Disney Parks Inspired Mickey Rice Krispy Treats

Disney Parks Inspired Mickey Rice Krispy Treats

One of my all time favorite Disney treats are their Rice Krispy treats. I don’t know what the secret is but they are just so good! You can get rice krispy treats in the park in a variety of shapes and sizes. I mean have you ever seen the giant mickey head rice krispy treat? I love how the designs can change from season to season. When we did our Magic Kingdom inspired date night, you can see the details here, I knew these yummy treats just had to be a part of it!

To make these treats you will need :

3 tbs of butter

1 bag of marshmallows ( I prefer to use the mini ones)

6 cups of Rice Krispies

1tsp of vanilla

baking sheet

wax paper

Mickey Cookie Cutter ( I use this one http://amzn.to/2gXRR0I that is actually a sandwich cutter)

Popsicles sticks (optional)

melting chocolate, sprinkles and M&Ms for decorating (or whatever you choose)

Melt butter and marshmallows in a large pot, once melted add in vanilla and  then rice krispies. Stir until the rice krispies are fully coated. Because I used a cookie cutter for shapes I spread these onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. You will need these to be a bit thicker so they hold the cut shape. You will want them to be about an inch thick. Once its spread out let it set for about 5-10 min so you can cut it into shapes. I did this just like I was cutting cookies. Once cut through and the sides  are left roll it back up and smooth it back out. The sooner you do this after they are made the better. The trick to doing it with these was to spray my spatula with cooking spray to keep it from sticking. Transfer all cut out pieces to fresh pieces of wax paper for decorating. I didn’t want to waste the extra which is why I rolled it back out.

If you’re using popsicles sticks you will want to add those in after you have your pieces cut. Melt your chocolates according to the directions. The easiest way is the microwave. To make my favorite M&M’s one just like at Disney I used milk chocolate and M&M’s. Pour melted chocolate onto a flat plate (or melt a pretty deep bowl) and dip the front of the rice krispy treat right in. Have another plate full of M&M’s to dip it in after the chocolate. Then take a spoon and drizzle chocolate over the top of that and set on wax paper to dry. I also melted some white chocolate and did the same thing as well as added Sprinkles on some. You could seriously add anything!

In Disney Springs you can visit Goofy’s Candy Kitchen and create a rice krispy treat with the toppings you want, just like you can at home. Do you love Disney Rice Kripsy Treats? What is your favorite Disney treat?

 

How to Plan a Star Wars Themed Date Night

How to Plan a Star Wars Themed Date Night

 

Today is the final date night of my Date Night in series. Its long over due so thanks for sticking around!  These have been really fun to share with you, so this series will be continuing one every month! 

This one was fun. We have recently really gotten into Star Wars, and we wanted to start rewatching again so a Star Wars Date Night In was perfect. When Disney acquired the franchise I decided it was time to at least watch them and to my surprise I enjoyed them. I actually remember seeing one as a kid with my Dad and falling asleep in the theatre. I can follow them so much easier now. 

I fell in love with all the droids in the movies but my favorite is the newest droid the the franchise BB-8. Our cocktail for the evening was inspired by him. Because of our entree choice I went with a Margarita. I wanted a blood orange margarita but had a hard time finding a mix. So I went with Bai bubbles Jamaican blood orange. Here is the recipe I used, it makes 2 drinks. 

3oz tequila

1 oz triple sec 

Juice of 3 limes 

3oz of coconut water 

1 can of Bai Bubbles Jamaican Blood orange 

Mix all the ingredients except for the Bai into shaker, and mix. Pour into glass and top with the Bai Blood Orange and serve. These were really good but I’m not sure it tasted like blood orange. Actually they almost had a peachy flavor which I liked but my husband wasn’t a fan of because he doesn’t care much for peach. 

For dinner we created Dark Side Nachos.  Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Seasoned ground beef, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and taco sauce. We are kind of picky but of course you can also add lettuce, tomato, salsa, onion whatever you would like.  I tried to create a storm trooper out of the sour cream and I failed miserably so this was the end result.

We also enjoyed light saber Churros and Edible Ewoks. The churros were the other half of the bag from Trader Joe’s. I used red sugar mixed with cinnamon for these. You can never go wrong with a churro and they were the perfect dessert to the nachos. To add another fun movie treat we enjoyed some “Edible Ewoks.”

 

We made it through 2 of the movies the day of our date. We watched Episode 1 The Phantom Menace during nap time and then had our date night with Episode 2 Attack of the Clones. If we had an entire day we might have been able to make it through several more. We have the others ready to watch as we recorded them all on May the Fourth. We are hoping to get to sit down and enjoy the rest over the next few weeks. Life with a toddler is for sure busy so it may take a while. Which of the Star Wars movies is your favorite?

 

Dairy Free Dole Whip Inspired Popsicles

Dairy Free Dole Whip Inspired Popsicles

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So here I am again with another popsicle recipe! Popsicles have been a saving grace through toddler teething and these already hot summer days. They seriously make my child so happy. When we are at Disney I love to a Dole Whip or Dole Whip float is my absolute FAVORITE treat, and my favorite part is they are dairy free. With a daughter that has a dairy allergy when I decided on these Dole Whip inspired popsicles, they had to be dairy free too. We had tried some homemade dole whip recipes so those helped create this inspiration a bit.

So here is what you need:

1 bag of Frozen Pineapple

1 can of coconut cream

12 oz of pineapple juice ( I used 2 of the small size cans like these)

1 – 2 TBS of Honey or Agave Nectar to taste

Popsicle Molds


 

Use a blender and add in frozen pineapple, pineapple juice and the coconut cream. You could also use a large  can of pineapple with the juice if you wanted I just don’t love canned pineapple. Once it is mostly blended add in honey or agave nectar ( I used agave and did 2tbs, I tasted until it was just right).

After all ingredients are blended together and consistency is to your liking pour mixture into your popsicle molds. Let the popsicles freeze for at least 24 hours. I had to run under warm water over them get them out. I have a small skinny freezer so it was easier to wrap in wax paper and store in a  freezer bag. My husband and I even used them in our own version of Dole Whip floats on our Magic Kingdom Inspired Date Night which you can find here.These made 4 of the bigger popsicles and 8 smaller ones, and left enough for my daughter to drink like it was a smoothie. If you are limited on popsicles molds you might want to cut the recipe in half.

These don’t taste just like my beloved Disney Dole Whip however they do hit the spot. Any recipe I have found for Dole Whip just isn’t the same but at least they can fill the void in between trips. You will get a bit of a coconut flavor but I honestly couldn’t tell all that much. These went fast, and yet again I can’t seem to keep any popsicles we have been making stocked in the freezer. I’m thinking about trying these subbed with other fruits, maybe some strawberries. What do you think?

How to Plan a Magic Kingdom Inspired Date Night

How to Plan a Magic Kingdom Inspired Date Night

 

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I can’t believe we are already on week 3 of  my Date Night series! It has really been so fun and this weeks was no exception. One of our absolute favorite things to do when at Disney is eat. Ya we love the food. We used to head out after to work to the Magic Kingdom for some Casey’s mini corn dogs, dole whip floats, and other things get a spot for the night time parade and then watch Wishes. We would literally didn’t even leave the Main Street area. While I could not completely recreate this exact date you better believe I did the best I could!

The first thing I wanted to figure out was a fun activity to add in other than just eating. I remembered we had Disney Scene It game ( you can get yours here) , and I knew that trivia was the perfect addition to the evening. While Hub Grass was not really a thing when we lived there, it is now so the best I could do to recreate this was a picnic on the ground with a green ( ya I know it’s mint green) blanket.



Casey’s Corner mini corn dogs are my favorite, even though I sure do miss the “plastic” cheese that made them taste even better! While I could have made them myself and they would have tasted much better there were just other things I wanted to make. Also I am a toddler Mama my time is very limited. The nuggets we used are just the State Fair brand mini corn dogs. Trust me they are not Casey’s mini corn dogs and I will be working up a recipe for these puppies so I can have them at home. We also made some shoe string fries to go along with the Casey’s theme.

It’s just not Magic Kingdom to me without a Dole Whip float. I recently came up with a recipe for a Dairy Free Dole Whip inspired popsicle (coming to the blog on Monday) so we did miniature Dole Whip Floats that way. They were so good, and of course easy!

Once I was completing things I realized we had way too many sweet treats! Those seem to be our favorite in the kingdom. We added some delicious homemade Mickey Rice Krispy treats dipped in chocolate and M&M’s just like our favorite from the Main Street Confectionary.

When I was walking through Trader Joe’s one day I came across these mini churros and knew they were also perfect for this date night. Of course my husband insisted on some chocolate sauce too. I’m more all about eating them as they are, but to each their own. Also if you love churros these did not disappoint so head on over to your local Trader Joe’s!

Magic Kingdom makes me think of all the Disney classics. Playing the Disney Scene it Trivia game and eating all our favorite Magic Kingdom snacks helped in making it almost feel as if we were HOME. Plus who doesn’t love to get competitive with their spouse, it’s fun right? Make sure to share with me your at home Disney dates. Happy Planning!

 

 

Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift

Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you are like I am sometimes you are scrambling for a last minute gift. Year after year for holidays I say I will do better and well let me tell ya, it hasn’t changed.  Adding a child to that mix has not helped things at all. I continue to say I’ll do better, sometimes I do but you know what as Mom’s we just do the best we can.

The first idea I have for you is a Star Wars inspired craft with Yoda. For this you will need craft paint in green, brown, black, and white. You will also need paint brush or brushes and a canvas or sturdy paper. I went with a smaller canvas, If you have a young child you will need an incredible amount of patience. Super easy, place green paint on the bottom of the child’s foot and place upside down on your canvas. If the child is old enough let them do the remainder if not the rest is up to you. Paint arms and ears in the green and let dry. Add in some white in the ears, for eyes. Place black dots in the eyes. Use the brown paint to paint the stick Yoda holds. You can use the brown or black to write the words ” Yoda the Best Daddy.” You could also do Yoda the Best Dad in the Galaxy, Yoda the best Dad Ever there are many variations. Once its dry your all done, and have completed a fun father day craft. I put our daughters name and year on the back of the canvas.

 

The second craft is a grill tray. We did this gift last year. I had planned to do a white ceramic tray but I wanted something practical that could be used and also wasn’t going to break. After lots of searching I found a clear tray at Target for about $10. The tricky part is you have to basically do this backwards or mirrored so it shoes through correctly. I so wish I had my silhouette cameo when I did this. If you have one you could so use this and mirror your words. We used a foot print and a hand print for this one. Once I got everything on the tray and dried, I sprayed a clear sealer over the back so  the paint wouldn’t chip. You could also use clear modge podge. If your giving Dad a new grill for Fathers Day this is the perfect addition. My husband got one last year for his April Birthday so we gifted the tray with some new grill utensils.

 

So if your running around looking for a last minute DIY for Dad these are 2 great projects that will be super easy for you to throw together quickly. These gifts are sure to make the Dads in your life smile!

 

How to Plan the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Date Night In

How to Plan the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Date Night In

Today marks week 2 of my Date Night in Series. This week my husband and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary.  Our Anniversary being this month is what made me decide to do this Date Night in series in June specifically. Since it fell in the middle of the week we decided on a date night in, and to go out and celebrate over the weekend. The date also just happened to be the release date for the Beauty and the Beast live action film to come out on Blue Ray. I saw the movie in theaters but he had not. When  I saw the announcement I knew that  was exactly what our date night in would consist of. Here are some things to do to create the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Date Night In.

When you think of dining for Beauty and the Beast what comes to  my mind is the Be Our Guest Scene. This is the ultimate scene from the movie and they over exceeded my expectations in the live action film. I knew when planning our menu we had to have The Grey Stuff for dessert. I did this dessert differently in more of a no bake cheesecake type dessert. They were so good, and you can find my recipe for them here. 

So the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast date night needs more than dessert right? Absolutely. If you have ever dined at Be Our Guest at Walt Disney World you would know an appetizer on their menu is a charcuterie board (It is actually called assortment of meats, no cheese but its a charcuterie board.)  This is such a perfect French themed appetizer and so easy to create. All you need is an assortment of meats, cheeses, crackers, olives whatever you want to add. These are typically mostly meats but I change it up. I kept it pretty simple since there was only 2 of us. I went with a fig and honey goat cheese, dried cranberries, salami, and cheddar cheese. We also did some French loaf with Olive Oil. My favorite place to get meats and cheeses is definitely Trader Joes. They have a fantastic selection of affordable cheeses.

We wanted to do a nice dinner so we got some bacon wrapped filets, and asparagus for the main course. I suppose pommes frites would have made it a little closer to the steak on the Be Our Guest menu but not everything needs to be perfectly the same. Another great option is a Croque Madame, Cheese Soufflé, or even FrenchOnion Soup. Make this night you own, its is totally up to you but the theme is part of the fun!

We decided to set up a little cozier on the coffee table instead of setting at the dinner table. It made the date itself feel more intimate rather than a big table for only 2 people. You could even picnic on the living room floor! I grabbed disposable plates that were a little more fun at Target because I don’t have fancy plates, fun napkins, and my ice bucket for the wine. It is really simple to not only make this themed but also affordable for very little. I even created a small menu for the evening.

After our daughter went to bed my husband got the grill going. I got everything else set up, including a bottle of bubbly. (Prosecco we aren’t big champagne fans) We dined, and chatted and watched the new movie and just enjoyed a quiet relaxing evening together with very little clean up.

Remember how important it is to make the time to Date Your Spouse. The last few weeks have been crazy in this house. My husbands business travel, toddler changes, among other things have made for little time together. However one thing remains constant, we do everything we can to make a date night in happen to reconnect since we cant get out as often. However I sure cant wait for us to get out on an actual date this weekend!

If you still have not snagged your copy of the new Beauty and the Beast Film can you do so right here.  I have also created a FREE printable menu for you to use for when you plan you date night in.  Sign up here to receive your FREE printable.

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“Grey Stuff” Inspired No Bake Cheesecake

“Grey Stuff” Inspired No Bake Cheesecake

 

The Live Action Beauty and the Beast movie comes out on Blue Ray/DVD today! If you have yet to see it go out and get a copy because Disney did an absolutely amazing job with this LIVE action remake of an animated classic. You can order it here. I also happen to be celebrating my 8th wedding anniversary with my husband today so I have a little Beauty and the Beast date night in planned for the evening. I am excited for him to see the movie for the first time.

With the Beauty and the Beast theme in mind I wanted to whip up a dessert for the evening. Of course the “Grey Stuff”came to my mind but I wanted to play a twist on it a bit. After much thought and looking through my dessert board on Pinterest to see if anything gave me that inspiration, I decided on a Grey Stuff Inspired No Bake Cheesecake.

This was super easy to make, and I really enjoy the flavor of it more than the cool whip flavored recipe that is floating around, and is used in the park.

Here is what you need:

18 Oreos

10 oz of cream cheese softened

1.5 oz of milk ( I used Ripple Milk( dairy free(

1 packet of Simply Jello Vanilla Pudding

wine glass, jars, or whatever you would like to serve it in

Lay your cream cheese out to soften. Mix 1 cup of the milk with the pudding mix until it thickens, then add in  12 of the crushed Oreos. You can crush Oreos by placing in a baggy and using a cup or rolling pin. For the first 12 I left the cream in the center. Mix together. Remove the filling from the remaining 6 Oreos and add to the mixture, with the cream cheese. Mix all together and then refrigerate for one hour. Crush the remaining 6 Oreos, divide and place in bottom of your serving dish of choice. Top with the cheesecake mixture.

You can spoon it in or use a pipping bag which I found much easier with using wine glasses. Place back in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Mine made these 2 huge wine glasses and 2 small cheesecakes, which we enjoyed as soon as they were set. You could definitely get 6-8 servings out of this depending on how you portion them.

Pop in the animated classic or the new LIVE action film, and enjoy this tasty treat with the entire family, or just your significant other!

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Disney’s Toy Story Date Night In

Disney’s Toy Story Date Night In

 

Today starts my Date Night In Series.  Dating your spouse is so important! When you add a child into the mix, the dynamic of things change. Those weekly date nights, time alone with just your spouse become few and far between. By the time bedtime rolls around for the kids you are just plain exhausted. Budgets can be tight not allowing for a date night and a sitter, and even schedules can get crazy. However you can’t let that foundation you set for your marriage fade. That is why date nights even if they are not out of the home are so important.

We are lucky that we have grandparents that watch our daughter about once a month so we can get out. Otherwise we would not have nights out very often at all. Not everyone has that option, and lets be real leaving a young child with a sitter is hard. Because of this and our need to make sure we are creating that time more than once a month we started Date Nights In at our house.

I am not talking always starting up Netflix and getting cozy on the couch more often. I am talking really creating a night where you can talk, dream, and inspire each other and have that one on one time without the distractions. That can even be tough on a real date night out. Find things to do that maybe take you back to things you used to love to do together.

I love to create things with a theme.  These date nights at home give me the ability to do so. When my daughter is old enough to watch and enjoy these things I can see many family themed date nights with movies in our future. I love to plan also, and as a Mom I’ve lost the ability to be creative as often as I would like to be so this gives me the ability to do it a few times a month.

A lot of this all started when I created our 12 Dates of Christmas.Something that has been a tradition of ours for the last 6 years or more. I’ll share more about that when Christmas is closer. I’ve been picking my brain for sometime about the things we loved to do and a lot of our most favorite dates night take us back to Disney Date nights from our time in Florida. The first date night in My Date Night In series, is Toy Story themed.

When we lived in Florida we absolutely loved hitting up the parks for really fun yet simple date nights. One of our favorites was to hit up Hollywood Studios for Pizza Planet and Toy Story Mania. (It was best during the non busy times.) Of course we would hit the other parks too. The goal was to create that at home for us and I did just that!

So the making of this date night was combined of homemade pizza, a Sheriff Woody inspired drink we called ” There’s a Snake in my Boot”, White Chocolate Chex Mix, and the Nintendo Wii Toy Story Midway Mania game. We also decided to pop in Toy Story 3 when we tired out from the game.

The Sheriff Woody inspired drink was actually fairly simple. Add 1.5 oz of Bourbon into a cup, top with  Ale 8 One which is a soda from Kentucky that is kind of a mix of Sprite and Ginger Ale. You can find it here. The glass bottle is better if you just want to drink it but we stock up when we go to Kentucky. These are a tad pricey to order online but you can sometimes find them at a local Kroger or Harris Teeter. Even Cracker Barrel sometimes has them as  they have started to expand outside of Kentucky! Add a few gummy worms and you have a “There’s A Snake In My Boot.” If you don’t have these just use ginger ale.

The recipe for the White Chocolate Chex Mix can be found here. Its super easy and the perfect movie snack!

We had the best time being competitive with each other playing Toy Story Mid Way Mania. Sometimes it is easy to forget how much fun you can have. For the dinner portion we decided it would be a non family dinner  night. We were more than ok and we would have dinner just the 2 of us after our daughter was in bed. It was the perfect time for conversation which does not happen much at dinner anymore. We are both are lucky enough to eat while trying to make sure our daughter is fed, not attempting to find a way out of her high chair, or dumping her plate on the floor.

There are so many ways you can create these great date nights at home. Most of this one with our grocery budget or things we already have in the house so this can definitely be done on a budget. Make sure to stay tuned as more Date Night In’s are coming every Friday in the month of June!

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3 Reason to Love Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

3 Reason to Love Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

 

 

 

I have always loved Epcot’s International Flower Garden Festival, I even got to work it one season of it on my college program and worked in the first ever speciality booth. Years after that they kept adding them and adding them into what it is today. I’m happy our trips have fallen during the festival and this year I fell even more in love with it each year. I love seeing all the bold, bright, vibrant colors and flowers through Epcot. They seriously do the most fantastic job. The picture below is one of my favorite spots in the festival. Here are 3 reasons to love it.

1.The Special Topiaries

The topiaries are so fun to see each and every year. They have been enhanced and changed a bit over the last 8 plus years I have been visiting the festival and they just don’t disappoint. This year I absolutely loved the Beauty & The Beast ones, mainly because everything was all about the Beauty & The Beast movie coming out and they just took me back to my childhood. These have been around for a while but this year they just really hit the spot.

 

I also loved the Peter Pan topiary. Again this has been around for a while but I don’t recall it always being on top of the United Kingdom building. ( it could have been that way for years and my Mom brain just doesn’t work, there were 3 years in a row I wasn’t there during the festival)

My absolute favorite and one we will continue to hit year after year is the Lion King. We got a picture there last year on my daughters trip and one again this year to compare. I hope we can do this for years to come, though Daddy may not be able to hold her up like that forever.

2.  The Play Areas & Children’s Activities

This year I found a whole new love for these play areas. Last year we were not old enough to enjoy them but this year they were life savers with an extremely active at the time 15 month old. There are 3 play areas one along the Imagination walkway from Future World to the World Showcase called Music Melodies Play Ground, a small area in-between France and Morocco, and one that sets right behind Mousegear, along the Test Track Walkway called the Road to the Florida 500.  There is also an egg hunt you can do, as well as fun activities at each country at Kidcot where your children can travel the world and get a stamp at each country. ( Kidcot is available year around but the offerings can change a bit from season to season.

We spend a lot of afternoons and evenings at Epcot on our visits so we visited the Music Melodies play area few times and my daughter had a blast. They have nice shaded areas for Moms and Dads to sit back and relax too.

 

The small play space in between Morocco and France was fairly small but it was a great spot to run off some energy.

Our favorite of the 3 was definitely the Road to the Florida 500. While it wasn’t hidden necessarily it was not so out in the open that tons of people were stopping, and it was super shaded which is always great! We wish we would have explored this gem earlier in out trip.

The front of the area was themed super cute as well for the upcoming CARS 3 movie.

3. The Food Booths

To be honest as much as I love all the food booths I only stopped twice this last trip and both times for drinks. On our previous trip in November it was Food & Wine Festival and we snacked so much and tried so many things that I barely had room to try some of my favorites. However I will say I love love love the fact that they added all the booths into Flower and Garden Festival several years ago because they were so needed. My favorite booth is the Pineapple Promenade, I love all things Pineapple especially Dole Whip and there they have Dole Whip with rum. I like the Coconut Rum best. This year I had to try the Pineapple Mana beer from Maui Brewing Company and oh how I wish I could find it at home.

There are so many other great stops through the World Showcase for drinks and food galore during the Flower and Garden festival to check out.  You can even pick up a passport and get a stamp at each country as you go through. There are 15 different Outdoor Kitchens as they call them.

 

There are many other things to do at the Flower and Garden Festival. There are great photo opportunities, workshops, The Garden Rocks Concert Series, tours, special merchandise and more. You can actually download the Festival Passport here.

 

The last day for Flower and Garden is Monday, May 29th. As with anytime at Disney but especially Epcot during festivals the weekends are much more crowded.  There are 2 more great Epcot Festivals to look forward to this year as well. My favorite the International Food and  Wine festival which starts even earlier this year on August the 31st and runs through November 13th, and Holidays Around the World November 24th – December 30th.

A Farewell To Wishes

A Farewell To Wishes

 

Writing this is a little emotional for me. I know to the normal person writing a farewell to Wishes a firework show at Walt Disney World seems so silly. You think, it is just a firework’s show. The thing is to me, to many of friends, my Disney family, and so many people I do not even know it is so much more. On Thursday, May 11th this show closes and honestly its a mix of emotions for me. It has been 10 years of Magical Memories, and  for others even more since its beginning in 2003.

Wishes has been the start of new chapters, and endings of others. It has been the ending to many wonderful celebrations, reasons for random date nights, meet ups with dear friends, and a thing to always go back to each and every visit and let all those memories come back in.

I am not just your average Disney lover. I am a Disney College Program and Professional Internship Alumni, and a 3 year Disney Cast Member after that. I was engaged in Cinderella’s Castle, and some of my best friends in the whole world came from my experiences and time at Disney. Disney is home, it is special, it is a I just left there and I need to go back like yesterday kind of place. Wishes, well it is just the icing on the cake!

So, let’s talk about those new beginnings. My then boyfriend (now husband) and I took our first trip to Disney together in the summer of 2007. It was his first trip and my first time ever staying on property, and going to any park other than Magic Kingdom or Epcot. I hadn’t been to Epcot in probably 10 years or more. My love for Wishes began this trip. The music is what really gets you. I had known for a while but I really knew that trip he was the man I was going to marry. March of 2008 we went back for our Senior Year of College Spring Break. That trip Wishes got a whole new meaning! One evening while dining at Cinderella’s Castle my husband proposed to me, and just a few minutes later we watched Wishes from our table out the Castle Window. It was a new chapter for us to start our lives together. This year exactly 9 years to the date he proposed, we watched Wishes for the first and sadly the last time with our 1 year old Daughter. Getting that moment with her was so special.

The next new beginning was the start of my college program. Thanks to Facebook I was able to jump in a group with other people doing the program the same time as me. Many of these people are still some of my dearest friends. I remember after our first day of traditions as soon as we had the ticket to get in we all made plans to meet up for Wishes. I am not even kidding there were like 20 or more of us.  Some of the best times ever in January of 2009, and some of the slowest times I have ever experienced in the parks to date. Oh, the fun we had! But all great things must come to end, and just like we started that experience together on Main Street with Wishes, it is also where that May we all met up at the end of our program.( and again in August for some people who extended.)Me I still stuck around. I remember those nights being filled with so many tears. Not wanting to say goodbye, not wanting “The Time of Your Life” (Disney’s marketing campaign at the time) to be over. Wishes was our thing. These weren’t the only nights we saw Wishes together but one of the few times we saw them in such large groups, as it got very hard to all meet up with work schedules. Wishes made us cry tears of happiness and sadness many times.

Then there were just memories. I spent 6 months doing my management internship in Magic Kingdom. 6 months away, and then another 3 years in that magical place. I have fond memories of heading out to the patio with an empty restaurant with some of my cast members at Pinocchio’s Village Haus. I remember the 6 months I spent at the Contemporary sneaking away to the observation deck wishing I was back in the park, but still loving the view just the same. Then I got to go back to Magic Kingdom, to Stands East. (sadly no longer a thing) At the time Toon Town was one of my areas and the Cast Members had a thing for watching Wishes in the backstage area. It was a such a great viewing spot. I remember some of my cast members making plans to watch it there one last time before Toon Town closed for the New Fantasyland expansion, and I remember watching right in front of Gaston’s Tavern with some of the very same cast members when we got to open that new location. I heard the music 3-4 nights a week and even if I was too busy to stop and watch it never got old! It was truly one of the best parts of working in Magic Kingdom.

 

Then I remember that last closing chapter. The one where we closed up the chapter of our Florida life. I remember the last night shift I worked and watching Wishes in front of Gaston’s Tavern, that one last time.  I remember one of my very best friends surprising me my last day at work and coming down for a few days to close that chapter with me. It was special, and magical, it was tradition.

In March, we not only watched Wishes one last time with our daughter, but also several of these same people who were a part of making this show so special. How special it was to close yet another chapter with people who mean so much.

As Walt said, “We keep moving forward opening up new doors & doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. “ While I am so sad to see Wishes go, I am excited to start making new memories with the new show. With this I leave you;

“Make a Wish and do as dreamers do and all our Wishes will come true. “

Farewell Wishes!