Look what I got in the mail today!

Today in the mail I get a very large colorful envelope that stands out among all the white bills. What could it be? Mickey’s on the front, but I am not expecting anything from WDW. Inside is a very vivid and fun thank you note. Here is what it says:

From all of your Disney pals, we hope you created magical memories during your visit to Walt Disney World Resort in 2012.

It is also signed by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto & Tinker Bell. My kids both think that these characters sent us a card to say hi. 

This is one of the reasons I think The Walt Disney Company is genius! Exactly a month after we have come home from our trip, I am reminded of the wonderful times we had. They have now put into my head these thoughts: “I wonder when we can go back?” “What time of year will we go next time?” “Will we go with friends or just us again?”. See, geniuses! I wasn’t thinking about a trip at all and now I am starting to plan again. What is wrong with me?!

Updated September 30, 2012 with the current brochure from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!

Mouse Ear Momma

Are you girls obsessed with princesses? Most are…including mine.

A special experience your kids (yes, the boys too) can have while you are visiting Walt Disney World is an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. There are 2 locations, inside Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom & in The World of Disney store at Downtown Disney.

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Brave and Merida

We got in line at 8:30 in the morning on an extra magic hour day. Why would we waste precious ride time at Magic Kingdom to stand in line?! 8-9 on EMH is the best time to ride everything in Fantasyland!!! It was worth it to see our newest  favorite princess (and her mischievous brothers), Merida from Brave. We were in the first group to be allowed into the interactive meet and greet. Unlike the other characters, they only allow a finite number of people to enter the pavilion and then close the curtains. A giant table in the middle of the area for the kids to color a Brave themed picture. Continue reading

Finally…I have experienced the Ice Cream Sandwich

I have finally experienced the famous Ice Cream Sandwich at the Main Street Bakery. The cost was $4.19, but it is still considered a snack credit. We had a choice of cookie: chocolate chip, sugar or oatmeal raisin. I went with the traditional chocolate chip. They put 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream on one giant cookie and then topped the ice cream with another. It was so huge that we cut it into 4 portions and everyone had plenty! This is now my favorite snack at Disney and had surplanted the following list!

Here is a short list of my other favorite desserty snacks:

  • Dole Whip @ Aloha Isle (MK)
  • Orange Swirl @ Sunshine Tree Terrace (MK)
  • Churros in Frontierland (MK)
  • Carrot Cake Cookie @ Writers Stop (HS)
  • Strawberry Shortcake @ Sunshine Seasons (EP)

Cinderella’s Step Family

We had the opportunity to see Cinderella’s stepfamily on this past trip. They were great to see and very interactive. Anastasia and Drisella were goofy and funny and whiney and great with the kids. My girls even showed them how they can fight like the sisters. Lady Tremaine was haughty and not overly interactive, but I am pretty sure it was a man! If you are at Magic Kingdom and walk to the castle next to Castle Couture store, you will find them there off and on from 9-11:55. They Tremaine family trades off with the Godmother, so you win either way! This is one of the few “villains” you can find in the parks outside of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Port Orleans Riverside: Royal Guest Rooms

This past vacation was the first time I was able to have a glimpse of the renovations done at Port Orleans Riverside. Last summer, we stayed at French Quarter and were very happy about the new rooms there. Riverside is my favorite moderate resort, so I was very excited to stay here once again. Originally, I was booked for a normal, no view double room. When I called to change a few things to our reservation (I added 2 more nights) I was upgraded to a Royal Guest Room with a garden view free of charge. I was pumped! Who doesn’t love get something extra for free! Continue reading

Agent P’s World Showcase: First Hand Experience

One of the things that I was most excited to experience at Disney this last trip was the new Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. It was very similar to the Kim Possible and some of the same effects, but there were also new experiences as well.

The F.O.N.Es were new and had bigger screens than Kim Possible. There were also more stations to sign up for your F.O.N.E. They were located on the bridge into the World Showcase, United Kingdom, Norway, and Italy. One major difference is that you no longer get a fastpass to pick up your phone at a certain location. Continue reading

I’m Back…

Sorry, I haven’t blogged in quite a while. We just got back from the most magical place on Earth and then school started 2 days later. Talk about cutting it close! On top of all of that is the fact that this was our longest Disney vacation yet (7 nights/8 days) and we were all exhausted. I had planned on writing while there but let’s face it, spending time with the family was more important.

It was such a magical trip! We did almost everything on our Disney bucket list and still had time for swimming and some great meals. Here are the highlights and I will post more details on everything later: Continue reading

Be Our Guest Restaurant…Make your Reservations!

Today is the day to make your reservations for the Be Our Guest Restaurant for dinner starting November 19th. Don’t bother with trying online, as of today they are only taking phone reservations at 407-WDW-DINE. Online reservations should be forthcoming, I assume they didn’t want to take down their system for the day! If you are traveling within 180 days, you should try to get a reservation! This is opening a few weeks before the rest of the new Fantasyland which tells me that you will possibly be having “soft” openings of attractions as well.

For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about…Be Our Guest is the new restaurant inside the Beast’s Castle in the Fantasyland expansion. It will be a quick service during lunch and a sit down for dinner.  There will be 3 themed dining rooms, The West Wing, Ballroom & Rose Gallery. If you are a Beauty and The Beast fan, this restaurant is a must for you.

Mousekeeping & Tipping

I have written a previous article about the cast members at Disney. Now it is time to focus on the people who make your hotel room your home.

Mousekeeping is the term WDW uses for its housekeeping staff. These people work very hard every day to make sure you come back from the park to a clean room full of surprises. They are happy to leave extra towels, coffee, or shampoo if you ask. They set up the kids toys in a fun way to make coming back to the room magical. The mousekeeping staff deserves a tip and is allowed to take it. One way to make your mornings go more smoothly is to put your tips for each day into an envelope before you leave for your trip. Make enough envelopes for each day of your trip and write your little housekeeping thank you note on them. Continue reading