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My Ideal Day in Animal Kingdom with Kids Out of all the parks in Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom is the one I crave. Like the midnight craving of microwave popcorn AND an ice cream Snickers all at once. The craveability for me? Because it’s CHILL. Animal Kingdom shows up late, in denim cut offs, […]

Itinerary for a Laid-back Day in Animal Kingdom

Disney Planning, Park Favorites

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Here are 5 alternatives in Walt Disney World when you can’t seem to find a breakfast reservation available ANYWHERE.

My Top 5 Breakfast Reservations That Are *Pretty* Easy to Get

Olivia's Cafe at Old Key West


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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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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


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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


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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


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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+


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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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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


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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


10 Biggest Disney World Mistakes to Avoid

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How to Sketch Your Disney World Vacation

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