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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – The Disney Store I Remember

When I was a kid (not to sound old, but – might as well say “back in MY day”…), the mall was quite the place to go – the 90’s were certainly a height of the “mall” era – and it was always packed full of people shopping for anything and everything – that perfect gift, new shoes, back to school clothes – you name it, the mall had it. And one thing they had that I always, always had to check out was of course the DISNEY STORE. They had it ALL – toys, movies, a TON of stuffed animals, and of course – DISNEY movies playing all day every day!

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The oh-so-90’s look of the old Disney Stores – I LOVED the Mickey “film strip” style border

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There were adorable animated scenes depicted in the store windows

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Even more characters awaited you inside the store

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THE STUFFED ANIMAL MOUNTAIN!!! The best part! It was always a mess but was still always amazing anyway

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OMG that carpet – haha – it was something, wasn’t it?

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Pooh – meeting and greeting fans with hugs outside the Disney Store at MY local mall!

This is the pic that actually inspired this post – I was going through some old photos and found this – they used to have characters come to the Disney Store, and I remember standing in line to meet Mickey, Minnie, and Pooh too (this one was taken when our local Disney Store opened back in the early 90’s)

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The more modern Disney Store design we see in today’s malls

The Disney Store is still a magical place – but it’s WAY different than I remember. The magic is still there though – and kids still LOVE it – the stuffed animals, the movies and music playing, the fun lighting and décor – even though it’s changed, I still wish we had one at our mall (sadly it closed years ago). These days, not only are Disney Stores closing more than they are opening, but malls themselves are kind of going by the wayside – as people buy a TON online now (myself included!). Ordering online from the Disney Store’s website is pretty great – they have TONS of stuff, and are always running deals/specials – but let’s face it, it’s just not the same as going into the store and picking it out yourself.

Ah, well – times change, and while it’s fun to reminisce – I have to admit, online shopping is convenient, and can be fun in it’s own way, too! What about you – Are you lucky enough to still have a Disney Store in your local mall? Or do you prefer to get your Disney fix online (like me!)?

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – A New Place To Get Even More Great Disney Pics!

Disney just recently opened a new PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs – giving families more opportunity to capture even more great photo memories of their WDW Trip! Check it out:

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You can get some great traditional posed family photos, or you can jazz it up – they have a variety of backgrounds and special effects to choose from, and they even have props available too!

As someone who LOVES photos (and considers them by far the best souvenir of all), I would DEFINITELY take advantage of this new studio style setting to snap some family shots. How about you – will you be making the trip over to the new PhotoPass Studio on your next WDW Trip?

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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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy Birthday To Me (From Me!)

Tomorrow I will be 31 years old (eek!) – and while I don’t exactly love getting older, I do enjoy all the perks that come with it – being an adult, living on my own, making my own decisions, starting my own family, being a homeowner – these are all pretty awesome! At this point, birthdays aren’t really about having a party or getting presents, but more about celebrating all that I am grateful for in my life – like my family (including my baby boy!), friends, health, job…the list goes on, and I feel lucky every day to be living this life!

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Speaking of luck – I was lucky enough as a kid to get to travel to Walt Disney World every year with my parents – the memories of these trips are ones I will always cherish, and I credit my parents as being the ones who kick-started my Disney obsession. I have traveled back several times as an adult, and enjoyed it even more than when I was a kid – which actually ended up being the inspiration behind starting this blog – showing how much fun Disney can be for everyone (not just kids!)

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For me, birthdays are a great time to reflect on not only the past year, but on yourself as a person – and for me, Disney is a huge part of who I am, and I can’t wait to introduce my son to all the magic in a few years! Until then, I will be dreaming of (and writing about!) the Happiest Place On Earth!

And even though I know I said that birthdays aren’t really about presents anymore, I must admit – there are a few Disney-themed things on my VERY short birthday wish list this year…

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Shutterfly is one of my favorite websites – I love the easy to create photo gifts and prints are super easy to order (you can even do it from your smartphone!), and they just recently released a new line of ready to personalize Disney items – pillows, notebooks, wall decals, placemats – they’re all cute and would make great gifts, but I have to say that the Disney photo book is really the one that stands out for me – I love the pages and the little embellishments you can add – and I am REALLY hoping my husband got me one

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The Disney Alex and Ani bracelets are really popular right now, and they have a ton of cute styles (I have a few, and would love to add a few more to my collection!). Everyone needs a good mug to drink their morning coffee out of – and I am a HUGE alice in wonderland fan – in fact I have “We’re All Mad Here” tattooed on my shoulder (talk about a diehard Disney fan!), and as for the purse – well – that’s a bit of a dream – but everyone needs a Disney wish list, right? Just in case they come in to some money, or some really rich relative wants to buy you something…

While I would love to get these amazing Disney gifts for my birthday, I know that regardless of if I get Disney gifts or no gifts – as long as I have my family and friends, I know it will be great birthday, and I look forward to the year ahead of me too!

TGIF!

 

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Old Disney Memories Help Us Look Forward To New Ones

 
I am in the home stretch, a mere 4 days away from my Walt Disney World Vacation! I should be jumping for joy! Instead, I am home sick in bed with a fever and stomach virus. Luckily, today I am feeling slightly better than yesterday, enough so that my mind has wandered to the fun and good times I am going to have on vacation!

I have been going to Walt Disney World since I was a kid, and I have so many amazing memories from these times, and that is part of the reason why I keep going back, is to be able to make new even better memories with my family and my husband!

I dug up some old photos, and was reminiscing about all the fun times I have had over the years at Walt Disney World

From dining with Goofy to fun times camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

To meet and greets with some famous Disney characters

To reliving old memories – the photo of me when I was younger was taken when we stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort back when I was about 8, and then this past Christmas when my husband and I stayed there, we took these pictures, and when I found the old one, I laughed at how I had posed in the same place, almost 20 years apart.
No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start making some Disney memories, and I can’t wait to make some more this weekend with my family!

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