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.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Walt Disney World Freebie: Wilderness Explorers | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

The Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom is a great, FREE activity to help educate your children (and adults) about animals, conservation, and more. This is a scavenger hunt style game that is based the Wilderness Explorer troop that Russell is a part of in the movie "Up." You can sign up for the game near the bridge from The Oasis to Discovery Island. You'll be given a map showing locations where you can earn badges and an instruction booklet. When you locate the areas to earn badges, you'll need to find a cast member who will to help you complete the predetermined activity at that station. Once you do, you will be given a badge, or sticker, to add to your book. The cast members will tailor the questions or activities to different age groups.

This game is throughout Animal Kingdom. Some of the badges require you to ride or walk through an attraction. There are 32 badges in all to collect. You can expect several hours to complete all 32 badges.  However, these can be spread out over days and does not have to be completed all at one time.

This activity is appropriate for all ages!