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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August 25, 2022

Five Reasons to Go on Family Walks

As a parent, you know spending time with your kids is important. But what about when they’re not in school? How can you make sure that you’re spending quality time with them? One great way to do this is by going on family walks together! In this article, we will discuss the five main reasons why family walks are so beneficial. 1. Walking Together Strengthens…

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August 24, 2022

The benefits of taking family trips

*This is a collaborative post* Some people plan family trips every year because it is expected in the summer season, but getting away from it all can be more beneficial than simply reducing stress and re-energizing. Family trips and school trips can help to build confidence, awareness, and bonding with family. Stress Reduction  Stress is a common feature of life, whether it’s work stress, family…

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August 23, 2022

Summer Holiday Boredom Busters for Kids!

*This is a collaborative post* Summer, we dream of it all year! After all, it’s the chance to get a little sun and spend some quality time with the kids when school doesn’t get in the way. Yet, by the end of the 6 weeks, patients can feel exhausted and tempers frayed. The good news is that there are ways to keep your little ones…

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August 19, 2022

GoBoat Birmingham *Review*

Did you know there are more miles of canals in Birmingham than in Venice?!  I know, who would have thought!  The canals in Birmingham are bustling with nature, culture, restaurants and bars and makes for a beautiful fun family (or couples) day out! GoBoat is the new way to explore Birmingham canals, launching this year.  The experience is aimed at all to enjoy either on…

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August 17, 2022

Travelling with your Dog: Tips for a Relaxing Holiday

Most owners see their dog as an important member of the family, which they obviously want to take on their holidays as well. This is understandable. Long journeys and an unfamiliar environment are however associated with great stress for the animal. In order to avoid problems on your holidays and to make the trip pleasant for humans and dogs alike, dog owners should therefore consider…

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August 16, 2022

The Selfie Bag *Review*

I really enjoy taking photos and as it is also part of this blog and keeping my social media alive (I have a love hate relationship with socials!) I love anything that can support my blog journey.  Putting together content is no easy feat.  Unless you know what goes on behind the scenes to get that perfect blog post, social media reel or Facebook post,…

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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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