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Christmas Cruise and Pirate Night!

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If you are not watching and following and even subscribing to Jones Family Travels on youtube, you are missing out on some great travel videos. The videos feature the Jones Children and all the activities on the cruises, in the parks or just daily activities such as going to the beach. If you love Disney or Universal, these are videos not to miss. They just finished a video on the new Star Wars remodel and I will post that in a future blog.

I like this video as it shows Castaway Cay which is the island that Disney owns and each cruise makes a stop there. It is a favorite of anyone who has ever been on a Disney cruise and definitely not something to miss. The Jones children rode bikes around the island and have completed a run around the island so lots of activity and fun to be had by all.

I’ve added a couple Pirate related Disney toys that you might want to add to the Christmas list of fun things from Disney. Check out the shop for more items.

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Princess Dreams

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Every girl dreams of becoming a Disney princess once in their lives. This is because girls tend to look for amazing characters that they would look up to. Even if these characters are not real, many young girls continue to consider these princesses as their ‘idols’ when they grow up. So which one are you going to be for Halloween. I am always surprised when the adults accompanying their treaters are in costume. Many older girls, young mothers and even grandmothers dress in princess costumes. Grandmother’s are most often the good fairy from Cinderella.

Whether you still believe in fairy tales or not, it is still a good thing to dream of living a princess’ life once in a while. This will stimulate imagination and will also help you to escape from stressful life in the real world. Is there a better way to escape than to participate in the neighborhood treats. I spend Halloween sitting on my front porch with bags and bags of goodies to distribute to the neighborhood children. I really enjoy the costumes and those treaters who remember to say Thanks.

I may have to dress up this year as more and more I am taking on the look of the evil witch with the apple in Snow White. Of course, I would rather be Snow White. Snow White is for beautiful girls who somehow suffer for their physical assets, Snow White is the Disney Princess that you would choose if those were your characteristics. She is another Disney princess favorite because Snow White is the most beautiful princesses ever created. In fact, it is because of her beauty that her evil step mother wanted to kill her. But then, Snow White was able to be triumphant in the end when she got the help of the Seven Dwarves. For her beauty alone, many children still consider Snow White as their favorite princess. There is always at least one Snow White who visits my front porch on Halloween.

And then there is Cinderella. Cinderella was a mistreated girl who never ceased to dream of happy endings. If you dream of a prince and happy endings, this may the costume you would want to choose. Cinderella is considered as the most favorite Disney princesses of all time because she epitomizes a strong yet kind-hearted woman. Her story appeals so much to many girls because the story Cinderella tells that despite the hardships in life, one can still find true love and happiness. In fact, Cinderella became a standard to those who are dreaming of “happily ever after”. Who can ever forget the glass shoes, the fairy god mother and the evil step sisters? Indeed, this princess will continue to win the hearts of many girls in the next generations to come. Hopefully there will be a few Cinderella’s this year, but I hope they don’t arrive in a large pumpkin coach.

Belle also shows up on Halloween and brings such joy even though she is considered the “nerdy” princess. She loves to read a lot of books and and appends a lot of time day dreaming. Belle is also very pretty but is often commended for her courage to see beyond what they eyes let her see. She also proved that physical beauty is not everything when she fell in love with cursed Beast. I don’t see as many Belle’s at Halloween but even a few add such fun, especially when they are accompanied by the Beast.

The last princess I always look for is Aurora. Aurora is the princess who is concerned with her looks and very focused on the things she likes to do. In reality, princess Aurora has one of the most interesting lives there is. When a witch cast a spell on her, princess Aurora was forced to leave the castle and her parents and changed her name to Briar Rose to be able to live. But then again, the curse still got the best of her and was lulled into a deep sleep until the love of her life came to rescue her with a kiss. There is never anyone sleeping on my porch or kissing for that matter so perhaps Aurora is not the best choice for Halloween.

So many other princess costumes, the Frog and the Princess, Frozen, and Little Mermaid. I am looking forward to another fun year of costumes and candy. If you have pictures of your neighborhood princesses, I would love to see them posted here.

I think I will quit for now and go shop for some Princess costumes.

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Top 5 Reasons To Love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Top 5 Reasons To Love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Halloween seems a long way off but not at Disney World. Preparation is going on the Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party and it opens on September 15. It lasts through November 1 and is great fun. If you have never been there, take the opportunity to visit. You will have the opportunity to see glowing pumpkins, grinning ghosts and all of the characters is the most incredible costumes. The minute you want into the park you will smell the aroma of those wonderful pumpkin muffins which are made in the Main Street Bakery.

And for Candy, it is a must stop at the Candy Palace on Main Street. They have these great Mickey apples, Dirt ‘n’ Worms apples and cookies topped with Gummi Worms. I love the pumpkin seed brittle and think I will try to make it at home this year. I always save the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins but this is certainly a new use for them.

As it gets closer to the event I will share other activities that are in preparation. In the meantime, start looking for your costumes.

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Rainy, Rainy

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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.

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Downtown Disney

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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.

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Star Wars Posters

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. IMG_1817 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.IMG_1811 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?

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Star Wars Week-end

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.Roommates Rmk1586Scs Star Wars Classic Peel And Stick Wall Decals 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. Disney Darth Vader Voice Changer - Star Wars 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!!

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Disney Cruise

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. DCL Disney Cruise Line Vinylmation 3" inch Wonder Ship Figure Unopened 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.

If you are looking for a great agency to provide you with quality assistance and care in helping plan your cruise, contact DestinationsinFlorida.com.

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. Disney Parks Mickey Ears Silicon Muffin Mold (Red) - Disney Parks Exclusive & Limited Availability 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.

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Star Wars is Coming

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 mold983UTYJR (35) 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.
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and this is something you might see:
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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!!