Saturday, November 11, 2017

Christmas Decorations at Hollywood Studios, 2017

The Christmas decorations are up at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.  

This year the signature Christmas tree has been moved from the front gates of the park into the center of Echo Lake!  

This shirt is very popular WDW guests this year: 

The decorations are "retro" this year (throwback to the 1950s/1960s)! I love the nostalgic feel!

If you recall the Osborne Light Show retired two years ago (2015).  
Well, last year (2016) Hollywood Studios began the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Fireworks Show, and it has returned this year (2017)...
AND, a second event has been added to the park, Sunset Seasons Greetings

What is your favorite Disney Park at Christmas time?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Family Halloween Costumes: Fast Food Junkies

This was a last minute idea for our family this year and it worked out great.  Each of us chose a fast food franchise and went with it!

Hubby - KFC
Me - Starbucks
Daughter - Wendy's
Son - Pizza Hut

My husband already had a white dress shirt and glasses.  We ordered a red apron from Amazon, picked up the mustache/goatee at Party City; and a spool of black ribbon (for the neck tie) at Joanne's. 

I had a green tee shirt and found the cute Starbucks fascinator/headband on etsy!

My daughter had found her Wendy's tee shirt at Uniqlo in the summer for $5. We braided her hair and threw on the blue ribbons. (I would have liked to paint her hair red but she decided not too.)

We found my son a red polo on clearance at Target; ordered a "Pizza" cap off of Amazon; and I printed the PizzaHut logo on my computer. 

It was seriously easy and so much fun! 
(The restaurants were happy to give us "free accessories" -- cups, buckets, etc).
Happy Halloween y'all! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Get your Tickets: Disney Junior at the Movies – HalloVeen Party!

Movie theaters will be home to a special party this fall with “Disney Junior at the Movies – HalloVeen Party!,” an interactive cinema event playing three days only on October 21, 26 and 28. Kids and parents are invited to dress up, sing, dance, play and celebrate the most spooktacular time of the year with a special Disney Junior-themed celebration just for them.

Presented by Fathom Events and Disney Junior, this one-of-a-kind event includes special screenings of a never-before-seen episode of Vampirina, Disney Junior's new animated series starring Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti as a family of vampires who have recently moved from Transylvania to Pennsylvania, as well as episodes of hit series Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Halloween-themed music videos and interactive games.

The events will take place in U.S. cinemas for three days on Saturday, October 21 and Thursday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m. local time, and Saturday, October 28 at 12:55 p.m. local time.

Tickets for “Disney Junior at the Movies – HalloVeen Party!” can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 400 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Fun in Orlando: Visit the Coca Cola Orlando Eye

Happening now, the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is set to become the home of Halloween and the spookiest sight in all of Central Florida transforming into a 400-foot tall spider web with giant creepy-crawlies, an all-new light and music show, themed Snapchat filter and more family fun as part of “Spooky Nights and Spider Frights”, Friday, October 13th to Saturday, November 4th.

The itsy bitsy spider may climb up the water spout, but this month, it’s an enormous 60-foot spider and ten of its eight-legged friends that will take over the top of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye building creating quite the creepy sight for all to see ­– and take a selfie with of course!

From the I-Drive 360 courtyard, guests can also experience the witching hour as 64,000 LED lights bring the tallest observational wheel on the United States East Coast to life in a kaleidoscopic ten-minute show synchronized to an iconic Halloween soundtrack that is sure to have everyone dancing. The light show will run Sunday-Thursday 8pm and Fri-Sat at 8pm and 10pm. 

Goblins and ghouls of all ages will be able to take in the sights while 400 feet in the air in one of four spooky Halloween-themed capsules. Experience unique views of Orlando surrounded by sneaky spiders, petrified pumpkins, ghoulish ghosts or frightening fall decorations.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Lunch at Epcot's Coral Reef Restaurant

I've been a Walt Disney World passholder for nearly 20 years, but today was my first time having lunch at Epcot's Coral Reef Restaurant

The doors open for lunch at 11:30am and our reservation was set for 11:35am.  We were seated right up against the tanks, which was pretty exciting! We sae rays, dolphin, fish and more!

Menu posted outside of the restaurant
(Seasonal menu may change!):

My husband opted for the Prix Fixe menu (one appetizer, one entree and one dessert), 
whereas I opted for two appetizers. 

Seasonal House Salad: 

Lobster Bisque:

Mahi Mahi on coconut lime rice:

Crab cakes (appetizer):

Key Lime Dessert:

The decor is a little dated, but the service was excellent and the food was delish! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Guest Post: National Declutter Day is coming! Are you ready?

September 23rd Is National Declutter Day: 

How To Tackle The Clutter In Your Home, Room By Room

By Tracy McCubbin, Founder, dClutterfly

Everyone is talking about decluttering.  In fact, decluttering is so important it now has it’s own day: September 23rd is National DeClutter Day.  Why declutter? The answer is easy: Decluttering saves you time and saves you money. It also improves your health and happiness.  Being cluttered eats up a lot of time: Time looking for your keys, looking for the mail to pay the bills or trying to find an outfit to wear to work that day. 

And think about the real cost of clutter.  How about all the clothes in your closet with the tags still on them?  Or the pantry items you buy again and again cause you can’t find the mustard you bought the last time you went to the store?  And let’s talk what you are paying for off site storage spaces: $100 a month? $150 a month? It’s no wonder everyone is talking about decluttering!

Ahead of National DeClutter Day on September 23rd, there’s no better time to share some of my favorite tips to tackle the clutter room by room, and in turn, living a happier and healthier life:

1.     Kitchen
a.   Tackle Tupperware (or all food storage).  Pull it all out and make sure every top has a bottom and every bottom has  top.  If not … Out.
b.   Spices. Contrary to what my grandmother believed … spices do not last forever.  They eventually lose their flavor.  Ground spices 3-4 years and leafy spices 1-2 years.  And here’s a quick tip … write the year the spice was purchased on the lid.
2.     Living Room
a.   Take a look around the room and see what items have homes they can be returned to.  Sometimes a quick returning of things to their proper homes will declutter a room in a very short time.
b.   Magazines.  First item to make a room feel cluttered.  Last thing to be reread. Be honest about the time and interest you have and put magazines in the recycle bin.
3.     Bathroom
a.   Sart with under the bathroom sink.  That’s the first place to become a clutter catch all.  Cleaning products you longer use.  Out.  Bath toys the kids have outgrown? Out.   
b.   How about sunscreen?  It’s designed to last for 3 years but if it’s older than that, it loses it’s efficiency.
4.     Bedroom
a.    Let’s declutter those nightstands.  Nothing gets the day off to a bad start than waking to a pile of clutter.  How many of those books stacked up there are you going to actually gonna read?
b.   We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  So let’s get real about all the clothes spilling out of our closet.  Doesn’t fit?  Out.  Regret buying it and will never wear it? Out!
5.     Garage
a.   Only 25% of American’s can park their cars in their garages.  Garages are the biggest offenders of clutter.  Let’s start with sports equipment.  Broken, worn out, no one plays that sport any more?  Out.
b.   Boxes of old paperwork?  Check with your tax advisor about what you really need to keep and shred the rest! If it’s a lot more than your little home shredder can held, consider calling a mobile shred company.

It is best to these projects up into manageable time chunks. Remember, Rome didn’t get cluttered in a day so it’s not going to get uncluttered in day. Use National Declutter Day as the day to kick off your decluttering.

Good luck!

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Cocktails at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Last night, Hubby and I planned on a quick trip to Epcot to hear Air Supply during the Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series.  But at the end of the day, we were both tired so decided on an alternative plan--cocktails at Walt Disney World's Wilderness Lodge

We started with cocktails in the Territory Lounge. It's a quaint lounge with comfortable seating (tables with leather chairs, wingback chairs, and small sofas) and friendly service. 

After looking at the menu, we decided to order the Neapolitan Pizza, and yummy, it did not disappoint! (The menu is limited as this is a lounge, not a restaurant, but as you can see there is a variety of options.) 

Then, we moved outside to Geyser Point Bar and Grill. It was my first time at this location (which opened about a year ago).  It is considered "quick service dining" but don't let that fool you.  There is an area where you can order food at a counter, but there is also a bar area with wait staff.  A limited menu is available in the bar area.  It was a beautiful night out, so we sat on the water while enjoying a second round of cocktails. 

We chose not to order another appetizer, but the menu looked tempting. 
(I saw a couple next to us enjoying the Brisket and it looked delish.)

We walked around the river for a few minutes before heading back home. It was a nice evening and the perfect location for a mid-week date night. 

What is your favorite spot for cocktails at Walt Disney World?

Monday, September 04, 2017

Disney Bound: Mickey Mouse Inspired Outfit

This is such a quick and easy Mickey Mouse (or perhaps Minnie Mouse) inspired outfit for a trip to Disney!

I found the Mickey Ears, Bracelet and Crossover bag on
I found the yellow beaded necklace at Versona.
Add a black top and a pair of red shorts!

Of course, red lipstick is a must!

I love the app Color Pop on my phone!

Here is me with my pal Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom. 

Disney Cruises aren’t just for the Disney Fanatics (Guest Post)

Written by Chris Incorvia

Everyone that knows us, knows my wife, Brandy, is obsessed with all things Disney. We have never passed anything Disney in a store without stopping to see it and she can tell you just about any random fact about Disney (which makes her good at this Disney Planning Gig). However, I am a different story.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy going to Disney World with our children. There is something magical about that place. When she suggested we take a Disney Cruise over all the other cruise lines I had sailed with before, I thought she had gone too far.

She’s the planner though, so I went along with it. All the while thinking about how it was going to be so “in your face” Disney and child centered that I would be bored and sick of it all by day two. I knew there was no way I would enjoy this cruise as much as my past cruises. Of course, she knew what she was talking about and was right (just don’t let her know I admitted that).

Here are some of the myths that are busted after I sailed with Disney Cruise Line:

1) All cruises are the same.
Before we sailed Disney, I didn’t think there was any difference in the cruise lines. Yes some ships have different offerings and sail to different places, but they all are the same, right? Well after the first day on the ship, I knew that wasn’t right. First, the Cast Members bring a level of service to the cruise experience that I hadn’t experienced before. We have two of the pickiest eaters ever, but our wait staff went out of the way to bring my children what they loved every evening, even when that meant going up to another kitchen for something else. It wasn’t just in the dining room. The entertainment staff knew us by day two and would stop and talk to the children and us whenever they saw us around the ship. Every Cast Member we met was willing to do whatever they could to make sure we were having the best time.

2) It is only for children.
Before we boarded, I had visions that all the activities would be centered around 6 year olds. I thought there would be dancing with princesses, drawing with Chip and Dale, and sword fighting with pirates. Those activities were happening for our children in the kids’ club, but my wife and I were laughing uncontrollably at the adult only hypnotist show, relaxing in the sauna, or taking an animation class. There was even showings of new movies that we hadn’t had time to go see yet. There was live music for dancing, mini golf, trivia (both Disney and adult only), classes where you learn to cook, characters to visit, the AquaDuck to ride (10 million times), cars to build from vegetables (we won Disney medals), baby races, and much much more. The problem was there wasn’t enough time to do everything we wanted to do.

3) It is too expensive.
When my wife said how much the cruise was, I started to say, but wasn’t the other cruise we were looking at less expensive? I decided to just go with it because I knew she was excited about the Disney Cruise. What I didn’t realize looking at the price was that much more is included in the price of a Disney Cruise over other lines and the quality of everything is better.
We had taken an anniversary trip on another line and had a good time, but there were surcharges for everything from soda to the nicer dining. Granted, Disney Cruise Lines does offer adult only dining at an extra charge however, our dining room experience was as great as those nicer options from the other cruise lines. And whatever you do, don’t ask Brandy about the quality of the shows on the other lines. She will never let me live that disappointing fact down.

4) There will be no sports.
Admittedly as much as Brandy loves Disney, I love sports. I love them all. If there is a chance to watch a game, or see the recap and analysis of a game, I am watching. I mean our wedding vows included references to baseball, basketball and football.
When Brandy booked our cruise for October, I was about to go and see a divorce lawyer. Did she forget that October is World Series time? She assured me that I would be able to watch the games and all the analysis surrounding it all, but I knew she was just trying to get me on the ship and hope I would forget about baseball for a week. What I didn’t know was there was a sports bar I could catch up on my viewing all day long, plus ESPN was on my stateroom tv. She went to enjoy the spa one day while our children were making cupcakes in the kids’ club and I had fun drinking a beer and watching games with other dads.

These are just some of the reason why I loved the Disney Cruise. It has become our favorite family vacation because it combines activities with relaxation like nothing else. So maybe that wife of mine knows something.

Interested in a Disney Cruise? My friends Brandy and Chris can help you plan it!  Please tell them "Another Online Mom" sent you!  

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nightmare Before Christmas (Halloween Merchandise 2017)

I was recently shopping at World of Disney at Disney Springs, and took a few pictures of the Halloween 2017 Disney Merchandise featuring "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to share with you. 

Saturday, September 02, 2017

A great alternative to a Disney Rain Poncho

How many times have you been in the parks at Walt Disney World and it started to rain? 
(It's Florida, it's going to happen.) 

I have tons of rain ponchos in my vehicle that I carry with me--some from Disney and some from the dollar store. Yes they work, but let's be real. So not attractive!

Well, I found a great alternative for you...and it costs basically the same ($19.90).  
Uniqlo at Disney Springs is offering three colors of Water Repellent jackets at this time! My pictures failed to get the details of the jacket but they are Mickey Mouse inspired.