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About livinginagrownupworld

**LIKES** Movies (especially horror movies), baking, cooking, going out to eat (food in general is a big like of mine), spending time with friends and family, working out, and of course…All things related to Walt Disney World...I have been there 15 times, and I love to read anything I can get my hands on about Disney…needless to say I have a lot of (otherwise useless) Disney information in my head. I enjoyed WDW so much as a child, and when I went back as an adult I found I enjoyed it so much more than I could have ever imagined, hence this blog...and THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG IS to convince those out there that Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids/families, its enjoyable for those of all ages, and there is something there for everyone (and I mean EVERYONE)

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Warm Up With A Smile With These Disney Mugs!

WILL THIS COLD NEVER END!!! I would give anything to be at Disney World right now – not only because it’s the happiest place on earth, but because it’s a heck of a lot warmer than Upstate New York this time of year! Alas, I am stuck here, so to cheer myself up, I think I will grab a warm beverage (coffee if it’s the morning time, or cocoa in the evening perhaps?) in a DISNEY MUG:

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Could these Pixar mugs be any cuter? I especially love Nemo

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Find these and other drinkware at the Disney Store’s website

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I kick myself for not buying this – look at how big it is, I could really use that to wrap my hands around right about now!

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I did buy this one though – I love the vintage collage-y feel to it! Oh – and if you want to make your own Disney coasters like the ones pictured, then check out the DIY here

You can buy Disney branded coffee and tea at the Disney Parks – I always pick some up (and then am always wishing I had gotten more when I run out!), and they really are the perfect treat to enjoy in your favorite Disney mug. Just keep on sipping and hoping for spring…

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Cheers!

There’s no better time to celebrate life, family and love than when you’re enjoying an amazing vacation. Personally, I would vacation at Walt Disney World every year if I could, and even though many people think Walt Disney World is mainly a place for kids/families, they do cater to the adult crowd – by offering amazing food and plenty of choice drinks too! Check out some of these awesome drinks you’ll find around Walt Disney World:

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Lime Raspberry Margarita – pair this with some chips and salsa at La Hacienda De San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

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These beers are made in house at Big River Grille & Brewing Works at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – we have been a few times, and both my husband and father have enjoyed the assortment and getting to talk to the Brewmaster and ask him questions

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Over in Epcot’s United Kingdom, you’ll find the Rose and Crown Pub – home to this drink – Strongbow Cider with a shot of Crème de Cassis, the “Cider and Dark”

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Wine fans will want to check out the extensive collection of South African wines found at Jiko – the Cooking Place – which is an amazingly innovative restaurant over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Cheers – and TGIF!

Categories: Adult Walt Disney World, Disney Food, Disney in Pictures, Disney Resorts, Disney Restaurants, Walt Disney World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Disney Vacation Planning – Easy Saving Tips

Wishes fireworks show (with Cinderella Castle behind), Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida USA

Disney vacations do NOT come cheap – they take a lot of planning, and a lot of saving too –but they are worth EVERY penny – and a penny saved here and there can add up! Read on for some tips to help you save for your Disney Dream vacation:

Make A Vacation Fund Jar: Gather up some cute stickers/pictures/ribbons and decorate a plain jar to be designated as your family’s “Disney vacation fund” – where you can stash any loose change you have hanging around. Before you know it, it will add up and help you get that much closer to that Disney magic!

Divide And Conquer: We all divide up our paychecks based on our bills and budget needs, but what about setting aside a slice of that payday for Disney? Most banks allow you to setup recurring transfers- where you can set how much/how often money is moved to a savings or other account you have designated for your vacation money. Set it to move $10 each payday, and you will be surprised at how little you miss that $10, and how much that $10 helps beef up your vacation fund

Make Do With “One Less”: One less dinner out per month, one less purchased lunch, one less latte, one less movie outing…you get the idea. Just getting rid of one outing/extra expense per month allows you to still go out and have fun, but lets you save some money towards Disney too! Besides, doesn’t staying in and cuddling under a blanket while watching Frozen sound better than going out anyway?

Utilize Store Discounts/Perks: Purchasing Disney gift cards at places that offer a discount is a great way to help pay off your trip – Target’s Red Card offers 5% off, and warehouse stores like BJ’s sometimes sell these at a discount as well. The Disney Chase Visa credit card is another way to earn Disney rewards – $1 for every $100 spend on the card

No matter what your method, all the saving and planning will pay off for sure when you finally get to take a trip to Walt Disney World (aka the best place EVER!)

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Valentine’s Day Gifts Delivered To Your Door At Your WDW Resort!

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve to everyone! I know not everyone loves this holiday, but I personally can’t get enough of it! What’s not to love – hearts, flowers, candy, romance – add some Disney in there and you’ve got the best of everything! I mean, what better a couple to look to as a role model than Mickey and Minnie? They know a thing or two about love, that’s for sure!

If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Mouse himself at Walt Disney World (LINK), there are plenty of ways to show your sweetie you care. Disney Floral and Gifts creates amazing custom gifts for any and every occasion – including some amazing ones for Valentine’s Day:

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What little guy or girl wouldn’t love to receive a Mickey or Minnie themed Valentine gift?

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Kids aren’t the only ones who love getting valentines…jewelry is a classic gift to give, and with a Disney twist, who can resist?

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Bring out the kid in your honey with their very own set of Mickey ears!

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Flowers are another traditional Valentine’s Day gift – these Minnie themed ones are perfect for your Disney-loving sweetie!

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A Disney villain themed Valentine’s gift? Why not – it’s something different and fun, plus it comes with chocolate (yum!)

Check out all their holiday offerings here, and whatever your Valentine’s Day plans are, hope it’s an enjoyable day full of love and fun!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Adios Sorcerer Hat!

Disney World is an ever changing, ever evolving place – they are constantly introducing new rides, attractions, food, restaurants, characters, merchandise…the list goes on. Needless to say, I don’t think anyone can accuse them of not being innovative. Changes are being made every day all around the Disney Parks, and one of those changes I am personally pretty excited about is the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In case you aren’t familiar with the hat, it’s that HUGE thing with Mickey ears you can see the minute you enter the park:

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It appeared in 2001 as a part of the “100 years of magic” celebration, and it originally housed interactive kiosks where you could learn about the career and life of the man himself – Walt Disney. Once the celebration ended in 2003, the kiosks were removed and the hat served as a special events venue as well as a pin trading/purchase site. Disney announced it would be removed in October 2014 as part of a Hollywood Studios makeover. Here’s a look at how the de-construction is going:

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No word on what will replace it, but I am sure it will be something awesome (stay tuned for more news on that right here!). And in the meantime, enjoy the awesome view of the Great Movie Ride that is now unobstructed! Yay!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week Post – Check out these “Charm”ing New Disney Pandora Charms!

Who doesn’t love a little Disney bling? I know I do – I have a few Disney Alex and Ani bracelets, and another super popular Disney collection is their new Pandora Disney Charms which debuted late last year. There are tons of great styles, check out some of my faves:

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Personally I love the sparkly ones – I just know they would look great added to my bracelet!

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They have some amazing styles available, and the great thing is – you can get them at any Pandora retailer! Pandora is a really fun concept and they really do have a charm for every occasion. The only drawback is they can be a bit expensive – but I think that makes them all the more special! What about you – do you collect Pandora or another type of charm or Disney jewelry?

TGIF!

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