Saturday, September 9, 2017

What's in my Disney Carry On

That's right.... we're officially one week out from our fabulous birthday trip to Disney World! The excitement is real, guys. I've already started pulling things out to start packing! I can't believe that we've been planning this trip for over five hundred days, and now we're seven days away from taking off! I don't know about you, but I love "what's in my bag" posts and videos. It's so fun to see what other people take on trips as essentials, so I thought I would share with you what my carry on essentials are for the plane!

The number one thing that's most important is the bag. I prefer backpacks because you can stuff everything in them; they're so versatile! I'll even be using the same backpack inside the park.

Next, I'm taking my ears, wallet with license and debit card, my disney pins on my lanyard, and two lovely tsum tsums to snap photos of. I think they're just too cute and make perfect subjects for any fun pictures:). Ears travel best in a carry on that you can watch over yourself and make sure that they'll be safe.

More essentials! I'm also packing my little makeup bag that my mom bought for me while she was in Asia, my tiny and adorable tsum tsum Lipsmacker, and my sunglasses. We're going to Florida, we definitely need sunglasses. I'm also storing my jewelry in my little Alex and Ani pouch; just a couple of bangles and a necklace! Our plane ride is almost three hours long, which means we might get struck with boredom. Headphones and chargers are also a necessity, so I'm bringing these items in a small kangaroo pouch. Snacks are a must for my family, so I'm going to pack a bag of Princess Goldfish for the fam! I'm also bringing two books along with me; a library book AND a book on all of the hidden Mickeys in the park. How cool is that? It was a Christmas gift and I'm so excited to finally be able to use it.

This last item might be the most important; MagicBands! We have MagicBand 2.0 for this trip. They're SO flexible and even more comfortable than the first version of the bands. They're even incredibly easy to just throw in a bag and pack for your trip. I love MagicBands, they make everything easier with tickets and keys. 

I can't believe that I'm finally able to blog about my carry-on essentials. It's been a long journey of a Disney Countdown, and now we're almost there! 

Disney Store Ears (similar). Beautyiswithindisney Ears. Water Bottle(similar). Wallet(similar). Lanyard(similar).

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Booking Fastpasses

Hate waiting in lines? Have no fear, FastPass+ is here! Fastpasses are great for families constantly on the go-like mine- who want to get the most out of their day. You can skip the long lines for rides, shows, and even character greetings! This is a free service offered in the Walt Disney World Resort, included with your admission! What more could you ask for? Here's what you need to know! 

1. Know Before You Go

The best thing to do is to have a game plan of specific rides/other attractions that you would like fastpasses for. Even have a back-up, and a back-up for your back-up if your number one choice isn't available. I like to make a list of must-do rides for each park. For instance; a favorite ride for my family is Toy Story's Midway Mania. We try our hardest to snag a fastpass for this ride in Hollywood Studios! 

If you book with a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can access fastpass options up to sixty days in advance. If you don't book a hotel, your options open up thirty days in advance. Having a list of what fastpass choices you have makes this process a lot easier.

2. In the Park

We all know that Disney's MagicBands make everything a breeze, and it's even easier with fastpass now. All you have to do is touch your band (or park ticket) to the kiosk outside of your ride that you've booked your fastpass for. After that, you're set for fun! REMEMBER: you can book up to three fastpasses per day for a single park. Once you've used those, you're free to book another, even if it's for a different park. The fun never stops!

The most popular rides with also be the ones most in demand for fastpasses, so keep this in mind when booking. If you want a fastpass for Soarin', you may have slim pickings for time. This is why it's great to have a back up for what else you'd like to have a fastpass for.

3. More Magic

One last great thing about FastPass+ is that you can always make changes. Changes can be made in the My Disney Experience app, the planning page, with concierge in your hotel, or at a kiosk in one of the four parks. Disney really tries hard to make this process as smooth and stress free as possible! 

My family is just three weeks out from our magical Disney vacation for my 16th birthday and I could not be any more excited. The stress of planning will truly melt away once we've all arrived in the magical world of Spaceship Earth and princess Castles. FastPass+ is a stress free service that helps my family get the most out of our vacation. I hope it does for your family, too!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Favorite Ears

If you know me; you know that I LOVE Disney ears. I love the different styles and the fact that you can add them to virtually any outfit to compliment it and add a bit of Disney flair.  From wire ears to sparkly ears, there is truly a pair for everyone!!

I have the wonderful privelege of being a brand representative for Beauty Is Within Disney's ear shop on Etsy. They're SO sweet and truly take the best care of all of their costumers. Even the ears are obviously made with lots of love and care. The styles range from Disney character inspired ears to trendy Starbucks ears, the only difficulty you might have is choosing a pair that you love the most!

These are just two of the pairs she makes in her shop, aren't they just magnificent? As of right now, Beauty is Within Disney has over forty styles in the shop with more being added all the time!

 The first pair is a fabulously sparkly rainbow pair that I've received SO many compliments on already! I love that they look just as beautiful on camera as they do in person. They're so vibrant and full of color!

My second pair I totally flipped out over, I was so excited! They're Mulan inspired! Mulan is one of my favorite princesses and I feel like you can hardly find anything Mulan related/inspired so these were absolutely perfect. I love the pattern of the fabric and the bright flowers that bring a whimsical touch.

The wonderful thing about these ears is that they're both lightweight AND durable. I recently took my Mulan inspired pair on vacation in a large plastic storage bin for pictures on the beach and they hold up both on the way and on the way home!

The headband is even comfortable! I can get headaches pretty easily from things like this (I sometimes get headaches from the sunglasses on my head!) but this feels so light and easy to wear. I haven't had a headache and I know that they'll be comfortable during a long day of picture taking at the parks.

I absolutely love all of Beauty Is Within Disney's ears and I'm so incredibly thankful to be able to represent this brand and take photos to showcase these beautiful ears. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Beauty is Within Disney's Etsy
Beauty is Within Disney on Instagram

Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Schedule your Disney Vacation

This year will be my sister and I's sixteenth birthday (!) and we're going to Walt Disney World to celebrate! Planning a Disney trip can be hectic and stressful, and many people say that a trip to the parks isn't even a vacation because it's so crazy! This doesn't have to be the case. You can have all of the fun and pack as much as you want into one day with one simple trick, scheduling your days in advance!

You're probably sitting there like; what? why would I do that? I'll tell you! Scheduling what you're going to do on each day in advance takes the pressure off of you and your family when you get to the parks, and you can have a more successful trip! The best way that my family has figured out how to schedule is scheduling around our meal reservations and fastpasses. I did this with one simple tool, Google Calendar!

My family and I sat down about a month ago and figured out which parks we wanted to be at on certain days, and picked where we would like to eat. After setting days for where we wanted to eat, I planned our parks around this! For example; on day four we're eating in Epcot's Norway pavillion, right next to the new ride, Frozen Ever After. As soon as we are able to make fastpass reservations, we'll try our best to snag one for that ride!

In my calendar, I've made time slots for certain rides and fastpasses, along with time in each park before reservations. Another tip I have is color coding. Every different park in my calendar is a purple color, meal reservations are blue, and special events like fireworks or fastpasses are a teal color. It really is the best way to map everything out beforehand to see how your days will look before getting to Walt Disney World and feeling like you're drowning in all of the reservations for dinner and fastpass that you've made. I even downloaded the app that will send me a notification when a reservation is getting close, so I won't even forget!

You definitely don't have to use the calendar or the app, you could use whatever you'd like to schedule your days. I have to say that it's the best way to have all of your plans on hand at all times, so you can guarantee a mostly stress-free trip! Even if you're constantly go-go-go like my family, the outline of which rides and which places to eat really helps to ease everyone's anxiety.

Walt Disney World is such a magical and fun place, but there's always a bit of tension in wanting to make your trip perfect. It will be perfect, as long as you're having fun and making memories with the ones that matter most to you!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Animal Kingdom Street Style

                                         | shirt  | jacket  |  shorts  |  ears  |  shoes  |  bangles  | fitbit 

If you know me, you know I love two things; colorful things, and Disney things. So obviously I squeal with joy and do a happy dance when these two are put together. I absolutely love this shirt from The Mainstreet Press, the fabric is so soft and breathable, so it will be perfect for a day in the parks! 

I have to tell you about these shorts from Old Navy now. Would it be terribly crazy if I told you I own about 5 pairs of these, all in different colors? That's how much I love them! They're perfect for summer time when it's crazy hot and you would rather not bother with pants. They're also spectacular for wearing to the pool or to the beach, when you're dying to jump into the cool water and take a load off from the hot summer days. 

I can't wait to wear this outfit to Disney's Animal Kingdom in September and bask in all the streets of Harambe style, but for now I'll stick to showing my Disney style outside of the parks ;). 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Where We're Eating

It seems like 2017 is just flying by, and we're quickly approaching my sister and I's birthday trip to Disney World. So much so that we recently made our dining reservations! For this trip, we're on the Disney Dining Plan which includes one table service meal, one quick service, and two snacks a day. I thought it would be fun to share with you where we're eating, especially some of my favorites. Our trip will be here before we know it and I am so excited, I can hardly wait!

Our first day will be spent at my family's favorite park (besides Magic Kingdom, of course), Epcot! We've always wanted to eat in Mexico, so that's what we're doing. We made late lunch reservations for the San Angel Inn Restaurante which looks beautiful and has wonderful reviews.

The next day we'll be off to Hollywood Studios, and this time we're trying out the Hollywood and Vine for lunch. It'll be especially great for my younger brother who is totally in love with the characters right now, he'll have a wonderful chance to meet them! This one includes our tickets to see Fantasmic, one of my favorite firework shows ever!

This next place we're eating at is by far my favorite; Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant. This is quick service but we made our reservations and I just couldn't leave it out! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and the last time we dined here it was wonderful! We're going to be enjoying breakfast in the lovely Enchanted castle, something I'm so excited for. The breakfast food looks as good as the castle!

Our final day of reservations we have made is for two different parks; Epcot and Hollywood Studios. We'll be eating in the Norway pavillion for breakfast at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. It's a wonderful place to meet the princesses and we even have the earliest reservation to be in before the park opens! A nice tip I have is to make your reservations for this breakfast before the park opens so you can be in Epcot and near the highly anticipated Frozen ride to get in line as soon as you can!

 For dinner that night, it was my brother's choice. He chose his personal favorite; the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater. The food and atmosphere are both exquisite here, my family's favorite part was sitting in one of the cars and watching a movie. Don't forget to grab a milkshake! 

Our final day is my personal favorite, 'Ohana character breakfast at Disney's Polynesian Resort. The charcters are to die for (I love Stitch, he's one of my favorites), the food is fantastic, and the theme is the perfect kid-friendly/family style Hawaiian atmosphere that my family loves.  We especially love the famous breakfast beverage, which consists of orange, passion fruit, and guava juices!

These are all of the dining reservations we have so far, and of course this doesn't include all of our quick service meals or snacks (Dole Whips, anybody?). I hope this helped you gather some inspiration on where you and your family might like to eat the next time you take a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Majestic Mermaid Style

                 | bomber jacket | tee(similar) | jeans | shoes(similar| sunglasses | bangles | fitbit |
My family and I recently took a little shopping trip to the mall, where I found the MOST BEAUTIFUL bomber jacket that I've ever seen! I knew that I had to have it; it just screamed magical princess vibes at me. It's honestly one of my most favorite pieces in my closet... and it's so comfy! The fabric is super breathable so it'll be great for a hot day in Disney, or just being a totally fabulous mermaid princess on any normal day. :) I'm in love with it!!