Thursday, December 18, 2014

Raising a Disney Princess

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It seems that many American families have Mommy's little princesses these days. Maybe it was always that way, but I certainly did not have anything in my wardrobe with massive amounts of tulle or chiffon at age 6 like my darling daughter does.

As I was dropping her off today, the crossing guard remarked that my daughter was "just so stinkin' cute." That was a nice little compliment, considering she dressed herself today.

She is wearing on a Queen Elsa dress that Grandma had purchased for her. This isn't a costume. Rather, it is a blue, short-sleeved (hey - we live in Phoenix) cotton dress with a big, poofy silver skirt attached. She put on gray leggings underneath and added a sweater at my insistence. She decided to wear this outfit for the last day of school before Winter break because she wanted to wear her custom-made Frozen-inspired necklace. This outfit was the only one that "matched," according to my little princess.

Oh, and I don't want to forget the sparkly silver headband with three giant hearts that she added. You know... for extra pizzazz.

I started thinking about how many such outfits she has. Truly, she does not have as many as some of her friends or classmates. Still, she is better dressed than I am. Many of her outfits exceed in cost what a good pair of shoes do. I welcome hand-me-downs (thanks to the neighbors, we have a lot). Grandma likes to ensure she is fitted in anything sparkly.

The funny thing is, my daughter's style is very much determined by how she is feeling for the day. Recently she has been insisting she is "not girly" and that she is a tomboy. Daughter, your self-chosen outfit begs to differ!

I know I am raising a Disney Princess. I am SO fine with that.

Even though I would never have enough patience for her to be in pageants, I am guilty of coveting some of those ornate dresses. If my kiddo would stand for it, I would totally dress her up like a little doll!

Of course, she is sixteen in a six year old body. So, anything Mom thinks is cute is out the door.

I have to admit that I love when she agrees to wear Disney Princess costumes on every day of our Disney trips. It makes for great pictures... and memories!

How many of you have your own Disney Princesses?

Laura, Travel Agent
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Halloween at Disney

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No matter if you are going to Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California, you will have a blast any time of year.  Of course, holidays at Disney are like nowhere else on Earth!

I'm going to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort on October 6, 2014.  
Will I see you there?

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  Even beyond that, NOTHING compares to Halloween time at Disney!  

In addition to Halloween-themed attractions, there are Disney Villains prowling the grounds, dance parties, creepy crafts, trick or treat stations and more!  

There's even an amazing fireworks spectacular, Halloween Screams!  

Don't forget to dress up and join in the fun.  There's Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade, which you won't want to miss!  I'm thinking I might have to be Snow White again.  Or maybe Alice in Wonderland! 

While Walt Disney World in Florida certainly goes all out for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, I prefer the Mickey's Halloween Party celebration at Disneyland Resort in California.  Why?  I'll tell you why!  Haunted Mansion Holiday happens ONLY at Disneyland Resort! 

What is Haunted Mansion Holiday, you ask?  Disneyland makes the Haunted Mansion over in spectacular Disney fashion... with characters from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.  That's right!  From September 12 to October 31, you can experience the magic with Jack and Sally and the residents of Halloween Town!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!

If you're brave... don't forget to check out Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, too!  It's kinda spooky thinking those ghosts might just pull you out of your seats!  I am getting creeped out just thinking about it.

If you would like to go to Disneyland Resort and experience Halloween Time, drop me a line!  I'd be happy to plan your Disney vacation... always at no extra cost to you.

Laura, Travel Agent
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Will I survive 24 hours of Disney?

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Starting at 6 a.m. on May 23, 2014, Disney Parks visitors will get to show their #DisneySide at a 24 hours of Disney event called Rock Your Disney Side at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Rumor has it that many rarely-seen characters will make their appearances in the parks and will stay all night long!  

Perhaps the most exciting part of the celebration?  Guests are invited to dress up as their favorite heroes or villains!  

I had the hardest time deciding who I could dress up as to show my Disney Side.  While I would have LOVED to go as Maleficent, I chose the original Disney princess - Snow White.  

My kiddo was quick to tell me how little I look like Snow, but I reminded her how fun it will be for both of us to dress up and she "allowed" it.  :)  Besides, I did order a wig.  Of course, I don't know if I can go all day wearing a wig!  

Now, do I think I can last until 6 a.m. on Saturday morning?  No way!  Still, with a nap back at the hotel mid day, I should be able to spend a good amount of time in the parks with my kiddo both during the morning and at night!

I'm told that at Disneyland, Olaf from #Frozen, fireworks and live entertainment will greet park visitors promptly at 6 a.m. on Friday in the Esplanade.

The party will go on all day and all night, with Mickey's Soundsational Parade after midnight!  

Watch out for Disney Villains, who may be plotting a takeover of the Royal Hall at Fantasy Faire as I type this!  :::shudder:::

Can you stay up late?  At Disney's California Adventure, there will be a Mad T Party and a 3 a.m. performance of World of Color.  

I'm so excited to be able to show my Disney Side at Disneyland on Friday.  Are YOU going to Rock Your Disney Side with 24 hours of Disney?!

Laura, Travel Agent

Once Upon A Vacation

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