T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Top 5 Must Have New Disney Souvenirs

Souvenir shopping is an important part of every vacation, right? I mean – you have to get SOMETHING to help you remember your amazing Disney trip – and I personally enjoy shopping at Disney almost as much as the rides! They make it easy to spend money there, that’s for sure – there’s a shop/cart/stand around literally every corner – selling anything and everything from hats to fans and glow sticks, and everything in between too

Disney’s always switching up their merchandise – and I have to say, some of the new stuff is awesome – I want it all, but I think I shall try and narrow it down a bit. So here are my Top 5 Must Have New Disney Souvenirs:

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I have a LOT of mugs – and I know my husband wouldn’t be pleased, but I have to say – I would love to add this one to the collection. Vintage attraction posters are amazing, and it comes in a few different colors/designs

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The Disney Dooney and Burke Collection is so cute – they are always coming up with new patterns, and I love this black white and red mickey and Minnie pattern – better save my pennies for this one though…as they are not cheap (but worth it, in my opinion!)

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They have tons of great tech accessories in the Parks – Iphone cases, carriers, and awesome accessories like this e-reader case (my kindle would look fab in that!)

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Gotta have an autograph book when you go to Disney – and this one is a photo album too – what a great memento this would make!

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Normally I don’t really do big souvenirs, but this Winnie the Pooh Pillow pal is great – not only does it count as an adorable plush friend, but can keep your neck and head nice and comfy on the flight home!

I know I will be picking up these must have items on my next Disney World trip, and if you can’t head to the Parks soon, then check out DisneyStore.com for all your Disney souvenir Desires

TGIF!

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“Always Be Prepared” – Start Saving NOW For Disney!

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I know for a fact that I will not be heading to Walt Disney World for a few years – Fall of 2018 to be exact. Why so long? Well, I want to make sure my son is old enough to enjoy it, and he will be 4 then – which is how old I was when I went for the first time. That being said, I am already planning on how I am going to pay for the trip. Why plan so far in advance, you might ask? Well, aside from the fact that I am a planner by nature (lists, budgets, itineraries, etc – they are all soothing to me) – it can be a hefty cost to bring your whole family to Disney…

Plane tickets, Park tickets, car rentals/gas, food, souvenirs….it all adds QUICKLY when you are heading to Disney – and sometimes unforeseen costs can really make a mess of your otherwise carefully planned vacation budget. I recommend you start saving as soon as you can for your future Disney trip – the more money you have saved, the more smoothly your trip will go!

So it may be expensive…the big cost has big rewards though – it’s a magical place, and getting to see my son experience it for the first time is something I already cannot WAIT for

It’s worth EVERY single penny in my book – I am already hoarding my Disney Visa rewards dollars, and am hoping that in a few years, they can turn into a down payment to Disney!

What about you – how do YOU like to save for your vacation?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Dreaming Of Disney (LAND That Is!)

I mostly write about how much I love Walt Disney World and how great of a place it is for adults (not just kids!), but today I find myself thinking of the place that started it all – Disneyland Park

I have been lucky enough to get to travel to Disneyland once – and I am hoping to go back someday and get to spend more time getting to know the Park that Walt built, the place where he saw his visions come to life!

Here’s a few reasons why I cannot WAIT to get back to Disneyland:

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Mickey’s Toontown may have been dismantled at Disney World to make room for the New Fantasyland, but fear not – as Toontown fans can still get their fix at Disneyland! Visit Mickey’s house, take a ride on Gadget’s Go Coaster, and top if off with a hot dog at Pluto’s Dog House (yum!)

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Disneyland Park has many of the same rides as the Magic Kingdom, but they are not exactly the same – there are subtle differences in décor, styling, and the rides themselves – can you spot all the differences? When I rode Pirates of the Caribbean, I noticed the waiting area and entrance were different – and I loved getting to experience the unique qualities of the ride!

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I had one of these when I was little – the brim was so heavy that when I fell asleep on the monorail my parents said my head dropped forward under the weight. I have never seen one for sale at Disney World since then, but I did spot this one at Disneyland!

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Once awesome ride difference? The Mad Tea Party is OUTSIDE at Disneyland – isn’t that beautiful?

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Oh, and so is part of “It’s A Small World” – love the topiaries and the outside of the building!

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Looking at all these pics makes me want to go back SO BADLY. Oh – and one more thing to mention – Disneyland just happens to be in beautiful sunny California – a BIG WIN for someone like me (from Upstate NY where it snows 6-ish months a year!). Hoping to plan a trip to Disneyland soon – but until then, I shall keep on dreamin’…

TGIF!

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Living In A Grown Up World – Plus One!

In looking back on my recent articles, I realize that a lot of them involve me reminiscing, or dreaming, or pretending, or wishing…basically, I realized I haven’t been to Disney in a while, nor will I get to go for quite a while. Normally this would make me sad, but this helps a little….

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My little man has brought so much joy to my life – watching him learn things – grab a new toy, or whip his head around when he hears mine or my husband’s voice – it’s something that is so great, I can’t really describe it – and although having a baby may have postponed our next Disney trip (for a LONG time) – I don’t care. I would give up any and everything for this little guy – and someday I will get to show him just how great Disney World is – and then we will get to experience Disney from a whole new perspective! Traveling there as a family will undoubtedly have its challenges – but the payoff will be so much greater! To get to see my son experience the rides and characters for the first time is something I can’t wait to do, and can’t wait to share here too!

So I may still be an adult Disney lover, but I will probably not travel there in an “all adult” party anytime soon – which is ok, because I hear it’s a great place for kids too… 

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Itchin’ To Cruise Away….

My husband and I are parents to a 7 month old baby boy – he is beautiful, hilarious, and an amazing little guy – parenthood is such a great experience, and while we knew some of what to expect, one can never be fully prepared for all that kids take out of you – emotionally, physically, mentally – they are draining. It’s worth it for sure though, when he laughs or smiles when I walk into the room, I will remember those moments forever! That all being said – I think we are ready for a break. Mommy and Daddy need a vacation! We have been on a few cruises before, and are looking to try something new this time around, so after doing some research, we are leaning towards a Disney Cruise. After checking out these pics, I think you might see why it’s such a tempting choice…

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Their ships are huge and so beautiful – even on the outside!

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After stepping on board, you’re surrounded by luxury! Isn’t this beautiful? I especially love the characters in the staircase!

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There’s plenty to do on board – including swimming and even water slides – I know there’s a small child in this picture, but I can picture myself doing this too…

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Love this night time view

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Plenty of Entertainment options onboard too – including live shows nightly

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Watching a movie on a giant screen while cannonballing into a pool? Yes please!

Doing research is awesome but also depressing when you realize how far away your vacation is….but someday (sorta) soon maybe we will get to experience all that Disney Cruise line has to offer. I can’t wait! What an amazing thing it would be to get to relax on a cruise ship with my man….I’m (mentally) there already!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F Pic Of The Week – Mickey Shaped Foods Make Eating Fun!

I’ve talked before about Mickey Shaped Foods, and for those of you who haven’t tried anything in this iconic mouse shape, and are thinking “um what’s so great about Mickey shaped foods?” – it’s hard to explain. Just try them – they are adorable, and they taste better than regular shaped food (seriously, it’s true!)

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The Mickey Bar – a chocolate covered vanilla ice cream treat on a stick. It’s classic, delicious, and perfect for anyone and everyone (but you better make quick work of it on a hot day!)

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Crispy on the outside, warm and soft and yeast-y on the inside (pauses to wipe up drool) – I don’t know of anyone who would turn down

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The ears of this Mickey cake pop are actually little marshmallows – isn’t that clever? The cake itself is dense and moist and delicious…hence the sharing that is bordering on a fight to see who will get the last bite…

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Soft pretzels are such a great snack – and these Mickey shaped ones are big enough to share too (should you feel so inclined)

You can make your own Mickey Shaped foods at home too – with a Mickey Cookie Cutter, Mickey egg ring, or a Mickey waffle maker (I have all of these, of course – and I even have two Mickey waffle makers!)

TGIF!

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