Enter to Win a Disney LeSportSac bag from Picturing Disney!

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Hey there Mouzies!

Just had to share this great new contest from my photoblog Picturing Disney and LeSportSac! The best part about it is that there will be 2 winners! The first winner will nab the awesome bag pictures above (Deluxe Everyday Bag with matching zip closure pouch and Ipo Charm)  and a second winner will get a cute Rectangular Cosmetic Bag (no charm)!

The contest is live now and you can ENTER HERE!

ARGH! Save your doubloons or join the crew at The Pirates League?

The Pirates League

Pirate flags decorate the walls of The Pirates League

If you didn’t know it was there it would be easy to walk right by The Pirates League. It is tucked away in the Magic Kingdom between Pirates of the Caribbean ride entrance and the gift shop. Even worse, while everyone seems to know about Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with all their ball gowns and glitter, it seems that The Pirates League does a pretty good job of keeping a low profile. Just like with the princess counter-part, The Pirates League is a chance for kids to dress up, only here – it’s the pirate life for them. They can choose to add costumes or simply the face painting and accessories. But is it worth the money? Here are three reasons you should part with your doubloons for this experience.

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The Pirates League offers options for boys who want to get dressed up but don’t want to spend their time in the castle with pixie dust!

1. Boys go to Disney too! This one should also include, not all girls want to be princesses all the time. Disney has absolutely cornered the market on the “Happily Ever After” princess tale. From meet and greets to meals to expensive makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. But for a long time that left boys feeling a little left out of all the dress up fun. Most boys I know love to dress up it’s just that most of them don’t want to dress up as Prince Charming – a black eye and a sword, now you are talking their language! The Pirates League gives them an escape from all the pink and glitter. Not to be forgotten are the little girls who want to sign up for the pirate’s life. There is the Empress package or the Mermaid package that gives them a makeover with pirate accessories necessary to go plunder the Magic Kingdom.

The Empress package

A great alternative for the girls who would rather be a pirate than a princess!

2. The Pirates Oath and your pirate name. Before you head back to get made over and join the crew – you have to pick out a pirate name. And in true pirate fashion – you must stick to the code. Based on your birthday and letters of your name you are given your new pirate name. Learn it because for as long as you are there, that is your name! Kids love getting their new name and the older ones will tend to remember their pirate name long after the experience is over. And to me that is what part of the Disney magic is all about – remembering those magical moments long after the vacation is over and “real life” has set in again. And the pirate oath is one of my favorite things that they do at The Pirates League. Once your new pirates makeover is complete, he or she will have to say the pirates oath (with the help of the veteran pirate who is initiating them to the crew). And since it is one big crew, of course all new pirates must be announced as having joined the crew – usually with the clanging of bells, some yelling and shouting and a whole lot of fanfare. (What do you expect, these are pirates after all!)

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Taking the Pirates Oath before being allowed to join the crew

3. The secret room. Again, pirates and their secrets! This is a closely guarded pirate secret, so secret in fact that the new members of the crew are not allowed into the secret room until they have said the oath and been welcomed to the crew. Now, what could a pirate keep in a secret room? Why – treasure of course! (And since it is Disney, a photographer too.) The treasure room is the prop room for the photo shoot at the end of your makeover. This is perhaps my favorite of all Disney photo spaces. Between the lighting and the treasure that lines the room, the photos do look like you have a plundering pirate worthy of the set of Pirates of the Caribbean.

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The pirate portrait in the secret treasure room. It doesn’t get much cooler than that!

And a bonus reason to love The Pirates League, the pirate makeovers won’t leave you feeling like your wallet has been plundered. Without a costume, the packages start at $29.95 + tax and go up to $39.95 + tax. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-CREW and they accept reservations up to 180 days prior.

So next time you will be in the Magic Kingdom – consider checking out The Pirates League to have your pirates singing “Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho a Pirate’s Life for Me”.

 

mel-at-epcotAbout the Author:

Melissa Rhodes is a stay at home mom to two Disney addicts, one princess and one pirate. She is also a Disney Vacation Specialist with Magical Memories Travel, where she helps other families plan the Disney magic that she loves experiencing with her own family. Melissa made her first visit to Disney in 1978 and has made more than 50 trips since.

Melissa would love to help you plan your next Disney vacation. You can reach her at Magical Memories Travel at  703-688-2WDW or 1-888-908-7718 , ext 122.  When she is not dreaming about Disney, Melissa can be found at Mickey By Mel or on Facebook at www.fb.com/mickeybymel

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More Disney Tattoos for you!

By Frances

I’ve come to the conclusion that Mouze Kateerz fans love Disney more than anyone else. Here are more photos from fans showing their love and dedication to the mouse.

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I got this tattoo because I love all things Disney, especially Walt Disney World and Mickey Mouse! It reminds me a bit of Hidden Mickeys. Also, my fiance calls me Mickey. This is my favourite tattoo, because its Disney, something I will never get sick of! I can’t wait to get more Disney tattoos!
~ Michaela Diggins

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This was my first Disney tattoo and I love it.  It was just a way for me to always have a little Disney magic with me.

I am currently having a half sleeve Disney tattoo designed for me but it’s been a work in progress.

I started out wanting a bunch of my favourite characters from the original feature length animated films but soon realized my arm isn’t that big and to be honest certain characters just don’t look good together.

No matter what design I end up with the tattoo will have my tattoo artists (who happens to be my husband) and my own artistic flair added.

Once I get it done this summer I will send you a picture.~ Lisa C.

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The Alice in Wonderland is still in the works. I have to do it in sections and will be adding more scenes once she is done. Just thought Alice theme would make a great sleeve.
Mickey Balloons, the blue is for my grandson Tristen, red is for granddaughter Khloe and the purple for my youngest grand daughter Noelani. If we have more then I shall all more to my back.
Swirl design on my feet were my first Disney tats and thought that was a good way so show others my love for Disney. 
Tink on my leg. She represents me, she is sprinkling pixie dust and the stars in the dust, 5 in all are for each surrogate baby I had. ( I was a surrogate mother) The flowers were picked out by both of my daughters Brittany and Katy. 
 
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swirls      tink tat

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Disney Tattoos for You!

By Frances

Mouze Kateerz has had such great responses from post about the Disney tattoo that we are updating a post to bring you even more inspirations for your own.

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My tattoo pays homage to my great love of Mickey, but that’s not all!  My children and husband’s initials are in there too!

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I got mine after running the Disney Half Marathon and for my love of Disney. I saw this image on merchandise at Disney years before adding my own flair and getting it inked. ~ Angela Beadle.

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The Mickey head on my hand was my 15th wedding anniversary present this Feb! It is my “brand”…I have a passion for all things Disney and the Mouse!
The larger tattoo is very recent, I just got this one April 20th…it represents my love for Disney and my kids! I have 3 kids who’s names all begin with “C”…so each had their own icon here: Jiminy represents my oldest daughter Cricket (her real name), next is my daughter Camdyn with the pink Minnie bow (and pixie dust), and the castle for my son Castle Elias. There is even a “hidden mickey” in there!
~Casie Crowder, Sumter, SC

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It’s my favorite Quote from Walt. Some hidden mickeys and all connected with a Dumbo hat.

Keep is in my handwriting. Moving is my moms handwriting. Forward is my late dads handwriting.

So special.  ~ Ellen Conner

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Mother’s Day Giveaway on Picturing Disney!

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Coming soon over on my Photoblog is a great little Mother’s Day giveaway! This is a great way to pamper the lady in your life and I can attest to the great quality and scents from Walter & Rosie!

Enter to win 2 hand-crafted Disney inspired soaps (Whole New World and Pixie Dust scented) as well as a pair of adorable Polynesian-resort reminiscent tropical flower earrings!

The contests will run from 8am on Friday April 26th through 12am on May 2nd! Head on over to Picturing Disney Photoblog for more details!

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Send the special lady in your life some Disney magic this Mother’s Day!

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Looking for a fun and unique way to send your favorite lady some Disney magic? Why not stop by the Picturing Disney Photoblog Etsy shop? Here you will find a nice range of 8×10 Disney pictures all taken by me! I enjoy natural light photography and barely edit my images so that they feel true and natural, like you have just stepped back into a virtual vacation! And if you are sending a photo gift send a note through an Etsy conversation and I will include a nice little gift tag with your order.  :)

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Besides photography (and if you get there early the last of the Disney-inspired candles that were on sale in the shop in February and March) you will also find downloadable graphics! Both feature different color options for the Disney quote and they can be printed at home, framed, and given to your favorite Disney-lovin-lady just in time for Mother’s Day!

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And just to make the deal sweeter for you! If you head on over to the Picturing Disney Facebook page any facebook followers can enter a code to get 10% off their entire Etsy order!

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Getting through Orlando Security at the Airport

English: A TSA officer screens a piece of luggage.

By Amanda C.

I have very rarely given much thought about getting souvenirs through security at the MCO (Orlando International Airport), but as I am going “ OOOOO I’ve got to get one of those!” That one of those is a death star hot potato game. I was describing it at the ball park last night and one of the mom’s said “Good luck getting that through security. It sounds like it looks like a bomb.” I was like woooah hold up! A bomb? No way would I have thought of that. That got me to thinking of what the TSA must see go through the scanners and do they flip out seeing it going through in checked luggage and open your suitcase or do they go ehhh and let it go?
Some of those great souvenirs: From Pirates of the Caribbean: The dagger, scabbard, and ball and chain and the hook. From Star Wars: The Light Saber. From Frontierland: The 3 foot long hunting rifle and pistol. Tomorrowland: Buzz Light years ray gun.
I’m sure Universal and Sea World have some crazy souvenirs as well that would make a normal person go what the heck if it was seen in your luggage. So the question for you readers…. Has the TSA searched your luggage because of the goodies you stashed away?

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What Lucinda would do without her kids at Walt Disney World!

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By Lucinda A.

I love my kids. I love going to Disney with my kids. But there are a few things that I would love to experience without my children.

If I had another chance to spend an entire day at WDW without my kids, I’d hang out on the Monorail resort line all day. I’d start out with breakfast at Kona Cafe, browse Wyland Gallery, stroll the grounds with my camera then lay claim to a hammock on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon with a nice fruity adult beverage in hand.
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Next, I’d take the Monorail over to the Grand Floridian for a little spa time at Senses. I want to try the Aromatherapy Massage Experience, a Rejuvenating Citrus Facial, and a Mani/Pedi combo. I’d stop in at Basin and pick up some of my favorite soaps to take home then jump on the Resort Launch to the Magic Kingdom.

All the personal time and pampering puts me in the perfect frame of mind for some shopping on Main Street USA. I really do “need” a new tiara from Arribas Brothers and a mid-size Dooney & Bourke. I think I should pick up a couple souvenir shirts while I’m at it. And to help me deal with the guilt I’ll surely be feeling, I’d buy a few things to take home to the kids. Before leaving the park, I’ll grab a hot dog from Casey’s and take a ride through the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Maybe they’ll let me stay on for a second pass.

100 Contemp fb pinI’ll walk over to the Contemporary Resort for the next part of my journey. I’m planning to have a nice dinner at The Wave. I’m not really sure if I’m having the grilled fish or the curry vegetable stew. I guess I’ll decide when I get there. After dinner, I’ll probably be pretty tired, so I’ll hop back on the Monorail and return to the Poly where I’ll settle in on the beach for one last cocktail while I watch Wishes.

Ok…to summarize….the one thing I would do at Disney without my kids…is spend an entire day on the Monorail Resort line.

LucindaMomsKidsChipDaleLucinda is a work-at-home mother of five, with a strong passion for family, photography and Disney. She incorporates her loves into her Disney fan blog, Without a Care in the World  and enjoys meeting other Disney bloggers through it. She and her family are currently planning to relocate to Central Florida and as you can imagine, they’re all very excited to be residing near the Mouse and his World in the near future.

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Loving the LeSportSac Giveaway!

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By Frances

Who doesn’t love a chance to win a free mickey purse? Mouze Kateerz has teamed up with some amazing Disney Blogs and specialists to bring you a chance to win our very own. It’s all in honor of “Loving Disney” Month. Head over to Picturing Disney and enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win. The more times you enter the better your chances. You can even tweet about for more entries.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Why I Love My Disney Visa

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I know that credit cards are usually not part of “love” posts but since I learned how to use credit properly I feel very empowered by the bonuses from Chase! Recently I went back and forth between upgrading my Disney Rewards Visa to a Premiere card and found that there are both advantages and disadvantages to upgrading. Of course I thought I’d share with you the pros, cons, and perks!

First of all the major allure of either card is that you earn Disney Dream Rewards dollars. These go into a rewards total and can be cashed out once you reach $10 ($20 the first time since they are loaded into a reusable card). You earn 1% back on everything but with the Premiere card you earn 2% on many purchases. Both also offer 0% Disney vacation financing for 6 months, a $50 Disney Cruise Line onboard credit, and in park perks like discounts on merchandise and meet and greets. The catch on the Premiere card is that you have an annual fee of $49. (Remember that all this info is subject to change as per Chase bank.)

Here is a little bit of info that may make you want to open a new line or switch to a new account: As of new credit legislation in 2010 Chase has frozen interest rates. What does that mean for you? Well most rates were higher a couple years ago AND for those of you in a position like me (I’ve had my Disney Visa since day 1 which happened to be when I was in college and had no credit history) you may have an interest rate higher than you desire. Since Chase is not renegotiating rates or running yearly adjustments for the time being you may want to look into applying for a Premiere- my APR is half on my Premiere card what it is on my original Disney visa!

Bottomline: with my Premiere card I have to pay $49 per year but as long as I keep going to Disney World I will earn that back pretty easily in rewards dollars. Plus when you first sign up the gift card bonus is $50 more for the Premiere card so it sort of pays for its first year! If you know your family would take advantage of using your card for points AND paying it off each month then you should def look into these cards! With savvy spending they can help you get to Disney World! ;)

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Melissa DonaldBy profession Melissa is a 9th grade World History teacher, but by nature she is a lover of all things Disney. She has always been a bit of a bookworm and has believed in fairytales since she was a little girl. (Her favorite heroine and princess is Belle.)

When she isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

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