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Cast Member Memories — The Cookie at the Main Street Bakery

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Special thanks to my friend Brenda from Ideally Disney for this picture!

As I have mentioned in the past, Disney Cast Members have made magical memories for my family for years of trips to Walt Disney World.  In this special post, I wanted to share with you the “Story of the Cookie!”

The year was 2007, our first trip to Walt Disney World when we stayed on property over at Coronado Springs Resort & Spa.  One morning, we were at the Main Street Bakery getting some breakfast, when all of a sudden a Cast Member came over to us and started talking to Sophie.  I’ll never forget it, she was asking about how our vacation was going, what we were going to do, things like that.  Then, all of a sudden, the Cast Member asked Sophie who her favorite Princess was.  Sophie’s answer: Cinderella.

At that moment, the Cast Member pulls out one of the biggest Chocolate Chip Cookies you’ll ever see, and tells Sophie that before she had gotten to the Bakery, she had been up at the Castle, and Cinderella had asked her to be on the lookout for Sophie, and when she saw her, to give her that cookie and tell her that Cinderella wanted her to have it.  You should have seen Sophie’s eyes light up when she was told this!  This moment was what we love about Walt Disney World — the Disney Magic is so incredibly amped up that you never know where it will strike, and how incredible it will be for your own Princess when she experiences it.

Unfortunately, for some reason I was too dense to think about taking a picture of it, but it is a memory that lives on in my mind’s eye, and will for years to come.  As for the cookie — we ate on that snack for two days, and it was as good a cookie as you’ll taste!

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Letter N

Not buying what the Genie is selling!

Not buying what the Genie is selling!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post.  As you all know, the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop is hosted by my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic, and this week, the theme is “Disney Letter N”.  As a result, I’ve decided to go with all nighttime shots — except for our first one.  In the picture of Sophie with Princess Jasmine and the Genie, the Genie was trying so hard to get her attention! As you can see, though, Sophie wasn’t having any of it!

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Wordless Wednesday – My June Calendar Shot!

Sophie and her BFF Riley, on Sophie's Birthday, June 19, 2008.

Sophie and her BFF Riley, on Sophie’s Birthday, June 19, 2008.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, hosted by my great friend Deb from Focused on the Magic!  This week we are talking about our June Calendar Shot, and since my daughter Sophie’s birthday is in June, what better subject to feature then her?!

The picture above was taken in the queue for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh line on the day that we celebrated Sophie’s 7th birthday with her friend Riley.  We had such a great time that day!  We went to the Magic Kingdom for the day, we did some swimming at our pool at Coronado Springs, and we came back to the park for dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern, where I got this photo.

Sophie and Riley with Minnie Mouse!

Sophie and Riley with Minnie Mouse!

I hope you have enjoyed the photos I’m sharing with you — now, please click on the button to go to Focused on the Magic to see the rest of the entries!  Thanks, and make it a Disney day!

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Coronado Springs — Our First Disney Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

In August of 2007, Cindy and I decided to take Walt Disney up on it’s offer, and stay at the parks for a longer period of time than just a day or two.  We had been the previous year with Meemaw, and the year before with Leigh Ann and Riley (and family), and seeing how much fun it was with them just fueled our need for more Disney Magic!


So Cindy and I decided to take the plunge and book a resort to stay at.  We had always assumed (somewhat incorrectly, I might add) that staying on property was 1) for those with more money than sense, and 2) really, really expensive, so when we looked into the idea, I know that I was thinking we weren’t going to be able to swing it.


Boy, was I ever wrong!  Have you ever stayed at Disney World on property before?  If you haven’t, I really suggest that you take a look at it.  Not only are there all sorts of different themed hotels for you to choose from, there are also several different levels that you can stay at depending on your budget! If you need help with your trip planning, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com or submit a quote request.


For those with large parties, or smaller budgets, there are the Walt Disney World Value Resorts to choose from.  They include the following resorts:

  1. Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  2. Disney’s All Star Music Resort
  3. Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
  4. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  5. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

These resorts are all classified as value resorts, which means that they are the least expensive of the Disney resorts.  In many cases, though, they can be worth it if you have large parties because some of these resorts offer rooms that can sleep more than 5 people.


Cindy and I felt that, after researching all the properties, and also speaking with some of our friends, that the value resorts were more like “hotels” and less like “resorts”, so we decided not to do any of the value resorts.  After that, we looked at the Moderate Resorts.  They include:

  1. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort
  2. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  4. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  5. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

We looked at a lot of them, but in this instance choose Coronado Springs Resort.  We liked the Aztec influence in the decor, we thought that the big pool looked really neat from Google Earth and the website, and the color scheme chosen for the buildings was really quite nice.  We enjoyed it a great deal!  For this first year, we booked our trip directly from the Disney World website.  The special that year was the free dining plan.  Book a stay at a Disney resort, stay a certain number of days, and you will get the Disney Dining Plan for free.  That means that one snack, one quick service meal, and one table service meal per person per day is already paid for!  Doing the dining plan for us meant that we were able to go to a lot of restaurants that we wouldn’t normally go to, which meant that we could choose character places so Sophie could get a ton of autographs, and we wouldn’t have to pay for a lot of food while we were at the parks!


Having the dining plan is one of the biggest benefits for us staying at a Disney resort!  I have a ton of pictures from that first extended trip to Walt Disney World, but rather than upload them all, take a look at the embedded slideshow!  Enjoy, and feel free to comment!