Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Little Halloween Fun with "That Evil Emperor Zurg"

Today I am joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Focused on the Magic with fun a photo we took at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party back in 2011.  My husband was good sport in his Buzz Lightyear costume!

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and take a stroll through this vurtual photo album of Disney villains!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Enter for Your Chance to Win a Copy of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015

I have written many posts about my love of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, including a full review of the 2015 edition.  I consider this a tremendous resource for everyone planning a their next Disney vacation.  With that said, I have been given the opportunity to give a copy of this planning tool to one of my readers.  From dining and resort profiles to attraction rankings and touring plans, there is everything you need to know to create a magical vacation for you.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015 ~ A Review of My Favorite Guidebook

I love this year's cover photo!
Through the year, there are many dates we look forward to - birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and for me, the release of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.  This guidebook is by far my favorite reference to have by my side when I am planning our family vacations, which if you have been following my blog for a while, you've read about my love of this book before!  I discovered this gem back in 2008 and have purchased it (and read it cover to cover) every year since.  Upon first glance, this book could seem like an overwhelming amount of information, but once you read it, or pick through the parts that particularly interest you, you will see what a valuable resource this truly is.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is a yearly publication, with Bob Sehlinger (author) and Len Testa (Coauthor) leading a team of writers, statisticians, data collectors, hotel inspectors and more.  With so many working together to create this amazing resource, they are able to give you not just the where and what of a Disney vacation but also a how and why.  The in-depth review of restaurants, attractions and resorts gives you plenty of information to create a vacation that works for your family.

I am a planner AND a numbers person, so I love The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.  Everything is ranked with numbers or percentages based on historical data, as well as the results of the reader surveys.  For example, not sure if a restaurant is right for you?  No worries, this book includes a profile of every quick service and table service dining spot.  With that profile is included a ranking for quality, value, portion size and reader survey responses, as well as signature items, the atmosphere, recommendations and more.  It makes it quite easy to take a peek at one of the profiles and see if they offer something that would be a good fit for your family.

Monday, July 28, 2014

In Flight Fun for the Kids ~ Disney Themed Word Search Books

In Flight Fun for the Kids is a series of posts focused on sharing great items to pack in your child's carry on bag when flying to Disney or any other vacation destination.  Today, I am sharing yet another great find from The Dollar Tree, as well as an update to a previous post in this series.

The Dollar Tree tends to be my number one source for some of our carry on items.  On our last trip to The Dollar Tree, we found a wide selection of Disney themed word search books.  Not only did they feature some of our favorite characters, but they were smaller than regular sized coloring books or notebooks.  They would easily fit into the kids' backpacks in the front pockets without weighing them down.

Unlike the Disney-themed Play Packs, featured earlier in this series, which include their own set of crayons, you would need to also pack your own crayons or writing utensils.  The good thing is, there is no shortage of Disney themed crayons at The Dollar Tree either!  From Disney Princesses to Cars to Disney Junior characters to Monsters University, you can find crayons to suit the likes of your child.  Though, after testing out all the ones you see in the photo, I do not recommend the confetti crayons.  They crumble as you use them because the colors were not melded well together (or at least that's my non-expert opinion on why they crumble).