It's A Small World After All

It's A Small World After All

A Floridian's Guide to an Ultimate Disney World Experience

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Growing up an hour away from Cinderella's Castle, I have had my eyes set on a Disney vacation for as long as I can remember. I would see all of my neighbors and friends come back from the theme park with Mickey ears and ice-cream sandwiches every summer while I either went to visit my family in India or enjoyed a staycation.

After a long wait, I was finally able to convince my family to go on a trip to Orlando's Disney World as Florida residents. With cheaper tickets comes its pros and cons, but at the end of the day, there are 5 ways that can ensure a magical stay at Mickey's Home.

When my family and I went to Disney, I only remembered standing in lines that were hours and hours long until my legs were waiting for relief. Only after we left the park had I known about the concept of a FastPass. The FastPass allows an individual to be in a shorter line for a specific attraction or ride at the park. The other catch: you need to get three and use them BEFORE adding more passes! However, my advice is to choose wisely and ahead of time so you can have more fun at the park. The most popular rides usually don't have passes available, but if you try to buy them a few weeks before your trip, you could be lucky!

1. FastPasses

When my family and I went to Disney, I only remembered standing in lines that were hours and hours long until my legs were wailing for relief. Only after we left the park had I known about the concept of a FastPass. The FastPass allows an individual to be in a shorter line for a specific attraction or ride at the park. The other catch: you need to get three and use them BEFORE adding more passes! However, my advice is to choose wisely and ahead of time so you can have more fun at the park. The most popular rides usually don't have passes available, but if you try to buy them a few weeks before your trip, you could be lucky!

2. MyDisney Experience

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As soon as the tram lets you into the park, you enter a crowd that is excited, confused and energetic in the most magical place on Earth. Do you have questions or want to have the day planned for you? Save time with the MyDisney Experience App found in the App Store. The MyDisney App connects your ticket to the app to give you real-life wait times at all attractions, a list of showtimes and the best places to dine or take some nice pictures!

3. Bring Food/Water

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As a vegetarian, finding restaurants with proper meals for a reasonable price was rather difficult, impossible even in some of the parks. If you are a picky eater or have dietary restrictions, bring homemade food to match your palette. The Disney staff respects these decisions and will not mind as long as you show your bag like everyone else in the security line! If you pack some refreshing bottles of water or Gatorade, you're all set for the day!

4. Skip the Parade at Magic Kingdom

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Magic Kingdom is the face of Disney World on an international level, so it makes sense that this will be the park with the most crowd and greatest entertainment. Magic Kingdom has a 15-minute parade at 3:00 every day. The parade features all of your favorite princesses, Mickey and Minnie and even Alice in Wonderland! In the sweltering heat of summer, I spent too much time waiting for the parade to start that I got exhausted physically and mentally. For families with little kids, the wait was not worth it. If you want to make the most of Magic Kingdom, don't wait for the parade.

5. Extra Magic Hours

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The best way to have an ultimate Disney Experience is to go relish your favorite attractions during Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours, part of Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, allow resort guests to enter the park one hour earlier. The perks of staying at a Walt Disney Resort include shorter wait times and more time to take pictures before the rest of the crowd floods inside!

Every trip to Disney World is magical, exhausting and unforgettable. With these tips from a Floridian and true Disney fan, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life and live happily ever after!

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The 10 Best Things About Rhode Island

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With Rhode Island being such a small state people wonder what is so great about it. There are so many attractions that lead people to "Little Rhody" from the Newport Mansions to the RISD Art Museum. RI's beautiful beaches are also a plus for the locals who live here year round. But what is the best things about Rhode Island? With so many great things to choose from here is what I thought was the best things Rhode Island has to offer.

1. Del's Lemonade


With its numerous flavors and iconic cup imagery Del's is a Rhode Island staple. My personal favorite is mixing watermelon and lemon together!

2. Caserta's Pizzeria

Located on Providence's historic Federal Hill. If you are looking for a good slice of pizza Caserta's is the place to go.

3. Providence


It is basically the smaller version of Boston! No really, and that is where the city gets all its charms from.

4. Scarborough Beach


Forget Newport, this is the prime place to catch some waves. Personally, I think the water is better and Narragansett tends to be a litttle less touristy.

5. PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center)


When you are too poor to catch a Broadway show so you go see the national tour instead. PPAC has become an awesome venue in recent years with lots of different plays, musicals and dance troupes coming to perform.

6. The Cliff Walk


Preferably after the tourist season because then you can actually walk on it. The Cliff Walk offers some breathtaking views and a little adventure.

7. Waterfire

There are a lot of Waterfire's during the summer and early fall so you can always catch one. Plus, it is free and provides great pictures.

8. Party Pizza


Some make think it is a disgrace to pizza everywhere, but it is still good. Nobody really understands why party pizza exists, but we never question it. Especially, after you stuff five pieces into your mouth.

9. Crook Point Bascule Bridge



It has become somewhat of a local monument for the locals. My friend and I always do a bit of site seeing around here.

10. Allie's Donuts


Home of the Donut Cake! Allie's makes probably the best donuts around here and that is not an understatement.

And there you have it! While, I think these are 10 best things about Rhode Island there is obviously so much more. If anything RI's quirky local eateries, beautiful landscape, as well as up and coming attractions are what make it special. Rhode Island has so many things to offer it is hard to choose. Personally, I think the food is the best, but my New York/New Jersey friends beg to differ.



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12 Major Differences I've Noticed Living In Hawaii Vs. Alabama

I'm a southerner from head to toe, and Hawaii is NOT Alabama.

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I recently moved to Hawaii because I married a Marine. I most likely would never have lived here otherwise. I was born and raised in Alabama, and Hawaii is NOT Alabama. I could probably write a very large book about the differences between the two, but I decided I would keep it simple and just give you 12.

1. The Roads

Hawaii has all of, like, three roads. I'm not kidding. Their main road names are extremely weird on top of that. Alabama has lovely backroads to avoid traffic, Hawaii does not.

2. The Weather

Hawaii has fantastic weather. It's always 75-80 and I love it. Alabama is the most moody state around when it comes to weather.

3. The Ocean

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Yes, Alabama has Gulf Shores. No, it is nothing compared to Hawaii. The water is crystal clear here.

4. The Politics

I'm Republican. Hawaii is... not. That's something I have to adjust to, and it's extremely hard coming from Alabama.

5. The Pet Laws

Hawaii claims to be a "rabies free" state, so your poor pets have to go through a bunch of crap to actually get here. Alabama doesn't care. Hawaii does have random chickens walking around everywhere though.

6. The Size

The island I live on is basically the size of my hand. I can get from one side to the other in about 25 minutes. It's unreal. It took me a good two hours to get to my grand parents' house in Alabama.

7. The Prices

Yeah, I'll be honest, I hate how expensive Hawaii is. Most everything I buy is on base because it's a little cheaper. Hawaii has incredibly ridiculous prices. I came from Alabama, where everything's fairly cheap. I miss that.

8. The Houses

Two things on this. One, Hawaii's houses are all extremely close to one another. Two, Hawaii's houses are almost all a million dollars or more. Alabama is polar opposite of both of those.

9. The Accents

Guys, I came from a state where "y'all" is a very used word. I get looks like I'm an idiot for saying that here. It's extremely weird!

10. The Language

Yeah, Hawaii is part of America, but they still have their own language. Nearly every word you say here, all the vowels have to be pronounced. I'm terrible at it, considering I came from Alabama.

11. The Traffic

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I'm used to close-to-nothing traffic. Hawaii is almost worse than Atlanta because they have zero roads to use. I hate traffic by the way. It's awful.

12. The Wildlife

Alabama has like two kinds of birds, and they all sound the same. I kid you not you might think you're being robbed when you hear some of the birds in Hawaii. They sound terrifying. I am also used to all of Alabama's wildlife in general. Hawaii has these weird fish, and little animals running around that look like nothing I've seen before.

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