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…

How to Christmas at Walt Disney World

Christmas at Walt Disney World

Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Photo Courtesy of WDW News. As  soon as Halloween is over, we begin thinking about the next big holiday at Walt Disney World: Christmas. The Disney elves work a ton of overtime during the winter holiday season and literally overnight the parks are transformed from autumn to Christmas fun. Planning a trip or just want the scoop on the fun and merriment that goes on in the parks? Here’s how to Christmas at Walt Disney World. Magic Kingdom Most of these revolve…

Escape the Heat At Walt Disney World with Magic Kingdom Indoor Attractions

Pirates of the Caribbean ride

There’s two reasons we head to Walt Disney World in April and October: the moderate climate and the Festivals at Epcot. Having written that, there are days during both of those times of year that the sweltering, Central Florida heat rears its head and all we want to do is head to the nearest Magic Kingdom attraction to enjoy the air conditioning and recharge for a few minutes. This got me thinking recently: which are the longest indoor attractions at Magic Kingdom where you can take a seat, watch a…

This is not Cedar Falls

...it is Cedar Falls's neighbor

If you have ever talked to anyone who has been to the great big national parks in the western U.S., they will have undoubtedly told you that the pictures that you are now looking at, that they were somehow unnaturally compelled to show you, though dumbfoundingly beautiful, no, downright stunning, are not a fair representation of the the subject at hand. No, as glorious as the images are they simple have no sense of justice. To be perfectly truthful, the sheer cheek, the irrefutable sense of impropriety of these pictures…

Pay Binoculars at Niagara Falls

I have visited Niagara Falls, Canada, dozens of times in my life. In fact, I’ve been so many times that I couldn’t keep count. But, no matter how many times I’ve visited, the view from the pay binoculars is still as I remember it. It’s one of those views that I never tire of. I’ve seen the Falls in every season and in 100 degree and 10 degree temps. Looking through these pay binoculars makes me feel like a kid again- and I love that feeling! This past weekend, Mr.…

Walt Disney World and Pittsburgh Today Live: A Perfect Pairing

  It seems like my “pinch me” moments are are becoming a little more constant these days and yesterday morning was a slap-me-in-the-face-I’m-dreaming moment. Ask me to talk about Walt Disney World and I’m always on board. Ask me to talk on KDKA t.v.’s Pittsburgh Today Live morning news show and I’m floating on air! When my family first moved to the area I now call home, I remember the kids at school talking about KDKA and its programs.  A link to the PTL video: When I received the confirmation…

Ziplining at Adventures on the Gorge: Which Tour Fits Your Zipping Style?

  Think about New River Gorge in West Virginia and you’ll undoubtedly think about white water rafting and Bridge Day. Yes, both activities are definite tourist attractions, but when I think of exhilaration, I think of Mr. Locke and my zipline tours at Adventures on the Gorge. Whether you want high speed thrills or beautiful tree canopy views, there’s zipline tours to fit every style.  Gravity Zip Line Tour Ok, this tour at Adventures on the Gorge is the beast of zip lining in the area. It’s a 1.5 mile…

Leave your passport at home and visit Dublin, Ohio instead!

One of the beautiful walls in Dublin, Ohio

Cities named after Irish towns are all over the United States. There’s Erin, New York, Belfast, Pennsylvania, and even Killarney, Florida. But, when I think of THE most popular city in Ireland, I have to think of Dublin. It turns out there’s a Dublin, Ohio- only a few minutes northwest of Columbus and the city has a fervor for all things Irish. You don’t need to pull your passport out of storage to experience Irish fun any time of year- but when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day it’s the time of…

Disney on Ice presents Frozen in Pittsburgh: What You Missed

If you’re a massive Disney fan like my family is, you keep your eye on what’s happening with Disney in your own neck of the woods. As a Midwest gal, Disney shows do come around my area (thank heavens or I’d go through Disney withdrawal!), and the most recent was Disney on Ice presents Frozen. Even with a husband that has heard “Let it Go” from the car stereo maybe one too many a time (and The Kid and I singing the song way entirely too loudly!), even he had a…

How Omni William Penn Celebrates its 100th Birthday in Style!

When I think of historical Pittsburgh hotels, Omni William Penn is certainly on my short list. The hotel is one of my family’s favorites when visiting the city, and its old-fashioned ambiance with modern touches is only one of the reasons we love the property. This week, my family and I had the honor of celebrating its 100th birthday- in style and with a 5-foot tall birthday cake! Celebrating in Style Thursday, March 10th was all about fashion- both classic and modern. Famous Pittsburgh women in media participated in the…