Craving Dole Whip

Disney & museum obsessed, homeschooling mom of 3, parenting to focus on experiences, not possessions. Sharing Disney tips, educational adventures and 'been-there-done-that' reviews. Constantly craving Dole Whip.

About

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Walt Disney World 2017

Hi there.

See that crazy Disney family on 7 Dwarfs Mine Train?

Those are my people.

And I’m Jen.

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1900 Park Fare Breakfast Buffet 2016

Former: single mom, public school art teacher, vegetarian, Disney fan

Evolved Into: military wife, homeschooling mom, 90% vegan, Disney junkie and 100% Dole Whip addict


Most of the messages I receive on Facebook typically go something like this:

“Hey!  We are taking our kids to Disney!  Do you have any tips?”

Each time I see a similar message, millions (seriously, millions) of thoughts, images, suggestions, ideas and questions jumble up and dance around my brain.  I always start to respond and then I hesitate and usually type, “I should probably call you.”  LOL

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation is a BIG DEAL, especially if you are going for the first time!  So many resorts AND restaurants AND rides AND experiences AND princesses AND character meals can make the beginning of the journey daunting and overwhelming.

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Not to mention, most families save for a long time in order to afford a Disney vacation and if you spend the big bucks, you want a magical experience. Sometimes, looking online just makes things worse–who in the world makes dining reservations 180 days out and what do all of those acronyms (TTC, ADR, BOG, MK) represent?!?

It is so alarming and confusing!  I get it.

Over the years, I have helped hundreds of friends and friends-of-friends to make the most of their Walt Disney World vacations.  Now, it is time for me to share my passion and Disney addiction with all of you.

So, why Disney?

When I was young, my parents took me and my sisters to Disneyland and Walt Disney World countless times.  My love for all things Disney started way back then, but so much has changed!

I now share my crazy obsession with my husband and children (ages: 11, 13 and 24).

My daughters are profoundly gifted and Disney is one of the few places where my girls can let go and just be themselves.  It is truly a magical place for my family.

My writings and posts are going to focus on my trips and experiences as an ordinary mom visiting museums, crazy learning adventures and of course, super awesome Walt Disney World trips with my family.

I plan on adding some thoughts and reviews on things we experience when we aren’t at Disney, like museums, events and exhibits, so that other parents can find some hidden jewels, too!

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Never too young for cool matching Disney shirts!  Me and my sister in the late 1970’s


HERE ARE MY CURRENT STATS AS A DISNEY MOM:

7 Walt Disney World vacations

2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017

Planning WDW trip #8

Jan/Feb 2018

2 Disneyland vacations

1999, 2011

1 Disney cruise

2004

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That’s me, my mom, my sister and a bunch of our kids and cousins in Disneyland in 2011

*** Three of our vacations were multi-generational and included a huge range of ages (grandparents, adult siblings, grandchildren and cousins).  I have driven to Disney from Texas and flown to Disney.  I have stayed off property and also stayed at several Disney resort properties.

*** I have dined with the meal plan and without the meal plan.  I have taken my children at all stages:  baby, toddler, pre-teen, teen and adult. I have brought my own strollers and rented the strollers available from Disney.  I have driven to the parks in my own car and I have also used all modes of resort transportation.

*** I have bought the park hopper option and not bought park hopper.  We have used Memory Maker and not used Memory Maker.  My children have done Bippity Boppity Boutique and Pirates League multiple times.

*** I have pushed a kid with a broken ankle in a wheelchair and had a kid throw up on me at Disney (same trip, good times!)  I have traveled with and without my husband.  (Did I mention the broken ankle/vomit trip was also sans my husband?!?) I have also enjoyed quick 3 day vacations and amazing 10 day vacations!

CRAZY!!

AND…I haven’t even come close to doing half of what Disney has to offer!  But, I am thrilled and excited to share my Disney adventures, experiences, tips and thoughts and help put a little magic in your next Walt Disney World vacation!  Hopefully, I can alleviate some of your planning anxiety.

Welcome to my little Disney obsession.

Welcome to Craving Dole Whip.

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