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A Disney Wedding Story (guest post)

For many, a Disney wedding is their life’s dream–where better to feel like a princess, right? For others, it probably seems like a really strange place for a wedding. It’s certainty not for everyone, but having a Disney wedding made sense for us in terms of cost, convenience, and quality.

“You had a DISNEY WEDDING? What was that like?”

Oh my goodness, where to even begin? My husband and I had an unusually long engagement–our original wedding date was set for April 2008, but due to the economic meltdown we postponed… and postponed… and postponed. When we realized that we were nearing a decade of engagement, we decided we really should make it official, but with a family and careers, neither of us really had the wherewithal for wedding planning. Fortunately, our very good friends (who’d had a Disney wedding themselves in 2012) convinced us to look into Disney’s Fairytale Weddings (DFTW). Continue reading A Disney Wedding Story (guest post)

Grand Floridian 1900 Park Fare: Supercalifragilistic Breakfast and Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

One of our favorite Disney restaurants is 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort. In the mornings they offer the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast, and in the evenings it’s Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner.  Both are buffet meals, eligible for Table Service Dining Plan credits.

In addition to these two meals, the venue offers the Wonderland Tea Party in the afternoons. This is an opportunity for kids aged 4-12 to enjoy tea, crafts, and character interactions sans parents. To date, my kids have been too young to participate in the Tea Party, but we have enjoyed the other two Park Fare offerings and am happy to share our experience for those of you considering one or both character meals.

When you arrive at the Grand Floridian, be sure to allow yourself extra time to enjoy the lobby and the grounds. The resort is one of the prettiest on the property, and the Alice In Wonderland themed splash area is ranked as one of the top 5 pools for little ones! (Pool hopping is allowed in certain circumstances: if you’re one of the lucky ones eligible to hop to the Grand Floridian’s pool, definitely make sure you set aside time into your schedule to do that before or after your meal!) Continue reading Grand Floridian 1900 Park Fare: Supercalifragilistic Breakfast and Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

How to Get Every Advanced Dining Reservation ADR you want at Walt Disney World!

How to Get Every Advanced Dining Reservation ADR you want at Walt Disney World!

Guest post by Melissa from

When I share with my friends my strategy for making Advance Dining Reservations, they always look at me like I’m crazy. But inevitably when their own trips to Disney World come around they wind up lamenting to me about how when they called for reservations to Cinderella’s Castle or Hoop De Doo Review they were told that the restaurants were booked up.

If you’re wondering to yourself  “who is this person and why should I listen to her about making dining reservations at Walt Disney World?” I don’t blame you. But on our 2013 trip we were able to book not one, but two reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant (which is still really hard to book), Cinderella’s Castle, California Grill (in the first week post-refurbishment), and many, many more. In 2013 we had over 25 Table Service ADRs for our trip, and in 2015 we had the same success, booking over 30, including Cinderella’s Castle for the week it opens after refurbishment!

For those of you unfamiliar, ADRs are “Advanced Dining Reservations”. Disney World restaurants begin taking ADRs 180 days in advance. I wrote a bit about the different steps in trip planning earlier in my Trip Planning 101 post. The big disclaimer from that post that is worth repeating here is that I’m not saying this strategy is right for everyone— I’m definitely a type A over planner, and my level of obsessive pre-planning would probably drive some folks bananas. I know there are lots of families that like to be very flexible and un-scheduled on their vacations. I’m just not one of those people. I like to know what I’m doing, when I’m doing it, and ensure that everyone gets to do as much of their “wish list” as possible. Dining is a big part of our Disney experiences, I’m a big believer in family meal time and many of our favorite memories were made at a character or castle meal. Scheduled meals make a great break from the park, and an opportunity to relax in AC while still technically participating in the Disney experience (especially when we’re talking Character meals). I know that table-service restaurants aren’t as important to everyone, but if experiencing a particular venue is critical to you, I’ve got some tricks that might help you out.

So, with that caveat, I’d like to share with you my “secrets” for getting every dining reservations on our wish list: Continue reading How to Get Every Advanced Dining Reservation ADR you want at Walt Disney World!

My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party


Guest Review by Melissa at 

If you have a little one obsessed with Princesses and/or Fancy Tea Parties, the My Disney Girls’ Perfectly Princess Tea Party is absolutely a must-do. Little girls will enjoy singing, dancing, live piano music, and lots of quality time with Princess Aurora all in the beautiful Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. And gifts! Did I mention gifts? Each child receives the following:

  • A special 18-inch My Disney Girl doll dressed in a Princess Aurora gown plus accessories (little ones can opt for a Duffy Bear instead).
  • A plastic tiara
  • Silver Princess link bracelet
  • Fresh rose
  • Special princess scrapbook page “Best Friend” certificate for their new My Disney Girl doll

Continue reading My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party