While the focus of Mousekatots is primarily for the littlest of travelers, it is also important that your other children, who are older, are not forgotten and made to feel special while on vacation.
Let’s face it, toddlers require a lot of attention and older siblings might feel like they are having their vacation driven by a Mousekatot.
Luckily, there are some ways to make the vacation special for the older sibling, like booking them a spa treatment away from the whining, yelling and meltdowns of a toddler. (You can make it extra special by having some Mommy and Me time, and even Daddy and me time, too.)
While a lot of the spas cater to mostly adults, there are a few hidden gems for teens and kids.
Mandara Spa (Dolphin Hotel)
Heavenly Massage: 25 min-$75
Mother and Daughter Paradise Massage: 25 min-$165 and 50 min-$220 (priced for 2)
Father and Son Chill Out Massage: 25 min-$165 and 50 min-$220 (priced for 2)
Fabulous Fruity Facial: 50 min-$110
Acne Attack Facial: 50 min–$100
Magical Manicure: 25 min-$30
Soul Mate Pedicure: 45 min-$50
Senses (Grand Floridian Resort or Saratoga Springs Resort)
Prince or Princess Pedicure: 25 min-$50 (ages 4-12, with a parent or guardian present at all times.)
Magical Manicure: 25 min-$35 (ages 4-12, with a parent or guardian present at all times.)
Balanced-Teen Facial: 50 min-$135
Do any of these services sounds like something your kiddo or teen would love to do? Leave your comments below.
In a little change of pace, I thought it would be fun to do a little Disney quiz to get to know me a little better, when it comes to Disney and Walt Disney World.
So here are my 53 Disney questions and answers:
1. All Time Favorite Disney Movie: “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (currently; this changes all the time.)
2. Top Five Disney Movies: “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” “The Little Mermaid” “The Lion King” “Peter Pan” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”
3. Favorite Princess: Tiana
4. Favorite Prince: Eugene (if he counts as a prince)
5. Favorite Couple: Eglantine Price and Dr. Emelius Brown
6. Favorite Villain: Ursula
7. Favorite Heroine: Tiana
8. Favorite Hero: Aladdin
9. Favorite Sidekick: Mushu
10. Disneyland or Disney World: I have only been to Walt Disney World, so I will choice that one.
11. Favorite Attraction: Splash Mountain
12: Favorite Park inside the Resort (ie EPCOT): Magic Kingdom. To me that is the epitome of Walt Disney World.
13: Favorite land inside of the resort (ie Adventureland): This is a tie either Tomorrowland at night or Frontieerland at night. I love the Magic Kingdom at night. It seems more magical.
14: Favorite Disney Snack: Dole Whip Float
15: Favorite Disney Restaurant: Boma. It is a buffet, so you get to try a bunch of different things; it has many exotic foods that I can’t get at home; and the atmosphere is so beautiful.
16: Favorite attraction/show: Muppet Vision 3D
17: If you had the chance to stay anywhere overnight in the park, where would you stay: The Cinderella Suite in the castle in Magic Kingdom
18: Favorite Character to Interact With: Tiana or Ariel
19: Which character’s handwriting do you wish you had: Tinkerbell’s
20: Which character are you afraid of approaching: No one really
21: Favorite Disney Hotel: Port Orleans French Quarter. The smallest resort means that you are closer to everything. Plus the walk along the river to the sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside is beautiful in the morning.
22: Describe a Typical Day at Disney for You: Get up in the morning, have breakfast. Head to our park of choice, go back to the resort for naps or swimming, have a nice dinner and end the night in the park with late night magic hours.
23: Snow White or Cinderella: Snow White
24: Ariel or Belle? Belle, I love books.
25: Pocahontas or Mulan:Pocahontas
26: Aurora or Rapunzel: Rapunzel. I see a lot of myself in her.
27: Tiana or Jasmin: Tiana
28: Meg or Kida: Meg
29: Stitch or Pooh: Pooh
30: Eugene Fitzherbert or Prince Eric: I gotta go with Gene. Prince Eric is a little too dense for me.
31: Prince Charming or Prince Ferdinand: Who the heck is Ferdinand?
32: Li Shang or John Smith: John Smith. Common Li Shang, you didn’t know he was a woman?
33: Prince Philip or Prince Adam/The Beast: The Beast. Come on, he gave her a library.
34: Prince Naveen or Aladdin: Aladdin. He was brave and bold
35: Genie or Mushu: Genie. He is the absolute favorite of our Mousekatot
36: Hercules or Milo: I gotta go for Milo. I love a guy who uses his brain!
37: Two Characters that Would be Great Friends: Ariel and Kida
38: All Time Favorite Song: This is so tough. I will go with what I am feeling now, which is “At Last I see the Light”
39: Favorite Wardrobe: Tiana’s. Just because of the Lily pad gown at the end.
40: Outfit you wish you had: See above
41: What food from a Disney Movie do you want to try in real life: The rock cakes and bubbling beverage from Return to Oz
42: Character You Look Like: This is tough. Probably Ursula. hahahaha IDK.
43:Whose voice do you wish you had (singing and speaking): Ariel
44: What Disney movie cheers you up: Pirates of the Caribbean or Cars 2
45: What Disney Movie Makes You Sad: Inside Out or Toy Story 3. I refuse to watch these again.
46: What is the Most Underrated Disney Movie: Cars 2. People hate this movie, and I don’t know why. It is funny and isn’t sad at all.
47: Favorite Pixar Movie: Up. This is our movie.
48: Favorite Quote: There are so many, but if I am picking one: “Adventure is Out There” from Up
49: Favorite non-animated Disney Movie: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
50: Best Soundtrack: The Lion King….”Baaaaaahhhhhh zimbwaya!”
51: Last Disney Movie You Watched: The Many Adventures of Winne the Pooh
52: Two Characters Who Would be Enemies: Merida and Jafar because of how he treats women.
53: Two Characters that Should Be Paired Up But Aren’t: Merida and Eugene. They would got on so many adventures together!
Now your turn for some fun: answer your three favorite questions down in the comments below, so we can get to know you.
In yesterday’s post I talked about where to go for a delightful tea. Now, today I want to share with you one of the most important things a parent of a toddler should have in their arsenal, especially when they are at Walt Disney World: coffee.
Not all coffee is created equal at Walt Disney World. Some places have Nescafe coffees while others have full bodied coffee.
If you don’t love Nescafe as much as I do, I seriously love the stuff, here are the tot five best places to grab a cup of caffeine to help you keep up with your tot at Walt Disney World.
1. Main Street Bakery, Magic Kingdom (Starbucks Location)
When the bakery was converted into a Starbucks location, there was a lot of uproar. Lots of people were upset that the unique bakery was being turned into another Starbucks location, others were excited because this meant that they could have their favorite Starbucks beverage while wandering the Magic Kingdom.
I have heard that the service is quick and wonderful at this location and you can get all your favorite drinks to help you keep up with your little Mousekatot.
2. Kona Café (The Polynesian Village Resort)
Many people report that the best coffee on property can be found inside of the Polynesian Village Resort at the Kona Café.
The 100 percent Kona Coffee is served in a French Press pot. The cost is $8 and serves two. Added bonus, you can get Tonga Toast at this location, so you can’t beat that!
3. Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s in Disney Springs
Not everyone gets their caffeine fix from coffee. Black tea can have up to 70mg of caffeine per cup. Joffrey’s is the place to be. They have every type of tea imaginable.
From black, oolong, green, herbal, ect., they have it all. You can also have tea lattes, lose leaf brewed beverages and, for later in the day, alcoholic beverages mixed with tea.
This is the place to get your tea on!
4. Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery (Animal Kingdom Park)
If you are up early connecting with your wild side at the Animal Kingdom theme park, you can get your java fix at the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery located in the Africa section of the park.
This location offers coffee, both iced and regular, espresso, cappuccino and more.
There are also a variety of pastries to have along with your coffee.
5. Tangierine Café (Epcot
If you want to try something that is a little more exotic than a traditional cup of Joe should head to the Tangierine Café located in World Showcase at Epcot.
You can get a cup of Moorish coffee, coffee with cinnamon; a Casablanca, with vanilla liqueur; the Kasbah with hazelnut liqueur and more.
Which location would you like to get your cup of Joe from at Walt Disney World? Have you tried any of the above listed locations? Leave your comments below.
Celebrating your birthday, anniversary or special accomplishment at Walt Disney World is really special. You can take this celebration to the next level by including a little extra pixie dust magic.
Disney offers a wide variety of options to plus your celebration, including free buttons.
When you make your reservations, for either your hotel or dining reservations, you have a chance to indicate if you are celebrating anything. Let them know because you might receive a special surprise with your meals. Also, don’t forget to ask for your celebration button when you check in at your hotel.
Another way of providing something extra for a celebration is to purchase an in room celebration.
If you order an in room celebration your room will be decorated for you when you arrive.
There are a lot of different celebration options to choose from ranging from special holiday celebrations, to celebration specific, to age groups.
Another way is to order a special cake to arrive at your meal.
There are a bunch of options that will suit everyone even including those with allergies or special diet restrictions.
For example, if you are looking for a gluten free or vegan cake, Erin McKenna bakery located in Disney Springs would be the place for you to go.
All other cakes can be ordered through Disney. However, make sure you let either bakery know which restaurant you are wanting to have your cake delivered to before you start the ordering process. Not all restaurants are owned by Disney and will not accept outside desserts.
While any celebration at Walt Disney World is memorable and magical, there are some additional ways to make it extra special.
Which way sounds the most appealing to you? Leave your comments below.
A little over a year ago, while stuck in traffic, Kevin and I were listening to a Disney themed Podcast.
The guest on the show was talking about how they wrote a book about Disney through a company called Theme Park Press. I sat there, while getting frustrated with the traffic, and thought that I could do that. I could write a book about Walt Disney World.
I then decided to combine my two loves, Walt Disney World and my daughter, and contacted the publisher at Theme Park Press.
And now about a year later, the rest they say is history!
Now I am super excited to say that “Mousekatots,” your official guide on how to do your Walt Disney World vacation with minimal meltdowns, is officially on sale!
Available in both Kindle and paperback, “Mousekatots,” leads you through every step on planning a memorable Walt Disney World vacation with your toddler.
How to get groceries and diapers to your hotel without a car? We have you covered. What important trick will make getting your toddler dressed in the morning a flash? We have the answer! What do you do if your child gets separated in the parks? Read inside “Mousekatots!”
“Mousekatots” also has all the height information, breakdown of all the attractions and menus for all the restaurants in the park.
So, if you want to make your vacation smoother and really have the opportunity to have everything planned so you can relax and enjoy watching your little Mousekatot in the parks, then please consider picking up your copy of “Mousekatot” today.
Your support would be appreciated in helping me make our dreams come true!
Planning for Walt Disney World can be difficult. You might not know where to begin. These are my Tot Five planning apps.
1. My Disney Experience App
This is the official planning app from Walt Disney World and the place to make your FastPass+ reservations, dining reservations and to see the wait times in the park.
This is a must have app to also have with you when you are in the parks. After you use your first round of FastPass+ you can use this app to make additional reservations.
2. Apple Podcast App
There are so many different Podcasts inside of the Apple Podcast app and iTunes that cover a variety of topics dealing with Walt Disney World. Do you want to know how to eat Vegan while at WDW, there is a podcast for that. Do you want to hear the latest on Disney rumors and news, there is a podcast for that.
Take sometime to listen to a few podcasts while you are in the car, at work or working around the house. It really puts you in the mood for your upcoming vacation.
3. Touring Plans with the Lines App
There is a minimal cost to subscribe to Touring Plans, a website that really is a major component to helping make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation, it is really worth it.
My favorite part of the app is that it shows you what the expected crowd level is going to be in each of the individual parks. This lets you plan what day to visit each of the parks.
The app also lets you know what the wait time for attractions are as well.
4. Days to Go
This app really serves no purpose except to countdown how many days you have left until your next vacation.
You can set it to remind you how many days you have left. I like to set it to go off on a Friday while I am at work.
It is really fun and makes you even more excited for your trip.
5. Heads Up (Game)
This game would be such a wonderful way to kill time while you are waiting in a long line at Walt Disney World.
The game is almost like $10,000 Pyramid where one person holds up the phone above their head and the other player has to give them clues to guess the word on the phone before the timer runs out.
There are additional decks that you can buy for a fee. The Disney deck must also be purchased for another fee.
Which of these apps are you most interested in? Leave your comments below.
Character meals are the pinnacle of interaction with your Mousekatot’s favorite characters.
Instead of waiting in line, possibly for hours on end, the characters come to you while you are able to enjoy a delicious meal. They are also able to spend a little more time with your family, depending on how busy the restaurant is.
While there are a lot of character meal options, some are better than others. Some are overhyped and some are practically perfect in everyway.
Here are my Tot Five character meals at Walt Disney World.
1. Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
In my opinion, Tusker House is a hidden gem when it comes to restaurants.
It is a buffet, which is great for the littlest of Mousekatots because if they are under three they are free, that offers a wide variety of food including exotic middle eastern and African delicacies.
Some buffet items for lunch and dinner include Kenyan Coffee BBQ Pork Loin, Peri-Peri Marinated Baked Salmon, Pearl Couscous with Sweet Basil, Spiced Vegetable Tofu, Toasted Couscous Salad, Corn Dog Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese and more.
There is also a breakfast buffet that includes traditional breakfast items as well as Mickey waffles, Seasonal Vegetable Quiche, Coconut-Sweet Potato Casserole, Cheese Blintz and more.
Because of the nature of the food, this makes a wonderful option for families looking for vegan or vegetarian offerings.
But, the real gem is the opportunity to meet with the fab five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy) in an usually un-crowded atmosphere.
The price range of the meals is between $15 to $34.99 and $35 to $59.99 per adult.
2. Askershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT
The cat is out of the bag when it comes to Askershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT.
For many years, people thought the place to go to see the very popular Disney princesses was at Cinderella’s Royal Table, where you practically need a Fairy Godmother to get a reservation. However, this little spot in the Norway pavilion offers your Mousekatot the opportunity to see their favorite princesses including Ariel, Snow White, Belle and more.
The breakfast buffet is the most popular meal here and it features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato casserole, salami, cheeses, roasted turkey and more.
Lunch and dinner can also be quite popular with their fare that includes popular Scandinavian dishes like Aquavit Laks (pan-seared salmon with roasted potato cake, pickled fennel slaw and aquavit cream sauce), Traditional Kjottake (Norwegian meatballs, served with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lingonberry sauce. Sounds like Ikea!) and Fylt Pasta, house-made potato-cheese ad herb ravioli with wild mushrooms, leek cream sauce, tomato jam and balsamic-onion reduction.)
Prices range between $35 to $59.99 per adult.
3. The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom
If your Mousekatot is a fan of Winnie the Pooh and pals The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom is a must.
Situated in a beautiful glass conservatory at the end of Main Street U.S.A. is this delicious all you can eat buffet that features a lot of popular American fare.
In additional to traditional breakfast buffet items there is also a scrambled egg and omelet station, freshly baked pastries and assorted breakfast cereals.
Lunch and dinner feature a plethora of salads, spit-roasted meats, pastas and more.
For some reason, the price of this buffet caused great distress for some patrons in the past. I have heard horror stories of security being called after people found out the price of the meal.
I however, don’t think that there is that much of a price difference between other buffets and character meals on property.
Prices range from $15 to $34.99 and $35 and $59.99 per adult.
4. 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian
Breakfast character meals are a great way to start the day. They are also a little less expensive than the lunch and dinner options so it provides families with the opportunity to experience a character meal without breaking the bank.
The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is really a treat at 1900 Park Fare because it features some characters that are more difficult to find at other character meals including Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter. (However, if you go during lunch or dinner you will be treated to Cinderella and her crew.)
The breakfast buffet includes Fresh Fruit, Smoked Salmon Lox, a Yogurt Bar, Made to Order Omelets and Eggs, Classic Eggs Benedict, Mickey Waffles, Sticky Cinnamon Buns and more.
The cost ranges from $15 to $34.99 per adult to $35 to $59.99.
Nestled in the Polynesia Village Resort is ‘Ohana, a restaurant that puts an emphasis on family.
While the lunch and dinner meals feature games, storytelling and a Hawaiian feast, breakfast is reserved for the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch.
While your Mousekatot has the opportunity to meet with everyone’s favorite blue alien and his best pal Lilo, you will be able to enjoy a family-style feast that includes Scrambled Eggs, Island-style Fried Potatoes, Hawaiian Pork Sausages and more.
Remember, if you want to meet with Lilo and Stitch, go to the breakfast.
The average cost for an adult is $15 to $34.99 and $35 and $59.99
Where is your favorite place to catch a bite with Disney celebrities? Leave your comments below.
Recently the Walt Disney World company announced that there will be some changes coming to the 2017 dining plan.
One of the most notable changes is instead of a quick service meal receiving an entrée, a beverage and a dessert, guests will now be entitled to two snack credits to be used throughout the day instead of the dessert.
So, this means the new basic dining plan will include one quick service meal,. one table service meal and two snacks. The refillable mug will also be included.
Another change that is already taking place is that snacks can be anything that is a single serving item such as fresh fruit, a beverage, a bag of snacks and even a bowl of soup at some locations. Items that can be redeemed for snacks will have a purple and white logo next to them. Snacks are available at quick service locations, food carts and event gift shops where candy is sold.
As it has been in the past, signature restaurants will require two table service dining credits. This is the same for dinner shows and private in-room dining and pizza delivery.
Today is the first day that 2017 Walt Disney World packages can be booked.
Do you and your family participate in the dining plan? What do you think about this new change? Leave a comment below.
The Disney World Resort is probably the biggest playground in the United States. All of the attractions make days fun and nights exciting.
However, when you have a Mousekatot in tow that is spending a lot of time either in a stroller, holding hands and in line contained for most of the day, it is a good idea to take them to a safe place to let them run a little wild.
The imagineers foresaw this need and built several fun and unique playgrounds to accommodate the overactive imagination and abundance of energy that toddlers are blessed with.
Here is our Mousekatot Tot Five best playgrounds in Walt Disney World:
1. The Boneyard at Animal Kingdom Theme Park
This is probably the most expansive and developed playground that WDW has to offer.
Themed like a dinosaur dig, this playground offers a multi-level maze, a place where tots can pretend to excavate fossils, play musical bones set into a hillside, a Jeep to climb and play in, several interactive exhibits and a paradise for parents featuring large fans, shade and music.
This area is open for children 10 and under.
2. Port Orleans-Riverside
Nestled among the shaded walkways that lazily wind around the Port Orleans Riverside Resort is this relaxing playground for kids.
The two areas, one for tots and ones for bigger kids, makes this a great playground for families that have children of varying ages.
The shade and the quiet atmosphere make this playground one of the best.
3. Animal Kingdom Lodge
The deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World are known for have amazing amenities. This often includes gourmet dining options, lavish pools with exotic themes and bigger playgrounds.
This is the case with the playground at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Featuring three different play structures complete with slides and corkscrew fire poles, this playground offers a wide variety of options for your little one to run wild.
4. Fort Wilderness
While Fort Wilderness’ playground is on the smaller side it still offers a lot.
Several slides, monkey bars and bridge will help your Mousekatot get some much needed physical activity with plenty of wide open space to run around.
If you combine the playground with all of the recreational activities like volleyball, basketball, and tennis it will provided an afternoon full of physical fun for the entire family.
5. Coronado Springs Resort
Second only to the Boneyard at Animal Kingdom when it comes to theming is the playground at Coronado Springs Resort.
Themed like ancient ruins, the playground gives kids the chance to swing, climb and slide just like Indiana Jones.
The close proximity to the pool is an added benefit that enables you to make a day of it with your Mousekatot.
What do you look for in a playground? Leave your comments below.
The wonderful thing about Walt Disney World is that around every corner there is magic. From the towel animals that are on the beds from mousekeeping to the fun buttons they give you to wear that show you are celebrating a special occasion.
The Walt Disney Company has even added an extra dose of pixie dust to offer unique lodging experiences that Mousekatots are sure to enjoy.
Today’s Tot Five will look at five of the most unique accommodations that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer.
1. Royal Guest Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside
These rooms are fit for a princess. Every little detail, down to the carpet that resembles The Carpet from “Aladdin” has been thought about and included in the room.
The story is the room features mementos that Princess Tiana’s princess friends left behind.
The bathroom faucets are shaped like genie lamps from “Aladdin” and the bench resembles the dog that was turned into a footstool in “Beauty and the Beast.”
Scroll style artwork adorns the walls while plush red chairs look like they belong in the dining hall of a storybook. The linens look like they are made from rich dark blue tapestry that has fringe around the edges.
But, the most impressive and unique aspect are the headboards of the beds that feature a beautiful scene of the bayou complete with a sparkling fireworks light show and glittering lightening bugs in the foreground.
All the rooms are equipped with two queen beds and are unable to accommodate extra roll-away beds.
One of the major complaints that I have read is the location of these rooms to the food court and closest bus stop. According to TouringPlans.com, the walk takes about five to 10 minutes to each of these destinations depending how fast you walk.
There is an elevated cost for these particular rooms compared to the rest of the rooms at Riverside.
2. Pirate themed rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort
For those who are more fans of pirates than princesses, special rooms located at the Caribbean Beach Resort offer people the chance to sleep in their very own pirate ship.
The rooms feature beds shaped like pirate ships complete with twin lanterns and a mast at the back of the bed, curtains with the Jolly Roger emblazoned on them, carpet made to look like wooden planks and chest of drawers that look like cargo crates.
A lot of people like the theming, but say it can be a little over the top if you are not into it. However, this theme sounds like it will be the perfect fit for your swashbuckling Mousekatot.
Just like with the Royal Guest Rooms, the pirate themed rooms are located rather far from Old Port Royale, which is the hub for food and other amenities.
These themed rooms also cost an additional fee to stay.
3. Camping at Fort Wilderness
If you read my article yesterday all about the accommodations at Fort Wilderness, then you will know all about the various camping options including bringing your own RV, staying in one of Disney’s cabins or pitching your own tent.
The opportunity to experience wildlife, sleep under the stars and share stories around a campfire might be the perfect place for your Mousekatot to log some sweet dreams.
It would definitely be a unique experience for the entire family.
4. The Treehouses at Saratoga Springs Resort
What Mouekatot wouldn’t love to sleep in a treehouse?
Luckily, the Walt Disney Resort has created 60, three bedroom treehouses in the wooded area of the resort and are surrounded by the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and a water way that flows into the Village Lake.
Each of the treehouses can sleep nine people and run about $130 to $230 more per night compared to similar two-bedroom villas. However, each villa comes with it’s own deck, charcoal grill and share a small pool and spa for just the treehouses. There are also two bus stops that service the treehouses.
5. The Bungalows at Polynesian Resort Village
If you have about $2,000 per night to spend on a hotel room, then you might want to consider staying at one of the breathtaking bungalows at the Polynesian Resort Village.
There are 20 of these Bora Bora Bungalows that have two bedrooms and can sleep about eight people with about 1650 square feet and an additional 300 square foot deck that offers views of the Magic Kingdom.
These bungalows might be the most expensive places to stay on property, but they may also be the most beautiful and unique.
Which one of these unique accommodations do you think your Mousekatot would like best? Leave your comments below.