It’s no secret at all that I’m a huge Disney fan, so often our Halloween costumes are something along those lines. As we’re trying to pin down our final choices for this year, I thought it’d be fun to share these 25+ DIY Disney Costumes for Kids in case any of y’all are also still on the fence!
Y’all probably know that I’ve been blessed to visit Disneyland many times. If you don’t know that, you now should because it’s an important part of who I am personality: I love Disney everything!!! That being said – I’ve NEVER been to Walt Disney World before. I know, ridiculous, right? In less than 3 weeks I’ll be heading there for my first visit, and am SUPER excited! As I’m getting ready with all the trip planning, I thought it’d be fun to make my Walt Disney World Bucket List – all the fun things I want to check off between this visit and (hopefully) many more in the future.
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If you’re making this list for YOUR upcoming vacation, be sure to check out Get Away Today for great prices! Use Promo Code: BMHDisney for $10 off your vacation package! To make it a bit easier to go through (and check things off) I’m breaking it into the different parks – that way if you’re just visiting one, you know which items on this bucket list you may want to try!
- Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Do Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with my girl(s)
- Get family caricatures
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game
- Stay after closing to see the “Kiss Goodnight”
- Do a Hidden Mickey Hunt
- Mail out something at the Main Street Mail Box
- Make a wish at Cinderella’s Wishing Well
- Ride the Walt Disney World Railroad around the entire park
- Try a special Fireworks Dessert Party
- Stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite
- Try the ‘grey stuff’ at Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Make a pressed penny
- Eat a Dole Whip
- Eat a Turkey Leg
- Try LeFou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern
- Participate in a Run Disney race
- Eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Pick-a-Pearl at Epcot’s Japan Pavilion
- Try an authentic dessert from each country in Epcot World Showcase: Canada, UK, France, Morocco, Japan, United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, Mexico
- Eat an authentic dish from each country in Epcot World Showcase: Canada, UK, France, Morocco, Japan, United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, Mexico
- Do Agent P’s Search in Epcot
- Try all the drinks at Club Cool – even the Beverly
- Attend Epcot Food & Wine Festival
- Attend Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
- Eat at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater
- Dine with an Imagineer
- Be the ‘rebel spy’ on Star Tours
- Meet Kilo Ren
- Trade with a Jawa
- Meet Chewbacca
- Watch DiVine perform
- See the Lion King show
- Squirt people from the bridge on “Kali River Rapids”
- Take a sunrise safari at Animal Kingdom
- Experience the Tree of Life at night
- Try out the spa at Grand Floridian
- Try the kitchen sink at Beaches & Cream
- Get a fully-stocked Mr. Potato Head w/accessories
- Horse & Carriage Ride
- See the Christmas gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian
- Watch fireworks from California Grill
- Disney movie & S’mores at Fort Wilderness Campground
- Dine at the Chef’s table at “Victoria and Albert’s”
- See Cirque du Soliel La Nouba
- Attend the “Hoop Dee Doo Revue” at the Fort Wilderness Lodge
What’s on YOUR Walt Disney World Bucket List?
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As part of Craft Lightning, this takes only 15 minutes of ACTIVE time – that doesn’t include fridge time, baking, or drying time for the icing. The basic ‘craft’ of this tutorial is the fun icing decoration part!
Ingredients – Cookies
5 cups All-purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 cups Unsalted Butter, softened
2 cups Granulated Sugar
Ingredients – Royal Icing
2 Egg Whites
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
Orange & golden yellow gel food coloring
Cookie Cutter: Mickey Mouse Head
Directions – Cookies
- Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth (not grainy) to the touch in a mixing bowl. Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix. Add the vanilla. Continue mixing. Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
- Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball. Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight.
- Check to see if the dough is firm. If so, preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit. Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter (if needed).
- Roll the dough out on the cutting board and, using the mickey head cookie cutter, begin to cut out your cookies. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a metal spatula, move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked. Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. (About 10 minutes).
Directions – Icing
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring) If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar. When the icing is ready….
- Divide the icing equally into 3 bowls. The first bowl of icing add several drops of yellow gel food coloring. Stir to mix. The second of icing add several drops of orange gel food coloring. Stir to mix. In the third bowl, keep this bowl of icing white. Spoon each color of icing into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips. Twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
- Following the picture of the Candy Corn Mickey, visually divide the cookie into 3 parts. Outline the top of the cookie in white icing. Starting with the middle of the ears and straight across the head and continue to outline around the ears and head. Allow briefly for the white icing to dry. Outline the middle section of Candy Corn Mickey in orange icing. Starting with the lower half of the ears and half of the face.
- Outline the lower part of the Mickey’s head in the yellow royal icing. Allow for all of the outlining to dry. Fill in where the cookie has been outlined in white( the top part of Mickey’s head) with the white thinner icing.* Allow to dry for about 30 seconds. *Squeeze the half of the white of the icing into a bowl then add 1 tsp of water to this and mix it in. Leave the rest of the icing in the frosting bag for later use on the cookies. Fill in where the cookie has been outlined in orange ( the middle part of Mickey’s head) with the orange thinner icing.* Allow to dry for about 30 seconds. *Squeeze the half of the orange of the icing into a bowl then add 1 tsp of water to this and mix it in. Leave the rest of the icing in the frosting bag for later use on the cookies. Fill in where the cookie has been outlined in yellow ( the bottom part of Mickey’s head) with the yellow thinner icing. *Squeeze the half of the yellow of the icing into a bowl then add 1 tsp of water to this and mix it in. Leave the rest of the icing in the frosting bag for later use on the cookies.
- Allow the cookies to dry for 5-10 hours and ENJOY!
Other Disney fun…
When I was a kid, I thought that Pete’s Dragon was such a cute film! I wanted to have a funny, goofy dragon to be my friend. When I heard about Disney’s new movie, I was so anxious to see it – but the trailers looked like it could be a little much for younger kids. I guess I wasn’t the only one, because after I took one of my twin 6-year-olds to a screening for it, several friends asked me ‘Is Pete’s Dragon Scary for Kids?‘
I’m relieved to say – nope, it wasn’t too scary! Yes, there are some high action moments with Elliot (the dragon) trying to escape, a heart-stopping rescue, and yes I shed a few tears – but none of it seemed to scare my Iron Man the least bit. The exception being right at the very beginning, when Pete is first alone in the woods. Some wolves chase him and surround him for a brief moment, but then Elliot comes to the rescue and the sweet friendship begins.
Not only is Pete’s Dragon perfectly fine for most kids (this is my personal opinion, please judge for your OWN child), but it showed a lot about friendship, bravery and belief. My Iron Man kept talking about what a great friend Elliot was, and how well he took care of Pete.
The cast is incredible, and made this magical film even better with all the heartfelt moments, adventures and little quibbles. Oh – and have you ever been sneezed on by a dragon? Looks rather icky, but hey – at least he gets to see a dragon I suppose!
I don’t want to spoil anything, so just trust me when I say this movie is beautiful – from the fabulous graphics to the touching relationships. The ending will leave you grinning – with possible a happy tear or two. Pete’s Dragon is IN THEATERS NOW – so go nab your tickets and enjoy!
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Disney has really brought out some AMAZING movies this year, and another one coming up that I’m super thrilled about is Pete’s Dragon! I remember watching the older version when I was a kid and wishing I had an Elliot watching over me. I mean, come on – your very own dragon friend?! Anywho, to get ready for the film, here’s some fun free printable Pete’s Dragon Activity Pages for you – or your kids!
There’s quite an assortment to choose from – whether your kids want coloring pages or door hangers, bookmarks or even a LEARNING activity packet, they’ll have plenty of entertainment! Gotta get through these last few weeks of summer break somehow, right?
Download and Print here:
Plus check out this awesome clip about Elliot, the fabulous dragon!
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I remember reading THE BFG when I was much younger, and even watched the cartoon film way back when. I loved it – the adventure, the friendship, all of it! It’s been a long while since then, but I’ve been anxious to see Disney’s THE BFG Movie – it’s Truly Magical!
I was able to take my sister with to the screening, as she was in town visiting, and she agreed they did an amazing job and can’t wait to see it again. I knew the visuals would be outstanding, mainly because Disney has blown us away on so many of their recent films. CG has come a long way, and it really helps bring these stories to life! How else could some goofy-yet-cruel giants look so real, or the tree where all the dreams (and some nightmares!) are found look so beautifully alive? From start to finish, it was stunning and kept us entranced the whole way through.
The characters were fantastic – Sophie was a brave, spunky little girl who grabs your heart, and may just entice you into a new adventure! She did really well at showing the lonely orphan mixed with the strong-spirited girl she is.
I instantly fell in love with the BFG – he can be clumsy and timid – but is such a soft-hearted friend that you can’t help but wish you could REALLY have a BFG in your life. Wait until you hear how he talks – so funny, yet adorable at the same time! Plus those ears – fabulous!
I was a bit worried about the other giants – the mean ones who eat children – but was pleasantly surprised that Disney was able to show them as mean and cruel, while still giving them a funny aspect so younger kids wouldn’t be afraid. They could giggle at these monsters, instead of worrying of giants nabbing them from their beds at night.
I asked my sister what her favorite part was – the Queen! Wait until she’s on the phone making calls, you’ll know what moment she’s talking about – hah! Oh my goodness, and the Frobscottle – a bubbly, green drink of the giants that bubbles actually flow DOWN. Guess what that means? Yup, some super funny (and ‘musical’, as the BFG says) moments!
I love this story even more than when I was a kid, and can’t wait to share it with my kiddos soon – it’s in theaters NOW, so grab your tickets and let your family join in the magical, hilarious adventure with Sophie and the BFG!
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From added entertainment and magical new shows, to extended hours or discounted bonus tours, there’s a LOT to look forward to if you’re planning a trip to Orlando this year. Here’s some of the fun and Exciting News for Walt Disney World Summer 2016! (photos courtesy of WDW News, used with permission)
I’m receiving a major discount from Michael’s VIP Tours so I can give a full and complete review of my experience with them. All opinions are mine alone.
Since crowds can be higher in the summer months with all the kiddos out of school, it makes services such as Michael’s VIP Tours even more beneficial for your family or group! They understand this, and wanted to make it even easier for people to afford their already-great-priced services, so they dropped their rates from $150/hour to $125/hour for the summer! Woot woot! This is for up to 9 guests, so even if you have a larger family it’s certainly do-able. The knowledgeable guides know the best routes, how the crowds typically move, and what rides/parks are busiest when – this allows them to guide you through your best, customized-to-you vacation experience with wait times 15 minutes or less, regardless of the time of year. Don’t like a strict schedule? Don’t worry, the trip is completely up to you, but the more you trust in your guide (who will strive to make the trip the best for YOU based on your own preferences, goals and group) the more they’re able to help you. YOU are ultimately in charge, though.
Animal Kingdom is even BETTER THAN EVER, as they’re kicking off their evening entertainment this summer! Stay later into the evening for more adventure and magical memories, such as the fabulous Rivers of Light. They’ve also opened a very nice restaurant called Tiffins, open for both lunch and dinner offering a ‘diverse menu drawing from places that inspired the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’.
In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Toy Story Mania ride opened a 3rd track, which has helped wait times and fast pass availability. While we haven’t been to WDW in Orlando, yet, my kiddos LOVE this ride and are always begging to ride it again and again to see who can beat the best scores! For the record, I hold the record in my family 😉
Frozen Ever After is scheduled to open June 21st at EPCOT’s World Showcase in the Norwegian pavilion! “Hoist the sails in Arendelle aboard an ancient Norwegian vessel as you set out into the wondrous wintery world of Frozen!” There will also be Frozen meet ‘n greets available in Royal Sommerhus for all those Elsa and Anna fans. Be ready to ‘Let it Go’ and just have fun!
I received a luggage piece to assist with this post. All opinions are mine alone.
Whether you’re running errands, need a little quiet time at home, have a road trip or family vacation – this printable Superhero Activity Booklet is fantastic fun for any hero lover!
Remember a couple days ago when I shared the fun Superhero Luggage Tags? I told you I’d also be sharing a booklet for some travel (or just around the house) activities to keep the kiddos happy. It’s super simple, too – just print it on an 8.5×11 sheet, then fold it up into a booklet!
There’s a maze, crossword (with plenty of Avenger names and words to find!), and they get to design their own superhero!
My kiddos said I should’ve made it BIGGER to fit into my new Hulk suitcase – and that I should get more of the Hulk suitcase to go with each character in the book! I laughed and told them to save up to get it for themselves for our next family trip 🙂 But they do have a point – it IS a bit small compared to my giant suitcase!
My family’s been super excited for the early screening we were able to attend last night for Walt Disney Studio’s Finding Dory, and it did NOT disappoint! From the previews that we watched (and rewatched) beforehand, we could tell the overall jist of the movie was Dory finding her long lost family. But guess what? Finding Dory is about more than family – it’s about finding yourself! Here’s 5 reasons you can’t miss Finding Dory – in theaters June 17th! Don’t worry – no spoilers here 🙂
Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, used with permission.
Reason #1 to See Finding Dory: Laughing is good for you
You’ve most likely seen the first film – if you haven’t, go watch it. Like RIGHT NOW! I’ll wait…..
Now, having seen the first one, you know to expect plenty of funny, laugh-out-loud moments. It’s filled with them, and even though it pulls at your heart strings, takes you through excitement and adventure, it keeps you laughing the whole way through.
Reason #2 to See Finding Dory: Hank
As much as I totally LOVE Dory, I have to say my new favorite character is Hank the septopus (he only has 7 arms, so is no longer an octopus)! So grumpy, yet a big fluff-ball inside. With little patience, it’s quite the show when he has to team up with Dory. Love this guy!
Reason #3 to See Finding Dory: New Friends
It seems every character in these films needs to have a cute, hilarious quirky aspect of them. Take Destiny the Shark Whale, for example – she has problems with sight, so runs into things constantly. Then there’s her ‘neighbor’ Bailey the Beluga Whale, who’s echolocation is out of whack. These two, along with a bizarre-but-loyal bird named Becky, join Marlin, Nemo and Dory on this wacky adventure to find Dory’s parents.
Reason #4 to See Finding Dory: What Would Dory Do?
Merlin, the always-thinking-to-the-detail type of fish, learns that sometimes, thinking things through is NOT the way to go. He and Nemo realize that to help their friend, and themselves, they need to start asking ‘what would Dory do?’ You’ll be surprised at what some of these goofy friends come up with as they try to think – or anti-think – like their best pal Dory!
Reason #5 to See Finding Dory: Finding Yourself
Yes, Dory’s trying to find her family that she lost long ago – and realizes that sometimes family is more than just biological. Sometimes it’s those you meet along the road of life, people – or fish – that cross your path and stay in your heart forever. But the movie is even more than that – it’s about finding yourself, your qualities and your true nature. It’s about finding your own worth, and sometimes what you may think is the worst thing about you, is actually a wonderful thing!
See – told you no spoilers! Now you need to grab some tickets, family and friends and go see it for yourself – Finding Dory is in theaters June 17th! And guys – STAY UNTIL AFTER THE CREDITS!!!
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I received a luggage piece free to assist with this post. All opinions are mine alone. #PackMoreFun
My inner nerd is absolutely THRILLED this week guys – and you get to share in the fun! These Marvel Superhero Luggage Tags are perfect for that upcoming vacation, or you can just use them for any superhero tag project. Gotta love flexibility, right?
Check out that suitcase! It was so hard to pick just one from the fantastic Marvel collection at American Tourister. I’m definitely Team Cap, so was leaning towards getting that one until I saw this Hulk suitcase calling my name. I mean – I love purple, for one, and also how could I resist a giant smashing fist?! My youngest, who’s chosen superhero is Hulk, was super excited – especially since it was almost as big as him! The twin in the top pic had to get his moment with the Hulk luggage, too.
Before we get to our awesome Superhero Tags, I couldn’t resist showing you a little more…..it expands, because of course Hulk gets bigger as he gets more angry (just as I get more angry when I pack too much!), the outside is hard, but there’s a little padding under the inside lining – which is covered with MARVEL, by the way. And THE HANDLE SAYS HULK! Needless to say, I’m in love with this suitcase!
For the tags, I wanted to offer plenty of variety – of heroes and of boy or girl. This way practically everyone can be happy! You can either match it to your own Marvel Suitcase, or just add some HERO to your other luggage!
Because you may need a larger tag for some occasions, but smaller for others, I also did a variety of sizes – a Large, Small and Mini. Here’s a standard sharpie marker for comparison…
Large on the left side, small on the top right, then mini the bottom right. I’ll probably utilize the larger tags more often – but the mini’s are so stinkin’ adorable! Just hole-punch the top, write your name or whatever info you WANT on there on the back (or front, you’re choice) then laminate, to make it extra sturdy and reusable.
I’m loving how the She-Hulk tags look with my new suitcase, and can’t wait to take it on a work trip I have next week – perfect time to show it off! And guess what? Since I know not everyone uses luggage tags, or only does when you’re flying, I also created this fun Superhero Road Trip printable booklet for y’all!
While we do most of our family trips during the school year (I know, shame, right? Oh well!) it’s getting to be vacation season for a lot of others. I decided to put together this Magical List of Disney Vacation Fun and Resources to help you out for your next family Disney trip!
Fun Before You Go
Disney Themed Parties
Recaps & Past Disney Experiences
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If you didn’t get a chance to see Disney’s new hit Zootopia in theaters, you’re in luck because it’s now out on DVD! We were thrilled to get ours, so we could rewatch our favorite pals face quite the adventure together. Plus, now you can Create Your Own Zootopia Adventures with the movie AND some awesome Zootopia toys!
If you recall, we really loved Zootopia when we got to see it in theaters – in fact, it’s my new favorite animated film (see why here). I even got to sit down with the directors – such a fun time chatting about the film! My kids were hilarious after the movie, including their favorite moments in their play. I can’t recall how many times I’d hear them yell ‘blood, blood, guts’ and I’d peak in to see them acting out just like Judy. Quite theatrical, to say the least! Now they have some fun toys to assist with their adventures, and it’s a blast hearing them include lines and jokes from the movie.
Judy’s Police Cruiser is the perfect size for my rambunxious boys, and they love letting her drive around in it. As the wheels turn, the front lights flash – of course this is the kids’ favorite feature!
The back turns into a little jail cell to help her catch any bandits while out on patrol.
They’ve already talked about saving up to nab the other character figures that can go along with it. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Mr. Big!
I don’t think my Iron Man will let go of Nick Wilde for awhile – at least he’s playing with him as they use their imaginations and not JUST squeezing him for the sounds over and over again.
I love the phrases they included – ‘Officer Toot Toot’ got quite a laugh from the kids!
I’m curious what fun phrases Officer Judy Hopps has!
Don’t forget, you can now nab the DVD! Here’s the basic idea of the film, if you haven’t seen it yet: “From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a comedy-adventure set in the modern mammal metropolis ofZootopia. Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case – even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.”