July 31, 2015

Fun Fact Friday- Christmas In July- Experiencing Halloween and Christmas in the Same Trip

Add it to the bucket list!

Did you know that if you plan a trip just right you can experience Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party as well as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the same trip? Here's how:
Check in on November 1st, and attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party {which is the last one of the season}. During your stay Halloween will disappear and Christmas will start to appear. While you won't see Disney in all of it's Christmas glory, you will see most of Magic Kingdom. At the end of your trip you can attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on November 8th {which is the first party of the season}, and check out the following day.
Yes, it would be a long trip {a little over a week}, and it would probably be expensive, but wouldn't that be fun!
Let me know if you would like help planning that once in a lifetime trip! I would love to help and live vicariously through you.

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July 30, 2015

Thrifty Thursday- Christmas in July- The Most Economical Way To Use Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets

Please don't make the same mistake I did.
When I was a rookie I made a mistake that cost my family money. I planned going to a hard ticket event at Magic Kingdom after spending a day in the park. Essentially we paid to get into the park twice in one day.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is an example of a hard ticket event. You have to purchase a separate ticket to the event, it's not included in you standard park admission. When you go to one of these events you can enter the park with that ticket as early as 4 pm. At 7pm cast members will start to clear the park of guests who have general admission leaving only the party guests.
My advice to you is to use this as one of your park days and by one less day of base tickets. The party can be a little pricey, but it's totally worth it. This makes it a little easier on your wallet. Plus it makes for a loooong day to tour a park in the morning then stay for the party. By the time everything is over you're exhausted and weren't able to really enjoy the extra cash you spent on party tickets. 

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July 29, 2015

Whatever Wednesday- Christmas In July- That Time I had a Terrible Night at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Why I Would Do it Again in a Heartbeat

Hi. My name is Lauren and I've yelled at my kids is Disney World.

What could be more magical than celebrating the Christmas season at a special party at the Magic Kingdom? Nothing, right? From the snow on Main Street, the special Christmas themed parade, free hot cocoa and cookies given out around the park, special event only entertainment, and arguably the most impressive fireworks display all year make it a pretty fantastic event. This party is well worth the ticket price.

And we had a terrible time. 

That being said I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is very easy to read wonderful things about Disney, and believe that nothing ever goes wrong in the most magical place on Earth. Things can go wrong. You are not the only person in the world that it has happened to, or will happen to. Despite all that you can overcome it and still have a wonderful time! 

July 28, 2015

Take With You Tuesday- Christmas In July- Nice Clothes

Let me clarify. Nice comfortable clothes.
If you are going to Disney World during the Christmas season- early to mid November through the end of December- you will see the parks at a magical time. They are dressed to the nines in beautiful lights and garland. We went one year the week before Thanksgiving and it was magical. All of the parks were already decorated and over night our resort was.
I would suggest packing some nice clothes that you can still tour the park in. Wouldn't it make a beautiful holiday card to have your smiling family all dressed nicely in front of a glittering Cinderella Castle?
I wouldn't know. Check back tomorrow for my hilarious post about my disaster of trying to get that lovely image!

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July 27, 2015

Make Something Monday- Christmas In July- Up Inspired Ornament

Adventure is out there!

Did you know that both of my boys have birthdays right before Christmas? That means 2 things. December is VERY hectic and February is a good month for me! I have a bunch of Disney themed Christmas ideas, but didn't get a SINGLE ONE on my blog last December. I can only tell you sorry for last year and don't expect much this year! HAHAHA!
That gave me the idea to do a Christmas in July week! First thing I'm featuring is an up inspired ornament.
What you need:
Shrink Film
Colored Pencils
Hot Glue Gun
Styrofoam Ball Ornament

July 22, 2015

Whatever Wednesday- That Time I Registered For a Half Marathon

It's equal parts exciting and terrifying.
Last Tuesday I woke up very excited! You see, it was a day that I had been thinking and dreaming about for close to a year. It was the day I would register for my first half marathon.

July 20, 2015

Make Something Monday- DIY Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar

You have to eat the ears first!

I started thinking the other day of a yummy Mickey Ice Cream Bar and got very sad that I wouldn't be having one anytime soon. The more I started thinking about it the more I thought I could make it at home. It's a pretty easy recipe, it just takes a lot of patience and time.
What you need:
Ice Cream 1.5 quart
Milk Chocolate Chips
Solid Coconut Oil
Wax Paper
Ziploc Bags
Mickey Cookie Cutter
Popsicle Sticks
Yields 8 bars