Our Walt Disney World Trip Cost Breakdown for a Family of Four

June 21, 2017

Sharing our Walt Disney World vacation cost breakdown isn’t a decision that came easily. Talking about money is … well … erm … uncomfortable. However, most of the costs pertaining to our Disney vacation (hotel rates, ticket costs, all restaurant menus, etc.) are already online so anyone interested in the total trip cost could figure [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 8 – Wilderness Lodge and drive home

June 13, 2017

trip day 8 of 8 Saturday, February 4, 2017 no park Wilderness Lodge tour breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe lunch on the road dinner on the road Most of Day 8 would be spent in the car driving home to Raleigh, but the ten-hour trip afforded us a small [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 7 – Magic Kingdom

May 30, 2017

trip day 7 of 8 Friday, February 3, 2017 Magic Kingdom pool break at Wilderness Lodge packed breakfast in room lunch at Be Our Guest dinner at Roaring Fork snacks at Gaston's Tavern and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Cafe By Day Seven, our sixth full Disney day and fifth [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 6 – Hollywood Studios and resort switch!

May 15, 2017

trip day 6 of 8 Thursday, February 2, 2017 Hollywood Studios resort switch to Wilderness Lodge! packed breakfast in room lunch at 50's Primetime Cafe dinner at Contempo Cafe An early morning arrival at Hollywood Studios was our fourth rope drop in four days. We packed up at Pop [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 5 – Magic Kingdom

April 27, 2017

trip day 5 of 8 Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Magic Kingdom breakfast at Main Street Bakery lunch at Columbia Harbor House dinner at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe snacks at Sunshine Tree Terrace and Gaston's Tavern Magic Kingdom days are always a marathon. There are so many attractions to fill [...]

RALEIGH DAY TRIPS / Grayson Highlands State Park

April 20, 2017

Grayson Highlands has been on my “to hike” list for over a year after I first learned about the wild ponies that inhabit the ridge. The wild horses on the beaches of Corolla are well-documented, but I’d never heard of these ponies just over the border in the Virginia mountains. Since mountains always win over [...]

WALT DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORT / Winter 2017 Day 4 – Animal Kingdom

April 17, 2017

trip day 4 of 8 Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Disney's Animal Kingdom Wilderness Explorers packed breakfast in room lunch at Yak & Yeti Local Foods dinner at Pizzafari and Flame Tree BBQ snack at Landscape of Flavors Sandwiched between two jam-packed days at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, our day [...]

RALEIGH DAY TRIPS / North Carolina Transportation Museum

April 13, 2017

Here in the capital city, we are fortunate to visit wonderful museums in town. However, one of our favorite state museums is a two-hour drive away in Spencer, halfway between Winston-Salem and Charlotte off I-85. The North Carolina Transportation Museum is home to one of the largest roundhouses ever built along with a vintage automobile collection [...]


April 10, 2017

trip day 3 of 8 Monday, January 30, 2017 EPCOT EPCOT Festival of the Arts packed breakfast in room Eating Around the World This day’s plan revolved around the challenge of Eating Around the World. We would arrive at EPCOT’s front entrance for rope drop, spend the first two [...]

RALEIGH DAY TRIPS / Hiking to Rough Ridge and the Linn Cove Viaduct

April 6, 2017

The “original” mountain day trip is our most hiked trail in the Blue Ridge. Whenever we need a mountain fix but can’t venture so far as to require an overnight stay, we drive to the Linn Cove Viaduct and Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain. Both hikes are part of the [...]