Disney Vacation Planning

Things I Learned on my Adults-Only Disney World Trip

Things I Learned on my Adults-Only Disney World Trip

I just came back from my latest Disney World vacation. It was my first adult-only trip, with just me and my friend Loraine (who also has three kids, three cats, and a husband).   Every Disney trip is unique, but this one was particularly different […]

Disney Trading Pins: Tips, Secrets, and Scrappers

Disney Trading Pins: Tips, Secrets, and Scrappers

Around the time our daughter Rebecca was middle school age, she got turned onto pin trading during our Disney vacations. Looking for places to trade pins and finding pins that she really liked became a big part of the trip for her. And, by extension, […]

Is Mary Poppins at Disney World? (plus the new Epcot ride)

Is Mary Poppins at Disney World? (plus the new Epcot ride)

I remember one time when the girls were little and we encountered Mary Poppins completely by accident as we were walking through the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot. “Is this your first time visiting?” Mary Poppins asked briskly as she signed one of their autograph […]

Fantasmic! (Dining Package, Dessert Party, and FastPass)

Fantasmic! (Dining Package, Dessert Party, and FastPass)

Fantasmic! is an outdoor “mixed media nighttime spectacular” at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. It includes, among other things fireworks, characters, live actors, water effects, music, decorated boat floats, and mist screen projections. Basically, the show stars Mickey Mouse (in his “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” role) […]

Rock n Roller Coaster: Speed, G Force, Songs, and More

Rock n Roller Coaster: Speed, G Force, Songs, and More

Rock n Roller Coaster in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, a fast roller coaster with loops that blares Aerosmith music through speakers near your head during the ride, is a good prop to illustrate the differences between me and my husband Rob. Rob gets motion […]

Space Mountain: Height Requirements, Fun Facts, and More

Space Mountain: Height Requirements, Fun Facts, and More

I still have a very vivid memory of being mad at my mother because she wouldn’t let me ride Space Mountain during my own childhood trip to Disney World when I was in elementary school. In retrospect, it was probably a good call on her […]

Avatar Flight of Passage: Wait Times, Motion SIckness, and Plus Size Guests

Avatar Flight of Passage: Wait Times, Motion SIckness, and Plus Size Guests

Flight of Passage is the better and more popular of the two rides in Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora — The World of Avatar. It is, of course, based on the then-popular-now-not-so-much 2009 film Avatar. Disney began developing Pandora — World of Avatar in 2011 […]

Walt Disney World Trivia Questions (and Answers)

Walt Disney World Trivia Questions (and Answers)

I love trivia, especially when it comes to behind-the-scenes, entertainment-related things. (It kind of drives my kids crazy sometimes.) For example, did you know that some of the names considered for the Seven Dwarfs included Awful, Blabby, Deefy, Dirty, Gabby, Gaspy, Gloomy, Hoppy-Jumpy, Nifty, and […]

Dole Whip: Floats, Disney World Locations, and How To Make it at Home

Dole Whip: Floats, Disney World Locations, and How To Make it at Home

Whether you’ve been to Disney World or not, you’ve heard people speak of the “Dole Whip,” often with a touch of love and longing in their voice. In this post we’ll cover some important facts about the Dole Whip, all the places where you can […]

Best Magic Kingdom Rides and Attractions

Best Magic Kingdom Rides and Attractions

So this guide to the best Magic Kingdom rides might be a little different than what you’ve seen before, or what you’re expecting. There’s no Top 10 Countdown, no ranking of all the rides. I didn’t give each ride a grade. There’s not even a […]