T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Taking A Closer Look At The Haunted Mansion

Walt Disney World will celebrate it’s 45th anniversary soon – October 1st is the day they opened the gates of the Magic Kingdom to the public for the first time back in 1971, and in light of this, I think it’s always fun to take a look back at some of the history of the Park – especially the rides that have been open since that first opening day – like the Haunted Mansion. It’s a personal favorite of myself and my husband, we love riding it as many times in a row as we can – it just never gets old! Speaking of old – check out these vintage photos:

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I LOVEEEE these photo of the Haunted Mansion being built (circa January 1971) – it’s so amazing to see something like that come together!

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These are a few I have snapped over the years – including the wait on Christmas Eve, which was the longest I have ever seen it at 90 minutes (we skipped it that day, even I have my limits!)

It’s hard to believe that the Magic Kingdom has been bringing happiness to people for almost 45 years – but it’s also kinda amazing, isn’t it? TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Toddlers In Disney Costumes = THE MOST PRECIOUS THING EVER!

My husband and I have been trying to figure out what our son’s Halloween costume should be, and of COURSE most of our ideas are Disney-themed…and in browsing around we found some pretty adorable possibilities, check ’em out:

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If you are feeling crafty, check out this list of Disney DIY Costumes For Boys (including the adorable Jake and Peter Pan shown above!)

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….Of course, if you are not particularly crafty or good with a sewing machine, you can always buy a Disney costume – places like Party City have a HUGE selection, and the Disney Store website has some, too. From princesses to superheros to Star Wars – you can find it ALL online

Truth be told – I would LOVE for my son to be a Disney character for Halloween – but the reality is I know he won’t wear a hat, hoodie, or anything too big/hot/poofy – so as long as we find SOMETHING he will keep on – I will consider that a win!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – #FallVibes

Personally – I am already into fall mode – I have decorations up, apples have been picked (and made into applesauce!), and pumpkin coffees and lattes have been obtained from various local baristas. And while many of you may think it’s too early for this, I can assure you – it’s NOT, and guess what – DISNEY AGREES WITH ME!

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The Parks are already decked out in their Fall Finery for all to enjoy!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has already started this year, too believe it or not (including exclusive party snacks):

A spectacle of characters parades down Main Street, U.S.A in “Mickey’s Boo-to You Halloween Parade” during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. The parade is led by the Headless Horseman and includes Disney characters in Halloween regalia and the ghostly inhabitants of The Haunted Mansion. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticket event and takes place on select nights each fall at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ali Nasser, photographer)

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Oh – and if you want to look the part, I suggest you head over to the Disney store website and check out what’s new for Halloween/fall 2016!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Unique Disney Car Decals

Bumper stickers have always been a way to show your political preferences, or to warn people to back off of your back end – but they really are so much more than that! They can showcase your travels, your family, your likes and hobbies, and of COURSE – they can let the world know that a DISNEY LOVER is behind the wheel!

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If you’re in the market for a Disney-themed bumper sticker or decal, you could always go with the classic Mickey peeking out
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Or the “WDW” letters that let people know your preferred travel destination (I have this one on my car!)
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You can show exactly how many Disney lovers you have in your family

Car 4….or you can go a bit more eclectic with multiple Disney-themed stickers (I especially love the Haunted Mansion ones!)

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So, admittedly, the inspiration for this post was a bit selfish – as I just got this new decal and wanted to show it off – I had it custom made, and I seriously love it – it’s simple and yet SO TRUE – because as us hardcore Disney fans know – Disney World really DOES feel like home
As for how to Disney-fy your car – you can buy some auto accessories Online, and they sell plenty more in the Parks. Or you can check out Etsy for places that will customize them for you too!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Foodies Rejoice – Food And Wine Time Is Almost Here!

The characters, the rides, the shows – there’s so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that just thinking about it all makes me tired…and HUNGRY. Luckily, WDW has some truly amazing cuisine – and if you’re a “foodie” then you might want to plan your Disney vacation around the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – where you can experience even MORE amazing eats!

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Guests can sample tapas-sized tastes of inventive cuisine from more than 30 global marketplaces during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The popular fall festival also features wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, mixology seminars, nightly "Eat to the Beat" concerts and a broad range of premium dining events. For the first time in the festival's 20-year-history, global marketplace experiences, expand from the park's World Showcase into Future World. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

This year the Festival runs from September 14th – November 14th, and in addition to TONS of pop up kiosks featuring cuisine from around the world – places like Belgium, Brazil, South Korea, and MANY more will be represented

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The idea here is to pair the country’s signature dishes with their best wines and beverages, to really showcase the food AND drink! Check out the full list of kiosks that will be at this year’s festival Here

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In addition to the food and drink available for purchase, there will be live concerts, culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars, and newly added this year – the chance to get in on the action with “Mix it, Make It, Celebrate it!” classes (like sushi making and cake decorating to name a few!)

The Food and Wine Festival is really a dream come true for someone like myself – who loves Disney and FOOD – and I can’t wait to check it out next fall when I head to WDW!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Feeling The Disney Birthday Love

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I celebrated my birthday this week with friends, family, and of course FOOD – my mother in law made me dinner, and a homemade cookie cake (confession – I actually had two cookie cakes, and they were both delicious. I regret nothing). I had a great day – and felt so loved! Was especially feeling the DISNEY love with these amazing gifts:

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I had been wanting my husband to craft me some kind of coffee mug display for a while now (I have a LOT of mugs – and a lot of them are Disney Mugs– because why not enjoy your morning coffee with a side of Disney?), and he was able to put this together for me – not only is it totally functional, but if you look closely you will see that he drew in tiny Disney characters on the heads of the hooks – how creative is he?

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My husband and my BFF collaborated on this year’s gift giving, and she made me this amazing sign to go above the coffee mug display – it combines two of my loves – Disney and caffeine. Genius work on her part

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Then I got myself a super cute new Mickey and Minnie Alex and Ani bracelet…yep, I bought it for myself and nope I don’t even care that that’s kind of weird – just look at how pretty!

I am so touched to have family and friends who care about me enough to make me Disney gifts – and all in all, it was a great birthday,

and I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings!

TGIF!

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