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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. Cue our favorite restaurant in Magic Kingdom: Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen (a mouthful that I hope they never change), a sit-down restaurant directly across from the Swiss Family Robinson Tree and the […]

Our Favorite Restaurant in Magic Kingdom: Skipper’s Canteen

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

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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”

Disney World Guide 2021

Disney Planning, Rookie Series

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We love staying on property at Disney World since you get free transportation to all the parks and Disney Springs, can get in 30 minutes sooner than everyone else (yay), and SOON: be able to book your Lightning Lane selections at 7AM, while everyone else has to wait until park opening. Deciding you’re staying at […]

How to Choose the Best Disney Resort for Your Family

Disney Resort Transportation

Resorts

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When you’re taking your family to Disney World, the first (and probably most) important decision is when you go. It’s a lot of pressure! That’s why the first part of my Disney Rookie Series is about the *best* time to go.

When’s the Best Time to Visit Disney World?

Disney Crowd Calendar 2022

Disney Planning

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When my husband was a kid, his grandmother owned a thrift shop. Which meant Kolton got first dibs going through the secondhand tees. Ever since I’ve known him, he’s always loved the specialness of vintage tees and the time it takes to find them. After 12 years of marriage, I guess you could say he’s […]

How to Find the Best Vintage Disney Tees Online

How to find vintage mickey tees online

Packing

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If your family is like mine, the question “where are we eating?” gets asked more than any other question when we’re in Disney. This makes sense because having dining reservations is a big deal. If you aren’t making dining reservations before your trip, you’re going to be disappointed when you realize all the good places […]

Learn Where to Start When it Comes to Disney Dining Reservations

Disney Dining Planner

Disney Planning

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The first trip I planned for just the three of us overwhelmed me. Our daughter, Story, was only 2 and was in a really tough phase. If her routine was thrown off even a LITTLE, she threw a tantrum, and I really couldn’t visualize how I should plan our days. I knew from past trips […]

My Simple Formula for a Great Day in Disney World Every Time

Disney World Guide 2021

Disney Planning

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We have our next trip to Walt Disney World on the calendar and I couldn’t be more relieved + excited! Here are five simple things to think about before hitting “book” (also known as the happiest feeling ever.) 01. Set an Intention + Start a Mood Board Ask yourself: what feelings do I want my […]

5 Things to Do Before Booking Your Next Trip to Disney World

Disney World Guide 2021

Disney Planning

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is admittedly our favorite park, so I always plan two half-day visits. One for a morning-until-lunch day, and the other to see Pandora World at night with a dinner reservation. For the first day, we would get a Genie+ for Kilimanjaro Safaris in the morning, do our park things, and finish with lunch before going back to our resort.

Our Favorite Quick Service in Animal Kingdom: Satu’li Canteen

Dining, Park Favorites

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Where do we stay when we visit Walt Disney World? I (happily, and luckily) married into a family of Disney-goers. On my first trip with the Stanley clan to Disney World, we stayed at the Boardwalk Resort, which is considered “on-property” and in the Epcot Resort Area. Here are 5 reasons why I’ve grown to […]

Why We Love Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Resorts

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