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Free visit to Disney World?

Free visit to Disney World?

When we moved to Central Florida six years ago, our family was excited to explore the tourist hot spots. However, moving expenses and the cost of tourist traps put a damper on our plans. Our solution was Disney World. While Disney World may not seem like an economical outing, our family turned Disney into an almost free excursion. The secret? Disney Springs!   Since our boys were young and inexperienced Floridians, they never realized that their visit to “Disney World,”…

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Hollywood Brown Derby 

Hollywood Brown Derby 

Located near Hollywood and Vine, the Hollywood Brown Derby was a hot spot for stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Even though the Hollywood restaurant is no longer open for business, visitors to Walt Disney World, can dine in style at Hollywood Studio’s Hollywood Brown Derby. Like its namesake, the Floridian Brown Derby has a Spanish mission façade and is filled with caricatures of famous stars. One of the signature dishes is the Cobb Salad, which mimics the recipe…

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The Music of Pixar Live! 

The Music of Pixar Live! 

Green army men come alive. An orchestra plays iconic melodies. Superheroes dash through the aisles. The Music of Pixar Live! transports guests to the world of the much loved Pixar movies. The newest show at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios uses video clips, cameos of famous characters, an orchestra, and behind the scenes footage of Pixar studios to bring the music and movies alive for the audience. From the moment we were ushered to our seat by Toy Story’s green…

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Tusker House 

Tusker House 

Fresh from a Safari, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey are dressed in their khaki gear ready to pose for pictures and dance the day away at the African inspired buffet, Tusker House. The characters rotate to the various tables as guests enjoy food inspired from the African continent. Throughout meal times, guest may also dance with the famous characters in an impromptu dance party. Located at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, the restaurant boasts a marketplace eatery with various food…

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Welcome Home Dinner at Olivia’s Cafe

Welcome Home Dinner at Olivia’s Cafe

Our house has been fairly lonely this past week as my husband has been away on a business trip. We were overjoyed to pick him up at the airport, even though the Orlando airport is a mad house on Friday night. Driving home, we decided to stop by for dinner at Olivia’s Cafe in Walt Disney World’s Old Key West. Despite being a Friday night, the restaurant was sparsely populated and we were seated quite quickly. The nautical themed dinner…

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A Supercalifragilistic Breakfast

A Supercalifragilistic Breakfast

Enchanting is the word I would use to describe the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare located in Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort. Dining guests meet five characters including: Alice, The Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Mary Poppins. Our whole family enjoyed meeting the characters and listening to their spot on impressions, especially Mary Poppins, who was “practically perfect in every way.” The customer service and all you care to enjoy buffet were wonderful. The buffet features…

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Trail’s End Restaurant 

Trail’s End Restaurant 

Located at one of our favorite Disney resorts, Fort Wilderness, Trail’s End Restaurant provides a tasty buffet for breakfast, dinner and brunch on certain dates. Trail’s End is reminiscent of a pioneer chow hall with mounted animals, pot-bellied stove, split-log walls, and beamed ceilings. If you’re lucky you might hear the dinner triangle round up some birthday and anniversary wishes. We visited Trails End for dinner and enjoyed the all you care to eat buffet with peel and eat shrimp,…

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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show 

Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show 

Hidden in the palm trees and lush foliage of Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort lies the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. As our family waited in line for the show, we felt like we had been transported to the Polynesian Islands. We enjoyed the mild Florida March weather and the view of the Seven Seas Lagoon.  We were given leis and then the hostess showed us to our table which was already set with tropical mixed greens in mango poppyseed…

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PizzeRizzo

PizzeRizzo

PizzeRizzo is Disney’s Hollywood Studios newest eatery. Located in the former Toy Story themed Pizza Planet, PizzeRizzo is in Muppets Courtyard next to Muppet Vision 3D. Plenty of seating can be found on both levels and outside. We usually sit on the top floor as it is usually fairly empty and quiet. It is a nice sensory break for my boys and I, who are easily overwhelmed after a few hours at the park. For more of a sensory experience,…

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Chip n’ Dale Campfire Sing-a-Long

Chip n’ Dale Campfire Sing-a-Long

What is the difference between Chip and Dale? If you go to Chip n’ Dale’s campfire sing-a-long at Walt Disney World’s Campground you can find out. One of our family’s favorite Disney attractions is the free sing-a-long. As guests cozy up to the campfires, a cowboy leads audience members in interactive family favorite songs. Chip n’ Dale lead some songs and dances and pose for pictures with audience members. Of course a campfire sing-a-long wouldn’t be complete without s’mores. You…

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