January 27, 2015

Take With You Tuesday- Touring Plans

As they say, "Be Prepared".

In your googling have you come across the term "touring plans"? All this means is your plans for touring the parks. This is the single most important thing for newbies in my opinion. Having a good plan before you even cross the Florida state line will allow you to have a much smoother experience on your precious vacation. This prevents you from walking into the park the first day, pulling out a map and going "Uhh... where do we start?"

January 21, 2015

Whatever Wednesday- Disney Jr. Live on Tour

You can be who you wanna be! Be a pirate true, or royalty! 

This year for Christmas my wonderful in-laws gave all the grandchildren experiences. The older boys went to Marvel Universe Live, the older girls went to the Georgia Aquarium, and the two little ones went to Disney Jr. Live on Tour. The two little ones are my niece "Sofia" and my son "Jake" {I usually call him "Disney Jr." but for the sake of this post I'll change it so it doesn't get confusing}. Me, my Mother-In-Law, my Sister-In-Law, and the two kiddos visited the Cobb Energy Center for the afternoon and enjoyed this adorable show. 

January 20, 2015

Take With You Tuesday- Sunscreen

Sun burn will ruin your day! 

This seems like something that might be more topical over the summer, and that is exactly why I'm posting it now. You will need sunscreen no matter when you go, and if it's a cold and snowy January where you are you may not think to pack it. You will pay a premium for it in Orlando, so pick it up before you leave!

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January 15, 2015

Thrifty Thursday- Use Magical Express

Do you use Magical Express?

My thrifty tip for this week is to take advantage of Magical Express. 

What is Magical Express you ask? Well, if you are staying on Disney property, its a FREE service that shuttles guests to and from the air port. You get off your plane, get on your bus and arrive at your resort. Don't worry about a car seat either, they aren't necessary.

Wait, I didn't mention stopping at baggage claim to pick up your luggage did I? THAT'S BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO! It's all part of the magic. It just appears in your room later in the day. 

So, let's compare:

Magical Express: Free

Shuttle Service: $25 per person (one way)

These costs are things people dont take into consideration when they say "staying on property is too expensive"! Depending on where you are staying you could be adding $300 in transportation alone! 

I feel like this is a no brainer. Stay on property. Use Magical Express. 

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January 14, 2015

Whatever Wednesday- Character Dining- Which Characters Meet Where?

A guide to helping you find the character you want to see! 

One of the hardest things for me when planning our first family trip was figuring out character dining. I knew we wanted to have a few character meals, and we had the dining plan, but it was so hard to figure out what characters were out there and where they met. 

We ended up eating several character meals and loved every single one of them. It's a great opportunity to sit down, take a break, and eat while also checking somethings off your list. We didn't have to stand in line to meet as many characters because we saw so many during dining experiences. It was wonderful. 

A couple of tips for character meals:
  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS. PERIOD. You may see them called Advance Dining Reservations {or ADR's}. Even having a reservation, you still may have to wait a bit before being seated. Be patient and know that the only reason you are waiting is because the characters are spending time with another family, just like they will with yours.
  • If you are staying on property you can make dining reservations 180 days before your check-in date. That means if you want a reservation that is hard to get {Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Chef Mickey's among others} you can log in to My Disney Experience at midnight at the 180 day mark and try to get these reservations. {Or you could use a travel agent like me and I'll loose the sleep for you and make the reservations!}
  • Characters will visit everyone and spend as much time as needed at your table. You don't have to get up and find them. But like I said before, be patient! Know that they are coming and enjoy the experience. 
  • If you make breakfast reservations at a park you can get into that park before it opens which can mean excellent photo ops! The only problem here is that transportation can be a little tricky. The buses will run early for breakfast goers, just make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Keep in mind while these are the characters that usually meet, there can always be changes. 
  • Bring something for the characters to sign!  When you see them getting close to your table gather your things and be ready!
  • Take lots of pictures!

I get asked a lot who meets where, so I put together this helpful infographic for you to use when planning.

 Two things to note-
Cinderella's Royal Table is currently closed for refurbishment. The lovely princesses have been moved to Citricos in the Grand Floridian. They should be back to their castle by early March.

Tusker House only has character meals for Breakfast and Lunch, but is expanding to Dinner on March 8, 2015.

So, where can you find your favorite character?

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January 13, 2015

Take With You Tuesday- A Magent

What? A magnet?!?

Yep, that's right. Bring a magnet. Why in the world would you need a magnet in Disney World? Well for pin trading! 

January 12, 2015

Make Something Monday- DIY Designer Disney Purse

Everyone loves a good knockoff, right?

Hello there! Gosh, it's been too long. I had a wonderful holiday season, I hope you did too! We saw a ton of family throughout the month of December, attended the SEC championship game {Roll Tide}, and celebrated Disney XD's 10th birthday among other things. I've also been quoting Disney Vacations like crazy! Disney is running a great deal for Spring Break. I would love to quote a trip for you, just fill out the form to the left or shoot me an email! 

So on to today's project. 

Time to get real y'all. I'm about to die for a Dooney and Burke Disney bag. I mean seriously, I might sell one of my children to get one. My husband probably wouldn't go for that though, so until I save enough money {or get over it} I'll need another option. Enter the DIY designer purse.

I found this Kate Spade bag at Goodwill for $5. 

It's possible it's a fake, but hey the price was right. This is a super easy DIY project that goes a long way! 

Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Small Button {or coin}
Ruler or Tape Measure
Mickey Silhouette