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The Wonderful World of Hidden Mickey’s: Where to Look and How to Find Them!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016

by Wishes Diva Have you ever heard a fellow Disney fan discussing their recent trip to the parks, and they mention finding a Hidden Mickey? Have you ever wondered what a Hidden Mickey is or where to look for them? Then this article is for you! What is a Hidden Mickey? Hidden Mickeys are a partial or complete image of Mickey Mouse that has been purposefully hidden by Disney’s Imagineers or artists in a Disney attraction, hotel, restaurant or other area. The Mickey images are meant to blend in to their surroundings and be hunted by sharp-eyed visitors. Hidden Mickeys can come in all shapes and sizes. Most often...

Disney Vacation Planning Tips: 25 Years of Disney Vacations

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016

-By Darlin’ Diva I didn’t visit a Disney park for the first time until I was 25.  I was a newlywed, married to a Walt Disney World fan, and I found the experience magical – transformative, if you will.  While I’d been a Disney fan from my earliest memories, this new-to-me vacation destination solidified my love for all things Disney.  I’m now 50.  My husband and I have been to Disney World many times (with our two children and without) and have many more Disney vacations planned in the future.  Mistakes were made along the way and we learned a lot about how our family likes to vacation Disney-style.  I’ve put together a short list of tips...

runDisney Over 50

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016

-By Darlin’ Diva I’m not very sensitive about my age.  I’m 50 and, except for the somewhat unfortunate effects of time and gravity, I’m feeling great and consider myself wise(er) these days.  Being the Disney fan that I am, I can’t really explain why it took me so long to participate in my first runDisney events (2015 Frozen 5k and Princess Half Marathon Weekend’s Glass Slipper Challenge).  Yes…if you put that together, it means I waited until I was 50 to participate in my first Disney races!  If I can do it, you can too!  Here are my best tips for your very first race: runDisney Over 50  Check with...

Video Sunday: runDisney Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend Tips

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016

Hey everyone! For all of our runDisney readers out there, I’m sure you know that the Princess 1/2 Marathon at Walt Disney World is just around the corner. Anyway, Tangled Diva shares some of her tips from when she participated a couple years ago. Are you going this year? Tangled Diva, Darlin’ Diva and Dole Whip Diva will be running as well!! Keep an eye out for all of their videos and tips! And best of luck...

So You Want To Be a Mermaid? Mermaid Makeovers at Pirate’s League

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016

by Fancy Free Diva I know it’s horrifying for some of you to hear, but it’s true: not every little girl wants to be a Disney princess. Gasp! Fortunately, even Disney acknowledges this not-so-universal truth by offering an alternative to its powder-pink Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: The Pirate’s League. While some of you may be thinking that the Pirate’s League is only for boys who want to play pirate or for those savvy grown-ups who are trying oh-so-desperately to emulate Captain Jack, the Pirate’s League offers more than just the pirate makeover. At the Pirate’s League, located adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the Plaza del Sol...

Walt Disney World With Teens

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

-by Darlin’ Diva When our children were little and we vacationed at Walt Disney World, I worried that we wouldn’t have as much fun when they got older.  Would they still like the shows, rides and attrations the same way?  Would they be bored or feel like we were forcing childish things on them?  Would dealing with teens on a Disney vacation be as challenging as dealing with them at home was sure to be?  Let’s face it, teens, in all their eye-rolling glory, can be both the joy and bane of every parent’s existance.  Having survived (and enjoyed) many a Walt Disney World vacation with this ever-so-special type...

Can I Really Do All 4 Parks in One Day? Tips for the Ultimate Park Hopping Day at WDW.

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016

by Wishes Diva All four parks in one day? You must be crazy to tackle that! In actual reality, it is not very hard to do, if you know how to plan it! Below is my fool-proof plan for visiting all four parks in one day, plus highlights for each park! First tip for the day: Be a morning person, even for just this one day. Most vacation goers enjoy the leisure time that vacation brings. However, if you are planning on achieving all four parks in one day, you better be an early riser that day! Transportation Tip: From each park, you will be able to take a...

Beauty or the Beast? Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table vs. Breakfast at Be Our Guest

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016

by Fancy Free Diva On our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we managed to score two of the most coveted advance dining reservations: the 8am slot at Cinderella’s Royal Table, and an 8:05am at Be Our Guest. Diva Tip: The earlier you can make your in-park dining reservations, the better, especially on mornings when the parks open at 9am and do not have Extra Magic Hours. If you have a reservation at 8am, you can get into the park early and take some fantastic photographs with few other people in your shot! Be Our Guest had just recently opened for breakfast, and while we had eaten dinner...

A Perfect Half Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016

By Minnie Diva We’ve already talked a ton about the D23 Expo. And if you haven’t heard, Disney is bringing some major changes to Hollywood Studios–including a new Star Wars themed land! Until then, let’s face it: there’s not a ton to do in Hollywood Studios. There’s a lot of construction going on, and a lot of things closing. I dare say it would be a waste of time to spend a full day there. So why bother when you can hit everything and have an awesome half day? (Before we continue, I would personally argue that an action packed half day at Hollywood Studios is probably not for...

Win Your Choice of An Unofficial Guide Book!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016

Win Your Choice of An Unofficial Guide Book by Pixie Dusted Diva Who is ready for our FINAL Unofficial Guide book giveaway?!? It’s your last chance to win!! Tips from the Disney Diva has partnered with The Unofficial Guide to offer a series of reviews and giveaways to our readers. Do you think planning a vacation is stressful and overwhelming? We are here to help!  The Unofficial Guide authors have done all the work for you and quite literally put it at your fingertips to help plan the perfect vacation for you and your family. The Unofficial Guides will give you your choice of one of the below books to plan your perfect...

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2016 Book Review

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016

by Fairy Diva Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler to Walt Disney World, planning is a necessity. Trips can be made or ruined by proper planning, or lack thereof. One of the greatest sources of information to use on your next trip is The Unofficial Guide books. As the owner of several versions of these books from throughout the past few years, I can vouch for their wealth of information. When given the opportunity to review The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2016, I was so excited! I can never get enough information about Walt Disney World and the surrounding areas! And since each...

Disney on Ice’s Frozen Interview with Jono Partridge aka Kristoff

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016

by Wishing on a Star Diva For those of you who have ever attended a Disney on Ice performance, I’m sure you’ve wondered what it would be like to be a performer. The music, the lighting, the stunts… it’s enough to make this northern California girl strap on some ice skates and move to South Dakota. Okay. Maybe not. But still… it is very inspiring, and finding out what it would be like to be one of these amazingly talented performers and perform in one of these equally amazing shows has often crossed my mind. If you find yourself in the same boat, than I have some good news...

I’ve booked my dream Disney Cruise…now what??

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016

by Cruisin’ Diva If you are one of the lucky ones to be able to book a Disney Cruise last minute, just weeks or maybe even months, before your cruise, this article may not be for you. This is for those of us who book around a year or more in advance. These are some things that I do to stay engaged and excited and not make the cruise seem so far away! (1) Get involved with a cruise group on Facebook specifically for your cruise. There is a group for everything! Literally! This was only my second time to be involved in a cruise group, believe it or not....

Rider Switch: How It Works at Disney World

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016

by Fairy Diva When my daughter was born three years ago, the way we experienced Walt Disney World changed a bit! My son was finally tall enough to ride some of our family favorites like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Soarin’ and Star Tours, but my infant daughter definitely couldn’t ride along with us. So how could both parents and our son ride the attractions with certain height requirements and still enjoy the parks with our young daughter? Rider Switch is the answer! This is one of the most convenient (and complimentary) services offered at Walt Disney World, allowing families the chance to experience their favorite rides when...

That Time My Family Spent 17 Hours at the Magic Kingdom

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016

by Daisy Diva Yes, you read that right.  Seven.  Teen.  Hours.  My kids were 6 and 3 at the time, and it was one of the best days ever!  Now, I realize that we broke a cardinal “Disney Diva” rule of park touring, and that is to take an afternoon break.  We normally do that, however, this particular trip we only had one day in the park, and we were staying off-property…WAY off-property.  Taking the break meant a lot of travel time and a major loss of park time.  We persevered, and it was fabulous.  Here are all the details. Our visit was on a Saturday in April, and...