These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

December 18, 2014
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

The sights, sounds and wonders of the Walt Disney World Resort at Christmas are unmatched. There is something for everyone, from giant trees and fantasmic decorations to special events and extraordinary music. Each theme park has its very own holly jolly traditions, and families that visit WDW this time of year often develop their own lists of favorite things. Today I’d like to share with you 5 things that have been part of our Christmas traditions as locals who love every aspect of being annual passholders. Some are quite obvious, others more obscure- but we love them all!  So let’s get started on some holiday traditions! The Candlelight Processional...
Read More »

A Special Trip Down Main Street, U.S.A.

December 17, 2014
A Special Trip Down Main Street, U.S.A.

As a lifelong Disney fan, I find that my Disney firsts hold a very special place in my heart. Walking under the Main Street, U.S.A. Train Station on my first Walt Disney World visit as an adult, my child’s first glimpse of Cinderella Castle, and my first backstage tour are a few of those memories that I cherish. On my recent Walt Disney World visit, I had the opportunity to add another WDW “first” to my list of treasured memories: a trip down Main Street, U.S.A. in a vintage Main Street Vehicle. When traveling with my family, our mornings typically consist of doing the “rope drop dash” to our...
Read More »

Disney Cruise Line for Adults – Tasting Seminars

December 17, 2014
IMG_0218

This month on the WDW Fan Zone Blogcast, my cohost Diane and I discussed Disney Cruises for adults. Be sure to check out this latest episode either on BlogtalkRadio.com or on iTunes.  If you do listen to the show, we would love to have you rate and review the show on iTunes! One of my favorite adults only activities while sailing on Disney Cruise Line are the tasting seminars offered. We’ve done wine, martini, mixology, and beer tasting on previous cruises. This latest cruise we did Rum, Mixology, and Beer tasting. The first thing you should know about the tastings is they book up pretty quickly. When you enter...
Read More »

Mealtime Malice

December 16, 2014
Mealtime Malice

Whenever I travel, I have an interesting time when it comes to eating. For starters, I tend to be a picky eater and I also have food allergies.  I can’t eat any seafood. Even the smell can make me nauseous. In addition to that, I also have an issue eating turkey, ham, and chicken. After I eat anyone of it, my throat and mouth start feeling raw, like someone took sandpaper and rubbed it hard on my tongue and the inside of my throat. My wife believes that this condition is all in my head and there’s nothing wrong. I disagree. Still, these issues can make it somewhat difficult...
Read More »

Pixar In Concert

December 16, 2014
Pixar In Concert

  On Friday November 28th, I had the pleasure of attending Pixar In Concert, at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, along with Princess Kayla and my mom! In my last article, I gave mention to this event and encouraged others to attend! http://www.wdwfanzone.com/2014/11/november-in-chicago-has-toys-and-music-disney-style/ This concert began CSO’s At The Movies series, which runs through next spring.     The concert started promptly at 8pm. We arrived 30 minutes, which is recommended when attending a performance of this type. This gives you enough time to find your seat, browse the program, and silence your cell phone! As we were waiting, it was really interesting to see the performers warming up. We...
Read More »

A Towering Display To Sweeten Your Holidays

December 15, 2014
A Towering Display To Sweeten Your Holidays

I just love the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season. There are just so many extra bits of magic that are sprinkled everywhere. The holiday fun was just underway during our trip last month for Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon. We were able to take in quite a few of our family’s holiday favorites during our vacation, even though it was a bit early to get into the Christmas spirit. One of the sweetest sights was the Holiday Gingerbread Ice Castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Inspired by both the movie Frozen and Mary Blair’s “It’s a Small World”, this 17-foot tall display is truly awe-inspiring. The...
Read More »

Jingle Cruising All the Way!

December 14, 2014
Jungle Bells!

I’ve always thought that one of the most fun jobs at Magic Kingdom must be the Jungle Cruise skipper.  It would be like working as a standup comedian except people always laugh – even at bad jokes!  When we visited Disney World last month, we were excited to see all of the Christmas decorations around the parks, especially around the Jungle Cruise which gets transformed in the Jingle Cruise for the holidays.  The tour boats are even re-named in the spirit of the holidays – like the Reindeer Ruby or the Icicle Irma: Even waiting in line there was a ton of holiday decor intertwined in the jungle setting:...
Read More »

Right side up or upside down? Different Photo Perspectives at WDW

December 13, 2014
Right side up or upside down? Different Photo Perspectives at WDW

Hi fellow Disney fans! As an avid Disney fan and photographer I have written a few posts surrounding my favorite places to capture the magic in photos. However I often find that as the amount of trips increase I look for different ways to capture magical moments or focus on different aspects of the theme parks. On my most recent trip I was able to do this in ways that I never even imagined and I thought it would be cool to share with everyone. Visiting the parks at different times of the year: This may seem obvious for most people, but truthfully it never ceases to amaze me...
Read More »


Topics

Listening Delights – Some Podcasts To Try!

Listening Delights – Some Podcasts To Try!

From my first visit to Walt Disney World to now, I can’t believe the...

Journey from Marceline to the Magic Kingdom

Journey from Marceline to the Magic Kingdom

As a seasoned Walt Disney World guest, I frequently get the question, “Why do...

Stacey J. Aswad, Must Do Disney Host: Get the Latest BUZZ!

Stacey J. Aswad, Must Do Disney Host: Get the Latest BUZZ!

Every Disney fan knows Stacey!  If you’ve travelled to the Walt Disney World Resort...

Favorite Disney World Park

Favorite Disney World Park

From the first time I visited Walt Disney World in 1991 Epcot has been...

Going Back To Disney’s Future

Going Back To Disney’s Future

  My first trip to Walt Disney World was twenty-two years ago. Needless to...

community

Community

Share

hands

Imagination

Share

cooking

Lifestyle

Share

checklist

Planning

Share

Grab Our Button

WDW Fan Zone
<div align="center"><a href="http://www.wdwfanzone.com/" title="WDW Fan Zone"><img src="http://www.wdwfanzone.com/images/wdwfanzone_Logo_160x160.png" alt="WDW Fan Zone" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Tools