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10 Ways to Have a Magical Disney Vacation

It’s a Disney kind of day in the Magical World of Bianca.

 

First I stumbled upon the most epic Disney compilation album ever, Disney Classics. It includes songs from Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, the Lion King, AND TV themes (the Gummies Bears, Darkwing Duck!) and theme park music! My heart was nearly bursting at the seams when I realized that the Finale from Fantasmic was playing in my ears. Oh happy day! Then, my day got even more magical when I learned that the new nighttime light show at Animal Kingdom would be opening in a few months. Of course it is now on the list of things to do during my annual Disney World vacation.

 

What’s that you say? You go to Disney World every year? Why yes, yes I do, and I am damn proud of it. I am an absolute Disney Addict. The movies, music, rides, and food make me feel like a kid again. It takes me back to those years when I didn’t have to pay rent or work. You know, when I didn’t have to do the whole adult thing. As soon as I pass through that magical arch in Orlando, I feel like I am home. What do I do when I visit that most magical place on earth? Well in some particular order, here are my top 10 things to do when you are at Disney World:

1.)    Fantasmic – the most epic nighttime show ever in creation! The sights, sound, and songs are absolutely magnificent. Even though I have seen the show a few times, I could and probably will see it a few more times. You will be humming the song all day, until another catchy tune replaces is it.

2.)    Magic Kingdom –The epicenter of Disney Magic. But how do you do Magic Kingdom properly: 2 words… rope drop. Yes, get up extra early, you know you can’t sleep anyway, to see the official opening of Magic Kingdom! Oh what magical experience it is. Of course there is singing, dancing, a train, and fireworks. After the festivities are complete, run down Main Street and have your picture taken in front of my home away from home, Cinderella’s castle.

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3.)    Dole Whips- the first of many Disney foods and/or restaurants to be listed. Dole Whips, found only in Magic Kingdom, are cups or cones of pineapple heaven. You can choose to get it as a float, but that would not be a wise choice. I’m a traditionalist, in a cup all the way! Don’t eat it too fast, although brain freeze could be quite refreshing in Florida during the summer.10-ways-Disney-vacation-magical4.)    Be Our Guest – oh be still my heart. Beauty and the Beast is my absolute, all-time favorite Disney movie and now you can eat in the Grand Hall. It’s like being in the French Alps snow and all. Seriously, you expect Belle and Beast to start waltzing by. The Beast does welcome his guests to dinner and poses for pictures. The only restaurant in Magic Kingdom where you can get alcohol, and they have the grey stuff. It is in fact delicious. As soon as you know you are going to Disney World, start working on reservations. It may take some effort, but it will be worth it.

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5.)    Le Collier- This is a complete hidden gem nestled in Canada in Epcot which has the most amazing food ever. The steak and poutine… my mouth is watering as I type this. Even though I am no meat/no dairy, I will be scarfing this down for dinner. Did I mention the poutine has truffle oil? Best..Meal..Ever

6.)    Space Mountain – this ride holds a special place in my heart. It was the first roller coaster I ever went on when I was 7 and made me the roller coaster freak that I am today. My family was shocked that I wanted to ride, me being the quiet one and all, but I did it, and have each time I go back!

7.)    Character Breakfasts – nothing says Disney like taking a break from eating to pose for pictures with your favorite characters, sometimes in costumes. They come around to each table so no one is left out and you don’t have to wait in line. It may make breakfast last a bit longer, but it is so worth. Best character breakfast (food and character wise: Tusker House in Animal Kingdom)

 

8.)    Mickey Waffles – no breakfast is complete without Mickey waffles. That is all.

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9.) Buttons – If you ever go to Disney World for a special occasion… GET A BUTTON! First Visit, Special Occasion, Engagement, Marriage. The Birthday Button is particularly amazing. You get free cupcakes, birthday calls form Goofy, random people tell you happy birthday, Did I mention the cupcakes, because let’s face it, a birthday cupcake at 11am is only allowed in Disney.

10.) Wishes – cap off your day at Magic Kingdom with the nighttime fireworks display, Wishes. I admit, I tear up every time I see it. It reminds you that your wishes and dreams can come true, if you just believe and who doesn’t like a kick ass fireworks show? A trip to Disney is not complete without seeing this amazing show.

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Well, there you have it. I could have gone one, but I figured 10 was enough. If you have any Disney questions or a fellow Disney addict, drop me a note in the comment section.

Until next time, have a magical day!

B

It’s My Party… Well Not Yet At Least

First off, I want to say THANK YOU!!!!! My blog has over 1,000 lifetime views!! Thank you to each and every one of you that have just stopped by or are regular readers. It means so much to me that you take time out of your busy day to take a peak into my crazy life. Smooches and Gracias!

With that being said…. Back to the nuttiness (is that even a word? It is now!) that is my life.

I have a “special” birthday coming up in January. Yup, this girl (can I still call myself a girl?) is officially entering her mid-30’s in 6 months. Excuse me while I curl up in the fetal position and devour a pint of ice cream. Where did the time go? How did this happen? I am no where near where I want to be (#singlegirlproblems) in life. Ok, let me stop right now before I have a full-blown panic attack in front of this computer. Yes, I am not where I want to be, but I can still celebrate my birthday right?!? But how….

Well there’s the problem. I don’t know how!! You only turn 35 once so why not make a big deal out of it, but what is this girl to do. My ideas range from taking a trip, having a nice dinner, planing a sleepover, going out to a club, throwing a party, or staying at home by myself with a bucket of chicken, a 12 pack of Coors Light, ice cream and the several Muppet movies. As usual, I am all over the place and do not see myself coming in for a landing any time soon.

And timing is not in my favor. My birthday falls smack in the middle of MLK weekend, when a lot of people take trips, possibly diminishing my guest list. Le sigh… Back to the bucket ‘o KFC I guess…

So like all big decisions in my life (not all, but it seems like a lot since I started blogging), I’m leaving this one up to you, well not entirely up to you guys. But I do need some direction. Well one direction… (sorry had to go there. It was too easy).

What do you thing I should do for my birthday? I will gladly take suggestions (and give credit) as long as they are clean, ethical, legal, and do not require bail money.

So put you thinking caps on and go!

Your assistance is greatly appreciated! And thanks again for reading!!

Later Days!
B

Dear Bianca

Dear Bianca,

Well…. 2014 has been on hell of a year! New job, new home, new friends, new business venture and new opportunities. You have grown by leaps and bounds, but you know that you have a ton of leaps ahead of you.

You have learned who to hold on to and who to let go. Explaining the letting go, or should I say not letting back in has been difficult at times, but you have remained steadfast in your decisions and I am proud of you. You are showing people exactly what you will and will not tolerate, and are better for it. Keep tightening your circles!

And what impressive circles you have!! From your young and hip Philly politicos to your Team Uproar FitFam to your BFFs below the Mason Dixon line, you have certainly surrounded yourself with  positive people who only make your light shine brighter.

And remember Bianca, don’t let anyone dim your light. You have just learned to let it shine as bright as the sun and more. Now is not the time to revert back to your old ways, of making everyone else happy in spite of what your gut tells you. And what a mighty gut feeling you have. God has given you the unique ability to see the true nature of people. Who they are and their true intentions are. In 2015, develop this gift even more. Not only to protect yourself, but to be sure that you are in the right company.

2014 has been a major coming out party for you, and you still have your dancing shoes on! Who would have thought that you would jump out of your comfort zone to help people by becoming a Beachbody coach. And not only that, you found a way to get to Las Vegas for Summit!! Sure the business has not taken off as fast as you thought, but you know why…. Fear. Again, Bianca, fear has held you back. Fear of rejection, fear of criticism, fear of comments. Fear has stopped you dead in your tracks from reaching Emerald and even Diamond in 2014. But sweetie, you know 2015 is your year! You will be on stage at Summit in Nashville!

But Nashville is not your only travel destinations, my frequent flyer. Disney World, New Orleans, and maybe a Caribbean getaway are on you itinerary for 2015.

Oh the Places you will go Bianca in 2015! So go, be boldly you, punch fear in the face and attack your goals with reckless abandon.

This is your year!