Christmas in Disney has to be on some kind of ultimate Christmas list, right? For me, it was on my bucket list and now I can officially cross it off and tell you all about it! During our time at the parks this holiday season, we attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and were able to cross that off the list, too! If you want to know more about this special event and our personal experience, keep reading.
We’ve covered this before over on the ZADD Crew Podcast, but a question Disney veterans get asked a lot is what to take into the parks with them. When you hear the term “park bag,” this is what we are referring to. I’m a newbie to a lot of Disney experiences, but my park bag has become more consistent in the last five years. Today, we will discuss what’s in my very own Disney park bag.
You’ve probably heard that ‘Ohana means family, but to me, it means a happy heart and a full belly. I may still be a newbie at a lot of Disney dining stops, but so far, ‘Ohana takes the cake (or bread pudding). From the service, to the food and the atmosphere, it has become a must-do in the McDonald household. Keep reading to find out why.
Many of us are Disney fanatics. Chances are, if you’re reading this post, you are one of them. In my case, I became a huge Disney fan at a young age when I started traveling to Walt Disney World with family. My husband, Doug, has the same story. Sometimes, Disney fanatics find each other and become an item. This process can tend to create Disney couples and the question I want to answer today is how Doug and I became one of them!
It sounds weird to say that going to Disney can be hard, but hear me out. One of the hardest parts about going to a Disney destination is the time period between booking your vacation and actually getting there. It’s the biggest tease that builds up the most anticipation. I would argue the second hardest part is just straight leaving Disney (am I right?). Today we will talk about some Disney coping mechanisms to hold you off until you walk through those magical, sparkling gates at your next Disney destination.
“This is Halloween. This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.” Halloween is tomorrow and while I am so sad to see this season go, I am even more ecstatic about ushering in the Christmas season. I have mentioned this before — we don’t live super close to any Disney parks, but we still make sure to incorporate Disney into our Halloween time. Today, I want to tell you how we like to have a Disney Halloween, and how you can, too!
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?