Tips for for Resting at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park


During a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation, there are many miles of walking involved. I go into several Rides for Resting. I am not as young as I used to be and have a hard time navigating a park from opening to closing anymore. There are many rides in this park I call resting rides. The rides are also air-conditioned. Since the Florida heat can rise into the 90’s air-conditioning is a must! In the winter you might need to warm up or just rest. The Magic Kingdom has so many attractions now it can take two days or more to see it and enjoy. If you go around the park counter-clockwise below are the seven rides I use for resting at The Magic Kingdom.

  1. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  2. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  3. It’s a Small World
  4. The Hall of Presidents
  5. Country Bear Jamboree
  6. The Enchanted Tiki Room~~Under New Mangement
  7. Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover~~(Some Air-Conditioning)

The Magic Kingdom Small World

The Magic Kingdom Small World

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

The Magic Kingdom Small World

The Magic Kingdom Small World

I love the Magic Kingdom it is my favorite park. It gives me the feeling of coming home any time of the year! It stole my heart on the first visit. I get that warm feeling as soon as I walk down Main Street. I love the smell of the pastries, the sound of the train wheels clacking down the track, the breeze blowing my hair, feeling free from worry just like Walt wanted. It is so joyful just to walk down Main Street USA! When I ride these rides it helps me to keep rested and cooled during the day. I know they are not the Magic Kingdom’s “E” ticket attractions but, it contributes to relaxing along the way. It makes the magic and pixie dust more fun!!

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Disney Master Artist Kevin-John Has Me Mesmerized!

Photo Credit: Janice Brady/An Open Suitcase

During a group event, Glamping Bloggers 2017 I was so excited to meet Disney Master Artist Kevin-John. He is amazing! His art has me totally mesmerized. I am now a new art lover! He is just so talented when it comes to every small detail and works with watercolor! He spoke about Walt Disney, inspiration, and story. He also spoke about a teacher who inspired his artwork at a young age. He has no education in art just a God-given talent for art, inspirational speaking and has a very big heart.

Everything starts with a story and inspiration Kevin-John tells us. Walt Disney used a house in Baltimore for inspiration for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Disney Master Artist Kevin-John’s art has showcased throughout the country as well as on ESPN, ABC, the Superbowl, Walt Disney World and the PGA tour.

Photo courtesy of, Dawn’s Dorky Diary

Kevin-John will also be at Epcot® International Festival of the Arts sometime during the festival. He will showcase his art there as a Disney Master Artist. This Festival will run from Jan.12th until Feb. 19th. The dates when Kevin-John will be there are coming soon!

He also has a client list of more than 350 of the top athletes and teams. He is the one they look for when the athletes and teams want the highest quality action portraits. Yes, Disney Master Artist Kevin-John has an amazing gift and watches documentaries of pirates for some of his inspiration. He loves Halloween it is his favorite holiday. He makes many Halloween and pirate paintings. It is harder to paint with watercolor due to it drying quickly and is colorfast. Disney Master Artist Kevin-John makes his own mixture of color for his paintings. It is called Kevin-John Purple. All of his color paintings start with that color and are built upon it. It is a beautiful color! Kevin-John is color blind. He is an inspiration to me and many others!

Photo Credit: Kuleen Lashley/My Small World

He currently makes artwork for the Walt Disney Company to create Theme Park exclusive art for their galleries. There are less than 20 Disney Master Artists in the World. He has commissioned work and is starting his own brand. He and his partner Houston Tucker have started a new company called Legend Cove Trading Company. Staying with the story of pirates and a new painting of Captain Red. Legend Cove Trading Company has Organic Carribean Coffee, lifestyle items, including rum,  coffee, fine art, Apparel home goods. Legend Cove is Freedom. adventure. Escape. Kevin- John speaks about his partner being his Roy to his Walt. Houston Tucker keeps the wheels moving while Kevin-John finds a concept.To receive more information on Legend Cove follow this link:

Photo Credit: Dawn Gosdin/Dawn’s Dorky Diary

Disney Master Artist Kevin-John celebrated his 30th anniversary as a professional artist in 2017 and has always shown a concern for countless charitable causes and has helped raise over a half a million dollars to those charities. For more information visit on the web at:

I was provided accommodations/meals for a registration fee by Glamping Blogger Retreat 2017, however, all opinions are my own.

Manitou Incline Looks Like the Stairway to Heaven





The Manitou Incline looks like the stairway to heaven. It is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is a popular hiking trail. With 2000 ft. of elevation in a one mile trail for advanced hikers, it is not for the faint of heart. My Sister and her family climbed up the incline then she told me about it. She said,” I was climbing almost straight up”.

The history of, The Manitou Incline is amazing.  The Manitou Incline was originally built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain. The trail is what remains of a narrow gauge railway whose tracks washed out during a rock slide in 1990.  After the pipelines were finished, it was turned into a tourist attraction. The Incline is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, with an average grade of 45% and as steep as 68% in places, making it a fitness challenge for locals in the Colorado Springs area. Do not let the top fool you there is 300 more feet to go before reaching the real top. After reaching the summit you walk down a trail called Barr Trail. No one is allowed to go down the Manitou Incline.


More information about the Manitou Incline:

Length: 1 mile, but climbs 2,000 vertical feet.
Duration: Under 30 minutes to over an hour or more depending on your fitness level and pace.
Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Recommended for: Physically active, not ADA accessible
Cost: Free
Parking:  Parking is recommended within parking lots along Manitou Avenue- Then hike up Ruxton Avenue. Parking is limited and difficult to find along Ruxton. It is highly recommended to take the free shuttle service during the dates of May 18 – Sept. 24.
Dogs: No dogs allowed on the Incline
Hours of use: Dawn-Dusk, no night use permitted;
Beginning October 31, 2016 Hours of Operation will be:
April 1- October 31: 6am-8pm
November 1- March 31: 6am-6pm

Please be advised. It can take first responders up to 3-4 hours to get to you if you have a medical issue.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Has Extra Treats!

Disney Memory Maker

Glamping Bloggers Retreat 2017                                                                                                                                    Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has extra treats! I went with 9 other Bloggers to this Event! It was a wonderful group we were all dressed as Wilderness Explorers! Many people ask if the extra ticket price is worth it. In my opinion, yes, yes, yes, it is! There is so much to do!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has extra treats! There are, Special Disney Character

Appearances, Club Villain, Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball, Hallowishes the fireworks

extravaganza, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade

which is one of my favorites and so much more! I love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! The

decorations on Main Street are always so incredible. Also, I love the mesmerizing effect when

the color changes on the buildings with the not-so-scary music in the background. I heard from

the “Smiling Ghosts” that Main Street has over 200 different face carved pumpkins for

Halloween! The Characters are also in special places dressed in their finest party costumes.

There is special party merchandise to buy, and special party treats to eat. The goodies look

frighteningly good!



To begin with, I suggest that you arrive early and eat first. This is a must on a party night or you

might not be able to just walk up and get in! If you do not want to take so much time on a sit-

down meal, there are many choices of counter service meals also.

The time goes very quickly at the party. It just flies and before you know it midnight strikes and

the carriage turns back into a pumpkin. It is a very good idea to have a plan of what you want to

do the most before midnight strikes and the party is over. Our number one priority was to see

Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Parade. Our group decided to go to the 9:15 Parade. There is another

at 11:15.

We started riding rides and trick-or-treating. So many trick-or-treating locations on the map. A

Cast Member reminded me that at the 9:15 Boo To You Parade, was a good time to ride the

rides with the long lines. Most noteworthy of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the short

lines for the rides.

After riding several rides, and trick-or-treating in several places, having a few photo’s made I

have to say the parade was wonderful with, The Headless Horseman first, following with the

floats, music, lights and, Characters. Next, on the way out we went to the Fire Station and

received our collector card of, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. The night was over already. It

was a super fun, happy, and ghostly night! Hurry before all of the Mickey’s Not So Scary

Halloween Party tickets are sold out! You will be sure to have a BOO-TO-YOU night!

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I was provided accommodations/meals for a registration fee by Glamping Blogger Retreat 2017, however, all opinions are my own.