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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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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

What is better than a visit to the Magic Kingdom?   A special Christmas party with Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom!  Disney offers this with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which is offered on available nights and has a special charge of $89.  So is it worth an extra $89?  

1)  The park closes at 6 pm on the night of the party, but ticket holders can enter the park at 4 pm and usually the party ends at midnight or later.   

2)  Most attractions are still open during the event, so you can ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train without a 90 minute wait.

3)  The number of tickets is limited, so the crowds are less once the party starts at 7 pm.

4)  There are over a dozen beloved Disney Characters wearing their holiday attire spread around the park for hugs, autoographs and photos.  This year we enjoyed rare appearances with Jack Skellington, Scrooge McDuck and Captain Jack Sparrow.

5)  The night begins with an extravagant show where Mickey invites his friends to the party.  Then Elsa transforms the castle.  Next is the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade which features new Disney Carols, magic and cheer.  There are dance parties in Tomorrowland and at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

6) There are complimentary, delicious yuletide sweets and season beverages.  We loved the Snowman shaped soft pretzel and snow cone.  Hot Hubby was crazy about the Ginger cookie and Eggnog.

7)  The grand finale is Holiday Wishes fireworks over the Cinderella Castle.   This was the biggest and most spectacular fireworks I have seen.  It was worth the ticket price.

We added dessert at the Be Our Guest Restaurant and had the best night of our trip!IMG_3278

Are you DisneyBound?

When you were a kid, did you wear your favorite Disney costume to Disneyland and after about 2 hours you were itchyIMG_1553 - Copy and wishing for some comfortable leggings and tennies.  Now that I am grown, costumes are banned by Disney’s policy:  Costumes may not be worn by Guests 14 years of age or older.  Hot Hubby and I cannot pass for 14 anymore.

 

 

 

 

So what is a girl to do?  Lucky for us, Leslie Kay invented DisneyBound-ing!  It is the art of dressing like the Disney characters with colors and style, without going “full costume”.  DisneyBound is meant to be inspiration for you to pull together your own outfits which work for your body and wallet whether from your closet or elaborate shopping spree.  It used to be restricted to the Parks, but Disney fans are spotting the style everywhere.  If you take the brightest colors in your wardrobe, you can put together a DisneyBound outfit for your next trip.  Below is an example from Leslie Kay’s site.

I tried to convince Hot Hubby to DisneyBound PeterPan on our last visit to Disneyland.  But he refused to even consider the green tights I had picked.  I will have to find a Disney character that wears blue jeans and a blue shirt.

Have you had any fun DisneyBound-ing?

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Oh Mickey, You’re So Fine!

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love Mickey Mouse.   I have tried to be subtle, but I have Mickey in every room of my house.   And I like to have “hidden” Mickey’s in places that you might not expect.   The way I think, you can never have too many Mickey Mouses.  When Hot Hubby first moved in, he would take pictures of the Mickey Mouses and send them to his kids.  I guess the Mickeys might be a little more than subtle?

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Hot Hubby and I are a perfect match, because he has a forest green thumb and mine is black and dying.  His amazing abilities have turned my barely surviving plants into flowering window gardens.  Who knew, from the two dying leaves, that they were even flowers available?IMG_1722

 

 

Yesterday, Hot Hubby came into the kitchen carrying a Mickey Mouse item and asked, “How does this water gage work?”  I studied the out of ink pen, that I had stuck into an artificial plant.   I said, “It is a broken pen.”  He started laughing.  Hot Hubby then explained that he has been watering the artificial plant for months now, but was stumped by its lack of progress.  What a loving man, to even take care of my artificial plants.

 

Do you have any favorite items in unusual places?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

Disney World Planning – Which Days?

I am so excited to be going to Disney World in Florida for 7 days in November.  But after the excitement, comes the planning.  I have already made my dining reservations, which you can do 180 days before your trip.

Next step, planning your Fast Pass selections, which you can do 60 days before your trip.  First, I have been researching and have determined which rides I want at each park and I wrote about that in a previous post.   Second, now I need to pick a day for each park, so I can choose the correct ride on the correct day.  It wouldn’t ruin my trip to just wing it, but this is my first trip with my new Bonus children (Hot Hubby’s children) and I am trying to look good….ha ha.

There are Four Parks.  During our visit , Epcot has the Food & Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Marathon and the Very Merry Christmas Party is going on at Disney  World.  These are definitely something to notice and schedule around.  The Food & Wine Festival will be fun, but will make Epcot very crowded on the weekend.   Very Merry Christmas party closes Disney World early and requires a separate ticket, so we will avoid that area, except for the day we have tickets!

We are traveling with little ones, so we will plan to be at the park early, leave after lunch for nap time (not sure who will need this most the kids, or Hot Hubby).  Then return to the park for late afternoon fun.

Here is my plan:

Sunday – Animal Kingdom – 9 am – 7 pm  start small and build up

Monday – Hollywood Studios – 9 am – 8 pm

Tuesday – Magic Kingdom 9am – 9 pm Late start to see Fantasmic

Wednesday –  Epcot – Princess dinner reservations

Thursday – Magic Kingdom – Very Merry Christmas Party

Friday – Magic Kingdom

I probably need to put a day off in there, but what should I move?  I am too excited to think about a day at the pool instead of a day with MICKEY!  Maybe if I just put two late start days into the schedule, I won’t be totally exhausted by Saturday…..but if I am….i can sleep at home!

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Hot Hubby in Disneyland

Hot Hubby in Disneyland

Whew!  We visited Disneyland together for the first time and it was a huge success.  I think this is the true test of a relationship.  If you like Disneyland together, you will stay together for ever.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

For our first visit, I wanted Hot Hubby to ride all of my favorite rides, but take in some of his favorite also.  We started by going left when we entered the gates.  So we hit Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean.  Hot Hubby was one of the first visitors to ride Pirates when it opened, so it holds a special place in his heart.

Next we got a fast pass for The Haunted Mansion and rode Splash Mountain and Winnie the Pooh. On Splash Mountain, we rode with a man and his daughter who made our souvenir picture really funny.  We got totally soaked, but Hot Hubby was a good sport, reason number 589 why I love this man.   There is a lot of construction in this area and I can’t wait to see Star Wars Land!   Then we ran back to The Haunted Mansion and made it just in time for our fast pass.  Hot Hubby is in good shape and never tired, which is reason number 590.

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Enjoying(?) Splash Mountain with Hot Hubby

Our next adventure was Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is so fun since the makeover.  It was so much fun and so non-crowded that we rode it twice.  I love the goat at the top who is chewing on a stick of dynamite.  Hot Hubby liked the rattlesnake, but he sees those at home, so maybe it is the familiarity?

Our next stop was Fantasyland.  We whizzed through London with Peter Pan, escaped the Evil Queen with Snow White and barely survived Mr Toad’s Wild Ride.  Alice was too long a line, but we Tea Cupped until we might puke.  As always, we ended Fantasyland with the Carousel.

We headed over the Matterhorn for fast passes and rode It’s a Small World, twice because Hot Hubby enjoyed it so much.  There were two laughing hyenas that I have not noticed before, but they were especially funny today.  So we had to ride it twice to laugh again.

Mickey Toon Town was next and Go  Coaster and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  This one is a family favorite, because my daughter is named Jessica after Jessica Rabbit.  So we always take a picture next to Jessica’s stage door, as a trip memento.  I have pictures of our family at every stage of life, by that Stage Door.

Whew!  I have so much to share, but I am running out of time.   Join me again and I will finish the day.   Thanks for stopping by!

Walt Disney World Autographs

I heard that my cousin was planning a trip to Disney World to see my favorite Mouse.  She had already ordered your park hopper tickets and was staying in the Contemporary Hotel.  Love that hotel, because the monorail makes it so easy to get to the Magic Kingdom.  She had gotten her magic bands and ordered your fast passes and making restaurant reservations.  Here is the advice I provided about autographs:
In the contemporary hotel lobby, is our favorite restaurant.  Chef Mickey.  It just started serving lunch also.  This restaurant serves great kid, friendly meals, mac & cheese, peanut butter and jelly pizza, chicken nuggets, while also serving Prime Rib, caesar salad, baked potatoes, and yummy adult food.  In addition, they have 6-8 characters who stop by your table and take pictures, sign autographs or just talk.  We usually schedule this early in our trip, so the pressure is off for getting so many autographs.  Also, while you are waiting for your table, they will take a picture of the entire family with a character.  Just remember to give them your phone or camera, and they will take a great picture for free.
We have tried a multitude of different signing options, autograph books, t-shirts, pillowcases and tote bags.  Our two favorites are the plain while pillowcases and the plain white book bags.  I carried an assortment of colored permanent markers and had each character sign with a different color.  Then the kids can take their bags to and from school and remember the trip for a long time.  The pillowcase was good for remembering, but they didn’t get to show their friends as much.  Do not recommend the t-shirt idea, because the characters have to get too close to sign them and the ink goes away quickly after 5-10 washes.
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Don’t try to do everything. You will go back.  Oh yea, I forgot that they have a place, Fantasy Faire or something like that has a bunch of princesses in one place for autographs.  So you can knock them out with one time in line and get back to Dumbo.
 Thought you would enjoy.  What are your tips for autographs?