When it comes to footwear in the parks, everyone has their own style. After about an hour in any Disney park, we all come to the same conclusion …. comfort is of the utmost importance. I have heard of guests walking 9, 1, or even 15 miles in a single day in the parks. So, having apporate footwear can sometimes make or break parts of your day and even your whole trip. There’s nothing worse than getting to about 6pm and having the achy feet start. In the back of your mind, you realize you still have three hours till fireworks and possibly five plus hours till any sign of bed. I used to find myself sacrificing style for comfort. That is, I did until TOMS unveiled their collaboration with Disney.
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…
At the time of writing this article, I have 24 days (yay!) until my next trip “home.” The other week, the song “Be Our Guest” came on my Disney Pandora Station. My three-year-old son says, “Mama, what movie is this song from?” You should have seen the look of pure horror on my face. It was at that moment that I realized I have failed as a parent. My son, who has been to Disney a handful of times now, and even ate at the Beast’s castle (the restaurant is called Be Our Guest for crying out loud), did NOT know that that song was from Beauty and the Beast. So, I figured I needed to correct this and make him watch as many movies as possible before our trip. I compiled a list of movies from A to Z (technically 101-Z) that make some sort of an appearance in Disney World. Now, this doesn’t include merchandise or things like that. And this list also doesn’t include special events. Hopefully, with this list, you will be able to be a better parent than I 🙂 . Also, you can use this list as a reference guide to find out where your favorite movies are located around the parks!
While we have incredibly talented photographers here on the ZADD Crew Blog who constantly amaze and inspire us with their artistic visions of Walt Disney World, it is highly unlikely that you will have such talent following you around during your days at the parks unless you are some sort of social media impresario or a wealthy, narcissistic weirdo. So how can you produce similar results even if your knowledge of photography amounts to little more than pressing the shutter button on your phone?
While there are a million and one reasons I could give you explaining why we love Disney, attractions are pretty high up on the list. With Walt Disney World’s growing construction projects and ever-evolving landscapes, attractions are inevitably changing, too. While some have been around since day one, others have entered my life and quickly become favorites. Today I want to start a new series going through my top 5 favorite attractions of all time at Walt Disney World, one at a time.
Pick a festival.. any festival… food booths galore, everyone has a favorite festival. Food and Wine, Festival of the Holidays, Flower and Garden… so many festivals to choose from. When it comes time to visit the festival of the day, you will find this food allergy mom with a printed list of food, a highlighter, and a fine tooth comb.
There’s nothing I like better than cute Disney merchandise at a great price! So, when I saw these newer collections from Oh My Disney, I was so excited to share them! Let’s get to shopping! All items can be found on shopdisney.com! Make sure you check out each my favorites at the end of each collection list!
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.
Disclaimer: I am a lover of food, and in this ZADD Crew community, we call that #foodmotivated. (You want to see how food motived we are? Check out this awesome list from Beth here.) I am 100% totally motivated by food. I only ran half marathons because I knew that afterward, I could eat like 3 whole pizza pies by myself and the calories wouldn’t matter. (Okay, not really, but you get my point.) A big part of vacations for me is all about food. I’m constantly asking “Where are we going to eat?” and “What are we going to eat?” and “How much longer until we eat?” So, the Disney Dining Plan has a HUGE appeal to me. Throughout this article, I will tell you the facts about the Disney Dining Plan, my opinion of it, and then, lastly, tips and tricks for using it.
If you’ve been following Nicole Ellington’s blogs, you’ve probably learned about a wide variety of ways to keep your kids entertained while visiting the parks (check her work out here); however, I recently noticed a gaping hole in Nicole’s extensive body of work.
Back in the day, and at Disneyland still today, you could be caught rubbing elbows on the street with all your favorite Disney characters as you made your way around Walt Disney World. These meetups took place randomly on your way to the next attraction, perhaps. Today at WDW, character meet and greets ARE an attraction. You can even get FastPasses for them. Having said that, today, I want to talk about why character meet and greets just aren’t my thing.
Ok, my title may be a little dramatic. I am an over-packer. As Edna Mode says “Love favors the prepared.” I know the world won’t end if I forget something. However, I hate spending money on something that I left on the kitchen counter.
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.
We love sharing Disney with our families. We love visiting and creating memories within each park and bringing those memories and moments of magic home with the help of Disney merchandise. We all just love to share Disney with those around us! So, why not sprinkle a little bit of pixie dust on our pups? Shop Disney has you covered with leashes, dog bowls, and chew toys cute enough to eat… almost. So, here are a few of my favorites. All items can be found at ShopDisney.com and come highly recommended by my DoleWhipPup, Gwennie. (Pictured above)
I’m going to be honest here… Toddlers are hard! They aren’t babies anymore, but there are not big kids yet. They are kind of in the weird in-between stage where you can’t wait for them to grow up, but, at the same time, you keep asking yourself where the time has gone. It’s an emotional rollercoaster all around! So, taking toddlers to the happiest place on earth is no small task. In this article, I hope to show you how worth it this endeavor can be, and some ways you can help minimize the meltdowns. (Notice I said “minimize.” Sorry, but there is no way to take it completely away.)
I’ve already talked about my need for speed on here, so you might imagine that waiting in line for character signatures runs contrary to the goal of maximizing time within the parks — and you’d be right. There is a wide variety of characters you can meet in the Walt Disney World parks, so how can you possibly fill your children’s autograph books with pictures and signatures and still have time to experience all the parks have to offer?
One of the things we love about going to Disney World is the food. We’ve said it before and I know we aren’t alone in this. We understand the prices there can be more than what we would typically pay eating out at home, so we try to be smart about our food. Something I am very excited about getting started on is the ZADD Crew Must Do: Food Motivated Edition list. The reason this list even exists is because I wanted to try food items that Disney people I trust said were worth the money. I do not like wasting beloved Disney dollars on items that end up being a total bust. Having said this, we are always looking for ways to save on food and the Disney Dining Plan kept coming up. Today I’ll tell you why we found out it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Please tell me we are not the only family with a giant coffee can full of random broken crayons? It seems like we collect crayons everywhere we go: the grocery store, restaurants, the aftermath of a 6-year-old boy’s school supplies. I am going to walk you through how to turn them into a cute and useful Disney craft.
With July coming to an end and school starting up in a handful of weeks, it’s time to start thinking about some new gear for your family. And of course, Disney has you covered! So lets start — DoleWhipMama’s top back-to-school gear for 2018! All items can be found at shopdisney.com!
Let’s face it, if you are going to be at Disney for more then a couple of days, chances are that you will encounter rain at some point in your trip. And I HATE getting caught in the rain! For me, it really has to do with my hair. I have such crazy, frizzy, curly hair that takes hours to tame this beast. So, mix that in with the Florida rain and humidity and it’s NOT a pretty sight! Anyway, I try not to let the rain ruin my day. Here are some ideas that you can do to help you through a rainy day.