Saturday, November 30, 2013

Disney Cruise Must Haves

 

 
Who doesn't love planning for a Disney vacation? There are so many fun cruise must have's. Many cruisers join an FE exchange and purchase a personalized fish extender. When you participate in a FE exchange you will need to bring on board your "fe gifts" for fellow cruisers. I love these adorable light cards, they make perfect "fe gifts".
 
 
Light cards make the perfect FE gifts for your fish exchange. These are lightweight and convenient to carry on board. These are great for keeping the lights on in your stateroom when you need to remove your Key To the World to venture out on the ship but want to leave the lights on for the others in your stateroom. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieDustedStitches
 

 
Personalized FE Holder for collecting all of the awesome FE gifts is a cruise must have from StitchesNBows There are many adorable patterns and designs to choose from.
 
 
Adorable tumbler perfect for your favorite beverages while cruising and at home from
 
Minnie Mouse Tropical Door Magnets are a Cruisin must have! Decorate your stateroom door and then after your cruise, save them for your fridge :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/HairMajestyBoutique
 
 
Adorable cruise themed hair bow from Bow A Day
 
Everyone planning a Disney cruise needs to read Passporter's Disney Cruise Line book. Wow! It really has everything you need to know.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Favorite Disney Memory

My daughter Sophie whispering in Princess Jasmine's ear!
Hello everyone!  My name is Mike, and I am the creator of the site My Dreams of Disney!  My friend Hayden asked if I wanted to write a guest post, so I gladly accepted!  I hope you enjoy, and Hayden, the offer is always open if you ever want to write on My Dreams of Disney, so let me know!

Today I thought I would talk with you about Disney Memories, and the Magic that can be experienced at Walt Disney World with these incredible moments in time.  As a case in point, I am going to share with you the time that we had an absolutely incredible Disney moment happen, way back in June of 2008.

We were visiting Walt Disney World that year to celebrate Sophie's 7th birthday, and the whole time we were enjoying ourselves at the park, Sophie kept insisting that the only thing she wanted as a souvenir was a Princess Jasmine costume.  Of course, costumes at Disney can be pricey, and the one that Sophie wanted was about $60 -- and we hadn't purchased it yet.

Well, on one of our days of our trip, we were in Epcot, walking in the World Showcase.  We came upon Morocco, which is normally a pavilion we don't spend much time in, but for some reason, we decided to browse on in.  We looked at some of the shops, just kind of looking, not doing any real shopping at the time, but then, as we wandered near the back of the pavilion, we came around a corner -- and who was there, looking as if they were waiting for us, with no line at all -- Princess Jasmine and the Genie!

It was one of those Disney Memories like you see on the TV commercials!  Sophie was so excited, she was seeing Princess Jasmine -- and since there was no one in line, we spent what felt like an eternity talking with them and taking pictures!  It was during this time that I snapped that photo of Sophie whispering in Princess Jasmine's ear.  Later on, when I asked her what she was telling her, Sophie told me that she was telling her that she was going to get her own Princess Jasmine costume to take home with her!

Well, that's what she did, of course, and that costume lasted for an eternity, through Halloween, playdates, little girl dress-ups, and on and on and on.

The magic of Disney is what truly makes Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and all the other great Disney destinations the most incredible places to visit.  It is that magic that my family longs for each and every visit we make; it is that magic that led us to buy our DVC membership so we could bring our own friends and family with us to visit and experience their own Disney Magic; and it is, without a doubt in this writers mind, that Magic that led to this chance encounter with Princess Jasmine, and a memory that I will never, ever forget.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanking A Special Cast Member


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Point and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

There are hundreds of cast members employed at Disney World. If we each took the time out of our vacations to simply thank at least two per day think how nice that would be. I have seen cast members go out of their ways to make a guests experience even more magical. We have been at Disney World on my daughter's birthdays each May for the past few years and each year there are many many cast members who have gone above and beyond to make my daughter feel extra special. For example, my daughter was wearing her birthday button and a cast member stopped us while we were walking down Main Street and he handed her a Mickey sticker and a fast pass for Thunder Mountain (her favorite ride!).

I want to share with you a quick and easy, fun and creative way to say 'thanks' to a special cast member--the housekeeping. Many times house keeping staff is forgotten. You don't typically see them but they always do an amazing job.You can prepare these mouse keeping envelopes ahead of time and let your children help decorate them. Leave these adorable envelopes each morning for the house keeping staff in your hotel room. They will definitely appreciate the thoughtful gesture.

Get creative, use stickers, stamps, glitter, etc. to create your "mouse keeping" envelopes




Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The Disney Kids

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

1st Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
2nd Stop ~   The Disney Point
4th Stop ~  Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Final Stop ~ The Disney Kids

Monday, November 25, 2013

Catch Santa Customizable Photos

Each Christmas I absolutely love customizing Santa photos for my children to see Christmas morning. You can try it free using the special code #SantaShare on the website http://www.icaughtsanta.com/
 
 
Share these adorable photos with your children for years to come

Use your own photos and really shock your children when they see Santa was really in their house!

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To upload your photos visit http://www.icaughtsanta.com/ and be sure to enter the free code #SantaShare The code expires Dec. 10 so hurry.


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner At Disney World-Where To Eat

 
Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.
 
 
Disney World offers many great options for traditional and non traditional Thanksgiving meals. I am going to share with you some of the options. Don't forget to make your advanced dining reservation (adr) as soon as possible. It is best to plan ahead on major holidays especially and make your adr's at the 180 day mark to avoid long lines and long wait times.
 
Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom serves a traditional Thanksgiving feast everyday of the year. The dinner menu consists of a delicious All You Can Eat buffet with turkey breast, roast beef, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, stuffing and seasonal vegetables. The cost is $38 per person and children are $19. Don't forget to save room for the dessert! The apple crisp is amazing. They also offer a children's menu for picky eaters.
 
Liberty Tree Thanksgiving Dinner
 
At Animal Kingdom Tusker House is offering a special Thanksgiving feast. At Hollywood Studios 50's Prime Time Cafe' and Hollywood & Vine restaurants will offer a special Thanksgiving fare for lunch and dinner. If you're going to be in Epcot head to Akershush for a special Thanksgiving meal or visit the Biergarten. Also serving Thanksgiving meals are Le Cellier and Rose & Crown.
 
Downtown Disney's Raglan Road will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu including glazed turkey, whipped potatoes, apple, sage and sweet onion stuffing. Brussel sprouts, cranberry chutney and gravy will also be served all for $27.95 per person. Sounds delicious! Fulton's Crab House, Portobello's and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café will also have a special Thanksgiving price fix menu available.
 
 
If you don't want to enter the theme parks you can find Thanksgiving dinner's at select Disney resorts too.
 
The Garden Grove restaurant located at the Swan and Dolphin Resort will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day. The cost is $38 for adults and $16.95 for children.
 
If you want to eat with Mickey Mouse on Thanksgiving then head to Fort Wilderness Campground for Mickey's Backyard Thanksgiving Feast. There will be four show times available starting at noon, 2, 4 and 6 pm. Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary is another fun character dining experience that will also be offering special Thanksgiving options. This would be my families go to Thanksgiving dinner! My children love a good character meal!
 
 
 
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. Wherever you are this Thanksgiving just remember you have something to be thankful for!
 
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back on December 16 with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
 
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 ~ A Disney Moms Thoughts
2nd Stop ~ Disney Living
3rd Stop ~ Mouse on The Mind
4th Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
Final Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
 
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Eating On A Budget At Disney World

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:

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.
 
 
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 4 year old toddler and a 2 year old and they are not the best eater's, so when we are at Disney they always share a quick service kids meal.
 
Ask for a free cup of water available at most quick service locations. No need to drink from the water fountain all day.
 
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.
 
 
 
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. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Search For The Jewel Of Oreveille

 
I am excited to be participating in a special search online for the hidden jewel of Oreveille. Play along and join the game while we search for the clues. Daughter of Oreville is a new release book written by author Tricia Ballad. To read a chapter of the new book visit http://www.daughteroforeveille.com/
 

One lucky winner will win a signed copy of the book Daughter of Oreveille and a replica necklace!


Oh Cunning One! Travel the Mists, decipher the clues, and uncover the flow of Page and Paragraph that complete the address to recover the Jewel: http://www.TriciaBallad.com/_(fill in the blank)__

My special clue **The 4 winds blow, but only 2 are true.**