T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Inside WDW’s Newest Store – Memento Mori

Walt Disney World is always changing and evolving with new rides, experiences, shows, and merchandise to entice it’s guests – but one tried and true classic that has stood the test of time is the Haunted Mansion Ride – it has always been a favorite of mine, and my husband absolutely loves it too (which means we end up riding it multiple times during each trip!). The ride has stayed mainly the same over the years, but as it has become even more popular, Disney has decided to expand it’s exposure – with a Haunted Mansion themed store! I blogged about the upcoming store opening in July, and now that the store is opened, I thought it would be fun to take a little look inside:

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The outside of the store seems innocent enough…but step inside and you’re surrounded by frightly sights! Ok not really, but there is some really awesome stuff inside…

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Plenty of awesome merchandise featuring the famous Haunted Mansion wallpaper – like this necktie

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“Gracey Manor” tablewear – from plates and bowls to wine glasses, plus placemats and coasters for sale too (the coasters are modeled after the graves you see outside the mansion!)

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Shirts, mugs, figurines, cups, keychains – they have it all!

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The detail put into the store is certainly up to Disney standards – plenty to see and discover here! This new store is a must do for all Haunted Mansion fans out there!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Going To The (Disney!) Dogs

Today is our family dog’s birthday – Mollie is a beautiful chocolate lab celebrating her EIGHTH birthday! I can’t believe she is 8 (makes me feel old!) – she is still so puppy like in so many ways! She is full of life and love – and we are so grateful to have her in our family!

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Here she is as a little baby – giving my husband a high five

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Here she is with our other family dogs – my boy Walter on the right and his sister Lucy on the left belongs to my parents – can you tell I am holding a treat?

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And here Mollie is with her main man – my husband Andrew. She has been enamored with him since the very day she laid eyes on him. Mollie may live at my parent’s house, but her heart belongs to Andrew – they are quite the pair aren’t they?

…Clearly we are dog people, in case you couldn’t tell. Our love for dogs extends beyond our own – we love getting the chance to meet with some of our favorite Disney Dogs too!

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Mickey’s best pal Pluto is always good for a hug

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Goofy always makes me smile!

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Next up on the Disney Dog list would be to get to meet Doug from UP! Maybe I can ask him if he likes squirrels..hmm…

Happy Birthday to my girl Mollie, and Happy Friday to all! TGIF!

 

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Pumpkin Season Is Back At The Disney Parks

This is my favorite season of all for so many reasons – the leaves changing, the air cooling off and getting that amazing crispness it does in fall, the apple picking, and all the awesome pumpkin treats available too! Disney takes FULL advantage of every season and holiday – and autumn is no exception! Check out these awesome treats available at the Disney Parks this Pumpkin Season:

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Pumpkin fudge – always a winner. You can find this on Main Street USA

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Now that Starbuck’s has invaded the Disney Parks, you can grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte in the signature Disney parks starbucks cup!

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Ok – these don’t actually taste like pumpkin – but aren’t these candy apples adorable? Too cute too eat (well – almost anyway…)

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Disneyland has the market cornered on these babies – Mickey shaped pumpkin beignets, served with a rich vanilla bean dipping sauce

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And if you can’t make it to Disney to check out all the fall fun – then check out these awesome mugs and other Halloween Merchandise available from the Disney Store. And if you’re feeling hungry and in the mood to bake – check out my baking blog for some more Pumpkin Fun

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Newborn Photo Shoot Ideas

Ok, so I know I usually blog about how awesome Walt Disney World is for adults – and I admit I have been just a bit sidetracked lately – probably because of the pending new addition to our family, a baby boy that should be arriving any day now (Lord willing!)

We are already planning on having newborn photos taken with us and the baby (and our baby boy Walter too – our two year old lab/shepherd mix who was of course named after Walt Disney!), and of course I want to try and incorporate some form of Disney into the photo shoot, and I came across these ideas that were too amazing not to share:

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I can’t wait to incorporate some of our little guy’s Disney stuff into his first photo shoot – I definitely want to include a stuffed Mickey, and the Mickey quilt his grandma handmade for him, and he has a little Mickey hat too!

You can find tons of photo shoot ideas on Pinterest – not just for babies but for kids of all ages, pets, and families too!

TGIF!

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Frozen – I don’t Get It. Still.

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I have written about how I gave the movie Frozen two chances – I watched it twice and I will admit I definitely appreciated it more the second time – HOWEVER – I will also admit – I still do NOT understand Frozen. The popularity/hype/intensity – people are seriously obsessed with this movie – and it’s not just kids either – adults are jumping on the bandwagon too!

Waiting 5 hours to meet Anna and Elsa at the Disney Parks. A New Frozen ride at Disney. Thousands of parodies of “Let It Go” on YouTube. “Sexy” Frozen Halloween Costumes (yeah, that’s really a thing), the MOST INSANE amount of merchandising I have ever seen for a single movie in my whole life…it all seems…excessive, and I fear I may stand alone on this one – but I just don’t get it.

Now – don’t get me wrong, I love a good Disney movie – but in my book – Frozen barely qualifies as a “good” movie – I mean, it’s cute, the songs are great, the characters are somewhat amusing – but overall – mediocre at best. It certainly can’t hold a flame to Cinderella (my absolute fave!), or Toy Story, or Finding Nemo…I could go on (but I won’t). I am glad that Disney is getting so much mileage out of Frozen, and that it was such a hit for them – but really? I’m over it. I am sorry if this offends you….and if it does then maybe you should learn to “Let It Go” (ha!), Seriously though – Disney – can we move on to something bigger and better? Please? I would appreciate it – and I can’t be alone in thinking that way…right?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Dining In Paradise At Disney’s Aulani Resort

I have written about Aulani before – it’s Disney’s Resort and Spa located in beautifully tropical Hawaii, and it is a place I would LOVE to go with my husband – and we are hoping to make it there for our 10 year wedding anniversary (which gives us 6 years to save up and plan for it!)

If you’re considering going, then I think you’re making a SUPER smart choice – beautiful views, clear water, plenty of activities for everyone of all ages, and then there’s the FOOD – you won’t want to miss all that they have to offer in that department either…

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Off The Hook is an open air lounge that’s located right on the beach, and they serve up plenty of tropical drinks, as well as an assortment of fresh appetizers like shrimp cocktail and beef sliders

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If you’re a fan of buffet dining, then you’ll want to check out Makahiki-The Bounty Of The Islands – where you can join your favorite Disney characters for breakfast, and enjoy a peaceful delicious dinner of seafood and asian inspired entrees

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If you’re looking for more of a gourmet experience, then Ama Ama is the place for you – contemporary Hawaiian dishes are served up here (with an oceanside view of course!) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – oh, and they make all their own desserts fresh in-house daily

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Or let’s say you are in a hurry or just looking for a quick snack to tide you over – then might I recommend you check out some of the Aulani Quick Service Dining Options – which include traditional Hawaiian shaved ice, hot dogs/chicken tenders, salads, pretzels and more!

Aulani has it all – a full service spa, amazing rooms and service, plenty of activities to keep you and your family busy and happy, amazing ocean views, and some pretty awesome FOOD too! Hope you get a chance to visit this amazing vacation spot someday and that you get to indulge in all the amazing cuisine they have to offer!

TGIF

 

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