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Jessica Ma'ilo

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Jessica is a special education teacher by day and blogger and Fairy Godmother Travel agent by evening. When not supervising play dates or sleepovers, she can be found creating, sewing or singing. She loves hitting the Disney Parks, and she and her family escape to the World and Land as often as they can. She can be contacted at [email protected], and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.
Introduced at the turn of the century (sounds historic, right?!), pin trading has been a very popular activity for guests visiting Disney destinations from Walt Disney World to Disneyland and even at sea and beyond! While it’s not as...
When visiting Walt Disney World, the mouse has you in his clutches, er, care from the moment you touch down at Orlando International Airport. Guests staying at a Disney owned and operated resort have access to the complimentary Disney’s...
Let’s not mince words here. Dining is HUGE at Walt Disney World. I mean, really, how often do you have to plan your summer vacation lunch while you’re putting up the Christmas tree? With over 100 restaurants spread out...
In the midst of tragedy, I'll admit my heart was not in penning Disney tips for this week's Park Wise. My mind kept wandering to the brevity of our time. I'm reminded to be in the moment and really...
It’s inevitable. The moment you step foot into a Disney park everywhere you look are miniature versions of characters scrambling about on a sugar high. As hyper as it may seem, costumes can add a bit of magic and...
You’ve made it! You’re finally on vacation! That cushy resort bed feels fabulous in the morning, but the park beckons. So, jump out of bed and hit the ground running, or hit snooze and relax? Rope Drop The early bird gets...
Beautiful spring days bring with them the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! This celebration is one of my favorite times to visit Walt Disney World. With all the extra fun at Epcot from gorgeous gardens, fragrant flower beds, amazing...
One of the top questions I hear from Disney guests is how much to budget for souvenirs. Shopping can be a big part of your Disney vacation, so here are a few tips to make your perusing and purchasing...
Ahh, the Disney character meal. A rite of passage for many a Disney fan, but it can be a bit of a challenge for newbies planning their first Disney vacation. Here are my quick tips on the pros and...
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a brat when it comes to transportation at Walt Disney World. While the transportation options are typically more than adequate, I tend to want to stick to my own schedule and much prefer...
Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here are a few fun date night ideas for you and your sweetie at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Boardwalk Plenty of dining options and lots of entertainment make Disney’s...
I know, I know. The words that can strike fear in the hearts (and ankles!) of park-goers everywhere. Strollers!!! But here’s the deal, if you’re frequenting an extremely child-friendly destination such as the Disney Parks, they’re gonna be there....
I always like to dedicate the first Park Wise of the year to my Disney resolutions and getting to read some of yours, too! It’s fun to know we have 365 (plus one more this year!) days of possibility...
Well, magical friends, we are right smack in the middle of the holiday season, my favorite time of year!  With this festive season upon us, the parks are brimming with cheer, sparkle and crowds.  Big ones.  As we inch...
Yes, I’m fully aware that we as a society spend too much time on our phones.  In fact my home state is a couple days into a new law prohibiting texting behind the wheel because some people are way...
As we mentioned last time, fall is in full swing at Walt Disney World, and with that comes the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2015!  This annual offering brings lots of culinary and libatious (totally a word!) fun to...
It’s officially fall at Walt Disney World! While the weather may not agree, the gift shops and décor say it is, and that means Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing! When asked if the party is “worth...
With post upon post and list upon list about all the things to take to the parks, it’s really easy to over pack.  I’ll admit it, I’m guilty as charged.  Back in our stroller days, I loaded that sucker...
Over the past several columns, we've run down the many resorts Walt Disney World has to offer. While Disneyland features just three resorts, they're not any less fun and Disney-infused than their East coast counterparts. Disneyland Hotel Fantastic theming coupled with...
In addition to the Disney owned and operated resorts, there are several resorts on property available for booking which Disney doesn't own.  These hotels don't share all the same benefits as a Disney owned and operated resort would (such...