What if I told you that you DO NOT have to purchase an expensive Magic Kingdom park admission to watch the spectacular fireworks show? One of the top FREE things to do while at Disney is watch the fireworks from anywhere but the chaotic theme park.
Bypass the claustrophobic crowds by watching the fireworks from these fantastic spots!
I don't know if this is just a "Florida Gal" thing or what, but Mickey Ears purchased from Etsy have been the rage for years!!!! It's one of those things that I just always assumed all people knew about. Now that I'm living in NY & have friends in my office once in awhile, one thing that draws people's eyes are my Mickey ears I proudly display. What kind of Disney nut would I be to not have my ears where all can see?
I have a few NY friends that make annual trips to see the mouse and these are the girls who ask me where they can find such ears since they have never walked into a shop where they could purchase a pair. Convinced I must know an insider secret shop!
The answer is obviously Etsy! When you live in an area where the majority of your inner circle rock Disney Annual Passes, owning "the best" Ears becomes an actual thing! Celebrating a birthday? Custom ears!!! Hosting part of your bachelorette party at downtown Disney like I did?! Obviously you need fabulous ears for that as well. In an area like Orlando where everything is sort of basic to appeal to the masses that visit daily, one has to attempt to be different and thanks to Etsy, that can happen.
Since not many Non-Floridians seem to know about the Etsy Mickey Ear craze, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites!!!!
Which Mickey Ears Are Your Favorite?
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Our family experiences a lot of family firsts. Hubby's first big boy job, first time I was published outside of my own site & went super viral, Haylie's first day of real school. One family first that we will never forget is our vacation to Walt Disney World® Resort!
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Who is excited for Finding Dory?!?! So jealous of all
my bloggy friends that were graced with the opportunity to attend premiers all over the country this week! Unfortunately for this Disney nut, I live hours away from anything remotely cool, including premiers. Jamestown, NY will never get a movie premiere, EVER, unless it's maybe an Amish documentary. So long story short, I will be waiting like the rest of y'all for the film to be released this weekend!
Since Finding Dory is all that's on my daughters mind (ok maybe mine) this week, we (I) thought we would make fish bowl jello cups! Who doesn't love fruit snacks and jello?
Plastic Clear Cups For Fish Bowls
Finding Dory Fruit Snacks
Light Blue Jello ( unfortunately the Finding Dory Jello is too dark :-/)
Make your jello as you normally would & stick the cups in the refrigerator to get half way jello-like.
Once your jello is half way jello-y, place your fruit snacks in the jello. This is the hack to making your fruit snacks not sink to the bottom. Then place your cups back in the refrigerator to jello the rest of the way.
Ta-Da! You now have Finding Dory fish bowl jello cups!
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It' pretty obvious that Disney holds a dear place in my heart! For god sake Disney has it's very own section on my site. Safe to say the obsession is real folks!
Spending more years than I can remember living in Central Florida & returing for a visit every chance I get these days, taking advantage of my annual pass & wandering the parks was my number one hobby! I dedicated, (yes dedicated ) so much time to my Disney obsession that it was an ongoing joke between my family & I that I mind as well just move into Cinderella's Castle. I would always reply back with "I'm just waiting on the invite from Disney to move in! I'm ready when they are!"
People ask me all the time which Disney Park is my all time favorite. Since I feel it's almost impossible to narrow a fav down to one, I would have to go with a tie between Magic Kingdom & Epcot.
A day at Magic Kingdom is like living my favorite childhood movies in real life, plus there is nothing more magical than Cinderella's castle.
Then the foodie/wino inside of me has a total love affair with Epcots deliciousness! Nothing better than drinking (& sometimes eating) "around the word" with friends.
Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort Fun Facts!
● Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is not like regular roller coasters, each mine car in this coaster is mounted in a cradle-like pivot, which allows it to swing side to side independently of the others. Find out more at Disney Fun Facts.
● It’s a Small World® attraction appears in all of the Disney theme parks worldwide, including Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Read more about it at Disney Fun Facts.
● Dumbo the Flying Elephant® attraction has been a Magic Kingdom® Park favorite since the park first opened in 1971 in California. Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida has now doubled the fun! Find out how at Disney Fun Facts
Epcot®: at Walt Disney World® Resort Fun Facts!
● There are 5.7 million gallons of water in the Caribbean Coral Reef aquarium in Epcot®! Disney Fun Facts
● Did you know that Epcot® was the second theme park to be built in the Walt Disney World® Resort? Find out more at Disney Fun Facts
• Did you know there are over 1,000 Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World® Resort? Do you want to know where one of them is => Disney Fun Facts
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My daughter wasn't always a Disney fan. I was literally convinced for the longest time that the universe was playing some sort of evil joke on me. Me, a total Disney freak would have the only little girl not into the Disney Princesses. I remember when the movie Frozen came out & hearing all the other moms complain about listening to "Let it Go" for the millionth time and being totally jealous! My daughter walked away from the tv 5 minutes into the movie. Why wasn't my daughter Disney obsessed?!?! Why doesn't she even like Mickey?!?! All kids at least love Mickey, but mine cried when she met him in real life! Totally heartbreaking.
Thankfully, that all changed when Haylie turned 3. She went from being a total Disney hater to being completely Disney obessed! I can now say that Mickey & Sofia grace my tv daily. Looking back I just think the plots were too much for my daughter. Yes, other one and two year olds we're loving every moment of Disney everything, but my daughter just didn't get it. She wasn't ready for stories with real plots & that's totally ok! Kids learn at different rates & Haylie being my one and only I had to figure that one out.
Now that I do have a Disney obsessed kiddo, I can totally embrace the whole Disney mom fabulosness!!! My favorite Princesses might be classics like Cinderella & Aurora, however Haylie is Sofia obsessed. Sofia is Disney and a PRINCESS so I will take it!
Makes me think we all fall in love with princesses that "look like us". Of course I love the blondes, where Haylie loves Sofia who is brunette & blue eyed just like her. Coincidence? I think not since looking back to my childhood, my sister was Belle obsessed and she is a brunette with brown eyes just like Belle ;-)
I'm not sure how your kiddos schools work, but unfortunately where my daughter attends ughhhh!!!!! So many rules about bringing treats to school. No homemade, no nuts & who knows what other obscured dietary restrictions there are!! Knowing that I would probably mess that up, we decided to go the non-food item route for Haylie's class birthday treat. I can't make any dietary mistakes with a non food item. Totally blonde moment proof!
With Sofia being Haylie's current obsession we decided that a Sofia the First theme was a must for her 4th birthday! So we had a photo shoot with my handy dandy camera while Haylie rocked her Sofia dress. We then hit up the Dollar Tree and bought some sandcastle buckets! All kids, boy or girl love sandcastles. Swear the hardest part was crafting up an idea everyone would enjoy and not just the Lil'Princesses of the class.
We printed out Haylie's photos using photo paper, punched a hole in the corner & tied them onto the sandcastle buckets using purple ribbon to add a personal touch.
I think they came out wayyyy more fabulous than I ever imagined!!! A totally perfect class treat & they would make even better party favors for any princess themed party!
Happy T.G.I.F y'all! I swear this week was a rough one! Nothing majorly bad happened, but I feel if a delay, hiccup or little bump in the road could of happened doing what ever it was I was doing, it totally did! Can't wait to just chillax with the fam this weekend! I so need it (& a few bottles of wine) after this weeks ridiculousness.
When I got home from the airport after last weekends getaway this beyond fabulous package just happened to be waiting at my front door! 3 Disney Princess A Magical Pop Up World books! Since I only have one Lil'Priness of my own that means two of you have the chance to win one of these Matthew Reinhart books for your own princess!
This just happened to be this weeks highlight! How sad that books, that aren't even for me were my highlight? Ahhhh... Blogging in December might just be the death of me!
These pop up books really are that spectacular though! When I first saw the $65 price tag I thought to myself ridiculous! I can buy pop ups at TJ Maxx for like $4. Boy was I wrong though. These books are seriously the type of books you keep nice and collect. The paper art is just incredible. I will definitely be keeping this book on a very high shelf so my princess has to ask to read it. Hence she is supervised with it in her possession since she's 3 and likes to rip paper and all we will be having none of that with this book since mommy loves it and all lol.
About the Author
Matthew Christian Reinhart studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn before finding his calling as a paper engineer. His books include the best-selling Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes, and DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book, among many other award-winning titles. He lives in New York City.
Starring the timeless characters that have made the Disney Princess films a treasured part of pop culture and animation history, this visually stunning volume is packed with intricately designed pop-ups, transformative scenes, and many other surprises. With state-of-the-art paper engineering and beautifully rendered illustrations, Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World brings these castles and characters brilliantly to life, capturing the magical worlds that have enthralled audiences for decades.
This collectible piece of Disney Princess magic spans eleven films and princesses, including fan-favorites such as Belle, Snow White, Ariel, and Rapunzel. Through twenty-seven pop-ups and transformative scenes, the key moments from these beloved films leap from the page, and the accompanying text makes this book a wonderful interactive reading experience that families will treasure.
Join Cinderella as she transforms for the ball, Jasmine as she embarks on a magic carpet ride, Aurora as she pricks her finger on Maleficent’s spinning wheel and is saved by her prince, and Merida as she bravely fights to decide her own destiny.
If the illustrations above weren't enough to convince you that your princess needs her own copy of Disney Princess A Magical Pop Up World, take a peak at this video! I was planning on making my own video before realizing the publisher already made one because video really does give this book more justice than my photos lol.
and now that I managed to ramble on more than I ever thought possible about a children's book, it's the part you have been waiting for!!! It's giveaway time!
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Since the publisher sent me the two giveaway copies, I will be making this a quickie giveaway so I can have these books shipped BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!! That's right, this giveaway will end Friday December 18th so I can have them shipped out hopefully that day, if the winner responds with a mailing address fast! You will have 24hrs to respond to my email if you win so please keep an eye out for it! Once the 24 hrs is up, I will have rafflecopter choose another winner if I don't get an address. I usually don't have such rules, but I just want these delivered before Christmas! They will make incredible gifts!
Don't feel like waiting to find out if your won?!?! You can totally go right ahead and order a copy today by clicking any photo above or the link below ;-)
Good Luck & hope you're princess is the lucky winner!
Disney Princess A Magical Pop Up World
A few years back I was fortunate enough to explore all that Japan had to offer & while on this adventure, Tokyo Disneyland was on the top of my to-do list! What kind of Disney nut would I be if it wasn't?!?!
With my permanent residence being Orlando at the time, the folks I was trekking threw Japan with thought I was nuts. Disney was in my backyard, so why even bother with Disney in Tokyo? Japan was suppose to be my break from all things Mickey. Unfortunately for them, not only did I make it to the park, I also had the best time ever & came back to the states with new Disney knowledge to share!
Planning a trip to Tokyo? Are you like me & have a life goal of visiting all the Disney parks?!? Or just curious about all things Disney? Regardless of what brought you to this post, here are 5 totally neat facts about Tokyo Disneyland.
1. There is a Club 33, like the one at Disneyland California. I repeat there IS a Club 33!!!
Never heard of 33? Think secret society, Disney style. This secret dinning club is where the rich & famous, park investors, even politicians can go and rub elbows. You can call Disney yourself and ask for the nitty gritty & you will be told that they are prohibited from speaking of all things 33. Ask around the parks long enough however and you might just stumble upon a chatty cast member willing to spill the beans & in English. (I wonder who did this snooping ;-) )
Anyway, I can confirm that Club 33 is located in the World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland based on cast member info & enough google searches confirming this valuable info. Unfortunately however, I wasn't hip enough to gain an invite to see the inside of this exclusive club since I'm neither rich or famous. Maybe next time I will search the park for someone sipping an adult beverage & see where they head when there brewskie runs out since 33 is the only place that serves alcohol at Tokyo Disneyland. Demand they take me inside if they want me to keep their secret!
Have you heard of Duffy? Yeah Duffy, not Duff as in the beer from The Simpsons. Honestly I had no clue who Duffy was until I was strolling the parks of Tokyo. While on the hunt for a Mickey photo opt I was pretty much told by cast members that Duffy is the number one character in Tokyo & not to waste my time with Mickey. So random, right? Regardless of what us Americans think, the rest of the world adores him and his girlfriend, Shellie May, the blue eyed teddy bear with eyelashes & they wait in ridiculously long lines to meet them!
After returning stateside I found out Duffy had a meet & greet at the World Showcase at Epcot! Unfortunately for this teddy bear couple, there life in the states was short lived since I wasn't the only one saying Duffy who? People walked right by them enough for Disney to say peace out!
3.. A Japanesse Cinderella?!?!
When Tokyo Disney first opened there doors in 1983, the princesses & all other face cast members were Japanese rather than the ethnicity they might of had in the actual films. Could you imagine a photo opt with a Japanesse Cinderella or Tiana? I guess this could easily be explained to a little one the same way why all mall Santa's look different, but this is DISNEY with an outrageous admission cost. You would expect a tad bit more for your buck which is why I'm assuming they eventually did resolve this issue. Way to "ruin the magic" back in the day Disney, even if you truly don't "own" Tokyo Disneyland!
4. Tokyo Disney NOT owned by Disney! Say What?!?
Which brings me to my next kinda neat fact. Tokyo Disney is NOT owned by The Walt Disney Company. It's actually owned by The Oriental Land Company - a Japanese leisure and tourism corporation. The Oriental Land Company pays a very large sum of money each month to The Walt Disney Company for character and likeness licenses & Disney in turn has leased their Imagineers to the company to build the park
I guess if you can't be Walt Disney, just buy yourself a Disney Park instead!
5. Interested in riding something that's NOT at any of the other Disney Parks?!?
Located in Disney Sea's Arabian Coast, you will find Sinbad's Storybook Voyage! This relaxing boat voyage can be compared to the Fantasyland classic, It's a Small World, mixed with the darkness of Pirates of the Caribbean & tells the tale of Sinbad & his pet tiger Chandu. Unfortunately this ride is exactly that, relaxing & nothing but a breather from waking the park grounds if you don't speak a word of Japanese! It does however feature music by Disney composer Alan Menken, who scored Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid. So you will have something other than the It's a Small World theme stuck in your head at the end of the ride! Those lyrics will just be in Japanese & you won't know the meaning to them!
Epcot is home to many delicious cocktails, but if you were to ask annual pass holders to name one must have drink while exploring Epcot, I guarantee Grey Goose Slushies would win unanimously!
I don't know what it is about anything foodie or drinkie on Disney property, but nothing taste as fabulous when you try and recreate it at home! I am the proud owner of many Disney cookbooks & even have afew friends who are legit chefs & they can't even make the meals like Disney can! Even the Mc Donald's french fries at the parks taste better.... Grey Goose Slushies are no different! Not quite the same at home, even though they do make a regular appearance poolside in my backyard ;-) it's like Disney sprinkles magic pixie crack in our food & drinks to keep us all coming back to satisfy our cravings hehehe....
You can find these fabulous concoctions in France at the Les Vins des Chefs de France kiosk stand! For alittle under $10, unless the price has gone up since my last slushy, one can be yours! I know sounds a bit pricey, but trust me it will be $10 well spent!
Enjoy your Thisty Thursday 🍸