J’s First Roller Coaster! Disney World April 2017 Trip Day 2 Part 1

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Our second day at Disney World was Wonderful!! Every time we go to Disney World with our toddler something new happens!!! Starting our morning in our cabin at Fort Wilderness and then riding in our rented golf cart through the fort to the settlement is just an amazing adventure! Getting into the Magic Kingdom during Extra Magic Hours (EMH) is a must for my family since you are able to get on many rides in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland!! On this trip, it including J’s first roller coaster rides on Barnstormer and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. He is such a thrill seeker and so adventurous!!! Check out our YouTube vlog of our morning adventure at the Magic Kingdom!!!

Disney Store Merchandise & Haul- Cars 3 & Tangled the Series

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We always try to stop by the Disney Store whenever we are in Indianapolis to see what new or clearance merchandise they have in stock. The day we were at the store they had new Cars 3 and Tangled the series merchandise up front. The Once Upon a Toy Sale was going on and it included a lot of stuff- PJ’s, dress up costumes, stuffed characters, etc… There were so many things to choose from! Check out our YouTube video that shows you all of the new merchandise and the Haul of stuff we picked up at the store!

EPCOT Japan Pavilion Taste Test from Mitsukoshi

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During our April 2017 trip to Disney World, we decided to gather some goodies from the Mitsukoshi store in the Japan Pavilion to bring home and taste test. The Mitsukoshi store has so many choices and since we don’t speak Japanese, it was difficult to decide what to get. Check out our YouTube video as we show you all of our goodies we brought home and what we thought about them. Let’s put it this way- Not all of them tasted that good!

Great Birthday Disney Gifts

My Birthday was at the beginning of June and my family always knows what to get me- Disney gifts! They really outdid themselves this year and surprised me with some special items that I was not expecting.

Coach and Disney recently launched a line of handbags and accessories at the Coach Outlet stores that are vibrant and creative. I was so excited when I opened that Coach shopping tote to find this Mickey Mouse red bandana tote purse inside. I love larger purses because I do carry items around not only for myself but also my toddler. This bag also has a medium sized zipper pouch on the inside to hold smaller items.

With the new Beauty and the Beast Movie released, I was very excited to get the new movie and also to receive a Belle and Beast Disney tsum tsum to add to our collection! Moments like these always remind me how blessed and thankful I am for the family and friends we have in our lives!

Disney World April 2017 Trip Day 1 Part 3

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In this Disney World April 2017 Trip Day 1 Part 3 YouTube video we finally get to the Magic Kingdom. After taking a nap in our Fort Wilderness Cabin, we cruise on our golf cart to the Settlement so we can catch a boat to the Magic Kingdom. We stop and stare at Cinderella’s Castle as we enter into the magic of Magic Kingdom. We ate at Columbia Harbor House, ride Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion and a Dole Whip (or 2) for dessert is our kind of evening!!!

Heading to the Magic Kingdom- Since we stayed at Fort Wilderness we took our golf cart from our cabin to the settlement area to catch a boat to the Magic Kingdom. There are many ways to get around Disney World, but I think taking the boat is one of my favorites.2017-04-08 16.28.29

On the boat from Fort Wilderness, you are able to see some of the old River Country attractions, the new Wilderness Lodge Resort additions and finally coming into the Magic Kingdom is always magical!

Once we got into the Magic Kingdom it was already around 5:00 pm, so we decided to ride a couple of rides, eat dinner and have a special treat before heading back to the fort. We had dinner at Columbia Harbor House near the Haunted Mansion. Jon and I both had a special platter that was not on the menu that included fish, shrimp and chicken. Each platter comes with fries and a side, we choose cole slaw and green beans. The breaded chicken is the normal quick service kind that you will find throughout Disney World. The fish and shrimp were exceptional for a quick service restaurant and we really enjoyed our meal. The best part about eating at Columbia Harbor House is being able to sit upstairs, which was a quieter setting to enjoy our food.

Disney World April 2017 Trip Day 1 Part 2

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In this Disney World April 2017 trip vlog, we finally get to Disney World and checked into our Disney Resort- Fort Wilderness Campground & Cabins. In our YouTube video, we cruise around the Fort in our golf cart, check out our amazing cabin that we stay in during our trip and go pick up or rental stroller from Kingdom Strollers and pick up our ship box from the Outpost bell services. There are also some funny moments- I catch Jon in planning a future trip and I have an issue with words!!!

In our vlog:

  • Overview of our Fort Wilderness Cabin

We all really enjoyed staying in the cabin! The Fort Wilderness Cabins are considered a moderate resort, but the price and space you are getting are more in the deluxe standard. The cabins have a living room/ kitchen open concept space that includes a pull-out sofa, chair, bench, large flat panel tv, a table that seats 6 and the kitchen has a full sized fridge, dishwasher, microwave/ convection oven, cooktop and fully stocked cabinets with all the kitchen items you would need. There is a standard sized bathroom with a tub/ shower combo and the separate bedroom has a queen sized bed, twin bunk beds, and a standard sized flat panel tv. We found this cabin a great size for families and plan on staying her again in the future.

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  • Cruising to and from the Fort Wilderness Outpost on our rented golf cart

Golf carts are available to be rented from Fort Wilderness for a per night cost. I would suggest calling the Fort Wilderness bike barn to reserve your golf cart prior to your stay because they are so popular in getting around the Fort they do tend to sell out and become unavailable. As soon as I booked our resort, I also booked our golf cart. My opinion is that the golf cart is a must when staying at this resort. I do not like to waste my Disney time, so having a golf cart to get around is an easier and faster way of getting around. The internal bus system that is inside the Fort has many stops and is continuously running to and from the Settlement to the Meadows to the Outpost and to the campground and cabin loops. It will just take more time, so do what is best for you and your family.

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  • Picking up our rental stroller from Kingdom Strollers & Ship box from bell services

Prior to our stay, I had shipped a box of dry food/ items that we would want on our trip. You can do this for any of the Disney World resorts. I shipped our box on a Tuesday from Illinois and it arrived via tracking number to the Fort Wilderness Resort by Thursday afternoon. The bell services department kept our box for us until we arrived on Saturday. We did have to pay a $5 fee and at the conference center resort the fee is $10. We have used this service twice and when we have a kitchen it really helps us with our food cost and convenience of shipping extra items we want during our trip.

This trip we also decided to rent a stroller from Kingdom Strollers instead of lugging our large stroller with us from Illinois. It was a good choice for us, with our son now being 3 years old we did not need the stroller for all aspects of our Florida trip and knew that we would just need it while we were at Disney World. Being able to reserve the stroller online and paying for it ahead of time was very convenient. Also, knowing that the stroller would be at the resort waiting for us at bell services would also be convenient to us. We ended up renting a City Mini jogging stroller from Kingdom Strollers and for 4 days cost us around $60.00 which included insurance in case something happened. (Nothing did, but just in case) The stroller was waiting for us at bell services when we got there and was in good shape. Since these strollers are from a rental service you know they are going to worn, but still in good shape to be used while on our vacation. You could see some visible wear, but I felt it was definitely a better option than those hard plastic strollers that you can rent in the park.

Disney Character Warehouse Haul

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We love going to the Disney character warehouse’s that are located in Orlando, FL. They are both located in the premium store outlet’s, one is on International Drive near Universal Studios and the other is on Vineland Ave. near Disney Springs. They have a collaboration of items from both the Disney Parks and Disney Stores. You will find full price and discounted items. Many items at the character warehouse are items that have been removed from the Disney Parks because they are no longer being sold there and are clearance priced to sell. However, from time to time you will find full price or overstock items that you might also find in the parks. Check out our YouTube video that shows you all of the items that we brought home with us from the Disney character warehouse.

 

 

Disney World April 2017 Trip Day 1 Part 1- Travel Day and Disney Character Warehouse

This Disney World April 2017 trip vlog contains our travel day in and out of the airports and going to the Disney Character Warehouse. Traveling days can be very stressful, but by packing our airport carry-on bags with activities for our toddler traveling is much easier now. In our Day 1 Part 1 YouTube vlog you can see some of the activities I have made or packed for our toddler and also an exciting shopping trip to the Disney Character Warehouse at the Premium Outlet on Vineland Ave in Orlando, FL.

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Our Road to … Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Vol. 1

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Going to a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been on my Disney bucket list for years. Our family decided that we would try to take our yearly Disney World vacation at a different time of the year than we had normally done… summer. This year we took a vacation to Florida during our Spring break week in April and spent 3 nights at Disney World and 4 nights at St. Pete’s Beach. We also decided that we would try to book another Disney World vacation for the fall. We wanted to try some new adventures at Disney World that we couldn’t experience during the summer months. In April we were able to experience the flower and garden festival and Eggstravaganza at EPCOT, meeting the Easter bunnies, and one more Wishes Fireworks night at the Magic Kingdom. Those were amazing experiences that we will cherish forever, but what I am really excited for

This year we took a vacation to Florida during our Spring break week in April and spent 3 nights at Disney World and 4 nights at St. Pete’s Beach. We also decided that we would try to book another Disney World vacation for the fall. We wanted to try some new adventures at Disney World that we couldn’t experience during the summer months. In April we were able to experience the flower and garden festival and Eggstravaganza at EPCOT, meeting the Easter bunnies, and one more Wishes Fireworks night at the Magic Kingdom. Those were amazing experiences that we will cherish forever, but what I am really excited for

In April we were able to experience the flower and garden festival and Eggstravaganza at EPCOT, meeting the Easter bunnies, and one more Wishes Fireworks night at the Magic Kingdom. Those were amazing experiences that we will cherish forever, but what I am really excited for is our fall trip this year in October.

Fall is one of my favorite times of year that must always include: campfires, festivals, festive decorations, costumes, and trick-or-treating. What a better way to do all of those things in one place- Disney World. For our fall trip, I have booked our resort stay at the Fort Wilderness Cabins. Mimi will be joining us for this trip and we are so excited that she is coming, with that being said we needed more space and the Cabins had just that. We will also be renting a golf cart to help us get around the Fort better, as well as, enjoying the Chip n’ Dale campfire sing-a-long and all of the decorations that a lot of the campers are notorious for during this time of year.

This week the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets went on sale. If you are not familiar with this party it is a separate special event ticket that must be purchased on top of your theme park tickets. This special event party starts at 7 pm and ends at 12 am, however, you are able to enter the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm. I was able to purchase our party tickets with no problems and I am so excited for this event. You are able to experience special characters, trick-or-treating, festive decorations, wearing costumes, a special parade, and fireworks. All of these things combined together makes for one special event!

This series is going to be an ongoing blog about Our Road to… Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and will include our thoughts and feelings about planning and preparing for this exciting event. There are so many things I can’t wait to do… making our costumes, planning our day before and during the event, and reading/ watching other’s MNSSHP trip reports.

I hope that Everyone has a Wonderful Disney Family Day!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

We love to see movies, but we hardly get to see them in the theater because we have a 3-year-old toddler to occupy out time and attention. However, this weekend we had some free babysitting and finally had time to go see a movie. We were both so excited to go see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on opening weekend! Check out our YouTube vlog that gives our thoughts, questions, and review of this great Disney and Marvel partnership.

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