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!

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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?

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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.

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Disney Cruise Secrets

by Kristi on July 10, 2014

Disney Cruise SecretsPeople often ask me why we cruise so much. We love to cruise with Disney Cruise line because we know what to expect; great customer service, wonderful accommodations, best food ever and the kids always have something fun to do! Because we have cruised with Disney so much, I have some Disney Cruise secrets to share with you. Here are my top 20 Disney Cruise Secrets:

1. Rooms are not ready until 1:30. Your luggage may not arrive until much later. Pack what you need on your carry on.

2. There is a pin trading night on board where many of the ships crew allow you to trade off of their lanyards.

3. Soda, Coffee & Tea are FREE at the beverage stations. If you buy drinks at the bar or at concession stand will cost you money. Bring your own drinks to the show/movie/ poolside!

4. You can bring your own wine instead of purchasing it on board. There is a $29 uncorking fee that is non-negotiable if you want to drink your wine at dinner. While this fee is high, it is cheaper than the wine on board.

5. The drink of the day is about $4 less than all other alcoholic drinks. There is a drink of the day EVERY DAY.

6. Kids meals are served before adults. This is because many parents choose to have the kids leave for the kids club after they eat. If you don’t plan on having your kids leave, you may want to tell your server to bring their meals when you have yours.

7. Room Service is Free.  The menu contains things you might not otherwise get on the cruise!

8. When the ship is at port, the stores are closed.

9. If you choose not to eat at your nightly dining location, there is another option.  You can eat poolside or you can go to the buffet.

10. Every Disney Cruise has a Pirate Night. Get your pirate gear before you arrive; it will be much cheaper.

11.  Gratuities are included in bar purchases.

12.  Disney will provide you with soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. It’s the good stuff too!

13. You can bring your own snacks and bottle water on board.

14. If you are celebrating a special occasion, let your steward know.  They will make it special!

15. Stateroom doors are magnetic. Feel free to decorate! It will make finding your room that much easier!

16. There is free self-serve ice cream on the ship & at Castaway Cay. You can use a cup from the drink station & soda to make your own float!

17. Want character autographs? You can do meet & greets, but you can also leave what ever you want signed at guest services and it will be returned before you leave with all the character signatures!

18. Order what you want on the dining menu, but know that you can pretty much get anything you want. Does your kid want fish, but it isn’t on the menu. Just ask!

19.  Want to see the show, but too tired to attend? No worries. The show will be on your stateroom TV.

20. Guest services has a Hidden Mickey challenge that will keep your kids (and you) busy.

 

What other hidden secrets do you have about traveling on a Disney Cruise?

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