How does Disney Decorate for the Holidays?

This is a time lapse video of how Walt Disney World decorates the Magic Kingdom from Halloween to Christmas overnight. It really is amazing! When we were there over Labor Day this past year, we went to Magic Kingdom one evening and nothing was decorated. The next morning at opening, there were Mickey pumpkins and Halloween garlands everywhere. It really threw me off for a while, I felt like I was crazy. I was asking myself, was this here last night?

November a few years ago at Boardwalk, we watched as the team used a giant drill to dig a hole and drop poinsettia all over the property. It took just a few hours to turn the entire resort into Holiday mode. They also were working on the gingerbread carousel as well while we were there. Every time we came into the lobby over 48 hours, there were more and more details to the structure and the smell was to die for!

If you haven’t been to Disney during the Holiday season, you should make a point of going. It is the most magical time at Disney and there are so many things to see and do. Any time in late November through December, the hotels are all decked out and the more expensive the hotel, the more elaborate the decorations. There are so many different things to see and do both inside the parks and out. You can spend an entire evening just riding the monorail to Polynesian, Contemporary, & Grand Floridian and stopping at each to see the decorations and special characters and events they have at each.

More to come on specifics of Christmas at Walt Disney World…

Play, Stay, Dine & Save Offer

The newest discount that Walt Disney World is offering is the Play, Stay, Dine and Save. There are actually 2 different offers with this deal. In reality it is a room only discount. If you add the Magic Your Way package with Dining, it is still a room discount with full price on the tickets & dining plan.

The room discount is as follows: Continue reading

Knight Package at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Here is the brochure on the Knight Package for boys at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It is only $15.95 plus tax, but if you son is into knight and princes then it is totally worth it. I don’t think you could find a sword and shield in the parks this cheap and it comes with a cool colored hair style. To learn more on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, follow this link.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Round 2

This August, I was finally able to experience Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom and it was awesome! I have written the details in this previous article, but now I will explain from a first hand perspective. It is a great FREE activity in Magic Kingdom. You can start/stop the game throughout your entire trip, so you don’t have to devote a significant amount of time to it if you don’t want to. Also, the cards make a great souvenir to collect and bring home. Continue reading

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

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

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