Wordless Wednesday: A (Poor) Tribute To The Magical Express


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This week’s wordless wednesday post, hosted as always by Deb at Focused on the Magic, – is Transportation. So while I sit in my apartment drinking OJ to get over a cold,  I’m giving a very small ode to my favorite form of transportation – the one that gets me to to the parks once I’ve made it to Orlando. So here’s to you, Magical Express – thanks for getting me place to place. And I promise in the future, I’ll take more pictures of you.



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The most of Orlando you ever need to see (trust me).

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I miss these old video

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Wordless Wednesday: Magnificent Mexico

I’m so happy to be participating in another Wordless Wednesday hosted by Focused On The Magic. Deb has come up with some great themes this month, and this week’s is Country. Obviously, I took this to mean any and all things EPCOT’s World Showcase. So with out further ado here are my silly sombrero snapshots and my Margarita selfies as a tribute to the greatest country in EPCOT (now that Norway is officially gone): Mexico.

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What’s your favorite World Showcase Country? I’m always interested in being convinced that there’s something else I should try when it comes to EPCOT.

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4 New Things I Got To Experience On My Disney Vacation

No matter how many times I’ve been to Walt Disney World, I find there’s always something new to do (this, in fact, is I think another pro in going to Disney World over Disneyland). The reasoning for this is two fold I think: 1. Because Disney is always producing new experiences and 2. Because I’m purposely trying to keep some things new (in fact, I refuse to go to Tom Sawyer island until I have children so I can have a new experience to have just with them). This trip was no exception to the new experiences rule, and with out further ado – here are some of my new highlights:


  1. Ride The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - I haven’t been to the parks since this attraction opened, and as such – it was the only thing I felt I had to do in Magic Kingdom. The downside here was that I was clearly not the only one who felt this way, and the lines were long even during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This meant I had to give up my second viewing of Boo To You in order to have a chance to ride it with out an hour long wait. We breezed through the line pretty quickly, almost too quickly as I was hoping to have a chance to try out some of the interactivity Disney Imagineers had added to the queue. Regardless, this ride was a total hit. It was everything a roller coaster should be: a long track, with plenty of twists and turns, and a fun take on a Disney story. The animatronics where amazing (I guarantee you no video of the dwarfs in the mine will do them justice), and I was thoroughly impressed with how much side to side swinging the cars actually manage to do. While I rode in the front, my next trip goal will be to try the last row, as current CP Caroline swears this is the best life choice.
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  1. Cheese It Up In The Princess Themed Hotel Room – As I mentioned yesterday, this trip was planned super last minute, and as such we ended up in the Disney Princess Suite at the Port Orleans Riverside resort. While my girlfriend, who is nowhere near as big of a Disney fan as I, wasn’t a huge fan of the over theming, I loved it. Every little touch was princess inspired, from the portraits of the princes by the mirror to the sinks that were modeled after magic lamps, and I couldn’t get enough. Rest assured I played the fiber optic fireworks show every night before I went to bed. (And bonus points for having the best shower/tub I’ve ever seen in a Disney resort).

  1. Witness The Closing of A Legend – If you thought I wasn’t going to bring this up again – you thought wrong. Although I technically left before Maelstrom finally shut its doors, I was there during it’s closing weekend. After riding it twice on Saturday (once with Caroline – another NYU grad turned CP-er), and saying goodbye to my most loved pavilion, I feel like I can say I witnessed the end of an era. And it was sad guys. The line for Maelstrom was never less than 60 minutes long (luckily I was able to fastpass it one of my two visits), and the Norwegian cast members were clearly upset.


  1. Aggressively Complete A Food & Wine Passport – The only other time I’ve ever completed one of these bad boys was when I was on my college program, and had plenty of time to pop over to EPCOT for just one or two countries. And while this time my girlfriend and I did split the passport (although I tasted something from ever country to be certain), it was fun to have a mission, while also getting to eat some amazing food.


What’s the last new thing you did at a Disney Park? Is there anything on your Disney Park Bucket List you plan to complete on your next visit?

4 Free Souvenirs You Can Take Home From Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Hi Bibbidi Bobbidi Booz-ers, and welcome back! Sorry it’s been so long since a post… but I had the chance to get away for a long weekend to Walt Disney World a few weeks ago, and since coming back I’ve been in too deep of a post Disney Depression to talk about it.

But I’m back, with a vengeance, and ready to share a whole new set of tips and tricks I learned during my time with the Mouse. From Mickey’s Not So Scary to EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival, I got all my fall favorites in, but with the trip being planned so close to the wire, most of the money I could’ve spent on souvenirs was instead spent on my plane tickets. Should you ever end up in a similar boat – here are a few Disney memoires that won’t cost you an (extra) dime:


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An Ariel Meet and Greet with some of my best CP Friends.



 1. Autographs – These can cost quite some time in your Walt Disney Vacation, but having a well curated autograph book is something I believe people of most ages can take pride in. There are a few meet and greet areas where you can meet rare/new characters, most notably in EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, often with no line. This trip I took advantage of this and got to meet both Rafiki and Br’er Bear. If you do want to wait in lines for the hit parade, I highly recommend doing so at EPCOT, where at least you can have a beer while you wait. Bonus Souvenir: Make sure to ask the photo pass photographer to snap a picture with your iPhone as well – the picture and the autograph are equally as important (and equally free).

2. Your Welcome Packet – If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort upon check-in you’ll receive a welcome packet. In it you’ll find a map of your hotel (often marked with the building you’re staying in), as well as a schedule of activities, park hour guides and more. I’ve kept these welcome packets over the years – they’re fun to add to your scrapbook to help you remember how special your time at your resort hotel was.

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I think the Mickey Mouse Ears on the Shampoo/Conditoner are so cute. Not to mention, I find the orange facial soap to die for. Image c/o PR Newswire & H2O Plus via Examiner.com

3. Bath products – If you’re really missing the way you hair smells in Walt Disney World, you can buy these products online. Or – if you’re not willing to shell out the $20 for the Sea Salt Hydrating Body Lotion, your other option is just to sit tight until your next Disney get away. If you put these in your bag every day before you head out the parks, house keeping will replenish them – and you can bring them home to your NYC Apartment and smile every day just seeing them in your shower (at least that’s what my roommate did on her latest trip). Granted, this tip doesn’t work quite as well if your family of four cleans out the tiny shampoo bottle daily  – but in my opinion there’s something so satisfying about using a Disney themed hand crème in the middle of a long work day.

4. Walt Disney World Resort Pens – I’m not sure how this happens, but every time I unpack from a Walt Disney World Trip, I seem to find more and more of the basic white pens reading ‘Walt Disney World Resort’. Not that I’m complaining – life becomes instantly happier when I bust one of these bad boys out to take notes.

Do you have a favorite free souvenir? Let me know what I should pick up on my next trip in the comments below!

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween With The Mouse

While I wrote earlier this week about how to halloween at Walt Disney World, the fact I’m not going to get to go this season makes me feel the need to just overload this blog with it in the next week or so (if this topic bores you, don’t worry – I’ll get over it). Which is why it was perfect that the Wordless Wednesday hosted by Focused on the Magic asked for pictures of seasons this week, because to me Halloween is more than just one day, it’s an October state of mind. Anyways – without further ado, here are some of my favorite Halloween Moments in WDW: 

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One of my best firework shots of all time, taken from Hallowishes.


Here’s what the parimiter Fireworks from Boo To You look like, if you’re sitting on the beach at the Poly

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Getting down during Boo to You

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One of my favorite fall touches at the Magic Kingdom

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Me and my fellow DAK cast members at a special after hours Halloween event

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Here I am as a Fireside Girl. Another year I went as Village Belle. Trust me, that was a solid costume, as is this one.Me and my fellow DAK cast members at a special after hours Halloween event

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Here’s a time I really could’ve used that Main Street starbucks. Those 12 hour Disney Days really take it out of ya.

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Myself and a friend dressed as Belle and Vanessa (human Ursuala) on the way to Mickey’s Not So Scary

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How to Halloween at Walt Disney World: A Beginner’s Guide

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One of my all time favorite Disney Traditions is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This, combined with the amazing life choices that are the Food and Wine Festival, makes October my ultimate time to visit Walt Disney World (that plus, like no one is there).

Hopefully this short intro is all I need to do to convince you to visit the parks this fall (or the next one, or the fall after that)… because if not, I could tell you for ever about why this is a great life choice. Instead,  I’ll just assume you’re going and that you want to partake in Halloween magic and help you figure out what to do once your there. With out further ado… here’s an adult guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary.


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These are glow cubes. They are magic, though we did put them in the wine after they came with the fancy Disney cocktails. Our blogger Lauren Spinelli took this photo.

1. Pre-Game – Now, I’m not advocating being wasted, because there’s no point in paying the extra money for a ticket to this even only to not remember it. But, it is true that there’s (virtually) no booze for sale in the Magic Kingdom. If this is something you think will be a problem for you, I highly recommend monorail bar hopping before hand. You get to have drinks at some classy bars – and there’s glow cubes involved! Really, what’s not to love about that scenario? Nothing. That’s what.

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Here I am as a Fireside Girl. Another year I went as Village Belle. Trust me, that was a solid costume, as is this one.


2. Dress Up – Don’t be a party pooper. You don’t have to be in a Disney costume, hell – you can even just throw on a decorative headband. But this is the only time of year adult park goers can dress up in Disney World, so use that to your advantage. That being said… it’s still a family affair. So, maybe don’t be the slutty Cinderella.

3. Catch the Halloween Specific Entertainment – Between the Villain’s Castle Show, the Fireworks, the Parade, the special character meet and greets and the Dance Party… there’s plenty to do here that isn’t just ride the rides. This is what you’re paying the extra money for, so watch the parade twice (because it really is the best one at Disney…except for maybe the Main Street Electrical), and also all the time with the YouTube video above.

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Here’s a time I really could’ve used that Main Street starbucks. Those 12 hour Disney Days really take it out of ya.

4. Use the Main Street Starbucks To Your Advantage – Because nothing says fall like a Pumpkin Spice Latte. And nothing says a successful day at Disney like needing a coffee pick me up at 10 PM to get the most out of the extra Magic Hours. And if you can’t be #basic at Disney World, where can you be?

Do you have any tips for a great ‘Not So Scary’ experience? I won’t be going this year :( but let me know what I should plan on doing in 2015!

Wordless Wednesday: The End of Summer

I’m participating in my first attempt at a blog link up, with this one being Wordless Wednesday. I’m terrified I’m doing it all wrong and I am about to be kicked off the internet, but hey – you have to start sometime right? That being said… here is my contribution to Wordless Wednesday. 

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Yes, that’s me in the killer overalls and amazing shoes. Sometimes I still have nightmares about that version of Winnie the Pooh. Which is probably why I look so angry.

Growing up the end of summer always meant a trip to Walt Disney World, and while I’m glad that since my childhood I have learned that there are much better (read: less busy and humid) times to visit Orlando, every time a new school year rolls around I find myself getting antsy for a trip back down to America’s most penis shaped state.