Being Silly at Walt Disney World!

By Theresa.

Ah, the joy (and as my boyfriend has called it “childlike wonder”) of Disney always brings out my silly side. When I am at Disney, I work hard to let go of my adult restrain and just have fun; “be” in the moment.

How many times have you bought a hat or a pair of mouse ears at Disney and then find that once you get home, you don’t even look at it? I find that a serious waste of money. My favorite way around this is what I have coined “the silly hat game”. Myself and whatever poor, unsuspecting soul I manage to rope in take pictures of ourselves wearing these hats and then put them back.

You would think that the staff in the various retail outlets would object to this kind of thing, but remarkably not one person has said a thing about my “game”. I try to play up the picture with facial expressions that complement the hat.

Of course, that’s not the only way to have fun (but is one of my favorite Disney activities.) Let your silly flag fly and see what else you find. You will be amazed at what kind of fun you can find as some of these pictures illustrate.

I found this troll statue in the Norway pavilion at Epcot and he made me smile so I needed a kiss.

If you need a little help accessing your silly side, I recommend the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom. Yes, the groaners are pretty bad but they certainly are silly! Some of my favorites are “Watch out as Ginger snaps” while talking about the crocodiles that are sunning themselves; the “captain” telling us that it’s okay to take pictures of the elephants in the water as they are wearing their  “swim trunks”. Or my favorite (which I have only heard once but was so funny it has stayed with me) “Any child left on the ride will be taken to “it’s a Small World” where they will become part of the ride.”

I hope I have inspired you to let your silly side out, I promise you won’t regret it!

Walt Disney World – Staying On Property vs. Off Property.

By Theresa.

Hello everyone, one of the first decisions to be made when planning a Walt Disney World vacation is whether or not to stay on Disney property. There are many factors to consider.  I will start off by telling you that personally, I prefer to stay at Disney hotels but will stay off property as well.

The first question is what do you want to see? Now if this is your first trip to Orlando, I will usually follow-up this question quickly with who is making the trip with you. This is important because while younger children will be easily entertained by visiting the Disney parks, older children and teens may want the added amusements of Universal Orlando parks and/or Sea World. However, I will usually suggest that a first trip be “strictly” Disney as it’s exhausting trying to fit Disney and Universal into the same trip if you have not been to either and want to see everything.

The next question is have you thought about transportation in Orlando? Disney does a great job of moving their guests around beginning with the journey from the airport. Disney resort guests can use Disney’s “Magical Express” which takes you from the airport to your hotel. My favorite feature about this service is that not only are they moving you but they move your luggage for you; in fact you don’t even need to hit baggage claim when you land. The only downfall to that is that typically your luggage arrives in your room a while after you actually check in.  However, this can be remedied by putting your most pressing necessities into your carry-on luggage. This also works in reverse as Disney resorts have an airline check in counter near their bell services site so that you check in for your flight, give your luggage to the staff and you needn’t worry about your luggage until you collect it at baggage claim when you land at your destination airport. This is also a great feature if you have a later flight and you want to hit your favorite park or do some shopping before you head home, just remember that you won’t be able to access your luggage so place any needed items into a small backpack or a purse. Disney also runs buses/boats and the Disney monorail to transport guests from their hotel to the parks. Off property guest transportation options are to rent a car (remember that there is a fee to park at both Disney and Universal Orlando) or use the hotel shuttle network. Mears Transportation can move you between your hotel and the airport (for a fee) and most hotels offer schedules shuttle service.

More importantly, Disney offers many perks to their on-site guests that I think make up for the higher room costs. A great perk are the “Extra Magic” hours. Each day a Disney park opens an hour early or stays open later. This reduces the number of guests in the park and cuts down on ride waits. Another extra is that rather than carry your purchases around with you throughout the day, you can have items delivered to your hotel room (it can take up to 24 hours for the delivery so you don’t want to use this perk on your last day). Hotel guests can also package their hotel stay with park tickets and even meals which are then added to your room key creating a lot less items that you need to carry and keep track of. Lastly, Disney hotels are clean, comfortable and themed. You will find that the many small details at each hotel will keep you interested and alert.

Let us know if there is something you’d like to know that we haven’t covered! Enjoy your Disney dreams and keep thinking of your next vacation!

Disney Dreams from Theresa!

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle

Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom is one of my very favorite places on Earth.

Our new writer Theresa!

{My Dreams of Disney would like to welcome Theresa, one of our new writers, and thank her for her post today!  This is her introductory post, so make sure you say hi and make her feel welcome!  Thanks!}

Hello everyone! First and foremost, I want to say thank you to Mike for setting up this wonderful site and allowing me to be a part of it. Since you are here, I am guessing that either you are a Disney fan or are curious and want more Disney in your life. I know Mike has worked hard getting this going and you are probably asking yourself who’s this new person and why should I care about anything she has to say?

Please let me begin by telling you a bit about myself. My name is Theresa and I LOVE Walt Disney World. In fact, much of my free time is spent thinking about it. If I’m not actually at Disney World, I am either planning my next trip or reliving the memories of a previous trip. I have been to Disney World 16 times and am in my countdown phase for my next trip (in February of 2013). I have stayed both “on property” as well as hotels near Disney World and have opinions and thoughts about on property vs. off property stays. Also, I am a “details” person and therefore tend to notice things others don’t usually notice and am always happy to share those tidbits of information.

My friends and family have often said I am such a Disney fan, I should work for Disney. To be honest, I did apply to work in Disney World and given that I have an Associate’s degree in Hospitality Management, I would have been a good fit. In fact, I was offered a job as soon as I was able to get myself moved to Orlando and settled in. In the long run, I decided that I couldn’t be that far away from my family and my daughters were settled here in Massachusetts (where I live). I felt that it would be selfish of me to uproot their lives for my dream. That being said, I am the “Disney” expert that people turn to for trip planning and any Disney World related questions.

I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you. If there is something specific you would like to know about, please feel free to leave comments at any time. I will try to answer them quickly; if an answer is in-depth, I will probably base a post on it. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.