For me, meeting characters is a huge part of the Disney experience. I understand that’s not an opinion shared by all (if character meet and greets aren’t your thing, join Team Beth, here — nothing but love for ya, girl!), but for me, meeting characters is the closest I get to believing I’m in the world of Disney stories — and I love it! There are some characters, though, who I’d love to meet, but who don’t come out to play. Here are my top picks…
I really like to pack light when it comes to walking around the parks all day. Living in Boston, my trips to Disney aren’t nearly as frequent as I wish they could be, so when I go, I like to make the absolute most of my trip. When the trips are only weekend trips, that means no visits back to the hotel — we’re going strong from rope drop to park close. There’s no way I want to carry a massive bag like a pack mule without a break in sight. At the same time, I want to make sure I have what I need for a great park visit! Since I’ve got a trip to Florida coming up very soon, I wanted to share what I always carry with me.
When you’re not a Florida or SoCal local, you’ve got to find ways to keep the Disney alive from home. One of my favorite ways is to see Disney musicals live. With how they make the magic come alive, I can’t believe pixie dust isn’t involved. Last Saturday, my fiancé and I went to see Aladdin the musical live in Boston with some friends, and we were not disappointed.
This morning, the Walt Disney Company has announced a number of eco-friendly initiatives aimed at reducing plastic waste from all of its properties worldwide. The Company has announced a number of programs, to be implemented over time, starting with the elimination of all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at owned and operated properties worldwide by mid-2019. Visitors of Walt Disney World know Disney already only offers paper straws at Animal Kingdom.
Over the next few years, Disney also vows to transition to refillable in-room amenities (think: shampoo and conditioner) in hotels and on cruise ships and to begin offering reusable shopping bags for purchase in parks and on the cruise line. Disney will work to fully eliminate polystyrene cups at global owned and operated businesses. All of these programs aim to vastly reduce plastic waste from Disney guests and help our planet!
A special thanks to @magicalshannonmarie for the use of her photography for the featured image!
We’ve all got our favorite attractions at each Disney park, but I wanted to list out my absolute favorites, figuring it would be an easy task. I was WRONG.
Here is part 2 of the series of Disney-inspired summer hairstyles! Again, these are meant to be easy, fun hair styles that anyone can use to show off her inner princess (or Pixie!) while keeping her hair out of the way on a scorching day, but these hairstyles can be a little trickier than those shown in part 1. As always, please reach out if you have any questions or if you’re having trouble with a style. I’m here to help!
Summer is HOT, especially down in the Sunshine State. That won’t deter us die-hard Disney fans from running around the parks from sunrise to sunset, but we should still do our best to stay cool. I’m going to help in that endeavor by sharing some summer hairdos inspired by some of Disney’s leading ladies.
Get excited, Passholders!! About a month ago, we told you that select Passholders were going to get exclusive access to Toy Story Land after its grand opening (check out the news drop here), and the TIME. HAS. COME. Emails have begun going out to some Passholders, announcing the opening of registration for exclusive “Passholder Play Time” in Toy Story Land.
On Tuesdays through Saturdays from September 4 through September 29 from either 7am-8am or 8am-9am, registered Passholders can enjoy access to all three Toy Story Land attractions and food at Woody’s Lunch Box. Passholders can only register for ONE Passholder Play Time slot.
Registration is limited, and reservations are available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you don’t get an email, don’t worry. Reach out to your Passholder friends and offer an appropriate bribe. Each invitation admits the invitee, and three Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus, or Premier Passholders who are linked in the invitee’s friends and family list.
Thanks, @Dizdad for the use of his photography for our featured image!
We all know it’s physically impossible to do everything on any WDW trip, unless you were to stay for a whole month, and maybe not even then. There are certain things, though, that you just know you’ve got to try your darnest to do each time. I’ve got a trip coming up next month, and that got me thinking about what my must-dos are.
I’m a Disney nut. That’s why I’m here. You’re a Disney nut. That’s why you’re here. My fiancé, Ben, is also a Disney nut. That’s why he puts up with me (only one of many reasons, right hun?…right??).
The start of many table service meals in Walt Disney World is marked with signature bread and butter. What may be overlooked at many places outside the Disney bubble, there are some locations in WDW that take this starter to a whole new level.
I’d love to rock Mickey ears basically all the time, but, as a lawyer, that isn’t always practical. I want it noted that I do regularly wear my ears at home when I need some cheering up.
This morning, Disney released the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s live action rendition of Dumbo (see below for the trailer!!). When the film’s arrival was confirmed at last year’s D23 event in California, I was calm, cool, and collected as an be – as I bounced around shouting “IT’S HAPPENING. IT’S SO HAPPENING AND IT’S COMING AND I CAN’T WAIT.”….ahem. I’m better now, I promise. Don’t know what came over me!
Up is one of, if not my absolute, favorite Pixar movies. This heartbreaking, touching, whimsical tale of a grumpy old man, a talking dog, an eager young scout, and a bizarre bird named Kevin speaks to me. Of course, therefore, Up must make an appearance in my bullet journal. To learn more about bullet journaling generally, check out Magical Journaling #1 – Aladdin by clicking here.
I’m a visual person. I’m currently pushing 5000 pictures on my phone. Obviously, memories are precious, but I like to be able to look at and touch stuff. When it comes to Disney, this means I have art in my home (along with a TON of other Disney merchandise that some people might tell me I don’t really need, but they’d be wrong). It warms my heart to have Mickey smiling at me, even when I’m hundreds of miles from the nearest Disney park. Another time, I’ll share the art I’ve picked so far, but first, let’s talk about where you can get some of your own!
Today is an INCREDIBLE day! The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo opens TODAY in, you guessed it, Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. We’ve already told you about the amazing party extravaganza this event will be (check out Jen’s article from yesterday for more info!), so, today, we’re here to tell you all about the amazing eats Disney will be offering with this event!
Before the summer of 2016, “Disneybound” meant “going to Disney!” – wonderful in its own right, don’t get me wrong, but now, “Disneybound” means so. much. more.
It all started with an innocent-enough venture into the Disney realms of Pinterest. (Ever want to lose a few hours in what feels like 5 minutes? Jump down that rabbit hole.) The first Disneybound I remember seeing was Snow White: somebody had paired a blue shirt with a pair of yellow skinny jeans and an apple pendant necklace. These were regular, everyday street clothes, but she was, without a doubt, Snow White!
Are you always thinking of ways to extend the relaxation of summer? Guilty as charged. Disney Cruise Line is here to help! It has just announced its fall 2019 vacation options sailing from New York, California, Texas, and Florida to Bermuda, the Bahamas, Baja, Canada, and the Caribbean!
Last month, Dan Cockerell announced he would be leaving his position as Magic Kingdom Vice President effective May 11. Disney has recently announced that Jason Kirk, a man with years of experience with Disney, will be filling that role.
Since 2014, Jason has been serving as Vice President of transportation at Walt Disney World, and has helped launch new transportation projects including the Minnie Van Service. Prior to his work in transportation, Jason was the Vice President of Epcot, and even spent some time out in California, working as General Manager of the Disney California Adventure Park during its refurbishment.
A special thanks to @mickeys_photographer for the use of her photography!
You may have heard the term “bullet journal” before, but if you haven’t, try to picture the love child between a planner, a journal, a to-do list, and a scrapbook. Basically, a bullet journal is a build-your-own creative planning outlet that you can fill with whatever you want.