Thursday, January 31, 2013

FREE Disney "Limited Time Magic" Wallpaper

Disney Parks Blog is offering this "Limited Time Magic" wallpaper for, of course, a limited time. There are also a number of other Disney-themed wallpapers available for download to your desktop/iPhone/Android like the ones shown below:

I think this last one is my favorite...

Click HERE to see the entire collection. Enjoy!

Where's Jack? begins this Saturday!!

Where's Jack?

As many of you know, we'll be heading out on the road to Disney World this Friday. On past trips, I've always taken pics of "Captain Jack" in various places. It's always been just for our own entertainment, but I thought it would be a fun idea to get you involved. Soooo, during this trip I'm going to be snapping pics of Jack as we tour the parks and see if you can guess where he is. Just take a look at some of the adventures Jack went on last time he was in Epcot:

"Where's Jack?" will begin Saturday, February 2nd, as we start our first day in Magic Kingdom. I'll post a pic of him and give you time to get your guess in. Then later, I'll reveal the answer. I'll also be posting other pics of our trip as well. You can join in the fun by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Clothes Packing Tip!!

You may remember in this post: Packing for the Little Ones, I showed you how easy it was to pack your children's clothing in gallon-size bags for quick changes in the morning. Well, once my sons got older, and their clothes got bigger, I could no longer follow my own advice. BUT, I came up with a new idea this week while packing for our trip to Disney World! 

This is so easy and you're going to love it! After I had figured out all my outfits for the week and stacked them, I remembered having a ball of twine leftover from Halloween. I simply tied the bundle together with the twine like a present. Now there's no reason to waste precious time in the mornings while trying to sort through shirts and pants and socks, just grab a bundle and go!

I did this for all of our clothing and it made for quicker packing in the suitcases. When we get to the resort, we'll simply take the bundles and drop them in our designated drawers. How easy is that?

Anyway, I thought I'd share this new tip with all you Disney Diners. Hope it helps. Happy packing!!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Interactive Pirate Quest Coming to Magic Kingdom this Spring!

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Disney has just announced a new interactive quest debuting in Magic Kingdom this spring: A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas. In this treasure hunt-type game, guests will complete 5 different pirate raids throughout the Adventureland area of the park using a map and magic talisman. In addition to collecting the treasures, they will also have to fight off enemies like Captain Barbossa and the Royal Navy. If successful, they will be welcomed aboard Captain Jack Sparrow's crew. By the above illustration, it looks like it will be quite the adventure!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Disney World Packing List and Tips

   With our trip only two weeks away, I sat down and wrote out a packing list of all the things we'll need. I figured it would be a good idea to share it with you to help with your planning. As you can see, I've listed the items by category to make it a little easier to gather them. I don't have a listing of baby items because honestly, it's been so long since I had an infant in tow, I wouldn't know where to begin but I'm confident that all of you moms pretty much have that down pat. So I hope this helps a bit with your packing and makes for a more organized trip. ;)


Photo Camera, extra battery, charger, memory cards, bag
Video Camera, extra battery, charger, memory cards (or tapes), bag
iPad, wall charger, car charger
iPods (for everyone in family), earbuds, charging attachments
Laptop, charger
Cell phones, chargers
Power strip (to charge all of the above devices)


Body Wash
Scrunchie (this is what I call that net loofah thing you wash with)
Pump hand soap (if you don't want to use the bar soap the resort supplies)
Shaving Cream or Gel
Floss or Floss picks
Makeup Remover/Face Soap
Face Lotion
Lip Balm
Hair Gel
Brushes & Combs
Curling/Flat Iron
Hair Elastics/Barrettes/Bobbie Pins
Blow Dryer
Nail File
Nail Clippers
Nail Polish
Nail Polish Remover
Cotton Balls
Glasses Cleaner
Glasses Cases
Hand Sanitizer
Baby Wipes


Eardrops (in case of swimmer's ear)
Mini First Aid Kit
Tylenol/Pain Medicine
Motion Sickness Pills 
Prescription Meds
Cough Drops
Sinus Medicine (make sure it says "Daytime" on it, don't want nobody dozing off)
Allergy Medicine (like Benadryl, in case of allergic reaction to anything)
Antibiotic Ointment
Anti-Itch Cream
Insect Repellent Wipes
Moleskin (in case of blisters)
Ziploc Bags (put everything in bags so they won't leak on clothing)


T-shirts (preferably Disney)
Sweats/Running Pants
Hoodies/Light Jackets
Thermals (to slip on under T-shirts at night, if it gets cold)
Socks (take more than needed, we've lost some in the washers/dryers there before)
Tennis Shoes (the most comfortable you can find, we like Nike Free)
Shoe insoles
Crocs (I know they're ugly but in case someone gets blisters, they sure come in handy! It's happened.)
Beach Towels (the resorts only provide the white bath towels in room)
Scuba/Water Shoes
Belts (the men always forget these)
Extra/Old Glasses (just in case)
Backpacks or Totebags

LAUNDRY: (I always wash mid-week while at Disney)

Laundry Detergent (I'm taking the little all-in-one pods, Disney sells single-use boxes for about $2 each)
Fabric Sheets
Laundry Bag (to use as a hamper and to carry it to the laundry room in)
Roll of Quarters (Washers and dryers cost $2 per use)


GPS, charger
Road Maps
Driver's License
Auto Insurance docs
Rental Car Paperwork (if applicable)
AAA Card or Auto Emergency Assistance phone #
Ice Chest
Ice or Ice Packs
Books or Electronic Reader
Trash Bags (or recycle Walmart grocery sacks)
Paper Towels
Hand Wipes
Paper Plates
Chips & Snacks
Bottled Water
Pepsi and/or Dr. Pepper (Disney only carries/sells Coke products)
Portable DVD Player


Hotel Paperwork/Vouchers
Driver's License
Credit/Debit Card
Cash (for tipping Mousekeeping and waistaff)
Theme Park Tickets (take photos ASAP in case they're misplaced)
Envelopes (to leave tips in room for Mousekeeping)
Small Notepad (to write any important information, such as check-out details)
Stamps (if you plan to send a Disney postcard home to family members)


Wet Wipes (First things first: Wipe down that remote!!)
Clothespins (to hang swimsuits & trunks to dry)
Plastic Shoe Pocket Organizer (hang this over shower curtain to keep shampoo, soap, etc.)
Ziploc Bags of all sizes (You will see they come in handy).
Dixie Cups (don't want to keep using the same cup to brush teeth all week)
Bottled Water
Travel-size Sewing Kit (a button may pop off after eating all that yummy Disney food) :D
Eyeglass Repair Kit
Pillows and/or pillowcases (I'm not very fond of their pillows. A little too fat for my liking.)
Nightlight (if you need to get up at night and don't want to wake everyone in the room)
Window Clings/Removable Decals (this is a great way to remember which room is yours)

AT THE PARKS (Here are some things you may want to take in your backpack):

Park Tickets (and the photos/copies in case they get lost)
Resort Room Information (you'll need to give this if you want to ship purchased items to resort instead of carrying them around all day)
Wallet or Purse
Driver's License/ID
Credit/Debit Cards
Medical Insurance Cards
Disney PhotoPass Card
Park Maps (you can pick those up in your resort lobby or by park entrance)
Lanyard to carry park tickets/room key
Dining Reservation #s (on index cards)
Cell Phones
Photo Camera, extra battery, memory cards
Video Camera, extra battery, memory card or tape
Rain Ponchos
Compact Umbrella
Bottled Water
Trail Mix, Snacks
Mini-First Aid Kit
Moleskin (for blisters)
Antibacterial Hand Gel
Wet Wipes
Tylenol/Pain Medicine
Sinus/Allergy Meds
Motion Sickness Pills (His first ride on Star Tours and hubby was a goner, these would've helped.)
Asthma Inhaler
Lip Balm
Insect Repellent Wipes
Eyeglass Repair Kit
Hair Elastics (One time the zipper-pull on our Mickey backpack broke and one of these saved the day.)
Ziploc Bags
Large Safety Pins (busted backpack strap, bra strap, torn clothing, etc.)
Extra T-shirt (in case of spilling incident)
Extra Socks (It helps to avoid blisters by changing to dry socks in the middle of the day)
Pennies and Quarters (if you want to use the penny-press souvenir machines)
Trading Pins and Lanyard (if planning on trading Disney pins with cast members)
Autograph Book and fat pen (it's hard for the characters to hold a skinny pen)
Hidden Mickey Book
Small/Pen Flash Light (to see while digging around in backpack during night parade/fireworks)


1. Ziploc bags (in all sizes) are a must. I pack all of our toiletries in the gallon-size bags so they won't leak on any of our clothing and so they easily be unpacked once we are at the resort. Also, it makes for a quicker "bag check" through park security if they don't have to scrounge around in a backpack full of loose pill bottles, batteries, etc. Another use: if you ride on Splash Mountain, place your camera inside a gallon-size bag and seal it well, to avoid it getting wet. If you have small kids, read "Easy Packing for the Little Ones" where I show you how to pack their outfits for the whole week in gallon-size Ziploc bags. It makes for an easy morning when in a rush to get to the parks.

2. Pressed Pennies: If your kids (or you) plan on collecting these cheap souvenirs, then read "Pressed Penny Packing" for the best way to store your pennies and quarters for easy access. This is a fun way to pass the time and the kids will love hunting down different machines/designs.

3. Receipts: I like to keep a tally of the money spent per day on dining and souvenirs, so I label an envelope with the day/date and then every time we eat, I stick the receipt into that day's envelope. So by the end of the day or week, I can know how much was spent and where (and so I can do a food report for you guys when I get back). I also do this for our souvenirs. I write each family member's name on an envelope and stick the receipt for whatever they bought inside it. One time my younger son bought a toy that was delivered to our resort broken and I was able to easily locate the receipt by going right to his envelope instead of sifting through a pile of them. And I stick all of the envelopes into one of those plastic zipper pencil pouches that kids use for school. It's waterproof and it keeps everything from getting all smashed in the bottom of the backpack.

4. Index Cards: Write the day/date at the top of each index card and make a list of your family's "Must-do or Must-see" attractions. This will help you to keep in mind what you should focus on first. Also, write down any dining reservations (and their confirmation numbers). Another thing to jot down is the time for any parades or fireworks you plan on seeing. Check the card occasionally throughout the day so you'll have plenty of time to find a prime viewing spot.

So I hope this list has helped with your packing and planning and if you have any other suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments section below. Happy packing!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater's BLT Soup Recipe

Warm up with your favorite sci-fi movie
and a bowl of this creamy soup.


BLT Soup Recipe (Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater)
*serves 2-4


2 (10 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
2 cans (use the empty ones from the tomato soup) of whole milk
1 tablespoon basil
ground pepper, to taste
lettuce, shredded
bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled


Pour soup into a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add in milk. Stir well, until lumps disappear. Add basil and pepper. Stir. Reduce heat to low and let simmer 10 minutes while you make the bread crisps (recipe follows).

Ladle into bowls and pile shredded lettuce in center of soup. Top with crumbled bacon. Garnish with 2 seasoned bread crisps. Serve hot.

Seasoned Bread Crisps


Baguettes or French Bread, sliced 1/4" thick
Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice baguettes 1/4" thick. Place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Brush olive oil on tops. Sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes until crisp and golden brown.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Spirit of Aloha Rice Recipe

Spirit of Aloha (Disney's Polynesian Resort) Rice
*serves 6-8


1 lb. white rice, cooked
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon clarified butter (butter oil)
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
1/4 cup carrots, peeled and diced
8 ounces of cabbage, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced


1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar


Saute vegetables (onions, carrots, cabbage & garlic) in butter until tender. Add in cooked rice and soy sauce. Sprinkle in seasonings and mix well with a large spoon. Serve.