Disney Store is Celebrating 28 Magical Years

Friday, March 27, 2015

I think we can all safely say that when we need a taste of magic, we can all count on a trip to the Disney Store to grant us a mouthful. As it turns out, Disney Store will be Celebrating its 28th Anniversary on March 28th! To celebrate, there will be a special one-day savings online and in-store.*

Each store will host a special opening ceremony and if you are part of the first 28 guests to make a purchase, you will receive a free gift. Throughout the day, Cast Members will be on hand to share in engaging activities and the 28th minute of every hour, prepare for the Cast Member JAMboree. 

Here are the specs on what to expect for the celebration:

28th ANNIVERSARY – Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Special opening ceremony**
  • 28 great gifts, one for each of the first 28 guests who make a purchase in each local store**
  • 28th minute of every hour, dance and sing during the Cast Member JAMboree
  • Additional free activities offered throughout the day
  • Special one-day savings online and in-store

  • Disney Store locations nationwide and online at DisneyStore.com

*Some exclusions apply. See Store for details.

**Contact your local store for operating hours.

To find a local Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. For more information, please visit www.disneyconsumerproducts.comGuests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on Facebook or follow Disney Store on Twitter to stay connected to your favorite destination.

All Star Music Resort

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Upon arriving to the security gate of the All Star Resorts in Walt Disney World, I felt a twinge of excitement. We (my husband, Gus, and I) have only stayed on-site once. We've always passed by the huge marquees of other resorts, but had never gotten to enjoy them...until now.

Some of you may already know, but the All Star Resorts are made up of four neighboring resorts. You have:
  • Disney's All Star Music Resort
  • Disney's All Star Sports Resort
  • Disney's All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort
Now these four resorts make up Walt Disney World's "Value Resorts". A Value Resort is the lowest resort type Walt Disney World offers. Art of Animation is considered a "Value Plus" as its amenities and rooms allow for a more "comfortable stay".

Upon arriving to the security gate, we were kindly greeted by the security guard and allowed in. We drove up and unloaded our car. After a cast member took our luggage and stored it in luggage storage, due to the fact that we were quite early for our check in time, we walked in and were surprised. There was still Christmas decorations and music filling the space with holiday cheer. We excitedly got to the check in desk to find out our room was ready for us. As we already had our magic bands with us, we took our car, parked, and walked up to our room. As we got our first view of the resort, our immediate attention went to the huge guitar-shaped pool. In the middle were some of our favorite characters: Donald Duck,  José Carioca, and Panchito from the animated short film, The Three Caballeros.

The Value Resorts are known for their oversized, larger than life decor outside and their over the top theming inside. There are five different musically themed sections that one can stay at at the All Star Music Resort:
  • Calypso - Tropical styled music fills the air as bright bold colors pop out at you. Bongos and xylophones are the oversized icons you'll find. This area is considered the "Preferred" area being the closest to All Star Music's Main Hub. 
  • Jazz Inn - Reminders of New Orleans and smooth jazz music fills the air. A small rose garden in the middle gives a small hideaway for those who want to disconnect. 
  • Rock Inn - There was definitely a cool vibe in the air. Guitars and Amps will be the oversized icons for this area.
  • Country Fair - This area will definitely remind anyone of country style music. Huge western boots will surely remind you where you are.
  • Broadway Hotel - The Big White Way is greatly represented here. With it's enormous show marquees, how couldn't you be mistaken that you weren't in New York?! ( My only critique is that they still need to add in the Aladdin Marquee...I'm just sayin...)
We stayed in a Calypso building, with a view looking out to the pool. Our room had a King size bed, small fridge, microwave, and flat screen television. The bathroom was wheelchair accessible, so it didn't have a tub...but it made for a ton of space to shower (which had a removable shower head).

This bed was really comfy.

Overall, for its value, we had a great time at the resort. For more images from the resort, check out the photos below.

Have you stayed at the All Star Music Resort? How was your experience?

Stirring up conversation with Disney Dinnerware

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recently a few of our writers returned from amazing adventures in Disney World.  A common thing that everyone has struggled with upon return is missing the "Disney Magic".  Getting into the swing of the daily grind after a Disney adventure can be rough!

One thing that everyone agrees on is that finding ways to keep the Magic alive at home is part of the fun!

One way that we keep the Disney Magic alive at home is by incorporating Disney dinnerware into our meals.  The last time we were at Disney we picked up some dinner plates that would be fun for our son to use at home and snuck them home in our luggage.  For Christmas he received an Animal Kingdom plate from Santa and for his birthday Belle sent him Be Our Guest dessert plates.  Aside from being fun to look at, the plates bring back memories from Disney that stir up dinner conversation.  It's fun for everyone to remember the magical moments and conversations spark about our next Disney adventure.

A special package from Belle

I am wondering which Disney pieces are going to stow away in my luggage on the way back from our next trip in April.  On this trip I am going to get a few pieces for myself.  Every time I go to England in Epcot I eye the Alice in Wonderland tea set but find an excuse not to bring it home.  The new Starbucks tumblers and mugs are also high on my wish list.
Do you have any favorite pieces to recommend?

Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party - Holy Moly!

Friday, March 20, 2015

  OK - I was a bit skeptical. I really like watching the fireworks from the ground. And, honestly, I thought "Why pay extra for dessert and fireworks when I can get dessert all over Disney and the fireworks show is free?" Here's why.

This is a totally unobstructed view of the fireworks and a limitless buffet of amazing dessert treats - Disney style. There is something for everyone. It's like dessert tapas. Tiny chocolate mousse, cream puffs, cupcakes, cannoli, pastries and ice-cream with toppings. There are beverages, too, all in limitless supply. Just get another plate and pile up. Once the fireworks start you can go right up to the railing and view the whole thing. I have to admit, I would do it again in a heart beat.

 If you love Disney fireworks, just about the only thing that can make them better is a plate (or two or three) of amazingly delicious desserts. Remember, you can book up to 180 days in advance and you should!

Have you experience the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party? What was your favorite dessert....I mean...part of the experience?

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