6 Simple Tips for Making the Most Out of Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits

Mickey Cookie

There’s plenty of reasons why my family considers Walt Disney World the best family vacation spot on earth – and Disney dining is one of the main reasons! With so much to consider including what type of plan works best for your family they all have one thing in common – snack credits! Here’s six simple tips for making the most of your Disney Dining Plan snack credits. 1. Don’t Waste Them on Bottled Water I love Disney freebies and cups of ice and water are always on the top…

Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Walt Disney World

Raglan Road Dancers at Disney Springs for St. Patrick's Day

We love to say that any day at Walt Disney World is a holiday but if you’re lucky to visit when an actual holiday hits? The fun is amped up even more. And while we’ve visited WDW for a couple of the big holidays, there’s plenty of fun on St. Patrick’s Day in the parks and Disney Springs. Ready to get your Irish on? Here’s fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Walt Disney World. Disney Springs Whether you’re Irish, have Irish blood, or or Irish for a Day…

Disney Springs | What’s New for 2017

Disney Springs fence

Remember the whirlwind that was Disney Springs last year? While this year seems to be a bit less massive for the “fifth gate”, there’s still plenty of new things going on. From delicious dining to an aerial makeover, here’s what’s new at Disney Springs in 2017 – and what’s still coming! When it comes to Disney Springs, there’s constant additions and changes every time I turn around – and that’s a good thing! Last year we saw the addition of a higher-end shopping area, parking garages, and delicious restaurants and…

Five Artsy Things to Know about Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

If you squeal with delight over Walt Disney World‘s famous Epcot festivals (International Flower & Garden and International Food & Wine), warm up those vocal chords because there’s a new one in town: Epcot International Festival of the Arts. For its inaugural year, WDW is going all out with its magical blend of art, food, and fun. Here’s the top five things you need to know before you go. Kickoff and Details February 13th is the opening date for the art festival and will take place over six weekends through…

Top Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

Omni Bedford Springs Balcony

Romance is alive and well this Valentine’s Day, I’m happy to announce! Mr. Locke and I love celebrating the holiday together and adore the love-filled day just as much when The Kid is involved. There are occasions, however,  when the two of us celebrate together or The Kid spends the night at a family member’s house leaving us to our romantic revelry. Yes, I used the word revelry. Don’t judge. If you’re anywhere in the Pittsburgh area on the top romantic holiday of the year, here’s our recommendations for top…

The Best Walt Disney World Quick Service Restaurants from the Experts!

Mickey pretzel

If there’s one thing Mr. Locke and I agree to disagree on is Walt Disney World dining so I wrangled in my favorite theme park experts to weigh in on their top picks in the parks to see which of us is right. I asked them for their favorite and best Walt Disney World quick service restaurants and, based on theming, ambiance, meals, and service, each gave me his or her top three picks. The consensus? Even though you’ll see quite a few counter service restaurants that kept getting picked over and…

Best Walt Disney World Character Meals

'Ohana Breakfast

With so many really great restaurants at Walt Disney World it’s hard to decide which ones to visit when you’re planning your vacation. Heck, we’ve visited WDW in the double digits and we still find incredible restaurants that we haven’t tried on each trip! When it comes to character meals, there are more than a few that have fun meal options for all ages, gorgeous locations, and amazing character interaction, and these are the ones that have become staple dining experiences in our book. Here’s the best character meals at Walt Disney…

20 Awesome Things You Can Do at Walt Disney World without Park Tickets

Characters in Flight Disney Springs

It seems like a good idea at first: you plan an “away from the park” day at Walt Disney World so you and the family can spend some precious hours to relax and recharge, but, after only a few hours, you begin thinking you need to get out of that resort room and do something, but not hit another WDW park. So, what can you do at Walt Disney World without park tickets? Here’s 20 fun, cool, and awesome things you can do at Walt Disney World without park tickets-…

8 Perks of Staying Onsite at Walt Disney World

Cinderella Castle

Walt Disney World is our happy place. There’s nothing like driving under those famous arches to let us know we’ve officially arrived to the parks, and we do enjoy staying both onsite and offsite. While there are advantages of offsite lodging (budget pricing, larger rooms), we can’t help but admit there are amazing perks of staying at a Walt Disney World resort. From pixie dust to good morning calls from Disney characters, here’s eight great perks of staying onsite at Walt Disney World! No Transportation Worries This perk is twofold: if you fly…

Nine Best Walt Disney World Buffets

When I think about getting my money’s worth in Walt Disney World’s dining department, all-you-can-eat buffets are the obvious choice. Whether you’re on a Disney Dining Plan or paying out of pocket, a sit-down style buffet meal is the best way to try a little bit of everything and there’s always something that everyone loves to eat. Want our picks for best Walt Disney World buffets? Here’s our top nine choices. ‘Ohana ‘Ohana literally translates to “family” and this restaurant in Polynesian Village Resort is all about family-style meals. ‘Ohana…