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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – All Time Favorite Disney Moments

There are some vacation memories that stand out in our minds as being the perfect moment – and throughout all my trips to Disney, I have definitely had a BUNCH of these – moments where I just stop and think “wow, this is amazing and perfect and I wish this could last forever!” Of course, it can’t last forever – but the memory of it can, and so can the pictures (my personal favorite souvenir of all time!). Check out some of my top Disney moments:

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When my husband and I went to Disney for our honeymoon, I hadn’t been there in over 7 years – and when I stood at the start of Main Street and stared down at the Castle in the distance – I got a little misty eyed – and the only thought I had was “I’m FINALLY home”

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My parents, husband and I spent the week of Christmas at Walt Disney World two years ago – and we had SO MUCH FUN! Waking up at Disney on Christmas day has to be the ultimate in Christmas dreams come true (thanks Santa!), but I have to say the best moment of the whole trip was when we went to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on Christmas Day. We went early so we could see them be lit, and it was an amazing experience – the music, the lights, the (fake) snow, it was the absolute perfect thing to do on Christmas Day and I think of that memory often

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When Duffy The Disney Bear came on the scene, I just thought he was the cutest thing – and I loved the backstory of how Minnie made him for Mickey so he wouldn’t be lonely on long trips. So I knew I had to meet him – pronto. I made my way to his character meet and greet in Epcot, and was saddened to see that he wasn’t there – but after only a few minutes, he appeared and I got to meet him! I was so excited, and I would say this was definitely one of my favorite character encounters ever!

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I have been lucky enough to get to travel to Disneyland once – and it was such a great experience! I love how different it is from Disney World, and yet how similar it is too (yeah, that seems weird to say, but it’s true!) and I love that it was a place where Walt actually went and took his family there, and that he created from the ground up

Vacations are a perfect place to have fun, relax, and make memories with the ones you love! I am so grateful and lucky to have gotten to travel to Disney and have these moments with my family – and I can’t WAIT to bring my little guy to Disney so he can start making memories of his own!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Warm Up With A Smile With These Disney Mugs!

WILL THIS COLD NEVER END!!! I would give anything to be at Disney World right now – not only because it’s the happiest place on earth, but because it’s a heck of a lot warmer than Upstate New York this time of year! Alas, I am stuck here, so to cheer myself up, I think I will grab a warm beverage (coffee if it’s the morning time, or cocoa in the evening perhaps?) in a DISNEY MUG:

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Could these Pixar mugs be any cuter? I especially love Nemo

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Find these and other drinkware at the Disney Store’s website

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I kick myself for not buying this – look at how big it is, I could really use that to wrap my hands around right about now!

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I did buy this one though – I love the vintage collage-y feel to it! Oh – and if you want to make your own Disney coasters like the ones pictured, then check out the DIY here

You can buy Disney branded coffee and tea at the Disney Parks – I always pick some up (and then am always wishing I had gotten more when I run out!), and they really are the perfect treat to enjoy in your favorite Disney mug. Just keep on sipping and hoping for spring…

TGIF!

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Disney Vacation Planning – Easy Saving Tips

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Disney vacations do NOT come cheap – they take a lot of planning, and a lot of saving too –but they are worth EVERY penny – and a penny saved here and there can add up! Read on for some tips to help you save for your Disney Dream vacation:

Make A Vacation Fund Jar: Gather up some cute stickers/pictures/ribbons and decorate a plain jar to be designated as your family’s “Disney vacation fund” – where you can stash any loose change you have hanging around. Before you know it, it will add up and help you get that much closer to that Disney magic!

Divide And Conquer: We all divide up our paychecks based on our bills and budget needs, but what about setting aside a slice of that payday for Disney? Most banks allow you to setup recurring transfers- where you can set how much/how often money is moved to a savings or other account you have designated for your vacation money. Set it to move $10 each payday, and you will be surprised at how little you miss that $10, and how much that $10 helps beef up your vacation fund

Make Do With “One Less”: One less dinner out per month, one less purchased lunch, one less latte, one less movie outing…you get the idea. Just getting rid of one outing/extra expense per month allows you to still go out and have fun, but lets you save some money towards Disney too! Besides, doesn’t staying in and cuddling under a blanket while watching Frozen sound better than going out anyway?

Utilize Store Discounts/Perks: Purchasing Disney gift cards at places that offer a discount is a great way to help pay off your trip – Target’s Red Card offers 5% off, and warehouse stores like BJ’s sometimes sell these at a discount as well. The Disney Chase Visa credit card is another way to earn Disney rewards – $1 for every $100 spend on the card

No matter what your method, all the saving and planning will pay off for sure when you finally get to take a trip to Walt Disney World (aka the best place EVER!)

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Valentine’s Day Gifts Delivered To Your Door At Your WDW Resort!

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve to everyone! I know not everyone loves this holiday, but I personally can’t get enough of it! What’s not to love – hearts, flowers, candy, romance – add some Disney in there and you’ve got the best of everything! I mean, what better a couple to look to as a role model than Mickey and Minnie? They know a thing or two about love, that’s for sure!

If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Mouse himself at Walt Disney World (LINK), there are plenty of ways to show your sweetie you care. Disney Floral and Gifts creates amazing custom gifts for any and every occasion – including some amazing ones for Valentine’s Day:

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What little guy or girl wouldn’t love to receive a Mickey or Minnie themed Valentine gift?

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Kids aren’t the only ones who love getting valentines…jewelry is a classic gift to give, and with a Disney twist, who can resist?

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Bring out the kid in your honey with their very own set of Mickey ears!

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Flowers are another traditional Valentine’s Day gift – these Minnie themed ones are perfect for your Disney-loving sweetie!

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A Disney villain themed Valentine’s gift? Why not – it’s something different and fun, plus it comes with chocolate (yum!)

Check out all their holiday offerings here, and whatever your Valentine’s Day plans are, hope it’s an enjoyable day full of love and fun!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Adios Sorcerer Hat!

Disney World is an ever changing, ever evolving place – they are constantly introducing new rides, attractions, food, restaurants, characters, merchandise…the list goes on. Needless to say, I don’t think anyone can accuse them of not being innovative. Changes are being made every day all around the Disney Parks, and one of those changes I am personally pretty excited about is the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In case you aren’t familiar with the hat, it’s that HUGE thing with Mickey ears you can see the minute you enter the park:

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It appeared in 2001 as a part of the “100 years of magic” celebration, and it originally housed interactive kiosks where you could learn about the career and life of the man himself – Walt Disney. Once the celebration ended in 2003, the kiosks were removed and the hat served as a special events venue as well as a pin trading/purchase site. Disney announced it would be removed in October 2014 as part of a Hollywood Studios makeover. Here’s a look at how the de-construction is going:

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No word on what will replace it, but I am sure it will be something awesome (stay tuned for more news on that right here!). And in the meantime, enjoy the awesome view of the Great Movie Ride that is now unobstructed! Yay!

TGIF

Categories: Disney in Pictures, Disney News, Disney Rides/Attractions, Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Waste Your Money On These Disney Souvenirs

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There are SO MANY awesome things available for sale at the Disney Parks that it’s hard to narrow it down when it comes to which ones you should actually buy and bring home with you. Some choices are better than others when it comes to what you might actually use/appreciate/enjoy after your trip is over, and if you’re not sure what is worth your hard earned money, then check out this list of items NOT to buy:

Clothes: Ok, this is controversial, as many people would argue they will wear the hoodie or hat or t shirt again at home – but I know for me and my husband and probably many other people, that’s just not the case. We don’t generally go out in “Disney world” apparel, so dropping $60 on a hoodie might not be the best choice for us. Also – I did just say $60 for a hoodie, that’s right – the price is another factor here, clothes at WDW tend to be really expensive, and if you don’t desperately need it (like you didn’t spill coffee all down the front of your shirt while trying to get a picture of the castle like I did…) then don’t bother

Parade Toys/Glow Sticks etc: While waiting for the nightly parade you will see vendors pushing carts of light up wands, glow sticks, and other bright flashy items. They are fun while they last, but don’t give in to the kids’ begging – these items won’t get much play time at home and in the case of the glow sticks, die out after just a few hours

Anything Huge: This may seem like an overly general statement, but that Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon is bigger than most people’s checked luggage, and that huge stuffed Mickey mouse will definitely get dirty after being dragged around the Orlando airport for hours…this one is really common sense people – if its bigger than your child, don’t buy it

Glassware: Disney sells some really nice kitchen items, including nice wine glasses and beer glasses and ceramic mugs – all of which look great in the store, but won’t look so great after being shattered to pieces in your suitcase. Wait until you get home, and order it online through the Disney Store – you’ll be glad you did!

Things You SHOULD Buy: There are a few go-to souvenirs that I always end up grabbing on our Disney trips: A Christmas ornament with the year on it, a photo frame (I like the small magnetic ones, no glass involved!), playing cards, pens/notepads – anything small is a win in my book, and some of the kitchen stuff is great too – like towels or pot holders – things I can use and enjoy long after my trip is over are what I like to bring home with me!

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