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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Top Toddler (And Adult!) Disney Gift Picks

Well. Halloween is over, the costumes have been stashed away, the candy has been eaten (well – some of it anyway – trying to pace myself this year…) – and you know what THAT means – it’s time for CHRISTMAS. Now – don’t get all riled up – I am not suggesting you put up the tree or sing carols, but one thing you might want to start doing is SHOPPING – thinking about who you need to buy for and what they might like/want/need. And if you think it’s too early for that – here’s a bit of data for you – for those of us who are paid every other week at work, there are only like 3 or 4 paychecks left until Christmas (scary, right?)

So, now that Halloween is over, retailers are tempting us all with their Christmas displays, emails, and lists of “Top Holiday Gifts”. This inspired me to come up with my Top Disney Holiday Gift Picks:

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For Toddlers – Personalized blankets, a light up wand that dispenses bubbles, Mickey play food set, or a Disney train – what toddler wouldn’t love unwrapping these? I know mine would love any (or all!) of them!

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For Adults – A Mickey Crock Pot set, an adorable purse (with ears!), wine glasses (which are great but if you’re giving them to me they best be accompanied by some actual wine – cuz let’s face it – the holidays can be stressful!), and I don’t know about you but everyone’s parents/grandparents had one of those ceramic light up trees when I was a kid – I LOVE them and have always wanted one – this one with the Disney touches is amazing!

Everything above can be purchased Here. Happy Shopping!

TGIF

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Disney With Toddlers – The Stroller Dilemma

It has been SO LONG since I have had time to write a non TGIF post for this blog – just – wow. As a mom you always feel like there’s about 847 things pulling you in every direction, requiring – no – DEMANDING your attention – and it’s hard to find time for much aside from the day to day. Not an excuse – just reality

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Toddler life is intense – but AMAZING. I get to watch this guy learn and grow every day!

And in less than a year, we’re all headed to Walt Disney World for our first family trip – and I can’t WAIT. I am pretty close to starting to count down the days (even though we aren’t going until next September!) – as I can’t wait to get back to my favorite place in the world, and to show my son all the Magic!

There is ONE thing that is starting to pose somewhat of a dilemma though – and it’s how to answer this question – to Stroller or not to Stroller?

Should we bring our stroller to Disney World?

Why I am thinking “Yes”
-An average day at the Disney Parks means WALKING – MILES AND MILES of it – and as strong and big as he is -I KNOW he cannot handle walking as much as we do in Disney – he will get tired and cranky and the stroller is the perfect thing to help prevent that
-I can stash my crap in the bottom of the stroller – no backpack lugging for me! Plus – strollers have cup holders
-Snacks on the go – gives him the chance to eat while we stroll – even has the built in tray and cup holder on the front of it
-Airport ease – The Disney Parks aren’t the only place that are HUGE – walking from one gate to another for a connecting flight at a bigger airport (like Atlanta – which is typically where we connect through) could potentially be a disaster with an un-strollered toddler in tow. Stroller makes it easier and faster to get from point A to point B
-He’s comfortable in it – he likes sitting in it, he’s used to it, it’s easy to push/maneuver

Why I’m thinking “No Way”
-Airport issues – while it may help you make your connecting flight in time, the stroller can also be a pain when it comes to air travel. It has to be inspected at security, and each airline has a slightly different procedure when it comes to checking strollers. Most gate check them, which means in theory you get it back right when you get off – but that can be a process that takes time, and there’s always the potential for the airline to “misplace” it accidentally
-Stroller parking lots – Outside every ride at Walt Disney World is a huge area FULL of strollers – since you obviously can’t bring it inside the rides with you, you’re forced to leave it alone outside – but you wouldn’t want to leave your valuables with it, so then that means toting those along with you on every ride, and then there’s always the (super slim but still it exists) possibility that your stroller could get damaged or stolen while you’re away from it
-It’s huge. I mean – it’s a normal size for a stroller, but let’s face it – all strollers are huge, cumbersome, and awkward to carry when folded up – and that on top of luggage can quickly turn into a huge ordeal
-Dragging it around is going to be a pain – folding it up and carrying it on the buses/monorails/boats…

I could go on and on about the pros and cons – but at the end of the day, I am pretty sure I am leaning towards sucking it up and bringing the stroller along to Walt Disney World. It really will be useful to have, and will help my son get to enjoy more of the Disney experience

And hey – it’s not like I’m alone – there will be plenty of other parents toting around their toddlers strollers and loving every minute of it! And if all else fails – there’s always wine.

Hopefully in the coming months I will be able to make more time to devote to writing about Disney – I mean, I think about it enough, shouldn’t be that hard to put those thoughts to paper, right? In theory anyway…We shall see. #WishMeLuck

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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 – Top 3 Disney Things I Can’t WAIT To Share

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I cannot WAIT to take my little guy to Disney World – and speaking of waits – this one is KILLING me! We originally wanted to wait until he turns 4 to take him, but I seriously cannot last that long – so I am attempting to convince my husband that we should go when he turns 3. Does this mean diapers? Probably. Does it mean renting/bringing a stroller? Probably….which is seriously one of my pet peeves. But the bottom line is – I want him to experience all the amazing things WDW has to offer, and to start making his own Disney memories! What am I most excited to share with him? Well, everything of course – but there are 3 things that stand out:

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The Castle – There are few things quite like this view down Main Street USA, when you’re standing right by the entrance and can see Cinderella’s Castle off in the distance…makes me tear up every time (yeah, I’m a nostalgic weirdo, it’s cool – I own that about myself)

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The MOUSE – I cannot wait to see what he thinks of Mickey! Of course there’s the possibility that he will scream, cry, and refuse to get near him, but I personally think he will be more curious than anything – he will want to touch his nose and pat his head, for sure. No matter how it turns out, it will be a memorable moment, for sure!

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His First Mickey Bar – He loves ice cream, and he REALLY enjoys making a mess – so this is the perfect treat for him! Seriously though, it’s like a rite of passage – having a Mickey Bar while watching the parade make its way down Main Street is a must-do, and I will be there to capture the moment on camera (and will have a packet of wipes on standby for the aftermath too…). I am sure he will love them just as much (if not more!) than his dad does (his smile says it all, doesn’t it?)

I am hoping to get to share these (and many more!) Disney moments with my son next fall – but I might have to exercise patience and wait another year…either way, it will be the first of many amazing family trips to the Happiest Place On Earth!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – What Do You Get A 2 Year Old Disney Fan For His/Her Birthday?

My best friend’s darling little girl will be celebrating her 2nd birthday soon – and when I was thinking about what to get her, I knew it had to be something Disney-esque – because what 2 year old doesn’t love everything Disney?

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I actually ordered this exact pillow for her – what little one wouldn’t want to cuddle up to Minnie (or Mickey, which I bought for my son) every night?

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Books are always a good idea, especially if you know the little guy or gal you’re buying for already has a lot of toys

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If your little one is ready to move up from crib life, then why not order them a Disney toddler bed? Reasonably priced, and a great next step to becoming a “big kid”

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I actually just ordered this for my son – and he loves it! The keys light up, and Mickey talks to them, too. Instrument gifts are great at this age – they love seeing what happens or what noises they can make by pressing various buttons2bday storage

Another idea for the kid who has a LOT of toys already – Disney-themed storage will not only help contain the clutter, but it will also help teach them the valuable lesson of cleaning up

Hopefully you find these ideas helpful – as I know it can be hard to shop for little ones who seemingly have it all already!

TGIF!

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