Showing our #DisneySide

My Pirate Crew Throwback Thursday

3/5/2015

My favorite pirate crew showing their #DisneySide. This was taken several years ago during DD’s Disney College Program. We drove down to Walt Disney World Resort to pick her up and bring her back home.

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We are big fans of the Disney College Program and highly recommend it to everyone.

 

Feeling Better and Partying With Big Hero 6

3/4/2015

Sissy has been fighting an infection for about a month now. We’ve tried several different antibiotics and this past weekend she had an allergic reaction to the latest medication. To help cheer her up, I picked up a copy of Disney’s Big Hero 6. She loved this movie when we saw it in theaters. So did we, it’s always great to see a movie that the whole family can enjoy.

Big Hero 6

 

We all loved Baymax, who wouldn’t? This is a sketch Sissy drew after seeing it for the first time.

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If your family loves Baymax as much as we do, then how about a Big Hero 6 themed Birthday Party. Here is everything you need to get ready for a Baymax bash!

I have not received any form of compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I often post Disney related content that I believe is of interest to my readers. 

It’s Almost Time To For Our Disney Side @Home Celebration

01/25/2015

I received free products in order host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

It’s almost Disney Side Time! Our package arrived yesterday and I patiently waited for everyone to get home before I opened it. We had a blast opening it up and finding so many wonderful items to help us throw a fabulous Disney Side party.

Disney Side Time

I wasn’t sure yet which direction I would take with our party but after looking over all the fun items in the box, my teen asked if she could have a Disney Side party with her friends. Yes! If my teenage daughter wants to have a Disney themed party, of course I’m going to say yes. It will be fun to plan our Disney Side party together.

For great tips and ideas on how to throw your own Disney Side @Home Celebration for your friends and family, visit DisneySideCelebrations.com. You’ll find delicious recipes and magical themes to help showcase your family’s Disney Side!

I received free products in order host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

Our Disney Side @Home Celebration Was Magical!

03/04/2014

I have received free products  from Disney Parks, MomSelect, American Tourister, and HP in order to help host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Show Your Disney Side

My family was so excited when we were chosen to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration! We love showing our Disney Side! My friend, the self proclaimed Scrabble Queen, kindly offered to have the party at her house to join in the Disney Side fun.

She made the adorable and delicious Mickey themed cupcakes and the cute Mickey and Mickey clay charms.

Collage of photos from our Disney Side Party

Darth Vader made a great party bag guard. You know, because he’s Darth Vader!

Even Duffy the Disney Bear made an appearance!

Duffy the Disney Bear

We played Disney Bingo and instead of calling out bingo the kids had to call out the name of  a different Disney Character. We played until everyone had won at least once and were able to pick out a Disney themed prize. Our Disney Bingo game seemed to be the hit of the party.

I made the Frozen Pineapple Whip, think Dole Whip, which was such a hit with everyone they were all gone before I could get a picture. It was so easy and delicious. I can see myself making them on a hot summer day. If we ever get warm weather again.

Here’s the recipe provided to us by Disney

Frozen Pineapple Whip

2 cups frozen pineapple
1/4 cup milk of choice
1/16 tsp salt
2 TB sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Scoop out with an ice cream scoop into small cups. Freeze 20 for 20 minutes before serving.

Throwing a Disney Side @Home Celebration was such a fun and magical way to show our Disney Side!

I have received free products  from Disney Parks, MomSelect, American Tourister, and HP in order to help host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Epcot Around The World Segway Tour

As you may have heard, the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Conference is going to be held May 9-12 and will be invitation only again this year. Naturally, the #DisneySMMoms hashtag on Twitter has been pretty busy with everyone excited about the conference, hoping to be invited, and reliving memories of past Disney Social Media Moms Conferences. You can most definitely count me in the category of hoping to go!

Disney Social Media Moms

 

I was lucky to go once and the whole experience remains one of my happiest memories. If you are interested, you can read Day One, Day Two and Day Three

In 2011 all the planets and stars aligned and I was on my way to my very first conference that just happened to be at Walt Disney World. Not only the happiest place on earth, but my all time favoritest place on earth! Even more exciting? Disney Social Media Moms was scheduled during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, an event I’d always wanted to experience.

We took the opportunity to leave the kids (and dogs) with my parents, sorry kids, thanks mom and dad, and make it a trip for just my husband and myself. I admit I felt a little guilty, but it was wonderful! We hadn’t taken a real vacation alone since our oldest daughter was 4 months old, some 20-something years ago. I do feel guilty enough to make sure I take the kids (not the dogs, sorry mom and dad) with us if lightning ever strikes twice and I find myself invited to Disney Social Media Moms this year.

 

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Show during Disney Social Media Moms 2011

Because we were child free, there was one thing I’d always wanted to try, the Around the World Segway Tour in Epcot. I’d always wanted to try a Segway and this was my big chance. I would totally buy one if I ever won the lottery.

Learning to use the Segway in Future World

The tours run early in the morning, before the World Showcase opens. We met at Future World and went over to Innoventions to learn how to operate a Segway. Stepping on and off were the trickiest parts. One of the woman in our group was wearing high heeled sandals and was having a little trouble. (FYI, they do ask that you not wear any open toed shoes. Guess she didn’t get the memo) Once we all got the hang of it, we were off and heading to the World Showcase. It’s a lot of fun riding the Segway through the crowds. There were lots of comments of “How can we do that?” as we rode by.

Rafiki Holding Simba. EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

Our guides took us through the different countries, giving out facts and trivia as we went. They were knowledgeable and funny, keeping us entertained as we went. It was really fun going through the different countries before anyone else was there.

Pandas outside of the China Pavilion at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival during Disney Social Media Moms 2011

 

Lady & the Tramp in the Italy Pavilion during the EPCOT Internation Flower and Garden Festival during Disney Social Media Moms 2011

We stopped in Italy for a bit for some photo ops and to try out our newly learned Segway skills.

 

As you can see, my husband really enjoyed the Segway tour. He wasn’t that excited about going, but went along with me. By the end he was wondering how much they were and where to buy one. For the record, I still don’t have one. Just sayin’

Cogsworth in the France Pavilion at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival during Disney Social Media Moms 2011

 

Lumiere in the France Pavilion at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival during Disney Social Media Moms 2011

I love how beautifully landscaped Epcot is, but it is just stunning during the International Flower and Garden Festival.

Chip and Mrs. Potts in France at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival during Disney Social Media Moms 2011Beast and Belle in France at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival during Disney Social Media Moms 2011

 

Aurora and Prince Phillip at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival during Disney Social Media Moms 2011

I’m sure the Epcot Internati0nal Flower and Garden Festival will be even more amazing this year!

Now I just need to cross Sleeping in Cinderella Castle off my Disney Bucket list!!

While writing this post, I found that Epcot isn’t currently offering the Around the World Tour. I don’t know if it is temporary or not. Fort Wilderness still offers their Wilderness Back Trail Adventure.

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Disney Social Media Moms Platinum Wedding Soiree

I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts from the conference since we got home. So much fun and learning was jam-packed in those 2 days and I want to share it in the best possible way. On our first evening we attended the Platinum Wedding Soiree at the beautiful wedding pavillion at the Grand Floridian.

Wedding Pavillion at Grand Floridian

I’ve been married for longer than they’ve been offering weddings at Walt Disney World, but that hasn’t stopped me from fantasizing about the opportunity to renew our vows there. I never really imagined that I would actually get close to it, never mind see inside.

Champagne filled Glasses

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by glasses of champagne.

Wedding Soiree Table

 

Wedding Soiree

Candy Table

What a cute idea for a wedding and my children are still eating the candy that I brought back with me.

Blogger Friends at Disney Social Media Moms

Here I am finally meeting some other mom bloggers. From the left is Kate from The Guavalicious Life, me(at that moment I’m thinking that I still can’t believe I am actually here!) Natalie from Twiniversity, and Melissa from Sippy Cup Mom. Sissy loves the bridal veil Minnie ears. She wanted a pair on our last trip, but I was a mean mom and told her no.

Chandelier in Wedding Pavilion

Then we were ushered inside. It was so lovely and just about the most perfect place for a wedding.

There have been 40,000 weddings at Walt Disney World since they started 20 years ago.

Michael Shetter from Alfred Angelo

Then we were introduced to Michael Shettel. He leads the design team at Alfred Angelo. He was there to introduce their new line of Disney Fairy Tale Wedding attire. Besides bridal gowns, they will offer attire for bridesmaids and flower girls also. There is an entire wedding collection.

Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown from Alfred Angelo

This is the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown. It was just gorgeous. Who wouldn’t feel like a princess in this beautiful gown?

Back View of the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown from Alfred Angelo

Carley Roney from theknot.com

This is Carley Roney from TheKnot.com. I would have been all over that website if it had been available when I was married back in the stone age. According to her website, Walt Disney World is the number one honeymoon destination in the continental USA.

David Tutera from My Fair Wedding

Then we were treated to the energetic David Tuterra from WEtv’s My Fair Wedding.

Vow Renewal

The evening was topped off by a vow renewal of this cute couple, Kristen and Greg. They were married 2 years ago at Walt Disney World. (It will be our 28th wedding anniversary this year, so if Disney Weddings is looking for a couple to renew their vows, we are available. Just sayin’)

Cinderella's Carriage

Dinner Party on the Beach

After they left in their coach, we all walked over to the beach between the wedding pavillion and the hotel and had an incredible dinner on the shores of Bay Lake.

Disney World Band at the Grand Floridian Beach Party Disney Social Media Moms

Yes, that is Space Mountain in the background!

Dessert Table at the Grand Floridian Beach Party Disney Social Media Moms

Somehow I missed taking pictures of our dinner, but I didn’t miss the dessert table.

Disney Social Media Moms Sand Sculpture

I paid a fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, but as an attendee my husband and I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits such as food and entertainment, so we could experience the magic of Walt Disney World. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100 % my own.
Pictures watermarked with Bluemonkeybutt.com are the property of the owner of this blog. Any photos not watermarked were taken by one of the fabulous Walt Disney professional photographers and I have permission to use them on this blog.

 

Disney Social Media Moms 2011 Day 2

I woke up early on day 2 of the conference and sat out on the deck for a few minutes drinking my Diet Coke. It was quiet at that hour and a little chilly, but such a beautiful view.

Dawn over Bay Lake from the Grand Floridian

Dawn over Cinderella Castle

Contemporary Resort at dawn

View from our room at the Grand Floridian at dawn

I left my sleeping husband and headed to Citrico’s for a scrumptious breakfast buffet. Then it was time for my very first conference ever.

Meg Crofton speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

We were welcomed to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference by Meg Crofton, the President of Walt Disney World.

Matt Jacobson from Facebook speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

The first conference speaker was Matt Jacobson. He is the head of Market Development at Facebook and was the eighth employee hired there. He gave a lot of great advice on using Facebook to enhance your blog. One of the tips was to use the insight tools on Facebook to better understand your audience. I admit, I didn’t even realize there were insight tools. Go figure.

Rene Syler speaking at Disney Social Media Moms

The next speaker was the wonderful, amazing Rene Syler from Good Enough Mother. Really, she was amazing. She spoke of losing her job as an anchor of the CBS Early Show 2 weeks after having a double mastectomy. She came up with the idea of Good Enough Mother and told us it was “okay to take yourself off the bottom of the to-do list” and that “real growth hurts” and “follow your passion, you will never go wrong”. She was funny, touching and inspiring. The standing ovation she got at the end of her talk was spontaneous and heartfelt. Go check out her blog.

Fran Capo was next. She’s a fast talker, seriously, she is. My favorite quote from her is “Live every day like it’s your last and one day you will be right. You don’t want to be doing laundry on that day.” No, I really don’t.

Lunch at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

Before I knew it, we were headed back to Citrico’s for another fabulous meal.

Dessert at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

Dessert at Citricos at the Grand Floridian during Disney Social Media Moms

The food was delicious too, but the desserts? Out of this world!

Duffy the Disney Social Media Moms Bear

When we got back from lunch, Duffy the Disney Bear was waiting for us. Yes, I kept him for myself. He’s sitting on top of the entertainment system in my bedroom.

Chris Brogan was the next speaker. My favorite tip from him was C.R.A.P., I do have a tendency to say that….. a lot.

C – Connecting; work on your network every day

R – Referrals

A – Attention or Awareness; be everywhere

P – Presence; be online, keep content moving all the time, blog often

I need to work on the P in C.R.A.P. more. I’ve fallen into the habit of only blogging a few times a week, sometimes less. More blog posts are my goal for this year.

He told us that “attention is a currency” and another favorite “Raise everybody up”. Oh, and another anocrynym A.B.C. – Always be connecting.

He had a lot of great points and information. I’ve read and re-read my notes a bunch of times since then to keep them fresh in my mind.

Susan Egan and Georgia Stitt at Disney Social Media Moms

The conference was capped off by glasses of champagne and songs by Georgia Stitt and Susan Egan. Susan was the voice of Meg in Hercules. They both put on a fabulous show.

I headed back to our fabulous room, picked up my husband and we went to Hollywood Studios where the evening’s entertainment was scheduled. We managed to ride Tower of Terror then strolled over to Lights Motor Action Stunt Show. Once we were let inside, we were treated to fabulous food, drinks and entertainment.

Disney Junior Party at Hollywood Studios during Disney Social Media Moms

The theme that night was the new programming coming to Disney Junior.

Disney Junior Party in Lights, Motors, Action in Hollywood Studios during Disney Social Media Moms

Disney Junior Party

Another fun-filled, informative day at the conference. Day 3 will be up this week. Then a few posts on the Grand Floridian (gorgeous) and the EPCOT Flower and Garden Show (amazing)!

I paid a fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, but as an attendee my husband and I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits such as food and entertainment, so we could experience the magic of Walt Disney World. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100 % my own.

 

Disney Social Media Moms 2011 Day 3

Another beautiful sunny day in Florida for day three. I’m still waiting for any hint of nice weather here at home. I swear this year winter is the new spring!

Before the conference we were sent an email giving us a choice of activities for Saturday morning. Before I even got a chance to read my email the first two choices were full. I opted out of the third choice, a talk with a Disney Chef. It would have been fun and interesting if I could have brought my husband. He’s an incredible cook and would have really enjoyed it. The last option was to spend time in the parks with your family so we used this time to cross something off of my “Fun List”, no bucket lists for me, just a “Fun List”. I have wanted to take the “Around the World at Epcot” Segway tour for the longest time. Ever since I saw the Segway introduced on Good Morning America I have wanted one. Never mind that I have no place to ride it, I want one and if I ever win the lottery I am sooooo going to buy one for myself. Because, as we all know, winning the lottery and buying expensive things you don’t really need is the American way.

First we had to have Segway lessons. How to get on and off without falling, how to go backwards, turn, and go up and down inclines. It’s very intuitive and before you even realize it you aren’t even thinking about how to do it, you just are.

Disney Social Media Moms Day 3 Segway

The instructors were awesome, as if they would be anything else at Disney? After everyone is comfortable and confident they lead you out of Innoventions and head towards the World Showcase. One of the best parts is that World Showcase wasn’t open yet so we were able to zoom around China, Italy and Morocco without worrying about running into anyone. Once it opened up, it did get more challenging to avoid all the people. That is why they only do the Segway tours in the early morning hours.

The tour lasts for approximately 2 hours and we both loved it. At the end they give you a special Segway pin and tell you not to trade it since the only way to get the pin is to take a Segway tour. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that will take another Segway tour on our next visit to Walt Disney World. They also offer off-road Segway tours at Fort Wilderness. I would love to try that one next. If you ever get the opportunity to take a Segway tour, don’t pass it up. They are a blast!

Around the World Segway Tour in EPCOT

Hidden Function Hall behind the countries in EPCOT

After spending the day in Epcot, we headed over to Canada and right between Canada and England is a large gate and behind that gate is this building and it’s where we had the last evening event. The theme for this night was “The Magic of Healthy Living”.

Magic of Healthy Living Event

Magic of Healthy Living Disney Event

The dinner was delicious, but it was a little too “healthy” for a lot of the children. I know my children wouldn’t have eaten it.

Dinner Menu for the Magic of Healthy Living Event

Dinner at the Magic of Healthy Living Event

Alyson Stoner speaking at the Magic of Healthy Living Event

Alyson Stoner, from the Disney Channel,(you may know her as the voice of Isabella on Phineas & Ferb) was there announcing the names of children who had won an essay contest about the “Magic of Healthy Living” and a trip to Walt Disney World.

Dessert Party in EPCOT

After the dinner we were all ushered out to a dessert party on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon for front row viewing of Illuminations and a dessert party.

Dessert Party in EPCOT

All the little bite-size desserts were just incredible. My favorite was the flourless chocolate cake. Yum! Great ending to another perfect day!
I paid a fee to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, but as an attendee my husband and I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits such as food and entertainment, so we could experience the magic of Walt Disney World. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100 % my own.

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