Monday, September 1, 2014

An Easy Review of The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit

My first visit to Walt Disney World was easy; one park, 23 attractions, and two resorts hotels were simple enough for my family of five to navigate during our week-long stay.  In 2014, however, those 40 square miles have become so developed that planning and choosing can seem like a daunting task for a first-timer.  Enter Disney gurus Dave Shute and Josh Humphrey to the rescue!  As a Disney blogger, I am social media pals with Dave and spent some time riding The Magical Blogorail with him.  I've long admired his spot-on assessments of Walt Disney World hotels, restaurants and attractions at  (Admittedly, I am not as familiar with Josh's work, Dave's endorsement is good enough for me!)  You can imagine how excited I was to hear that Dave's work was published, and even more delighted when I was offered the opportunity to review his book.  Though we are friends, I promise that I am a tough (Carrot Cake) Cookie to please when it comes to Disney guide books...

While I always suggest checking the Disney Parks Moms Panel site as a first stop,  if you know of any family looking for additional resources for their very first Walt Disney World vacation this book would be a godsend.  Though The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit clearly outlines the basics (when to go, where to stay, which tickets to buy and what to do), it is the compare/contrast nature of the book that makes it stand out from all others.

"Our preference for Port Orleans French Quarter comes largely from its being so much easier to get around than any other moderate, and the relative ease in getting from it to the Magic Kingdom."

Other noteworthy features include "The Cheat Sheets" (coded maps, touring plans and FastPass+ priorities per park) in Chapter 6, and budgeting guidelines in Chapter 8.  Most importantly, I've long said that Dave has the absolute best Disney resort room information I have found (Chapter 5).

And now for my easy review: Get the book.  (Amazon sells it HERE.)  Even as a Disney Parks veteran I have found myself referring to it often during the past month; I love its Disney details!  Do I wish there were pictures included?  You bet.  Dave and Josh's sites have those!  I also appreciate the provided links for up-to-date changes to the Walt Disney World Resort.

** I received one copy of The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit for review purposes.  As DIStherapy readers know, my thoughts are always my own, and not for sale!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Give Kids The World Ice Bucket Challenge~ I Accept!

Homemade art, made with love by Gayle Turner and pals.

With dry cloths and coiffed hair, I've written several checks for ALS; I am not adverse to ice water, but I believe folks should participate in philanthropy freely, without undue pressure, and because they have a leaning towards a particular charity.  I have treated several patients with ALS; it is a dreadful disease, and I gave freely to that cause, though bone dry.

Give Kids The World Village is different.  When Disney Gals and The Adult Side of Disney asked me to participate in the Disney Writers United Ice Bucket Challenge, I just could not say no.  I have spent a lifetime in the Disney Parks, and three years writing about that Disney Side.  I know what visiting those parks has meant to my parents, me and my siblings, my children, and my step grandchildren .  The magic that Give Kids The World Village delivers trumps all; providing a spark of fantasy, a lightened heart and dreams that soar and last an all-too-often truncated lifetime.

SO, I happily get dumped on before I make my donation, and I pledge to make a donation for every long run I do before the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon.  For super heroes are exactly what these families are, and their enemy is a fierce one.  If each Incredible runDisney fan donated just $5 to this cause, we could win the happiness battle and ensure magic for all.  Here.  We.  Gooooo!

Link up.  Bucket or no, write a check HERE.  #GiveKidsTheWorld #TagYoureIt!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Celebrating a Blogoversary ~ Giveaway

We're all in this blogosphere together; rooting for and chEARing on blogging friends is one of the absolute best aspects of this virtual world.  MapleMouseMama is one such pal, and DIStherapy would like to extend an enthusiastic "Happy 3rd Blogoversary" to her!!

Six other blogs are joining the party celebrating our northern cousin:

-   Mickey's Garden Villa
-   The Adult Side of Disney  
-   Disney Day by Day  
-   Storybrooke Villas
-   Running The Kingdom
-   Bibbidi Bowtique

The MapleMouseMama 3rd Blogoversary Prize Pack includes:

-   $50 Visa Gift Card
-   $25 Starbucks Gift Card
-   MapleMouseMama T-shirt
-   MapleMouseMama Knapsack
-   Mickey-shaped Photo Frame
-   Buzz & Woody Bow Set

The MapleMouseMama 3rd Blogoversary Prize Pack Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. who are over the age of 18.  Please read the terms and conditions below.  To enter follow the Rafflecopter directions.
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Best of luck all, and happy magical milestone Suzanne!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I'm Finally Going to Type-A Parent Conference- How About You??

After reading for years that Type-A Parent Conference is the Harvard of blogging conferences, I am honored to say that I am an Official Blog Partner for the 6th Annual Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta; September 19-21, 2014!   I previously have been oh-so-lucky to have attended three Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" events.  Each time I would ask the seasoned social media mavens; "Which blogging conferences would you suggest as a next step?"  TO A PERSON, they would answer Type-A Parent Conference.  Well, it's time.  Anyone else out there on the fence?

Don't wait- the savings are huge!

Type-A Parent Conference, in its sixth year, is the world’s largest conference for parent bloggers. The conference has a well-established reputation for outstanding learning with actionable takeaways. It features power networking with the best and brightest parents who blog plus the major brands and firms who want to engage them. Type-A is where influential digital parents grow their business and connect. Register at Type-A Parent Conference

Looks like fun, no?
 And did I mention?  Disney Parks is a 2014 conference sponsor!!  Add some Disney Side magic into the mix!!!  One can only imagine the pixie dust that will find its way into our blogs post event.

To better prepare, I'm doing my homework; which for a blogger can only mean one thing.  Pinterest.  Come take a look at Type-A Parent Conference speaker line-up, recaps and tutorials.  Do you have a post I can add?  Please include it in the comments!

Spread the word.  Share the love.  Hotlanta, here we come!