Tuesday, 11 December 2012

My fave Disney purchase

Alas, my short, long-weekend getaway to WDW has ended. Short, but sweet. Was it worth it? Of course - Just as I suspected it would be! I even managed to fit in some shopping. However, if you are a "frequent frequenter" of WDW like me, you own mostly everything in Mouse Gear already! This was my first WDW visit at Christmas, though, so I had to commemorate the experience. Definitely my favourite accessories of the trip (that I purchased the first night) were the Minnie and Mickey Santa hats we purchased for the family! Fun AND warm for the cooler nights!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, 7 December 2012

Another Disney Moment

We are enjoying Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tonight, and yet another special Disney moment occurred. My daughter volunteered to dance and sing on Main St. with a Walt Disney World dancer. A rare opportunity to snap a pic of just my girl and the castle... And not much else.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

WDW: Short & Sweet-Is it worth it?

As I'm sitting here blogging instead of packing for my upcoming WDW vacation, I'm also asking myself, is it worth it?

We are heading to the World for three nights, four days. I'm beyond excited at the prospect of any WDW trip, but I have to admit, I'm a little afraid of coming home after only three nights. Will the short duration be enough to give me my Disney fix or will I come home wanting more?

Well, who am I kidding? Even after our two week WDW trip, I came home wanting more. I don't think we, as extreme Disney fans, will ever come home from a WDW truly satisfied. There will always be things we wish we could have done, but didn't get to, or things that we just wanted to do more of.

But, I know that, while it will be a short visit, this trip still has enormous potential. We were in WDW this past August for four nights, and it ranks as one of our favourite trips! Despite the limited number of days, we made the most of each and every one! Not only did we go into the parks each day, but we took time to swim at our resort, visit Downtown Disney and visit with different family members who were also visiting the Orlando area.

So, I pose this to you... If you could take a weekend trip to WDW or none at all, what would you choose?

Some photos of our four-night August trip:

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Including Disney in your holiday decor

It's that time of year when you switch out all your regular home decor for some holiday fun!

While I have tried to maintain some sophistication when it comes to Christmas decorating, being such huge Disney fans, it wouldn't be right to exclude the "Mouse" from this special holiday.

Here are our Disney Christmas pieces:

This artificial palm tree is in our kitchen. We've made it a tradition to get a new ornament from Walt Disney World every year, and this tree is reserved exclusively for these WDW ornaments.

This collector's piece is from Carleton Cards at a local mall. I thought it was too cute to pass up... Especially on sale.

Lastly, I always have a throw on my sofa, mainly because I have a tendency to be cold in the evening and I like to cuddle underneath a blanket. Each Christmas, though, I swap out my usual throw, for this holiday one we bought at WDW. It was part of those common promotions where if you spend so much, you get the throw for $15 or $20. I can't remember which one. It's a cozy blanket which features the whole gang snuggling up in front of the fireplace (Goofy and Donald couldn't fit in my shot).

How do you include Disney in your holiday decorating?

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Who else is watching Sofia the First?

My little girl has been eagerly awaiting the premiere of Disney Junior's new show. Today has finally arrived. Here's my Little Princess watching Disney's newest Princess.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A week in an OKW Grand Villa

As I'm sure most of you are in your circles of friends, I tend to be known as the Walt Disney World guru around my friends and family. People are always asking me where to stay when they head down to visit the Mouse.
It's common practice to visit the World in large groups. Whether you're bringing down the grandparents, or friends who have never been, or maybe you're even having a family reunion, lots of visitors come to Walt Disney World with more than just their immediate family.
Of course there are lots of off-site accommodations for large groups, but if you want to stay right inside the magic, you might want to consider a Grand Villa at a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort. These villas feature three bedrooms, four bathrooms, full-sized dining rooms and living rooms, full kitchens and a washers and dryers. Even if you're not a member, there are many websites dedicated to matching WDW guests with DVC owners wanting to rent out their points!
The most economical Grand Villa is at Disney's Old Key West Resort. We had the pleasure of staying in one in September 2011. Here is a photo tour of our Grand Villa.

This was our "home" for the week. We chose a Grand Villa this trip because we were taking our parents with us.

When you walk in, to the right was the full kitchen. The laundry room was off of the kitchen.

The dining room was adjacent to the kitchen.

To the left was one of four bathrooms (the only one which wasn't an ensuite) and the master bedroom.

The master bedroom ensuite was extremely spacious.

The focal point of the main floor, however, was the beautiful living room with cathedral ceilings.

This Grand Villa was the size of a house! Two bedrooms also awaited us on the second floor!

Our view from the second floor.
It was so nice to have the space to spread out and not get in each other's way. I would definitely stay here again with a party of 6 - or more. The living room sofa converts to a bed, as does the chair.
I would highly recommend this Grand Villa, and the resort, as well. Old Key West had a very relaxed and welcoming feel about it... And relaxing is just what we did. :)
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, 7 July 2012

My Real-Life Prince Charming

In between the kids' temper tantrums, arguments, and the other stresses that come our way, I remember how lucky I am to feel like I am living a fairy tale straight out of a Disney movie. I have my children and my castle, but it really all started with my Prince.

On the anniversary of our 6th wedding anniversary, I thought I'd dedicate this post to him, because without him, this blog probably wouldn't exist.

As I've mentioned in the past, I've always been a big Disney and Walt Disney World fan. Every year I'd ask my parents to take us to WDW, and I was very lucky that some years they listened! We always had a great time, and I secretly hoped that whomever I married would enjoy it as much as I so we could return when we had a family of our own!

Once my soon-to-be-husband and I got closer to marriage, I began to put the bug in his ear: "You know, we should really visit Disney World one day," I'd say. Unfortunately for me, it seemed to go in one ear and out the other. He had absolutely no interest in visiting an "amusement park" (as he called it).

That all changed, however, in October 2007, when for some reason, he decided to give it a shot! I don't remember how I convinced him, but I think the perk of free dining helped. Of course I thoroughly enjoyed that trip. I cried at the end of the week because I didn't know when we would ever come back. What if once was enough for him? Well, to my surprise, he wanted to return just as much as I did! That was music to my ears.

We defied the misconception that WDW is just for kids. Only 8 months after our firat trip, we returned, newly pregnant with our first child. Again, we had an amazing time, despite my all-day nausea.

Now, two children later, we return to Walt Disney World two to three times per year, and have also included Disney cruises into our repertoire. We love it even more now with our children, than we did by ourselves.

I am so thankful to my husband. He has a job that allows us to frequent the World so often, but what's more is that he doesn't just agree to the trips for me. He gets it. I don't have to explain what's so great about seeing the Castle when you first walk onto Main Street or why I get goosebumps when I watch SpectroMagic or Fantasmic. I just look at his face and I know that he gets it. I am so thankful to have him to share the Disney magic with.

So, today, and everyday, I am thankful for what he's brought to my life. Happy Anniversary to my very own real-life Prince. I love you.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone