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A Not So Magical Disney Moment

Ack! Disney wasn’t magical? How can that be?!

The first trip that we took our 8 month old daughter to Disney World was amazing. She had such a great time and was really into meeting Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy.

The only problem was, I was holding in my hand the diaper that should have been on her bottom.

That’s right, she was diaper less (had a diaper cover on) and we were at the mercy of her bladder. Thankfully she didn’t have any accidents for the whole 20 minutes we waited in line and the 5-7 min of picture taking and greeting her favorite characters. But why wasn’t she wearing a diaper?

We had taken my husband’s parents with us and when we went to get in line we forgot the diaper bag back at the stroller. The baby of course had pee peed and was crying incessantly. The only way to save the situation was to take off her diaper and make her happy again. There was really no way around it. So we prayed she didn’t have to go anymore.

The picture we have clearly shows me holding a neatly folded used diaper in my hand. So much for the magic! Thankfully she was happy and giggly for Mickey and ever since then she’s loved her “Mocky Mouw.”

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Our Favorite Disney Vloggers: The Tim Tracker

Tim Tracker is must know name in the Disney World. You Tube sensations Tim & Jen make a video every day and they’ve been vlogging for the past 9 1/2 years!

With millions of hits for every single video they produce, they are quickly becoming a Disney Icon while not actually belonging to Disney whatsoever.

While my husband and I have yet to meet them in person, that is one of our ultimate Disney goals someday. They no longer do meet ups due to their ever growing fame. So to catch an opportunity to say hi and meet them is holy grail happened upon by chance.

Jen and Tim live near Orlando and have annual passes to all the theme parks. While they do tour and blog on all theme parks, they are widely known for the tours of Disney.

Hugely inspirational, Disney has even extended VIP passes to Tim Tracker for pre-opening events. Their latest was just last month when Toy Story Land opened at Walt Disney World in Hollywood Studios.

Fans cannot get enough of their videos and recently, they announced that they would be shutting down their P.O. Box. Which is so unfortunate! I was planning on sending them a pair of my handcrafted Mickey Ears! But obviously they have received so much fan memorabilia that they have no more room to store it all.

The most important, I believe, is that this adorable couple embody the American small family spirit. Their dog Bandit also stars in most of the videos. This is their life and they embrace it to the fullest!

They are right in the action of the latest and greatest cameras for vlogging and capture the Today’s culture of taking hold of every moment on camera.

So thanks Tim and Jen for spreading the Disney Magic and making it easier for everyone to navigate the realm of Disney Theme Parks all the while being so much fun and entertaining!

Just type in The Tim Tracker on YouTube. The videos are addicting and we usually watch them instead of regular TV to get our Disney Fix in between trips 🙂

Let us know if you have had the special opportunity to meet these guys!  What’s your favorite Tim Tracker Video?

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Don’t Forget Your Magical Disney Crew Members

Everywhere you go there are people working at the most magical place on earth. Every single one gets into character and lives and breathes Disney. How Disney makes sure that every single Crew member is magical and never makes a fuss, it’s a mystery to us. Everyone loves their job and has a smile on their face!

One of my favorite parts of being a Disney guest is seeing where are the workers are from.

On their name tag which looks identical every where in the park, is listed their name and the city and country they are from. The diversity is spectacular!

Especially when you get to Epcot and visit the Showcase of the World. Each country’s restaurant and gift shop employs people from that country.

Another of my favorite things to do when visiting Disney is to meet these people and here about who they are. So we do this when it’s a long bus ride back home and we are the only ones on the bus. Or if we just happen to naturally bring up conversation we will ask how did they decide to work at Disney? Do you have any kids, grandkids? We find out about who they are but everywhere we go, they never bash their job. Most say it’s not even a job to them.

Sometimes, my husband and I will try to ask them the real scoop. And usually we get a genuine answer. But everyone we talk to loves what they do and have usually come out of retirement to work for the Mouse.

That’s just so neat! So next time you are at Disney, get to know your bus driver! Get to know the crew worker. Get to know the business man sitting on you bus who is touring Disney for his job.

You will find more magic hidden in these peoples stories and experiences!

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New Round of Future Mickey Ears

I went fabric shopping today! I hand-make each pair of Mickey ears from scratch 🙂

These new patterns will be my take on Winnie the Pooh Bear, Minnie Mouse, and Mulan. Eeek! So excited!

As always I do NOT sell my handmade ears! They go into my collection due to Disney Copyright.

Who’s your favorite Disney Character? Who would inspire your ears?

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An Honest Disney Room Review

My family has stayed at several Disney Hotels over the last couple years. You might be surprised at some of the rankings.

1. Animal Kingdom Lodge-The Beds were amazingly comfy. We had a great nights sleep!

Highly Recommend Safari View if you are planning to spend a good number of hours at the hotel.

2.Pop century is actually my next favorite!! Surprising because it’s a Value Level resort! They just updated a bunch of their rooms and we had the opportunity to try one out! The concept is fabulous. One of the main beds goes up into the wall and creates a table and more space to walk around during the day. Once it’s time for bedtime, pull the bed down and it’s just as sturdy as the other permanent bed! We got a great nights sleep and the comfort level was as good as a moderate level!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ElA1KTVYxWg

3. Coronado -one of my favorites. Large, spacious and clean. Well designed. Relaxing theme. Although it’s not very Disney like because this resort is more used for businesses.

4. Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms-Small but well themed. Defiantly a lot of Disney Magic. Beds not as comfy as Pop Century or moderate resorts. Amazing Lobby!

5. All-Star Music – small. Ok for a couple. Not my favorite but definitely a budget friendly option.

Now I will tell you what we thought of the hotels that we visited but didn’t stay at.

Don’t bash me on this but we hated the contemporary. The whole lobby in the middle made it look like the rooms would be not so sound proof. If you have stayed here please let us know what you thought!

The Polynesian is beautiful but the lobby is sooooo busy, I’m not sure if we would choose to stay here on a relaxing trip. But awesome place to explore and eat!

But our ultimate place we love is Boulder Ridge. We hope to visit there soon! It is so quiet hardly anyone goes through there. So serene and beautiful! Plus the aroma that Disney pumps into the air reminds us of Christmas 💜 if I could own DVC there, that would be the ultimate dream.

So let us know where you like to stay! Let us know if you liked a resort that we didn’t care for! There is so much variety with Disney that there’s something for everyone!

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A Not So Magical Disney Moment

Ack! Disney wasn’t magical? How can that be?!

The first trip that we took our 8 month old daughter to Disney World was amazing. She had such a great time and was really into meeting Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy.

The only problem was, I was holding in my hand the diaper that should have been on her bottom.

That’s right, she was diaper less (had a diaper cover on) and we were at the mercy of her bladder. Thankfully she didn’t have any accidents for the whole 20 minutes we waited in line and the 5-7 min of picture taking and greeting her favorite characters. But why wasn’t she wearing a diaper?

We had taken my husband’s parents with us and when we went to get in line we forgot the diaper bag back at the stroller. The baby of course had pee peed and was crying incessantly. The only way to save the situation was to take off her diaper and make her happy again. There was really no way around it. So we prayed she didn’t have to go anymore.

The picture we have clearly shows me holding a neatly folded used diaper in my hand. So much for the magic! Thankfully she was happy and giggly for Mickey and ever since then she’s loved her “Mocky Mouw.”

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Classic Disney Princess Headband

 

Extra plushy ears are made from a no longer available Princess Print!

On the left ear is Cinderella and on the right is Snow White.

Beautiful cursive written sentences surround the framed princesses.

Ears are trimmed in silver rope on top and white pearls on bottom.

Blue bow is fixed with 3 pearls in center.

Headband is a bright cerulean blue. These are perfect for wearing at the Magic Kingdom!

We both make Headbands but this was my sole creation.

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A Colorful Guide to Disney Springs

Disney Springs is just as magical as Disney World. There are so many exciting stores with so many fun experiences. Also all of these pictures I took myself! The warm bright Florida Sun paired with the beautiful colors at Disney Springs makes for an amazing day for shopping, relaxing, and exploring the world around you!

Best part about it is it’s FREE to get in and there are plenty of samples to try out!

So here are my favorite experiences.

1. Basin- a free spa experience try as many sugar scrubs as you desire the ambiance is truly relaxing

Free Sugar Scrubs for everyone! My favorite is orange dreamsicle. It’s so soft and luxurious.
Bath Bomb Towers

2. Rain forest cafe (fish tanks)- step on in to see several huge fish tanks and a jungle like atmosphere. Better yet come on it an eat some grub!

3. Ghirardelli- free chocolate samples and my favorite drink of all. Which is not even on the menu! They customized it for me and we told them they should nickname it The Gwen if they ever put it on their menu.

It’s basically a glorified Chocolate Milk. But it’s a cold hot-chocolate. It’s really a meal in itself if you get the large 🙂

I am fully enjoying my Cold Not Hot Chocolate

4. Uniqlo- this clothing store is not set up like American clothing chains. Step into another country and shop shop shop!

5. Blaze pizza- customer designed pizzas fired up in the stone ovens. Best tasting pizza pies!

6. Morimoto Asia- all your sushi cravings and it’s from a famous chef

Street Food Morimoto ASIA. Sushi Roll. Delish!

7. Sprinkles- a cupcake shop and cupcake atm! What? Yes that’s right! A cupcake atm. And the set up is perfect for an Instagram photo op!

Welcome to Sprinkles!
Fantastic Sprinkled Cupcakes!
Cupcake ATM Yes Please!

You can’t go wrong with checking out Disney Springs. It’s free. It’s Disney. It’s so much fun! So if you are in Orlando, this is the place to be!

Let us know which stores/restaurant are your favorites! I will admit we have yet to visit some of the more iconic restaurants and we would love your feedback!

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Tokyo Bound!

Our Big Dream: Tokyo Disneyland

Our most recent goal, and this would be our biggest Disney dream yet, is to go to Tokyo Disneyland!

We have been watching a lot of videos mainly made by The Tim Tracker. (If you don’t know Tim & Jen you are missing out! Check out their blog videos online!

They recently went to Japan and were so inspiring that we have decided to make the trip overseas! Now when this will happen, we don’t know. We kind of want to wait a few years so that way our daughter can remember the trip.

Most people would say that Disneyland Tokyo is actually way better and more magical than Disney World which is ironic because Disneyland Tokyo isn’t even owned by Disney!

They do such a great job though and they go over the top for everything but in a good way! Between all the costumes the rides the atmosphere and ambience it’s an amazing two parks! I’m especially excited about the little mermaid theater as it’s very techy compared to Disney World little mermaid show. Also the parade has dazzling colors and exciting choreographed dancers. Plus the Fantasmic show blows the US version out of the water. It’s so good!

So I’m sure we will be posting more about our progress on planning the trip! So stay tuned for some exciting adventures!

So let us know in the comments how far you have traveled to go to Disney! Where did you go? What did you like about where you went?

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Planning The Full Disney Dining Experience

Most recently, I have been working on deciding between upgrading to the regular dining plan or just keeping the “free” quick service dining plan that comes with our room. Quick service versus table service or buffets would be basically the difference between going to a counter restaurant like Culvers, and a sit down restaurant like Red Lobster, or in some cases a fancy buffet. We will be staying at the All Star Sports in November, which with the “free dining” promotion is about the cheapest you can go to disney, eat tons of food, and stay on property in the entire year.

For some extra money, you can upgrade to the traditional dining, which is around 22.99 per day per person. Overall for the 7 nights we will have the free dining (we’re staying an 8th night also at all stars booked as a split stay because of how the free dining dates fell) it would be around $320.00 extra. You also have to account for the tip. By doing this we would go from having 2 quick service meals per day, to 1 quick service, and 1 table service meal.

Including tip, we’d be about $480.00 for our overall cost to upgrade. We would lose the 1 quick service meal per day, but gain a table service or buffet. If we were to do the plan I have in place and paid cash out of pocket, overall the cost would be an extra $1100.00 for just the buffets/table service restaurants alone.

That’s a savings of around $600.00.

However, it’s a luxury to have table service over quick service. These are the types of decisions you get to make, when you save on the front end for  your trip. We’re in a less expensive room, so we have a lot more “budget” left for our trip. Since I pay for everything with gift cards I purchase on credit cards, and for fuel points, every dollar I spend only costs me around $.80 when you account for money saved on fuel and credit card cash back. So overall, our real cost would be $400.00 for what would have cost us around $1100.00.

Always remember to pay off the cards as fast as possible for zero interest.

Which option would you go with?

-John M.

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My Favorite Piece of Disney Magic

Old School Mickey Meets Newly Designed Mickey Mouse

Disney will have you convinced that there is magic in this world. From the emotional response of experiencing all your childhood Disney dreams, to the pumped aromas and the sights of bubbles in the air. But my most favorite piece of the Magic is a two part process that starts at the end of the night. After experiencing wonderful things all day, the huge firework display and the blasting of all your favorite Disney songs through the speakers is incredible. We aren’t even at the topping of the cake yet. Skip the ride back to the hotel because you’re just sweaty, tired, and exhausted. The real magic is after your clean from the day and turn on the tv and watch Mickey Mouse stories before bed. Your legs ache, your feet hurt, you collapse from exhaustion in the clean cool Disney bed. Being around family, pondering what you’ve experienced today and imagining the possibilities and new adventures tomorrow, thats what the magic is all about. There’s just something about it that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful. Like you are home.

“Happy Ever After” Firework Show only gets more magical the more times you see it