The Feels Of Planning A Disney Trip (In GIFS!)

Hello readers of BBB (if you still exist). First off, apologizes for my long absence. I spent my spring studying for the LSAT, but rest assured that is behind me (hopefully for ever) and I’m taking all the pent up energy I have about waiting for my score and pouring it into this blog!

An even more important life update: I’ll be heading to Disneyland this summer and celebrating the official 60th anniversary in the parks!

Booking that specific date had a lot of moving parts, and if you’re anything like me, you know there are some extreme emotions involved in planning a Disney vacation (or in any Disney experience really). For this trip, and most trips, my Disney vacation planning emotions go a little something like this…


1. Thinking about a Disney Vacation. You start working overtime, and saving money, and thinking about if it’s time to finally use those airline miles on a flight.

2. Convincing your friends to join you on a Disney Vacation. Luckily, thanks to my college program folks – this usually isn’t that hard. When it came to this summer day in Disneyland, I had already planned a trip to LA with my girlfriend for the same week, so it made sense.

3. Stressing about how much it costs. Sure, I always know it’ll be a great vacation once I get there – but there’s something about having to buy your tickets and put a down payment on a hotel at the same time that stresses me out more than it should.

4. You’re booking your trip. There’s nothing more satisfying to me than seeing that confirmation screen on disney.go.com.

5. You’re counting down the days until you leave. There is no time in the world that lasts longer for me than the time between booking a Disney trip and getting on the plane for one.

6. You’re in shock that you’re going. Disney vacations never feel real for me until I’ve pulled up to the park gates. Wither it be via magical express, car, or even foot in the case of Disneyland, just seeing the park entry always leads me too the final Disney based emotion…

7. Full of joy. Because hey, it may have cost some money – and you may have had to wait for what felt like forever, but you’re in the most magical (or happiest) place on earth – and nothing is going to stop you from having a good time.

[GIFS via, in order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

5 Emotions I Had About ‘Inside Out’ That ‘Inside Out’ Didn’t Have

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This week I got to go to a press screening of Pixar’s newest film Inside Out. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the latest work from the animation gods that are Pixar, this movie focuses on 11 year old Riley, and all the emotions in her head: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. The movie has a stellar cast of comedians (I for one am so glad Phyllis from The Office has found more work), and it made me feel a lot of feelings. And while not a lot of anger, disgust or fear were involved, here are five emotions I had that the movie didn’t:

5. Hope – Before I saw this movie, I wanted it to be good. Heck, I needed it to be good. Pixar and I have been sort of on the outs lately (Cars 3 anyone?). So the minute the short ‘Lava’ came on the screen, my hopes where high. (And spoiler alert: I was not disappointed).

4. Surprise – While I knew that their where emotions in the film, I wasn’t aware how many other parts of personality where going to be involved in Inside Out. From personality to long-term memory, the film did a very good (and very cute) job of explaining just what makes a person a person.

3. Pride – Okay, so this one is cheesy, but I’m really proud of this film. I know I’m not a Pixar employee, nor am I even a Walt Disney Company employee anymore, I felt really good about this film. Pixar should be proud of it, and again – I’m proud of them for taking the risks that totally paid off, instead of just green lighting Cars Four. (Can you tell I’m a little bit bitter?)

2. Nostalgia – With out spoiling too much of the film, there was a distinct moment when my friend Lauren and I turned around and saw everyone in the theater wiping away tears at the same time (myself included). Part of what this movie does so well is explain the way your feelings and thoughts change as you get older, and in doing so it really manages to tug at the heart strings of people of all ages.

1. Love – This should be obvious at this point, but I LOVED this movie. I think it does what Pixar does best: takes a unique concept and manages to make it fun for both adults and kids.

[For the record, Wikipedia told me all of the above have been considered emotions, so take it up with them if you think hope isn’t a feeling.]

Have you seen Inside Out yet? If not, trust me when I say you should change your weekend plans and make it happen ASAP.

5 Disney Recipes I Need To Recreate This Summer

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite summer recipes.


Here are some things from the 2012 Food and Wine Festival I would love to make, but lack the skill for. Image via Lauren Spinelli

Here are some things from the 2012 Food and Wine Festival I would love to make, but lack the skill for. Image via Lauren Spinelli

I’m not usually well known for my culinary skills, in fact – I thought participating in this loop would be enough to at least try and get me to cook something, but the motivation just wasn’t as strong as I hoped it would be. (Also, my life got very very busy). That being said, I do want to try and build my skills in the kitchen, and I am feeling very home sick for the Disney Parks… so I figured, why not combine those two feelings and spend the summer cooking Disney treats I love? Here are the park things that scream ‘Disney Vacation’ to me, along with the recipes I plan on trying to use to make them at home:

5. ‘Ohana’s Bread Pudding Recipe– By the time this dessert comes around at the actual restaurant I’m always way too full to really enjoy it, so I’m hoping making it at home will mean I can savor it that much more. [via Disney Food Blog]

4. Flame Tree BBQ – If you’ve never been to this Animal Kingdom quick service staple, you are missing out my friend. It has some of the best barbecue I’ve ever tasted, and is by far my favorite quick service restaurant in the Parks. Being able to nail down their sauce might be a challenge, but for me at least, it’s one worth taking on. [via All Ears.Net]

3. PB&J Milkshakes Recipe – While I haven’t actually dined at 50s Prime Time Cafe in quite some time, I always have to make a pit stop to pick up one of these bad boys to go whenever I’m in Hollywood Studios. Being able to make them at home would be a great mix of delicious and dangerous (for my diet at least). [via All Ears.Net]

2. Dragon Berry Colada Recipe – Probably not surprisingly, this drink from the ‘Food and Wine Festival’ is actually the only one of these recipes I’ve made before. This is because it’s easy and a delicious summer cocktail and also because who doesn’t love recreating Food and Wine in their own homes? [via Disney Food Blog]

1. Dole Whip – It would not be an exaggeration to say I dream about Dole Whip after returning from my Disney vacations. There are so many recipes out there for this soft serve delight, so if this one doesn’t work out, I’m excited to spend all summer trying to get it perfect. [via Domestic Rebel]

Here I am enjoying a Dole Whip in Magic Kingdom with a friend. If I could bring this amount of joy to my face here in NYC… well this would be a whole different ball game.

Have you had any success making Disney foods at home? Any tips/advice/recipes you want to share would be more than welcome, and stay tuned as I report back on my successes (or failures) with the five above!


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The Grand Floridian Is The Best Resort For Couples. End Of Discussion.

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Orange loop. Today we are discussing the best Disney resorts for couples.


I’ve written about taking my girlfriend to Walt Disney World before, but let me just put it out there again in the universe: going to Disney with her is one of my favorite activities in the world.

When I was a  College Programmer, we did the long distance thing, which culminated in a long weekend Disney Vacation. Since had all my cast member perks we splurged on a hotel room at The Grand Floridian which, even with my 60% discount, was still expensive for two 20 somethings making minimum wage. That being said, not only was it was an experience I’ll never forget, it is also one I highly recommend any Disney couples try and recreate at least once in their lives. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few of the reasons why there’s no better hotel to take your significant other to:

I mean, look at this view. Who wouldn’t want to stay at this hotel, even if it wasn’t also 100 feet from The Magic Kingdom?

1. It’s Not Overly Disney. Growing up in Orlando didn’t make my girlfriend the world’s biggest Disney fan (shocking, I know) – so I knew that a room at The Art Of Animation or The Princess rooms at Port Orleans weren’t going to cut it. And even though we’ve stayed at both of those places and those hypothesis turned out to be mostly false, there is something really calming, adult, and romantic about walking into a hotel at the end of a long day and getting greeted by a piano player instead of a TV set playing the Disney Channel.

2. You Can Have Solid Date Nights With Out Having To Pay For Park Admission. My girlfriend and I got to the hotel  midway through the day, and we didn’t want to use a park ticket for only half a day, so instead we did a monorail bar crawl and a nice dinner. We started with a drink at the hotel bar, then went on to The Contemporary and The Polynesian. Finally, we ended the night with dinner at Narcoossee’s, where we ate on the water while watching ‘Wishes’. While the quick service food court was down while I was there, and I’ve never been to 1900 Park Faire or Victoria & Alberts, I think that the various dining options, from the super fancy to the character meal to the super casual, offer a great range of date night experiences. Not to mention the addition of Trader Sam’s has to make that bar crawl even more fun.

Here’s an image of us after aforementioned date night. It’s just too cute not to share if you ask me.

4. It’s Romantic. In the three days we stayed there, I probably saw upwards of ten brides, grooms, and bridal parties in the hotel. This is obviously because of it’s proximity to the Disney Wedding Pavilion, but I found it to be a fun added layer to my date weekend to see brides (and their dresses) finding their happily ever afters.

As much as I love The Grand Floridian, it’s my goal to stay in every Disney Hotel at some point – and I think next up on the romantic list are The Boardwalk and Animal Kingdom Lodge. But, The Grand Floridian will always hold a special place in my heart, and as soon as I can afford it, I’ll be back ASAP.

 


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Photography Apps To Take Your Disney Photos From Drab To Fab

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black loop. Today we are sharing some of the best photography apps.


I’m what most people would call photography illiterate. But, having two photopass/photo major roommates on my Disney College Program taught me a thing or two about how to perfectly capture Disney magic with nothing more than a smart phone and a data plan, and now I’m sharing with you!
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Those would be my aforementioned roommates.

My favorite app for making photos prettier is Afterlight. I think it has a ton of great filters, and it also has fun photo grain you can add to give your photos a retro feel. Not to mention, if you’ve got a photo that isn’t perfectly straight, or has a weird exposure – you can fix it there too. (And trust me, as a photo illterate person, both of these features are very important for me to have.)

I’m not a huge photo app person, but once I’ve afterlight-ed my photo – I’ve got to share it. Right?! In that case, Instagram is my go to (just like everyone else I’m sure). Instagram is a great way to share your Disney memories and also to find other people who love the same things as you. As much as I love posting on Instagram, I love browsing the #Disneyland hashtag even more when I need a little extra Disney magic. The combo of instagram and Afterlight has lead to some great Disney photos for me, most notably, two of my favorites below:
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What’s your favorite photography apps? Anything I need to add to my iPhone?


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The Top Ten Heels In Hollywood Herstory

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Look who made it onto the list!

Originally posted on The Itty Britty Blog:

Happy “Tuesday Shoesday” everyone! As much as I love that there is a day of the week completely devoted to footwear, the best representation of shoes comes from Hollywood’s past. There have been so many movie milestones when it comes to what women (and even men) wear on their feet.

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From roller girl’s (Heather Graham) skates in Boogie Nights to Dr. Frank’s (Tim Curry) fishnets and pumps in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, some epic heels have walked their way to fame. Here are our top ten pairs in Hollywood Herstory!

10. “The Army Boot” –The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

1412218845301Ah yes the good ol’ army boot. Not just for military men and the gestapo thanks to Lisbeth Salandar, played in the film by Rooney Mara. These shoes are a great fit for any girl who’s into computer hacking, fighting crime or just taking a…

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Why You Shouldn’t Rule Out A Value Resort For Your Disney Vacation

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Orange. Today we are reviewing the value resorts at Walt Disney World.


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A Photo I had to post because well… just watch this video.

In case it wasn’t clear already, I’m a big believer in staying on property when it comes to Disney vacations. In Disneyland, it’s a little bit less important – but in Walt Disney World, there are so many hotels with awesome perks and freebies to choose from, that I don’t know what a vacation would be like if you didn’t stay in one.

If you’re looking to make your Walt Disney World vacation a bit cheaper though, I would totally recommend staying in one of the value resorts. My last trip with my former College Program friends took us to the All-Star Sports resort. And I while on said trip, I learned that cutting costs by staying at an All-Stars resort can actually add value to your vacation. So here’s what I mean:

1. It Makes Resort Hopping Easier  – While you might not get as fancy of a hotel lobby shot, all the all-stars are closer to each other than most of the Disney hotels, which allows for easier visits between the hotel pools, food courts, gift shops and more.

2. The Vibe – Don’t get me wrong, I love the fanciness of the Grand Floridian, and the bayou at Port Orleans Riverside will always have my heart, but staying at the All-Stars just feels different. Sure, it may not be a room you’re itching to spend time in, but they’re great hotels for hanging by the pool, or not feeling guilty if you aren’t spending all day in your room. (Like I sometimes feel when I pay for the nicer rooms).

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Image Thanks To Lori at Adventures In The Great Wide Somewhere

3. The Decor – While it might be cheesy, I for one, am a huge fan of being able to walk around a football larger than most goal posts, or a giant puppy from ‘101 Dalmatians’.

4. Your Saving Your Money For Other Disney Magic – I’m all about saving any and all money for Food and Wine, or a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, or any other Disney event, and staying at the value resorts is the best way to do that.

Have any other favorite things about Value resorts? Let me know what tips I may have missed!


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