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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

Refresh Day 1

Day 1 is in the books and I survived! It was a lot easier than I thought, even though I felt like I was smelling pizza and fries everywhere. Maybe that’s part of the detox process or just my detox process.

I will admit, I did feel a wee bit hungry between lunch and dinner. I already drank my water for the day (1 whole gallon) so I chewed on some gum for a little bit. That did the trick.
Let’s get one thing straight… there is no way to get dehydrated on the cleanse. You are drinking so much fluid. 8 oz of water in the morning, 8 oz of water with the fiber drink, 20 oz water for both meal shakes, on top of your daily water intake. I need to count how many calories I burn walking back and forth from the bathroom. LOL.
Unlike some cleanses, like Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset, which I am dying to try, you can workout. So T25 Cardio went down. Hop squats are not my jam… Cleanse and workout at the same time? Yes, please.
And…  I am eating, just in smaller portions and no meat, carbs, or dairy! No liquid cleanse here. Cucumber Tomato salad is the best thing ever!!!!  Or maybe the best think last night since it was the most solid food I had all day.
So there you have it. My Day 1 3-Day Refresh recap.
Short, sweet, and straight to the point!
Just like me!
Later Days.
B

Time for a Refresh

I must say, this summer I have had impeccable timing when it comes to vacations. Somehow, the Universe has aligned so that I have had back-to-back vacations. And this week is no different. I just got back with from a wonderful weekend in Winchester, VA filled with laughter, wine, bread, pizza, beer, grits, and Steak and Shake. It was a wonderful time. However, thanks carb overload, I’m not looking swim suit ready. I leave Thursday morning which does not give me a lot of time to tighten up the ship.

Enter the 3-Day Refresh…

3 days of shakes, fruits, veggie, Fiber Sweep (digestive drink), working out, and drinking lots of water. Sounds doable right! I’ll also be doing casto

You’re in luck! For the next three days, I’ll be blogging about my experience and share with you the final results.

First up, the before stats:

Weight: 150.4 lbs and flufftacular

Day 1 Menu:

Breakfast: Vegan Strawberry Shakeology with blueberries
Mid Morning Tea: Yerba Mate Tea
Fiber Sweep (digestive drink)

Lunch: Vanilla Refresh, baby carrots, a peach, and almond butter
Mid Afternoon Tea: Yerba Mate

Dinner: Vanilla Refresh, Cucumber Tomato Salad
Dinner Tea: Camomile or Sleepy Time tea (I can’t make up my mind)

Seems simple enough right? The trick for me.. NO SNACKING! Gotta stick to this plan!

So here goes nothing!!

Check back tomorrow and see how Day 1 went!

Later Days!
B

#singlegirlproblems

If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love
somebody else? Can I get an amen” ~RuPaul

The amazing RuPaul said it best. You have to love yourself
before you can even thinking about loving someone else.
How are you going to let someone love you if you don’t even
love yourself? Seriously? If you don’t know what love you want, how are you
going to ask for or accept it?
This goes back to last week’s post – what are your
standards? Are you looking for love in all the wrong places or are you looking for
the wrong kind of love? Or do you even know what you are looking for? Take a
moment to think about that?
Having trouble figuring out what is your “love type”? Try
this… date yourself.
Ok, I see you glaring at the computer screen thinking that
is already crazy girl has completely gone off the deep end with this one. And I
will admit it…. This takes some guts, but it is a completely liberating
experience. And you may find it addicting. I have!
Here are a couple of ways to find out what you want –
1.) Take yourself out on a date: I try to do this once a
month. Usually on a Saturday, I will go to a restaurant, get a table for one, eat,
and do some work. Yup, that’s it! Sometimes, I’ll treat myself to a movie as
well (if it’s in the budget). You’ll be amazed at how relaxing it is to sit at
a table by yourself and get be in the moment. Trust me, it is totally worth it.
2.) Go on vacation by yourself: I haven’t done this, well I
kind of have, but a solo vacay is in the works! On my recent trip to Disney
World, my friend had to work so I had a few hours to kill before her shift was
over. I could have stayed in the hotel and slept (which may have be the
responsible thing to do) but nooooooo, this is Disney World for crying out loud!
I changed in the hotel bathroom, had lunch and drinks at the bar while my phone
charged, and off to Epcot I went… by myself. And I has so much fun shopping,
getting on rides, and drinking my way through the World Showcase.
Now, after you have done either 1 or 2, analyze your experiences.
How did these outings make you feel? What did you like or did not like about
your date?
After going through these exercises, when you are on an
actual date, remember how you felt when you dated yourself. If the other person
does not make you feel or treat you better than you treated yourself, guess
what? They have got to go!
I know that I sound like a broken record, but repletion is
key! It’s all about what you! Yes, it may sound selfish and it is, but if you
don’t put yourself first, everyone will put yourself last. I’ll let that sink
in for a minute or a week 😉
So love yourself… so you can love someone else! Can I get an
amen!
Later Days!

 

B

I can’t keep calm…. I’m going to Disney World!

I can’t keep calm. I am going on vacation. But not just any
vacay…. I’m going to Disney World and I didn’t need to win a championship to do
it!
The Man

Who doesn’t love Disney or Disney World? I know that we are
all over Frozen (no I don’t want to build a snow man), but come on. It’s
flipping Disney World!!

Magic Kingdom At Night
What do I love about Disney World? EVERYTHING!!! It is the
only place on earth where I can sing Disney songs at the top of my lungs,
inhale funnel cake, steak, and Dole Whips, while running down Main Street USA
and no one thinks you are crazy; because they are doing the same thing.
The Magical Arch
 As soon as I arrive
under that magical arch that says “Welcome to Disney Word”, I am home. I am instantly
a kid again and all of my grown up problems are out of the window. The only thing
on my mind is when I will ride Space Mountain and get my Dole Whip. If you have
haven’t tried one, it is frozen dessert deliciousness.
I can’t freaking wait. I can wait for the 5am flight, but I can’t
wait for the tingling feeling that will come over me once I get to my happy
place.
Be Our Guest
What am I looking forward to? (In no particular order – well
maybe some order):
Le Cellier Restaurant
(Epcot) – the best steak ever!!! I don’t eat beef, but I will this weekend! And
the Poutine and Wine are spectacular
Be Our Guest
Restaurant
(Magic Kingdom) – my all-time favorite Disney movie is Beauty
and the Beast. I can recite it word for word. So just imagine, sitting down to
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner in the Beast’s castle… And the Beast walks through
while you are eating… and they have the Grey Stuff!!! Such a cool place to eat
and thanks to some Disney Magic, it looks like you are in the French Alps when
you look out the window
Dole Whips (Magic
Kingdom) – Frozen pineapple custardy goodness. So refreshing, hope mine doesn’t
fall out of my hand like last time
Space Mountain (Magic
Kingdom) – This was the first roller
coaster I ever rode in my life. I was 7 and it was the start of my roller
coaster fascination (just ask any family member)
Captain E-O (Epcot)
–in all of its 1980’s glory. Michael Jackson in a cheesy 3-D movie. Sign me up.
A total classic.
Magic Kingdom
Absolutely no explanation needed
Fanstasmic (MGM Studios) – the best evening entertainment at Disney
World. Yes I said I, because it is true! Such a good show with songs, drama,
and fireworks.
There are so many other things
that I am looking forward to, but this is just the top of the list! And yes it
is true what they say, you do need a vacation from your Disney Vacation, but it
is so worth it!
So here’s to all my Disney Lovers,
Dreamers, and Believers.
All you need is a little faith,
trust and Pixie Dust

 

Later Days!