Disney Sisters

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Doing Disney Without Kids (is Awesome)

Earlier this month we (just us three sisters) were fortunate enough to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort. We’re west coast-Disneyland girls so anytime we get an opportunity to head east (only having been a few times), we are pretty ecstatic. Unlike our past trips, this time we made a collective decision to make it a sisters-only trip. Admittedly, it wasn’t the popular decision with our families BUT sometimes it’s a call you have to make. Needless to say, we had the trip of a lifetime. Between all the magic that the #DisneySMMC provides and the fact that we were kid free (no offense to our amazing children) our entire trip was practically perfect in every way.

All of that said, there were a number of things we excitedly experienced and thoroughly enjoyed that would have likely not been the case if we had been traveling with our kids. Looking back now, it almost feels like a dream. It was THAT dreamy.  If and when you ever consider taking a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort without your kids, here’s just a few things you might want to consider:

Take Pictures (of things other than your kids)
There are so many amazing things to photograph at any of the Disney Resorts. From larger than life landscapes to the tiniest of Disney details, going on your own personal photo walk, through the parks (without any agenda but to shoot) is one of the most enjoyable of experiences ever.

Play with Creative Apps (because playing is fun)
Our new favorite photo app to use is Boomerang and there is no better place to play with that app than at Disneyland. I mean, how fun! We can't even! When you're on your own (without the kids) you can take the time you need to focus on trying something new which can make your mobile phone photography feel like play.
Pin Trade (for YOU)
Pin trading is fun with the kids, for sure! But when you trade just for YOU, you get to score the pins you really want. It's a fun way to coax out your own inner-kid. Remember her?
Shop (browse in any store you want for as long as you want)
So often the most enjoyable part of shopping, is just the browsing. And when you've got kids in tow, there's not a lot of time (or patience) for browsing. We took advantage of our time on trip and browsed in any and every store that tickled our fancy. We may or may not have bought a few Dooney & Bourke bags.


Tour Hotels (because awesome)
We're pretty sure our kids wouldn't appreciate being dragged from the Parks to spend time strolling around and exploring the Resort Hotels, so doing it on our sisters-only trip was an enjoyable (and relaxing) way to spend some grow-up time.
Drink (cheers)
No kids. No driving. No explanation necessary.
Enjoy Restaurant Meals (at a leisurely pace)
We had the most enjoyable, leisurely meals ever on our trip. Don't get us wrong, we love a good corn dog from a stand but, having the opportunity to slow down and savor both the atmosphere and the delicious food only made our time together more special and memorable.
Eat Sweet Treats (anytime, day or night)
Sweets on a Disney trip are a given but as with most things with kids, we try to be examples of moderation and timeliness. The best part of traveling with kids to the Disney Parks is that you don't have to curb your cravings. If you want to try every dessert at Epcot, you go! If you want ice cream for breakfast, just do it. Anything goes when it's adults only. No guilt. And there's no sharing required.

Stay Up Late (YOLO)
Without bed times to consider, you've got every freedom imaginable! Watch all the fireworks. Close the park down. Don't sleep! When you're with your grown-up friends or family, you've got lots of chatting and laughing to do. Even if it's until the wee hours of the morning. Who cares! You're not going to wake anyone up. Except maybe your neighbors! Which reminds us, sorry neighbors, we had some serious sister time we were catching up on.



Although we were busy following the schedule and activities of the conference itself (which was awesome!), we still had plenty of time to stroll, savor, get silly and reconnect. It was an amazing trip! If you ever get the chance to do Disney with your sisters, your friends, your partner, without the kids, we highly recommend it. Or maybe you already have traveled as adults to a Disney Resort. If so, we’d love to hear about it! What was your favorite part?

Disclaimer: We were invited to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort where we paid a conference fee that included accommodations and some meals on the conference dates.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Ultimate Rainy Day Guide to Disneyland Resort

When you think of planning a trip to Disneyland Resort we're pretty sure that you don't think of dealing with rain. It doesn't rain in Southern California very often, but when it does it can pour down in a hurry. If you happen to be in Southern California on a Disney Vacation and rain appears in the forecast, don't fear! Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are open rain or shine and there is still plenty of fun to be had at the 'Happiest Place on Earth!'


Believe it or not, there are actually many good reasons to go to Disneyland during the rain. The crowds are usually down, the lines are short, and the photos opportunities are unique and beautiful. Many locals love it when it rains for exactly these reasons.


So whether it's a light drizzle or a full-blown El NiƱo storm...
Here's our best tips for surviving Disneyland Resort in the rain.

Dress Accordingly.
Layers. Extra Socks. Change of clothes (at least for kids.) Ponchos. Hoodies. Raincoats. Even trash bags. You can shop ahead of time (before your trip) to save money, but if the rain fall is unexpected rest assured that you can purchase all rainy day merchandise at the parks. Bring an umbrella. Especially if your little one has a Disney Umbrella, the photos with them holding them through out the park will be priceless. Then when the rain stops you can rent a locker to put all of the rainy day items in, so you don't have to carry them around the parks.


Grab a Hot Drink.
There are currently 3 Starbucks locations at Disneyland Resort, so take advantage of it and grab some coffee, tea, coco, vanillas or cider. Market House, Fidler Fifer and Practical Cafe, and Downtown Disney District by the Tram exit. Get warmed up from the inside out!


Visit an Art Gallery.
Inside the Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. is an enchanting display of art and Disney history at the Disney Gallery . You never know what treasures you will find because there are seasonal exhibits showcasing artwork and renderings from Disney artists and Disney Imagineers.


Get a History Lesson.
Now would be the perfect time to see all of the attractions and shows that you might normally skip on a sunny day. There's plenty of dry seats at the Opera House at The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.


Take in a Movie.
Step into the Main Street Cinema, to see six great Walt Disney cartoons starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and more! Check out these vintage black & whites that you've probably never seen before. There are no seats (standing room only) but it's still a great hiding place from the shower outside. Lights! Camera! Action!


Use the Force.
With the new Season of the Force in Tomorrowland there are many galactic ways to stay on the 'Dry Side' but none better then at Star Wars Launch Bay. Visit the Tomorrowland Theater to see Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, ride Star Tours - The Adventure Continues and Hyperspace Mountain.


Hang out with Super Heroes.
Head over to Marvel Super Hero HQ, (located directly above Star Wars Launch Bay) to meet your favorite heroes like Spider-Man and Thor, virtually suit up as Iron Man, and play video games. A super place to stay super dry!


Shoot lots of pictures.
When the ground gets wet there are beautiful opportunities to see reflections in the puddles. And nothing beats a stormy, moody sky as the perfect backdrop for the iconic castle or colorful balloons. You may want to bring a small towel to keep your lens dry, and also some small ziploc bags to protect your smartphone.


Catch a Show.
Want to sit down and take a break from the sprinkles while at Disneyland Park? There are many great shows that will keep you entertained and dry. See the Princesses in Fantasy Faire's Royal Theatre, listen to the Tiki Birds sing at Enchanted Tiki Room or The Golden Horse Shoe is always good for a laugh.


Talk to the Animals.
Swim into Turtle Talk with Crush and have the chance to interact in the most excellent way with the funny dude from Finding Nemo. This is a great 15 minute conversation perfect for staying dry, under the sea. It's located inside the Disney Animation Building in Disney California Adventure one of the driest places in the Park.


Learn to Draw.
Most people have no idea that you can actually take an art class taught by a Disney Artist at Disney California Adventure. Head over to the Animation Academy in Hollywood Land and learn how to draw some of your favorite Disney animated characters. 


Watch out for Bugs.
Get out from the rain and crawl underground to see how the creepy, crawly things live. It's Tough To Be a Bug show is located inside "a bug's land" where you can become an honorary bug with your host Flik.


Soup it Up.
One of our favorite meals at Disneyland Resort when it is cold and wet (even when it's not) is soup in a bread bowl. There's nothing like the Clam Chowder, Gumbo, or Corn Chowder for a delicious meal at the Parks. We also recommend Walt's Chili or the Jambalaya. These hot soups and stews are sure to warm you up and fill you up when you need it most. These delicious soups are served at multiple places through out the parks, check out Disney Dining to see where to get yours.


Retail Therapy.
If all else fails... Go shopping! There is nothing that will take your mind off the bad weather more then going from store to store on Main Street, Buena Vista Street and even at Downtown Disney District. SO.MANY.SHOPS. Our favorite is probably the World of Disney, the biggest Disney Store of them all. Just think of all the early holiday shopping that you could get out of the way!



DISNEYLAND
These attractions are just perfect for escaping the rain.
Star Wars Launch Bay
Superhero HQ
Hyperspace Mountain (line partially outside)
Buzzlightyear Astro Blasters (line partially outside)
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
it's a small world (line outside)
Mickey's Toontown Houses
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Indiana Jones Adventure
Pirates of the Caribbean (line partially outside)
Haunted Mansion (line outside)

These attractions should be avoided in the rain.
Matterhorn Bobsleds
Mad Tea Party
Astro Orbitor
Alice in Wonderland
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Storybook Land Boats
Gadget's Go Coaster



DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
These attractions are just perfect for escaping the rain.
Red Car Trolley
Art of Animation
Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
Soarin' Over California
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Toy Story Midway Mania!
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure

These attractions should be avoided in the rain.
California Screamin'
Jumpin' Jellyfish
Silly Symphony Swings
Mickey's Fun Wheel
Golden Zephyr
Goofy's Sky School
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail


Or You Could Take A Different Approach.
Of course, our idea on a rainy day would be to stay as dry as possible, but some may take the opposite approach. As in, what's the harm in riding the water rides especially if you are already wet and heading back to your hotel room? This just might be the perfect time to make a stop at Splash Mountain or Grizzly River Run. You'll probably be able to walk right on to either of them and that poncho you're wearing would sure come in handy!


One Last Thing.
We couldn't leave you to head out in the rain without giving up a secret location... The very best spot for hiding out and getting warm in the entire Disneyland Resort has got to be sitting on a rocking chair, in front of the fire, listening to the piano, inside the lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Trust us, it's the perfect spot for drying off and warming up.


*Please keep in mind that any of the rides, attractions and shows may or may not be working. So plan accordingly and check to see which of your favorites are on the refurbishment list during your visit by visiting the Disneyland Resort website.


Disclosure: We were invited to Disneyland Resort as members of the media and gifted a bag of rainy day supplies. As always the opinions on this blog are 100% Disney Sisters and 100% magical. Thank you for reading our blog! We appreciate you!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Zootopia Books: A Wild Read for the Whole Family

Are you looking for a ROARingly good book to read to your wild animals?
We love reading together at our house and our two newest favorite stories are both based on Disney Animation's latest movie, ZootopiaThese books are adorable and filled with lots of animals and bright colors! Just perfect to get your young readers excited about reading. Whether you've seen Disney's Zootopia yet or not, the whole family is sure to entertained by Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, and their adventures in the big city of Zootopia.

So cuddle up with your little bunnies and grab a good book, a Zootopia book. 
Your family reading adventure will be a roaringly good time.


Zootopia: Judy Hopps and the Missing Jumbo-Pop
Ernie has lost his Jumbo-pop. Officer Hopps is on the case! "Where did you last see your Jumbo-pop?" "In Tundratown." Ernie jumps into Officer Hopp's car, and they head to Central Station. Zoom Zoom! Get to know the adorable bunny who is the movie's main character in  Zootopia: Judy Hopps and the Missing Jumbo-Pop. Officer Judy Hopps day started out like any other, until she stumbled across a crying elephant who was missing his jumbo-pop. Hand-in-hand the two retraced his steps and follow the clues across the city. Will this whirlwind tour lead them to the jumbo-pop before it melts? It's fun to hear what your kids think will happen next as they turn each page in this silly story of mystery. 
Click on this link to buy Zootopia: Judy Hopps and the Missing Jumbo-Pop



Zootopia: Read-Along Storybook & CD
This cute Zootopia Read-Along Storybook and CD is based on the feature film Zootopia. So if you'd like someone else to do the reading and you want to just listen to a story, this is the perfect choice for you. A fast-talking fox who is on the run in the animal city of Zootopia, when he is framed for a crime he didn't commit. 
Click on this link to buy Zootopia Read-Along Storybook & CD (Read-Along Storybook and CD).


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Disclosure: We received copies of the books listed above for review - thanks DPW. No other compensation was received. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only. This content uses referral links. If you purchase products on this website we will be receiving a small compensation at no extra cost to you. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Magic of Photo Editing #DisneySMMC

Remember when Tracey shared some inspiring photography tips at the Disney Social Media Moms On the Road event in Phoenix? That was awesome. Needless to say, she gets lots of questions about how she edits her photos (most specifically her iPhone photos) and so she came up with an idea. She figured she'd share her quick and easy editing process in 3 minute videos. She's really committed to the quick and easy part!



Tracey talks a little bit about the video series on her blog and she's going to add the videos as she makes them to her website. So, if you're looking to elevate your everyday Disney inspired photos (or any photos for that matter) with a little editing magic, you might want to check it out.

Hooray for magic!

Bonus points if you can tell us where this photo was taken (answer before you watch the video).



What are your favorite Disney treats? Something tells us Tracey might be persuaded to "test" out your sweet ideas for a future video!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Disney Parks Easter Egg Hunt 2016

Get EGG-cited!

The Disney Egg-stravaganza has returned to Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park, Epcot and newly added Downtown Disney District! From March 2 – 27, 2016, you’ll be able to search for special hidden eggs at some of your favorite Disney parks. Your family will have so much fun on this one-of-a-kind egg hunt! Look up, look down, look all around to find them, some are harder to see than others. Each egg is a Disney character and a little bigger than the size of a football. Once you find an egg, place the corresponding sticker on the map to represent each location. There are different map choices (depending on which park) and several plastic egg surprizes that you can "win" at the end. (One prize per purchase, but you may play/pay multiple times and get multiple egg prizes.) The good news is you can receive your egg surprise whether you choose to hunt for the eggs or not. YAY! When you are ready, return your map to one of the designated park locations: Disney Showcase in Disneyland park, at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park; World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney District or the Port of Entry in Epcot.



It's all part of the Disney magic of springtime. We can't wait to go back and do it again! Remember all the fun we had during the 2015 Easter Egg Hunt? You can purchase the maps including stickers for $5.95 (plus tax.) There are no discounts and they will only be sold until they run out. *Redemption valid through April 2, 2016 or until supplies last.*




We thought you'd enjoy our photos (& hints) of where to find some of this year's eggs inside Disneyland park.
*spoiler alert*









Good Luck and Happy Hunting!



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Season of the Force: Ultimate Guide to Star Wars at Disneyland

Season of the Force is at Disneyland Park and everyone is invited...

Are you beyond excited to experience the upcoming Star Wars-themed land coming to Disneyland Park?

Does blasting into the depths of Hyperspace sound like fun to you?

Are you ready to battle Darth Vader with a lightsaber?

Is taking a selfie with Chewbacca the ultimate shot for your Instagram account?

Does your child desire to be trained in the ways of a Jedi?

Then it sounds like you are ready for... Season of the Force!


Star Wars geekery is at an all-time high at Disneyland Resort. Enter into a galaxy far, far away at Disneyland Park in Tomorrowland where Star Wars has taken over in the most excellent way. With Star Wars: the Force Awakens film in theaters just being named highest grossing domestic film of all time, it seems that the whole world is buzzing about all things Star Wars. Come celebrate an epic experience in addition to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Season of the Force shines with new and enhanced attractions, entertainment, and dining options! 


Some of the things you don't want to miss are:


Hyperspace Mountain
Climb aboard your favorite rollercoaster in outerspace as it has been transformed from Space Mountain to Hyperspace Mountain. Guests will find themselves flying right through an intense battle between Imperial TIE Fighters and Rebel X-wings. The sights, the sounds, and the stars came together in alliance for this exhilarating attraction just perfect for the thrill-seeking Star Wars fan!


Star Wars: Path of a Jedi
Make sure to catch this show at the Tomorrowland Theater, a 10 minute retelling of Luke Skywalker's heroic story featuring your favorite moments from all of the Star Wars episodes. Viewers will also get a look into the future of the galaxy with scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the perfect place to get off your feet and relax for a bit during an exciting (but exhausting) day at the Park.


Star Wars Launch Bay
Character encounters, special exhibits, costumes, merchandise, movie memorabilia and more! This cool new interactive exhibit is the place to come and get your fill of all things Star Wars. We seriously could have spent almost all day in there. Be prepared to have the Force awaken inside you once you step into the Star Wars Launch Bay and walk past those famous words, "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."


Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars
Here's your chance to play the latest version of the latest Disney Infinity video game! Disney Infinity 3.0 has landed in Disneyland and it's set-up inside Star Wars Launch Bay with all of your favorite Star Wars characters. You can join forces with other guests to experience Star Wars stories and worlds from various episodes. Galactic gamers of all ages welcome.


Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple
Now recruiting eager younglings to train in the ways of a Jedi. An interactive 'show' reimagined with a new villain where your very own novice knight will learn to use the Force in order to defeat the Dark Side with their lightsabers (lightsabers & robes provided.) Elite Jedi between ages 4 to 12 are welcome to train, each child must be registered next to the Star Wars Launch Bay. (First-come first-served basis.)


Star Tours - The Adventure Continues
It's time for a galactic adventure inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As you board into the 'cock-pit' of a Starspeeder 1000, you will find yourself completely immersed in the latest Star Wars saga. Thanks to the multiple story combinations/worlds you may never have the same flight-simulated adventure twice. May the Force be with you as you travel on this unforgettable attraction of epic proportion!


Stormtroopers
Be on the lookout for Stormtroopers as they march around Tomorrowland trying to recruit new guests to the Dark Side. If you're quick enough with your camera, you may even get them to take a Stormtrooper Selfie - Classic!


The Food
Star Wars-themed menu items have landed at Galactic Grill and Redd Rockett's Pizza Port including drinks, desert and main courses! You can dine on food that is out-of-this-world where you will choose your meal from the Dark Side or the Light Side of the menu. Either way, it's going to be delicious. Start out with The Fields of Naboo Salad, and add a Cheese-3PO Burger or Jawa-Turkey Sand-wich for some power protein to get you through the day. Finish your meal with the perfect dessert pairing like Darth by Chocolate, The Pastry Menace, or Chewbacca Cheesecake. May the Feast be with you!


The Merchandise
These are the souvenirs that you've been looking for. BB-8 sipper cups, TIE fighter popcorn buckets, build-your-own lightsaber, create a droid action figure, Death Star balloons, a Darth Vader costume for $4,000, and much more! You will find the perfect Star Wars memorabilia to add to your collection in the Star Trader, Star Wars Launch Bay and other shops throughout Tomorrowland.


There's no better time to visit Disneyland Resort if you live in So Cal then now! 
The Southern California Resident ticket offer is back!


Available for a limited time, the offer has four purchase options:
2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $149
2-day Park Hopper ticket for $189
3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $179
3-day Park Hopper ticket for $219.


The 2-day and 3-day Southern California Resident tickets are an ideal way to make unforgettable memories, at a discounted rate. But they are only available for a short while so make sure to take advantage of this excellent deal! Southern California residents must purchase tickets from Jan. 6 through May 19, 2016. Tickets expire after May 26, 2016, and blockout dates apply.

For more info and to purchase tickets: http://Disneyland.com/flex.



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