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Expectations

Splitting Up On Disney Cruises

Have a Very Happy Thursday, as Pooh would say. Thursdays are always fun around here, because it’s Blog Hop day! Thanks to Lisa from Babes in Disneyland for hosting, as always. This week’s theme is family, and that actually turned out to be a bit difficult. Almost everything I write about here centers around my family! As I’ve been thinking it over today, I realized there is one thing I haven’t covered here at Return to Disney: the Disney Cruise Line. While I was running my launch party giveaway in April, I reviewed the Disney Parks videos, including one about the Disney Cruise Line. We hope to take our family on a Disney vacation every year or so, and we’re expecting that we’ll probably branch out from the two American theme parks eventually. Disneyland Paris is definitely on my must-do list, thanks to the great photos and stories at...
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Disney Dining

Avoid Overheating at Disney

Florida gets hot. Miserably, sticky, HOT. The weather is one of those background things that you might not take into consideration before you arrive, but once you’re there it’s hard to escape it. We planned for the weather only to the extent that I packed shorts for the boys and sundresses for my princess. We bought a camel pack (which we promptly forgot at home. Whoops.) to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, simply dressing for the weather and drinking plenty of water wasn’t enough. Several members of our family are extremely sensitive to heat, and I dehydrate at the drop of a hat. Luckily, there were plenty of ways at Disney World to get out of the heat and avoid meltdowns. Safety First Overheating and dehydration are not things you can just live with. At least for our family, moderate discomfort can escalate into full-on heat stroke in a heartbeat. Carry water...
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Disney Dining

Virtual Vacation: Romantic Weekend Away

It’s Wednesday. Middle of the week. I’ve gotten a ton of stuff done, and have another ton waiting to be done, so today I decided I needed a break. I am declaring today Virtual Vacation day! Today’s virtual vacation theme is a romantic weekend away. I’ll tell you a secret: I really like this guy I married! I miss those long days back in college when we spent nearly every waking hour hanging out together. Then the reality hammer struck, we got jobs, we had kids….then we had more kids…in short, we got responsibilities by the truckload. All that responsibility – while I wouldn’t change a thing – kind of cuts into our long romantic walks time! So today, I’m pulling out the virtual credit card and booking an impromptu weekend at the most magical place on Earth. And since this is a virtual vacation, I’m pulling out all the...
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Budgeting

Disney Vacation Club – worth it or timeshare scam?

We saw the marketing push for the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) on our first trip, and basically ignored it. Well, except for the cool stickers people kept giving the kids: We’d seen timeshares before. Heck, we even bought into a campground membership in our earlier days. Yeah, that didn’t go well. I think we used it exactly once. And ended up with a legal battle when we cancelled it. So when we glanced over the brochure for the DVC, admittedly we patted ourselves on the back and said “no, we’re too smart to fall for that….” Ok, so there’s a fair supply of arrogance around here! Then I started getting into the Disney blogosphere. And started seeing bloggers that I respect raving about the DVC. (Who WAS that??? I read too many blogs. If that was you, speak up!) With our family size, we either have to stay in...
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Autism and ADHD

Disney Blog Hop – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Have a Very Happy Thursday, as Pooh would say. Thursdays ARE a Very Happy Day around here, because of course, it’s Blog Hop Day! If you’ve never been here before, welcome! If you’re an old friend, welcome back! Today’s Blog Hop theme is “The Good, The Bad, and The #8221; I originally planned to do something cute with pictures – a good picture, a fuzzy (bad) one, and maybe one of Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters…then I read Lisa’s post about her day alone in WDW and I realized that just wasn’t gonna cut it. I’ll admit, I like to focus on the warm, fuzzy, positive memories. But reality is, taking four kids ANYWHERE, even to Disney World, is going to be a roller coaster. So here goes. Keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times… when Disney was good, it was very very good . . ....
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