Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Chip and Dale and a Couple of Pigtails ~ The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

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Today I am joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Focused on the Magic.  This week's theme is Disney Sidekicks and first to pop into my mind for this topic were Chip and Dale.

Chip and Dale were always a favorite of Joey's during his first visit to Walt Disney World.  And in 2011, they continued their shenanigans by trying to tie the girls' pigtails together!  By the way, in this photo, Joey had just asked Dale, "Do you remember when you played peek a boo with me?"  He and Chip and Dale had played several rounds of peek a boo at Cape May Cafe .... in 2006, which was 5 years before this picture was taken.  And of course, Dale nodded yes!  It was a very cute moment!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade ~ The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Today, I am joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Focused on the Magic.  This week's theme is Parades, and I am excited to share photos from the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World during our 2011 vacation.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Character Breakfasts in Walt Disney World ~ Part 3: How To Find the One That's Right for You

As you can probably tell from this series, our family loves character breakfasts (really, any character meal!).  Before each trip, we choose just one or two that we want to experience.  The process of deciding takes some time with five of us, including two princesses and one who wants nothing to do with a princess meal.  There are many factors that come into play when we are trying to narrow down our choices.  From the restaurant location to the characters we can find to the food options, there is much to think about before making our final decision!

Location, Location, Location
I use the Touring Plans Crowd Calendar to determine which parks we head to on which days.  Once we know which days we will visit each park, we then determine our dining options based on the park we will be in.  If we are going to be in Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios, we have always chosen to have breakfast at Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club Resort.  With its close proximity to both parks, we can finish breakfast and walk to Epcot through International Gateway or hop on a friendship boat to Disney's Hollywood Studios (or take the boat to Epcot if we are too full to walk!).  With my children being early risers, we can get an early breakfast time and still be in the parks by the time they open.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Character Breakfasts in Walt Disney World ~ Part 2: A Twitter Discussion of Favorites

In part one of this series, I shared my family's favorite Walt Disney World character breakfasts.  That article was prompted by a fun conversation had over on Twitter when I asked my followers which character breakfast was their favorite.  I enjoyed an entire day (and then a second day) discussing this, since I was given many new suggestions of places we must try on our next Walt Disney World vacation.

For the results!  First of all, seventeen people weighed in on the discussion with 23 different votes - even I couldn't list just one!  Next, the only character breakfast not included as someone's "favorite" was 1900 Park Fare.  Finally, I added in which characters, no matter the dining spot, are most popular of the Disney fans who weighed in on the topic.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Character Breakfasts in Walt Disney World ~ Part 1: Where to Find Them and Our Favorites

I love when I ask something on Twitter and I get a fun conversation that lasts throughout the day (and into the next!).  I have always said I could talk Disney all day long, I just need to find someone who can listen as long as I can talk! And yesterday was just that!

I asked on Twitter what everyone considered their favorite character breakfast in Walt Disney World.  The responses were awesome and got me thinking about new breakfasts spots we just have to try on our next trip.  As a mom of three, character breakfasts not only bring a lot of magical moments to our trip, but I can use it for something more.  We always schedule a character breakfast for the first morning of our trip.  It has become a fun tradition and a great way to "kick off" our trip, or as BRGUEST (@Florida407wdw) said on Twitter yesterday, "It's like the opening ceremony of a Disney vacation" - that says it perfectly!  It also has become a way for me to check how my children will react to the characters.  If any one of my three are intimidated by the characters, I know once we enter the parks, there is no point in heading to a meet and greet area.  It saves us time and helps me avoid having a scared and crying little one in our travel party. On the other hand, if no one is afraid of the characters, I know waiting in line for a meet and greet with a favorite character will be worth it!  Finally, should we be short on time in the parks, if we have already met a character at our breakfast, I can usually convince the kids we do not need to stand in line to meet them, because we have already spoken with them.  For us, character breakfasts prepare me, as a mom, for a week of meeting (or not meeting characters) and bring a little fun to start our vacation.

Before I get into the conversation from Twitter, here is a list of the character breakfast options you to choose from when visiting Walt Disney World:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia ~ The Voice of Madame Leota

Today I am joining in the fun of the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop hosted by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Disney Babies Blog, Heidi's Head and My Dreams of Disney.  I used the Walt Disney World Fun Facts App to randomly select a tidbit from the Magic Kingdom about one of my favorite Liberty Square attractions.  I would love to add the link to this great app, but it appears it no longer exists in the Google Play Store.  It is too bad, because it is a great way to learn some fun facts about Disney.  Do you have a favorite Disney trivia app?  If so, let me know in a comment.  I am always looking for new ways to learn more about Disney!

In the Haunted Mansion, the voice of Madame Leota coming from the crystal ball is Eleanor Audley, who also did the voice for Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and Lady Tremaine in Cinderella.

The Haunted Mansion is one of my favorite attractions in Walt Disney World.  During our 2013 trip, Hayley and Emily finally were "brave" enough to experience it, though Joey still opted NOT to join in the fun.  As our children have gotten older, it has been nice to continue to experience more attractions with them and see their appreciation for them.  Emily loved it so much, she rode it a second time with my aunt and uncle!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ My January Calendar Shot

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Today, I am kicking off the new year by joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic.  The theme this week is our January calendar shot.  Well, here is mine.  My two beautiful princesses awaiting dinner at 1900 Park Fare.  This moment wasn't about thrill rides or a spectacular show.  It was all about two sisters who love each other and were doing what they love to do most - dress up as princesses.

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