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The Guide to Genie+

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Know which rides to prioritize based on fresh information, not some blog post from last year.

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You’re going to Disney World and hey — you’ve decided to use Genie+. You’ve read the blogs, watched the videos, and know the “rules.” You’re pumped. You wake up before 7am to buy Genie+ and book your first Lightning Lane for 2pm. Nailed it! You set an alarm for two hours after park opening to […]

Standby Skipper Review with Tutorial

Standby Skipper Review with Tutorial

Genie+

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When Disneyland in California had its opening day, Walt wasn’t thinking about high heels sinking into the pavement. But the asphalt was so…new, the temperature ended up being 100 degrees, and that’s exactly what happened. He never could have planned for the number of fake tickets, traffic, or plumbing strikes. Walt Disney, the man himself, […]

How to Plan for Disney World in 2023 (with Kids!)

Disney Planning

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Do you immediately get the urge to plan your year once January comes? Same. Although I say “no” to most things, I like to have an overview of the year for the big stuff, like traveling. So knowing what’s coming to Disney World in 2023 is important because it could help you decide whether this […]

What’s New and Coming to Disney World in 2023

What's Coming to Disney World in 2023

Disney Planning

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One of the most significant changes in Walt Disney World is the Magical Express, the free shuttle at Orlando Airport (MCO) is kaput. This leaves us standing on the sidewalk with a toddler on our hip, bags under our eyes — and in our hands — wondering how we’re getting to our hotel room. If you’re […]

How to Get from Orlando Airport to your Disney World resort

Minnie Van by Lyft

Disney Planning, Transportation

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Magic Kingdom is talked about the most when it comes to tips for bringing little kids, which makes sense. It has what most toddlers and kids want to see: Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, etc., plus classics like Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain. For me, no matter how many years go […]

4 Tips for a Laid-back Day in Magic Kingdom with Little Kids

Disney World Guide 2021

Magic Kingdom

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In this post, I’m sharing an unassuming spot in Hollywood Studios that’s perfect for a quick, easy, and inexpensive breakfast. As a mom of 2, I’m always on the hunt for anything that makes our park day more chill, and I know we’ll be coming back to this spot again and again. Hint: there are […]

A Quick and Easy Breakfast in Hollywood Studios

Blueberry Mickey Waffles in Hollywood Studios

Dining, Park Favorites

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It’s the season of magic (apparently) but sometimes it’s hard to not see all the full parking lots, long lines, sale emails — seriously, why are there SO many emails this year! — and the pressure of getting the perfect gift. I rounded up my 8 favorite things that I’ve purchased for my Disney-loving self […]

A Practical Gift Guide for the Laid-back Disney Goer

Packing

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Going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or as the experts say “MVMCP”? If not this year, maybe you’re thinking about getting tickets in 2023? One of my OG Laid-back Magic members (for real, I love her) just got back from Walt Disney World and had lots to say about the party.

Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2022

Tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Park Favorites

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There’s a little bit of hidden treasure in Magic Kingdom and it’s tucked away in Adventureland in the cutest French-colonial-meets-Victorian building. Keep reading for my Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper’s Canteen review Home to our favorite restaurant in Magic Kingdom: Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen (a mouthful that I hope they never change), a sit-down […]

Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper’s Canteen Review | Best in Magic Kingdom

Dining

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On our last family vacation, my daughter was getting down to the nubs of her new colored pencils. The always-prepared-one in our family whipped out a pencil sharpener and looked at me like, what…you don’t carry a pencil sharpener around? Truth is, I wish I was that always-prepared person, but usually I have everything BUT […]

What to Pack in Your Disney World Park Bag | Minimalist Toddler Bag

What to Pack for a Day in Disney World (1)

Packing, Packing + Style, Park Favorites, Style

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When we visit Disney World, we usually stay at the Boardwalk because of its location + vibes. But this time was different: we really wanted a 1-bedroom over a studio, since we have TWO daughters now. When I went to WDW’s website to book, the prices hurt my feelings. I immediately put in a request […]

How I Saved $1,117 On Our Deluxe Resort By Renting DVC Points

Resorts

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Fastpass – the free passes that let you skip the long lines in WDW – is gone, dead, kaput. It’s been replaced with a system called Disney Genie+ and the Lightning Lane which I used every day of our recent trip to Disney. From this post you’ll learn all about Disney World’s new Lightning Lanes, […]

Save Time in Line Using Disney Genie+ and the Lightning Lane

disney genie+

Genie+

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Just like an artist sketches before adding paint, sketching out your week in Disney World is a crucial (and to me, the most fun) part. Setting a foundation helps you hone in on what your family wants to experience. We all do this without realizing it. If you’ve planned a trip before, what’s the first […]

How to Create a “Sketch” for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Disney Planning 2021

Disney Planning

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My husband and I first went to Disney World together almost 13 years ago. After that trip, we couldn’t wait to bring our kids there. Walking them down Main Street, getting their first pair of ears, riding Peter Pan for the first time. All of it. And yes, of course, I was excited about the […]

Tips for Bringing a Baby To Disney World

Bringing a Baby Under One to Disney World

Disney Planning, Rookie Series

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What’s My Disney Experience? “My Disney Experience” is a section of Disney World’s website where you sign in to your account and control ALL of your vacation plans: park tickets, dining reservations, FastPasses (when they’re back) MagicMobile, and a lot more. You can even unlock your resort room. When you download the My Disney Experience app onto your phone, […]

Everything You Need to Know About “My Disney Experience”

standby skipper review

Disney Planning, Rookie Series

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