did they incessantly ask us for directions; they were wearing fanny packs.The high school I went to was pretty normal for normal people, but do something out of the norm like … [Read more...]