Disney Vacation Planning

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy 3rd Birthday To My Baby Boy

This weekend we are celebrating my son’s 3rd birthday – and I am just astounded at how quickly three years went by

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From a tiny, chunky smiley little guy…

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To a curious toddler who loves to laugh

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…To a funny, silly, happy, talkative 3 year old (who loves all things DISNEY, of course!)

So many amazing memories made over the past 3 years, and next year we will head to Disney World for this little guy’s first trip – and I can’t wait to make even more amazing memories with him. Watching him experience things for the first time has been so much fun – and Walt Disney World is no exception – I can’t wait to see what he likes, what makes him laugh, smile, scares him, what he wants to ride again and again – it’s so cool watching kids grow up – and I may be biased, but I think I got myself a pretty great one here.

Happy 3rd Birthday John!

Now if anyone needs me I will be crying in the corner – part sad as my baby is growing so fast, part happy as he is turning into such an amazing little man

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Fall Is OFFICIALLY Here!

A few weeks ago I wrote about how pumped I was for the Fall Season to begin at Walt Disney World – and while that might have been a bit premature with it barely being September and all – now I can say with certainty that fall is TRULY upon us (it officially started yesterday!) so that means all things FALL are HERE (whether you like it or not, ha!)

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WDW’s Magic Kingdom is all dressed up for fall – and even if you aren’t a fall fan, you can surely appreciate the awesomeness of this photo – creepy, spooky, and full of fall flair! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is in full swing, and let’s just say that fall is a great time to head to Walt Disney World – the food, décor, merchandise and overall spirit of autumn are all in the air!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy Birthday To Me!

This week I celebrated my 33rd birthday – and I think most adults would agree with me that as you get older, birthdays aren’t as much about gifts or how many people say “Happy Birthday” or show up to celebrate you (although all those things are nice!) – it’s really about memories, and just getting a chance to enjoy life with the ones you love!

I didn’t have a “Birthday Party” this year (as 33 isn’t exactly a milestone year, ha) but we did have some people over for a bit of pool fun this weekend, and even though I know I just said birthdays aren’t as much about gifts, I did get a few that really thrilled me:

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Meet “Swanda”

My husband and I were lucky enough to move into a bigger house this spring – and even LUCKIER that the house came with a POOL! We have all LOVED spending time splashing around, and truth be told – I have been dreaming about one of these since we moved in (because what pool is complete without an INSANELY HUGE inflatable swan?) Oh – and even though my husband said “it will take up half the pool” – FYI – it only takes up like a quarter. So there.

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I also received this – 846 pages of ALL THINGS WALT DISNEY WORLD. I seriously cannot wait to read this cover to cover in preparation for our Disney World trip next year!

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Seriously though – aside from the gifts, I know that Birthdays these days are all about being grateful for everything I have in my life – and I gotta say, I feel pretty blessed right now – as I am turning 33, I look forward to the year ahead and spending time with my family – and watching this little superhero get even bigger and grow and learn even more! Oh – and obviously I can’t wait to spend even more quality time with Spider Dog too – even if he does currently hate me for making him pose in that cape

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Unique Autograph Ideas For Your Next WDW Trip

Collecting character autographs is just one of those “Must-Do” things at Walt Disney World – there’s nothing better than a book full of the memories of meeting and interacting with your favorite Disney characters (not to mention the bragging rights that accompany it, too!). When I was a kid – “back in the day” if you will – really all we had were autograph books:

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This is like the one I used to have, and I carried it around in my neon pink fanny pack when I went to the Parks. I wish I still had it and could pass it on to my son (the fanny pack though – not so much. That can stay in the early 90’s where it belongs). Autograph books are great, but if you’re looking for a more unique way to collect signatures, check out these ideas:

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Bring along a blank mat for a picture frame for signing, and then display it at home along with your favorite photo from the trip!

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If you have multiple children (or adults!) who are collecting autographs, get each one the first letter of their name (wooden ones like this can be found at most craft stores). Then there’s no confusion on which letter belongs to which kid, too!

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This idea would require special metallic or fabric markers – but in the end would make for a pretty cool keepsake

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This might be my favorite idea of all – bringing along a stack of colored pieces of card stock/scrapbook paper (4×6 size would work perfectly), and having the characters each sign one, to later pair with a picture in a special photo album

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This Disney Character Encyclopedia is what inspired me to look up new and inventive autograph ideas – as I was thinking about getting it for my son, and read some reviews that people used it for autographs – which is a great idea – each character has their own page already in the book, so why not have them sign it?

 

I haven’t decided what we will do for autographs when we bring my son for the first time next year to Walt Disney World – might just opt for a classic autograph book for him – but for me? One of these ideas would be perfect!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Unique Disney Car Decals

Bumper stickers have always been a way to show your political preferences, or to warn people to back off of your back end – but they really are so much more than that! They can showcase your travels, your family, your likes and hobbies, and of COURSE – they can let the world know that a DISNEY LOVER is behind the wheel!

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If you’re in the market for a Disney-themed bumper sticker or decal, you could always go with the classic Mickey peeking out
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Or the “WDW” letters that let people know your preferred travel destination (I have this one on my car!)
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You can show exactly how many Disney lovers you have in your family

Car 4….or you can go a bit more eclectic with multiple Disney-themed stickers (I especially love the Haunted Mansion ones!)

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So, admittedly, the inspiration for this post was a bit selfish – as I just got this new decal and wanted to show it off – I had it custom made, and I seriously love it – it’s simple and yet SO TRUE – because as us hardcore Disney fans know – Disney World really DOES feel like home
As for how to Disney-fy your car – you can buy some auto accessories Online, and they sell plenty more in the Parks. Or you can check out Etsy for places that will customize them for you too!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Foodies Rejoice – Food And Wine Time Is Almost Here!

The characters, the rides, the shows – there’s so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that just thinking about it all makes me tired…and HUNGRY. Luckily, WDW has some truly amazing cuisine – and if you’re a “foodie” then you might want to plan your Disney vacation around the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – where you can experience even MORE amazing eats!

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Guests can sample tapas-sized tastes of inventive cuisine from more than 30 global marketplaces during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The popular fall festival also features wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, mixology seminars, nightly "Eat to the Beat" concerts and a broad range of premium dining events. For the first time in the festival's 20-year-history, global marketplace experiences, expand from the park's World Showcase into Future World. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

This year the Festival runs from September 14th – November 14th, and in addition to TONS of pop up kiosks featuring cuisine from around the world – places like Belgium, Brazil, South Korea, and MANY more will be represented

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The idea here is to pair the country’s signature dishes with their best wines and beverages, to really showcase the food AND drink! Check out the full list of kiosks that will be at this year’s festival Here

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In addition to the food and drink available for purchase, there will be live concerts, culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars, and newly added this year – the chance to get in on the action with “Mix it, Make It, Celebrate it!” classes (like sushi making and cake decorating to name a few!)

The Food and Wine Festival is really a dream come true for someone like myself – who loves Disney and FOOD – and I can’t wait to check it out next fall when I head to WDW!

TGIF!

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