Picture from Hollywood Studios Walt Disney Museum
Recently, my dad showed me his old, old Mickey Mouse that his Grandmother had gotten him when Disneyland opened. It was well worn and much loved you could tell, just by looking at it. The paint was off of his nose, his fur was thin in spots but it was Mickey!
There's something special about a treasured childhood toy that brings back memories, no matter how long ago. I have a few of those myself. Recently, I was invited to write out one of those memories for a new blog called Toys for Memories. I didn't choose a Disney toy, but another old favorite.
Toys for Memories is needing others to share their stores, why don't you share one of yours there? Click here, or visit the underlined text above to visit. What is one of your favorite old toys?
Many parents pull their kids out of school for a Disney vacation. Is it the best idea though? While ultimately the decision needs to be between you and your child's teacher, if you are still in the early stages of planning here are a few things to check on before you book your dates.
Check to see what your school district's absentee polity is.
Most schools limit the number of unexcused absences. You wouldn't want to get in trouble by skipping school and not letting them know. In some districts, truancy officers will try and track you down.
Consider your child's age and grade level
While most teachers are pretty agreeable with a family trip during the school year, it's important to always ask and should be based upon your child's ability to miss school. For a younger child it might not make a difference, unless say, your child is at a critical stage in learning how to read, but testing, as well as semester projects do happen especially for the older children, and it could be a problem for their grades if your child misses those.
Look for holidays or extended weekends to go
Most schools put out their calendars pretty early. Look for parent teacher conferences, teacher work days or holidays where your child can just miss a day or two, instead of a whole week. It's easier to make up missed work, or even work ahead.
Have a plan to incorporate education in your trip
If you do go, let your child's school know how to plan to keep the learning going, outside of the classroom. The study of nature and animals at Animal Kingdom. World History at Epcot, engineering and behind the scenes skills at Hollywood Studios, and the history behind how Magic Kingdom came to be. Each park has amazing stories your child could learn and write about.
While going during the school year can be a little tricky, if you plan it right and communicate with your child's school there's no reason that your trip can't be filled with fun and magic with a dash of education thrown in, after all, the knowledge you get outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn inside of it, and memories and time with family are so important!
Tell us, have you ever ever pulled your children out of school for a Disney trip?
While these last few months have been stressful, to be sure, they've also opened up new opportunities for those who wanted to spend more time with their families or those who always wanted to work from home, but never had a chance to dip their toes into the water until now.
Recently I was pleased to give a few tips in a blog post for a new (and fantastic!) blog called Work From Home Mothers that helps mothers (or anyone, really) find work from home. There's a list of OVER 150 job listings posted right now that have been gathered and for every place imaginable. I even saw Lucasfilm on there! And just as awesome, there are tons of tips from real life women who work from home, including my own.
Some of the things you will read about are incredibly valuable if working from home is something you are considering or have started doing. Things like time management, the work life balance, setting boundaries, handling distractions, it's all there from been there, done that women.
Go check it out! And pass it along to anyone who might need to find work. With the crazy fall schedule for children in school, a site like this is so valuable. It's totally legit, no scams. Check it out, and why not apply for something?
To go there, click any of the underlined links in this article, or just go here.
If you've ever been to Disney in the summer and not had the Disney Rash, count yourself lucky! A small percentage of folks get it and while not having had it myself, a friend once did while we were there and she was MISERABLE. As in, skipped a park day and stayed in bed with ice on the day both the internet and TV channels were down so she had nothing to do. That's how miserable she was.
The Disney Rash is technically called Exercised Induced Vasculitis. Maybe you've even heard it referred to as Golfers Rash. I spared you a picture because in mild cases, it just looks like a skin contact reaction, maybe a mild poison ivy reaction. In a worst case, like my friend had, it looks like you are turning into a zombie and your flesh is rotting off.
The rash usually starts around the sock line and works its way up your calf. It's easy to mistake at first for sunburn, or a reaction to the grass or your sunscreen.
What causes Disney Rash?
Well, it comes from a few things, heat and humidity being the main culprits. And Florida is a few combo of those things. The way it was explained to us at the First Aid Station, was that as the heat radiates up from the walkways, the moisture on your legs combined with swelling from heat and all of the walking causes the rash to appear.
The rash isn't contagious, and it's not harmful, it's just bothersome, itchy, for some people it burns and yes, it's an awful thing to have happen during your trip.
So how can you help prevent this?
There are multiple ways to help prevent the Disney Rash. You can:
* Wear sunscreen, high socks or pants to block the sun and heat
* Wear compression socks (go here to learn how much they help and how not to feel weird
* Drink plenty
* Stop for breaks when you need them
* Prop your feet up in the evenings
Well that's great, but I already have it. Now what?
Unfortunately, the only things that are going to help are elevating your legs and keeping cool. Once you are back home the rash should vanish. In the meantime, and other the counter anti itch cream might help, if your case isn't too severe. The First Aid Station at any of the parks should be able to hook you up with some. Chances are good, your resort gift shop will sell some too.
Luckily, the rash doesn't last too long, even it it might feel like it does.
Have you ever had the Disney Rash?
If you've ever wondered why Disney Employees are called Cast Members, it's because everything at Disney is a show. From the obvious, like Beauty and the Beast Live, or the Disney Jr. Dance Party, to the not so obvious, at Sir Mickey's or World of Disney stores, the custodians, chefs and animal caretakers. Walt Disney wanted to make sure that everyone knew that they were important in helping to create the show (I guess like the saying no small parts, only small actors) so everyone was a Cast Member. Additionally, since he preferred to be called Walt, instead of Mr. Disney, all Cast Member name badges are also first names.
In front of Disney's guests, the term onstage is used. The behind the scenes is called backstage, but onstage or off, everyone helps create amazing memories at what's truly, the happiest places on earth.