Monday, July 20, 2015

Walt Disney World Refurbishments for July - December 2015

Magic Kingdom 
 
Liberty Tree Tavern July 6 – November 19, 2015
Walt Disney World Railroad October 12 -- November 20, 2015
Liberty Square Riverboat August 4 – 10, 2015 
Dream Along with Mickey July 18 - August 22, 2015 
Pirates of the Caribbean June 8e Riverboat August 4 – 10, 201

Epcot
Living With The Land September 8 -- September 17, 2015 

Hollywood Studios 
Voyage of the Little Mermaid September 7 – September 10, 2015 

Monorail 
March 10, 2015 – Summer 2015 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Express monorail beam, which runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Guests arriving at the Ticket & Transportation Center during downtimes will be directed to the ferry boats.

Water Parks

Blizzard Beach Water Park
Closed for Annual Refurbishment October 25, 2015 -- January 2, 2016
Typhoon Lagoon
Closed for Annual Refurbishment January 3, 2016 -- March 12, 2016

Resorts

Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Guest Room Renovations October 13, 2014 – August 22, 2015

Disney's Polynesian Resort
General Construction December, 2013 through December, 2015

Polynesian 
East Pool Mid April 2015 – Early 2016

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Coronado Springs Casitas leisure pool, fitness center and salon July 5 - October 12, 2015

Disney's Contemporary Resort
Contemporary Resort feature pool September 8-10, 2015 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Foodie Friday: Disney dinners!!


So unfortunately we do not have a Disney trip scheduled this year, the Army decided to deploy the hubby again next year so we are doing a lot of family time on the weekends here in Kansas and making our time together count. But we are a Disney family and so we keep Disney alive in our everyday lives!  One way we do this now is by having Disney dinners! I have been coming up with themed nights and trying to make the food and decorations themed around a movie. It's been a huge success and my kiddos can't wait for the next one each week!!  So far we have done Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo, Mulan, Cinderella, Monsters Inc, Cars and Princess and the Frog!!  And I have big plans for more!! Some have been really simple and some I have done a little more for!  Have you ever had a Disney dinner?  Will you now??



Magical Mikey kisses and hugs!!

April.










So unfortunately we do not have a Disney trip scheduled this year, the Army decided to deploy the hubby again next year so we are doing a lot of family time on the weekends here in Kansas and making our time together count. But we are a Disney family and so we keep Disney alive in our everyday lives!  One way we do this now is by having Disney dinners! I have been coming up with themed nights and trying to make the food and decorations themed around a movie. It's been a huge success and my kiddos can't wait for the next one each week!!  So far we have done Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo, Mulan, Cinderella, Monsters Inc, Cars and Princess and the Frog!!  And I have big plans for more!! Some have been really simple and some I have done a little more for!  Have you ever had a Disney dinner?  Will you now??



Magical Mikey kisses and hugs!!

April. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DisneySide @Home Celebration Kit

I was lucky enough to have gotten picked once again to host a Disney home celebration,and I am beyond excited! Last year we were also chosen, and we had one of the best times with our Toy Story party.

 It all started with signing up for the hostess kit and being chosen out of thousands of applicants. I actually thought I had missed the deadline, but a day later, I got that magical Mickey mail saying I had be picked. I don't know who was more excited, me or my kids!

 So, next comes the waiting for the pixie dusted box to arrive.  Bursting full of Disney goodness! Tons of goodies just waiting to be used for our party.



 The box we recieved was Mickey and friends themed,which was great for what we wanted to do. We love Mickey and all of his pals! We decided to have a Disney Love theme for our party. We are still in the planning stages, but this is what we have so far.

 For food:
 A Valentine's day mix like chex mix
 Heart shaped veggies
 Chocolate covered strawberries
 Heart shaped pizzas/sandwiches
 Sweetheart punch
 Mickey rice crispy treat

Decorations:
We are going to make a lot of the decorations at home with our printer. I am going to do Disney movie love quotes,and make small poster to hang about the room. We are going to have balloons, and Mickey love chains. Red pink and white napkins straws ect.

 Games:
We are planning on playing pin the smile/Kiss on Mickey,Disney trivia, and Disney bingo,and something for the little ones to do. PLus were going to make treat boxes and fill them with candy to take home.

 Photo op:
OUr photo op,I am planning on cutting out small hearts and taping them to the wall, there gonna start out as small Mickey heads, and end in hearts. You will have to see what I mean in a later blog.

So,what did this kit include?

Pin the smile on Mickey, Mini DIY treat boxes,Mini mouse treat boxes, 2 palace pets,2 pks of pencils, Minnie cupcake stand, Mickey cake pan,2 pks of plates, 2 pks of cups,party decoration, crayons, trivia game, Bingo game, cake mix, coupons, Minnie mouse baggies, Invitations,tattoos,stickers,table cloths,10 pks of HP printer paper cards,a few laundry samples and a big tub of All detergent tabs.Sorry if I missed anything.

Our party is planned for the second week in February around Valentine's day.

 Thank you so much BSM media.

Friday, February 20, 2015

My DisneySide @Home Celebration-Villain Edition

**I received free products in order to host my #DisneySide @ Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. **


    I was so excited to have my party! We scheduled it for February 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM. The villain theme had everyone excited.  My oldest was the hunter from Bambi and we had Darla, Syndrome and Gaston, as well.
I was the Queen of Hearts!
My husband as Syndrome
The Hunter
 We put the finishing touches on costumes and decor as people started arriving.

Doors decorated as a deck of cards
Centerpieces
    There were several local events and sicknesses going around but I still had a great turn out of 17 adults and kids. I had Maleficent playing on the TV in the main room. After everyone arrived and I introduced them, I invited them to partake in some poisonous vittles and potions.

Poison vittles
Everyone loved Vader's Taters
Heart Marshmallows

















One special treat was Snow White's poison apple, it was delicious!


    As people were wrapping up with eating, I showed them the room that was set up with a photobooth. There were famous villains available for photos, but no autographs were allowed.

Elsa and Queen of Hearts
Gaston and Cruella
Maleficent and Darla
    There were several games supplied in the kit so we had a blast playing them!

Word Search
Gaston calling Bingo
Ready to pin the mouth on Mickey
The mouths on Mickey

The winner of each game was awarded door prizes that were supplied by Twinings Tea, my friends at  Sydney's Thotful Spot and our pal Smart Moms, Sassy Daughters.


  All guests left with a goody bag of treats from the kit  that included a luggage tag from Disney, a coupon for a Beyond Meat product, button from the new Cinderella movie and Dalmatian fingernail file from Princessa.

  Thanks again to Disney, Mom Select and all of the sponsors for my successful Disneyside 2015 party!

**I received free products in order to host my #DisneySide @ Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. **

Thursday, February 12, 2015

DisneySide @Home Celebration Party Planning

   **I received free products in order to host my #DisneySide @ Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

   I was so excited to find out that I had been chosen again to be a part of an amazing group of folks showing my DisneySide! The planning began as we anxiously waited for the package that was to be a villain theme.
My box has arrived
My family loves the villain side of Disney. When the box arrived, we tore into it quickly. I loved the tub of All and Wisk laundry detergent and the Twinings tea!

Some of the freebies in my box
   My whole family got in on the action. The kids helped with the menu and decor. We shopped for food and items to add that villainous touch to each room. I even had some very talented friends donate a few handmade prizes. Thanks so much to my pals at Smart Moms, Sassy Daughters and Sydney's ThotfulSpot for the awesome donations!

Giveaway table
   The night before the party we began preparing the food. We had a blast together making the Ursula mini cupcakes, poison Apple salad and my favorite Disney snack- caramel poison apples!

Making poison apples
We made signs to put on each food item and drink. It was awesome to see the ideas my kids were coming up with.

   I can't wait to share the actual party details!

   **I received free products in order to host my #DisneySide @ Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, February 9, 2015

You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here: Magic Kingdom Evacuations


I know that facing an emergency evacuation is the last thing on anyone’s mind when they visit the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, but it could happen.  Rest assured that cast members are ready for these situations and have been trained on exactly what to do if they should arise.  I have never been a part of an evacuation as a guest or a cast member but I thought I would run down the 3 levels of evacuation that you may encounter depending on the severity of the emergency. 
As Usual
Guests would be asked to exit the park in an orderly fashion just as they would any other time.  Cast Members would of course be assisting with crowd control and have out their air traffic control wands.  This is for an evacuation where time is not necessarily a factor but there is still reason to evacuate the park.


Just a normal exit from the park after fireworks.
Best Possible Route

Guests would be asked to exit the park and routes that would not normally be traveled by guests would be opened to allow for a faster evacuation.  These routes may take guests into cast member only areas backstage.  Safety is the most important thing to everyone at Walt Disney World, so for these emergency situations the veil of “magic” may be lifted temporarily to ensure the safety of the guests.  Sometimes these routes are used in very high traffic times of the year as well to help ease the flow of traffic down Main Street U.S.A.  They have used one such route so much that they decided to sprinkle some pixie dust on that area so when they do need to use it the guest’s experience is not ruined in any way.  Such a Disney thing to do!
Adventureland: To the left of Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland: To the left of Splash Mountain
Where parades will originate or end.

From both above locations you exit out to the right of the
Fire Station in Town Square
(The exit that I'm sure many of you have used is just to the left of the Plaza Restaurant and lets you out up by Tony's Town Square.  This is the one I mentioned before that will surely be getting more frequent use.)
Take Cover

Guests would be immediately escorted down to the utilidors under the Magic Kingdom.  We all know that the tunnels under Magic Kingdom are used by cast members to come and go from their locations and where a lot of the behind the scenes operations occur.  There is an incredible amount of space down there as well and in an extreme weather emergency, like a hurricane, cast members will have no problem evacuating guests down to the first floor of the Magic Kingdom for their safety.  If you think it is bad how the cast members ask you to move down the row and fill in all available space, imagine if every guest in the Magic Kingdom is evacuated down into the utilidors.

This is just another example of how the cast members at Walt Disney World do the worrying for us.  We can visit Walt Disney World and only worry about whether to take a poncho or if we will need sunscreen.  The cast members at the Walt Disney World Resort are always prepared and alert to the other things that could possibly endanger their guests.  If you ever are in one of these situations please understand that the steps the cast members are asking you to complete are for your own safety.  Cooperate as fully as you can with the cast members’ requests and realize that inconveniencing you in any way is the last thing that these cast members wanted to do.  They want to ensure you are safe so that they can see your smiling, happy face visiting their park again.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Foodie Friday: Treats in The World Showcase: Japan

Every time we go to Epcot, I have to go into Mitsukoshi Dept store in Japan. It is one of my favorite stops, the Japanese items are nice, and the anime is cool, but I go for the candy!

 Japan has a unique array of fun foods and they are very budget friendly too! So, for just a buck or two you can enjoy something like rice candy where you actually eat the wrappers.

 I am starting to get more daring with the choices I make, I always look for the new items each time I go. So, this last trip we got a few things to try out and they were all very yummy.

 So first was Jelly candy. I usually always have to pick up a bag of jelly candy as my hubby and kids go crazy over it. This time they had the jellies in a brick form instead of in a small cup, so I got those for only 2.99 for 10 small pieces. You peel out the outer plastic layer, the next layer is rice paper, so you eat the second wrapper, and enjoy the jelly. The flavor we chose was strawberry.  It was pretty good.



 Next we picked up Tohato wheat crackers, which are a Japanese cookie. These are packed in packs of 4 and are super thin and buttery. They reminded me a lot of a town house cracker, but thinner and lighter. These were a great deal at only 3.49.



 Next was Calbee Bean snack. These are sometimes in small bags, and come in 4 single serve bags, which is great for sharing. They are only 3.29. These tasted like the veggie chips I get in the grocery store. They were shaped in tiny little hearts,and were super light and a perfect small snack.




 The last thing we picked up this trip was something called Cream Collon They are a wheat cracker, and have cream inside them. They are just like a combo to me, they had that same feel to them. They were stuffed with some form of vanilla cream, again super light, and yummy.These were only 2.99 a box.



 For the hot times don't forget outside in the small kiosk, they sell ice pops that are only 2.00, Perfect for the smaller kiddies.

So, if you're in the mood for some fun snacks, don't just walk on by Mitsukoshi while in Epcot's Japan.