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Budgeting

What Makes the Magic Happen?

Disney magic is different for everyone. As I’m planning our return to Disney World, I’ve seen a lot of information on visiting Disney on a budget, cutting costs, and so on. Some of it makes sense, but I’m staring at a hard decision: What’s essential, and what’s not? I knew when I started this journey that earning enough money above and beyond what I need to contribute to our family budget wasn’t going to be easy. I still don’t know for certain that I’ll be able to pull it off. Freelancing is a high-risk career – I may be drowning in work one week and have nothing to do (except blog!) the next. I won’t know for sure that I can pull off this trip until every last dime is actually in the bank. I priced out different options recently, and it really hit me – staying at a...
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Disney Magic

“How Do They Know My Name?”

Just another example of Disney magic – our only girl has answered to “Princess” from the day she was born. Everywhere we went at Disney World, cast members greeted her as “Princess!” The first time, she was utterly shocked–how could this stranger know her name? But after the first day, she seemed to accept it as perfectly normal! This little girl is normally VERY shy around strangers, but apparently people who know your name is Princess are ok! Pin It
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Autism and ADHD

Character Dining with Autistic Kids

Character dining is one of the most memorable activities offered at Disney resorts, but for children with autism, the experience can be stressful and overwhelming. Many autistic kids, including ours, also have sensory processing or sensory integration disorder. Simply put, they are either over- or under-sensitive to sensory input – sounds, visual stimulation, touch, even scents can be overwhelming. We attended two character dining events during our first trip to Disney World. Our first character dining experience was the safari breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.   It was a very calm, relatively orderly affair — maybe because it was early in the morning! Everyone enjoyed the experience, although we did learn that our little Princess has a deathly fear of Goofy. Donald got a big kiss though! Our second character dining experience was completely the opposite. We went to Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort. The theme for...
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Who Says Mickey Only Hides at Disney?

I took a ride on the Magical Blogorail today and got a great idea for surprising the kids from Kristen at Cooking with Mickey – hidden Mickeys! So I’m thinking, about a month before the trip, I’m going to start leaving a little stuffed Mickey Mouse in odd places. Then the morning of the trip, he’ll be holding the tickets (unless I find a 3-foot Mickey statue!) Any great ideas for strategic Mickey placement? Pin It
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Disney Magic

Blogging is Contagious!

  Welcome to everyone stopping by on the Disney Blog Hop sponsored by Babes In Disneyland! This week’s theme is bloggers who inspire you, and I realized that I really can’t just pick one. Sorry. So I’ll mention a few who really stand out for me. Return to Disney is still just a baby blog, toddling along and not quite sure what it wants to be when it grows up. And for now, that’s ok. I’m not an expert on Disney travel, just a mom of a big, crazy family that figured out a few things and is trying to make Disney a yearly tradition. But despite all that, the welcome I’ve received from the Disney Blogger community has been overwhelming!  The community is what makes Return To Disney my oasis, my happy place, and my Thoughtful Spot on the Web. Thank you! So – who has inspired me? Melissa Knight...
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