Time to Mouse Up – Walt Disney World Tips from the latest Trip

epcot mission space monorail track

As this terrible Maine winter just got colder and it became harder and harder to miss our home away from home, it was clear it was time to Mouse Up. That’s right. My family packed up and went back to Walt Disney World. Tom Petty said the waiting is the hardest part, and he’s right. The kids were super excited and had been reading their Birnbaum’s books, making park bucket lists, looking over and over at pictures of the resort. Hell, my wife and I were making bucket lists of our own like a couple of kids. Our youngest turned his toy trains into a Walt Disney World monorail. We wanted it to be like the first time our family went in 2009, eager to recreate the magic of that visit. Our family had been twice since that trip, but we felt like we had two less-than-perfect vacations to make… read more

I Thought We’d Have A Disney Princess

Disney princess costumes at Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida

When my wife was pregnant with our youngest son, we didn’t use a baby names book or choose a family name. We both agreed to think about it independently and come up with a favorite boy and girl name. A day later we both had our favorites. Both of us chose the same two names. It was as if B chose his own name. As Barney Stinson would say, “True story.” We were both convinced we were having a girl. So convinced, in fact, than when an ultrasound confirmed the opposite, my wife asked the tech, “Are you sure? Can you check again?” I wasn’t disappointed or sad. I just wanted our baby to be healthy. In my mind, though, all the snapshots of our child were framed in pink instead of blue and I found myself needing to imagine an entirely different kid. A different kid from some other… read more

Walt Disney World Guest Assistance For Disabled Has Been Ruined

guest assistance card

It’s going to be a lot harder to enjoy Walt Disney World the next time we can manage to get the kids there. We have two kids with special needs, and Disney has just announced that it will no longer offer the guest assistance program that helped many park visitors who have disabilities get on to attractions there. The reason: wealthy parents who hired disabled “tour guides” (at a very high price) in order to skip lines. The program used to try to provide a more comfortable, quieter, or alternate entrance to the attraction for guests with a disability that would make it hard to wait in line. Most attractions don’t have such a place, so guests with a pass are usually asked to use the FastPass line instead. The result is usually a shorter wait time for that guest and his or her party. We have two kids who… read more

Disneysick in Maine – I Want To Go Back

Walt Disney World Epcot Center

Disneysick [Diz-nee-sik]. It’s a real thing, with doctors and medicine and stuff. Well, at least in our household. It’s a word my family invented to describe how much we really miss Walt Disney World on a regular basis. With winter rapidly approaching, we are feeling it in our bones. Let me just start by saying that I live in one of the coldest states in the continental U.S. — Maine. I can understand why people retire in Florida. The summers are short in Maine and the weather is pretty unpredictable. Our trips to Disney World have been a very welcome change from our chilly-by-comparison climate. No other place has made a family vacation feel so truly magical, to use their word. It’s true, though. We don’t have to worry about meals or transportation, and the cast members are, for the most part, really friendly and make you feel at home…. read more