T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy 4th Of July!

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Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the warm weather, attend some picnics, and that you’re enjoying a day off from work (I know I am!). But more than that – I hope you remember what this day is about – and that without those who fought for our freedom, we wouldn’t be here today!

It’s a great holiday isn’t it? BBQ’s and fireworks and sparklers and red white and blue…and Mickey? Yes – it’s possible to even infuse some Disney into your 4th of July celebrations with these easy DIY Disney crafts:

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Wouldn’t this be a cute headband for your favorite little Mouseketeer to wear on the 4th?

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And what kid (or adult!) wouldn’t love to color this adorable scene?

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And since you will probably need to make something to bring to that family picnic, why not whip up Ariel’s adorable Starfish cookies?

Click here for more Disney 4th of July fun!

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TGIF!

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Easy Ways To Save For Your WDW Trip

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Trips to Walt Disney World are so many things – amazing, fun, thrilling – but they can also be expensive (sorry to be the bearer of bad news…but its true!), which is why I like to do as much advance planning as possible to try and make sure I’m sticking to my budget. But there are plenty of great ways you and your family can save for your Disney trip:

Gift Cards: If you have a birthday coming up, or Christmas is coming, or you are planning a Disney honeymoon – then ask for Disney Gift Cards as wedding/birthday/Christmas gifts! They can be purchased at any store with a gift card center, and they can be used pretty much anywhere in the Parks – for food, souvenirs, and they can even be put towards your trip balance!

A Spare Change Jar: Put all those pennies/nickels/dimes/quarters to good use and toss them in a change jar to be used towards your vacation. Counting how much you have saved can be a fun family activity, and you can even decorate a container just for this purpose

Set Up An Automatic Transfer: Most banks that have online access (which is most of them these days!) have the ability to allow you to setup a recurring transfer – to move a certain amount of money from one account to another daily/weekly/on payday, etc. This is a great way to set money aside in a savings account or alternate checking account for all kinds of things – but I like to use it for a vacation fund! You probably won’t miss $10 a week, and $10 a week equals $520 a year saved for Disney!

One Less Meal Out: By decreasing the amount of times you eat out/order takeout by once a month, you can save a lot! It is much cheaper to eat at home (and usually healthier!) and you are looking at a savings of $20-$40 per month just by eating at home one more time a month

These are my top Disney money saving tips – mostly because they are EASY and EFFECTIVE and they help get me to that Castle sooner! But I would love to know how YOU save money for your trips to the Happiest Place On Earth?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Check Out This New Disney Merchandise!

One way to kill the LONGGGGG stretches of time between Walt Disney World vacations is to buy more Disney stuff! Seriously though – its awesome to check out the Disney Store’s website and see what new things they have and what Parks Merchandise they offer. I was browsing the other day and saw some AWESOME new stuff – check it out!

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This new line of Beautifully Disney cosmetics features one of my favorite Disney Classics – Alice In Wonderland! Nail polish, eye and lip products themed after Alice and pals – sign me up!

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This pot holder is part of a whole new set of “Mickey’s Diner” themed merchandise – cups, plates, mugs – they all have a great vintage feel to them and great graphics too

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In honor of Star Wars Weekends, Disney has come out with some great new items – shirts, action figures, and what little (or big!) boy wouldn’t want to tote their clothes to Disney World in this Darth Vader suitcase?

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I can totally see myself sipping coffee out of this Ursula Mug – and if she isn’t your fave villain, don’t worry – there’s plenty of others to choose from!

Check out all their New Arrivals Here!

TGIF!

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New Airline Carry-on Size Restrictions Can’t Ruin MY Magical Disney Trip!

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Between United Airlines enforcing their carry on baggage size limits, and the recent security checkpoint monitoring of luggage sizes, it’s enough to turn the start of any trip into a disaster! New rules even further limit the size of your carry-on luggage on major airlines like Delta, United, and American (with smaller ones being sure to follow suit soon, I’m sure!), and not only that, but they are actually enforcing the size limits too, which is something that was never really consistently done in the past.

Obviously I understand that people can’t be bringing huge bags on as carry ons – as its totally not fair to those of us who have always followed the (previously unenforced) rules – but now you’re telling me that the rolling luggage I have been toting for the past 5 years, that I purposely researched and scoured the internet for to make sure I got one that fit ALL airline size restrictions – is now too big to carry on? Well – ok. Breath, and regroup – I will NOT be letting this ruin my future trips to Walt Disney World – it just means I have to be smarter about how I pack. How will I do this? Well – I have a few tried and true tricks up my sleeve…

-Wear the big stuff: I always bring one pair of jeans, one pair of sneakers, and one hoodie to Disney with me – and I always wear them to the airport – even if it’s warm out, chances are good it will be cold in the airports/on the planes, and this saves me a TON of suitcase space!

-If I can get it online, I will WAIT to Buy it: There are so many great Disney souvenirs that I have serious trouble not buying ALL of them – and with even less suitcase space, I will be bringing even less home with me, but the good news is a lot of the same items can be purchased via the Disney Store’s website (they even have a Disney Parks Products section!). So I wait until I am home (or in the airport waiting for my flight home anyway…) and then I order some of the larger souvenir items online instead

-Keep it Casual: Disney isn’t exactly a fancy place, so there’s not much need for dresses or heels or button down shirts- t shirts and shorts will do for most people, and I like to stick to that idea when I am packing – nothing fancy, and just 1 shirt per day (you don’t need more than one, trust me)

-Don’t forget about your “personal item”: in addition to your carry on piece of luggage, each passenger is allowed 1 personal item too – basically anything that will fit under the seat in front of you is allowable – a large purse, tote bag, or even a backpack will all work – and I take full advantage of this and make sure I bring my biggest purse and stuff it full of snacks, books, magazines, and a change of clothes (just in case they make me check my 1 inch too large carry on suitcase…)

I stopped checking luggage a few years ago – so I have really been working on perfecting my carry-on packing – and I can say from experience that it really is possible to get everything you need for a week at Disney in a carry on suitcase and a purse/backpack. As for these new regulations, I say bring it on! I love a challenge, and I will do my best to get everything in my carry-on items, and even if I can’t or they tell me I have to check them – at least the end result is still the same – a vacation at the Happiest Place On Earth! What about you – do you avoid checking luggage when you head to WDW?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Cool Off This Summer With These Delicious Disney Frozen Drinks

Tomorrow marks the first official day of SUMMER – which means trips to the beach, cookouts, fresh cut grass, family vacations (to DISNEY WORLD perhaps?) and most of all – it means long, HOT days. I am always looking for ways to cool off in the summer, and one way I like to do it is with super cold frozen drinks – what could be better on a hot day than an ice cold slushy beverage? Oh – well, one thing that would make it better is if you happened to be enjoying said beverage while at the Happiest Place On Earth – and luckily, they offer quite the selection of delicious frozen drinks to choose from:

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The classic frozen lemonade is available at all the Parks – from Disneyland to Disney World, you’ll find this in its classic lemon flavor, and strawberry, raspberry, and other varieties pop up from time to time too!

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Frozen margarita anyone? This adults only frozen beverage is not only super cold and delicious (times 3 different flavors!), but its fun to look at too! You can get this at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Gaston’s Tavern is home to “LeFou’s Brew” – an apple flavored slush (available with optional souvenir cup!)

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You could always stick with a classic and grab a Dole Whip Float – pineapple soft serve balanced on top of delicious pineapple juice – what a sweet treat

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Over at Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney, you can customize your own frozen drink by picking from a bunch of flavors and mixing them together!

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Oh, and you can make your own cup too – with a ton of awesome base/cup options!

Hopefully you’re gearing up for summer and all the great fun that comes along with it – and if you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Disney Parks this summer, be sure to keep cool with these delicious drinks!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Cool Off In The Summer Heat At Blizzard Beach!

I have a confession to make – I am not a huge fan of water parks – I was never a big swimmer when I was younger and without my glasses I could never see what slide I was even riding on – it was never my favorite way to spend a day. But luckily I have grown to appreciate them a bit more – due in large part to my obtaining contact lenses and becoming a better swimmer! Plus, how can you say no to a Disney Waterpark – its basically as intricate and well themed as their theme Parks  – but with water! Which, on a hot Florida summer day can really be a lifesaver!

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach is the newer of its two Water Parks and it’s themed after a ski Resort that has “melted” into a watery wonderland

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Zip down the “slopes” of Mount Gushmore – one of the world’s tallest (and fastest!) water slides

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Enjoy a lazy trip down the river in an inner tube

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Or simply relax on the beach!

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What could be a better way to escape the heat than in a BLIZZARD?! I highly recommend you plan a day at a Disney Water Park on your next trip – especially if you plan on visiting during the summer months!

TGIF!

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