Posts Tagged With: Disney Parks

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Treats Have Arrived At The Disney Parks!

There’s plenty to be thankful for this Holiday season – health, family, home, love, and of course – FOOD!

Christmas or other holiday meals and treats are amazing, and I love a good homemade treat – but I would gladly trade that in for a chance to sample some of the amazing meals and snacks served up at the Disney Parks this time of year!
Here’s a few of my top picks:


It’s not Christmas without cookies am I right? Gingerbread men, intricately decorated sugar cookies shaped like Mickey – and they even have “cookie shots” – cookie cups filled with milk or hot chocolate


Pictured here we have:
-Gingerbread Cupcake topped with cream cheese icing (and a buttercream tree!)
-Peppermint Cookies & Cream Shake
-Popcorn (in a festive Holiday bucket!)
-Double chocolate peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich


While I have been lucky enough to spend multiple Christmases at Disney World, I unfortunately won’t be there to check these out this year

What about YOU – are you heading to Disney this Holiday Season? What treats are YOU most excited to try?


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Top Fastpass+ Picks – Magic Kingdom

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a YEAR since I booked our Disney World vacation – and that our countdown until we head to WDW is just over 3 months now! Time flies – and while I am not wishing away the summer, I am starting to get SUPER pumped and antsy to head back to Walt Disney World!

One thing that will help me feel even closer to the Mouse is making my Fastpass+ reservations online. This is something you can do 60 days in advance if you’re staying at a Disney World Resort (or 30 days in advance if you are staying off site), and for those of you not familiar, it’s basically a way to “reserve” a spot at popular attractions. You pick them (3 a day can be reserved ahead of time), and then go to the ride at the appointed fastpass return time – whereupon you are whisked away into the MUCH shorter “fastpass” line – therefore avoiding a super long wait time. Genius, right? Read more about it here

Needless to say – I have been thinking about my Fastpass+ selections for a WHILE – mulling over which would be best at each Park, and which my son would like best too (since this will be his first WDW trip!). I have managed to narrow down my selections somewhat – and am pretty solid on My top Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Picks:


Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – This kid-friendly roller coaster is one we haven’t gotten to experience yet (since it opened after our last WDW trip) – but since it is pretty new, we know that a Fastpass is a MUST to avoid the Standby lines (which can get LONGGGG)



Peter Pan’s Flight – This is a personal favorite of mine – the flying ships I especially adore! It just reminds me of watching the movie as a kid and being so amazed at it all. I hope my son finds it as magical as I do! Even though it’s not a new attraction at all – the lines for it can be long (not sure why?) – so that’s what made me add it to the “must fastpass” list


Thunder Mountain – I was a bit apprehensive about adding this one to the list – as it is more of a “thrill” ride, and I worry my son won’t like it as much or it might scare him – BUT – it IS train themed, and I think that’s a major selling point for him – so I figure – why not give it a go?

There are others that I would like to use Fastpass for – Space Mountain mainly – but my boy is just about an inch shy of being tall enough, and I don’t want to assume he will grow an inch by September (although – who are we kidding – he will probably grow WAY more than an inch by then ha!) – so we will have to wait and see on that one. Plus – I don’t want to traumatize him (the way my dad did to me when he took me on Space Mountain when I was 4) – I have recovered luckily, but it can be a scary ride for a little person!

What about you – what rides are your absolutes for Fastpass+ selections?

Stay tuned here next week when I talk about more of my Fastpass+ Picks

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – 29 Years Of Movies And Fun!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been taking guest on a journey through the movies for over 29 years – in fact, on May 1st the Park celebrated it’s 29th anniversary!


“The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood—not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was—and always will be.” – Michael Eisner said this during his speech on the day the park opened – back then it was called “Disney’s MGM Studios” – and some of us old timers (like myself will probably always call it that)

In honor of the Park celebrating 29 years, here’s a look back on some of my favorite Hollywood Studios moments:






Here’s to many, many more memories – especially as Hollywood Studios undergoes some MAJOR construction to bring some awesome new things this year and next – like Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – #AllTheHats

One of the best parts about Walt Disney World is all the amazing stuff they have for sale there – the souvenir shops are everywhere, and they sell all kinds of things – one of my favorite things to browse (and take selfies in!) is the selection of hats – specifically Mickey Ear Hats!


This picture dates way back to 2007 – when I visited Disneyland, and discovered they still made this relic from my childhood – I begged my parents for one of these when I was 4, and they finally caved and bought it for me – it was so heavy that it weighed my head down as I fell asleep on the monorail after a long day of Park fun. **Side note – they are now MUCH lighter and wearer-friendly


What can I say, I love trying on hats! From the classic Minnie sequins, to the wild Animal prints – they really have a style for everyone – and I can’t wait to check out the what they have when I head there this fall!


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Living Next To The Magic – Pros And Cons

I know a woman – who I met through an online Disney World forum (gotta love technology, right?) – who I originally connected with because our sons are very close in age (within days of each other), and it has been fun to see them sort of “grow up” alongside each other. They both LOVE Disney of course – but the big difference between them is that he is lucky enough to get to go to Walt Disney World all the time – as his parents moved to central Florida about a year ago.

They aren’t alone – plenty of people are purposely making the trek to the promised lane (ie – Disney) – picking up their lives and families, packing up and selling their houses, leaving jobs and friends behind – all for the chance to be nearer to Walt Disney World. And it really got me thinking – what about us – should we move to Florida in pursuit of a more Disney-fied life? So I decided, as is my nature, to weigh out the pros and cons of it all:

-The sheer closeness of the Magic: I mean – obviously the main/most influential perk would be having Walt Disney World as close to you as your local Walmart or dry cleaner – to be able to just hop in the car, drive for a few minutes, and then be at WDW – that is literally a dream come true – and a MAJOR driving force for many people’s decision to move there
-Money Saver: Sure, we would have to purchase annual passholder tickets, which are NOT cheap – but – overall, they would be cheaper than a trip to Disney World is for us right now when you factor in plane tickets, hotel, park tickets, food, etc – not to mention the cost of our time that it takes to pack/prep/travel
-No More SNOW: Florida is in the South – therefore – no blizzards! Upstate NY sees it’s fair share of snow every year – and right about this time of year – mid January – is when it starts to get REAL old – the shoveling, plowing, salt everywhere, the below freezing temps…Florida might see colder days, and may even see a snowflake or two on occasion, but overall it is worlds warmer than what we are used to, that’s for sure!
-My Son Would LOVE It: What parent wouldn’t want to give their kids the chance to experience Disney World on a semi-regular basis? Kids love it there, and parents scrape and save to be able to go there – so if I could live near it, I would be giving him some of the best childhood memories ever – ones that he would cherish for years to come

-Florida Ain’t Cheap: The cost of living in Florida would be higher for us than where we currently are in Upstate New York – which doesn’t necessarily take Disney living completely off the table for us, but it’s just something to consider – the fact that we would want to save up some money beforehand, as well as ensure we are diligent with our job search so that we find positions that will help us shoulder those higher costs
-The Heat: Sure, it’s nice to get to wear shorts 80% of the time – but – Florida can get oppressively hot – especially during the summer months when it feels like you could literally cut the humidity with a knife. I could probably learn to adapt to it – but I really don’t know if my husband could – he was shocked at the humidity in June when we went for our Honeymoon to WDW, and he doesn’t deal well with the extreme heat
-Weather overall – hurricanes/tropical storms galore, and rain ALL the time during hurricane season, not to mention the lack of snow – and ok I know I cited “no more snow” as a pro – but the snow is pretty (at Christmastime anyway) – and it does allow me to appreciate the Spring thaw, and the other seasons too. The threat of hurricanes and having to deal with that is just a lot to handle especially when you have kids to think about too – and I just don’t know if I could handle that stress (bless those who can, truly some strong and brave folks!)
-It Would Get Lonely: Sure, I would have Mickey Mouse to keep me company (ha ha), but we would be leaving my entire family and my husband’s, and all of our friends and colleagues – it would be hard to be in a place where we didn’t know anyone or have that network of support in place at all

It feels really good to weigh out the good and bad on this – I have been mulling it over for a while and after looking at it on paper I know that we definitely will NOT be moving to Florida anytime soon. While being closer to Disney World is something I have always wanted, I realize that our life here is pretty great, and maybe someday we will have the time/money/means to move or to travel to WDW more – but for now – we will have to settle for visiting once in a while – and that is ok with me – gives me something to look forward to!

What about you – would you ever consider moving to be closer to Disney?

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – What I Miss The Most

I cannot WAIT to head to Walt Disney World in September – not only will it be my son’s first trip there, but it will be our first time going since Christmas 2013. Yeah – it will have been over FIVE YEARS since we have been to WDW – and there are SO MANY things I miss about it – but here are the things I miss the most:


The Characters – I don’t care how old you are, a hug from your favorite Disney character is always a great feeling!


The Shopping: Ears galore, shirts, bags, mugs, magnets – and about a million other awesome Disney themed souvenirs to browse and buy


The FOOD: Sweet, savory, and everything in between – Disney has the BEST FOOD EVER ON THE PLANET – I love it all – but I am particularly partial to the baked goods – cupcakes, cake pops, breakfast pastries, funnel cakes, churros – you name it, I miss it and can’t wait to eat one (or more!) of everything!



The MAGIC: It’s hard to put into words, but this is definitely the thing I miss most – that feeling you get when you walk down Main Street, or when you notice a hidden Mickey in the sidewalk stones – if you’re never experienced it, you should – it’s worth waiting for, and it’s worth every penny and hour spent planning and traveling. It’s worth it ALL and then some


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