Adventure Awaits with Tiki Handbags and 3wick Disney Inspired Candles!

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Back in January I shared my etsy shop with all you wonderful Mouzies and have since then revamped the candle section of my shop and added a really fun new product!

Enter: the Tiki Buttercup Bag!

I found this fabric not long after my Grandpa gave me my Grandma’s sewing machine and I decided to teach myself how to sew on it.  It is adorable and retro and the tikis bring back so many awesome Disney vacation memories I knew you would love it! Whether you just love the tikis found at the entrances to Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, are a huge fan of the Enchanted Tiki Room itself, or maybe just love the Polynesian Resort or Trader Sam’s at Disneyland Hotel.  I made multiple versions of this awesome bag with different linings: Orange lining with white pockets, Red floral lining with white pockets, Pink & Cream patchwork floral, and even a Pink & Cream patchwork floral with hidden straps!

And, of course, with summer at hand I couldn’t resist pouring some candles and restocking the shop- this time I’ve added 3-wick Candles to the mix in: Polynesian Resort, Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Mickey Waffles, plus a small jar of Yacht & Beach, Walt Disney quote illuminated candle holder with Poly votives, ceramic turtle holder with Poly candle, and a retro Poly Candle Mug!

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Come on by and check out all the Disney inspired crafts in my etsy shop and grab a little bit of Disney vacation at home! ;)

Large Family going to Disney on a budget

Jango FetBeing a family of seven, yes seven, Disney on a budget is a must. Our first trip as a family of seven will happen in June when we take the kids for Star Wars Weekend. Yes, my fiance and I are nuts for taking them during a peak time and a HOT time, but with three boys who love Star Wars, a fiance who grew up on it and two girls who like the idea a girl can kick tail is a cool. So now it comes to me, how in the world are we going to do what they want with hopping parks and going to new dining places as it will be the fiance and his two boys first time going so we have to “do it right” according to my three.

Well being the Mouze Mom that I am I started playing with staying at a moderate resort in two rooms versus one of the wonderful villa’s on property. Pouring over them, pros and cons, having been to Disney a few years ago in June I know the need for getting out of the hot sun or finding a way to cool off other than getting soaked on Kali River Rapids. So that meant a nice room and a cool pool. After going back and forth with my fiance on the resorts we settled on Saratoga Springs getting a two bedroom villa.We still got the Plus Dining so that we could enjoy the on property fun of Tusker House and Whispering Canyon, but breakfast is not a big thing for four out of the seven of us (3 teenage boys could eat all day!) so with the full kitchen the bottomless pits can make their own breakfasts while we grab a few extra minutes of sleep.

Next came the discussion of tickets. To hop or not to hop that was the question. After looking at the times and which parks offered the fabulous extra magic hours we plotted out a game plan to hop. How many days now? We are going to be there for 5 nights/6days. Playing with the ticket options and days we took a 4 day hopper with the water parks and more option.Being so close to Downtown Disney and Typhoon Lagoon we thought these were great ways to cool off during the hot afternoons.

We know that there are cheaper times to go to Disney, but with Disney they have been offering more and more specials that will make it possible for us in the future to stay during an off peak time perhaps even in a moderate resort with adjoining two rooms.

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Traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort from the United Kingdom Part 2

By Janine P.

Ever since I found out I was pregnant I had dreamed of taking my daughter Tink to the Walt Disney World Resort.  She did come with us inutero and caused me no end of grief including a trip to the emergency room where our first scan of her at just 6 weeks was performed by a Tower of Terror Cast Member (she was also employed by Celebration Hospital just to clarify!).
So as soon as she was born we began to think about when we could take her back.  We even snuck in a 2 night stay at Disneyland Paris.  But nothing prepared me for actually being at Walt Disney World with my husband and child.
Let me give you a heads up, I’m a crier.  I cry when we land in the US. I cry when I see the first Walt Disney World sign.  I cry on the monorail and I bawl like a baby when I’m on Main Street.  This was all amplified by about a million having Tink in tow.
We decided just to potter about Downtown Disney the first evening as it had been a long flight and I sniffled all the way round, culminating in a few good tears at Tinks first visit to World of Disney.
There were plenty of tears the first morning walking into Disney’s Hollywood Studios and even more when she had her first character experience, running up to Goofy and Pluto and giving them big kisses.  There was no shyness here, just pure excitement and pleasure.  But the biggest heart wrenching mama sobbing moment of that first day (and maybe the holiday?) was her meeting Mickey at Animation Courtyard.  Sorcerers Apprentice Mickey is my favorite anyway but add in the hugeness of the moment (and we were first in line) and the water works started good and proper.  Tink just ran into Mickeys arms and literally the whole crowd waiting collectively went ‘aw’.  Sniff.  This really was the moment when husband and I looked at each other and thought, that alone was worth all the months of saving and planning.
Every character interaction we had was amazing and we made full use of Photo Pass and now have over 400 wonderful photos to look at.  Tink was a bit more shy with the Princesses and Tinkerbell, mainly I think because they tried to engage with her and at just over 2 and half years old, although she doesn’t stop nattering at home she can be quite reserved with new people.  With fur characters she really came into her own, her favorite trick was to take a stuffed toy of that character to meet them, they loved that and we even ended up getting our Mexican Donald from EPCOT signed by the big duck which was pretty cool.
The character dining was a big hit too.  We did Play and Dine at Hollywood and Vine, DHS with Handy Manny, Oso, June from Little Einsteins and Tinks firm favorite, Jake.  This was great fun and not as loud or hectic as I had been warned, just right as it is aimed at pre-schoolers.  We also ate at Cape May at the Beach Club breakfast.  This featured Donald, Goofy and Minnie and again it was just fab.  I’d love to stay here one day, what a wonderful resort.  We were however glad that we didn’t have to pay for madam to eat (they’re both buffets so under 3’s are free) as she was too busy looking at the characters to eat much, even the cakes didn’t tempt her.
Tink was also remarkably good and brave on rides.  Her favorite by far is It’s A Small World and we had to ride it hundreds of times.  I still have to sing her the song as part of her bedtime routine …
When we went to DLP in the summer she rode a couple of things, Buzz and Peter Pan, and didn’t really like them, in fact she said Buzz scared her.  So we didn’t hold out much hope in WDW.  But she was a changed child and even did Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion!!!  Now she was a little bit scared of those, but not in a get me out of here kinda way, just she cuddled into me a bit more during the dark bits.  Rollercoasters didn’t phase her at all, she held her arms up on Goofys Barmstormer shouting ‘weeeeee’ all the way round.  I’ll have her Space Mountain next time no prob ;-)
She also LOVED the shows, especially the Disney Junior show.  I can just picture her now dancing all the way through, singing along and shouting to the characters on stage.  Well done Disney for a wonderful performance.
One of the things I really liked was the way the CMs interact with the little ones.  If she was wearing a Princess dress they’d call her Princess.  When she was dressed up like Tink they asked her about the fairies.  They were always waving at her and she got a couple of extra cookies.  I do believe WDW is a place for all people of all ages but I was 21 my first visit, I’m so glad Tink will always know she went when everything really was still pure magic and the CMs really do add to this.
We all really enjoyed taking our time and doing some rides and shows which were new for us too, such as the Disney Junior stuff and more sedate rides we had bypassed before (shame on us) such as Carousel of Progress and Jungle Cruise.  We also enjoyed exploring World Showcase through a 2 year olds eyes and spending time actually with the animals in the Affection Section in AK.  Everything about this holiday was focused on what Tink would want to do and indeed could do (although this mama did fit in one quick ToT ride) and it really worked for us.
This included getting to parks for rope drop, making the most of little or no lines, then heading back to our hotel for a quick rest and nap.  We would then either go back to the parks or shopping and dinner in the evening.  We didn’t make it out late enough to see any parades or fireworks and there was no way we did as much as previous years but this was very much a quality over quantity holiday for us.
One issue we did have (but would have had anywhere) was food and Tink not wanting to eat.  She is not the best eater, more of a snacker but she also doesn’t like to sit up and wait for her food, especially if there is stuff going on.  This did lead to a few ruined meals and tantrums but we always tried to keep in mind she is only 2, she has jeg lag and its like 100 degrees!!!  Bedtime was also an issue, as in she didn’t want to go!!!  Tink and I shared a bed and even when she was exhausted she didn’t go down without a fight a lot of the time, too excited and too much going on I expect but pretty frustrating at the time.  Only a week or so after we got home she dropped her day nap and now goes to bed no problem … typical, if only she’d done that there.  Oh well.
So there we are.  I’ve been totally honest about our first experience of WDW with a toddler.  There were many, many good times, a few did we make the right choice times but on the whole it was A-Mazing and we can’t wait to return in 2014 and do it all again.

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Janine Pipe, married mom of 2 year old Tink, living in Swindon in the UK.  DLP shareholder and lifelong WDW fan.  Always planning the next trip and making the most of all things Disney in England.  Has been told her house resembles a Disney Store.

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Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys will be in Springfield, MO

Monday October 22, 2012, Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys will be at an Early Bird Holiday Shopping Event with multiple other vendors in Springfield, MO. If you are near by please stop by and plan your next magical vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Cruise line or Adventures by Disney. If you RSVP to frances@distinctive-journeys.com by Monday morning October 22nd, you will receive a special gift.

Event Location:

Panera Bread Company

500 South National Avenue

Springfield, Missouri

6pm-8:45pm CDT

Several vendors with lots of giveaways, including Thirty-One gifts, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Usborne Books, Celebrating Home, Party Lite and your Disney Travel Specialist. Bring a guest and get an extra entry into giveaways!

Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys will be giving away a model of the Disney Dream.

There are some appointments available prior to the event and the morning of Tuesday October 23rd. Please contact Frances @404-414-6198 to make your appointment.

 

 

3 More Reasons the Disney Vacation Club could be for you!

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Is DVC right for you?

Having now been a DVC member for 10 years I find myself constantly singing the praises of what it can offer. I have only 1 complaint about it Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Crescent Lake Disneythough…we should have joined much earlier!!! The question is though, is DVC a good fit for you? Here are some reasons that I think it is.

1) Location and space!

The best part of DVC is the rooms and the location of the resorts. Our home resort is the Beach Club Villas and I could not ask for a better location. Since EPCOT and the Studios are my 2 favorite parks, it is wonderful being able to just walk over to either of them and not having to wait for buses. Boardwalk Villas are in the same area making it another great option for people that love those parks and the nightlife that Boardwalk has to offer. Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary resort is a great choice for people that love the Magic Kingdom. The rooms are gorgeous, but have more of a futuristic look. If you want the room designed in all Disney you may not be as pleased with it. The location can’t be beat though, you can take a path out front and walk right over to the MK or you can walk over to the main building of the contemporary and hop on the monorail. Animal Kingdom Lodge has great atmosphere, we loved waking up in the morning and having coffee overlooking the savannah and watching the animals. The only complaint that I have with that resort is that you have to take a bus if you want to go anywhere. There is no pathway to AK. If you don’t mind the distance though it is a great choice for those that are looking for a different experience than you will find anywhere else.

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Walking around Disney’s Boardwalk Resorts

Some of the other DVC resorts at Disney World are The villas at Wilderness Lodge, the Villas at Saratoga Springs, and the original resort, Old Key West. All of the resorts offer a different atmosphere, and none of them disappoint.

The great thing about the villas is that rooms! You can choose from a studio, which is similar to a hotel room with a small kitchenette. It is good for a short stay, or if you just want a room and won’t be doing much cooking. The 1 bedroom villas have a living room, a separate bedroom with a king sized bed, a full kitchen and bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, and separate shower. 2 bedroom villas offer all of the amenities in the 1 bedroom with an additional bedroom with 2 beds and it’s own bathroom. The 3 bedrooms are perfect if you are going to bring the whole extended family, it sleeps up to 12 people. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and depending on what resort you are at it may be one or 2 stories.

One of the things I love about the villas is that they all have a washer and dryer in the room! I love not having to bring as many clothes since I can throw in a load at night, and I can clean them all before I come home and not have to worry about doing a bunch of laundry when I get home. A vacation plus!

2) Getting to visit new places

I know, who would want to go anywhere other than Disney World? Well, with the DVC you have the option to have piece of Disney wherever you Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge savanna, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge balconygo. There are other DVC resorts in Hilton Head, Vero Beach, Grand Californian and Aulani in Hawaii. You can use your vacation points at any of these resorts and get the same service that you have become accustomed to from Disney.

You can also go to places all over the world. Through RCI you can use points to visit over 350 destinations throughout the world. You can also use your points with Adventures by Disney that allows you to go on guided tours in other countries. If the water is more your thing, then you may want to use your points on Disney Cruise Lines. You can also go to Disneyland Paris, other resorts in Disney world, and Disneyland. As you can see, the places that you can visit are endless!!

3) Saving time and money!

I have been talking about points, and some of you are probably scratching your head wondering what I am talking about. Well, the great thing Wilderness Lodgeabout DVC is that unlike other timeshares, you are not confined to the same week every year. You can go whenever you want, and sometimes more than once a year.

When you buy into the DVC you buy a certain number of points. Anywhere from 160-2000. Currently prices are about $112 per point. Each resort runs a different number of points per night. It varies depending on when you go, what size room or what view you choose.

The point system works on a use year basis. A use year is when your points become available for that year. If you buy in March, then your points for that year become available in that month. When you buy in with DVC depending on what resorts are available that will be your home resort. You can begin booking your home resort 11 months out, so if your favorite is available try to buy there so you have first choice at the resort you want. You can book at all other DVC resorts 7 months out.

If you are not able to take a vacation one year you can bank your unused points to the following year (extra vacation anyone?!) You also have the option of borrowing from the coming year if you find that you need more points for a vacation you want to take.

As for saving money, yes the initial cost may be high (It all depends on how many points you get). However, when you look at what you spend every year on your vacations, it pays for itself quickly…Plus once you buy in you are member for 40 years, and it can be passed down in the eventCrescent Lake, Disney's Boardwalk Resort something happens to you.

I know that DVC is not right for everyone, but for us it has been the best decision we have ever made. We have been able to travel to places that we may not have been able to go to otherwise. The savings have been great, and we love using the discounts that DVC offers us on annual passes as well as many restaurants and stores at Disney.

You can check out the DVC website for more information, or if you have an upcoming trip to Disney take a tour. It doesn’t take long, and you will see what all the DVC has to offer. The sales person is not pushy and if you decide it is not for you, you at least get some ice cream at the end of the tour out of it.

There are kiosks all over the parks and resorts, so next time you are walking by, stop by and get some more information. You can also call 1-800-500-3990 for more information.

Lisa just moved to Nashville, TN, after spending 28 years in Ohio. She has been a huge Disney fan since her parents took her on her first trip at age two. 2. She has been to Disney over 70 times and worked at Blizzard Beach as part of the Disney College Program. She is now working on finding a way to move to FL, so she can be closer to her favorite place on Earth!

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Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop…or Bounce!

Welcome to Mouze Kateerz, a Disney community blog dedicated to enhancing your next Disney trip with photos, reviews, and Disney treasures. Here’s some topics we covered this week: [Read more...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Is This the Resort for Your Next Vacation?

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By Lisa.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a deluxe resort located next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. It contains two buildings, the Jambo House and Kidani Village. Kidani Village was added in 2009 and is a DVC resort.  The resort is designed to resemble a South African wildlife reserve lodge, and it doesn’t disappoint. The resort is situated around savannas, allowing guests the ability to look out at all the animals that were brought in from Africa.

There are several room types to choose from, as well as different views. [Read more...]

Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop…or Bounce!

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Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop…or Bounce!

Welcome, blogging fans, to Mouze Kateerz, a community blog exploring all the great things Walt Disney World has to offer. This week we took a look at some of the following Disney topics:

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Before you head off to Blog hop or bounce, here’s some articles you might enjoy.

The Disney Princess: How to Get A Disney Inspired Manicure

The Disney College Program: All You Need to Know About Dorms, Roommates, and Housing Costs

Disney World Pin Trading 101: Tips, Photos, and Info. to Get you Started

The Sweet Spot You Absolutely Can’t Miss at Downtown Disney

Eight Most Common Questions People Ask Disney Travel Agents

Thanks for stopping by Mouze Kateerz for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see ya soon!

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Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop…or Bounce!

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         Welcome to Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop…or Bounce!

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