A Behind the Scenes Look at Our Walt Disney World Resort® Shoot + Win a Trip for Your Family!

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I’ve always wanted to be a reporter and I’ve always loved the Disney Parks. Combine the two and some awesome kind of dream job would be to be a Disney Parks reporter. Like if Walt Disney World® Resort had a news team, I’d be the lead reporter giving the scoop on all of the fun rides and restaurants to hit up with your family when visiting the parks.

Interracial family at Disney World. Multiracial family blogger

Well a couple of months ago that dream was basically realized when Disney flew my family and me to Orlando and gave us a free Walt Disney World® Resort vacation to capture our Disney do-list in a four-part series for Essence.com showcasing some of the Disney Parks magic we know and love.

Now for you, my blog readers, I can give you some of the behind-the-scenes scoop. For one, my husband who you know is as camera shy as they get, – was a big trooper. Lil’ J has had a camera in her face since birth so she was a gem, and little man was something else. I mean we were at Walt Disney World® Resort, he was ready to play, and the crew just had to capture his joy.

We stayed at the beautiful Disney’s Art of Animation Resort which is easily our favorite right now purely for the Cars cast. Every evening when we came back to the hotel we had to make a trip around Radiator Springs to say hi to all of his friends.

In the end we knocked out all of our favorites:

Meeting Tiana
Turtle Talk with Crush
Chatting with Elsa and Anna
Dumbo the Flying Elephant® Attraction
Toy Story Mania® Attraction
… Actually this list can get pretty long fast. You can watch our videos to see what we enjoyed.

And I’ll narrow down a few of our favorite NEW things we experienced:

1. Met Moana – She’s currently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
2. The new Frozen Ever After ride – One of my new favorite rides for sure. We all loved it. The atmosphere was beautiful and we were singing the whole way through. There were some backwards riding and a little drop, and the kids both had a blast.
3. We hitched a ride on some Main Street, U.S.A.® transportation and my kids sent a trail of bubbles all the way down. Their huge smiles were contagious.
4. Met Gaston outside of his tavern– He is HILARIOUS! He asked my husband if he wanted to feel his biceps too and my husband politely declined.

5. Show Mickey Mouse a cool toy– My kids lost their minds when we saw Mickey and Minnie in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. But the cutest part was when my son ran for his Mack truck (from the Cars movie) he had with us the entire trip and ran back to show it to Mickey. I almost cried. He still talks about that today and can’t wait to go see him again.

We’ve taken four trips to Walt Disney World® Resort (plus two to Disneyland ® Resort and two Disney Cruise Line vacation) in two years and we STILL haven’t seen it all.

With each trip the magic never fades. Walt Disney World® Resort has endless magic.

Enter to win

Essence Communications Inc. is sponsoring The Endless Magic Sweepstakes so you and your family can experience it as well! Visit www.Essence.com/EndlessMagic to enter for a chance to win a 4-night/5-day Walt Disney World® Resort vacation for four.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchasing does not improve your chances of winning. The Endless Magic Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., age 21 or older. Void outside the U.S., in Puerto Rico, and wherever prohibited by law. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on 01/13/17 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 03/30/17. Click here for Sweeps Facts and Official Rules. Sponsor: Essence Communications, Inc., 225 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281.

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    1. Ich persönlich stehe mehr auf die Ethnomuster, dann aber maximal in einer Farbeund minimalistisch kombiniert, damit es nicht zu extrem wird.Aber eine tolle Zusmlmestealung hast Du da gemacht.

  1. Girl, this is all types of magic and pure joy! How exciting! I can only imagine your son’s excitement as well, so sweet! Your family is the ca-utters! 🙂 And yes, that surely is a dream job for sure and you did an excellent job! I entered when I saw it come across my timeline a couple days ago, and keeping my fingers and toes crossed. Lol

  2. What an incredible opportunity for you and your beautiful family!! I am absolutely entering – but then if I win, can I donate the experience? That would be such a dream to me!

  3. This was great. You can tell you all had a true blast!! Such fun in your children’s eyes too. Memories to last forever. That’s for sure!

  4. You’re family is so beautiful and I love that you shared this tutorial! I am a biracial child as well (black mother white father), and I have had tons of mixed friends who have not had the best curls because their moms’ didn’t know how the heck to manage the curls! you are helping so may moms and daughters out there! please repost links to your blog everywhere!!!! I love this so much!

  5. It’s been so nice to see your family.A complete Happy family.Kids are looking so happy when they meet Mickey Mouse characters.I love this so much and smile of all of you.

  6. We have a big Cars fan around here so I’m sure my son would go nuts for the Art of Animation hotel. Definitely bookmarking this for when we plan our trip. Thanks!

  7. Absolutely love this post, you have such a beautiful family. My family is looking forward to our Disney trip later this year! We always love seeing and hearing about others’ magical trips!

  8. What an amazing experience for you and your family. WDW is such a magical place. I’ve been visiting since ’95 and I love it just as much as that first time when I was 8. How time flies. I still need to meet Moana though. Last year when we visited we couldn’t find her.

  9. What a great way to get to experience the magic! We have taken our girls a few times now, but every time we get home, we start looking for another way to make it back out to Orlando again. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  10. It s a lovely post. I was supposed to visit Disney in january but apparently it s gonna be closed so no chance for us. I hope we will come soon my kinds really want to visit !

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