May the 4th Be With You!

Happy National Star Wars Day Everyone!

I know most of us, including myself & my family are wishing we could be in Disney World on this extraordinary day! Years passed have proven to be so magical spending this day at Hollywood Studios! What a magnificent day it was the weather in Florida during the beginning of May is usually gorgeous and has been known to be usually a more low-crowd time. Plus you get all the beauty of Flower & Garden show.

Here are some ways to celebrate May the Fourth while distracting yourself about what is going on in the outside world, while easily maintaining your safety as well as others’:

Disney Plus is now streaming a new documentary called the Gallery which will show behind the scenes in the making of the new hit series The Mandalorian now streaming on Disney Plus. You can catch the entire Star Wars Saga on Disney Plus as well! You can also find Clone Wars and Rebels on Disney Plus.

Sorcerer Radio – I just heard a string of some Disney Park Star Wars Music! Nothing like hearing park themed music to get you in a better mood. Download the app or listen from the website Sorcerer Radio and you may just hear some cool Star Wars Tunes!

Shop Disney now has some new “The Child” (aka Baby Yoda Merchandise) – shirts for everyone, “The Child” funkpop, character action figures, as well as other Star Wars type merchandise.

Lego Store has a promotion going on where if you spend $75 on select Lego sets or more they will give you a free Death Star 2 Battle set. ENDS TODAY!

Get out your own Star Wars Legos and build something NEW! Put those creative juices together and make something fun and do it OUTSIDE because its another gorgeous day in the North East! Soak up every ounce of the sun you can get! No better way to do it than playing with Star Wars Toys or Legos!

Take any Star Wars toys or Legos you have and go outside and set up your own planet.

My kids recently whipped out their OLD Lego Stars Games on the Wii.

You can purchase a download of Lego Stars Wars Force Awakens for $20 on XBOX made in 2016.

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We Upgraded to Disney Annual Passholders! Discount Secrets Revealed….

This past August 2019, while we were vacationing in the World at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, for our second trip of the year, we were in a pretty good position and decided to upgrade to Annual Passes for all the perks!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge August 2019

It was pretty easy to upgrade, while we were in Magic Kingdom on the first morning of our stay we simply went over to City Hall on Main Street. It was so easy and of course the cast members are always so helpful. As soon as you upgrade you are instantly able to recieve merchandise dicsount of 20% in just about all of Disney World’s Retail Locations. The discount varys on the dining locations depending where you eat, but we always get the Deluxe Dining Plan, so we weren’t worried about using our discount there. You can however, get the discount on any snack or type of food at your Disney World Resort Hotel that is Disney OWNED and almost all the locations (if not all) throughout the parks, so if you are buying a soda or snack or even a meal out of pocket you will get a discount!

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So if you are thinking about upgrading during your stay, I do not recommend waiting until the end of your trip because it actually will be activated on the first day of your trip and why miss out on that merchandise discount?!

The next best perk about being an Annual Passholder was the amazing discount that popped up when we were looking to go and arrive on New Year’s Eve and stay for a week. We got a huge discount at the Grand Floridian – it was bigger than what was being offered at Polynesian and Contemporary – and almost all of the resorts were booked up as well. We couldn’t pass up how much cheaper it was to stay at the Grand Floridian than at Polynesian which was our first hotel choice.

I wanted to make sure we arrived before New Year’s Eve so we wouldn’t miss the last Christmas Parade in Magic Kingdom which is on December 31.

So we flew down Monday night, December 30 after my husband worked half a day. We checked in for 2 nights at a Lagoon View and then checked out and checked into the discounted room from Wednesday January 1 and checked out Tuesday January 7. We definitely saved a few thousand dollars. So when booking with an annual pass discount definitely check on the different dates around your time of travel as well as what the different hotels are offering – hopefully you can be flexible!

We had family meet us one night in Disney Springs during our January trip for dinner, and we were even able to apply our APD to our family member’s dinner bill, which was fantastic. *Note, this might not always be the case but you never know where the Disney Magic may arise!* (They were able to park at our hotel and spend some time with us at the resort before we took the bus to Disney Springs – just let the hotel know in advance they are coming. Your company will need to povide some ID and they need your room number.)

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A Disney World Annual Pass also gives you discounts at various hotel spas and salons as well as some entertainment inside of Disney World such as AMC, fishing, the Amphicar Tour at Disney Springs, Miniature Golf, Marina Boat Rentals, Bowling, Horse & Carriage Rides at the Resorts andmore. You can also receive a discount on some of the tours provided inside the parks! There is also a discount for purchasing Tables in Wonderland. I believe that provide a discount when you renew your AP around the time it expires (they might give you a 2 week window after).

Being a Disney World Annual Passholder also gives you a discount on most extra ticketed events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Do your research.

Let’s not forget about Memory Maker! The Memory Maker is included in your Annual Pass purchase. *Even if only 1 member of your family purchases the Annual Pass, you still recieve all the benefits! Memory Maker includes all the photopass photos provided by Disney and the professional photographer photos (located throughout the parks,) those photos are added into your My Disney Experience App. You have access to all your Memory Maker Photos until your Annual Pass expires so you have time to download and store them. So unlike how each time you book a vacation you have to pay an extra fee to purchase Memory Maker, and Annual Pass includes it for every single visit.

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We were hoping to go this July or August but sadly with the current world crisis, we aren’t sure if it will be safe enough to travel with our children and my diabetic husband. So if you were considering a Walt Disney World Annual Passes it might be a great time to save for 2021. I always believe good things are ahead! I hope you’re staying safe and healthy at this time!

When is your next Disney World Vacation?

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Art of Animation – Resort Tour Video

Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation🌟

Click on the video below for a fun tour of Art of Animation from our 2016 Trip!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfBRKTIy9Vc&t=186s

 

Check out my full review of Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort by clicking HERE! 

The Traveler’s Checklist – for the Female in the Party….

Traveling to Someplace Warm – like Disney World??

Here are my top travel essentials for when traveling to where it’s hot – like Disney World!

1) Teva Sandals

My number one item when I am traveling anywhere warm are my wonderful Teva Sandals.  Not only are they waterproof and dry within minutes, but they are hiking sandals with shock absorption!!!! When I wear my wonderful Teva Sandals, my back can never feel better no matter how long I’m standing in line or how much walking I am doing and I suffer with degenerative disc disease.  Let me say that they are much more comfortable and supportive than sneakers – even when they aren’t broken in yet!

2) Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

I use this where the backpack that I carry all day, lays on my arms – so when wearing tank tops, the backpack doesn’t rub and hurt my arms!  I also use this when I am wearing short shorts where my thighs touch. (I was never a skinny person, so after having children I am more on the heavier side)  This way I don’t have to worry about my thighs chafing each other.  I have also used it where I had brought a super old, worn out pair of Teva’s on a super HOT vacation to Hershey park, and there was something that was rubbing my foot, and it instantly stopped any blister from being formed.  You can literally use this stuff on anything that may cause discomfort!  It’s clear and has no smell, so you don’t even notice you have it on.  I even put it on my son’s neck to stop any irritation from a tag.

3) Easy Hair Extensions 

Now, when we pay extra money for that fantastic memory maker we want to make sure we look fabulous in every professional shot taken.  I finally came to the realization that as I age, my hair is only getting thinner and it just doesn’t look as nice as it used to. Hair can really make or break how you feel about yourself in a picture.   I found a few types of extensions that I brought to Disney and it worked rather well.  When going in such extreme heat, it works even better putting my hair up.  The first hair extension that I have brought is a clip on – the claw simply clips onto your ponytail – so easy!  It gave me long luxurious curls and went totally unnoticeable. (Notice my Teva Sandals in the pictures below.)

The Traveler's Checklist - for the Female in the Party....
The Traveler’s Checklist – for the Female in the Party….

The Traveler's Checklist - for the Female in the Party....

The Traveler's Checklist - for the Female in the Party....
The Traveler’s Checklist – for the Female in the Party….

This year’s Disney trip 2017 I ordered these clip-in 20″, curly Synthetic 7 piece hair extensions.  These are awesome because they come so curly, but the curl does stick strong, even after washing.  The only problem I found was in the heat of August, they felt so unbelievably heavy in my hair…. compared to the claw clip-in from the pictures above, where it did feel slightly heavy (not going to lie) but these were definitely heavier.

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Disney Dining: Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort

The Traveler's Checklist - for the Female in the Party....
The Traveler’s Checklist – for the Female in the Party….

I also bought this newer product called Secret Extensions – Hair Extensions by Daisy Fuentes and it is a great product to add a little bit of volume to your hair.  However it is not good for putting back when you are hot and sweaty. You basically have to leave it down.WDWRESORTSANDMORE_PARKFARECHAR1_20170812_404139739055

4) Dove Deordorant

Next on the list is Dove Deodorant  When you are in Disney World in long lines and perspiring, you really want good protection.  I also like to use Dove Deodorant as another chafing & prevention. I usually roll it all over my back to prevent excessive sweating, as well as on my inner thighs before I apply the Monistat Chafing Relief Gel, and on the back of the upper parts of my thighs where I sit and shorts rub the thighs – especially when I’m wearing short shorts. I roll it on the sides of my stomach, and the front of my stomach and under where my bra sits – this way it prevents a lot of extra sweating and I don’t have to worry about any foul smells. Sometimes I purchase a separate Dove Deodorant to use on my feet.

5) Makeup – this is for the gals that love and enjoy makeup.  (If you don’t, then don’t bother wasting your time reading this tip!)

Now we are getting to my most favorite part of this article and it’s makeup!  When you have to worry about excessive sweating, you don’t want to worry about your makeup running with the sweat.  I like to use a foundation that is NOT going anywhere and that would be MAC Prolongwear Foundation Revlon makes a great color stay foundation that is comparable and cheaper.  

Then after I apply the foundation and let it sit for a few minutes I like to use a setting powder called Dermablend Loose Setting Powder and this way I know it’s not going anywhere.

Next for eyes I use a concealer by Este Lauder called Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum and Concealer – and once I apply that I usually pat some more Dermablend over my eyelids.

Following, I like to dab some Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation over the rest of my face before applying some blush or bronzer.  I always use both a non-waterproof mascara mixed with a waterproof mascara and my recent favorite mascara to use ever is Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and you MUST use the waterproof over all, as your last few swipes to ensure that its not coming off – you never know when you will get a splash going down the big hill on Splash Mountain or maybe you try the Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom?!! Freshly, I have found this amazingly easy lash-extender called Divaderm Lash Extender in a bottle – you simply brush it on in between coats of mascara! I personally LOVE the look of false eyelashes but who has time or wants to sit and play with them?!  This is just an easy way of getting thick gorgeous lashes. Make sure you start out with a coat or two, and then after you apply finish up with a few coats of waterproof.

The Traveler's Checklist - for the Female in the Party....
The Traveler’s Checklist – for the Female in the Party….

After my lashes dry, I use a color stay liquid eyeliner on the lids of my eyes – Mac has a great one called Mac Liquid Last – I have been on water slides and have had buckets of water dumped on my head and this did NOT run one bit LOL!!!  Revlon has a great Color Stay liner .  I usually like to choose brown when it comes to eyeliners.

6) Wet Brush

What a great discovery! The Wet Brush – good for any hair type to detangle hair after the shower. The Wet Brush makes combing through knots so much quicker when trying to leave the hotel to head to the parks.  With all the wear and tear on my poor hair, it sometimes really needs help with those pesky knots.

7) Redkin Diamond Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

My favorite shampoo and conditioner to bring on vacation for when you just want perfectly shiny hair is Redkin Diamond Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.  It really creates a tremendous vivid glow that also helps out with matching your hair to those extensions!  🙂  Love the smell of this shampoo and conditioner too.  I usually like to put Redkin All Soft Conditioner on top of the Diamond Oil Conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes for deep conditioning, while I soap the rest of myself. My favorite PRODUCT for my hair currently is Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine which is very comparable to Paul Mitchell Super Skinny.      I also really love Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Weightless Healing Oil Treatment that I use along with the Sleek and Shine. 

8) Face Wash

This Diz Lover’s desired way to clean my face at night is with simple organic coconut oil this way my face is never dried out.  I simply apply coconut oil and take a wet warm cloth and scrub.  When I feel like I need a deeper clean, I turn to Ponds Cold Cream.

9) Moisturizer

When I use a moisturizer and especially in the summer, I always make sure it contains an SPF.  My favorite at the moment is Oil of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with Sunscreen. 

10) Lightweight Backpack

Wow!  You have not felt a lightweight backpack until you have felt this!  Super light backpack on your back.  It only made it through 1 short beach vacation, 1 short Hershey Park Vacation and then a 11 day Disney Vacation before it went in the garbage.  I believe it would have lasted longer had I not been carrying around my children’s IPads in my pack. It’s called a Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking Backpack.  Its probably the best $15 I have ever spent on a backpack!

11) Neck Fan

One thing we discovered this past 2017 Disney Vacation was that the kids, and my husband and I enjoyed Mini Neck Fans, much more than carrying around the big spray fans that you can purchase inside the parks.  I originally purchased my mini neck fan in the travel section of Harmon Cosmetics but the highlighted link is to one on Amazon.com . They don’t take up much space at all – unlike the big spray fans.  We also enjoyed mini cooling neck towels as opposed to the normal sized cooling towels.  The less you have to lug around – the happier everyone is!  Besides, I have learned you can walk up to any quick service station and ask for 2 cups of ice, or ice water when you’re hot!

12) Alarm Clock / Nightlight

I always use my IPhone as an Alarm Clock, but if you need, don’t forget to pack one!  When we fly to Disney and luggage is limited, I usually pack a few small flashlights that I use as nightlights.  They seem to do the trick.  When we drive I can snag some of my kids battery operated candles that we use as nightlights for them.

13) Meds

Lastly, I ALWAYS make sure to pack all sorts of medicines!  The last thing you want to do is become ill while at Disney World!  Always, always, always make sure you have your allergy meds as well as Benedryl!  You never know what sort of itchy bite you may get, or what allergic reaction you could possibly have (even though we hope that never happens).

In my backpack that I always carry inside parks (or wherever we are vacationing)  contains:

*Itch creams for bug bites – Cortisone / Benedryl / Desitin / Aquaphor

*Motrin / Tylenol

*First aid like band aides and neosporin

*Sanitizing Wipes / Sanitizer

*Drinks / Snacks

*MiniFan

*Cooling Towel

*Baby Wipes

*Sweatshirts – sometimes you freeze when walking into air conditioning after sweating all day and sometimes it cools off at night – you just never know!

*Lolipops (not just for children but I have a diabetic husband so we have to keep Gluclose Tablets as well)

*Phone Charger – I have had an My Charge from Amazon.com for 5 years now and it still works! Here is the latest version on Amazon.com.  I paid $60 back then and incredibly it STILL works great! My only complaint is that its a little heavy but its usable! 

We usually start taking extra-strength Probiotics a week to 2 weeks prior to ANY vacation and then make sure we bring extra-strength Probiotics during our vacation. The brand we use is Culturelle Extra Strength Digestive Health.

For EVERY vacation I also make sure we have a lot of WetOnes antibacterial hand wipes on hand, as well as hand sanitizer.  I try to sanitize after each ride and wash hands as soon as we enter a restaurant.  I also like to use Essential Oils as an immune booster while there too – like Theives and Frankincense by Young Living.  Peppermint can help any congestion or motion sickness, and can be used as an anti-viral as well.

Also, don’t forget to pack your typical Motrin / Tylenol – and remember meds for any sort of stomach upset, like Tums, Pepto etc.  We use children’s Dramamine as we travel to and from our destination.

I like to bring a lot of baby wipes to clean up throughout the day as well.

Lollipops can be a great way to pass the time while waiting on lines for rides!  We also love to play Disney Trivia with each other (if you run out of ideas there is an app for that which is easy to use on your phone).

I shouldn’t have to mention this one but….. Sunscreen!  Pack your sunscreen and sunglasses.  Who wants to get stuck without those essentials?

When is your next Disney World Vacation?

Check out my article on Saving Space in your Luggage: Shipping Yourself Items to your Disney World Resort prior to check in!

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney World All-Star Resorts are the least expensive Value Resorts in Disney World, but not skimping on any Disney advantages!  The All-Star Resorts are the utmost economical way to stay on Disney Property and still enjoy all the benefits and magic that Disney World has to offer. Included in the All-Star Resorts you have 3 resorts: the All-Star Movies, All-Star Music and All-Star Sports.  Each resort is themed exactly as they sound and no other hotel could be as special.

In May of 2015, our annual Disney World vacation began with us choosing to stay in Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. For being the most economic choice, there was nothing short of Disney magic; and probably more Disney themes than you would find at moderate or deluxe accommodations!

As you enter the lobby named Cinema Hall, for all central services, you escape into a biosphere of cinema, brightly lit of stars and lights you find the typical happy Disney atmosphere. Nearby you will find Donald’s Double Feature Gift Shop. The World Premiere Food Court is just like any other value with several options – all great and tasty.  Walking outside you will find the Fantasia themed pool where Sorcerer Mickey sprays water.

When you’ve got Mickey what else do you need?!

We chose to stay in the Toy Story area in a preferred room, which was slightly more money just to be near the busing and food court – and was totally worth every cent! Our children were in awe over the larger than life Toy Story ornamenting within your grasp!

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

The Toy Story section features a 27-foot-tall bucket of Green Army Men, a 30-foot-tall Woody icon and a 47-foot-tall Buzz Lightyear icon!

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

Disney All-Star Movies Resort
Disney All-Star Movies Resort

The other themed areas of the hotel are 101 Dalmatians, Mighty Ducks, Fantasia, and The Love Bug.

My husband and I greatly enjoyed the Movie’s pool bar conveniently located inside the pool area.  Disney drinks leave nothing to be desired.

Located neighboring each other, the 3 separate resorts share the busing system – which we found to be of no issue whatsoever, during our stay in early May 2015.

What you get:

  • 2 double beds.  No king size bed is available at this value resort.
  • Hair dryer, free Wi-Fi, safe, telephone with voicemail, bathroom, shower, 1 sink vanity, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock with radio, iron and ironing board, small table with 2 chairs, dresser and nightstand and more.
  • Access to Disney’s Extra Magic Hours.
  • Free transportation to and from parks.
  • Disney’s Magical Express and more!

In conclusion did we like All-Star Movies Resort?

YES!  We loved staying there.

We absolutely will be traveling back to Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort one day soon for the economic strength and comfort.  After all, when we visit Disney Parks we are rarely in our hotel room so we don’t really need all the extras the more expensive rooms bring and it ends up being a wasted value.

When you book a room inside of Walt Disney World it really depends on what fits your family’s needs best.  We love saving money!

Check out my review of our stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and also my review of the beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Where will you book your room for your next Walt Disney World Resort Vacation?

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