Celebrating 30 WDW Favorites

Well, we all have to turn thirty sometimes. Right? RIGHT? Ahem. I’m well-rested from an extended trip to Orlando (thanks to “blizzard” Juno)… even a week later. So I say that’s a pretty good trip, huh? I plan on talking about my November and January trips super soon (I’m going to stretch out these recaps […]

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A Stop in Adventurers Outpost

Sometimes I just get the urge to meet characters. (I never thought I would be a person who said this.) In the middle of a solo Animal Kingdom trip in November, I stopped in to say hello to my Up friends and wondered: “Did Mickey and Minnie have their holiday sweaters on yet?” Your mind does weird things […]

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Kill Refurb Marry: Animal Kingdom Park

Nothing like ripping apart a park the week of its 15th birthday. But hey, that’s the way we roll sometimes. You know that I love Animal Kingdom quite a bit but I’m here once again to make some tough decisions when it comes to the park. Kill, Refurb, Marry — by now you know the […]

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Animal Kingdom Appreciation: Before Animal Kingdom in 1995

One summer morning when I was 15, I received a FedEx package from Burbank. My parents demanded to know what mischief I’d been up to on the computer and why anyone was sending me a FedEx package. When I opened it up, my credibility was restored and threat of being grounded had dissipated when they […]

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Muppet Monday: The Muppets Take Animal Kingdom

Happy Muppet Monday + Happy Birthday, Animal Kingdom! A wonderful day, for sure. But a sad moment when I realized the Muppets have yet to visit Animal Kingdom. During their special The Muppets at Disney World, they hung out in all three parks and, of course, can be seen daily (many times a day, actually) […]

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Animal Kingdom Appreciation: Back to 1998

One reason Animal Kingdom holds a special place in my heart is because it is the only park I’ve seen from its opening year. When I was home last weekend, I went through our old albums and picked a few photographs to share with you from that inaugural trip. (You can catch a few others from my […]

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Would You Look at That: Sights at Walt Disney World

I’m always keeping my eye out for strange / unique / weird photo opportunities during our vacations, especially in Walt Disney World. (Hey the characters aren’t the only characters, if you know what I mean.) Honestly, there are no limits to what you might see… whether it’s a guest or a part of the theme […]

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Hit or Miss: Walt Disney World Trip March 2013

A week ago, James and I were watching Illuminations and munching on goodies from the new bakery in France. Tonight, I’m sitting in my pajamas waiting for Smash to come on TV. I’ve had park music on endlessly since our return, and while it’s not completely filling my empty little heart (ha), it’s softening the […]

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Goofy Friends at Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus

Last week, I promised Safari Mike at Jambo Everyone an Animal Kingdom-esque post. Here’s one of my favorites. When Animal Kingdom first opened, before the Tusker House character breakfast, my family would always book a breakfast at Restaurantosaurus in Dinoland U.S.A. The buffet breakfast was in what looked like a trailer, and most of the characters […]

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Few of My Favorite (Disney) Things: 2012

This has got to have been the fastest year on record! I can’t believe that tomorrow will be January 1. It’s been such a fantastic year around This Happy Place Blog, and I want to take a second to thank all the readers, new and old, and other bloggers in the Disney community who have […]

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