This was THE trip that we weren't going to bring our stroller! Little man was going to walk the WHOLE thing! But, little man is also now a covid longhauler, and fatigues deeply. We wanted to enjoy our trip, so stroller it was. But...we weren't sure we'd need it every day, and to be honest, we'd gotten rid of ours a long time ago. We could have bought a cheapy umbrella stroller, but they are a pretty low weight limit.
So, we ended up renting a Disney stroller. I was sure we'd need to do the double, but he squeezed in nicely to a single and let me tell you parents... I wish we'd always rented instead of bringing ours.
While I've talked before about strollers to share what (I think) the perfect Disney stroller is, and later I talked about renting a Disney stroller it's great to see these new strollers out!
The new stroller you can rent for your child to cruise the parks in is a totally different color. Right now, they are all new, which means smooth rides and no wobbly wheels, which was a pretty common complaint in the past.
While the seats aren't the comfiest, and the stroller hood isn't retractable, it's a very sturdy stroller that can handle a substantial sized kid. Yes, he'd have had more room has we gotten the double, but this was just fine, and not used every moment of the day. A nice feature of the stroller is the pouch to put drinks. Of course, there's also an under stroller basket to drop your stuff and a parking brake so they don't roll away.
But the best feature? Other than the smooth ride? It's the handle height! This might have been the first stroller ever that Mr. Disney Magic didn't have to hunch much to push.
If you are in a pinch, your child is about to outgrow their stroller, or you don't want to pack one, a Disney stroller might be a good alternative. Yes...you do have to pay (alot) but there is a discounted price if you rent for multiple days. Be warned that you cannot use a Disney stroller at Disney Springs unless you also put down a $100 deposit. I nearly fell over when I realized that.
You can, however:
It is very important though to remember one other thing. While your stroller rental payment never expires, you MUST have the receipt. You cannot have a photo, you must have the actual receipt. And it's a long one. So don't toss it in a shopping bag or throw it out with your lunch at Flame Tree. Make sure you keep that with you at all times or you will be out of luck if you need a stroller.
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I cannot imagine that anyone who loves Disney doesn't understand that thrill of magic, that spark of joy at receiving a gift. Amplify that to receiving a gift as a child. While I've been blessed as a child to never not have gifts at Christmas, I know there are many children who do not have gifts.
Gifts for children at Christmas is something I feel strongly about. I help provide toys to local children, but also donate to Toys for Tots, who use that money nationwide to donate toys.
But what does Walt Disney have to do with Toys for Tots? Years ago, I made a blog post about Disney and philanthropy, but I wanted to expand on that a bit this year and focus, as 'tis the season, exclusively on Toys for Tots and Disney.
I bet you are familiar with this logo. Changes are, you've even seen it since you were a young child!
Looks familiar, doesn't it? That logo has been used for more than 70 years! And it was created by none other than Walt Disney and his animators. They also created the first Toys for Tots poster.
I love the story and the idea behind toys for tots, which you can read about here.
This holiday season, I'd encourage each of you, should you see a toy donation box, a tree filled with children's wishes, or a packet in the mail from a place like Toys for Tots, that you donate. Even just a few dollars can make a child's Christmas brighter.
A few days ago, this came in the mail: A small double sided coin and a magnet.
I was thrilled to get them, and sent off a check to help Toys for Tots. If you'd like to help make a child's holiday brighter, without even leaving your house, you can also go to their website and donate. Just like Walt, we can each bring a smile to a child's face. For just a little longer, Disney is also partnering to make your donation go a little further. If you'd like to buy a toy instead of donating money, you can go here to do that. The main link for donations is on the website, too.
I wish each of you the happiest of holiday seasons. One where you experience the wonder and magic of the season, the joy of togetherness, and health and happiness in the new year.
Spotlight Sunday: Disney Avatars
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.
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.