Andi

State:ALCountry:USAAbout Me:Andi Sims is a wife and mother of four children ranging in age from 7 to 16, and she teaches ballet to preschoolers. A frequent traveler to many places, she and her family have visited Disney parks, resorts, ships and destinations more than the average family. She's your "mom next door" to show you the ropes of planning your Disney vacation while traveling alone or with everyone -- from toddlers to teens and all those in between. She is a member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel -- which answers thousands of guests’ questions online at DisneyWorldMoms.com. And, she now answers questions exclusively for the seafaring guests of Disney Cruise Line as the Disney Cruise Mom. Andi maintains her blog concerning stories, tips and ideas on everything to do with her first (and hardest) job at WifeandMomUniversity.com. You can also find her on Twitter @wifeandmomuniv. She’s a sucker for anything chocolate, Mickey Mouse related or having to do with being more organized or efficient, and she runs to keep her sanity and to be able to eat more chocolate. As a Walt Disney World Moms Panelist, Andi is an independent contractor. The views and opinions which she express are her own and not intended to reflect the opinions of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, its affiliates, its management, its agents or its employees. As a part of her contract work with Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, she is compensated with a reward trip for her and her immediate family members.Web site:wifeandmomuniversity.comBrief Bio:Andi Sims is a member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel -- which answers thousands of guests’ questions online at DisneyWorldMoms.com. And, she now answers questions exclusively for the seafaring guests of Disney Cruise Line as the Disney Cruise Mom.


Video Tour of the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Join Andi — the Disney Cruise Mom on the Disney Moms Panel reporting for TravelingMom.com — as she tours the Disney Dream. See videos of a Disney Dream stateroom, the guest laundry, a public bathroom and even those cute little towel animals. Touring a Disney Dream Cruise Ship Stateroom See what a Disney Dream Stateroom looks like. Even more important, learn the secrets for storing all of your stuff in a cruise ship stateroom. And find out how to save money when you’re packing for your family cruise vacation. Touring the Disney Dream Cruise Ship Public Bathrooms OK, bathrooms aren’t...

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Top 10 Best Disney Cruise Tips – Part 5

For this fifth and final post in the five-part series,  my best Disney Cruise Tips #9 and #10 serve to encourage you and yours to get out of your comfort zone and explore the ship and the ports of call while also remembering that Disney wants you to have no worries!  These are my best hints and ideas from time as the Disney Cruise Mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel where I dished out advice to other Disney Cruise Line guests.  The rest of the list are linked below, which includes: Part One: 1) Know Before You...

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Top 10 Best Disney Cruise Tips – Part 4

For the fourth post in this five-part series,  my best Disney Cruise Tips #7 and #8 are  about maintaining your family’s health while you are onboard and getting educated with all the various events and programs on the ship so that you can fully enjoy a Disney Cruise vacation with your family.  These are my best hints and ideas from time as the Disney Cruise Mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel where I dished out advice to other Disney Cruise Line guests.  The complete list of the top ten so far are linked here, which includes: Part...

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Top 10 Best Disney Cruise Tips – Part 3

The third installment in this five-part series features my best Disney Cruise Tips #5 and #6 about staying organized in your stateroom and maximizing your entertainment experience so that you can fully enjoy a Disney Cruise vacation with your family.  These are my best hints and ideas from my  year-long tenure as the Disney Cruise Mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel where I provided advice to other Disney Cruise Line guests.  You can get the complete list of top ten here, which includes: Part One: 1) Know Before You Go and 2) Pack WiselyPart Two: 3) Brief the Kids...

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Top 10 Best Disney Cruise Tips – Part 2

This second installment in a  five-part series features Disney Cruise Tips #3 and #4 so that you can fully enjoy a Disney Cruise vacation with your family.  This culmination of my best hints and ideas is from my  year-long tenure as the Disney Cruise Mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel where I dispensed advice to other Disney Cruise Line guests.  To get the complete list of top ten, stayed tuned here for the list which includes: Part One: 1) Know Before You Go and 2) Pack Wisely Part Two: 3) Brief the Kids and 4) Slow Down Part Three: 5)...

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Top 10 Best Disney Cruise Tips – Part 1

This is a five-part series – dolling out two tips per day – about how to fully enjoy a Disney Cruise vacation with your family.  This is a culmination of my best hints and ideas from a year-long tenure dispensing advice to other Disney Cruise Line guests.  To get the complete list of ten, stayed tuned here for the list which includes: Part One: 1) Know Before You Go and 2) Pack Wisely Part Two: 3) Brief the Kids and 4) Slow Down Part Three: 5) Stay Organized and 6) Be Entertained Part Four: 7) Maintain Your Health (and Weight) and 8) Get...

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Preparing for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon

Novice runner here. I ran my first 5K at Walt Disney World in October 2010, and my first half marathon last year at Disney’s Princess Half. And to be honest, I really don’t feel like I deserve the magnet a friend gave me for the back of my car which reads, “Runner Girl.” Yet, I’ll do just about anything for a trip to Disney Parks…so I’m running Disney’s Princess Half Marathon again this weekend. This time, I’m sharing the experince with my 14-year-old daughter. She is the threshold age for running the event, and this has turned into her...

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An International Traveling Mom’s Best Friend

The first time I met Jill Cooper she was serving as the Adventures by Disney Specialist on the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel.  She and I both had been selected to represent the Moms Panel at the Disney Dream Christening Ceremony and Christening Cruise, and we were thrilled to meet up with each other as we traveled to the festivities.  As a teacher, college counselor and self-described incurable Disney fan, Jill resides in New Jersey with her husband and their tween son, Brian, and she’s always spinning in a constant cycle of lesson plans, college plans and vacation...

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Tour of Disney Wonder One-Bedroom Concierge Suite

Since we usually travel with our family of six, I typically book two Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandahs on a Disney Cruise. However, we had to leave our teen son at home this time when we sailed on the Disney Wonder to the Mexican Riviera.  Therefore, we booked one stateroom which sleeps five.  We arrived early to the Port of Angeles – so, I thought we might have a chance to request an upgrade.  And, I was right!  There was a one-bedroom concierge suite available. Located on Deck 8, the suite featured a double verandah, a sitting room,...

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How to Plan Your Days at Sea on a Disney Cruise

More than half the fun of your voyage on a Disney ship is actually the journey itself.  In fact, sometimes my kids are begging for “one more sea day” during the course of a Disney cruise.  It’s amazing that they can tailor each family member’s experience depending on his/her age, and then bring everyone together for amazing family times, too. For sea days, we like to peruse our daily Personal Navigator and mark it up for each person.  Mom may want a spa treatment and some time by the Quiet Cove Pool.  Dad may want to work out in...

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