Top 5 Favorite Downtown Disney Stores

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One of my favorite parts of our Disney vacations, is taking some time out to explore Downtown Disney.  Food, entertainment, and shopping make up this area of Walt Disney World that is not to be missed.  Downtown Disney is currently undergoing a transformation to become Disney Springs, which is going to be a bigger and better version of the Downtown Disney that we have grown to love.  I love exploring all of the shops at Downtown Disney and here are my Top 5 ones that I hit each and every … [Read more...]


Should you visit Downtown Disney?

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When visiting Walt Disney World, it’s not hard to get caught up in the excitement of the parks, rides, and attractions. When you’re on Disney property, you might feel like you’re “missing out” on what’s going on inside one of the parks if you’re not in them. You can’t help but think “I could be on Space Mountain right now!” or “I wonder if there’s a lot of people watching Illuminations tonight?” Maybe you feel guilty for leisurely strolling the shops or grabbing a bite to eat at Downtown Disney, … [Read more...]


Disney Quick Tips – Holiday Room Decorating

Dreaming of a Disney ChristmasDisney does an amazing job decorating their resorts and parks during the holidays.  No detail is left  undone.  Except your own room!  This is where you come in.  Below are some tips for making your resort room special during the holiday season.  Many Disney visitors decorate for Halloween, birthdays or just because.  Same tips apply!THE WINDOWBest place to start is your window.  Before you head out, buy items at local dollar stores or Christmas Tree … [Read more...]


Quick Tips – Holiday Room Decorating

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Dreaming of a Disney ChristmasAnother Christmas in July article for the Disney Holiday traveler. Disney does an amazing job decorating their resorts and parks during the holidays.  No detail is left  undone.  Except your own room!  This is where you come in.  Below are some tips for making your resort room special during the holiday season.THE WINDOWBest place to start is your window.  Before you head out, buy items at local dollar stores or Christmas Tree Shops. LED string lights are … [Read more...]


To Downtown Disney or Not?

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That is the question!When visiting Walt Disney World, it’s not hard to get caught up in the excitement of the parks, rides, and attractions. When you’re on Disney property, you might feel like you’re “missing out” on what’s going on inside one of the parks if you’re not in them. You can’t help but think “I could be on Space Mountain right now!” or “I wonder if there’s a lot of people watching Illuminations tonight?” Maybe you feel guilty for leisurely strolling the shops or grabbing a bite … [Read more...]


Capturing Disney in Pictures: 3rd Day of Christmas at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian

  Every photo has a story.With theme park crowds at some of their highest levels during the Christmas Season, you may need a break from the long lines.  Hop a monorail and head over to the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa for some holiday shopping in a fabulous resort themed in the style of America's palace hotels.  As you walk into the lobby from the monorail platform, you'll feel as if you have entered an archetectural era of days gone by.  Inspired by the Brown Palace … [Read more...]


Capturing Disney in Pictures: 2nd Day of Christmas at Downtown Disney

Holiday decorated topiary at Downtown Disney

Every photo has a story.When you need a break from the Walt Disney World theme park holiday crowds, or you would just like to do some Christmas shopping, look no further than Downtown Disney. There’s no better shopping spot for the ultimate Disney fan.  With fabulous stores like Once Upon a Toy, World of Disney, and Disney’s Days of Christmas, the Downtown Disney area offers up a holiday feast for the eyes, ears, and wallet.Picture this…there are 365 days a year when Florida residents … [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...]


Downtown Disney: Create-Your-Own & Customizable Souvenirs and Gifts

At Downtown Disney, guests can create a custom set of Mouse ears.

One reason I enjoy visiting Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World is the shopping opportunities. But it’s not the standard Mickey t-shirt, which is certainly available, that draws me to Downtown Disney. It’s that many stores offer merchandise to customize and personalize. Custom and Personalized Gifts at Downtown Disney MarketplaceAt Arribas Brothers, guests can watch crystal items being made by glass artists and select from a number of items that can be etched with a personal message. … [Read more...]