Category: Disney Shopping

A Magical Gift For A Walt Disney Fan

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If you’re looking for a cool gift for a Walt Disney fan, this is it!

Walt Disney loved to create attractions which included miniatures.  One such attraction opened at Disneyland in 1956. It’s called Storybook Land Canal Boats.

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The attraction takes guests on a slow-moving boat ride through the mouth of Monstro and into Storybook Land where they are treated to a tour of miniature lands from Disney’s most popular films. Over the years the attraction has been updated several times, with the most current update adding the village of Arendelle.

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The original buildings were exposed to the elements for 25 years before Disneyland had most of them rebuilt as exact replicas in 1981.  The original buildings were in such a sad state that only one grouping was saved, the “French Village.” This particular set was from what I would call, “Cinderella’s land.”  In the photo above you can see some of the replicated buildings in the “French Village.”

What happened to the original “French Village?”

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The original “French Village” was donated last year to the Carolwood Foundation (a nonprofit foundation with the mission of preserving Walt Disney’s railroad legacy.) The Carolwood Foundation volunteers have taken on the task of painstakingly restoring and preserving this piece of Walt Disney’s history. Once completed, there will be a new exhibit called, “The Small Worlds of Walt”, that guests visiting Walt’s Barn will be able to see up close. In the above featured photo is one small piece of the buildings. It is currently on display within Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park.

The Small Worlds of Walt Exhibit Concept

 Purchase this beautiful pin for your favorite Walt Disney fan (I purchased one for myself!) and help the Carolwood Foundation save the original “French Village.” With your help this priceless piece of Disney history will be enjoyed for generations to come!

For more information on this project please visit

Decorating the New York City Disney Store for Christmas

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Thanksgiving Day is over. Time to pull out those sparkly decorations!

I LOVE decorating for the holiday season! My two little Mouseketeers are so excited to open storage containers and unwrap treasures Mommy has collected over decades. Christmas lights accent the memories hanging on our Christmas trees (all four of them.) And Daddy braves the weather, climbs the ladder and gathers as much patience has he can while our little ones “help.”

While we just started decorating at our home, Disney Store in New York City’s Times Square was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season last week when I visited the city.  Some of you may not be able to travel to NYC this holiday season so I just have to share the Christmas transformation with you!  It’s beautiful and of course a bit “Frozen!”

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On the first level of the store, a magical Mickey Mouse wreath added some festive charm to the traditional Mickey and Minnie balloons that are a staple in Disney’s NYC store.

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Nope. This castle is not located in a Disney park.  It’s found on the second level of the Disney Store in Times Square!

It’s possible that Elsa had a hand in the icy transformation of the castle, because I found “Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post And Sauna” nearby.

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Sven was hanging out there! Can you imagine trying to take him home?

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Inside of Oaken’s children participated in a free coloring project of Mickey and Minnie Mouse masks. The kids were having a blast. I checked out the décor instead!

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“Yoo-Hoo!” Big Christmas Decorating Time! (sorry couldn’t help it)

Seriously, look at the size of the ornaments hanging from the ceiling!

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All joking aside, the Times Square Disney Store location is bubbling over with festive holiday décor that is truly a treat for the eyes.  If you have the opportunity to visit New York City this Christmas season, add Disney Store on your “Must Do” list.  If you’ll be too busy preparing for the holiday, I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the store!

Happy Decorating Everyone! Will you be adding a Disney touch to your castle’s holiday décor?

Preparing for a Disney Vacation with Disney Baby Products

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In my family, Disney is introduced at birth!

From Disney character nursery room décor, to adorable Disney themed outfits,toys and books, my children started their lives surrounded by Disney magic!  My babies are now seven-years-old and three-years-old and it’s my goal to keep sprinkling a daily dose of Disney in their lives.  Disney Baby products, available at Walmart, have helped me do this. They easily take everyday moments in our life, such as snack time, and add a touch of magic that can only be expected from Disney.  My daughter, Victoria is three-years-old and I still pack Minnie Mouse and Doc McStuffins insulated sippy cups to take on errand runs!  (She loves the characters and I appreciate going through the store knowing she won’t drip milk on their floor!)  Needless to say, our family loves Disney Baby products.

Talking about Disney moments, I’m preparing for my family’s upcoming trip to Disneyland! YAY! The other day I was writing one of my many packing lists, when I received an email asking me to write a post about some pretty awesome new Disney Baby products.  A few of the items jumped right out at me because I wanted them for this upcoming trip!  I had no idea that Disney character booster seats existed, so of course I wanted to share them with you.

I love that these booster seats celebrate Disney Pixar’s film, “Cars”, perfect for my son and my daughter’s favorite mouse, Minnie.  As an added bonus, each booster seat has a built in cup holder and a super convenient pull-out storage drawer!

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Here’s my legal disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Disney Baby and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, I’m sharing my opinions and experiences with Disney Baby products with the hope that you find the information useful in adding a touch of Disney into your daily life.

Prepare and Pack for Transportation!

Transportation planning for a trip to Disneyland is incredibly important if you have children!

Disneyland does not offer Magical Express service from any airports.  If you’re flying to California and choose to rent a car, keep in mind that in the state of California all children under the age of 8 years old must be secured in a safety seat to ride in a vehicle.  Don’t forget to add car seats to your packing list!  Good news is that most airlines will allow you to check your children’s car seats or boosters FREE of charge.

Pack your child’s stroller!

Yes, you can rent a stroller at Disneyland or Walt Disney World for $15 per day, but why not use your own for free? During our past ten trips to Walt Disney World with children there was one occasion where we rented a stroller at the park and we’ve decided to stick with our own strollers.  My husband and I found that our children took naps much easier in their stroller from home.  It’s where the kids feel most comfortable to sleep and airlines allow strollers to be checked at the gate for FREE!

Also on my packing wish list is this ADORABLE Mickey Mouse Umbrella Stroller.  Could it be any cuter?  I was surprised to see that it’s only $22.59 at with free in-store pickup!


Here’s a Stroller Tip for touring a Disney Park with your own stroller: Attach a stand out luggage tag on the handle or tie a bright-colored ribbon to your stroller.  This will make finding the stroller a bunch easier.  Why all the fuss you might ask?  Disney Cast Members rearrange the strollers while you’re enjoying an attraction.  Sometimes this can make finding your stroller within the sea of strollers challenging.

Although my children have outgrown infant seats, I just had to share this set with you. I love the polka-dots!  For the littlest Mouseketeerette in your family, this is the Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Coral Flowers Travel System.

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 Pack the Pack-n-Play (if you have room!)

Rest assured, if you’re flying and have no intentions on bringing your child’s Pack-n-Play, Disney Resort rooms provide you with one free of charge.

Here’s a Pack-n-Play Tip:  Disney provides you with one cover for the base of the unit.  I recommend bringing extra sheets so you have extra if they get soiled and possibly pack a sleeper sack.  I have found that the air conditioning gets really cool for infants, so my children used sleeper sacks.

However, if you’re driving or your child favors her own Pack-n-Play, add it to your list!  Check out this stylish Minnie Mouse themed Playard. This is the Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Coral Flowers Care Center Playard!

Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Coral Flowers Care Center Playard

 Last but certainly not least~ Pack Empty Sippy Cups!

I learned very quickly that a toddler’s carton and/or jug of milk will spill just about instantaneously in the parks without a sippy cup.  Therefore, about five years ago, I started packing the take and toss cups by Disney Baby.  The sippy cups are available in Disney brands Princess, Minnie Mouse and Cars and can be purchased at Walmart!  The image below is of the “Cars” insulated cups I used for years with Gavin.  They’re fabulous for around the house- NO LEAKING!  But for storage purposes, I would recommend the Take and Toss cup styles.

Here’s a Sippy Cup Tip:  Purchase a set of three Take and Toss Disney Baby cups and place them inside a gallon size Ziploc bag (without drinks).  Then put them in your backpack to take to the parks.  Also pack an additional empty gallon size Ziploc bag.  As the day progresses, purchase milk for your child from the quick service food locations and pour the drink into a clean sippy cup.  When he’s done drinking, just rinse the cup in a drink fountain and then put the cup in the Ziploc bag to be washed that evening in the resort. When he’s thirsty again, just use another clean one from the backpack. I found that the Take and Toss cups are great space savers and they have beautiful Disney Princesses on them so my daughter enjoys using them.  I have to admit, the cups are a time saver too!  Without the cups I’m certain my daughter would have many more wardrobe changes!  A princess can’t be seen in milk drenched ensemble, you know.

Disney Baby 2pk Insulated Cups Cars

Whether you’re planning a vacation to a Disney Park or planning a trip to the local park, Disney Baby products are a perfect way to add a dash of Disney magic into your child’s everyday moments!   I won’t overload you with all of the cool Disney Baby products available at Walmart.  Instead I invite you to explore Walmart’s Disney Baby product line on your own.  Visit Disney Baby here!  Have fun shopping!  Now it’s back to packing list writing for me!


It’s Crazy What Some Disney Moms Do…

NYC 2014 003Can you see the Disney Store in this photo?  To the far left on the photo, you’ll find the Times Square Disney Store.  See the line of people?  Yes, that’s stationary people taking up the sidewalk in NYC.

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See the food cart on the sidewalk by the Sunglass Hut?  That’s where my husband and I stood Saturday, while waiting to get an “Opportunity Ticket” to purchase an Elsa costume from the Disney Store.

Before I continue, I’ll start by saying that I have a VERY understanding husband.  Gary and I went to New York City this past Friday and Saturday to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  Of course, being the Disney Mom that I am, one of the first things we did Friday was visit the Disney Store in Times Square.  We strolled right in and enjoyed the store.

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 Here’s a Tour!

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Greeting guests upon entering the store is the one and only Spiderman. He and his entire Spiderman section of merchandise are celebrating the release of Spiderman 2 in theatres.

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Continuing through the store, I found Tinkerbell merchandise inspired by “The Pirate Fairy” film, a huge selection of character plush, and a “Muppets Most Wanted” merchandise wall bay filled with plush, t-shirts and more.

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The Times Square Disney Store has two floors.  The entire right side of the first floor is dedicated to Princesses.  Toys, swim wear and Princess clothing fill the wall bays and floor fixtures.

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Let’s head upstairs!

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 A magical Pixie Dust road leads guests throughout the different departments.

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An adorable infants department

NYC 2014 020The boys departments included Disney brands- Marvel, Star Wars, Planes and Cars.

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Not pictured here, the second floor also includes a small adult department and a Princess sleepwear department.

At the end of the Pixie Dust road is a beautiful Princess castle.

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Within this pretty castle is Disney Princess dresses, crowns and shoes for just about every Disney princess you can think of!  Except one…

It’s pretty obvious that there was a Disney brand that was missing.  There wasn’t a single Frozen product available in the store on Friday.  If you’ve read some of my previous blog posts, you know that my daughter is a bit obsessed with the movie.  I didn’t expect to find anything, but one could hope, right?  Well, lucky me, Saturday morning the Disney Store offers an “Opportunity Drawing” to purchase Queen Elsa’s costume dress.  AND cast members told me that there would be additional “Frozen” themed product for sale that morning!   How could a mom, who’s stayed away from her kids overnight for the first time, miss this opportunity?  Fast forward to Saturday…

NYC 2014 011Well, honestly, after seeing this line at store opening, I thought this Disney Mom was going to miss the opportunity.  My husband said, “There is NO WAY I’m standing in that line.”  I couldn’t be upset but I was a bit disappointed.  Then for some reason, he said, “I’ll wait, but we better make it in the store before that drawing.” Luckily we made it in just in time!

This is how the Disney Store is handling the Frozen “crisis”.  At store openings on Saturdays, guests are allowed to enter the store, ten at a time.  To enter the “Opportunity Drawing” to purchase an Elsa dress, guests are asked to go to the second floor where they are allowed to wait in another line to fill out one ticket with their name, phone number and dress size that they would like to purchase.  At 11:15 am, a cast member announces the ticket numbers that have won the chance to purchase a dress.  At that time, you enter another line to purchase the dress.  Not all the guests stay for the raffle.  A Disney cast member will call your cell phone number after the raffle and you have until 1 am to pick up the dress.

iphone 2014 206 Here’s a photo of the crazy moms and dads waiting to hear their number called.  You better believe there was cheering when numbers were called!

While some guests were waiting to hear their number called on the second floor, on the first floor was a line from the back of the store to the front.  This line was to purchase whatever Frozen merchandise the store received in their shipment.  Guests were allowed to purchase two of each item, but you don’t know what items are left to purchase until you reach the register.

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By the time it was my turn to purchase, the guest in front of me had purchased the last Olaf Plush and the other plush characters were gone too.  But I was able to purchase a singing Anna doll and an Elsa crown.

The Disney Store in Times Square received 600 Elsa costumes that morning.  Lucky for us almost half of those dresses were size 5/6!

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The next morning, this crazy Disney Mom couldn’t have asked for a better Mother’s Day smile!  I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day too!






“Delicious Disney Just for Kids” Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Disney Cooking with Kids

 Macaroni & Cheese

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

This yummy looking dish was prepared by my seven-year old son, Gavin.  Seriously, aside from me straining the water from the pasta, he did it all by himself and it was delicious! Gavin received the “Delicious Disney Just for Kids” cookbook from his grandmother a few weeks ago for his birthday.  After watching Ratatouille this past Saturday night, he turned into my “Little Chef” and the two of us were inspired to crack the cookbook open to see what recipes we’d find.

Disney CookingThe cookbook, written by The Disney Chefs and Pam Brandon, is made up of 20 recipes supplied by different chefs at Disney’s parks, resorts and even the Disney Cruise Line.  The recipe Gavin followed for the Macaroni & Cheese came straight from the chef at Jiko- The Cooking Place restaurant, located within Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World.

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The recipe was so simple and quick to make that immediately after making dinner he wanted to make dessert too!  You can see in the background that our dinner was on the table cooling while he whipped up dessert.

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Gavin chose to make “No-Bake Granola Treats” as our after-dinner treat.  The recipe was courtesy of the Chef at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Bakery.  Since this recipe came from the Disney resort that we call home, the treats were a bit extra special for the kids.  We enjoyed talking about staying there as we made them and of course ate them.  It added a nice sprinkle of pixie dust to our evening!

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I have to tell you- the granola bars were the absolute best granola bars I have EVER tasted!  They had just the right amount of peanut butter, chocolate and granola!  YUM!

Gavin did such a great job and really enjoyed cooking.  It was wonderful to see how impressed he was with himself.  While devouring every single noodle, he proclaimed that his mac & cheese was delicious!  The next morning,  he proudly packed a granola bar for his snack at school and that evening he told me that he told his classmates about his night of cooking.  Talk about a nice thing for me to hear!

Do you like to cook dinner with your kids?

Honestly, I often find that it seems to take double the amount of time than if I just did it myself and usually the kids end up frustrated or bored.  This time was different.  Both recipes moved along quickly and easily.  We enjoyed our evening of cooking so much that I’d like to giveaway a copy of the cookbook to a Mouse Ears Mom fan.  I’ll pick the winner on Mothers Day!

The opinions in this review and giveaway are purely those of Mouse Ears Mom.  The giveaway is not sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.  It’s simply my hope that you’ll enjoy the book, as my family has enjoyed our copy.

Giveaway Details:

  • The giveaway will run from Wednesday, May 7, 2014 until May 11, 2014 at 12:00 am EST.
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  • The giveaway is open to United States residents only, ages 18 yrs old and up.
  • The lucky winner will be announced on the Mouse Ears Mom blog and the Mouse Ears Mom Facebook page, after the winner has accepted their prize.

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