Disney in Pictures

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Dole Whip Becomes A (Delicious) Cake

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There are some snacks at Walt Disney World that are just so iconic that they are not only “must-haves”, but they are the source of obsessions and dreams for many people (myself included sometimes – I admit it!). The Dole Whip is FOR SURE one of those – it’s a Disney snack that people line up for rain or shine, no matter how long the wait – it’s worth it. And if you’re at home and wishing for the perfect dole whip-inspired dessert, wish no more – as it is here. The Dole Whip Cake has arrived to make all your dreams come true:

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There were actually quite a few steps to making the cake – there was the cake itself, the filling, and the frosting – both of which required stove time, fridge time, and then mixing too – but I would say overall it was worth it – the cake turned out moist and flavorful, and the frosting was rich and creamy. It was a winner with my big man and my little man:

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…Ok so maybe this cake won’t actually make dreams come true, but it certainly can curb those “I miss Disney world” blues that you might experience post-trip, and it is also the absolutely perfect thing to bring along to that summer picnic you were invited to and had no idea what you were going to bring – dole whip cake is here to solve that dilemma! TGIF – and happy baking!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Unique Pin Displays That Anyone Can DIY!

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Disney Pin Trading is a HUGE thing at The Disney Parks and has been for quite a while now. I resisted it for a long time but I finally gave in a few years ago – and I like to think I keep it at a manageable level – I only buy a couple of pins when I go to Disney, and I like to buy ones that actually mean something to me, that spark a great memory when I look back at them.
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Speaking of looking back at my pins – I made this awesome Pin Display Case a few years ago so that I can always look back on my favorites that I keep in there. Since then, Pin displays have definitely become “a thing” – and there are plenty of ways to make your own unique version:
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Grab a sheet of corkboard and a cutout of Cinderella’s Castle and boom you have an awesome silhouette display case
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Create a Mickey head out of foamboard, and use a unique background – like Disney scrapbook paper, or – what a great use for all those Park Maps you end up coming home with, right?
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Foamboard or cork can be cut to fit any frame – so pick something that matches your style or existing décor to display those pins proudly!
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Cork letters like these can be purchased at your local craft store, and I saw them at Target recently too
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And there’s always this style for displaying them when you head to Disney World…ok just kidding, but seriously, there are so many lanyards to choose from, or you can display them on a hat, backpack, or purse strap too

If you’re not into Disney Pin Trading yet – what are you waiting for? Check out the basics here and then start collecting and trading the next time you’re at the Disney Parks!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Sweet Treats Await You At Disney Springs!

Disney World has been undergoing a TON of changes lately, and one of the bigger ones is the transition of the former Downtown Disney Area to the new Disney Springs – where you will now find even MORE entertainment, shopping, and dining options than ever before! One thing you will find PLENTY of in Disney Springs is desserts – check out these decadent ways to get your sugar rush on:

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There are few things more satisfying on a hot Orlando day than a freshly scooped cone of shaved ice, and the Florida Snow Company Stand serves up just that – in a variety of sweet flavors to mix and match into your perfectly sweet, refreshing treat!

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A stop at the Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is a MUST on any trip to Disney Springs – and even if you didn’t plan on going there, the smell of chocolate and freshly baked waffle cones is bound to lure you right in! Personally I always go for the Gold Rush Sundae – with hot fudge and peanut butter sauces made in house, but they have a ton of different options to pick from, and you can also pick up some packaged candy to take home with you too

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One of the newest additions to the Disney Springs Dessert lineup is Sprinkles Cupcakes – The freshly baked gourmet cupcakes that are insanely popular on the west coast have made their way to Orlando!

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And should you happen to be visiting outside of their normal hours, you can grab a late night cupcake from their Cupcake ATM – that’s right – a machine that distributes cupcakes!

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And to round out our Disney Springs Dessert Tour – a stop at Vivoli il Gelato, where you can savor hand crafted Gelati, Sorbetti, espresso drinks and much more. Doesn’t get much more authentically Italian than this!

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go get something to satisfy MY sweet tooth – as I am now SUPER hungry and drooling from thinking about all these amazing treats – TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “Finding Dory” Breaks The Box Office!

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The MUCH anticipated sequel to Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo opened last weekend at the box office – and grossed over $136 million dollars just last weekend, which makes it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time! Pretty impressive – but definitely not surprising to me, as I have been waiting 13 years for more undersea adventures with Dory!

Haven’t seen it yet? Here’s a sneak peak of just some of the fun you’re in for:

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If you’re a Disney fan (no matter your age), you will LOVE this movie

TGIF – and remember – Just Keep Swimming!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – WDW Then And Now

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I love looking back at old photos from all the Disney trips I took as a kid – it’s fun to see what everyone wore back then, and it’s cool to see how WDW has changed and evolved through the photos too – check out these Disney “Then and Now” photos:

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Since opening back in 1971, Disney has added a TON of stuff – it used to just be the Magic Kingdom, and there were still rides under construction on opening day! Fast forward 45 years, and you’ve got 3 more Theme Parks, numerous Resort Hotels, 2 Water Parks, and a shopping/dining/entertainment district. The differences in the maps show just how much Disney World has grown

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They may have jazzed the parades up a bit over the years – with some help from technology! But the thrill of the parade is still the same – getting to see amazingly creative floats, and the chance to spot your favorite characters, too!

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Even the Mouse himself has gotten a few “facelifts” over the years – but that iconic silhouette remains the same, and is one of the most recognizable symbols on the planet – even my toddler knows what it is and can spot it from a distance

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“Back In The Day” you actually needed two tickets to get into Walt Disney World – one for the transportation system, and one to allow entry into the Magic Kingdom. Once inside, you could purchase tickets for rides/attractions individually or in booklets (which saved you a bit of money). Things today are a bit more streamlined – as there is just one cost to enter the park, and that includes all of the Park’s rides/attractions, and when you purchase the ticket, all the information is stored either on a credit card-like plastic ticket, or on your Magic Band – which is basically a bracelet with an RFID chip inside that stores all the information, and the ticket/band is then scanned for entry at the Park gates

I love learning more about the history of WDW, and I can’t wait to see how things change and get even better in the years to come!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Celebrating 6 Years Of Marriage With My Love

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This weekend will mark 6 years of marriage for me and my man – and it’s been quite the journey thus far! We bought a house, new cars, got married, got a dog, had a baby, and have been lucky enough to have gone on some awesome vacations too! We have visited Walt Disney World a bunch of times together, and while I love going anywhere with him and cherish the memories we make on ALL our trips, I have to say – I do hold a particular fondness for our Disney vacations:

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From our honeymoon in June – where the weather was sticky and HOT HOT HOT (but we didn’t really care cuz we were finally MARRIED!)

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To our December trip a few years back, where we were lucky enough to get to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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To our trips with my parents, where we all got to enjoy the Disney Magic (once even on Christmas Day, which was amazing!)

Unfortunately, we won’t be celebrating our anniversary at Disney this year, but we will be heading to the Disney Store so I can get my fix (lucky me!)

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TGIF – and CHEERS to LOVE!

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