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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5 Disney Secrets To Do More With Less

Pssst… Hey you.

Yeah you!

Want to know 5 secrets to do more with less at Disney? Of course you do! I mean who doesn’t.

Disney is all about finding ways to make the most of your time and money. Here are some great tips on where to get started!

Ready to maximize your Disney experience?

1. Fastpass and Dining Reservations

Everybody knows you can make Fastpass+ reservations 60 days in advance, right? And that you make dining reservations 180 days in advance? But, maybe you didn’t quite get that restaurant reservation you wanted.

What do you do?

It never hurts to ask for a table. Maybe someone dropped a reservation recently. You might get lucky and have a spot within 15 minutes!

When I took a trip to Disney Springs in June, we went to T-Rex and asked for a table. No reservation. We were seated within 10 minutes! It doesn’t happen often, but it never hurts to ask. Trust me.

2. Take Advantage Of Freebies

Wait, Disney has freebies? Of course they do!

Check out my earlier article on 10 Things That Won’t Break The Bank. It has info on freebies at Resorts and around the parks that you can take advantage of!

One of these freebies is the Animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

If you walk out of the back of the Resort, you can spot giraffes, Zebras and more!

The best part?

You don’t even have to be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge to see them. Next time you visit Animal Kingdom, stop by Animal Kingdom Lodge and get a new perspective on the Resort.

3. Using the Disney Dining Plan. The Right Way!

It’s and age old question.

Can you save money with the Disney dining plan?

Well, yes and no.

If you love ordering the most expensive items on the menu, the Disney dining plan could save you some money. If you’re like my family and share portions sometimes, then it’s not a good investment.

If you want to eat steak and seafood for every meal, the Disney dining plan is your way to eat more with less.

If you’re really unsure if the Disney dining plan is right for you, it probably isn’t. You can still save money off the Disney dining plan.

Remember, if you are a DVC member or an Annual Pass Holder, you can get up to 20% off your dining meals.

4. Getting Benefits From Grocery Stores

Okay, this is a great one!

You can do this at any grocery store that has rewards points. For example – Giant Eagle

My mom would pay for our entire Disney trip with Disney gift cards. You heard that right!

She would spend thousands of dollars on gift cards and get MAJOR points to use on gas. Each 100 points equaled $0.10 off each gallon of gas. Spending all that money on gift cards ads up, and she would get gallons of gas, for FREE!

We could fill up our van entirely for only a few cents!

I know this seems like a lot, but your going to use that money to pay for your Disney trip anyway. So why not use it and learn to maximize those benefits!

5. Character Breakfasts

I know what you’re thinking.

“Character breakfasts are way too expensive”

Am I Right?

Typical Character dining prices at breakfast are around $25 for adults. For children it’s usually around $15. Lunch can be around $30 for adults and $43 for dinner!

Breakfast is usually always the cheaper option.

Character breakfasts can save you a ton of time in the parks. It’s a chance for you to sit down and eat and visit those characters that can have long wait times.

It’s a win-win situation.

You get to eat breakfast and enjoy some great food, AND meet characters at the same time. There are no lines. The characters come to you and it’s always a great experience.

Bonus Tip?

Get the ice water!

A bottle of water at Disney world is $3.50

My family goes through about 4 bottles of water a day. That’s about $14 per day just on water.

For the week?

That’s $70! It doesn’t seem like a lot, but you could use that extra money to buy a LoungeFly backpack. Or, two sets of Minnie ears! And we all know how important those are.

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A Guide to Disney’s Riviera Resort

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be back at Walt Disney World this week. We were able to stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort for 2 nights and I want to give my honest review of this Disney Vacation Club resort. In a previous post, I ranked Riviera one of the top 5 resorts. Now, after we’ve had a chance to stay here, I would definitely move it up the list. It’s absolutely wonderful and the theme is gorgeous!

We stayed in deluxe suite, which can sleep 5 people. It has a queen bed and a queen size pull down bed from the wall. There is also a twin bed that folds from the wall under the Tv. one thing I really like about this room, is that there are a few drawers under the main bed, and a few in the coffee table. This comes in handy when storing personal belongings. We also have a kitchenette which includes a small fridge, a microwave and a sink. There are also some cabinets to store things. In the bathroom, there is an area with the shower/bath combo and the sink. There is also an area that connects with a toilet and another shower. This is great because it allows two people to get ready at the same time. It’s great for early mornings! Our room also had a balcony which had the perfect view of Epcot!

At the Riviera, there are two pools. pictured above is the main pool. The main pool is next to the play area, S’il Vous Play. The smaller pool, Beau Soleil Pool, is just across the way. Both pools were wonderful, but the main pool has a water slide which is always fantastic. Each pool has its own hot tub that is great for cooler nights. The S’il Vous Play kiddy area has a few small slides and fountains to play in. Across from the small pool, there is an athletic gym that opens at 7am for you early birds.

For the foodies out there, Riviera has a quick service restaurant called Primo Piatta, check out the picture above. They have American style foods like burgers, sandwiches and salads. They also have a more traditional style breakfast with bacon and most importantly, Mickey Waffles! You also might want to try Topolino’s Terrace. It’s on the expensive side, but it’s a character meal. You will meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy as you dine on French and Italian cuisine. Lastly, there is a great pastry cafe located on the second floor near the lobby. It’s called Le Petite Cafe and they have some of the best desserts. Check out the lemon cheesecake below! It’s definitely one of those must do’s if you happen to pass by.

I really enjoyed staying at this resort. I hope to be back in the near future. One main reason why I love this resort is it’s on the Disney Sky Liners system. We couldn’t really use the Sky Liner while staying here, because neither Epcot or Hollywood studios were open, but I know in the future, it will definitely be a big plus while staying.

Ultimate Guide: Disney is Reopening

This is the part Disney fans all over the world have been waiting to hear. I am sure you all know that Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will be back in business July 11th. With that being said, only Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will be reopening on July 11th. Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will soon be following on July 15th. A few weeks ago, Disney Springs reopened to third party shops, while the Disney portions of the area were still closed. Recently World of Disney opened it’s doors to the public and will begin a phase of reopening other stores throughout the United States.

With all this being said, Disney will have to take extra precautions to make sure it’s employees and guests are safe. It looks as of right now that parades and nighttime spectaculars will return at a later date. Makeover opportunities, characters meetups, and any playground sets will also be unavailable. It is possible that characters could still be walking around the parks, but personal photos might not be a good idea.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the parks capacity will have to be limited. The magic Kingdom can support over 90,000 guests per day. Not sure what the limit will be, but I imagine around 30,000 guests per park. This will let those who already have reservations to stay on property have access to the parks. To maintain the park limits, Disney will be monitoring guest attendance through a new theme park reservation system. This will require all guests to make a reservation before hand. Disney is putting a halt on new ticket sales and letting annual pass holders and DVC members go first into making these reservations. If you already have a reservation, like I do, your trip should be safe. After a certain time period, those who live in the Orlando area who usually go out for day trips, will be able to buy tickets. I will warn you, I expect these tickets to be sold out by that time. When Disney has been closed for 3 months, you get a little crazy.

If you happen to make it into the parks the first few days of opening, there will be many health and safety regulations. cast members and guests above the age of three will be required to wear a mask in common areas of the parks and hotels. Upon entering the parks, all guests must undergo a temperature check. This also includes employees. Cashless transactions are recommended and are much easier when you have a magic band. In addition, cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased throughout the parks.

This is just the start of the health and safety precautions Disney is making to ensure all guests are safe and can enjoy the parks. These policies are subject to change and I will update you once I have the information. I know we are all very eager to once again be welcomed home and to see that glowing castle at the end of Main Street USA. Don’t worry, we will be there soon enough.