This is the season for rain every afternoon in Orlando. If you are planning a trip to Disney or Universal I recommend bringing poncho’s. You can also buy them at any of the parks in case you forget them. No matter what the weather, the parks are such fun and we visit them rain or shine. The only time we ensure we are under cover is when the lightening starts. That is the one thing in Florida that is very, very dangerous and you don’t want to be out in the weather during lightening storms.
If you are one of those travelers who likes to plan ahead for any possibility take a look at some of the fun ponchos you can get on Amazon. These are often not available at the parks as once the rain starts, many of these will sell out and you will be among the generic poncho travelers. If you like to stand out and look a little different or if you are a fashionista, take a look at the variety that is available.
These are also great going away gifts for grandparents to give to their grandchildren who may be going to the park.
If you prefer umbrellas, Disney has a great variety of fun ones for you and your young Disney Fans. You can use them at the park and take them home with you as well. The cars umbrella is a fun one for little boys.
Going to the parks is such fun and finding lots of items you just would love to buy but you do have financial limitations so pass on and leave that special item behind. There are places in Orlando that you need to consider when you are visiting and doing your shopping for souvenirs. You will find lots of off brand merchandise in the International Drive shops but to find Disney items I recommend going to the Disney Character Warehouse stores. There are two of them in Orlando and they are both located in the outlet malls.
It is easier to get to the one by the Basilica as you can park in the back or ride one of the buses that goes there from many of the hotels. The one at the end of International Drive is a bit harder to get to as parking is usually a nightmare. They do have valet parking but I am frugal so tend to fend for myself. The Character Warehouse is toward the center of the mall but it is well worth the walk.
Check out this video of shopping at the outlet malls.
It is such fun to go to the outlets as the change merchandise frequently and I always find something that is currently in the park as well as the Character Warehouse.
Of course if you are talking shopping you cannot pass up Amazon. I found a few new jewelry items that I especially liked this week. The little bracelets are all the rage with young girls and these were a couple of my favorites:
The Minion Movie was an incredible hit and the grandchildren loved it. They went to the movie at Universal Studios which made it an even better event than the regular Theatre. While at Universal they purchased a couple of Minion Blind Packages and had fun reviewing the contents.
It was great fun watching them open the packets and enjoy putting together the surprise. I think they will want to buy many, many more in the future and these are just a few of what is available. Check the shop on this blog for more selections in the Minion category.
Have you seen the new bridge at Downtown Disney. It really makes it so much easier to get from one side of downtown to the other. Downtown Disney is making so many changes and each week when I visit it seems to have added something else. I don’t like the parking as well as the old parking within walking distance of the Disney store, however, given the crowds, I understand why it was necessary. I didn’t often visit the far end of downtown and now I have to walk through it to get to the Lego store, or the Disney store. I find so many things that are new to me that have been there for a long time.
They are planning to close Disney Quest which has always been fun for the grand kids. It was a perk that you had with the annual Disney Pass. I hope they replace that perk with another one so we don’t lose something on our annual passes. They increase in price every year so one would expect the value to increase as well.
Speaking of downtown Disney, I am a real fan of the Lego Store. It always has crowds of little people and parents out front building something with the Lego’s that are provided on the tables out front. Also if there is anything you might want in the Lego line, you can find it here. Also separate pieces on a great wall of color in the back of the store. If you have a child that loves Lego’s, they have lost a few pieces at one time or another. Rather than throw away the entire project, you can buy the pieces that have been lost.
So the product I am proposing for you today is a combination of Lego and Disney. Take a look at this great Lego for your favorite child, grandchild, or birthday party for a child you love.
These are some great selections in a nice price range. Hope you find one you like and click on the picture to order.
Well, another year of Star Wars week’ends has passed and we are on to Frozen. There are fun activities including a parade and special shows featuring the frozen frozen characters. my granddaughter loves frozen and going to Hollywood studios is always a special event no matter how many times she’s there she just seems to light up when we go to the park. My grandson on the other hand is just exactly spending time at home with his computer or working on the iPad playing games. When he does go to the park he spends his time looking for a Lego projects in every one of the stores along the way.
The Frozen Fun Experience will be going on at Hollywood Studios from June 17 through September 7 of this year. Some of the favorite activities include Olaf live and in person, a Frozen Sing-along celebration, a wonderful parade with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and skaters, skiers, ice cutters and amazing floats. “Let it go” can be heard throughout the park with the voices of both the characters and the guests. There are events on the event stage and what would be a trip to the park without a stop at the Frozen Merchandise right next to the Hyperion Theater. Some of our favorite merchandise includes:
If you stay until the sun goes down you will get to see the Fireworks Spectatcular, wonderful songs and many Characters. There is nothing like a Day at Disney!! Be sure to buy the sing-along
The new Marvel store at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) is now open for business. I was a bit disappointed in the size as it was much smaller than I expected but the variety of merchandise is great. All the stores along that side of the Springs are quite narrow so they always seem crowded. If you haven’t been to Downtown Disney “Disney Springs” lately it is changing on a daily basis.
I love the floating cars and was hoping to get a ride in one of them but I don’t think they were offering rides to anyone. If you are planning a trip to Orlando, don’t miss a day at Disney Springs as it is well worth the time. If you love shopping, this is an absolute must stop.
Father’s Day is fast approaching so think about some of the items on Amazon that you may wish to order. My oldest son is a hunter so this is the place to send his children. Shop Amazon – Father’s Day Gift Guides in Hunting & Fishing
My youngest son would be more than happy with a new watch. Not that he doesn’t have a dozen of them, but he just loves watches so I would send his wife and daughter to this site: Shop Amazon Fashion – Father’s Day Shop
Try either of them if you have a fashionable father or one who loves the woods. Time for me to head outside as the day is absolutely beautiful and just waiting for me to enjoy a book, the sun, and some time on the patio.
I made the trip over to Hollywood studios today and picked up the Chewy posters. Because I had three annual passes I was able to pick up three posters. It was great to be able to get three and I was able to pick them up right inside the entry. Most people were told to go over to Toy Story to pick up the posters but I had walked in from the parking lot so looked pretty beat. When I asked at the information desk, I think they felt sorry for me as I looked pretty worn and pointed me to three posters. I did show them my annual passes so I should have a couple happy grandchildren when they come back to Orlando.
This is what it looked like at the front entry today. Everyone was really enjoying the day and though it was hot, it was not brutal.
Do you have a Dad who loves Star Wars? How about a shirt for father’s day?
It has started, Star Wars at Disney, and it is always crowded and exciting. I picked two products today that will enhance the Star Wars experience. The Wall Art is something for the kids that they can have as a remembrance all year-long. Decorate their room or play area with fun wall art. This is something you can do after visiting or before just to make the experience more fun.
The second product for today is the voice changer. What child would not enjoy this toy and at a great price. Order it today to take with you when you visit the parks. Add a bit of fun to the visit and continued use after you get back home. If you can’t make it to the parks, this is still a great toy that provides hours of fun.
If you haven’t made your arrangements yet, I recommend contacting Destinationsinflorida.com. Their agents are fantastic and have a solid knowledge of the parks and the best activities. Also the fast passes and how to make arrangements for the passes and the character Dinners. This is something you need to arrange in advance and they can help ensure you will have the best breakfast, lunch or dinner experience.
Yea, it is Star Wars!!
Are you looking to go on a Disney Cruise. My oldest son and his family will be on a seven day cruise next week and it is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to relax and enjoy a vacation with no interruptions. My son favors the days at sea as they are incredibly relaxing and everything is planned for the children’s events and adult activities as well. If you are true Disney Cruise Fan, you might want to find some great collectibles in the Shop. My favorites are the Vinylmations which are great souvenirs to bring back to remind you of the great experiences on your cruise. If you don’t get a chance to purchase some items, look in the shop to see if you can order one here, or let me know and I will try to find the Disney item for you. I love shopping Downtown Disney and the Character outlets in Orlando.
What do I like about cruises? The opportunity to relax, to swim or sit in the hot tub and enjoy wonderful food and entertainment. To spend time with my grandchildren and children where you can choose excitement or quiet. If you have never been on a cruise, consider it and think about visiting Disney World and a Disney Cruise combination package. What an awesome experience.
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I have been on several cruises and always get home wishing I had purchased one more T-shirt, hat or souvenir. If you find yourself wishing you had purchased a Disney item, or if you just enjoy Disney check out the Shop for some fun selections. Don’t forget the molds as they are such fun. We used these for our last adventure into making bath bombs. Such fun to have a Mickey bath bomb and the fragrance was absolutely great in that we used Jasmine and Peppermint essential oils.
We always love Star Wars week-end so in preparation we are ordering many of the molds. We had some fun with the latest addition as once it was frozen, we gave the frozen ice to the dog Copper, who thought they were balls for his play time. We really enjoyed watching him try to move them around the house. This is a picture of the end product from our mold My granddaughter loved this and had fun filling the molds and putting them in the freezer. Also thought we could use them for bath bombs and chocolate. Awfully big chunks of chocolate but that didn’t seem to be a problem for her.
If you are planning to visit during Star Wars Week-end, I don’t have the schedule yet, but here is the celebration poster for London.
and this is something you might see:
Be sure to check out the molds in the shop as we are adding new Disney ones every week. We use them for cakes, chocolate, ice, soap and bath bombs so far. As we open them, we will share them with you.
Please comment and let us know what you would like to see in the shop and what you would like us to shop for in Orlando. I am often at Downtown Disney, any of the parks and of course, the Disney outlet store. If you are looking for something special, I love shopping and will try to find it for you.
Hope you get to visit for Star Wars!!