Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Disney Villains Makeup Giveaway!

Let's celebrate Halloween with a great giveaway!  I love Disney Villains - and this month ELF cosmetics teamed up with Disney and Walgreens to put out a line of fantastic villain themed makeup.  In this giveaway, you'll receive an Evil Queen bundle that includes:
  • An Evil Queen make up bag
  • An Evil Queen "Look book" - with eye shadow, mascara, eye liner pencil, and lip gloss
  • Disney villain nail polish.  It's a set of 12 with three colors for each villain (Maleficient, Ursula, the Evil Queen, and Cruella)
  • Evil Queen themed hair ties
  • Evil Queen eye lashes (set of 3 including the glue)
  • And to top it off a bag of Werther's original caramels - filled with apples!

Be sure to like my page on facebook and follow me on pinterest for an extra chance to win.  Also, I am doing a bonus giveaway - if you share my page on facebook, I pool those names and will give away a $25 gift card! (Be sure to let me know here or on facebook that you did this part!)
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Disney News Round up

Valet parking is coming to Downtown Disney!  Starting October 21, for $15, you can leave your car with the valet on the West side of Downtown Disney - by Cirque du Soleil.  If you are a Tables in Wonderland member with a valid restaurant receipt, your parking fee is free.  The valet will be available from 4pm to 2am seven days a week.  Congestion is high here so hopefully this will alleviate some of the frustration in finding a parking spot!

For the first time, Disney Quest is offering a Halloween party.  Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween party is already sold out for October 31 so this will be a great alternative.  There will be five floors of unlimited games, trick or treating, dance parties, characters, and even a costume contest.  Message me if you'd like to see if tickets are still available - I imagine this will sell out quickly!

The Jungle Cruise is turning into the Jingle cruise in early November!  I can't wait to hear all the new Christmas puns from the skippers when we ride in December.

Rumor Alert!  Kenny the Pirate (who writes a wonderful blog showcasing everything you need to know about finding characters at Disney) is reporting that there may be Fast pass + exclusive character meet and greets at each park.  It's also likely that fast passes will be an exclusive ticket for onsite guests.

In Disneyland's California Adventure - Soarin' over California is about to shut down in February for 6 months while they prepare Soarin' over the World!  I hear that they will be filming over Disneyland resort next week!

Are you headed to Disney with a child on the autism spectrum or with other cognitive disabilities?  Be sure to check out the Special Mouse podcast as they discuss and review the new DAS card.

Do you live in the Chicago area - or are you planning a trip there?  Be sure to check out the Museum of Science and Industry's "Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives!"

At the Town Square in Magic Kingdom - when you meet Mickey - he now talks!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fort Wilderness Cabins

Fort Wilderness is an amazing resort - comprised of both campsites and rustic cabins - with LOTS to do and see.  There are nightly campfire sing-a-longs, movies, nature walks, a beach to see the Electric water pageant, 2 swimming pools, volleyball, biking, boating, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding  - and more!  There are two speciality dining experiences - Mickey's Backyard Bar-B-Que and the Hoop-dee-doo revue, a table service location - Trail's end buffet, and a counter service option.

If you'd like to camp at the resort, spots fill quickly - especially around holidays.

The cabins at Fort Wilderness are categorized by Disney as moderate resort accomodations - and are a great option for families with up to six people - and they are a great option if you want a separate space to relax in the evening after the kids go to bed rather than a traditional hotel room set up.

Each cabin has a parking spot, deck with a picnic table and a grill.

As you enter the cabin, you are in the kitchen and dining area.  It is a full kitchen complete with everything you'd need to make a meal.  And what's really cool - housekeeping will do the dishes for you!

The dining area has a bench plus chairs.

There is a living room - and there is a Murphy bed that pulls down from the wall.

Down the hallway you'll find the full bathroom.

And finally you have the bedroom. There is a full sized bed and a set of twin bunk beds.  You'll also find a closet and the vanity area where you can dry your hair (great idea so that someone else can be getting ready in the bathroom!).

Like all Disney resorts, transportation between the resort and the parks is provided.  However, at Fort Wilderness it's a little more complicated.  Because the resort is so large, there is an internal bus that will take you to either the front of the resort to catch a bus to the parks.  Or, there is a different internal bus that will take you to the marina area where you can catch a boat to the Magic Kingdom.

Rather than wait for the internal bus, you can always walk (but it can be quite a trek), use your bicycle, or even rent a golf cart from the resort.  You can make reservations up to a year in advance and the costs are $59 a day plus tax.  Do note, the cabins sleep 6 guests, but only 4 guests will fit in a golf cart!

So...what about you?  Have you stayed at Fort Wilderness?  Have you visited to take advantage of all the activities there?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Disney News Roundup

Discounts for the first quarter of 2014 are still available - check out the current deals link for more information.

The first images of the imagined Avatar themed land at Disney's Animal Kingdom have arrived.  I love that so much will focus on night time entertainment at that park.  I think it's just going to be gorgeous!

For years during lunch at Les Chefs de France, you would be visited by Chef Remy from Ratatouille.  But no longer.  Chef Remy says good-bye on October 24, 2013.

Do you need to help an autistic child understand the new DAS card?  Here is a social story that you might use to explain how it works.

The Disney Christmas parade that is broadcast on ABC on Christmas morning is scheduled for filming in the Magic Kingdom on December 6 and 7.  You may want to join in the fun or stay really far away!

On Disney cruise line, the adult only restaurant, Palo, has increased their price from $20/person to $25.

There is a lot of construction going on at the Polynesian resort  which obstructs some views.   Also, the pool is getting a major facelift beginning in March of 2014.  Rumors are that the pool may actually be closed for 8 months - 1 year!

RUMOR:  What would you think about a "Lord of the Rings" land at Disney parks?!  


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

50's Prime Time Cafe

Eating a meal at the 50's Prime Time Cafe is like taking a small step back in time.  From the food to the decor to the antics of the waitstaff - it really does feel like the 1950's.

The 50's Prime Time Cafe is in Disney's Hollywood Studios - just across the lake from the American Idol Experience and next to the Indiana Jones Stunt Show.  
When you walk in, you'll find yourself in a 1950's living room.  Complete with vintage furniture and kitschy decorations.  Do you see anything here from your childhood?

There are a number of living rooms to check out - all of them playing black and white tv shows - from "Dick Van Dyke Show" to "Car 54 Where are you?" to "The Mickey Mouse Club."  But my favorite are the public service announcements - with dating tips. 

When you are seated in Mom's kitchen - be sure to look around at the fabulous details in the theming.

Keeping it in the family, the waitstaff will be your aunt, your uncle or even your cousin.  And they are there to enforce mom's rules for sitting at the table.  Don't wear your hat to the table.  Make sure you don't put your elbows on the table.  And most of all make sure you eat all your veggies before you ask for desert.  

If you can't follow these rules, you might have to deal with things like: wearing a dunce cap; standing in the corner, your waiter making "chugga-chugga-choo-choo" noises while they bring a fork full of food to your mouth.  Then again, you might even get a commendation for being a member of the clean plate club.

And what is on the menu at the Prime Time?  It's traditional 50's comfort foods.  You can also order drinks from Dad's liquor cabinet!

We started with the beer battered onion rings (served pouring out of a cute frying basket) and the blue claw crab cake over succotash.

For the main course we had sampler of Mom's favorite recipes (meatloaf, pot roast and Aunt Liz's fried chicken) served with mashed potatoes and green beans substituted for the greens) and Cousin Barry's olive oil poached salmon.  They were both delicious - and next time I think I'll just get Liz's fried chicken - devine!!

On the dining plan, you can get a milkshake as your beverage - and I got the Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake.  Oh.My.Word - so, so, good.  If you are a peanut butter lover, this is the drink for you. There was not much of a jelly taste to the shake (which makes me happy) - it was just creamy goodness.

And then we had dessert.  We had the 50's Boston Creme Parfait and the Apple cobbler a la mode.

This is a really fun restaurant - great themeing and some delicious eats!
So...how about you?  Have you experienced any of the antics at the 50's Prime Time?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Disney News round up

Big news this week was the release of two offers from Disney for discounts January -mid April, 2014.  You can always check my page with current offers to find all the specifics for the promotion.

During October and in honor of breast cancer awareness month, I am offering my own promotion.  For any trip booked this month (October 2013), I will donate 10% of the proceeds to Relay for Life!  Travel must be completed by December 2014.  

Disney stock is a great one to give - especially to get children interested in investing.  But Disney just announced that they will no longer give out paper stock certificates.

Beginning October 31, ALL Disney table service restaurants will require a credit card guarantee.  If you are a no show (do not cancel within 24 hours of your reserved time) a $10 per person fee will be charged to your credit card.

Beginning October 9th the Guest Assistance card is morphing into the DAS (or disability access service).  Read about the new rules hereRead about how it went for one guest on the first day.

The resort line monorail will be out of commission from 11am - 6pm each day until October 19th due to construction at the Polynesian Resort.

Are you thinking about attending a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party this year?  If you haven't already - buy your tickets now.  Many parties are already sold out including October 10, 18, and 31.

Characters from Disney's new movie "Frozen" will debut at the Norway pavilion in November. 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Art of Animation Resort - Lion King Family Suites

The newest Disney resort is the Art of Animation which just opened in May 0f 2012.

The resort features 4 unique sections - three of which are family suites.  The sections are Finding Nemo suites, Cars suites, Lion King suites and the Little Mermaid theme is standard rooms.  Today we are going to focus on the Lion King suites.

From the map, the Lion King section is buildings 10 and 6.

All of the suites have the same amenities and layout - it is just the themeing that is different.  Here is a model of the suites so that you can put these photos into perspective.

What is really cool about the family suites is that they will sleep 6 - a great option for larger families - or families that want to offer some privacy for mom and dad after the kids are in bed.

When you walk into your suite, you have a dining area - table with four chairs and then a kitchenette - a small fridge, microwave,sink, coffee maker and snack storage area.  The resort also provides some disposable plates and utensils.

This same area will also provide a sleeping nook.  That table, converts to a bed in just a snap.  First, pull the chairs away from the table, and then pull down from the wall.

Next thing you know, you have a very comfortable spot to sleep. 

Main bathroom.

There is a living room (with a sleeper sofa), chair, flat screen tv, drawers, and cool stools/table showcasing the Hakuna Matata lyrics.

There is a master bedroom with a queen sized bed, open closet area, flat screen tv, and a second bathroom!

Things I like about the family suites:
1.  That there is a separate master bedroom with a door - really nice when traveling with little ones and you want a later bedtime.
2.  Great for larger families - or even great for a family of 4 - especially when your kids balk at having to share a bed.
3.  Two bathrooms - I have two teen girls - this is a life saver!
4.  GORGEOUSLY themed resort
5.  3 themed pools - the main pool in the Finding Nemo section is the largest on property and it even has a zero entry section
6.  Great food court selections - including healthy eating, a gelato station, and even a tandoori oven
7.  Nice, new rooms with lots of storage
8.  All sections of the family suites are convenient to the food court, lobby and main pool.

Things I didn't like quite so much
1.  I think I am a linen snob - the thin sheets and heavy bedspread are not my favorite
2.  I wish the master had a king rather than a queen
3.  No ceiling fans
4. No slide or hot tub at the pools
5.  Because it's a newer resort and in high demand - the discounts are not quite as good at this resort (and completely nonexistent for the standard rooms!)

So...what about you?  Which themed room would you prefer?  Have you stayed at the Art of Animation before?