Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Photo Tips

Headed to Disney for Christmas? If you're planning to check out the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios, be sure to view these photography tips from the folks at Disney Photography Blog.
Photo Courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mail Order Items from Disney Parks

Saw a souvenir at Disney that you just had to have, thought you'd swing back by and pick it up later, but never made it back to that store/park? Of course you have! Well, you're in luck: you can contact WDW Merchandise Mail Order to purchase the item and have it sent to you.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Disney Photography Blog - Top 10 Finalist

Well, our photo made it into the Top 10 of the Disney Photography Blog's recent contest, but we didn't finish in the Top 3. So, no prizes for us, but not bad for our first entry! Thanks everyone for voting. Can't wait for the next contest.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Disney Food Blog Dining Adventure Guide Available Now

Here's the latest installment in Disney Food Blog's creative and informative e-book series - DFB Dining Adventures. This particular guide gives the reader themed dining itineraries for their WDW vacation. Get your copy today!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Birthday Greetings from Mickey and the Disney Junior Gang

Have a little one with an upcoming birthday? Here's a fun little idea from Disney - send your child a personalized birthday greeting from his or her favorite Disney Junior character!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lost & Found at Disney

Here's a great article from Touring Plans on what to do if you lose an item at a Disney Park. Always useful to know how to track down an missing item!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tips for Visiting WDW when Pregnant

Heading to Disney World while pregnant? If so, be sure to check out these 12 helpful tips from Touring Plans. We'll be putting them into practice ourselves next month. I've already booked my wife a mother-to-be massage at Saratoga Springs Spa - she gets to relax while my son and I visit Downtown Disney for lunch at the T-Rex Cafe and some shopping/building at the Lego Imagination Center!

Computer-Optimized Tourning Plans

Looking for the next wave of technology to assist you in planning your Disney vacation and optimize your park touring experience? Well, look no further than Touring Plans' new optimization function. You can now optimize your personalized touring plans while you are at the parks to adjust your itinerary on the go as crowd conditions and wait times at the parks change. We can't wait to try out this amazing new technology! Be sure to join Touring Plans so that you can create your personalized touring plans and take advantage of this new feature! The more time you save, the more things you can do!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Disney Recipes!

Disney now has a webpage dedicated to Disney recipes.  You can find the page here. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Featured Photo on Disney Photography Blog

Check out our photo featured on the Disney Photography Blog (it's the one in the middle of the three images shown as examples of reader-submitted entries). Be sure to tune in next week to find out how you can vote for our entry in the latest Disney Photography Blog reader photo contest! The photo is of our son on his first trip to Disney World, just after he turned one. The first of what is sure to be many, many trips to the Happiest Place on Earth! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Build-a-Dino @ T-Rex Cafe (Downtown Disney)

While there are plenty of great, unique souvenirs to bring home from Disney, if you've got a child that loves dinosaurs, this may be a winner for your family: the Build-a-Dino store located at the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney. Chances are, if you've got a big dinosaur fan in your family, you'll be at the T-Rex Cafe anyway... The store is part of the Build-a-Bear chain and allows customers to build their own dinosaur. Here's an article from the Orlando Sentinel with more details on the Build-a-Dino store. I have a feeling we may be visiting this store on our next Disney vacation...

Write Disney and Receive an Autographed Photo from Your Favorite Character

Here's a great and generally unknown tip: if you write a letter to a character at Disney, they will send you an autographed photo from the character. How cool is that? What kid wouldn't want to receive an autographed photo in the mail from a favorite Disney princess, Buzz Lightyear, etc.?!

You should mail your letter to:

Walt Disney World Communications
PO Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

WDW's Most Endangered Attractions

The BBC recently featured a list of WDW attractions it continues to be "endangered." While there are certainly some attractions on this list that could use a face lift, I've got to say that there are a couple of attractions that are among my favorite: the Swiss Family Treehouse - great book, great movie, classic attraction; and Journey Into Imagination Figment - not because the current incarnation of the attraction is all that good, but because of the character himself.  If any of these attractions are your favorites, you might want to check them out soon - you never know when they could be gone!

Disney 3D Papercrafts

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained this winter? Check out these great Disney crafts, including 3D Disney characters you can make out of paper. Just down the template for the character you want to make and put it all together.
Photo courtesy of the Disney website

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dining Spotlight: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (HS)

If you're at Hollywood Studios (I still have to pause and catch myself from saying MGM Studios...) and looking for a truly unique dining experience, consider checking out the Sci-Fi Dine-In located on the Hollywood Studios Backlot. This restaurant definitely has one of the most unique interiors of any Disney restaurant and one that is sure to amuse kids and adults alike. The restaurant is set-up as a 1950s drive-in theater complete with a nighttime sky, a big movie screen showing kitschy 50s and 60s Sci-Fi monster flicks and tables that are actually convertibles that you sit in to eat your meal. You'll feel like you just drove right on up to catch the movie!

This was definitely a favorite restaurant of mine growing-up.

If you do decide to dine at Sci-Fi, here's a tip you might find useful - bring a small penlight/flashlight or have a flashlight app on your smartphone - it's very dark inside the restaurant and the menu can be very difficult to read without additional light.  You can always check out the menu beforehand over at to get a idea for what you'd like, too. The restaurant has recently gone to a new all-day menu that has seen some of the classic items (like the black and blue steak salad) removed, all though some favorites, like the BLT Soup remain. The folks at Disney Food Blog had good things to say about the new menu, especially the burgers. Milkshakes are also a solid choice!

The bottom line: the food may not be the best in the Parks, but it is hard to beat the atmosphere.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2011

Looking for more information on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? WDWMagic has all of the details on this year's event: dates, tickets, characters, entertainment line-ups and times, and more. Click here to find this information.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Disney Books

Here's a great little article from the Disney Parks Blog on Disney-related books. If you enjoy Disney art, history, etc. there are some nice suggestions of of books you may enjoy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Disney Films List

I am an obsessive list maker. As such, I naturally enjoy Disney lists.  One great list resource I have found is the Disney Movie List, which appears to be a well-organized and nearly, if not entirely, complete listing of all Disney films, as well as news on upcoming releases.