Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Disney is Done....Now We Need A Real Vacation!

I knew that our trip was going to be a lot of work, especially because of all the planning months before. While we had a wonderful time, this experience was draining!

Tree of Life ~ Animal Kingdom


Super excited to meet this guy

A favorite shot ~ dinner in "Paris"

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

Their favorite ride, Hollywood Tower of Terror ~ no thanks!

The boys signed up for Jedi Training Academy at Hollywood Studios. It was one of our rain days, so the show was cancelled. Instead, they got a SPECIAL treat! We went behind the scenes of Star Tours and into a secret meet the man himself! We were told it was a very high privilege to meet him face to face. They would not have gotten the opportunity if they had done the class/show. Very excited!!

Known in our house as "Mickey Wizard"

We stayed at Disney's Art of Animation resort. Recommended! It is a value resort, but is the newest one on property. Very nice resort, very friendly staff. Three pools, splash pad, playground, and quick-service restaurant. 

Themes of Little Mermaid, The Lion King, or Cars. We stayed in a Cars family suite:

A fun trip that we waited on for a long time. Our next visit will include this little mess!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Disney Planner

Our Disney World trip is near. This will be our first time as a family. I went as a child, way back in the 80s! It has drastically changed, so many new attractions and characters. I spent 40+ hours researching and planning our trip. This is how I organized it all:

This binder came from Zazzle.

A set of plastic dividers w/tabs. I have sections labeled Travel, Hotel, Dining, Parks, and General.

The Travel section holds our info for the flights and map of Orlando International Airport. This page was found at Lovely Commotion's website here. She has some cute designs for a planner! The Hotel section has our resort info, reservation number, map of the resort, and the Disney movie times that are shown every evening. 

The Dining section contains all of our dining reservations & info about which dining plan we chose. I also decided to be proactive and print the current menus for each location so we all can get an idea of what we are ordering. Maximizing our time in the parks!


The Parks section has a sheet for each day for that particular park we've chosen. We decided where we would be according to the Magic Hours. We may find out we've over done it with such long days! These sheets have room for info like the park hours, our dining locations and times, and Fast Pass times. This was also found at Lovely Commotion. I included info regarding the Fast Pass options and  ride height requirements at each park.

I have current maps of each park so we could have an idea of where things were before getting there. I found these on eBay.

In the General section, I have maps of the locations of the Pressed Coin machines that I know the kids are going to love! These make great (and cheap) souvenirs. There is also a large map of the entire Disney World area so we know where each park is located from our resort.

I found this tip from all of my searching: use Mini M&M's containers to hold coins for the Pressed Coin machines. The penny machines are .50 each. Everything is ready to go when you load the containers with a penny and two quarters, stacking them in this order to the top.

Baseball card sleeves for any Transportation cards or Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom cards we may collect.

I wanted to be ready when we got there and not searching for these so I bought them from the Disney store beforehand. Autograph books and Pressed Coin book for everyone!

Also bought these ahead of time. Buying them at the parks comes with a day's wait to get them embroidered. I did that here at home. Also from the Disney store.

DrH picked this cookie cake up the day we told the kids. We let them know a month before so it wouldn't seem like forever waiting.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Month of July.....and Disney!

Sad to see July gone. Summer is officially over for us. We begin school in one week. A few highlights from the past month:

Drillers game with DrH's office

After-game (win!) fireworks

Blue Whale on Route 66

Arcade time

Fourth fireworks

Watching Papa feed the chickens

Teenage pool party (they're on their phones!)
14th birthday for daughter

Pinata for the big kids

Another daughter swim party & tie-dye shirts :)

Learned to swim!

New fur baby!

New fur baby # 2!

Weekend at the lake

Red to blond ombre. (I never color my hair!)

Since there were no big trips this summer, we are counting down the days now to Disney World! We are all so excited! Leaving baby behind; she would be a handicap. Next time for her. I have done so much planning for this ~ posting my Disney planner next :)