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When I saw this amazing picture, I was speechless. Did you know that there is an entire ROOM filled with balloons at Magic Kingdom? I didn't know that either. And now, I want to see it.
Since it's unlikely many of us ever will, a Disney photographer gave a sneak peek of what it's like there. You can click here to visit the Disney Parks Blog and read it.
There have been some great (and some not as great) movies and documentaries made about Walt Disney. Some are a little harder to find, others, you don't need to look farther than Amazon Prime!
Here's a list! Have you seen any of these?
Walt Before Mickey
Thought not rated very highly, I actually really liked Walt Before Mickey. It's a good length for children to watch and get his story, and while yes, so many details are left out, and it's not perfect, its a good, heart warming movie. The actors were really good, you knew who to cheer for, and who to boo. A perfect starting movie for a young Disney fan, and I think that's huge, since many times, especially with children, things are too complicated for them to understand.
Walt Disney: The American Experience
If you want quality, you KNOW PBS is the place to deliver. A bit too long for a movie night, or for the younger kids, but with so much goodness stuffed in, this might be the absolute best documentary about Walt Disney.
Walt The Man Behind The Myth
With Dick Van Dyke narrating, even if you are feeling Disney's out (wait...is that even a thing?!) This is a great one to watch!
Saving Mr. Banks
I know...this isn't technically a movie about Walt, and it's not 100% true, but it's still a really good movie. It gives you some glimpses into how this movie was created, with Walt, the Sherman Brothers and spot on scenes of Walt's office.
As Dreamers Do: The Amazing Life of Walt Disney
Rated the lowest of all, I can't give my own opinion yet, because I havn't seen this one. It's in my queue, but since my kids want to watch it with me, it's been tough to find a time where we can. Have you seen this one ?
I'm sure we are missing a few...what else have you found? There are loads of documentaries, that Walt is part of, but you know what I'd really like to see? A documentary about Roy, because he was so instrumental to Walt's success! Do you agree?
If you have Facebook, chances are you've seen those Facebook Avatars popping up. Sure...they are cute, but you know what's better? a DISNEY avatar! Here's how you get one, totally FREE.
(And speaking of Facebook, shameless plug here, if you aren't following Disney Magic Mommy, click here! My blog no longer lets me update directly new blog articles so sometimes I fall behind, but I do try and keep the Disney goodness going!)
Ok, so back to the Avatars! Create everything, eyes, hair, clothes, AND, something Facebook doesn't have... backgrounds!! Create over and over, download when you are done. You can click here to start making your Disney Avatar, or google Disney Yourself.
When you get the Disney Dining Plan, your plan comes with meals and snacks, that can be used at any time throughout your trip. We no get longer the the dining plan, because we've found that we save more money without it, since our oldest child is considered a Disney Adult and often we just had too much food. That might not be the case for you though.
One of the things about the DDP is that with 2 snack credits a day per person, and Disney's fantastic oversized snacks, or mini meals that are eligible for a snack credit, the last day of our trip would arrive, and we would have twenty of more snack credits to use. Have you ever run into that situation?
Before you just sign and throw up your hands, think on this. Every snack credit you don't use, is free money you just gave Disney. Didn't you work hard for that? While when it becomes the 11th hour you might not get as much bang for your buck in the snack credit area, you CAN use them all up, even as you are checking out. Here are some of our favorite ways:
Road trip or airport snacks
There are loads of great prepackaged items for sale, it's not just candy. Pretzels, fresh fruit, bottled drinks, chips and granola bars are all mixed in among the Disney treats in your Resort's gift shop or food area.
Gifts back home
The pet walker, the kid across the street collecting your mail, a teacher or coworker, how delighted would they be with a Mickey shaped cookie, or bag of candy labeled Goofy's Candy Shop?
Stash treats for when you need Disney Magic
One of our favorite things, pre allergy, was to buy extra brownies, trail mix and cookies, freeze them and pull out during Disney Live streams! They tasted just as fresh, but we had such a good time, sharing a Disney snack, and watching others enjoy the Magic Kingdom.
Another thing I did, was pick up packs of the chocolate coins for stockings at Christmas, or give a little stash of a favorite treat for a birthday. It always was something looked forward to. We might not have the DDP plan anymore, but I still do this.
Gift them to other guests
You might be overstuffed, both in your suitcases and your tummies with no room to spare. So why not gift them to a family just checking in? Or one you see sitting around sharing a snack? you'll make their day for sure, and isn't spreading Pixie Dust the best feeling ever?
No matter what you decide to do, there are multiple ways to keep that cash you spend on your credits. How do you use your leftover credits? Or so you spend them all?
Did you know that the Harmony Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom isn't just for show? You can actually get your hair cut, and something very special happens for those little ones who want their first hair cut at Disney!
Like many things at Disney World, there are a few things you need to know before you go. First:
Reservations are recommended
This isn't to say you can't get a walk in appointment, but walk ins are limited. Reservations might be the only way you can get your locks styled inside of the Magic Kingdom.
There is a cancellation fee
If you change your mind, or totally forget to make your appointment, you will be charged a $10 fee
You can't get your hair shampooed
They aren't going to shampoo and condition your hair, so please show up with a clean head!
No unattended children
Children under the age of 17 aren't allowed without an adult.
Gratuities aren't included, and are cash only
Tips are always welcome and appreciated, in many situations. We've talked before about when to tip, who to tip and even how much. Here, all tips must be paid in cash.
This Barber Shop is run by stylists with state licensed cosmetologists, Prices start at $18, so not too different from your local shops, however like we'd mentioned, those getting their first hair cut get a little something extra magical! A keepsake pair of Ears, certificiate and lock of hair for the parents!
Interested in making your reservation? Click here to find out how.