I'm not sure if there's a better way to start the morning than with the news that Dole Whip mix is available to the masses! Yes!! It's true! Gaze upon the beauty of that which is Dole Whip!
Now when you aren't at Disney, you can still enjoy the iconic, icy, yummy and dare I say it, good for you treat! No more DIY trying to find just the right recipe, nope! Get the REAL thing. God bless Amazon. I have said it many times, and I mean it. If you can't find it there, it doesn't exist.
Look at this... !! (Well, you'll have to click the color to look at it) Pineapple! Raspberry! Mango! Orange! Strawberry! It's all here! Okay, so I know Raspberry and Strawberry aren't at the Parks, but those do sound nice!
It looks like all you need is an ice cream maker. The other night I saw this one, on America's Test Kitchen, but since I don't have one, I might have to hint at Christmas time so we can get our Dole Whips outside the parks!
Did you already know about this amazing at home Dole Whip mix? Are you excited to try it too? Have you already tried it? I can't wait to!
Way back in the 90s, my little sister had the BEST collection of these Disney Sing Along VHS tapes. I used to love watching them, over and over and over.... but would my kids like them?
The clothes and hair were outdated, the animation nothing like what they are used to, could the magic and music of Disney stand the test of time? I wondered that many times as my mouse hovered over them on Amazon, and always left them in the Wish List. This past weekend, we were hitting one of the final yard sales of the season, and much to my surprise, I lucked out and found two on DVD for a dollar each! The Disneyland Fun, and Christmas songs!
We had barely gotten home when I put the Disneyland Fun one in the DVD player, and to my absolute delight, within minutes both of my kids were plopped on the floor, laughing at Donald, screaming "Star Tours!" "Look at those Mickey pancakes!" "THE CASTLE!!" and other excited things. I can't wait to play the Christmas one. I was surprised how many of the songs I remembered, even ones that aren't from movies, like Making Memories, or Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA, and I look forward to my kids learning them, so next time we do walk down Main Street, they can understand why I'm humming it!
It seems like even though the people had cringeworthy outfits (remember those awful overalls?! and mullets that were so popular) my kids didn't notice at all. They didn't notice that Minnie and Mickey looked a little different, or that they rides looked different, heck, my 5 year old thought they'd upgraded them since we went, they just loved seeing Disney!!
I saw they've got some Animal Kingdom, and other Disney World ones I never knew existed, and most of them are around the $5 price range, so I think a few more might find their way into our house. I've included Amazon links below if you'd like to order your own copies of some of the DVDs and relive old memories, or make new!
Did you ever watch these? Did you have a favorite? Disneyland Fun was without a doubt my favorite, followed by the Winnie the Pooh one.
I love this week's topic at Focused on the Magic. Castles! Think you need to be right in front of the castle to get the perfect shot? Nope! Play the angles! Shoot from the side, the back, or up above! The Peoplemover would have given a superb shot of Cinderella's castle for me on our last trip, but Mr. Disney Magic's head was in the way! *sniffle* Next time!! And I'll know better where to sit! I love this shot, taken on the bridge. No one was in the way, I could stop and not be jostled, and it's different, than the usual taken in the front shot.
For more castle shots, click the button below!
Dressing for Disney is just like dressing for any other event. You need to have the right clothes. Just because Flordia is usually warm, doesn't mean that it always is, and if you bring shorts in December, changes are you're going to get cold!
So what should you wear to Disney? Let's start with the basics...on a budget of course!
The first step is to look at the long range forecast. It's going to give you a ballpark so you'll know if you'll need a sweatshirt or light jacket, or if you are going to be wanting your shorts and tshirts.
While there is no need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe for your trip, sometimes part of the fun is getting something new to wear. If you already know that you want to dress Disney while you are there, then scour your closet now! Whether you want to go Disney Bounding, or just wear shirt with a characther, or color inspiration from one, it's always easiest to find what you want in both terms of size and price when you've got lots of time to look. Some of my favorite Disney shirts have actually ben from the $3 clearance rack at Walmart, yet you'd not only never know, but you aren't walking around wearing the same shirt from your Resort gift shop that everyone else, wnating to be Disney, is wearing.
That said, there are some one of a kind shirts only available at Disney so if you want to get one, get one! Just think for a second to make sure it's something that you would want to wear at home too! While almost everyone at Disney is walking around wearing shirts with the House of Mouse in some form on the front, is that something that you'd want to wear back home on a grocery run? If so, get it! If you aren't sure, look for something that inspires Disney, but can go with your day to day, like Minnie's famous polka dots, or a Victorian style Haunted Mansion blouse.
Bottoms are super important, you've got to make sure that you have something that's not too tight (You don't want to be miserable when you sit!) Not too baggy (No one likes walking around, hitching up their waistband every 30 seconds) and the right material!
While jeans or khaki's work well in the fall and winter months, come spring and summer heavy fabrics are just plain uncomfortable. It doesn't matter how cute your denim capris look on you...they are going to cling, and feel heavy and icky in June. Trust me on this. Go for the poplin, anything light, and with a little bit of moment to keep you feeling cooler, and make it easier to move around. Lighter fabrics also dry faster, whether it's from a water ride, a misting fan or a spilled drink incident.
In a previous post that you can read here we went over how the right kinds of shoes can make, or break your trip, as well as all of our other tips for keeping your feet happy on your next trip.
It's important to wear shoes that you've worn before, and you know won't give you blisters. At Disney you do a LOT of walking, and if your feet are miserable, the rest of you is going to be too. Sometimes it pays to be more practical during the day and wear your sneakers, and save the dresses and sandals for in the evening at dinner, than to suffer all day long, and have sore, blistered feet that don't want to move the next morning.
Don't forget to wear socks, not ones with holes, but good, well cushioning socks to shield your feet a little bit from all of the hard work they are doing. Moistue wicking socks are a lot more common than they used to be, and really are useful for those who tend to have sweaty feet, or for helping your feet to stay blister free after an absolute soaking on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids!
Don't forget to dress one of the most important parts of your body! Your head! While it's mostly important in the warmer months, consider bringing a hat to shield you some from the sun, and chances are, no matter what time of year you are going to want some sunglasses.
Fun accessories, especially Disney ones, are great to have, but be practical with what you wear. A long day at the parks can really have you rethinking those bracelets you love but seem to catch on everything you walk past, or the belt that keeps coming loose. Try on your outfits ahead of time, make sure you can bend, twist, sit and be comfortable! That's really all you need!
One last piece of advice... be considerate. If you want to wear a bit hat, please take it off during an indoor show, or on a ride so everyone can see. And if you DO choose to wear big pieces of jewelry, like say, a huge ring that's really spiky and finger armor, then please keep your hands in your area. Because Lady who kept poking me on the Three Caballeros ride, I still remember you, and when I think about it, my shoulder hurts from getting stabbed half a dozen times and you just shrugging at me when I turned around. Don't be rude, friends. Even though we might have to get a little cozy at times, everyone still deserves to have a teeny bit of personal space on a ride to enjoy themselves!
What about you? Have a favorite thing to wear at the park to make your day a little more Magical?
This week's Sunday Spotlight is on Irma. Above is the radar picture, from the Orlando Sentinel.
It seems like we just got over checking on half of Mr. Disney Magic's Family as they got trapped in Harvey, now we have another part to worry about with Irma! I checked my radar today, and was shocked to see the entire state covered in dark green, yellow and red.
As devastating as any natural disaster is, it's even more so if you aren't prepared with even the basics in your home. A minimum of an extra week supply of food and water. Just because you have running water, doesn't mean it's clean. After we went through Ike in 2008, I think it was, I got sick from the city water, even though they'd said it was okay. Don't be that person! Don't be that family. Gather some supplies and promise yourself that you won't use it, unless you've replaced it, FIRST. That way, you've always got supplies on hand for yourself, or someone who is in need.
Let's all send our best thoughts, prayers and pixie dust towards Florida, and hope that Disney does activate that mythical weather bubble everyone suspects, but has never seen, and can spread it throughout the state.