Monday, October 24, 2016

Elf Magic Elfcapades with Raleigh and Grover 2014 | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Last week I shared with you our Elf Magic Elfcapades from last Christmas. Today, I'm going to share what happened in 2014. This was the first year Raleigh and Grover, our Elf Magic Elves, came to visit our house during Christmas. We had so much fun with these guys and look forward to what they have in store this year!

If you are looking for ideas for your own Elf Magic or Elf on the Shelf Elves, feel free to use or modify what happened at our house.... most of these ideas are from Pinterest anyway! 

The Elves arrived with a letter from Santa instructing the boys to clean out their toys and donate to charity. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Walt Disney World Freebie: Flag Retreat | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

While technically this event does require park tickets, it's free for guests once you are inside Magic Kingdom Park.  This FREE event is the Flat Retreat at Town Square every night at 5:00pm.  

Each morning when Magic Kingdom Park opens, a US Veteran is chosen to have the honor of lowering the flag at the end of the day. This is quite a production. Cast members block the road between the flag circle and the railroad station. The Magic Kingdom Philharmonic Band is also at the station both upstairs and downstairs. The band begins playing patriotic songs. 
When the band finishes, the Dapper Dans speak while the band comes to the flag circle and the Pledge of Allegiance is said.  
Following the pledge, the trumpeter sounds the retreat and the Magic Kingdom security, along with the veteran, lowers the flag. 

While the flag is being lowered, the band plays the Stars Spangled Banner and the crowd sings along.  
At the completion, the flag is presented to the veteran by stating their name, branch and hometown.  
The band plays an armed forces medley and they conclude by walking down the middle of Main Street USA headed towards Cinderella Castle. 

If you have any patriotic feelings in your bones, I suggest you make plans to attend this event!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Elf Magic Elfcapades with Raleigh and Grover 2015 | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

On Tuesday I introduced you to Raleigh and Grover, our Elf Magic Elves. These two little guys have become such a fun part of our Christmas traditions. Last year, we had a lot of fun seeing what they would get into. If you are doing Elf Magic or Elf on a Shelf and need ideas, feel free to use these... I got most of them off Pinterest anyway! :)
They told us they were back written with candy!

Tic Tac Toe with marshmallows and food writer markers!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Elf Magic Elves at Christmas | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Most of my friends have the Elf on the Shelf at their house. While I'm not "against" the Elf on the Shelf concept, I thought there had to be a better option than an elf spying on your kid all day and not being able to be touched. That wasn't for me... plus there had to be a way to tie the TRUE meaning of Christmas into the Elfcapades...
Enter Elf Magic. These elves are not creepy, in fact they are cute! You can get boy or girl elves and you can choose the color hair your elf has. You can also love, hug, and play with these elves.  But the best part is that the poem that comes with these elves tie in the story of the birth of Jesus. I mean, come on... we wouldn't even have Christmas and elves without Jesus!

We have two elves that come visit our youngest boys each year: Raleigh and Grover. These elves come to you with a name, like the Cabbage Patch kids did do. Each night you leave the elves a cracker (which reminds them of the crunch of the snow at the North Pole) and water (which reminds them of melting snowflakes). Then you sprinkle them with magic north pole snowflakes which come with the elf.  While your child is sleeping, the elves report to Santa on what a good day your child had and return by morning usually doing something silly or bringing a small gift.

We I had so much fun with our Elves that when we started counting down to our Walt Disney World vacation, Santa sent Chewbacca to help us count down in an Elf Magic way!

Stay tuned later this week to see all the Elfcapades Raleigh and Grover got into the past two years as we anticipate their return this year!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Hide and Squeak

The last time our family was at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival was 2014. We were just one year too early to participate in Remy's Ratatoulle Hide and Squeak game! If you and your children are headed to the Food and Wine Festival this year, you still have a few more weeks to play this fun, interactive, scavenger hunt game at Epcot.  This is a great way to get your kids excited about the Food and Wine Festival and the World Showcase!

For $9.95, you can purchase a map and stickers. Using the map, head to different locations in the park and search for Remy statues and the ingredients needed to make his famous dish, Ratatouille. When you locate each Remy, find the sticker with your map that matches the food Remy has at this location and stick it on your map. Once you have all the ingredient stickers on your map you can return your map for a limited edition Remy pin. 

Guests can purchase the map and stickers at the following locations: Disney Traders, Festival Center, Pin Central and World Traveler (International Gateway). Note: Maps, stickers and pins are available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Purchasing limits may apply.

If you don't want to return to collect your pin, you can ask for your pin as you purchase your map.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Celebrate Winnie The Pooh’s 90th Anniversary with Favorite ‘Poohisms’ | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Winnie-the-Pooh is the world's most famous bear, and has been beloved by children around the world for 90 years. He appears in two storybooks – Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner – and two poetry collections – When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six – written by A. A. Milne and definitively illustrated by E. H. Shepard. With a rich storytelling heritage, the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood represent friendship, simple joys and the curious and gentle nature of a child’s imagination.