Which WDW Special Event Is Right For Me?

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Going to Walt Disney World is the most fun vacation ever (well, at least I think so!) – and I love everything about it. Having been several times, I am always looking forward to what new and exciting things await me on my next trip – and sometimes I like to check out some of the special events offered at Disney – here are some of the most popular ones, which will hopefully help you choose if any of them would be right for you and your family:

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Runs from March-May each year, and features brilliant displays of flowers, topiaries, and special dining options that offer dishes created from the fresh, local produce showcased in the festival. It’s hosted by HGTV, so there are tons of workshops, demonstrations, and shows offered too that feature your favorite HGTV stars. This one is a must-do for all of you with green thumbs out there – and for those of you who aren’t so inclined (like me!), don’t worry, you can still enjoy the beautiful landscaping and delicious dining options available!

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: This fall event delivers big on flavor (as its name promises!), and features dozens of different food booths that showcase cuisine from all over the globe. You can literally spend all day grazing through Epcot and trying new and different dishes paired with exotic wines – and you can also check out the cooking demonstrations by famous chefs – now if that’s not a foodies dream come true than I don’t know what is!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Held on various nights in September and October in the Magic Kingdom, the party features characters in costume, a special parade, and of course trick-or-treating and candy! Guests are encouraged to dress in appropriate (aka not too scary or revealing) costumes to help get them in the Halloween Spirit! And of course the Magic Kingdom is all decked out in fall finery – with leaves and pumpkins everywhere! Characters you don’t normally get to see come out for this event too, and many of them even dress in costume as well!

Run Disney Events: Disney hosts a variety of half marathon, 5k, and fun run events throughout the year – a great excuse to get a team together and train, and what a perfect reason to get in shape, a trip to Disney! It’s a fun time with plenty of characters, and some really cool medals too! I personally have considered taking up running just so I could run in the Princess half marathon and wear a tutu while running around beautiful WDW! But then I remember how long a half marathon is…and I change my mind ha

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: This special party is held during November and December at the Magic Kingdom, and it features characters (and the man himself – SANTA!), a festive parade, free cookies and cocoa, live entertainment, and best of all – they make it SNOW on Main Street! Ok, so its not real and its made of soap – but still, snow?! In DISNEY!! We attended this party in 2011, and I really enjoyed it – the atmosphere was great, and the parade was really well done. Oh, and did I mention there were cookies? Mmm….cookie…

These events usually require some planning – you will want to make hotel reservations far in advance, and grab your special event tickets as soon as possible too so that you can ensure that you will be enjoying all that these events have to offer!

Personally? I LOVE LOVE Disney at Christmas time – there is nothing better than the décor, the food, and the atmosphere – and to me its worth braving the LARGE crowds to enjoy it all. What about you – what events would you love to check out at WDW?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Enjoy Some 100 Acre Wood Fun In The Magic Kingdom

 

As a kid, I REALLY loved Winnie The Pooh – so much so that I wore out the video tapes (yeah, videos – you remember, the ancestor to the blu-ray?). Luckily for me, I can get my Winnie the Pooh fix right at the Magic Kingdom as there’s a ride and restaurant just for us 100 Acre Wood Fanatics!

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The Crystal Palace is a buffet that serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily – with a side helping of characters of course! Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore circulate and hand out hugs and autographs and pose for pictures while you get to enjoy the delicious buffet! Check out my breakfast review on the Disney Food Blog for more details

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Then once you are full from your delicious Crystal Palace eats, I suggest you head over to The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh ride (don’t worry, it is safe to ride on a full stomach – and kid friendly too!) – where you travel through the classic Winnie The Pooh stories (blustery day and Heffelumps anyone?) while riding in an adorable honey pot

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Oh – but don’t be sad once the ride is over! As there is of course a gift shop where you can bring home your very own Eeyore or other cuddly Pooh character!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Let Them Eat Cake!

I know that I am always going on (and on, and on…) about how amazing the Food at Walt Disney World is – and it’s with good reason, I swear – it really is some of the best food I have ever tasted! One thing I especially enjoy at Disney is desserts, specifically their CAKES – they make so many different and delicious varieties that it’s hard to pick just one to have for dessert…so why not have them all?

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This is the famous Butterfinger Cupcake that is available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and if he looks scared, it’s with good reason – this thing is HUGE – tall and wide, it encompasses a fudgy center, moist chocolate cake, a giant pile of whipped frosting, and a chocolate shell coated in Butterfinger pieces. Seriously amazing.

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They started making these cake pops a few years ago, and I wasn’t sure if I would like them – but I REALLY do! The cake is dense and super flavorful, and the white chocolate coating is the perfect amount of sweet. Plus they come in super cute holiday styles like this Mickey Snowman (sharing not required…)

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No matter what you’re celebrating, Disney can help you out by customizing a cake to fit your every whim and desire – you could go for a standard classic Mickey like this one, or really go nuts – anything is possible with the Disney Celebration team

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Of course you can always go with the over the top Disney Wedding – complete with beautiful tiered Castle cake (looks almost too pretty to eat doesn’t it?)

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Here’s a new Disney cake offering – a “Cake Cup” – layers of cake and frosting, available at Cheshire Café in the Magic Kingdom – Check out Disney Food Blog’s Review for more info

At WDW you really can have your cake and eat it too – pretty much any and all kinds – and they are all delicious enough to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth out there!

TGIF

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Counting Down To “Muppets – Most Wanted”

I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of the Muppets – have been for as long as I can remember. So when The Muppets movie came out in 2011, I was thrilled to see they were getting a 21st century revival – and I especially loved their new Muppet sidekick – Walter!

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Lucky for me and all you other Muppet fans out there – Walter (and all the other Muppet characters!) are back with a new movie – “Muppets – Most Wanted” on March 21!

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The story involves good guys and bad guys that look like the good guys (a Kermit look alike to be specific!) – I don’t want to give too much away, but you can check out the trailers and official info here

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Oh, and we can’t forget about all the merchandise that comes along with a new movie release – like these awesome OPI Muppet-themed nail polishes! I can’t wait to see what else pops up at the Disney Parks and in stores!

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I will definitely be heading to the movie theater to check out the new movie as SOON as it comes out – but I have to say – as much as I love the new movies, there’s definitely something to be said about 80’s Muppets – and my personal favorite – the Muppets Take Manhattan!

What about you – will you check out the new Muppet flick?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Run For Fun At Disney!

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There are TONS of fun activities to do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland – so many in fact that there really is something for everyone – including those athletes out there! Disney sponsors several annual running events that range in length from 10k up to half and full marathons. Not sure you can do such a long distance? Fear not – as most of the events also have 5k races included in the lineup too!

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Oh yeah – and you can even get special Run Disney New Balance sneakers!

 

What better excuse to take up running, get in shape, and plan a trip to Disney?!

Check out the official Run Disney Site for more details – including tips on how to get started with training, and nutrition info too

TGIF!

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Alex And Ani Disney Styles Are Fashionable And Fun For All Disney Lovers!

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For those of you who haven’t heard of Alex and Ani, they are a jewelry company with amazing designs and Made In America products – and they are currently THE HOT THING – they look great stacked together and you definitely can’t have just one (brilliant marketing on their part, don’t you think?)

They have tons of amazing designs available online through their website, and not only are they Made In America but there are a bunch of styles whose profits benefit various charities (a bracelet that supports homeless pets? Yes please!). I love spending time browsing their selections – but I have to admit, there is really only one collection that I am interested in – and it’s not available through their website…

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And that would be the Alex and Ani Disney collection of course – how beautiful are these? They come in several designs – Mickey, Minnie, Castle (both Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella designs), Cinderella, and birthstone selections – among others – are available at the Disney Parks as well as through the Disney Store website. I learned of these via a friend’s Instagram while I was at WDW – which is lucky, as I was able to stalk all the stores in the Parks for the designs I wanted!

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I snatched up a Minnie first, and actually couldn’t find the Castle anywhere in the Parks – but was able to order it from the Disney Store (luckily!). Check out all the amazing styles here. Hmm, now I just need to figure out which one to get next…decisions, decisions…

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