Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Matching Clothes for Disney Photos

After a visit to Walt Disney World, my best friend asked me, “Why do your Disney pictures look so much better than mine?” My reply was, “Look at our clothing! We match.” At that moment, I created a monster. On her next trip to Walt Disney World, she had a clothing chart for each day of her Disney vacation.
Does this mean you have to wear the same shirt? No! Sometimes it is fun to wear the same shirt but most of the time we wear matching or similar colors. When planning a Disney vacation, I like to think about what we are going to do each day. For example: When we go to Animal Kingdom, I like to wear animal prints or safari colors. When we go to Chef Mickey’s, I like to wear traditional Mickey Mouse colors.

When you begin planning clothing for your Disney vacation, you may want to consider custom Disney clothing. Some create their own Disney style t-shirts and some go as far as having Custom Disney Clothing made for their children and/or themselves. Where do you find custom Disney clothing? Online! Go to Ebay or Etsy and search for Custom Disney Clothing. You will be amazed at the variety offered. You can spend as much money or as little money as you desire. If you are looking for something truly special, you may want to look up Pickalilys.com. Pickalilys offers many styles for girls and boys and the quality is worth every penny.
Believe it or not, there is a benefit to wearing Custom Disney Clothing… ATTENTION! Your child will be noticed by everyone! Characters will even take the time to look at and discuss your child’s clothing. Custom Clothing adds a bit more “Magic” to an already “Magical” vacation.

On your next trip to Walt Disney World, try a little bit of people watching. You will find families wearing matching colors, identical shirts or even identical outfits and custom Disney clothing. Coordinating clothing may seem silly to you now, but when you see your Disney photos, you will be glad you did.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Get Ready to Board the Disney Dream!

The Disney Dream

In 2011, Disney Cruise Lines will start sailing a new ship called the Disney Dream. This ship will be 50% larger than Disney’s current ships, the Magic and the Wonder!
Disney will continue their rotational Dining with 3 restaurants. The Enchanted Garden will have a glass ceiling that will change from day to night and flower lights that will bloom in time with the change. The Royal Palace will be upscale and feature designs from the Disney princess movies Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty. Animator’s Palette will transform from an animators studio to an under the sea fantasy featuring Crush and other characters from Finding Nemo who will drop by for a visit!
Remy on the Disney Dream is an intimate Adult Exclusive restaurant located on Deck 12, Aft that serves the finest in French-inspired cuisine for dinner. Offering the most upscale dining experience on board, Remy features spectacular ocean views and a warm, sophisticated d├ęcor—the perfect romantic setting for Guests 18 years of age and older.

On Goofy’s Sports Deck, the magic tees off on deck 13 with Goofy’s Golf – a miniature golf course where “lessons” featuring Goofy and his son, Max, lead guests through nine themed holes of wacky fun. Each hole offers special golf instructions – with a goofy twist. Also on Goofy’s Sports Deck, two digital sports simulators provide a variety of virtual game experiences such as soccer, tennis, basketball, golf and more. With the simulators, guests can kick, swing and throw, participating in favorite high-action sports without the hassle of chasing the ball. Max’s Courts are two mini-sized sports courts for little ones to enjoy soccer, basketball or group play. There’s full-court basketball that may also be transformed into a mini soccer pitch or volleyball court, plus table tennis and foosball tables. A walking track rings Goofy’s Sports Deck.
Another exciting feature is the new Aquaduck, a water roller coaster on board the ship!! You will be sent 13 ft over the edge of the ship and 150 ft above the water in an acrylic tube before you return to the deck of the ship. It is sure to be an exciting ride!

Little ones discover oceans of fun at this fanciful water-play area overflowing with pop jets, bubblers and lovable underwater friends like Nemo, Dory, Marlin and other favorites from the Disney•Pixar film, “Finding Nemo.” Shaded for protection from the sun and featuring a soft wet-deck surface, the 1,500-square-foot Nemo’s Reef is a place for children to cool off and play among colorful, interactive figures that move and spray water. Children will delight as they splash alongside Nemo swimming in a sea anemone, glide down a pint-sized water slide shaped like Mr. Ray and frolic near Pearl the octopus who “inks” herself with a mist of water. Kids can even get soaked in a water curtain that undulates back and forth like the EAC (East Australian Current).
Nemo’s Reef is surrounded by a glass enclosure, with a main guest entrance and a wheelchair-accessible entrance.

An element guests who book inside staterooms can look forward to is virtual portholes which are an industry first. The portholes are actually high definition video screens that will be linked to a camera on the deck to give you a view of the outside, even when you don’t have a window! And look out! Some characters may pay you a visit from time to time, and been seen from your virtual porthole, right inside your stateroom!

There are many more reasons to book a cruise on Disney’s newest ship, including in-depth interactive experiences for kids and adults, and an expanded Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island). The ship will sail both 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises, starting January, 2011.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hey, Mon! It's the Caribbean Beach Resort!

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Fact Sheet from WDWTravels Website
A tropical lakeside paradise! Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is set on Barefoot Bay which spans 45 acres. Come celebrate the spirit of the tropical islands. Surround yourself with sandy beaches, lush vegetation and the relaxing feel of a Caribbean get-away.

900 Cayman Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Check in 3pm (EST) Check out 11am (EST)

Location – Close to Epcot

General Information
* 2,112 guest rooms
*Guests rooms are divided into six island themed villages. Each building is pastel colored and two stories. Each village has its own swimming pool
*All rooms are non-smoking
*Wheelchair accessible rooms are available

In Each Room
in – room refrigerator
cable TV
Hair dryer
Iron/ironing board
Coffee maker
Pack –n- play available upon request
High speed internet access available for an additional fee

Other Services
Concierge Services
Valet Laundry Services
Coin operated laundry services
Babysitting/Child Services
Pizza Delivery Available

Quick Service Dining
Grab N Go Market
Montego’s Deli
Old Port Royale Food Court
Casual Dining
Shutters at Old Port Royale

Recreation:Marina offers water craft rentals
pontoon boats
Guided Bass Fishing Excursions

Bike trails and Bike rentals
Sandy beaches - Volleyball
Parrot Cay Island
nature trail
tropical bird watching
arcade for kids

Capacity Configuration
Standard View Rooms 4 2 Double beds
Water View Rooms Views of Lake/Pool 4 2 Double beds
Pirate Room –Water View 4 2 Double Beds
Pirate Room – Standard View 4 2 Double Beds
King Bed Rooms 2 1 King Bed
Preferred Location Rooms 4 2 Double Beds
Views of courtyard,
Woodlands, or Resort

TransportationOrlando International Airport – Magical Express
Bus Service to
Magic Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
Hollywood Studios
Downtown Disney
Typhoon Lagoon
Blizzard Beach
Summerland Miniature Golf
Fantasia Gardens Mini – Golf (bus to Downtown Disney, transfer to Swan /Dolphin Bus, and walk from the Swan Hotel
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (bus to Hollywood Studios, transfer to ESPN bus)
Other Disney World Resort Hotels (bus to Downtown Disney, transfer to Resort Hotel buses)

Review Date: Fri July 30, 2010
Would you recommend the product? Yes Rating: 9

quiet, comfortable, relaxing, beautiful scenery
Cons:some rooms are far from the commissary
We have stayed at a few different Disney sites, and this is my favorite. It is much more quiet than the value resorts, and even though the walk can be a little long, it is a very nice walk along the lake. The food was ok, room clean, and staff very friendly. I would have liked a CB specific souvenir (hat or shirt). Overall the most relaxing stay at Disney in my 15 trips.