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?

DIY Disney Inspired Mini Pumpkins

DIY Disney Inspired Mini Pumpkins

I set out to paint pumpkins with my toddler this week. Ya it was kinda a mess, but of course I got inspired to make some fun Disney inspired pumpkins. 

I had 3 mini pumpkins, and I’ve been all about the glitter so that became a part of what I dreamed up. My toddlers 2 favorites are right now are Minnie Mouse and Ariel so that made it easy to choose for me. Plus Ariel is really my all time favorite. 

I started with the Minnie inspired pumpkins. I did two Minnie inspired ones, one in classic colors and one in a shimmery white and gold. 

*print from Happily Ever Tees, Tumbler available here in my shop.

These are pretty simple to make. You need paint, glitter (I used extra fine glitter) and modge podge. I started by glittering the stem. Apply modge podge to the stem and then coat in glitter. Once it has dried apply another layer of modge podge to seal. I should have gotten a white pumpkin for the white one because this one took a million coats but after the paint is dried, paint the dots in modge podge and coat with glitter. Shake the excess glitter off the best you can. Once you seal the dots you can wipe off excess glitter. 

Next up is the Ears. I used basic card stock scrapbook paper you get a Michaels. I used a bottle of acrylic paint to trace the ears. Then I cut them and made sure they matched. (because as you can see they did not at first) I then folded a small part and hot glued them to the pumpkin. 

After completing the classic Minnie Pumpkin I just felt it needed a bow. I used some scrap polka dot fabric I had and hot glue to make that happen. Then I hot glued it right on and fell in love. 

For the Ariel inspired one it was pretty simple. Green and purple paint. But then I felt like it needed a little something else and I found these green sequins in what I like to call my Mary Poppins box and that added Exactly what was needed. 

These were super easy and fun to do! One day my daughter and I can really design these together. Do you have Disney inspired pumpkins? Happy Halloween! 

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

I’ll be honest I’ve never been that crazy about  Halloween. I do love making, creating, dreaming up costumes. Of course I love the candy, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown. But I’ve never been into the scary movies, haunted houses kinda thing. 

When I worked at Disney it definitely changed my feelings for Halloween and so did becoming a Mom. I fell in love with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Boo to You parade, the music, the special events, the more fun side of Halloween again! There are so many great Disney Halloween costumes out there and I want to share my top 10 favorites of 2017from some of my Disney friends with you! 

  1. I’ll start with a few throwing it back to the 90’s. I couldn’t love these Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers costumes from Magic Kingdom Mamas more! This was one of my favorite shows as a kid and it just brings back all the good feels from Disney Afternoons. Magic Kingdom Mamas are Disneyland bloggers who know all there is to know about Disneyland make sure to check them out here and on Instagram @magic_kingdom_mamas.

2. Next is this Zenon Girl of the future costume from Claire over at @cvdoss. Zetus Leptus, another Disney Channel Classic. I just love seeing people throwing it back this year and getting creative. One of the things I love most about Halloween. 

3. Amuck Amuck Amuck! Ok what’s not to love about these costumes of my 3 favorite witches. You can’t go wrong with Hocus Pocus! 

4. I do have to say Disney Channel does still have it with some their original movies. Even I have enjoyed the Descendants movies and these costumes from Descendants 2 are just fantastic! 

5. When you have 2 to dress up it’s so fun to pair them together. I just love this WallE and Eve brother sister pair. 

6. With sweet friends expecting twins soon I just loved @twinthusastics Cruella and Dalmatians costumes. I mean how adorable are they! 

7. Star Wars is ever so popular, and I love this mother son duo of Princess Leia and Kylo Ren. Hilary has even shared her DIY of her no sew costume here over on the Anaheim Moms blog. 

8. You can’t beat this Mermaid family, it’s a classic but I just love it!  The Little Mermaid is my absolute favorite and I can definitely seeing my family doing this in the future as I have another Ariel fan in my house these days. 

9. This is probably one of my favorite costumes I’ve seen this season from Raven over at the Disney Dorm. The Live action Beauty in the Beast was a huge success and I think I might love it more than the original animated version. Raven made a fantastic Provincial Belle. You can find this costume over at Fun Costumes, the purse at Hot Topic, and the shoes at Forever 21. Make sure to also check out Raven’s instagram page @thedisneydorm.

10. I’ve saved the BEST for last because this costume is just so creative and amazing and you will only understand if you have been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party before. This may be one of the best I’ve seen. Mel did a fantastic job creating these costumes. They are the wristbands, and wristband distribution for the party. I always love seeing people get extra creative just like this! 

What is your favorite Disney Halloween Costume? We are being pretty simple this year with Minnie Mouse because that’s what my Minnie obsessed daughter has requested.