Author: Katie Lusnia

Katie Lusnia grew up in the Florida sunshine. Now she is on a mission to explore the state with her husband and infant son. She loves finding farm-to-table food and exploring an area through local cuisine and the great outdoors.
35 Best Things to Do in Orlando in 2022 (By a Local!)

35 Best Things to Do in Orlando in 2022 (By a Local!)

Many tourists have visited Orlando multiple times and yet never ventured away from Walt Disney World. But there are so many more incredible things to do in Orlando than just the Magic Kingdom and Mickey Mouse! I am a self-proclaimed theme park fanatic who worked at Walt Disney World for 12 years. So I know…

Kennedy Space Center (Ultimate Visitor’s Guide for 2022)

Kennedy Space Center (Ultimate Visitor’s Guide for 2022)

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been in operation since 1967. However, it wasn’t always as grand as it is now. Since 1995, Delaware North has been operating the Visitor Complex for NASA. In that time, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has grown into an out-of-this-world experience for guests.  Like most Floridians, I…

25 Best Orlando Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)

25 Best Orlando Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)

Enjoying the culinary scene is one of the best parts of traveling to a new city. Orlando is a true melting pot of people and that means you can find just about every kind of food here. The best restaurants in Orlando range from international street food to Michelin-star restaurants.  If you are visiting Orlando…

21 Best Things to Do in Disney Springs (in 2022)

21 Best Things to Do in Disney Springs (in 2022)

There are enough activities and restaurants that you could spend a full day exploring the best things to do in Disney Springs, but most families spend a half day there.  Disney Springs, previously known as Downtown Disney, is a dining and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World.  As an Orlando local, I love going to…

Parking at Disney World | Insider Guide (for 2022)

Parking at Disney World | Insider Guide (for 2022)

Sometimes when planning a vacation, people forget to consider one important question – where will I park my car? Luckily, you’ll find ample parking at Disney World that is easy to find and access. This guide will answer all your questions about Walt Disney World parking.  How Much Does Disney World Parking Cost?  Theme Parks…

Where to Stay at Disney World (Best Places + Local Tips)

Where to Stay at Disney World (Best Places + Local Tips)

The Walt Disney World Resort covers almost 25,000 acres of land. For comparison, the Disneyland Resort is just over 500 acres. When planning a vacation, you want to take the time to decide where to stay at Disney World.  Depending on the location you choose, you may have better access to the Disney theme parks…

The Best Time to Visit Orlando? When to Go, By a Local

The Best Time to Visit Orlando? When to Go, By a Local

The best time to visit Orlando, Florida is in the spring when the weather is comfortable and the summer crowds have not flown in yet. Since a majority of Orlando attractions operate year-round, you never need to worry about activities being available.  The best time for you to visit Orlando will of course depend on…

15 Epic Day Trips from Orlando for 2022 (By a Local!)

15 Epic Day Trips from Orlando for 2022 (By a Local!)

There are some seriously fun day trips from Orlando. Orlando, Florida is one of the top vacation destinations in the world, thanks to a sunny climate and Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. But there are many epic attractions in and around Orlando, Florida beyond just fireworks and roller coasters. I’ve lived in Orlando for…

33 Best Things to Do in Florida in 2022 (By Locals!)

33 Best Things to Do in Florida in 2022 (By Locals!)

Between the tourist attractions, theme parks, water activities, and outdoor adventures, there are endless things to do in Florida. There is a good reason Florida is one of the two most visited states in the entire country! As two Florida locals (Katie and Andrew) who love exploring this state, we’ve covered a lot of ground….

49 Disney World Tips (An Orlando Local’s Insider Secrets)

49 Disney World Tips (An Orlando Local’s Insider Secrets)

This is a ton of information available for planning your visit to Walt Disney World. Some over planners (like me) enjoy combing through every detail to make sure nothing is missed. For everyone else, you just need the best Disney World tips to help make the most of your trip. I have lived just down…

Disney Packing List (25 Things You Might Forget to Bring)

Disney Packing List (25 Things You Might Forget to Bring)

Putting together your Walt Disney World packing list can easily become overwhelming. While I normally recommend a minimalist approach to travel packing, I actually think the opposite is better for a trip to Walt Disney World.  I have been visiting Disney parks throughout my entire life and I worked at Disney World for 12 years….

Is Orlando Safe to Travel in 2022? (A Local’s Perspective)

Is Orlando Safe to Travel in 2022? (A Local’s Perspective)

Orlando, Florida is one of the most visited cities in America. It is known for family-friendly attractions, international cuisine, and of course, Walt Disney World.  I am an Orlando local and I can say that, overall, Orlando is a fairly safe city to visit. Thanks to security measures at the theme parks and resorts, the…

Hollywood Studios Itinerary (A Perfect 1 Day Touring Plan)

Hollywood Studios Itinerary (A Perfect 1 Day Touring Plan)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has gone through some major changes in the last 10 years. If you haven’t visited in a while, parts of the theme park will be unrecognizable. However, all of these upgrades have added fantastic attractions, immersive lands, and unique dining options to add to your Hollywood Studio itinerary. I used to think…

Epcot Itinerary (A Local’s Perfect 1 Day Touring Planner)

Epcot Itinerary (A Local’s Perfect 1 Day Touring Planner)

When it comes to building an Epcot itinerary, you only need a loose touring plan. The park is divided into the “front” (World Discovery, World Celebration, and World Nature) and the “back” (World Showcase). The two sections of the park are very different in atmosphere and offerings, so it is like you’re visiting two parks…

Magic Kingdom Itinerary (A Perfect 1 Day Touring Planner)

Magic Kingdom Itinerary (A Perfect 1 Day Touring Planner)

When you say “Walt Disney World,” the image most people see is the view down Main Street U.S.A. with Cinderella Castle in the distance. That’s because Magic Kingdom is the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort. Of all the Disney theme parks, a Magic Kingdom itinerary offers the best combination of attractions, restaurants, and…

Disney World Itinerary (6 Days Planned By an Orlando Local)

Disney World Itinerary (6 Days Planned By an Orlando Local)

With more than 50 rides, plenty of shows and experiences, endless food options, and too many photo ops to list out, a Walt Disney World vacation can be a beast to plan.  As a former Disney cast member turned travel writer, I’ve put together the perfect Disney World itinerary to take care of all the…

21 Things to Do In Orlando for Kids (By a Local Mom)

21 Things to Do In Orlando for Kids (By a Local Mom)

Orlando is a kid’s paradise. From the many theme parks, outdoor spaces, and attractions, there are endless things to do in Orlando.  As a new mom, I’ve pivoted from spending late nights in downtown Orlando to finding the best activities for my son and the entire family to enjoy. Luckily for me (and all of…

Best Time to Visit Disney World (By an Orlando Local)

Best Time to Visit Disney World (By an Orlando Local)

The best time to visit Disney World, especially for fewer crowds and good prices, is in September. Summer vacation has ended and most families are back home, settling in for the new school year. Of course, September is just one of the many “low periods” that Disney experiences throughout the year. There are some differences…

25 Things to Do in Central Florida (A Local’s Picks)

25 Things to Do in Central Florida (A Local’s Picks)

Central Florida spans the middle of the Sunshine State from Tampa to Daytona Beach. While a majority of tourists will visit Orlando, there are tons more things to see and do when you venture out into the Central Florida area too! As a native of Central Florida, I’ve spent years exploring the natural beauty and…

33 Best Places to Visit in Florida in 2022 (By Locals)

33 Best Places to Visit in Florida in 2022 (By Locals)

From the Disney World theme parks of Central Florida to the underwater paradise in the Florida Keys, there is truly something for everyone in the Sunshine State. Every part of Florida has something unique to offer.  We have explored the state from top to bottom and put together our list of the best places to…

Orlando on a Budget – How to Eat, Stay, & Do It Cheaply

Orlando on a Budget – How to Eat, Stay, & Do It Cheaply

In a place like Orlando, which has endless attractions and entertainment options, you might think it’s going to cost an arm and a leg (and maybe a firstborn) to have a great vacation. Luckily, you can visit Orlando on a budget and still have a fantastic vacation thanks to plenty of affordable and free activities!…

Where To Stay in Orlando, By an Area Local [2022]

Where To Stay in Orlando, By an Area Local [2022]

Many people head to Orlando and bee-line straight for Disney or Universal. But since the city is over 100 square miles, plus many surrounding neighborhoods and small towns, Orlando actually offers much more than just theme parks.  I’m an Orlando local and I’m here to help you navigate exactly where to stay in Orlando, for…