I'm a Kentucky native who has lived in Florida since 1984. I now work in marketing and communications for a nonprofit community foundation, but I was a newspaper reporter and editor for almost 25 years. Informally, I've been answering questions about Disney for friends and acquaintances for years so I'm excited to be able to share what I've learned about Disney with others. We live less than 90 minutes from the front gates of Walt Disney World, so it has been our escape for years: for a week with family from out of town, for a weekend with our daughters or alone, or just for an afternoon.
About My Family
My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2012 with a trip to Walt Disney World. We have two daughters, one at Florida State University and one in high school. We became Florida Resident Passholders for the first time when our older daughter was 4 and have been regular passholders ever since. We can trace their childhood with pictures from Walt Disney World, and we still enjoy Disney vacations together as often as we can. Both our daughters are adventurous foodies, a love they developed over the years at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and at all the varied cuisines of the Disney restaurants.
About My Disney Experience
I had only visited the Disney parks three or four times before we became parents, but it was and is an integral part of our family experience. We have stayed in almost every on-property resort, eaten in almost every restaurant, participated in almost every attraction. We've also taken a Disney cruise, visited Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, stayed at the Disney Vero Beach Resort and I've run the runDisney Princess Half Marathon. A friend once asked us if they greet us by name when we go through the gates. Almost. Disney is the place we can relax, be together, try new things and have conversations, regardless of what park we're visiting or where we're staying. And that's usually our best piece of advice to friends who ask for tips: figure out what you want to do that maximizes your time to enjoy each other's company in the magic of Disney.
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