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Posted on February 23, 2017

Best Spots to Take Pictures in Disney World + FREE Printable List & Planning Sheet

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Best Spots to take Pictures in Disney World

When you head to Disney, there are likely to be many things on your mind!  Did you pick up those last minute dollar store items?  Did you stop your mail delivery?  Did you ship snacks to your Disney Resort?  Did you pay the pet sitter?  Did you look into purchasing Disney’s Memory Maker?  Did you check the weather forecast for Disney and make any necessary adjustments to your packing?  Did you print your airplane boarding passes (or fill up with gas tank if you’re driving to Disney)?

Before long, your much-anticipated vacation countdown hits zero and it’s time to drop your bags in your room and get to the Parks!  One thing that we always (ALWAYS) have on us at ALL times during Disney trips is a camera.  It could be the DSLR, or it might just be our phone – but we never (ever) leave our hotel without bringing some sort of camera to capture those Disney Memories.

With the help of a couple friends (thanks, Heather and Sarah!), us moms have put together a list of our very favorite spots in Disney to snap some memorable pictures of our families.   Check out the bottom of this post for a printable list of these locations to take with you on your trip.

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Posted on February 1, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to a Halloween Disney Cruise

Disney Halloween Cruise Guide

There are a lot of things to consider when you book a Disney Cruise.  You will need to think about school and/or work schedules, cruise ports and itineraries, transportation options to get to the port, time of year and typical weather.  That’s really just the top of the list as there are many variables to consider before you go ahead and click that “book” button.  One thing that we did last year that we have NEVER done before was to sail on a Disney ship over Halloween.  We booked a “Halloween on the High Seas” 7-night sailing on the Disney Magic out of New York City.  We were pleasantly surprised at how fun it was to celebrate Halloween at sea!  There were many holiday-themed events, activities, parties and treats to enjoy.  I’m putting them all together in this Halloween Disney Cruise Guide in the hopes that it will be helpful to you as you consider booking your own Halloween Disney Cruise!

When does Disney run their Halloween Cruises?  While the itineraries can vary slightly from year to year, the “Halloween on the High Seas” cruises are typically offered on most sailings between mid-September and the end of October.  Halloween cruises occur on all 4 ships in Disney’s fleet.  An itinerary  will be listed as a “Halloween on the High Seas” cruise if it is, indeed, a holiday sailing.

Are the ships decorated for Halloween?  In one word: YES!  There are decorations all over the place!  There is a huge pumpkin tree in the atrium of the ship. Each tree is unique to its ship and they have a backstory which you can learn about in this video:

Our pumpkin tree on the Disney Magic was named “Reap.” Reap had big empty branches when we boarded the ship. The first night of the cruise, there was  a show in the atrium where the “caretaker” told  the tale of the trees. Over the course of the cruise, pumpkins begin to grow on the tree’s branches! Finally, the entire tree is covered in pumpkins. Since our cruise was over the actual holiday, our pumpkin tree sprouted pumpkins at an accelerated rate so that the tree was in full bloom by Halloween day.

Empty Pumpkin Tree Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Pumpkin Tree Show

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Posted on January 20, 2017

15 MORE Cool Things to do on Disney Cruises

15 MORE Cool Things to do on Disney Cruises

MORE Cool Things to do on Disney Cruises

Almost 3 years ago, after our very first Disney Cruise, I wrote a post that has gone on to please the Pinterest Gods and is frequently one of my most-read posts in any given month.  That post told you about 8 cool things to do on a Disney Cruise.  It’s a great starter post for the beginner Disney Cruiser (much as we were beginner DCL’ers at that time).  We have now logged 3 Disney Cruises and yes, our deposit is down for a future 4th cruise.  We love Disney Cruise Line that much!

Bob and I brainstormed up a fantastic NEW list of cool things to do on Disney Cruises.  These are completely different than the suggestions in our first list and I am really excited to share them with you!

Without further ado, here are 15 MORE Cool Things to do on Disney Cruises! Read more..

Posted on January 16, 2017

16 Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas

I have such fond memories of watching the Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast, which first hit movie theaters in 1991.  I fell in love with the music and it was one of the first musicals that I memorized the entire soundtrack from start to finish.  When Lily was born, Beauty and the Beast was one of the first Disney movies that we watched together and since the age of 2, Belle has always been one of her favorite princesses.

Lily and Belle at Epcot

Kids with Belle on Disney Cruise

We love the live Beauty and the Beast Stage Show down at Hollywood Studios, too!  We are so excited to see the live action Beauty and the Beast movie that will arrive in theaters this March.  I am especially thrilled to see Emma Watson take on the role of Belle – that makes the Harry Potter fan in me SUPER happy!

What better way to celebrate this movie release than compiling a collection of Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas!

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Food

1. Make “The Grey Stuff” from the song Be Our Guest.  (This recipe is a copycat of the one served up in the Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom in Disney World.)

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Posted on January 3, 2017

Disney World One Day Memory Maker – Is It Worth It? What Do You Get?

Disney World Memory Maker Package Deal

So you’re heading to Disney World!! You might remember this piece that I wrote a couple years ago about how important it is to be present in your family vacation. This absolutely includes jumping right in for pictures with the kids! Of course, the hardest thing about taking pictures on vacation can be trying to get everyone in a single picture – afterall, someone has to take the picture, right?  With Disney’s Memory Maker you can get everyone in front of the camera and get a digital download of every single image.  Memory Maker pictures are all linked to your My Disney Experience account and pictures include candids from rides that offer them and any images snapped by park photographers.  (Make sure you swipe your MagicBand or park ticket after taking these pics to ensure they end up in your account!)

Memory Maker images are high resolution downloads and include copyright release.

For years, Disney World has offered photography services that make it easier to get everyone in the picture, but of course they come with a price.  Did you know that Park Photographers are more than happy to take a picture with YOUR camera after they snap one with theirs?  That’s always a nice option, and even nicer, FREE.  Park photographers can be found ALL OVER the Parks and you can locate them on the My Disney Experience app. Read more..

Posted on January 2, 2017

Disney Cruise Line Vacation REVEAL Video – Surprise Scavenger Hunt – Halloween on the High Seas NYC

DCL trip reveal

Every year as the deal season craziness gives way to the January blahs, I find myself with so much time to work on travel pieces, DIY project posts, new recipes and more.  The difference this year is that we JUST completed our most recent Disney trip in November.  It’s still FRESH in my mind and I have SO MUCH to share with you!

This year we managed to keep our vacation a secret from the kids for almost 1.5 YEARS after we booked it.  Think about it: Lily is now in 2nd grade.  We booked this cruise in MAY of her KINDERGARTEN year.  That’s a long time to keep such a huge secret under wraps!!  But somehow we succeeded and just 3 weeks before we set sail, we made up a fun scavenger hunt to reveal our surprise.

Check out the video below, then take a look at all of the Disney tips and tricks that I have posted over the years.  I’d recommend bookmarking or pinning that link – it’s where I will be posting a whole lot of new Disney posts over the coming months!  Oh – and my YouTube Channel has LOTS of Disney videos with more to come!


Disney Cruise Surprise Vacation Reveal Video

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