It Just Never Gets Old

I’m getting ready to go to Disney World and I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  I find myself questioning how it’s possible that I get so excited each time.  You’d think it was my first visit but I get like this before each and every single visit and I’ve grown up going to Disney World!

Not to get too psychological but I think what it goes back to is the fact that Disney World brings back so many feelings of nostalgia and comfort from my childhood, yet there’s always something new to try so it keeps things fresh and exciting at the same time. There is also something for each member of my family so everyone is happy which is very important to me while on vacation.  I love the same feeling I get as I walk down Main Street, seeing Cinderella castle in all her glory.  I love the night time parade, particularly Main Street Electrical Parade. I just can’t control myself from doing a jig each time I hear the Baroque Hoedown! Yes, my family rolls their eyes at me each time but oh well!   Seeing the fireworks makes me teary (embarrassing but true). I love riding Spaceship Earth, Haunted Mansion, the People Mover, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Just the smells of Disney make me smile.  There is nothing quite like the scents of the Main Street Bakery, riding in a boat on Living on the Land, smelling the burning scene in Rome on Spaceship Earth or flying over the orange groves during Soarin’. These are some of my favorite things that I enjoy time and time again.

I’m not one who likes mundane things.  I like change in my life.  So how do these things not get boring? I’m sure people wonder how I can go the same place for a vacation multiple times a year.  I try to change each trip up by staying in a different resort, eating at a new restaurant, trying a new special event, seeing a new show, etc.  I am fortunate enough to go multiple times a year and I still haven’t run out of new things to try.  I find it keeps things new.  Only at Disney can you get completely immersed by staying in a particular resort.  You can view animals on a savanna from your room, walk through Radiator Springs and feel like you’re staying in the middle of a Pixar film. You can also  feel like you are staying the South Seas or an upscale yacht club and so much more.  I love that I can make my vacation completely unique each time yet get that same feeling of comfort because I know my surroundings so well and that’s what keeps me returning time and time again.

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Disney… not just for kids


“Oh, you are going to Disney World!!! That’s awesome.. But wait… I didn’t think you had kids?  What are you going to do there if you have no kids?”

Ah yes, my favorite line from many a people that I meet along the path of life.  That is right, YES we are going to Disney and NO we do not have any children.  Yes, one day, if we are blessed with children, we would love to take out child there, but if it will only be my husband and I, like a real life Carl and Ellie, we shall embrace adventure at our favorite place, Walt Disney World.  So here a few benefits to going it alone,  as adults.

1.     Fine Dining.  Of course children are allowed at the fine dining establishments in WDW, but there is nothing like a nice romantic dinner with your loved one, with some amazing food and excellent service.  We had dinner in Queen Victoria’s Room at Victoria and Albert’s on our last trip.  This dinner was about 4 hours long, including over 10 courses and wine tasting.  It was a night we will never forget, just the two of us. Also, when I was a kid, I ruined every meal we ever went to. HA. ask anyone who traveled on that first fateful trip.

2.     Rides for Two.  Well, we never have to fight over who will sit with who on specific rides!  And no height requirements, so no one feels left out.

3.  Minimal Temper Tantrums.  I’m not gonna lie, I have had a few “special moments” I’m not to proud of while being on Disney property… but it’s nothing like some of the extreme melt downs by kids I have seen.  It’s actually beautiful when you see them, the kid stops moving, goes down on the ground for the count, kicking screaming… pure brilliance kid, pure brilliance!

4. Can I Buy That??? Well, I must say, I’m spoiled.  Just ask my husband.  But at least with just the two of us, he can fuel my vinyl, pin, and Dooney & Bourke obsessions.

5. Getting a little Goofy.  From having drinks around the “World Showcase”, to night life over at Downtown Disney, when it’s just adults, you are more likely to let your hair down and enjoy!

6. Nap Time is REALLY Nap Time.. My husband and I love getting into the parks extra early, and heading home midday to take a nap.  No one to fight us about taking that afternoon snooze.

7. Disney is Romantic.  From fireworks shows, to fine dining, to horse and carriage rides, Disney has everything that you can imagine to make  your trip with your loved one a romantic time!

These are just a few of my fun things my husband and I like to do while traveling alone.  If you are looking to go and leave the kids at home, I’m your girl!  From honeymoons, to anniversaries, to friend getaways, let me know how I can make your Disney vacation a fun and awesome one!!! Contact me today for a free quote,

Walt Disney World… a “Special” family’s dream!

We were so excited to plan it out. My husband and I decided that our 2 boys NEEDED to visit Walt Disney World for the first time (Ok, I decided…). Admittedly, excitement soon turned into anxiety over how our youngest (Jake) would react to a vacation.

Jacob was nearly 2 years old and we had just been told that he is on the severe end of the Autism Spectrum. We were confused and didn’t know if a vacation was even a good idea.  We stressed about every little detail and all of the “what if’s”. What if Jake cried ALL week long over every little thing? What if he was afraid of the crowd even from his stroller? What if his older brother was upset that we were taking so many breaks? These are all questions that we went over in our minds so many times. But we decided to just do it and roll with the punches. It was the best decision we ever made.

From the moment we started our walk down Main Street I knew that our family would be forever changed. I don’t know how. I just had a feeling that being there would somehow help Jake. When he wanted to get out of his stroller and walk to Cinderella Castle I knew that I was right. We assumed that he would be happiest in the stroller. He felt safe in strollers. To see my son holding his brother’s hand and walking down Main Street was something I will never forget.

 One day at Epcot (after walking back from an attraction with a family member), we spotted the most adorable little boy jumping around in the water fountain…fully clothed. He was squealing with joy and laughing hysterically. When we got close enough we realized that it was Jake. To some it was just a cute kid laughing in the water. To us it was a bigger deal than I can explain. Jake was always afraid of water. It took me and my husband to give him a bath- one of us holding him, the other washing. He would scream during the whole thing. It broke our hearts and was something we didn’t know how to help him with. He also didn’t laugh often. He was (and still is) non verbal and we cherished the few times that he did laugh or use his voice.

 Crowds were also an issue. He got scared and upset if people were too close to him. We wondered how he would handle waiting in lines. We weren’t visiting during peak season but we were still worried. I did some research on the Guest Assistance Pass. This is something available to guests with special needs and can be issued at any Guest Relations location in the parks.  It isn’t a front of the line pass, but rather a way for those with sensory issues to wait in a less crowded area. In a lot of cases it would send us to the Fastpass line. In other cases we were directed to a separate waiting area. In either case, it helped tremendously. It made us so happy that Jake was enjoying the attractions with the rest of us.

 In addition to the Guest Assistance Pass, we were given a red sticker with a picture of a wheelchair on it for our stroller. This allowed the stroller to act as a wheelchair. It was very convenient in the restaurants that Jake had a safe and familiar place to sit and eat (high chairs were not always the best option for him). This sticker was also convenient during shows. If we needed to leave the show quickly we were able to do so without disrupting the other guests. Jake likes to “bolt”, meaning he doesn’t like to sit still and will run away any chance he gets. It can be dangerous as he has no safety awareness.

Needless to say, we had an amazing vacation. But it was more than a vacation. I can’t explain it. Both of my boys returned home different kids. Jacob is excited to take baths! We now call him our little fish! Nick learned that he can have fun with his brother despite his limitations. This was important and to this day I believe there is no better big brother on Earth. Everyone was brought closer together during our amazing trip. We still talk about all of the milestones reached during that one week.

We could not have picked a better destination for our first “family” vacation. We were so happy with how accommodating Disney was with their special needs guests. Our worry about the difficulties we might face completely disappeared. Some would say a vacation with a special needs child is out of the question. I would say that’s because they haven’t visited Walt Disney World.

 If you are considering a visit with your family and have questions, feel free to contact me.

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Erin Santamaria –  877-377-0505

Pin trading – Make This Your Family Tradition



Standing inside a gift shop at any of the theme parks is so over whelming.  On our recent trip to Disney World, I told my kids we would buy something but the biggest question was what to buy.  My 8 year old wanted a hat with Mickey ears on and I knew that after wearing it for a few days, it would get put in a bin at home and we’d never see it again.  While looking at different shops in Epcot, we saw a huge display of pins.  We didn’t have any idea that there was a whole world of pin trading in Disney

Back in 1999, Disney released the tradition of Disney Pin Trading. Thousands of different and unique pins exist.  We first started with picking out our lanyards.  Then we picked out a starter pin set.  We pinned the pins on our lanyard and then the fun began.  Most cast members wear lanyards or lanyard squares.  You may trade up to 2 pins, per cast member, per day.  My kids had a blast going up to all different cast members asking to look at their pins. 
We did buy a few pins not to trade, which we will keep as a reminder of our special trip with Grandma and Grandpa.  My daughter’s special pin was Expedition Everest (the ride at Animal Kingdom).  My son had 2 special pins.  The first was Tower of Terror (at Hollywood Studios) and the second a pin from Coronado Springs (where we stayed). 
When we got home, the pins sat on the lanyards for a month and I wanted to find a way to display them.  Check out my son and daughters pin collection. 
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What would you think if you could cut your wait time down and have more time in the parks during your stay? 

Disney’s FASTPASS guarantee’s you a spot in line for specific attractions, while you enjoy other parts of the park.

How the FASTPASS works:

Look for the FASTPASS distribution center near the entrance of the following rides. The park Guide Maps also indicate where the FASTPASS attractions are located by a FP on the map.

Magic Kingdom Theme Park:

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Jungle Cruise

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Peter Pan’s Flight

Mickey Mouse & the Princesses

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Stitches Great Escape

 Epcot Theme Park:

Mission Space

Test Track



Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park:

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Star Tours

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Toy Story Mania

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:

Primeval Whirl

Kilimanjaro Safari’s


Kali River Rapids

Expedition Everest

Finding Nemo

It’s Tough to be a Bug

 There will be two different times one will be Stand by, this is the regular queue and the other will be for FASTPASS.

If the Stand by time is too long and you don’t want to wait, check out the FASTPASS return time to see if that works for you.If the return time works for you, insert your pass, WDW admission ticket, a readmission ticket,

WDW Key to the World Card or Annual Pass and you will receive your FASTPASS.The FASTPASS will have a 1 hour time frame to return example 12:50 – 1:50. You must return at

Any time within that hour, do not come late you will be turned away.While waiting on your return time. Enjoy yourself and go hang out in the park!

When it is time to return go back to the FASTPASS entrance of the ride, show the Cast Member your FASTPASS you will endure a minimal wait, and then enjoy the ride or show.

The FASTPASS is only valid the day of distribution. Only valid during the hour of return, not before & not after your specific hour.There is a limit to the number of FASTPASSES a guest can have.

The current FASTPASS you have will have a designated time as to when you can get another FASTPASS. The FASTPASS machine won’t issue you another ticket until the time stated on your current FASTPASS. (Trust me I have tried, it doesn’t work)Each person entering the FASTPASS entrance MUST have a FASTPASS ticket.

Arriving early for an attraction is not helpful; the Cast Member will not let you in until the one hour window begins. Missing your one hour window will result in not being able to ride the attraction, by using the FASTPASS entrance. You will have to get another FASTPASS and start the process all over again…If you lose your FASTPASS you must either get a new one or use the Stand by line. So don’t misplace or lose your FASTPASS.

There is no fee to use the FASTPASS; it is free to all park guests.The busiest rides may run out of FASTPASSES EARLY in the day so prioritize and get your FASTPASSES first thing. Some examples of busy attractions would be Splash Mountain, Toy Story Mania, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, Peter Pan’s Flight, Soarin’ and Test Track. I have been to the parks when Toy Story Mania has run out before noon, so get going early so you don’t miss out.

 Enjoy your vacation and get the most out of your time USE FASTPASS!

Allison King

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Child Swap

My husband and I LOVE riding rides. It is an experience we can’t wait to share with our kids as they all grow older (and taller!). But what about when you have little ones with you who are not tall enough to ride your favorite attractions? Although my husband seemed fine with the idea of just finding Mickey and Minnie and leaving them to babysit, I thought I would research other options.

On select WDW park attractions (see full list below) you can take turns riding with your kids who ARE tall enough or even by yourself as a single rider. Have all of your party wait in line together and then when you get to the front of the line you can let the cast member know you are interested in doing a “child swap”. While the rest of your party rides you wait with your young children. When they are done you simply “swap”. They stay with the child ad you get to immediately get on the attraction with out having to wait in line again.

This is going to be a lifesaver for us on our upcoming trip as we will have 2 too small to ride. Of course, you could always be sneaky and invite grandma and grandpa along to help out! J


Magic Kingdom:

Jungle Cruise

Pirates of the Caribbean

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

“It’s a small world”

Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Mad Tea Party

Peter Pan’s Flight

Snow White’s Scary Adventures

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Big Thunder Mountain

Splash Mountain

Liberty Square Riverboat

The Haunted Mansion

WDW Railroad

Astro Orbiter

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Space Mountain

Stitch’s Great Escape

Indy Speedway

Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Carousel of Progress



Honey, I Shrunk the Audience

Journey Into Imagination With Figment

Spaceship Earth

Test Track

Living with the Land


The Living Seas

Ellen’s Energy Adventure

Body Wars

Mexico – El Rio del Tiempo

Norway- Maelstrom


Disney Hollywood Studios

Backlot Tour

The Great Movie Ride

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

Star Tours

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Voyage of the Little Mermaid



Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safari

Expedition Everest


Primeval Whirl

Tricera Top Spin

It’s Tough to be a Bug

Wildlife Express Train


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Jessica Fuller

More Magical Memories – A Different Twist to the Autograph Books – Scrapbooking!

This has become an absolute favorite part of every Disney experience – our Signature Books – a.k.a. autograph book.  Of course every park and resort offers the classic, small autograph book. But we have taken it to a different level. (The big pen in the picture is sold everywhere and really helps the characters with their signatures!)









I started this on our very first trip when Robert (my son) was 3.  I always use a red 8×8 scrapbook album that has removable pages (and page protectors).  At every character greeting, whether it is in a park or a restaurant, Robert has the character sign his book and I snap a quick picture (or 2 or 3).  Typically I have the characters sign every page in sequence, back to back. When I get home, since I bought a book with removable pages, I can easily insert blank pages between the signed pages.  Then I attach his picture with the character and enhance with many embellishments.

This is the fun part!  Embellishments are so easy to find and you can get very creative with them. The parks offer some really great scrapbook kits and stickers.  So does Downtown Disney.  I have found many kits, stickers, die cuts and tools in the World of Disney shop (located in Downtown Disney).  There is a great Mickey Mouse head punch out that I have used over and over.

I have found a lot of great material at a variety of arts and crafts stores (Michael’s, JoAnne’s, Hobby Lobby).  However, there are so many things that I also ordered off of Ebay (and for a great price).  Sometimes I am looking for a very specific character (i.e. Chicken Little).  Ebay is a great place for the harder to find characters. You can search by a specific character name!

A little tip – when we see Mickey and Minnie or Donald and Daisy at the same location, I will have them sign the same page. Then I can use multiple pictures on the other page to give it a little extra enhancement.

Another trick to making a great album – I don’t always just use my albums for character signatures.  I have also filled the books with other parts of our trip.  For example, I will include pictures from our resort or extra pictures from the parks, parades, or dinner shows. The pictures below show how I incorporated our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge – our absolutely favorite resort and park.

I even have Robert create his own signature page.  This has been a priceless feature of each book.  This way I can capture his own creativity for the age he is at during that trip.  Just like anything else with creating a scrapbook, there are no rules – just make it a treasure that your family will cherish!

At home, Robert and I have started doing these together.  He has so much fun being a part of making these wonderful albums.  This turns a little keepsake into a treasured family album that you can look at again and again.  He has a couple of the smaller autograph albums but they are usually tossed in a drawer and never looked at again.  These albums are looked at over and over and sometimes used right before bed for his story time. I hope you enjoy making these keepsakes for your family!

For more on this and other tips on making memories at Disney, contact me at or call me directly at 1-800-670-4312   ext 125. I would absolutely love the chance to help your family create some magical memories of your own!  As always, my services are completely free. Contact me for a free quote and let’s get started on planning an adventure for you!

Looking for something new at Walt Disney World…Try the Segway

Been to Walt Disney World several times and looking for something new and different to try?  Well, Disney offers many exciting tours for their guests to enjoy.  This post will focus on the Around the World at Epcot tour.  In this tour guests get to spend time on a Segway Personal Transporter exploring World Showcase before it opens to the rest of the park guests.

I was able to take this tour with my mom in May of 2010 and let me just tell you, it was a trip highlight!  We began our tour by checking in with guest services.  There we got our name tags and met the other members of our group and our safety instructor.  After everyone was checked in we made our way over to Innoventions to start the training portion of our tour.

We started off by watching a video about the Segway and how it works. After seeing the video I was a little nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to figure it out and would look like a total fool just trying to stand and balance on the thing, but that nervousness was soon eased when we went out and actually began using them. The hardest part is just getting the feel for it, after that it’s not really difficult at all. I was shocked to learn how you make it go and stop though, I assumed that there were hand controls or something, but it is all run by where you place pressure on your feet – pressure forward, you go, pressure back, you stop. But, you can also make yourself back up by putting too much pressure on your heels – it’s a balancing act, but if I can do it, anyone can – really!

We learned how to stop, go, turn right, turn left, go uphill, downhill, around and over obstacles.  By the time we left Innoventions and headed towards World Showcase, we all felt very comfortable on our Segways.  We were able to go through most of the World Showcase countries and our guide, Elton, talked to us about many of the unique features in each country and kept us entertained with his wit and great stories.

We were able to stop once for a photo op.

My Mom and I

There is a small case on the front of the Segway where your camera and a few personal items can be stored, but most of your belongings will have to be left in the training room in Innoventions.  It is not possible to drive the Segway and take photos, so you really won’t get an opportunity for picture taking outside of this one stop.

All too soon our tour was over and it was time to head back to Innoventions. This part was just a bit unnerving. Future World had been open for a couple of hours by this point and there were people everywhere, I was so afraid someone was going to try and walk between us or cut me off and I wasn’t going to be able to stop. Most people were very good about giving us our space however and many had serious looks of envy on their faces, wondering how they could drive around on their very own Segway!

We parked our Segways and went back into the room where we watched our video so that we could return our helmets and retrieve our belongings. We also were given this pin to remember our tour by.


There are a few restrictions to the tour that you should be aware of.  All participating guests must be 16 years or older and must weigh between 100-250 pounds.  The tour lasts between 2 and 3 hours and currently costs $99.00 per person and admission into Epcot is also required.  To book this tour you can call (407)WDW-TOUR (939-8687) or contact me and let me take the stress out of your vacation planning.  I would love to help you plan your next Disney vacation and my services are free!


Michelle Beam

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A Candlelit Celebration

A Candlelit Celebration

Anyone who has celebrated the holidays in Walt Disney World knows that they do it right.  The Magic Kingdom is strung from one end of the park to the other with festive greenery and more ornaments that you can possibly imagine.  Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – something truly amazing for a family to behold.  Even Animal Kingdom joins in the festive fun with beautiful decorations and a holiday-themed midday parade.  One of the best events during the holiday season, in my opinion, takes place at Epcot – the Candlelight Processional.

Candlelight Processional is a big part of Holidays Around The World, Epcot’s multi-cultural celebration of holiday traditions from across the globe.  During this evening spectacle, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

My family had the opportunity to attend a showing of the Candlelight Processional back in December of 2010.  Whoopi Goldberg was the celebrity narrator that evening, and we were very excited to finally see what we had been hearing such wonderful things about.  We were not disappointed!  You can always depend on Disney to do entertainment on a large scale, but what pleasantly surprised me was how moving the show was.  I am a sucker for a nice choir, so I guess I may be an easy target, but even so, this is really one of the most memorable holiday experiences of my adult life.

My family booked an event dining package for the Candlelight Processional.  Anyone who has stood in line to get a decent seat (or any seat) for the big Fantasmic! show at Hollywood Studios knows that these event dining packages are amazing and can really keep your wait time to a minimum.  There are many nights (as with Fantasmic!) when having this package will be the only way you get to get a seat for the Candlelight Processional.  We ate at Rose & Crown (which was delicious, as usual) in the England Pavilion and received our preferred seating voucher for the show.  Cast Members allow those who have these vouchers in first, and we were able to get pretty good seats.  Whoopi was great, the choir was great, everything was amazing!  Interspersed throughout the beautiful story of Christmas are wonderful carols, traditional and contemporary, and each member of the choir holds a lit candle.  It makes for a very touching experience.

This unforgettable show is held on select nights during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot’s World Showcase, and, because it is so beloved and popular, it will fill up quickly. To ensure you have a seat, I do recommend that you book Candlelight Processional Dining Package – another plus, in addition to the awesome meal and the guaranteed seating, is that you also get a special viewing spot for that other amazing spectacle at Epcot – IllumiNations.

The 2012 dates for the Candlelight Processional are November 23 – December 30, 2012 with showtimes at 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:15 pm each evening.  Some celebrity narrators have been booked, and they include Isabella Rossellini (11/23-11/25), Neil Patrick Harris (11/26-11/29), Whoopi Goldberg (11/30-12/01), Jodi Benson (yes, folks, that’s Ariel!) (12/11-12/13), Olivia Newton John (12/14-12/16), Trace Adkins (12/20-12/22), Gary Sinise (12/23-12/25), and Marlee Matlin (12/29-12/30).  Theme park admission is required.

Jennifer Lassiter

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Am I Tall Enough?



My husband and I are born and bred Disney lovers so when we found out we were going to be parents one of the first “vision of parenting” was the dream of one day taking our kids to Disney World. Well this fall we are going to be realizing that dream and taking our 5, 2, and 6 month old daughters for their very first vacation! We love sitting down on Sunday nights and watching the Disney Vacation Planning DVD (yes, we watch it every Sunday. You call it brainwashing, I call it inducing enthusiasm!) But the number one question, especially on my 5 year old’s mind, is what rides will I be tall enough to ride?!?


So just how tall do you have to be to board the “big ticket” rides? Actually, the majority of the attractions at WDW are geared towards young children, many of which you can even bring your young infants aboard. That’s one of the things that makes  a Disney vacation great, no one has to feel left out! Roughly 80% of the rides and attractions have no height limit.  What rides DO have height restrictions? Well, that’s where our creative minds got to thinking and made this handy growth chart!


If you are a mom like me, you know that kids will ask a million questions a day and some days it’s just the same question over and over again. In our house it was our oldest wanting to be measured every day until she finally reached that coveted height of 40 inches. But of course, once that was achieved a couple months ago she now is wanting to know when she will reach 44 so she can ride the next “class up”. Now when she asks how much she has grown we have her stand against the WDW Attractions Growth Chart and she can visualize exactly what she will be big enough for come this November! The kids have loved getting measured every month and when they all finally reach the tallest height required for a ride (48 inches) I plan to laminate it and save it as a keepsake!



If you would like to download our creation for FREE to help your family build anticipation for your next WDW vacation please contact me. Hope your family will enjoy it as much as we have!


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