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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.
With so many ticket options and configurations at Walt Disney World, it can get a little overwhelming.  We all have a pretty good handle on the Park Hopping upgrade (if you don't, it's the ability to visit more than...
When visiting Disney resorts, many travelers aren't quite sure who can accept tips, how much to tip and whether or not there's a need to tip.  Despite what some insistent internet users may proclaim, tipping truly is at your...
Sometimes packing for a day in the Disney parks isn't, well, a walk in the park.  If touring with littles, you may be traveling with a pack full of diapers, snacks, bottles, etc.  If traveling with a little princess,...
If you've been reading over the last year, you know I'm a fan of taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of the parks during your Disney World trip.  After all, this is a vacation, you should...
I admit it.  Not only am I a Disney geek, but I’m kind of a real life geek, too.  So, it should come as no surprise that I have done all of the things mentioned here and had a...
Happy New Year, MiceChatters!!  2013 was fantastic for yours truly, and I have nothing but high hopes for the gift of another year.  If you read last week's column, you know I had some great Disney moments last year,...
Wow!  Well, 2013 has been a great year and we had a lot of fun at the Disney Parks too!  Here's my top ten list of favorite Disney Parks moments of 2013, in no particular order.  Take a look,...
I'm a Disney geek.  I'm a Christmas nerd.  Is it any surprise that I LOVE visiting Walt Disney World at Christmastime (which actually begins almost overnight after the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)?!  Here are my three favorite Christmas...
Yours truly is having a birthday next Thursday (and, I really can't fathom how I didn't plan to be at a Disney Park on my 30th!!), so I thought I'd share some of the fun ways to celebrate your...
For many families the big Christmas gift to their families will be a trip to Disney. We're giving a Disney Cruise for Christmas this year. Shhh! Don't tell! Some parents, though, have visions of a surprise vacation dancing in...
Happy Thanksgiving, MiceChatters! Our family has so much to be thankful for, but I’m taking this column to list my Walt Disney World gratitude, then I want to know yours in the comments below! 1. FastPass I’m sending my grateful vibes...
Last week we chatted about length of stay at Walt Disney World.  What works at Disney World doesn't always match what you should do at Disneyland. . . so I gabbed with some Disney geek friends about the perfect...
After “Where to stay?”, “How long to stay at Disney World?” is one of the most popular questions I receive from guests and friends planning a trip to Orlando.  While there is no magical answer, there are a few...
There’s a distinct possibility that you will be photographed more on your Disney Parks vacation than you have been on any other trip you've taken.  With that in mind, some park goers make some not-so-smart ensemble decisions.  Or with...
While Disney fairytales might evoke images of flying elephants and sparkle-clad princesses, there’s no shortage of creepy fun to be had when visiting the parks. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Disney-style! Haunted...
With a plethora of restaurant choices at Walt Disney World, there is something to suit every palate.  If you’re a fan of the typical burger and fries fare one normally finds at a theme park, you won’t be disappointed. ...
So, not many of you readers know me personally, but I’ve made an appearance in my column pictures every now and then.  If you need a refresher, this is me: Totally your idea of a runner, right?  Believe it or...
Both coasts offer the Park Hopper upgrade to their base tickets.  For an additional cost, you’ll have the flexibility to visit more than one park in a single day, but is it right for you and is it worth...
Fall in is full swing at the Disney Parks, and the Halloween parties are one of the most fun events of the season!  While guests can show up sans costume, I think part of the fun for adult guests...
Whether you’re headed East and using Disney’s Magical Express (and won’t see your checked bags until a few hours after you arrive) or you’re going out West, there are a few important things you should slip into your carry-on...