Re-imagineered Disney Magic

by Kristi on July 29, 2014

Disney MagicIf you haven’t checked out the Re-imagineered Disney Magic, you are missing out!  The first of Disney Cruise Line’s four ships, the Magic was in need of a make over.  Of course, Disney didn’t disappoint in all the new updates to this ship!

Here are some of our favorite spots on the Re-imagineered Disney Magic:

Re-imagined Disney Magic StateroomThe Staterooms.  The one thing lacking on both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are the number of Staterooms with balconies.  Because there are less of them, there is more of a demand and the price for those rooms  is much higher.  We stayed in an Ocean view deluxe and honestly, we didn’t feel short-changed a bit (and that says a lot because we cruised 7 nights on the Mediterranean).

AquaDunkAqua Dunk. Probably the highlight of the cruise ship for kids (and thrill-seekers) was the AquaDunk.  This 3-story body slide drops you from a platform onto a ride through a 212-foot-long translucent tube.  You won’t know it, but you actually go about 20 feet over the side of the ship!  We thought lines for this would be long, but there were so many people that wouldn’t ride because of the fear factor, that the line was pretty short all day long!

Disney Magic Twist & Shout Slide

Disney Magic Splash ZoneAqua Lab & Twist n Spout Slide. Based on the Donald Duck’s three trouble-making nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Aqua Lab splash zone is perfect place for kids to cool off.  There is a kiddie pool, geyser spitting water and lots of Squirting jets.  There is poolside seating, but it fills up quick!   Those too scared to ride the AquaDunk will be glad that there is a much more tame Twist n Spout slide.

Animator’s Palate. If you follow our blog, you know how much I LOVE Animator’s Palate. It is on every ship,but each experience is totally different. This time, you are part of the animation process. You will get a sheet of paper when you arrive. On it, you will draw a stick figure person. Then as dinner progresses, you will actually get to see your stick figure come to life. Absolutely amazing.

I just can’t say enough about how great the Disney Magic is. If you have been thinking about taking a cruise on it, but worried that it might not live up to the new ships in the Disney Cruise Line, don’t worry. You will have a wonderful time aboard the Disney Magic!

What part of the Re-imagineered Disney Magic are you most excited about checking out?


Ariel Precious Moments FigurineIf you aren’t shopping on Zulily, you are really missing out on the opportunity to buy some pretty cool Disney merchandise at a discount. Periodically Zulily will have sales on all sorts of Disney apparel, toys and accessories. Right now they are featuring Disney Princesses.  Here are some of my favorite items they have (keep in mind that they sell out fast):
snow white costumeAll little girls love dressing up like Disney Princesses. Zulily has some cute Disney Princess Dress up sets!

Disney Princess Step into Reading BooksDoes your little girl read yet? If so, you might want to check out their selection of Disney Princess Books. Even if she doesn’t read, there are plenty of picture books that would keep her interest.

disney princess backpackWhat is better than a Princess backpack featuring the princesses and their horses?

Like I said, their Disney Collections change weekly, so be sure to sign up to be on their mailing list and you’ll be notified when you favorite Disney items are back on sale!


Disney Visa Cardholder PerkDisney Visa Card Reward Members, you are able to get in on special events planned for this years International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. For two days, on Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30 from 7am-11pm EST, Disney Visa Card members have the opportunity to book special events before sales open to the general public. Get in on these fantastic events before everyone else:

  • Culinary Demonstrations
  • Mixology Seminars
  • Wine Schools
  • Cheese Seminars
  • “3D” Disney Dessert Discovery

Besides that, you can also enjoy exclusive access to the Chase Lounge at Epcot. Located in the American Adventure Pavilion on the third floor, you will find couches, cell phone charging station, free drinks and magazines. All you need to do is present your Disney Visa Card to gain access to the Lounge.

Cardmembers can visit the Chase Lounge from 11am-9pm on Sunday through Thursday and 11am-10pm on Friday and Saturday during the festival.

Don’t have a Disney Visa? What are you waiting for? Sign up today and get a free $50 credit!

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Disney Character Meet & Greets

by Kristi on July 17, 2014

Disney Character Meet & GreetsYoung or old, people traveling to Walt Disney World love getting their picture taken with their favorite character. While it is fun to pose for pictures and get autographs with characters, you will want to be careful on how much time you spend waiting in lines.  If you don’t plan ahead, you might find yourself waiting upwards of an hour per character meet & greet.

Here are some tips to help you with Disney character meet & greets:

1. Plan ahead. Decide which characters you would really like to meet.  Chances are you might stumble upon characters here & there on your trip, but many Disney characters have set meet & greet times and locations.  If you know where and when characters will be , you can get there first!

2. Bring your camera. While many character meet & greets have a photopass photographer, not all do so you should be prepared. Regardless if there is a photographer, I would take your own pictures too.  The cast member working the meet & greet area will gladly take a family picture for you if you would like to be in the picture too.

3. Have autograph books ready while you are in line.   Not all characters will sign autographs, but for the ones that do, it is best to have the book open to the page you would like signed and a pen handy. We have found that retractable sharpies work best because the character doesn’t have to try to pull off the pen lid with their large hands.

4. Lines can get long. If you are willing to wait with children, bring a snack and an activity. This keeps the kids occupied when they might otherwise get fidgety.

5. One of the best way to knock out meeting many characters at one time is with a character buffet. You get to meet characters while you eat so you are killing two birds with one stone!

6. As a last resort, I suggest using FastPass+ system for Disney character meet & greets. While there are a few occasions where using a FastPass might be the best way to meet a character with minimal wait times, I think it is far better to use them on rides.

7. Disney Visa Card Holders can get access to a special meet & greet at Epcot.  The line can get long, but it is a great way to see your favorite characters at one time.

8. Engage the characters. If you are wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, show Mickey. Or better yet, show Donald!  Characters love to be admired and teased! They also make great photo opts!

These are just a few Disney character meet and greet tips to help you make the most of your trip to Disney!  Do you have any tips for Disney Character Meet & Greets?


Disney Bookbags as low as $13

by Kristi on July 13, 2014

Disney BackpacksKids will be going back to school before you know it. Right now is a great time to buy their backpacks and lunch boxes. Zulily has a huge stock of Disney Bookbags for as low as $13. You’ll find tons of Disney characters including Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins! Some even come with a matching lunchbox! Stock is limited, so get the one you want before they sell out.