Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wishables Wednesday + Disney SMC Highlights 2019 in New York City - Disney Skyliner, Disney Parks News Galaxy's Edge, Hollywood Studios, and more!

Disney Social Media Celebration's "On the Road," provided a “world” of information from how to make your content better and more engaging, and all of the fun, new experiences, treats, and products that Disney, Disney Parks, Adventures by Disney, and Disney Cruise Lines have to offer this year, and beyond. I'll share the DISdom that I learned in a later blog post, but for now, let's take a peek at everything I learned involving Disney Parks and more!

To begin, I have to just proclaim my gratitude! Never in a million years did I think that I would ever be invited to an invite organized by Disney, let alone be in the same room as so many talented, well-known bloggers and influencers. It was truly a dream come true. Gratitude! Thank you to all of the speakers who shared their DISdom and truly made me feel welcome!

Last Wednesday (May 8, 2019) was the first Wednesday to kick off Disney Parks’ Wishables Wednesdays. Check out my unboxing video and the highlights of Disney SMC. Wishables are the new Disney Parks product featuring plush versions of your favorite Disney-Pixar characters to yummy treats found only in Disney Parks. You can find them on the ShopDisney website and Wishables includes Disney snacks, Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear Attraction series, and they are $9.99 each. You can purchase individual plush or you can buy them in blind bag form. Mini celebrations will also be held at various Disney Stores where guests can meet with the artists. Be sure to follow Disney Parks and be apart of Wishables Wednesdays on social media. It reminds me a lot of Tsum Tsum Tuesdays, those days are long gone, but never forgotten! If you’re not in the parks, pick up your own adorable Wishables at 

Disney Cruise Theme Days are Coming Back!

Disney Cruise Lines’ Theme Days at Sea will be re-introduced back into the itineraries. Starting in January through March, superheroes and Jedi in training can set sail on any one of the ships offering these cool and fun experiences. 

Star Wars Day at Sea will provide residents of a galaxy far, far away to be experience interactions with Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and others during the special day-long celebration. 

Superheroes in training will be fully immersed in a day long Marvel experience that will summon your inner super powers! Marvel Theme Days will also bring back Captain Marvel on deck in 2020. 

Starting in 2021 through 2023, expect to see three new ships added to their already abundant fleet of cruise ships — all will be slightly larger than the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. 

We've Got Ears, Say في صحتك!

Adventures by Disney already has tailored and freestyle type adventures that are off of the Disney map, where guests can explore exotic locales to old school European towns - with over 35 destinations, there are plenty of sights to see for the seasoned and new traveler. Now, Disney is adding Egypt to their long list of itineraries, where adventurers will now be able to experience some of the oldest known structures with Disney flavor and class. Disney doesn’t cute up Adventures by Disney, they enhance the experience with well-educated tour guides, but you get that upscale Disney feeling. The magic is never lost. Don’t expect The Sphinx to grow ears or anything! Travel to Egypt will begin in 2020, and advance booking starts May 14, and general booking will begin May 16, 2019, for 2020 tour dates. 

Disney Skyliner - Birds Eye View of Walt Disney World Resort

Travel in style in the newly added Disney Skyliner system that will take you from Disney Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and Art of Animation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Designed with the Disney traveler in mind who needs to get to the parks with haste, these gondolas move so fast! There are four different styles to choose from and are full of windows so you can see the "World" from a different view. Opening this fall, will you be traveling by Disney Skyliner or taking the buses or monorail still? 

Disney Springs Truly Has It All!

Disney Springs seems like it is forever expanding and under construction, but with good reasons! Recently opened Jaleo by Jose Andres, the new restaurant where authentic Spanish cuisine and tapas are on the menu. For Latin flair, flavorful ambience, definitely put this restaurant on your radar when thinking about ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations). 

Coming to Disney Springs on August 12, 2019, will be the new NBA Experience. Spend the entire day playing b-ball against other basketball fans! Make sure you’re dressed for the experience - I would suggest a cotton tee or tank top, comfy basketball shorts, and proper sneakers so you can go alley-oop your way to victory in style! The NBA Experience is a fully immersive experience for fans of the NBA or WNBA providing a gaming entryway where you're greeted by a crowd of fans, a full hard court, and training! Basketballs fans rejoice! Tickets are on sale now for kids and kids at heart aged 10 and up. For just $34 plus tax you can get a purchase a 1-Day NBA Experience Ticket. 

Also, debuting today (May 15, 2019), the new MAC Cosmetics x Disney Aladdin collection debuts. Make sure you stop in for a whole new world of make-up and celebrate the new live-action Disney Aladdin in theaters May 24, 2019. Make sure you check out my review of the JAKKS Pacific line out for Disney Aladdin, and our YouTube channel for the full unboxing video. Make sure you head to Disney Springs today to visit the streets of Agrabah (near The Boathouse). 

Disney's AK is Working on their ROAR!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating 25 years of the Lion King (ugh, I feel so old!). Rafiki’s Planet Watch will also be returning to the Animal Kingdom to commemorate this milestone anniversary. With the live-action Lion King coming out this is all too good for words! Expect a lot of The Lion King goodness at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Epcot - Bringing on a World of Change!

At Epcot, major changes and enhancements are coming! Epcot has always been my secret favorite park. I love strolling around to each country and soaking in the sights, sounds, and aromatics of each country. I am so happy to see Epcot’s main entrance getting a facelift. If you have commemorative plates in the Leave a Legacy pavilion or bricks there, be sure to get a “copy” made for $10-20 to take home as a memento always treasure! The bricks and plates will be removed with this refurbishment. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the Leave a Legacy plates will ve outside of Epcot in a "beautiful area."

Epcot's refurbishments will include the addition of the longest indoor rollercoaster in the world featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy. You can almost see the building right now but with the power of Disney imagination and a little Disney magic, the building almost blends with the backdrop of the Florida sky. 

Paris at Epcot will also get some love with the addition of one of my favorite Disney-Pixar movies, Ratatouille is getting a ride of its very own! Dining will also get an upgrade with another table service restaurant that will be added with a space theme. This new restaurant will provide out of this world dining, and will move guests upwards into the heavens! Well, not exactly, but it looks like diners may have a birds-eye view while noshing on delectable fare. September 30, 2019, will also mark the end of Illuminations. Epcot Forever will begin on Epcot’s anniversary of when the park opened, October 31, 2019! 

Happy 30th Birthday, Disney's Hollywood Studios! You're Out of this World!

Disney's Hollywood Studios is getting a whole new land and it's Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, and it is opening at the end of summer August 29, 2019. Coming to Disneyland will be Star War's Galaxy's Edge, and it will open on May 31, 2019. Both lands have been long awaited, and will most likely draw in huge crowds. Get in your dose of Disney Parks now if you want to beat the crowds, otherwise, be amongst the excitement with these two epic park openings that will provide true to life experiences only Disney can recreate in perfect form. Have a taste of blue milk, build your own lightsaber, board the Millennium Falcon and go on an expedition like other with the new ride opening at Disney Parks called, Smuggler's Run, and more! Be totally immersed in this land and really feel you stepped onto the desert-like grounds of Batuu made popular by the Star Wars novels. 

In addition to the new land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land is still packing in the wonder of Andy's Backyard. Toy Story Land is truly my favorite part of Disney's Hollywood Studios. There is the new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway that replaced the beloved Great Movie Ride opening later this year. Plus, 

Disney's Hollywood Studios turned 30 years young, and Disney Parks is doing such great things with the new lands, new experiences, return of character meet and greets like Mike and Sully from Monster's Inc, The Incredibles, and the introduction of Disney Junior's Fancy Nancy to Hollywood and Vine's Hollywood & Dine Breakfast and Lunch meals. She is also located for meet and greets at Animation Courtyard in Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

New tastes, new sights, new experiences -- Disney is providing fully immersive experiences along the Disney landscape from new tastes, new sights, new meet and greets, new lands, and more. The only problem is now, what do we do first? 

Thank you Disney Moms and Disney Parks for the opportunity cover all of these amazing new experiences coming soon to my home away from home. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Real Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Hard to Buy for Moms! Last Minute Gifts for Mom to Make Her Smile, Laugh, or Cry- For Every Budget!!

Real Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Difficult Moms! Last Minute Gifts for Mom to Make Her Smile, Laugh, or Cry!

I'm not going to tell you to get a card and flowers. Difficult moms don't want that! They want something that is simple but looks like you put in some effort. I should know, I have a difficult mom! She's not difficult in her behavior, it's that I don't know what to ever get for her for Mother's Day! Below are some of my ideas; they may even inspire you to get something else. Many of these items you can get in the same place, except for the first gift idea. 

Read on, and let me know if this helped you at all in the comments below! Happy Mother's Day!

When Mom loves Disney more than you...

Are you far away from Mom? Does mom love Disney? Send her jewelry inspired by the magic of Disney through the designs by Rebecca Hook for Disney. Each piece is specially designed to keep your home away from home closer to your heart. Choose from sterling silver to rose gold, coming in delightful baubles like earrings, rings, necklaces, and more! Order online from the ShopDisney website and have them shipped directly to mom. 

When Mom games harder than TheWillyRex...

Is mom a gamer? Does your mom ever bring up her past when she was a kid playing at the arcade? Super Impulse has turned our favorite board games, video games, arcade consoles, and characters and turned them into super small versions of themselves that really work! Moms will love playing the true to life Q-Bert that is shaped like a real arcade cabinet, and it really works! The tiny joysticks are the cutest thing ever! If mom loves the 80’s, then you have the grab the World’s Smallest Mini Little Ponies! She’ll enjoy brushing their hair like when she was little. Pair all of this with a gift card to her favorite store, or even a gift card to get her nails done! Easy-peasy! Buy World's Smallest miniature toys at Target, and the Tiny Arcade cabinets on Amazon. 

When Mom just wants you to save your money...

Some moms may not want little novelty items or even jewelry! Some moms are difficult and give ambiguous answers—like my mom! “I just want you to save your money,” which is nice, but I can’t help but feel guilty not giving my mom something on Mother’s Day. Something as simple as a card with heartfelt words will do the trick, and throwing in some scratch-off tickets or even a quick pick lotto ticket is the equivalent of drawing a stick figure picture of the both of you. Step it up a notch and give her a mini herb garden. She can use her herb garden every day and add some flavor to a meal, and think of her sweet baby every time! Make sure you say thank you in the card as bringing a child into the world is hard work! Score! 

When Mom just wants to go out on a "date" with their favorite child...

Head to the movies! Lots of great movies are out now. Take her to see Captain Marvel—it’s an easy ticket to snag, plus it’s got major girl power in there! Another plus is that you don’t even have to
Know the other characters to follow the movie as this is an origin story. Show your mom how MARVELous she is this Mother’s Day!  Or if you want to get her in the feels, take her to see Toy Story 4 when it comes out. I’m sure Mom took you to see the precious Toy Story movies in the theater when you were small so this will get her all teary-eyed. Moms love to feel nostalgic, and when her baby brings on the nostalgia, it’s even better.

Launching on digital May 28!

When Mom needs a break...

Leave mom be. Yes, I said it. I’m a mom and all I want this year is to be left alone for an hour. Will I get it? I’ll let you know tomorrow. It’s free, it’ll give mom time to think, and she’ll appreciate the quiet. Once the hour is up, commence bothering mom. 

When Mom needs to eat...

Breakfast in bed. Nope. I’m not a fan of eating where I sleep. Take me to IHOP, I mean take your mom to IHOP or to any restaurant that serves food for breakfast. You’ve got an all-around gift here—mom doesn’t have to cook, clean, or deal with breakfast. She gets to enjoy a meal. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and your mom is the most important mom! See what I did there?! 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the hardworking, amazing,
Awesome, supportive, beautiful, and so-loved moms out there, especially the moms in a motherly role! Happiest Mother’s Day to my own mom, Lisa!