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What I’m thankful for at Disney World

Often times when we are planning a trip to Disney, we keep it on the DL. Not because we’re not super excited, but because we know that not everyone is able to go to Disney World as often as we do – and maybe not ever. I never take for granted how blessed our family is to be able to go on a few vacations a year to get away and spend time together, especially when it’s in the Disney bubble.
Today on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the countless things God has given us. Going to Disney World has provided so many amazing memories that we’ll share as a family forever.

Here are some of the things I’m most thankful for – be sure to vote below on what YOU are most thankful for!

  • Being an annual passholder
  • Getting to go to Disney World and Disneyland in the same year
  • Air conditioning in August
  • San Angel Inn margaritas
  • Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table with my daughter dressed as Cinderella
  • Beauty and the Beast show at Hollywood Studios
  • The Magical Express
  • Perfume in Norway Pavilion
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority
  • Everything about Epcot
Thankful at Disney World

Thankful at Disney World

Hopefully we’ll be at Disney again soon, but until then I’ll just stay thankful for all the memories.
Happy Thanksgiving!

10 photos I take on EVERY trip to Disney World

After going to Disney World many times, you’d think that it would become less and less important to take pictures since we have literally thousands of pictures from the parks.  However, no matter how many times we go there are certain pictures that I find myself taking again and again, even though nothing has changed since the last picture!

One of my biggest pet peeves about picture taking in general is taking a lot of photos where people are not in the shot (things like landscapes, animals, buildings, etc.) because they always seem so interesting at the time but are boring to look through later.  However, I find myself breaking this rule all the time at Disney!  Even after taking these photos every year, I still just can’t resist the urge when the next trip comes around. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in my opinion no pictures really capture the magic of what happens in the Disney bubble… but at least they help bring back those magical memories!

Here are 10 photos that I take every single time I’m at Disney World:
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Back From Disney!

We just got back from our weeklong trip to Disney and it was awesome!  Our goal for the vacation was to relax which is not always easy on a Disney vacation!  But we accomplished what we set out to do and I’m excited to write down all my thoughts about the trip before they become faded memories, not to mention sorting through the 1,000+ pictures we took!

In addition to relaxation, our second goal on vacation was to try new things.  The more trips we make to Disney, the more comfortable we feel trying different things because we finally know what we’re doing.  It’s so overwhelming on the first few trips that we usually stuck to the parks – not to say that’s a bad thing because there is so much to see you can’t really cover it all in one trip.  Now that we know the lay of the land, we don’t feel as pressured to get on every ride, see every show or have table service reservations every day.  We pick and choose our favorites, which allows us time for new experiences!

A few of the new things we did on this trip were:

  • Stayed at a new resort – Port Orleans Riverside
  • Dinner at Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Golfed at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Looked for Hidden Mickeys with the help of our handy guidebook
  • Did the Pirate’s  Adventure scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom
  • Had a LeFeu’s Brew – so yummy!!
  • Used the My Disney Experience app for the first time
  • Drank a frozen beer in the Japan Pavilion of Epcot

A few things that weren’t entirely new but still surprised us:

  • Got into HS early and rode Toy Story Mania before the park officially opened
  • Ran for our lives through the most treacherous thunderstorm I’ve ever been in

And one thing we expected, but it was still shocking to the system:

  • The HEAT (but I loved it!)

Once I get everything from the trip organized I’ll write about it in more detail.  My brain is still unwinding from the overstimulation of all that time spent in the bubble!

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Happy Father’s Day Mr. Incredible!

In honor of Father’s Day I just wanted to say thanks to my husband who is a great dad who always works hard, even on vacation!

My husband, Mr. Incredible

My husband, Mr. Incredible

Here are just a few of the many things he does to make him our Mr. Incredible:

1.  Holding our daughter on his shoulders so she can see the shows, no matter how heavy she gets or how hot it is:

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2.  Dancing with her at the dance parties:

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3. Swimming even when it’s cold:

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4.  Carrying just about everything:

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Seeing him with our daughter reminds me of my dad, and even though we never went to Disney when I was a kid, my dad came to Disney with us last year (now as grandpa too!)  To all the dads out there, but especially my 2 favorite dads, Happy Father’s Day!  Love you and can’t wait until we’re all back in the bubble together again!

Happy Father's Day Dad, Love You!!

Happy Father’s Day Dad, Love You!!

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The Disney Cult

The Disney Cult

If you look up the definition of a cult here’s what you’ll find:

cult

/kəlt/

Noun

  1. A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
  2. A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.

Synonyms

  • Worship – religion – adoration

Sounds pretty creepy, right?  I’m starting to think more and more that people who love Disney are part of a cult.  When I talk to a fellow Disney lover, we can talk forever about the parks, dining, tips and never tire of the topic.  However, the other day when I told someone I was going to Disneyworld again, she said “Why don’t you go somewhere else?”  I responded, “Why would I do that?” like the thought had never occurred to me.

If you look on Pinterest you’ll find thousands of pins and boards dedicated to Disney.  One of my favorite boards is Disney Humor from CapturingMagic.me.  I laugh as I look through all of these highly relatable pins – but I can just imagine the confusion of an ordinary person who doesn’t know Disney.  They just don’t get it. Then I came to the conclusion, and it’s pretty black and white:

You’re either with us or you’re against us.

Here are several of the signs that I belong to the cult, I’m sure if you’re reading this you can relate:

  • I see nothing wrong with planning the majority of my vacation time at Disneyworld
  • I instantly like anyone who has a Mickey antenna topper on their car
  • Conversely, I instantly dislike anyone who talks bad about Disney
  • I think of Soarin’ every time I smell an orange
  • I named my dog Dorie (I know, it’s a different spelling but it refers to Dory)
  • I listen to Disney podcasts instead of music when I work out
  • I have Orlando weather as the second option on my phone’s weather app
  • I have Kayak alerts set up for flights to MCO
  • My favorite part of Disney movies is seeing the castle in the opening credits

If being in a cult is wrong, I don’t want to be right!  What do you do that qualifies for Disney cult membership?

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Celebrity Sighting in Norway

As I’ve mentioned before my favorite country in Epcot’s World Showcase is Norway.  As you get close there’s a smell – what I imagine all of Norway to smell like – that floats out of the Puffin’s Roost shop that I absolutely love.
There are certain smells that always bring back memories of good times past – the savory smell of grandma’s Thanksgiving feast, the piney smell of Christmas trees, the salty smell of the ocean on summer vacation – for me, the sweet smell of a certain perfume brings me right back to Disneyworld.

Puffin's Roost

Puffin’s Roost

Upon exiting Norway’s ride the Maelstrom, as with many Disney rides, the path leads through the gift shop.  There are 3 distinctly different sections of Norway’s gift shop – the first has parkas, boots and everything you need to get through a cold winter, much of the merchandise by Scandinavian brand Helly Hansen.

Section 2 has some of the less practical but more entertaining items for purchase – Viking hats with horns, mugs, hats, and all other souvenirs a Viking-lover would need. I love my sequined I <> Norge hat!!

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The last section is the source of that smell I love so much – a perfume shop.  I never miss a chance to douse myself in ‘Laila: The Essence of Norway,’ the women’s perfume – – but I’ve never pulled the trigger on buying because I just didn’t want to spend the money.

However, I got just the nudge I needed to make the purchase when I was there in August 2012.  We rode the Maelstrom as usual and I made my way to the store for my free spritz of perfume.  To my surprise we walked through and the creator of my favorite perfume was right there in the shop!

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Gier Ness was on site to promote his perfume on his way to Hollywood for an awards show.  I was pretty impressed that he stopped to talk to us for about 10 minutes, and after he gave me a hand massage with the Laila hand lotion and told us the story behind the perfume (it’s named after his mom) how could I not buy it?!  (He even autographed the bottle!)

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It was one of those unexpected ‘magical’ moments that can only happen in the bubble!

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