Want to take the best Disney trip EVER? Here are Modern Boca Mom’s top tips and tricks for conquering Walt Disney World with your family…
10 Tips for the Best Disney Trip Ever:
Take Comfortable Shoes – This is likely my most important tip. From your personal walking-wear to your little one’s shoe of choice, making sure you have comfortable shoes is ESSENTIAL. Be sure to choose a pair you have worn many times before without blisters or discomfort and that provide awesome support. Disney = lots of walking!
Bring Snacks –
*PRO TIP* You can bring your own food and drinks into the park!
Bringing snacks can help keep your costs down and allow more time for play – instead of having to stand in long food lines with high prices.
Bring H20 – Whether visiting in winter or in the dead of summer, I promise you and your family will get thirsty! Bringing your own water will save you big bucks in the park.
Bring it all in a cute backpack – You’ll want to come prepared; snacks, water, sunscreen, Mickey ears – the works. But, you don’t want to lug it all around in a big, awkward bag! Splurge on a backpack. We also recommend bringing a stroller, especially if you have a baby or toddler who will inevitably get tired.
Plan FastPasses in Advance – Plan your FastPasses well in advance and use them to organize the rest of your trek around the park. This will ensure you get on the rides you are dying to ride and see the characters you are dying to see!
Bring a Camera – Or, clear your phone so you have plenty of memory to snap pics! There are so many Instagram-able *and just downright cute* memories you’ll want to record when you are at the park.
Don’t forget to put down your phone and your stress – You don’t want to miss any memorable family moments! Don’t be glued to your camera or your to do list– enjoy every second!
If you are able, stay at a Disney resort– With so many amazing options, the confusion surrounding where to stay is oftentimes overwhelming. But, staying in a Disney hotel makes the experience all that much more amazing. Eat, breathe, sleep, Disney.
*PRO TIP* Make sure your hotel (if it’s not Disney) has a shuttle. Parking can be expensive and oftentimes far from the park entrance.
If you have little ones, make sure they have a segmented day. – No one wants to spend 14 hours straight with kids under ten at “the happiest place on earth.” It can become not very happy at all! Go for a few hours at a time and don’t be afraid to break for your hotel pool.
Use My Disney Experience – If planning isn’t your thing, this site/app can help you make an efficient and easy plan. It will help you to effortlessly manage the whole trip. Find it here: My Disney Experience.
Now that you have these tips for having the Best Disney Trip Ever, start planning your magical memories!
Here are some other Modern Boca Mom Disney Tips + Tricks!
It’s a good thing Disney has an amazing coffee partner because this mama needs a constant dose of caffeine to keep up with everything the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!
(HELLO- have you tried Joffrey’s Coffee yet?! It’s not all about Starbucks, people!)
As you may have read in our Disney Cruise post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!#DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn. We were also filled in on many of the exciting developments (some even secret at the time) happening at Disney in 2017.
We already covered a few of them HERE and HERE if you want to check them out. 🙂
For the rest, we’ve narrowed down the major excitement to 5 top items. Some of which are happening now or REALLY, REALLY soon! Check them out:
5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year
1- Disneynature Born in China- Released on April 21, 2017
We had the opportunity to screen this stunning film in its entirety and absolutely loved it! Influencers were even part of a behind-the-scenes discussion post-film with producer, Roy Conli. This is definitely something the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!
Narrated by John Krasinski, “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth. You will witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.
A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey, who feels displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.
Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, on the wings of red-crowned cranes, this film seamlessly ties the extraordinary tales together. You have to see it!
2- MagicBand 2 + MagicKeepers Accessories
I personally think it’s been a long time coming, but Walt Disney World is finally allowing you to take your MagicBands…and conveniently wear them in style!
With the launch of the MagicBand 2, which we got to try for ourselves during the #DisneySMMC, we found out that you can now easily remove the center disc. That allows you to place it in a keychain, pendant– you name it– to wear it how you want! Disney has dubbed these accessories: MagicKeepers. These are only a few of the design options Disney showed us during the conference:
How will you wear your Magic Band 2?
3- Disney Springs
Modern Boca Mom covered the NEW, improved Disney Springs at length in this blog post, but it’s important to note that us influencers did have a few hours of fun there during our trip!
Have you ever tried Disneybounding? I did for the first time during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and had a blast. It’s where you choose to dress in an outfit inspired by a particular Disney character.
Disney held a little social media contest for us and we were able to compete by either showing off our fashionable side, Disney fan side or our Disneybounding side! What do you think of my Maleficent?
You can purchase my Lilly Pulitzer dress through this LINK.
4- Pizzerizzo at Disney Hollywood Studios
Disney Hollywood studios needed a good pizza place after Pizza Planet shuttered last year. It now has that and more in quick service restaurant Pizzerizzo located in Muppet Square!
Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking rat. The ambience is fun and casual…and you may even meet a few colorful characters…
The best part about Cars 3 was that we were able to see the Pixar short film, Lou, that will screen prior to the movie! The director of the film was even on hand to walk us through his creative process. It was fascinating!
This short is about a ‘creature’, named Lou, who resides in a school’s lost and found bin. After seeing the school bully, J.J., push the other kids around, Lou decides to take action.
It’ll make you laugh. It will make you cry. It’ll definitely be a nice visual appetizer prior to Cars 3.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.
Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Coco opens on November 22nd.
In this Marvel Studios’ film, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer. He finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.
But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. That is a major cast y’all! Can’t wait.
THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I’m absolutely giddy to be able to share with you the first official teaser trailer and teaser poster from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando!
This is where I would normally insert a film synopsis, but you don’t get that with Star Wars…please. Instead, try to insinuate what you can from this awesome trailer.
It’s going to be epic. Probably the top item the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year. December 15th can’t come soon enough!
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Is a Disney Cruise for preschoolers? That was the question I seriously asked myself as I accepted Disney’s wonderful invite to the 2017 Social Media Moms Celebration. I mean, CLEARLY Walt Disney World parks are perfect for preschoolers(as we took complete and utter advantage of our annual passes in 2016).
But a cruise? And without my mom for travel backup? I figured we’d take a chance and give it a shot anyways…
Is a Disney Cruise for Preschoolers? Our Experience on the Disney Wonder
Like I explained in this post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands.
This year’s conference theme was Land and Sea. The sea part? Yep- a 3-night journey on the Disney Wonderout of Port Canaveral.
Disney Wonder Staterooms
#dailybocaavery made herself at home pretty quickly as you can see. The balcony staterooms on the Disney Wonder are a really nice size with two separate bathroom spaces. You can fit 4 people to a room easily. How cool is this bed conversion?
I read a ton of blogs pre-cruise and found that passengers like to decorate their doors with magnets. I got ours on Etsy (Little Mermaid Mickey), but I know other bloggers who totally DIY’d!
People went all out as you can see below. Many families also participated in something called a Fish Extender gift exchange. I couldn’t get it together to participate this cruise, but here is a little more info on what that is from one of my fellow #DisneySMMC bloggers.
I’m also proud to report: no seasickness! I knew #modernbocadad and I would be okay as we had cruised several times before, but we didn’t know how she would react on the high seas.
I knew in advance that I’d be pretty busy on this cruise. As soon as my family embarked, us bloggers were whisked away for lunch at the Animator’s Palatewhile our families were invited to dine on their own by the pool (be sure to pack your swimsuits in your carry-on, so you can start swimming right away!).
The food overall on the cruise was excellent, but this particular restaurant had something special…
Animation Magic (available on 7-night and longer sailings on the Disney Magic, but conference attendees were able to experience it on the Wonder)!Try your hand at drawing your very own character—and then watch in wonder as your creation becomes part of the show, dancing alongside some classic Disney characters!
This activity screams Disney Cruise for preschoolers! Check out this short video featuring my “character”:
Fine, I loved it too. 🙂 Coloring at lunch isn’t just for the little ones! After, we had a few conference activities that involved champagne (!!!). I learned that the ‘tale as old as time’ (a.k.a Beauty and the Beast) is going to be enchanting the stage for the very first time in a brand new musical production on the Disney Dream on November 6 (2017)!
Disney’s Oceaneer Club
While I was busy doing conference stuff, #modernbocadad took Avery on a tour of the Oceaneer Clubaboard. Children 3 to 12 years old can interact with Disney characters—and each other—as they explore multi-themed magical lands like Toy Story, Frozen and Marvel!
MBMom Tip: Be sure to pack tons of costumes for your child!
I now know why parents love cruising with Disney: the complimentary child care!!! Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is about learning while having fun (for the older kids) and Disney’s Oceaneer Club is pure Disney fantasy for the little ones. Character-driven performances, special storytelling sessions, larger-than-life playgrounds (a HUGE hit with #dailybocaavery), dress-up opportunities and cool interactive activities make sure there’s never a dull moment for your little one.
Your child will be outfitted with a special magic band when you register them at the Oceaneer Club. They are always accounted for and can have a Disney cast member text you (of course there’s an awesome Disney Cruise Line app- they think of everything!) to come pick them up when they are done. It’s fantastic!
Night 1: The Golden Mickey’s and Tiana’s Place
Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner at Tiana’s Place and The Golden Mickeys!
We had the later seating for dinner each night, so that meant showtime was always first. I say this without hesitation: the shows were my favorite part of this Disney Cruise for preschoolers. They were excellent– even better than the ones in the parks.
The Golden Mickeys invites you to a Hollywood-style awards show. You’ll find out which Disney movie character wins “Most Heroic” or “Most Romantic,” and enjoy familiar tunes from Disney films like:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Little Mermaid
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Toy Story 2
Lady and the Tramp
The Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Then it was off to dine at the brand-new Tiana’s Place, which was spectacular! You actually feel like you are IN the movie. How does Disney do that?!
Once seated at your table, Tiana herself stops by to welcome you. Then, the restaurant’s own band “The Crawfish Crooners” entertains you while you eat.
Feel free to get up and dance or even join the parade at the end of dinner! And don’t forget to order the beignets for dessert. So much fun!!!
Disney Princess and Frozen Meet & Greet
One complimentary activity on the Disney Wonder is the Princess and Frozen meet and greets. Be sure to register for this on the Disney Cruise Line website as soon as you book your cruise. Times fill up quickly to meet Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Belle, Elsa and Anna!
Night 2: Disney Dreams- An Enchanted Classic, Triton’s and Pirate Night
No, Disney Dreams isn’t about my daughter sleeping. It’s a musical about the power of dreams and family, starring a cavalcade of Disney characters! This live stage show features a dazzling procession of characters and songs from some all-time Disney classics like:
An award-winning musical, this show also includes stunning special effects—and a very special cameo appearance by Tinker Bell. All Disney productions are under 90 minutes, so they keep the attention of little ones.
MBMom Tip: You can bring a sippy cup of wine or order from the full bar at the theater. YES.
Dinner at Triton’s restaurant was delicious and it really felt like fine dining under the sea. Disney Cruise Line has guests on a rotational dining plan, so you eat dinner at a different restaurant each night, but with the SAME wait staff. It’s great!
This night also happened to be Pirate Night on the ship, a tradition on Disney Cruises. You will receive pirate bandanas to wear in your stateroom, but most passengers go all out with costumes and outfits. We certainly did on this Disney Cruise for preschoolers.
There is a pirate party on the deck after the second seating as well as fireworks over the ocean. Amazing!
Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island
Now for the piece de resistance! Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY) in the Bahamas, Disney’s own private island. Castaway Cay visitors will find an island completely outfitted for premium family leisure.
Amenities include sprawling beaches, sparkling lagoons teeming with curious sea life, splash-worthy water play areas, scenic walking trails, open-air BBQ dining locations serving complimentary meals, 2 shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, free tram transportation around the island and more.
You can book excursions for an additional fee, but honestly, we were there the whole day and were completely entertained by all of the complimentary amenities. It was heavenly!
MBMom Tip: There’s also an Oceaneer Club on the island that serves lunch in case you’re craving a bit of adult time.
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Night 3: Frozen, a Musical Spectacular and Animator’s Palate
These are the faces of three people who had a great day at Castaway Cay.
How could this cruise get any better? Well, it could be 4 days longer, but that’s for another time. The only negative thing I have to even say about this Disney Cruise for preschoolers is that I felt it was too short.
Typically, when I cruise, it’s for 7 days minimum. Since I was so busy with conference activities, it felt even shorter, but it made us want to go again. That’s the point right? 😉
On our last night, we saw the new Frozen, a musical spectacular. I don’t know how they are going to do better when it comes out on Broadway! Traditional theatrical techniques, state-of-the-art technology and classic Disney whimsy make this original stage show a flurry of fun. Avery was absolutely mesmerized.
Our last dining rotation sent us back to Animator’s Palate. It was the first time my whole family got to experience Disney black and white drawings come to life throughout our meal. At the end, Mickey even made an appearance in his Fantasia finest!
Now I want to hear from you. Do you plan on taking a Disney Cruise? Comment below!
Hosted: This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post was hosted by the Walt Disney Company. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. They are not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been given exclusive experiences and branded merchandise for promotional consideration, but that does not impact my views or opinions. This Disney Cruise for Preschoolers post also contains affiliate links.
Being a blogger is filled with many ups and downs. For example, applying for a sponsored campaign with a big company and getting it: that’s an up! Thinking a brand or business would be an ideal client to work with…and then they don’t return your emails or calls: that’s a down. Getting invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and driving to Orlando in a brand new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE: that’s a BIG UP! It’s probably the biggest up for the Modern Boca Mom blog to date, honestly.
What is the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?
It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference put on by Disney where digital/social media influencers and bloggers like myself are asked to come together, collaborate and learn about their company as well as other likeminded brands. You have no idea you’re going to be invited until you receive “pixie dust” in your email box. It’s pretty exciting, especially if you love Disney like I do!
And this year, it was a “Land and Sea” conference, which meant 2 days at the Walt Disney World parks and 3 days on Disney Cruise ship, The Disney Wonder. I HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO ON A DISNEY CRUISE! So, this was pretty much the most amazing news ever…
How did we get there? By driving the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE
My family (up to 3 additional people this year) was invited to join in on the #DisneySMMC fun, so we packed for Orlando using our awesome C3PO suitcase from American Tourister (as well as other bags- lots of them, ha ha) and hit the road!
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE is a fantastic SUV. We reviewed the 2015 Sport model last year and really loved that it offered dynamic styling and excellent value in the 5-passenger compact crossover segment.
However, the 2017 SE model that we test drove starts at $24,495 and offers seven passenger seating with its standard third row. It even has heated seats which can come in handy this time of year!
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SE features sophisticated upgrades like available heated front seats and steering wheel, front dual-zone automatic climate control and premium Rockford Fosgate® surround sound.
Per usual, I also loved the Multi-View Camera System that allows you to see a 360 degree bird’s eye view of your vehicle as you back out of your driveway or a parking spot. I need as many eyes as possible!
We also loved the sunroof as our current family vehicle doesn’t have one. Car jealousy. Thanks DriveShop USA.
You can learn all about the Mitsubishi Outlander SE on the Mitsubishi website. Also, be sure to connect with Mitsubishi on your favorite social media sites! Like them on Facebookand Follow Mitsubishi on Twitterto stay updated on all of their latest car trends and special offers!
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: The Land Portion
Once we arrived at the conference, I literally hit the ground running. We checked into Port Orleans Riverside, which was gorgeous, and I sent #modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery off to the parks while I unpacked and sorted through the itinerary!
Then, conference attendees were invited to shop with the Hanes brand at a special suite at the hotel. I ended up LOVING their products! Who needs Victoria’s Secret when you can have a super soft bra from Hanes? I literally wear the t-shirt I won at the conference every night now. #happyinhanes
Later, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom…
That evening, conference attendees were shuttled to Animal Kingdom to a special cocktail party held at Festival of the Lion King. I love that show, so I couldn’t believe were having drinks in the middle of the auditorium. Surreal!
Pandora will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by James Cameron’s epic film AVATAR. Pandora opens May 27, 2017!
I wrote about Pandora and the launch of what we saw next on BocaMag.comrecently (did you know I contribute a column to the magazine 2x per month. It’s called “Boca Mom Talk”- check it out!).
Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
There’s a new show after dark at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, and we got to see a sneak preview! Now open, Rivers of Light is an elaborate theatrical production that takes guests on a breathtaking emotional journey—a visual mix of water, fire, nature and light all choreographed to an original music score.
It was so impressive! The new 15-minute show is the latest addition to the lineup of nighttime experiences at Animal Kingdom.
Celebrating the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world, the performance combines live performers, beautiful floating lanterns, glistening fountains, special effects and authentic animal imagery projected on giant water screens. We even found out that all of the scenes projected are from past Disney Nature films! Rivers of Light will be performed on select nights. It’s a must-see, MBMoms.
The night wouldn’t be complete without viewing the light show at the Tree of Life! So beautiful!
And that was only #DisneySMMC DAY 1!!!
I started to cover a little of Day 2 in this post, but barely scratched the surface. I’ll be back with all of the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration details along with why I’ll never take a 3-Night Disney Cruise ever again later this month!
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YAY, the kids are going back to school this week!!! BOO, the kids are going back to school this week. Sure, I am excited for my daughter to get back into her preschool routine. But, it’s also been so nice to spend quality time together over the past two weeks. We’ve truly had some amazing mother/daughter and family moments. From visiting local museums like MODS to a trip to the 2016 Disney Candlelight Processional, this holiday break was one for the books!
We visited the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS) in Ft. Lauderdale #hosted
We traveled to Epcot for the 2016 Disney Candlelight Processional #hosted
Modern Boca Mom was invited to let the memories begin during Epcot’s Holidays Around the World this season. Disney transformed their beautiful park into a holiday spectacular, featuring festive decor, diverse storytellers, spectacular shows and a Gospel choir.
We attended the Candlelight Processional(my first time!), a spectacular and wondrous show of pageantry that unites people from around the globe. Special guest stars like our narrator, Jodi Benson, recount the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song featuring a 50-piece orchestra and amazing choirs. It was spectacular.
Check out some of my photos and a short video from the show:
We threw a New Year’s Eve soiree for friends with kids
We survived winter in Florida!!!
All in all, it was a fantastic winter break. We hope you and your family enjoyed a great start to 2017 like we did!
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After an exhaustive time traveling to/from the northeast for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, we vowed to stay local for Christmas. Well, easier said than done, especially when Disney invites you to come see their Candlelight Processional at Epcot two days after Christmas. You don’t say no to Disney when you’re a blogger. 😉 So, I was really excited when BubbleBum® reached out with some amazing recommendations for travel gear for kids– great for the car or on a plane/in transit.
BubbleBum is actually a family-owned company founded by mom of two, Grainne Kelly. Grainne was frustrated having to transport bulky, hard booster seats on planes and car rental companies not providing booster seats for her children. So, she designed her own portable booster seat and other travel innovations too!
The Latest in Travel Gear for Kids
BubbleBum: the First Inflatable Car Booster Seat
This is a must-have for road trips and all car travels (for kids 40+ lbs)! It’s an inflatable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11 years, weighing 40-100 lbs.
Weighing in at less than one pound, BubbleBum can deflate in minutes, making it simple to throw in a backpack or large purse. BubbleBum includes belt positioning clips in place of arm rests, so it’s possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a car, minivan, or SUV. It’s available in black or pink chevron.
BubbleBum ($29.99) helps ensure that EVERY child has a safe booster seat on EVERY ride because they improve a child’s safety in the car by 59%!
I set this up in my backseat on a recent trip to Vero Beach and this organizer is the perfect way to keep all entertainment and snacks organized! Especially if you have more than one child…
The BubbleBum Junkie($39.99) features a tech sharing mount for tablets and other handheld devices. It also has stowable activity trays for backseat fun. The Junkie has an expanding compartment with a removable tote bag and organizes and carries your stuff from home to car.
It is a must-have for all of your family road trips and car rentals!
Don’t you hate watching your child’s head bob in their carseat?The Sneck pillow system ($14.99) is a travel pillow that converts into multiple uses. The innovative design makes napping in the car more comfortable.
The travel pillow’s micro-bead pods and cozy material allow kids to nap without getting a kinky neck. The Sneck easily attaches to the headrest with a Velcro strap. It stays in place allowing kids to rest without having to reposition the pillow. The Sneck’s stash pocket also allows kids to store MP3 players or small toys. Its three way design allows kids to manipulate and move the position for optimal comfort.
We are ready to hit the road (again) this holiday season and beyond with this travel gear for kids!
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Say farewell to Downtown Disney and HELLO to the newly expanded Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season!
Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for the holidays following its multi-year makeover to a world-class shopping-dining-entertainment district. It honestly could be Disney’s fifth theme park, it’s so large (and fun)!
I had the opportunity to spend the good part of an entire day at the expanded Disney Springs and I still didn’t get to do everything.
The district is now separated into four “neighborhoods”, which have been transformed for the holidays through festive decor, entertainment and holiday shopping at some amazing new retailers- hello Lilly Pulitzer and Vera Bradley!
Retail locations range from name-brands to cozy boutiques to everything in between. There’s truly something for everyone!
I highly recommend taking a day this December to experience the newly expanded Disney Springs.
Here’s your recommended plan of action, should you choose to accept it:
Drive up from South Florida in the morning and park for FREE in one of Disney Springs’ new parking garages. There are even sensors in each row that tell you how many parking spaces are available. Too cool.
Stop for a quick lunch at one of the many new dining locations such as:
Get shopping! There are so many options, including one of my NYC favs, UNIQLO. I discovered so many new stores at the expanded Disney Springs!
Shopping won’t get you into the holiday spirit? Then head over to see the big guy himself at Santa’s Chalet. Even better, once dusk settles, take a stroll through the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail! This was amazing. The entire time I was thinking, “which one of these trees can I recreate at home?” Plus SNOW!
Have I mentioned that Disney Springs also features some amazing new dining destinations?
Several bloggers and I experienced a multi-course meal at Morimoto Asia. What a delight! I love that I no longer have to travel all the way to NYC for Morimoto or Chicago for Frontera Cocina. They’re all (and more!) at Disney Springs. 🙂
The grand finale of your day? Something truly groundbreaking…
“Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” is a first-of-its-kind light show featuring 300 Intel® Shooting Star™ show drones. The hi-tech spectacle invites guests to gaze skyward and make a special wish this holiday season. The synchronized choreography of the drones is set to a specially orchestrated arrangement of classic holiday music. Be sure to listen for a few bars of classic Disney melodies too!
This is the first time in the United States that 300 show drones have flown at one time. They weigh less than a volleyball and feature built-in LED lights than create more than four billion color combinations! It was extremely impressive. Definitely a must-see!
Other fun options to explore at the newly expanded Disney Springs:
Coca Cola Store & Rooftop Beverage Bar: Enjoy classic and exotic flavors from around the world while taking in panoramic views of Disney Springs atop the Coca-Coca Cola Store. It’s pretty cool. I tasted every flavor they offered!
Characters in Flight: By the time I made it to this awesome hot air balloon experience, it was too windy to go up. But, it’s definitely on my list for next time! More info and pricing HERE.
The Disney Springs Christmas Tree: Be sure to take a selfie by this beauty! The tree is the centerpiece of all of the holiday decor at Disney Springs.
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When you’re an annual passholder at Walt Disney World, there’s no weirder feeling than going to the parks without your kid(s) and all their “stuff” in tow. Alas, that’s just what I did before Thanksgiving when I was invited to unwrap the holiday magic at Disney with a fabulous group of media friends. I still haven’t told #dailybocaavery. What she doesn’t know can’t hurt her, right?
We were hosted at the fabulous Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Convention Center and they gave us the 5-Star treatment. The newly renovated rooms were so cozy and the Starwood hotel is in the final phase of a $140 million renovation, the largest in their history, with a $12 million lobby transformation to come.
I’m getting ahead of myself here, but the farewell breakfast they served us on the last day of the trip? I’m still thinking about it. YUM. But, back to the subject at hand…
Our mission: To preview all of the holiday happenings including all-new attractions and entertainment that will make the 2016 season of cheer unlike any other in the history of Walt Disney World Resort.
Mission accepted. And gleefully, I might add. Here’s where I netted out in terms of my top #disneyholidays recommendations after the trip…
When it comes to holiday magic at Disney, here are 6 things you can’t miss this season at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
1. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Think Magic Kingdom is the only park decked out for the holidays at Walt Disney World? Think again! Hollywood Studios is bringing the entertainment factor this Christmas with the all-new nighttime spectacular “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!”
The facade of the Chinese Theater comes alive with state-of-the-art projections, and guests will experience special effects, fireworks and even snow on, above and around the theater. We watched the spectacle from a private dessert party. Talk about holiday magic at Disney…wow! Here are a few shots from the festive evening.
“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will run to Dec. 31, 2016.
2. “A Frozen Holiday Wish” at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Guess what, MBMoms? Anna and Elsa aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, they’re the ones in charge of transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering, shimmering ice palace for the holidays. It’s pretty much breathtaking!
3. “Once Upon a Time” Castle Projection Show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Projections are the name of the game now when it comes to holiday magic at Disney and it’s the best technology has to offer. Be sure to make plans to witness the dazzling new “Once Upon a Time” projection show playing out on Cinderella Castle.
The show uses projection-mapping technology to produce a dazzling three-dimensional effect that fits every nook and contour of the Castle. It also lets guests relive some of their favorite moments from classic Disney stories. The show is pretty amazing…and of course, magical. Watch the video I took below!
This new stage show gives families the opportunity to crash a Christmas party at Mickey’s house! Isn’t that on your holiday bucket list? Just me? Ok…
Mickey and his pals host some of their friends for an unforgettable party on the Castle forecourt stage in “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.” Holiday songs, castle projections and merrymaking builds to a sensational, snowy finale. Disney brings out some of the characters we don’t see that often, so I really enjoyed this show…and its cheeky nod to technology and texting that is engrained in our lives now.
I’ve seen the show “Wishes” at Magic Kingdom a few times now this year, but it’s taking a backseat to “Holiday Wishes” during the season. If this show doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will.
The night sky literally bursts with color high above Cinderella Castle with this holiday fireworks spectacular…and more projections. 🙂
I’m no stranger to parades at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. I already miss the Electrical Parade. Memories… But this parade was one for the books. I had never attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party before, but had heard the parade was nothing short of spectacular. I don’t even know how to narrow down the images that I managed to capture while experiencing this special seasonal performance.
Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, toy soldiers and other friends from the North Pole join Mickey and his pals on fantastical floats.
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf from “Frozen” also join in the fun! SO. MUCH. FUN.
But there’s more…
In addition to all of the seasonal entertainment and holiday magic at Disney, which will keep you super busy at Mickey’s Very Merry–trust me, several rides have been “Christmas-fied” including the Jungle Cruise (dubbed the “Jingle Cruise”)!
You can also head to a variety of locations throughout the park to enjoy complimentary holiday treats. The hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies at Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland® are to-die-for! Allergy-friendly and alternative healthy options are available upon request too.
There’s just so much holiday magic at Disney World this season! I haven’t even covered all of the fun at the NEW Disney Springs yet, just wait. We are so lucky to live in South Florida, just a few hours from Walt Disney World Resort.
Will you be planning a trip to the ‘happiest place on earth’ with your family this holiday season? We already have our calendars marked for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot in December. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Wishing you and your family tons of holiday magic this season!
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It’s the second most wonderful time of the year: FALL! Even though I’m digging the (slightly) lower temps down in Boca Raton, there’s nothing like experiencing the fall season at Disney World.
There are festive Halloween decorations, new attractions for the whole family and a farewell celebration for an old favorite departing on October 9th: Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade. We said our proper goodbyes to the classic parade earlier this month at the Magic Kingdom. I encourage you to experience it with your kids before it’s too late! It’s truly magical.
Waiting for the Main Street Electrical Parade to begin, I looked around in awe at all of the gorgeous harvest decor. It made me want a pumpkin spice latte real bad. 😉 Good thing there’s a Starbucks right there.
During this fall season at Disney World visit, we were also invited to experience several of the new attractions that just opened at the parks.
Fall Season at Disney World 2016
Frozen Ever After at Epcot
This is the ride with the fabled (yet actually true) 3 hour wait time.
MBMom Tip: Get to Epcot EARLY! We went on the ride twice and waited less than 30 minutes each time.
Frozen Ever After is the most high tech ride at Disney to date. Olaf WALKS, all of the characters from the movie sing with custom projections on their faces (and new music) and the effects are spectacular, especially during the “Let it Go” sequence with Elsa.
Do not miss Frozen Ever After at Epcot! Our daughter wouldn’t let us anyway…
Anna and Elsa have moved from the Magic Kingdom into brand-new digs at Norway in Epcot’s World Showcase. I personally love their decorating style.
But the best part? Meeting Queen Elsa and Princess Anna in person!
This is a FastPass-enabled attraction conveniently located next to Frozen Ever After. Plan your day out so you arrive at Epcot early and get your Frozen fix!
Soarin’ Around the World
Soarin’ Around the World, located at The Land in Epcot, is an updated version of the original which kept your glider flying firmly in the great state of California.
Now, you can see the pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the Eiffel Tower in France, all from the comfort of a safe, air conditioned attraction. The new scents are awesome.
MBMom Tip: Try to sit in the second row of Soarin’ Around the World. That vantage point has a perfect view of the projection.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at Hollywood Studios
And a spectacle it is! Star Wars: A Galactic spectacular did not disappoint my die hard, Star Wars-loving family. We snagged a viewing spot in front of the Chinese Theater about an hour before showtime and ate a pizza picnic-style while we waited.
MBMom Tip:Pizza Planet is now CLOSED! 🙁 The only place we could find to get pizza takeout was on Sunset Blvd. at Catalina Eddie’s.
I thought the show was a little heavy on the Star Wars movie clips, but the effects and projections have definitely been upgraded since the previous Star Wars fireworks show. As long as the movie score from John Williams is playing, I’m a happy girl.
Okay fine, I’ll be honest. As long as I’m at Disney, I’m a happy girl. 🙂
Tell me, are you and your family planning a wonder-FALL season at Disney World this year? Comment below!
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So, this Boca mommy turned 34 in August. In my book, not exactly a major milestone year to celebrate. Coincidentally, the Eau Palm Beach in Manalapan (15 minutes north of Boca Raton) invited me to experience the Eau Spa for the first time. So, I scheduled my visit for my birthday weekend, kissed #dailybocaaveryand the hubs farewell and had quite the amazing solo spa day…
If you haven’t been to the Eau Palm Beach yet, it’s simply amazing. You can’t visit the resort without indulging in their amazing ocean views. So, I started off my birthday spa day at their newest oceanfront restaurant (also, right by the pool): Breeze Ocean Kitchen.
Eau Palm Beach Breeze Ocean Kitchen
At Breeze Ocean Kitchen, I experienced a celebration of Floridian cuisine featuring Latin, Caribbean, Asian and American flavors while I enjoyed a tropical cucumber cocktail…and the amazing views.
I was initially concerned about sitting outside in the South Florida summer heat, but the roof of the restaurant closes and opens, so the sun is never bothering you and they have outdoor a/c!
Let’s just say I didn’t suffer while enjoying my crispy Key West rock shrimp appetizer, Maine lobster roll and key lime CAKE POPS. This lunch was indulgent!
HydroPeptide Active Body Scrub
After lunch, it was time to head to Eau Spa! Prior to my visit, I test-drove one of the products the spa regularly features, the HydroPeptide Active Body Scrub.
This mild exfoliator ($48), made of volcanic pumice rock and Tahitian black sand, is heavenly. You can be a little aggressive with your scrubbing, but it still leaves your skin in tact.
If you like to work out like me, it is definitely effective at making your muscles feel invigorated. It also contains peptides, like Pentapeptide-25, which releases energy as heat and has been shown to decrease fat and cellulite. AND the Acetyl Terapeptide-2 peptide, which has been proven to increase collagen and elastin, helping to lift and tighten the skin. Take THAT, thighs! I’d also recommend it prior to sunless tanning.
If I liked a product this much, I was sure to be in for a treat at the actual spa!
Eau Palm Beach Spa
It is a magical spa playground. First, my very own Spa Fairy had me make a wish in the spa’s wishing well. Then, she took me on a tour of the facilities and showed me where the snacks and ‘Scrub & Polish’ bar were.
And by snacks, I mean Jodi’s Cupcakes.
I was booked for a facial, so I changed into my comfy robe and slippers in the spa’s luxe locker room, grabbed a (complimentary) glass of champagne and curled up with a book in the cozy Relaxation Lounge until my appointment. Truly, that’s all I wanted for my birthday– to read the new Harry Potter book in peace while drinking some bubbly. 😉
In addition to facials, you can choose from an array of body and skin treatments that will leave you in a sheer state of bliss.
Body Treatments Add-Ons
My facial was perfect and my facialist, Lorraine Ruggiero, was fabulous. She even remembered it was my birthday and brought in some extra cupcakes into my treatment room!
The blue light was very relaxing, by the way.
Last, but not least, it was off to the Bath Lounge! It’s quite famous, I’ve heard. My photos don’t do this place justice.
I spent my last 45 minutes soaking and reading on the heated lounge chairs. Heaven.
A huge thank you to the Eau Palm Beach for hosting me! What a wonderful way to spend your birthday…
What’s coming up at Eau Palm Beach’s Eau Spa?
On Saturday, September 10 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Eau Spa guests will have more than one reason to glow. The Forbes Five-Star spa is busy “nesting” in anticipation for some very special guests – moms-to-be. The inaugural event is in honor of expectant mothers and will offer tips about pregnancy-safe products, services, health and fitness.
Guests will be treated to samples of pregnancy-safe spa products; prenatal mini treatments; a mini prenatal yoga class; baby shower games and raffles to win spa prizes; a diverse panel of speakers on prenatal health and wellness; gift bags; and discounts on prenatal spa services. Participating vendors to-date include Comphy sheets, Redflower, FarmHouse Fresh and Luka cosmetics. Breakfast bites are included and children aged 5 and older are allowed free access to AquaNuts, the Resort’s over-the-top children’s programming.
Access to the event, which comes with a day pass to Eau Spa, is $25 with the donation of a pack of 120 diapers. The diapers will be donated to the Junior League of Boca Raton’s diaper bank. Without a donation, access to the event and spa facilities is $60.
Eau Spa is located at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa at 100 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Reservations are required.
For more information or reserve a spot, please call the Eau Spa Fairies at 561-540-4960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.