September 26, 2022

6 Creative Gifts for Your Dad to Get Him Excited for his Birthday

So, you asked your dad what he wanted for his birthday and he said “nothing,” didn’t he? Unfortunately, that seems to be the universal answer for dads, which is exactly what makes it so difficult to shop for them. On the bright side, dads aren’t particularly picky so you could get them a simple and heartfelt gift like a birthday card or a photo frame,…

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September 24, 2022

Downtown Restaurant Review Disneyland Paris

Downtown Restaurant is a buffet restaurant located in Hotel Art of Marvel in Disneyland Paris.  Newly opened last year (2021)  The Marvel Hotel is the most recently renovated hotel at Disneyland Paris and with it came Downtown Restaurant!  We were super excited to get a reservation on our latest trip as it was and still is a tricky place to secure a table. (reminder that…

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September 22, 2022

When To Plan And When To Be Spontaneous When Travelling

*This is a collaborative post* There are times during travels when you need to make plans, and there are times when it’s more rewarding to be spontaneous. In order for your travels to go well, you ideally want to get the right balance of both. This post explains how to do that.  Some things have to be planned  When travelling abroad, there are some things…

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4 Ideas To Do Something Different On Your Next Holiday

*This is a collaborative post* Everyone experiences a travel slump at some point. It feels like you always go to the same places. You’ve seen it all before and it isn’t as you once remembered. The spark is extinguished, and you feel worn out from your travels. This isn’t a sign for you to hang up the suitcase for good, though. Instead, it’s the opportunity…

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Tips for Having a Safe Campervan Trip

A campervan trip is a truly exciting adventure. These types of holidays can be one of a kind. Still, every ambitious voyage must be carefully planned for. Those on a campervan expedition can often feel more vulnerable and exposed on the road as well. There are fewer third parties involved, which means if things go wrong, there’s nobody to blame other than oneself! That said,…

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September 12, 2022

9 Best Beverages and Snacks for Road Trips

If you’re taking a family road trip this holiday, there are two essentials that you need to make it a unique and memorable experience for all – entertainment for the children and snacks for all. I won’t have you running to the closest convenience store to grab a pack of candies and an energy drink. With a little planning ahead, you’ll be able to substitute…

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September 9, 2022

Sci-Fi Dine in Theatre Restaurant Review in Hollywood Studios

We love dining anyway that is a little unique and themed.  And of course, with it being Disney, you cannot get away from the most amazing theming I think we’ve ever seen when it comes to parks, restaurants and play zones. When we visited Hollywood Studios in Disneyworld, one of the restaurants that stood out for us was Sci-Fi Dine in Theatre which is basically…

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September 3, 2022

Review: Garden Grill at Epcot, Disney World

Garden Grill is a themed Character dining restaurant located in Epcot, Disney World.  The restaurant is home to Chip and Dale’s Harvest Feast and the food is served family style (think an endless buffet but served to your table!) We headed here on our first trip to Epcot as a family of 5 and it didn’t disappoint and rates as one of our favourite character…

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September 1, 2022

Children’s Book Grow Tree Grow! *Review and Giveaway!*

We have reviewed many a children’s book on our blog, and it’s always lovely to find new authors and stories to introduce to the children.  Our most recent book review has been ‘Grow Tree Grow’ by Dom Conton and Anastasia Izlesou. Grow Tree Grow children’s book This book is part of the wonderful Wild Wanderers Series where books come together to share a fun insight…

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

Life is about creating memories, and here we are sharing them with you




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