2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

March 29, 2015
2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Although I never need a reason to visit Walt Disney World, I was very excited that my last trip was planned around the 2015 Flower and Garden Festival. All of the women from my group of cruise friends (thank you Disney!) decided to have a girls only trip to experience the festival this year. Although not everyone was able to come, five of us managed to get away for four amazing days the first week of the festival. There’s so much I’d love to say about the festival that I really don’t know where to start. However, I will start by saying four days in WDW just wasn’t enough...
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Can’t Wait – Disney Springs

March 28, 2015
Disney Springs artwork courtesy of Disneyparksblog

Like any diligent Disney fanatic, I am counting the days until my July trip to Walt Disney World. Rooms are booked, airfare is set, and Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) are created and tinkered with daily. ​With so many exciting changes occurring in the happiest place on earth, I am especially excited to see what is happening to the Downtown Disney area! Once Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, then Pleasure Island, and now Disney Springs, I anticipate being amazed and bewildered at the massive changes currently happening in this area. Infrastructure is changing, the design is getting a refresh, retails stores are opening, and new dining experiences await! These improvements-...
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Disneyland Paris in the Springtime Is a Must!

March 27, 2015
Disneyland Paris in the Springtime Is a Must!

    Disneyland Paris, here I come!!             In just over two weeks, I am making my very first trip to Disneyland Paris, so alas you will have to wait till my next post to find out all about it! As usual, I have been busily making my pre-trip plans. I am so excited – can you tell! One thing I am trying to keep in check, is that there will be massive differences to the American Disney parks. Many people have warned me about this. So expectations in check… what am I looking forward to the most, well here is my list!  ...
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Spending the day at Animal Kingdom

March 26, 2015
Spending the day at Animal Kingdom

One of the many benefits to living in Florida, besides the fact that we never get snow (pause for laughs), is the chance to take a day trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. On Sunday March 8, I was fortunate enough to visit the Animal Kingdom for a day of fun. It began as an invitation to a Meet ‘n Greet with the host of the WDW Radio podcast, Lon Mongello, at the Yak and Yeti restaurant. When I heard about the chance to meet one of my favorite radio hosts in person I set out to plan the trip. Living less than 3 hours from the park...
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2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival – Part 2

March 25, 2015
Photo by Shelley Scholl

In my last article I talked about the amazing Outdoor Kitchens at the Flower and Garden Festival. This week I share with you some of the gorgeous pictures I took of the topiaries and gardens. You can also listen to Diane Butler and I discuss Flower and Garden on the latest episode of our WDW Fan Zone Monthly Blogcast, Episode 24, available on iTunes and Blogtalk Radio.       Share
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Cheers to Cheese in Germany’s Weinkeller!

March 24, 2015
Cheers to Cheese in Germany’s Weinkeller!

I am always excited to find great value items throughout the parks and on a recent trip I discovered a new one at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion. Germany is one of my favorite spots around World Showcase. It’s designed to look like a German town square with cobblestones, a clock tower and a fountain with a statue of St George and a dragon. Surrounding the central fountain are a quaint assortment of shops to stroll through that carry unique German souvenirs, while the smell of caramel from the Karamell-Kuche is always wafting through the square. One of the shops is the Weinkeller or Wine Cellar, which sells bottles of German...
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The Wilderness Must Be Explored!!

March 24, 2015
The Wilderness Must Be Explored!!

Hello my friends! I hope you all are doing good! It’s finally SPRINGTIME!! We all survived winter! Well, mostly survived! We have one last blast of cold and snow here in Chicago this week, then it will begin to warm up again and hopefully stay on the warmer side! I wanted to share with you today a fun activity that we enjoyed on our past 2 visits to Walt Disney World! Located inside Animal Kingdom, there is a FUN game that anyone can play for FREE! Wilderness Explorers!! From the popular movie, UP!, our friends Russell and Dug want you to join them to explore the wilderness throughout Animal...
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Dreams Really Do Come True—I’m Going To The 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!!

March 23, 2015
Dreams Really Do Come True—I’m Going To The 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!!

I was all set to write all about my #DisneySide @Home Celebration gender reveal party I hosted a few weeks ago for this week’s post. But then this happened…….. Yes..ME! I was selected to attend this most exclusive event. If you have yet to hear about the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, it is a yearly social media conference hosted by Disney and held at Walt Disney World Resort (last year it was held at the Disneyland Resort). It is a family-friendly, 4-day event and attendees have the opportunity to mingle with other social media moms/dads, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy events designed for the entire family. The...
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