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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tomorrowland teaser trailer released at New York's Comic Con

Disney just released a teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Torrowland movie. The movie, set to open in theaters May 22, 2015, stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson and also features Hugh Laurie. According to the official Disney Movie Trailer page, it will "take audiences on a thrill ride through of non-stop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of." Parts of the movie were filmed in Disney World's Tomorrowland and will feature the 1964 World's Fair and offer aspects of Disneyland, California. Damen Lindelof, creator and writer of LOST, wrote the screenplay and the film is directed by Brad Bird. With talent like that at the helm, it is sure to be winner!   

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2 new Walt Disney World promotions just announced for early 2015!!! 30% OFF room rates or a Play, Stay and Dine deal.

Disney just announced two new promotions to help you save on your next vacation. Both of these are for early 2015. If you already have your trip planned, you can call to find out if you qualify for the offer and have it applied. (Expect heavier call volumes and longer wait times for the first few days of the promotion, but keep in mind these deals can sell out, so act fast.)

You can always see current promotions being offered on the Walt Disney World special offers page HERE

Below is the information about each offer as it appears on the Walt Disney World website:

Save up to 30% on Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels in Early 2015

Save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights January 5 through March 28, 2015. Book by December 29, 2014.

Explore savings for select Disney Resort hotels within each Resort Category.

Resort CategorySave on Stays
Most Nights

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings is based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply. Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.

Play, Stay, Dine and Save – Up to $600

Save up to $600 on a 5-night/6-day room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Disney Resort hotels. When you stay in the middle of the magic, you get more fun out of every minute! Check out the chart below to see how you can save even more!
Savings are valid for stays most nights December 14 through December 20, 2014 and January 5 through March 7, 2015. Book by December 29, 2014.
This special offer includes the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan at select Value Resorts and the Disney Dining Plan at Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotels.
This special offer is valid for various lengths of stays and for alternate party sizes. Other dining plans are also available.
Explore sample savings for a family of 4 at select Disney Resort hotels within each Resort Category below.
Resort CategorySave on Stays
Most Nights
*Excludes December 14-20, 2014
Sample package savings is based on 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child for a 5-night/6-day room, ticket and dining plan package. Savings is based on a non-discounted price for the same package. The number of packages allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets are valid for 1 theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: No stand-by line for Toy Story Midway Mania in Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World. You MUST have a FastPass+ to ride.

BREAKING NEWS: Toy Story Midway Mania is reportedly FastPass+ ONLY this week and maybe longer. This means NO ONE can ride unless they have a fast pass! If you do not have one for this week (and possibly the next few months) I highly suggest you try to grab one. They are beginning construction on sound stage 1 next door. The rumors are that they are adding more tracks and cars to expand the ride to allow for more riders to ride at a time. Essentially the idea is to create a fast pass+ only side and stand-by only side. This will substantially help wait times in the future if that is the case. 

Update: Some sources have reported the standby line might open Oct 9th, other October 10th. Considering so many attractions such as meeting Anna and Elsa and Be Our Guest started out "testing" an only fastpass+ option only to continue it indefinitely, I wouldn't be surprised if it stays a fastpass+ only ride for longer than anticipated. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

How to personalize your MagicBand

I wanted to try a couple of ways to personalize my family's MagicBands for our upcoming trip. I tried two different methods and will report how each holds up during our trip to Disney World later this month. So far I think the ones made with temporary tattoos are going to last the longest. (I will post an update after our trip at the bottom of the post to let you know how each held up.)

After applying stickers or tattoos you must paint the MagicBand with clear top coat nail polish to seal it. Be carful not to cover the area with the Mickey head in the center of the MagicBand. This is the area with the RF (Radio Frequency) reader that makes the MagicBands work. 

Pros and Cons of each

Temporary Tattoos


  • More variety to choose from
  • Cheaper
  • Easier to apply
  • Easier to fit within edges of band
  • Doesn't peel off
  • Easier to add holes for snap

  • Color not as vibrant
  • More likely to ruin tattoo if not placed exactly right
  • Requires water
  • Hard to judge placement due to placing facedown 


  • Vibrant colors
  • Easier to judge placements
  • Easier to remove and replace before final coat
  • Less variety to choose from
  • Cost is higher
  • Requires multiple layers of nail polish
  • Hard to cut down to size of MagicBand
  • More likely to peel off
  • Hard to make holes for snap

The Monster's Inc. and Phineas and Ferb MagicBands were made using tattoos. 

To apply the tattoos, simply follow the instructions and apply as if it were skin. I used my pocket knife to cut the tattoo along the edge between the color section and gray section. I then used a damp cloth to rub off any access tattoo that may have stuck to the outer edge. After it was dry to the touch (within a minute) I painted on a layer of clear top coat nail polish. 
Note: be sure to remove the thin clear protective sheet on the tattoo before applying the tattoo. If you don't you'll end up with a tattoo stuck to that instead of your MagicBand. I learned that lesson the hard way. 
Note: Lighter MagicBand colors will most likely work better with tattoos.

To apply the stickers I simply placed them where I wanted. I found it very important to cut the stickers down to the size of the colored section of the MagicBand. I applied the stickers first then cut them while they were on the MagicBand. To do so I used my pocket knife, but a pairing knife would work just as well. Be sure not to cut too deep or you will go thru the band. Once the stickers had been applied and cut to size I painted on 3 layers of clear top coat nail polish. The stickers are thicker and can come up easier if you don't have multiple layers to hold them down. 
Note: if any of your stickers cover any of the holes, you will need to seal the holes from the other side with nail polish and you will not be able to use those holes to close the MagicBand. If you do not seal them, water can get in and get between the band and sticker and cause them to fall off sooner. 
Note: You must use plastic stickers as the paper ones will disolve when wet. 

The Tigger, Princess, Mickey and Fab 5 MagicBands were made using stickers. 

I found these clear plastic backed stickers at Hobby Lobby. Prices ranged from $1.97-$4.97 each

These sheets of tattoos were only $.99 each at Party City

UPDATE: The bands held up really well! We also had no issues with the bands working. I was a little worried because I put a small sticker and enough nail polish to hold it on just over the center Mickey Mouse that you touch to all the scanners, but it did not effect it. The MagicBands with temporary tattoos looked exactly the same on our last day as our first day. (We were there 9 days.) The ones with stickers mostly held up. At least one sticker on my youngest son's began to peel up, but remained on. I had a little peeling on mine near the edges, but you had to mess with it to notice. My oldest son's band was completely void of stickers by our last day. He is 15 and is very fidgety and just couldn't leave them alone as they began to peel. We did not wear our bands in the shower or to sleep. This might make them not last as long, but you never know. They were just to bulky and uncomfortable, so we took them off once we were in the room for the night and put them back on on our way out. I would imagine the stickers might peel more if in water a very long time. The tattoos should be perfectly fine in water though. Knowing what I learned this trip, I think next trip I will stick to temporary tattoos. They were cheaper, easier to find and I don't have to worry about them possibly pealing off. But if I find really awesome stickers that I love I may use them too! One thing I did notice is that hardly anyone else had personalized MagicBands. We got so many compliments from cast members and others in line wanting to know where I got them. They were all really impressed that they were homemade and often asked how to make them. It was also a nice way to start a conversation with the face characters. All the princesses noticed my daughters band and used it as a way to get her to warm up to them.

Feel free to let me know if you personalize yours and with what characters in the comment section below. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New 30% OFF Room Rate discount this Fall at Walt Disney World. Select dates thru December.

Valid most nights October 4-November 25, 2014 and November 29-December 23, 2014.

Rooms must be booked by October 3, 2014

If you already have a room  booked, you may call and ask that the discount be applied. 

Resort CategorySave on Stays
Most Nights

Rooms are limited and discount is based on the non-discounted room rate. Some suites may be available at a lesser discount.

CLICK HERE to see the special offer and learn more.

Call (407) 939-1896 to book with a Disney representative or call your travel agent. 

Important Details

Advance reservations required.  Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.  Offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas.  Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

Be sure to check out the dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party HERE.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

7th annual Indianapolis Disney Meet benefitting Give Kids the World. Everyone Welcome

Date: Saturday, September 6th 2014
Time: 1:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds - O.V. Winks Building
2003 Pleasant St
Noblesville, IN 46060-3627
Facility Information
Directions to the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds

For the past 6 years Indy Disney Meet has organized an annual gathering of Disney fans. Each year people from all over the country gather to enjoy a day of Disney chatting, games, food, pin and vinylmation trading, prizes, kids' activities and more. 

Indy Disney Meet will also be raising money for Give Kids the World Village of Central Florida thru games, raffles, and other activities. 

The event is FREE to anyone wanting to attend. They do ask that you bring a pitch-in dish. You can contact the event organizers to let them know that you will be attending and bringing a dish, so they don't end up with 100 seven-layer dips. You may contact them through their facebook page HERE

To learn more about the event and get updates please CLICK HERE.

If you are traveling from out of town, Indy Disney Meet has arranged for a great deal at a local Cambria Suites. 
Here is the info from the Indianapolis Disney Meet information page.
The Cambria Suites is the preferred hotel for the Indianapolis Disney Meet. Located 4 miles from the meet location the Cambria Suites is right across the street from the Hamilton Town Center shopping mall with convenient dining and other entertainment options. Rooms are available for $119 plus tax per night for King Suites and $129 plus tax per nigh for Double Queen Suites. Prices include a breakfast buffet each morning for up to 4 guests in your room. Ask for room block Give Kids the World when booking. 

Airport Information
The Indianapolis Internation Airport is located on the Southwest side of Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Disney meet is located on the Northeast side of Indianapolis. The two locations are in opposite corners of the city. A rental car is recommended unless you have other means of transportation around the city. Indianapolis does not have a mass-transit system. 

I personally recommend the Drury Inn and Suites Northeast in Indianapolis (There are 2 Drurys in Indianapolis, but only this one has a pool and suites.) 8180 N Shadeland Ave - Indianapolis, IN, 46250 - P: 317-849-8900 F: 1-888-892-5084

I live in the area and go to this hotel with my family just for the fun of it. They offer GREAT rates, a fun indoor/outdoor pool, are kid and pet friendly, super nice staff and a bunch of freebies. The breakfast is a large buffet as is the evening kickstart which also includes 3 FREE "adult" per guest(21+) per night.

There is always an esaver code to save on your Drury stay too. You can find the code HERE. 

Here are just a few of my favorite things offered by Drury. 
  • Free Hot QUIKSTART® Breakfast
  • Free 5:30 Kickback® - Hot Food & Cold Beverages
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Free 60 Minutes of Long Distance
  • Free Soda/Popcorn in Lobby (daily 3-10 pm)
  • Free Local Phone Calls
  • HBO, Our Exclusive Premium Movie Channel
  • CNN, ESPN, Weather Channel & More
  • Flat Panel LCD TVs in every room
  • Free Parking
  • Free In-room Coffee Service
  • 2-Room Suites Available
  • 24 Hour Business Center
  • All Rooms with Microwaves & Refrigerators
  • 24 Hour Fitness Center
I hope to see many of you there! It's sure to be a fun and magical day. 

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