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Top Quick-Service Restaurants with Outdoor Seating at Walt Disney World

Flame Tree BBQ

It’s hard to believe that we’re still experiencing a global pandemic, but Walt Disney World is doing an amazing job of maintaining the magic in the parks.  With all of the enhanced cleaning procedures, mask requirements, and physical distancing, Disney has shown that they are going to great lengths to keep everyone safe.  Still, many of us feel more comfortable ...

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Top Walt Disney World Entertainment Experiences We Can’t Wait to Return

Hoop De Doo

There’s no doubt that the parks at Walt Disney World have opened their gates mid-pandemic with many changes.  From limited restaurants to reduced hours, there’s lots of modifications to be aware of.  It’s the absence of many beloved entertainment offerings, however, that we really miss!  Here are top entertainment offerings that we can’t wait to return, and we look forward to ...

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10 Favorite Table Service Restaurants Currently Open at Walt Disney World

Prime Time Cafe

The state of the world has certainly impacted Walt Disney World’s operations and guest experiences in many ways, and one of the biggest impacts has been on dining.  Currently, Disney is not offering the very popular Dining Plan, and many restaurants have remained closed.  Many excellent choices for table service dining remain, though you may find that they have limited ...

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Top Quick-Service Restaurants Currently Open at Walt Disney World

There are many changes to Disney dining due to the pandemic.  The Disney Dining Plan is not currently being offered, and many restaurants on property are not open, and those that are open have limited menus. The new theme park reservation system also requires guests to make reservations to visit the parks, so you’ll need one if you plan to ...

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A Review of Walt Disney World’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Riviera Resort is Disney Vacation Club’s 15th resort, and it has taken its place among the most luxurious resorts on property. My family was excited to check out the resort and see whether it could measure up to some of our other favorite resorts – and, spoiler alert – it totally does! Let’s explore what the resort has to offer.  1. ...

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First Things We Do When Arriving at Our Walt Disney World Resort

art of animation

After lots of planning and anticipation, there’s nothing more exciting than actually arriving at your Walt Disney World resort!  What you choose to do on your arrival day may depend on several factors, such as what time of day you arrive, how long you have travelled, and how familiar you are with your resort. It’s a great idea to have ...

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15 Things We Would Do With Unlimited Access to Walt Disney World

If you’re a Walt Disney World parks fan, surely you’ve had thoughts of things you wish you could do (without getting in trouble) in the parks.  Let’s take a journey into our imaginations and think about those fantasies.  What would YOU do with unlimited access to the parks?  Here are a few of our ideas! 1. Dance with the ghosts ...

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Mistruths About Dining at Walt Disney World

Planning dining experiences is a huge piece of a Walt Disney World trip plan for many families. Considerations about budgeting, where to eat, and whether or not to look for character experiences are just a few of the factors that families consider. Walt Disney World fans often have some pretty strongly held opinions about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of dining, so today ...

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10 Tips for Preparing for Your Post-Quarantine Trip to Walt Disney World

If you’re reading this, you may be among the many disappointed travelers who postponed a trip to Walt Disney World due to COVID-19.  I’m one of the many, too- and as my family considers a future trip, we’ve been thinking through many considerations that are brand new to our travel planning.  Gone are the days of obsessing over FastPasses- now, ...

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A Review of Topolino’s Terrace Restaurant at Walt Disney World

Mickey Mouse Topolino's Terrace

Disney’s Riviera Resort is the newest on property, with lots of amenities that guests are falling in love with.  One of the stand-out highlights of the resort is it’s Signature dining restaurant: Topolino’s Terrace: Flavors of the Riviera.  Here, you’ll find an upscale dining experience at dinner, and “Topolino” (little mouse, in Italian) himself along with some pals for a ...

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