Walt Disney World

Remember how we went to Disney World a while ago? Like end of March/beginning of April? Do you also remember how I still haven’t posted anything about it besides mentioning we went? Well, finally months later, here I am – posting about it.

Disney World was incredible and, you guessed it, magical.

We went with my family and together we all had a really great time. I’ve decided that instead of posting a whole bunch about it and jotting down stories, I’m just picking a picture of each of our nine days there and sharing them with you.

Enjoy!!

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Ode to Toy Story 4

We saw Toy Story 4 yesterday and my life is officially changed for the better. I knew the movie was going to be good, but I didn’t know it’d be this good! The original gang is all there and they’re killing it as always. Forky stole the show for me. Duke Caboom is phenomenal. Ducky and Bunny are hilarious. Bo Peep is back and she is one awesome, independent toy. I loved everything about this movie. I want to talk details but I’m not one to give away spoilers, so let me end this short blog post with saying this: It is amazing and dare I say, my new favorite Toy Story movie. If you’ve been on the fence about seeing this movie, do yourself a favor. Hop off that fence and go buy tickets!

10 Years of Up!

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Ten years ago today, Disney and Pixar released one of the arguably best movies of all time, Up! Both Disney and Pixar have so many movies that I could be celebrating anniversaries of movies every couple days here on my blog, but that would be a little much. But ‘Up’ deserves a post because not only this movie just incredible, wonderful and every other good thing in the world, it also has a very special, sentimental place in my heart. Up, like I said, has been a longtime favorite movie of mine. While we dated, Craig picked up on this. I was obsessed and he took note. So when he proposed to me, he proposed with an Up theme and it made the magical event, all the more amazing. He made me and Adventure Book, the spot he proposed was beside a huge bouquet of balloons, etc. He did good guys. So good. Therefore, Up will always hold a special spot in my heart. It seems fitting since there is such a sweet love story in the beginning of the movie (which I still can’t watch without sobbing).

Happy ten years to you, Up. Thanks for magic, laughs, tears and so much heart-warming.

Where to Take Pictures in Disneyland!

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law/BFF asked me where she should make sure her sweet little daughter had her pictures taken on their trip to Disneyland. I had a few quick answers for her, but then this really got me thinking. There are SO many good places for a photo op in DLR and I love like…all of them. Especially character pictures, but I’m leaving those out of this particular post. But maybe you don’t want to spend your whole day scouting the perfect picture area, you know? So I’ve made a small list of my top 10 places in both Disneyland and California Adventure to make sure you get your picture taken.

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10. In Front of the Balloons. You know the balloons. The ones being sold all over Disneyland? I love pictures with those behind you. You can also ask the Cast Member holding the balloons if you can hold them for a picture (you won’t be able to hold it all alone, the CM will still be holding them, just off camera). My personal favorite kind of balloon picture is one of a little one being held up in front of them so all you see are the balloons, the sky and your little one being hoisted up in dads arms. So cute.

9. The Teacup or Dumbo. Outside of these rides, they have a stationary teacup/Dumbo to sit in and take a few pictures in. You can’t miss out on these.

8. The Matterhorn. Theres just something extra Disney about this spot. Plus its a really cool area.

7. Main Street. I love Main Street. There is something extra magical about it, therefore the photo opportunities there are wonderful.

6. In front of the Partners statue. Thats the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse holding hands in the Hub at Disneyland (just a ways in front of the castle). Its iconic. Its beautiful. I love seeing people copy the post of Walt and Mickey, especially.

5. On King Arthurs Carousel. This is one of the most Disney-esque pictures I could ever suggest. Some of my favorite pictures of my boys are ones of them on a horse, enjoying the carousel.

4. Snow Whites Wishing Well. Oh I love this area (just to the right of Sleeping Beauty Castle). Its quiet and hidden away and its magical and whimsical and the picture opportunities there are lovely.

3. In Front of the Train Station. You know, like right when you walk in after getting your ticket/pass scanned. Everyone takes there picture there, and for good reason!

2. The Pink Door by Alice in Wonderland. This is in Fantasyland. Its a tiny little door near Alice in Wonderland and Teacups. Its adorable and makes for fun pictures. Its especially fun if you can put your little ones in front of it!

  1. In Front of the Castle. Obviously this is my #1, because you just can’t go wrong with a castle picture. Want to mix your castle picture up? Don’t take it right in front of the castle. Move to the side. Take it from behind the castle, in Fantasyland! Go stand at the beginning of Main Street! There are so many ways to customize this picture to make it your own. Also, if you want something super cute – my very favorite castle pictures are little babies/toddlers sitting by themselves in front of the castle. Obviously you have to wait until there isn’t a crowd thats not paying attention that may trample your tiny precious cargo, but once you get that clear spot, go for it – because this will be one of the best Disney pictures you’ve ever taken.

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10. At Carthay Circle. Its a big, interesting backdrop to have, and depending on what season/celebration you’re there for, its typically decorated really well!

9. Anywhere around Soarin’. There is an airplane thats a great photo op, the building itself is pretty neat and there is beautiful scenery around it – all of which will give you a lovely picture.

8. The Walt Disney statue on Buena Vista Street. Another classic, much like the Partners Statue in Disneyland. Its supposed to be Walt as he would have been when he first arrived in California.

7. Grizzly Peak/the Surrounding Area. There are cool waterfalls, pretty rock formations and nice scenery/nature spots. You can’t miss these ones.

6. In Front of Monsters Inc. All the doors and bright colors – love. This is one of my very favorite places for a picture. Its just so cute and bright and happy.

5. The End of Hollywood Land. There is a big poster type wall – does that makes sense? Its a fun, iconic spot.

4. With the Red Trolley Car. You’ll see it. It drives around California Adventure all throughout the day and is an adorable spot for pictures.

3. In Front of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! Its just an iconic one and the exterior of that ride (well, the whole entire ride, actually) is amazing)!

2. In Front of Pixar Pier. There are a number of spots you can stand to get an amazing Pixar Pier shot and I recommend all of them. I think my favorite is either on the bridge on your way to Pixar Pier or in the World of Color viewing area.

1. Anywhere in Cars Land. You can’t pick a bad spot here. The theming in Cars Land, as I and so many others say all the time, is incredible. You truly feel like you are in the movie when you’re here. So seriously, every single spot is a great place for a snapshot.

 

What I Hope My Kids Learn from Disney

Dear Kids,

You come from a family of Disney obsessed people. Your great grandpa started this journey, passed it to Grammy, she passed it to her kids (one of those is me) and now I’m doing my part to make sure you guys all have a special place in your heart for Disney and all its magic and wonder. I don’t know how the Disney-love will translate in your own lives as you grow up. I don’t know if you’ll find yourself saving your money to take another trip to the park or if you’ll be to every Disney movie on opening day, if you’ll have Disney decor throughout your home or if you’ll be more of a quiet and reserved fan. I’m aware of the possibility that you may not all be as Disney-crazed as some of the rest of this family, but as I said before, I just hope there is always a special spot inside of you that respects Disney and is able to identify the magic it brings into our lives.

Because Disney magic is raising you. You’re being built by Disney Magic. When I think of all the ways I want you to grow up and all the ways I want to be a good mom to you all, I find myself thinking of things I’ve learned from Disney. As silly as it sounds, its 1000% true.

Disney can teach you to dream. Disney can give you hope. Disney can remind you that there is good in the world and that most people are good. Disney can help you find joy. It can help you cope when you’re sad. It can teach you lifelong lessons and it can implant song lyrics into your mind that you’ll never forget. It can be a source of happiness. It can be a safe place you run to, to get away from reality. Disney can be a refuge. It can help you feel carefree when you are feeling weighted down. It can create magic in a regular day and a regular moment. Disney can help you embrace who you are and the unique, special individual you’re meant to be. Disney can help you change your point of view and look on the bright side. You’ll find things and characters you relate to. You’ll have moments in Disney Parks you reflect on for years and years.

Disney is a part of your childhood, I pray you always think of that with a smile on your face and are thankful for your Disney roots.

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Love, mom

Who Could Forget Minnie?

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Yesterday was Mickey’s 90th Birthday, but know who else had a birthday? His gal, Minnie, of course! I’m saddened that she so often gets overlooked. But hey, Minnie? I didn’t overlook you. I never will. 90 looks good on Minnie. She has aged gracefully, hasn’t she? I love Minnie. She is so stylish. She’s true to herself. She’s sweet. She stands up for herself. She gets the job done. She is a romantic. She is happy. My favorite thing about her is her talent at making everyone feel good about themselves. More people need to be like that. She is oh so fabulous and I hope her birthday was just that!

Happy Birthday, Minnie Mouse!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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Happy 90th Birthday, Mickey Mouse!!!

This is hands down my favorite picture ever taken of Mickey Mouse. H was so excited and a little bit nervous to meet Mickey, but he ran right up to him and gave him a big hug. The two of them sat together in this hug for several minutes and it was so special. At one point, Mickey even tried to shoo us away, seeming to tell us that he’d just hang out with H the rest of the day.

This picture captures Mickey perfectly, to me. He is happy. He is accepting. He is loving. He is friendly. He is kind. He is there and makes you feel comfy and content. Call me silly, but Mickey Mouse is home. I am so grateful for this happy guy who I’ve known since birth. He’s been there with me in my life every step of the way and I am very pleased to know he’ll be there for all of my future steps as well. There is no one else like Mickey Mouse and there never will be.

Happy Birthday, pal. You’ve aged tremendously. You deserve all the magic, just like you’ve given the world.