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Disney Magic

Disney Dream Job

This morning I browsed over to the Disney Parks blog for some inspiration – and check out what I found! Disney photographer Kent Phillips shared a great photo he took just for fun one morning before the Magic Kingdom park opened. The photo is beautiful, and the explanation was interesting, but the part that really caught my attention was this one line: “I took advantage of having the coolest job in the world . . . ” It’s Friday. A lot of people will spend today staring at the clock, just waiting for quitting time and looking forward to two days away from work. Others, like Kent, don’t really care that it’s Friday because while they enjoy their time off, they don’t dread Monday mornings either. Recently, I’ve come to a realization. I’m a freelance writer by profession. I’ve probably dabbled in just about every aspect of writing, but didn’t find what...
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Disney Magic

Potty Training – at Disney!?

It’s Thursday, which means of course that it’s Blog Hop Day! Thanks, as always, to Lisa at Babes in Disneyland for hosting and Jenn of The Disney Babies Blog for co-hosting! This week’s topic is babies. And after almost a decade of slings and diapers and nursing and no sleep, I actually don’t have any babies to write about! So I’m going to cheat and write about toddlers. When we went to Disney World in 2010, our youngest was 2 1/2. I stocked up on disposables for the trip because I wasn’t really including laundry in my vacation plans and the last thing I wanted to do was go on an emergency diaper run! Then, a few days before we left, Princess decreed that she was done with diapers. Period. I’ve done the potty training thing before, and when they decide they’re ready, you jump at the opportunity. But early...
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Autism and ADHD

A Magic Moment on (almost) Wordless Wednesday

This is one of my most cherished moments at Disney. Most people will not pick up on the magic of this moment, and that’s ok. The miracle that happened here is that Patrick made eye contact. He’s fully, 100%, in the moment and sharing that moment with me. Yeah – there’s real magic at Disney World. I have photographic proof right here. Pin It
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Autism and ADHD

Guest Assistance Card – Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Taking kids with autism and sensory processing disorders anywhere can be a challenge. We were concerned before our trip that our boys’ special needs would make the entire experience a nightmare. They don’t deal well with changes in routine, extreme heat, or crowds – all definite challenges at Disney World! I did my research, and learned about the Guest Assistance Card, which is available to guests with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders. The card allows you to bypass the lines, wait in a separate area if needed to avoid the crowds, and get any other assistance you need in order to make the experience magical. To get the Guest Assistance Card, stop by the Guest Services office at the first theme park you visit. The card is good at all the parks for the duration of your stay. According to my research, a letter from the kids’ doctor or therapist...
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Bringing Disney Home

Together Again!

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for the Babes in Disneyland Blog Hop! Our theme this week is both simple and elusive: Joy. It’s very timely for me, because as many of you know, I’ve been blogging from a hospital room for the past month while one of our boys battled a serious illness. We brought him home on Sunday, and picked the other kids up Tuesday afternoon. This week has been crazy with getting everyone settled back in, follow up appointments, and so on, but it has also been a joyful one because we’re all back together again. To celebrate, I’d like to share one of my favorite Disney moments – one of the the ones where we’re all together. Somehow, I’ve noticed there’s something extra in the group pictures that’s missing in photos of one of the kids alone. Their individual personalities shine through, but there’s...
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