Thursday, August 16, 2012

Free Fun in Disney for the Non-Thrill Seeking Children

Having children who are not always the bravest when it comes to Disney attractions has forced me to find ways to keep them entertained while others enjoy an attraction.  This past trip, Joey decided that he could not go on Pirates of the Caribbean because it was too scary.  Basically what this means is that because he could not see what the ride was like, he was not going to go in.  His biggest fan, Hayley, decided that if it was too scary for Joey, well it was too scary for her.  Our littlest one, Emily, was not bothered by them at all.  She hopped right into the line with my parents and Pierre and enjoyed the attraction.

While Joey, Hayley and I waited, we decided to check out the Plaza Del Sol Caribe Bazaar – a haven for pirate loving Disney fans who want to stock up any pirate paraphernalia you can imagine.  At first, I realized this was a mistake because I must have said, “No we are not buying that” at least 20 times before we found a bin of pirate hooks, ball and chains and the like. The kids began using them and posing for the camera.  We had such a great time, and it was quite the photo opportunity.  Even better, as we left the shop and started walking around, we came across Goofy in his pirate garb and were able to grab a quick photo with him. (For more information on this, Deb at Focused on the Magic shared some great pirate inspired photo tips and Mary of Capturing Magical Memories created some wonderful pirate inspired scrapbook layouts for our In Pursuit of Pirates series.)

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Daddy's Little Girl

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Today, I am joining in on the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic.  The theme this week is Night Time Magic.  I happen to love touring the parks at night, especially the Magic Kingdom.  In 2010, Emily was just two and I captured this shot of her and Pierre while we were strolling through Tomorrowland.  It is one of my favorite photos of all our Disney trips.

Make sure you head over to Focused on the Magic to see all the other "Night Time Magic" photos everyone shared.  Have a favorite photo you want to share?  Link up with your own blog post or e-mail Deb your photo and she will share it for you!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

We Pursued & Found the Magic This Week

After a brief hiatus from blogging, I am back!  This has been a busy week for blogging and home!  So many of you have reached out to me and sent me such nice messages in regards to my nephew and I cannot thank you enough!  It is so nice to know I have so much support!  You may have seen my Facebook update, but  just in case you missed it, Dustin's tumor has been reduced to half its size and there are no longer any traces of cancer in his bone marrow.  We are more than excited about this development, so thank you for all your prayers and pixie dust!  They are working!

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Few Tips for Saving Money on a Disney Vacation

Saving money in Disney is something I try to do every trip to Walt Disney World.  By finding ways to save a few dollars here and there, we can actually visit more often.  We still have our fun and enjoy a Disney splurge here and there, but here are some ways we have found to save money that do not take away from our Disney experience.

Saving Money on Food
Though we do make sure to splurge on a character meal once or twice per trip, we have found a few ways to actually cut food costs while in Disney.  First, we always stop to grocery shop before checking into our hotel.  When we rent a car, this is particularly easy to do, and we can even make a few trips during the week.  If we aren't renting a car, we hire Quicksilver Tours & Transporation to pick us up and included in their price is a 30 minute stop at a grocery store.  We purchase breakfast foods, cases of water, snacks and lunch "fixings," such as bread, cold cuts, chips and such.  Having breakfast and/or lunch in the room, saves us the cost and time of heading to a food court or restaurant.

We have also found there is a great way to save money at some of the food courts.  At Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, they have a Broiler Section.  Here you can order complete meals, such as half of a roasted chicken (sometimes they offer turkey, pork and/or salmon too) with mashed potatoes (or rice), a vegetable and a roll.  These are easily split between two children or an adult and a small child.  Not only does this save money, but it is nice to give the kids something more substantial and healthier than chicken nuggets or cheeseburgers.

Saving Money on Your Princesses
My parents travel with us every trip to Walt Disney World.  Since my mom is a hairdresser, Princess Hayely and Princess Emily have their own personal Fairy Godmother on hand for the days they are heading to the parks dressed as princesses or getting ready for a princess meal.  Having Grammie get them ready isn't the experience they may get at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but with two girls, this is quite a money saver.  Even better, at Castle Couture right before we headed to Cinderella's Royal Table this past trip, Hayley and Emily were sprinkled with Pixie Dust for free!  They had the "sparkly hair" as they called it, just like the girls leaving Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

We also have a huge collection of Princess Dresses here at home.  After Halloween, I head to every department store in the area to see which ones I can find on clearance.  We actually found a Snow White costume for $2 last year!  It helps too that my girls love to dress up and always have princess dresses on their Wish Lists, so Santa, their grandparents and aunts and uncles have "delivered" princess gowns for birthdays and holidays.  These are definite things that cost a pretty penny if you try to purchase them while in Walt Disney World.

I could really go on and on about this topic, but these tips just happen to be the places we save the most money while on our Walt Disney World vacations.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Boo To You

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Today I am joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic.  As soon as I heard this week's theme was "It's a Parade," I knew exactly what I was going to write about . . . the Boo to You Parade!  We attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for the first time last year and I absolutely loved it, as did my kids!  I will be writing about it in a future post, but for now, to keep this as "wordless" as possible, here is my absolute favorite part of the Boo To You Parade:

Thank you for stopping by today!  What is your favorite Disney parade?

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Monday, August 6, 2012

PINspiration Blog Hop ~ Storing Those Plush (Tiny to Oversized) Disney Souvenirs

I am joining in the fun of the PINspiration Blog Hop hosted by Amy at Disney Living today.  Pinterest has become a site I go to first when it comes to needing anything from a new recipe to a creative way to recycle things to organizing our home.  The best part is knowing that these ideas are tried and true (for the most part!).  I have "pinned" a lot of ideas, but haven't necessarily tried them all, but I have good intentions to!

Friday, August 3, 2012

We Can't Wait to be "Under the Sea"

Having just celebrated Hayley's sixth birthday, with yet again a Little Mermaid theme (four of her six birthdays have been this theme with the others being all Disney princesses), you can probably guess that our top attraction in the Fantasyland Expansion project we just can't wait for is Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.  Way back when the expansion project was announced, I was originally most excited about the Be Our Guest restaurant.  But once I shared with my children what new things would be added to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, and I saw my girls' faces light up at the sound of a Little Mermaid attraction, I realized I cannot wait to see them experience this new attraction.

The Little Mermaid is a story of dreams coming true.  This particular attraction will take guests, by clam shell, through Ariel's journey of being a mermaid longing to be a part of the human world to actually becoming human and marrying the prince of her dreams.  Both Hayley and Emily are huge fans of the Little Mermaid soundtrack, so I can only assume they will be in all their glory riding a clam shell, singing along to some of their favorite Disney songs, while watching the story of one of their favorite princesses.

Now for Joey, I am not so sure that he has the same desire to experience this attraction as the girls, but we will see.  He made a stand last trip that he would not have lunch with us at Cinderella's Royal Table!  I know he will experience the attraction with us, but I am sure he will mostly be looking forward to heading back to his all time favorite - the Tomorrowland Speedway!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Princess for a Day

Today, I am joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic.  This photo is by far one of my favorites from our last trip to Disney.  My mom, our personal hairstylist, did both girls' hair before we headed to Cinderella's Royal Table.

I think Emily would have Grammie do her hair like a princess everyday if she could!

Though I think my girls would love to experience Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, having our own personal hairtsylist in our travel party saved us a lot of money!

Make sure you head over to Focused on the Magic to share your favorite Disney photo or to just "flip through" the virutal photo album of photos everyone else has shared!