The Journey Continues: Toy Story 4 + Toy Story Land

Our family is excited for Toy Story 4 to be released June 21st. I’m also overjoyed to know that director Josh Cooley has confirmed that the late comedian Don Rickels, the voice of Mr. Potato Head is still part of the franchise with this fourth installment. There are a few new characters, faces and voices like actors Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Micheal Key and Tony Hale as ‘Forky’ – Bonnie’s new friend and toy. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you don’t want to miss the trailer!

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Also, if you have a chance to visit Walt Disney World, go ahead and head over to Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land. It debuted on June 30, 2018 and still has guests lining up to ride Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and snacking at Woody’s Lunch Box. Toy Story Land is meant to be a ‘toys-eye-view’ from Andy’s backyard. Unfortunately for that reason, there is very little shade throughout which can be refreshing on a hot Orlando day. If you go, be sure to wear sunscreen, take an umbrella or a hat to keep cool.

Are you a fan of Toy Story, which is your favorite so far – I’d love to know!

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Six Dollar Store Essentials For Disney Trip

Six Dollar Store Essentials For Disney Trip

I want to share with you these items that I consider to be essential  for any Disney trip / vacation. The best part of all is that they can all  be purchased from the Dollar Store.

This bottle caddy – I found this one on Amazon which also looks great. The plastic gets hooked onto the top part of any water bottle and it can be carried around your neck or across your body. The kids love carrying this and when they don’t – it happens, simply place the water bottle in the backpack.

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You want to take rain ponchos because you just never  know if it’ll rain – these are from Amazon, and small trash bags these are from Amazon. The children are constantly snacking at the parks and there isn’t always a trash bin around, simple start to fill up a bag, and as soon as a trash bin is in sight, simply toss the bag away! The children will also snack in the car on the way to Disney World, and all the trash in placed in these small bags. Also, yes I would agree, these are not  the best in quality, but again, this will keep you dry, and considering the overpriced ponchos being sold at the parks, you can’t  beat the price!

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These pop-up hampers – this 2 pack is from Amazon. I will usually purchase two, one for myself and my husband and the other for the children. When we arrive to our rooms, I’ll set these up in a corner. Then when it’s time to pack up and go, we simply pack these in our vehicle. It makes going back home so much more enjoyable. I get home, the clothes are in the hampers, put them in the laundry room, wash, and done!  No more dirty clothes mixed in with clean clothes.

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If you’re planning to stay longer than a few days – say 3 days, I’d suggest not over packing instead take your own detergent and wash clothes. The Disney resorts have self service laundry facilities on property. Just so you know, if purchasing detergent from the vending machine they offer are a single-use packet for $1 each. This bottle is enough for about three to four loads, which is more than plenty. On this day / trip, there was only this brand, but the Dollar Store carries other known brands such as Tide and Gain.

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And lastly, little ones enjoy all things glow in the dark, so these are perfect for the night time Happily Ever After show at Magic Kingdom or  any other fireworks and nighttime spectaculars at Disney World.

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Do you have any must haves or essentials you take on your trip to Disney World? Please share!

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Top 3 Character Dining To Experience With Kids At Walt Disney World

If you live in Florida, it is inevitable to want to vacation at the happiest place on Earth. Especially when you have little ones who are enamored by all things Disney. When planning a Disney World trip there is without a doubt an almost overwhelming amount of things to want to do. However, if you have kids having a character dining experience is an absolute must! The experience in dining and meeting the characters is like no other.

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I couldn’t rank our top 3 as they’re all great experiences, so if you are able to get reservations for any of these, book it!

1900 Park Fare – located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Characters here you’ll find Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and friends. We however, reserve for the ‘Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner’ and here you’ll find Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine (stepmother), Anastasia and Drisella.

Allergy-Friendly Keep in mind that if you have a child with allergies like I do, when making reservations by phone and upon arrival, let the cast member know. Although there is no guarantee there won’t be any cross-contamination, they try to make proper accommodations. Once seated the chef will come to the table and he’ll walk you through the buffet to know which foods the child may eat according to the allergies. They’ll also make a ‘special’ peanut-free dessert which will be prepared in the kitchen when he’s done eating. Also, visit my post on the kids food allergy alert wrist bands that my son wears.

Cost breakfast / brunch about $32 adults and $20 child, dinner about $45 adults and $27 child

Menu Buffet style, American cuisine.

Attire Unless you’re eating in one of the signature dining locations there is a certain dress code. But for the rest of the restaurants, such as these character dining experiences, it’s casual, come as you would go to the parks, per se. And this particular character dining is located in the very elegant Grand Floridian Resort, however, you can wear what you like – shorts, sneakers, just overall theme park attire.

Atmosphere Expect many children – not all mine, and a loud atmosphere. This can be applied to all the character dining experience, loud but oh so fun!

The Crystal Palace – located inside the Magic Kingdom Park

Characters here you’ll find the characters from The Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore.

Allergy-Friendly same as the 1900 Park Fare, when making reservations by phone and upon arrival, let the cast member know. Although there is no guarantee there won’t be any cross-contamination, they do try to to make proper accommodations.

Cost for lunch about $37.99 adults and $22.99 child

Menu Buffet style, American cuisine.

Atmosphere Like many of the character dining experience, expect many children, and a loud atmosphere.

‘Ohana (means Family) – located inside the Polynesian Village Resort, Magic Kingdom Resort Area *characters join guests only at breakfast time

Characters here you’ll find Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto.

Allergy-Friendly same as the 1900 Park Fare and The Crystal Palace, when making reservations by phone and upon arrival, let the cast member know. Although there is no guarantee there won’t be any cross-contamination, they do try to to make proper accommodations.

Cost for character breakfast about $34 adults and $20 child, dinner about $46 adults and $26 child

Menu Family style. American, Polynesian cuisine.

Atmosphere Like many of the character dining experience, expect many children, a loud but very fun atmosphere.

Also, keep in mind most restaurants will be less expensive if you book for breakfast.

Happy character dinning!

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