Saturday, August 12, 2017

Max's 6th Birthday Party: I Am One With The Force... Star Wars Party

Max had decided early on that he wanted a Star Wars theme for his 6th birthday party. Since we are all Star Wars fans in this family, I knew this would be a big one. So needless to say the party planning started much earlier this year... like 5 months earlier! 

I wanted to create a theme for each room that revolved around each movie. For A New Hope I wanted to turn our dining room into Mos Eisley Cantina, complete with the Cantina band music playing in the background.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Disney Fantasy 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Day 5

Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Wednesday: Sept 14, 2016
Evening Attire: Cruise Casual
Restaurant: Animators Palate 
Stage Show: The Ventriloquism and Comedy of Lynn Trefzger

Today was another port day, but unlike the day before we didn't have any excursions planned. We decided to just make it a casual day. The ship was actually pulling into port during my run that morning, so I stopped to take a few pictures .

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Disney Fantasy 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Day 4

Day 4: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Tuesday: Sept 13, 2016
Evening Attire: Pirate/Cruise Casual
Restaurant: Royal Palace
Stage Show: The Magic & Illusion of Shawn Farquhar

This day was a super busy, but very fun day. Our first port stop was Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The kids weren't too interested in getting off the ship so we decided to make this port day an adult only adventure. The great thing about Disney is they do allow you to leave your kids on the ship in the kids club at the ports if you choose. I was a little nervous about it, but it made me feel better that he would be with our friends three sons, the security they have in place, and the staff had been great with him the past few days. 

The port at Tortola

We chose the Tour to Virgin Gorda Port Adventure. When we got off the ship in Tortola we boarded an open air boat and cruised along the Sir Francis Drake Channel for about 30-40 minutes to Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Disney Fantasy 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Day 3

Day 3: At Sea

Monday: Sept 12, 2016
Evening Attire: Halloween/Cruise Casual
Restaurant: Enchanted Garden
Stage Show: Wishes

Our third day was another day at sea. We had a pretty laid back day. We started off the morning hanging out at the pool and grabbing a quick lunch by the pool at Flo's Cafe. Flo's Cafe has 3 quick service stations that include pizza, burgers, salads, chicken and sandwiches. My son pretty much lived on pizza and french fries during this trip!

In the afternoon we walked around the ship to take in some exploring and played the Midship Detective Agency game. This is a ship wide interactive mystery scavenger hunt game. You are given a detective badge that interacts with hanging pictures throughout the ship that will reveal clues to help you solve your mystery and send you to your next location on the ship. (Be prepared for A LOT of walking!)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Animal Kingdom Solo Morning Trip

Walt Disney World has several levels of annual passes. For the past several years we have been gold members which only has block outs during Christmas/New Years and spring break. We recently downgraded to silver which in addition to the above block outs also blocks out the summer. I decided to keep the gold for myself because the gold has the added benefit of included photopass photos. The silver pass seems to be a pretty popular choice (in my circle of friends at least!) Summers are hot and crowded at Disney, so if you have the option to go throughout the year you certainly wouldn't choose July! 

Now I have been to Walt Disney World over 80 times, but I have never been alone. Since I am the only one out of my family and friends with passes who is not blocked out right now I figured I would hit up the parks this summer by myself. I decided to go to Animal Kingdom for my first solo trip. I have been wanting to go back to Pandora to ride Flight of Passage and eat at Satu'li Canteen (the 2 things I did not get to do the first time we went).

After dropping my son off at summer camp I drove over which would leave me about 4 hours before having to get back to pick him up. I was lucky enough to snag a fast pass for Fight of Passage about a month ago and also picked up an Everest pass as well. I got to the park around 9am and hit up Everest. It felt a little strange walking around and just being there in general with nobody else, but it was kind nice to be able to just do what ever I wanted when I wanted. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Disney Fantasy 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Day 2

Day 2: At Sea
Sunday: Sept 11, 2016
Evening Attire: Formal
Restaurant: Animators Palate
Stage Show: Aladdin

Sunday morning I woke up early and hit the running track. These early mornings became some of my favorite times on the cruise. The running track is on deck 4 and is mostly outside on the deck as you run next to the ocean, at the front and back of the ship you duck inside for a bit. I was out running around 6 or 7 most mornings and there were only a few other walkers and runners out. It felt a little strange running on a moving ship, but I got used to it pretty quickly.

After my runs I would then wander the ship. There were very little people around so it was nice to feel like I had the ship to myself. Here are some pictures I took in the mornings.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Disney Fantasy 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Day 1

Day 1: Embarkation Day
Saturday: Sept 10, 2016
Evening Attire: Cruise Casual
Restaurant: Royal Palace
Stage Show: A Fantasy Come True

I realized that since I have only recently begun to be more active on my blog that I never recap'd the Disney Cruise my family and I went on last September. This may take awhile because it was a 7 day cruise, and so it doesn't become a crazy long post I will dedicate a different post to each day of the cruise.

This was mine and my sons first cruise ever and my husbands second. So of course we decided to go with a Disney Cruise! We were lucky enough to share this vacation with our good friends who have 3 sons and their youngest is my son's age. 

(on our way!)