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The Doc is in!

This Disney Friend Friday we’ll say hello to Doc McStuffins!

This Disney Junior star is a hit in our home!  We sing along to her CD in the car, watch both her original episodes and now the new  “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital” series, and this Christmas the Doc Toy Hospital was found under our tree!

We’ve always enjoyed meeting up with Doc at Hollywood Studios!  She has a meet and greet in the Animation Courtyard, is part of the super show “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” and is currently making the rounds at breakfast and lunch at the Disney Junior Play and Dine meals at Hollywood and Vine (note that after May 13th the Disney Junior gang will only be meeting guests at breakfast.)  In exciting Doc news – as of February of this year, Doc is now making appearances outside of the vet clinic at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

If you’re looking to spend some time with Doc between your trips to Walt Disney World Resort, you can watch her on both the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.  You can also check her activities and videos by clicking HERE.

 

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Today’s Disney Friend Friday is a belated celebration of Winnie the Pooh Day!  Last week we celebrated this silly old bear on his creator, A.A. Milne’s birthday – January 18th!

What did you do to celebrate?  Play a game of pooh sticks?  Make some honey cakes? Perhaps take a fun Winnie the Pooh quiz like this one from Disney Parks Blog (click here)?  For me, we watched a marathon of the latest Disney Jr. show to delight my kids, “My Friends Tigger and Pooh”!

This new show has become my favorite Winnie the Pooh entry in the Disney canon!

Winnie the Pooh is such a classic character and you can find him throughout Walt Disney World Resort!  He will stop by your table for a visit at 2 dining locations. First, during all meals at The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, and second at The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the 1900 Park Fare restaurant in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

During the Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival, amazing topiaries of Winnie the Pooh lined the pathway of the World Showcase!

My youngest daughter’s first ride EVER, at 5 months old, was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

More recently, I caught him twice during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  First in his regular meeting spot to the left of his ride:

Second, during the Boo To You Halloween Parade.

He really is such a sweet bear! I love that he has his own day!

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My Disney Desktop

Here’s some more news that’s come across my desk that I wanted to share!

This weekend, Epcot debuted the Epcot International Festivals of the Arts!  You’ll find visual, performing and culinary art delights!  You can read more about it (click here).

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Speaking of Epcot…this beloved park may be going under a transformation.  Read about some announcements and rumors (click here).

There’s been a change up with the release of 2 long awaited sequels.  You can read about it (here).

Many people ask me about ways to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort while not in the parks.  Check out the new Highway in the Sky Dine Around (click here).

The new Magic Bands have started to arrive!  Check out the new bands and let me know what you think about the new design!  Mine should be arriving any day now – so for now you can read about it when you click here…or take a peek here:

Hope you enjoyed these articles – let me know which ones you liked best!  I’ll keep sorting through the good and the bad to bring you the best Disney updates in My Disney Desktop!

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12 Disney Cruise Line Must-Dos!

DECEMBER!  How is it DECEMBER?!  Here in the North East it has been cold and rainy – so I guess it’s starting to feel like the end of Autumn….and what does that make me dream of even more???  My upcoming Disney vacations, of course!  2017 will also mark my first Disney Cruise Line vacation – I just can’t wait!  I’m learning so much about all that goes into planning and all that I’ll get out of a Disney Cruise – and let me tell you – it’s AMAZING!  My friends, the Finch family just got back from their latest Disney Cruise!  They have vacationed on both the Disney Magic and the Disney Dream, and Jacqueline has graciously written a DOZEN DISNEY CRUISE LINE TIPS LIST for us!

Here are Jacqueline’s tips – thanks Jacqueline!!

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1) Don’t miss the sail away party. It is such a great feeling to now officially be on vacation. I had the opportunity to sail out of NYC this last time and that was phenomenal. Sailing past the Statue of Liberty and under the Verrazano Bridge was amazing. Sailing out of Port Canaveral is wonderful too. The sail away show is great fun. During this party be sure to get the drink of the day and pay for the cup. You pay a little more the first time since it comes with the souvenir cup but then you bring it back throughout the cruise and pay only $4.75 for refills of the drink of the day each day. These drinks were always awesome and you can’t beat $4.75 for the large size drinks that come in the cup.

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2) Book a placeholder early in your trip. Did you know that if you put $250 down you can then get 10% off of a future sailing and up to a $200 shipboard credit? You only need to sail within two years of booking the placeholder and you don’t need to pick a specific cruise date now. However, these lines can be very long towards the end of the cruise so make sure to do it early on.

3) If you are into photos like I am, the all prints and digital package is well worth it. I came home with almost 200 prints as well as a CD with all of the images on both of my trips. These are professional quality photos with the characters or family photo shoots before dinner. Photographers are even available on the private island for some beautiful pictures! If you order this before you leave, there is a discount. I found it well worth it.

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4) Order room service. The “All Hands on Deck” is a favorite for my family. It is a cheese and crackers platter, but it is small. So, if your whole family will be sharing this to either tide you over for late (Second Seating) dinner or as a late night snack after Main Seating dining, order 2 or 3 of them. Another favorite is Mickey ice cream bars as well as warm cookies and milk.

5) See all the shows. The entertainment is phenomenal! Don’t miss any of the big productions, but really every show in the Walt Disney Theatre was great. If you can, try to squeeze in some of the 7:30 shows such as “So You Think You Know Your Family”.  We did that one and had so much fun with it. My son and husband won that game show!

6) Try to get away for an adult show or two in the late evening. I have laughed so hard I thought I would cry. I was even hypnotized!

7) The adult only restaurant, Palo, is great! I have tried both brunch and dinner. Both were wonderful and although I loved the chocolate soufflé with dinner, I would have to say, if I had to choose, I preferred brunch. The wide selection, one to one service and spectacular views were just fabulous.

8)Utilize the kids clubs. They love it and you get some adult time. My daughter was ten this last cruise and she was able to go into the club for 11-14 year olds. That is hit or miss, depending on how full the club is but she loved being able to go to both clubs depending on the activity. I just had to go the first day and sign something to get her in since there was room. If you are in late dining, they will even pick up your children towards the end of the meal and bring them to the kids club if they are in the younger kids club.

9) It is so much fun to dress up the family for Pirate Night. Be sure to see Jack Sparrow. He is hilarious!

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10) Did you know that you can bring on the ship up to two bottles of wine per adult over the age of 21 or a limited amount of beer? These are to be enjoyed in your stateroom and must be brought on in your carry on luggage. Sorry, no hard alcohol. There are both wine and beer packages aboard as well. We got a wine package to enjoy with dinner and the servers brought the corked wine from dining room to dining room.

11) If on the Magic or Wonder, be sure to try the Schwarma at Pete’s Boiler Bites. It is terrific! The pizza at Pinocchio’s Pizzeria is fabulous on all ships as well. If on the Dream or Fantasy, be sure to ride the nearby AquaDuck again and again. It is so much fun!

12) Do a tasting. They offer wine, champagne, whisky and chocolate tastings as well as mixology classes. I have done the chocolate and liquor tasting as well as mixology classes. Both were great but mixology wins for awesome adult fun!

(Disney Magic Photographer)
(Disney Magic Photographer)

 

For more information about Disney cruises, please check out Disney Cruise Line’s Official website: here!

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter

Last month I had a wonderful 4 night stay at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter!  I had read many reviews with people raving about this “moderate” Walt Disney World Resort hotel and wanted to see it for myself.  My verdict?…The reviews were correct!  This hotel was a perfect mix of Disney’s magic, detail, and hospitality!

The resort is on the small side – so returning home from the parks made me feel like I was returning home to my little neighborhood.  The feature pool was immaculate and I even tried the pool slide – something I haven’t done since I was a teen – I loved it!  For my youngest daughter – the newly redesigned water splash area (complete with mini water slides of it’s own) was a dream come true!  During this visit the main dining hall, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, was under contruction, so we had to make due with the temporary “pop up” type restaurant.  There was bus service available to the neighboring hotel, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and we enjoyed a meal at their food court and got to enjoy the different vibe of that hotel!

We focused our trip on the parks, so we didn’t leave room in our schedule for some of the other recreational activities that French Quarter had to offer, but I’m hoping to give them a try on a future visit!

Here’s a “Wordless Wednesday” type look at this special Walt Disney World Resort Hotel!

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LOVED the double sinks!!
LOVED the double sinks!!

 

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Just walking down our little street home :)
Just walking down our little street home 🙂

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Early morning pool bar photo (before it opened).
Early morning pool bar photo (before it opened).

 

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Temporary Dining
Temporary Dining

 

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It’s time for another Disney Friend Friday!

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After our first full week of school and cranky-crabby mornings, I feel like everyone in my family has been Cinderella and her step mother, Lady Tremaine, all rolled into one.  Do this! Do that! Hurry up!  Meanwhile each of us is doing 1,000 things to get out the door on time!

We met Lady Tremaine, her daughters, Cinderella and the Prince at 1900 Park Fare during Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Truth be told, she was far more charming than the prince!  She tried earnestly to set my 5 year old son up with Anastasia and had us rolling with laughter.  The buffet was incredible too – with far more selection than many of the other buffet meals we’ve indulged in.

As for school mornings…We made it through the week and I’m sure next week will be better – I keep believing that the dreams that I wish will come true!

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I can’t believe it was 25 years ago that this Beauty enchanted us for the 1st time!

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We love meeting with Belle!  This character has such a pure heart and an equally pure singing voice!  We always try to catch her on stage during Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…but here we have a more personal encounter during Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park.  This is a very special attraction where the children help tell the tale as old as time!

How’s this for a photo opportunity?  What a backdrop!

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You can also meet Belle while dining at both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  Belle meets with guests in her blue and white outfit in the France Pavilion in Epcot.

Happy anniversary Beauty and the Beast!  You can order the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack from the Disney Store!

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It’s another Disney Friend Friday!  Today let’s remember “that it was all started with a mouse.”

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Oh My Disney takes a cute look at the many Disney mice we’ve come to know through the years (read here)…but we know that Mickey is our main man!…I mean MOUSE!

This photo was taken at The Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.  We spent a long and exciting morning exploring the Land Pavillion (you can read about it here) and ended it by eating a delicious family style lunch and hanging out with some Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse himself!

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort  is a truly special and magical place to stay.  As soon as you pass through Animation Hall you exit INTO the movies you love.  You become part of Disney classics!  You’ll walk through Radiator Springs, swim along with Dory, discover treasures “Under the Sea” and embrace the spirit of “Hakuna Matata”! There’s a delicious food court, multiple pools (including the largest pool in Walt Disney World Resort) and use of Disney’s complimentary transportation system.

My family has stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort twice and we fully intend to stay there again!  The family suites are the perfect size to accommodate our family of 5 and the theming can’t be beat!

Here’s a “Wordless Wednesday” type post that combines photos from my 2 stays.  Please feel free to ask me any questions about my time at this resort and I’ll be happy to answer!  Post comments and questions below or on my Facebook page!

Here we go!

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Finding Nemo Family Suite

 

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Look at the detail!

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This table turns into a bed!
This table turns into a bed!

 

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The couch pulls out into a bed.
The couch pulls out into a bed.

 

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Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a fantastic value resort – with fun pools, a delicious food court, use of the Disney’s complimentary transportation system and tons of the special Disney magic that can only be found  at Walt Disney World Resort!

I stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort twice this year and it had everything we needed for our long magical weekends away.

Here’s a “Wordless Wednesday” type post that combines photos from my 2 stays.  Please feel free to ask me any questions about my time at this resort and I’ll be happy to answer!  Post comments and questions below or on my Facebook page!

Here we go!

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The room also includes a dresser, TV, mini fridge, coffee pot, table & 2 chairs.

 

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