Up until a few years ago, I thought podcasts were just for NPR nerds and wrestling fans. My husband actually started a wrestling podcast (The LTG Podcast), a while back, and my experience was limited to seeing him record with his co-host Jon. Don’t get me wrong; I love wrestling AND my husband, but it didn’t really draw me in, if you know what I mean. I have since learned there’s a whole other digital universe out there of podcasts. Today we will explore how I got my glass slipper in the door of the ZADD Crew Podcast!
Last week, I talked about the Boo-to-You Halloween parade and how much we dig Halloween in our house (no pun intended). It’s no secret (just ask our neighbors) that we decorate for Halloween September 1st (sorry, not sorry). It’s also no secret to our friends and family that many of those decorations are Haunted Mansion themed. Naturally, one would conclude in our journey through my top attractions that the Haunted Mansion would certainly be on that list. Keep reading to hear why!
“When the air is filled with the chill of fall, he’s the one who leads them all. From witch’s laughter and ghoulish crowds, to ghosts and monsters all around. With a glowing pumpkin to light the way, he’s lurking to find his perfect prey. He’s the greeter of Halloween fear, beware, the headless horseman is here!” If you’ve heard these words, then you’ve been privileged enough to experience the Boo-To-You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. There is much to love about this special event — the stage show, trick-or-treating, food, costumes, fireworks, decorations, and, of course, the Boo-To-You Parade. Today we will explore why the parade alone is one experience you DON’T want to miss!
Welcome back, friends! We’ve talked about a few of my favorite attractions over the past few weeks and today we will keep on trucking. The past top attractions I’ve mentioned have weighed heavily on the nostalgia scale but this next one is just plain fun! While is does have some nostalgia for me, pretty much all of Disney does, my reasons for choosing this as a top five are based on other factors.
Disney coffee, I love you a latte (guys, I had to). As I sit here sipping my Pumpkin Spice Latte while it’s a steamy 90 degrees out, all I can think of is that coffee is just better on Main Street. It’s true, and there are T-shirts, coffee sleeves, pins, and buttons to prove it. Just check Etsy and Instagram. Think about it — Disney and coffee, what could be finer? The answer is nothing. Today we will talk about the important marriage of the two and why it’s just…so…good.
“Think of a wonderful thought, any merry little thought. Think of Christmas. Think of snow. Think of sleigh bells. Off you go like reindeer in the sky, you can fly! You can fly! You can fly!”
If you want to fly, all you have to do is think a happy thought. I wish it were that easy to get to Walt Disney World but we sure think happy thoughts about my next stop in the Fabulous Five journey to my favorite attractions. This week we will stop over at Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland.
Annual Passholder — it’s a title many people in the Disney universe wish to hold, especially to get those dang AP magnets (they used to haunt me). It used to be something I thought I would never be, but then we joined the club and we have never looked back. Goodbye world of yesteryear and hello Annual Passholder perks! Today, we will discuss the perks of being a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. Buckle up buttercups, here we gooooo!
A couple of weeks ago, I started a new series covering my Fab Five: Top Attractions. Today, I want to continue this train of thought and tell you about another favorite of mine that’s certainly a must do in the McDonald house. If you’ve ever waited in a long line at Walt Disney World or know what the cookie projection is, then you might be in for a treat as we talk today about Space Mountain!
Even though I am a bit of a newbie to Walt Disney World in my later years, I do actually have a few preferences for my vacations there. The first and foremost of these is where I like to start and end my days in the park. With many years of visiting with family and friends, I have come to know the moment I feel like I am actually in WDW and some of you might share my exact notion.
While there are a million and one reasons I could give you explaining why we love Disney, attractions are pretty high up on the list. With Walt Disney World’s growing construction projects and ever-evolving landscapes, attractions are inevitably changing, too. While some have been around since day one, others have entered my life and quickly become favorites. Today I want to start a new series going through my top 5 favorite attractions of all time at Walt Disney World, one at a time.
Back in the day, and at Disneyland still today, you could be caught rubbing elbows on the street with all your favorite Disney characters as you made your way around Walt Disney World. These meetups took place randomly on your way to the next attraction, perhaps. Today at WDW, character meet and greets ARE an attraction. You can even get FastPasses for them. Having said that, today, I want to talk about why character meet and greets just aren’t my thing.
One of the things we love about going to Disney World is the food. We’ve said it before and I know we aren’t alone in this. We understand the prices there can be more than what we would typically pay eating out at home, so we try to be smart about our food. Something I am very excited about getting started on is the ZADD Crew Must Do: Food Motivated Edition list. The reason this list even exists is because I wanted to try food items that Disney people I trust said were worth the money. I do not like wasting beloved Disney dollars on items that end up being a total bust. Having said this, we are always looking for ways to save on food and the Disney Dining Plan kept coming up. Today I’ll tell you why we found out it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
When you’re a kid, the greatest thing about going to Disney World is not having to worry about your own needs as a guest there. Of course, you don’t realize this at the time, but later in life you learn to appreciate it. Just like most vacations you take to the beach or mountains, or wherever your family decided to wander, your chaperone has “all the things” ready for you. “All the things” can include items like sunscreen, towels, beach toys, bug spray, water bottles, personal fans, bandaids, the list could go on and on. You might feel overwhelmed just thinking about it if you have now become the chaperone, but fear not! Today, I am here to help you be a little more prepared to rock your Disney parks vacation.
“When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls…” I can hear it now. The foreboding, ominous voice of the ghost host welcoming us into the hour where ghosts are present. Can you hear it?
What better way to start off your day than with a visit from some of your favorite Disney characters and some amazing food! I’ve mentioned before about being introduced to new Disney traditions and character meals (mainly breakfast) are just another one of the many traditions out there. I had only done one character breakfast in my life before I was married. I was maybe in middle school when that happened, but I soon found they are a tradition for the McDonald family (my in-laws) and I am very much okay with that.
Last week I discussed the perks of feeling like a Disney Newbie. This revelation has proven to be quite uplifting and fun to think about. I get excited to learn about things I never knew existed and work them into our Disney park vacations. Today’s new and fun thing is the “Keys to the Kingdom” Tour of Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Last week on the blog we launched the much anticipated ZADD Crew’s Must Do: #Foodmotivated Edition. Much thought and collaboration went into the making of this amazing list and it really got me thinking about how much I haven’t done at Walt Disney World in all my years traveling there. If this were a WDW version of “never have I ever,” I would be super sober and bored. I started to feel a little left out of all the things I’ve missed over all the years traveled there.
Pumpkins, candy, and costumes, Oh My! Who else cannot wait for Halloween at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? Now, we have more reason than ever to be excited!
I must confess, I love food. I’m a total foodie and let’s face it, food is just a part of what people love about Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. If you haven’t partaken in the amazing selections available, it’s time to start (you’ll thank me later). Disney has put a lot of effort into the food and beverages they offer, especially because people from all over the world visit the parks and resorts. Disney wants guests to feel at home and have the opportunity to branch out. If you’ve ever read an article, followed Disney friends on Instagram, or listened to a podcast about food at Walt Disney World, then you might be in for a treat today, my friends!
If you’ve seen all the buzz (no pun intended) about new attractions soon to hit Walt Disney World and you want to be the first to book some amazing packages, look no further. Disney’s Magic Your Way 2019 Packages will be available tomorrow June 19th, 2018.