Disney Vacation Planning

The Long LONG Wait Between Disney Trips…

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Why is my husband gloomy like Eeyore? Because he doesn’t know when his next Walt Disney World vacation is going to be – and that can make days, weeks, months drag on without any end in sight…this may seem strange to those of you who don’t love Disney the way we do – but it’s like anything else really – you gotta have something to look forward to, right? For us Disney freaks, its our Disney vacations – the saving, the planning, the anticipation – it all leads up to some truly amazing experiences and makes for amazing memories too!

So obviously I like to plan my next WDW trip as soon as I return home from my last one (hey, it helps fend off the “post Disney blues”, which can be invaluable!), but unfortunately for me, I won’t get to do any of that anytime soon. Sad, right? Well, sorta – but in reality its pretty awesome – because the reason that we aren’t sure when our next vacation will be is that we are going to be HAVING A BABY! That’s right, a little future Disney lover of our own, due in October! We can’t wait – there will be so much to experience with a new addition to our family!

One of the things I can’t wait to experience is taking my child to Disney for the first time! I was 4 the first time I went, and I would like to think I can wait that long to bring my kid – any younger and you really don’t remember/understand much of whats going on I think. It’s very strange to me to think that the next Disney trip I plan may very well be with my CHILD! I am slowly getting used to the idea (along with all the rest of it of course – pregnancy, daycares, breastfeeding vs formula, ultrasounds, unwanted advice from anyone and everyone…) it’s a lot to take in! One thing that is helping me is remembering that my husband and I will get to expose our kid to the things we loved as children – and for me, that is of course – DISNEY!

Basically, I can’t wait to start planning my Disney 2018 trip – it will be here before I know it!

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Missing The Happiest Place On Earth? Disney-Fy Your Home For That Magical Fix!

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to go through a MAJOR Disney withdrawal post-trip – and it makes me want to plan another trip and go back ASAP! As we know though – that isn’t always possible – and sometimes I have to figure out other ways to beat those Disney Blues. Here’s what I like to do:

SHOP! – I like to check out the Disney Store online and pick out things to help decorate my home and wardrobe so that I can keep that Disney magic alive and be reminded of just how much I love it. They even have a section of Disney Parks Merchandise – it’s almost as good as the real thing (well, sort of anyway…)

Recipes – I have several Disney Cookbooks with recipes from the Parks and Resorts, and it’s a lot of fun to flip through and look at the pictures and recipes and recreate some Disney dishes at home. Don’t have any Disney cookbooks? Fear not – as I regularly post on Chip and Co

Crafts – I love doing crafts, especially for holidays and loved ones – so it makes sense that I also love DISNEY crafts – check out a great selection here – this would be a great thing to do with your kids too, to help get them excited for a WDW trip (or to cheer them up after a trip)

Movies – A surefire way to beat the Disney blues is to pop in a Disney Movie – I even still have a bunch on VHS (and yes I even have a working VCR hooked up to my TV). My faves? Cinderella, and anything Muppets!

Post vacation depression happens to everyone – but these tips can really help lessen the load and put a smile on your face!

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Trying Out Disney’s New Magic Band System

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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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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Enjoying Gingerbread Mickeys At Home!

I am always looking for ways to enjoy Disney at home – whether it be framed trip photos hanging on the walls, Christmas ornaments commemorating the fun times, or making treats that remind me of Disney – I will do what I can to keep that Disney Magic alive until I can go on my next Disney World trip!

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One of the (many!) souvenirs I picked up last month while at Disney World was this Gingerbread cookie mix. To be honest, I could care less about the mix – it was the cookie cutter I was really after here!

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Mickey Gingerbread men are found around the Parks during the holidays, in both Gingerbread and Sugar cookie form – and when I saw this mix with the accompanying cutter, I knew I had to take it home with me

Baking is one of my favorite things to do (I love it so much I even blog about it) – and so I never miss a chance to get in the kitchen and whip up a tasty treat for my friends and family (ok, and myself too!)

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The mix was easy to make and roll out – and then I got to cut out the cute Mickey hat wearing men!

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They looked so cute on the cookie sheets, and they smelled the house with a DELICIOUS Christmas-y scent!

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The best part was getting to EAT them – ears first of course! They were not too “ginger-y”, I would say more of a cross between gingerbread and a sugar cookie

I love souvenirs like this – delicious and a great way to relive all the great Disney memories! What about you – what’s your favorite vacation souvenir?

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Osbourne Lights Are Truly A Sight To Behold!

I just returned from a week at Walt Disney World and I am missing it already! Getting to spend Christmas at WDW is something I didn’t think I would ever get to do – and I am SO grateful that I got to spend it there with my husband and my parents.

There was one thing I was particularly excited for on this trip – and that was to get to see the millions of Christmas lights come to life at the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I had heard and read about it, and when we were in Disney in December of 2011, we missed seeing it – so I could not WAIT to check it out

 

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We went over to the unlit display about an hour before dusk on Christmas day to get a good spot right in the middle of it all, and when the switch was flipped (by an adorable little girl assisted by Santa Goofy!) let’s just say that we were NOT disappointed…

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The lights moved in time to Christmas music, and they even made it snow! This was the perfect Christmas Day activity – and I was so glad to get to see them light up – it was a magical experience for sure, and one I am so grateful to finally have gotten to see and share with my family!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – DISNEY IS SO CLOSE I CAN TASTE IT!

My husband and I leave TOMORROW for our week in Disney World – and I can’t even begin to express how excited I am about it! Disney is an amazing place to be, but at Christmas it is even better – and I can’t WAIT to wake up on Christmas morning at the happiest place on earth!

As I was packing, I got to thinking about the things I am most looking forward to

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That first view of Cinderella’s Castle from the entrance to Main Street is probably one of my all-time favorite sights (it will likely move me to tears, sappy, I know)

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Getting a hug from your favorite character is great – it makes you feel like a kid again!

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The FOOD at Disney is something to look forward to for sure. At the top of my “must eat” list? One of these hugely delicious Butterfinger Cupcakes

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One of the greatest things of all is getting to see my husband and family enjoy themselves – and Star Tours is definitely one of my husband’s favorites, so I am sure we will be riding it multiple times!

So much to look forward to! Can’t wait to leave tomorrow, and next week I will be coming to you LIVE from WALT DISNEY WORLD so stay tuned for that 

TGIF!

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