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One of my favorite Walt Disney World memories is when Kristin became a princess at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  I have been asked about this experience, so I thought I would share this memory with you.  Kristin was four years old at the time, and she was a huge Frozen fan.  I asked her if she would like to look like Elsa at Disney World, and she was so excited.  For us, four years old was the perfect age to try out Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.   We like to plan a trip for every other year, and as she’s gotten older, she has been just a little less into looking like the princesses.  She was at the height of her love of Disney princesses for this trip. Planning Our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Experience I admit that I am a planner when it comes to trips–especially Disney trips.  I don’t want to miss anything simply…

If you are looking for a great way to meet Disney princesses without waiting in long lines or using your FastPasses, then you should consider booking a character meal like the one at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavillion at Epcot.  This is also a cheaper option if you don’t want to spend the extra money or use two dining credits at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the castle at the Magic Kingdom.  Cinderella’s Royal Table is an amazing experience that I think everyone should try once, though. Click here to read about our experience there.  Anyway, we decided to try Akershus for our daughter’s first princess character meal, and I am so glad we did!  We have some wonderful pictures and memories now. Getting to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall We decided to do breakfast for our meal at Akershus, and we opted to go at opening so that the…

If you’re on a budget and you want to visit Walt Disney World, you may believe that staying at a Disney deluxe resort is out of your reach. I know I believed that.  For my first stay at Disney with my family, I thought that I would just pick a value resort and go with it–maybe even a moderate.  But, when I really started researching lodging, I discovered that I could stay deluxe at Disney! You can too! Background I had been to Walt Disney World once before I became an adult.  I had just finished my freshman year of high school, and my little sister was going to start first grade.  My family loaded up our pop-up camper, hooked it up to the van, and hit the road from Missouri.  We even had grandma along for the ride.  We camped twice along the way, but finally, we made it…

When I asked my daughter where she wanted to eat during our last Disney trip, she didn’t even hesitate when she said, “Chef Mickey’s!”  We had been one other time, but she was only two years old.  Since she had seen the pictures of that trip over and over, she knew what to expect.  When she was two, she was really unsure about the characters, but now, she is a pro when it comes to meeting them.  Jeff and I thought, hey, why not? Let’s go! This place is pretty popular, so I highly recommend reservations.  I make my reservations as soon as the window opens at 180 days.  I easily got a reservation booking that early.  I also got the time I was hoping for.  Chef Mickey’s closes in the afternoon, so you can book at or near 5:00 p.m. and be part of the first seating for dinner.…

This was our first Disney resort, and did we pick well!  Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village is a beautiful resort with lots of fun in every nook and cranny. When I began researching for my first Disney trip, I learned that it was possible to rent points for a Disney villa and stay in deluxe accommodations for a great price.  We had been looking at Disney’s Moderate Resorts, and we were planning a trip with my parents.  As I continued to research, I found that we could rent points for a two-bedroom villa at Kidani for about the price of two moderate rooms at rack rate. We decided to take the plunge and rent points.  We decided to use the DVC Rental Store since they did not charge a fee to look for availability.  We had a great experience with them, and we have used them for three trips now.  If…

I originally wrote this trip review on the 1branson.com boards. Day 1 I hope no one minds, but I thought I would do a trip report of our recent vacation. I could do it on a Disney board, but I like to share here. My travel party included my husband, my six-year-old daughter, and me. We have an 18-year-old, but she has been to Disney twice and doesn’t enjoy traveling as much as we do. In fact, she was quite happy to watch our home this time and have the house to herself. She recently graduated from high school, so she was looking for some time to relax on her own before her life changes in many ways this fall. We left Joplin at 4:00 am on Saturday, July 9, and began our drive. We packed sandwiches and snacks, so we only stopped for a short time for breaks and…

Since this year we were at the World for my birthday, there was only one place I wanted to have my birthday dinner–Cinderella’s Royal Table.  I have been dreaming about it for awhile, and when it was time to make my ADRs, I was ready. The only problem was when I logged into my account on my day, there wasn’t any availability.  I knew that in the past this place was hard to get, but in recent years this seemed easier to get.  I was bummed until I read on the DISBoards that they were not opening up reservations yet for some reason.  So when they did open up, I got a reservation at a great time–6:30 p.m. Kristin decided to wear her Elsa dress, so we got her ready in the room and then headed over.  I wanted to leave in plenty of time, and we did.  We…

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