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You’re Cordially Invited to See Beauty and the Beast at the Wick + TICKET GIVEAWAY

Be still my heart. No one was more excited than me (and #dailybocaavery…and maybe my mom) to find out that Boca Raton’s own Wick Theatre (7901 N Federal Highway) is putting on one of my all time favorite Walt Disney Broadway productions this summer: Beauty and the Beast at The Wick!

Not to mention some FABULOUS companion events for the whole family. Can you say tea time with Mrs. Potts?

So excited!

The tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, comes to The Wick Theatre this summer. The smash hit Broadway musical is based on the Academy Award-winning animated film and features music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman.

Beauty and the Beast at The Wick

The cast of Beauty and The Beast includes Loren Christopher as the Beast, Mallory Newbrough as Belle, Courter Simmons as Lefou, Jacob Thompson as Gaston and Jonathan Van Dyke as Lumiere. Dom Ruggiero is directing and the musical director is Eric Alsford.

To add to the enchantment of this summer production, Marilynn Wick has created special pre-performance events including Story Time with Belle, Tea Time with Mrs. Potts and Lumiere’s Candlelight Dinner.

Beauty and the Beast at The Wick
Belle at The Wick Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast
Here’s the scoop on Beauty and the Beast at The Wick:

Show Dates: June 8-July 9

  • Opening Night: June 10, 7:00PM (note 7:00pm NOT 7:30)
  • Wed, Sat, Sun Matinees at 2:00 PM
  • Thurs, Fri, Sat Evening at 7:00PM

Tickets: Adults $85, Children 12 and under $45, www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333 (Must call for children’s tickets)

Beauty and the Beast at The Wick

Special Events during Beauty and the Beast at The Wick include:

Story Time with Belle| 12-2:00PM| Wednesdays & Sundays | June 14-July 9| $40 pp

Sit with Belle in her library as she shares her favorite story. Enjoy a fanciful light lunch, participate in sing-a-longs, create arts and crafts and take home a “goodie” bag and a specially designed photo memory.

Tea Time with Mrs. Potts |12:00-2:00PM| Saturdays| June 14-July 9| $40pp

Enjoy a fantasy tea party hosted by the magical Mrs. Potts replete with tasty treats, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts projects, theatre etiquette, photo opportunity and take home “goodie” bag.

Lumiere’s Candlelight Dinner | 5:00-7:00PM| Thurs, Fri, Sat| June 14-July 9| $75

Lumiere and his enchanting staff invite you to a magical candlelight dinner featuring a delectable “family-style” French-inspired carte du jour for adult and child alike. Live music by the magical staff, along with delectable themed desserts and drinks, along with special photo opportunities.

Please call the Wick Theatre box office directly for these events at 561-995-2333.

And did I mention Modern Boca Mom is hosting a TICKET GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away 4 tickets (2 sets of 2) to Beauty and the Beast at The Wick for the date/time of your choice!

Special thanks to Marilyn Wick for her generosity for MBMom readers!

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Hosted: This post is hosted by Beauty and the Beast at The Wick. 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 and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been hosted by The Wick with tickets and a special event passes, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Boca Birthday Vendors: Top Picks for Your Next Party

#dailybocaavery turned 4 y’all. Cue the tears. I have resisted throwing her birthday parties up until this point because…a. they’re a lot of work, b. they typically suck for the adults, c. she hasn’t cared, etc. etc. A trip to Disney or a small family party has done the celebratory trick til now! But this year, Avery really wanted to have her own get together. I allowed her to invite five of her friends over (and their parents because, well…the kids are only 3-5 years old) for a pool party at our home. For food, we kept it simple and ordered Chick-fil-A platters and a cupcake cake from Publix. These Boca birthday vendors, however, went above and beyond to make our party great. Here’s why you need to hire them…

Boca Birthday vendors
#dailybocaavery age 4
MBMom’s Top Boca Birthday Vendors
  1. Sweet Memories Photography: Because I was so busy I forgot to take a single photo

I’m so relieved that I asked Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography to come take pictures at Avery’s My Little Pony/Trolls 4th Birthday Party. Avery couldn’t decide on one theme, so we went with a hybrid. Whatever. Naomi took care of capturing all of the great memories from the day…including a ton I missed. How beautiful are these photos?

Boca birthday vendors
Cake by Publix

  • You can buy our giant birthday balloons through this affiliate link. They made such a statement and we were even able to re-use them!
  • The “My Little Pony Happy Birthday” sign can be purchased through this link.
  • All of the “My Little Pony” plates/cups/napkins/cutlery are available through this affiliate link.

2. Premier Bounce N Slide: Because you need the kids to work off all the sugar before you take them home

We rented a bounce house for Avery’s birthday party from Premier Bounce N Slide! Everyone loved it. Not only do they have traditional bounce houses for rent, but they also offer water slides, dry slides, obstacle courses, tents, tables, chairs and face painting! It’s a one-stop shop for parties.

3. Trusted Party Rentals: Because there’s nothing like seeing your child’s face light up when their favorite character shows up at home

We wrote all about the founder of Trusted Party Rentals HERE. I chose them as our costumed character vendor because they had PRINCESS POPPY! She’s from Trolls in case you didn’t know. Poppy had her own handler and arrived right on time.

MBMom Tip: Schedule your character to arrive 15 minutes before you cut the cake. You’ll have some super cute photo opps!

4. Event Yard Card: Because it’s the easiest (and cutest) way to dress up your front yard

Avery’s birthday certainly made a statement in our neighborhood with this display! You may remember me decking out my sister’s front yard when my nephew was born. 🙂 We love using Event Yard Card to celebrate special occasions.

MBMom Tip: The display is actually a rental that stays in your yard for 24 hours. You can choose any combination of colors, patterns and accessories right on their website! They currently service Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Happy 4th birthday #dailybocaavery!


Read more about Boca birthday parties:

Boca Raton Birthday Party Venues: MBMom’s Comprehensive Guide

Boca Birthday Party Venues: MBMom’s Comprehensive Guide Part II

Boca Raton Tennis Birthday Party Theme


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Boca Mom Mother’s Day Gifts from minted.com | SAVE NOW!

Finding the perfect Boca mom Mother’s Day gift is no easy task. We moms are selective…okay fine, picky. But we DESERVE IT! Sure, you could request brunch at The Addison, a 90-minute rub down at Massage Heights Delray Place, a movie at iPic (all on my personal Mother’s Day schedule btw)…but I also found the coolest keepsake for our home.

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Isn’t this cool?! It looks great my living room. The print is navy and the frame is black, but you can pick any color combo. If you love our town as much as I do, then this Boca mom Mother’s Day gift from minted.com is for you. I’ve even done all of the geographic research for you already.  🙂 Sadly, FLORIDA did not fit in the text box.

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This year, receive 15% off all Mother’s Day gifts on minted.com when you use the code: CELEBRATE.

Time to get shopping!

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This minted.com offer includes photo gifts, completely custom art, custom art, foil-pressed art, pinboards, personalized stationery, notebooks, stationery essentials kit and select fine art (petite pairs).

Discount does not apply to shipping and tax. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions, including discounted credit.


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MOMpreneur Monday: Trusted Party Rentals

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.


Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Tiffany Frederick, owner of Trusted Party Rentals Boca Raton!

Trusted Party Rentals

Tell us a little about your background:

I’m a mother of three and was fortunate enough to stay at home until my third child was old enough to attend preschool.

Soon after though, I was super excited about putting on “grown-up clothes” and joining the workforce again. I worked as an ESL teacher for the Palm Beach School District and truly enjoyed helping others achieve their “American Dream”.

My dreams were rerouted when one of my children showed signs of autism. The road to realization, diagnosis, proper treatment, and school placement was long and stressful for me. I decided full-time work was not an option.

Trusted Party Rentals

One day, at one of the many birthday parties I attended with my kids, I had an inspired thought. “This is a Mickey party. Where is the Mickey? He should be here playing and dancing with these kids!” I knew from that moment I could be that Mickey.

Trusted Party Rentals

What inspired you to create your company, Trusted Party Rentals, and what challenges have you faced?

I bought my first costume in 2015. It was a Minion. I wanted to test the market, so I posted an ad on Craigslist. Surprisingly, someone called! After that, I learned how important it was to donate my time, and the impact it had on less fortunate individuals. I began to work with numerous charities, like The Broward Boys & Girls Club, Miracle Mile, Barwick Road Church, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, Palm Beach School of Autism, Maritime Academy of Palm Beach…and the giving doesn’t stop there.

Now, I employ over 20 team members who include many at-risk teens and persons with special needs. We not only rent party equipment to any venue, but perform for families as costumed characters. My company also coordinate games at events and face paint. Currently we service Lake Worth all the way to North Miami.

Trusted Party Rentals

In July, I plan to take my characters to Cuba, along with some school supplies to entertain the local children.

“Giving back to my community is the heart and soul of my business.”

My biggest challenge is to slay dragons and solve problems in my professional life and still have dinner ready by 6pm. I aim to be the cool mom with the characters at every event, yet still stop everything to watch a bug crawl on the sidewalk with my kids. To derail my evening route, just because my kids want to snuggle. I’ve realized that some nights the dishes will not be washed, the clothes will remain in a pile, and my kids could care less about a shower every day.

What is truly unique about Trusted Party Rentals?

With the help of my loving, supportive, and business-savvy husband, we have turned this party rental idea into a real business. When a client calls Trusted Party Rentals, they speak to a mom. They speak to a woman who has had experience coordinating children’s events and understands the pitfalls and challenges that may arise.

All of our staff members have had a background check and any member hired to perform as a party host has had a minimum of 5 years’ experience in early childhood development. We take pride in excellent customer service, utmost safety for our families, and professionalism.

Why should Modern Boca Mom readers become your customers?

When a Modern Boca Mom becomes a client of Trusted Party Rentals, they will have a professional experience. You will not have to stress about entertainment once you book with us. Rest assured, you are hiring professionals who communicate well and are all experienced and checked for safety. We understand our families have been looking forward to their event for weeks, months, and in some cases, a year!

Trusted Party Rentals

 What exciting things are coming up with your business?
In addition to taking my charity efforts internationally, my plan is to add more characters to our collection. There are some exciting movies coming out and we want to offer our families those characters live and in person. Who is ready for Lightning McQueen?
I’d also like to expand our service areas. “Coming to a South Florida event near you soon”, we will also soon offer event photography, concession machines and full party planning services.

Trusted Party Rentals

What you love about living and working in South Florida?

I’ve had the pleasure of living in Richmond, Virginia, Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada and nothing beats year-round sunshine! I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I love the diversity and progression of South Florida. Since living here, my kids have been to Rosh Hashanah parties, Feast of the Holy Family, Ramadan festivals, Pride parades, Vesak celebrations, and Spring festivals. This has changed us all for the better.

Trusted Party Rentals


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I Escaped the Mystery of Sherlock Room at Adventure Vault Boca Raton

Have you ever tried to escape the room? I’m not talking about the last time your kids drove you crazy…I’m talking about an ESCAPE ROOM. An interactive game with a theme and fun puzzles. My girlfriends and I were recently invited to serve as beta testers at the new Mystery of Sherlock escape room at Adventure Vault in Boca Raton, which opens May 1st. We were up for the challenge!

As long as we could bring wine(yes!)

Sherlock escape room at Adventure Vault

Mystery of Sherlock Escape Room at Adventure Vault

The premise? Watson has called your team to investigate the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes! He says Sherlock was supposed to have written back to his letter per usual. But, he has not heard back from him in days and is worried something terrible might have happened! Watson has asked your team to investigate his room for any signs or clues to what may have happened. While your team is searching the room for clues, however, it seems to be getting harder to breathe…

The door has been locked and oxygen shut off from the room. You and your team must find out where Sherlock is and escape before running out of oxygen!

Uh oh! We only had an hour to get through the puzzles and get out of the Mystery of Sherlock escape room at Adventure Vault

Did we make it before we rain out of air? Did we need help from Adventure Vault staff? Had we remembered to bring a corkscrew for our wine?

Mystery of Sherlock escape room at Adventure Vault

The answer was YES to all of the above. It’s elementary my dear!

We had a wonderful time working together and trying to figure out the puzzles and clues to make our way out. The Mystery of Sherlock escape room at Adventure Vault is a really fun group activity for mom friends or couples. The room holds up to 8 people.

Book by clicking HERE or call (561) 922-3881 and receive a 20% discount if you reserve the entire room

Good luck!

P.S. Thanks to April Golightly and my friend Graziela for teaming up with me for this adventure!


Hosted: This Mystery of Sherlock at Adventure Vault post was hosted by Adventure Vault. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given a complimentary beauty treatment for consideration in this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

SOLD OUT: Spoil Your Boca Mom at Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison

You’ve got a little less than two weeks to get your plans together #modernbocadads. Time to get cracking! Why don’t you spoil the mama in your life by taking her to Boca’s number one brunch buffet on her special day? Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison!

The Addison is opening its doors for their signature Mother’s Day brunch, which includes live music, kid’s activities, and unlimited mimosas and Bellinis. After Easter, I am eagerly anticipating the decadence…this time with my own mom and sister (a new mommy!).

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch

Boca Raton Mother’s Day Brunch at The Addison

Check out the menu, just released last week!

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch

DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 14, 2017; Reservations start at 10:00 AM

COST: Brunch is $89.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and children under 12 are half price.

Call (561) 372-0568 to book a reservations. And hopefully I’ll see all you Modern Boca Moms there!

Boca Raton Mother's Day brunch


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So You’re Thinking of Throwing a Botox Party…

OK, confession time. Who’s thought about throwing a Boca Raton Botox party? Or maybe you’ve already attended one? This is Boca after all. But honestly, appetizers, champagne…and a little “somethin somethin” to take care of those crows feet and elevens? It all sounds good to this mama!

I really do hate my elevens. 🙁

DelRaydiance is a local concierge medi-spa business serving Boca Raton and Delray Beach clientele. In addition to all of their current in-office offerings, they can now help you throw a fabulous Boca Raton Botox party for you and your group of mommy girlfriends!

Boca Raton Botox party

Boca Raton Botox Party with DelRaydiance

It’s easy. Want to host a Boca Raton Botox party in the comfort of your own home? DelRaydiance founder, Domenique Massari MHS PA-C, a Certified Physician Assistant, will come directly to you!

Boca Raton Botox party

All you need to do is confirm 10 of your friends and DelRaydiance will handle the rest! (Price is extremely competitive too- $200 per area!)


If you’re curious about other rejuvenating services, you’re in luck! In addition to Boca Raton Botox parties, DelRaydiance now offers in-office:

  • Neurotoxins (i.e. Botox)
  • Dermal fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Treatment for Excessive Sweating
  • Chemical Peels
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Micro-needling
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) for tendonitis (ie tennis elbow)
  • PRP for osteoarthritis (ie knees), hair loss and thinning, vaginal rejuvenation and erectile dysfunction

They also recently added a blog to their website with health and wellness articles, as well as interviews with other professionals. Be sure to check it out: http://delraydiance.com/

And if you’re interested in that Boca Botox party, here’s the easiest way to book:

Phone: (561) 501-3177

Email: DelRaydiance@gmail.com

15340 Jog Rd.
Suite 202
Delray Beach, FL 33446


Hosted: This Boca Raton Botox Party post was hosted by DelRaydiance. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider, so please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given a complimentary beauty treatment for consideration in this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating in 2017

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

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Post-film Q&A with Producer Roy Conli
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!


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

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:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

How will you wear your Magic Band 2?


5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year

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!

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Lovingly gazing into Lilly Pulitzer…

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?

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this year
Dress x Lilly Pulitzer
You can purchase my Lilly Pulitzer dress through this LINK.

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

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…

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year
#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly

It’s also quite delicious!


5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

5- 2017 Walt Disney Studios Films

You can check out this post to see the complete Walt Disney Studios 2017 movie slate, but let’s just say we got a BIG sneak peek into a few of the films to come. Since the conference, a few new trailers have even been sent our way and we’re excited to share!

Cars 3

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!

5 things the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year

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.

COCO

COCO

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.

Thor Ragnarok

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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Hosted: This 5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year 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 5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year post also contains affiliate links.

Cruising on the Disney Wonder with a Preschooler: Hit or Miss?

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…

Disney cruise for preschoolers

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 Wonder out of Port Canaveral.

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

Disney cruise for preschoolers

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.

MBMom Tip: I hear drinking wine is really good for seasickness. 😉 And Disney Cruise Line allows you to pack 2 bottles of wine per person. Huzzah!

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 Palate while 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!).

Animator’s Palate

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 Club aboard. 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
  • Tarzan
  • Mulan
  • The Little Mermaid
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Toy Story 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Tangled
  • 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!!!

All the kids menus are shaped like jazz instruments

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:

  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Cinderella
  • Aladdin

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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#modernbocadad and #dailybocaavery both went on this slide! I took a nap!

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!

Our experience was a great one and jam-packed for 3 nights! There were so many things I didn’t even have time to experience like the spa, Royal Court Royal Tea, Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, the adult bars and clubs and movie theater on the ship. Whew! And of course, the conference topics require their own separate blog post. 🙂

Now I want to hear from you. Do you plan on taking a Disney Cruise? Comment below!

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Choosing a Boca Raton Newborn Photographer for Your Family

If you follow MBMom’s Instagram account or read this Publix Aprons Baby Shower post, then you probably saw that my sister had a baby! A healthy, happy little boy: Aden Thomas. I am a proud Modern Boca AUNTIE! So proud, I even had a welcome home message installed in their front yard…twice…and hired an amazing Boca Raton newborn photographer to shoot my nephew about 10 days after he was born.

Thank you so much to local (mom-owned) business, Event YardCard!

I’d so been looking forward to torturing…er, I mean shooting my adorable nephew, so I called upon my go-to Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, for the occasion!

Owner Naomi Phelps will come to your house at your convenience to take memorable photos of your baby and family a few days after birth. That way, you have time to rest, recover and gather the necessary (read: adorable) props to include in the photo shoot.

Clearly, my brother-in-law’s mind was on March Madness! 🙂

Can you BELIEVE my nephew has the same red hair as my sister? It’s actually harder to tell in person, but these photos make them look like twinsies. Cuteness overload!

 

I love these shots by the pool. Mr. Aden is even wearing the lobster swim shorts his Auntie purchased for him. I see many summer Maine trips in his future!

And, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get these first photos of the cousins #adenandavery! Of course, they already have their own hashtag…

Scheduling your Boca Raton newborn photographer, Sweet Memories Photography, is easy!
  1. Contact her by clicking HERE.
  2. Request the $299.00 newborn photo shoot package and mention “modernbocamom” for an additional 15% off! Package includes: One-hour of photography time at one location AND a minimum of 75 downloadable images through your own private password-protected online gallery. There’s no obligation to purchase prints (even though I often do), which  I kind of love. One price = all the photos
  3. Download your photos and enjoy them as much as my family loves these!



Hosted: This Boca Raton newborn photographer post was hosted by Sweet Memories Photography. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was compensated for this post, but that does not impact my views or opinions.