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Disney Memories

Kill Refurb Marry Aerial Spinner Rides

In the middle of the December crazies, one of my blogging buddies invited me to join the newest Disney blog hop, Kill Refurb Marry, hosted by Mouse on the Mind. The mere thought of adding one more thing to my schedule in December made me laugh hysterically, but I promised to get on board in January, so here we are! This month’s theme is Aerial Spinner Rides. The theory is to choose three attractions – one that just needs to die, one that could use a touch-up, and one that is perfect just the way it is. Before I get started, let me get one thing out of the way: All three of these rides are essentially the same attraction. You ride in a circle, you control whether you go up and down, and they’re aimed at the low-thrill crowd. So what I’m really looking at here is the theming...
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Picture Schedules

Disney Countdown Calendar

When I was growing up, I had an Advent Calendar every December. Every night before bedtime, I remember opening another window to see a Christmas scene or a verse of scripture or poetry. It was something that marked this time as different and special. It helped me count down the days until that magical night when we would go out in the middle of the night to the church, to celebrate light in the darkness. When I had kids of my own, I hoped to carry on the tradition, but there isn’t a large Catholic population where we live, and none of the stores carried them. This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about that simple tradition from my own childhood – perhaps because I’m looking forward to Christmas, then a few weeks later I’ll get another dose of magic in Walt Disney World. This week I decided I...
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Preparing for a Disney Vacation with Kids with Autism

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re sharing our tips for preparing for a Disney vacation. Specifically, I’d like to share my tips for preparing a child with autism for a Disney vacation. (For those of you with typically developing kids – don’t leave! Most of the techniques that are essential for ASD kids also work really well with neurotypical ones too.) As a Mom, I would love to surprise my kids with a trip to Walt Disney World. I daydream about packing them all in the car under false pretenses, only to casually remark as we get on the Interstate “Oh – yeah, our meeting is in Orlando. Mickey and Minnie are expecting #8221; Unfortunately, in real life that kind of stunt might not go...
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Autism and ADHD

Aware of Autism

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Traveling with Autism

If you’ve spent more than a few minutes reading Return to Disney, you probably know that autism is a big part of my life. Probably because of that, so is taking a vacation now and then! Our first trip to Walt Disney World in 2010 was a life-changing experience, and I’ll always hold Disney in a special place because of that, but reality is that we can’t jet over to Orlando for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or spend New Year’s Eve watching the fireworks over Cinderella Castle. Bummer! A couple of weeks ago, I had another of those game-changing experiences. This time it was a conversation with one of my closest friends, who pointed out that there are families affected by autism who need help and support, but who aren’t necessarily as geeked out on Disney as I am, so they won’t think to look on a Disney...
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