About Dave & His Daughters

Hello! We are Dave’s daughters, Jen and Katie. We grew up going to Disney World every few years. When we were little, our dad was a youth pastor and a teacher so we didn’t have a ton of money.

However, our dad (and mom!) loved Disney SO much that they saved for years at a time in order to take us.

Since we only went every few years, our dad did a TON of research so we had the best time! We grew up thinking that Disney consisted of not waiting in lines, eating at all the coveted restaurants and doing pretty much everything you could possibly want to do at Disney.

dave and his daughters

As we grew up we realized that many people don’t have the same experiences at Disney as we did. They would wait in line for hours and hours, waste money on food, and overall not have the most magical experience.

As time passed we have continued to go to Disney World as young adults and now we have families of our own and we are taking our kids with us – and of course, Dad is our tour guide.

Disney is part of who we are as a family. We know that Disney really can be for everyone. We are here to show you the ropes.

Family going to Muppet Vision 3D

We’ve all had so many friends ask us if we could share our Dad’s family secrets with THEIR family so they could experience Disney like us.

That’s how this blog came to be! We’re here to help you have the best Disney vacation possible by sharing our family secrets!

About Dave Flavin

Dave, otherwise known as Dad, Grandpa and Papa to us, is our fearless leader. He spends hours and hours and hours researching the best attractions, the secret rope drop strategies and insider information you need to know to have the most magical trip ever.

Dave hates nothing more than to hear about friends or family who went to Disney and had a miserable time because they waited in line for hours, didn’t meet characters they wanted to meet or never got the dinner reservations they were hoping for.

family at magic kingdom

His articles are full of valuable information to prevent that from happening. He’s mastered Genie+, is the Rope Drop guru and has stayed in enough resorts to know what is good and what’s not worth it.

If he hasn’t personally experienced it (whether that’s an attraction, restaurant, resort or anything else), you can know that he has spent countless hours researching it to help you make the best decision possible.

His greatest joy is being a grandpa and is known for crying with joy at Disney World (such as when his first granddaughter met Mickey Mouse at Chef Mickey’s, when he walked down Main Street with 4 of his grandkids and most recently when he watched 3 of his youngest grandkids experience the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom and see how excited they were to see some of their favorite characters).

kids with chef mickey

About Katie Peterson & Jen Biswas

Katie (also the oldest child of the family and the best aunt to her nieces and nephews) is Dave’s right hand lady. She’s his sounding board for strategy and is great at making quick decisions on the fly to help steer the ship in the right direction.

Katie’s kids are older so she brings the unique view of older kids at Disney World. She’s brought them since her oldest was 5 and they still love it as tweens and teens.

2 women in front of castle at magic kingdom

Jen is the youngest of the family and also has the youngest kids who just experienced Disney for the first time at the start of 2024. Both Jen and Dave get really bad motion sick so if we make notes about this in any of our articles it’s because we know how awful it is to get motion sick, especially at Disney World.

Katie is the queen of deals is always on the hunt for some of the best Disney gear for your trip (or at home)! Jen excels at Amazon finds so combined Katie and Jen find you the best Disney gear at the best prices.

two girls in minnie and daisy shirts with mickey ears

Katie and Jen can quote almost every line from every Disney movie (much their husband’s dismay) and still get giddy when they meet Minnie Mouse, Chewbacca or just about any princess.

Things you should know

We also have a brother!

All of us kids (Jen, Katie and our brother Gary) are all married with 3 kids each.

Dave’s rule is this: every time a grandkid turns 5 we take a family trip to Disney! Funny enough, though, as more kids are born the age gets younger and younger. He just loves Disney that much that he can’t wait too long in between visits!

family at disney world in front of castle

Wondering Where to Start?

Head over to this page to get an overview of everything you need to know to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation!

Some of our favorite posts

Best Backpacks for Walt Disney World
Disney Princess – everything you need to know
How to Avoid Lines at Disney World
Where to Stay at Disney World – on or off site
Disney Crowd Calendar

Head to Our Main Pages

Plan Your Trip: When to Go
Plan Your Trip: Where to Stay
Plan Your Trip: Where to Eat
Plan Your Trip: What to Pack
Disney Parks (Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom)
Disney Fun (Characters and Quotes)

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