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.

My Dream Vacation in Maui

My Dream Vacation in Maui
Story by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. WHEN I WAS a teen, I found out that my parents were going on a vacation to Hawaii to meet my brother, who would be there for R&R during his service in Vietnam. It disappointed me greatly when I was told I couldn’t go...
November 29th, 2011 | LODGING, STAFF, HAWAII, ISLANDS, MEMORIES, OUTDOORS EATING, Scenic Wonders | Read More

Confessions of a Disneyophile: Making Disney Friends

Confessions of a Disneyophile: Making Disney Friends
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. I’M VERY HAPPY with my Disney obsession. I’ve met many wonderful people because of it. In 2001, while searching for discounts for one of our first Disney World vacations, I found a Disney message board. I learned a...
October 21st, 2011 | STAFF, SERIES, USA MAINLAND, MEMORIES, Theme Parks | Read More

Confessions of a Disneyophile: Cast Members

Confessions of a Disneyophile: Cast Members
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. ONE OF MY favorite things about Walt Disney World is meeting the many Cast Members that work all around the world. Disney refers to all their employees as Cast Members, or CMs for short. Almost every Cast Member we’ve encountered...
September 9th, 2011 | STAFF, SERIES, USA MAINLAND, Theme Parks | Read More

Confessions of a Disneyophile: Resort Stays, Codes, and Other Useful Park Tips

Confessions of a Disneyophile: Resort Stays, Codes, and Other Useful Park Tips
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. Feature photo (see right): Wilderness Lodge, A WDW deluxe resort OUR FIRST TRIP to Walt Disney World was in 1996. Mike and I didn’t know about reduced rates on accommodations so we paid what they call rack rate, which basically...
August 6th, 2011 | STAFF, SERIES, Theme Parks | Read More

Confessions of a Disneyophile: How I Got Hooked

Confessions of a Disneyophile: How I Got Hooked
Series by staff writer Betsy Villanella. Photos Copyright © Betsy Villanella. I HAVE LOVED all things Disney since before I can remember. I wanted to be Annette Funicello from The Mickey Mouse Club. When I got a bit older, it was Haley Mills from the movies on The Wonderful World of Disney: the original...
July 16th, 2011 | STAFF, SERIES, Theme Parks | Read More