You've prepped your house for a Disney vacation, you prepped your car for your Disney vacation, and now it's time to prep your phone for a Disney vacation!
There are some great app that are FREE and can REALLY make a huge difference in your Disney vacation! Here are a few:
These first few are made by Disney.
My Disney Experience does most everything from giving you menus, telling you where and when the characters meet, maps to help you navigate to the "Rapunzel", and more. While some people have complained that it drains their phone batteries, I personally have not had that issue.
Shop Disney Parks is an app to help you locate the elusive Oswald Ears, or whatever else it is you are looking for. You can even shop away from the parks,and have it shipped to you!
Play Disney Parks is the newest official Disney app! You'll find ways to enhance your wait time, and I don't want to spoil it, but it's so, so fun!
These next apps, aren't official Disney apps, but are incredibly useful.
Touring Plans even if you don't have a paid subscription, there are some great things you can take advantage of, like menus, and crowd levels. If you do have the subscription, you can see your touring plan, and incredibly accurate wait times.
Hidden Mickey's if you want to try and spot them all, this all is for you! A treasure trove of info, maybe you'll be able to find Mickey every place you look!
A weather app, with radar is super important to have, so that when it starts to rain, you can see if it's just a shower that's going to pass by, or something you need to get indoors for!
Those 6 apps on your phone, and you are set for any adventure at the park! I know we didn't mention all of the Disney apps, do you have a favorite we left off out list?
Recently we talked about how to Disney up your phone, for FREE with Disney ringtones and more, but I want to mention too, that there are times that it might be useful to NOT have a Disney ringtone!
There I was...strolling through the Star War area at Hollywood Studios. "Where are they?" I wondered? "I can't find them!" I had waited, and sighed, and looked everywhere. "Boy, I sure love how they have Star Wars music playing everywhere I go! I just love that Cantina song. Where are they? It's been 20 minutes!" Oh! The music cycled, it's the Cantina Song again! I have that as my ringtone. What?! My phone!"
You guessed it...I thought I was totally immersed in the Disney theme, and didn't realize that my ringtone blended in so well, I was wasting Park Time!
There's nothing like the Pirates of the Caribbean music! It ads the adventure to the Adventureland at Magic Kingdom! Let the swashbuckling commence! That jaunty little tune helps as you wait...and wait...and wait for the friends who were SUPPOSED to call after Big Thunder Mountain. Sheesh. What's taking so long? 15 minutes later, frantically waving your arms, you see them. "Why didn't you answer your phone?!" They ask. "My phone? You didn't call!" "We did! Over and over! See?" As you pull out your phone they call, and the exciting Pirates music starts again. Ooops. That's a true one too. But happened to Mister Disney!
We've had a few other Disney ringtone mishaps, and have considered going with Non Disney ringers on our next trip! If you need some, and FREE ones too, you can go here and this blog article from the other week will point you to the best place to get more ringtones of every kind, wallpapers and norification sounds, all for F.R.E.E.
It's time for another copycat recipe!! I admit, I was VERY intimidated thinking about making this, but little man wanted it so badly, I gave it a shot, so that I could guarantee it would be completely safe for his allergies.
Much to my surprise, it was easier than I thought it would be, AND it was really tasty!
Like so many other recipes I do, you can change this up a little bit to suit YOU and your needs. While the original version at Pop Century Resort has Red Velvet Cake on the bottom, don't want it? Do chocolate! Or white, and make those colors really pop! Have a holiday approaching? Don't do the bright neon colors, do pastel, or red, white and blue, or even a team's colors! Make a large one, or make a bunch of minis (I did both!) This is very versatile! The most labor intensive part is the amount of dishes it creates.
I'm going to show you step by step, then put the recipe at the end. This recipe is actually enough to make 24 mini cheesecakes, and one 9 inch springform pan cheesecake, not quite full.
When you think about these bring around $6 each at Disney...it's much better to do it DIY! the total cost of ingredients, for me, was around $7, because I had the icing colors on hand, and the vanilla and sugar, I only calculated the portion that I used in my cost. I'm using the same icing colors that I used in the Copycat Banana Split Cupcakes, because I love (and need) them from a Nut Free Facility.
If you are making a large cake, go ahead and mix the batter, putting about half of it in your springform, and put it in the oven. If you are making only minis, line the pan, and put in the bottom of each something like a vanilla wafer, or a piece of graham cracker.. It makes a nice crust, and makes it easier to handle the cheesecake.
Mix your cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, eggs, vanilla and lemon until smooth.
Divide the mixture into small bowls, one bowl for each color you want your cheesecake to be, and then color it until you are happy with the color.
Cool your cake, and once cool, or if just doing minis, start to drop spoon fulls of colored mix.
Keep dropping spoonfuls until your minis are about 2/3 full, and about an inch from the top of the larger pan, because the cheesecake mixture will expand as it cooks.
Once it is all mixed, take a toothpick and drag it through the batter, swirling and mixing until you think it looks nice.
Isn't that beautiful??? Like a work of art!
Pop it in the oven and keep a CLOSE eye on it.
Of course, the small ones cook faster, but I am not kidding, I thought to myself, naaaah, the big one needs just another minute or two, and in that time, I went from bright colors, to a sepia tone. Still tasty, and attractive, but not the bright colors I had planned for.
The minis turned out great, just as vibrant as when they went in, however....it would appear I didn't take a final picture of those!! Whoops! I guess we ate them too fast!
Here's the recipe! Please note, I used full fat versions of ingredients, sometimes lighter doesn't bake as well. You can try whatever you like though!
1 Box mix of Red Velvet (Or your favorite flavor)
the ingredients needed to make the box mix
3 bricks of REGULAR cream cheese room temp
1 1/3 cups white sugar
16 oz tub of REGULAR sour cream
1/4 all purpose flour
2 tsp Vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon juice
food colors (I used gel) in red, purple, green, blue, yellow, orange OR your desired colors
Make cake batter, and put about a third in the springform pan. Bake until done, and cool. If just making minis, skip this step!
Heat oven to 325
Beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each. Add flour, vanilla, lemon juice, and sour cream and mix until incorporated, but don't overmix!
Divide batter between bowls matching the number of dyes you want to use, then add dye until you have the color you want. Drop spoonfuls of colored batter over the cake, or the cupcake pan in the spring form pan, leaving about an inch from the top of the pan.
Use a toothpick to swirl and blend colors.
Place in the middle of the top rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes for the large cake, ABOUT 20 minutes for the mini cheesecakes. This is where I went wrong with my larger one. Trust the hour 15 min unless you've made cheesecakes before and know your oven cooks quick or slow.
Don't leave these alone, and keep peeking on them. Sometimes the cheesecake starts to rise too high and will make a mess in your oven. If you see it rising too high, don't turn off the heat, but open the oven door a crack for a few minutes, and then close it, the cheesecake will drop in height.
The large cheesecake will not be set completely at the end of the hour 15 minutes. After the baking time is up, crack the oven door and leave in for an additional hour. After an hour, remove and cool, then refrigerate, overnight.
The minis, can be eaten after just a few hours of cooling!
Final step, slice, serve and enjoy!
Want to see how our minis, compare with the real thing? Here's a picture on Trip Advisor that shows what the Pop Century version looks like! See how tiny it is though???
I really hope you try and make this! It's less intimidating than I thought, and I admit, I feel really proud I was able to make it!
Any ideas what we should make next??
Recently I was told about an awesome Etsy seller. She is a must for any allergy parent, OR Disney lover! The owner of this shop, is a frequent Disney goer, so knows what you need, in, or out, of The Magic Kingdom.
Since I just posted about going on vacation with allergies, I wanted to share my recent purchase! This is what I ordered, two magnetic signs for our front door to remind us to take the epipens when we leave the house. Only $5 each! Click on the picture to go right to the listing.
I was thrilled with the quality, the price and the fast shipping. While I didn't order anything custom Disney right now, and if you browse her site, you won't see much listed, she does custom orders, and from talking with her, can make just about anything you want! You can't get more custom than that!
Need something Disney, or allergy or maybe even both? Drop her a note, and support both a Disney lover, and an Allergy Mom!
Have you ever been only a few hours into your first park day when your feet start hurting? Maybe your toes feel squeezy, maybe your toenails seem to pokey, or maybe your heel keeps slipping. What the heck? You've got a LOT of walking to do, there's no time for this!
There's a simple solution, and it's not a new pair of shoes! Even better it is FREE! I'm talking about it's all in how you lace your shoes!
When I discovered this a while back, it was seriously life changing. My toes don't feel squeezy anymore, and these simple tricks can make ANY pair of sneakers fit like they were custom made.
Did I mention it's FREE?!
There's an awesome infographic, you can click right here to go to Run Repeat and see 12 amazing ways to lace your shoes. They seriously have a lacing trick for every problem! Try it out! It's cheaper, and more comfortable than a new pair of shoes!
Here are a few more ideas from a previous post on what you need for the perfect theme park shoes, so you can dance down main street, not hobble!