Is the Art of Animation Resort Right for you?

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the new Art of Animation resort. It is an amazing and beautiful resort. It is considered a "value" resort but it does not look like a "value" resort in anyway. They have mainly suites and some standard rooms.When you first drive up to the resort you see the huge paintings outside of Animation Hall representing the characters that have suites or rooms in their honor. There is quite a little winding road to get there but then when you see the big … [Read more...]

Some of the Best Pools at Disney World

One of the best things about staying on Disney property is that each resort features some wonderfully themed pools. These elaborate swimming holes are far from run of the mill. Whether you are staying value or deluxe you will get some wonderful on property swimming options.  I am going to highlight a few of my favorites for you!The most popular pool on property is Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach Club resorts. I agree that this pool is amazing. It is really a huge aquatic play area … [Read more...]

Collecting Disney World Resort Soap and Shampoo

I know most people would look at this and think " Why in the world would someone want to collect Disney World Resort Soap and Shampoo".Honestly I would have thought the same thing a few years ago myself, before I became a full-blown Disney addict. When I first saw the Disney resort soaps and shampoo I thought they were so cute, I love mini versions of everything, I decided to hide them the next day to see if I could get more. Well needless to say the Mousekeeper left more, so that was it I … [Read more...]

Disney’s Aulani Resort Combines The Best Of Both Worlds

For those of you who think Disney is just Theme Parks and rides and characters, think again! Disney is MUCH more, and one of their more recent expansions is their Disney's Aulani Resort on the island of O'ahu in beautiful Hawaii. It's an amazing place, and well worth the cost. So what can you expect on your trip to Aulani? Read on to find out!Accommodations - These rooms are among the nicest I have ever seen, featuring 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, a TV/DVD player, refrigerator, deep … [Read more...]

Can’t decide on where to stay on your Disney World Vacation? Take a Resort Tour!

One big decision when planning your Disney World Vacation is where to stay?Some people have a favorite that they never waver from, while some make it a mission to stay every place at least once! Others choose in the categories Disney has set, value, moderate or deluxe for one reason or another.So how do you choose and why? Budget, Location, Room Size, the Look, Newest… The list could go on and on, and for some it does and for others it’s a no brainer!Years ago when we went on our … [Read more...]

How to get to your Advanced Dining Reservations before the parks open

Making Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World is a must. Without thinking most people will make an early morning breakfast reservation, usually before the park opens.  Although getting up early on vacation isn't for everyone, getting a fun start to your day with a character breakfast can be a very magical way to get up and get going!  But, how do you get to your advanced dining reservation so early in the morning?  I want to share with you some planning tips and transportation options … [Read more...]

Do Cheap Souvenirs exist at the Disney Parks?

I know the words cheap and Disney do not go together usually but if you search hard enough there is such a thing as a cheap souvenir. I am always on a strict budget no matter what I do, so I have found ways to get the most from my money. Here are a few Ideas that I think you will appreciate.My number one cheap souvenir is Pressed Pennies. They are often overlooked but adorable and a great way to keep a magical memory. You can find pressed penny machines all over the parks, in the stores, … [Read more...]

When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?

We all know the crowds at Disney World can be horrible, especially in those hot summer months. So I wanted to share with you some tips to help you avoid the crowds which can definitely make for a more magical experience.Try to avoid the summer - The parks are most crowded in the summer June thru August. This is the absolute worst time to visit the parks. The weather is disgustingly hot, I don't know how anyone can enjoy the parks just from the heat alone. The resort prices go way up. I have … [Read more...]

The dish on Disney Buttons

One of the most popular pieces of advice given by savvy Disney travelers is to get your "Disney Button" .  You may ask what could possibly make you want to look like you work for a restaurant chain while visiting Disney?  Well, Disney is its own little "World" and wearing Disney Buttons and Mickey Ears on your head are all OK.  So here is the dish on Disney World Buttons.What are they?Well, they are a 3 inch round button provided by Disney at no charge to you.  They promote different … [Read more...]

Is Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside the Right Resort for You?

My family has enjoyed a couple of weeklong stays at Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. The question asked above, is it for you, depends on what you are looking for in a Resort, how much time you will actually spend at the Resort, and what types of amenities you prefer. My family stays at the Value and Moderate Resorts, because we do not spend a lot of time in our room or exploring the property. We get our fill of adventure at the Parks and Downtown Disney area and only hit the … [Read more...]