Universal Orlando Resort Top Tips for Beginners

1.  Buy a park-to-park ticket. It gives you the freedom to change parks, much like a park hopper at Walt Disney World. Allows you to travel on the Hogwarts Express, If the crowds gather in one park, you can always change to the other 2. Give yourself enough time. Two days is not enough time […]

Movie Review: The Lion King

Representing the summit of the Disney Renaissance, The Lion King was released as the 32nd full-length animated feature in Disney history on June 24, 1994. The eighty-eight minute flick was re-released in 3D in September 2011 following a pair of direct-to-video sequels, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1 ½ […]

Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney Worlds Best Kept Secrets – A Review

We’ve all noticed them: strategic collections of circles that may or may not be alluding to a certain beloved mouse. When exploring one of the Disney Parks, it might seem like they are all around you, and that’s probably because they are. In “Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets,” […]

Rikki’s Mouse Bites – Walt Disney World News 1/26/15

  A few of the stores have been released for Disney Springs.  They include: APEX by Sunglass Hut – Range of high end sunglasses, including Ray-Ban ,Oakley, and Maui Jim Art of Shaving – A high end shaving supply store. Chapel Hats – Hats and headwear. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC – A gluten-free, vegan bakery from BabyCakes NYC. […]

Review of Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine

A long time ago, in a theme park far far away… Our family is always looking for new experiences for our Disney trips. The last thing we want is our summer Disney trips to start to become stale (first world problem, we know…) One morning last year we felt a great disturbance in the force… like […]

Foodie Friday: Breakfast at Sunshine Seasons at Epcot

For those of you who don’t know me…I’m not a morning person.  I’ve gotten better as time has gone on, but it’s still very hard for me to get to the parks before 11 a.m.  So, I don’t see the breakfast hours at Walt Disney World too terribly often. However, there are the few rare […]

California Grill Review

Last month, my boyfriend and I celebrated our 5-year anniversary and to celebrate the occasion, he surprised me with a dinner at the California Grill. Neither one of us had been to the California Grill before, but it was one I had wanted to try for quite some time. Due to the costly menu, we […]

Disney and Vera Bradley: Perfect Together!

When the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley was announced, I could barely contain my excitement.   I had accumulated a few Vera Bradley pieces over the years, but I had never been a big collector of the products.  That all changed the minute I saw the Disney line.  Three different patterns were announced: Midnight with Mickey, […]

What Foolishness Would You Like to See? – The Muppetvision Pre-Show!

One of the wonderful things that sets the Disney Parks and specifically Walt Disney World apart from many other theme and amusement parks is the level of theming that permeates all areas. A great example of this is the superb attention to detail in the queues throughout the parks. Additionally, Disney Imagineers have developed entertaining […]

Delicious Disney Dishes – Kilauea Torte from Kona Cafe

Have I mentioned that I’m a chocoholic? I love the stuff. Chocolate makes me happy.  So, one of my favorite desserts at Walt Disney World is actually a chocolate lovers dream…the Kilauea Torte from Kona Cafe! It’s so rich and delicious. There are a few pieces to making this dessert, but trust me, it will […]

Our Rookie Universal Orlando Resort Adventure

It took my family quite some time to venture to the Universal Orlando Resort for the first time. We had enjoyed visiting Walt Disney World for years, but didn’t think we would have as much fun in a different place. Mostly, we thought, like so many other families, that our small children would have nothing […]

New Fantasyland: Does it live up to expectations?

Castles in New Fantasyland

Many months of anticipation came to an end when the last of the new Fantasyland rides, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, opened in the Spring of 2014.  For over two years the Fantasyland hub underwent major constructions and fans eagerly awaited to see the outcome of the largest expansion Disney undertook in the Magic Kingdom […]