Just last weekend the Anaheim Convention Center hosted the annual D23 Expo – a chance for Disney nerds everywhere to unite and bask in all the glory that is Disney – and to learn about all the new and exciting things that Disney is working on – from movies to characters, merchandise and apparel, and of course the Disney Parks are a huge part of the Expo, too!
I wrote a few months back once news hit that Star Wars Land was officially happening, and now thanks to the D23 Expo – we know TONS more about the new lands being built at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland
The lands at both locations will be officially called “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” – and they will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before Wild Space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life!
They aren’t slated to open until 2019 – which stinks, but at least it gives me a lot of time to plan ahead and save up for a trip to Walt Disney World – where my Star Wars-loving husband and son are sure to have a blast exploring the new land (who are we kidding – I am going to love it too, I’m sure!)
My husband and I are lucky enough to be off work this week – and on vacation! We are staying with our best friends at their house in Virginia – and have been having a blast!
We went to the beach in Ocean City Maryland – where the kids got to swim, play on the beach, and enjoy the boardwalk.
My boy got his first taste of real “rides” at the boardwalk – he loved them!! And of course the Disney lover in me is saying “hmm what perfect practice for when we go to Disney next year!!”
Truth be told – one of my fave parts of seeing our friends is my adorable little niece – she is 3 and super into all things Disney and princess – and while I adore my boy and his love of Mickey and Cars – sometimes it’s nice to cuddle and watch Ariel (and sing along with every song of course). She’s a beautiful little babe and I have so much fun watching her grow and develop her own interests and personality!
So glad to be getting some downtime this week!!
Not gonna lie – it’s been a ROUGH WEEK here. Death in the family, putting our house on the market so TONS of cleaning and organizing, and a MAJOR POWER OUTAGE affecting over 150,000 homes in my area have really just made me extra grateful that it’s FRIDAY. Even if the weekend means more cold house and searching for a generator, at least I will be with my family.
It’s not all doom and gloom though – last weekend we had friends in town, and our kids had so much fun playing together:
I like to look back on these pictures when I am having a tough time (needless to say, I have been looking at them a LOT the past few days, and will probably do so even more tonight when I go home and the power is probably STILL out)
Sometimes it’s the little things that get us through – like a smile, hug, or a kiss from a loved one
Apparently 2/23 was “National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day” – which honestly sounds like a pretty strange holiday to me, but – whatever – our dogs deserve some recognition once in a while, right? They are always there to give a kiss and a tail wag when we get home at the end of a long day, and they always lend a sympathetic ear to our problems, too!
My big guy Walter (named after Mr. Disney of course!) is the best – and he deserves the best – whether it’s Dog Appreciation Day, Biscuit Day, or any day
If you’re looking to show your dog how much they mean to you (while showing off your DISNEY loving side too), then check out some of these awesome Disney themed pet accessories:
They may not be able to come to WDW with you to enjoy Mickey Waffles and Mickey Ice Cream bars, but they CAN have their own (squeakier!) versions
Walter would seriously love this – what a great place to flop down after a long day of napping, barking, slurping water, and chasing squirrels. Check out these and other available dog accessories here
And if you really want to do something special for your pup then check out these homemade dog biscuit recipes
Tomorrow is mine and my husband’s “date-iversary”, and even though we are married now we still like to celebrate our original anniversary – the day when it all began! It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years – we have had some really great times together!
…And is it really any surprise that many of those great times have happened at the Happiest Place On Earth? Disney World holds some great memories for us – and we can’t wait to head back with our son and show him what it’s all about
Here’s to many, many more years of “dating” and all the fun that comes with it!
Disney is always changing things up, trying new things and introducing new experiences to help keep the guest experience magical and fresh and exciting! From new rides, new attractions, new restaurants and foods – to new shows – like this one that is making it’s inaugural appearance today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – Rivers Of Light. Check it out:
So – I know the question I had after checking out these pics was “So…what IS it, exactly then?” – and essentially it’s a show that combines water, sounds, light effects and imagery to show us how beautiful nature really is. It’s set at sundown, so that as the sun sets the lights really come to life!
I can’t wait to check it out – how about you?