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Should You Buy a Disney World Annual Pass?

Walt Disney World is a magical place filled with memories and countless adventures for everyone. Let's be honest, Walt Disney World is also very expensive, and many people plan for years to go there. Everything from tickets, to food, and extra entertainment costs at the parks, but what if there was a way to save money, and get to go to all four Walt Disney World theme parks with limited blackout times?

A Walt Disney World annual pass might be the thing for you if you visit regularly and are willing to commit to going to the parks for a whole year. There are varying levels of annual pass options at Walt Disney World, but let's assume that you live outside of the state of Florida, meaning your pass would be the Platinum Pass for non-Florida residents. The Platinum Pass costs $849 (plus tax) for ages three and up. There is a monthly payment plan option, but it's only available for Florida residents.

Is a Disney World annual pass worth it? Keep reading to learn more about the perks and decide for yourself if it's the right fit for you!

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Disneyland Has a Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate, and It's OK to Freak Out Now

One of Disneyland's new seasonal treats during the park's Halloween and Día de los Muertos celebrations is a frozen Mexican hot chocolate, and it's seriously, dangerously delicious. Available at Rancho del Zocalo in the main Disneyland park, the $6 Frozen Abuelita and Horchata is offered alongside a Blended Horchata and is a festive twist on the traditional Spanish and Latin American spiced rice milk drink. This new frozen drink incorporates Abuelita, a Mexican-style cinnamon hot chocolate named after the Spanish word for "grandma," and is topped with the frozen horchata and a spiced whipped cream. It's a refreshing blend of sweet and spicy, and while it's pretty sweet, it's not cloying. In fact, of all the treats available during Halloween Time at Disneyland, this one was my favorite, especially on a warm Fall day in Anaheim!

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6 Reasons to Visit Disneyland Alone

As my 31st birthday crept up on me, I knew I wanted to feed my travel bug. I tossed around ideas like a train ride to San Diego, a trip to Salt Lake City to hang out with my little sister, or a road trip to San Francisco. After going over those ideas, I decided to stay close to my new home in LA and go to Disneyland. Since my friends weren't able to make the trip with me, I decided to go solo. Yes, this single 30-something went to Disneyland with no children and no friends and had more fun than I've had in years. The Disney brand has a special place in my heart since it's where my family and I spent time at least one family vacation per year. We (OK, my dad) would pack up our van and drive eight hours to visit the most magical place on earth. We even went on a Disney cruise! So spending the day at Disneyland not only helped me create new memories but also helped me relive memories from my childhood.

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10 Expert Tips to Keep Your Monstera Plant Growing Tall

It is safe to say that the monstera plant is absolutely breathtaking. Nicknamed the "Swiss cheese plant" for its giant, holey leaves, the monstera is a great household plant that has the ability to grow tens of feet tall. A native plant of Mexico and Panama, it is also very versatile. Whether you prefer your monstera in an industrial planter on a stand or you like to clip its gigantic leaves for a dinner centerpiece, its greenery can easily be incorporated into everyday life.

However, it can sometimes be hard to keep plants alive and healthy. If you are like me and have accidentally killed plants no matter how much you love on them, then keep reading. We spoke to Justin Hancock, a horticulturist at Costa Farms, and learned the best advice to keep monstera plants thriving.

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I Quit Netflix and Was Surprised by What Happened Next

I love the fact that nowadays we can simply type in a show or movie title and be able to stream it just minutes later. Gone are the days of trekking to Blockbuster to rent films or waiting for your Netflix DVDs to come in the mail. However, having so much access to shows and movies through streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime has become maybe a bit too convenient.

According to research, on average Netflix users binge-watch up to five hours consecutively in one sitting. I personally can vouch for this as I pretty much watched the whole series of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in one day earlier this Summer (amount of time glued to the screen aside – it is SO good!). You always think that the next episode will be the last episode you watch, until, before you know it, you're on the last season and it's 2 a.m.

So, this got me thinking: What would I have time for instead if watching any form of television was not an option for one week? Well, the answer is a lot. Read on to see.

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These Are the Perfect Gifts For Your Own Personal Ina Garten

As much fun as it is to go out to eat, home-cooked meals are usually our favorites. For the heroes in our lives, aka the awesome chefs, you want to get them something they'll love for the kitchen. These are the perfect presents for your resident Wolfgang Puck or Rachael Ray. Plus, if you give them something from this list, they'll probably be inspired to cook. Everybody wins!

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7 Nontouristy Travel Destinations For Those Who Hate People

Some of us just don't like people, and that's OK. But the struggle of not wanting to be surrounded by crowds becomes even more real when it comes to travel - unless you know where to escape to. We've searched for stunning destinations that aren't overridden by tourists so that you don't have to sacrifice your sanity on your next vacation. The next time you really need to get away from everyone, look to these seven spots around the world.

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39 Disney World Facts That Even Die-Hard Fans Don't Know

The happiest place on Earth also happens to be one of the most interesting. Disney World has been around for nearly half a century, and with age comes good stories - and lots of them. We've rounded up 39 Disney World secrets even die-hard fans will be shocked to discover.

If you can't get enough Disney, check out our posts full of tips and facts:

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20 Pictures That Will Convince You Black Decor Is a Major Rising Trend

Before you reach for a bold bright or a safe gray, consider the hottest color of the moment: black. From moody nurseries to dramatic wedding gowns, people are finding new and nontraditional ways to incorporate black into their lifestyle. And home design is the perfect arena to get in on the trend, as demonstrated by the abundance of results elicited by a "black decor" search on Pinterest.

We've rounded up some of the best black home design pieces, from furniture DIYs to dreamy kitchens to shoppable products. We bet that you'll be ready to turn to the dark side before you're even done scrolling through.

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20 Hocus Pocus-Inspired Etsy Products That Will Put a Spell on Your Home

Indisputable fact: Hocus Pocus is one of the greatest Halloween films of all time. So why limit yourself to watching the movie a few (or more than a few . . .) times each October? Whether you're throwing a Halloween bash or simply want to get your home looking freshly festive, some Hocus Pocus-inspired decor is the perfect way to celebrate the spookiest time of the year. From handcrafted signs to inexpensive decals, these 20 Etsy products are guaranteed to look way cooler than the boring plastic pumpkins you were planning on recycling from last year.

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This Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe Is So Tasty, Your Whole Family Will Love It

Who says chili always has to be made with ground beef and tomato sauce? There are so many varieties of chili you can make that can be just as delicious and possibly even lighter. I think white chicken is amazing to try in your chili. Not only is it a leaner cut of meat, but you can even play around with the flavor profile of the dish, too.

Even though this white chicken chili is a play off the American classic, by no means does that mean it is not as hearty and warm to the soul. It's packed with protein, fiber, and of course, lots of spices. So the next time you want to cozy up to bowl of chili, try this one out and maybe it'll be a new favorite of yours. Bring the whole family together for this Instant Pot recipe too, that's if you have it in your heart to share something so good.

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50 States of Unbelievable Tourist Attractions

It's amazing how much there is to get out and do in the United States. Whether it's beautiful beaches to relax on or national parks to admire, there really is something for everyone. So pack your bags for a beautiful Fall vacation and check out one of these tourist attractions wherever your destination may be.

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50 States of Scary: The Most Terrifying Haunted Houses You MUST Visit in America

You know what time of year it is?! Just kidding, it doesn't matter if it's Halloween or not, the people who are truly committed to the holiday are always ready for a good scare. We have scoured every corner of the country to bring you the most terrifying and entertaining haunted houses you must visit in America.

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No Worms or Eyeballs in This Adults-Only Halloween Menu

Halloween parties don't have to be all about the kitschy hot dog ghosts and eyeball deviled eggs. Instead, plan a menu that highlights pumpkin, squash, apples, and other fresh Fall produce. Yes, black and orange colors make an appearance, but naturally and not artificially. Have a happy adults-only Halloween!

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2018's Hottest Netflix Movie Made This Probiotic Drink Fly Off the Shelves

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If you feel like you keep hearing the word "Yakult" everywhere, you are not alone. Yakult, the probiotic smoothie beverage created by microbiologist Minoru Shirota in Japan in the 1930s, has been having a moment since it recently appeared in the Netflix movie To All the Boys I've Loved Before. If you have seen the movie, then you may remember the scene where the Yakult-like product is front and center. One of the love interests of Lara Jean, Peter Kavinsky, takes a swig of the drink and exclaims, "Oh, wow, that is really good!" afterward. And the rest is history.

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Since its appearance in the hit movie that came out in August, Yakult has been flying off supermarket shelves, with its stock on Amazon sold out as well.

I've tasted the drink before, as I grew up in an area of New York City where Yakult was always stocked at the local grocery store, and can vouch that it does taste good. It has a creamy, sweet flavor with a hint of tang to it and is reminiscent of a watered-down fruit smoothie. Besides taste, the adorable packaging is also hard to resist because of its convenient design - it is only 2.7 ounces and can easily be thrown into a...

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Etsy's Trend Expert Is Seeing These Fall Styles Everywhere–Here Are Her Picks for Getting Them in Your Own Home

How do you know what the next big thing is going to be? Well, if you're Etsy's trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, you have the entire marketplace to see what new styles are coming–and what new styles shoppers are looking for. The changing of the seasons is a perfect time to refresh your space, and she's identified six trends that are a great way to do it. Even better: Isom Johnson has also picked three buys that she's currently loving, taking some of the guesswork out for shoppers.

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Alton Brown and Elizabeth Ingram’s Home Is a Labor of Love

This loft-style space is industrial by nature, vintage by design, and a love letter in apartment form.

TV personality Alton Brown and designer Elizabeth Ingram share this three-bedroom place in Marietta, Georgia. Its exposed brick walls and metal pipes mesh beautifully with antique furniture and brass accents. However, Brown and Ingram tell Architectural Digest that its significance goes way beyond just design.

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This Dollar Store Find Helped Me Finally Get My Junk Drawers Under Control

We know how overwhelming out-of-control junk drawers can be, but amazingly, we discovered a $1 buy that can help you get yours organized in mere minutes.

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Believe it or not, those cheap plastic ice cube trays you can pick up at the dollar store are also awesome for organizing all kinds of crazy stuff around your home. Just stick one (or five) inside some of the messy drawers throughout your apartment to help streamline your place in seconds. Here are a few clever ways to use them:

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Disney Is Opening a Pop-Up In NYC To Celebrate Mickey Mouse

Since Mickey Mouse is Disney's claim to fame, it makes sense that the company would go all out for his milestone birthday.

To celebrate the mouse's 90th anniversary, Disney is throwing a pop-up bash in NYC called 'Mickey: The True Original Exhibition.' This 16,000-square-foot experience will allow visitors to interact with art installations created by various artists—from Brooklyn visual artist Shinique Smith to LA-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho. These professionals are tasked with a very important job—to depict Mickey Mouse's important influence on art and pop culture.

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A "Happy Californian Golden Girls Greenhouse" Apartment — House Tour

Name: Jane
Location: Noe Valley — San Francisco, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year

What makes Jane's home unique is the mixture of items and styles that can only be described as "Happy Californian," such as the bedroom wallpaper inspired by greenery, the mid-century modern furniture and paintings, and the gorgeous vaulted ceilings that make her smile every day.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting an FHA Mortgage

Sometimes you find a behemoth 127-year-old Victorian at such a major bargain that it seems silly to pass up—even if it's much more than you intend to spend. So you decide to turn the top floor into a full-time Airbnb to help make the payments. But in order to keep as much money from your last home's sale as possible, you opted to make the minimum possible down payment (3.5 percent) on an FHA mortgage.

(If you can't tell—that's what happened to me!) My husband and I put down $7,600 on our $200,000 house—way below the conventional wisdom approach of 20 percent down, and even less than the median of 6 percent down for a first-time homebuyer.

I think that if I had to do it again, I'd still do it. By holding onto our cash, we were able to pay outright for the majority of our (first round of) renovations. But there are some things I'd like to have not been in such a rush to gloss over—or wish I'd been able to predict—in my excitement over getting the house. Here, five things I wish I'd known before going with a low-down payment.

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7 Unexpected Places to Buy Home Decor

If you're anything like me, you live for finding unique but affordable decor items for your home. That's why discovering unexpected (but reasonably priced) places that also sell stylish home furnishings can be such a game changer for your apartment—and budget.

We rounded up some fashionable stores that aren't design-focused, but still offer some surprisingly chic home decorative accents. From Forever 21 to American Eagle, read ahead for seven places you probably didn't know you could buy home decor.

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6 Style Lessons I Learned from the Fall Anthropologie Home Catalog

Somewhere along the lines of decorating my first real apartment, I started fangirling pretty hard for Anthropologie—stalking their in-store home sale section on the reg and bemoaning the $149 flat-rate fee of furniture delivery, which they plaster all over the place as if it's a good deal. Maybe if you're in the business of buying $5,000 beds. But that fee has stopped me from pulling the trigger on so many sale tables, lamps, and chairs over the years just on principle. Shipping should never be half the price of a stool, Anthro!

All that aside, I swear I'm just like Billy Madison on "Nudie Magazine Day" when the Anthro Home catalog drops each season. It's just so well-done and visually inspiring. Plus, I feel like the pages actually offer tips and trend information—not just house porn. So I got my hands on an advance copy and thought I'd bring you the cliffs notes version here, so you know what the new-new is before it's officially fall.

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5 Tried and True Methods For Removing Rust From Metal Objects — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

When water finds its way to the surface of a metal tool and sits there for days on end, the result is that an oxidation process can take place and leave your tool rusty. But this doesn't necessarily mean it's the end of the road for that item; it will take elbow grease, but you'll be glad to know that pesky rust can be removed from a metal surface.

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What No One Tells You About Living in a Doorman Building

For doorman-building devotees, there's nothing like seeing a familiar face on the way in and out of that place you call home. But for others, there's nothing worse than having to chit chat with this person—or having him know your business. For those lucky enough to have the option, the decision is of personal preference. If you're considering moving into a building with someone manning the front desk, here's what you need to know, according to longtime doorman-building tenants and real estate professionals:

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This $5 Handy Item Fixes Just About Everything in Your Home

We love a good multi-use product. Household putty (aka Sticky Tack, Blu Tack, mounting putty, museum putty) is one of those products that can solve a slew of household predicaments in a matter of seconds. From eradicating matted messes of electronics cables to stabilizing your new gypsy caravan, we've got 14 useful ideas to get you started on your lifelong love affair with putty.

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Airstream's Latest Model Is This Sleek Camper Van

If you've ever wondered what it's like to live the nomadic life in an Airstream, there's a sleek, new version of the uber popular campers that will tempt you to trade in your house keys and partake in the adventures of #vanlife.

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7 Cheap, Versatile Harbor Freight Storage Items You'll Use All the Damn Time

Harbor Freight is a great go-to source for inexpensive tools and project supplies—when you need to get something done, but don't want to shell out a bunch of cash for pricey materials, especially for quick one-off jobs. A brief stroll through the store (or a glance at the website) reveals something else: it's also an amazing source for cheap and versatile storage you can use in pretty much every room of your home.

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An Architect's Renovated Home Is Rough and Refined — House Call

Name: Cara Hyde-Basso, husband, and our dog Oso
Location: Highland Park, Illinois
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

My husband and I are architects who met while living in Brooklyn. We have since moved to the Chicago area where we bought our first home, which is our first project together as designers.

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The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living.

DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.