Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: Belle and Beast

Belle is, of course, the princess from the Disney movie, Beauty and The Beast. This movie was released in 1991. Belle is from a small town in France, where she lives with her father. She loves to read, is beautiful, kind, brave and smart. Best is the other main character of the same movie. His actual name is Prince Adam, who was once a handsome prince that had everything. Due to his selfishness, an Enchantress punished his cold heart by turning him into a beast and his castle into a very dark place. She even turned his servants into common household objects. Belle and Beast first meet when she is looking for her father that had been missing for several days. Beast had captured him and placed him in his dungeon to live out the rest of his days. Belle offers to trade places with her father if Beast will just let him go. Her time with Beast teaches him love and compassion for others. As the story goes, Belle and Beast fall in love, true love's first kiss returns him to the handsome prince and they live happily ever after. Both Belle and Beast are seen in attractions, parades and are available for meet and greets at all of the Disney parks. They can be seen together in Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios and in the French Pavilion at Epcot. Belle alone can be seen throughout the other parks. They appear in other movies together, as well, such as Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at The House of Mouse and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. They have also appeared on TV's House of Mouse.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ride Review: Storybook Land Canal Boat Ride

One of the wondrous things about Disney is how quickly you can be transported to another place. This opportunity to awaken in a new place is very evident in the Storybook Land Canal Boat Ride in Disneyland. This was one of the original rides when Disneyland opened in 1955. The ride has since been updated but it was one of the original rides that Walt Disney himself had imagined.

The ride passengers are seated on small decorative boats at a dock by costumed cast members. Most of the boats are named after female Disney characters. Once the boat leaves the dock, the water path travels toward a large sculptured opening of Monstro the whale from Pinocchio. The boat moves through Monstro’s mouth and into a miniaturized world that is similar to the Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels.

The scenery is instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with Disney’s animated classics. There are miniaturized trees and shrubs that landscape Pinocchio's cobblestone village with Geppetto's wood shop, Toad Hall from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, the Sultan’s Palace and the Cave of Wonders from Aladdin, King Triton’s castle from the Little Mermaid. There are also scenes from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Snow White among others. After traveling through these scenes, the boat returns to the dock where passengers can exit.

If you have the opportunity to visit this ride, the line tends to move slowly as the ride does not hold that many passengers. I can remember traveling there one time thinking that my children who were quite young at the time would love to see the various scenes from familiar movies. One of my children refused to get on the boat since we had to travel through the whale’s mouth. Once through this portion of the ride there are no additional villains or scary moments for children.

The only other option to see this miniaturized village is to board the Casey Junior Circus Train. This ride (featuring an equally slow line) provides a distant view of the village from the cars and cages of the train. This was also an original ride for the Disneyland Park. If the Storyland Canal Boat Ride is not an option, the Casey Junior Train is a good alternative.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Foodie Friday: Akershus Royal Banquet

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. This is a princess dining experience in a medieval themed building. When we first arrived and checked in we were given a pager. The wait time was longer than it should have been for someone that had reservations. We waited about 30 minutes after our reservation time. As you enter the building, you are take into a room with one of the princesses. The princess varies from day to day. A family photo is made, which is included with your meal, then you are seated. After we ordered our drinks the waitress pointed us to the appetizer buffet. The buffet consists of salads, cold meats and cheeses. We placed our orders and waited as the princesses made their way around the room. Each princess visits the table and takes time with guests for photos and autographs. We loved all of them, but Arial really made our night with her laughter and humor. There was also a princess parade where children are invited to "train" around the room with the princesses. Our food arrived quickly and looked delicious. I had the seered herb-dusted beef tips with mashed potatoes and green beans. It was so good. The gravy on top was great too.
Paul chose the oven roasted chicken breast with Farro vegetable risotto and Gjetso cheese sauce. He had never had risotto before and really liked it. The whole dish was delicious. Clay and Zachary both had the grilled pork tenderloin with rutabaga mashed potatoes, Haricots Verts and a caramelized onion sauce. Clay loved it all. Zachary ate only the tenderloin and the sauce.
Erin had the kids grilled chicken with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Finally it was time for dessert. We were served two identical plates containing sweet and savory chocolate mousse, traditional rice cream with strawberry sauce and flaky puff pastry filled with marscapone mousse and fresh berries. I liked the puff pastry and the mousse. The kids LOVED the rice cream! To this day they are still asking me to find them a recipe.
This was a great dining experience. We all had fun and enjoyed the food. Akershus is on the Disney Dining Plan, accepts dining reservations and uses only one table service credit.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: Pluto

Pluto was born September 5, 1930 and soon became the pet of Mickey Mouse. He first appeared as a blood hound in The Chain Gang. In Mr and Mrs. Pluto, Fifi the Pekingese and Pluto have 5 mischievous mutts. He is also seen as a daddy dog in several other cartoons and shorts. In 1941, his movie, Land a Paw won him an Oscar for Best Cartoon. Pluto has appeared on television in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey Mouse Works, House of Mouse and The Mickey Mouse Club. He has also been by Mickey's side in film. Major movies include Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, and Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers. Pluto was first voiced by Pinto Colvig for 30 years, then Lee Miller. He has been voiced by Bill Elmer since 1990. Pluto is the only member of the Fab 5 (Goofy, Pluto, Mickey, Minnie and Donald) that walks on all fours. In the parks we see Pluto quite frequently. He appears in parades, meet and greets and in several stage shows. We even catch a glimpse of him on the boat with Steamboat Willie during the finale' of Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Pluto is the loving companion of Mickey Mouse.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Watch for trolls... Ride Review: Maelstrom

I am a fan of hidden gems in Disney. This ride is one of those. It is settled all the way in the back of Norway Pavilion at Epcot. From the outside in the queue, you can see the boats as they come past an open window. The Maelstrom ride starts with you boarding your Viking boat, they are nice, and spacious. I caught a quick picture of a boat before it left the loading dock.

You enter your ship, and you are taken into a tunnel and you head up a hill. All of a sudden you see "The light" It's kind of like you are being put into a Viking trance of sorts and you finally reach that bright light. You pass by some neat trees and are told of the spirit of the seafarer. You will then see some nice Viking men in boats, one is burning, ohh no, here come the trolls!!!
 He shows up around the next corner. He's not too scary but kinda ugly. The trolls put a spell on you and send you backwards. That nice, calm boat ride has now turned into a backwards mess of your senses. You can't really see behind you and you wonder what is happening??

 Whoa, those are some huge polar bears!! Then you pass some caverns and head towards a waterfall. Are we going over it?? Ride it and see. turn around, and are now flowing the right way. The boat takes you down a nice little hill and a splash into a thunderstorm. The scenery changes and you pass by some neat oil rigs in the water. Your ship is almost back home and you are glad to have made it through. 
 After you unload the boat,you will enter a cute little town with little buildings resembling those in old Norway. You will enter a movie room, which you can choose to stay and watch a little 10 min movie about Norway, or you can walk right through the doors to the gift shop.

 The ride is pooh friendly and holds 16 people.The good thing is this ride has no height limit, but infants have to be taken out of there seats. It's a pretty 

neat little ride, and if you are like me, I use rides like this as a learning experience for my kids. It does give somewhat of a history lesson on the Viking experience 

Be sure once you leave to stop at the Gringla Bakeri Og Kafe, you will not wanna leave Epcot without 

school bread, Lufsa and a almond covered pretzel. Also, don't forget your viking coffee!

For those wanting to do a very cute Character breakfast with the Princesses, you can go to Akershus, my daughter loved it!

For those hidden Mickey lovers, there is a hidden Mickey on this ride, be sure to look for it!!

On the way out, be sure to sample the neat Swedish perfumes(they smell so good!) There is also a cute troll picture spot.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The DVC 2 Bedroom and Grand Villa

If you have the opportunity to stay at a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort, there are two options that comfortably sleep four people. These are the studio and one bedroom units. When travelling with extended family or a mixed group, there are two additional options that provide guests with much more flexibility. These are the two bedroom units and the grand villa.

A two bedroom features many of the accommodations that a one bedroom has but sleeps eight or nine people comfortably. This unit has a comfortable living room that separates the master bedroom and the second bedroom. The size of the room varies on the resort. A two bedroom unit can either be designated as a two bedroom or a combination of a one bedroom and studio unit combined which offers two separate entrances. The kitchen features anything you would need to have an afternoon snack or a quiet meal in the room. There is a washer and dryer which will allow a family to run a quick load of laundry before heading to a park for the day.

Some of the best memories that I have made while at Walt Disney World have been in a Grand Villa. The Grand Villa sleeps twelve people comfortably. The unit can either be one or two floors. When you enter the unit, there is a large living room or family room and a full bath and washer and dryer off this room. One couch opens up to a queen size bed. There is a large kitchen and table which assists with a family eating breakfast in the room before heading out for the day. The master bedroom and bath offer a hideaway that might be needed when staying with up to twelve people. There are two additional bedrooms in the unit which each feature a private full bath. These two bedrooms offer the amenities that a typical hotel room on Disney property would offer.

Although I am not someone who spends long hours in the room while on vacation, the accommodations through the DVC units allows a guest to comfortably escape the heat and the chaos in the parks and feel at home. The opportunity to spend time with extended family or friends and create memories is one of the best parts of a Disney vacation to me. The chance to stay in a “room” that sleeps between eight and twelve people offers the chance to share experiences without compromising privacy.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Foodie Friday: THE Caramel Chocolate Apple

If you read last week's Foodie Friday article about Goofy Foods, you may have been able to tell that my favorite Disney treat is the caramel chocolate apple. These usually consist of a juicy Granny Smith apple dipped in sticky caramel and chocolate, white or milk. It can then be dressed in just about any sweet topping you desire from sugar to sprinkles, peanuts or M&Ms. On special occasions and holidays, you can find these apples decorated like Mickey Jack-o-lanterns, Jack Skellingtons or spider webs for Halloween, covered in pink or red sprinkles Valentines, Snowmen at Christmas or even characters like Belle, Mickey or Minnie. My all time favorite is the Mickey. It is half rolled in red sugar and dotted with two yellow chocolate candies for buttons to resemble Mickey's pants. There have recently been some new flavors added. There is the Oreo apple, the Butterfinger apple and one rolled in Rice Krispies. I haven't tried any of these. When we were there in December, though, I did sample the Caramel Apple Pie Apple. It is the caramel apple base, dipped in white chocolate and rolled in a cinnamon graham cracker crumble. I will admit this was very delicious but nothing compares to the regular old Mickey. There are several places around Walt Disney World Resort that you can find theses apples. In the Magic Kingdom, you can get them as soon as you walk through the gates at the Main Street Confectionery. This is usually where I get mine and I have to admit, they don't last long enough for me to take a photo. You can get them at two different places in Downtown Disney. One is at the Candy Cauldron and the other is at Goofy's Candy Company. I know that you can get them made to order at Goofy's and I think the Candy Cauldron. I stated how you can do this in last weeks article. If you want to eat your apple immediately or have it ready to eat later without the mess, a cast member will gladly cut it up for you in to manageable slices. A good friend of mine made Minnie apples for her daughter's first birthday. In a few weeks, she will be sharing with us her birthday party planning and photos including the recipe for the apples.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: New Contributor Karla Corley

Hello, My name is Karla Corley. I am 38 years old and I have 4 kids ages 21, 19, 16 and a 3 yr old . I am married to my best friend Clayton. Life has given us many ups and downs and we have learned to enjoy what time we have on this earth the best we can. Our 21 yr old had a bone tumor (removed with no sign of cancer) and our 3 yrd old has Epilepsy. We understand making memories and that is why we are going to DISNEY WORLD! I am a Disney Virgin! I will write about my saving and planning for our first Disney trip in early December 2012. We will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge and going to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Seeing Disney World at Christmas seemed the way to go! We are going the first week in December to avoid the Christmas crowds. I look forward to sharing some of my newbie finds and ideas with you!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ride Review: It's Test Track baby!!!

So you go into Epcot, where do you go first? My family runs to Test Track, our favorite ride in Epcot. This ride is located in the Future World. Why do I say run? Because the lines for this ride can get very long as the day goes on. You will want to get that FastPass for this ride, it so worth it! You enter the queue in a pretty bright room, full of noisy tests being done on cars, there is plenty for the eyes to see in here, as you can see in my pictures.

 So, what happens next? The line goes on in the big room full of various amounts of vehicle safety tests all around you, you then enter the next room which has a 4 minute video pre-show to show which tests your car will be going through. Bumps, weather tests, and they throw in a few suprises, will you be a real life test dummy? We will find out, with the barrier wall test!

 Next you get into another line, this one is much shorter, before entering your convertible GM car. They come in all different colors, we had blue this last time.
 You enter your car, you will definitely want to buckle that seat belt for this ride! You go up a little bit, go for your seat belt check, and you are off up a hill, then the the bump test, it gets really bumpy! Then onto the Antilock break test, take on those sharp turns,then into an incubator. When those lights go on its going get a little warm. As soon as your warm up, you head into the freeze room, its not too cold and feels great on a summer day. Next it is onto the corrosion room, it smell like rust and they even forgot to turn off the robots, so they spray the   lovely chemicals(just steam) at ya!

 So, you made it through all that, go on some more twists and turns,then it's on to the barrier test. You line up and look ahead to see the target mark on the wall. Will you be the next test dummy? Your car takes off, just when you think you are gonna crash, the doors open to the outdoors, and you are headed down the track at 65 mph, taking bank turns like a pro. The air is messing your pretty hair up, but your are still smiling. The car finally slows down just in time for a last thermal test, you made it!

 This ride is for the 40'' and up crowd, it does shut down during rain showers and storms, trust me rain drops in your face at 65 mph kinda hurts!

 As you exit the ride, you will see your silly picture available for upload onto a PhotoPass card. As you exit, you will enter a GM showroom. This place is chock full of all the newest GM cars available. You can get in  them,check them out and take your photo in them. After that, you enter a gift shop, full of Test Track items.

 The test car hold 6 people,is Pooh friendly. Also, there will be a refurb on this ride this fall, riders will be able to design there own custom vehicles,and ride it in a simcar.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

DVC Studio and 1 Bedroom

When thinking about options for accommodations while at Walt Disney World, a person could become completely overwhelmed. There are options that are both on and off property. If you decide to stay on property, there are options at different price ranges which feature different themes and amenities.

One opportunity that I have had many times is to stay with members of the Disney Vacation Club. It is magical for a cast member to say “Welcome Home” upon checking in to your room. The Disney Vacation Club (DVC) has been around for just over twenty years. The original property was Old Key West and since that time there have been a number of different properties added or renovations made to existing Disney properties. There are now DVC resorts in South Carolina, Florida, California and Hawaii.

There are four different room styles at a DVC resort. This includes a studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, and a grand villa. The studio is similar to a traditional hotel room sleeping four with some convenience features like a small toaster and coffeemaker. There is a pull out couch and a queen size bed. The bath and toilet are separate from the sink area in this unit.

A different style, but a definite upgrade is a one bedroom unit which features a pull out couch and a separate master bedroom area with a whirlpool tub and shower. There is only one bathroom for the unit which sleeps four people as well as a kitchen area and a table for eating. One of the best features is a washer and dryer for all units that have at least one bedroom. This can come in handy since one luxury of being “home” is that housekeeping only comes in once during a full week stay to change out the towels and empty the trash. If you like a fresh towel this it is simple to throw some towels in before heading out for the day and putting them in the dryer before taking a quick nap or heading to bed.

Both the studio and the one bedroom are fantastic options for a group of four people. There are features that definitely make you feel more at home than a traditional hotel room and can be worth checking them out.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Foodie Friday: Goofy Food

Who knew that Goofy was a chef? I had heard of and even been to Chef Mickey's at Walt Disney World Resort, but didn't know that there was a Goofy's Kitchen at Disneyland, CA. It is located at the Disneyland Hotel and is a character buffet meal. Goofy and other characters are available for meet and greet. Goofy even does a little skit and show with the kids! This place sounds super fun. They Serve breakfast and dinner. Some menu items during breakfast include PB&J Pizza, made to order omelets and Mickey waffles. Dinner serves up everything from salad to steaks.Fix yourself up some soft serve frozen yogurt for dessert There are also options for vegan and gluten free dieters. ADRs are available for this establishment. One of my favorite places to visit when I am at Walt Disney World is Goofy's Candy Company in Downtown Disney Marketplace. There are candies and treats beyond the imagination, including the chocolate caramel apples. You can buy candies like Lego shaped sweet tarts, jelly beans and chocolates by the pound. There are also prepared novelty candies available. Visitors can use snack credits for many of these items. One unique thing you can do here is create your own special treat, like a chocolate caramel apple. First, you choose your base from items like an apple, a Rice Krispie Treat or pretzel rods. Next you choose what you want to dip it in like caramel or chocolate. Then you have the many toppings, everything from sprinkles, M&Ms, nuts, trail mix or coconut. Lastly, if you wish, you can drizzle chocolate over the top of your apple...I mean treat. Prices vary with the snacks depending on base and number of toppings. I HIGHLY recommend the chocolate caramel apple.
Pre-made items and chocolates are also available for purchase. There is also a small selection of diabetic or sugar free items, but sadly, no chocolate caramel apples. Next to Goofy's Candy Company, in the same building, is Goofy Glaciers. Here, guests can quench their thirst with a yummy flavored slushie. Goofy's Candy Co. also has a private room for birthday parties. Guests can choose from a princess or pirate theme. The 1.5 hour party includes treats for up to 15 guests, balloons, invitations and thank-you notes. There is also a special gift for the birthday boy/girl. Guests get to make their own treat as described earlier, which can include a chocolate caramel apple. For more information on these parties call 407-WDW-BDAY Coming soon, there will be more information on the chocolate caramel apples.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: Dippy Dawg

So I bet when you saw the title, most of you were wondering, who the heck is Dippy Dog? Well This was actually the name given to none other than Goofy. He first appeared in a short in 1932 called Mickeys Revue. Here he played an audience member watching a song and dance number being performed by Mickey, Minnie, Horace and Clarabelle. He was the clumsy, loud, annoying Goofy that we have all come to love today, crunching peanuts too loudly. It wasn't until his seventh appearance that he took the actual name of Goofy and became a regular member of the gang. Also a member of the Fab Five. We always see Goofy as a clumsy, unintelligent and loud character. He is, however, a very lovable, caring friend and father. Goofy is a widower and single parent to Max. He is somewhat strict when he needs to be and tries to raise him to be a responsible adult. In Goofy's movie, A Goofy Movie, we get a glimpse of the relationship between the two with Max as a teenager. Max is sometimes embarrassed by his father's goofiness. In the Extremely Goofy Movie, Goofy is an empty nester because Max has gone off to college. Goofy becomes depressed, loses his job and has to go to college to get a new one. Of course he chooses to go where Max is! Their relationship is tested but in the end Goofy realizes that he must let Max live his own life. Goofy finds love with Sylvia, the librarian, gets his degree and leaves Max to be. Goofy also appears in many Disney movies, such as Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers and has a cameo appearance in The Lion King 1 1/2 and even Saving Mr. Banks. He has also been in several television shows like Mickey Mouse Works, House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Club House as well as his own show, Goof Troop. In 1979, there was a song about Goofy on the Mickey Mouse Disco album (yes I have my original copy) called Watch Out for Goofy. You can hear the track on YouTube and possibly iTunes. Visitors can see Goofy in all of the parks, whether it be in parades, shows, meet and greets or attractions. Goofy is featured in The Barnstormer featuring The Great Goofini in the recent New Fantasyland expansion. Goofy even has his own candy store, Goofy's Candy Co. that can be found in Downtown Disney. This is one of my favorite places to shop! Goofy is a character that I think so many of us can relate to. We all have our awkward, absentminded, clumsy moments. He is just someone that reminds us of ourselves. Everyone loves his unmistakable gawrsh and ah-hyuck laugh. He is a kind and good hearted character. just watch out for Goofy!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dawn's Ride Review: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Are you ready to have 32,000 watts blasting in your ear drum, whole going 60 mph in a limo? If you answered yes, then Rock'n' Roller Coaster is for you! I love this ride so much, the usual long wait time is so worth it! The ride queue is kind of long but it keeps you from being bored as you wait. It winds around, till you enter G-Force studio. You enter 4 different rooms. The room before the ride room, is by far the best, you are standing in front of a real looking studio when all the sudden you swear Aerosmith is standing right in front of you! They are running late for the concert and they invite you to tag along!! They even have a limo ready for you. So, then they leave the studio in their own limo, and everyone else is invited into the next room, where you will see a chain link fence and a short line until you enter your limo. The limos are seated 2 by 2 and hold large groups of people per train. As you enter, you will see a countdown board. Keep that head of yours back, because when that board hits 1, you are like a bullet taking off! You are flying at 60 mph, with 32,000 watts of Aerosmith songs blasting in your ears, the wind is blowing, and you are going through traffic on the LA freeway! This ride has 3 loops, sorry kiddies ya gotta be 48'' to ride this ride! So, hold onto to your hats, and sunglasses, hold on tight, its the best ride in a limo you will ever experience!! Don't forget to see your silly face on the way out, they snap a cute pic of everyone in the car!!!:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Foodie Friday: San Angel Inn

On our most recent trip Walt Disney World Resort, we wanted to try the San Angel Inn. This is a Mexican style, table service restaurant located in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. This establishment serves lunch and dinner and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. As you walk in, you venture through a Mayan villate. You are seated under the stars and can see an angry volcano in the distance. San Angel Inn is dimly lit, which provides a more intimate setting. Tables are adorned in beautiful cobalt blue dishes.
Everyone is served water to start as you wait for your drink orders to arrive. We were there for dinner. The waiter brought complimentary chips and salsa to hold us over while we waited for our food. The kids menu was typical of most Disney restaurants. Erin had the Quesadilla de Pollo- this is a grilled flour tortilla with chicken and cheese served with Mexican rice. She loved it and said it was the best quesadilla that she ever had. Zachary loves shrimp, so I had no doubt in my mind what he was going to order. He had the Camarones a la Diabla. This is roasted diabla style shrimp with Pablano rice served over a yucca puree and cascabel chili sauce. He really had no idea what the sauce was, but he ate it and loved it. I couldn't believe how much of the "green" rice he ate also! Paul, Clay and I all had the Carne Asadadala Taupiquena.
This is really only a grilled beef tenderloin with cheese enchilada sauce, black refried beans, Mexican rice, guacamole, and topped with onions and red bell peppers. We all agreed that this was the best steak we had eaten at a Disney restaurant. It was cooked correctly and seasoned well. The sides, minus the guacamole that I don't eat, were tasty too. Dessert was great, as well. We all chose something different from the menu and passed it around. Erin got the churros, that was my favorite and she didn't want to share. We also had vanilla flan with berries, helado de dulce de leche- caramel ice cream and Crema Bavera- a creamy Bavarian mousse with mixed berries and cinnamon.
With top notch service and great food, San Angel Inn is high on my recommendation list.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: Heather Hulsey Black

Hi !! I would like to introduce myself, I am Heather a 36 years old  Disney fanatic.. I have been married for 16 yrs,to my high school sweetheart, who I have been with since I was 15 years old. We have two boys who keep us very busy, Austin is 9 and Noah is 4. Both of my boys are into sports. We do a good bit of traveling for baseball, which I love. I am so excited to start this new journey in my life, because I will be writing and sharing with you the place that I and my whole family loves. I have been traveling to Disney since I was a little girl. My first visit was when I was three, and we have not stopped going since. The very first trip that I took with my husband (boyfriend at the time) was to Disney World. We have been more times than I can count. When we had our first child we knew we wanted to share all the magic with him. His first visit was when he was 18months old, and he has been at least 15 times. And yes when my second son was born, I was the crazy lady with the infant in tow.  We also had the opportunity to go on the Disney cruise which was just magical. In 2007 we became DVC members, as we thought it was about time. We have been at  every time of the year and  love to take part in MNSCHP and MVMCP. We have stayed at almost every resort, our favorite being the Boardwalk. Disney is such a big part of our life's and I can not wait to start sharing it with all of you.