Just because I love Disney, it doesn’t mean I love every attraction, show, or treat Disney has to offer. My skip list is about those park attractions I’d pass up and what I’d much rather do instead. When it comes to It’s Tough to be a Bug, I’d rather do anything else. Anything. Including sitting and counting back from 7000 by 14s.
I think I may have mentioned this before — we love Disney with our kids. However, we also love to escape for a date night, if possible. A monorail crawl is a quick getaway where we can enjoy some of the Disney spots geared towards adults. You may also know that I am mildly obsessed with Disney resorts and what they have to offer.
Our favorite Disney movies would be nothing without their soundtracks. What would we badly sing while cleaning the house? What rockin’ jams would fill our cars during road trips? What few pinging notes would reduce us to sobs? Ok, sure, there’s plenty of fantastic non-Disney music out in the world that could fulfill each of these roles, but Disney songs are GREAT! Making this list was a challenge because I don’t want to pick all of the “obvious” songs. Also, my list is constantly changing. Honestly, by the time this post goes live, I might disagree with myself. Since my caveats are covered, let’s get on with it!
Have you ever had LeFou’s Brew at Magic Kingdom before? If not, let me try to explain it to you really quickly. The best way that I can describe it is… amazing!! It’s a slushy, cold apple drink that is mixed with a hint of marshmallow and topped with a fruity whipped cream (I know it sounds like a lot is going on, but trust me, it works)! This deliciously refreshing drink, which can be found at Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland, is inspired by one of my favorite movies, Beauty and The Beast. Now you can make your own LeFou’s Brew at home with this super simple recipe! And I mean really, it’s super simple!
We can both sit here and pretend that your children are going to be absolutely perfect during your entire trip to Disney and that the likelihood of a misbehavior “incident” is small, but Rad Dad doesn’t deal in the currency of fantasy — only truth. And he also apparently refers to himself in third person…
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!
What do you do when you want to be in the middle of the Disney magic 24/7, but unfortunately have to be an adult and work and live 1,249 miles from Magic Kingdom?! You go to a Disney Store, of course! Fortunately for us, our local mall opened a Disney Store 4 years ago. And every time I need a little magic in my life, we hop in the car and head there. But did you know that the Disney Store, just like Disney World, has an opening ceremony every day to open the store?!? It seriously is the cutest thing ever! In this article, I will tell you about the two different experiences that we had. The first, at a Disney Store, and the second at a Disney Store outlet.
I remember the first time I saw someone get Galactic Hero on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. Seeing that flashing 999,999 made me wonder “What in the WALT DISNEY WORLD am I missing that this person clearly knew what to do?” Down to my core, I am a truly competitive person, so I had to find the answer to maxing out my score. Now that I have a tried-and-true strategy for Galactic Hero, many have asked if I would be willing to share the tips and tricks I use to score big on Space Ranger Spin.
I have often thought about what would be the best way to get these tips across to all of you, and after some consideration, I called on Mrs. ZADD to help me put this video package together. I wanted to explain my process, in under 5 minutes, so you could pop in your headset and listen right before you hop on the attraction. I hope you enjoy and please make sure to like the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE.
With how often the contributors to this blog visit Disney, it is inevitable that we will sometimes have a less than stellar experience. It could be the weather, the crowds, or (however unlikely) the service, but probability dictates that we will all at some point have a negative experience befall us. But what if that negative experience somehow transforms into a beloved memory? Is that even possible?
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!
Maybe you are a runner… maybe you aren’t, but I still think you should pack your sneakers when you come to Orlando. Beside the obvious reasons for comfortable footwear laid out by Rad Dad, you should get your butt out of bed and run! Before you stop reading this, I want to point out that I am not fast, and what I am proposing is a 2-3 mile warm up to your day with pit stops, of course…
Disney, both as a film-making company and as the curator of magical amusement parks, is known for giving us mere mortals some life-changing memories. I love Disney — that’s why I write for this blog — but even I have to admit that sometimes, we end up with a swing and a miss. While I love most aspects of Walt Disney World, there are some offerings that simply fall flat for me. In hopes of keeping each of your future Disney trips as magical as possible, I’m going to take you through those I’d skip and what I’d replace them with! First flop in my books? Muppet Vision 3D.
I have been to Disney World more times then I can count, but every trip, there is always something new for me to try, whether its something brand spanking new to Disney, or just something I just never got around to doing before! That’s what’s so great about Disney! No matter how many times you go, there is always something new to do. And Pin Trading is something that I have just recently started doing! I still consider myself a pin trading newbie. It actually all started with my son. We bought him his first Disney pin last year (it was a Kion pin from The Lion Guard), and he was in love. From there, he was hooked! We are still learning the ins and outs of this whole pin trading business, but hopefully, this article will help you get a head start in this fun activity!
People’s opinions on Epcot vary about as much as their opinions on politics, religion, and which Kardashian is actually the worst (does Kanye count?), so some of you might fervently agree with my picks while some of you will vehemently disagree. Let me know what you think in the comments down below. I’m also going to start incorporating alternative rides as suggestions in this episode, so let me know if you agree or disagree with my suggestions there as well.
“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!
There are a few things we are known for on the ZADD Crew Podcast: corny dad jokes, Greg’s nicknames, and being arguably the most #foodmotivated podcast in the Disney community. We love our grub, unapologetically, and that means we are big fans of Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival (we also LOVE Flower and Garden). This year, we wanted to take our coverage a little further. You can see some of what we did below and then listen in to the podcast for more detailed reviews on what Greg and I thought of the food.
Where is Tom Sawyer Island? Maybe you have seen it across the way? Maybe you have wondered about the mysterious island as you bustle past to try to make your FastPass for Splash Mountain. I almost feel like I should stop writing this article because this little slice of Disney past is relatively uncrowded most of the time, like a hidden gem.
A few months ago, I shared my favorite places to pick up some Disney art pieces to bring home (or give as gifts if you’re more selfless than I). If you want to brush up on art sources, check out that post from early in the blog’s life here! Over the past couple of years, Ben and I have picked up a few pieces of Disney art from the parks to bring some magic into our home (and my office!). I want to share with you the ones that made the cut and why.