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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Oddball Favorites (Toddler Edition)

When preparing to take my 3 year old son to Walt Disney World for the first time, I had an idea of what he might like/dislike as far as rides, dining, and characters – and many of my instincts were spot on. But – there were some things I couldn’t have predicted that he would just love:

 

He was obsessed with the Huey/Dewey/Louie and Donald statues outside of our hotel room at the All Star Sports Resort – he insisted on visiting them every time we came or went

 

He really enjoyed watching the Star Wars show at Hollywood Studios – longest he has sat still in forever ha!

 

I was not prepared to ride Dumbo 4 times in a row – but it was a trip favorite for sure – he loved that he could “control” the up and down motion of the vehicle – and there was no line so it was easy to ride over and over!

 

Roasting marshmallows at the nightly hotel bonfire – I mean – ok, most kids love s’mores, but most aren’t patient enough to roast the marshmallows themselves, but he loved it, and of course enjoyed the end result, too!

A few things he did NOT love: “Real” characters – he was dying to meet Ariel, but when he went into the grotto and saw she was a real person (not a covered face like the rest) – he wanted NOTHING to do with her! Slinky Dog Dash, Mission – Space and Dinosaur were all rides he was definitely not on board with – although he said afterwards he liked it, but I could tell he was scared at the time!

It just goes to show – you gotta try everything, and you might just be surprised at what you like (that you maybe didn’t think you would!) Now only if I could use the same theory with my son on vegetables, hmm…

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – “Incredibly” Ready For WDW!

I told myself I wasn’t going to do it. I vowed to myself that I would NOT force my family to wear matching shirts at Walt Disney World. You know the ones – with people’s names and pictures of their favorite characters etc on them – and – well – I sorta failed and broke that promise…

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I saw a family wearing something similar to these online, and I just had to see if my mother in law was willing to make us some “Incredibles” themed shirts. Luckily, she was – and we will be wearing them proudly at Walt Disney World when we arrive in TWO DAYS! They say “Incredible Mom/Dad/Kid” on them, and I think they are pretty cute, and I while I may have broken my vow – I think it was worth it. PLUS – they will match mine and my son’s Superhero Leggings – so that’s a win!

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….I also might have promised I wouldn’t buy any new Disney shirts before the trip as have plenty already….but I just could not resist this one from Target – it was on clearance and had an extra Cartwheel discount on top of that – so I basically HAD to get it, right?

Needless to say, our bags are (over)packed for our trip, and we are READY TO GO – I will probably not even sleep on Saturday night I will be too excited about leaving to head to Disney on Sunday! Wish us luck!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – SO READY FOR DISNEY!

Our countdown is SO SHORTTTTT I can hardly stand it! Only 9 days until we head to Walt Disney World – and I have been BUSY BUSY – packing, and organizing, making lists, checking things off lists, etc – lots going on!

One thing I have been trying to do is to get my son as involved in the preparations as possible – he helped pick his outfits to pack, and has been asking more about Disney so I have shown him short videos of the Rides and Parks – nothing major, just little things to help him understand what is coming next weekend

The other day, I took a tip from my own Article on Pre-Trip Activities For Kids and had my son decorate his own Mister fan for Disney!

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The Parks sell these mister fans, but they are EXPENSIVE – ordering a plain one on Amazon is less than half the cost, and we had plenty of Disney stickers sitting around for him to use on it. He really enjoyed decorating it, and I love these little things that help our trip feel even more real!

TGIF!

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

When I was a kid, I really did NOT care for Epcot. And back in the early 90’s – they certainly didn’t have as much to offer young ones as they do today! It bored me – the countries didn’t make any sense to me, and the whole “Future World” concept did NOT interest me at all. These days, I have grown to appreciate Epcot MUCH more – the futuristic theme is kitschy and fun, and the countries still aren’t my favorite – but their food (and drink!) options are much more appealing as an adult

As we prepare to take our first family trip to Walt Disney World, I try and imagine how my son will see Epcot – will he view it as boring like I did, or will he love it? I tend to think he will love it, as he kind of loves everything and is at that great age where he is in awe of everything new – but still, when it comes to picking Fastpasses for Epcot, I want to make sure I am choosing extra carefully, picking rides and attractions that will cultivate a love for Epcot at a young age. So – I spent a LOT of time thinking about these – my top Epcot Fastpass+ picks:

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The Epcot Character Spot was a MUST HAVE on my Epcot Fastpass list – my son LOVES Mickey and pals – so the chance to meet them ALL in one spot is a necessity! When we were here years ago, it was the “fab five” – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto – and I am not sure all 5 are still here regularly – but no matter to us – we will love whoever is there for hugs and photos and autographs!

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Test Track – Now that the ride has been redesigned and you have the interactive queue where you design your car, I just know that this will be a home run with my son (plus, we love it too!)

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Spaceship Earth – This is a ride that used to have little to no standby wait time, but has grown largely in popularity recently, and has experienced wait times of 45-60 minutes. And since I love it – I want to make sure it’s one we are able to do – so it rounds out our fastpass list for Epcot!

I am pumped to be getting closer to our WDW trip – we are under 3 months now on our countdown! And I have been working diligently on planning the trip – making lists for packing, purchasing things here and there for the trip, and of course making Fastpass+ lists – check out my ones for Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, and stay tuned next week for my Animal Kingdom picks!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Top Travel Accessories – Adult Edition!

Last week I talked about my top picks for Toddler Travel Accessories – and this week I figured now that I have my little guy covered, why not pick out some great stuff that I can use, too? Here are my top travel accessory picks for adults:

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A neck pillow is a must when traveling on an airplane, but this one really takes it to the next level – the hood would be perfect for blocking out all the light and some of the noise, too!

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Counter space is at a premium in most hotels – so keep all your little bottles and toiletries organized in this carrier which conveniently hangs right on the door/shower rod/closet rod

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Ok and stay with me on this one – I know it’s SUPER nerdy looking – but this Travel wallet straps right to you and can help keep the things most important to you (passports/phone/credit cards/ID’s) close by and safe

Then there’s this amazing new Mickey Phone Kickstand I just got – I know it’s not really a “travel” accessory but it gets an honorable mention as it will certainly get used a lot during my trip (yes – there will be a LOT of selfies taken during this vacation!)

These will all come in SUPER handy when my family and I head to Disney World this fall

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney Stroller Dilemma – SOLVED!

I recently wrote about how my family and I are headed to Walt Disney World this fall, and that I couldn’t decide what to do about possibly bringing a stroller along for my son (who will be nearly 4 when we go)

Well – I am excited to announce that the STROLLER DILEMMA HAS BEEN SOLVED! Meet the GB Pockit Stroller

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It is the “World’s Smallest Folding Stroller” – With its innovative two-step folding design, the Pockit is the 2014 Guiness World Records most compact stroller folding down to 11.8” x 7” x 13.8” and a weight of 9.5 pounds

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I was SO PUMPED to get it out of the box and test it out – truth be told I could not figure it out easily so I had to watch a YouTube tutorial – but just a couple minute video was all I needed to get it up and running

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It holds up to 55 pounds (which is good as my son is not a small boy – he’s almost 40 lbs already!), and is a comfortable height for myself and my (super tall!) husband to push. This thing fits easily into a regular old backpack that we had laying around – and it is going to be the PERFECT THING to bring along to Disney World. No leaving it outside of rides, no pushing around an empty stroller if the kid wants to walk, no gate checking it at the airport – none of that. And I am SO EXCITED ABOUT IT!

Oh – and just in case you were wondering – the stroller company did not in ANY way sponsor this post AT ALL (sorta wish they would have – maybe I would have gotten a discount then – as these do NOT come cheap – but I was lucky enough to score a good deal on Amazon for it!) – I am legit just THAT excited about being able to bring this stroller along that I wanted to share it with you – who knows maybe it will solve your “to bring or not to bring a stroller?” dilemma too?!

TGIF!

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