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Monday, December 18, 2017

Park Wise

Walt Disney World for Grownups

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I hopped a plane from the Sooner State for a week of kid-free fun at the Most Magical Place on Earth?  Well, it turned out to be...

Disney Military-Style

Do you do Disney military-style? No, I don’t mean morphing into a theme park commando. Disney Parks offer some great perks for our women and men currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well...

Daring to do Disney Without Your Kids

I’m currently sitting at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, watching families walk by with toddlers babbling in their Mickey-balloon decorated strollers and brothers racing each other to each lamp post. Parents are scolding their teenagers and...

Mom, Can My Friend Go To Disney With Us?

If you've been following Park Wise this year, you've no doubt seen photos of my little mouseketeers. The adorable and sassy princess-turned-pirate is my niece. She travels with us at least once a year,...

Is the Disney Dining Plan Right for You?

Time and time again, whether I'm planning vacations for clients, friends, or family, as soon as we decide on a resort, the very next question is almost always “Is the Disney Dining Plan worth...

Should You Stay On-Site or Off-Site at Disney

One of the most important factors in planning your Disney vacation is choosing your resort.  You don't want to end up in Barbie’s Dream Projects, like we did when I traveled with my high...

Park Wise: Walt Disney World Special Events

Any trip to Walt Disney World is special in itself, but there are certain times of the year that really make you say WOW!  In fact, I'd be willing to say that some Walt...

Beyond Park Wise: Helping Oklahoma Heal

My home is hurting, MiceChatters.  You may or may not know that I live about five miles South of Moore, OK, where a devastating tornado has taken the homes and lives of so many....

Park Wise: Best Disney World Pools

The end of the school year is upon our household, and that can only mean one thing...SUMMER!!!  When I think of summer here in the middle of the country, I immediately start sweating.  With...

The Pros and Cons of Solo Disney Travel

In August 2012, I embarked on my first solo trip to Walt Disney World.  My little Disney geek was also headed to the World, but with his grandparents, so I was able to take...

Park Wise: Vacationing with a Reluctant Disney Traveler

If you’re hanging around this site, chances are you’re a mega Disney fan. Weirdly, though, not everyone is.  Crazy, right?  Even weirder, sometimes those people end up on a Disney vacation with you.  Maybe...

Five Weird Things We Take to Walt Disney World

To my fellow OCD planners, some of my strange packing seems completely logical.  However, most of my newbie travel companions or even a few seasoned clients utter “I never would’ve thought of that!” when...

Get Park Wise: Top Tips on Using Disney PhotoPass

A couple weeks ago, we pondered the question of whether or not Disney PhotoPass is worth the money.  If you decided it wasn’t, maybe these tips will sway you or give you a few...

Park Wise: 5 Ways to Cut Costs on a Disney Vacation

Most travelers keep their fingers crossed for the next great promotion and discounts to be released in time for their vacation.  While these offers can often save guests big bucks, there are a few...

Is Disney PhotoPass Worth the Money?

If you've been to a Disney Park recently, you've no doubt seen happy cast members posted at various locations throughout the park with large cameras in hand.  These are your friendly PhotoPass photographers, and they’ll gladly snap a...

Park Wise: Top Five Disney Places to Cool Off

Although it’s still a little chilly in my part of the country, the temperatures are slowly creeping up on the coasts, and summer vacations will be here before you know it!  When walking miles...

Top Three Buffets at Walt Disney World

Traveling with a family of different tastes to (attempt to) satisfy isn't easy. As a result, I’ve learned to book a lot of buffets on our trips to Walt Disney World.  There are a...

Favorite Disney Character Spots

It’s Disney Eve!  Actually, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll be traipsing around Epcot on the first full day of our spring Walt Disney World trip.  We’re taking a pair of newbies along...

Top 5 Tips for Surviving Disney Standby Lines with Kids

While we generally pass by lines with more than a 15-minute wait, we have been tricked into longer queues.  I’m looking at you, Astro Orbiter!  Or sometimes the wait for your dining reservation can...

Top 5 Tips for Disney Parks Newbies

You've finally decided to take the leap and plan your first family trip to the Disney Parks!  While planning for the two U.S. resorts can be two very different experiences, here are a few tips...