Tag: Planning

Pajamas for Christmas

It is fall and the stores are featuring pumpkin spice everything, which can only mean one thing….Christmas is coming!  I love Christmas, but I am the worst at buying presents.  Especially for my 10 grandchildren.  They have different interests and keep growing faster than I can track.  But I have found one gift that works every time.  Pajamas!


rapunzel nightgown

Disney offers a myriad of pajamas from beautiful princess nightgowns to cool Stitch onesies.  Whatever the interest of the child, there are pajamas to match.  I can handle all of the presents in one location and they are shipped directly to their new home.  And the children are growing so quickly, I am guaranteed that they will need a new one next year.

Don’t you think Hot Hubby will love personalized Mickey Pajamas?

Mickey pajamas

Eating with Character

Eating with Character

There are so many dining options at the Disney locations.  You can eat fast, you can eat slow.  There is junk food and fine dining.  The options are amazing.  But if you have kids, you have to try the Character Meals.

Our personal favorite is Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland.  They have a similar Chef Mickey in Disney World, located in the Contemporary Hotel.  I have heard that it is cheaper to eat breakfast, but we love Goofy for Dinner!

Make a reservation and show up a few minutes early.  There are cartoons playing for the kids and a casual lounge for the parents.   The event begins with a Character greeting and a group picture.  The pictures are usually the best pictures of our trip…maybe because of the wait in the lounge?

The food is served buffet style, so you can eat as much as you want or even more than that, if you can squeeze it in.   For the kids, there is Goofyroni and Cheese, an assortment of pizzas and Pluto’s hot dogs.  The parents are treated to Fresh Fish, a Carving Station, Salad bar, Assorted vegetable selections and so much more.   But the creme de la creme is the Dessert Station.  It is amazing.  I can’t begin to describe all of the choices and the deliciousness is endless.

disney minnie character breakfast

While you are enjoying the relaxing atmosphere, an assortment of characters comes to your table, spends time signing autographs, taking pictures and talking to the guests.  There are intermittent Dance Parties throughout the night, where Chef Goofy comes out and leads the dancing.  Goofy is pretty good, but he hasn’t got Hot Hubby’s boogie shoes.  Whenever we visiting Disneyland with kids, we enjoy one meal with Goofy.  You should too.

 

 

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

Is MaxPass Goofy’s Son?

Disneyland is introducing MaxPass on July 19, 2017.  I am not sure whether to be happy or sad.  The “introductory” price is $10, which means it will definitely go up soon.

Let’s go through the benefits and there are two:maxpass

First, you can download your Fast Passes directly to your phone.  I think this is a HUGE benefit.  You don’t have to go to the kiosk and you don’t have to keep track of those little bitty tickets.   If it works as explained, you can just download them from where you are.  So you leave Haunted Mansion and want to get Space Mountain tickets, BING!  right on your phone.   No more traipsing around the park and splitting up to get Fast passes on  your way to another location.

On the other hand, I usually spend half my day walking back and forth across the park to get and use those Fast passes….do you think I won’t burn as many calories and I will have to eat less Disney food?  That could be the only minus that I see.

The next benefit is a Disney PhotoPass.  According to the Disney Website, “It was designed for Disney parks so that everyone in your group could be captured in photos. Rather than having that one person who holds the camera or mobile device missing from your entire trip history, he or she can now be seen! It’s a Disney miracle.” Now this would be great, except my children would rather die than take any pictures with me.  I can remember when they were little and would smile and pose….then they grew up.  I can imagine that for maybe one day the Photopass would be great.  I could make Hot Hubby pose for some fun pictures.

The Disney PhotoPass gives you unlimited downloads of all of the pictures taken by the Disney Photographers. “Magic Shots are also included. Simply ask your Disney PhotoPass Photographer to pose you for a Magic Shot, and a select Disney Character or fun surprise will appear in your photo after it’s taken.” from the Disney website.  These are the photos that you see on Facebook, where the family is holding Tinkerbell in their hand, or other special effects.

For a great explanation of how the new MaxPass works and how to use the app, UnderCover Tourist has a great explanation on their website:  UnderCover Tourist

We are heading to Disneyland in 2 weeks, and I know we will purchase MaxPass at least one day of the trip.  I will keep you posted about how it worked.

When is your next trip to Disneyland?