I Love Tinkerbelly’s Shop And So Should You!

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Shop Of The Month blog post! This month I partnered with Tinkerbelly’s shop to show you guys the amazing jewelry they put together.

These bracelets can have a range from $6 to $25! The stack bracelets are more expensive because they include a few matching ones.

Shipping was relatively fast. My items came in a little less than two weeks. Having fast shipping is a great quality to have for a small shop.

The first bracelet I ordered was the Princess Jasmine inspired bracelet. The middle charm is white with a blue heart followed by a few blue and bronze colored pearls.

I love this bracelet because it definitely represents Princess Jasmine. It’s cute and simple and I can wear it with basically any outfit I want.

The second bracelet I ordered was the Disney Magic Mickey stack! This bracelet is a stack and I absolutely love it. This comes with three bracelets. One says “Disney” and the other says “Magic.” The last bracelet has three Mickey beads each with a different color followed by pearl beads.

I can’t wait to wear these to the parks and take pictures in front of the castle!

Tinkerbelly’s shop bracelets come in different lengths ranging from 5 inches to 9 inches. I would recommend measuring your wrist before ordering because you might not be the size you think you are.

I ordered 6 inch bracelets. They do fit really well, but I probably could have gone up a half size. I almost ordered a 5 because bracelets are usually too big for me!

Both bracelet sets felt really well made! I was surprised. I thought it was going to feel like those cheap bracelets you made when you were little.

They did not feel like that!

I don’t recommend stretching them out, but they felt sturdy enough that I could wear them often. I felt safer knowing they weren’t going to snap at a moments notice. They are really well made and it’s really shows in the final products!

I’ll be taking them to the parks in a few weeks to see how well they hold up. I also want to get those cute castle pics! I mean who doesn’t😝

I highly recommend Tinkerbelly’s shop if you’re looking for some cute Disney inspired jewelry. Go follow Tinkerbelly’s.shop on Instagram to support their small business. I know it would mean a lot to them and they would really appreciate it!

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5 Tips For Busy Park Days

Let’s face it. The parks are busy almost every day if the year. Some busier than others. Whether the parks are at a crowd level 9 or crowd level 4, here are 5 great tips to use during those busy park days.

1. Don’t bring more than you need

While it’s great to be prepared, consider bringing only your essentials. This can be your phone, any cards or IDs you need and maybe sunglasses or a raincoat.

Bring less so you don’t have to carry more than you need. When you bring excess things, you’ll need a bag or purse to carry them in. If you don’t bring excess things, hopefully you won’t need a big backpack or need one at all.

Not having a bag when scanning into the parks is a big advantage because you won’t have to wait in the bag check line. On busy park days, bag check lines may have a wait time of 15+ minutes.

Bringing less will allow you to scan into the parks faster and ride Test Track before the crowds set in.

Remember, what you bring into the parks is what you’ll be carrying around the parks. There are no storage lockers except the lockers at Animal Kingdom near Kali River Rapids.

2. Arrive at the parks before they open.

If Magic Kingdom opens at 9am, don’t show up at 9am. The rush is already there and you’re going to be waiting 30+ minutes to get into the parks.

Instead, arrive 30 to 45 minutes before the park opens. Transportation usually starts 30 minutes before the parks open so be on that first bus or consider driving over. Annual Pass holders receive free parking! You can also take a Lyft in a Minnie Van.

So many choices, which one will you choose?

If you’re one of the first people into the parks, head directly to the ride that you couldn’t quite score a Fastpass+ for. Rides are less busy in the morning if you get there quick enough. Some rides have a 2 hours wait before the parks officially open!!

Okay, what?!

Parks will let people scan in and start walking throughout the main parts. Rides won’t be open yet, so you’ll have to stand in line for about an extra 10 to 15 minutes.

This is a great method to use if you didn’t snag Fastpasses for Rock n Roller Coaster or Expedition Everest.

3. Take advantage of Mobile Ordering

Mobile ordering is the best! When it works.

Sometimes Disney Wifi can be weird. It likes to kick me off every few minutes.

Once you get past the wifi, you’re golden.

Use the My Disney Experience App to mobile order food from quick service restaurants. You can order and pay all on the app. There’s no waiting in line to get food. You simply order and pick up in the designated mobile order area.

My recommendation is to order before you get the restaurant. For example, if you want to eat at Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe and you are in Frontierland, order before you start walking to Tomorrowland. That way your food will be ready as soon as you walk up!

This process saves so much time. You don’t have to wait in line to order and then another line to pick up. Its fast, simple, and easy and thats what Disney is all about!

4. Eat during odd hours

No I don’t mean eating only at 11am, 3pm or 5pm.

I’m talking about eating when no one else is.

People like to east during those normal hours like eating lunch at 12:30pm. While there’s nothing wrong with that, but that’s what every other family in the park is doing.

So while everyone is eating lunch around noon and 1pm, lines will be shorter. Take advantage of this and then eat when the wait times pick back up.

5. Plan, plan, PLAN!

Please, never ever travel to Disney without a plan!

Unless you live like 15 minutes from the parks.

Having a plan is very essential to ANY Disney vacation. Make sure you plan out your Fastpass+ reservations, dinning reservations, extra events, time to shop, etc.

Once Fastpasses come back, you’ll want to make reservations 60 days in advance. Plan out before that 60 day mark what days you’ll be at which park, and what fastpasses you would like to have.

You can make dinning reservations 180 days in advance, so check out menus before hand so you’ll know where you want to eat.

Writing down any extra or paid events you’ll be attending will help set the flow for the rest of the day. Make sure you are aware of what events are on which day!

It’s also helpful to plan when you would like to shop. I recommend after the parks close, since most gift shops are still open. You won’t have to waste riding time for shopping time.

I also love shopping last so that way I don’t have to lug all my bags around the park. We can shop and head straight to the buses, which we usually end up waiting for a while anyway. It’s the perfect time!

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8 Common Myths About Disney World

1. Cast Members Have To Agree To Everything

While this could be seen as true, it’s not.

Some people think that Disney cast members are not allowed to decline a request. Boy are they wrong.

Cast members do not have to do everything they are asked to do. For example, you can’t ask a cast member to ride Space Mountain or any other ride. They will also decline any request that involves harming others. They will not put others or themselves at risk.

2. A Person Controls The Camel

You know which camel I’m talking about!

The one in Adventureland, right?

I’m not going to lie, the first time I visited Magic Kingdom, I thought the camel was controlled by a person.

That seems legit.

Well I’m here to tell you that the camel is not controlled by a human. This fake camel is an animatronic and spits water every so often on its own.

3. Cast Members Can Disassemble The Castle

Okay, what?

As much as I’d like that to be true, it isn’t. Cinderella’s castle can not be dismantled.

I still wait for the day for cast members to disassemble the castle, and reassemble it in my backyard.

Hey, I can dream.

The castles structure is quite permanent. There are no joints, seams or folds in the castles exterior. Cinderella’s Castle was built with concrete, steel and fiberglass.

It’s kinda hard to dismantle a fiberglass castle I assume.

The castle was built to withstand Florida weather. This includes heavy winds, thunderstorms and hurricanes. There wouldn’t be a need to deconstruct the castle.

I suspect weather conditions were the primary reason for this rumor. Rest assured, the castle will not be coming down anytime soon.

4. There Is A Dome Over The Parks

Wouldn’t this myth solve all our problems!

Maybe, yes.

One of my biggest struggles is trying to bring a raincoat and stuff it into my fanny pack. Not always the best idea. I strive to carry as little as possible while at the parks and a raincoat really gets in my way.

Unfortunately, there is no dome over the parks, so it will rain at Disney. It’s Florida.

Yes Disney is magical and is the most perfect place on Earth, but be prepared. It will rain and you will need an umbrella or a raincoat. Check the weather before you head out in the mornings.

5. Walt Disney’s Body Is Cryogenically Frozen

Yes people believe that Walt Disney himself, was frozen and his body is somewhere near the parks.

One of these people being my husband (facepalm)

This seems to be a very popular myth. Walter Elias Disney passed away in 1966 and was cremated two days later. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California.

6. Disney World Never Closes

As much as I would love to ride Space Mountain at 5:30 in the morning, it just isn’t possible.

Disney World is not open 24 hours a day. Each park opens and closes at its appropriate times.

Disney will also close due to bad weather. If a hurricane is suspected to hit the area, they will close until it is safe to continue.

Disney World closed for about 4 months during the Covid-19 pandemic. They will close if it is deemed necessary.

7. Toy Story Characters Fall To The Ground When They Hear “Andy’s Coming”

When a guest walks by and shouts “Andy’s Coming” at Toy Story characters, they drop to the ground like they do in the movies.

At one point this happened. There have been videos and pictures of the characters falling to the ground from this action.

However, Disney has banned this practice due to safety reasons. This gag went viral a few years ago and everybody wanted to see it happen for themselves!

It got to the point where it happened way too often and Disney had decided that was enough.

8. There’s A Secret Suite In Cinderella’s Castle Where Guests Can Stay

Yes, there is a secret suite in Cinderella’s castle.

Just think of that jaw-dropping view in the morning! But not everyone can stay in such a luxury. Most people who stay win a contest.

There’s also a rumor saying that this suite was intended to be Walt’s apartment. There’s really no evidence that this was true. Walt Disney passed away before Cinderella’s Castle was built.

The suite was made out of an unused storage space in the top of the castle. It was made for Disney’s Year Of A Million Dreams celebration in 2006. So it’s highly unlikely Walt wanted to have a suite in Cinderella’s Castle .

Have you heard these myths going around? Are there other myths you’ve heard over the years? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear them.

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How Mad Hatter Tea Shirts Can Inspire Your Wardrobe

I absolutely love supporting small business, and getting Disney merchandise in the process. It’s a win-win situation!

This month my featured shop is Mad Hatter Tea Shirts. You have to check out their styles of T-shirts and sweaters.

Seriously, go check them out after you finish reading this!

The first product I bought was the Jungle Cruise inspired sweater. I was really excited for this because it’s a sweater and I adore comfy clothing.

This sweater did not disappoint!

It’s softer than I imagined and it gets major bonus points for that! It fits really well. I was worried it might be a bit big. I usually order things in an extra small, since I am small myself. Despite it being a size larger than I usually wear, it fits perfectly. It’s that nice ratio of being small enough that it fits right, and being big enough so I have some extra room to be comfy.

I like that this shop had some Jungle Cruise inspired tops. I feel as if the Jungle Cruise doesn’t have a whole lot of merchandise in the parks. I mean you can find Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Small World and Peter Pan merchandise almost everywhere in the Magic Kingdom.

Right?

The Jungle Cruise is one of the few rides that doesn’t have you exit through a gift shop.

Which is good for your wallet, but not for your Disney collection.

So, if you are looking for Jungle Cruise inspired merchandise, Mad Hatter Tea Shirts is the shop to buy from!

The next item I bought was an Enchanted Tiki Room inspired tea-shirt (see what I did there).

I was able to order this shirt in an extra small. That was important to me. Sometimes I end up buying kid sized clothing in the parks because it fits better.

No judging🤪

Anyways, this shirt fits true to size. It cute to pair it with some high waisted shorts, along with your favorite pair of Minnie ears.

Don’t forget about that LoungeFly backpack!

The possibilities seem endless when it comes to Disney merchandise. You just have to find your thing.

Like the Jungle Cruise, I do not have any Enchanted Tiki Room merchandise. Again, you don’t exactly exit through a gift shop, (insert sad face here). It’s always nice to find merchandise from rides that don’t seem to have as much as other rides do.

If you’re short, like me, sometimes T-shirts can be a little on the long side. Just as a quick tip, I tied it into a knot on the side. I don’t normally do this, but it looks super cute!

Aside from the merchandise I bought, everything they had displayed on their website looked amazing. They had some Haunted Mansion tees that I might take a look at later.

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What You Can Learn From Disney’s crowd levels: Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom

Hey everyone! My July 2020 Disney vacation has come to a close, and although I am sad about leaving, I am happy to share so much new information with you. I was able to visit all 4 parks at least one day so I am able to answer any questions you guys have. Here I am discussing wait times and crowd experiences throughout each park.

Animal Kingdom Annual Pass Preview Day 7/10: This was a big day for us. The Park was open from 8am-6pm. We arrived at 9am because it rained in the morning. We avoided standing outside for 45 minutes in the pouring rain. It took us maybe 30 seconds to get in. No line at the temperature screening or security area. To scan into the park, you only have to scan your magic band. No finger prints, which saves time. For the most part, the Park was empty. Everyone seemed to be flocking towards Pandora, which meant shorter lines throughout. We rode every ride at least twice, except Kilimanjaro Safari, which we rode once. Expedition Everest we rode three times and Kali River Rapids we rode twice. Dinosaur we rode three times as well and each Pandora ride twice. Everything was a 5-15 minute wait. The longest we stood in line was about 20 minutes for Expedition Everest and that was because they were cleaning. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. We were able to see and do everything we wanted with plenty of time to spare, including eating and taking some well needed breaks.

Magic Kingdom Opening Day 7/11: Disney fans all around the country were waiting for this day. I am very lucky I was able to be there. We arrived at 9am. We decided to take the ferry boat over, as the line for the monorail looked long. We didn’t wait long for the ferry. Lots of other families but we were still able to socially distance. They had green dots on the floors that we stood on to make sure we stayed 6ft apart. We scanned into Magic Kingdom just after the park opened. No lines to scan in and no lines for security. It was very efficient. I wish it could be like that all the time! First thing we rode, was Space Mountain with a 15 minute wait. Best feeling ever! By the end of the day, we rode everything we wanted to get done, except Big Thunder Mountain. Within 10 hours, we managed to ride Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Carousel of Progress, Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, 7D Mine Train, Small World, Peter Pan, Haunted Mansion, Pirates, Jungle Cruise, Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree and Splash Mountain. We have never been able to get through that many rides in what little time we had. The longest wait time was Splash and Small World. Each was about half an hour wait because of cleaning procedures. Everything else was about a 10-15 minute wait.

Overall, it was the best and worst trip to Disney. Lines were short, plenty of things available, space to move around, it was wonderful. Coming back from the parks and having time to swim and eat was amazing. Usually I don’t get much sleep as Disney, but I woke up feeling well rested and ready to go! The downside, wearing a mask all day in that heat made me want to pass out a few times. Just be sure to take a break every so often. Stay safe everyone!

July’s Shop of the Month: EarsofFunDesigns

Hello everyone and welcome to my very first Shop of the Month blog post! I am so excited to be supporting small businesses and I want to thank you as well. This month I am supporting EarsofFunDesigns! Check out the link below. I was able to purchase two sets of ears and they are both absolutely wonderful!

Marie inspired ears

The first pair of ears I’ll be taking about are inspired by Marie from The Aristocats. “Ladies don’t start fights, but we can finish them” is something I’ll always remember from the movie. I love these ears for a few reasons. The main reason being that they don’t hurt the area behind my ears while wearing them for extended periods of time. If you’ve ever worn a pair of ears made by Disney, after about an hour, my ears hurt and then I don’t want to wear them for a while. Then sometimes I get a headache and it’s not fun for anyone. So if you’re looking for something to reduce a little pain, I would recommend these ears. Another reason why these ears are so cute, is because of the fur. It makes sense because Marie is a cat, plus they are just so soft. Most ears are kind of a disk shaped that stands on the headband. These ears are more of sphere. So it’s like two fuzz balls are connected to the head band, which is unique and I really it. That’s kind of what drew me in to these ears was the fur. There is also a little tuff of fur behind the bow which I think is adorable.

Cruella de Vil inspired ears

The second pair of ears I ordered were inspired by Cruella de Vil, from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. They are similar to the Marie ears, as these ears are also fuzzy. One side is black and the other is white, which is the perfect representation of Cruella. They also fit very nicely as they are not too tight. The band doesn’t seem to be as thick as Disney brand ears so that should reduce headaches.

Please go check out EarsofFunDesigns by Lacey Sorrels (Link to Etsy shop below). Her Etsy shop is super easy to navigate and she was so nice in helping me pick out my ears! You still have time to use code JUMPTHEPARK20 for 20% off your purchase. Thank you guys so much and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EarsofFunDesigns?ref=search_shop_redirect&page=1#items