Monday, February 3, 2014

WE'VE MOVED!

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Sprinkled with Pixie Dust,

Your 3 Memory Makin' Moms
Amy, Meredith, & Sarah

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Magical Merry Christmas!

Today's post will be our last regular post for the year. We want each of you to know how much we sincerely appreciate your support and regular reading of our blog. Please feel free to share us with your friends and family! We hope to have much more Disney coming your way in 2014!

Merry Christmas! We hope you are enjoying your day with your family today! The holiday season is a magical time of year, but it seems especially magical when you add a touch of pixie dust! Have you ever been to WDW during the holidays? The decorations, the music, the parades, the scrumptious treats....there are just so many things to love! If you've never been before, add it to your bucket list!

One of the best places to get in the holiday spirit at WDW is Disney's Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney.


They have everything you could imagine in terms of holiday merchandise. Toys, plush animals, ornaments, light strands, stockings....you name it, it's there! Bringing a piece of Disney back home to your house or tree is a great way to remember your special vacation.

I'll also let you in on a little secret we found out about during our trip for the twins' birthday back in February. There are cast members inside the Days of Christmas store that will personalize your ornaments and other items, which is a given, BUT did you know they will also personalize your celebration buttons (and they'll do it for free)?! It was such a fun surprise for us to wait for the girls' buttons while we were shopping. It's fun to have a celebration button with your name written in sharpie, but it's quite another to have a hand painted, beautifully decorated one.

Obviously a favorite character for ornaments is going to be the main mouse himself, Mickey Mouse.




We also love ornaments and decorations with unique characters like Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head.

Leave it to Meredith to get creative with her maps from her last trip and make one-of-a-kind ornaments with them!

How creative are those? I'll have to save some maps from our next trip to try to come up with something creative like that!

That's all we have for you today! Thanks for stopping by! Have a magical rest of the day with your friends and family! ºoº ~S

Monday, December 23, 2013

Memory Makin' Monday: Ending on a High Note

Hello everyone! Today's post marks the end of our series "Memory Makin' Mondays." We've really enjoyed sharing our memories with you, but we believe 2014 is going to be a GREAT new year for our little Disney blog, so we are going to be trying a few different things starting in January. Maybe one day we will revisit this series. I can't think of a better way to end these posts than with a fantastic memory of a trip that could have ended in tragedy, but, instead, ended happily with a little help from WDW's finest employees who make it their mission to spread their magical pixie dust to everyone. 

Our pastor’s daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters recently enjoyed a trip to Walt Disney World. They had a wonderful week, but on the very last day, literally on their way out of the park, one of their girls, Camille, tripped when exiting the Transportation & Ticket center and dropped her elf, Cozy. Cozy, who had spent every second of the past week with Camille & even wrote her a letter asking her if she could go to Disney with her, fell into the abyss underneath the monorail. Camille was hysterical, and beyond distraught over the thought of losing Cozy. Camille’s parents, Robyn and Spencer, went into full on panic mode and immediately contacted the cast members that work the monorail to find out what they could do to get Cozy back. Sadly, they were told that they only clean out under the monorail on certain days, and that day wasn't one of them. So, the family left the Magic Kingdom with hysterical daughters, one for losing her elf, and her sister for seeing how upset Camille was. Robyn and Spencer immediately started looking online for a replacement elf and had Santa’s helpers lined up to help if needed with the process to return Cozy home.

Camille cried herself to sleep that night, afraid of Cozy being lost and hurt, and the only thing that consoled her was the thought that Cozy was sleeping in Cinderella’s castle. After checking repeatedly with Guest Services the next morning, it seemed as though Cozy was lost forever when out of the blue, Robyn received a phone call from Disney that Cozy had been found! The family was able to stop by the Lost and Found on the way out of town, and Cozy and Camille were reunited! Cozy has a few smudges as proof of her adventure, but Camille won’t let her mom clean Cozy up because, “It’s part of her story now!”



Robyn and Spencer don’t know which of Disney’s elves went above and beyond to return Cozy to her family from the abyss under the monorail, but Camille is fully convinced that Cozy got to sleep in Cinderella’s castle, and a whole bunch of grownups are once again inspired by the magic of Disney. It truly is the most magical place on Earth, especially for a little girl and her elf that get to spend Christmas together because a Disney cast member went the extra mile. Merry Christmas! ºoº ~A

What a great story to share, especially at this time of year! Amy's friend's memory brings up a great point: if you ever need ANYTHING at all during or after your stay at WDW, Guest Services is your best friend! They will go above and beyond to help you in anyway they can. We are so glad this story had a happy ending! 
We hope you and your little ones are enjoying this time of year and getting excited about the big man in the red suit coming to your house SOON!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All about Frozen

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Our blog is freezing over with excitement about Disney's movie Frozen! When I first saw Frozen on Thanksgiving day with so many of my family members, I really wasn't seeing it as something I'm going to review. To be honest, I never really expected to do a movie review and well, I hope this goes well! And to start us off, here's a little interview I threw together after we went today for a second time.
(And for the record, my husband can attest that she really did say these things!)

Meredith: Were you excited about Frozen before you saw the movie?
Boo: Yes, yes I was. (Can you tell she's a Phineas and Ferb fan?! haha)

Did you enjoy it?
Yes, yes I did.

Did you like the short cartoon starring Mickey and friends before the movie?
Yes, yes I did.

What was your favorite part of the Mickey cartoon?
When they were chasing each other. (in and out of the screen)

What did you think about the music in Frozen?
I think it's about letting it go.

Sorry, I meant did you like the music from the movie?
Yes

Which song is your favorite?
My favorite is Let It Go, Let It Go (and Olaf)

Which character is your favorite? Why?
Elsa and Olaf. Because I like the Elsa song and the Olaf song (Let It Go and In Summer)

Will boys like this movie too?
Yes. Yes they would.

What parts will boys like?
Sven and Kristopf

Are there any scary parts?
When she froze her both of those times.

Is is too scary for little kids?
No. No I do not.

What was the funniest part of the movie?
When Olaf almost roasted his arm!

What was your favorite thing about Frozen?
The ice. Frozen fractals all around.



She's too funny! And yes, both girls really loved it. This was Belle's (2.5yo) first movie theater experience and I'm so glad because there had been enough build-up beforehand for her to at least be familiar with the characters so that when she actually saw them, it kept her attention well enough. Both girls did great through two different shows too! I'd say that this is definitely something that boys will enjoy, even if the main characters are sisters. This is definitely going to be one of those classic Disney features in the future.

The movie begins with an animated short feature called "Get A Horse" and features Mickey, Minnie, and the gang in a chase with Pete through the scenery in the original Steamboat Willie style. For the sake of spoilers, I'm going to just say that I really enjoyed how they integrated modern animation and storytelling too. Very good short! It had both girls giggling and laughing out loud.

As for the movie itself, I'm going to be brief because let's face it. There are loads of other places you could go to get a synopsis of the movie and I'm not one to ruin things. Because for me, part of that first viewing is just in the anticipation to see if this Disney feature will hold up to what in my mind is classic Disney. (I had this same feeling with Tangled). I will say though, that it reminded me very much of Up because the amount of backstory you get in one song is both beautifully done and incredibly heart-wrenching. Let's just say that some Mamas cried :) But soon after, the mood lightens and the character Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, is so amazingly positive and likable that you can't help but be happy too. And Kristen Bell has done a fantastic job with her performance. To take on a brand new Disney princess and give her such a fresh, strong, and positive vibe mixed with the kindness and love that any DP possesses is a tall order indeed. And she really nailed it. And who knew she could sing like that?! Which brings me to my favorite part, the music!

The songs and score is the best part about this film. (And I don't say that lightly because I love the art of animation. (No I'm not referring to the resort, but the actual art itself hehe)) I've also had a love for music for as long as I can remember and both the lyrical songs written by the married duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and the original score by Christophe Beck are just perfect. Chances are unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard their music at some point. And the vocal performances for other characters like Elsa and Olaf are stellar as well. Watching and listening to this movie for the first time somehow made me feel like I could already see a Frozen stage show at WDW or other Disney parks. I seriously had no idea who the Lopez's were when we listened to the soundtrack (thanks to spotify. Love some spotify!) so when I immediately thought of the Finding Nemo show and later found out that they are also responsible for all of those songs, well of course! That just makes sense ^_^ (BTW the Finding Nemo show at AK is a must-do!) The songs are fun and catchy and the girls have been singing along. Belle can even sing the first full verse of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman."

Josh Gad who plays Olaf, was a perfect fit. His theatricality and broadway past really shine through and make this character so much more. Chances are your littles will love him. And the trolls? Well, I must admit being a WDW fan, the first thing I thought upon hearing the song "Fixer Upper" is that they must really wanna make those Maelstrom trolls not so scary anymore! (ha!) And the fact that the song in named "Fixer Upper" just further pushes that notion, whether intended or not. Eh, it probably won't happen, but it'd be nice to see an update to that ride anyway. ^_^ Also, really loved Idina Menzel as Elsa!

The soundtrack offers even more than just the original songs too! It also includes songs penned by the married couple that didn't make the cut. I really enjoyed listening to these songs because while I can see why they didn't make it to the final product, they really showcased how much musical leeway the pair had while working in regards to the actual storyline itself. Go have a listen and see for yourself. It's quite interesting! And if that isn't enough, the spotify version even has some of the vocal tracks with karaoke versions, so you can sing your heart out all by yourself!

Lastly, in true Disney fashion, there are instances of other Disney characters and stories hidden within the film. Pretty sure there's at least  Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph references. I also enjoyed other little references, such as the "Hang in there Joan" during the "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman" song and famous paintings like The Swing during Anna's "For the First Time in Forever." The undergrad who had way too many art history classes to count was actually happy to see this little extra.

All in all, this movie is just fun. If you're any kind of Disney fan, then you should see this film.

Thanks for stopping by and let us know what you think of the movie and music! I'm almost positive I've left something out, so hit us up! We'd love to hear. You can comment below or find us on fb or twitter. Til next time, just keep swimming ~M ºoº

p.s. I wouldn't say this is a scary movie either. My 2yo girl sat through all of it just fine :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Memory Makin' Monday: At the Movies

It's Monday! Only 9 more days until Christmas! And only 4 more days until the release of the highly anticipated Saving Mr. Banks (at least round here we've been highly anticipating it)! We've got movies on our mind, so this week we are going to be sharing several Disney movie related posts. Today we wanted to share with you a memory of our first (or our kids' first) time at the theater!


Tigger’s first movie in a theater happened to be Toy Story 3, way back in 2010. We went some family friends, and Tigger’s Nana had to come along with us. No way was she going to miss her first grandson’s first movie experience! Tigger absolutely loved the movie, and seeing his friends Buzz and Woody on the big screen mesmerized him. I thought the movie was amazing, and fully admit that I boo-hooed at the ending. It nearly killed me at the thought of Andy growing up and not needing his toys anymore when I’m there with my boy, who definitely is growing up faster than I would like. We attempted Roo’s first movie experience this weekend by going to see Disney’s Frozen, but he didn’t make it past the previews before he lost interest! No worries for Roo though; we will definitely be purchasing Frozen, so he will get to see it many, many times! ºoº ~A


My girls haven't had their first movie-going experience yet (we're hoping to take them to Frozen before it leaves theaters), but my most memorable Disney movie experience would have to be when I saw The Lion King for the first time on the big screen. I remember bringing my plush toy Simba with me as well as getting some popcorn and a drink, making my experience the total package. I was a little young to be "boy crazy" at the time, but I do remember a few years later how big of a name Jonathan Taylor Thomas was, and I definitely attribute my obsession with him to seeing this movie and hearing his voice for 2/3 of it! To this day, I still love the music, and I love to quote random lines from it! ºoº ~S


I'm gonna go way back to 2010 as well since that was the first time Boo got to experience the big screen. We saw Tangled and after seeing the movie, I was admittedly a little relieved because I wanted her first movie to be a good one. And thankfully it was! She was amazing even though she was only 2 and lasted the whole time. A lot of fun and ever since then, she expects to have gummy bears when we go to the movies!! Hahaha! My Belle's first time was actually this past Thanksgiving with, get this, her entire family!! No seriously! Every grandparent, uncle, and soon-to-be Aunt was all there with us! It was so nice to have them all there for her first time and the movie did NOT disappoint in the least! (More to come on Frozen on Wednesday ^_^) Definitely some special memories! <3 ºoº ~M

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saving Moola With The Mouse

When it comes to traveling to Disney World, I'm always looking to save as much money as possible, especially considering that it is a pretty heft investment to get a family of 4 to the most magical place on Earth. I did tons of research before our trips, and wanted to share a few tips with y'all to spread the word on Disney freebies and money savers.

1. Celebration Buttons: If you are celebrating at Disney, then Disney is going to celebrate with you! They offer free buttons for birthdays, honeymoons, first visits, anniversaries, family reunions, and general "I'm Celebrating" buttons. Wear your button! Every day of your trip! You never know what kind of cool freebies or attention you might get. Tigger was picked to be in the Indiana Jones show at Hollywood Studios because he was wearing his birthday button. He was also offered free dessert at several restaurants. Keep in mind, it doesn't have to actually be your birthday or anniversary per se, but if you are celebrating at Disney World (Tigger's 6th birthday present), then Disney will go above and beyond to make it a big deal.

2. Autographed photos: When checking into our Disney resort, I made sure to mention that it was Tigger's birthday trip, and they asked me what his favorite character was. On our last day, we had a signed photo of Buzz and Woody waiting for us in our room. Tigger was thrilled, and I love the keepsake we got!

3. PhotoPass: While not an actual freebie, make sure to take advantage of the PhotoPass photographers. It is free for them to take the pictures, and you can always decide when you get home if you want to purchase any pictures.

4. Maps: Maps are available at all the parks, and make sure to grab a handful. They make good souvenirs of your trip to remind you of all the attractions you did on your trip. It can also be helpful for planning future trips.

5. Stickers: Cast members are loaded with sticker free for the taking. Just smile and ask and see what characters you come up with. Definitely makes a fun souvenir for school friends, and it doesn't cost you a dime!

6. Ice water: Okay, okay, I know this doesn't sound very exciting, but you can score free cups of ice water at any Disney quick service restaurant. Pack a few containers of the Mio liquid drink mix into your backpack, and you can save TONS by not buying drinks. With the heat in Orlando, the water is so much better for you than soft drinks, and with the flavored stuff, your kids don't even realize that they aren't drinking cokes. On our last trip, we literally only bought 1 drink. The rest was ice water, and I heard zero complaints from Tigger and Roo.

While not an actual freebie, make sure that you know that Disney will let you take food and drink into the park. I packed a small soft sided lunch box filled with gummies, crackers, cookies and cereal bars to tide us over in the park without having to spend tons on snacks. I've even heard of moms taking a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread into the park and making sandwiches. I haven't gone that far, but mostly just because Tigger won't eat peanut butter! :)

I hope you've enjoyed my freebies and money savers, and please comment with any other ways to save money at Disney. Remember, every dollar saved gets you one dollar closer to your next trip! Toodles! ºoº ~A


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas

Happy Hump Day, yall! Guess what?? Only 21 days left until CHRISTMAS! YIPPEE!! Anyone watching the non-stop holiday programming that comes on TV this time of year? I know I am (I'm also listening to Christmas music 'round the clock too...I just can't get enough)! Today I wanted to highlight some of my personal favorites for the holiday season as well as clue you in on some Disney programing that will be coming on as well. Since it is December 4th, I'm sure you are all well aware by now of ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas programming (it's been going on since Thanksgiving, but I guess we can forgive them...they do show all the Harry Potter movies after all), but, even so, I thought today would be an opportune time to remind everyone of what is showing and when.

Did you know that several days of their Christmas programming features movies produced by the Walt Disney Company? Me either! I mean, obviously, their Toy Story Marathon beginning on Friday, December 13, at 3:30pm will feature all 3 of the Pixar/Disney classics, but did you also know that all of The Santa Clause movies and The Muppet Christmas Carol were produced by Disney as well? Yeah, I didn't know that either.

 

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Other Disney movies being shown include The Little Mermaid (a network premiere for ABC Family) on Saturday, December 14, at 7pm and on Wednesday, December 18, at 7pm they will show Mary Poppins. Mickey's Christmas Carol will air at 6:30pm on that Wednesday, right before Mary Poppins. I haven't seen Mickey's Christmas Carol in quite some time, but it is absolutely one of my favorites! It's a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, but with your favorite Disney pals as the stars! I think your children would definitely enjoy this show as well.


Obviously, not all of their programming will be Disney based. They will also be featuring classic Christmas favorites like The Year without a Santa Clause, Frosty's Winter Wonderland, and, of course, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The classics will be playing at various times (and multiple times) throughout the holiday season. I really love this time of year because I can share all of these shows with Tinkerbell and Periwinkle, and I know they will all be family friendly and safe for them to watch.



                                          

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After the kids go to bed, the husband and I will, without a doubt, be watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Scrooged because who says holiday movies aren't for grown-ups? Not me anyway!

Do you have any classic Christmas movies that you cannot wait to see? Which one(s) will you be sharing with your kids this year? We'd love to hear your answers either here or on our Facebook page. Hope your holidays are starting off right! ºoº ~S

If you want to download the full schedule of shows so you won't miss any of your favorites, click here.