VIDEO: WDW Trip 2013

We’ve officially been home from WDW for a week, and I have only had one day where I wanted to cry.

I think that’s a success, yes?

Part of the reason I haven’t slunk into deep PDD {Post-Disney Depression} is because we are already planning and booking meal reservations for our trip in March. The other part is because I have been working on a video montage of our trip, and being able to look back on all of our fun times and live vicariously through our memories captured via iPhone has somehow curbed the pains of withdrawal. I finished it a couple of days ago, but because I am not very computer program and technology savvy, I had to seek help from Tim in figuring out how to export it. He finally found the time today, and I am so excited to share it with you.

I know it’s amateur, but I am still quite proud, considering this was my first time ever attempting a project such as this. I pretty obsessed with it and plan on making one for each trip now. So get ready for that.

Without further ado and rambling {for which I am infamous}, here is our WDW Trip 2013. 

With love, Malorie

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party “Costumes”

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We are super excited because tonight we are attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! We have no idea how late the boys are going to be able to swing it, but we are still looking forward to seeing them enjoy some Halloween fun in WDW.

In lieu of fancy costumes {Jack initially told me he wanted to be Capt’ Hook or Woody}, we decided to take the cheaper {and honestly, more comfortable} route of getting “costumes” instead of costumes.

The boys are going to be wearing these matching Super Mickey shirts, which they were super stoked about when they saw they came with capes! [Cue running really fast, looking backward to see if the cape is flying up.]IMG_8465Tim and I mulled over and over what we wanted to be. After deciding to embrace my big belly full of Lorelai and be a pumpkin, Tim decided he would be the same, just for the ease of it. We both picked out bright orange shirts, I whipped out some fabric paint, and voila! Pumpkins.pumpkinOkay, so maybe we won’t be the most creative or best dressed family at MNSSHP, but we don’t care. All we care about is trick-or-treating, seeing the Headless Horseman and some not-so-scary shows and fireworks, and getting our bellies full of terrible, awful, sugar-loaded candy.

I’m getting a sugar rush just talking about it.

With love, Malorie

Less Than 100 Days!

Oh man alive, this has been a week of ups and downs for us…especially the last couple of days. House stuff.

Being a grown up is no fun sometimes.

In an attempt to be positive today, I’m celebrating the fact that we have less than 100 days until we leave for WDW!

photo{Our chalkboard countdown.}

We are even more excited about this trip than normal. Here’s a few reasons why:

1. It’s our first trip as DVC Members! “Welcome home, Elrod Family!”

2. We are staying another full week at the Wilderness Lodge. That means endless BBQ sandwiches from the Roaring Fork, surrey rides, pool time, and kickin’ it on the balcony with coffee and my love.

3. My parents are staying at the Wilderness Lodge, as well. It’s their first time since I was probably fourteen that they’ve stayed at a Deluxe. I think they are going to be hooked, like they used to be.

4. My friend Stacey is staying at the Wilderness Lodge the same week, too! Stacey and I have been friends since sixth grade. We used to lay in piles of blankets at teenagers on sleepovers, dreaming of getting married to hot guys and having kids at the same time and taking family vacations together… Well, dreams do come true! Jack is excited  because Stacey’s son, Jacob {who is 8 months older than Jack}, just happens to be his best friend, too. I see fun times ahead!

5. We will most likely be annual pass holders. Endless and unlimited entry to all four parks all week year long. ‘Nuff said.

6. We’re still planning on doing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Candy! Rides! Parades! Shows! Jack said he wants to dress up like Woody or Captain Hook. He can’t make up his mind…

Honorable mentions: Watching Dream Along with Mickey live again, knowing all of the songs and most of the dance moves. Mickey waffles. Jalapeño cheese stuffed pretzels. Did I mention BBQ sandwiches from the Roaring Fork? Breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe. Wishes. The People Mover. The People Mover lots of times. Buying the car decal for our third child, knowing their gender! Buying official DVC merchandise, just because. Taking the boys’ Wilderness Lodge totem pole “growth chart” picture.

There is so much we are looking forward to, I could go on and on. And I’ve got to admit, thinking about these things has really lifted my spirits.

Less than 100 days to go. Whoopieee!

With love, Malorie

Check List Review

Not long before our trip to Disney I made a list of the things we had never done at Walt Disney World and wanted to do this time around. Well…not everything on our check list got checked off. [Insert sad face here.]

Here’s a review:

1. Eat at Chef Mickey’s for the first time ever. Lucky for us, we have reservations for the day we arrive! – CHECK!

2. Get Jack’s hair cut at the Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom. – CHECK!

3. Eat a turkey leg. – UN-check. 😦 This year we decided that having the meal plan is not good for us in the trying-new-things department. We didn’t get the turkey leg because you couldn’t get it with a meal plan credit, and well…we had snacks to use up, so we used those instead. Next year!!

4. Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island. – CHECK!


5. Get a coffee from the Kona Island Cafe Coffee Bar. – CHECK!

6. Eat a Mickey-shaped pretzel. They’re new! – UN-check. 😦 They only sell them in select spots, and our appetites were not ready when we were in Frontierland. Later it was just too late…

7. See It’s Tough to Be a Bug in the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom. No, I’ve never done this! Can you believe it? – UN-check. 😦 Just didn’t work out for us. Jack was ready to leave; we didn’t want to have to wait for each of us to watch it separately; we just skipped it. Again.

8. Eat the Freshly Made Potato Chips at Magic Kingdom. – UN-check. 😦 They are sold at the Friar’s Nook, which is only opened seasonally. It just so happens that September is NOT the season it is open. Grrr.

9. Get Jack’s next growth chart picture in front of the totem pole at the front of the Wilderness Lodge’s gift shop. – CHECK!


10. Try to talk my husband into letting us get tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Hehe. I have done it, but he and Jack never have! – UN-check. 😦 We figured Jack was a little too young to really enjoy it. In a few years we will consider it again.

So we didn’t get to do everything on our check list. But it’s okay. There’s always next time!

And goodness knows that there will always be a “next time” for the Elrods.

Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: The Vacation Giddies

Fun fact for the day: I’ve got the WDW vacation giddies! Remember that paper chain I made for vacation?

Well, it’s getting awful short!

Tim and I were talking a few days ago about how excited we are to be getting away to The Most Magical Place on Earth soon, and we started listing off things that we are determined to do while in Disney this year. Many of them we have never done, despite having been so many times! Wanna hear ’em?

Well, okay…if you insist!

1. Eat at Chef Mickey’s for the first time ever. Lucky for us, we have reservations for the day we arrive!

2. Get Jack’s hair cut at the Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom.

3. Eat a turkey leg.

4. Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island.

5. Get a coffee from the Kona Island Cafe Coffee Bar.

6. Eat a Mickey-shaped pretzel. They’re new!

7. See It’s Tough to Be a Bug in the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom. No, I’ve never done this! Can you believe it?

8. Eat the Freshly Made Potato Chips at Magic Kingdom.

9. Get Jack’s next growth chart picture in front of the totem pole at the front of the Wilderness Lodge’s gift shop.

  Don’t mind me or the random man in this picture, but this is him at 6 months. We’ll do better next time of getting a good shot. 🙂

10. Try to talk my husband into letting us get tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Hehe. I have done it, but he and Jack never have!

So is there anything on our list that you have never done? Or maybe something that you have done and want to offer up any “first timers” advice or critiques about?

I hope you are having a very fun Friday! T.T.F.N!

Dates and Pricing for 2011 Disney Holiday Parties!

A couple of weeks ago, Disney released the current dates and prices for their 2011 holiday parties; Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I thought I would pass that information along to all of you, so that if you are planning a trip this fall or winter you can be sure to plan ahead and get tickets to these events.

I have talked heavily of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the past because my husband and I just attended the party for the first time this Christmas 2010. We had an absolute blast! But what you may not know is that I have also attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

My sister and I dressed up for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2006.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place in Magic Kingdom on certain nights in September and October. Just like the Christmas Party, you do have to buy a separate ticket to the event to be admitted. Tickets to the Halloween Party grant you access to the Magic Kingdom rides and attractions and include a special Halloween parade, with the Headless Horseman leading the way, a spectacularly spooky fireworks display, and all the candy you could ever Trick-or-Treat for. Many guests dress up in costume, and when my mother, sister and I attended several years ago, we did too! We had made the trek down to Disney, just the three of us, specifically for the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We had so much fun, and I would really love to do it again. I just know Jack will love it in a few years. The fireworks display was one of my favorites that I have ever seen in Magic Kingdom. It was comprised of villain music from favorite Disney classics, which I have always loved for some reason, and lots of Halloween colors laced throughout the special effects lighting and fireworks, like orange, green, and purple. You definitely need to go at least once, especially if you have kids.

The 2011 dates and pricing for both of these events are as follows:

Dates

September: 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October: 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
November: 1

Hours: 7:00pm – 12:00am.
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade: 8:15 and 10:30
Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular: 9:30

Pricing

Sep 13 to Sep 30
Advance purchase adult $53.95
Advance purchase age 3-9 $47.95
Day of event adult $59.95
Day of event age 3-9 $53.95
Annual Passholder and DVC Member adult $49.95
Annual Passholder and DVC Member age 3-9 $43.95

Oct 2 to Nov 1
Advance purchase adult $56.95
Advance purchase age 3-9 $51.95
Day of event adult $62.95
Day of event age 3-9 $57.95
Annual Passholder and DVC Member adult $52.95
Annual Passholder and DVC Member age 3-9 $47.95

(prices exclude tax)

Blackout dates for discounts
Oct 7, Oct 13, Oct 21, Oct 28, Oct 30, Oct 31

Dates

November: 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, and 30
December: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, and 18

Hours: 7:00pm – 12:00am.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: 8:15pm and 10:30pm
Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacular: 9:30pm

Pricing

Nov 8 to Dec 18
Advance purchase adult $56.95
Advance purchase age 3-9 $51.95
Day of event adult $62.95
Day of event age 3-9 $57.95
Annual Passholder and DVC Member adult $52.95
Annual Passholder and DVC Member age 3-9 $47.95

(prices exclude tax)

Blackout dates for advance purchase discounts
Nov 18, Nov 27, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 18

Blackout dates for Passholder discounts
Nov 18, Nov 27, Dec 2,Dec 7, Dec 9, Dec 11, Dec 13, Dec 14, Dec 16, Dec 18

Call (407) WDISNEY or (407) 934-7639 for tickets.