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About livinginagrownupworld

**LIKES** Movies (especially horror movies), baking, cooking, going out to eat (food in general is a big like of mine), spending time with friends and family, working out, and of course…All things related to Walt Disney World...I have been there 15 times, and I love to read anything I can get my hands on about Disney…needless to say I have a lot of (otherwise useless) Disney information in my head. I enjoyed WDW so much as a child, and when I went back as an adult I found I enjoyed it so much more than I could have ever imagined, hence this blog...and THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG IS to convince those out there that Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids/families, its enjoyable for those of all ages, and there is something there for everyone (and I mean EVERYONE)

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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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Fall Season Is In Full Bloom At The Disney Parks!

Fall is – in my humble opinion – the very best season of all! Apple and pumpkin everything, cool air, changing leaves, sweaters – I love it all. And although autumn may not officially begin for a few days (9/22 to be exact!) – the season is definitely in the air everywhere – here in upstate NY you can see it in the apple orchards and feel it in the crisp air, and in Walt Disney World, you can see it everywhere you look!

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…And of course with fall comes Halloween – which Disney is already fully prepared for, since they are already in the midst of their Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party celebrations! Whether or not you get to celebrate fall or Halloween at Disney, I hope you get to enjoy the season as much as I do!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Check Out This Awesome Disney-Themed Baby Shower!

Ok – so the title of this might be a bit misleading – but I can’t help but brag about how amazing my recent baby shower was! My mother in law made pretty much ALL of the decorations – from the garlands, to the wooden letters, to the silverware holders, to the cupcake holders and the cupcakes themselves – which contain a famous mouse made of brownie inside them! Check it out:

 

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Oh, and aside from the amazing décor – she also went ALL OUT when it came to sewing – curtains and a valance, a crib skirt, quilt, bumpers, blankets, burp clothes, a teddy bear, onesies, teethers – all handmade, and all Mickey themed! This picture isn’t great, but you can see some of the items she worked so hard to make for us! Makes me feel so special – and we are so grateful that our little guy is already so loved (and that he is getting introduced to the Mouse so early in life too!)

 

Don’t worry – even if you or your family isn’t quite so artistically inclined, you can still outfit your baby in plenty of Disney – clothes, bedding, toys and more are available at most major retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and department stores

 

TGIF!

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Times They Are A Changin’…

I am in the home stretch of my first pregnancy – early next month my little guy will be here and nothing will be quite the same ever again! I have many hopes and dreams for him and for our life together as a little family – aside from wanting him to be happy, healthy, and to thrive and grow – I am hoping that he inherets my husband’s curiosity and intellegence, my organizational and planning skills – and if we are being honest, I am kinda hoping he inherits my love of all things Disney too (that being totally secondary to all the other things of course!)

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I first visited Walt Disney World when I was 4 – and I do remember parts of it – sitting on my dad’s shoulders, getting Mickey Bars (which looked a bit different back then – plus you could buy them at grocery stores too which we did often!), begging for the Daisy Duck hat with the giant HEAVY plastic brim (her beak, of course!), and most memorably – I recall crying and crying after my dad convinced me it would be fun to ride Space Mountain (it was NOT fun – but luckily I got over it)

I was lucky enough to spend over a dozen family vacations at Disney World with my parents – we made memories that I will always cherish, and I truly hope I can make some similarly amazing memories with my husband and our son in the years to come

Ok, so if we are being honest, there are a few things I am hoping he likes when it comes to Disney:

-Rides: He doesn’t have to like them all, but I hope that he will be willing to try all the different kinds – from the thrill rides to the “kiddie” rides – I hope he has an adventurous side and is open to them all!

-Characters: Giant fuzzy creatures coming towards you for a hug can be extremely frightening for a little kid – and many young ones have cried at their first character encounter, even if its with their favorite character who they have been dying to meet. You just never know, but I am hoping my kid will love the hugs and attention even at a young age (I sure did – man did it feel special and awesome to get a hug from Pooh at breakfast!)

-Food: Disney does an amazing job catering to those with allergies, food sensitivities, and especially to those picky eaters out there. I don’t think any parent hopes for a picky eater, but hey – it happens, and luckily they can have their fill of chicken nuggets, fries, and mac and cheese at Disney World. Do I hope my son wants to try the sushi and steak and gelato and naan bread? Yes, of COURSE I hope he wants to try something new, but if he doesn’t, we can both eat the chicken nuggets together (as they are pretty good too!)

These are all “nice to have” wishes, but in reality, I just hope he wants to go places with us, and can look back on the memories we made as a family when he grows up

Needless to say, a trip to WDW is not exactly in the cards for us for….a while. Probably 3-4 years at least. But in the meantime, I will have a LOT going on – and something tells me I wont miss it that much compared to the joy ahead of me – like getting to meet the little guy kicking around inside me (you can come out any day now – seriously). I can only hope that my love for Disney will be passed on to my son and that he will get as much joy and pleasure out of it as I have!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Disney Halloween Costume Possibilities Are Endless!

School has started, pumpkin lattes are out at Starbucks, apple picking has commenced, and Halloween costumes and candy are popping up everywhere you look! Maybe you have started thinking about yours or your kid’s costumes for this year, and maybe you want something Disney themed (who wouldn’t, right?)? Well then check out these awesome options available at the Disney Store:

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For your little Minnie Mouse fanatic

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Hoping I can get my newborn into something like this for some pictures this year *fingers crossed!*

Check out the full Disney Store Halloween Shop for many more great options

 

Or you can head over to Party City for a huge assortment of Disney Princess Costumes, like this adorable Ariel:

Costume Ariel

If you’re in the market for a canine costume, then check out Party City’s selection – which includes Mickey/Minnie hoodies and star wars costumes too!

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Costume Pet Star War

There are so many great costume options out there, I know I will have trouble narrowing it down to only ONE!

TGIF

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