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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Disney Halloween Fun

Happy Halloween! What's more fun than celebrating Halloween with a super cute dinner like the one pictured below? Dixie Delights has the cutest Mickey's Not So Scary themed dinner I have ever seen!
 
 
How cute is this? I would love to recreate this next year for my little monsters!
 
 
To purchase your own Halloween banner and printables visit Dixie Delights Etsy shop
 
 
The spread look delicious and who doesn't love a Mickey shaped quesadilla?
 
 
 
Happy Halloween from my little monster's to your's!

Monday, October 21, 2013

American Tourister Goes Hollywood

Have you seen the adorable Disney themed American Tourister luggage? This is going on my wish list! American Tourister has been named the official luggage of Disney World and Disneyland Resorts and to celebrate they are going to be giving away not one but FIVE sets of this adorable luggage! When visiting Disney's Hollywood Studio's see if you can spot the American Tourister billboards and displays throughout the park.

                                                          Here are a few examples:

photo credit @ Disney Wheels
photo credit @ Disney Wheels

photo credit @ Disney Wheels

photo credit @ Disney Wheels

photo credit @ Disney Wheels
 


To learn more information about the giveaway please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanTourister and be sure to leave a comment. Your user comment received will serve as an entry for a chance to win the exclusive D23 Mickey OR Minnie luggage set. Winner will be able to choose which set they would prefer.


photo courtesy of American Tourister
 
There will be 5 winners chosen over 5 days that the contest runs (10-21 to 10-25). Must be a US resident currently residing in the US. Must be 18 or older.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Shout Out To My Blog Sponsors

I can not believe it has almost been one year since Disney With Babies Toddlers and Preschoolers officially started!! I wanted to take a minute and sincerely thank all of my wonderful sponsors who have graciously donated wonderful prizes over the past year to my awesome reader's!


A big thanks to Dave at Vacation Central Florida for being SO incredibly generous and giving away a FREE one week's stay at one of his beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath condo's at Windsor Hill's. Thank you to Vacation Central Florida for being a wonderful blog sponsor also! Windsor Hill's is located just minutes from Disney gates and each unit comes with complimentary wi fi. Visit their Facebook page for current specials: https://www.facebook.com/WindsorHillsRentalsForLess

A big thanks to Cheryl Koren at Magical Memory Maker for being such a great blog sponsor! Cheryl is such a great travel agent and I truly appreciate her knowledge of all things Disney! I highly recommend her services to all of my readers. Thanks to Cheryl for donating a Disney gift card among other goodies for giveaways over the past year. Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CherylKorenOffToNeverlandTravel

A big thanks to Kingdom Strollers for donating one week of FREE stroller or crib rental to one lucky reader this past year! I truly would not use any other stroller rental company after experiencing the convenience and quality of the strollers that Kingdom Strollers rents. It was so nice to have all of the extra space in the van when embarking on our long (12 hour) road trip to Orlando. Leaving our huge double stroller at home meant having more space in the trunk for extra luggage :) Kingdom Strollers delivered the rental stroller to our resort and picked it up at the end of our vacation. It was so simple and SO convenient. The strollers that they rent are quality strollers complete with comfy seats for the children. Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kingdomstrollers

A big thanks to Jodi at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse for being a wonderful blog sponsor! I have enjoyed reading her book that is available for sale at Amazon.com. Thanks to Jodi for donating a copy of her book Magical Mouse Schoolhouse: Learn While You Play At Walt Disney World Resort to one lucky blog reader earlier this year!

A big thanks to Jenn at one of my favorite Etsy shops StitchesNBows for being a wonderful blog sponsor! Jenn's personalized clothes, totes and dresses are so adorable and I really love working with Jenn. She is so quick to respond to my emails and she is so talented!

To learn how you can become a blog sponsor message me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyWithBabiesToddlersAndPreschoolers


 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Disney's Shades Of Green Resort

Have you heard of Disney's Shades of Green Resort? Shades of Green is operated by the US Army and is the only AFRC (Armed Forces Recreation Center) in the US. Opening in 1994, the resort consists of 583 rooms, a Wounded Warrior suite and 23 ADA rooms. Shades of Green is a resort for military and their families. Upon check in valid military ID is required. To see if your family may qualify visit their website to see who is eligible: http://www.shadesofgreen.org/eligibility.htm

Rooms are spacious and priced affordably starting at just $95 per night! Guests staying at Shades of Green can participate in the Extra Magic hours at a select theme park on select days of the week. The resort features many amenities including Garden Gallery Restaurant, Mangino's Bistro and there is even a Java CafĂ© on site featuring Starbucks coffee! The resort boasts a beautiful spa called Magnolia's which offers massage treatments, facials, etc. Complimentary transportation is provided to all Disney theme parks and additional transportation is also provided to Universal and Sea World for a fee.

Spacious rooms starting at just $95 per night

Have you stayed here before? If so, I would love to hear your review of the property and amenities. Please comment below with your name and email and I will contact you.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Personalized Disney Activity Books + Giveaway!

One of my favorite bloggers, Amanda at Dixie Delights recently posted a series of posts about her upcoming Disney World trip. Her family is going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! I have always wanted to go to the party, maybe one year we will make it :) Amanda is so creative and she created personalized activity books for her children to complete on the long car ride to Orlando. She is so sweet and has offered to give one of my lucky readers their very own personalized activity books for up to 4 children! The activity books have a Disney themed cross word puzzle, word search, tic tac toe and I spy game. There is also a special spot to color. To enter use the Rafflecopter below.

If you don't win you can purchase these personalized books at Dixie Delights Etsy shop. There are also many other super cute items available for sale by Dixie Delights.

How cute are these?!

great for children ages 3+

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Not So Scary Halloween Giveaway

Not So Scary Halloween Giveaway:
 
 


Enter below using the Rafflecopter link to win these beautiful sterling silver Mickey necklace and Mickey ring. The total value of the prize is $240. There will be not one but TWO winners! Giveaway will begin October 7-October 20th.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's Finally Here-WDW Magazine



Have you seen this? My friend Carl announced some big news recently that’s pretty cool. It's called WDW Magazine. WDW Magazine is a digital magazine available on the Apple Newsstand. If you have an iPad you can subscribe to the magazine.

 
 
The first issue is about Fall Happenings at Walt Disney World. It includes stories (and some awesome pictures) about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. The stories are great. There is a bonus section just for first time visitors where they discuss the best age for a first visit including a great story about a 10 month old's first time at Walt Disney World.

 
What does it cost? There are two options: month to month subscription for $4.99 per issue and you can cancel at anytime. The second option (the best deal in my opinion) is to subscribe for the year and pay just $47.99. There will be 14 issues each year with two issues being subscriber only issues.
 
To subscribe to the WDW Magazine click this link to visit the iTunes page.

Follow WDW Magazine on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/WDWMagazine



   
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pro's and Con's To Staying On Property At Disney World

There are so many wonderful resorts at Disney World to choose from. How do you pick just one?! I am here to help you decide.

Pro's to staying on property

  • Location, Location, Location!
  • Save time from driving to the parks and use the FREE Disney transportation system
  • Buses, Boats and Monorails Oh my! There are many ways to access the theme parks from many on property resorts
  • Adorable themed rooms (Art of Animation is my favorite themed resort for children, Finding Nemo suites and Little Mermaid rooms are absolutely adorable!)
  • Free theme park parking if you choose to drive
Dole Whips at the Polynesian Resort are definitely a PRO for me :)
 
Many different transportation options available!
 
Con's to staying on property
  • More expensive (unless you stay at a value resort)
  • Lack of full kitchen (unless you rent a villa)
  • Less space than a two bedroom condo
Conclusion, if you are traveling with a larger family it might be better to look at all of your options including staying off property to save money. Renting a house would be cheaper than renting an on property villa at Disney. However, if you love all things Disney and have one or two children then you can squeeze into a standard room at a value or moderate on property hotel such as Port Orleans or Coronado Springs Resort. This would allow your family the quickest access to the theme parks and free parking if you choose to drive. When you stay on property you do not have to pay the $14 per day parking fee to park at the theme parks.