Friday, February 8, 2013

Bibbity Bobbity Boutique Review

Reservations are highly recommended
 


sprinkling the magical wand with glitter


finished results
 
The Bibbity Bobbity Boutique has two magical locations. One is located at Downtown Disney inside of the Disney Store and the other location is actually inside Cinderella's Castle. The BBB is a sought after destination of all princesses ages 4 and up. There are many different packages available, prices starting at $54. This is such a magical place and I highly recommend a visit. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. To make reservations call 407-WDW-STYLE. The BBB at the Magic Kingdom is open from 8 am until 6:30 pm. The BBB at Downtown Disney is open from 9 am until 7:30 pm. Each princess will receive a sparkly crown, keepsake makeup and nailpolish. My daughter was celebrating her birthday so she received a special 'birthday' sash.
 
 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Personalized Clothing For Your Disney Vacation

StitchesN'Bows is my favorite place to purchase adorable personalized Disney clothing for my children for our Disney World vacations. The owner, Jen is super sweet and will go out of her way to help clients. All of her clothes are custom made and great quality. My daughter is pictured below in an adorable pink polka dot pillow case dress that I purchased from Jen last spring.
 

"1st Visit" shirt

So many people commented on my son's super cute "1st visit" shirt

Check out Stitches N' Bows to see more of Jen's cute designs! You can also "Like" her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/stitchesnbows

Monday, February 4, 2013

Celebrating At Disney World

What better place than Disney World to celebrate a special occassion? Be sure to stop by the guest services booth located at all of the parks to pick up your complimentary button! The buttons are a great way to let cast members know that it is your special day. Buttons are available for "first visit", "anniversary" and "birthday". When we went to guest services everyone in our family was given a button to place on our backpacks, to save, etc. The button really brought special attention to my special birthday girl on her 5th birthday. Several characters even signed her autograph book "Happy birthday".
I made sure to have a fun action packed birthday for my birthday girl. We had breakfast at Chef Mickey's and my daughter was given a complimentary chocolate cupcake with the best icing I have tasted. It was such a rich chocolatey cupcake that my daughter could not even finish the whole thing! Next up we went to Magic Kingdom and I surprised my daughter with an appointment at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique! She was given a special 'birthday' sash to wear which was really cute. She loved every second of this experience. Then we rode more rides, met the Disney Princesses and Tinkerbell (the line for Tink was almost 45 minutes!). We had dinner with Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare located in the beautiful Grand Floridian. We hopped on the monorail from Magic Kingdom and were at the restaurant in just a few minutes. The meal was amazing and Cinderella spent quite a while visiting with my children, posing for pictures. The buffett was wonderful and this was probably one of our favorite meals of the week! My daughter received a complimentary birthday cupcake and a keepsake placemat that all of the characters had signed. What a special birthday!
 
Birthday breakfast at Chef Mickey's

Birthday dinner at 1900 Park Fare

Yummy complimentary cupcake
 
If you want to make the special day even more special contact the Disney Florist to arrange a delivery of a special present or gift basket. Want to order a custom cake? Call the Walt Disney World Resort at (407) 827-2253 (48 hours notice is required). If you're on a budget, I recommend bringing your own princess costume for a trip to the BBB to save money. They are much cheaper at a big box store like Walmart or Target. Also, bring a few surprise birthday presents and leave them in the room for when you return from your day at the parks.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Giveaway Time!

My friends over at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse are going to give one lucky reader an autographed signed copy of the super popular book Magical Mouse Schoolhouse: Learn While You Play At Walt Disney World AND a Mickey and Minnie plush stuffed animal!

You can enter below using the Rafflecopter:

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Disney's Enchanted Phone Call

Did you know that for just $2.49 you can have a special Disney character call your phone? I just had to give this a try and let me tell you, it was worth the money! My daughter received a "Congatulations" phone call for receiving an award at school from none other than her very favorite Disney princess-Ariel! She could not believe it when she picked up the phone. It is so simple to set this up and this would make a great way to announce that your children are going to Disney World! You go to the website: Disneys Enchanted Call then you pick your character that you want to call and then you pick your occassion (Birthday, Congratulations, Good night, Good morning, etc.) and you simply schedule your call.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Mouse Keeping

Do you tip when you are on your Disney vacation? I have created these super cute "Mouse Keeping" tip envelopes with the help of my children. I purchased 7 envelopes for each day that we will be staying overnight at the resort. I also found a cute stamp that says "Thank You" and 1 sheet of super cute Mickey Mouse stickers. All of this cost less than $5. My children enjoyed placing the stickers on the envelopes and stamping "Thank You" on the back. Now I just have to fill them. I recommend making Mouse Keeping envelopes prior to your vacation and filling them with the cash ahead of time. This way it is easy to remember each morning to place them out for the Mouse Keeping staff (housekeeping). My family tips a daily rate of $5 because there are 5 of us. We leave out 1 envelope each day because there are many housekeepers that may clean your room throughout the week. Don't wait until the end of the week to leave 1 big tip because the person that cleaned your room earlier in the week may not be the same person at the end of the week. I also write a little note on the back of the envelope on our very first morning that my kids really enjoy the towel animals. :)
 
front of the envelope

back of the envelope

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Eating On A Budget At Disney


Disney World has SO many amazing options for food, drinks and snacks. It can be hard to pass them up and I can see how families end up spending $1,000's on dining at Disney World. My family sets our food budget before arriving at Disney World. With a little planning your family can easily save money on dining at Disney. For starters, set your families food budget. I find it easiest to set a daily food budget for the whole family. We eat breakfast in our hotel room to save time and money. I also pack my kids 'breakfasts to go' in cute little bags that the can carry on the Disney buses and eat on the way to the parks. This is a great way to save money. The top 5 ways to eat on a budget at Disney are:

  1. Pack your lunches in a cooler. Disney allows soft sided coolers to be brought into the parks but they can not contain any alcohol or glass bottles. *Baby food is allowed in a glass jar* Please note that straws of any kind are not allowed in Animal Kingdom. My kids love Lunchables and they are great for on the go lunches. I also pack at least 2 juice boxes per child. The heat in Florida can really get to children so be sure to pack plenty to drink. I also pack a sippy cup and fill it with water throughout the day. Pack plenty of snacks too. I create a fun Disney themed snack mix in a sealed container prior to leaving for Disney World. Each child gets 1 container which contains goldfish, cheerio's or fruit loops, a few Mickey fruit snacks, m&m's and raisins.
  2. Order from the children's menu. The kid's meal portions fill me up and at half the price you can't beat it! I have a 3 year old toddler and a 19 month old and they are not the best eater's, so when we are at Disney they always share a quick service kids meal.
  3. Ask for a free cup of water available at most quick service locations. No need to drink from the water fountain all day.
  4. Share a fun snack with your kids. Snacks can get expensive especially if you have more than one child. We usually order a cupcake at Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios and split it between the 3 kids. These cupcakes are huge and extremely rich so it is best to split.
  5. Avoid eating at the buffet restaurants. Chances are if you have a toddler he or she will not eat enough to justify a $20+ childs buffet cost. Now unless this is a special buffett such as Chef Mickey's then I would say avoid it like the plague. All you can eat buffets really add up for the average family of 4. You could eat 2 dinners at quick services or even a non buffet restaurant for the cost of 1 dinner at the buffet restaurant.
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