Friday, August 16, 2013

Getting the Most "Character" from Your Character Dining Experiences with Little Ones

This article was orginally published in my Making Magical Memories column in the WDW Daily News newsletter in August of 2013.

Experiencing several character meals every trip is a tradition for our family.  Over the years, we have tried almost each and every one Walt Disney World has to offer.  We have also learned a few ways to make the most of our character interactions at each of the meals.  I would like to take credit for these, but in all honesty, most of these ideas my children came up with unbeknownst to me!

Princess Aurora and Hayley were discussing how
Flora,Fauna and Merryweather gave Hayley's dress
a bow, which they did not add to Aurora's
1. It’s All in the Clothes:  Every trip, I buy the kids new Disney t-shirts.  I organize them by park and/or character meal (and for safety coordinate by color so they are all in one color and easy to spot).  My kids wear shirts of the characters we plan to see.  For example, last trip at Cape May Café, we knew we would see Minnie Mouse.  My mom, my girls and myself all wore our Minnie Mouse shirts, and Minnie made quite the big deal about it when she saw us!  For our Chef Mickey dinner, Joey wore a Mickey shirt and the girls wore another Minnie Mouse shirt (which were also perfect for heading to the Magic Kingdom after we ate).  Having the characters see themselves on the clothes we are wearing is always fun, especially if you are wearing a Buzz Lightyear shirt at a Woody and Buzz character meet and greet or a Mickey Mouse shirt when meeting Donald Duck!  Of course, wearing princess dresses always gives my girls a little extra attention too!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia ~ Disney Autograph Books and How They "Stack Up" to Cinderella's Castle

Tiggerific+Tuesday+Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday #DisneyTrivia: LEGO Sea Serpent I am joining in the fun of the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop hosted by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, My Dreams of Disney, Heidi's Head and Disney Babies Blog.  I love learning new Disney trivia!  This particular tidbit is from one of my favorite apps, Walt Disney World Fun Facts.

One thing my children have never really asked to do is purchase an autograph book for meeting characters in the parks.  But from this bit of trivia, I am going to assume maybe we are the only people to visit Walt Disney World who don't!

If you were to stack all of the standard autograph books sold in one year at Disney World, it would be the equivalent to stacking 200 Cinderella Castles on top of each other.

I don't know about you, but that seems like a lot!!  Maybe we are missing out on something.  But Thursday, I will be sharing with you the fun ways we make the most of our character interactions without autograph books!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Lilo and Stitch Best Friends Breakfast at 'Ohana in Disney's Polynesian Resort

This article was originally published in the WDW Daily News newsletter as part of my Making Magical Memories column in July 2013.

Dinner at ‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of our favorite dining spots and makes our “must do” list every trip.  This year not only did we enjoy dinner here, but we also experienced the Lilo and Stitch Best Friends Breakfast.

When we checked in for our reservation, we were all given leis, which my girls loved!  Then we had a family picture taken, which were brought to our table during our meal and we had the option to purchase.  Our photo was so great, we HAD to purchase ours.  Anytime we can get one photo with three kids and four adults all looking at the camera, eyes open and smiling, it becomes a must purchase.