Magical Monday: How to Disney-Brainwash Your Baby

I’m not gonna lie, I get teased a lot about how much Disney I do. But what people don’t understand is that it doesn’t bother me at all – if anything, I take it as a compliment. I love Disney and when people can recognize just how much we love it/obsess over it, its a good thing to me. As H has got a little older people have begun to realize that he, too, is a true Disney fan. How did I get my 20 month old to be such a Disney fan, you may be asking? Continue reading to find out how I brainwashed my child just as my own mom brainwashed me.

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  • Accept that there will be criticism. Everyones a critic. People are going to give you a bad time for only giving your kid Disney toys or only watching Disney shows. But guess what? You’re the momma – you make the rules for your kids. The sooner you accept that some people just don’t understand the magic of Disney like you do, the better.
  • Start with the basics. AKA Mickey Mouse. From their first days on earth make sure your baby sees Mickey regularly, however that may be. As they get a little older and you start incorporating toys into their routine, make sure they have plenty of Mickey toys. Call him Mickey. Get excited to see Mickey anywhere and everywhere. Next thing you know they’ll still be pretty tiny and light up when they see their familiar friend.
  • YouTube can be valuable. When H started getting a little older I would turn on YouTube videos of various different Disney Park shows. He immediately took to Mickey and the Magical Map from Disneyland (and he’d totally get excited when he saw the different characters – especially Mickey) and really loves watching the parades. As characters go by I’d name them and slowly begin to familiarize him with who is who.
  • Watch a whole-lot-a Disney movies/tv. H has only seen 2 or 3 non-Disney movies and he only watches Disney Junior on tv. This is just another way to familiarize him with Disney’s great characters. It helps in the brainwashing of your child to be able to recognize lots of characters before they can recognize colors/shapes too.
  • If there is music – make it Disney. We don’t really listen to the radio. My son is only 20 months and I don’t need to fill his head with too much garbage, yet. So if we listen to music it is Disney music 95% of the time (and church music the other 5%). He already recognizes lots of the songs and is extra fond of specific ones. As he gets older we’ll discuss what movie they’re from and associate the song with the characters in the movie and so on.
  • Dawn your Disney apparel. Contrary to popular belief, not all Disney clothes are cheesy. Lots are, yes. But if you look hard enough (or know where to look) you’ll find a lot of cute Disney items for your wardrobe. H loves wearing his Mickey Mouse shirts and love when I wear my Disney shirts. It helps fuel the Disney-lovin’ fire and it adds magic to your day!
  • Do the obvious. I know this isn’t something everyone can do or do frequently, but as often as you can – visit the Disney Parks! Nothing introduces your child to the magic of Disney like being there and don’t think your little one is ever too young to go. Haven’t you heard? Disney is for kids of ALL ages. I can testify that even the tiniest of guests at the Disney Park can enjoy their surroundings – the sounds, the lights, the characters… its magical, even to them.

These are only a few ways but I believe they are some of the basics to get yourself started on the path to brainwashing your future Disney fanatic. Haters gonna hate. Just ignore them and you do you. Disney is the way to go.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: My Favorite Places to Eat

You have no idea how many times I’ve started a Disney Dining post then ended up deleting it. Disney Dining is a HUGE category that could really turn into a novel (for me at least). I still plan on covering all of Disneyland and California Adventure’s Dining options in a later post, but for today I’m going to be going over my favorite places to grab a bite to eat in Disneyland and California Adventure. These range from table service options to quick serve options and fast snacks to grab on the go. But these are what I love and what I hate to miss when I go on my magical getaways to The Happiest Place on Earth.

My Favorite Places to Dine in Disneyland

  • We’ll start on Main Street. Hands down my favorite place to eat on beautiful Main Street is Carnation Cafe. I can’t say enough good about this place. Its adorable and its delicious. This is a table service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I recommend making a reservation. My favorite thing to get here is the Chicken-fried Chicken. It is life changing.Carnation1-20120618-BW
  • Another favorite is Blue Bayou. Located in New Orleans Square, this is another table service restaurant that I recommend getting a reservation for ahead of time. They serve lunch and dinner. This is the restaurant located right beside Pirates of the Caribbean – the restaurant you see at the beginning of the attraction, which means while you dine you can watch other guests ride by in their boats on their voyage. The ambiance is unbeatable. My favorite thing to eat here is their iconic Monte Cristo.  The-Blue-Bayou-toursdepartingdaily.com_
  • If you’re looking for similar food to Blue Bayou but want to save a few bucks I highly recommend Cafe Orleans. (also in New Orleans Square) They also sell the delicious Monte Cristo! They are a table service restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. My favorite thing there are their Pommes Frites. This is a MUST. You’ll never eat anything like it. Please try these next time you go if you haven’t yet. You can thank me later. thumb_600
  • Stage Door Cafe is a classic for me and my family. Here in Frontierland, you can buy an iconic Disneyland corndog. Who doesn’t want that kind of goodness in their life? This is a quick serve option that is open for lunch and dinner and obviously my favorite thing to get there (and possibly the thing I crave most from Disney) is the corndog.
  • In Critter Country you can find Hungry Bear which is a delicious quick serve option with nice, shaded seating, beautiful scenery and yummy food. It is open for lunch and dinner and I am a big fan of their classic cheeseburger or chicken sandwich.
  • So I guess this isn’t a meal but it’d be a tragedy not to include this iconic, amazing snack. At the Tiki Juice Bar you can get yourself my favorite thing – a Dole Whip. There is never a bad time for this delicious snack and you probably need a few throughout your trip… Just sayin’.
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My Favorite Places to Dine in California Adventure

  • I’m starting with my favorite which is located in Cars Land. The Cozy Cone Motel is my #1 place to eat in DCA. They are a quick serve option that serve various snacks and quick bites to eat but my very favorite thing to get there is the Chili Cone Queso. Its a California Adventure staple in my family and it never disappoints.
  • Staying in Cars Land there is also Flo’s V8 Cafe. Flo serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the ambiance is so cute. Its a colorful, exciting diner with great food options. My personal favorite thing to get is Brioche French Toast for breakfast! I would also suggest their outdoor seating where you get either a great view of Cars Land or if you move to the side of the restaurant you can watch the cars zoom by on Radiator Springs Racers.
  • On Paradise Pier you can find Cove Bar. This is a table service restaurant (that you have to wait in line for to get a table – just a warning). You get an amazing view of Paradise Pier and tasty food. My favorite is the Cotton Candy Lemonade. They also have amazing Lobster Nachos.

*these pictures are not my own

Where are your can’t-miss places to eat in the Disney Parks??

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND!

Full disclosure: I’m emotional as I’m writing this post.

Sixty-two years ago The Happiest Place on Earth opened to the public and in my opinion, the world has never been the same since. Disney brought a magic to the world that it lacked before and it continues to sprinkle magic through its parks, its characters, its apparel, its music, its movies and so much more. I am seriously so grateful that Walt Disney had a dream and that he stuck with it and didn’t let opposition get in his way – because a world without Disney sounds… depressing.

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I am sure I sound like a broken record by now because I’ve been saying this my whole life but I am so glad that I was born and raised in a Disney crazed family and I’m glad that my husband decided to fully embrace this lifestyle so we can raise our family the same way. Disney is the way to go. Its happy, its magical, it encourages curiosity, bravery, individuality and so much more. Theres a reason I fill my home with Disney quotes, pictures, toys, books, music and all the other paraphernalia I can get my hands on – because its truly the best and no matter how hard other companies try, there is nothing else like it.

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Happy Birthday, Disneyland! Thanks for all the magic.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

I Wants the Red Head

I just recently made a goal to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Well here I am a week into this goal – its Friday – and I have absolutely no idea what to blog about. I had an idea but its turning out to be a much more detailed post than I’d anticipated so that one will come later. But now that leaves me idea-less. So if you don’t like my stream of thought posts where I just blab about whatever is currently on my mind, then I understand if you’re going to click the ‘x’ button in the corner now. But if you’re stickin’ around. Thanks.

So this is our topic today. Something I learned about yesterday that has literally been troubling my heart and making me sad. Do you know who this is?

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This is The Red Head from the ride Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland. She is in a scene on the ride where some pirates are auctioning off wives basically. A large sign reads, “AUCTION Take a Wench for a Bride” and the second bride in line is this stylish Red Head. The pirates watching the auction are yelling out, ” we wants the red head!” Its admittedly one of my favorite scenes. But in 2018 they are replacing the scene and I am devastated. Supposedly people are complaining because this scene is teaching our young children that women are objects to be bought and owned and thats its ok to treat women as a prize to be won/auctioned. Do you get what I’m saying? Its people freaking out about being politically correct.

I totally agree that women are not an object to be owned. But you guys, this is a Disneyland Attraction. They aren’t looking to make any political statements. This is how the ride has always been – its a classic! And if you want to get real technical, in the time of the pirates, this IS how women were treated! Its historically accurate (haha). I think what makes me the most sad is that Walt Disney had a hand in this ride. He was still alive to really take part in bringing this ride to life and now they’re changing it, taking a piece of Walt out of his very own park. It really bums me out.

Years ago they made changes to the ride where there are pirates chasing women around in circles because again, it was teaching the wrong thing about how women should be treated and I was bugged then, but replacing the infamous Red Head has me fuming. Rumor has it she will still be there. She’ll just be a pirate instead, helping gather loot or something like that. It will be interesting to see what they do. I just wish no change was being made in the first place. People are offended easily. I guess if the ride insults you so much, just stop riding it?

*Please keep in mind, these are MY opinions. Everyone has different thoughts – these are mine.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Another Disneyland Getaway

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Do you know how hard it is to take hundreds of magical, really cute pictures from Disneyland and narrow it down to a handful for your blog? Very hard. I wanted to post these in the first few days of getting home from our trip, but I just barely announced that I am pregnant (yesterday) and I didn’t want to announce sooner, but I couldn’t post some pictures before you knew our big news because in some of these pictures its quite obvious that theres a baby in my belly. So now that you know Baby #2 is a cookin’ I can finally share some Disneyland pictures from our latest vacation to the happiest place on earth!

We were there just three days, but they were a very magical three days. As per usual, H was awesome. He was so good and well-behaved and obsessed with meeting characters and loved going on rides. He loved rides so much that when we’d get off rides he’d completely lose it. Cast Members would often approach him and be like, “Its ok! You’re off the ride now!” But little did they know he wasn’t sad because he hated the ride, he was sad because he hated getting off the ride! I think this time his favorite rides were Casey Jr, Small World, Nemo’s Undersea Voyage and the carousels.

Day One:

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Eating at Cafe Orleans is a must for our family. Mainly because they serve pommes frites  and they are to die for. They’re seriously the most delicious thing you’ll ever eat.

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My husband is the cutest. On our first day, he agreed to match with my two little sisters. Isn’t that sweet? I love the relationship that my sisters have with my husband. They’re all buddies and so cute and fun with each other.

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Day Two:

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We ate at Goofy’s Kitchen (in the Disneyland Hotel) on our second day and it was a blast. Goofy and his friends come around and visit you and there is a buffet with a lot of different foods to choose from. Its one I highly suggest.

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Day Three:

I always insist on a 3D glasses picture when we’re in line at Toy Story Mania. H is still not so sure about the glasses so this picture was as good as we got.

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See what I mean about the baby in my belly flaunting its stuff?

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I love the Toy Story Mania line. We always seem to take a lot of pictures while waiting in it. Oh, and enjoy another peek at Baby #2. (I’m showing so fast)

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We ate at Hungry Bear for lunch as per my sisters request. This is another one of our go-to’s that we’re always very pleased with. How cute are my sisters??

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And we’ll end with our last family picture we took in the park at the Rivers of America.

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Disneyland never disappoints. It never will. I’m so grateful to be able to go there so often and to be in a family that crazily obsesses over it with no shame. I’m currently in a state of deep depression because I miss it so badly, but I guess that just means we’ll have to go back that much sooner!

Until next time, Disneyland…

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Some of My Favorite Easter Eggs

Disney movies are very well known for their cleverness. If you haven’t heard of Disney movie easter eggs, allow me to explain what these are – no they’re not literal easter eggs hidden throughout movies, instead they are little hidden secrets (such as characters, disney history, etc) hidden throughout Disney films. I wanted this to be a list of my favorite Easter Eggs, but after really thinking about that – I’m not sure if I could ever choose however many favorites because I love them all. So instead I chose some of the ones I love the most. And I’d love to hear which ones of yours you love that I didn’t include!

This one is from Up. You can see the Pixar ball (yellow ball with red star) that is actually in a lot of Pixar films, and if you look in the bottom left corner by the bed, you see Lotso from Toy Story 3!

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This is from Hercules. At one point Hercules is posing for a man who is painting him on a vase and he’s wearing Scar as a headdress. Scar is from Lion King. I remember seeing this when I was younger and thinking it was so sneaky and clever. I still think that, actually.

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This next one is from Tangled. When Flynn takes Rapunzel to the Snuggly Duckling, there is a wide shot where, if you look quick, you can see Pinnochio hiding up near the ceiling!

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This is from Aladdin and another one that really impressed me as a youngin’. When the Sultan is building his little animal pyramid, you quickly see the Beast from Beauty and the Beast!

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This one is for sure in my top 5. This is from Ratatouille. When Remi is running around the city you see the shadow of who? Dug!! My favorite Disney dog! Dug is from Up. And now I want to watch Up. (but skip the first half because I’m not in the mood to cry my eyes out currently)

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In Tarazan when Terk and her friends sing Trashin the Camp – while totally trashing the camp, you get a glimpse of Mrs. Pots and Chip from Beauty and the Beast!

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This one is from Finding Nemo and I love it. At a scene at the Dentist Office when things appear to be getting crazy in the office, you see the waiting clients in the waiting room. The boy who nervously looks up is reading a Mr. Incredible comic!

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And ending this post with one of my all time favorites – another from Hercules. The Muse’s are lined up just like the signing busts in Haunted Mansion – my very favorite Disney attraction. How can this not just make you smile?

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So theres a few I love. Maybe I’ll have to do another post like this in the future so I can include even more I love. Which are your favorites?

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: My Fear of Captain Hook

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Disney is known for their amazing story telling and producing incredible characters. Some characters are scarier than others. Growing up I had reassuring nightmares about Horace and Jasper (Cruella Deville’s henchmen on 101 Dalmatians) kidnapping me so I obviously had a fear of them – which now is pretty funny to me because they really aren’t very scary. Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog is pretty creepy. And you’re lying if you don’t think Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas is terrifying. I grew up watching Peter Pan quite frequently and Captain Hook is the villain – but he’s not a very intimidating villain in my opinion. I actually have always enjoyed him. He’s funny, he tries hard, he has some kind of charisma about him. So as far as villains go, he’s not a very scary one to me.

Until I go to Disneyland. I don’t know why but every time I see Captain Hook in Disneyland I feel like a little kid who’s terrified of that big character looming around them. My family really likes going to Plaza Inn for breakfast and having breakfast with Minnie Mouse and some of her friends. One of her friends thats always at breakfast is (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) Captain Hook. From a distance he is fine, but when he comes and visits our table its like he can smell my fear. Here are two examples of why I have a fear of this hook-handed man. One time he stood by me while I finished my breakfast and he didn’t care that I told him I was full. He would point at what to take a bite of next then clap and laugh. Its funny right? Right! So why was it scary to me? Last time we were there, he had me stand up to take a picture with him and he was kissing my hand and not letting me get too far away from him. Then he noticed I had a wedding ring and he wasn’t too happy with that – if you look closely at the picture above, you can tell he is actually trying to take my ring off! (sorry Captain Hook, we aren’t going to play with my wedding ring – thats valuable) Not to brag, but Captain Hook has a thing for me — and I guess it scares the heck out of me!

So there you have it. That is the reason Captain Hook (just at Disneyland) is the Disney character I fear. Is it weird and irrational? Yep. But it is what it is.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles