Universal CityWalk! Part 2 of 5

  You can find a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment within Universal CityWalk. If you want your tummy, wallet and mind blown, then CityWalk is your venue! Universal CityWalk is located in-between Universal Parks and Resorts at Universal Orlando. Parking is free after 6pm. (not valid during Halloween Horror Nights) I indulged in some of Universal CityWalk’s…

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Mama!

Mama, Thanks for tagging along on our many adventures and holding on for dear life! Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a year filled with joy! Have a blessed birthday! I love you! ❤️ Off to the movies………

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Happy Turkey Day!

From our family to yours~Have a blessed day with family and friends! Be kind- Happy Thanksgiving.

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Unexpected Value at Disney Parks!

In Louisiana, we call it Lagniappe- A little something extra! Does Mickey love Minnie? Is Goofy, well Goofy? Was Walt Disney imaginative? I could go on, but the answer would stay the same; unequivocally YES, I feel Disney is worth the expense and here are some of the reasons why. Unexpected Values~ You aren’t just paying…

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Tips and Tricks using Walt Disney World Resort Transportation!

I’m at my Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, now what? That is probably the number one question upon arrival at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Here are a few tips and tricks to ease the mayhem, known as Disney Transportation! Let’s begin with a bang: There is NO courtesy Resort Hotel to Resort Hotel…

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“Blue Man Group” at Universal Orlando Resort!

I really didn’t know much about Blue Man Group in advance! I did know it involved three blue men, kinda obvious – Blue Man Group! I had no idea what talents they possessed or really what the show entailed, no predetermined thoughts what so ever, just intrigue. Blue Man Group opened June 6, 2007, in CityWalk at Universal Orlando…

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“Discovery Cove” 8 Tips For First Timers!

What do you get when you mix animals, tropical lagoons and an all-inclusive food & beverage package together? I’ll give you a hint, Discovery Cove and it’s a front-runner in my aquatic travel repertoire! Hello, my name is Dawn and I’m an all-inclusive junkie! This mama of two eased herself into a hammock a little faster as…

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5 Must-Have “Disneylicious” Delectables at Walt Disney World Resort!

I’m overjoyed when visiting Walt Disney World Resort! I know a kiss from macho Mickey Mouse is near and that Disneylicious delectables are inevitably going to tickle my taste buds! My family’s confectionary checklist consists of 5 Must-Have Desserts when visiting Disney Parks. Our favorite on-property treats are: #1 The Pineapple Dole Whip is a true Disney legend. It can be…

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Happy 85th Birthday Daddy!

You’re the greatest daddy in the entire world! Thank you for being you. I love you bunches! Happy special day❤️🎈

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa “Royal Palm Club” Concierge!

When I was on my best behavior in kindergarten I received a gold-star sticker from Miss Sheffield. Unfortunately that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and the last time I received a gold star, until I enjoyed the perks of this concierge service. My impression of the Royal Palm Club at Disney’s Grand…

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9/11- Commemorate the 17th Year Anniversary!

God bless the victims, families & survivors of September 11, 2001! A day of remembrance for those that lost their lives, and for all of those who gave their lives. We Remember!

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“Yachtsman Steakhouse”Dining Review at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

We selected Yachtsman Steakhouse for our 21st Wedding Anniversary dinner. It’s located within Disney’s Boardwalk Area at Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort. With all the hype that surrounded this “sumptuous” chophouse our expectations were off the fo hizzle and since Ryan and I were celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary we expected mo shizzle.  DRESS CODE Don’t dress like you…

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Happy 19th Birthday Logan!

I wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence along with the wisdom to choose your battles carefully. I wish you adventure on your journey and may you ALWAYS stop to help someone along the way. Listen to your heart and take risks carefully…… We love you and we’re very proud of you! Happy…

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Disney Bounding WTF?!

Disney Bounding, you’re probably thinking WTF, right? Does this mean that you’re bound to Disney once you arrive at the park or maybe it’s something freaky that Disney lovers do. Nope and EWWWWWWW……… Don’t worry, most folks have not a clue, so Disney Dawn is here to help you and fill in the WTF. Disney Bounding is…

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Amazon “Prime Now” available at Walt Disney World Resort!

Disney vacation deliveries have never been easier! Don’t want to leave the Disney bubble on your vacay? You’re in luck, you don’t have to! You have more choices than ever before, Amazon “Prime Now” delivers directly to Walt Disney World Resort hotels. If you need groceries, snacks or personal supplies while on vacation, then Prime…

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Happy 48th Anniversary Daddy & Mama!

Happy Anniversary to the best parents any kids could hope for! You’ve been a great example of what marriage is all about. It’s because of your successful matrimony, that A.J., Jenni and I have been able to live with harmony. Your successful marriage serves as an inspiration to us. We love you immeasurably, have a…

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Errrt’ Off the Normal “Walt Disney World” Beaten Path!

It’s fun to go against the grain and do the unexpected, especially at the most magical place on earth. By unexpected, I’m not referring to a ride on Splash Mountain or the umpteenth visit to Cinderella Castle! If you are looking for magic in exciting new places then this article is right up your alley…

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“Toy Story Land” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

OFFICIAL OPENING June 30th, 2018 LOCATION Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort PREMISE Welcome to Andy’s backyard, where toys come to life and visual stimulation is at an all-time high. Imagine that Andy’s childhood toy box exploded……….wait for it………………..wait for it…………….. in his backyard. Voilà, you are now inside Toy Story Land where…

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Key West, Florida

Originally posted on Travel, Family & Fun rolled into one!:
? 10 Points of Interest- Part 1 Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Gather with your Key West BFF’s to witness the most unforgettable sunset in the state’s southernmost point. Stroll Waterfront Square as you shop and/or eat your way to the most interesting performance on…

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Dawn Does Disney’s Wilderness Lodge “Resort Activities!”

When referring to Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, what do Lincoln Logs, Bison Topiaries and American Craftsmanship, have in common? If you thought of the Grand Floridian– you’re wrong, if you said the Polynesian Village Resort– Wrongo, but if you guessed- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, ding, ding, ding, now your cooking with gas! Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is themed…

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Review of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge- Geyser Point Bar & Grill!

Walt Disney World Resort’s Pacific Northwest inspired hotel is magnificent. Serene must be Wilderness Lodges middle name. This property encapsulates the national park feel with rustic elements around every ahh-inspired topiary. The hotel has an actual living, breathing Geyser, hence the name of the restaurant. My hubby and I water taxied over one gorgeous afternoon to savor lunchie…

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Tale As Old As Time~ Peyton is Engaged❤️

First met when they were fours years old (Wedding) Friends/School-Mates since Kindergarten Crush since eighth grade Started dating as sophomores in high school at age 14 First date was a Christian Music Concert “Winter Jam” Congratulations Love Bugs! We love you both and couldn’t be happier. Now enjoy your 🎼adventure in the great wide somewhere!🎼

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Revamped “Planet Hollywood” Observatory at Disney Springs, Food Review!

  The stars alined at the redesigned “Planet Hollywood” Observatory at Disney Springs! At first glance, it was similar in appearance, minus the large white stars and staircase on the cylindrical outer building, upon closer inspection, it shined in comparison to its former self! “My palate and tummy had the good fortune of tasting the deliciousness…

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Happy 84th Birthday Daddy!

We love you very much! Looking forward to your birthday weekend in your favorite home away from home~ Hot Springs, Arkansas! Happy Birthday Daddy🎁 

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“Le Cellier” Steakhouse Review in Epcot’s “Canada” Pavilion, eh!

I’ve heard Disney dorks rave about Canada’s pride and joy “Le Cellier” Steakhouse for an eternity. Anytime this Signature Dining steakhouse was mentioned, the next two words were inevitably Cheese Soup and Pretzel Bread! I’ve actually sampled both at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival on more than one occasion. At no time, did either make me hop onboard the tasty train….

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Avatar Flight of Passage Attraction

Hello Disney dorks and welcome to Pandora The World of Avatar, located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park! I have a secret to share with you, Animal Kingdom is my least favorite theme park at Walt Disney World Resort, we only visit the park every other trip. With that said, we were surprisingly enthusiastic to…

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“Best Friends Pet Care” at Walt Disney World Resort!

While the family’s away the pets will play! Ever wonder if your fur babies can participate in the magic at Walt Disney World Resort? Yes, they can, if you are staying at Fort Wilderness Campground in a Tent or RV, designated “pet” site, otherwise Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort is an enchanted option. Your pawsome pet…

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Happy 18th Birthday Logan!

Logan, you’ve grown into a fine young man and grown out of your toys. But in my heart, you’ll always be my baby boy! Happy 18th Birthday, We love you!

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Unexpected Value at Disney Parks!

Originally posted on Travel, Family & Fun rolled into one!:
In Louisiana, we call it Lagniappe- A little something extra! Does Mickey love Minnie? Is Goofy, well Goofy? Was Walt Disney imaginative? I could go on, but the answer would stay the same; unequivocally YES, I feel Disney is worth the expense and here are…

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge “Roaring Forks” 2017 Refurb. Review

  Location~ Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort Date~ July 2017 Posse~ My family which included; Myself, Hubby, Peyton & Logan Story~ Come along with my gang as we explore the recent refurbishments to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Roaring Forks quick service restaurant. Impression~ Aesthetically very outdoorsy and pleasing to the eye, fits in well with the Wilderness Lodge theme….

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Fortuitous “Turn of Events” at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!

We just arrived home from our magical vacay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. We had a fantastical Disney-cation as always, but this trip involved an unusual plot twist. We booked club level outer building~ Sugar Loaf for our seven night stay. In case you didn’t know, The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has two different club levels, one in the…

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Walt Disney World Resort “Express Bus Service” Discontinued 8/2017

Disney offers a service that transports Walt Disney World Resort visitors from one park to another, its called Express Bus Service. If you’re willing to pay the additional cost and you currently have an Annual Pass or Park Hopper tickets it just might fit your touring style. The cost is $19 per person for a single day of service and $29…

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My Favorite Souvenir Shop in each Walt Disney World Resort Park!

What better place to spend your hard earned money than at the most magical place on earth. Even the fellas are going to throw their mouse ears into the ring and make it rain, rain, rain. Souvenir shopping at Walt Disney World Resort is sort of unique and here’s the answer to your why. Where else…

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In a Blink of an Eye~ Logan Graduated!

​ ​ Everyone’s heard the old adage in a “blink of an eye” especially in reference to growing children. In a “blink of an eye” they’ll be walking, in a “blink of an eye” they’ll go to kindergarten and in a “blink of an eye” they’ll graduate from high-school. I took this into consideration as my children grew, reminding myself constantly through the…

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What does a Q-tip and a Banana have in common?!?!

Apparently my dad…. He jumped into my car the other day with one banana and one Q-tip. I thought that’s odd, the Q-tip part; he literally eats a banana every single time he gets into my car, even if I’m taking him out to eat. I said, “what are you going to do with the…

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Peyton Left to Her Own Devices!

My nineteen year old daughter Peyton loves to sing and sounds quite lovely. She’s fortunate she did not inherit her chops from me, as I’m literally the most awful singer on the planet. I’m so pathetic my hubby jokes that I can’t even hold a tune when humming or whistling, now that’s bad with a capital B………A & D!  Peyton especially enjoys singing when my hubby…

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Key west, Florida’s Hidden Gem “The Galleon Resort” Review!

Thanksgiving 2016,  my parents in addition to my hubby and kiddos; enjoyed a memorable vacay at Key West’s hidden gem, The Galleon Resort! Tucked away two blocks from Duval Street and right down from Mallory Square this slice of heaven was better than their infamous Key Lime Pie. Located right next door to Key West, Florida’s…

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Disney’s Polynesian Village “Club Level” Resort Review!

Aloha friends, follow along as we take a lookie-loo at my family’s recent vacation to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This was our sixth stay at our favorite Hawaiian themed oasis and that also makes it our sixth club level experience here as well. Hang loose for the journey!]The Gosdin’s have arrived with our handmade Mickey Ears in tow at Orlando International Airport,…

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Funny of the Day!

OMG, what am I going to do with my teenage son! I made homemade chicken & dumplings for lunch today. My son beckoned me to the bathroom door where I heard him eating, so I asked “Logan are you eating chicken & dumplings while in the bathtub?” He answered “Yep, can you bring me more!”…

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Flashback Friday

My children at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival one week ago!

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Most Magical Place On Earth!

I’m blessed to have my parents live nearby for many reasons, but that’s not where this story takes us …….with that said- we recently hit them up for pet sitting while on our latest Disney trip. I left them in charge of two dogs, one cat and two same sex parakeets. I thought I was…

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“Disney” Giveaway ~ Hooray!

Ten lucky bloggers get to experience a different side of Disney this Fall. Follow along our journey and enjoy the assemblage of outdoorsy and some not-so outdoorsy bloggers as we venture out of our usual Disney bubble and into the Wilderness, Fort Wilderness Campground, that is! Follow along our Disney Glamping Retreat!#GlampingBloggerRetreat17 The Glamping Bloggers Retreat…

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“Disney Dorks” What makes up the Disney Community?

Websites, blogs, vlogs and podcasts bring people together in all sorts of ways via travel, dating, food, and most importantly friendship. I can truly say that there is no better relationship than a Disney friendship.  The Disney community is a melting pot of kind-hearted, unique, Peter Pan-syndrome dorks and I’m proud to be one of them….

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24th Annual EPCOT “International Flower & Garden Festival”

March 1-May 29th, 2017 My family’s favorite time of year is springtime and there’s no place we would rather be than our charming home-away-from-home Walt Disney World Resort. What a happenstance, it’s the same time as EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Whimsical landscaping is a given with Disney throughout the year, but Epcot International…

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