Articles By: Betsy Villanella

STAFF WRITER and Disney specialist, Elizabeth Villanella has lived in the Montrose, Pennsylvania area most of her life. Betsy married her high school boyfriend in 1973. As an Air Force wife, she has lived in Texas, Italy, and Virginia. Between the two of them, her sons have given her 16 grandkids and counting. Betsy and her husband currently live with Albert K. Ninestein, a mini Schnauzer who’s as smart as his namesake. She has had a lifelong interest in Disney, and when she found Walt Disney World she discovered the perfect family vacation destination. She loves to travel and wants to experience (and share) as many places in this world as she can! Betsy tweets as @betsy_v.

Life was but a DREAM on this Disney Cruise!

Life was but a DREAM on this Disney Cruise!
Story by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. IN AUGUST, my husband Mike and I had a wonderful time cruising with friends on the Disney Dream, one of the two newest Disney ships that were launched in the last couple of years. The Dream being the first in 2011, and her...
October 16th, 2012 | STAFF, Theme Parks | Read More

Confessions of a Disneyophile: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Confessions of a Disneyophile: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. DO YOU EVER get to the point where you just want a few days away from all the things you’re busy doing or that still need to be done? We did, and we just happened to have our Disney World annual passes burning a hole...
May 29th, 2012 | GARDENS & PARKS, SERIES, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF, Theme Parks, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Motoring Around Maui Part 3: The Dry Side

Motoring Around Maui Part 3: The Dry Side
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. [smartads] My previous two articles covered the beautiful west coast of Maui, and driving the Hana Highway over to the east coast. Since we wanted to see as much of Maui as we could,  and since our plane didn’t leave until...
March 31st, 2012 | HAWAII, ROAD TRIPS, SERIES, STAFF | Read More

Motoring Around Maui Part 2: The Road to Hana

Motoring Around Maui Part 2: The Road to Hana
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. In my first article in this series I told you about our drive around the west coast of Maui—on a road not even marked on some maps—to Kahului, and back around to Kaanapali where we were staying. The next tour we took was...
March 29th, 2012 | HAWAII, ROAD TRIPS, SERIES, STAFF | Read More

Motoring Around Maui Part 1: Honoapiilani Highway

Motoring Around Maui Part 1: Honoapiilani Highway
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. Ten days, a rental, and a chance to explore paradise! This is my idea of a great vacation. As soon as we decided to vacation on Maui, I knew I didn’t want to just stay within a resort area and do what everyone else does....
March 27th, 2012 | HAWAII, ROAD TRIPS, SERIES, STAFF | Read More

Our Secret Garden

Our Secret Garden
Story by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. MY FAMILY used to have our own version of a secret garden, though it is much bigger than a garden. We live down the road from a state park. It’s not large compared to a lot of state parks in the US, but it has some beautiful...
January 17th, 2012 | GARDENS & PARKS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Christmas in Kansas City

Christmas in Kansas City
Story by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos and video Copyright © Betsy Villanella. My husband had to go to Kansas City for his job, and I decided to join him. I have never been in KC during the holiday season and thought it would be fun to see the Christmas decorations and all their celebrations. I...
December 10th, 2011 | SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND, VIDEOS | Read More