Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We're Hosting a DisneySide @ Home Celebration

We received free products, including our celebration kit, from Disney Parks and Mom Select in order to host the #DisneySide @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are our own.

We're thrilled to announce that we will be hosting another #DisneySide @ Home Celebration this year! We had a blast planning and celebrating our Golden Mickey Party last year. When planning this year's party, we had so many great ideas it was hard to come up with one. So which theme did we choose?
Show Your Disney Side

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beyond the Parks | Character Meals

Character greetings are a highlight of any Disney vacation. It's always so much fun to interact with your favorite characters and spend some quality time with them. 

Unfortunately, lines in the park can be long and time left for interaction can be limited. To get the most bang for your buck, book a character meal! Some of the best of them can be enjoyed without a park ticket, Beyond the Parks!

Chef Mickey's: Disney's Contemporary Resort

A classic Walt Disney World favorite, Chef Mickey's is one of the most sought after reservations on property. For breakfast and dinner, the Fab Five will delight and entertain you as you feast on a buffet of American cuisine. Our favorite part of Chef Mickey's is the Celebration time! Guests sing, dance and swing their napkins.

1900 Park Fare: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

1900 Park Fare offers 3 distinct character experiences:
  • Supercalifragilistic Breakfast - Enjoy a whimsical start to your day with Alice, The Mad Hatter
  • Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner - Join Cinderella and Prince Charming for an all you can eat dinner buffet with a few surprises. If you're lucky, Cinderella's Stepmother and 2 stepsisters will join you for dinner. If they do, get ready for all the madcap shenanigans they can throw at you. 
  • Wonderland Tea Party - Characters from Wonderland invite children 4-12 for a special afternoon tea. 

'Ohana - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (breakfast)

Lilo and Stitch's Best Friends Breakfast is a family favorite of ours. Breakfast, served family style is fun and entertaining complete with a Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride parade. You'll also get to see Mickey and Pluto dressed in their island best. Guests will receive leis to get into the Hawaiian spirit. 

Cape May Cafe - Disney's Beach Club Resort (breakfast)

Goofy and friends host a festive beach-themed buffet. While character friends are subject to change, Minnie, Daisy and Donald have been known the join him. The buffet itself is vast and varied including traditional breakfast favorites, Mickey waffles, fresh fruit and more. While you're waiting for your friends to arrive, you can draw on the paper tablecloths.

Mickey's Backyard BBQ - Fort Wilderness Campground

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It's a rootin' tootin' good time at Mickey's Backyard Barbecue. Join Mickey and friends for an all you care to enjoy BBQ picnic. You'll be entertained by cowboy tricks and a country western band. Complimentary lemonade, fruit punch and soft drinks are offered plus beer and wine for Guest over 21. Below you can find a diagram of the event space.

Garden Grove - The Swan Hotel

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Garden Grove offers a unique character dining experience. The restaurant, themed to transport Guests to the middle of Central Park, has nightly character visits. During dinner service, a pair your favorite Disney friends may just drop by to say hello! Also, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, they offer the Good Morning character breakfast event. These experiences are a great alternative to the popular destinations which book up fast. They are also perfect for Guest staying at an Epcot area resort hotel. 

Ravello (Breakfast) - Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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A little further Beyond the Parks at The Four Seasons Orlando is Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals. There you can enjoy a traditional breakfast at their world class buffet as Goofy delights and entertains his guests. Reservation required; call (407) 313-7777 to book.

The following Downtown Disney Hotels offer character breakfasts on select days:

  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vists Resort - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Sundays
  • Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa - Sundays

There are so many options for character dining to choose from Beyond the Parks. Which option would you like to try? Are any of these your favorite?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Impromptu "Once Upon a Time" Dessert Party

"Once Upon a Time" has become one of my just-turned 8 year old daughter's favorite shows. When we were planning her birthday party this year, after dropping the bomb on me that she wanted to have her party outside of our home (gasp!), she requested that her family party be a "Once Upon a Time" Party.  This past weekend, we were all set to celebrate her 8th birthday with our whole family. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Strange Magic" is Coming!

Everyone deserves to be loved. That's the powerful message behind the upcoming film Strange Magic. Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., hits theaters tomorrow. We have a sneak peek plus a new featurette that will give you a behind the scenes look at the making of the film.

Is it Worth It? | Memory Maker

In the digital age, everyone has a camera.  Camera Phones and affordable point-and-shoot cameras mean that anyone can capture their vacation memories. So, what's the benefit in paying someone else to take your picture while you are on vacation?

Walt Disney World's Memory Maker package is an add-on that allows you to download digital copies of all your Disney's PhotoPass photos and videos.  Is it Worth it?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beyond the Parks | Dinner Shows

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Sitting down for a meal in Walt Disney World doesn't necessarily have to be "down time" from being entertained.  There are a number of dinner shows within the resort that offer great entertainment along with some nourishment for tired bodies.  

Another great thing is that these are all places you can eat without park admission!  Beware, there may even be some audience participation!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Best Places for Naptime at Walt Disney World

There are many families who will tell you to leave the parks in the heat of the afternoon to go back to your resort for a nap, or a swim, and to relax.  This can be a good idea.  Is it what you HAVE to do? Not at all.  It's really up to you.  

Here are some of our favorite places to nap in Walt Disney World.