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!

Overall, I will say we were both very pleased with our meal and experience. Continue reading

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.

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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.

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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

Fifty years of Disney Fun Ahead

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Well, we did it!

After lots of questions, a lot of back and forth, we did it… became DVC members.

Yikes!

After we signed all the contracts, visited the notary, crossed the last T and dotted the last I, my husband asked me why I wasn’t more excited? What was wrong? Isn’t this what I wanted? The immediate answer was Yes!  Of course I’m excited, but it was that kind of excitement you feel on a huge roller coaster for the first time- equal parts excitement, anticipation, and fear. I mean, fifty years of vacation points is a HUGE commitment (not to mention the money that we are forking out for said points). But, I got the welcome tote bag in the mail, so we must be official!

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Highlights with littles from… CHICAGO!

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Our top 3 Favorite things from our latest expedition!

A few years back as part of our desire to see the nation and explore, we committed to taking our boys to all 30 Major League Ballparks before they graduate from high school. This summer we just tackled 2 more stadiums (#4 and #5 for us), however we didn’t start out with baseball.

Leg 1 of our trip was a drive from Pennsylvania to Chicago to visit with friends before heading to Milwaukee. We packed in a lot of fun over a few days and were lucky to have some great tour guides. If you are headed to Chicago it’s definitely a place easy to navigate with kids. So without further ado- here are our top three recommendations:

#3: Millennium Park lawn– in the summer Millennium park hosts a slew of free music concerts on the lawn. Our friends are Chi-town natives, so they were well prepared, but it would be easy for anyone to take advantage of this. Pack a picnic blanket and grab take-out from any of the neighboring restaurants. Obviously we had Chipotle because our 1st born dragon LOVES Chipotle, but you get the idea. If you are traveling sans kids- this is an even better idea because it’s actually relaxing! The other upside of having dinner on the lawn here with kids is that if your littles are tired after a long day of walking and won’t have good behavior at a restaurant, they can let loose a little on the lawn. Continue reading

Cincinnati in a Whirlwind

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img_2350After driving from Harrisburg to Chicago, then Chicago to Milwaukee, leg three of this summer’s Bruce’s Ballpark Touring took a detour in Indiana with a flat tire and a dead battery at 11:30 PM… but that is a story for another article.

Since we had already planned to watch our Phillies in Milwaukee, clearly Cincinnati was the next destination. What???

My hubby usually questions me when I come up with these hair-brained schemes- because (despite how close it can look on a tiny map) Milwaukee and Cincinnati are at minimum 6 hours apart. And… it wasn’t really on our way home. But, we are adventurers, so we set out! Continue reading

The downfall of Disney discounts…

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… lessons we are learning.

We are fresh off our Ballpark Touring and now gearing up for Disney World in October. We started planning this trip more than 9 months ago, reading more experienced blogs, watching videos on YouTube and continually checking the official website for updates. However, we are learning that all of the preparations capable from a mere mortal (and I do a LOT) still do not guarantee you a discount… even when they are released. (My blood pressure is rising even as I write this.) Continue reading