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Tips for Planning your First (or any) Disney Trip!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

by Pixie Dusted Diva I’m asked frequently when and how to start planning a Disney vacation. I have some tips for you that have made planning my trips a success! These based on my personal experience as we travel to Disney twice a year. First and Foremost – I 100% recommend staying on Disney property, for the Disney magic and experience. You will have access to free Disney transportation including the Magical Express to and from Orlando International Airport, buses, the monorail, and watercraft transportation. No rental car is ever needed! You’ll have access to extra Magic Hours at the theme parks where the parks are open to only Disney...

Hidden Secrets You Might Not Notice at Disney World

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015

By Dopey Diva Let’s face it, most people visiting Disney World are constantly on the go. Trying to get to the parks by in time for the park’s opening,  followed by racing to their favorite first ride or attraction of the day, and then running between Fastpass locations and making it in time for dining reservations, with little to no time to just relax and enjoy everything there is to see around them are all indicators of their demanding routine. I used to be that way (and still am to some extent), but I have learned to slow down, pay attention, and notice all the extra details that have gone into...

Getting to Know Your Cast Members: Stephanie

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015

by Wishes Diva Cast members are a special group of people that work to make your experience at Disney a magical one. From running rides to serving food and taking pictures, without Cast Members our trips to Disney would be far from a vacation. But how many times have you actually had a conversation with a Cast Member? So many of them have fun stories to share, or tips to give to guests. The interview below has both– straight from a Cast Member of the Great Movie Ride. Name: Stephanie P From: Cleveland, OH How long have you worked here / what different places or positions have you worked...

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: Disney World – A Dream Come True!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015

  Author: Canadian Diva This year, Disney Studios did it again! They released a live action film from a classic fairy tale; this time, the story of a Princess with the most famous Castle ever built, “Cinderella”. After watching this film or the Disney animated classic, who wouldn’t want to have a Fairy Godmother wave a magic wand and grant you a “dream that you wish, your heart makes”. Well, at Walt Disney World, a ‘Princess’ can have her own Fairy Godmother at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. We love the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique as you can read from our very first visit at the ‘World of Disney Store’ in Downtown Disney (soon to...

How to Handle Walt Disney World in the Rain

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

by Soarin’ Diva Florida has beautiful weather, you can’t deny it. Sunshine and warmth abound. Many people, however, are under a misconception that it never rains, or rains rarely, in Florida and specifically at Walt Disney World.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. The rainy season in Orlando begins late May to early June and lasts until late September.  Average rainfall for spring months can be 2 to 3 inches per month.  Summer has an average rainfall of up to 7 inches per month, and fall averages up to 3.7 inches a month.  Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t an invisible dome that hovers over Walt Disney World,...

Tips for Early Morning ADR inside the WDW Theme Parks

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

by Daisy Diva Getting an early morning advanced dining reservation (or ADR) is a great way to get into one of the theme parks before they open, and feel that, for a brief moment, you have the park almost to yourself.  Here are a few tips for making the most of an early ADR. Tip #1:  Try to get your breakfast reservations for as early as possible.  If you are like me, you LOVE to eat, but you don’t want to waste valuable park time waiting for your party to be called or eating an hour long meal.  Claiming that 8:00 or 8:15 a.m. reservation means that you could...

Disney Contest: D23 Expo Prize Basket Pack

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

Do you love contests and winning free stuff? We do too! Last week our fans showed off their Disney side and submitted some of their favorite hidden Mickey’s from their every day life. Below, we have our top five finalists. Make sure to click on the link below to go to the poll and vote for whichever Hidden Mickey image you think is the best, and help one of our lucky followers win a D23 Expo Prize Pack (scroll down to the bottom to see all of the great stuff Pin Trading Diva collected for one lucky reader)! Whoever has the most votes wins! Good luck! What is your...

D23 Expo 2015 Gets Turned “Inside Out”

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

by Pin Trading Diva During the three day weekend of the D23 Expo, guests learned to experience Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger in new and exciting ways. Special guests, including the voice of Sadness herself: Phyllis Smith,  helped bring the unique concepts and behind the scenes imagery of these 5 emotions from Pixar’s latest movie, Inside Out, to life in panels each day. To start off, Albert Lozano (Character Art Director) did presentations both Friday and Saturday in which he taught us how to draw each emotion. He would start off with a series of shapes as the general inspiration for each character and slowly turn them into...

Pin Trading Diva’s Favorite Moments from the D23 Expo 2015

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015

by Pin Trading Diva This year’s D23 Expo had over 260 booths, photo ops, panels, special guests, etc to enjoy that there is something for everyone! As I made my way across the show floor these were the most memorable experiences I noticed. MICECHAT Booth: I think that of all the non-Disney funded booths at the D23 Expo, this had to be my favorite. MICECHAT  is a Disney related website that covers all things Disneyland. You can follow them on social media for weekly updates and participate in scavenger hunts and even a Gumball Rally throughout the year. They had tons of free stuff to give out during the weekend...

Getting to Know Your Cast Members : John

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015

by Pin Trading Diva   Here at the Tips from the Disney Divas / Devos we like to show appreciation to those that make our vacation as magical as possible. Cast Members work harder than anybody to answer your questions and add pixie dust to you and your family’s Disney vacation. But what do we know about these Cast Members? What brings magic to their day? This series of articles known as “Getting to Know Your Cast Members” will shed some light on our unsung heroes of the park. This week we are featuring John, from Huntington Beach, CA.  John is a Cast Member in Oswald’s Gas Station in...

Top 10 Tips I Learned From Attending the D23 Expo 2015

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015

  by Pin Trading Diva The D23 Expo 2015 was my 2nd Expo ever – I’m slightly new to the whole Expo experience. And I tried to be as prepared as possible for what was to come. I knew crowds would be crazy and hot merchandise would fly off the shelves quicker than Lightning McQueen can make it around the track, but I was determined to have a great experience nonetheless! As the days went on, I noticed a few things that helped me get through the crazy parts of the D23 Expo, as well as some tips that saved me a bit of money along the way. Here’s...

Top 23 Costumes at the D23 Expo 2015

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015

  by Pin Trading Diva Over the busy 3 day weekend at the D23 Expo I  bumped into plenty of characters. Some were the tiniest little princesses and from there ranged to grandmas and grandpas showing their Mouskateer Spirit! Here are 23 of my favorite costumes from the D23 Expo – although all were worth sharing! Tell us which is your favorite or if there were some we missed!   Miscellaneous Princesses: These lovely ladies were grouped together and I had to take the shot! Mulan had a matching umbrella and look how wonderful Cinderella’s blue dress came out – she even had little butterflies floating along the top. Princes...

When I Remember Disney

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015

  by Florida Diva Orlando and Los Angeles are filled with many amusement parks that cater to everything from building blocks and movies to sea creatures, but none of them can hold a candle to Disney. So what makes Disney so special and keeps people like me going back for more? The memories. Disneyland was one of the first theme parks in the world and it definitely set the bar high for future developers. So, when you’re the first, and the best, it’s natural that there will be families out there that have created delightful memories together for generations. Mine was one of them. I don’t remember my first...