Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tips And Info On Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 #Disney


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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is going to be here before you know it! This year the party starts even earlier....in August! I am going to share with you some great tips on beating the crowds and making the most of your visit.

DIY Alert! You can create your own Mickey pumpkin before you leave for your magical vacation! Just use toothpicks (or a nail) to attach the mini pumpkins to the big pumpkin. Purchase vinyl for the eyes, nose and mouse!



Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 Dates:
  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
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*Tips*

The cheapest party dates are the first 3 Tuesdays in September. Tickets are just $75 for adults and kids ages 10+. Tickets are $70/kids ages 3-9.  This would make the total cost for a family of 5 just $383.41 VS paying for a party in October when the rates increase to $99/adult and $90/kids ages 3-9 totaling $511.21 for a family of 5. The savings is a difference of $128. Now if you attend the party in mid October on a Friday night that will cost $109/adult and $104/kid totaling $564.46 making Friday night parties in October the priciest time to attend the party!  

Attending the party in September means the park is not as crowded because school has just started back for most of the East Coast. I highly recommend attending the party on one of the first 3 Tuesdays in September. If you absolutely can not attend in September I would recommend attending the party on a Tuesday in October. 

Friday night parties tend to be the busiest because of the locals who choose to attend the parks on the weekends. 

The party starts at 7 pm but guests with a party ticket may enter the park at 4:00 pm. Be sure to get in line just before 4:00 so you can go through baggage check and be at the entrance at 4:00. Be sure to grab a park map with the trick or treating locations. Bring your own bag so your little one's can get lots of candy! They do give out complimentary treat bags also if you forgot one.

Don't waste precious party time with a sit down dinner. Pack a cooler with food or visit a quick service in the park to save time. Make a game plan so that you can make the most of your time at the party. 


Expected Show Times for Key Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Entertainment: 
  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.
  • Cadaver Dan's - 7:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:50 p.m

I recommend attending the 2nd parade at 11:15 pm, this will be much less easier to find a good seat and much less crowded. During the 1st parade at 9:15 pm plan to take advantage of the rides and meeting characters. Most people attend the 1st parade so you will have very minimal wait time for the rides and characters.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Expected Treat Locations:
Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Town Square (Allergy-Friendly) *Busy location*
Adventureland
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Jungle Cruise
Frontierland
  • Splash Mountain
  • Dock to Tom Sawyer Island *One of the least crowded locations*
Liberty Square
  • Heritage House (Allergy Friendly)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
Fantasyland
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow
Tomorrowland
  • Space Mountain
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic *Busy location*



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Saturday, June 23, 2018

All About #Disney Castaway Cay #DCL


Here is a great map that you can download and print *photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

There is just SO much to do on Castaway Cay. There are a lot of FREE activities on the island which is nice. The island consists of a post office, family beaches with complimentary umbrella's and chairs for guests, private adult beach called Serenity Bay which also offers complimentary umbrella's and chairs for guests. There is also a water play area for younger children called Spring A Leak on the island and a really fun water slide attraction called Pelican Plunge located in the water near the family beach. There is also two restaurants, Cookies BBQ and Cookie's Two BBQ. For those that want a nice refreshing adult drink there are multiple bar's on the island.

There are a lot of fun excursions offered on Castaway Cay. To view the excursions you can visit the Disney Cruise Line website and then click 'ships and activities' and then choose the option that says 'port adventures'. Next choose the island you are visiting and then you can view the many excursion options.
Castaway Cay offers the following excursions for an additional fee:


  • Abaco Back Country Fishing excursion
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Boat Rentals (Sea Kayaks, Hobie Cats, Aqua Trikes, Stand Up Paddle Boards)
  • Castaway Cay Getaway Package (this is a great value and it includes 3 fun activities: snorkeling, bike rental for one hour and a float or tube rental for the day
  • Castaway Cay Island Cruise (90 minute adventure)
  • Private Cabana Rental for the day (there is limited quantity)
  • Stingray Adventure
  • Extreme Getaway Package (this is a great value and includes 4 fun activities: snorkeling, bike rental for one hour, float or tube rental for the day and the stingray adventure)
  • Float and tube rentals ($10 per tube for the whole day) *please note you are not allowed to bring your own float on a Disney Cruise
  • Parasailing 
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Seahorse Catamaran Snorkel Adventure
  • Wild Side Teen Adventure
  • Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure
  • Jet Ski Rentals (singles and double)


I am looking forward to renting a private cabana on the family beach. With three young children I feel it will be a really nice luxury to have a private area to relax, change the kids, rinse off with the private shower and take a nice afternoon nap. Here is a great YouTube video that shows a tour of a private cabana tour. I am planning to rent a jet ski and take the 45 minute island tour with my Dad. We might even check the kids into Scuttles Cove so that we can have some quiet time on the beach with a nice adult beverage and a good book!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tips On Creating An Affordable Summer Bucket List



Summer is almost here and my littles are beyond excited! Each summer we make a fun list of things they want to do together and check off the items as we go. Last summer their bucket list got a little out of control and we didn't quite check off all of the items on the list. This summer we are trying something a little different. We are on a tight budget this summer because we are in the process of moving and we just got back from Disney World a few weeks ago.

Having fun with your kids shouldn't cost a ton of money and there are plenty of fun free things to do. Try to create a fun summer bucket list with your children to include them. Write each child's list for them if they are little or let each child make their own list on a bright piece of paper using fun colored markers, dry erase boards, etc. Get creative!

Tips:

  • Set a budget and explain it (anything that requires an overnight hotel stay for example might not work) 
  • Set boundaries (within an hour of your house if you don't want to drive too far, etc.)
  • Encourage your children to try something new (visit a new playground for example)
  • Pull out a local map and explore a new area 
  • Remind your children that they can have fun in their own backyard too! 
  • Visit the Dollar Store and grab some summer fun accessories such as water balloons, water guns, bug catchers, bubbles, chalk, etc.

My children love visiting the local zoo and we purchased passes so we can return for free all summer long. We are planning a day trip to the beach and of course trips to the pool. Whatever you do, remember to have fun and don't go overboard!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Must Have Items For A Cruise #Familytravel



Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite must have items for a cruise!! My family is really excited about our upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean. After reading Cruise Critic I discovered these awesome clear cruisetags for your baggage. These tags are especially nice because they will fit your Royal Caribbean baggage tags that you print out at home and they will protect them in the event of rain. These awesome baggage tags can be purchased online at Amazon. An 8 pack costs $10.95.

These luggage tags are waterproof, reusable for many more vacations to come and durable!


Another great item for cruising is this super cute wet and dry bag by Yummi Pouch. Perfect for packing up on the last day of your cruise if you have a wet swimsuit that you don't want in your suitcase getting everything wet. Also these bags are great for your beach bag to hold your sunscreen, bug spray, etc. to keep these liquid items separate from your clothes and towels. I just love the fun bright colors in this chevron pattern.These are available online at Amazon


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I just love this awesome pattern! These bags are perfect for the summertime. I pack my children's snacks in them everyday for school also (they have smaller sizes available).

Another must have for cruisers, especially if you are unsure whether or not your children will suffer with motion sickness while on a cruise is motion sickness bands. I purchased these bands at Triple A but I believe that you can find these at pharmacies, online and maybe even Walmart. 

I also recommend purchasing suction hooks for hanging your wet swimsuits to dry in your shower. Most cruise ship staterooms sadly do not have a lot of space for hanging your wet swimsuits to dry after a day at the beach or the pool. As a family of 5, we have quite a lot of swimwear to hang. So I purchased these heavy duty suction hooks from Bed Bath & Beyond. They cost $10 for a 6 pack. I can also use these at home before and after the cruise.

Another must have item for a cruise is a highlighter! Everyday you will receive a cruise planner with the daily activities offered. A highlighter comes in handy for highlighting the various fun activities you want to do. 






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Sunday, May 13, 2018

All About The New #Disney Items at #Target

Ya'll the new Disney accessories and makeup line at Target are available now!! Run to Target this weekend before they sell out! Some of the items are also available online.

Here's the scoop:

L'Oreal Paris has a new lipstick line called the Mickey Mouse Collection
check it out here Available in stores and online in various shades for just $5.99 They also have eye shadow pencils and mascara.


Photo Credit: Target

Another new addition to Target is this super cute Disney Mickey Mouse hand sanitizer
 Available in various scents for just $3 These are perfect for children's lunch boxes, bookbags, etc.
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Next up is the cutest beach bag! Mickey Sandproof Tote is perfect for the beach, pool, road trip, etc. And the price is great---$14.99
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If you are a Disney camper then you will LOVE these adorable items:

Adorable Mickey paper plates for just $2.00 for a 10 count 
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Don't forget to grab some matching napkins for just $2.00 for a 20 count. 
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Mickey Serving Tray is perfect for serving the family at your cabin or campsite and only $16.99
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These stainless steel mugs are perfect for the Disney camper! Available in stores or online for just $4.99
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These serving bowls would make a great addition to your camping gear. Just $14.99
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These beverage servers are great for your campsite! Just $9.99
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These Mickey themed food covers are too cute! Check them out here
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I really love these travel water bottles They are available in various adorable patterns for just $9.99
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The items listed above are just a few of the new Disney items at Target. Some stores will have these items and others will run out fast. I suggest you head there today! :) Or order online!




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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Mom's Guide To Kid Friendly Vacation Destinations

It's almost summer time and that means it is time to start planning your summer vacation! Do you ever get tired of going to the same place every summer?! I know I do. My kids really enjoy seeing new places. We try to visit a new city/destination each summer. Last summer we took our 3 kids to Washington, D.C. and we visited the Smithsonian Zoo. Tips for selecting your destination: Try to pick somewhere new! It is so much fun to visit new places and see new sights. Branch out from your usual travel spots. Select a destination that fits your family.

Here's my list of just a few of my favorite kid friendly vacation destinations:

1. Hilton Head, South Carolina is such a fun family friendly vacation spot. Enjoy the beautiful beach, tons of amenities, biking, swimming, lots of wonderful restaurants, etc. We love Sea Pine's Resort. This is a beautiful community that offers tons to do. You can rent a home or you can stay at the Inn. Ranked among the "The Top 100 Hotels in the World" and No. 5 among "The 10 Best Resort Hotels in the South" in Travel + Leisure's 2017 World's Best Awards List
https://www.seapines.com/

*Photo credit Sea Pine's website*


One of the many pools at Sea Pine's Resort

2. Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys https://www.hawkscay.com/
Hawks Cay Resort, Villas and Marina, located on Duck Key in the Middle Florida Keys, is the premier destination for outdoor fun in the sun. Situated roughly halfway between Key Largo and Key West at mile marker 61, this 60-acre, tropical destination is easily accessible by car, boat or plane yet feels worlds away from everyday life. I hope to visit Hawks Cay next summer 2019. They just reopened after major renovations (due to the hurricane last fall). This resort is just absolutely amazing. They have dolphin's on property ya'll. A kids club! A spa! Tons of kid friendly activities, to name just a few: kite boarding, charter fishing, tennis, pools, lagoons, paddle boarding, etc. There is a super cute pirate ship pool, perfect for the younger kids. The resort offers hotel accommodations, suites, villa's perfect for families, marina villa's, etc. Readers of Travel + Leisure called ours the "Best Hotel Kids Program".





3. Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA
https://www.destinationhotels.com/paradise-point
Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego, Paradise Point Resort & Spa features comfortable bungalow style guestrooms amidst lush, tropical gardens, tranquil lagoons, and one mile of sandy beach next door to SeaWorld. Scattered across our 44-acre island, you'll find plenty of room to roam and relax with five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, a marina, five dining venues, an award winning resort and  endless recreation options. 

4. Legoland Florida Resort
https://www.legoland.com/florida/
Located just a short drive away from Orlando, Florida. Legoland is a super popular destination. Complete with Lego themed suites perfect for families this resort is one for the books! Choose from a themed room: Pirate theme, Lego Friends theme, Adventure or Kingdom theme. Legoland Florida Resort is connected to the Legoland theme park. You could easily spend a week here as there is so much to do! The park is huge plus the resort offers a waterpark. 

How cute is this Lego Friends room?! 

Pirate theme room at Legoland Resort
*Photo credits Legoland*








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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Toy Story Land Opens June 30th At #Disney

Have you heard that Toy Story Land is opening June 30th at Hollywood Studio's?! My children are SO excited to ride the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster. Rider's must be at least 38" or taller. Be sure to use your Fast Pass+ for this ride to avoid the long waits. I'm sure it will be super popular this summer. If you have a child who is not tall enough to ride but both parents want to ride you can use rider swap to avoid waiting in line twice.

Excited Guests holding on tight while riding aboard Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Photo Credit: Disney

The Alien Swirling Saucers looks like a super fun version of the tea cup rides. Riders must be 32" or taller to ride. Fast Pass+ is available for this ride and I highly recommend using it.

Toy Story Land is going to have it's very own themed restaurant called Woody's Lunch Box. Check out the awesome menu here. Woody's Lunch Box will offer both breakfast and lunch. The Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich looks like a winner!!

Learn all about the rides on Disney's website. I would recommend arriving at Hollywood Studio's at rope drop and heading directly to Toy Story Land to try to avoid long wait times.


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