Disney Vacation Planning

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Top Fastpass+ Picks – Magic Kingdom

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a YEAR since I booked our Disney World vacation – and that our countdown until we head to WDW is just over 3 months now! Time flies – and while I am not wishing away the summer, I am starting to get SUPER pumped and antsy to head back to Walt Disney World!

One thing that will help me feel even closer to the Mouse is making my Fastpass+ reservations online. This is something you can do 60 days in advance if you’re staying at a Disney World Resort (or 30 days in advance if you are staying off site), and for those of you not familiar, it’s basically a way to “reserve” a spot at popular attractions. You pick them (3 a day can be reserved ahead of time), and then go to the ride at the appointed fastpass return time – whereupon you are whisked away into the MUCH shorter “fastpass” line – therefore avoiding a super long wait time. Genius, right? Read more about it here

Needless to say – I have been thinking about my Fastpass+ selections for a WHILE – mulling over which would be best at each Park, and which my son would like best too (since this will be his first WDW trip!). I have managed to narrow down my selections somewhat – and am pretty solid on My top Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Picks:

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – This kid-friendly roller coaster is one we haven’t gotten to experience yet (since it opened after our last WDW trip) – but since it is pretty new, we know that a Fastpass is a MUST to avoid the Standby lines (which can get LONGGGG)

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Peter Pan’s Flight – This is a personal favorite of mine – the flying ships I especially adore! It just reminds me of watching the movie as a kid and being so amazed at it all. I hope my son finds it as magical as I do! Even though it’s not a new attraction at all – the lines for it can be long (not sure why?) – so that’s what made me add it to the “must fastpass” list

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Thunder Mountain – I was a bit apprehensive about adding this one to the list – as it is more of a “thrill” ride, and I worry my son won’t like it as much or it might scare him – BUT – it IS train themed, and I think that’s a major selling point for him – so I figure – why not give it a go?

There are others that I would like to use Fastpass for – Space Mountain mainly – but my boy is just about an inch shy of being tall enough, and I don’t want to assume he will grow an inch by September (although – who are we kidding – he will probably grow WAY more than an inch by then ha!) – so we will have to wait and see on that one. Plus – I don’t want to traumatize him (the way my dad did to me when he took me on Space Mountain when I was 4) – I have recovered luckily, but it can be a scary ride for a little person!

What about you – what rides are your absolutes for Fastpass+ selections?

Stay tuned here next week when I talk about more of my Fastpass+ Picks
TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Wardrobe – DONE!

My family is headed to Walt Disney World in September – and even though that may be (several) months away, I have already begun preparing. Lists galore – packing list, “To-Do” list, souvenir wish list, and of course – a pre-trip shopping list. There are practical things on there – like sunscreen, snacks, and antibacterial wipes – and then there are the slightly LESS practical items – like “new Disney wardrobes for everyone”. Would I love to buy cute new outfits (some even matching) for us to all wear for our trip? Of course. But am I made of money/am I insane? A big NO to both of those – I have enough to plan for/think about/deal with when it comes to vacation planning to be attempting to also shop like crazy for new clothes – and as much as I want to – it’s just not practical for me and my family

So, in lieu of that, I decided I better see what we have to wear for Disney! And the good news is – we have A LOT:

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My husband has a few – my fave is the Star Wars “Galaxy’s Best Dad” one – makes me laugh

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My son of course has a TON – as he loves Disney, Star Wars and basically anything animated

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….And of course, I have the most – including some Minnie Mouse printed LuLaRoe leggings

So – as it turns out, I can cross “new Disney wardrobes” off my shopping list – as we already have TONS of great stuff to wear on our trip in September! Will we match/coordinate? Probably not – but does that even really matter? Probably not ha

Side note –those of you who have the money/time/desire to buy all new clothes and matching outfits and all that for your Disney vacation – good for you and more power to you! I in NO WAY judge you AT ALL – I personally just have to (unfortunately) draw the line somewhere – and I think since we already have a ton of cute stuff, we will just be able to wear what we have, and still be able to show off our Disney Love with every outfit!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Woody Has Arrived At Toy Story Land!

Only 64 more days until the GRAND opening of the highly anticipated Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – June 30th will be here before we know it!

The construction is coming along – and this week one REALLY important piece arrived:

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There’s a new Sheriff in town! Standing at nearly 20 feet tall, Woody is posed right at the entrance to welcome you to Toy Story Land! Woody will be right in front of another popular Toy Story character’s attraction – The Slinky Dog Dash – which has been under construction since last fall

I can’t wait until June 30th to see pictures and videos of the finished product – and then to actually visit in person in September!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Top Travel Accessories – Adult Edition!

Last week I talked about my top picks for Toddler Travel Accessories – and this week I figured now that I have my little guy covered, why not pick out some great stuff that I can use, too? Here are my top travel accessory picks for adults:

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A neck pillow is a must when traveling on an airplane, but this one really takes it to the next level – the hood would be perfect for blocking out all the light and some of the noise, too!

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Counter space is at a premium in most hotels – so keep all your little bottles and toiletries organized in this carrier which conveniently hangs right on the door/shower rod/closet rod

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Ok and stay with me on this one – I know it’s SUPER nerdy looking – but this Travel wallet straps right to you and can help keep the things most important to you (passports/phone/credit cards/ID’s) close by and safe

Then there’s this amazing new Mickey Phone Kickstand I just got – I know it’s not really a “travel” accessory but it gets an honorable mention as it will certainly get used a lot during my trip (yes – there will be a LOT of selfies taken during this vacation!)

These will all come in SUPER handy when my family and I head to Disney World this fall

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Top Travel Accessories – Toddler Edition

As we are now officially under the 6 month mark until we head to Walt Disney World, I am really starting to think about our trip more – logistics, itinerary, packing, meals, etc – it’s all slowly starting to infiltrate my brain – and one thing I know that I will need is some Toddler Friendly Travel Accessories, as it will be our son’s first time going far away from home, and also his first time on an airplane! I want him to be comfortable and safe, and to also have fun and enjoy all the new things he will get to see and experience! I am definitely planning on stocking up on some Travel Accessories to help ensure he has a great time:

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I definitely want to get him his very own backpack for the trip – as it will allow him to feel like a big boy, and will also have the bonus of getting some of his toys/snacks/stuff out of mom’s bag and into his own (mom win!)

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And to go on that backpack (and all of our other luggage, too!) we will need some handy Luggage Tags – which obviously serve the practical purpose of providing our contact information should it get lost, but I like these ones for the added ability to be easily spotted – even by toddler eyes – anything you can do to make your luggage stand out in a sea of bags is a good thing in my book!

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And of course, the adorable backpack will need to be filled with fun activities for the little one – like this Magnetic Playset that will keep him occupied during the more boring bits of the trip

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Once we arrive and head to the Parks, safety will certainly be forefront in my mind – which is why I love the idea of these ID bracelets – put one on the kid each day with my phone number, just in case

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Nothing can really prepare you for that first time you experience a truly hot Orlando afternoon – the sun beating down on you, the heat, the humidity – it can be overwhelming, and I want to make sure we are all as comfortable as possible when it comes to dealing with the heat. Loose/light colored shirts, sunscreen (and plenty of it!), hats/sunglasses – and one of these – a super convenient invention called a misting fan – that you can fill with water to help you stay as cool as possible at the Parks (by the way – this is one item you can buy at the Parks – but they tend to be overpriced, so I plan on getting mine ahead of time off Amazon!)

 

As usual – I am NOT AT ALL being compensated by Amazon or any of the sellers of these products – they are just ones I know will help us have a great Disney World trip this fall!

Stay tuned – next week I will share some of my top Travel Accessories for Adults!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Stroller Dilemma – SOLVED!

I recently wrote about how my family and I are headed to Walt Disney World this fall, and that I couldn’t decide what to do about possibly bringing a stroller along for my son (who will be nearly 4 when we go)

Well – I am excited to announce that the STROLLER DILEMMA HAS BEEN SOLVED! Meet the GB Pockit Stroller

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It is the “World’s Smallest Folding Stroller” – With its innovative two-step folding design, the Pockit is the 2014 Guiness World Records most compact stroller folding down to 11.8” x 7” x 13.8” and a weight of 9.5 pounds

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I was SO PUMPED to get it out of the box and test it out – truth be told I could not figure it out easily so I had to watch a YouTube tutorial – but just a couple minute video was all I needed to get it up and running

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It holds up to 55 pounds (which is good as my son is not a small boy – he’s almost 40 lbs already!), and is a comfortable height for myself and my (super tall!) husband to push. This thing fits easily into a regular old backpack that we had laying around – and it is going to be the PERFECT THING to bring along to Disney World. No leaving it outside of rides, no pushing around an empty stroller if the kid wants to walk, no gate checking it at the airport – none of that. And I am SO EXCITED ABOUT IT!

Oh – and just in case you were wondering – the stroller company did not in ANY way sponsor this post AT ALL (sorta wish they would have – maybe I would have gotten a discount then – as these do NOT come cheap – but I was lucky enough to score a good deal on Amazon for it!) – I am legit just THAT excited about being able to bring this stroller along that I wanted to share it with you – who knows maybe it will solve your “to bring or not to bring a stroller?” dilemma too?!

TGIF!

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