Best character meal for a preschoolers and toddlers! Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios in Disney World is where you can meet Sofia the First, Jake, Doc McStuffins, and Handy Manny!My Minnie and Mickey are 5 and 2, so you can imagine that the Disney Jr. Channel is very popular in my house. I can’t even count the times I have caught myself humming the Miles From Tomorrowland theme when I am doing chores around the house (to be fair, it is really catchy :)). So, one of the top priorities for a character dining reservation was the Disney Jr. Play & Dine at Hollywood Studios! (more…)

4 tips to handle financial surprises with a smile

We have all been there — that unexpected bill that pops up and now your entire budget is thrown off… Ugh. I know I have been there a few too many times and I finally decided that I had enough.

Financial surprises are never easy, but you can make them a bit more manageable, or maybe even handle them with a smile with these 4 tips. 🙂 (more…)

Great tips on how to tour Disney World with a large group! Especially love #2! Will be using for our next trip!

I have a large family: 4 brothers and 1 sister plus their families. I am used to traveling with a  large group, but I most definitely was not prepared to visit Walt Disney World with a group of 10! If you are planning a trip for a large group of your own, follow these 3 tips to enjoy a magical trip. (more…)

Gaston is one of our favs at Disney! I can't wait to see him in this secret spot at Disney World.

Shh! Secret Spot to See Gaston!

There is a place in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World that you can see Gaston outside of waiting in a line out in the hot Florida weather. I found this totally by accident and it was all because we stopped and decided to slow down. Are you ready? It’s Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland. (more…)

Should you stay on property at Disney World?
My family and I have travelled to Disney World twice in the last two years. In 2014, we took an impromptu trip and stayed off property near Downtown Disney(now Disney Springs). Our last trip, we stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Have you wondered what the differences are and what option might be best for you and yours? I thought back between the two trips and compiled my top 3 differences between staying at a Disney resort and off property. (more…)

*This post contains affiliate links.Have the happiest feet at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Disney World: a fun and wonderful and exhausting place. Yes, I said exhausting. I think I clocked in a cool  5 – 6 miles a day.  OUCH.  With all the planning and excitement that goes with preparing for the Happiest Place On Earth, training never crossed my mind. But, boy I wished that I had! (more…)

It all started withHello Everyone! I would like to formally(or not so formally) invite you to my new blog, The Contented Mouse.

I have to be honest, I was not considering blogging in the least until November 3, 2015. That day was the last full day of my family’s Walt Disney World vacation, and it was going great, until it wasn’t. There were record breaking high temps everyday and to top it off, a time I had originally thought would be low crowds turned out to be Jersey Week(sigh, how could I have missed that?!). Still, I was content and we were having the time of our lives.  We had just finished a lovely morning in the Magic Kingdom and were heading out of the Park to take a nice break at the hotel, when just in front of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A. a man in Mickey Mouse Ears pushing a stroller was screaming at anyone in his path to MOVE. I was shocked. How could someone be having such a horrible time at the happiest place on earth??  Yes, it was H-O-T and so very humid. Yes, there were lots of people. I still could not fathom being so rude and angry. Why was I in the same same park with the same conditions and still having a great time? Then it hit me, I was content with the situation. Needless to say, I spent the bus ride back to the Art of Animation hotel with my wheels turning on how to help others have a happier experience no matter what the weather or crowds or whatever throws at you.

I hope you will join me on my journey to a contented life and grow with me. 🙂