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Whether you are traveling the states or the world – here are some great tips and items from Mama Smith’s for your travels!

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Is the NEW Be Our Guest Dinner Experience at Walt Disney World Worth It?

My family and I visit Walt Disney World a lot and one of the dinners we never miss out on is one at Be Our Guest. When we found out they were changing their menu and experience to be similar to Cinderella’s Royal Table, we were skeptical. Instead of a larger menu, guests now will choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert from a smaller menu. There is also a fixed price – $55 for adults, and $35 for children. We decided to check it out during our most recent visit. Was it worth it? Read on to find out.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise Now on Sale at Walt Disney World!

I know I am not the only one that is looking forward to Galaxy’s Edge (also known as Star Wars Land) opening at Walt Disney World (and Disneyland!). Ever since they started building, I do my best to get some sneak peeks while I am visiting Disney. Just this August, not only could I see a lot of the progress from the Slinky Dog Dash coaster in Toy Story Land, I found some of the merchandise already available for purchase!

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Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Meet and Greets!

One of my family’s favorite Walt Disney World events to attend is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. There are several reasons why, but the top one is all the amazing meet and greets that are really rare to find. Some of them are more popular than others, so you can expect to wait a long time. The character meet and greets change yearly, but I already attended the 2018 party. So here is my ultimate guide to the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party character meet and greets.

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5 Must Do Activities While Visiting Orlando, Florida and How to Book Them

If you know anything about me, you likely know that I am a Disney Vacation Club member. Because of this, my family travels to Orlando, Florida quite often. Most of our time is spent at Walt Disney World of course, however, there are many other things to do in Orlando. The best part? It can all be booked using TripAdvisor (besides Disney). Grab all your tickets in one place instead of visiting website after website. Then come back and review your experience so that other travelers can know what to expect!

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10 Easy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Ideas!

As you probably know, my family and I are Disney Vacation Club members. We visit Walt Disney World at least twice a year, and one thing we are always planning our trips around is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This is something that I recommend every one attend at least once. One of my biggest tips for going is to dress up! Trust me, you will regret it if you don’t. We went as Tangled characters one year, which was a hit with all the characters – especially Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder (yup, you can meet the Princes during the party!). This year’s party is fast approaching and we ran out of time to create our own looks, so Amazon it is. In case you are a last minute planner like me, here are some quick and easy MNSSHP costumes ideas!

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5 Tips for Visiting Hershey, PA with Three Generations! | #HersheyPA

Every year my mom comes to visit from Florida for a few weeks. When she does, we take her on a weekend trip or two. We have learned living in Upstate New York that there are actually many places to visit within driving distance – that are perfect weekend getaways. Hershey, PA is one of those places. There are so many things to do there – not just Hersheypark – that make it an ideal vacation for all three generations!

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Fighting Summer Learning Loss at The Strong Museum | #museumofplay

My daughters will be entering Kindergarten and Second Grade this September. I don’t mean to toot their horns here, but they are both really smart girls. Their report cards this year had my husband and I beaming and more proud than I could have ever imagined. But I know all too well that the summer slump is real, so I feel it is important to keep their education up while they are out of school. One of our favorite local ways to do that is head to the ultimate play destination for all age – the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

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5 Things Every Couple Needs To Do On The Big Island of Hawaii | #Hawaii

My husband and I recently took our first vacation without the kids since we had them. If you are keeping count that means it had been seven years before our last couples vacation. That is a long time, too long really. We went to Hawaii for only 4 days, but it was just what we needed. We needed to be a couple again, we needed to us again, and we needed to reconnect. The girls were home safe with his parents and we went to the big island of Hawaii to enjoy ourselves. We did went on adventures during the day and probably drank way too much at night. But we had no responsibilities and it was amazing. If you find yourself on the big island with your significant other, here are five things I highly recommend you check out!

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4 Tips To Help You Take Your Family On The Perfect Weekend Getaway | #Travel

We are a family that loves to travel. Lucky for us, my husband has Mondays off, so when we can take the girls out of school, we do. We love going on three day adventures. From Canada, to Pennsylvania, to Massachusetts, we try love adventure. If it is within driving distance, we will plan a trip there. Now I want to share some tips I have learned to help you become a master at weekend getaways too!

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Make Vacation Planning Easy as 1, 2, 3 with TripAdvisor! | #TripAdvisor #Vacation

If you follow me on social media then you already know I went to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago. When I was first planning this getaway with my husband, I turned to Google. I was quickly overwhelmed by all of the activity options and trying to track down reliable reviews. We only had a few days to spend there and I wanted them to be perfect. Then I was told to check TripAdvisor and I was blown away! Using TripAdvisor, we could plan our entire vacation – from hotel, to flights, to all of our activities. We can even check out what restaurants we might want to eat out while away (and we found some great ones!). This site has changed the way I will be booking travel from now on.

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