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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Christmas Countdown Time!

So Halloween is over, the candy has been eaten (well its all gone in my house at least!), and if you’ve been to any store in the past two weeks you’ll agree that the Christmas season is upon us (whether you like it or not!). Commercials, sales, merchandise – it’s all out and ready to help you celebrate! It may be a bit early to start Christmas shopping or listening to Christmas Carols, but it’s never too early to plan a trip to Walt Disney World at Christmastime! I HIGHLY recommend it – I personally have gone twice during the holiday season and its a great time for those who want to combine their love of Christmas with their love of Disney World (what, doesn’t everyone love those two things as much as I do?!)

Here are a few of the awesome things you can expect to experience when you visit WDW at Christmas:

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The FOOD – Holiday themed treats are around every corner – from peppermint fudge to snowman candy apples, and seasonal cupcakes and cookies too!

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Attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of the other things I recommend – it’s an extra ticket cost as it’s a special event, but it’s worth it – a special parade and character appearances, free cookies and cocoa, and that’s right, it even SNOWS on Main Street! What could be better?

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Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios you’ll find the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights – a display of millions of Christmas lights that is lit nightly, and the lights blink in tune to famous Christmas Carols. We went on Christmas Day to see this, and it was amazing – I couldn’t picture a better way to spend Christmas Day with my family!

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Are you a big fan of Gingerbread? Well then you’re in luck, as several of the Disney Resorts construct Gingerbread displays that are truly a sight to behold – as in this house is made entirely of actual baked gingerbread – pretty cool, right? Oh – and if you’re a fan of actually EATING gingerbread, then you’ll appreciate the fact that you can buy gingerbread “shingles” to take home too!

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Disney World is amazing all times of the year, but Christmas is when it really shines – literally! The lights, decor, giant decorated trees, songs, treats, and everything else all add up to an amazing holiday experience which I hope you are lucky enough to get to experience someday!

Oh and by the way – there are only 48 days until Christmas!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Hidden Mickeys Are Everywhere!

Disney World is known for their attention to detail (among other things!) – and they are so intricate in their theming and decorating that they even have Hidden Mickey’s throughout the Parks – it could be his silhouette, or the three circles of his head – but they are all over – if you know where to look…

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This one is located at Animal Kingdom – outside the entrance to the Mombasa Marketplace Store in Africa

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This one is part of a dalmation statue that sits just inside the entrance to Mama Melrose’s Restaurant in Hollywood Studios

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The front courtyard of Hollywood Studios’ Rock N Roller Coaster is home to this Aerosmith mural – featuring a familiarly patterned shirt…

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Inside the lobby of Disney’s beautiful Wilderness Lodge Resort you’ll spot this Mickey on the upper right corner of the fireplace

There’s a whole book to help you look for them! Have you spotted some Hidden Mickeys while at WDW? Or at home maybe? Which one is YOUR favorite?

TGIF!

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Disney Quick Tips – Know Your Limits!

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It’s easy to get caught up all that Disney Magic while you’re on vacation at Walt Disney World – so easy in fact that you might get so busy that you forget to eat, or put on sunblock, or sit down and relax, or drink enough water…basically, Disney is distracting. Mostly in good ways, but you’ll want to remember to take care of yourself too while touring the Parks – so I suggest you KNOW YOUR LIMITS:

-Food: This is an especially important one for me, with two diabetic parents, we have to keep on a pretty strict eating schedule – making sure we eat meals around the same times each day, and carrying snacks for those in between times helps too. Make sure you are listening to your stomach – and when it rumbles, feed it ASAP!

-Drinking: This applies to both alcohol and water – make sure you don’t drink too much alcohol (especially during the day!), and make sure to replenish very frequently with water (bring your own water bottles and refill them often!)

-Downtime: Disney has a tendency to make us rush – we want to see it all, and do it all, and we want it all NOW! Well – ok. I get it, I have been there, but guess what – its not possible. You just aren’t going to get to see every single little thing in one day – so stop trying. Take it slow, enjoy the scenery, and when you’re feeling tired – sit down and relax for a bit, or better yet – return to your Disney Resort for a nap or a quick dip in the pool after lunch (when it’s hottest out and the likelyhood of meltdowns and tantrums are highest!)

The urge to rush and run and do it all will definitely happen to you at some point during your WDW vacation – but try and fight it as best you can – make sure you know your limits, and stick to them. If you do, your vacation will be much happier and more fun for everyone!

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Avoid These Top 5 Rookie Disney Vacation Mistakes

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We all make mistakes – its just a fact of life. When it comes to Walt Disney World vacations there are TONS of mistakes you can make – trust me, I would know, as I have made them ALL and more! Hopefully you can learn from my experience and avoid these top 5 WDW rookie blunders:

Oh I don’t need sunscreen it’s not even sunny! Well that may be true now at 8am when you are leaving your Resort, but not only could it randomly get sunny later, but you can even get a sunburn from an overcast Florida sky – and no one wants a sunburn on day one of vacation, am I right?

It’s so hot I’m just going to wear flip flops instead of sneakers – Ok STOP right there – just don’t even think this way – EVER. Do you know how much walking is involved in a WDW vacation? Miles a day – seriously. Always wear comfortable footwear – preferably broken in sneakers and cotton socks. It may not be the most fashionable of choices – but your feet will thank you after a long day of Park touring

Oh we can totally do three parks in one day easy! Technically this one is possible – and not *that* hard to do, as Park Hopping can be fun and relatively easy, but let’s be realistic here – if you’ve never been to Disney World, you will want to experience all that each Park has to offer – and you don’t want to wear yourself out by trying to do multiple parks daily

We don’t need to go back to the hotel for a nap – Yes, you do. Trust me – whether you’re all adults or have a few young kids – you will need a break mid day. I like to head back to my WDW Resort after lunch and take a nap or go for a swim or just relax in a pool lounger before I head back our around dinner time – when the sun has gone down some and so has the temperature

It won’t rain – it’s Florida! Just because a place is known to be sunny and hot doesn’t mean it can’t rain – it can and likely will during your WDW trip – so plan ahead by packing your own ponchos, and some Ziploc baggies of assorted sizes to keep your valuables dry (phone, camera, etc)

Avoid Disney Meltdowns with these simple tips – they are easy to follow and will make your vacation feel more – well – vacation like!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Celebrating Your Birthday In Walt Disney World

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If you’re lucky enough to celebrate your birthday in Walt Disney World, then you know how much fun and magic awaits you on your special day! But if you’re wanting to make the celebration even more special, there are plenty of ways to do that – with a little help courtesy of that “Disney Magic” of course:

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Why not have a bunch of festive Mickey Birthday Balloons delivered to your room as a fun surprise for the birthday boy or girl?

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You can always pick up a Birthday Pin to wear while at the Parks – but why not go further and give these birthday Mickey Ears?

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How about a “Fairy Tale” Bouquet for the birthday girl?

Check out all the Birthday Gift options available through Disney Floral and Gifts – and don’t worry if you can’t find one you like – they will work with you to make a custom one of a kind gift for your birthday (or ANY!) celebration!

TGIF!

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Trying Out Disney’s New Magic Band System

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The Family That Magic Bands Together Stays Together

I have to admit – I wasn’t sure about using Disney’s new Magic Bands system at first – I was sure it would be hard to setup, and confusing to use once we got to Disney World – but I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed them!

A few months before the trip, I went online to the My Disney Experience website and setup all 4 of us (myself and my husband, and then I linked my parents reservation too) with profiles, and I have to say – this was probably the worst part of the process. The My Disney Experience Website was not the most user friendly – it was slow, often the pages “couldn’t be found” or the “server was busy”, but once I was finally able to set all 4 of us up with profiles on the site, we were able to customize our Magic Bands, and they were shipped to us about a month before our trip

I was also able to setup our Fastpass+ through the website, and I would say the only drawback to this was that you can only have 3 fastpasses per person per day, and they can’t be at 2 different parks – which to me is a bit limiting, but I understand that they can’t let everyone go nuts and have as many as they want. However, I hope they look at this limitation in the future and come up with some kind of alternative – anything is possible!

Once we were at the Resort, I was able to use the My Disney Experience app on my iphone to check dining reservation and Fastpass times, and change them if need be – which was nice. The app was pretty slow too and didn’t always want to work correctly, but I am guessing those kinks will be worked out soon, since the Magic Band system will be rolled out all over the World very soon (while we were there, the Magic Bands were only being tested by select Resorts).

We were able to use the Bands to pay at Restaurants, shops, snack carts, and they were our fastpass and park admission tickets as well. I am glad we were able to test out the Magic Bands system, and can’t wait what new technology Disney comes up with next!

Learn more about the Magic Band system Here

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