Guest Post from thatisthespell: Beauty and the Beast 

Today’s the day all of us Beauty and the Beast fans have been waiting for! The day that Beauty and the Beast comes out in theaters! In honor of this exciting day, today, Charlie from thatisthespell will be doing a post all about Beauty and the Beast! I would like to say before he begins, please, go check out his everything Disney blog because I love his blog, and it is pretty awesome! 

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Hey guys! I’m Charlie from thatisthespell guest blogging about the impact of the infamous animated film Beauty and the Beast. I hope you enjoy!

 Today’s the day. It is the 17th March 2017, the day all of our dreams come true. Beauty and the Beast is finally out and I can’t wait to see it. As the film has just been released and I have been given the wonderful opportunity to guest blog for Natalie, I thought it would be apt to talk about Beauty and the Beast  as a feature film and the impression it has had.

The story of Beauty and the Beast  is timeless and is without a doubt one of the most well known animated features. I won’t bore you too much with the all-familiar story, but as an introduction, here it is in short. The main focus is the relationship that forms between the Beast, a prince who has been magical transformed into a monster as punishment for his selfish ways, and Belle, a young and open minded woman whom is imprisoned in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must win the love of another, or remain a beast forever.

 The movie became a global success, grossing $425 million worldwide. Our leading lady Belle was added to the Disney Princess line-up, further straight-to-DVD features were made, and there is a great deal of representation in the Disney parks. It won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was a game changer for Disney, and as the National Film Registry nicely puts it, it was very much culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.


 

Attempts to make Beauty and the Beast were actually made way back when in the 1930s and the 1950s, but were given up and I personally think for the best as we would not have the film we have today. Linda Woolverton, a key player in the making of the film, was the leading screenwriter for the film. When interviewed in the early 90s, she spoke of having a feminist sensibility, relating to our Belle in the sense that she wanted to get out there and do things. Belle, as a character and as a woman, was to become one of Disney’s biggest role models, and for good reason. She is an independent heroine, who wanted more in life than just a hunky guy. It is clear throughout the entire film that she was made to be more than just a traditional damsel in distress.


Not only was Belle this brand new leading lady, but also the woman   behind her characterisation fought to shape Belle into a great role   model. Woolverton was the first woman to write an animated Disney film, and it is so fitting that it happens to be this one. It signifies everything about the Disney renaissance, this sense of a huge change and a change to be celebrated. In one scene, Woolverton wrote Belle sticking pins into a map, indicating all the places she wanted to visit. However, when it came to storyboarding, Belle had been rewritten into decorating a cake. I know, how cliché. Woolverton rightly protested, and a compromise was made. She had her nose stuck in a book.
 

This story highlights that even though Woolverton wasn’t winning every battle, it was still a victory for the character of Belle. For me, she signifies a better way of giving children, and especially young girls, a chance to have a positive role model. We currently live in a culture in which Disney female characters continue to have such an impact in our society. Belle was the forefront of this change. Even due to this compromise of a book-loving Belle, it meant so many girls could relate to her. I hear it all the time, I related to Belle, as she liked to read just like me, it is everything Woolverton intended.

 Originally, the film was going to be a non-musical film. Can you even imagine? But Disney chairman Jeffery Katzenberg had ordered that the film should be a musical, just like The Little Mermaid. Lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken wrote the films songs, the film in fact dedicated to Ashman’s memory, dying eight months before the films release.          

With The Little Mermaid came the infamous ‘I want song’ and Part of Your World was truly iconic. However, I would argue that it was Beauty and the Beast that confirmed this trend of making Disney films into fully established musicals. The first song in the film is in fact my favourite. Ashman and Howard composed this crazy and long opening number, something that was really ambitious. It was absolutely loved by those working on the film. It wasn’t common to open an animated film with such a song, but Belle redefined that rule. The Little Mermaid was a test for this change, but Beauty and the Beast proved it could work. The song is an entire Broadway ensemble piece, where individualized characters come forward to sing their line in a big show-tune way. I love it and it carries on through the film. Big showstoppers such as Gaston and Be Our Guest were created to be big numbers. And then in comparison we have the sweet Something There as the romantic duet and of course the title song Beauty and the Beast.

The music of the film had a huge influence else where in the word, most importantly New York. Menken and Ashman created a mammoth musical animated film, going on to become a fully-fledged musical on the stage. It brought the influences of Broadway full circle, ending up where the animated film came from. It was the first animated film to be adapted into a musical, and it took Broadway by storm. Some were sceptic, but it appealed to the masses and was loved by many. The songs are so memorable and so worldly celebrated, winning Best Original Score and Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.


 For many, and with most Disney animated films, the songs become the soul of the film and this rings so true with Beauty and the Beast. It proves that by showcasing a whole cast of voice talents, rather than just one performer, it allows each song to hold their own, and any one of them could easily be considered as one of the greatest Disney songs to be made.

 The last thing I want to talk about and I feel is really important for the Disney community, is the impact the film has had in the Disney parks and through merchandise. It is a key way to get the films engrained in our memories and to perpetuate our love for them. We show our love for our favourite Disney films by buying certain products or by choosing our favourite attractions. I think as well, the success of the film can be seen within how well it does in terms of the media franchise it creates.

 


 We of course have the infamous Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage performed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It has a huge cult following and is a must see attraction across the entire Walt Disney World resort. Most recently we have had the Be Our Guest restaurant opening over in Fantasyland, which is arguably one of Disney’s most sought out places to eat whilst visiting the Magic Kingdom. I would definitely say it is much more represented over in Orlando, but most Disney parades and firework shows across the world do feature Beauty and the Beast quite heavily. I think with the release of the new film too, we are going to see a lot more of it, already seen at Anaheim with the new themed restaurant the Red Rose Taverne.

Just having this within the parks and the merchandise in our Disney stores is a key player for us hard-core fans. It allows us to show continuous love and support for a movie we fell in love with, and are still in love with. I could be biased, but my only memory from my first time in Walt Disney World is Beauty and the Beast related. At the age of 6, I was asked to come into the parade and hold one of the cakes for the Be Our Guest sequence. I was in complete awe. Annoyingly, it wasn’t caught on film like the rest of the holiday, but ironically it is the only thing I can truly remember. It wouldn’t be Walt Disney World for me without seeing something Beauty and the Beast related in the afternoon parade. It is pure nostalgia.

 Right, let’s wrap this up. It’s time to get punchy. Beauty and the Beast for me, occupies the post as the peak of Disney’s Renaissance period, proving to be completely brilliant and influential to this day. I think as a film it really does stand apart from Disney’s other modern hits, ultimately I think due to the late Howard Ashman. His shoes are hard to fill, and so is the legacy he left behind with Beauty and the Beast. His entire spirit can be felt within the film and it is arguably something that is missing in films that were released after.
 


 Creatively, culturally and musically Beauty and the Beast epitomises everything the Walt Disney Animations Studios had created between its Golden Age and to the present day. It holds both old-fashioned and modern aspects, and is more progressive than the Disney princess films of the past. It stands out because of a heroine who had more to her life than just the desire to meet a man and a male lead that is painfully flawed right up until the very end. It is an epic feature in its own right and I think the remake is only going to enhance that, proving Beauty and the Beast is one of the best Disney animated films ever created.


Thank you so much to anyone who took the time to read this. If you want to get to know me a bit more, make sure to check me out on the below.

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One Lovely Blogger Award 

I was nominated by Rachel from Sitting in the Clouds for the One Lovely Blogger Award, and I want to say a huge thank you to her! She is one of my favorite bloggers and has such an entertaining blog! She blogs about beauty, books, Disney, and lifestyle! Please, go check out her awesome blog and give it a follow! 

The Rules: 

•Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post

•They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image

•Must add 7 facts about them 

•Then nominate 15 people

Facts About Me: 

 My natural hair color is brown. Back in December, I was tired of my boring brown hair, so I went to a salon to get it dyed. Now my hair is a balayage ombré, and I am kinda of obsessed with my hair. 

•  I have an addiction to tea. I don’t know about you, but I prefer tea over coffee any day. I drink hot tea every morning, and it really seems to wake me up. My favorite type of tea to drink is English Breakfast tea. And yes, I have a real addiction to tea. If I don’t have something with a lot of caffeine in it, I get a really bad headache. I also like drinking raspberry green tea at night. 

•  I could scroll through Pinterest for a couple hours. I love creating Pinterest boards and scrolling through Pinterest to find the perfect photo to add to my board. 

•   My favorite show from the 1950’s/ 1960’s is I Love Lucy.  There is nothing better than curling up on the couch in the morning to watch I Love Lucy while drinking hot tea from my favorite mug. That is pretty much my perfect morning. 

•   I can’t produce tears like most people can. I can get out a couple tears, but it is not the normal amount. To prove this fact, I went to an optometrist when I was a little kid, and I was told I could not produce tears like you are supposed to. I can get cry five tears at the most, but after that, I can’t get any more out.

•  I love planning things. I plan things on my notes app on my phone, in my goals journal, and my planner. I also love to pre-plan, too! 

•  I love organizing, but most of the time I feel pretty lazy. I would love to go organize my clothes or my makeup, but the truth is I am lazy a lot of the time. 

People I Tag:

I will be cheating a little bit because I will not be nominating 15 blogs, but I will be nominating these five blogs…

• Dreamers and Dancers

Lights, Camera, Disney

Sophie Samantha

Meg’s Magical Musings

Thoughts in Life 

Thanks once again to Rachel for nominating me for this award, and thank YOU for reading! 

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What Disney Means to Me

Ever since I was little girl, I have been fascinated with everything of the Walt Disney Company. I would watch my favorite movies over and over again, wear princess dresses, and enjoyed going to the Disney Parks (and still do, obviously). My first trip to Walt Disney World was when I was around one years old, and since then, it has become my favorite place in the entire world. 

 Some people who are not “Disney freaks” like me might find my Disney obsession a little weird because I am no longer a five year old. But the thing about Disney is that it is for people of all ages. People forget that Walt Disney created Disneyland, so everyone, little kids, older kids, and adults, could go have fun. I am here to tell you that Disney means so much more to me than just a theme park and movies. 

  Disney has taught me that you have to work hard to achieve things. Disney has taught me to go for my dreams and  to never stop believing in them. Disney has taught me to believe in myself, even when others do not believe in me. Disney has taught me to move forward. Disney has taught me many other things, but that may take awhile to say all of things. My point is that Disney inspires me. I know that sounds a little weird, but it truly does in every way possible. Each Disney movie has a theme, and usually those themes can help you with everyday life. 

Disney has brought me so much happiness, whether than means watching a new Disney movie or going to the Disney Parks. There is nothing better than laughing and crying while watching your favorite Disney movie. There is nothing better than singing along with the songs in a Disney movie.  There is nothing better than seeing Cinderella’s Castle as you walk down Main Street for the first time of your trip. There is nothing better than riding your favorite attraction over and over again. There is nothing better than spending time with your family members at Disney; everyone having a blast. There is nothing better than planning your next Disney trip the moment you get back from a Disney trip. 

 I have gone to Walt Disney World way too many times to count, two times to Disneyland in California, and someday, I hope I can visit all the Disney Parks all over the world. I will continue to watch Disney movies and visit Disney Parks no matter what my age. My dream is to one day apply for the Disney College Program, so I can make magic as a Cast Member at Walt Disney World. It is not my only dream, but I think it would be an amazing experience to work at Walt Disney World for a few months. Walt Disney is one of of my inspirations because he taught me to have the courage to pursue my dreams, and that is something everyone needs to pick up from. Sure, some people may find it weird that I am planning on working at Disney World, but that is okay. I know my family members will support my dream when that day comes when I can apply for the Disney College Program. I just have to go for my dream and work for it. And not only that dream, but my other dreams, too. 

  Everything I mentioned in this post is why I love Disney so much. Why I call myself a Disney freak. Why I watch more Disney movies than any other movie company. Why I can’t wait to go back to the Disney Parks, even though I have been many times. Yes, I am obsessed with Disney, and I am a teenager. 

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Guest Post from Lights, Camera, Disney: Creative Countdown to Disney 

Recently, I said I wanted to have some guest bloggers on my blog, and I got emails from a lot of people who wanted to guest blog on my blog. For the next few weeks, I will have a guest blogger  every other week. The first guest blogger is Amanda from Lights, Camera, Disney, and today, she is writing about creative ways to countdown the days until your Walt Disney World vacation! If you haven’t already, go give her awesome blog a follow by clicking on the blue link above! Along with her sister, she writes about everything Disney, including Disney vacation tips! Without further ado, here is Amanda’s guest post! 

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For Christmas, we got another annual pass for Disney World! We are so excited to go again as it has been 3 years since our last visit. In honor of our upcoming trip in September, I wanted to share some fun things you can do to countdown to your own trip to Disney.


 

Day 15: Watch Tangled! My personal favorite movie!


Day 14: Paint a portrait or two. Add a few new paintings to your gallery!


Day 13: Write down what you want to ask Rapunzel.


Day 12: Watch Cinderella!


Day 11: Keep-a busy, Cinderelly! Help do the sweepin’, moppin’, and dustin’ around the house!


Day 10: Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! Dress up like you’re going to a ball.

Day 9: Watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarves!


Day 8: Make up a dwarf name for everyone you love. Smiley? Pokey? Speedy?


Day 7: Learn the song “Heigh-Ho” to prep for a rollicking ride on Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.


Day 6: Watch Alice in Wonderland!


Day 5: You’re late for an important date! Throw a tea party and wear a funny hat!


Day 4: Find that worried white rabbit-he’s hiding somewhere in your house!


Day 3: Watch UP!


Day 2: Earn your Wilderness Explorer badges: assist someone; go exploring; be kind to an animal.

               
Day 1: Tomorrow’s the day! Study a Walt Disney World Resort map and decide where to start on your magical vacation!


I hope your next Disney vacation is super magical and exciting! I can’t wait for mine.

Have a magical Disney day!

Amanda

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Disney Mug Collection  

I am obsessed with mugs, but not just any mugs. Disney mugs. It has become a tradition for me to get a mug every time I visit Walt Disney World, and right now, I have to admit that I have quite the collection for a beginner collector. My cabinets are a little too full with mugs, but if I had a choice, I would get rid of the plain mugs, and just keep my Disney mugs. We could see all the mugs I have, but I think my Disney mug collection would be a lot more interesting! 

Belle Mug:

Starting off, I thought I would show my Belle mug first! Of course, I have a Beauty and the Beast mug since I am a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast. On the back, it says “It’s hard to be a Beauty when mornings are a Beast,” which I think describes my mornings perfectly since I am definitely not a morning person! I used to have an Ariel mug that was like this mug expect it was Ariel themed, but sadly, it broke awhile ago. 



Chip Mug: 

I got the previous mug and this mug on the same trip, and that shows how obsessed I am with Beauty and the Beast. This mug is just so stinkin’ cute, and even though I have heard some people just use this for decoration, I sometimes drink out of it. If you  want to drink out of it, too, then, I would suggest you hand wash it. I love all the details on Chip!


2009 Disney World Mug:

I didn’t even buy this mug. My grandma just gave it to me one day. It is just a simple mug with Cinderella’s Castle, fireworks, and Mickey Mouse and a few of his gang.


Four Mugs on One Mug:

I love this mug because it has all the Disney World Parks on one mug. I love how all the colors look and the design. 




Starbucks You Are Here Magic Kingdom Mug: 

If you did not know, Starbucks has a You Are Here Collection for different cities all over the country, and they happen to have You Are Mugs for the Disney Parks! This is the first mug I got from the You Are Here Disney collection! These mugs include the icon for the Park and a few popular attractions. Side note: You can only get these mugs IN the Park you are in; you can’t get them at Disney Springs or at your hotel gift shop; you could order them on Ebay, Amazon, etc, but it is a lot cheaper to just buy them from the Parks.



You Are Here Epcot Mug:

If you are wondering why I included the Epcot mug under the Magic Kingdom mug, that is because I didn’t want to take two photos for each mug, so I decided to combine them. The Epcot one is probably my favorite out of the four.

Hollywood Studios You Are Here Mug:

I love how this mug reflects the Hollywood theme that I love of Hollywood Studios that is quickly fading away. Recently, they created a new version of this mug that has Maleficent in her dragon form.

  

Animal Kingdom You Are Here Mug: 

Even though Animal Kingdom is not my favorite Park, I wanted to have all the Disney World You Are Here Collection mugs. This was the last mug I got from this collection. I am not done there, however. At the moment, I am planning to go to California next year in the summer, and Disneyland Resort has their own version of the You Are Collection. So, I am planning to get both the Disneyland and California Advebture mug when I go to Disneyland Resort! 

Walt Disney Mug:

This is probably one of my favorite mugs. It has a faded picture of Cinderella’s Castle and Walt Disney walking beside it. Then, on the side, it says vision, and one of his quotes that says, “It’s kinda of fun to do the impossible.” There’s also Mickey heads on the side, too. 


Kylo Ren Mug:

This mug is my brother’s, but  I thought I would include it since it is a pretty awesome mug! 


Starbucks Travel Mug:

On one side, there is simply just the Starbucks logo, but when you turn it to the other side…  


Disney Resort Mugs:

I am not going to include a picture for this because they are sorta boring, but I thought I should include I do have a few of these.

Currently, that is my entire Disney mug collection, and I know I will not stop there! If you have any of the same mugs as I do, leave me a comment down below or tell me your favorite Disney mug! 

Have a magical evening!

Natalie 

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Guest Bloggers Wanted, and Instagram Account! 

Hello, Disney Lovers! Welcome back to my blog, and I hope everyone is having a great Monday so far whether that means you are off for President’s Day or at work or school.  Today, I just thought I would drop in to give a couple updates!

First thing I want to talk about is that I recently created an Instagram account for my blog! I am really excited that I did, and on this Instagram account, I post photos from my Disney trips, Disney outfits of the day, blog updates, and everything Disney you could think about.  I would really appreciate it if you go follow me if you have Instagram. My username is pixiedusteddisneyfreak.

I have not had a guest blogger for awhile, so I thought it would be a good time to have another one and maybe even more than one. I am looking for a guest blogger for entertainment reasons only, meaning that I will NOT be paying you to be a guest blogger on my blog( If you do not think it is fair, I will gladly be a guest blogger on your blog).  Anyway, so, if you would like to guest blog on my blog, please contact me at disneyfreakwithabitofmascara@gmail. com; you can tell me some things you want to blog about, and I can approve your topic. 

Have a magical day! 

Natalie 

“Make a Wish and Do as Dreamers Do” 


Wishes has been around for a little more than 13 years now, and since it played its first showing to the public, it has fascinated everyone who has seen it since then. Sadly, Disney recently announced that Magic Kingdom’s firework show will be closing in a few months. Change can be a good thing, but most Disney fans are sad to see this show go. 

I can’t explain how sad I am to see Wishes go away. This firework show  is the best firework show, in my opinion, and I love everything about it. From the moment, I hear the Blue Fairy, it is so very magical. Everything about Wishes is magical. The song, the fireworks, the theme behind the fireworks, seeing people of all ages watch Wishes in amazement, and Cinderella’s Castle  lighting up with beautiful colors are all so magical things about Wishes.  Walt Disney World itself is so magical, but Wishes makes it 10 times more magical. 

Wishes is, by far, my favorite show at Walt Disney World, and a Walt Disney World vacation is not complete until I see  this magical firework show. Wishes effects most people who see it. I do not know about you, but I always get tears in my eyes when I see it. I know I am at Walt Disney World when I see this show because Wishes is everything that the Walt Disney Company is. Wishes is about going for your dreams and never giving up on them. Walt Disney wanted that theme for his company; he wanted to inspire people to go for their dreams and never give up. Wishes does a great job remembering that theme. It makes me want to go for my dreams and never give up on them. 

Walt Disney World will never be the same without Wishes. Yes, I know that the new firework show, ‘Happily Ever After,’ will be amazing and magical, but it will never give me that same feel Wishes gave to me. Goodbye, Wishes, and I am so glad I got to see you one last time a couple months ago. I will always remember the magical feeling you gave to me, and I will always want to “make a wish and do as dreamers do.”

Are you as sad as me about Wishes? 

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Disney Chit-Chat #2: Latest Movies, Beauty and the Beast Final Trailer, and MORE! 

  I hope everyone had a great start to their week! I have a lot of things I want to talk about with you all, so today’s post is going to be another Disney chit-chat! This time I actually have a lot more to talk about, so I hope this post will be a lot more interesting! 

  First off, I am going to start off with a mini review of Moana. I do not want to be know as the Disney blogger who always likes every Disney movie (though I do not), but I really enjoyed watching Moana! It was a great. I liked the soundtrack, I loved the characters, and I loved the plot.  Moana is about Moana  going on adventure, sailing on the ocean, to fulfill her ancestors’ quest they never got to finish. With help from demi-god Maui, she sets out to complete this quest. I am not going to spoil the movie, but I loved Dwayne Johnson’s voice as Maui; he was absolutely hilarious! I also thought that Moana’s sidekicks, a chicken and pig, were funny, too. I loved Moana because I loved her  determination to complete this quest! She is definitely a wonderful role model for little girls because she never gives up, even when no one believes in her. Tangled still remains my favorite newest princess movie, but once again, Disney created an amazing princess movie to inspire people of all ages!

  I went to the movies expecting   Rogue One to be just okay, but I came out pretty impressed. If you did not know, Rogue One’s plot is in between Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Smith and Star Wars 4: A New Hope. This movie helped explained everything of the Death Star, and I think it was a good movie, overall. The only downside was some of the characters seemed a little rushed, but I liked Jyn and Cassian.

  Now I am going to talk about a new book from Disney Press that is currently coming out in October this year! I read Fairest of All, The Beast Within, and Poor Unfortunate Souls and just LOVED all of them. They tell  backstory of the villains from their perspective (Well, the Beast is not a villain, but the author still decided to do a book for him). Those three books are all connected somehow that I will not spoil for you. Serena Valentino, the author of that trilogy, is starting another trilogy with more Disney villains! Her first book to that new trilogy is Mistress of All of Evil, which is about Maleficent, of course! It’s coming out on October 3 this year, and I am very excited! I am hoping this backstory will make a lot more sense than Maleficent’s backstory in Maleficent, the movie, but overall, I am very excited for this book!  If you are a Disney fan, I definitely recommend to check out her books; she definitely adds twists to her books, so that is another reason why I love them. To view her website and  to see updates and information about her other books, click this link: www.serenavalentino.com

  All of my readers probably know that Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favorite Disney movie ever, so you must know that I was thrilled when I heard Disney was making a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast! Recently, Disney released a final trailer of the movie, and I was literally (and I mean LITERALLY) freaking out when I saw the trailer! I love Ariana Grande’s and John Legend’s version of Tale as Old as Time in this trailer, and I can already tell I will love this movie! The thing I didn’t like about this trailer is that they already showed us they changed this movie a bit. In the trailer, Belle is asking about the rose, and Lumiere tells her what happens when the last petal falls off. If you watched the animated version, you would know that is NOT how it goes, and Belle does not even know about the spell until she breaks the spell. I was a little disappointed about that, but honestly, I just cannot wait to go see this! When I saw this trailer,  I could not hold in my excitement! Go watch this trailer by clicking HERE! Definitely expect a full on review of this movie after I see it because I have been waiting so long for it, and I am SO excited! I am planning on it seeing it over my spring break and buying the soundtrack to the new movie! 

  Lastly, I thought I would briefly talk about upcoming Disney vacations! Right now, I do not have any Walt Disney World vacations planned,  but I may be going to California in the summer of 2018. Of course that means I would go to Disneyland and California Adventure! My Disney plans are always changing, so I do not know what is next in store for my Disney traveling, but that is okay. I have not been to Disneyland Resort for quite sometime now (about five years), so that will be fun when I go to California. 

   I hope you enjoyed my random ramblings of everything Disney! Let me know your thoughts of one of the things I talked about in this chit-chat or even everything I talked about. Also, leave me a comment if you want to see more Disney chit-chats in the future. Thanks for reading! 

Have a magical evening!

Natalie 

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My Experience on Disney Property: Part 2

Hello, Disney Lovers! Happy, Saturday, and I hope everyone had a wonderful week!  Tonight, I will be doing part two to my experience on Disney property. If you have not read part one, click here, and it will send you straight to that post. I have some fun news, so please, stick around for the end of this post! 

I am going to start this post off with what our room was like at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The room was small, but in every room, they have this pull down bed from the wall that has a twin size mattress. You also get a king’s size bed or two queen’s size bed, depending on what you reserved for your rooms. You can either get a regular room or a pirate themed room. We got a regular room. Also, in the room is a table with a couple of chairs, maybe a mini fridge (but I don’t remember), a nightstand and a TV, of course. The bathroom in the room had these sliding doors, which I liked. Now on to the resort itself. There is a movie playing outside every night, and the pools were very nice! At one pool, they even had water slides. I loved what the food court look liked. The food court is called Old Port Royale, and they also have a sit down restaurant, Shutters at Old Port Royale. The souvenir store that is attached to Old Port Royale is very big.  One afternoon while we were at Disney, we went to the “beach” they have at the Caribbean Beach and just relaxed in the hammocks, and it was very nice! I love the bright colors they have at this resort. 

Next, I am going to talk about the transportation to the Parks. They had a bus stop at each “island.”  I hated how long we had to wait! We missed a bus going to the certain Park we were going to that day,  and then we waited quite sometime later until another bus came. I would rather have rented a car because the Disney transportation buses were very annoying. 

Lastly, I am going to talk about our   ride back to the airport. We went to the check in/ check out place by taking a Disney transportation bus just for the resort. We told them what are flight number was and checked in our luggage. It was very easy and fast. They recommend you go on the Magical Express three hours before your flight, so that is what we did. They had this video on the Magical Express about tips on planning your next vacation, things to do next time you come, and what to do when you got to the airport. 

Overall, I am not so sure how I feel about  Disney property. There are definitely pros and cons, but I am glad I finally got to stay at a Disney resort! Okay, now, I am going to tell you my fun news. It is not that big of a deal, but I think it is fun. Recently, I created a Facebook page for my blog, so if you would go check it out and give it like, that would be great! On this Facebook page, I am going to post photos from past vacations, random Disney things, updates for my blog, and links to my recent posts. If you would like to check out my Facebook page,  click here! Anyway, thanks so much for reading, and let me know in the comments if you have ever stayed on Disney property, and what you thought of it! 
Have a magical evening!

Natalie 
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My Experience on Disney Property: Part 1 

Hello, Disney Lovers! Today, I am finally bringing you all a much promised post! I have been telling you readers that I would publish some posts about my latest trip to Disney in November for about two months now. This trip was my first time I ever stayed on Disney property, so I thought I would write about it from the planning to transportation to the resort itself! 

First off, I am going to talk about the planning process. First, we booked our flight and then our room. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach, which is a moderate resort.  After you book your room, if you are flying and planning on using the  transportation from the airport to your resort, you have to say when your flight is arriving, your flight number, and other things I do not quite remember, but it was pretty simple. If you are using the Magical Express, they will later send you this thing to put on your luggage, so Disney will know what resort and room to send your luggage to. The luggage paper slip thing or whatever it is called comes a few weeks before you arrive. Next, we ordered our Disney tickets and customized our MagicBands. We started looking for dining reservations, and to my surprise I actually found the number one reservation I wanted, Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom. It was such a surprise because we literally planned this trip a little less then three months in advance. Then, we made our FastPasses, and we actually did not do it at the 60 day mark to when we were going to the certain Disney Park.  We did it at 63 or 64; if you are staying on property, you can actually just add how many days you are staying to 60, and that’s when you can make your FastPasses(Please, note you do not have to make it at the time. You could do it at 60, 50, 40, etc). I forget when, but at some point, this little packet came to tell us about tips for planning our vacation, things for us to see while we are there, and all about our trip. It was really fun and exciting! It even had our last name on the front; it said (last name)  family’s incredible vacation on the front with the Incredibles, of course! The number one exciting thing of our ‘Disney mail’ was when the MagicBands came! I got so excited! 

We had no trouble whatsoever getting on the Magical Express at the airport. It was such a fun ride because they had little TV screens playing a fun video of things to see and do while at Disney,  behind the scenes, Disney artists drawing, and Disney trivia. It did take awhile, though, for us to get to our resort since there were two other resorts for dropping off. Once we got there, we had to check in. We also came up with a pin/password for our MagicBands, so we could buy things via our MagicBands. Then after that, we had to ride a shuttle, which took so long, to go to our “island”(Each section where there are rooms here is called a Caribbean island). Our luggage took forever to get to our room. It took so long, and it was very annoying. 

I do not want this post to be too long, so I am going to do a part two to this about the Disney transportation bus to the Parks and Disney Springs, the things to do at the resort, our room, and our ride back to the airport. I hope you enjoyed part one, and keep a look out for part two coming soon! 

Have a magical day! 

Natalie 

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