The Character Queen

Even when I go to Disney by myself, I enjoy meeting the characters.  You can read my previous posts HERE about where to find characters at the World.

When Mary Poppins likes your “flair”

Other adults do too and there’s one in particular who has made a name for himself by creating dubsmash videos.  Dubsmash is an app for adding your ‘video’ to famous songs and phrases.

The Character Queen

Dustin Hayes, AKA the Character Queen, has some of the BEST dubsmash videos.  You can follow his shenanigans on Facebook and Instagram.  Check out his videos 🙂

 

 

 

Have fun!

 

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Disney Dream Cruise: Meeting the Characters

When I graduated from college, I treated myself to a cruise with my good friend, Karrie. At that time, Disney didn’t have its own cruise line, but there was an option for coordinating a Carnival cruise and days at the World. The cruise was ok, but definitely not something I truly enjoyed or planned to do again. Nearly 20 years later, I had the opportunity to cruise again, this time with my family on Disney Cruise Line.

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There was definitely a difference, as noticeable as night and day.  I LOVED cruising with Disney and look forward to doing it again.

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One of my favorite perks of cruising with Disney is character opportunities.  There are characters on the ship and on the private island.  Your daily newsletter, “The Navigator” has lists of all character times and locations, so you and your family should be able to find the character you want to meet, but don’t be afraid to ask a cast member if you need help.

My youngest was excited to meet Captain Jack Sparrow, however we missed him on our first day at Castaway Cay due to weather issues.  She was extremely disappointed and worried that we might not meet him at all.

While we were waiting onboard to meet Aladdin, a cast member asked if she had met all the characters she was looking for.  As she explained that she couldn’t find Jack, the cast member asked for her name and told her to look for him the next day on the dock.  She was ecstatic and could hardly sleep.

Early the next morning, we were one of the first people off the ship so she wouldn’t miss Captain Jack.  He called her by name as he came traipsing over the hill and said, “I heard you were looking for me!”  Then he spent 10 minutes in conversation with her and it became the highlight of her trip.

Of course, I met my favorite character in the Port before we ever boarded the ship 🙂

Captain Mickey

Have fun!

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Mouse savers

Sometimes when I plan a trip to the World, I need to stay off-site (GASP!  I know it’s rare, but it does happen).

So, where can you find the BEST deal that still has some great Disney perks?  Check one of my favorite sites for cost-saving deals:  MouseSavers.com

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Mary Waring, the creator of MouseSavers.com, has been providing FREE information about Disney since 2001.  Her site offers hundreds of pages about Disney discounts, as well as info on other Disney-related travel or entertainment such as Disneyland vacation packages, Disney’s Broadway shows or Disney on Ice.

And if you HAVE to visit other theme parks in the area, she does provide info on possible discounts.

I love that Mary shares her immense knowledge on how to save money, especially for hotels at and nearby the World.  She also has extensive reviews for these hotels and offers excellent advice when trying to locate that less expensive option close to the World.

Have fun!

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Disney x COACH

COACH and Disney teamed up to create some BEAUTIFUL items for that special Disney collector. I recently received a gorgeous hang tag and can’t wait to add it to my travel bag 🙂  (Even the box is super cute !)

Hang tag from Mickey collection

The Disney x COACH collection launched in July 2016 in celebration of Coach’s 75th anniversary, however the current webpage for Disney x COACH states:

“It’s been fun, but our limited-edition collection featuring custom illustrations
of Mickey Mouse is no longer available.
Thank you for your interest!”

But don’t despair, you can still find some great Mickey-themed COACH pieces at Dillards, Amazon and eBay.  (Click on the underlined names to access these sites)

Have fun!

 

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Last minute Halloween (Disney style)

Kids aren’t the only ones who like to dress up for Halloween, however this year it snuck up on me and I didn’t have a costume planned by Monday. So what to do? Pull out the vinyl cutter and create your own.

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Earlier this year, I made some pirate themed Mickey ears (I’ll post on that one later), so I decided to follow along with that theme. I used a red t-shirt, traced a Mickey pirate design, cut out in layers and ironed on. It took about 10 minutes and worked perfectly for my last-minute costume.

 

 

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Silhouette School blog has excellent tutorials and you can find out how to trace an image for cutting HERE.  I highly recommend this resource when learning to use your vinyl cutter.

Also, this will be a perfect addition to my Disney trip wardrobe 🙂

I hope you and your family had a Happy Halloween!

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Soarin’ Around the World

Walt Disney World Photo Gallery Disc
There are 4 parks at Walt Disney World in Florida and my favorite is Epcot. The best attraction at Epcot (in my humble opinion) has been Soarin’ Over California (also known as Soarin’). The attraction has recently undergone some revamping to increase the capacity by adding an additional theatre and updating the movie to (insert drum roll here)…Soarin’ Over the World. This will show at Epcot and Disneyland.  Shanghai Disney will show Soarin’ Over the Horizon.

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I haven’t been back to see the updated version yet, but D23, the official Disney fan club, posted an article about 3 ‘easter eggs’ in the film. You can see their article HERE.

Don’t miss out on We are looking forward to returning to our happy place and seeing this new, updated version 🙂

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Have fun exploring the World!

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Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland

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I love looking at old photographs of Walt Disney, surveying the creation of his ideas. Disney Parks Blog posted this great pic of Walt and I just had to share. This is one of the classic Disney attractions that you can’t find at Walt Disney World in Florida.

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So much detail goes into each area of this attraction that you might notice something different each time you ride that you may have missed before. When we rode this, the Cast Member loading the boat made a HUGE deal about my younger daughter, who was dressed as Cinderella, calling her ‘Princess Cindy.’  The guests were sweet to play along with her special treatment as royalty aboard our little ship.

 

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George Savvas, Public Relations Director for Disneyland Resort, posted an article on the Disney Park blog earlier this year, sharing the story behind the making of this classic attraction.  You can read his post HERE.

Have fun exploring the World!

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