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!





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$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!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Traveling By Car To Walt Disney World

Traveling to Walt Disney World is nothing new for our family. I have been lucky enough to travel to Walt Disney World 22 times and Disneyland once.  Currently, we are planning our first Disney Cruise for 2017. Of the 22 times I've traveled to Walt Disney World, 17 were by car, 3 by plane, and 2 by church bus! I've been as a child, teenager, and adult. I've also traveled with children, teenagers, adults, and alone. I've planned a solo trip, a trip for my immediate family, trips with friends, trips with multiple generations, and trips with up to 37 people on a youth mission trip.

While each trip is completely unique and different, one thing is the same-  you have to travel to get there! While flying is SO much easier, I'm too frugal to do this. I'd rather spend the extra time to travel and have the extra money to spend on meals, souvenirs, or extra days at the parks.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Magic Kingdom Attractions: Mickey's PhilharMagic | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Mickey's PhilharMagic is located in Fantasyland right after you pass through Cinderella Castle on the left side. This attraction opened in October of 2003. PhilharMagic is in the same building as Peter Pan's Flight. Before housing PhilharMagic, this venue was home to the Mickey Mouse Revue, Magic Journeys, and most recently Legend of the Lion King.

This attraction is a 12 minute long 3D 4D movie that seats 494 guests. While you do wear 3D glasses to watch this 3D movie, it's 4D because at various times during the show you use other senses as well as you may smell scents, feel water splash on you, or feel a gust of wind. I don't feel that any of the special effects are too intense for children. This is definitely an attraction that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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


The Aristocats was released by Walt Disney Studios on December 24, 1970. Our family watched it on May 28, 2016 for the first time as a part of our 2016 New Year's Resolution. Meeting Thomas O'Malley and Duchess was a treat. The story reminded me a bit of Lady and the Tramp... but with cats. The only thing we knew about this movie prior to watching it was the song, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat. Everything else was new- the characters, the storyline, everything. (Not sure how I missed this one in my childhood...)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Why Book With A Disney Travel Agent? | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I am over the moon excited to announce to all of you that I am now a Disney Travel Specialist with Exclusive Travel Partners! After 7 years of having this blog and sharing my love of Disney through writing, I decided to share my love of Disney by helping others create memories that will hopefully lead to their own love of Disney. 

Why should you let me help you book your Walt Disney World vacation?  Let me tell you why:


1) It's FREE! It won't cost you any more money to book with a Disney Travel Specialist. I am paid by Disney after you travel, not by you. You can call Disney directly and they will give you the same quote I will but...

2) I can save you money. If Disney releases a discount code for the week you are traveling, I can apply that to your reservation and work to get you a lower cost. These discounts can come in the form of rooms, food, or tickets. I will keep a watch on all the discounts to see if any can be applied to your vacation.

3) It saves you time. By allowing me to help book your Walt Disney World vacation, I can save you time by booking your actual vacation, your special bookings such as Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage, your dining reservations, and Fastpass+ reservations. Dining reservations can be made up to 180 days prior to your vacation and Fastpass+ reservations 30-60 days early, depending on where you are staying. You can relax and maybe sleep a little later when I book these things for you.

4) It's personal. When you have a question or need suggestions about your vacation, you will be talking to me, not a random person sitting in a cubicle in a call center. I will spend time getting to know you and your family, your budget, your expectations, and your needs. We will work together to make your vacation the best it can be for your family.

5) My Knowledge & Experience. I am a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge. I've received hours of online training through Disney and will continue to have this training. I have been traveling to Walt Disney World since 1983 and have been sharing about these experiences on my blog for 7 years. I've learned that planning a first time trip to Walt Disney World can sometimes be harder than planning a wedding! Very few vacation require as much planning and prep work.

6) You're supporting a small business. Disney pays the travel agency. So when you don't use a Disney Travel Specialist, you are paying Disney for something you are not using. Take advantage of the work I can do for you in making your vacation as magical as possible.


Please email beth@exclusivetravelpartners.com or call (256) 476-2065 to start planning your Disney vacation!

~Beth

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