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Pirates Of The Caribbean To Be Closed This Summer (Rumor)


I’ve got some bad news for all my readers who will be traveling to Walt Disney World this May – September. Rumor is that Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed from May 11th to September 26th, 2015. It is not official yet, but I expect it to be confirmed shortly.

They replaced the boats during the last refurbishment and a gentleman lost the tips of his fingers after putting his hand where it shouldn’t have been. Riders also complained that they got ‘too wet’ on the new boats.

I know when we were there in October we were not allowed to sit in the front row of the boat. It was roped off on every boat.

I love Pirates and I hate to hear this news.

(Thanks Chip and Co!)


Creative Mousekeeping Envelopes

Mousekeeping is only allowed to accept a tip for cleaning your room if you leave it clearly marked that the money is for them. Here are some creative Mousekeeping envelopes that will make your trip extra magical.


How cute is this FREE printable Mousekeeping Tip Holder from MKdesigns? You can download yours here.


CapturingMagic also has an adorable Mousekeeping download available for free. Choose from 2 different designs.

You can find more ideas on my Mousekeeping board on Pinterest.

Learn more tips and tricks for your next Walt Disney World vacation. Destinations in Florida can also help you add tips and tricks to your next vacation.

Ultimate Girl’s Weekend


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This past weekend Walt Disney World hosted the “ultimate girl’s weekend”, welcoming almost 25,000 participants in the Princess Half Marathon events.

The Frozen 5k, the Princess Enchanted 10k, the Princess Half Marathon and of course the Glass Slipper Challenge brought runners from all over the world to run, have fun and bring home some bling. At Destinations in Florida, we had a large group of runners that took advantage of the discounted rooms we offered from all over the world, some as far away as Ireland.

If you have never been to a runDisney event, then you don’t know what you are missing. I watched the runners cross the finish line of the Princess Half Marathon and from the first to the last and one thing never changed in all those hours, the smiles. The smiles of the runners as they crossed the finish line gave me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes. I saw a marriage proposal, some jumps, high fives, some tears, okay lots of tears and even some limping. I am a member of a couple of different runDisney groups and the stories behind some of the finishes will make you cry, the determination, the dedication and the kindness of complete strangers that will take a worse time, just to help someone they don’t cross the finish line is amazing.

Tomorrow the registration opens up for the Walt Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon for 2015. This is only open to DVC members and AP holders tomorrow at noon Eastern, with the general public being able to book on March 17th at noon Eastern.

Once again Destinations in Florida has arranged for discounted rooms and tickets for this event, the best part?!?! Our discounted ticket prices have NOT gone up yet, like the regular tickets. Which means it is even more a savings for you. Click here for a free quote for your room at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon event. These extra discounted tickets are good through March 21st.

Don’t forget to join us here for our runDisney C2D page which will be full of all the latest news, tips and tricks and our discounts especially for our C2D fans.

Erin Benge has been a lover of all things Disney since she honeymooned there in 2001. Since then she has traveled there multiple times, enjoying it as honeymooner, a young couple, with small children and now as a DVC owner she travels with multiple generations. She has participated in runDisney events and is training for her first half marathon. Please feel free to contact her at 832-233-4468, via email at or click here to request a quote.

Bringing A Baby To Walt Disney World


If you are planning on bringing a baby to Walt Disney World, here are a few things that you need to know to make your trip stress free and magical.

The Resorts

Most resort rooms sleep 4 + a baby. So until your baby reaches the age of 3, your family of 5 can stay in almost any room on Disney property. While the value rooms are the least expensive of the resorts, they do have the smallest rooms. The Pack and Play (you can request one from the resort so you do not have to pack yours) will fit nicely by the door that connects resort rooms or you can put it by the sink and use the curtain to separate baby from the rest of the family during naps and bedtime.

The moderate and the deluxe resorts offer more square feet per room which will help the family to not trip over each other and will provide more storage areas for all the gear that a baby requires. However, you are all still sleeping in the same room. The buses at moderate and deluxe resorts are usually less crowded than the value resort buses which means you probably won’t find yourself standing with a sleeping baby (we had that happen with us on a Pop Century bus when Jacob was little).

You can request Pack and Play and/or bed rails from your Disney resort. Just let them know on your reservation or at check in what you need.


The Parks

You do not have to purchase admission for your child until they are 3 years of age. Walt Disney World parks are actually very friendly for bringing babies.

Using a stroller at Walt Disney World is a must when you bring your baby. I personally rent a stroller from Simple Strollers which cuts down on what we need to bring with us. I love their strollers because they have a one handed fold which makes things a lot easier for the buses. You can bring your own stroller or even purchase a small umbrella stroller at the gift shop. I do not recommend renting a Disney stroller for a baby younger than 3. The strollers are hard plastic and do not recline.


Using a baby carrier is another great idea to make your trip easier. I used a Mai Tei wrap on our trip and Molly Kate was able to nap in it during the day. If you don’t have one, you can rent one from Simple Strollers.

Each park has a Baby Care Center where you will find a nursing room, rocking chairs, changing stations, a toddler rest area and extra baby items for purchase (such as diapers, wipes, medications and more).


Babies can go on almost any ride at Walt Disney World. The exceptions are the rides with height requirements including Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Rock ‘N Roller Coaster, Soarin’ and more. These attractions offer Rider Switch which lets both parents ride while only waiting in line once!

Meeting characters is an opportunity for some great photo opps. The characters love interacting with little ones and their noses are baby magnets! I suggest you hold your child during character meetings just in case it is too overwhelming for them.

Dining at the parks with a baby adds no additional cost to your family’s budget. Babies under 3 can eat for FREE at any of the buffet restaurants and can share off your plate anywhere that you eat. You can also ask the waitress if she has any baby friendly snacks.

The Memories

When readers ask me at what age they should take their children to Disney, I always tell them the same thing. If you are only going to go once, wait until your child is 4-7. If you will go multiple times, go now. While your baby will not remember Disney, you will. Seeing your baby look at the castle in wonder or try to bite Minnie’s nose are magical memories that you will have forever. So don’t let their age hold you back. If you are ready, go and have a great time!


Learn more about planning your Walt Disney World vacation. Plus overwhelmed with all the planning? Destinations in Florida can help you plan your perfect trip.

Sign Up For Birthday Freebies – IHOP, Baskin Robbins & Buffalo Wild Wings

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Each week, I post 3 different restaurants for you to sign up for birthday freebies! If the restaurant is in your area, be sure to sign up your entire family (you’ll need to sign up each person separately). Usually, the freebies are good for the week or even the month of your birthday.

IHOP – FREE Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes on your birthday

Baskin Robbins – FREE scoop of ice cream on your birthday plus a BOGO scoop coupon when you sign up

Buffalo Wild Wings – FREE snack size wings on your birthday

If you need to catch up on the previous Birthday clubs I have posted, they are listed below:

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Ask Kristin Couponing and Disney Questions

I love helping you all save as much money as possible and learn as much as you can about Disney World and Disneyland. I am inviting you to post any question you have about Couponing, Disney or anything else on this post. I will post the answers on Thursday at 6 pm CST.

Here are last week’s questions and answers.

$1/2 Pictsweet Coupon = $.50 frozen veggies at Dollar Tree


Print this $1/2 Pictsweet frozen vegetables coupon before it’s gone!  It makes for a great deal if you can find the Pictsweet veggies in the freezer case at your local Dollar Tree store!

Buy (2) Pictsweet Frozen Vegetables @ $1.00 each at Dollar Tree
Use $1/2 Pictsweet frozen vegetables coupon
=$1.00 for 2!

Thanks Couponaholic!

Cinderella Little Golden Storybook $2.64

Are you excited about the new Cinderella movie?  I am!

On Amazon you can get Walt Disney’s Cinderella (a Little Golden Book) for $2.64 and it ships free with an order of $35 or more.

Or if you want the Kindle version, you can get it for $2.51. FREE Shipping With $10 Purchase | New Dole Whip Type Scent

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Someone told me that Brazil Pineapple Punch smells exactly like a Dole Whip, so I ordered a hand soap and a few PocketBacs to see for myself.