Fall Favorites

Fall is officially over.

While most people start thinking about winter the day after Thanksgiving, I’m one who likes to ride with fall until its official end. There may be a little bias because I’m a fall baby, but it’s my favorite season. I love Sweet potato and Pumpkin flavored everything. I enjoy the crisp fall air. I love the fun fall colors. I also LOVE the bold fall recipes. Somehow, I have managed to narrow down my list of favorites from the past few months. Continue reading “Fall Favorites”

Thousands of Disney Fanatics Are Doing This. Me, Too!

Whoa.

This morning after midnight, I knocked something else off of my bucket list. I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to look up #Disney on Twitter. Lo and behold, the search for next year’s Disney Parks Moms Panel has commenced. Continue reading “Thousands of Disney Fanatics Are Doing This. Me, Too!”

Throwback Thursday: My First Walt Disney World Visit

My sister, my dad and me in the pool at Disney's All-Star Music Image Credit: Probably my mom.
My sister, my dad and me in the pool at Disney’s All-Star Music. 1998
Image Credit: Probably my mom.

It was the summer of ’98…the summer before my family moved to Maryland. My mom had planned a trip for not only our immediately family, but also extended family, family friends, and a few of her co-workers. Yes, this was a time before you could book everything online in 10 minutes. My parents had taken my sister and I along to pick up one family’s payment for their trip. When my mom returned to the car, that’s when they told us: we were going to the Walt Disney World Resort!

Now, Walt Disney World was a place I knew a lot about…ever since ’93. My mom had ordered the vacation planning VHS, which I asked to watch almost as much as my “Annie” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” tapes.  I had seen the characters of “Full House” and “Family Matters” experience the parks. I was excited to know that my chance had finally come! I’m not sure how much I annoyed my parents about the trip in the months leading up to our departure. I just remember getting excited each time my mom purchased a new short set, bathing suit, or other items for our suitcases!

When we landed in Orlando and arrived at our hotel (Disney’s All-Star Music), it was one of the best feelings in my entire childhood–and we weren’t even in the park yet! All of the Cast Members were nice. My first moment in Magic Kingdom was euphoric. I just wanted to see it all and do it all. Since I was short, I did as much as allowed by height restrictions. It was a trip that I’ll never forget.

Although I’ve been to WDW many, many, many times since then, nothing compares to my first time. It’s a feeling that can’t be replaced, no matter how many new attractions are built. Wait…Perhaps the only feeling that will ever match or top it is seeing WDW through my future children’s eyes. That’s something that will be so special to me. Honestly, that’s why WDW has been in business for so many years. So many parents (including mine) love the look on their child’s face when they see the castle, ride Pirates of the Caribbean or meet Mickey for the first time. While there’s no rush in the production of the babies Nichols, I’m already saving and planning for their very first Disney trip!

The Best Disney April Fool’s Pranks (Not Produced by Disney)

April Fools day is one that I want to go by as quickly as possible. I am slightly annoyed by the dozens of cliche “I’m expecting” Facebook statuses. If you’re going to participate in the day’s festivities, at least get creative with it. That’s just what a few Disney-loving bloggers did today. If you ever wondered how cruel a Disney lover could be, you’re in for a treat. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites to share with you. Click the images below to read the full post (prank).

1. Walt Disney World Announces a Fifth Park

 

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2. Disney Vacation Club Owner to File Lawsuit Demanding More FastPass+ Experiences

 

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3. Disney World Visitor Tricks Cast Members With Disneyland Map

 

 

4. Le Cellier Steakhouse is now a Disney-fied Outback Steakhouse

 

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5. “Switched at Birth” is Done-zo

 

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6. The Good Old Beverly Prank