T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Sweet Treats Await You At Disney Springs!

Disney World has been undergoing a TON of changes lately, and one of the bigger ones is the transition of the former Downtown Disney Area to the new Disney Springs – where you will now find even MORE entertainment, shopping, and dining options than ever before! One thing you will find PLENTY of in Disney Springs is desserts – check out these decadent ways to get your sugar rush on:

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There are few things more satisfying on a hot Orlando day than a freshly scooped cone of shaved ice, and the Florida Snow Company Stand serves up just that – in a variety of sweet flavors to mix and match into your perfectly sweet, refreshing treat!

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A stop at the Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is a MUST on any trip to Disney Springs – and even if you didn’t plan on going there, the smell of chocolate and freshly baked waffle cones is bound to lure you right in! Personally I always go for the Gold Rush Sundae – with hot fudge and peanut butter sauces made in house, but they have a ton of different options to pick from, and you can also pick up some packaged candy to take home with you too

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One of the newest additions to the Disney Springs Dessert lineup is Sprinkles Cupcakes – The freshly baked gourmet cupcakes that are insanely popular on the west coast have made their way to Orlando!

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And should you happen to be visiting outside of their normal hours, you can grab a late night cupcake from their Cupcake ATM – that’s right – a machine that distributes cupcakes!

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And to round out our Disney Springs Dessert Tour – a stop at Vivoli il Gelato, where you can savor hand crafted Gelati, Sorbetti, espresso drinks and much more. Doesn’t get much more authentically Italian than this!

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go get something to satisfy MY sweet tooth – as I am now SUPER hungry and drooling from thinking about all these amazing treats – TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week: Family Time Is The BEST Time!

I was lucky enough to be ON VACATION this week – and while in the past we have mostly taken time off to GO somewhere (like DISNEY WORLD, or a cruise), this time we did things a little differently….

The first part of the week was spent at HOME – a little staycation action was much needed, a chance to relax and spend time with our son. PLUS – our friends came to visit from Virginia too – which was great as always, and seeing our son play with their daughter makes my heart oh so happy!

(I couldn’t resist us all posing in our Disney aprons for a photo op- and can you blame me? Look at these cuties!)

We had TONS of fun – and even though they stayed for longer than normal this visit, it was still pretty sad to see them go…

But no time to be sad yet – as we moved on almost immediately to the second half of our adventure, when we drove upstate to the Adirondack Region of New York to join my parents at the house they rented for the week:

And here we are, enjoying one more day of quiet, tranquil nature before heading home tomorrow and back to the reality of all work and no play soon after….ok maybe that’s not so accurate, more like “more work and less play”…

Feeling really grateful right now for these amazing people that I am lucky enough to call my friends and family❤

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Snack Attack

Walt Disney World has some of the best food ever – I mean we are talking way above and beyond your standard burgers/chicken nuggets/random fried stuff that you find at most theme parks (but if you’re into that, don’t worry – they have that too!) Check out some of the amazing snacks you can get while at WDW:

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As you can see, my husband and I like to share cake pops – and can you blame us when they are moist and flavorful, not to mention Mickey shaped?
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Speaking of Mickey shaped – The Mickey Bar is a MUST on a hot day. Or any day really – I would even eat one in the snow – that’s how classically delicious they are

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Anything from Karamell Kuche in  Epcot’s Germany. Seriously – ANYTHING

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Any of the sundaes from Ghiradelli in Disney Springs – this is the Gold Rush, with peanut butter and hot fudge, and it’s amazing – but anything made with their housemade fudge is to die for

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…In case you hadn’t noticed, I have a bit of a sweet tooth…but my husband tends to enjoy salty things more, and soft pretzels are always a hit with him (this one used to have Mickey ears…but he scarfed those up before I could even get a picture!)

When snacktime hits at Disney World, there are so many awesome options that it would take weeks to try them all – which by the way is definitely what I am doing if I ever win the lottery!
TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “Finding Dory” Breaks The Box Office!

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The MUCH anticipated sequel to Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo opened last weekend at the box office – and grossed over $136 million dollars just last weekend, which makes it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time! Pretty impressive – but definitely not surprising to me, as I have been waiting 13 years for more undersea adventures with Dory!

Haven’t seen it yet? Here’s a sneak peak of just some of the fun you’re in for:

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If you’re a Disney fan (no matter your age), you will LOVE this movie

TGIF – and remember – Just Keep Swimming!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – WDW Then And Now

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I love looking back at old photos from all the Disney trips I took as a kid – it’s fun to see what everyone wore back then, and it’s cool to see how WDW has changed and evolved through the photos too – check out these Disney “Then and Now” photos:

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Since opening back in 1971, Disney has added a TON of stuff – it used to just be the Magic Kingdom, and there were still rides under construction on opening day! Fast forward 45 years, and you’ve got 3 more Theme Parks, numerous Resort Hotels, 2 Water Parks, and a shopping/dining/entertainment district. The differences in the maps show just how much Disney World has grown

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They may have jazzed the parades up a bit over the years – with some help from technology! But the thrill of the parade is still the same – getting to see amazingly creative floats, and the chance to spot your favorite characters, too!

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Even the Mouse himself has gotten a few “facelifts” over the years – but that iconic silhouette remains the same, and is one of the most recognizable symbols on the planet – even my toddler knows what it is and can spot it from a distance

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“Back In The Day” you actually needed two tickets to get into Walt Disney World – one for the transportation system, and one to allow entry into the Magic Kingdom. Once inside, you could purchase tickets for rides/attractions individually or in booklets (which saved you a bit of money). Things today are a bit more streamlined – as there is just one cost to enter the park, and that includes all of the Park’s rides/attractions, and when you purchase the ticket, all the information is stored either on a credit card-like plastic ticket, or on your Magic Band – which is basically a bracelet with an RFID chip inside that stores all the information, and the ticket/band is then scanned for entry at the Park gates

I love learning more about the history of WDW, and I can’t wait to see how things change and get even better in the years to come!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Celebrating 6 Years Of Marriage With My Love

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This weekend will mark 6 years of marriage for me and my man – and it’s been quite the journey thus far! We bought a house, new cars, got married, got a dog, had a baby, and have been lucky enough to have gone on some awesome vacations too! We have visited Walt Disney World a bunch of times together, and while I love going anywhere with him and cherish the memories we make on ALL our trips, I have to say – I do hold a particular fondness for our Disney vacations:

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From our honeymoon in June – where the weather was sticky and HOT HOT HOT (but we didn’t really care cuz we were finally MARRIED!)

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To our December trip a few years back, where we were lucky enough to get to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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To our trips with my parents, where we all got to enjoy the Disney Magic (once even on Christmas Day, which was amazing!)

Unfortunately, we won’t be celebrating our anniversary at Disney this year, but we will be heading to the Disney Store so I can get my fix (lucky me!)

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TGIF – and CHEERS to LOVE!

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