Rebecca Lander


The very first trip that I remember taking to Disney was in 1979. My grandparents took the entire family and we stayed at the Polynesian. I was less five but I still remember my mom pointing out the dolls in the different worlds of “It’s a Small World”, eating the Mickey Mouse ice cream, riding the race cars on the speedway, and playing with my cousins. 

Now that I am married with four kids ranging from 16 to 6, I love that Disney World is a place we all can play together, create similar memories, and I never hear that they are bored!  We have been Annual Passholders for the past four years.  I have adored learning the “secret” things to do that make the most magical memories for our family. 

We have a big family!  I have learned how to stay on-property (with six people!) on a budget. We have taken splurge trips too!  I understand how to enjoy Disney both ways. Disney is a place we will never see all of in one trip!  It is so fun to keep going back to enjoy the new experiences but also making time to relax!

Some of my favorite experiences are the RunDisney Races. So far, I have run three Disney Princesses and one Wine and Dine Two Course Challenge. I’m so excited to be running two more Half Marathons this year! I can definitely help you plan a trip to run and recover while enjoying the parks and the dining during your race weekend. 

Some of my Disney favorites:

Resorts – We have loved staying at the Ft. Wilderness Cabins with our large family. We love the campus and the space with a kitchen that the cabins provide. I have loved the convenience and awe of staying at the Contemporary and the Wilderness Lodge as well. Coronado Springs has been fun with an amazing pool. The Pop Century Resort was great to meet budget needs while enjoying a mother-daughter weekend at Magic Kingdom.

Rides – Expedition Everest, It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain, Rock-n- Roller Coaster, and Test Track.

Eats – Cinderella’s Royal Table, Yak and Yeti, Be Our Guest, Hollywood and Vine. All have amazing food with amazing experiences. 

Treats – Cinnamon Bun at Gaston’s Tavern (so gooood), Funnel Cakes, and Dole Whips. Yum!  My kids love getting a Churro and the Mickey Mouse-shaped ice creams.

Experiences – the RunDisney Races!!!