Posts Tagged ‘disney’

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Disney, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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It was our first time at Mickey’s Halloween Party with Lexi. The one and only time we had been to one was with our friends years before we had Lexi and it was an interesting expereince. This time we were excited to see how different it would be now that we are parents.

It was certainly different. :)

First of all, the 7 pm start time was suddenly a challenge, especially on those days without a nap. We did all we could to get Lexi to nap but she was just WAY to excited to be in Orlando to relax. So she stayed up full of energy until we were all dressed and got into the Disney bus. We made quite a spectacle while walking through the lobby to get to the Disney bus stop. People were stopping to look at us, children were running up. One family “chased” us all the way to the bus station and shyly asked if their toddler could say hi to me because she was convinced I was Anna.

It was actually kind of nice to “pretend” to be a princess for someone. She was absolutely smitten.  It was so sweet.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, TODDLER, TRAVEL, VIDEO

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Recently we came back from another short trip to Disney and there was something I wanted to write about. I usually don’t write “short-ish” posts like this, especially about just one topic, but this one impressed me so much I feel it warrants its own post.

Up until now we have always skipped one attraction at Magic Kingdom, “Enchanted Tales with Belle“. It’s a new attraction, a part of the Fantasyland redesign, it always has insane waits and up until now it was not included into the FastPass program. So we had skipped it every time.

This last time, however, it was one of our three FastPasses that we are allowed per day under the new program that we got. So we went.

This attraction was a complete shock to me because I was going there expecting it to be a waste of time for a 2 year old and two adults. As an adult, I don’t care to go there again ( or really see it the first time), but for children it’s magical, and that’s all that counts.

Disney Fashions Part I

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Fashion and Outfits, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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The very first post of the Disney recap and series from this year is a very visual one. It’s the very first post in part because it doesn’t require much writing, mostly photography. The other Disney posts will have to do more with tips, ideas on what to ride and what to skip if you’re visiting with a toddler, where to stay, what to take, as well as the photo recap of our annual 2 weeks at Disney.

For those new to the blog, we live three hours away and go to Disney regularly (once a month at least), but every year we also take an extended 2 week stay at Disney to enjoy the parks fully and visit all the attractions. The annual visit always falls on September, the least busy time of the year, so we get to walk onto all ride and really maximize our time there. Read about Disney Trip 2012.

A relatively big part of planning for our trip is always outfit selection. I’m not very good at styling clothes for myself, and it’s too hot in Florida to really style much for a toddler (since you cannot layer or use leggings and other accessories under skirts and dresses), but I always enjoy planning what we’d be wearing for each park and each day. And, of course, having a baby girl is absolutely amazing, because you get to dress her up even more (though I have to admit some of these brand make ADORABLE baby boy clothing, too). And if you’re not interested in clothing, at least you’ll get to enjoy beautiful photography.

Disney Trip #3: The impossible @ 13 months

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Hooray! I caught up with all my Disney posts! This was the last trip we took in February and we won’t be back till September.

It was a completely different experience this time, given that Alexis could walk. And oh my was it challenging!

There’s a week in February that is very low in attendance, so Kristy (Lexitwin mom) and I spontaneously decided to grab our mamas and take a three generation girl trip to Disney. Sans our men.

We were delirious, obviously! Well, at least I was. Kristy lucked out with Alexa being very content in the stroller the whole time at that age. Having a baby in the stroller seemed SOOOO nice and relaxed compared to what me and my mom had to deal with, that Kristy had to hear “YOU SUCK!” every time Alexa would fall asleep in the stroller. Haha! At some point, she would go “Check this out!”  and laugh/snicker every time Alexa (Lexitwin) would fall asleep in the stroller.

I am just glad I wasn’t crazy enough to have gone there without my mom. I expect our September trip to be pretty similar, but we are, at least, going there with that expectation.

What was so hard this time?

Disney at 10 months: Trip #2

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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I am having Disney withdrawals, hence the recent need to catch up on Disney posts from the last 2 trips.

It happens every summer. We can’t go in the summer due to heat and crowds so we wait till September, but in the meantime it’s killing us not to be able to just grab Lexi and go there for a weekend or so.

I am incredibly curious to see how different the trip will be with Alexis being 19 months old. I know she will probably be unstoppable like the last trip at 12 months (coming soon), but I wonder if she’ll be more interested in attractions this time.

Epcot and Magic Kingdom- first time!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Disney trips… We’ve had two more visits to Disney since the first one and I am just now posting the photos and a quick recap of the Epcot and Magic Kingdom visit when Alexis was 7 months old. I know it’ pretty bad. But what can I say – I get busy. I get a zillion emails from you guys, another zillion for other people, other posts to write and life to live. I have to pick and choose based on urgency and desire. This was neither until now. I just wanted to finish posting pics from our first trip –  it was fun, it was memorable, it had to go up on the blog.

So move along if you don’t want to see cutie patootie 7 months old pictures of Lexi at the most magical place on Earth.

Age reference: 7 months old

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Garden Tea Party

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, FUN TIMES, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TRAVEL

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This is my favorite picture post of ALL TIME!

While at Disney we booked a reservation at a Garden Tea Room at Grand Floridian resort, the fanciest resort at Disney World.

It was our one chance to do something special and princess like with Alexis that wasn’t too extensive since she was only 7.5 months.

Like I described in the recap post, we didn’t want to put her into an uncomfortable and hot princess outfit until she was old enough to want it, but did want something special for her to wear. The dress she wore c/o of Baby Beau & Belle was utter perfection! It’s kind of funny but it turns out a friend of mine had bought their dress for her little girl’s christening  a few years ago. What a small world! Really their dressesare meant for events like weddings, birthdays, christenings, but I can’t think of a more fitting place at Disney to wear such a fancy silk dress than the Garden Tea Room at Grand Floridian. Feel free to check out their website and Facebook and Twitter for frequent contests and giveaways.

When little Lexi is old enough, we will do Garden Tea Party at the same place with Princesses and Disney characters and tiaras and many special girly things, but for now we had our own PARTY.  If anyone is planning on visiting Disney, I would say it is almost a must that you visit the tea room. If you have older (loud) kids, then probably the tea party is best, but if your babies/kids can stay quiet or you’re coming on a adult only trip, there is no better place to relax and feel all “pretentious” and pampered than in a fancy room overlooking (you guessed it!) a garden, sipping the tastiest teas you’ll ever drink in the smallest cups with your pinky out, while savoring mini deserts and mini-sandwiches which are a part of 4(?) courses. Actually, I loved their tea so much, I asked if we could buy it and sure enough, at $12 per box Princess Tea was ours!

Disney World with an infant

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, New Mom Experience, TRAVEL

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While I am continuing to work on the photo and story posts from our trip to Disney last month (among a million other things), I wanted to go over what it was like visiting Disney with an infant, FOR that infant, tips, tricks, what worked, what didn’t, what we liked and what was not so good. I will not be writing about most of the basic things you can find about Disney with a Google search. I will talk about our experience and what worked for us and hopefully these things will help you out if you ever decide to venture out to Orlando yourself.

First of all, I’d like to mention that this trip was made for Alexis. Yes, we were both DYING to go to Disney again, so that played into the decision to take her to Disneyworld, despite the fact that she is too young to take too much out of it. However, the purpose was to go there hoping she’d enjoy it as much as we do, see the sights and have a new experience. We have been Disney passholders for as long as I remember living in Florida, so we had already done our share of rides and Disney fun. This was our turn to introduce the Magical World to our daughter.

Disneyworld: Day 2, Animal Kingdom

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, FUN TIMES, PHOTO, TRAVEL

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Animal Kingdom!

My favorite park. At least, it used to be. Now with Lexi, Magic Kingdom trumps them all. Yet I was pretty excited to take Alexis to see all kinds of animals.

We arrived really early to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours that day and raced through the whole park to Kilimanjaro Safari ( my favorite ride) to beat the crowds. We were late. While the timer was showing a 15 minute wait, we could tell by the lines that it was more like 30 minutes and they just hadn’t updated the screen yet. 30 minute was just too long to wait in the heat.  Click Continue reading below…