Disney Boardwalk Inn Room Tour

The 2014 #TypeAWDW Bootcamp event allowed me my first opportunity to actually spend the night at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, so I thought it only fitting that I shared my Disney Boardwalk Inn Room Tour with you.

Keep in mind, I stayed in room 1346 which is on the 1st floor overlooking the quiet pool in the back corner of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. While it was certainly one of the furthest rooms away from the lobby, because it was on a corner, the room itself was actually larger.

This video room tour took place during the weekend of March 28-30, 2014:

Disney Boardwalk Resort Lobby Fireplace:

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Disney’s BoardWalk check in:

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Disney’s Boardwalk Inn rotunda horse chandelier:

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The second floor patio overlooking Disney’s BoardWalk:

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Child size rockers on the patio looking back towards the rotunda:

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Guest bed inside Disney Boardwalk Inn Room 1346:

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Minnie Lamp on the work desk:

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Blogging on our ‘porch’ overlooking the Boardwalk Inn quiet pool:

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What is your favorite part of  Disney’s BoardWalk Inn?

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Making Disney World Dreams Come True Podcast

Thrilled to let you know that on Tuesday, November 26 at 11:11am EST, I’ll be part of the “Making Disney World Dreams Come True Podcast” hosted by my friend, Jen Reyneri.

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Follow this link and at the bottom of the page you’ll find a box where you can submit specific questions for our podcast together.

I’m here to answer all things Disney related, but especially as it pertains to making your Disney World Dreams become a reality.

You can read my blog to find more great Disney World Deals & tips

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Free Disney Movie Rewards Points Code

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Looking for some FREE Disney Movie Rewards Points Code? You have 5 chances to earn 5 points each, for a total of 25 Disney Movie Reward points!

Enter the following to earn your 5 free Disney Movie Rewards points codes:

  • APPLE
  • MUFASA
  • JAFAR
  • GHOST
  • URSULA

Use the codes to ‘earn’ unique Disney merchandise from your favorite Disney films. We’ve gotten everything from free movies to fun Toy Story memorabilia to decorate my son’s room! Just look for the codes inside every Disney movie you buy and in their monthly newsletter.

Thanks to my friend Kelly at Kansas City Mamas for letting me know!

 

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Disney Military Discount Tickets

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The Disney Military Discount Tickets are probably the most honorable of all the discount Disney World tickets Walt Disney World offers.

One thing few people know is that Disney Military discount tickets apply not only to active military, but also to veterans and their families!

To find the best Disney Military Discount Tickets, check these out:

Disney Military discount ticket deals:

$156 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket with Park Hopper Option for Members of the U.S. Military

Walt Disney World Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for just $156 each plus tax. Tickets may be used October 1, 2012 through September 28, 2013. For just $28, plus tax, more, the Water Park Fun & More option may be added. Block out dates apply.

This Disney military discount is for active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. See Important Details.

For more information regarding Military Promotional Tickets, military personnel may contact their participating U.S. military base ticket office.

Walt Disney World Discount Hotels for Members of the U.S. Military

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can take advantage of specially priced Disney Resort rooms.

To check hotel offer availability and make room reservations, military personnel may call (407) 939-7830. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

As a reminder, these Disney military discounts are exclusively for active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Advance reservations required.

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Free Disney Dining Plan Dates

Looking for the Free Disney Dining Plan Dates? The Free Disney Dining Plan Dates have been extended for 2013.

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The Free Disney Dining Plan dates have been announced for 2013, but if you want to take advantage of the free Disney Dining deal I wouldn’t wait too long, because the availability goes quickly!

FREE DISNEY DINING PLAN DATES DETAILS

When: Arrive between September 29 – December 22, 2013
Book by: September 15, 2013
What: Free Disney Dining Plan OR Free Disney Quick Service Dining Plan (if you stay in a Value Resort)
Where: Get full Free Disney Dining Plan dates & details


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You can save almost $1,000 for a family of 4 on a six day vacation package with this deal (not to mention, not feel guilty about eating at some of the best Disney restaurants every day!).

Contact me if you need guidance in your Disney vacation planning. I offer group seminars as well as one-on-one consultations that will have your entire vacation booked and ready to go in under 2 hours!

Make sure to check out ALL my Disney tips before you go…

Search for the best Walt Disney World discounts on Expedia right now!

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What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (& What it isn’t!)

20120529 233438 224x300 What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (& What it isnt!)Today kicks off the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. And while I’ve attended the #DisneySSMoms Celebration (not conference!) the past two years, I will not be there for the 2013 event.

(Pause for a moment of silence).

Yes, I know – I too am (naturally) disappointed…but more than that, I’m grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Disney extravaganza in 2011 and 2012.

That’s right, chosen. I think there are a lot of misnomers out there about what exactly the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is, so as a token of gratitude and in a spirit of education, I thought I’d both clarify what DSSM is…and what it isn’t:

(I think this is also a good time to mention that I am not a Disney spokesperson, am not and never have been employed by Disney, nor was I asked to write this post. This is purely my opinion and insight for the help of clarifying  based on my personal experiences for all who ever have been or hope to be a part of this spectacular event).

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: What it isn’t

1. Disney Social Media Moms is not a conference

Just look at the name: “Disney Social Media Moms Celebration”. Started under the radar in 2010, the Disney Social Media team invited a selected group of bloggers to experience Walt Disney World in a unique way for a 4 day event. The 2011 DSSM Celebration accepted applications, but fell under a huge backlash after applicants didn’t understand that ‘application acceptance’ didn’t equate with ‘conference attendance’. 2012 went back to a pure invitation format. As mentioned above, I was fortunate to have been invited to both the 2011 and 2012 events, both of which were a brilliant combination of speakers and events to not only take my blogging and social media to the next level, but to share what’s up and coming with the Disney Organization, which leads me to my next point…

2. Disney Social Media Moms is not a giant Disney commercial 

Not to give too much credit to the nay-sayers, but criticism has come up that the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is nothing more that a giant, glorified Walt Disney World commercial. It isn’t…and I have one simple way to explain it. I think it’s safe to say that anyone attending is a HUGE Disney fan (I know I am!). So what Disney fan wouldn’t want a sneak peak at what’s up and coming in the land of the mouse? Not only do celebration attendants get to experience the parks and hotels in some pretty unique ways, but we are privy to finding out about what’s up and coming in their future plans (for instance, last year we got a preview of the New Fantasyland, as well of the Art of Animation Resort – both of which opened after the event).

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3. Disney Social Media Moms is not free

While the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is presented to its participants at a GREATLY reduced cost over regular Disney Parks & Resorts standard pricing, there is still a fee to participate and participants must pay their own travel to and from the event. However, I think anyone who has attended the event would unanimously agree with me in saying that the experience FAR outweighs any cost associated with getting there icon smile What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (& What it isnt!)

So in case you couldn’t glean from my points above what exactly the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration IS, let me help you out

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is…

    • an event bringing bloggers and their families together to experience Walt Disney World and the Disney family of brands in a truly unique ( & magical) way!
    • an invitation only, four day event comprised of both well-known and new bloggers, all for the purpose of helping them expand their blogging know-how & social media reach while fueling their passion for Disney with sneak peaks into what’s ahead for the company
    • a chance to hear amazing, intelligent and encouraging speakers from the media, business, PR, travel & blogging worlds
    • a way to meet some incredible bloggers in real life
    • an opportunity to interview some of the brains behind the Disney shows we love

  • and of course, an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime at one of our family’s favorite places on earth: Walt Disney World.

I wanted to send a sparkle of Pixie Dust to ALL the celebrants attending this year’s Social Media Moms event. I would be lying if I didn’t admit I wanted to be there with you all, but of course am proud of the organizers for wanting to introduce a new crop of Social Media Moms (& dads!) into the mix.

Here’s hoping I get to “See You Real Soon” again in 2014!

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See you real soon!

For more Disney Social Media Moms goodness, check out:

or feel free to check out all my Disney Deals, Discounts & Insights before your next trip to Walt Disney World!

What is your take on the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?

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Art of Animation Cars Family Suite at Walt Disney World

Take a look inside the Art of Animation Cars Family Suite at Walt Disney World:
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Have you seen inside the Art of Animation resort at Walt Disney World yet? I’ve got a peak inside the Cars Family Suite for you this Christmas at the newest Disney resort, the Art of Animation.

If you watch the video, I also give you a tour inside Animation Hall, which houses registration, the “Ink & Paint” Food Court as well as the gift shop and arcade.

Here’s the tree inside the Art of Animation lobby:

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The sky light just above the tree:

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The registration area:

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Detail of the animation wall:

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I got to bunk with my friend Joey Fortman in a Cars Family Suite for the night while in Orlando for some meetings. The Art of Animation resort is 75% family suites, which means you can fit up to 6 people in these rooms. Take a look:

Each room contains a main bedroom with its own bathroom, a separate family room area with its own bathroom, a couch that folds out into a bed and a kitchenette. As you saw, they also have a family friendly desk with a murphy bed – too cool!

The courtyard around the Cars Family suites are also pretty amazing. It looks like you stepped right out of the movie into Radiator Springs!

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I also LOVE the CARS details in the rooms. Of course this has nothing to do with the fact that our last name resembles most of the decorations…

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I can’t wait to bring my family back to the Art of Animation suites here at one of our favorite vacation destinations, Disney World! The New Fantasyland also opens this week. Unfortunately I won’t have a chance to go into the parks this trip, but we can’t wait to uncover the fun and make even more memories here.

Have any of you stayed at the Art of Animation resort yet? Which section would you choose: Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Cars or Finding Nemo?

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Disney Halloween Fun & Activities at Disney Parks & at Home!

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Looking for some Disney Halloween fun and activities both at Disney Parks and at home this week? While we love Disney at any time of year, I’ve never felt the urge to go for Halloween because I never knew if it would be too scary for my little ones…even though I’ve heard “Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party” is one of the best times of the year to go to Disney Parks.

So I asked my friend Lisa from Babes in Disneyland to share some of her expertise and experiences during this time of year at Disney with all of you to gain a little deeper insight into what goes on at Disneyland during Halloween and how you can bring some of the Disney decorating magic home if you can’t make it to Disney Parks. The following is a guest blog from Lisa:

Disneyland is known for its magic and fun throughout the year, but many fans may not realize that the Halloween season has become one of the most popular times of year. In mid September each year, Disneyland is transformed into an autumn wonderland filled with festive décor, savory foods and more pumpkins than you can shade a witch’s broom at.

The cornerstone of Disneyland’s Halloween celebration is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Each year, the Mansion is taken over by the sights and sounds from Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas.” Inside and out, Haunted Mansion Holiday is decorated with the whimsy and bright colors the film has become known for. This year, Haunted Mansion Holiday is celebrating its twelfth year at Disneyland and there’s no end in site for this annual Park tradition. Find out a little more about how this attraction “comes to life” (or should I say death?) each year, what’s planned for the thirteenth anniversary and what Jack Skellington thinks of it all.

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In addition to Haunted Mansion Holiday, Disneyland provides a number of exciting opportunities for families to create memories with young children. From pumpkin carving, art and game activities and petting goats and sheep at Big Thunder Ranch to becoming a pirate at the new Pirates League, Disneyland offers a lot of truly remarkable experiences for young children this time of year.

Learn more about the fun activities just for little ones this season at the Disneyland Resort.

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To make the Halloween season even more special for Disneyland fans and families, the Park offers a special separate-ticket Halloween event each year called Mickey’s Halloween Party. On party days, the park closes a little early and guests attending this fun and “not-so-spooky” evening get to experience Halloween Disney style. Party goers get to trick-or-treat throughout the park in costume, experience the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington, attend dance parties throughout the park, meet unique characters at fun photo locations throughout the park, experience “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade and much, much more!

Can’t make it to the Disneyland Resort this Halloween season? Do not fret! There are lots of things Disney fans can do to bring the magic of Disneyland home! While Disney websites like Spoonful.com and the Disney Parks Blog offer great recipes and craft ideas, you can’t beat the craft ideas below from Disney decorating guru, Dave Caranci.

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Halloween Time begins each year in mid September and ends on November 1. For more information on visitng the Disneyland Resort with young children, head over to BabesInDisneylandBlog.com.

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Disney Parks 2013 “Limited Time Magic” Celebration Announcement on GMA

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Disney Parks made a HUGE announcement about their 2013 “Limited Time Magic” Celebrations by erecting a 45,000 pound ice castle on the NYC Times Square set of Good Morning America today (October 17, 2012).

It looks like Disney Parks will be celebrating 2013 with miniature week long celebrations all throughout the year in all of their parks.

If you’re looking to learn more about what exactly the “Limited Time Magic” means for the Disney Parks when it begins in January, here are a few examples from the Disney Parks Blog:

  • True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.
  • Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.
    • Long Lost Friends Week: Lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opps with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight guests. And Disney guests even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.
    • Pirate Week: Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which Disneyland and Walt Disney World become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.
  • Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: The Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

It’s not known yet how exactly we’ll find out what’s happening when, which I imagine would make it difficult to plan your upcoming trip around, but if even the most fanatical of Disney fans can be patient, I’m sure they’ll be announcing more details soon. Of course, you can keep up with the latest news by following the Twitter hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic.

You know me, I’d never turn down a reason to go to Walt Disney World, but I’m not sure if this is as exciting of an announcement as the “Give a day, get a day” they did a couple years ago when you got a free ticket for volunteering, or when you got to celebrate your birthday for FREE at Disney Parks.

What about you, is this newest Disney promotion an enticement for you to visit Disney Parks in 2013?

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Disney on Ice 2012 Ticket Giveaway: Win Nashville!

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Are you looking to win tickets to Disney on Ice coming to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena October 4-7, 2012? Then you’ll want to enter this Disney on Ice ticket giveaway! and here it is! If you live in Nashville, you can win a family 4 pack of tickets to the latest Disney on Ice extravaganza: Worlds of Fantasy!

I’m proud to once again partner with Feld Entertainment to offer my readers 5 family four packs of tickets to giveaway.

To enter, just leave a comment below letting me know why you’re so excited that Disney on Ice is coming back to Nashville with this new show.

THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED & THE WINNERS ARE:
-Jim T.
-Mary L.
-Cara M.
-Sarha M.
-Kelley A.

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Winners will receive vouchers for tickets that must be redeemed at the box office before the show. Please keep this in mind as you enter.

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