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Choosing the Right Disney Resort Hotel

I’m a hotel junkie. Always have been. I remember several road trips when I was four or five when I begged my parents to stop for the night at a hotel when we got off the interstate about half an hour from home. Back then, the Motel 6 seemed like the height of luxury! The pull of the hotel has continued into adulthood – I’m still tempted to pull off the road and book a hotel room, or stay at a hotel when we visit family. Nothing against my family – they’re wonderful – but there’s something about walking into an immaculately clean room where everything is in its place. Some people call that sterile, I suppose. But they don’t live in my very lived-in house! To me it’s a nice change. A shift. I’ve also developed some very definite preferences when it comes to hotels. Motel 6 doesn’t...
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Disney Memories

Disney with Friends

Welcome to everyone visiting today from the Babes in Disneyland blog hop! Today we’re talking about friendship, and that got me thinking back to another life, when I hung out at Disneyland with my friends instead of my kids! Growing up in Southern California, I’m sure my friends and I visited Disneyland several times during the late 80’s and 90’s, but two times really stick out in my memory: Disneyland Birthday Sometime during Junior High, my best friend’s parents took the two of us to Disneyland for her birthday. This trip really stuck with me, not because of the park but because we spent the night in the Disneyland Hotel. It was my first experience with a Disney resort and I was hooked! I’ve always loved hotels, and my pre-teen self was thoroughly impressed by the official hotel of Disneyland. Walking from our room past the pool to the...
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Another Reason to Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I’ve been out of the blog hop loop for a while, but I’m back in this week! Thanks to our host, Lisa of Babes in Disneyland! This week’s theme is “Celebrations” and I can’t think of a better thing to celebrate than a new baby! Back in August, I wrote about the new edition to the elephant family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Next month, another new baby will make her debut on the savannah. On October 1, a baby okapi calf was born. She’s been spending her days backstage bonding with her mother before she goes out to explore the wider habitat. Okapi are generally shy, silent animals that live alone or in mother-calf pairs, making them extremely hard to find in the wild. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you may just get lucky enough to see one up close! While they look like a member of the zebra family, zoologists...
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Sensory Integration Disorder at Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s newest value resort, the Art of Animation, showcases four classic Disney animated films: Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve shied away from the value resorts because the colors and decor are too intense. Too much sensory overload, especially for guests with sensory integration disorder. Sensory integration disorder (also sometimes called sensory processing disorder) affects a large proportion of people on the autism spectrum, although it can also affect individuals who are not on the spectrum. Normally, your brain has the ability to filter out unimportant information. For example, if you’re reading a good book, your ears take in the sounds of passing traffic, birds singing, and the neighbor’s dog barking. But your brain disregards those sounds as unimportant, so you don’t really hearthem. They don’t filter into your conscious awareness. A person with sensory integration disorder doesn’t have this ability....
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Bringing Disney Home

Disney Artwork in the Mailbox!

A couple of months ago, Bill and I signed up to watch a video on Disney’s new Hawaii resort, Aulani. I really did intend to write a review of it, but never did! The short version is – the resort looks like it will be wonderful (of course), and the behind the scenes peek was kind of interesting. I’m still not totally sold on the Disney Vacation Club, and the prices for the Hawaii resort are a little insane. All in all, nice to dream about during those “What if we won the lottery” conversations, but nothing too exciting. Fun to watch though, if you’re a Disney travel video geek like me! Then Bill brought the mail to the hospital for me to look through. There’s a white tube from Disney! I opened it up to find a signed lithograph of Mickey, Donald, and Goofy catching a killer wave:...
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