Tag: Newlyweds

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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Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

I love to plan my Disney Vacation.  I like to learn about the new rides and which ones are undergoing refurbishment.   I like to read the Blogs about 101 Things To Do, Top 10 Things to Eat and 20 Things Not To Do.  Disney is my hobby, and I like to know all that I can.

Before a Disney trip, I study the park maps.  Look over the restaurant menus and make reservations.  Talk to friends.  Schedule my Fastpasses.  Then I create a general plan for the days.  But don’t plan every minute.  Disney is magical and you will want to have time to wander.  Take those unexpected pictures.  Share those laughs and discover the magic.

At the entrance to the park, they have a free park map.  You can pick one up for your scrapbook, but I don’t think you need the paper map anymore.  We love the Disneyland App, that lets you know what rides have long lines and we zip around looking for shorter lines.  We also watch our favorites and ride them whenever their lines are less.

The best part of Disney is that everyone can be a kid again.  Believe in Fairies.  Be a Princess.  Talk like a Pirate.  Have Fun and forget being a grown up until tomorrow.075

It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World

I love the ride It’s A Small World.  It is one of my favorites.   I love both versions, the “normal” one and when they change it for the Winter holidays and all of the children sing, “Jingle Bells”.  When my children were little, they called the winter version “It’s a Snow World”.IMG_0500

One of my favorite memories on that ride, was a time when the music stopped midway through.  Our entire boat began singing the song together.  By the time, we entered the last room, all of the boats were singing together.  It made me glad that it is a Small World and one song can bring us together.

What is your favorite part of It’s a Small World?

To Whip or Not to Whip

To Whip or Not to Whip

I have been doing Disney for most of my life.  But it wasn’t until this past trip, that I actually tried a Dole Whip.   If you are like me, you always saw the long line and thought, “Nothing is that good.”

I did my research and found out that I could skip the line, by going into the Tiki Room Waiting Area, and buying my Whip there.  Okay, so now the line is no longer an excdole whipuse.

I researched the calories and according to MyFitnessPal the Dole Whip is pretty good:

Disneyland – Dole Whip
Calories 80 Sodium
Total Fat 0 g Potassium
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars
Okay, so maybe it was time to buck up and try a Whip.  It was delightful.  Cool, refreshing and so light.  The perfect snack on a hot day. I am a fan!    What do you think?  Whip or No Whip?
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?

The Good, The Bad and Hot Hubby

I may have mentioned that I am a newlywed and our marriage had its first test….we just returned from our first trip to Disneyland & California Adventure—together.  I must admit, I was very nervous, because if Hot Hubby doesn’t love Disneyland…this might be a short marriage.

The trip went beautifully.  We even wore our Newlywed t-shirts, so we got special attention wherever we went.   It is quite special to see two old people newlyweds.   I won’t begin to tell you how excited my mother is that I finally found the man of my dreams…but that is another story.

As it was our first trip, we started in California Adventure.  We rode all of the rides and below is our Rating of the Good, the Bad and Hot Hubby’s pick.

The Good:  Four white fingers straight up for Cars Land!  We loved Radiator Springs Racers and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.  Four more white fingers for Frozen Live at the Hyperion, although Hot Hubby slept, it brought tears of joy to my eyes.  The highlight of our day was California Screamin’, although Hot Hubby skipped lunch, because his stomach couldn’t handle food after going upside down. IMG_0529

The Bad:  Although we enjoyed the Grizzly River Run, we were drenched twice on the ride and the hour wait turned Hot Hubby into Grumpy Patch. World of Color was amazing, but we forgot to get Fast Passes, so we had to stand in the back row…next time we will remember.   Maybe.

Hot Hubby’s pick of the day was the Mickey Mouse Shaped Sourdough Bread from Pacific Wharf Cafe!  Although he felt a little guilty tearing off Mickey’s ear, he loved every bite.  And everything tastes better when it is shaped like Mickey Mouse.

Below are some pictures of the day, although we ate the bread, before I got the picture.  Let me know what your favorite parts of California Adventure are!IMG_0534