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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Great Movie Line


 Spring Break was the first time in my Disney journeys that I experienced the need to wait on a line for The Great Movie ride.  The total wait was under 20 minutes but they had us entering around the perimeter of the Chinese Theater.  It gave a great glimps of different angles of the area- I particularly liked the view of the Sorcerer Hat peaking in around the corner. And for the first time I noticed the off center sign for the ride! lol!



Monday, April 29, 2013

Beautifully Disney Nail Polish :)


Well, you know I am picky with shades and quality when it comes to nail polish. And the new Beautifully Disney line passes my tests! The colors are rich and polish isn't too thin, the names/themes are great and I love the mini set! By far my fave is Off to the Ball-- I actually made my own nail polish in this exact shade before I got married because my "something blue" was my pedi! This line is beautiful and amazing Disney quality as expected!  I took pics featuring each of the four colors you can find in the mini-set for $19.95 around the parks and on the Disney Store website! :)




Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blue Skies across World Showcase Lagoon


Nothing like a relaxing stroll along World Showcase for a lazy Sunday.  
Where would your first stop be today?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My favorite topiary: Rafiki!

How can you not love The Lion King topiary?


Thursday, April 25, 2013

PART 3: MY FREE TRIP TO DISNEY & HOW YOU CAN GET ONE TOO!

HOW I AM USING CREDIT CARDS AND REWARDS POINTS TO MY ADVANTAGE TO TAKE A FREE TRIP TO DISNEY 
PART THREE // MONTH THREE



1.  Disney Visa Rewards Card 
Current Earnings: $71 in Disney Dollars (Only earned 1 dollar this month! lol!)
Goal: Pay for our park tickets + Christmas Party tickets- $650 

Still need: 579


2.  Starwood Rewards American Express Card 
Goal: Cover our stay at the Swan and Dolphin for 4 nights- 40,000 points
Current Earnings: 12,983 (the equivalent of a 1 night stay!) 
This card offers a bonus 15k points if you spend 5k on your card in 6 months.  My goal is to do this by the end of the school year so I come in at just under 5 months time. Currently with 2 months left I have spent (and paid off weekly, mind you) 2,983 / 5,000 Still Need: 28890 total

3.  Jet Blue American Express Card 
Goal: Pay for our flights- 40,000 points
Current Earnings: 16,290 points (After our Spring Break Trip- My husband has another 4,000 we can transfer for $50 if need be also so I dropped the total needed to 40,000!)
Still Need: 27,710 points

4.  Discover Escape Card       
I don't spend enough money to use another card for everyday purchases and save money so I didn't really earn anything this month and won't be using it for this experiment any more!

5. Paypal Savings
Goal: This was originally planned for extra spending money and then I realized that we don't have access Disney's Magical Express shuttle service! We will need to pay for the Mears transportation shuttle to and from the airport and the Swan (or Dolphin) which will cost $34 per person, so roughly $70 total.
SavingStar: $2.90    Ibotta: $5.00
Current Earnings total: $7.90
Still Need: $62.10

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Smokehouse at the America Pavilion


As lover's of Food and Wine Festival my husband and I were pleasantly surprised by the delightful food booths at Flower and Garden Festival this year.  We stumbled upon the Smokehouse by accident but loved the pork! 




Monday, April 22, 2013

Snow White and the Flower & Garden Gnomes

I loved this set of topiaries at Flower and Garden fest this year!







Sunday, April 21, 2013

Join Second Star Studios for a Disney Scavenger Hunt!


Location: The scavenger hunt that will take place between Downtown Disney, The Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort, the Contemporary Resort, and the Polynesian resorts. Anyone can do it without needing a park ticket and they get to explore areas that they may not have otherwise known existed!

Date: TBD but sometime at the end of September so that it's not too hot.

Cost: July and August the early registration fee is $10 per person. Children under 5 free!
August and September registration will be $15, and then the day of $20.
To register, starting this summer Second Star Studios will have info and listings uo in their Etsy shop!

Benefits: 50% of the entry fee will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. And another portion will go toward prizes!

I wish I lived closer to Disney World yet again for the chance to participate in this awesome scavenger hunt!! Don't forget to keep an eye out on Second Star Studios Facebook page and etsy shop for registration information!
As promised during our giveaway- here are a few pics of my hubby rocking his Second Star Studios Robin Hood inspired shirt! "Oo de Lally!":)




Saturday, April 20, 2013

Night & Day Week: People Mover (Night)

Not even two months before our trip my grandma had a severe stroke.  After some slow recovery she had an infection in her brain which required surgery on our travel day.  I had spent such a huge amount of time this winter worried about our trip being canceled because of snow (we live in the Northeast and are schoolteachers so when we use too many snow days we lose days off of Spring Break) it suddenly seemed trivial.  I am normally so easygoing and optimistic but I really needed a vacation and I was so worried I would have to postpone until summer.  This trip seemed so perfect and so well deserved that I lost sleep and stressed even though in retrospect that was so silly.  On the day of our trip when my grandma was having brain surgery I prayed so much that I felt so stupid for caring if snow would ruin my trip- all that really mattered was if my grandma would be okay.  My grandma is the kind of grandma that that could make everything okay.  She would yell at us and then five minutes later distract us with something in a sing-songy tone or do something so silly (not always on purpose) that we would be on to the next thing before we knew it.  She had candy hidden everywhere and is present in so many of the important memories of my life.  I can't picture my life without her in it and on the cold New York day I didn't know if I could get on the plane with out knowing she was okay.

Just before we boarded I got a text from my mom saying she made it through surgery.  The road ahead is still long but she is still holding my grandpa's hand and giving us hope for a recovery that I know she has left in her.  To distract ourselves from worry my husband and I reminisced about a Disney World story starring my grandma.  My grandma and grandpa have a condo on Anna Maria Island in Florida and they used to go down during the winter to escape New York for a while.  On one trip they headed up to Disney World.  One of my favorite stories is about my grandma on the People Mover.  She saw the track and saw the cars moving around Tomorrowland including over by Space Mountain.  Not knowing the name of the ride but seeing the track she hopped on the Space Mountain line AND RODE IT thinking she was on the People Mover.  It makes me laugh just thinking about it and the People Mover is even more special to me knowing her mistake!  I snapped these pics on the People Mover during Wishes on our last night in Disney in March.  :)







Night & Day Week: People Mover (Day)


There are few rides I love as much as I love the People Mover.  I love to relax, I love to people watch, I love the way Tomorrowland feels like a 1950s version of what the future may bring (how did the manage to make it nostalgic for someone who was not born until 1983?).  This is a must ride for me, multiple times each trip. Here are a few of my favorites from 2013:


(PS- I was totally excited about the red bow earrings I am wearing in this shot)






Friday, April 19, 2013

Night & Day Week: Spaceship Earth (Night)


Pictures like this make it worth spending the money on a DSLR alone. No edits needed when the parks are this beautiful. :)

Night & Day Week: Spaceship Earth (Day)


VINYLMATION GIVEAWAYS!!!


I am going to be spreading the Social Networking love with a small series of vinylmation giveaways! The first ends today! Tinkerbell Vinylmation Instagram Giveaway!
Here's how to enter:
1- Follow Picturing Disney on Instagram
2- Repost this picture of Tink with the tag #PicturingDisneyGiveaway
3- Keep your eye on our IG account for the winner announcement on Friday!
If you are the winner, email me at: PicturingDisney@gmail.com with your name and address!

Starting today is the Dumbo Vinylmation Twitter Giveaway! 
Here's how to enter:
1- Follow Picturing Disney on Twitter
2- Retweet the Dumbo vinyl picture from this morning with the tag #PicturingDisneyGiveaway and mentioning me @PicturingDisney!
3-  Keep your eye out for the winner announcement on Twitter on Wednesday!

And next week you will have the chance to repin on Pinterest to enter to win the Repin Pinnochio Vinylmation Giveaway!
1-Follow Picturing Disney on Pinterest
2-Look out for the Pinnochio Pin on Wednesday!
3- Repin with the tag #PicturingDisneyGiveaway
4-Keep your eyes on the blog for the announced winner!

Good Luck & Pixie Dust! :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Night & Day Week: Cinderella Castle (Night)

As we headed out of the park at 3am after a great night of extra magic hours during Spring Break I snapped this shot with my phone.  There is something magical about the way the castle pops in the dark night sky.


Night & Day Week: Cinderella Castle (Day)


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Night & Day Week: Be Our Guest (Night)


Night & Day Week: Be Our Guest (Day)


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Night & Day Week: Rapunzel Tower (Night)


Night & Day Week: Rapunzel Tower (Day)


Monday, April 15, 2013

Night & Day Week: Main Street USA (Night)


Night & Day Week: Main Street (Day)

View from the front of the castle

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Night & Day Week: Ariel's Undersea Adventure (Night)


Night & Day Week: Ariel's Undersea Adventure (Day)




Saturday, April 13, 2013

Gaston's Tavern Review


As most of you know I have been dying for the Beauty & the Beast area of the Fantasyland expansion to open since I was about 10 and wanted to be part of that world (excuse my Little Mermaid reference, but you know I love that one too).  There has always been something about Belle, I loved her as a heroine, I loved that she was a brunette bookworm, I loved the story and I was obsessed with it as much as some who is barely double digits in age can obsess.  
On our recent trip we finally got to experience this area and while there are pages and pages of Be Our Guest pictures on the way, I though I should start first with Gason's Tavern which I found to be wholly underrated in the things I have read on other sites.   First I think its important to look at the theming, because they really did capture the essence of Gaston's Tavern from the film. Right down to the dartboard where Gaston is kicking Lefou's butt and the portrait and chair of the hunky villain.


 Next thing of note is that the food is tasty! My husband and I both had some "snacks" here but both of us were so filled we skipped lunch! He had the lamb and I had a pastry- yummy cinnamon rolls.  I would go so far as to say that the Lamb Shank is tastier than even the infamous turkey legs and I say this as a person who never loved turkey legs enough to order her own! The cinnamon rolls, which I loved, are bigger than Gaston's biceps and served hot! Yum! It was great eating on the lodge style tables and relaxing during such a busy time of year while everyone else was off trying to get in for a counterservice at Be Our Guest!



I also think its important that we mention the signature drink "Lefou's Brew" which is a frosty apple flavored drink seems to be often compared to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Butterbeer.  I did not make the connection until someone posted it on our Picturing Disney Facebook page but I do not think that we can compare these two drinks. Yes they come in souvenir mugs that are around the same size, but they are completely different.
And I like them both. :)








Friday, April 12, 2013

Oh Canada!

I don't know what it is about Off Kilter but even if I have made 5 laps around World Showcase and heard the days set before I always find myself stopping for a listen! 



Everything You Need to Know if you're Staying at the Poly in 2013

The Polynesian is arguably the most beautiful of Disney World Resort hotels, but it is currently undergoing some huge resort renovations that, without the most up to date info, may lead you to losing a little magic during your trip! First and foremost only two buildings are re-opened and freshly renovated (many of the longhouses which have not been renovated yet still remain open).  The two renovated ones are Hawaii and Samoa longhouses.  We recently stayed in the Samoa building during Spring Break (the week leading up to Easter) and it had JUST reopened... but more importantly was that there were renovations currently going on in TWO other buildings! Rarotonga and Niue are currently closed for renovations.  If you are looking at a map this means they started with Hawaii and followed right around the pools in their renovations.  The castmember checking us in also let us know that Tokelau is next! I think it would be safe at this point to assume they may continue to the east of Great Cermonial House and renovate Rapa Nui and Tahiti once Tokelau is done. 
So what does that mean for travelers? If it were me and I wanted to ensure I got a new room and did not have to walk through unsightly construction going on (the workers will likely enter and exit the premises with supplies out into the parking lot along side Rapa Nui) I would request SAMOA.


Samoa was a great location, nice proximity to the pool, beach, and Great Ceremonial House.  Additionally, there are still four longhouses over on the Luau Cove side of the resort and a rumor that the Poly mind build DVC space.  I HIGHLY recommend that if you are staying at the Polynesian this year prior to your room request in online check-in you call the hotel directly and ask which longhouses are currently renovated and under construction so you can plot out a way to avoid the wrong areas and request the right ones!  Anyone staying at the Poly should also know that this is one of the most convienent and luxurious resorts.  Not only can you hop right on a monorail to travel to Magic Kingdom but you can walk out to Ticket and Transportation Center (or monorail over) and head into Epcot! Additionally, one of the only 24 hour quick service stops is located here.  You can't get hot food 24 hours a day but you can find great refrigerated choices like sushi from Kona and salad & sandwiches.




All visitors to the Poly should make plans to eat at one of their three table service locations (I recommend all three!).  Kona Cafe and Ohana are both located upstairs in the Great Ceremonial House and serve great dinners.  I prefer Ohana for the breakfast with Lilo, Stitch, and Mickey, however! Also, if you are on a budget you can get some of the Kona breakfast favorites (like Tonga Toast) at the quick service location, Capt. Cook's! Luau Cove is home to the last dining location, a dinner show called Spirit of Aloha- in the spirit of luaus that can be found all over the 50th state! :)



Also, be sure not to miss some time wandering around the resort. The lush beautiful flora and tropical scents and touches are relaxing enough to be a vacation unto themselves.  The beach is beautiful even if just for a short walk or to take in Wishes after a long day.  I am a huge fan of this resort.  After we stayed here in 2011, I could not wait to come back.  At other resorts I have had a great time, truly enjoyed my trip, but was ready to try the next locale.  Here at the Poly I feel like I could escape into the tropical oasis for days! I love the torches at night and the music, I love the shops and the tiki carvings, I love the hidden mickeys and the room theming (both new and old are wonderful)!  If you are planning a trip here and have any questions, feel free to ask and I will answer as best as I can (or post some more pictures to help you envision your upcoming vacation)!