Disney Rides/Attractions

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – But First…Let Me Take a Selfie

I was doing some Disney web browsing (as I often do because – well – Disney rules), checking out news and updates people had posted -and I stumbled across this article titled “9 “Walls” Disney Parks Super Fans Deem Instagram Worthy” – and upon further reading, I realized – it’s really an article about the best places to take selfies at Walt Disney World. Now – I understand that not everyone is super into taking selfies, but if you ARE – then these are some of the best places to do it:

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I personally LOVE all of these, and upon further inspection I found even more awesome places to pose – check out these, and even more here

TGIF!

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Disney With Toddlers – The Stroller Dilemma

It has been SO LONG since I have had time to write a non TGIF post for this blog – just – wow. As a mom you always feel like there’s about 847 things pulling you in every direction, requiring – no – DEMANDING your attention – and it’s hard to find time for much aside from the day to day. Not an excuse – just reality

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Toddler life is intense – but AMAZING. I get to watch this guy learn and grow every day!

And in less than a year, we’re all headed to Walt Disney World for our first family trip – and I can’t WAIT. I am pretty close to starting to count down the days (even though we aren’t going until next September!) – as I can’t wait to get back to my favorite place in the world, and to show my son all the Magic!

There is ONE thing that is starting to pose somewhat of a dilemma though – and it’s how to answer this question – to Stroller or not to Stroller?

Should we bring our stroller to Disney World?

Why I am thinking “Yes”
-An average day at the Disney Parks means WALKING – MILES AND MILES of it – and as strong and big as he is -I KNOW he cannot handle walking as much as we do in Disney – he will get tired and cranky and the stroller is the perfect thing to help prevent that
-I can stash my crap in the bottom of the stroller – no backpack lugging for me! Plus – strollers have cup holders
-Snacks on the go – gives him the chance to eat while we stroll – even has the built in tray and cup holder on the front of it
-Airport ease – The Disney Parks aren’t the only place that are HUGE – walking from one gate to another for a connecting flight at a bigger airport (like Atlanta – which is typically where we connect through) could potentially be a disaster with an un-strollered toddler in tow. Stroller makes it easier and faster to get from point A to point B
-He’s comfortable in it – he likes sitting in it, he’s used to it, it’s easy to push/maneuver

Why I’m thinking “No Way”
-Airport issues – while it may help you make your connecting flight in time, the stroller can also be a pain when it comes to air travel. It has to be inspected at security, and each airline has a slightly different procedure when it comes to checking strollers. Most gate check them, which means in theory you get it back right when you get off – but that can be a process that takes time, and there’s always the potential for the airline to “misplace” it accidentally
-Stroller parking lots – Outside every ride at Walt Disney World is a huge area FULL of strollers – since you obviously can’t bring it inside the rides with you, you’re forced to leave it alone outside – but you wouldn’t want to leave your valuables with it, so then that means toting those along with you on every ride, and then there’s always the (super slim but still it exists) possibility that your stroller could get damaged or stolen while you’re away from it
-It’s huge. I mean – it’s a normal size for a stroller, but let’s face it – all strollers are huge, cumbersome, and awkward to carry when folded up – and that on top of luggage can quickly turn into a huge ordeal
-Dragging it around is going to be a pain – folding it up and carrying it on the buses/monorails/boats…

I could go on and on about the pros and cons – but at the end of the day, I am pretty sure I am leaning towards sucking it up and bringing the stroller along to Walt Disney World. It really will be useful to have, and will help my son get to enjoy more of the Disney experience

And hey – it’s not like I’m alone – there will be plenty of other parents toting around their toddlers strollers and loving every minute of it! And if all else fails – there’s always wine.

Hopefully in the coming months I will be able to make more time to devote to writing about Disney – I mean, I think about it enough, shouldn’t be that hard to put those thoughts to paper, right? In theory anyway…We shall see. #WishMeLuck

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “Slinky Dog Dash” Takes Shape At Hollywood Studios!

Ever since the news about the opening of Toy Story Land broke earlier this summer, us Disney fans have been hungry for more details – and finally we have some!

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One of the coming attractions that will surely be VERY popular once Toy Story land opens is “Slinky Dog Dash” – a roller coaster built by Andy in his backyard – combining track pieces with other toys, too (he has QUITE the imagination – as those of us who are fans of the movies know to be true!). The track for the ride was recently completed, and just last week the rider vehicle was delivered to the coaster site!

It’s so cool looking – looks JUST like the slinky dog in the movies! Check out more info (including a video!) here

Toy Story Land is set to open to the public next summer, and I personally can’t wait to see what else Disney’s Imagineers have in store for us Park Guests!

TGIF!

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Saying Goodbye To The Great Movie Ride

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Today – August 13th – marks the end of an era, as it is the last day of operation for The Great Movie Ride at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. Now, you may be thinking “ok – who cares? Disney closes old and opens new stuff all the time!” and you’re right that Disney is always innovating and changing things up to make a better experience for their guests – but this is truly a sad closing, at least for me. This is a ride we rode every trip without fail when I was a kid – and it was a tradition I continued with my husband as an adult (in fact, we usually rode it multiple times each trip!) – and truth be told I am pretty darn sad that my son won’t ever get to experience all of the sites:

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Some of the best moments for me: getting the crap scared out of me by the “Alien” scene (even as an adult!), “Following the Yellow Brick Road” with Dorothy, and seeing whose handprints mine most closely resembled out front

I don’t think I am alone in my sadness – as Disney is predicting record high attendance today at Hollywood Studios, and is adjusting their hours accordingly. Long waits and huge crowds will be there today to pay tribute to this “Spectacular Journey Into The Movies”. I wish I could be there to bid it farewell – but alas, I can’t – and even I understand that all good things must come to an end…

Replacing the Great Movie Ride will be a ride starring your favorite Mouse couple – “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway” – which can never replace the Great Movie Ride in my heart, but will nonetheless be a great change and a hugely popular attraction for those of all ages (said only slightly begrudgingly – as I am not happy about the change, but I know many will be – including my son who is a HUGE Mickey fan)

Now if you’ll excuse me – I will just be in the corner crying, mourning the loss of those amazing animatronic characters and scenes that will play their last performances today. Adios, Great Movie Ride

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Three Favorite (Disney World!) Things

There is SO MUCH to love about Walt Disney World – I could go on for days about everything that is great about it (ok – well – I DO go on and on technically that’s what this blog is all about – me expressing my undying love for Disney – but that’s neither here nor there).

When I really sit down and think about it, there are a few things that stand out for me, that really make the Disney World experience that much more magical:

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The CASTLE – that first glimpse of Cinderella’s Castle always always brings a little bit of a tear to my eye – I am just overcome with emotions – happiness, wonder, that feeling of being a kid again, gratitude – knowing how lucky I am to get to see this sight again – just means the world to me

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Mickey Waffles – I talk a LOT about The FOOD at Walt Disney World – and with good reason – there’s a lot to say about it! There are so many options to choose from when it comes to dining at Disney – and I can honestly say I have never had a “bad” meal – everything is always delicious and freshly prepared. The one food I come back to time and time again is the Mickey Waffle – served up at many different locations around the Parks and Resorts, these come in mini and large sizes, and are always served up hot – crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. They taste amazing, and are shaped like everyone’s favorite Mouse! Oh – and if you like the idea of food shaped like a Mouse but aren’t a waffle fan – check out some other Mickey Shaped Food Options (But I mean really – who doesn’t like waffles?)

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The Haunted Mansion – This is one of my favorite rides in all of WDW – and the reason why it makes the list of “Top 3 favorite Disney things” is that my husband loves it just as much as I do – so sharing this ride with him is one of my all-time favorite Disney memories. From the deadpan cast members, to the cheesy yet creepy effects – it’s just amazing for us horror-movie loving fanatics!

 

It may seem silly, but for me, it wouldn’t be a perfect Disney trip without these 3 things – and I can’t wait to make even more memories of these and all the other things that make Disney great with my little man!

What about you – What are YOUR favorite WDW things?

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – New Land Means New FOOD!

I recently wrote about the newest expansion opening this week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Pandora: The World Of Avatar – an immersive land that includes new rides and attractions, and it of course also includes new FOOD (which, if I’m being honest, is about 75% the reason I would even go anywhere ever – is for the food)

Check out what Pandora has to offer for your palette:

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“Pods” – Steamed buns filled with either a cheeseburger mixture or vegetable curry, and served with root veggie chips and a veggie slaw. At breakfast time you can get them filled with eggs, bacon and spinach!

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“Build Your Own” Bowls start with a base of quinoa, potato hash, rice, or kale salad, and then topped with a protein – beef, chicken, fish, or tofu, and the sauce of your choice – onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette, or herb dressing

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This amazingly beautiful dessert is a blueberry cream cheese mousse topped with passionfruit curd

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I am a big fan of boba – the little gelatin like balls found in bubble tea – so I will definitely want to try one of these new frozen drinks!

I can’t wait to see and do everything that Pandora has to offer – and I am especially looking forward to all the TASTES it will have to share, too!

TGIF!

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