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Disney’s Festival of the Masters 2013

Today through Sunday, November 10, Downtown Disney is being transformed into an open-air art festival known as Disney’s Festival of the Masters. This is an annual event that is right there with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on my Disney bucket list. Throughout this 3-day event, you’ll be able to see and purchase work from more than 130 award-winning artists, as well as artwork from Disney Imagineering and the Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Going beyond the artwork itself, the artists and imagineers will be available for meet and greets and demonstrations throughout the weekend. The festival is not limited to visual arts – performance artists from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will demonstrate their skills as well. Several venues, including House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Café, Raglan Road, and Splitsville, have live bands scheduled to play. This event would be a blast for adults at Downtown Disney without kids,...
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Planning a Second Disney Vacation

It’s finally happening! After three very long years, we’re finally going to “Return to Disney!” Planning a second Disney vacation is very different from planning our first trip. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting about some of the things that have changed, and some of the things I’m doing differently this time around. I’ve planned this trip in so many different ways, and now that it’s real I’m so ready to toss the kids in the car and head to Florida. I’m a little worried that this next trip can’t possibly live up to my memories and my expectations. After all, most people don’t get so obsessed over a vacation that they start blogging about it. This trip will be different. I won’t be able to step onto the Walt Disney World Resort and suddenly take up right where I left off the afternoon we left back...
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When Plans Fall Through

Like most Disney bloggers, I tend to focus on the good stuff: planning the next trip, wonderful memories, the latest coolness. But there’s a flaw in that tendency. Sometimes it’s not all pixie dust and fairy tales. Sometimes plans fall through. Things don’t work out. A couple of months ago, it looked like we were going to pull off two separate trips to Walt Disney World next year: A romantic long weekend in February, and a family trip in September. Then things came up that blew those plans out of the realm of possibility. New possibilities surfaced that made those plans possible again, and once again, things didn’t work out. Right now, I don’t have any great advice. It’s been tough to keep blogging, not knowing when I’ll step foot back “on #8221; At the same time, I miss my daily blogging routine, hanging out in a virtual world...
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Which Disney Destination?

The thing I love about a Disney vacation is that it’s safe. I know that whatever I decide to do, wherever we stay, it’s going to be good. A lot of the planning of a Disney vacation goes into making it spectacular, because just walking through the gates means it’s going to be a good day. Carefully planned dining reservations and touring plans are just building on an already Good Thing. The variety of Disney destinations also means that our family can travel within the Disney brand and still have a nice variety of experiences. But this brings up a problem – which of them to choose? Here’s how I break it down: Disneyland and California Adventure The original Disney destination! I choose this park if I’m short on time. Disneyland and California Adventure is perfect for a 3-4 day getaway. If you have more time, you can also...
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Reasons to Return to Walt Disney World in Fall

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re talking about Fall in Walt Disney World. We visited Walt Disney World in early September, the week before the Fall decorations were put up. We chose this week purposely, partly because we didn’t want the special decor and events to overshadow Walt Disney World itself. We wanted to experience the classic Disney vacation. Had I known about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, that might have changed – or it might not. Our first trip was classic, hot and wonderful. By the end of that week, we had started to accumulate a list of reasons to go back. Since I don’t have pictures and personal stories of all the wonderful Fall-themed events at Walt Disney World, I’d like to...
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