Author Archives: Allison Elliott Shannon

Allison visited Walt Disney World several times as a child, but found a renewed interest in all things Disney five years ago when her now-husband induced her to visit as an adult. Several trips later she particularly loves the Haunted Mansion, World Showcase, and sampling Disney dining. She hangs her Mouse Ears in Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband and stepdaughter.


The Tomorrowland Speedway Was a Mistake; Here’s How Walt Disney World Can Fix It

The Tomorrowland Speedway has been part of Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom since opening day in 1971. I believe it should never have existed. But if Disney removes the Speedway at this point, what should take its place? There are three reasons the Speedway should have never been part of the Magic Kingdom: […]


Confessions of a Disney Vacation Cheapskate

We are Walt Disney World cheapskates. I admit it. My family loves Walt Disney World and tries to go as often as we can. We want to make every trip as magical as possible, but, as a family with two public university employee incomes we don’t come close to making what I call “Deluxe Resort […]


Walt Disney World with a Tween: Less Drama, More Magic

Remember 11-year-old Riley, the protagonist of Pixar’s Inside Out? Her brain was controlled by the (sometimes conflicting) emotions of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. This war zone of feelings is pretty typical for a “tweenager,” a kid who is in-between a small child and full-fledged teenager. They have one foot in childhood and the […]


Top tips to help your feet survive Walt Disney World

At the end of a day at Walt Disney World do you feel like your feet have been sprinkled with pixie dust, or shoved into a too-small glass slipper? Whether you find yourself dealing with blisters, chafing, or just aches and pains, foot problems make what should be a literal walk in the park(s) feel […]


WDW for adults: the best bars and lounges

Besides signature restaurants and quick service dining, Walt Disney World is home to many bars and lounges that are ideal places for grown-up guests to take a break or have a light meal. Below are a few of the top bars and lounges to visit while at WDW, including picks at resorts, parks, and Disney […]