About a year ago, (after some heavy hinting!) Mr Disney Magic surprised me with an oversided front door key, in Mickey Mouse! I love it because one, it's Disney, two, it's harder than my other keys so I can find it easily, and three, because it was less than $5! My key has help up really well, so I don't NEED another, but they do have a Dory one there I'd love!
If you are looking to Disney up your every day, and just make it plain easier to find your house key in dim light, go check out Home Depot's key area! They've go so many cute keys! Here are a few to give you an idea: (Mine is the one in the header!)
Are you thinking you need a Disney key? I think you do, too!
It was an exciting week for us when we stumbled across these adorable Do It Yourself Disney Pin Kits. They are at Target in the arts and crafts area, and each set comes with 18 pins, enamel paint, and backs.
These pins are a little different than the ones you'll find in the Disney Parks, and yet, they are similar. Let me explain.
Some of these pins are exactly like ones you can buy! But these, kind of fulfill a dream of mine, because I don't really like chaser pins. I love the colors, and often have wondered about trying to color mine in with nail polish. I haven't, yet, but this gave me a taste of what it would be like making these all day long. The best part is, we got to make them whatever color we wanted!
You can see here, I compared a few to authentic chasers. The details are still there, even if these DIY pins are plastic.
The kit comes with all of these pieces. The pins though, are not just DIY in the sense that you paint them. They also need to brooch style pin backs put on them. This means that these pin's can't be traded at the park.
Once we got all of the pieces out, we got to work. I advise you to have some toothpicks on hand for getting into those tiny areas! That was crucial for some of these have a LOT of detail!
You can do more than one coat of the paint if you like, we just did one. It took a few hours for them to dry completely, but I'd say for our first try, we did pretty good! I was pretty surprised both kids said I could do the pizza one!
It would have been nice if they had been a little shinier, but that very well may come with the second coat.
Besides having lots of fun doing this, it was only $9.99 at Target. You heard me !! Less than $10! RUNNN!! Who knows how long they will have them.
We've got a video too, Mr. Disney Magic put together of us making these! The kids insisted I act dramatic. Let me tell you, what Mr. Disney Magic DIDN'T record, was the real super excited me tripping over my new shoes, nearly knocking a half dozen people over looking for the aisle number the woman at the costumer service desk told me they were in. I'm sure people thought I was craaazy!
Are you new to Disney pins, or just getting started? I've got a great 3 part article series to tell you ever thing you need to know about them!
Click here for getting started with Disney Pins
Click here for Disney Pin Do's and Don't
Click here for Disney Pin Trading Outside the Parks
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Our first Disney World trip, we were standing at Magic Kingdom in the drizzle for an hour in order to claim the most perfect spot to watch the Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella castle. A few minutes before the show, a family comes from behind, pushing everyone in their way, including us. To our dread, the mom then opens this massive automatic umbrella, one that propels open at super speed, proceeding to poke me in the eye as it goes up, my then, 1 year old in the head, and several other people nearby. It was THAT big. When people tried to get her to close it, she just shrugged, and kept it open. Frustrated, the complaints kept up, and one person even pointedly waved his closed umbrella towards them. Eventually, that family moved off to the side, maybe feeling nervous because people kept shouting at them, but not before I got hit again, and gave her the stink eye of death, which, according to my oldest, is scarier than anything else in the world.
The point is though, while umbrellas (small ones!) CAN have a place at a theme park when getting from point A to B, really they can be a bother, as Pooh might say, because an umbrella isn't just rain protection, it's also a nuisance.
Think about it. You’re already a little crowded, it’s hard not to hit someone (or be hit!) in the head, and the umbrella holder almost never notices when they’ve whacked someone. Then there’s the whole going inside a shop or ride, and shaking it out (on the person standing behind you, because there’s no other way to do it in the queue) the puddles it leaves on the floor, the seat (totally not fun to sit on!), then of course the hassle of holding it on a ride, or oops, which table did I leave it on during dinner? Don't forget that rain doesn't usually fall straight down, it's often sideways, so how much good is that umbrella of yours really going to do?
Umbrellas just aren't cool at Disney, folks. Yes, I know they sell those darling little ones covering in Mickey heads, but just don’t, please! Be kind, and considerate and use a poncho!! We have a great one we recommend, click here to read about it. It’s cheaper, lighter and easier than an umbrella!
There’s nothing like a bunch of tired, wet, people all jostled together to make the umbrella holder the target of their frustrations when they get whacked! If you do have to bring your umbrella, get the smallest one you can find and please be kind to everyone else around, and put it down during a show, like the fireworks, so you don’t take out anyone’s eye, or their baby!
I’m thinking one of these umbrella hats might be fun! Can’t really bump into anyone with one of those! Just take it off before the show starts!
Do you have any other fun ways to protect yourself in the rain?
Do you believe in fairies? It sure seemed like Walt Disney did. How often do you see a fairy appear in his films? Many have leading roles! Could it be a mere coincidence that he was also one of the members of the Fairy Investigation Society, founded in 1927?
We might not really know for sure how much Walt believed in the unseen magical world but there is no doubt that he did have that special gift of noticing things easily over looked, and turning them into something special, something magical.
There are so many unexplained things in this world, why not fairies?
In 1947, Walt went to Ireland to learn all he could to help with his upcoming movie, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, and I wonder just what he saw! There is no denying that fairies play a huge role in Disney movies, tv shows and theme parks.
If you’d like to see some great pictures from Walt’s trip to Ireland, click here!
Want to find out more about the Fairy Investigation Society? Click here!