Category: Planning Disney World

I am a Disney Fan!

I am a Disney Fan!

Have you seen what Walgreen’s has now?  They are shaped like Mickey Mouse.  They produce a lot of air.  They have three messages to entertain you while you feel relief from the summer sun.  They are Mickey Mouse fans!  I am a fan!  You would expect to pay a lot for these, but they are $6 at Walgreen’s.  Go!  Go NOW!

Coolest Bonus Grandma Ever at Disney World!

Coolest Bonus Grandma Ever at Disney World!

Hot Hubby and I recently returned from our first trip to Disney World with our youngest grandchildren.  Yikes!  As a newly blended family, I did not want to be known as the loser Grandma, so I did a little pre-trip planning.IMG_0801

First Step:  A trip to Walmart!  I scoured the toy aisle for little Disney presents.  I found stuffed Mickey Mouse, Race Car Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse figurines…you get the idea.  Then I put one a day into our park backpack (a normal backpack with a Mickey embroidery glued on).   When the lines got long or the children needed a change, out comes a new toy!  And because the toys were purchased at Walmart for minimal, there was no major concern if they were lost.  We entertained ourselves in line with Catch, Hide the Mickey, Here Comes a Mouse and all sorts of games.

Second Step:  The Dollar store!  Here I purchased glow sticks, cool blinking Christmas light necklaces and stickers.  Once the sun went down, these glow “wands” came out.  We had fun freezing and unfreezing Hot Hubby and casting all sorts of magical spells.

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Third Step:  Snack size baggies and lots of snacks.  Most of the snacks were to keep Hot Hubby in a great mood, but they worked on the grandchildren also.  The highlight for the children was the Stouffer’s animal crackers.  The adults preferred the homemade trail mix (raisins, craisins, cashews and white chocolate chips).

The final step, was getting fast passes for all of the scary rides, and “Switching Off” so that our children (the parents) could ride, while we watched the grandchildren.  Their parents were nervous at first, but after the first ride and the grandchildren survived, we had their vote of confidence.

What do you do to make Disney Trips special for Grandchildren?

 

To Match or Not To Match?

To Match or Not To Match?

There is a recent trend with families visiting Disney World.  They like to have matching shirts.  Now some groups go to extremes, with matching outfits for every day of their trip.  Then there are the more subtle, who only match for one or two days.  Finally, there are the anti-matchers who wear matching shirts saying, “I don’t do matching shirts.”

I am of the matching shirt brigade.  Hot Hubby is not.  My bonus daughter and her husband painstakingly designed and made us matching shirts for one day of our trip.  We all wore them proudly, except for Hot Hubby, who kept his underneath his “normal” shirt.  He would occasionally open the top shirt for pictures, but mostly, he did not match.

I think there are three great reasons to match:

1)  It is easier to locate the people in your party.  Since most of your trip is spent separating and reuniting, I am all for anything that makes that easier.

2)  It helps me decide what to wear.  For one day, I am free of the burden of picking out my outfit and I just get to wear what I am instructed to wear.

3)  It makes for color-coordinated, great pictures.  Especially if there is red or green in your matching shirts, the Christmas card photo is handled.

What do you think?  To match or not to match?

 

Planning Magic Kingdom

Planning Magic Kingdom

Did you know that if you are booking a Disney World vacation and staying on property, you can book your Fast Passes 180 days before departure.  180 days!  I don’t know about you, but Hot Hubby barely thinks a day in advance, so this was a struggle for us.   Luckily for you, I have some advice!

1)  Even if you are not staying on property, make a reservation to stay on property.    We rented a house for our visit, but booked a room at the All-Star Resort for the first night, so we could benefit from all of the “extras” like getting to book our FastPasses 180 days in advance, getting free MagicBands and getting free replacement bands when you lose them….both Hot Hubby and I lost our bands during the trip.

2)  If you plan to get there at rope drop, don’t get any FastPasses for the first 2 hours.  The lines are not long and it will be a waste of the pass, when it is needed later in the day.

3)  Once you use your three Fast Passes, you can book new ones.  There are kiosks and Cast members who can help you use the MyExperience App to book more.

4)  Create a MyExperience Account and install it on your phone.  You will refer to this multiple times in the day, especially when trying to remember your agenda for the day.

5)  Here is what I would use my FastPasses for:  

a)  7 Dwarfs Mine Train  – the line was never shorter than 90 min and we were on a non-crowded day

b)  Peter Pan – this old school ride can accommodate the least amount of people and thus has long lines

c) Big Thunder Mountain or Enchanted Tales with Belle – we loved the Enchanted Tales with Belle and got the best pictures of our trip there.

After you use these passes, we were able to get FastPasses for Buzz Lightyear after lunch and Pirates of the Caribbean after dinner. 

Try to have the early planning, help to build excitement for your trip.  Disney World is wonderful with or without Fast Passes.  Enjoy!

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