Monday, April 24, 2017

Walt Disney World Free Dining Fall 2017 | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


It's here!! I can help you and your family get the FREE quick service or table service dining plan for your fall 2017 Walt Disney World vacation! Read below for the details and contact me to help book this deal.  My services are always FREE to you which include keeping an eye on your reservation to look for additional ways to save you money, help with booking dining plans and fastpass+ reservations, and free incentives with a package of $3,000 or more. If you have questions about the Dining Plans offered by Disney, you can read this post from earlier today

Contact me to help book your next vacation: beth@exclusivetravelpartners.com or (256) 476-2065.

What is the Disney Dining Plan? | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Disney Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with Magic Your Way Vacation Packages can choose a Disney Dining Plan. The Disney Dining Plans offer guests the opportunity to pre pay for meals throughout their vacation at over 100 locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Currently, there are three types of Dining Plans:

Monday, April 10, 2017

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels 25% off | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


Are you interested in visiting Walt Disney World and the new Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park? You can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights May 28-Aug. 31, 2017 when they book March 27-July 14, 2017.

Pandora – The World of Avatar opens on May 27, 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. You will have the opportunity to visit this new area and visit those classic favorites at the other three parks at Walt Disney World.

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.

Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

Booking Window: March 27-July 14, 2017
Travel Window: May 28-Aug. 31, 2017

Please contact me if you would like additional information or if you're interested in booking a fabulous vacation for your family where you'll make memories to last a lifetime!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Boat Rides | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

One of our favorite FREE things to do at Walt Disney World is to take a ride on one of the many boats. Disney does an excellent job in transporting it's guests all around the Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to the boats, you can also use buses or the monorail. There are rumors that a gondola system is also being added to connect several Disney hotels, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Currently, there are several areas where you can utilize the free boat transportation:

  • Ferry Boats connect the Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom. The ferries begin operating 30 minutes prior to park opening including Extra Magic Hours. They operate until 1.5 hours after park closing, including Extra Magic Hours.
  • Boat Launchers and Cruisers are used to transport guests from The Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness to Magic Kingdom.
  • Friendship Boats carry guests from Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios to the Dolphin and Swan Resort, Beach ad Yacht Club, and the Boardwalk. 
  • Sassagoula River Cruise is a beautiful ride carrying guests from Disney Springs to Port Orleans, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West. There is also boat transportation between Disney Springs West Side, Marketplace, and the Landing. 
Which of these boat rides is your favorite?

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Fox and the Hound Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

 The Fox and the Hound was next on our 2016 Disney Movie Resolution. We sat down and had a great Family Movie Night at the end of June. This movie was released on July 10, 1981. I'm pretty sure anyone who saw this movie in the 80s named their new puppy Copper. I always wanted a hound dog named Copper because of this movie and I'm still waiting!

 For our snack we had Happy Birthday cupcakes. I didn't want to do "dog" themed snacks since we did that with 101 Dalmatians. So I visited Disneymeals.me for inspiration. 

In the movie Widow Tweed has a photo of Tod with his birthday cake when he was younger. This was the inspiration for our snack. While I would have loved to make a cake with "Happy Birthday Tod" on it, I ran out of time... cupcakes were so much easier!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Disney Crossy Road Figures {Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I received free products from Moose Toys in order to review for my blog. 
The opinions expressed here are my own.

 Moose Toys has come out with a brand new line of Disney toys that I'm sure fans of the app "Crossy Road" will love. These toys were released a few weeks ago and are being released in US stores today. 
We were sent samples of the 8 bit style mini figures, single pack blind boxes, and 6 inch plush. Both of my younger boys are crazy about both Minecraft and Disney. Having Crossy Road on their iPads combines their love for both. Having these mini figures makes playing with their Minecraft toys more enjoyable. 

These mini figures are roughly an inch tall and if they can't stand on their own, they come with a small clear plastic base that holds them up. There are 4 different categories you can collect right now from Series 1: Mickey and Friends, Big Hero 6, Toy Story, and The Lion King.  There are over 40 to collect. Each box comes with a collector's guide where you can check off which characters you have received.   
We all loved adding these Disney Crossy Road toys to our collections. I kept the Mickey and Minnie plush for myself and let the boys have the other mini figures. We are excited about finding these in the stores and adding to our collection. You will be able to find these at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us. 

You can find more from Moose Toys on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    

I received free products from Moose Toys in order to review for my blog. 
The opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Rescuers Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


The Rescuers was released on June 22, 1977. I think I vaguely remember seeing this in the movie theatre right after I turned three years old. I know I remember loving the book as a child and wanting to read about Miss Bianca and Bernard. Last June, I was able to introduce this movie to my boys for the first time during our weekly Family Movie Night. This was the 24th movie in our collection.

While they claimed to have enjoyed it, I'm not sure they really did. My youngest actually left during the viewing, but my middle son stayed for the whole thing. Maybe if I could have come up with better snacks they would have been more into it!

For our snacks, we had Ring Pops to represent the Devil's Eye Diamond Bianca and Bernard helped find in the pirate skull. We also ate gingersnap cookies. These were the cookies Penny's cat, Rufus, ate in the movie. 


Have you seen The Rescuers? What were your thoughts?

Disney Wordless Wednesday: Four Things | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Four amazing things to do at Walt Disney World without going into a park:

1. Character breakfast at Cape May

2. Atlanta Braves Spring Training Game

3. Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

4. Pony Rides at Fort Wilderness

Focused on the Magic

Friday, March 24, 2017

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: T-shirt at Epcot | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

While this FREE t-shirt from Epcot was in fact free, it came at a cost. On our trip with the church youth group in 2012, one of our students got sick on Mission: SPACE at Epcot. It was not pretty! When he exited the attraction, the cast members immediately took him to the side and gave him a free orange t-shirt to change into. He was given a Disney bag to hold his original shirt along with the free, plain, orange shirt. I assume he got an orange t-shirt because he was riding the orange side. Maybe if he had been on the green side the shirt would have been green?

If you are worried about getting sick on Mission:SPACE or any other attraction, this shows you that Disney will take care of you. We did opt to go back to our room for him to wash his face, brush his teeth and rest a bit, but he got to keep his orange Epcot shirt!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Tomorrowland Speedway License | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

All kids are excited about learning how to drive a car.  It seems like such a long time to wait until you are 15 or 16 to get a license. But, at Walt Disney World, if you are at least 54 inches tall, you can drive your own car by yourself at the Tomorrowland Speedway! Guests between 32 inches can drive with someone who is 54 inches or taller.

But did you know you can ask a cast member for a FREE drivers license for your kids? When you enter or exit, ask for a license. It makes a great souvenir and it's FREE!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Shades of Green at Walt Disney World | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


Thanks to my mom for writing this article for A Disney Mom's Thoughts. I have not had the pleasure of staying at Shades of Green so I had to turn to my mom!  Before she shares her thoughts, here is a bit of history about this resort:

In 1971, this building was the club house for the Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses. In December 1973, Disney added guest rooms and opened the Golf Resort. It had 151 rooms. Since this resort was only appealing to Golfers and not your typical Magic Kingdom and Epcot guests, Disney changed the name in 1986 to The Disney Inn. They added 150 more rooms and included a Snow White theme. In 1994, the Department of Defense leased the resort and land from Disney. In 1996, the DoD purchased the resort, but Disney still owns the land. Currently, there are 586 rooms at the resort.

  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Disney Wordless Wednesday: Disney in the Details | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Almost wordless today...

I love the attention to detail at Disney! Everywhere you look Disney has taken time to add the "Disney touch". You can find this everywhere- bathrooms, attractions, restaurants, sidewalks, costumes, landscapes, resorts, EVERYWHERE!


Have you ever paid attention to the details in the small train scene at the Germany pavilion in Epcot?  Here are two shots of the same small house by the tracks- one in spring, one at Christmas. I would have never thought to add Christmas decorations to that small house, but Disney did!





Focused on the Magic

$200 Disney Gift Card #Giveaway from ETP | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


Visit the Exclusive Travel Partners blog to find the Rafflecopter entry form for our awesome giveaway! You can enter for a chance to win a $200 Disney Gift Card and a personalized travel bag. One winner will be chosen on March 22, 2017. Only for US residents and we can't ship to PO Box addresses. 

GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Family Movie Night | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released on March 11, 1977 by Walt Disney Studios. The first time I saw this movie was June 11, 2016. Almost 40 years after it was released. After watching it, I know why it took almost 40 years. I didn't like it. My boys didn't like it. But, we pushed through it and finished it so we could say we did it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ways to Save Money For and At Disney on ETP | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Today, I'm thrilled to be sharing my first blog post at the Exclusive Travel Partners blog! Head over and read my tips on ways to save money for your Disney vacation AND how you can save money while AT Disney! Click here to get to the blog post!

Packing for Walt Disney World | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Packing for your Walt Disney World trip should begin way in advance. I say this because there are several things I suggest packing that may not be on your mind. If you wait until the last minute, you may end up spending more money than needed. Be on the lookout for sales in stores and online. Look for travel size items instead of full size, especially if you are flying, and to keep in your park bag.

Previously, I have shared an extensive packing list our family uses before each Disney trip. This is overkill, I know! But, it may give you an idea of the types of things your family may need on a trip.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy 10th Anniversary! | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


I think a Disney Cruise would be the best way to celebrate!! :)

How do you incorporate Disney into your anniversary/ special event celebrations?

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Rider Switch | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Rider switch is technically a FREE service provided to families while visiting Walt Disney World.  You do have to have park tickets purchased to be able to utilize rider switch!

Rider switch allows mom and dad to ride the attractions they want to ride when the children are too small or too scared to ride. One parent or adult waits with the child or children while the rest of the party experiences the attraction. Once they are off, the adult who just rode will stay with the children while the waiting adult goes on the attraction without waiting in line.  You can read more details about how to do it on the Disney web site.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Robin Hood Family Movie Night| A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Robin Hood was our next movie in our 2016 New Year's Movie Resolution.  We actually watched this movie and had our movie night way back in June of 2016. This movie was released by Walt Disney Studios on November 8, 1973. My mom was actually pregnant with me when this came out! I vaguely remember seeing this movie as a child. I think I remember the book more than the movie.

My boys were familiar with the music because we have several of these songs on a Disney Movies CD we listen to in the car. Robin Hood was such a fun movie for my boys. My oldest had seen it but this was the first viewing for my youngest. Of course, they like the "bad guys" and want to shoot arrows. I knew this would be the case, so for our snack we had arrows and targets!