Giveaway: And the Winner Is….

Denise   March 21, 2016   Comments Off on Giveaway: And the Winner Is….

Disney Gift CardAnd the winner of our $25 Disney Gift Card Giveaway is Susan C.!  Congratulations!  I will be sending you an email from A Disneyfied Life, so be sure to be on the look out for it so we can get you your winnings!

I am so thankful for our subscribers here on  Please know that I’ll be running future giveaways so I can spread the Disney cheer far and wide!

Again, Susan C., watch for your Mickey Mail to claim your prize!

Giveaway: Who Wants a $25 Disney Gift Card?

Disney Gift Card Disney money is the best kind of money!  It can only be used for fun. And to celebrate the launching of A Disneyfied Life, I want to give all my pals an opportunity to win a $25 Disney Gift Card!

Disney Gift cards can be used nationally for just about all things Disney.  They can be used at Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, Disney Cruise Line, a Disney Store near you or, Adventures by Disney, Disney PhotoPass, Disney Vacation Club resorts, and even Club Penguin!

Featured Mouseketool:  Did you know you can register your Disney Gift Cards– even ones bought at Target and other locations– on the Disney Gift Card website?  The advantage of doing that is you can manage your cards by checking their balances and even transfer balances from one card to another.  Practically speaking, this means you can stockpile Disney Gift Cards for your upcoming trip, transfer all the card values to just one card.  Much easier keeping track of your card and your remaining balance.  Plus, if you use gift cards to pay for your room charges, this means you only need to take one card to the front desk, not multiple, and speed up the process.

I’ll be drawing from A Disneyfied Life’s subscribers on Sunday, March 20th, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Just look for the button in the top right corner of this page and sign up.  Easy peasy!  Not only will you be entered to win the $25 Disney Gift Card, but you’ll also receive for immediate download my Ebook, Ten Sneaky Ways to Save for Your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation!  Spoiler Alert:  Disney Gift Cards play a starring role!

I really appreciate you reading this post and entering the giveaway.  My passion is sharing my Disney passion.  Make sense?  Now, what are you waiting for?  Go Click that Sign Up button!

Five Reasons Why My Family Visits the Walt Disney World Resort Every Year

Denise   March 16, 2016   Comments Off on Five Reasons Why My Family Visits the Walt Disney World Resort Every Year

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If you’re reading this, you most likely are a Disney World addict and may be able to relate to this recurring conversation.

Friend:  So, what are your vacation plans this year?

Me:  We’re heading to Disney once the kids are out of school.

Friend:  [Insert barely disguised eye roll.]  “Didn’t you go last year?  Aren’t you tired of that yet?”

Me:  [Smile and shrug my shoulders instead of thumping them on the head with my tiara.]

If I thought they really cared about the true answer, I would share my Five Reasons Why My Family Visits the Walt Disney World Resort every year.  But instead, I’ll share them with you.

  1. We are Disney Vacation Club members, so it’s actually the best vacation value for us. Through our DVC membership, we have prepaid for our hotel accommodations and there is no way we could afford such luxury resorts any other way.  And it doesn’t hurt that it’s a nine-hour drive to the House of Mouse from our home.  Airfare for a family of four would definitely cramp our style!
  1. No one gets bored. I have two teenagers—a boy and a girl—so feel my pain.  Some of us love thrill rides, others (or just one) breaks out in a cold sweat at the mere thought of riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant.  My daughter is a dancer, so she has to catch all the stage shows while my husband and son would rather have the It’s a Small World song stuck in their heads.  I could go on, but the point is there is a whole lot of somethings for each of us.
  1. Nothing stays the same. As of this writing, there will be five months between our last trip and the one coming up and the number of new attractions is staggering.  Just to name a few, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen has opened in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, along with at least 16 other new food experiences throughout the property.   Meet Cewbacca and Encounter Kylo Ren at the new Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the new firework show set to Star Wars theme music, Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular.  The re-imagined Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) is evolving on daily basis.  So you see?  Never a dull moment!
  1. This is the only place my kids willingly acknowledge me as fun. We build lasting memories of laughter, genuine connection and funny stories that will last all of our lifetimes.  Admittedly, their memories are really about making fun of Mom acting like a toddler.  Disney draws out the kid in us, even when it’s not cool in our everyday world.
  1. We get to re-visit our favorites. I love watching my husband be brave on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  My kids secretly love it when I force them to watch the Disney Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.  Floating through Pirates of the Caribbean reconnects me to my childhood.  And we all feel like jungle explorers when we embark on the Kilamanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

I’m the first to admit visiting the Walt Disney World Resort may not be for everyone.  But then, I also believe there are folks who don’t like warm, snuggly puppies.  There are many families I know who visit the beach every single year and no one finds that unusual.  Then there’s those who think nothing of a quick trip to Vegas multiple times during a year.  But as for us, it’s the Happiest Place on Earth or bust.

And yes, we did go last year, and no, we’re not tired of it! [Insert big cheesy smile]!

“To All Who Come to This Happy Pace, Welcome” — Walt Disney

Disney Resort ArchThe Walt Disney World Resort is so more than a collection of theme parks.  Beyond tea cups, space missions and Broadway-caliber shows, there is a heart.  And that heart beats loud and strong within the souls of its most avid fans.  I should know since I’m one of the most rabid Walt Disney World Resort fans I know.  And I know a bunch of them!

We see so much ugliness in this world each time we turn on a tv or fire up social media.  Is it no wonder I’m drawn to the Happiest Place on Earth?  In many ways, Walt Disney World can be defined by its Main Street, U.S.A.  It reminds us of a simpler time when folks enjoyed each other’s company while rocking on their front porch.  There’s a patriotism and Mayberry-esque quality hidden within the magical entertainment.  It represents a time when families talked at the table instead of staring at their devices.

And it reminds us that magic can be made in our own lives.

So there you have it.  The tip of the iceberg of why I’m the Disney freak amongst my family and friends.  And I wear that label with pride!  So much so that I can’t wait to share it with all of you.  Please join me as I do my best to sprinkle a bit of pixie dust into all our lives.

Until next time—See ya real soon!