It's that time again...backpacks, lunchboxes, notebooks and pencils! Whether they are for the kids, or for you (Hey! Who says a home office can't have fun pens?!) Disney is the way to go! Fun touches that remind you of that happy place, and personalize our space!
This year there are some awesome Disney products both in the stores, and online, and we thought we'd point out a few! Whenever possible, I do tend to look online, because it's so much easier to buy it, and nicer to have your stuff be a little different than everyone else, you know? When there are three Minecraft backpacks all lined up in a row that were bought at Walmart, it takes more effort for your kid to grab the right one, than the one that was bought at Amazon, because that one is going to be a little different.
So...lets start browsing!! Click on any picture to go right to Amazon's page for the product. This page does contain affiliate links.
This backpack is soo adorable, AND such a good price!! It's less than $20!
Do your kids like Smencils? Spmencils are long lasting, scented pencils. They even have DISNEY ones!! The price is pretty cheap too! $7.99 for a pack of 5. Just plain ones run around $2 each in our area and are very popular.
I have these exact pens, I splurged on them on our last trip, and the price is almost identical here!
Breakfast is so important...how about some Mickey Toast or Waffles? Again, less than $20!
Do you put any Disney into the school year? What do you do?
First off, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Deb over at Focused on the Magic. Make sure you click the button at the bottom to go see her Wordless Wednesday, (and everyone elses) and give a birthday hello!
The topic is Celebrating, and I don't know about you, but anytime you go to Disney is a time for celebrating! I just wish we lived closer, because I'm not joking, this is how it would be in our house: End of school?! Celebrate at Disney! Lost a tooth? Celebrate at Disney! Made it through the work week? Celebrate at Disney! Today I'm alive? Celebrate at Disney! Seriously. I just don't need a reason to celebrate at Disney, just being there is reason enough! When I'm a little old lady, my plan is to work there! I'm going to have to Uber or something though, because I cannot drive on those roads...heck no. This small town girl doesn't know how to be that crazy. We can't all be as awesome as Dory.
ANYWAY!! Point of my photo is...whatever you are celebrating at Disney, be it big or small, just ask, and someone will rustle you up one of these super cut buttons that not only makes a souvenir of your trip, but also of your celebrating memory!
Have you ever wondered just how much you can do in a morning if you have a touring plan? Look at that map! Animal Kingdom is huge! Disney Magic Mommy is going to show you how you can make the most of a morning at Animal Kingdom, and do TEN attractions in just 3 hours! Even better? WITHOUT fastpasses, so you can save those for your afternoon (Or Pandora!)
Want to have a touring plan for the other parks? We've got a 4 week series for you!
Click here for 9 attractions in 3 hours at Epcot
Click here for 10 Attractions in 3 hours at Magic Kingdom
Click here for 10 Attractions in 3 hours at Hollywood Studios
Click here for Magic Kingdom Ages 2-6, 12 rides in 3 1/2 hours
Click here for Magic Kingdom Ages 7-12, 10 rides in 4 1/2 hours
It's important to start the morning off right. Do your best to get to the park with enough time to get through security before your starting time. Usually 30 to 45 minutes does the trick.
Let's go do TEN Attractions in 3 hours including headliners!
Animal Kingdom Overview
Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite Disney Parks! You spend most of your time under the canopy of trees, so it feels much cooler. There's also just something really relaxing about the Park. You tend to move slower and enjoy more. There are tons of wonderful things to see, tiny details that you might miss if you don't linger. There is so much to experience at Animal Kingdom, I hope you will have the chance to explore it, if you haven’t already.
We are starting out our day when the park opens. (That means, you are at the park, already through security and ready to roll!) Do these attractions in this order, and you're going to get to do TEN awesome things in just 3 hours! That includes walking time from place to place. Follow the steps in order!
There you have it!! There's still time to do plenty at the park, but we'd suggest an early lunch to beat the crowds and get a prime seat. You're already right next to Flame tree BBQ, one of our favorites! Grab a bite, and sit overlooking the water!
Don't forget to pick up your map at your Resort, or at the entrance to the park!
Do you have a favorite stop at Animal Kingdom?
Usually I would put out a lot of pictures when I did a spotlight on a ride, but I always have trouble capturing photos on this"dark" ride. A large number of people think that a dark ride is scary, but that's not the case. It just means that the ride has low lighting, so that the focus is on specific things, not everything around you all at once, like Winnie the Pooh's ride (My absolute favorite) or Small World. Other dark rides can include Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Little Mermaid Journey Under the Sea.
An all time favorite of myself and my oldest, is Peter Pan's flight. There is something special about standing in line, trying to guess which ship is going to be yours as you take flight over London... I think it's one of the most magical moments as you first take flight.
Here we goooooo!! Off to Neverland...
Have you ever been on this attraction? What do you think of it?
In a recent blog post we talked about the Disney Dining Plans. If those plans didn't sound right for you, no problem! There are a lot of other options that might suit you better.
Part of the fun of a vacation for us is eating out, and trying new foods and restaurants, but you can still do that and not pay a fortune with a few of these tips.
Bring Your Own Drinks
We have an entire blog post about that. Just bringing in your own drinks can save hundreds! Click here to read that, or keep on reading to find out just about the food!
In room breakfast
While breakfast isn't the only meal of the day that you could eat in your room, it really is the most logical to do, because it's a time of day where most people don't eat a lot, they eat it quickly and it's a pretty simple meal. Things like fresh fruit, oatmeal packets, cold cereal, bagels, granola bars or yogurt are all things that are not only easy to bring with you at the park, or get from a store nearby, but also store nicely. Most rooms have mini fridges, and some even have microwaves. Not only will your wallet save big by eating an in room breakfast, you'll save a lot of time too.
Pack your snacks
If you carry a bag into the parks with you, why not toss in a bottle of water and a snack or two? Again, you'll save quite a bit of money bringing a snack versus buying one, and you could also eat while you are waiting in line for a ride, saving even more time and then pick out something special later when you have more time to enjoy it, or are hungrier.
Picnic in the park
Disney has a generous policy that allows you to bring a soft sided cooler (like this one here, for example) into the park with drinks and food. Frequent visitors or families with kids, especially those with special dietary needs, or those who just don't want what's on the menu can pack their own food (with plenty of cold packs or ice so no one gets sick) and then find a shady spot to break out the lunch when everyone is ready. If you aren't wanting to lug around more than you have to, freeze your waters and juice the night before and by lunchtime, not only will your food still be a safe temperature, but you will also have cold drinks.
Adults are allowed to order off of the kids menus at Quick Service, and a lot of those meals are perfect for a smaller appetite, or one reduced by the heat of summer. It's not all just peanut butter and jelly, at Backlot Express in Hollywood Studios, you can get the Darkside Chicken and Waffles, with chicken nuggets, a waffle, small drink and your choice of size between fries, carrot sticks, grapes or a cookie.
Split a meal
Another option is to split a meal. Some of the sandwiches are pretty big, pairs with fries you definitely could share with a friend.
Snack your way through
A popular thing to do in Epcot and Magic Kingdom is to snack your way around the world. Epcot has a ton of international treats both savory and sweet and you can get everything from sushi to french baguettes or eclairs pretty reasonably. With all those snacks right there, who really wants to stop for meals?
While the Disney Dining Plan is great, if you need more flexibility in your schedule, one of these options might be just right for you! Do you have a strategy for eating at Disney?