10 Tips for Planning a Stress Free Walt Disney World Vacation

We love going to Walt Disney World, and for me planning it all is part of the fun. However I know for some people it can feel like so much work for just planning their vacation. 

Some people like to plan every second of their trip, however for me I just want to plan the basics. Dining, FastPass+ , any extra things that may require a reservation like Bippity Boppity Boutique and then make a list of things we want to do in each park, or resort we want to visit so we at least have a plan and know what is of higher importance on our list than other things. 

My Top 10 Tips for planning a Stress Free Disney Vacation

1. Know the Dates you can Book the Extras 

The best way to do this is to make sure to have the dates written down. You can get my free printable here that will help you in planning. 

You can book your Dining Reservations 180 days out plus 10 days. Whether you are staying on or off property you can book dining 180 days out. The perk to being on property is that you can book at 180 for years entire stay up to 10 days so you get to do this all at one time. If your off property you have to go day by day. 

FastPass+ can be booked 60 Days out for On Property Stays and 30 days for off property.( which again have to be done day by day) Again just another perk to staying on property. 

 

2. Download the My Disney Experience App 

This is must in your planning and for your trip! It had everything you need from booking FastPass+, to dining reservations and stores all that information for you to see daily in the parks. This is available in the app store for both Apple and Android. 

3. Make it fun! 

This playlist is perfect to listen to while booking dining, FastPass+, packing. Gets you in that Disney Spirit. 

Countdowns also make the process more fun. You can do a board where you change the countdown daily, or a chain. This gets the entire family engaged and in on the fun! Here are 50 great ideas from Sarah Lemp over at All Things with Purpose for your countdowns.

4. Don’t over plan 

Don’t plan every second of every day. FastPass+ and Dining Reservations of course. Ideas of what you want to do and knowing Parade and Fireworks Times most definitely. But don’t plan the time you will be at each ride, character meet and greet etc… I love to plan our trip but I like to be flexible when we are in the park, have an idea but yet go with the flow. 

5. FastPass+ Scheduling 

With FastPass+ one of my favorite things is to book them all back to back. So just as an example I will book 10-11, 11-12 and 12-1.  We will take advantage of shorter lines at opening until about 10:45 and then go to our first attraction, then right to our 2nd FastPass+ and then wait in line for another attraction. Around 12 we will venture to our last FastPass+ and once we scan our bands at the entrance we look to book an additional FastPass+. 

We may not get that FastPass+ until later in the afternoon depending on what’s available but it gives us that option to book a 4th and possibly even a fifth FastPass+ sometimes.  

We are a family that tends to take a mid day break and park hop so this really works well for us and for days at Magic Kingdom. I’ve also found when we don’t book them that way we spend a lot of time figuring out what to do while waiting until our next Fastpass which could be several hours later. 

6. Getting that Hard to find Dining Reservations 

When you get to book dining 180 days out you sometimes get a great selection of choices, however sometimes many families may book less than 6 months out. We often take last minute trips and have found very popular restaurants with a little extra work. Even when I book 180 days out I am really good at changing things when it gets closer. 

In the My Disney Experience app and on the website you can check dining reservations many times a day, and when I want something specific I do that a lot. I also find that upon arrival when we check for reservations they start to pop up in that 24-36hr before hand window. One trip I got a Cinderella’s Royal Table Reservation 3 Days before we were set to arrive. 

Don’t spend so much time obsessing over finding that one reservation (I actually just enjoy looking) that you drive yourself crazy. There are some sites that you can sign up for email alerts when reservations become available. 

7. Use a Disney Travel Agent 

If it’s your first time, or even your 10th time booking and going on a Disney Vacation I totally recommend booking with a travel agent. They will do all the work for you! You can give them free reign to book what they think you will enjoy or you can tell them specifics. They will do your FastPass+, Dining reservations and anything else you need. 

If you need some help I totally recommend Jones Family Travels for all your needs! 

8. Save Money on Your Trip Cost or for Spending Money

Did you know there are various ways to save a little money on your Disney Vacation even when Disney doesn’t have many discounts? 

One way is through saving up all your loose change in jar. This can all add up very quickly and you can cash it in before your trip for extra spending money

Purchase Disney Gifts Cards from Target (with the Red Card), BJ’s  or Sams Club and save 5%. I like to grab one on occasional Target trips and save them up. I will also save Target gift cards from their in store earning offers and use those to purchase Disney gift cards. 

Use cash back apps like Ebates and Ibotta and use those earnings for your Disney fund. I go more into depth about these apps in this post here

9. Shop for fun Disney Outfits and Other Goodies Ahead of Time 

One of my favorite things about planning a trip is planning fun outfits! From planning for myself and my daughter, and yes sometimes even my husband. Of course you can grab shirts and things upon arrival but there are so many great ones you can get from Small Shops and other places. Some of my favorite places to grab shirts for my trips are Target, Happily Ever Tees,  Oh Yeah Apparel, All Things Cute Designs, and Pretty Little Monograms are some of my favorites. There are other shops out there I love that I have yet to order from but definitely plan to do so. Once Upon Apparel, The Lost Bros, and Magical Monograms are on my list for a few future trips. You can find all these shops over on Instagram and I definitely recommend doing so!

Another item I love to add to my Disney wear is ears. To me they are great for any age and I love them both from the parks and small shops! Here are some of my favorite small shops for ears you can find on instagram, Ears Full of Sugar, Bippity Boppity Brooke, Pixie Made Ears,  and Aloha Ears. I also make bow and floral wire ears over in my shop which you can shop up in the shop tab.

 

From shirts to ears, to bags, pins, buttons, shoes there is so much cute and fun Disney things out there these days from Small Shops and other retailers it’s hard to make decisions on what to purchase!

 

10. Purchase Maker

I honestly can’t recommend this enough. It’s so great to get family pictures while on our trips that are high quality, not to mention not having to ask random strangers to take pictures. Just stop at the photopass photographers and get your pictures. I also love getting to enjoy the moments at character meet and greets while the photopass photographer snaps away. I don’t have to worry about getting pictures of my own most places and it is the best. We have it included with our  annual pass and it’s perfect, but I would totally pay for it if wasn’t part of our pass!

You can read about the perks of an Annual Pass and if it’s right for your family here!

For many Walt Disney World can be a Once in a Lifetime Vacation. For others it becomes a Home Away from Home. Take the time and truly enjoy the process of planning, and planning with your family. When the trip comes don’t sweat it if things don’t all happen the way you plan. Go with the flow, enjoy the family time, the magic and what I feel Disney does best bringing families together on a Magical Vacation. Happy Planning!

Dairy Free Sausage Gravy

With a daughter who has a dairy allergy turning more into a sensitivity I’m always trying to find ones to make things that require a lot of dairy tasty. I don’t do real milk myself with the exception of yogurt and cheese and well ice cream. Mostly I mean I don’t use regular milk or drink it, and I’m really trying to cut the other dairy items from my life as well. I definitely buy dairy alternatives where I can find them. 

My daughter started with Almond milk but I really wanted to find something with a little more. Then I kept hearing about Ripple Milk. We bought some and she loved it. I loved the protein, the less sugar and so many other things. People were telling me it tasted like real milk but I’ve never been a milk drinker but loved an occasional dark chocolate almond milk so I tried their chocolate milk and loved it. I decided I would start trying  replacing the almond milk I was using in recipes that called for milk with Ripple milk. It was so good! 

The cooler weather rolled in and I wanted homemade sausage gravy. I decided I would give Ripple a try for it. It was a hit, especially for my toddler who was getting something new and different. I honestly couldn’t tell much difference at all, and it was still that perfect comfort food. 

Here is what you need 

1 lb Sausage 

1/4 cup Flour 

Salt 

Pepper 

3-4 cups of Ripple milk 

Biscuits 

Cool sausage, you can tear into pieces or break apart with your spatula which is what I do. Once sausage is browned turn to medium heat and take 1/4 cup of flour and add half the cup to the pan until the sausage has absorbed it, then add the remaining  half. 

Once the flour has mixed in well add in milk 1 cup at a time. Start with just 3 Cups, turn to medium high heat. Let it come to a boil and turn to medium low. Stirring every few minutes. 

Once it starts to thicken you will be able to tell if you need more milk. Sometimes I may need a little more but not the cup. I’ve noticed it differs with different brands of sausage sometimes and I’m sure with dog cook tops as well. 

Add in  1/3 tsp salt and 2 tsp pepper. You may need more pepper later to taste depending on how peppery you like your gravy. 

Once it’s simmered for about 25 min and thickened to your liking it is ready to serve. 

I don’t make homemade biscuits. We really like to use the Grands ones from the freezer section. I throw them in to cook when the gravy is thickening. This typically serves us 2 different meals so those biscuits we can make fresh, and not waste any. 

Top your biscuits with the gravy and enjoy!

Reheat Tip: If you save some for leftovers add a little of the Ripple Milk before you heat it up as it thickens a lot in the fridge but it’s great left over. 

Have you tried Ripple Milk? What are some great dairy replacements you love?

*this recipe has been adapted from the Pioneer Woman Sausage Gravy Recipe

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce for the Holidays

 

Over the years I’ve tried many different cranberry sauce recipes trying to get just the right one. I love a good cranberry sauce but I can’t stand the one from a can. This all started when I hosted my first Friendsgiving which was really our Thanksgiving since we were on our own, and ended up having almost 20 people in our small one bedroom apartment somehow, but oh the memories of those days.

When this recipe came about around year 3 it was made for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Its so quick and easy. Here is what you need.

1 12oz bag of cranberries

3/4 cup of orange juice ( I fresh squeeze the juice its much better)

2/3 brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

OPTIONAL – 20z bourbon ( we have added the bourbon a few times and it’s good!)

Add all the ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the majority of the cranberries have popped. On a gas stove this will more than likely take a little less time. Once they have all popped place in serving dish and let cool.

Place in the refrigerator if you aren’t serving it right away. It’s perfect warm or cold, and so easy to make the day before so it’s one less thing to worry about the day of.

One of our after Thanksgiving Traditions is to make french toast from the leftover sourdough bread over the Thanksgiving weekend. I love to make a compote to top them with this cranberry sauce by just cooking it back down and adding a little real maple syrup. Its really great on pancakes too which we do at Christmas.

Are you a fan of Cranberry Sauce over the holidays?

DIY Disney Pin Board Ornaments

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We have finally been setting up our office space and I came across all our Disney pins. I decided to  make  some pin boards to add some more art to the office, and actually display our pins. 

When I started thinking about Christmas I thought why can’t I display some of our pins on our Disney tree? So the idea for cork ornaments for my pins came about. 

To make these I used cardboard and cork contact paper which you can find here. You could also use this type of cork but I used what I had at home. The pins popped right through and stayed put. 

Use a large mug or something round to trace the circle on both the cardboard and the contact paper. Cut the shape out and peel the back off the cork and apply to the card board. Trim any excess off. 

I like the look of the plain cork but I also wanted to add a little more so I glitter and modge podge for a few others. To do the glitter, apply modge podge onto the cork and then top with glitter. I dump a ton over top a paper plate and then dump what I don’t use back in. Which is usually like half the container. I really like extra fine glitter for projects like these but regular size works too. Once the glitter has tried top with another coat of modge podge to seal it. 

You can use ribbon or hooks to hang your ornaments. I used a bakers twine for most of mine and ribbon for the purple one I did since my red and white bakers twine didn’t match. 

It was fun to pick out some of our favorite pins to add onto to the tree. We collected the pins from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for several years and they have Just been sitting getting no attention. The Christmas Forever Pin aka Cocoa Queen pin are from Oh Yeah Apparel! 

Garland is from The Fickle Felt Tree

After doing the Christmas Pins I wanted to do some themed with our other favorites. I love Ariel so the purple glitter made since to me and the pins were perfect on there. 

We both love all so many of the Pixar movies so a collage of our favorites was the perfect fit. My husband loves Eeyore so of course I did that one for him.

When we are there in a few weeks I’ll have to do some trading for some Minnie Mouse pins to do one for my daughter. I had planned too but I didn’t have very many to fill an ornament. What is great about these is you can customize them however you want to with pins, glitter and even paint. 

If you collect Disney pins these will be the perfect addition to your Disney tree, or any tree. Do you collect Disney pins and trade them when your in the parks? 

 

Shop some fun Disney Pins!

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

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It’s been much cooler here finally, which has had me wanting all the fall comfort foods. Not only are so many fall and winter comfort foods easy, so many are crockpot friendly which makes life much easier for this Mama.  

One my favorite go to comfort foods is potato soup. There is just something about it that’s so good. This recipe is far from healthy, but it’s one I keep going back too. One day I’ll figure out how to replace the cream of soups in here. 

You need:

A bag of frozen hash browns (I prefer the square cut ones but the shredded ones work fine too) 

32oz of chicken broth

1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom soup 

1 can of cheddar cheese soup (you can use 2 cans of the chicken/mushroom if you prefer) 

1 block of cream cheese 

Salt, Pepper, Garlic 

Crockpot liner 

Optional: 

Shredded Cheese 

Bacon

Corn bread 

Place you crock pot liner into your crock pot. You can get them here they are lifesavers and make for easy clean up! Dump in potatoes, chicken broth, cream of soup and cheddar cheese soup and stir. Add 1tsp each  of salt, pepper and garlic. You might need to add more to taste later. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

One hour before serving add the block of cream cheese. It will start to melt in and I usually stir it a few times in that hour. Add any extra seasoning you may need during this time. Once the cream cheese is melted you are ready to serve. 

We love cheesy potato soup, so I top with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and corn bread. And then I mix it all together, and enjoy. 

Like most soups in my opinion it usually taste even better the next day! What’s one of your favorite comfort food go to’s? 

If you try out the recipe let me know what you think! 

12 Dates of Christmas

Christmas is a busy season. From parties, to family get together sans trying to “do it all”. I often found it became very difficult to really enjoy the season. Then one day I watched the movie on what’s now Freeform called the 12 Dates of Christmas and while it’s repeat dates it sparked an idea. 

So for at least the last 6 years at Christmas my husband and I have done the 12 Dates of Christmas. The last 2 years we have incorporated a mix of family dates with just Mommy and Daddy Dates.  This all started when we lived in Orlando and I worked at Walt Disney World where it was really easy to come up with so many Christmas dates. One of my favorite dates was when we left for Chicago Christmas night the first year we had off at Christmas, and we did many of our Christmas dates while there. 

I’ve had to get a little more creative over the years, but that is all the fun in it. While I will say last year we didn’t get to 12 Dates as between the 3 of us we spent a lot of December sick we tried the best we could. This has truly become one of my absolute favorite Christmas Traditions. My best friend and her fiance started this tradition as well a few years ago  after we did and got engaged on their 12th date of Christmas last year! Even though it wasn’t my date it is one of my favorite 12 Dates of Christmas stories. 

 

So how do we come up with all our dates, and are they all actually going out  and spending money on  dates? No definitely not we actually do a lot of free dates. So here are some tips for planning the 12 Dates of Christmas for your spouse and family.

1. Think of things you already do at Christmas 

  •  pick out a Christmas Tree
  • decorate the tree 
  • movies you watch 

2. Look for events in Your Area 

  • Christmas Parades 
  • Tree Lightings
  • plays or shows in the area

3. Get Creative 

  • are you traveling for the holidays? Look in the local area festivities 
  • service projects/ giving back
  • Church Services

Here are some ideas of some of our favorite Adult only Christmas Dates 

Ones for the Whole Family

For anyone spending any time at Disney 

I will say we do try to start this before Thanksgiving sometimes, and may go up until New Years. I love Christmas, I decorate early because it takes me a while to do and I want time to enjoy it, and that’s the same for all the activities. When we lived in Florida we started really early because Disney Christmas starts early. It was fun last year to incorporate a few  Disney things in again, and this year we will do the same with more!  

One thing we always incorporate is Christmas Eve service at Church. It’s super important to make sure we are truly celebrating the reason for the season. 

We truly value our family time, and time together. So slow down this Christmas season and spend more time with those you love. Cherish the moments and Celebrate the Season together. I’ll be sharing some new things we are doing this season over the next few weeks here and on my social media (follow me here) and I want to hear  about your dates too so tag me in your post or email me for a chance to be featured. 

Have a Cars 3 Family Movie Night!

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Now that my daughter is almost 2 and will sit for a bit and watch a movie, I was super excited to plan a themed family movie night for the whole family. Y’all the Pinterest Mom in me (I’m half Amazon Prime too)  has been waiting for this for so long. 

With the release of Cars 3 I knew it was the perfect first one. I didn’t go crazy over the top but definitely enough to make it fun for all of us. 

My daughter hasn’t seen all of either of the first two Cars movies (because she doesn’t sit all the way through movies) but she loves her Lighting McQueen car, and  her Cars 3 bath toys I snagged this summer in the Target Dollar Spot. She was excited to watch Cars since we left Target with the movie.

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I love Free Printables, so I headed over to one of my favorite blogs Hostess With the Mostess to see what they had, and of course they delivered. I’ve used their printables for my Kentucky Derby Party for years and they have the best party ideas! 

I also found these printable coloring sheets for my daughter to color while I was getting dinner ready from Mom Junction. We only use color wonder markers so the great part about finding the printable sheets is you can print them right onto blank color wonder paper. I can not recommend Color Wonder enough for you s kids. You can find it here, and the printable color sheets are from which can be found here

For dinner we had sliders, and Kraft Cars 3 Mac and Cheese. Super simple but themed great for the night. 

For dessert we had a cozy cone filled with tires (mini chocolate donuts). I made the Cozy Cone myself with just a 12×12 sheet of orange card stock. And then glued taped the side. You can see the steps below. 

I had found some cute Cars suckers at Target right after Halloween and thought those would be a fun addition to the night as well. My daughter also wore some of her favorite pajamas from the Baby Gap for Disney line which are sadly sold out but you can grab some similar ones here

My husband and I have even Cars fans since the first movie came out. We have been itching to get out to Disneyland to Cars Land since it opened. Cars 3 was better than Cars 2 in my opinion, and I absolutely fell in love with Cruz Ramirez. I’m not going to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it but Disney and Pixar did a great job with this movie, and I have to say it’s a must see! Grab your copy here while they are on sale. 


Did you like Cars 3 as much as the other two in the franchise? Which one is your favorite? 

5 Ways to Earn Cash Back and Save Money this Holiday Season

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There are several ways to earn extra money, gift cards or save money just by doing very little this holiday season. If you’re shopping online, buying groceries, things for a holiday party or Christmas gifts why not use some of these things to save or get money back. 

Ebates

If you do online shopping and you aren’t using Ebates you should be! This is a great way to earn money back on online purchases from 1000’s of merchants, even small businesses on Etsy. Cash back could be anywhere from 1% and I’ve seen it up to 15%. During the holidays they are great at offering bigger cashback promos, and  even have merchant discounts listed on their site. You receive a check or can get a direct pay pal deposit quarterly so it’s nice to get that extra cash back after the holidays.  If you don’t have an account sign up here and receive a $10 Credit on your first qualifying purchase. Ebates now has an app if you tend to find yourself shopping on your phone often like I do. Why not earn a little cash back while doing your online shopping this season.

Ibotta

I’m hit or miss with Ibotta. Sometimes I can do really well and they have tons of things I purchase and other times I forget to look all together. When I’m consistent I do really well earning $20-$25 a month back. They also now have online shopping for cash back on their mobile app so it’s not all scanning your groceries. Join here and when you sign up you get a $10 signup bonus, plus you will be on my team which is also important for bonuses! 

Drop 

 I discovered Drop not long ago. This is basically an app where you link one of your cards and pick 5 merchants you shop from. They know when you purchase and you start to earn points from those merchants. I use Amazon, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target. I’ve never earned from Target because I have a Target Red Debit Card and I didn’t think of that when I signed up but I have already cashed in for my first $10 Amazon gift card (there are many others to choose from), and I’m halfway to another. They often send me bonus offers for the merchants I chose and other random merchants on occasion. They use a completely safe server. Join here and get 1000 drop points to start, and download the app! 

Swagbucks 

I’ve done really well with Swagbucks and I’ve had months I kinda forget it exists. I’m a busy Mom so this one takes a little more work. Swagbucks has surveys, videos you can watch, offers you can do, and also cash back options. If you like to try different subscription services its great to get cash back. I tried an Honest Beauty Box, got it when it was 50% off so $25 , and earned 2500 Swagbucks which is $25. If you really want to learn the ins and outs of Swagbucks their are Facebook groups and lots of articles online. I typically cash out for Target gifts cards and I find myself using Swagbucks a little more when we are saving extra for our Disney Trips. Signup here and get a sign on bonus. 

Target Red Card and Cartwheel

While this isn’t a cashback deal it is a great way to save a little extra money. We have a Target debit card and it’s the best thing we ever did. Who doesn’t love 5% off every single purchase as well Free Shipping on all online orders. Plus if you are ordering online you can also use Ebates for cashback.  When the holiday rush of shoppers sets in this is really great to have. Target also runs some amazing sales in November and December, on toys, and various other items so I always make sure to check the weekly ad, and cartwheel. When you combine the two things you really can get some great savings.

The Holiday season can get expensive and stressful, so why not earn some cash back or money you were already spending. What are some ways you love to save during the holiday season?

12 Must-Dos at Walt Disney World for Christmas

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It’s November and we can finally start talking about Christmas! I’ve got so many good Christmas things planned for the blog. It’s my favorite time of year, especially in the Disney Parks. Today I wanted to share the must do things when visiting the Disney Parks during the holidays! 

1. Castle Lights Frozen Holiday Wish 

While it’s changed from Cinderella to Elsa the last few years seeing the castle get lit up in all its shimmery glory is probably one of my favorite things of the entire Christmas season at Walt Disney World. 

2. Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hollywood and Dine 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when we did this last year. It was a lot of fun to dine with the characters in their festive clothes, while feasting on holiday food. I will say the food wasn’t my favorite but my daughter and husband were fans. I loved all the desserts, I have a major sweet tooth. 

You get your picture with Santa Goofy upon arrival by a photo pass photographer. Then Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy come around to your table just like at other character meals. There is Christmas decor and music playing, and just really gets you in the spirit. You can now experience  this at both lunch and dinner. 

3. Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 

This is another one of my favorites, and I even love stopping by the resort and watching the building process. This is a life size gingerbread house, and they actually open a little shop inside where you can purchase different items. They seriously pipe the smell of gingerbread through the resort. 

4. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

It’s the Spirit of the Season you can feel it in the air. From Snow on Main Street USA, hot cocoa and cookies, special character meet in greets in their holiday best, a night time parade, fireworks and snow on Main street it’s one of my favorite events of the holiday season. 

Last year it got a bit of an upgrade with different types of cookies, and snow cones at different stations instead of just hot cocoa and snickerdoodles like it’s been for years. It was a much appreciated upgrade. I loved the peppermint bark cookie! 

 

5. Meet Santa 

Nothing is more special than meeting Santa at Walt Disney World. One of my favorites was about 5 years ago when he was meeting right in the front middle of the park. We got pictures with Santa at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the castle in the background and it’s one of my favorite pictures and memories. He doesn’t do that anymore sadly but you can still meet him at the party, Disney Springs, Hollywood Studios, and with Mrs. Claus in the World Showcase at Epcot. 

6. Christmas through the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts

All the resorts get decked out for Christmas as well. The Disney’s Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach, Club and Contemporary Resort all have different Gingerbread structures as well. 

 

 

I love the trees at both Disney’s  Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as well with their huge open lobby’s the trees are just spectacular. Honestly the decor everywhere is just perfect. 

All the Parks have trees, decor, and music of course. With all of them having their own special things for the season!

7. Holidays around the World at Disney’s Epcot 

Last year they added various food booths to Holidays Around World at Epcot which was a fun addition. My favorite of this celebration however is what I like to all Santa’s around the World. While it’s not Santa in every country there are Story Tellers in each country. In France is Pierre Noel they tell the story of Pierre Noel and Christmas in France. I’m Mexico it’s the Three Kings. I love going place to place to learn more about their cultures and Christmas. 

Father Christmas in the United Kingdom
Pierre Noel in France
Pierre Noel
Morocco
Japan

8. Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot 

Celebrate the Reason for the Season. This one is amazing. With a Cast choir and celebrity narrators it’s a do not miss! The story of Christmas is told. I love that the true reason for the season is celebrated. The choir is amazing and there are some great narrators lined up. The seats fill up fast, so get there early. You can actually make dining reservations with seating for Candlelight and that’s a really nice perk to have. 

9. Pick out Special Holiday Merchandise 

Some of the best merchandise Disney comes out with each year is their holiday merchandise. From ornaments, to festive ears and hats, mugs and more. We always love to get an ornament each and every trip for our Disney tree. 

Not going to the parks for Christmas and still want in on some of the fun? Check out some of the items below and you can shop them over at Shop Disney! 

10. Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail and Decor at Disney Springs 

New just last year Disney added a trial of themed trees to see at Disney Springs. Sadly it started the day after we left but I can tell you it’s still a must see. From Minnie, to The Little Mermaid and more new ones coming this season make sure to add this to part of your Disney Christmas Itinerary. 

Snow people at Disney Springs

11. Take a ride on the Jingle Cruise at Disney’s Magic Kingdom 

Starting November 2nd this year Guest can enjoy a Christmas themed ride on the Jungle Cruise which has been transformed to the Jingle Cruise. 

The Jungle Cruise is decked out with Christmas cheer, even the script changes a bit. As always there were Boats and Jokes, and fun to be had by all!

 

12. Eat All the Festive Treats 

Ok but really calories don’t count at Disney right? There are so many fun festive treats through the parks. Cake Pops, Cup Cakes, Rice Krispy Treats, Peppermint Mochas on Main Street, Peppermint bark samples at Ghirardelli. My absolute favorite the Holiday Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich in Disney Springs. ( ya I know it’s now available year around) There is something for everyone and you should enjoy it. 

Holiday Sandwich

 

Special Treats at MVMCP at the Cone Shop

 

Christmas Treats in the Confectionary at Magic Kingdom
Cranberry Mojito Shop Ears here

Disney really makes the Christmas Season extra magical. There is so much to see and do. While I still miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights I’m excited to see the new entertainment coming to Hollywood Studios this holiday season. What are your favorite things to do around the Disney Parks and Resorts during the holidays? 

 

Gap X Disney Favorites- It’s Friends and Family Weekend!

Gap X Disney Favorites- It’s Friends and Family Weekend!

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I have fallen in love with the Disney x Gap collaboration and since its release over a year ago it honestly just keeps getting better. Gone are the days of basic cartoon characters just being thrown on clothes, they now have really become stylish. Gap’s friends and family sale is this weekend and I wanted to share some of my favorites from the current collection. Get 40% off your purchase instore and online, and 50% off if you use your Gap card. Plus shipping is free on all online orders so it’s a great time to grab a few cute things!

We love Minnie Mouse in this house, and I just love how cute these pieces are. We have an older style of the leggings with Minnie and Daisy on them and they are soft, wash so well and just make my daughter happy when she has them on. I am obsessed with the overalls, I just think overalls are so cute on kids but on the brink of potty training I don’t think they will be completely practical for us.

 

Gap has so much cure buffalo plaid right now and I couldn’t be more in love, but the fact that they added into their Disney Collection is just the icing on the plate! There is some cute stuff for the little boys too!

These were some of our favorite tops from the Beauty and the Beast collection they had this Spring.

 

While we aren’t in that next stage yet I often find myself admiring the selection in the older girls section at many stores. Gap Kids in one of them. They really have done a fantastic job at creating fun Disney pieces for little girls moving to that next stage of life. They have a fit line for older girls!

I’m a girl mama, but the clothes for little boys at gap are so cute! I have friends expecting twin boys and recently purchased them the cutest 7 Dwarfs sleepers and hats. When I was shopping for them I wanted to buy all the things. I just love how cute and classic some of these pieces look without feeling super cheesy. 

Probably one of my favorite parts about the Boys collection is all the Star Wars things. They have really done a great job with these pieces. I also know several smaller adults who buy some pieces in the boys section to add to their Disney Style. Sadly I’m just too tall or I would do the same on a few pieces. 

 

 

 

We have many sleepwear pieces, and I really love them. They wash well. don’t shrink much and are so soft. That is one thing I love about Gap’s sleepwear.

These Snow White pajamas were our first pair, and my daughter literally wore them out.

Before I became a Mom I kinda vowed my kid wouldn’t have the character sneakers, and shoes. However with brands like Mini Melissa (we love ours get them here), Vans and Baby Gap making them so cute now I guess that’s changed. But honestly all the new cute ones look nothing like character shoes used to. My favorites are the girls Mary Janes and high top sneakers. Both at such a good price during the sale!

 

 

Disney accessories are some of my favorite things. Gap has created such a great line of hats, bags and other items for this collection. I love the Minnie Mouse Ears because they fit my daughters head so much better than most others. 

 

There is not a ton of things for adults but there has been a few here and there. However I have been eyeing the joggers below since I saw them in the store. They are so soft and I could see myself wearing them around the house all the time.


It is the season, so why not stock up on some super cute Christmas goodies during the sale. I love all the pajamas, but there are some cute tops for kids too!

So what are you thinking of grabbing this weekend? Do you love this line for your kids as much as I do?