Everyday Life, Travel, Two Legged Fun

Unlocking Magic at the Disney Store

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It should come as no surprise that one of the kids and I’s favorite stores is the Disney Store.  Although there are two here in Edmonton, we don’t seem to get to the malls that often and that means the kids are always excited to spend a good chunk of time checking out the new merchandise and playing in store.

Several months ago I hit up the mall while the kids were in school, and just happened to walk by first thing as the Disney Store was doing a special store opening ceremony.  I learned this is something they do daily and have been meaning to take the kids, so last week my daughter and I finally went to see what it was all about.  She was still too young for the Lego Monthly Mini Build I had her brother signed up for that evening, so I figured this was something special her and I could do that day. Continue reading “Unlocking Magic at the Disney Store”

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DRESSing for Disney

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To princess dress or not to princess dress?  That was the question I faced before heading to Disneyland.  We have no shortage of princess dresses to select from, but they are all very delicate and not made of the most comfortable material for a full day of wear.  They are also all pretty long and I worried about my daughter tripping or getting caught up on it when getting on rides.

BUT I was also afraid after seeing all the other little girls in the park wearing their Princess dresses that she would be upset.  In the past month, she definitely hit the terrible two stage full-on and has become very headstrong if there is something she sees and wants.  Before the trip, I downloaded the Disneyland app to my phone and she repeatedly went to the Fantasy Faire section to pull-up the pictures of the princesses to point to the dresses and proclaim “I want dat!”.  I know they do sell much better quality dress-up costumes in the parks, but there are still a lot of itchy materials and the length issue to consider.

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I ended up getting this lovely Cinderella Deluxe Dress from our local Disney Store and hoped it would be a good enough compromise for my dress obsessed little girl.    The bodice is a nice cotton so she was comfortable throughout the day and the skirt portion was short enough that she was not tripping as she ran through the parks and stepped onto the rides.  The extra layers at the skirt did make it a bit heavy, but I don’t think my little ‘Rella even noticed.

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She was with me when I bought it, but I tucked it away and surprised her with it for our second day in the Disneyland Park when I knew we would be visiting Fantasy Faire.  She was so excited and proud to get the dress and she ran/pranced/skipped the entire way from the hotel room to the park that morning.

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The dress worked perfectly and the adorable photos of my princess were well worth the cost of the dress.  Her faced absolutely beamed every time she was called a princess that day or was told how pretty her dress was!  It is better made then most of the dresses in our dress-up our collection so it should stand up to the daily use I know it will get now that we are back from the trip.

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For the other days in Disneyland, she was happy to wear her Minnie dress, and her favorite Frozen outfit.  The more frills and tulle for my girl, the better!  I did have a frilly new Minnie outfit for our last day in the parks, but she insisted on wearing the Cinderella dress for a second day.  I think she would have worn it the entire trip given the choice.

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How do you deal with princess dresses in the Parks?  I figure my little girl will only be little for a short time so I want to embrace this phase as much as I can.  Seeing her excitement in the park just made me excited for the next time we go when she will be able to get the full princess experience with a Bibbidy Boppidy Boutique makeover!

Disney Under 3 also shares a great idea to use Princess Dress-Up Aprons on your visit to the parks.  I came across this too late to have time to order any this trip, but I will definitely keep this in mind for our next Disney adventure.

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Big Hands, Crafts

We’ve Got Ears!! Mickey Christmas Balls

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It isn’t much of a secret that I love all things Mickey.  I first saw these Mickey Christmas balls in the Christmas Store at Downtown Disney on our honeymoon and instantly fell in love.  They were a bit pricy, breakable and I was short on suitcase space so I didn’t end up buying any at the time.  Since then I have found tutorials online how to DIY and have been meaning to make them for the past several years, but never gotten around to it.  This year I finally bought the supplies (Dollar store, of course!) and they were way easier to make then I could have ever imagined.  I can’t wait to see them hanging on our tiny 4 foot Christmas tree!

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Supplies

  • Plastic Christmas Balls (2 small “ears” and 1 large “head” for each ornament)
  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Permanent marker
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bows, if making Minnie ornaments

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1.  Using a sharp knife, begin by cutting the ornament hanging ends off each of the smaller balls.  This will allow your ears to sit flat onto the “heads”.

2.  Using a permanent marker, mark out two small spots equal distance from the hanging part of each large “head” ball.  My balls had a line running along the middle that I drew mine along so everything was nice and even.

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4.  Run a bead of hot glue around where you trimmed off the pieces on the “ear” balls.  Stick onto the “head” where you have marked out each of the spots with the marker and hold until glue has adhered.

5.  If making a Minnie ornament, hot glue a small bow between the ears.

5.  Hang and Enjoy!

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I think the ones you buy at the Disney Store are glass and slightly nicer, but for the price and the very small amount of effort required I am very happy with how these turned out!