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From Planning your first trip to Disney World, to planning a Disney Cruise, I have tips and information for anything you might need!

Disney, Disney Planning January 15, 2018

17 Can’t Miss Meet And Greets at All 4 Parks in Walt Disney World | #DisneyPlanning #Disney

As I am sure you know, my family and I are Disney Vacation Club Members. We went so often that we decided it would make financial sense to join. Our only regret? That we didn’t join sooner. Because of this we tend to slow down a bit at the parks (however I honestly think we still move faster than the average Disney World goer). Some trips we tend to focus on the rides and the shows, and not as much on the meet and greets. That being said, there are a handful at each park that we try our hardest to make it to, no matter what our plans are. 

Disney, Disney Planning January 8, 2018

Inside The Disney Vacation Club Resort: Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village with Video! | #AnimalKingdomLodge #DVCMember

My family goes to Walt Disney World quite often. In fact, we are Disney Vacation Club members so we are there at least twice a year, if not more. One of our favorite places to stay is the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Yes, it is a bit far away from most of the parks (not Animal Kingdom of course), but it is still a great place to stay. I totally adore the lobby and all of it’s decor. Plus, Boma is one of the best places to eat in all of Disney!

Disney, Disney Planning, Food & Drink, Travel December 1, 2017

The 5 Best Quick Service & Sit Down Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World | #DisneyDining #Disney

My family and I spend quite a bit of time at The Most Magical Place on Earth – Walt Disney World. Our friends and family know this, and I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked for tips and tricks when visiting. I have written about a lot of this on my site, so be sure to browse my Disney Planning section – but something I have been asked about a lot recently is Disney Dining. I decided to finally sit down and write about my favorite 10 restaurants – 5 quick service and 5 sit down service.

Disney, Disney Planning, Printables, Travel October 24, 2017

Haul-o-Ween at Disney California Adventure PLUS Throw A Cars 3 Viewing Party | #Cars3Bluray #ThorRagnarokEvent

A couple of nights before I was heading off to LA for the Thor: Ragnarok press event, I was told some super exciting news! We would be going to Disney’s California Adventure & Disneyland – to have dinner at Cars Land and celebrate the fact that Cars 3 was coming out on digital and blu-ray. I had only been there once before, so I was really excited. We would only have a few short hours to explore, and there was so much I wanted to see. Especially since for the first time ever, Cars Land was all decorated for Haul-o-Ween. The decorations were incredible – and inspiring. They got me thinking about how I could throw a Haul-o-Ween themed viewing party for Cars 3 at home. 

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel October 10, 2017

Inside The Disney Vacation Club Copper Creek Resort 1 BR Villa with Video Tour! | #CopperCreek #DVCMember

Not too long ago Disney Vacation Club invited us to come check out their latest resort – Copper Creek. It is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – where the DVC also has Boulder Ridge Villas.  Of course, we jumped at the chance. We just purchased DVC at the Polynesian this past February and have been talking about adding on points at Copper Creek. Well, I can stay after our visit here, we will likely be doing so in the next couple of years. The sooner the better I say – I cannot wait to go back!

Disney, Disney Planning October 9, 2017

3 Reasons We Always Book A Dinner At Be Our Guest During Our Disney Trips | #BeOurGuest

You may already know that we are Disney Vacation Club members. We joined on our Disney Cruise in February 2017 – and I have no idea why we didn’t do it sooner. We vacation at Disney World at least twice a year, if not more. When you are 180 days out from your trip, you can make your dining reservations. There are several that we strive to get – and one of those is dinner at Be Our Guest. This is arguably one of the hardest reservations to make, and should always be this first one you shoot for. TIP: Try to book it for one of your last days vs. one of your first days for a better shot at it.

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel October 5, 2017

Create Memories That Will Last A Lifetime At The Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party | #Disney #DisneyWorld

Something that I have always wanted to do while visiting Walt Disney World is attend a fireworks dessert party. In fact, we almost bought tickets to one during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year. So imagine how excited we were to see a dessert party on our itinerary for our Copper Creek press event! I told my daughters right away and they started jumping up and down talking about all of the desserts they were going to eat. Honestly, I was more excited for the prime viewing spot for the Happily Ever After fireworks – but of course, the desserts were a great perk!

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel September 28, 2017

5 Reasons to Book A Stay at Disney Vacation Club’s Copper Creek | #DVCMember #CopperCreek

My family and I were thrilled when Disney invited us to come check out their latest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Copper Creek, this past weekend. All I can say is WOW! Believe me when I say, you could spend your entire vacation at the resort and not get bored. But don’t get me wrong, no Disney trip is complete without at least a few days in the parks! However, Copper Creek is a great place to stay if you wish to spend a half day (or full day) hanging out at the resort to take a break from the busy of the parks.

Disney, Disney Planning September 26, 2017

Step Onto Another Planet When You Visit Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney World | #VisitPandora

In case you have not picked up on it yet, my family is big in to Walt Disney World. We are Disney Vacation Club members and visit at least twice a year – despite the fact that we are all the way across the country in Upstate New York. Animal Kingdom has always been a half day park for us – full day if we decide to check out all the animals and take our time. But now things have changed. Honestly, we could probably spend an entire day in new part of the park, Pandora – The World of Avatar, especially taking in to consideration those pesky wait times that come along with brand new rides opening.

Disney, Disney Planning, FanGirl Friday, Food & Drink September 21, 2017

4 Reasons To Book The Garden Grill for Breakfast At Epcot at Walt Disney World | #DisneyWorld

The Garden Grill is always on our must do dining list when we visit Disney World. In my opinion, it is one of the best character meals that there is, for several different reasons. A Smith Family visit to Disney World would just not be the same without it. My in-laws will be hitting Disney World with us in a few months and we knew right away the one breakfast we had to make sure they did not miss is The Garden Grill. I am thrilled to say that we were able to book it – and cannot wait to show them why we love it so much!

Disney, Disney Planning September 14, 2017

Don’t Miss These 5 Things At The 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party | #MNSSHP

My family and I were thrilled to find out that we were going to be able to attend the 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Our trip was planned for August so we thought for sure we were going to miss it! But the party started on August 25th this year and thanks to Disney, we were able to attend! We went in 2015 and it is something we have been dying to get back to. It is hands down one of the funnest Disney Events because there is so much going on. Here are all the things you can experience this year!

Disney, Disney Planning August 31, 2017

All The 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Meet & Greets | #NotSoScary #MNSSHP

One of the best things about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World is the exclusive character meet and greets. During this party, there are many villains and characters that this is the only time you can see them. We went in 2015 and there were some pretty amazing characters there – so we have been dying to go back. When our August 2017 Disney World plans allowed us to attend MNSSHP, we were so excited. We couldn’t wait to find out who we would bump in to!

Disney, Disney Planning August 29, 2017

Must Grab Disney World Fastpasses For Your Next Magical Trip | #DisneyWorld #FastPass

One of the best things about Walt Disney World is that you can book fastpasses in order to ensure you get on some of the best rides during your stay. Certain rides, especially the newer ones, can have up to a 4 or 5 hour wait! If you book your Disney World FastPasses right, you will be able to avoid these lines. I wanted to share some of the rides I always try to get fastpasses for.

Disney, Disney Planning August 26, 2017

4 Reasons to Join the Disney Vacation Club NOW! | #DVCMember #DVC

One of the best decisions in my life has been joining the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). We are HUGE Disney fans in my family. My husband and I honeymooned at Disney and have brought our girls there several times already. On our last Disney Cruise, we went ahead and bit the bullet – after 8 years of research, we joined the DVC. We are already over the moon with this decision – and we haven’t even had our first DVC visit.

Disney, Disney Planning July 20, 2017

5 Disney Parks Expansions I Cannot Wait For (Announced at the D23 Expo) | #Disney #D23Expo

At this year’s D23 Expo, we learned a lot about what is to come in the Disney Parks. As you may or may not know, my family recently became Disney Vacation Club members. This means we will be spending a LOT of time at Walt Disney World in our future – I mean, we own for 50 years. So any expansion news is good news to us! As much as we love everything about Disney, we welcome any changes! Even if means saying goodbye to some of our favorite rides.