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Monday, June 30, 2014

Why I Love The Polynesian Resort


Aloha! Upon check in at the Polynesian Resort my family was greeted with lei's and fun little coloring books for the children and Crayola crayons. My daughter was given her 1st "birthday button" also. We were lucky enough to stay at the Somoa building which is directly behind the Volcano pool! We were so happy with this beautiful resort and beautiful room! 

The bedroom was decorated so nicely with the tropical theme and allowed plenty of space for our family of 5. There are two huge very comfortable beds and a couch that makes a sofa bed. 


the couch can convert to a sofa bed

there is a Cuisinart coffee maker in each room

the bathroom was first class---two sinks, plenty of space and a great shower with awesome water pressure

I love the wall paper in the bathroom! Plenty of space to hang wet swim suits too!

the bathroom amenities were awesome--be sure to request some for the road

The room had a mini refrigerator which was perfect for keeping juice boxes cold and the kids applesauce

The closet was huge and could have easily held our luggage and umbrella stroller (folded up). There was also a safe located inside of the closet.

When I stepped out onto the balcony and saw this amazing view I almost couldn't believe how lucky we were! This is what I had hoped for when I requested Somoa building months prior. 

View from the balcony looked out onto the Grand Floridian, pool and even a peekaboo view of the lake!!

You really feel like you are somewhere tropical with a view like this! 

I would highly recommend the Polynesian Resort. I love the Polynesian Resort because it is located on the monorail and provides easy access to Magic Kingdom. I love that you can also take the boat to get back and forth between the resort and the Magic Kingdom. I love the tropical themed rooms, lobby and restaurants. My kids love the Volcano pool, beach area and splash pad. And if that isn't enough reason's why I love the Polynesian Resort then here is one more---O'hana and the luau are both located here at the Polynesian Resort. There is so much to do for children of all ages. There are games by the pool for children, nightly movies by the pool and smores by the fire pit.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Orkin Bug Wisdom App + Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway

Summer is here and I don't know about you but my children absolutely love playing outside. My son especially loves being outside and he loves to explore and search for bugs. My son is really excited to use the Backyard Explorers Kit. He especially can't wait to use the bugview bug catching tool which has a built in magnifier making it easy to spot small bugs! Orkin is going to give one lucky blog reader a Backyard Explorers Kit! The Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit includes:



- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses







What is your spirit bug? Take the quiz and find out:








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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Celebrating At Disney World



Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Orange. Enjoy the ride as we share how to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other milestones at Disney.



My daughter was lucky enough to celebrate her birthday at Disney World not once but twice! The past two year's that we have gone to Disney World it just happens to fall on her actual birthday--May 1st. The first thing I would recommend to anyone celebrating a birthday at Disney World---go to guest services and get a complimentary birthday button! Guest services is located at each theme park. They gave my daughter a birthday button at check in to our resort also. When you make your advanced dining reservations--be sure to make a special note that you are celebrating a birthday on the reservation.

Celebrating Allie's 5th birthday at Chef Mickey's

Complimentary chocolate Mickey cupcake at Chef Mickey's

Celebrating Allie's 5th birthday--dinner at 1900 Park Fare--check out my review here

Allie visited the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and had a princess makeover--they gave her a 'birthday princess' sash to wear--read my review here



Celebrating Allie's 7th birthday--dinner at Via Napoli at Epcot

Tips for celebrating a birthday at Disney World--

  • Make a note on the ADR that you are celebrating
  • Wear your birthday button
  • Sometimes you will receive special complimentary cupcakes, desserts or surprises but DON'T expect them
  • Don't be surprised if random people approach you and say happy birthday :) 
  • Characters will occasionally write happy birthday in your autograph book
  • You can purchase special birthday ear's on Main Street and even have your name personalized on the back
  • You can purchase ahead of time special 'birthday' shirts from Etsy.com for your Disney vacation


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Capturing Magical Memories.


Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:


1st Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (You are here)
2nd Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
3rd Stop ~ I Am A Mommy Nerd
4th Stop ~ Frontierland Station
Final Stop ~ Journeys from a Follower

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day & Night Teething Giveaway


Welcome to the Day & Night Teething Giveaway!
Hosted by Mommy By Nurture and Sponsored in conjunction with Spark of Amber.

About Spark of Amber
Spark of Amber offers beautiful and authentic Baltic Amber necklaces and bracelets for teething. They also offer an array of other products such as earrings, rings, and pendants. Only bringing you the best from Lithuania and the Baltic Regions. 


If you are unfamiliar with Amber teething jewelry, you should check out this REVIEW OF SPARK OF AMBER NECKLACE from Mommy By Nurture. Also available is a review on the Balm! Baby Bye Bye Teething- Hello Sleep! 

Now on to the fun part! One winner will win both items featured: Their choice of a "It's a Boy" or "It's a Girl" Amber teething necklace along with a 2oz bottle of Balm Baby! Bye Bye Teething, Hello Sleep! A RV of $32.00, items will ship separately from each sponsor. 

You can gain multiple entries with the Giveaway Tools below. Come back daily to get the daily entries after you finished them all! This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older at the time of entry. One person per household may enter. Winner will be contacted through email and has 48hrs to respond or another winner will be chosen. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the Sponsors listed and not that of the participating bloggers. All FTC Regulations apply. Your information is private and will only the winner's information will be provided to Mommy By Nurture and the Sponsors to reach the winner and ship the prizes in this giveaway. Giveaway will accept entries from 9AM EST 6/24/14 through 1AM EST 7/9/14




Monday, June 23, 2014

Frozen Blu Ray Giveaway


My children's new favorite Disney movie is Frozen!! Of course just like millions of other children in the world! If you don't already own the dvd you can enter to win a blue-ray copy!! 

Amy, an agent with Destinations in Florida, joined the Pixie Dust Savings team recently and is offering a brand new, factory sealed Blu-Ray copy of Frozen. Along with the Frozen Blu-Ray you will also get 5 Disney Trading Pins, a set of Anna and Elsa pressed pennies, and a Maleficent Button from the 24 Hour party! Good Luck!  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Charmed In The Parks Charms

Charms are located in many of the gift stores at Disney resorts and at the theme parks

My personal favorite spot to find the best selection of charms is the shop located at the Magic Kingdom beside the Castle called Castle Couture. 

Charm bracelets make a great souvenir and it is fun to add on to the bracelets each year. There are charms for each Disney princess, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, mouse ears, flowers, etc. 

Each year I let my girls choose a few charms to add to their bracelets. This has become such a fun tradition. You can also find charms at the Disney Store at Downtown Disney.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pirate's Booty Giveaway



Welcome Matey! Did you know that right now you and your little pirates can enter for their chance to win some pretty amazing prizes just by telling a Cheesy Joke? Pirates Booty wants to hear it! 



Knock Knock! Who's there?


Boo


Boo Who??


Why are you crying?


And nothing cheesy about this - I've teamed up with Clair's Freebies to bring you $50.00 in coupons from Pirates Booty! More chances to win some yummy cheesy corn chips and mac & cheese! You never know what will be inside of your treasure chest!! 

Enter for your chance to win using the Rafflecopter below! 
Good Luck!


**Disney With Babies Toddlers & Preschoolers was not compensated for this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please direct questions to clairsfreebies at yahoo dot com. Giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or any other social media. If you have won this prize from another blog you are not eligible to win again. Must be a winner with a US mailing address.**

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Be Our Guest Lunch Review

Be Our Guest is a must see--the beautiful stained glass in the entrance is amazing

the ceiling and chandeliers are absolutely stunning at Be Our Guest

Guests are able to pre-order their meal online after they make their dining reservations. The menu consists of  french onion soup (highly recommend), salads, braised pork, carved turkey sandwich, carved prime chuck roast beef sandwich, vegetable quiche, quinoa salad and the super popular croque monsieur. Prices range from $9.50 up to $13 for most entree's. It is definitely worth the price. I would love to return for dinner next time. During dinner guests can even meet the Beast!

I ordered the Croque Monsieur which is a ham and cheese sandwich-it was delicious

My daughter ordered the kid's whole grain macaroni with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. I subbed the side of veggies for a chocolate chip cookie :)

forgive me for this horrible photo of this amazingly delicious and super popular cupcake--"The Masters Cupcake" was yummy and best known for the icing "The Grey Stuff"--it was delicious

Guests can help themselves to unlimited refill's at the self serve drink station

guests at Be Our Guest are treated to REAL silverware! 

Be sure to walk around the various dining area's located inside Be Our Guest--Bell & The Beast twirl and dance in this section

Be sure to visit the darker section of the castle where you can see the famous rose from the Beauty and The Beast movie. Inside this section of the castle guests can hear thunder (this was a bit too scary for my 3 year old so we opted to dine in the brighter room in the main dining section.

Overall our total lunch price for our family of 5 was just about $50 and I would highly recommend dining at Be Our Guest. Keep in mind that my youngest two split the kid's macaroni. It is such an amazing restaurant. I would give the food an "A" and the atmosphere an "A+". We would love to return for dinner next time.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Goofy's Candy Company

Whenever my family visits Downtown Disney my kids always immediately run to Goofy's Candy Company! They absolutely love the amazing selection of delicious goodies. Goofy's Candy Company has a variety of items ranging from baked goods, candy apple's, Frozen themed treat's, chocolate covered strawberries and slurpies!


Talk about eye candy--the creativity and variety is just amazing here

packaged cookies are available for $4.95 each (these make a great souvenir) 

Frozen themed treat's

Olaf marshmallow pops

Next time you are at Downtown Disney be sure to stop by Goofy's Candy Company for a snack, souvenir or even a slurpee! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WetnWild Orlando Cabana Review

My family recently visited WetnWild Orlando. We knew that we would stay the whole day at the water park so we splurged and rented a CABANA! This was such a fun treat for all of us. I knew that my kids would enjoy having a quiet place to rest, cool off and nap if need be. The cabanas are located in a private area near the lazy river. To enter the cabana area you must show your bracelet. Each cabana has a fan, table with 4 chairs, 2 very comfy lounge chairs, 4 beach towels (more are available) and a mini fridge and huge locker. There are two waitresses that service the cabana's, they were so friendly and helpful. We were able to close the curtains off to allow privacy to change the kids at the end of the day out of their wet swim suits. The cabana rentals are available online and in person on a first come first serve basis. I highly recommend making a reservation.


The cabanas are located off to themselves and you really feel like you are on a tropical island complete with sand, hammocks, palm tree's and your own private waitress

The cabanas each have a mini refrigerator with 12 bottled waters. Above the refrigerator is a huge storage cabinet that locks. This is where we stored our backpack, camera, wallet, cell phones, etc. while we were away from the cabana riding the waterslides :)


Food and drinks are available to order 


We brought a small cooler into the park with juice boxes and sandwiches for the kids to eat because they are picky eaters. We ordered lunch from the menu--I really enjoyed the chicken tenders and the seasonal fruit platter was huge! We were so glad we ordered it--there was fresh watermelon slices, honeydew slices, cantaloupe slices, pineapple, grapes, orange slices and huge strawberries. Perfect for a hot Florida day!

The Seasonal Fruit Platter was DELICIOUS and I would highly recommend it--the best $10.95 we spent all day :) 


My kids enjoyed playing in the sandy beach area located directly across from our cabana

Cabana rental prices vary depending on when you visit. During the summer the rental price is $199. Overall I would highly recommend splurging on a cabana. We thought it was wonderful and my little one's loved it!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Renting A Stroller For Your Disney Vacation

Packing for a Disney vacation always tends to stress me out. I always worry we will run out of space in the van! Being that we are a family of 5 space is limited to start off. Add a cooler, luggage, pool toys, packnplay and stroller to the list of things we must squeeze into the van and I start to worry there won't be much room for the kids! This is why we started leaving our huge double stroller at home and renting a double stroller from Kingdom Strollers. We absolutely love having so much extra space in the van for the 12 hour drive to Florida. It is SO simple to rent a stroller from Kingdom Strollers, there is no hassle. They will deliver it to your resort on the day you are scheduled to check in and they will also pick it back up on the day you are scheduled to depart. Easy peasy. The rental prices are very affordable, 7 days cost us less than $100. The strollers are all sanitized after each rental and they come with a name plate so that you can easily find your stroller when you park it at the theme parks.



My kids loved the City Mini Double stroller

To rent a stroller simple visit www.Kingdomstrollers.com and choose which stroller you would prefer then click 'reserve this item'. They have single Bob strollers, double Bob strollers and they also have City Mini strollers. These strollers are very easy to push for the many miles you will be walking at Disney World. Best of all they are super comfortable for your children. The seats recline back for napping and they have a huge canopy to protect children from the bright Florida sun and rain showers that are known to pop up out of nowhere.

Renting online is so simple. Visit their website, click 'reserve item' and then choose your dates on the calendar that you will need the stroller. Pick the resort you will be staying at and you are all set.


I would highly recommend renting from Kingdom Strollers on your next Orlando vacation.