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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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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“Essential” Cruise Packing List

All aboard matey, it’s cruise time! Packing is the most crucial part of any trip, especially a cruise, because once you’re onboard, you are kind of stuck there. So that makes packing a significant component when planning a cruise. This is a list I’ve compiled from one cruise lover to another. The list is ever-changing as your…

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My Fab “5” Shore Excursions!

  Roatan, Honduras– At Mahogany Bay Cruise Port we hopped on the Magical Flying Beach Chair ($14 adults, $8 children ages 4-12) that carried my family from the Welcome Center over lush landscape to the marvelous Mahogany Beach. Talk about a killer view and a primo spot for selfies, if you have a steady hand!…

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Why I LOVE Carnival Cruise Lines!

Why I love Carnival Cruise Lines! My family has six cruises under our belt, with the seventh cruise only a few months away. We’ve enjoyed three different Cruise Lines: Carnival (CCL), Disney (DCL) and Royal Caribbean (RCL). Stop right there, I know what you’re thinking, Dawn, your math skills suck, how could you have six…

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“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort! Part 3 of 5

Let me preface this by saying I’m a weenie! So much so, if the electricity went out unexpectedly, you would find me in the corner sucking my thumb. So, imagine my reaction when asked to attend Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2018! I felt some kind of way to say the least, more like, pack me a…

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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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Comfort Food On Fleek at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’at Disney Springs!

Y’all want a mouthful of southern homecookin’ without all the snappin’, peelin’ & shuckin’? Does Shrimp & Grits or Braised Kale & Collards sound appetizing? Follow your watering taste buds to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs for comfort food on fleek! The down-home smorgasbord was authentic, with a unique “Art Smith” twist. The fixin’s looked like…

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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Disney Springs “Dining”

1 of 3 Part Series Downtown Disney has transformed itself into an idyllic, wondrous town, right out of a storybook. The change has definitely been for the better, as it offers more dining, shopping, and entertainment venues and fantastical theming to go along with it. The shoe finally fits; Disney Springs harmonizes perfectly with Walt…

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Not So Hidden Costs with Cruising

A common misconception with cruises is that once you pay for the cruise, it’s paid in full, all-inclusive if you will, wrongo! This is NOT the case, everything depends on the cruise line and/or add-ons you may have pre-purchased. When pricing a cruise make sure you compare apples to apples or in this case, cruise…

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“Must Do’s” at Walt Disney World Resort!

Some authentically “Disneyesque” things to do during your first or your twentieth trip the most magical place on earth. My hubby threw in a few pearls of wisdom in the mix; so make sure you notice his goodwill gestures, lol! *Ride the Walt Disney World Monorail- It’s a uniquely magical experience. How many monorails have…

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10 Points of Interest in Key West Florida- Part 2

Conch Train Tour I purchased this attraction as our cruise ship excursion once we arrived in Key West; it can also be purchased online for additional savings. I bought the tickets at the Conch Train, Front Street depot and was given a cute little “map” fan, to help bring relief from Key West’s infamous humidity…

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Key West, Florida

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 earth, well at least in Florida anyway. Partake in the daredevil…

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You better BELIZE it!

You better BELIZE it!
I’m excited to write this paragraph, my family will visit Belize in less than a week, yippee! We will embark on a seven night Western Caribbean cruise and my parents are being dragged along for the ride, hold on tight folks…..

You might be thinking: cool, don’t care, or where the heck is Belize? If you were thinking the latter of the three, then I’ll school you in on the fun things Belize is renowned for.

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Flashback Friday

My kids at Walt Disney World when they were young:(

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Cruise Port Excursions in Nassau, Bahamas

  Atlantis Resort -Day Beach Pass~ Atlantis Paradise Island is an ocean-themed resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It features a variety of accommodations built around Aquaventure, a 141-acre waterscape, which includes fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools, marine habitats, and some of the sickest water slides. You can get to Atlantis multiple ways, by…

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Crested Butte, Colorado!

  My brother A.J., introduced Crested Butte, Colorado to us, a little over ten years ago and our family has enjoyed skiing there almost every year since. 231 miles Southwest of Denver and 107 miles from Aspen, it’s tucked perfectly within Gunnison County, Colorado. Known as “The Last Great Ski Town in Colorado” and “The…

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Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club~ Day Excursion in Cozumel Mexico

  Cruise Excursion~ All Inclusive, Beach Day Fun  Cozumel, Mexico~ a quick 15 minute taxi from Puerta Maya Cruise Port to Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club. A taxi ride for a  family of four was just $20.00, tip included. The Taxi Driver drove very fast which was fun; if you enjoy thrill rides and luckily we do,…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Disney!

My family and I have enjoyed Disney vacations for the past decade or so. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to visit the most magical place on earth a few times within the year. With that said, there are lots of things you should know when visiting the parks. Don’t worry, I’m only going to share a…

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Disney Bound

   Disney bound! Happy 4th everyone:()

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Flashback Friday

Hubby in Key West, Florida in front of “Sloppy Joe’s Bar!”

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Disney has released a few new promotions for Spring 2015!

Offer Number 1 Families of 3 can enjoy 3 nights at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort with 2-day theme park tickets for just $889 most Sunday through Thursday nights April 12-May 21, 2015 and May 25-28, 2015 when they book Dec. 29, 2014-Feb. 16, 2015. Or, families of 3 can enjoy 3 nights at Disney’s All-Star…

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