Is Disney’s Riviera Resort for YOU?

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If you’re in the “selecting a resort” stage of your Disney vacation planning and are intrigued by Disney’s newest resort, I’ll offer up some insights from my stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort.Riviera outside

As part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel I was very lucky to be able to experience Disney’s Riviera Resort for a few nights in a 1-Bedroom Villa. While I loved everything about my stay and felt very pampered, this resort has some stark contrasts to others and strayed from my expectations in a few (not necessarily negative) ways.

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Mama Melrose’s Review at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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I’ve been thinking I should post our Mama Melrose’s review for a while now, but given the fact that the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is creeping ever closer and all eyes are on Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I thought now is the time.

On our most recent trip to the Studios, we wanted to try a “new-to-us restaurant”: insert Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, a 1-credit table service restaurant in the area of Grand Avenue.

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A love letter to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter

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Of all the resorts on Disney property (and for the sake of perks and transportation, we are big fans of staying on property) there is one that continues to hold a special place in my vacation heart: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter. In honor of Mardi Gras, I offer up five reasons why French Quarter might be the greatest of all Disney resorts.


Happy planning! XOXO…

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Four ways to make your child’s first Broadway show a success!

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We recently took our two boys (ages 6 and 7) to their very first theater performance on Broadway. And… they loved every second!

They were at perfect ages to pay attention and still be in awe of the production. Our kids have seen local theater and smaller scale performances, but Broadway is really something special. As we reflected on the day, four things stood out as helping us create a memorable and smooth experience for our whole family and hopefully yours as well!

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Your 1st visit to Walt Disney World: 5 Things to consider

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A few years ago, when we took our oldest son to Walt Disney World for the first time, the realization quickly set in that we were in charge of the Magic. It felt a little overwhelming, but now that we are fresh on the heels from our 5th trip, I have learned a few “must-dos” in planning along the way.

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Why do we keep going back to Disney World?

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Recently I ran into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in a while and we started talking about vacations. Through the course of our conversation he asked me how many times we had been to Disney World. When I replied “4 times in the last 6 years” there was an undeniable pause… and the slightest hint of an eye roll.

It’s not the first time I’ve had that experience. It seems lately like our choice of repetitive vacations is met with judgment from all those outside of the Disney addict universe. Continue reading

Welcome aboard our dinner at the Skipper Canteen!

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At the time I am writing this review, we are only 1-day post vacation. Since this was an anniversary trip, sans kids (I know, I know…), we had the opportunity to try a lot of new experiences, including dining, that we normally wouldn’t brave with our boys in tow. One of those experiences was a dinner at the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen.

The location is pretty convenient from anywhere in Frontierland, Adventureland or near the main hub, as it sits right across from the Swiss family Treehouse. I have been eyeing up this restaurant as soon as it opened since the menu offered selections unlike anything else in Magic Kingdom. In my (don’t judge- but extensive) research, I have heard mixed reviews, but plowed ahead with our reservation- again mostly because it was just the two of us!

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Our Top 5 things to Remember about Character meet-n-greets at Disney World!

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Who says princesses are for girls? My little guys LOVED meeting the princesses and all of the characters during our last Disney Vacation. And, we learned a little bit along the way about how to make the most out of the character interactions.


Meeting Princess Tiana

Characters at Disney are such a part of the atmosphere and magic that before you get there it’s hard not to envision your kids (or yourself) running up to Mickey and becoming best friends! What you don’t picture are the hundreds of other people also running up to Mickey or the sheer number of things to do at Disney World other than meet characters.


Having completed trip #3 (and already booked trip #4) we are getting into the sweet spot of understanding how to navigate the world of Disney. Here we present our Top 5 tips to help your family have great character interactions: Continue reading