T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – WDW’s Good Neighbor Hotels

Ok let me just start by saying that I am a HUGE advocate of staying on property when vacationing at Disney World, the Walt Disney World Hotels are amazing, and offer great service, food, and lodging for all. But I have to admit, as my family grows and changes, our needs when it comes to vacationing are changing too. Like – I would prefer a kitchen so I can prepare some of my own meals, and I would like a separate bedroom/sleeping area for my son – to name a few. So staying in a small hotel room with 2 double beds and no place for my son to play or my husband and I to be alone…yeah, not so attractive anymore, really

Sorry Disney – but I think it’s time I expanded my horizons and looked off site for lodging options. I know, I know – it’s crazy sounding, but believe it or not there’s a whole other world of hotels right outside the gates of Walt Disney World!

Many of these hotels are what Disney calls “Good Neighbor Hotels” – which means that they are on a short list of hotels that Disney deems worthy of associating with – they have great service, are AAA approved, are close to the Parks, and have an on-site guest services desk that can answer questions and assist with Disney ticket purchases too! Check out just of what you can expect at these Hotels:

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All these hotels offer awesome pools with tons of space for your whole family to lounge and play. Additionally, many of these hotels offer perks like shuttles to the Disney Parks, free breakfasts, game rooms, water slides, and plenty more, too!

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Many offer full kitchens with stoves, dishes and cookware – allowing you to cook your own meals, which could potentially save you a TON of money

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Oh hello separate bedroom perfect for my son (or my husband and me!)

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Another nice to have amenity is an open floor plan – a combined dining/living/kitchen area makes my life a lot easier when it comes to keeping track of little ones!

All of these are photos from some of the various WDW Good Neighbor hotels, and these are some places I will be seriously considering for my next WDW trip – more space, privacy, a kitchen, and just minutes from WDW? Sign me up! Oh – and did I mention – a much lower price than similar amenities/space at WDW Resorts? Sorry Disney – but at this stage in my life, every penny matters – which is why I am considering heading off property next time I visit. Learn more via the Official Disney Good Neighbor Hotel Website

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Adding Some Extra “Magic” To Your Magic Bands

Have you been to Disney World recently? If so, you probably have had a chance to try out their new Magic Band system – and if not, let me give you a quick rundown on what you’re missing out on: the Magic Band is essentially a bracelet that contains and electronic chip, which acts as your park ticket, your method of payment at the Parks for souvenirs/food etc, your WDW Resort room key, and it even stores your Fastpass/Dining Reservation information too. Pretty cool for a little bracelet, right? The design of the band itself is pretty basic – so of course people have come up with plenty of ways to personalize their Magic Bands:

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There are plenty of accessories available for sale at the Disney Parks

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….And then there’s the “after-market” Magic Band Accessories – many of which are available through sites like Etsy

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Or if you’re the crafty type, you can always decorate it yourself

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For those who like a little sparkle in their lives, check out this easy Magic Band Glitter DIY

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Personally I like to keep it simple – a little Muppet charm and I’m good to go!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Bounding Style Ideas

Disney Bounding has really blown up over the past few years – and for those of you (like me, until recently that is!) who have no idea what it is, let me give you a quick rundown: Disney Bounding is when you put together outfits inspired by your favorite Disney characters to wear to the Disney Parks (or anywhere really!). It’s about expressing your love for Disney through your unique style and fashion. Check it out:

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Minnie Mouse has forever been a style icon and inspiration to the fashion world (at least in my world anyway ha!)

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Ariel is one of the most popular Disney princesses, and there are tons of ways to channel her through your wardrobe

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BFF’s/sisters could get inspired by the fashion of Disney’s newest princesses – Anna and Elsa
Seriously, the possibilities are endless:

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Check out TONS of amazing Disney bounding ideas here This site is so awesome that it makes me want to plan my outfits for my next WDW trip (which I haven’t even booked yet!)
TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy National Caramel Day!

Tuesday was National Caramel Day (yeah, that’s really a thing apparently!), and like any good foodie, I know where to get the GOOD stuff – the best spot for Caramel Coated treats in the World (both the Disney and real world) is at the Germany Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase – At the Karamell-Kuche store – where they are serving up TONS of amazing snacks featuring Werther’s Caramel:

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They are famous for their Caramel Popcorn – made fresh throughout the day, and the smell alone is enough to draw you to the shop, but if you need a little more convincing that this is the snack for you – then grab a free sample while proceeding immediately to the checkout line so you can purchase some of your own

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While you’re in line, you’ll have this amazing view of all the available treats for sale

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My personal favorite? The Salted Caramel square – its amazing! The chocolate and caramel covered Krispie treat is huge and perfect for sharing (should you be so inclined!)

Hope you all enjoyed celebrating “National Caramel Day” – and if you didn’t even know that it happened, then maybe these pictures have inspired you to head to Walt Disney World for some delicious caramel snacks

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Create Your Own Phone Cases Coming to WDW This Spring!

Disney offers an awesome selection of smartphone cases/covers both online and at the Disney Parks – and soon there will be even MORE options to pick from – as they will be offering stations to create your own phone cases starting this Spring:

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I don’t know about you, but personally I love this idea – and can’t wait to create my very own one of a kind smartphone case! Read more about it here

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Ultimate #FBF

A Little flashback on this Friday – to when I was just a wee one…

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I was destined to love Disney from a young age – since I’ve been dressing the part for over 30 years

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I remember when a new Disney Store opened, or sometimes they had special events – and they would bring in characters and you could do a meet and greet – just like at the Parks!

Here’s a few from my family’s (MANY) Disney trips over the years:

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When you went on a Fishing trip at Disney, they used to take Polaroids of you with your catch (that was in the pre digital days, of course)

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I give this guy (my dad) a LOT of credit – not only did he plan a yearly trip to Disney World for us, but he was a pro at finding characters and planning things so that I got to meet all my faves. And this was in the days before the internet, before you could just pull up an app on your smartphone to tell you where Mickey would be – so he really put a lot of work into making these trips awesome for us all

TGIF!

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