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A Mom’s Virtual Vacation at Walt Disney World

Welcome to those of you joining me from DISTherapy and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our favorite Mom-approved Disney experiences.  When I think of celebrating Mother’s Day, what really comes to mind is a day where somebody else takes over all the responsibilities of being Mom while I get to sit back and just play and enjoy my family. And who is better at that than Disney? For my Mother’s Day virtual vacation at Walt Disney World, I have two requirements: I get to choose the restaurants, and nobody is allowed to complain – about anything!   This virtual vacation is all about taking it easy – not something I get to do very often! To make that happen, we’ll stay at Disney’s Polynesian resort. Every time I walk into the lobby...
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Changes to FastPass+ System at Walt Disney World

Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced the next phase of the MyMagic+ program. Guests staying off-property will soon be able to take advantage of the My Disney Experience app, and all guests will be able to reserve more than three FastPass+ selections. Here’s the important thing about this announcement: it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. If Disney is known for anything, it’s for listening to its guests and giving them – us! – exactly what we want in a dream vacation. They’re also known for innovation, especially when it comes to family vacation experiences. Before Disney, there was no such thing as a theme park – and at the time, there were quite a few outspoken people who thought the whole thing was a horrible idea that would forever destroy life as they knew it. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty...
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The Customer Rules – Book Review and Giveaway

This review for The Customer Rules by Lee Cockerell is part of a Magical Blogorail sponsored campaign. Copies of the book were received free of charge for a review. Opinions are those of the reviewer and do not represent those of the author.  Your opinion may vary. The Customer Rules – The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service Recently, I received a review copy of The Customer Rules – The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service by Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Walt Disney World Resort is known for its world-class service, and Mr. Cockerell’s leadership and philosophies on business are one of the primary reasons behind that reputation. In this book, he shares 39 simple, common-sense rules that anyone can use to bring that level of service to their business or career – whether you are...
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Disney Dining Tips for Special Dietary Needs

“What are we going to eat?” is a major question for any family on vacation, but when you add in food allergies and special diets, it becomes a lot more crucial. It’s no secret that we’re devoted foodies around here, or that there are certain foods that we don’t go anywhere near. With a family of 6, Celiac Disease, nut allergy, mollusk allergy, and “I only eat these 5 foods”-itis, here are my top Disney dining tips for families with special dietary needs. There are three basic levels of Disney dining: Table Service, Quick Service, and Snacks. They’re all delicious (of course!), but they all have their quirks. I’ll show you how to navigate all three. Disney Table Service Dining with Special Diets Table service dining is the most expensive of the dining options at Walt Disney World. It includes any sit-down restaurant where a cast member comes to...
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Magical Families: Connecting in Walt Disney World

As we gear up for Thanksgiving here in the I asked 2012 Walt Disney World Mom’s Panelist Kim Dillen to share a very special guest post about the magic of family. I write about special families – for me, that means families like mine, with more than kids and kids with neurological differences and food allergies. Kim’s family story fits right in here at Return to Disney. She might not have the biggest family on the block, and she might not carry a loaded pharmacy in her purse, but she is definitely a special mom with a special story! * * * * * November is National Adoption Month. A time set aside each year to raise awareness about the staggering figure that we now have more than 153 million orphans worldwide. It’s also an opportunity for adoptive parents to honor the exceptional and sometimes arduous journeys...
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