Capturing Unforgettable Memories at Walt Disney World

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and smiles are purely my own. My first trip to Walt Disney World was 1989. I had bright clothes and big hair. Don't believe me? Look!

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That's my cousin Emy. We had a blast on that first trip. It was overwhelming. So much to see, so much to do. We. Were. At. Disney.

I'm glad I have glimpses of this trip. This picture reminds me that I need to go to this same spot and take a similar photograph with the Frog Princess. 

Of course, we'll use the Disney PhotoPass® Service. That's the official name of the service of amazing photographers that get to capture all the smiles and cheers as we walk around the park. It seems that they get sprinkled with fairy dust because they always know the best spots for awesome photos.

Some of my favorite places to shoot?

I'm in awe with the Tree of Life®! It is above board. Maravilloso, I say!

You can probably spend an hour looking at its massive trunk while attempting to find the 300 animals that have been masterfully carved there.

The Princesses and the Pic

Y'all, how many times have we been to Disney? I think because we have that "we'll be back" mentality, sometimes we don't rush to do things. Like. Meet. Tiana.

I'm ashamed to say we had never caught up with our girl but I am also glad it happened this way. Why, you ask? Because this had an extra dose of magic. The Frog Princess didn't know she was coming. I got teary eyed and hoped no one saw me. Look at this face!

Living the Magic: Capturing Unforgettable Moments

As usual, the surprise, the smiles, the giddiness are all transferred over to me. Not that I didn't have my own, mind you. We loved it and the best part is we get to visit these memories over and over again for years to come.

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And yes, I like to join in the fun. I like meeting princesses too!

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I've told you before, you have to show your Disney side, people! Know how else I show my side? Awesomesauce photos like this!

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Life is short! Show your Disney side and make sure you are capturing a little bit of magic with fantastic pictures that you can enjoy for years to come.

Capturing the Magic at Walt Disney World

Capturing the Moments

Being a single parent poses a special photo-taking first world problem. Because it's difficult to take my own pictures. I mean, there are only so many selfies I could have and I always want to incorporate the views around me. Enter Memory Maker!

Pay attention because this is like my bestest tip for photography.

I don't have to stress about whether or not I'll get an awesome image here or there, I don't have to worry about being able to find a nice picture to print for Papi so he stops harassing me about why he doesn't have a recent picture of the Frog Princess (why does no one want a picture of me, I ask you?).

If you're like me, you lug the camera around the entire time and never actually use it. Then you use your phone to take pictures and never download them.

With Memory Maker you get to have your picture taken by the Disney PhotoPass photographers, get home, ohhh and ahhh over how great they look and then, download and print. Attraction photos and videos are included as well as magic shots and dining photos.

And now you can save by purchasing in advance. You can't beat that. Do you see now why this is such an amazing tip? You're welcome!

And because I am the keeper of the memories in my family, I leave you with two adorable babies that have my heart.

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This is what happens when your sister is in charge of the memories AND a blogger. Aren't they cute! Uncle Pete and Titi Q love the magic too!

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Living the Magic: Dining at Walt Disney World

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and full bellies are purely my own. I recall fondly the days when we'd pack a bag of snacks and water and trek to the parks as a family. The last time we did that was for Mom's swearing in ceremony at Epcot. It was such a cool experience! Afterward, we celebrated with food from around the world and of course, the obligatory turkey leg.

These days, when the Frog Princess and I head to the park we go expecting adventures both outside and inside of our bellies.

It's always a treat to take a break from all of the fun and take in some yummy nutrients that'll help keep our energy up for the rest of the day.

Meeting the Characters

If you recall, we had a fantastic time when we took the Frog Princess to Tusker House Restaurant for her 3rd birthday. Not only was the food delicious but we got to hangout with some very special characters! You can't beat that. Having a buffet meant that I could taste all that my heart desired which is usually what my belly likes best.

Healthy Snacks

"Mami, is this healfy?" This is a question I hear a lot from the girl (also: not a typo. She says it with an F and it's too adorable for me to correct). It's hard to teach good eating habits when donuts and brownies are in this world. At Anaheim Produce, we get our fruits and veggies and our favorite: frozen lemonade! I usually have 3 sips before a certain someone snags it from me.

Dining at a Resort

One of my favorite spots to hit while at the Walt Disney World Resorts Is Disney's Art of Animation. You guise! This place is soooo cool.

I can't draw or paint but in there I feel like I could paint the Tower of Pizza. Well, maybe. I can certainly eat a tower of pizza at Landscape of Flavors. Surrounded by art, motion and color, I always feel re-energized and ready to paint the town red when I leave there.

Castle Dining

Of course, when we are at the Magic Kingdom® Park, the absolute must-eat place is Be Our Guest Restaurant. With 3 rooms to dine in: The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing & The Castle Gallery, no wonder everyone rushes to the Beast's castle for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I tell folks all the time that Walt Disney World has dining options for every taste bud and every budget.

The big tip for me with dining: if you're staying at any of the Walt Disney World resorts, be sure to take a look at the dining plans and select one that will work for you and your family. It makes things easier while you're busy living the magic!

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Living the Magic: Hidden Adventures at Walt Disney World

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and adventuring are purely my own. Last week I told you all about the can’t miss attractions at the Magic Kingdom® Park. Well this week, I want to chat with you about some hidden adventures I have found through the parks at Walt Disney World.

I first came to Disney at age 14. When I moved to Orlando a few months later, I became the tour guide for every. Single. One. Of my relatives that suddenly got a knack for travel after our move.

Needless to say this made me salty. For a long time, I abandoned my love of the magic because I was made to play tour guide. Let this be a lesson to you guys!

I have happily regained the spark in my heart and the cool thing is that I feel like I find something new with each visit to Walt Disney World.

But, did you know that there’s much more to the parks than just the attractions? There’s an entire world you have not yet discovered!

Living the Magic: Hidden Adventures at Walt Disney World

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Can I just tell you how mad I am that I didn’t find out about this earlier? This has got to be one of the coolest things at the Magic Kingdom® Park. Imagine, if you will, that Hades and his Cohorts of villains are attempting to take over the kingdom. How will good win?! With the help of Merlin and his mystical map, you embark on missions throughout the Magic Kingdom® Park unlocking Magic Portals using your Sorcerer Key card, challenging the villains and ensuring victory for good!

Sili’s Tip: Keep track of which Sorcerer Key cards you’ve used. Also, if you’re traveling with a group, make sure everyone signs up even if they don’t play. This means you’ll get more cards to help you fight evil!

Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue: Who doesn’t love Star Wars (if you don’t, we should not be friends)? This adventure is a favorite of mine because it has allowed me to introduce the Frog Princess to the beloved saga at an early age. As with so many of these hidden adventures, every time we visit, we find ourselves headed to a different destination following a different storyline that leads to grand adventures and loads of fun!

Sili’s Tip: Secure a fast pass for this adventure. You can do so as early as 30 days in advance!

Wilderness Explorers: If you’re a fan of the film Up! Then you will love to follow the footsteps of Russell and Dug as they set to explore the wilderness. These self-guided activities are filled with lots of great information about nature. I love that we can collect badges as we go along and keep our information in our Wilderness Explorer field guide. I was never a Girl Scout but I can imagine this is what they feel like getting their badges.

Sili’s Tip: If you visit the parks often, have no fear, with all of the activities involved, you’ll never have the same adventure twice!

Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure: I don’t know what it is that I love so much about Phineas and Ferb. I watch them On Demand and when we go to Epcot® we get to travel the world through the eyes of Agent P as a secret agent ready to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s plans! Stop by the recruitment center near the International Gateway and pick up your F.O.N.E. (Field Operative Notification Equipment). Through clues left throughout the World Showcase you can help Agent P complete the mission.

Sili’s tip: Be sure to complete the mission and you will get a very special thank you for helping save the world!

I’m glad I didn’t give up on Disney and even gladder that as an annual passholder, we find new adventures to embark on every time we visit.

Which one of these will you be visiting next?

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