It Really IS Magic — A Mom Blogger Discovers Disney World

I have to admit, I didn’t believe it.

I didn’t believe that Disney was the happiest place on earth.

Sure, I planned on eventually going to Disneyland or Disney World for the sake of my kids. (My son was constantly informing me that he was the only first grader in the whole world who had never been to Disneyland or Disney World.)

But personally, my idea of the perfect vacation was to skip the busyness of a fair and head to a beach, armed with a towel and a really good book.

It was how I was raised. My parents were not fair-going people.

Every year they vacationed on the very same beach, under the very same umbrella, loaded down with books and sunscreen. They looked on in disbelief at parents who brought their children with them on vacation. No — to them a vacation was for reading and relaxing.

They did bring us to Disneyland once when I was six. But the subject of returning never came up. My parents were happiest in Hawaii on their beloved beach.

So, I assumed that that beach was where I would be happiest too.

BUT I was wrong!

Now, after experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World — I BELIEVE!!!

In fact, I am so in love with Walt Disney World, I wish I were there right now! I could return year after year after year and never be full.

It IS simply magical.

Why am I so enamored with Disney? Let me tell you…

For Kids, For Parents, For Everyone!

I knew my kids would love Walt Disney World. I mean come on?!? I think it would be impossible for kids to NOT love Disney!

Disney is imagination come to life!

At Walt Disney World, kids get to be a part of a world they had only imagined before. To a child that interaction can only be understood as magic.

And to a parent, seeing our children’s eyes dance, their hearts jump and kick, and their minds travel to a world where dreams really do come true, that is about as wonderful as parenting gets.

My toddler, Olivia, and my seven-year-old, Jackson, were both in childhood bliss in the happiest place on earth — but I was more than just along for the ride…

I loved Disney World myself!
Yes — beach loving, book reading, internet addicted, easily nauseated by anything spinning around in the air — me!
I LOVED Disney World!

As the parades danced through the streets, as the giant, stuffed characters hugged us, as the fireworks exploded in the sky — with the music of Disney accompanying it all — I was in that magical world too, celebrating the sweetest parts of life.

When I looked around, I saw all ages enjoying the parks. And those without kids were having just as great of a time (maybe sometimes an even better time! LOL) as those of us with kids.

I realized that Disney magic is for everyone!

Vacationing Made Perfect

Disney knows how to do it right!

At every point in our Disney vacation, my husband Phil and I were totally impressed with the well oiled machine that is Disney.

Especially when staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, every moment of your vacation is made hassle-free and convenient.

Even planning your vacation is made simple at their fantastic interactive web site with features like a detailed vacation booking guide, a pricing guide, a pre-arrival guide and more.

Ideas like the Your Key to the World Card, the all-in-one card that you receive upon check-in that acts as your hotel room key and Disney Theme Park ticket, and allows you to charge souvenirs throughout Walt Disney World Resort directly to your room and pay for meals with the Disney Dining Plan, make everything just that much easier.

The benefits of staying at a Disney Resort hotel also save you a ton of money.

With the Complimentary Airport Transportation and the Complimentary Resort Transportation, there is no reason to rent a car or call a cab. You can get everywhere you want to go, quickly and easily, with no cost.

And with the Disney Dining Plan, Disney Resort guests can save up to 30% per adult on dining by purchasing a Disney Dining Plan as part of their Magic Your Way Package. The plan allows guests to choose from over 100 select restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort!.

These benefits can save you hundreds of dollars!

As well, guests at Walt Disney World Resorts can use their Key to the World Card for Extended Theme Park Hours — additional time in the Disney Theme Park (above and beyond the standard operating schedule) at no extra charge.

Best of all, there are Disney Resort hotels for every budget. From value to deluxe, you have all kinds of options.

After staying at a Disney Resort hotel, Phil and I will never do it any other way. The perks and savings are unbeatable!

And the customer service was consistently excellent!

There is nothing like impeccable customer service. Perhaps Disney teaches their “cast members” that Walt Disney World can only be magical if their guests are treated like royalty.

It really does make you feel treasured to have staff give you that extra special attention. Every employee of Disney we encountered was there to help make our vacation as perfect as possible.

Disney made our entire vacation experience magical.

“Always Leave Them Wanting More…”

I didn’t want to leave. Ever.

And I can’t wait to get back!

Before I landed on Disney’s magical soil, I figured one trip to Disney would be good for a lifetime. I could check it off the parenting list as a “been there, done that.”

But at Walt Disney World I learned that there are a lifetime of vacations waiting for you. There is so much to do and enjoy, we could go for a dozen trips and still not have done it all!

We met visitor after visitor who return every year to Disney World. I met a mother with an autistic son who brings him a few times every year. “He comes alive at Disney World. He loves it here. It is our thing that we do together.” she told me.

We also met so many families who were part of the Disney Vacation Club. Each one of them raved about their experiences. “We love it!” one father told me, “And every other Vacation Club member you meet will tell you the same.”

I asked another father what made them come back every year. “It is the best place for family vacations,” he explained, “Everything is accessible, convenient and self contained. It is safe, clean and family friendly. It just makes vacationing so easy.”

Phil and I are definitely planning to return to Walt Disney World. My son Jackson said, “Mom, we can just put aside a bit of money each month and then we will have enough to come again.”

Yes, Jackson, I think you are right! And I will be just as excited as you are when we board the plane to return to Walt Disney World.

Enter to WIN Four 1 Day Park Hoppers!!!

Thanks to Walt Disney World, we have Four 1 Day Park Hoppers to give away!

To enter, simply leave a comment here at this post.

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This giveaway is open for entry until Friday, April 3rd, 2009. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 4th, 2009.

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Updated to add: Yes, in case it wasn’t clear in this post, Disney did provide our family with passes to their parks and a stay in their hotel. As we state in our Disclosure Policy, we often receive free products and services when we are preparing a review or a giveaway for this site.

Disney is a fantastic supporter of the blogging community and they have had several bloggers review their parks.

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Comments

  1. Sharon says

    I love disney world! I can’t wait to take my daughter on her first trip there to experience the “magic”.

  2. Alexandra Hancock says

    My fiance and I are going to have our honeymoon at Disney World. :) These ticket’s would be perfect!
    We are getting married in October. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    alexandra dot hancock at gmail dot com

  3. says

    So glad you joined the land of believers! LOL! I ADORE Disney and could sing it’s praises all day long. I’m leaving for a Disney Cruise in 17 days! Wheeeee!

  4. says

    We are going in December. Christmas at Disney is UNREAL! We’d love to have some extra tickets! Thanks for an AWESOME give-away!

    8:)

  5. Becca says

    What a great giveaway, I was just thinking about Disney, never been there, but want my kids to experience it!

  6. says

    I couldn’t agree more. My husband (then boyfriend) and I had a spectacular time there BY OURSELVES a number of years ago! And, long story, we actually ended up getting married there. As you might imagine from your park experience, they took truly outstanding care of us. We can’t wait to take our kids someday!

  7. says

    We went to Disney in January and loved it! I grew up in Orlando, so I have always believed in the Magic of Disney, but it is fun to now experience with the kiddos! Glad you had a great trip!
    Toni

  8. Wendy says

    I love Disney! I have been waiting to take my littlest one until I thought he’d really appreciate it…he’s 3 now…it’s time!!

  9. says

    Yes, Walt Disney World is truly magical. The first time I went there I was 30 years old, and felt like a little princess! I would absolutely love to take my children there — they’ve been once, and still talk about how it was “the best time ever”… They would love to go again! Thanks for offering this!

  10. says

    Oh, we absolutely ADORE Disney. We live about 45 minutes north of Disney World and, until this past year (silly economy!) held annual passes. I would love love love to go back with the kids for a visit!!!

  11. Angel S. says

    Oh, you don’t know how bad I want this!!! Thanks for the chance to win. BTW – I agree, Disney IS the Happiest place on Earth!

  12. says

    I am not entering, because I wouldn’t be able to go any time soon, but wanted to leave a comment about the pictures. Your family is so adorable, Janice! So fun to see you all together. And I can’t believe how big Jackson looks!

    Nell

  13. says

    Disneyland has always held a special place in my heart. My father took me there as a child, in high school, in college and introduced my children to the magical kingdom. When he died my oldest son was so sad we took a “hooky” day and drove right past his school another hour to Disneyland. He is now 19 but still talks about that day for grandpa at Disneyland!

  14. says

    How funny! I felt the same exact way till I took my DD. Now I can’t get enough! :) Thanks so much for the opportunity My DD & I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go again:D

  15. says

    Wow! SOund alike you had a great time!! Would love to take my kiddies to have the wonderful Disney experience! Thanks for the chance!

  16. J.Mintuck says

    I tweeted and followed you in my feeds and I commented here. I gotz to go back to DISNEY WORLD very soon,please.

  17. J.Mintuck says

    “Disneyland has always held a special place in my heart. My father took me there as a child, in high school, in college and introduced my children to the magical kingdom. When he died my oldest son was so sad we took a “hooky” day and drove right past his school another hour to Disneyland. He is now 19 but still talks about that day for grandpa at Disneyland!”

    Quoted from Barbara Miller

    Sorry about father dying, but the funniest part was to do a “hooky day” and drive PAST the kid,s school out to Disney. IF that would’ve happened to me, I would’ve laughed.

  18. says

    Would love to visit Disney World again! Havent been in so long; seems the kids get older and you just dont go as much. But we all turn to kids again when we walk down Main Street. I know there are new rides and attractions that we would just love to see again. Four Tickets would be perfect for my family – 2 kids and 2 adults. Since we live in Tampa, we could drive. What a savings that would be. I was recently laid off and I absolutely NEED to visit the Happiest Place on Earth!! Thanks for the opportunity

  19. says

    Not sure if I can enter since I help you guys with writing, but I would LOVE to take my kids to Disney so I thought I’d go ahead and enter – you can disqualify me if you need to :)

    Not only am I leaving a comment, but I twittered about this giveaway and I left a link on Facebook. And right now I’m going to blog about it on my site. What a fun giveaway. Well done.

  20. Ellen C. says

    We will be going this time next year for our first family vacation to Disney. I can’t wait. Thanks for the chance.

  21. says

    We’re taking our daughter on her 5th birthday – she talks about it almost every day. I’ve been twice and can’t wait to experience it with my kids.

  22. says

    I used to spend summers with my grandparents and my mom’s parents lived very close to Disneyland, so I would go several times while I was with them. It’s hard to believe that Roo just turned 5 and we still haven’t made it to Disneyworld or Disneyland… we really need to get there one of these days so she and Jasper can grow up loving it as much as I did.

  23. says

    Each time you go back to Disney it is a new experience, especially as your kids age and you can enjoy different aspects of the parks together.

  24. Sarah says

    I can not wait for the day when I can take my 3little ones to Disney…what a glorios day that will be!

  25. says

    I’ve been to Disney World and Disney Land. It would be fun to take the kids back now that they are older.

    I receive your email updates.

  26. says

    I wonder if a 15 year old would think Disney World is a “cool” place to vacation. Just asked him, well yeah! 12 and 10 year would be geeked to go as well.

  27. says

    I *HEART* Disney World! A few weeks ago, I posted on my blog about the Disney weekend trip I had with my DH and our 4 year old. You’re right, it is SO magical. And the parks are just so well done. I’d LOOOOVE season passes! :)

  28. says

    You girls always have some good giveaways, but this rocks!! Our family loves Disney and can never get enough. We also stay on the property when we go at a Value resort and it is well worth it to do so. Everybody is so darn friendly!! We were actually planning a trip to Disney during my spring vacation mid April, but had to cancel it due to economic issues. We were still hoping to head to visit family in Florida and take a day trip to Disney so this would be an answer to prayer!! Thank you for such an awesome giveaway.

  29. says

    Would LOVE to win-I LOVE Disney and actually worked there while in college! It was a fantastic place to work and I really spent every free day there playing. I can’t wait to take the kids!

  30. Erica says

    While I was reading, I was praying, “Dear Lord, I know you probably don’t care, but could you possibly make sure there’s a giveaway with this post? Please?? Thanks!” Now to pray for a winning number… Great post, I’m glad you had such a great vacation, and I hope to see you there next time you go! :)

  31. Thelma Borowiak says

    It’s been many years since we took our children to Disney World. Unfortunately, I had to stay in the hotel room because I was sick, so I didn’t get to experience the joy with them. Hopefully we can do it again some day soon.

  32. says

    My Mom took my oldest daughter, when she was two. We were hoping to take both girls this summer. We lived in Florida, when I was growing up & went to Disney almost every year & I loved it. Can’t wait to take the girls. Thank you for such a great offer!

  33. says

    We’ve been to Disneyland twice when our youngest was 2 and again when he was 4… but NEVER the big DW. What a great giveaway. We’ve always talked about going there one day. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  34. says

    my parent’s are disney vacation members and go twice a year. we tag along when we can and I must say I love it there! I love the beach club and always ask my parents if we can stay there. I am still such a 7 year old to them :)

    It sounds like you have a great time! Love the picture and your write up on the perks is right on!

  35. says

    Wahooooo!!! Count me in! I love Disney World! It TRULY is the most magical place on earth! I am dying to take my three girlies to see all the princesses … :D
    I’m also going to tweet this information!! :D

  36. Michelle says

    Been going all of my life (I’m a Florida native), and it never does get old. I would love to go again this year. We (myself and three kiddos) haven’t been for a couple of years. Thank you for the chance!

  37. Amanda R. says

    This month, (in approximately 18 days), my family is going to Disney Land, but every since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to go to Disneyworld. I hope I win!! Thanks!

  38. says

    We used to live in Tampa. We loved that every time we had a free day, we were only a 60 min car drive from the wonderful Magic Kingdom. Now we live a 60 min car drive from Chicago. We love being close to family but miss FL something fierce. We’d love to win!

  39. says

    I soooo need this! We are headed there this July and we have 5 kids!!! Do you know how much it costs just to enter the gates for 3 days (like we plan) for a family of 7??? You don’t wanna know! So here is my entry! I hope I win!

  40. says

    This is where we took our honeymoon in 2004! I love Disney World. We have a timeshare just a heartbeat away!!! I would love to take my great niece and nephew!!! I subscribe to your newsletter as well!

  41. Shirlynn says

    Would love to be able to take my daughter back for her 6th b-day. We spent her 3rd b-day at Disney and had a blast!!

  42. says

    I could certainly use these in about 3 days…when I leave for Disney World!!! I, like you, couldn’t figure out what all the hype was until I went last May. Our friends are wondering why we are going back so soon….cuz we love it!!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  43. Addrienne Mertens says

    ah disney. one day we’ll get there. the rates right now are very reasonable. thanx for the contest. this will give us the boost to get there.

  44. Angela Barr says

    Hi Janice –

    I see you were bitten by the Disney bug!!! Welcome to the club!!! I LOVE Disney!! And I love Walt Disney World. I am 40 years old and I love it now as much as I loved visiting Disneyland when I was kid.

    When I walk through that tunnel and see Cinderella’s castle, I’m a kid again – with not a care in the world. I am truly in my happy place!

  45. says

    Wow, I hope they’re paying you for that review! ;)
    I went with my family when I was 16, and I LOVED it too! It’s fun for everyone. Literally. I’m 29 now and I would go in a heartbeat if I could afford it!

  46. Susan T says

    Great giveaway…I love DisneyWorld..Went there for the first time on my Honeymoon many years ago. Been many times since. I agree about staying on there property. Love the transportation they provide. Makes getting around very easy. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

  47. Honey says

    I went to Disneyworld on my honeymoon and now that we have children, I would love to take them too!!!! What a great giveaway!

  48. Linz says

    We as a family have never been to Disney World in Florida so to win this giveaway will be a real treat for all of us.

  49. Belinda Shaw says

    My 2 and 4 year old grandkids would love to go to Disney World and this would also help the parents afford to go! This is a fantastic prize!!

  50. Lorie says

    Janice, I concur with you 100%! We are regular Disney goers and Disney Vacation Club members, and every experience is always magical. I would love to win the tickets for my sister and her family. My nephew is disabled and she spends so much on therapy for him that they don’t have extra money for Disney vacations. Thank you for providing us with this opportunity!

  51. Carol says

    Tough times and my family has pulled together. This is exactly what we all need to recharge and give a holler to the mouse. Great prize, thanks bunches.

  52. Sharon Simpson says

    About 5 years ago I was blessed to be able to take 4 of my granddaughters to Disney World for 3 days. It was their first time to go. Now I have a 5 yr old granddaughter and an almost 4 year old grandson who would love to go with their mom and dad. I’ve always dreamed of helping them get there with their family. Or better yet my husband and myself taking them.

    Thanks,

  53. Adrienne Gordon says

    we are gettign ready to take our daughter back as she was too small last time, this would help, big time!

  54. Cindy says

    We were able to take our first child when he was 2 and he loved it but was still a little young. I would love to go back with our 3 children now.

  55. Sandra K321 says

    I love Disney World also. My brother lives near Tampa so this summer we are planning on going to Orlando for a few days and then off to Tampa to visit my brother. There are 4 of us so this giveaway would be perfect.

  56. Melanie says

    THank you for the great info on Disney – with a 2.5 yr old and 4 yr old, we’re thinking it’s time we make the trek!!

  57. says

    We are big, big, big fans of Disney World. We went last year in November and it was the first family vacation we have had in 2.5 years. We also had an amazing time (That we are still paying for) and atleast once a week we say…….lets go back.

    If i win i can change that to WHEN we go back! Our anniversary is in may, so it would be a nice present for us to take charlotte back.

    ~Trisha

  58. Elizabeth Tierney says

    Loved your article about the Disney “Magic”! We took our kids this year, and I had only been for high school senior trip (long, long ago!) So to see it through a child’s eyes was amazing, like watching them bouncing with Tigger at the Crystal Palace (I had to join in as well!), or when my daughter, dressed as her favorite princess, Snow White, got to meet the “real one” at the castle breakfast. She beamed as Snow White asked if this was her twin!
    Castle Breakfast = $120, My Little Princess’ smile = priceless!
    As you mentioned, we will need many more trips to even attempt to do everything there. I can’t wait to take them back again – maybe I’ll win your tickets!

  59. Jaclyn Reynolds says

    Your photos are gorgeous! We are hoping to head there soon, it’s been awhile since we’ve been there and there are already so many new rides. :)

  60. says

    I’d love to win this- we’ll be heading down to FL this summer and will be passing right through Orlando. It would be PERFECT to spend a day at Disney!

  61. says

    This would be so great to win. We are a Disney visiting family. I always have been… and my husband is giving in (although he won’t admit he loves it). My parents and my brother’s family now live in Orlando… so we do Disney all the time.

  62. Margaret Smith says

    What a wonderful giveaway! We’re planning on going to Disney towards the summer. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

  63. Sara says

    I would love to win this trip. I have never been to disneyworld and my husband has never been to disney at all!! We would have so much fun experiencing it with our daughter and seeing it through her eyes!! Thanks!

  64. Sharon says

    I love the one day park hopper passes. They are great when you have kids of different ages -every gets to visit their favorite park.

  65. Marilyn says

    My daughter would like to bring her 4 kids to DW in September and those tickets would be such a help! Winning this would be absolutely fantastic!

  66. nadine m says

    I am also a huge fan of disneyworld, but haven’t been there in a couple of years. I would love to take my 14 and 2 year old there.

  67. Renee Concolino says

    We are heading to Orlando in a few weeks. This would be AMAZING timing. We have been to Disney once before but the kids were too small to get too much out of it. GREAT CONTEST!!!

  68. Eva says

    One of my favorite places on earth. You forget all your troubles when your there. You can be a kid again
    !!!

  69. says

    WOW what an awesome giveaway! I actually just decided on our trip to Disney in November over Thanksgiving. I have been looking all day at dining options, character dining and park ticket options. I know for sure we are staying at the Animal Kingdom resort but as far as what else to add I am lost. Any other tips you have to make the most out of the trip, I would really appreciate. We will be taking my teenager, twins (who will be 2 when we go) my sister, her husband and my niece who is 3. WE NEED MAJOR ADVICE!!!!

  70. says

    We are dying to take our daughter to Disney. I grew up in Florida, and my husband in California, but our daughter has never been to either Disney. We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go!

  71. Mary B says

    WOW!! What an offer! We finally took the kids to Disney World, but went in August when it was hot, hot, hot! We couldn’t do as much as we wanted b/c of the heat. We would love to go back during an off-peak and cooler time.

    Thank you Disney for the possible opportunity and always thinking of helping families.

  72. says

    thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Would you believe we live 45 minutes from Disney but havent been able to take the kids yet? they really ARE the only kids in their schools that haven’t been yet!

  73. says

    Disneyworld is truly a wonderful place….this is an awesome giveaway! My husband and I were just saying how we’d love to go back to Florida sometime for a vacation. Thank you for the chance!

  74. Susanne ODonnell says

    Welcome to the cult! I am not a fan, I am a fanatic! My sister and her husband often put their noses up in the air when ever we talked about our Disney Vacation – it was beneath them, they would rather spend 3k on a shabby beach shack for a week down the shore…. then… while my daughter was a college intern in the world, the decided to do a day trip while in Florida. There were like, okay, it was fine. This year, the spend a week in orlando, off site, couldnt get enough of it and came back DISNEY EXPERTS and NO ONE LOVES DISNEY LIKE THEY DO! hmmmm. hmmmmm…. hmmmmmmm…. Do you feel like that now?

  75. Anne L. says

    I’ve never been to Disney but I’d love to go while the kids are still young enough to experience the magic. Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Becca says

    I haven’t been to Disney World, but our family has a trip planned to Orlando to visit my husband’s grandparents this summer! I’d love to visit Disney World while we’re there!

  77. Sarah Denton says

    I have been to Disney Paris as an adult but would love to take the kids to the proper Disney its on the list but not made it yet

  78. says

    My kids (sadly) have never been to Disneyland or Disney World. I love all the photos from your trip. Looks like it was a great family trip! What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter. :}

  79. Heather says

    We have been saving and planning for a Disney vacations for almost 10 months now. Our kids are 10 and 8 and have never been before. WE CAN’T WAIT! : }

  80. hawkshoe says

    We just returned from a trip to Disney and would welcome the chance to go again when we visit the inlaws later this year.

  81. Stacy C. says

    We love Disney too!! We are leaving in 15 days to go back.We have went every spring break for the past 5 years. The first time I went was when we took the kids 6 years ago.I cried when I saw the castle. It truely is a magical place:)

    I would love to win so we could go back:)

  82. Kimberly Taylor says

    What a beautiful resort! We stayed there years ago. Looks like you had a fabulous time with your beautiful family!

  83. Jen says

    My husband and I are taking my son (will be 20 months at the time) to Disney World in August. We absolutely love it. I will be my son’s first time! I can’t wait to see his eyes light up! What a great giveaway!

  84. Kari A. says

    As my family grows larger – vacations are getting more and more expensive. Would love this so that my kids will get to enjoy D-land like I did as a little girl.

  85. Chris Gaura says

    Disney has always been our families #1 dream vacation spot.
    Park tickets would go a long way in helping with the cost of the trip.
    Whoever wins will be very lucky.

  86. Kristi C says

    We are taking the kids to Disney in October for my son’s first time and these tickets would really help cut down on some costs.

  87. Denyse says

    We live 2 hours away and still can’t afford to go. This would be such a dream for the kids. Thank you so much for the chance.

  88. Deb Stewart says

    We used to go as a family once a year or so as a child. However, it has gotten so expensive to take a family there. I would love to win this.

  89. Shelley Mitchell says

    OH my!! I have never won a blog contest but I have my fingers and toes crossed on this one. My kids have been begging us to go to Florida and to Disney however we can just not afford Disney right now. This would truely be a dream come true for our family!! It’s been so long since we could take such a great family vacation and this would certainly be a dream come true!! Thanks so much for your great blog and great contest!!

  90. Deb says

    I’m not intending to win your contest but just had to leave you a comment. My husband and I didn’t discover WDW for ourselves until after our children were grown and on their own. I wish we had taken them at least once when they were kids. We thought our trip in 2007 would be a one-time thing but we’re on our way back this April. I’m so glad that you and your family have found this perfect family vacation spot and I hope you enjoy many more trips together in the years to come. Lovely article you wrote.

  91. says

    I would LOVE to win this!!! My girls would LOVE to win this!!! I have never been to Disneyworld or even Florida so it would be awesome.

  92. says

    How fun for you and the family. I am hoping to take my family there too. My son is almost old enough (21 months). Thanks for the chance to win

  93. says

    I am glad you had a great time! My fiance and I love going and have been twice in the last 3 years. It is so hard those years that we don’t go like this year because it truly is a fun place for all ages. We even make sure to meet the characters and dine with them even though we don’t have any kids with us. I hope to return next year. :)

  94. Kelly McLeod says

    Would love to take my family on this wonderful trip. We were separated as a family for 6 months at the end of last year and now we are back together and this would be a great way to celebrate us all being together again!

  95. Julie E says

    Our daughter is begging us to go back to Disney World! Unfortunately, I cannot see us going anytime soon. Winning these park passes would certainly make our dreams come true of going back again!

  96. Monique Bradley says

    I am as in love with Disney as you are. Our family was blessed to be able to take a Walt Disney World vacation in 2006, when the kids were 5 & 2. We LOVED it!! It was the best time ever! I dream of going back every single day. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway.

  97. Linda F says

    We love DisneyWorld. We have been there several times and have never gotten tired of it. I could go there every year. There is so much to do. Thanks

  98. Rebecca says

    4 tickets to Disney? I can’t think of a better way to spend summer vacation! I would love to experience this with my children!!

  99. Gayle says

    My toddler son went to Disney in October. He keeps asking “mom, can we go back to see the Castle”. What a great giveaway, disney is the happiest place.

  100. says

    I LOVE Disney! My niece has only been there one time and would love to go back.

    If it helps, I already subscribe to the newsletter and I have a button on my blog. :)

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  101. Liz G. says

    I’m so glad you loved Disney– I have been 23 times (not joking!) and can’t wait to go back! I took my nieces in January and it was absolutely magical again. It’s different everytime, and I never fail to enjoy myself.

  102. Racheal says

    Wow. I have never been to Disney & always said one day I would take my children there, Hope to have that happen soon, You look like your family had a blast there..
    I am going to advertise this on my cafemom

  103. William says

    I live in California and my dad lives in Florida this would give me a great excuse to take the family out to see him and hit up Disney land at the same time!

  104. FeeFeeWhite says

    This would mean that my daughter and I could go run in the 10K at Disney this October like we had hoped to do. We have been training, but don’t have tickets for October.

  105. Dawn Langis says

    We are budgeting for a trip with my grandchildren in June. This would save us money for other expenses.

  106. Gin says

    Wow, what a great give-a-way! My youngest (age 3) hasn’t experienced Disney yet and I have been dying to take her. I would love a chance to win these tickets!

  107. KimberlyC says

    Every trip to DisneyWorld has been an incredible vacation. It is where I begged to be taken for my senior year “probably-last-family-vacation.” (My pitiful begging worked.) I have gone many times for my one-and-only-wish for a birthday present. Any occasion, any time, sign me up! Can’t wait to take my 3yr old.

  108. Simone Nelson says

    My husband and I haven’t been since 1996, and we have never been able to take our 3 children. So we were planning on going to Disney this year. But, with the price of everything being so high, the trip is just out of our reach. I think this is such a great giveaway!
    And if we were, to be so lucky to win we would be able to go because we wouldn’t have to purchase any tickets. Here’s to hoping. And good luck to everyone else that has entered

  109. Barbara Leatham says

    My hubby and daughter have never been to Disney! We are thinking about going down to Florida over fall break (and our anniversary). Those tickets would come in handy!!

  110. wendy wallach says

    I have not been to Disney since before Epcot was opened. I need some Disney in my life right now. I hope I win these.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  111. Susan says

    I haven’t been to Disney World since our Honeymoon… 18 years ago. Did take the kids to Disneyland in 2001 – but they were so small! I too could use some Disney Magic in my life right now. We all could. :) So I’m going to think Happy Thoughts and see if the pixie dust lands on me. :)

  112. says

    We were as a family to Disney for my daughters’ Wish. She has lived so much longer than anyone ever dreamed and it would be a gift to take her back. Disney movies and the disney channels are her window into the world as she doesn’t feel well.

  113. Rita G says

    This would be like heaven to my family! I just found out I am having a fourth child and it would be a miracle to be able to go to Disney together before our family changes!

  114. says

    Oh this would be such a great gift! We were planning on taking the kids to Disney World this late April Early May as we will already be in Florida but with money being low we had given up the idea. This would be perfect for us!!!

  115. says

    Awesome giveaway. I turned 40 last year and hubby and I have five kids…and can you believe we have never been to Disney as a family?? In fact three kids and myself have never been. My hubby went as a child and living just a little over an hour from there now, two kids have been asked to go with friends. This was be so much fun!!

  116. Lyn says

    We were planning to visit DisneyWorld this year; however, due to my husband’s job hours being cut back, plus other stuff, we will not be able to.

  117. Lyn says

    We had planned to visit DisneyWorld this year; however, due to job cutbacks, etc. we will not be able to. This is a great giveaway!

  118. Samantha says

    My husband has never been to Disneyland or Disney World and neither has my son. I would love to take them, along with my sister!

  119. Sheri says

    My kids have been to Disney with their dad (we are divorced), but I have never been and would love to experience it with them before they both are out of elementary school. Thanks for the chance!

  120. Sarah Hirsch says

    I agree, how could anyone not love Disney? I like your description: imagination come to life. We’d love to go again soon.

  121. says

    Another addict, I see.

    No matter, A Disney addiction is nothing but good clean fun!

    I never thought I would enjoy going there, but one visit in 1999 did it for me. We have been back every year (sometimes twice in a year) since then.

    Disney World is our vacation of choice, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

    No need to enter me in the giveaway… we have annual passes.

  122. says

    We are huge Disney fans in this house…..we went twice after we were married (by ourselves) and now once with out little one. Oh, I want to win. HeeHee And staying on Disney property is amazing – we’ve been to the Beach Club and Grand Floridian! :-)

  123. says

    What a great post- my hubby and I felt the same way after we went to Disney- I wish I was there now!!!! I will keep my fingers crossed I win!!!

  124. Sara Amos says

    My friends from college went here for spring break and that was about 5 years ago. We are all dying to go back and this would really help

  125. Pamk says

    Would love to go back soon and this would certainly help with the budget. I love disney world as much as my children do or more.

  126. JeanineE says

    We live relatively close to DisneyLand and would love to go, but it’s not in the budget right now. Thanks for sharing, and perhaps it’ll appear in our budget with some luck and a contest win. Thanks again for sharing.

  127. Tammy Kennedy says

    Ok I have to admit I like Disney world too.
    I was born on the same day as Mickey 11/18/1958
    My favorite next to mickey is tinkerbell. I’m sort of ashamed to admit it but we live only 35 miles from Disney and since living here 8 years now haven’t been to disney. Actually the last time we went was in 1995. My grandsons are coming over spring break to spend time with us, they love to hang out with their 17 and 12 year old aunt and uncle. I would love to be able to take them to disney. Winning the four tickets would help so much since we are on a tight budget. I know they wanted to attend the pirates dinner show so being the awesome winner would be even more special for them.
    So thank you for the chance of a lifetime to bring memories to my grandsons.

  128. Lila Huggins says

    Hi,
    My husband and I have been saving for about a year now to take our 4 youngest grandchildren to Disney World. They’ve never been. Their ages are 3 to 10 years old. Their mom and dad recently divorced after 14 years of marriage and it’s been rather hard on them. I will put you on my facebook and my new blog when it’s ready this next week. I’m so excited! Thank you for offering thi prize.

    Lila Huggins

  129. Karen M says

    I have been hoping to take my grandson to Disney. The Disney hotel isn’t that expensive, it’s the Disney park tickets. If I won this I could definitely take my grandson!

  130. Julie P. says

    I am a newsletter subscriber. We love Disney:)and discovered long ago the magic at Disney. Great FAMILY vacation!

  131. says

    OH MY GOODNESS! We are planning a Disney vacation for us and our two children (3 1/2 and 8 months) either in the fall or in January 2010 (so I can run the marathon there), and these park hoppers would be PERFECT!

  132. Sandra S. says

    My family loves Disney World ! We would love to go again! Tickets can be expensive. Thanks for the chance to win!

  133. Michelle L. says

    These would come in handy for our upcoming WDW trip in November! What a great giveaway. I LOVE DISNEY!!! I spend too much time on the Disney boards :) And spend too much money in the Disney store.

  134. Vanessa Hill says

    WOW…. LOVE your blogs. I have never been to Disney World. My son has special needs and I think he would love it. Here’s hoping we win. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

  135. says

    I’ve never been to Disney World or Disney Land, but I’ve always wanted to! Now that I have my own daughter, I think it will be so much more fun! Thank you for the giveaway! :-)

  136. says

    i keep saying we need to go (helloooo! we LIVE in florida!) but we just haven’t yet (shame on us!) you’re the third person in a week or two that’s talked about disney world (it’s a sign!)

    now we HAVE to go! great giveaway! you all look like you had so much fun!! and can i just say, i rarely see pictures of the four of you, what a beautiful family you truly do have!!

  137. says

    I love Disney! We used to go almost every year when I was kid and I took my son when he was 7 months old – would love to go back now that he is 3.5 and he would enjoy it more!! Thanks for such a great give-away!

  138. says

    All I can say is, “Welcome to your new addiction!” *grin* Now you can join the rest of us who eat mac & cheese for dinner several times a week, use things until they wear completely out, and sell anything that doesn’t move — all in the name of getting back to WDW as soon as possible. :-)

  139. Priscilla says

    I’d love to win this, we are a family of 8 so, this would help make our trip more affordable. It would be fantastic to win this & make some family memories at Disney.

  140. says

    I am so excited about this give-a-way! My family and I are going to Disney World this Summer for my teen daughter’s birthday in August 2009!

    This would be an awesome gift for her because of the economy, etc., she can only select one Disney Park to attend; and of course she is having a very tough time making a decision on which Park to choose!

  141. says

    My son and I just got back from 3 days in disney, after staying at the park I will only do it that way. I wish the food was a little more healthy, but my 3 yr old had a blast, and seeing it through his eyes made it all the more special. My parents came too, it is wonderful to see so many generations together celebrating at disney. My parents had a great time with my son, and they got to remember the fun family times we had there too.

  142. says

    We are going to Disney World at the end of June and we would love to win these. I just blogged about it! Thank you for offering this great giveaway!

  143. tina says

    AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!! We love Disney. I have always gone growing up and my husband and I went to DW and took a Disney cruise for our honeymoon. Now we are headed back for our 5th anniversary this year. = )

  144. says

    My three boys have been begging me to go to Disney World and I kept putting it off. Now we can no longer afford it and my oldest boys is nine. Next year I fear will be to late and will lose all the magic for them. We were lucky and found very cheap tix. to Florida for Spring Break. Would love to be able to take the boys to Disney World on this vacation!

  145. Jenny says

    What a beautiful picture of your family looks like you had a great time. I love disney world and would love a chance to go back with my daughter who just turned 2.