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Monday, April 22, 2013

You can fly- make your own Pixie Dust!

Walk into my house, and if the television is on, there's a 75 percent chance you'll find Disney Junior on.  With a three year old and one year old, it's allowed me to get quite a bit of work done some nights, so I'm not complaining (at least right now).

You'll often find movies on-Lilo and Stitch, Pocahontas, and Peter Pan.

As a result of this, Peter Pan has been a conversation point- and of course we get plenty of Jake and the Neverland Pirates too.

I've seen everyone's favorite recipes and crafts popping up all over Pinterest  Facebook, and something that caught my eye was how to make your own "Pixie Dust Jar."

I asked my daughter, Klarabelle, if she wanted to make one... and of course I got an immediate yes, following by right now- so here's a tip, only ask if you have the supplies on hand! 

Not only is it Disney-esque, it took only a few supplies, and seemed rather easy. Hey, I can't screw this one up, right?!

So, we took a glass jar, a couple glowsticks, and some glitter. I wanted to try and put a Tinker belle sticker inside, but all I could find was a Disney Princess sticker.

This was really easy for Klarabelle. I love to do easy crafts for two reasons- so I can't mess them up, and my kids can help.

 The only tricky part is cutting open the glow stick. When I started to shake it, I wasn't exactly in the jar, and I ended up with a glow in the dark kitchen counter for awhile. 

We cut open a glow stick, poured some glitter in....

And then we shook it all together!

And, my daughter being the movie buff she is, she knew that Peter Pan first appeared to Wendy when she was in bed. This is a REALLY great craft if you want to get your kids to bed- it was 3pm, and she was ready for bed. This is my daughter, who doesn't know the definition of a nap. Off to bed for a nap we went!

This also makes a great nightlight!

Unfortunately, this didn't end well for me. Klarabelle woke up, and was not very happy that she didn't wake up with the ability to fly. She no longer wants to make pretend pixie dust- only real pixie dust. So.... while I'm looking for directions on how to make Pixie Dust that makes you fly, try this one out!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Around the world... in just one day!

So many people plan to go to Walt Disney World and don't even blink an eye when they think of Epcot.

Of course everyone loves Magic Kingdom. That's understood. But if you're going to WDW, and not making a trip over to Epcot, you are making a mistake. There's plenty for people of all ages to like- that means you too!

I'm not going to get into all of the park and the rides today- that would make this an extremely long post- but I will get into the part of Epcot that I personally love.

Epcot is also home to the World Showcase. The World Showcase is made up of pavilions for these eleven countries: 
Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. (Check out my previous post about my favorite restaurants in the World Showcase)

At each "country," you can find goods and merchandise from each place, as well as workers from that country. It's so awesome to be able to visit "Italy," and have discussions about life in that country with one of the employees. 

(Here's a tip- you can do something similar at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We had a wonderful conversation with a worker who was outside at the savanna. She was from a country in Africa, and told us some wonderful stories while we searched for some of the animals after a dinner at Jiko.)

One of my husband's favorite things to do is purchase a packaged snack or food product from a country each time we visit. You can find all sorts of unique products this way. Last time we visited, he bought some sort of mixed cookies from Germany. The chocolate on them was delicious.

IllumiNations is also a wonderful fireworks show. I pulled these facts from Disney. You'll find at the IllumiNations fireworks show:

  • The Inferno Barge, a liquid-propane mechanism that launches balls of fire 60 feet into the air
  • The 350,000-pound Earth Globe, the world's first spherical video display system
  • Jim Cummings—the voice of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and other Disney characters—narrating this nighttime spectacular

So next time you're planning on going to Walt Disney World- make sure you plan one of your days to visit Epcot! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My top five restaurants from all over the world... in Epcot!

The World Showcase at Epcot is a blast. It's fun to hear the different music, see the different clothing, and I just love some of the perfume I can find here!

You can also find some wonderful dining options here. Disney didn't go half in when they made the World Showcase- they made sure every detail was taken care of. As such, they also created some authentic restaurants that you could only otherwise experience by visiting these countries!

Without further ado, I'll list my top five restaurants in Epcot. Please note- yours does not have to be the same, and our taste buds may differ. I know that I can vouch for these restaurants, and I had a wonderful experience at them. If you disagree, or have a favorite of your own, leave me a comment with your thoughts!

5. San Angel Inn-Mexico

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for Mexican food. What really sets La Hacienda de San Angel apart in my mind are the wonderful and tasty Margaritas. Seriously, these are soooooo good. Don't have too many, or you'll be sleeping on the bus ride back to your resort. Of course, you can also purchase a Margarita from the stand in front, but there's nothing like eating some authentic Mexican food along with the Margarita. I also love the location of this resort, it is so awesome inside! 

4. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall-Princess Storybook Character Dining-Norway

They could serve day old bread, stale chips, and warm soda at Akershus and it would still probably make this list. If you're going here, it's not so much about the food, as it is the experience. You are able to dine with the Disney princesses, and its a wonderful experience. My daughter was thrilled to be able to have a conversation and dance around the restaurant with Ariel. She was able to wait in a 5 person deep line to get a picture with Belle. Good luck having these same experiences outside in the park... you'll be waiting for quite some time. The food is ok- honestly, it's not my favorite, but I don't leave hungry- but this is one place you can't miss if you have a Disney Princess fan. The time you save visiting the characters that you can devote elsewhere is extremely valuable as well.

3. Biergarten-Germany

I just love the atmosphere here. It's full of fun, and is also home to a tasty buffet. The inside of the restaurant looks like an outdoor beer garden... or should I say, Biergarten? The singing and polka with the kids is a blast too.

Just check out a few of the menu items you'll find on the buffet-

Gegrilltes Brat Huhn mit Rosmary und Thymian (Rotisserie Chicken flavored with Rosemary and Thyme)
Eissbein-Gratin mit Gebackenen Zwiebeln (Pork Shank-Gratin with Fried Onions)
Gebratene Kartoffeln mit frischen Krautern (Roasted Potatoes with fresh Herbs)

And there's plenty more. Seriously- where can you get the same experience, and find the same menu, in your town? Biergarten is worth a visit, just to get the cultural experience. It's a wonderful place to find a cold beer, if that's your thing. Is the food the best? Not everything matched up with my tastes. But thats ok- there was plenty that I did like, and the experience was so much fun.

2.Chefs de France-France(duh!)

I think this one has to be obvious... as France is known as a culinary delight. Sorry, no french fries and french toast here- it's the real deal.

There are a lot of items that are way too adventurous for this Missouri girl, and I have zero ideas on how to pronounce them.

But I do know you macaroni and cheese snobs will change your tune here. Yes, I know.. France, and you're talking macaroni and cheese? But this is no ordinary Mac and Cheese.

It's Gratin de macaroni - Baked macaroni with cream and gruyere cheese!

And the dessert.... OMG. Just Fedex a box of these suckers to my house, please!!!

My favorite is the "Profiteroles au chocolat" .. in English, that means Puff choux with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Unbelievable!!

You'll also find Remy from Ratatouille here at special times. He even says "cheese" for pictures. Another part of the Disney magic!

1. Le Cellier- Canada

This is the ultimate restaurant in Epcot. The food is out of this... country?!

First, the bread you receive at the beginning is wonderful. I just love the pretzel bread.

Next, you will have a hard time finding a negative review of the cheddar cheese soup. It's legendary. Made with Moosehead Beer and's something that you will yearn for when you are sitting at your home, dreaming of Walt Disney World.

You can't go wrong with any of the steaks here. The Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon is my favorite... and I don't even really like mushrooms. The poutine fries are an unforgettable experience as well... soooooo delicious!

We always top off our dinner with Maple Créme Brulée, it just seems right when you are in Canada, eh? 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Planes- this summers Disney hit!

Doesn't it just seem like yesterday Cars was coming out? I remember it like it was yesterday... a warm summer Friday night, and I was just wanting to check out what everyone was talking about. I had no idea what I was in for. And soon after, it became the monster that it is!

Well, buckle up. Disney is at it again, and this time they are taking it to the air.

From the official Disney website, 

"From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. 

So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters."

That's right- August 9th. So to all school teachers and children who despise August, there's at least one reason to look forward to August now!
I know I can't wait to take my own children to see the film- and we'll be visiting Walt Disney World in September. I'm sure we'll find plenty of "Planes" propaganda (and hopefully a character) at the parks.

Of course, I'd be crazy if I didn't mention the newest film announced by Disney Pixar. Finding Dory will be released in Fall 2015... Seems like this one took awhile, compared to Toy Story and Cars. Nevertheless, I'll still be excited!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Disney Summer 2013 Discount-Save up to 30% on your room!

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