Jessica Stewart, Simply Enchanted Travel

Travel Consultant Specializing in all Disney destinations - parks, cruises, Aulani and more! My planning services are NO COST to you & making every vacation once in a lifetime! Find out more:

I have SEVERAL first time travelers AND several frequent visitors who are trying to decide on their dining locations and using their Dining Plan credits for scrumptious food. While my hubby and I have ate at a good many of the restaurants/ food carts/ kiosks on Walt Disney World property, I know that I have MANY Walt Disney guests here that can help others everyone out and give us some personal opinions. And besides, we may or may not be headed to visit Mickey VERY soon and I'm always on the look out for a new place or item to try. Soooooo, this is where I need your help please! 😉

Share below, what do you know/ like/ love, & maybe leave a short review in the comments for YOUR favorite Disney restaurants - ANY park or resort. Pictures are a bonus!

I'm super excited to see what your favs are!!

There are some super fun Walt Disney World Freebies!! Yes, there's some free things available if you decided to take advantage of them.

A few of the most common are, FREE: Ice water, a tasting at Club Cool in Epcot's Future World, transportation cards, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards, "pixie dust" at Castle Couture at Magic Kingdom, leis at the Polynesian Resort, caramel popcorn samples in Epcot, Ghirardelli chocolates at Disney Springs, stickers from cast members throughout the resort & celebration buttons.

NOTE: Club Cool with be closing in the beginning of Sept, so if you want to experience this, YOU NEED TO DO IT SOON!!

Did you know about all of these? Is there any I missed that you really enjoy??? Share it below!

We've played before, but are you up for another round of matching the song to the movie?? I bet you got these!

I *just* had 3 people within the past 7 days ask me how young is too young to visit a Disney park. And this date last year, I asked you, when was the first time you visited Disney {can be any of the parks} make sure to comment below - or even on the original post is fine.

Those who've never been, take a gander at how young the others visited and how old they took their kids! 😃 You're not crazy for wanting to take young kids. Walt built these beautiful places to be enjoy by old and new alike! 💜

#18summers #letsgotodisney #myhappyplace

How old were you when you first saw this castle in person?

*If you’ve never seen it in person, how old will you be when you will see it for the first time?

Sometimes it's hard to remember, accept or even appreciate.

Although I like them all, there is one that I prefer. I'll tell you mine in the comments!

Which would you rather..... be stuck in the castle with the Beast OR with Maleficent??

Tell me who and why you'd choose them??

One of the most fantastic thing to do on Disney property in my opinion is to check out the holiday décor at Ft. Wilderness campsites! The visitors go all out and even decorate their own (and even rented) golf carts. And no, it's not too early to talk about Christmas IN JULY.... because today, if you were checking into a Disney Resort for New Years Eve, I made your dining reservations this morning!

ANY WHO.... back to my story! This past year at Christmas, my hubby and I, after checking out the holiday decor and gingerbread display {they are MASSIVE!} at The Contemporary Resort, decide to take a Minnie Van back to our resort. The drivers, if you didn't know, are Cast Members and always kind.
He asked if we wanted a quick detour thru the campground. The answer to this is ALWAYS a yes, TRUST ME!!! The lights, inflatables and fun that will tease your senses is outstanding. And don't be sad if you aren't there for the holidays, the visitors in the campground do typically decorate year round, it's just that at Christmas, it's one of my favs!!

Have you been thru the campground and seen some of the displays? What about the golf carts? Did one stand out to you in particular?? Tell me a fav memory.... or better yet, if you have a pic share it!

A visit to Disney World can bring joy any time of year. However, during the Christmas season there is extra magic in the air. Did you know that the Walt Disney World Resort keeps many of their decorations up thru the first week of Christmas

While you're on Disney property, check out the over 8 million lights, over 1000 wreaths, and unique holiday décor found throughout Walt Disney World. Gertie for example on Echo Lake in Hollywood Studios has added decorations. And, that's not all! Toy Story Land, Living with the Land attraction, the Jungle Cruise aka Jingle Cruise during the holidays, in Magic Kingdom gets in on the holiday fun too.

Did you enjoy this season or one from years past?? If so- hit the love or like emoji. Never been during the holidays, hit the angry or sad face.

What is a favorite during the holidays?? I'd love if you'd share it below!

If you are spending 4th of July at Walt Disney World, here are 6 patriotic things to do at the parks! Not there now? Don't worry, 5 of the 6 can be done all year long!

First up, and probably the most anticipated is Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky. This Independence Day fireworks spectacular celebration is set to patriotic music. If you're at the parks, it usually occurs each year on July 3 and July 4 starting at 9:15pm.

Not at the Disney parks today, but are a proud patriot and want to feed your American pride? Here are five other year round experiences:

The Hall Of Presidents

This patriotic attraction has an amazing history itself. Hall of Presidents was envisioned by Walt Disney, however technology for the attraction was not advanced enough. Therefore Walt Disney worked with his team to create the very first Audio-Animatronic in human form. Resulting in Mr. Lincoln with Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. By 1971, all Presidents in American history had been created for the Hall of Presidents. Since opening, every president has been added to the show and guests can view them all as Animatronics on one stage at Magic Kingdom.

The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History

Playing at various times throughout the day in Liberty Square of Magic Kingdom is, The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History. Watch American history retold through hilarious sketches and songs. The Muppets tell us about the midnight ride of Paul Revere, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and more. Come see this 10-minute show for laughs, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! Guests will see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo. Look up to the windows, outside of The Hall of Presidents, to catch glimpses your favorite Muppets in the show.

Flag Retreat

Probably one of my favorite things and brings tears to my eyes, at Magic Kingdom, any guest can stop to watch a wonderful Flag Retreat. Watch the American Flag retire for the evening every night at 5pm on Main St USA. Interestingly, this is the only real American Flag in the park, therefore the only one that needs to stay in coordinance with the U.S. Flag Code. This code requires U.S. Flags to be displayed outdoors sunrise to sunset only. Look closely and notice the other flags contain an incorrect amount of stars or stripes, preventing the need to bring them in each evening. Watch this beautiful display of patriotism daily (this fun fact was told to us on the Keys to the Kingdom Tour!)

The American Adventure Show

Travel around Epcot’s World Showcase and stop at The American Adventure pavilion for the American Adventure show. Be inspired during this 28-minute retelling of America’s history. This audio-animatronic show highlights notable people and events in American history and is a nice place to take a break from rain or extreme heat too!

Voices of Liberty

Listen to the beautiful Voices of Liberty in the American Adventure of the World Showcase. Dressed in 1800s costumes, this 8-member a cappella group will fill the hall with patriotic music. This group performs throughout the day, lasting 15 minutes. Songs include: “America the Beautiful”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “This Is My Country”, “You Raise Me Up”, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Let It Go”. I have one of their CDs and listen to it year round 🎶🇺🇸

Wishing you a safe and happy fourth of July! I'd love to hear (or share a pic!) of how you're celebrating our nation's birthday. Do you have an annual tradition?? Tell me!

So maybe I prematurely gave the answer.... BUT seriously, have you checked out this Ahhhhh-mazing dining experience on Disney property?!

This is a fantastically special dining location that can make you feel like a prince!

One of the favorite resort activities at Disney Resorts is the Disney Movie Nights! Whether you're old or young, this is a fun way to end the night.

What's a favorite film to catch under the stars??

Every day you're given a fresh start to make it better than yesterday!

At Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii, they have a full program of fun for younger children available in the Aunty's Beach House kids' club. Don't worry teens and tweens, there are programs for you at the resort too.

Aunty's Beach House offers children activities and games that explore the mysteries of Hawaii, along with special surprises at Uncle's workshop and Aunty's magical fireplace and your parents are never outta touch while the kiddos are hangin' out.

Have you taken advantage of a kids club either at a Disney Resort or on board a cruise?? How hard of a time did you have getting them to come back and spend time with you!?

If you're at the Disney parks and feeling icky? Got a bug bite that’s itching like crazy (this happened to me!)? Need a Band-Aid? You can stop by the First Aid Station for help with some FREE items to help with those pesky ailments! You can even take your temperature here if you suspect you have a fever. It's easy peasy and on my last stop thru, I was in and out in no time and that itchy bug bite eased up shortly after!

Did you know that the First Aid Station could help with any of these things?? Have you used it or even noticed them before??

While exploring someplace new, I love to take in the local flavor, sights and sounds. While visiting Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, your senses will be treated with all of that and more!

Aulani offers a lineup of excursion adventures with the aid of local experts. Excursions include horseback riding in the Kualoa Valley, kayaking, a catamaran excursion with on-board musical entertainment, a surf school, Hawaiian cooking classes and more, all specially designed for Aulani guests by Adventures by Disney and hosted by friendly Adventure Guides.

If you could only do experience one local thing when traveling, which would it be: taste, sights, sounds or smells??? Tell me below!

Let's be honest, there are people who work out no matter where they are, vacation or not. I am in that second group.... the not. But to be fair, I don't workout at home either! haha! I'd rather get in my exercise explore instead of in a fitness center and then savor some flavorful bites as a reward!

The Aulani Resort also features convenient access to a 330-slip Marina and a Ted Robinson-designed 18-hole Championship golf course if that's your preferred method of fitness.

Look, don't judge! I know we don't have little ones in my house but that doesn't keep us from regularly watching Disney films! I'm not sure what my hubby would add to his watch list.

With the humidity lately, honestly this may be a hard decision because EITHER sound blissful!!

Since it's the season to take in a lil Vitamin Sea... today's Which Would You Rather question involves the ocean!

Would you rather live under the sea with:

🧜‍♀️ Ariel and all her Whosits and Whatsits galore? ORRRRRR.... 🐠Be happy chilling with Nemo and his friends??

👇 Drop in the comments which you'd pick and don't forget to tell me why your decision was easy to make!

📸 It’s National Selfie Day!! 📸

I know, it may be later in the day, but the day isn't over!! So quick, grab your phone (or I'll let ya cheat and use one from your camera roll!) and share one of your selfies or maybe it is one you found on your device after a little one got ahold of it OR better yet, did someone photobomb your selfie?! 🤣

I'll share one I took today in the comments too!

Campfire singalongs at Ft. Wilderness with Chip & Dale and s’mores at the resorts... if you could pick one, which would it be??

There are actually LOTS of things to do at Walt Disney World without even leaving your resort including BOTH of the above options. If hanging out by the fire for a song and s’mores or you'd rather spend time enjoying a movie under the stars for a relaxing night outside of the parks, it's easy and convenient to do!

Do you have a favorite singalong song or movie you'd love to enjoy while at WDW??

A gorgeous resort... check!
In paradise... check!
With fantastic amenities like spas & beaches with an AH-MAZING view.... check!
AND, offers wedding planning through the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings program.... check!

What's left in your heart's desire?? Seems to be that the only thing missing is YOU!

So, did you guess this Signature Restaurant was in Epcot's World Showcase?? Have you dined here before? Do these pics encourage you to make a reservation?!

We haven't played this in a while.... Place your guesses below and I will reveal the answer tomorrow!

Today is a BIG day.... Tinkerbell and I started making vacation dreams come true! How you ask?? Walt Disney World opened bookings for 2020 vacation packages this morning! 🎉 Tap the heart if you're excited!

Why is this so important?? Booking early means:
🙌 Optimal resort choices and room categories to choose from
⏳ extra time to pay off your vacation {you can maximize the time you have to make payments towards the trip!}
🔒 lock in current pricing {i.e. if prices go up, your package doesn’t because you've already secured it!}
💰 future promotions can still be applied {meaning your total vacation cost can still go down!}

Want to explore your Disney vacation options for the remainder of 2019 or into 2020? This Chaos Coordinator is ready for ya! Can you do me a huge favor and tag a friend who's been chatting with you about visiting Mickey or share this post so they know I could help 'em? & if it's you that NEEEEEDS a refill on your pixie dust drop a GIF and show me how excited you are that today is here!! 🎊💜

This is probably one of my favorite special meal locations on property for the food alone!

Eeeekkkk, Today is the day when we can book 2020 travel to Walt Disney World!! Text, call, email or drop a message to me if you're ready for a free no obligation quote and get a countdown started!

For those traveling with littles {& especially premies} who want to still experience the magic that Disney has to offer but don't necessarily want to trek back to the room for a quick break, there *IS* a place for you to get a reprieve while in the parks!

Let me introduce you to an often overlooked safe haven where you can take the time you need for your precious cargo! If in doubt of the location, grab a map and find the Baby Care Center located in each theme park or check out where I have them pointed out on the image below. While the water parks, Disney Resorts and Disney Springs do not include Baby Care Centers, baby changing stations can be found in most restrooms.

These FREE full service facilities provide a convenient place to feed, change and nurse little ones. They also offer more than just privacy during regular park hours though, they are fully staffed and have a host of amenities that parents of infants & toddlers may find themselves in need of. What you can find in each of them:

🤱 Private nursing room with rocking chairs 🚽 Changing room with tables and a women’s restroom 🍼 Feeding area with highchairs Kitchen with microwave and sink 📺 Main room with television, table and seating 🛍 On-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase & 👕 Changing Stations

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Important to Note for Lost Parents👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

A child who becomes separated from their parents while in the theme parks will be escorted by a Disney Cast Member to the park's Baby Care Center. Once there, the child(ren) will be looked after until the parent comes to claim them.

Did you know that all of these free comforts where available to guests visiting the Disney theme parks?? Have you used them before??

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