Saturday, May 7, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I have to be honest... Alice in Wonderland is not one of my favorites. While I love Alice, many of the other characters bother me. The White Rabbit is OK, but the silly, crazy, nonsensical, kookiness of the others gets on my last nerve. However, we had to watch this one to keep up with our 2016 Resolution to watch all the animated movies in order.

Alice in Wonderland was released on July 28, 1951. It was not the most popular movie, but people still remember it, talk about it, and enjoy meeting the characters at the Disney parks. There is a fabulous web site with all sorts of information about this movie, how Walt created it and my favorite: the goofs. 
For our family movie night, we kept it pretty simple. I had intentionally saved some conversation hearts after Valentine's Day for this movie night. Those were obviously for the Queen of Hearts. In addition to the candy, we made "Eat Me" cookies (slice and back with piped icing), and Rice Krispy Treats to resemble the Queen's cards. We literally opened up the Rice Krispy Treats and used gel icing to make the hearts and Q's. There were several other things we could have done, but we kept it simple.

You can find more Alice in Wonderland ideas from my cousin's first birthday party or from a virtual baby shower we hosted. Another great idea from the Disney Family site is to make Golden Afternoon Flowers. If you're watching with an older group, you could always play a game of cards- spades being my favorite.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cinderella Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Last month, we had our second Princess Movie night as part of our Disney Resolution. I thought my boys were going to baulk at the idea of a princess night, but they didn't! We all enjoyed watching Cinderella and eating yummy snacks! 

This movie was released on February 15, 1950. It's such a classic movie that it literally at the center of Walt Disney World! One of our favorite memories was eating at Cinderella castle and meeting Cinderella. Even though this is a girly, princess movie, my boys loved it. I think Gus, Jaq, and Lucifer helped with that!

For our movie night, we had 2 different snacks: pumpkin pretzels and magic wands. The wands were made with fruit on a bamboo skewers. You could use any fruit that you like, but top it off with a melon you can cut with a star cookie cutter! For the pumpkins, we melted vanilla wafers and added orange coloring. After we dipped the pretzels in the vanilla chocolate, we let them dry on wax paper and added a green M&M mini. These were definitely my favorite!

In addition to snacks and movie watching, families could play dress up as the characters or find coloring sheets. One activity you could do along with watching the movie is play the dress up game on Disney's web site or have the story read to you.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Walt Disney World Freebie: Planning DVD | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

One of my favorite FREE things to get for my Disney trip is the planning DVD. When you first start planning your trip, wether it's your first, 15th or 100th, get the free DVD. This will help get you and your family excited about your vacation. It will give you a tour of the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort including all the parks, shopping areas, hotels, and water parks. You will get information about special events and tips on making your vacation magical. All you have to do is go to this web site, complete the form, and check your mailbox in several weeks. 

Even if you aren't planning a trip to Disney anytime soon, order the FREE DVD and pretend you are going. It's a great way help with the Disney itch.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Walt Disney World Freebie: Parking | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

FREE parking at Walt Disney World is reserved for a select group. Do you know if you are part of that group? If you are staying on Disney property at any of the resorts, you can park for FREE at any of the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, or other resorts. As long as you have your resort parking pass in the window, you park for FREE! Today, it costs a car $20 a day to park in the theme park parking lot. Click here for info on WDW parking.