Tag: Disney Christmas

A Final Ride On The Monorail For This Year’s Holiday Decor

“Please Stand Clear Of The Doors.”

As some Disney fans celebrate Russian Orthodox Christmas today and other Christians are in the process of packing away their Christmas décor for the season, I thought it would be fun to take a final ride on the monorail and enjoy the outstanding decorations at Disney’s Monorail Resorts one last time. Why don’t you grab a cup of hot coco and join me for a quick ride on the rail?

First Stop ~ Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Inspired by Mary Blair’s “it’s a small world”, this Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle is over 17′ tall, so we can easily see it as we zip through Grand Canyon Concourse!

Contemporary Holiday Display 2014

Next Stop ~ Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We all love the beautiful interior of “The Grand,” but have you looked at the Victorian garlands that adorn the entrance?

The Grand Floridian's Entrance Holiday Decor

Here’s a close up!

Close of Grand Floridian's Christmas Garland

Our final stop~ Disney’s Polynesian Resort

New lobby at the Polynesian Resort

We’ll stay here a bit longer just to take in a few extra views of the newly renovated lobby.

Disney's Polynesian Resort new lobby

What a difference!  I hardly recognize the resort’s lobby! I do love the new furniture!

Disney's Poynesian Resort Lobby Furniture

Here’s a close up of the overhead lighting. Isn’t it beautiful!?

Disney's Poynesian Resort

One last look before heading outside!

Poly Holiday 2014

As our little tour of the holiday décor comes to an end, here’s a glimpse of the new bungalows on the lagoon!

Disney Vacation Club Polynesian Villas

Although they are currently still under construction, I believe a week-long vacation in one of these bungalows would be a perfect gift for Santa to bring me next year! What do you think?

Disney's Polynesian Resort DVC property

I hope you’ve enjoyed a final look at the holiday decor in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area!  I know I did!

I’d like to thank Vanessa Mroczka for the fantastic photos that I posted on the blog today! All of the images were taken by her with the use of her shiny new camera she got for Christmas!  Keep taking photos Vanessa! 

Decorating the New York City Disney Store for Christmas

Disney Store NYC www.mouseearsmom.com

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!”

NYC Disney Store www.mouseearsmom.com

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.

NYC Disney Store Christmas

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.

Frozen NYC www.mouseearsmom.com

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

Sven in NYC www.mouseearsmom.com

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!

Oakens NYC www.mouseearsmom.com

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

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

NYC Disney Store www.mouseearsmom.com

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?

A Set of Mouse Ears for Santa

Mickey Santa  EarsWhen it comes to MAGIC Mickey Mouse shares the top of the list with the “Man in the Red Suit”.

I think it’s only fitting that Santa should have his own set of Mickey Ears!  Today on The Disney Moms Blog I’m sharing my Santa Mouse Ears Sugar Cookies tutorial.  Here’s the link to check it out!    http://thedisneymoms.com/2013/12/13/santa-needs-mickey-ears/

While you’re over there, check out some fantastic articles to help you plan your next Walt Disney World vacation!

Have a great weekend and if you live in the Northeastern part of the US, be careful.  The snow’s on its way!

Disney Christmas Cookies

Christmas Sugar CookiesDo you participate in a Cookie Exchange?

Each year when the cookie exchange invitation arrives, I quickly reply YES.  My cookie of choice is always the sugar cookie.  The empty palate that each cookie presents is exciting to me and I start my first batch eager to create a little masterpiece.

Gwynn's bday and cookies 033

This year I decided to theme my cookies after my family’s Christmas tree,

A Disney Christmas Tree!

Christmas Tree 002OK, here’s the disclaimer part: I am in no way a baker (I roll out premade tubes).  And I’m absolutely NOT a schooled decorator.

My cookie decorating ideas really are simply fabulous in my head.  It’s just trying to put them on the cookies that’s the problem!  Oh well, I try.  Each year upon finishing my first dozen cookies I vow to never pick the sugar cookie again.  As you can see, I didn’t listen to myself.

Gwynn's bday and cookies 044These are the two designs for my little Christmas tree cut out cookies.  The cookie on the right represents our Christmas trees ten years ago.  I had a beautiful Mickey Mouse tree topper that we used each year until our children were born.  Unfortunately it broke shortly after Gavin’s birth.  The cookie on the left represents our tree of today.  Mickey Mouse and various other Disney themed ornaments blanket the tree with memories.

Cookies, friends, and drinks- it’s a wonderful combination!

Every year I participate in the cookie exchange with a group of about 20 fantastically fun women.  The gathering isn’t so much about the cookies, although they’re yummy. It’s sincerely a few hours out of our busy holiday schedules away from our husbands and children to celebrate our precious friendships with women that are most special in our lives.  Women that we go to for support, encouragement, and sometimes a glass of wine.  If you haven’t participated in a cookie exchange party, consider hosting one.  I guarantee it will become an annual tradition that all of your friends look forward to attending!

I’d love to hear what cookies you’ve made for your cookie exchange.  Are they sprinkled with a touch of Disney?  Please share them in the comments below!