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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: FINALLY Headed Back To WDW!

My husband and I have been talking for a while now about the best time to bring our son to experience the Magic of Walt Disney World for the first time – and I think we finally landed on Fall 2018 – he will just have turned 4, which is when I went for the first time. To say I am excited is an understatement – not only is a vacation must needed, it’s MUCH wanted too! It’s been a while since I have been to Disney – and while I have been keeping up on the goings-on and such, I know that there will be some BIG changes in store for me – and here are the two I am most excited about:

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Star Wars Land – this is the largest ever single-themed land expansion to ever break ground at the Disney Parks, and the opening technically isn’t set to be until sometime in 2019, but I personally am keeping my fingers crossed for an early soft opening, or perhaps portions of it opening up before that so we can check it out while we are there! It will be a totally immersive experience, and you can even have the chance to step aboard the Millennium Falcon and pilot it – eek! How awesome!

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Pandora – World of Avatar – This land is slated to open later this month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and it celebrated the “Magic Of Nature” – with a journey through the rainforest, and much more!

I can’t wait to check these both out – and to experience everything else Disney has to offer – both new and classic!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – 2016 Disney Vacation Must-Do’s

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you all had a great time ringing in the new year, and that you are looking forward to starting fresh today and having the best year yet!

If you’re planning on heading to Walt Disney World in 2016, then you will definitely want to add these to your list of “Disney Vacation Resolutions” – as they are ALL Must do’s:

Norway   Epcot’s Norway is being expanded to include the new Frozen meet and greet attraction – where your little princesses will get the chance to hobnob with royalty – none other than Anna and Elsa!

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Soarin’ is getting overhauled – a third theater and new ride experience that takes you “around the world” make this one a must-see

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Toy Story Midway Mania will be getting a third track in 2016 – which will help cut down on the (sometimes REALLY LONG) waits, so if you haven’t checked this one out yet, 2016 will be a good time to give it a try

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Any steak fans in your family? You’ll definitely want to check out the new STK steakhouse in Downtown Disney that’s opening in Spring of 2016

As part of the largest expansion in its history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be adding all-new entertainment experiences including a new after-dark spectacular centered around and above Discovery River, new nighttime entertainment including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured) and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris. (Concept art, Walt Disney Imagineering)

Animal Kingdom will be adding a “Rivers of Light” nighttime show, which will be just one of the many changes aimed at turning the park into an “after dark” destination

There are so many amazing changes coming to the Happiest Place On Earth in 2016 – and I don’ know about you, but I can’t wait to experience them all! Here’s hoping I can stick to my Resolutions this year….

TGIF – and HAPPY 2016!!!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – In Honor Of Christmas (Part II)

Last week I wrote about how lucky I am to have traveled to WDW TWICE at Christmastime – and I shared some of my favorite memories from those trips with you. Since today is Christmas Day – I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from our Christmas day in Disney World:

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Posing in front of the Grand Floridian’s Christmas Tree before breakfast

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Posing with Tigger at Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare

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This giant Gingerbread tree looked good enough to eat (thankfully it was blocked off or else I might have tried to take a nibble…)

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Mickey shaped snacks are the best ones, aren’t they?

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Getting ready to light the Osbourne Lights!

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It’s sad this is the last year for the Osbourne Spectacle of Lights – I am SO GLAD we got to see them be lit on Christmas Day – it was the best experience of the whole trip by far!

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TGIF – and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – All Time Favorite Disney Moments

There are some vacation memories that stand out in our minds as being the perfect moment – and throughout all my trips to Disney, I have definitely had a BUNCH of these – moments where I just stop and think “wow, this is amazing and perfect and I wish this could last forever!” Of course, it can’t last forever – but the memory of it can, and so can the pictures (my personal favorite souvenir of all time!). Check out some of my top Disney moments:

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When my husband and I went to Disney for our honeymoon, I hadn’t been there in over 7 years – and when I stood at the start of Main Street and stared down at the Castle in the distance – I got a little misty eyed – and the only thought I had was “I’m FINALLY home”

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My parents, husband and I spent the week of Christmas at Walt Disney World two years ago – and we had SO MUCH FUN! Waking up at Disney on Christmas day has to be the ultimate in Christmas dreams come true (thanks Santa!), but I have to say the best moment of the whole trip was when we went to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on Christmas Day. We went early so we could see them be lit, and it was an amazing experience – the music, the lights, the (fake) snow, it was the absolute perfect thing to do on Christmas Day and I think of that memory often

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When Duffy The Disney Bear came on the scene, I just thought he was the cutest thing – and I loved the backstory of how Minnie made him for Mickey so he wouldn’t be lonely on long trips. So I knew I had to meet him – pronto. I made my way to his character meet and greet in Epcot, and was saddened to see that he wasn’t there – but after only a few minutes, he appeared and I got to meet him! I was so excited, and I would say this was definitely one of my favorite character encounters ever!

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I have been lucky enough to get to travel to Disneyland once – and it was such a great experience! I love how different it is from Disney World, and yet how similar it is too (yeah, that seems weird to say, but it’s true!) and I love that it was a place where Walt actually went and took his family there, and that he created from the ground up

Vacations are a perfect place to have fun, relax, and make memories with the ones you love! I am so grateful and lucky to have gotten to travel to Disney and have these moments with my family – and I can’t WAIT to bring my little guy to Disney so he can start making memories of his own!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Adios Sorcerer Hat!

Disney World is an ever changing, ever evolving place – they are constantly introducing new rides, attractions, food, restaurants, characters, merchandise…the list goes on. Needless to say, I don’t think anyone can accuse them of not being innovative. Changes are being made every day all around the Disney Parks, and one of those changes I am personally pretty excited about is the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In case you aren’t familiar with the hat, it’s that HUGE thing with Mickey ears you can see the minute you enter the park:

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It appeared in 2001 as a part of the “100 years of magic” celebration, and it originally housed interactive kiosks where you could learn about the career and life of the man himself – Walt Disney. Once the celebration ended in 2003, the kiosks were removed and the hat served as a special events venue as well as a pin trading/purchase site. Disney announced it would be removed in October 2014 as part of a Hollywood Studios makeover. Here’s a look at how the de-construction is going:

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No word on what will replace it, but I am sure it will be something awesome (stay tuned for more news on that right here!). And in the meantime, enjoy the awesome view of the Great Movie Ride that is now unobstructed! Yay!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Not Your Ordinary Cupcake!

I LOVE SWEETS. It’s a fact. I love candy, sugar, and I love to bake too – I love it so much I evenBlog about it!. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to eating at Walt Disney World, I tend to gravitate towards the desserts! Lucky for me – there are PLENTY to choose from, and one of the categories in which I have performed some thorough taste testing is their cupcakes – and I can assure you they excel at these from every aspect – taste, appearance, variety, size (a huge cupcake is better than a small one, no?) – these things SERIOUSLY rock. Check out some of my faves:

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The Infamous Butterfinger Cupcake – these things are HUGE – moist chocolate cake filled with a fudgey surprise, and topped with what can only be described as a MOUNTAIN of buttercream frosting, which is then coated in a layer of chocolate and crushed Butterfingers. You can find them at Starring Roles at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and you can get the recipe Here – why not recreate DSCN3651

The Oreo Bon Bon cupcake is available at the Boardwalk Bakery at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – and it’s pretty unassuming at first glance. White cake, white frosting, cute oreo Mickey ears. But it’s what’s inside that counts – a cookies and cream mousse is tucked away in there, and that’s what makes this one an extra special treat – yum!

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This Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake combines the moist red velvet cake with that tang of cheesecake – it’s a great combo, and while I don’t really understand why there are toffee bits on the outside, I must say I don’t hate it!

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Chocolate cake that’s filled and topped with deliciously gooey chocolate peanut butter frosting, and then those giant chocolate shavings that give it such a unique look – who could say no to this? I know I can’t…

Hopefully next time you’re in WDW you will take some time to enjoy one (or all) of these super sweet treats!

TGIF!

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