T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “So Basic I Can’t Even”

Perhaps you have heard of the term “Basic White Girl” – and if you haven’t, I can school you on it – it’s your typical fall-loving, pumpkin spice latter drinking, apple picking, scarf wearing gal who just adores everything about fall and all that goes with it. Maybe the term might offend some, but I personally find it to be funny, and truth be told I am about as Basic as they come. I LIVE for fall, and the unveiling of all things fall at Disney is something I look forward to every year. And now that it is September, I feel like I can OFFICIALLY be excited about fall – and all the great ways Disney brings it to life:

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There’s the fall décor that springs up everywhere you turn at the Parks

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And then there’s the seasonally themed treats for sale at all the Disney Parks, too!

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 And for those of us not lucky enough to be headed to Walt Disney World this fall, we can take solace in the fact that the Disney Store has a nice big Halloween Section – full of amazing costumes and décor and other fun stuff you can use at home to make this the BEST FALL EVER!!

Ok – sorry – got a little excited there – can’t help it – it’s the basic girl in me!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney-fy’d Tech Accessories

As an avid Disney Lover I am always looking for new ways to express my love and devotion to all things Disney – and one of the ways I have found that’s really awesome is through Tech accessories – there are TONS of great Disney ones out there!

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There are plenty of licensed ones available via The Disney Store – including Iphone cases, tablet cases/carriers, and headphones

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Check out these awesome Charger Wrappers Here

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That’s right – even your Apple Watch can get in on the Disney action – I personally just ordered these Mickey Ear Apple watch cases and am LOVING it so far:

Amazing. Goes perfectly with my Disney Alex and Ani!!

I love the fact that I can add some Disney flair to my devices – nothing screams “I LOVE DISNEY” more than Mickey ears on your watch!

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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Saying Goodbye To The Great Movie Ride

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Today – August 13th – marks the end of an era, as it is the last day of operation for The Great Movie Ride at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. Now, you may be thinking “ok – who cares? Disney closes old and opens new stuff all the time!” and you’re right that Disney is always innovating and changing things up to make a better experience for their guests – but this is truly a sad closing, at least for me. This is a ride we rode every trip without fail when I was a kid – and it was a tradition I continued with my husband as an adult (in fact, we usually rode it multiple times each trip!) – and truth be told I am pretty darn sad that my son won’t ever get to experience all of the sites:

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Some of the best moments for me: getting the crap scared out of me by the “Alien” scene (even as an adult!), “Following the Yellow Brick Road” with Dorothy, and seeing whose handprints mine most closely resembled out front

I don’t think I am alone in my sadness – as Disney is predicting record high attendance today at Hollywood Studios, and is adjusting their hours accordingly. Long waits and huge crowds will be there today to pay tribute to this “Spectacular Journey Into The Movies”. I wish I could be there to bid it farewell – but alas, I can’t – and even I understand that all good things must come to an end…

Replacing the Great Movie Ride will be a ride starring your favorite Mouse couple – “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway” – which can never replace the Great Movie Ride in my heart, but will nonetheless be a great change and a hugely popular attraction for those of all ages (said only slightly begrudgingly – as I am not happy about the change, but I know many will be – including my son who is a HUGE Mickey fan)

Now if you’ll excuse me – I will just be in the corner crying, mourning the loss of those amazing animatronic characters and scenes that will play their last performances today. Adios, Great Movie Ride

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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 – Is A Star Wars Resort Coming To Walt Disney World?

My son is pretty into Star Wars right now – he isn’t quite 3, so he doesn’t really “get” a lot of it – but he likes all the characters, and asks to watch it often (which makes my Star-Wars-Loving Husband very happy!)

So it’s no surprise that Star Wars has been on my mind lately – and apparently I am not the only one – as Star Wars was a BIG topic of conversation (and gossip!) at last month’s annual D23 Expo (where all Disney things new and exciting are revealed for the upcoming year and beyond!). I recently wrote about the Confirmation Of Star Wars Land coming to both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in 2019, but the buzz around the expo also mentioned the possibility of a star wars themed Resort Hotel to come in the future too! Check it out:

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At this point, this is mostly just rumors, and obviously the pictures above are concept art – so who knows when it will open or what the Resort will actually be like. Disney did basically Officially Announce It on their blog, so it will likely happen – but the details all remain to be revealed. Based on the pictures above and from what the blog says, the Resort will be an “immersive experience” where you actually go on a mission and dress the part as the story unfolds around you. Sounds amazing – but – I have a feeling this might end up being pretty pricy! Could be worth it for those hardcore Star Wars fans, though!

TGIF!

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