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Envision this: A “magical” trip to Disney with your toddler. Nothing but smiles and tears of joy. The outbursts are non-existent, your child’s patience are at an all time high, and waiting doesn’t evoke a concern in the world. These are the trips that I envisioned, strives for, and dreamed of. Now don’t get me wrong; our trips have been incredibly magical and filled with amazing memories that are sure to last more than a lifetime. However reality reared it’s ugly head early on in our trips. I am hoping that you are able to use my experiences to help you plan and understand what traveling to the most magical place on earth could entail!
I will start by saying not every child is the same. You may have a prince or princess that is happy to sit in their carriage and relax while they are pushed around by you. Then there is my child. Jr doesn’t sit…ever! He loves to run and jump and skip along. We must have been delusional thinking that his behavior was going to be any different in Disney. John found joy dodging and weaving in and out of groups of people and running from mommy and daddy. He refused to sit in the stroller and refused to hold anyone’s hand. The minute I grabbed for his hand he went into fish mode…you all know that mode when they literally go limp and start flopping around on the ground like a fish out of water…but now add in the screams, yes friends we were “those people.” I was so desperate to try to find solutions I walked into a store and asked if they had a Mickey backpack with a leash attached to it. Yes I contemplated putting him on a leash. I started to brainstorm and one solution that I have come up with since it to put a little ribbon or handle on the side of the stroller for him to hold on to. This way he is close to us without us making him feel like he is out of control. I also give him ample warnings and reminders that he MUST sit in the stroller from the bus to the entrance of the park and vice versa.
If you are a first time traveler to Walt Disney World or are going “home”, then you realize there are a ton of different WDW souvenirs to be had. T-shirts, mugs, magnets, hats, you can even order an awesome Chip and Co. shirt the list is endless and it’s so hard to choose.
One of my favorites is a customizable map. WDW has a website where you can order maps of all the Kingdoms, customize them with your favorite rides and even put your name on them. There are categories of attraction suggestions for different age groups to help you along if needed. Once you have completed your map you have the option of printing them at home or delivered right to your front door.
We love these and each year I order a set. They come printed on a heavy duty card stock in full color. The maps are big enough to read easily, but not so big they take up a lot of room in the suitcase. My kids love to look at them and they feel really special having their own personalized map. We bring them home and I have used them in scrap books, or when the kids “play” Disney World they walk around with their maps. I have also used them to surprise the kids when they didn’t know that we were going, just open the mailbox and something from Disney World is just waiting for them, a map showing everything they want to do.
They are a great help while you are there and also a great souvenir when you get home. Just remember when you order it can take up to 6 weeks for delivery, so leave yourself plenty of time for them to get to your “castle”.
Have you ever ordered a map from Walt Disney World? Did you love them as much as I did? How did you “reuse” them?
Erin is a lover all things Disney, especially Disney World. She loves to share the many things she has learned over the years of traveling to Disney World, reading about Disney and learning about everything Disney.
- Top 10 Activities for Adults at Walt Disney World (chipandco.com)
- Mickey Mail! Sending Disney Postcards to Friends & Family (chipandco.com)
Beginning today, you can see a super pre-parade celebration just ahead of the daily performances of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade at Magic Kingdom Park. It’ll feature Disney football star Goofy and some Central Florida youth football champions. You can also expect to see Walt Disney World Resort cheerleaders and two of the nuttiest referees this side of the 50-yard line and other character favorites.
The pre-parade will run for a limited time – through February 3 – and lead up to a special ticker-tape parade down Main Street, U.S.A., after the big game on February 4. Watch the Disney Parks Blog for more information on that parade.
Also, during this time, check out Cosmic Rays new menu items that commemorate the super Sunday celebration. Special “Soup-er Bowls” representing the teams will be available for one-week only, from February 1 – 9. Savor the Lobster Bisque and Tomato Basil Bisque only available as part of our “Limited Time Magic” celebration.
You can find updates on our latest extra sprinkle of pixie dust on Twitter using hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic and on our LimitedTimeMagic.com web page.
- Walt Disney World Resort Turns Up the Romance During “True Love” Week All Part of Limited Time Magic (chipandco.com)
- Long Lost Disney Friends Return for Limited Time Magic at Walt Disney World Resort (chipandco.com)
My absolute favorite thing to eat at Disney World is a Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar. I eat at least one a day when I am in the parks. I carefully devour the delectable crunch of the chocolaty exterior as I relish the velvety smooth vanilla ice cream. Try as I might, this is one snack I just can’t seem to replicate outside of the parks. I’ve purchased just about every single brand of similarly constructed ice cream bar and sadly, nothing compares. So, today we are taking a look at enjoying ever last morsel of this park exclusive. Join me as we look at the top ten ways to eat a Mickey’s Premium Bar (AND not lose a single bite). Let’s get started!
10. Eat your Mickey Bar at warp speed.
No casual snacking here! Open that ice cream up with intent and eat. No talking, no double tasking, JUST eating…FAST! Chocolate that melts in your mouth is so much better than chocolate that melts everywhere else because you are taking your precious time! Make it snappy and enjoy!
9. Do it with style!
I have a technique for eating this tasty treat. I stand, hunched over, feet shoulder width apart, Mickey Bar perched carefully over a safety net of napkins and wrapper. This safety net allows any stray bits of chocolate coating to be salvaged. I’ve been talking about doing an entire post on this technique. I’ll have to wait until I am back at Disney to this capture this through pictures. I know you are on the edge of your seat (lol!). Until then, hopefully this description is enough to save your snack!