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The Top Three Best Things About Walt Disney World At Christmastime

I was lucky enough to get to travel to Walt Disney World the week of Christmas this year – and it was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Getting to combine two things I love very much (Christmas and Disney World of course!) was definitely a dream come true! There are tons of amazing things to see/do at Disney during the holiday season, but I have to say these three are my absolute favorites:

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1. The FOODDisney Food is always amazing – but at Christmas time they make it even more special! With awesome treats and special meals – I personally enjoyed the colorful baked goods available on Main Street (like this adorable Mickey snowman cake pop!), but trust me there’s plenty more where that came from! Many WDW restaurants offer special meals during the holiday, or add special dishes to their buffets to make the season that much more magical (and delicious!)

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2. The Osbourne Lights – I know I have recently talked about how awesome the Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights are, but I truly can’t say it enough. They are absolutely amazing – watching the street go from bare and boring to bright and cheery was probably the best thing about this whole vacation for me – the lights blinked in time to music, and it even ‘snowed’! We saw them light up on Christmas Day, and the experience was so Christmas-y and special – I wish I could afford to make it a yearly Christmas tradition!

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3. The Shopping – I love shopping, so anytime you combine that with Disney and Christmas? Please, me and my credit cards stand no chance against the sheer volume of amazing Disney Christmas souvenirs available at the Parks. My personaly favorite? The Mickey Gingerbread man mix that comes with a Mickey Gingerbread man cookie cutter!

I will forever cherish all the memories I was lucky enough to get to make this past Christmas – and if you ever have the chance to check out Disney at Christmastime – I highly suggest you take it! Aside from my three favorite things about it, theres also tons of beautiful décor, live musical performances, appearances by Santa Claus, and of course that Christmas Spirit is always in the air!

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Landscape Of Flavors Offers Delicious Fresh Menu Options For All!

My family and I were lucky enough to get to travel to Walt Disney World last month for Christmas, and even luckier still to get to stay in the NEWEST Disney Resort – The Art of Animation Resort. Let me tell you, this place did NOT disappoint, the Little Mermaid/Finding Nemo/Lion King/Cars themes were awesome, the service was great as usual, and probably the best thing about the Resort is its Landscape of Flavors Food Court – which offers up tons of great and unique menu options. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to find here:

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Breakfast: Omelete station, pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French toast, make your own yogurt/fruit/granola parfait, breakfast sandwiches (like this “steak” sandwich, and the chicken sausage sandwich!) breakfast platters (both American AND Mongolian!), and tons of bakery and packaged choices (fruits, yogurts, etc)

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Lunch/Dinner: Create your own salad station (a personal favorite of mine!), Mongolian grill, hamburgers/sandwiches, pizza/pasta (and cheesy pesto bread yum!), plus packaged items like salads, sandwiches, and sushi

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Desserts: There’s a bakery case that was offering some delicious seasonal options while we were there – sugar free cranberry apple pie, Pecan pumpkin tart, Gingerbread cookies, and then there were also cupcakes and other cookies, and then there’s the gelato station – serving up tons of great flavors (including seasonal ones like peppermint and pumpkin!). Or you can go a bit healthier and have a fruit smoothie whipped up just the way you like it (strawberry/banana/mango comes to mind? Yum!)

Drinks: They offer the standard Coca Cola soda machines (which offer Sprite Zero in addition to Diet Coke and light lemonade, which I was glad to see!), as well as plenty of bottled choices: waters, Gatorade/Vitamin water, smoothies, juices, and a decent selection of beer and wine too (available by the single serving, or full size bottles/six packs are available too!)

Our personal favorites from the Landscape of Flavors? It’s REALLY a tough call, but for me personally it had to be the Pumpkin Pecan Tart (which I got multiple times!) and I know my parents really loved the Cranberry Apple Pie, and my husband loved the Mongolian Sausage plate – which was delicious sausage served with rice, two sides, and fresh naan bread

We will definitely be staying here again, partly (ok, largely!) due to how amazing the food was! I would highly recommend the Resort (and its food!) to anyone and everyone!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Characters Delight Those Of All Ages at 1900 Park Fare

I woke up this morning and the first thing I thought was “I wish I was having breakfast at Disney!” - and if I could pick anywhere I think it would be the character breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s beautiful Grand Floridian Resort

The food is great there – they offer a buffet of delicious eats like Mickey waffles, fresh fruit, ham/bacon/sausage, and their signature chilled strawberry soup! But for me, the characters are the main attraction here, and on Christmas day it was definitely a random assortment of characters –Pooh and Tigger, Mary Poppins, Alice, and the Mad Hatter all made their rounds and posed for pictures, autographs, and hugs!

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We also stopped after our meal and had our picture taken by the Resort’s beautiful Christmas tree. What a great way to spend Christmas morning (or any day for that matter!)

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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Managing Your Disney Trip Photos

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Have you ever gotten home from a vacation, turned on your camera, and realized that you have like 3,000 pictures on there – 600 of which are blurry, 300 of which are too bright or too dark, etc etc – and once you spend the several hours it takes to load and sort them all, you end up with maybe 200 decent pictures (and a headache?). I have definitely been there, and it’s no treat. As much as I love taking photos while on vacation, and want to capture every memory, I know that I definitely need some photo management tactics to utilize while vacationing at Disney (or anywhere really!)

The first thing I always do is to review my pictures daily – either at the start or end of my day, I will go through my digital camera and delete the dark/blurry/unsuitable/unflattering photos – which saves me from having to do it all at once after the trip. It only takes a few minutes each day, and it’s a fun way to relive yesterday’s activities!

One really important Disney vacation photo rule to abide by is to use ONE CAMERA AND ONE CAMERA ONLY – which means only one iphone/tablet/digital camera should be used to take ALL the trip photos, and it’s also easier if one person is in charge of the camera too. This is hard – trust me, it’s especially hard for me, as my husband is into using assorted vintage film cameras, and I personally carry my phone and digital camera with me as well – so at any given time while on vacation, we have 2 smartphones, 2 film cameras, and one digital camera on us (minimum). So, for me, this is a new rule that I will be attempting to follow for the first time when I head to WDW next month for Christmas – I actually plan on using only my iphone, and leaving the rest of the cameras behind. It’s small, its easy to use, and it takes pretty decent pictures (which I am then able to immediately share with my friends and family via social media!). So while this rule is hard to follow, it is a worthwhile one – it makes it much easier to organize your photos when you get home

You should definitely try and utilize The Disney Photopass Service as much as possible. The photpass photographers are stationed all over the Parks, and will take your party’s picture in front of the Castle/Tower of Terror/Tree of Life (and the list goes on), and then those photos all get loaded onto an online account for your to review and purchase after your trip. They will also willingly take a shot with your camera too, which is nice. Oh – and if you’re generally the trip photographer like I am – this will allow you to actually BE in some of the trip photos, which is always nice for a change!

This tip is specific to Disney Vacations, and it’s something that I have picked up on over the years – which is to skip the parade/fireworks photos. This may seem strange, since we all love a good parade, but photos of parade floats/characters etc tend to be taken at a weird angle, cutting off part of the float, and/or have the tops of like 10 people’s heads in them. Take a few of the main attractions of the parade, but overall, don’t bother much with parade or firework photos, they aren’t worth it – save your shutter for the good stuff, like character meet and greets and FOOD

If you follow these simple tips you will find that your photos really do become a cherished trip souvenir, instead of a big nuisance!

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Disney Photos – The Best Souvenir Of All!

  Photos MIckeyCAMThere is a TON of great Disney merchandise out there, and when you travel to the Disney Parks there are plenty of choices to pick from in the souvenir department – they have it all, from magnets and pens to pins, stuffed animals, apparel, and much much more. I love purchasing these items to commemorate the amazing memories from my Walt Disney World trips, but I have to say, my absolute favorite souvenir isn’t something you can purchase in a store – it’s the photos from the trip that I cherish most of all – I love capturing the smiles, laughs, and good times had as a family!

Here are my Top 5 “Must Have” Posed Photos

photos CastleNightCastle Shots – I will always get the Disney PhotoPass Card so that we can go to various “photo op” spots around the Parks and have the pros take our pictures – and the best part is, they are usually willing to take a photo with your camera too, so that even if you decide you don’t want to purchase the PhotoPass package, you can have a copy of the shots they take. My favorite place to pose is in front of Cinderella’s Castle – its classic, makes a great framed photo, and it’s beautiful at night too!

photos MinnieKissCharacter Love – Any picture taken with characters is fun, but one with a hug or a kiss or a funny pose from a character is even better! They will usually ham it up for the camera if you’re wearing a celebration pin, or if you have a shirt that has them on it or something – and those moments are priceless!

photos HatFunny Hats – Most Souvenir shops have a selection of hats, and you’ll find your standard baseball caps and Mickey Ears here, but you will also find some more quirky options – like the Mickey and Minnie bride and groom ears, as well as this adorable Sorcerer’s Apprentice option! I love trying on the hats and getting pictures of us sporting the different styles!

photos MickeyBarsFood Pics – I am a HUGE Disney Foodie – I love the variety and quality of all their food, and I love remembering my trips via the meals I eat (Strange? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely!) It’s great to get photos of you and your party trying new and exotic cuisine, and it’s also fun to get classic Disney food photos too – like this one of my dad and husband enjoying a Mickey Ice Cream Bar on a hot day

photos ResortResort Fun – There is a LOT to see and do around all the various Disney Resort Hotels, and I love taking an afternoon to explore and stroll around my Resort – you never know what you might find, or what photo ops are just around the corner from your room!

While in the Parks, I will usually pick up a few small “photo related” souvenirs – like magnet photo frames, or sometimes a larger frame or album, and then once I am home, I love to spend time going through the photos, and choosing which prints to order, and then which ones to frame and hang around the house. It’s a great way to combat those “post vacation blues”, and it always helps remind me of why I love Walt Disney World so much!

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