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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Top 3 Non Ride Activities For Toddlers At The Magic Kingdom

 

I started this blog as a way to share experiences, tips, and reasons why Disney is the perfect place for adults – and I still fully believe that adults can have just as much (if not MORE) fun than kids at Walt Disney World – but now that I have a little one myself, my focus has shifted somewhat – from Disney for adults to Disney for the whole family – making sure vacationing at Disney World is worthwhile and fun for everyone – no matter what age. I still love the experiences I have had and will have as an adult WDW traveler – but now I need to make sure that my little guy is having the time of his life too! And let’s break it down – the reality is that if the kids are having fun, then the adults can relax and have fun, too!

If your kid(s) aren’t really into “rides”, then you may think Disney Parks are not the best place for you to vacation – well – you’re WRONG for sure – as there is SO much more to do and see there than just the rides! And even the younger ones who aren’t ready for/don’t like rides can still have a blast! Read on for my picks for top non ride activities at the Magic Kingdom for Toddlers:

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Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station: This fun filled area is located over by the train station in Storybook Circus, and it’s a circus-themed water play area – featuring mist, animals that spray water, and more! Your littler ones will love it so much that they won’t want to leave! It’s a perfect place to cool off on a hot Florida day (and SO many of them are so very hot!!)
Tip: bring along a spare set of clothes/swim diapers in case your little one gets a bit soaked

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Swiss Family Treehouse: Adventureland is home to this attraction – where you embark on a walk through tour of the Robinson’s famous home – nestled high inside a towering tree. Not only will your toddlers love exploring the different rooms, and bonus – they might actually learn something in the process! The view from the top (116 steps UP to be exact!) is breathtaking, and makes you feel as though you are on top of the world!

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Country Bear Jamboree: This is a classic attraction – a bunch of animatronic bears who sing and play instruments, and tell jokes, too! Ok – the attraction itself is a bit outdated, but it’s one that Walt himself helped create (not many of THOSE left these days!) and little kids just LOVE it – the bears, the music – it’s a winner for sure! Plus – it’s inside so it’s air conditioned, and you get to sit down for the length of the 16 minute show – and those are both huge parent wins in my book

Can’t wait to introduce my toddler to these awesome attractions – I just know he will love them!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Top Disney Souvenir Picks

I don’t know about you, but I personally am a big fan of souvenir shopping. I love checking out what different shops have to offer, and then picking out the perfect item(s) to memorialize my trip with! Disney World has got to be one of the best places ever to shop for souvenirs – they have tons of shops that offer plenty of unique items for you to choose from. Over the years, I have developed a list of items that are the Perfect Disney Souvenirs:

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Number one souvenir that I strive to get as many of as possible while at Disney is PHOTOS – what better way to remember your trip than with a ton of great pictures? Personally my faves are ones taken in front of the castle, or with characters – and I love displaying them once I get home, too – in frames and albums mostly, but there are plenty of unique ways to display Disney trip photos

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I LOVE mugs (and personally think that a Disney Mug makes coffee taste better) – so I always try and find a funky new one to bring home with me from each trip.
**Side note for those who don’t use mugs – there are tons of great water bottles/drinkware available at the Parks too!

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Ok, so – I know what you’re thinking – “ugh pins – I don’t collect those, that’s a stupid souvenir” – and I used to think that too! I started collecting a few years ago when I spotted an adorable Fozzy Bear wearing mickey ears pin on someones backpack – and of course that only came in a set with 7 other Muppet character pins – and so it began. I want to point out though – I am not really that into “pin trading” or getting the newest “limited edition” pins – I tend to just collect ones with a meaning/memory attached to them – like my Main Street Trolley pin that I bought after we had the chance to be the first people to ride it one morning. So, knock it if you want – but there are some pretty cool pins out there!

What About You – What are your “go to” Disney souvenirs?

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Spotlight On “Be Our Guest”

As you probably already know, last weekend the new Beauty And The Beast Live Action movie was released in theaters. I was lucky enough to get to go see it, and I loved it – the characters were amazing – especially the beast! The movie will bring about a whole new generation of Beauty And The Beast lovers – and Disney World is more than prepared for that! When they re-designed Fantasyland, they included a restaurant themed after the movie called “Be Our Guest” – and it is basically like walking into the movie! Check it out:

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The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a French-themed menu, featuring items like Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese sandwich), Tuna Nicoise Salad, and of course – “The Grey Stuff” is offered on the dessert menu (try your hand at making your own Grey Stuff At Home!)

While it is labeled as a “Quick Service” Restaurant, I would recommend making a reservation if you’re planning to head here – as the lines can be insane, and it will only get busier with the release of the new movie! I can’t wait to try it out next time I’m in WDW!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F Pic Of The Week: A Closer Look At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

One of my dreams is to someday spend Halloween at Walt Disney World – and to dress in costume to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. WHY, you might be wondering? Well, it just sounds like too much fun to pass up!

For those not familiar with the event, it’s held on select evenings in September and October, and features trick or treating, a Halloween parade, special character appearances and more. Check it out:

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Kids of all ages get into the Happy Halloween spirit while trick-or-treating during MickeyÕs Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. The family-friendly after-hours event also offers dance parties, meet and greets with favorite characters in costume, plus the must-see "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade" and "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks display. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticket event and takes place on select nights each fall at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ali Nasser, photographer)

Ok so I know that maybe I am slightly biased because I love fall so much, but I just can’t imagine a more fun way to spend Halloween than at DISNEY WORLD – with candy, dressed up characters, and pumpkins galore!
I can just picture myself – dressed as Minnie Mouse, enjoying a delicious caramel apple as I take in the parade…#fallgoals #maybesomeday
Check out the official Party info here

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: My Top WDW Photo Opp Spot

I LOVE LOVE taking photos – of anything and everything! These days its mostly my son, and my dog, but when I am on vacation I try to capture it ALL – the sights, the people, the fun – needless to say, I usually end up with A LOT of photos to sort through after a trip to Walt Disney World. I take photos everywhere in Disney – on rides, in line for rides, in stores, and in anyplace you can think of basically, but I have to say, there is one spot that is my favorite place to pose for (and take!) pictures:

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Main Street USA is the perfect picture spot – the view of the quaint “street”, storefronts, and Castle in the distance – it doesn’t get much more “Disney” than that. I can’t wait to take my son and get our first family photo in front of the castle someday!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Taking A Closer Look At The Haunted Mansion

Walt Disney World will celebrate it’s 45th anniversary soon – October 1st is the day they opened the gates of the Magic Kingdom to the public for the first time back in 1971, and in light of this, I think it’s always fun to take a look back at some of the history of the Park – especially the rides that have been open since that first opening day – like the Haunted Mansion. It’s a personal favorite of myself and my husband, we love riding it as many times in a row as we can – it just never gets old! Speaking of old – check out these vintage photos:

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I LOVEEEE these photo of the Haunted Mansion being built (circa January 1971) – it’s so amazing to see something like that come together!

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These are a few I have snapped over the years – including the wait on Christmas Eve, which was the longest I have ever seen it at 90 minutes (we skipped it that day, even I have my limits!)

It’s hard to believe that the Magic Kingdom has been bringing happiness to people for almost 45 years – but it’s also kinda amazing, isn’t it? TGIF!

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