Disney’s FastPass+ changes, where to go, how to get started, and which guests get what options

Many of my Florida Lifers know that Monday - Friday I am a hard working hotelier. This week was a BIG week for Orlando in the world of hotels. Universal's Cabana Bay Resort opened. Four Seasons Orlando started taking reservations. But the thing that impacts all hotels in Orlando the most is the big change… Continue reading Disney’s FastPass+ changes, where to go, how to get started, and which guests get what options

My Second Homes, Orlando

Comparing New Fantasyland: Round Two – Cars Land

Is it really necessary to compare the two newest expansions at Disney's theme parks? I didn't think so at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I heard a resounding "yes!" It is only natural to make comparisons and judgements, especially amongst the Disney geekdom and blogosphere. First came Wizarding World of… Continue reading Comparing New Fantasyland: Round Two – Cars Land


First Impression of New Fantasyland

It came unexpectedly. On Friday October 12, New Fantasyland opened for "dress rehearsals". Being that it was unexpected, sorry to say I could not spend as much time as I wanted and am unable to provide as much detail and thoughts as I would wish. Thankfully, I am able to participate in two upcoming previews… Continue reading First Impression of New Fantasyland


Disney has a Drinking Problem

  UPDATE December 16, 2016 The Orlando Sentinel has confirmed that beer and wine will now be served at almost all of Magic Kingdom's table service restaurants! Tony’s Town Square Restaurant  Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen Cinderella’s Royal Table These four restaurants join Be Our Guest, which began servicing beer and… Continue reading Disney has a Drinking Problem


Pre-Isaac Visit to Universal Studios

It had been too long.  About four weeks ago we made the spontaneous purchase of our Universal Orlando Annual Passes.  However, we had only been twice during that time (thank you pneumonia).  We were overdue.  And yet, Isaac loomed.  And, we had youngest stepson with us, who had never been to Universal.  Time to buy… Continue reading Pre-Isaac Visit to Universal Studios

My Second Homes, Orlando

Dapper Day at Disney

Once upon a time, society cared about how they presented themselves.  Stepping out in public for any reason meant dressing well and putting your best foot forward.  Now, for better or for worse, we are a culture of casual.  The extreme shift does make me quite sad as I have always been a romantic and… Continue reading Dapper Day at Disney


Dining Diversions

Munching on out-of-the-ordinary food is part of the fun when visiting Orlando's theme parks.  However, there is a lot of discovery and relaxation to be had when taking a break from the theme parks for a short bit to head to one of the nearby restaurants.  You can enhance your day in the parks by… Continue reading Dining Diversions


New Fantasyland – Official Opening Date

First came the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and theme parks were changed forever.  This themed land inside Universal's Islands of Adventure represented the first time a domestic theme park re-created a world inside a movie in perfect detail.  Then came Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure - AMAZING!  Now the world waits for "New… Continue reading New Fantasyland – Official Opening Date


Quick tips for Magic Kingdom

There are so many tips and tricks that I have to offer for a magical visit to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. However, who has an attention span that would last that long? Here now is a short collection of tips for visiting the most attended theme park in the world. Yes, you did… Continue reading Quick tips for Magic Kingdom

My Second Homes

Happy 57th Birthday to the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland

    I may be a born and bred Florida girl, but there is a certain California landmark that has come to mean the world to me: Disneyland.  I will admit, once upon a time I had no idea about Disneyland.  I thought the only Disney destination that really mattered was Walt Disney World.  In… Continue reading Happy 57th Birthday to the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland