Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Disney Summer Fun Series Roundup!

I can't believe it's the last day of August! I wish Summer wasn't over yet! Maybe there's still some sunny days to come in September ... you never know with the unpredictable Scottish weather! :P

I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! To everyone who took part in my Disney Summer Fun Series all through July and August! I had so much fun! And I hope y'all did too! :)

On July 1st I wrote all about one of my most favourite parades - Disney's Fantillusion Parade in Disneyland Paris, including photos!

My first ever Guest blogger was Jodi from Magical Mouse School House! She wrote all about 'Summer at Walt Disney World Resort'!

I also wrote about the Enchanted Fireworks returning to Disneyland Paris for one final Summer! I'm going to miss this show so much!!

           Melissa from Disney on Wheels showed us how to make the No Way Jose Ice Cream Sundae from Beaches and Cream at WDW!
Disney Bird gave us all some fantastic tips for coping with the heat at Disney Parks!

Dizzneemomma from Without a Care in the World shared some experiences and photos from Typhoon Lagoon!

Beth from Pursuing the Magic shared a recipe for 'Ohana Honey and Lime Dressing from the 'Ohana restaurant in the Polynesian resort at WDW!

tried the recipe at home!

Disney Donna Kay wrote all about Peter Pan's Flight as a great way to escape the summer heat!

    Donna from DISTherapy told us all about Disney Speciality Cruises and shared   her own experience of one too!

shared lots of Disney Summertime Recipes!

I shared a recipe for some cute
Summer Surfboard Cupcakes!

Debs from Focused on the Magic shared some tips for Summer Rain in the Disney Parks!

Kelly from Disney Guru shared some
cool 'adult' drinks from around WDW!


I cannot thank you all enough for being my Guests!! It's been such a blast!!

Now to think of a new series ... lol! :P

Happy Wednesday everyone! We're halfway there! :D

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Disney Cruise Line!

Hi there! And welcome to the last in my Disney Summer Fun Series! Can you believe it!? I can't!!

Today I have an awesome Guest ... Tricia from Return to Disney!! 

Tricia  is such an amazing Disney pal! I've known her right from the start of my blogging journey :) She's so bubbly, fun and upbeat! I remember asking her to guest blog for me way back in June when things were a little stressful for her at home ... but she always remained positive and was a tower of strength for her family :) I truly admire her ... she's one strong momma! :)

Tricia also covers the topic of Autism. 2 of her 4 (adorable!) kids have an Autism Spectrum Disorder and she shares her journey with them in everyday life, as well as at Disney Parks! This post in particular was so touching - it shows the true real life magic that Disney can bring!

Tricia as also recently launched her own Travel Agency!

It's called 'Take a Break Vacations' - please be sure to check it out!

Tricia plans customized vacation getaways :) She specializes in Disney and Universal Resorts, as well as all-inclusive resort vacations for busy families and individuals. Her site also features some information on Adventures by Disney in Ireland and Royal Caribbean Cruises!

Congratulations Tricia! I wish you every success in your awesome venture!

So here goes! The last Guest post of my Disney Summer Fun Series! (sob!)
It's Tricia from Return to Disney!

The Disney Cruise Line!

Most people who visit Walt Disney World go for about a week. You can certainly spend more time and still not experience everything there is to see and do there, but that’s the average. A Walt Disney Word vacation is wonderful, but it’s not usually relaxing. Some people actually begin training for their vacation several months in advance, because they know how much walking they’ll do! A relaxing cruise is a great way to recover from your vacation. If you have the time and you’re just not ready to leave the Disney magic behind, you can extend your vacation with a three or four night cruise on the Disney Cruise Line.

The Disney Cruise line sails to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral, Florida – about 65 miles away from Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll spend your first day traveling from Florida to Nassau, Bahamas where you’ll have most of the second day to explore. If you’re interested in the colonial and pirate history of the Bahamas, visit Fort Charlotte where you can tour the moat, underground tunnels and dungeons. If shopping and sightseeing is more your speed, check out Bay Street and Straw Market where you can find handmade souvenirs and artisan foods. 

After Nassau, you’ll sail to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island about 200 miles off the coast of Florida. There’s plenty to keep you busy on Castaway Cay for a full day before you return to Port Canaveral, from feeding stingrays to a relaxing massage in an open-air cabana. There are separate adult and kid beaches, as well as a family oriented area. Yours won’t be the only ship docked at Castaway Cay – the Flying Dutchman from Pirates of the Caribbean lurks around the island. 

Four night cruise itineraries give you an extra day at sea before returning home, giving you time to explore all the activities and amenities available on board the Disney Dream or Disney Magic, which will launch in 2012. Don’t miss the AquaDuck – 765 foot water coaster that drops you four decks into a lazy river!

And as if all that wasn’t tempting enough, you’ll also get a $25 onboard credit – but you might have trouble using it since just about everything you could possibly want is included in the price of your cruise.


Isn't that a brilliant idea!? I know from experience that whilst a Disneyland Paris trip can be the most wonderful holiday in the world! ... I can come home feeling very tired and worn out! :P A Disney cruise at the end of my Dlp trip would be just perfect ... if only they left from France! lol!

Once again, thank you SO much Tricia for being my Guest!
Please be sure to check out her wonderful Disney blog Return to Disney! And also her brand new travel agency website 'Take a Break Vacations'!

I'll be doing a round up tomorrow to mark the end of this series ... in the mean time, you can check out everyone who took part over at my Disney Summer Fun Series page! :)

Hope everyone has an awesome Tuesday! :)

Monday, 29 August 2011

Disney Lols!

It's Monday! (Again! lol) I'm feeling sluggish this morning ... Here's some Disney Lols to perk up anyone else feeling the same way! :P

Hope everyone has a Magical Monday!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Manda's Roundup!

Monday - Monday Disney Lols and also some news on Shanghai Disneyland!
Tuesday - I was a Guest over at the Disney Donna Kay Blog! For her Tuesday Tips series I shared a recipe for Minnie Mouse Bow cookies!
Wednesday - Disney Cosplay from the awesome Clef! She makes a wonderful Alice, Tinkerbell and Princess Giselle!
Thursday - Debs from Focused on the Magic was my Guest for my Disney Summer Fun Series! She wrote about some cool tips for Summer Rain in the Disney parks!
Friday - I had another awesome Guest for my Disney Summer Fun Series! Kelly from Disney Guru showed us loads of cool Drinks from around Walt Disney World!
Saturday - For the 'Something about me Saturday Blog Hop' from Disney Bird, I shared some photos of goodies I made yesterday!

Hope everyone's having an awesome weekend! :)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Something About Me Saturday Blog Hop!

I LOVE this hop! It's so cool to find out more about all my awesome Disney Blogger pals!
I was busy baking today :) Here's what I made! :) 

My mum loves these sweets so I topped some vanilla cupcakes with them for her :)

I also made some starry cupcakes and come chocolate cookies :)

These were loads of fun! :) Cupcakes with cookie dough in the middle! :) I made some cookie dough, rolled it into small balls and froze them for a couple of hours. Then added them to cupcake cases with cake mix in them and popped them in the oven :) When the cake mix cooks it rises up and over the cookie dough ball :)

Once done I topped them with chocolate fudge frosting!

Om nom nom! These were so good! :D

Please check out the other blogs in the Something About Me Saturday Blog Hop over at the Disney Bird Blog for more awesome SAMS posts! :D

Hope everyone's having an awesome weekend!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Fun Drinks from around Walt Disney World!

Welcome to another post in my Disney Summer Fun Series! And welcome to another Guest blogger for this week! Kelly from Disney Guru!

Kelly is a Walt Disney World expert! She's had over 20 visits and it's only 35 days till her next! ( Jealous much! :P ) Through her website, Disney Guru, she helps others plan magical and affordable vacations to Walt Disney World! :) There's loads of great information for planning - from Dining plan information, to a very cool height requirement table! Kelly can even provide you with a quote for your perfect Disney vacation!

But Kelly is not alone! She has an amazing team called the Guru Girls! They all blog for Disney Guru regularly, which gives Kelly's site an awesome variety of Disney reading! :)

And it's not only the Disney Guru website that is awesome ... Kelly herself is pretty awesome too! Her happiness is totally infectious! Even over the internet! lol!

Thank you so much Kelly for taking the time to be a Guest here at Mandas Disney Blog! Get ready for an awesome article about adult beverages ;) around Walt Disney World!

Before I begin I want to thank Manda for inviting me to participate as a guest blogger for her site. I am truly honored and humbled to be ask by such a fine Disney blogger. Thank you Manda!! Wishing each and every one of you a truly magical day!  Hugs!!!

Walt Disney World is known for fun rides, great shows, stunning architecture, delicious food and good drinks??? Yep…it is true Walt Disney World offers those that are 21 years of age and better a unique look into the world of fun adult beverages.

Now don’t get me wrong…when I am at Disney I am there to enjoy my family, not to drink a lot. But it is nice to know that I can enjoy a little slice of heaven a few times on my trip as well. I did a little research folks and the verdict is in, here I have 6 drinks you must try when you are at Walt Disney World. Okay, not all at once but add them to your bucket list. :0)

In no particular order…..

Sultan’s Colada (Morocco Pavilion, Epcot) You will be treated to delicious flavors of rum, pineapple coconut juice and almond liquor. The bartenders in Morocco aim to please so feel free to ask for an extra splash of rum…yummy!!! Cost $7.99

Tequila Flight (Mexico Pavilion @La Cava del Tequila, Epcot) If you are brave try this fun flight of three half oz flights of some of the best Tuquila around!! Flight includes 3 Half ounce shots of: Agavero, 1921 Cream, and Patron Café. Cost $11

Tequila Flight! Source

Lapu Lapu (Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Resort) This drink is sure to keep you relaxed from the ambiance of the lounge to the way the drink is served you will find yourself…”hangin loose .” Lapu Lapu is served in a pineapple…yep a pineapple. It is made with Meyers Original Dark Rum and tropical fruite juices and then topped with Bacardi 151. You may want a little help when exiting your bar stool…haha. This drink is sportin a lot of liquor. Oh yeah and be sure to eat that extra slice of pineapple at the bottom of your drink for an added treat. ;0) Cost $13.25

Lapu Lapu! Source

Grey Goose Citron Slush (France Kiosk, Epcot) Oh my, are you in for a refreshing treat or what?! I do not know one person that does not like this drink. Made from the finest ingredients Grey Goose Citron Vodka and Polynesian Pleasure Lemon Frozen Drink Mix it is sure to leave you asking for more. Cost $9

Grey Goose Citron Slush! Source

Rose and Crown Beer List (UK Pavilion, Epcot) What fun it is to sit in an English pub and enjoy a pint or two or three…okay don’t get out of hand. :0) If you are a beer lover and looking to try something new you may want to stroll on over to Rose and Crown Pub. Here you will find an extensive list of various types of beer. The possibilities are endless but here are a few of the options available to you:

  • Ales, Lagers and Stouts: Bass Ale, Boddingtons English Pub Ale, Harp Lager, Stella Artois, and Guinness Stout - Souvenir Half Yard $11.75, Imperial Sampler $10.00, Half Yard Refill $6.85 or Imperial Pint $7.00
  • Beer Drinks - Golden: 1/2 Harp & 1/2 Ball Ale; Half & Half: 1/2 Harp & 1/2 Guiness; Shandy: 1/2 Sprite & 1/2 Bass or Harp; Snake Bite: Cider topped with Harp Lager; Black & Tan: 1/2 Bass & 1/2 Guiness; OR Cider & Black: Cider with a shot of Ribena.

Grand Mariner Orange Slush (France Kiosk, Epcot) This is by far the choice that ranked up at the top when I asked what drink people love to have when they are at Walt Disney World! This sweet and tangy concoction will have you craving one until the next time you are back for a visit. It is simply divine…especially on a hot summer day. It includes Grand Marnier and Orange Fruit Smoothie frozen Drink Mix. Cost $9

Grand Mariner Orange Slush! Source

I came across something quite fun in my research and I think it would be a great option for some extra special adult fun!! How about a “Drink Around the World Showcase Passport?” For just $9.99 you can purchase a passport that you can use to track what countries you have visited and it includes signature proof for each location. If you are planning a fun adults weekend or party visit to Epcot I suggest you check out for complete details about this adorable souvenir option.

I would love to know what some of your favorite adult beverages are around the “world”.

See ya real soon!!

Wasn't that brilliant!? :D I dunno about you guys but I'm desperate to try the slushes!! The Grey Goose slush and the Orange slush look SO GOOD! Om nom nom!

Once again Thank You SO much Kelly from Disney Guru for being my Guest!
Please be sure to check out her site!

Have a wicked Friday everyone! :D

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tips for Disney Summer Rain!

Today the awesome Debs from Focused on the Magic is sharing some brilliant tips for coping with Summer Rain at WDW for my Disney Summer Fun Series! But first, I'd like to touch on this weeks theme over at the Babes in Disneyland Blog Hop - 'Inspiration'!

For my first ever post on the Magical Blogorail Black line, I introduced myself, my blog, and I wrote about what inspired me to start a Disney blog! Check it out here!

What inspires me to Disney blog the most is that I get to share my Disney experiences with others! But of course ... this goes both ways! I love that I get to read about the awesome Disney experiences of fellow Disney bloggers!

Fellow Disney bloggers also inspire me in my Disney blogging every day! Such as Debs from Focused on the Magic! Something I look forward to the most in the Disney blogosphere every week is her 'Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop'! Debs does a wonderful job of bringing together the Disney blogging community for some Disney photo fun!!

Debs herself is not only an awesome Disney blogger and Disney friend! She is also one of the BEST photographers I know! She inspires me to become a better one myself :) I love reading all her tips and hints for photograpahy in the Disney parks! Debs always blows me away with her snaps of all things Disney! Her blog is such a joy to scroll through! :) A real treat for the eyes so to speak! :P Please be sure to check her out at Focused on the Magic! 

Which leads me to the first of this weeks guest posts for my Disney Summer Fun Series! That's right! ... It's Debs from Focused on the Magic! Check out her article below!!

Tips for Disney Summer Rain!

It's summertime in Orlando - hazy, hot and humid.  Today's August Africa hot temperature at 1:00 PM is 90º and it feels like 103º! As if that isn't enough to wilt any diehard park hopper, there's high humidity! Touring the parks during the summer months for some is their only option during the year. Personally, I'd rather go during the summer than not go at all but DH feels quite differently. So, for the past five summers I've spent a week in Walt Disney World with one or both of our boys while DH opts for joining us on our much cooler October or February trips.

During the summer crowd levels in the parks build throughout the day along with the humidity. Combine the crowds, high temps, high humidity and you have a pretty sticky situation for all and a increased probability of rain. Just about everyday in fact. When it rains in Orlando it's pours! A sprinkling summer shower can turn into a monsoon.

Don't let rain dampen your magical summer vacation! With a little planning you can still have a great time and capture the memories as well!

Ziplock bags are your rainy day friend and boys don't wear ponchos! Just saying;) In case they give in I'm prepared with a tote bag full of ponchos , small ziplock bags for phones and small electronics, an umbrella and a small towel.

I actually had someone ask me where they could buy one of those, pointing to my camera bag wrapped in a waste basket bag! I explained I'd brought it from home but that they could ask Mousekeeping for a similar size waste basket bag. Tip: Only use the parks shopping bags for dry items not as a "wet" bag. The dye could transfer and ruin anything inside if it gets wet.

I've learned to adapt our touring plans accordingly. I try to know the closest air conditioned attractions, shops and restaurants to seek shelter in while playing the waiting for the rain or lightening to stop. This doesn't sound like much fun but it really is. It's all in your frame of mind. We rode Toy Story Mania twice in a row last August during one such monsoon. Another time DSs did a rain dance backward in the rain, hoping it would stop. Unfortunately my camera was inaccessible at the time or I would've snapped a few good ones. It was wrapped in waterproof bags and tucked away. Which brings me to one of my favorite things to do in the parks and that is of course taking pictures!!

To get some great pictures in The Animal Kingdom go against the flow!  The flow of guests running for the gates and buses that is. Don your rain poncho, secure your camera bag in a 2 gallon Ziplock bag and a garbage bag wrap and make a mad dash for the safari ride.

Warning! Animal Kingdom is slippery when wet!! Those little hills that you hadn't noticed before become moguls in the rain. Especially when you're pushing a teenage boy in a wheelchair!

Because the queue for the safari is under an awning and the ride is covered you can  take your DSLR out and shoot away! The animals love the rain!

Thank you so much, Amanda, for inviting me to join your Summer Fun Series! I enjoy reading all your delicious recipes and your great posts about Disneyland Paris. You've peaked my interest in one day visiting DLP!

Aren't those tips cool!? I totally didn't even think about rain in the summer! I suppose its a great idea to be ready for anything when visiting Disney parks! :P

Thank you so much Debs for taking the time to be my guest here at Mandas Disney Blog! It's been an honor! :P I hope you make it to Dlp one day!! :D

Please be sure to check out Debs and the rest of Debs blog over at Focused on the Magic!

Also don't forget to check out the rest of the Disney Blog Hoppers over at the Babes in Disneyland Blog!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Clef's Disney Cosplay!

This weeks Wordless Wednesday isn't exactly wordless, lol! But I have something very special to share!

I absolutley love Cosplay ... especially Disney Cosplay! I was looking for photos of Princess Giselle (One of my favourite princesses!) when I came across a girl called ClefChan on Deviant Art ... I was literally blown away by her Disney Cosplay! Totally gobsmacked! So I thought ... I just had to share some of her photos!

She does amazing Disney Cosplay of Tinkerbell, Alice and Princess Giselle! Disney NEED to hire her! lol!

What I love about Clef is that she doesn't just dress up as these characters ... she becomes these characters! Her body language in the photos and videos is spot on! And the detail in her work is truly fascinating!

How fun is this one!? I love it!! It's adorable!!

Ok seriously ... WOW. I'm speechless! The detail is amazing!! Clef even has pointy ears! :D

And here she is with Rosetta and Fawn!!

And here's a fun one with Queen Clarion too! :) 

And here she is as part of a huge Peter Pan group Cosplay!

But wait ... there's more!! Here are some awesome videos of this wonderful group Cosplay!

Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure
This one is just as amazing as the Tinkerbell above! Again ... the detail is phenomenal!

Christmas Tinkerbell
This Cosplay is inspired by a special edition figurine of Tinkerbell Clef saw in Tokyo! How cute!?

Princess Giselle from Enchanted
This Cosplay is so pretty!! I love the flowers in her hair! :)

Clefs Art
As if Clef wasn't already talented enough at her Cosplay ... she is also an incredible artist! These are from her Fanart Gallery on Deviantart! Please check it out for more amazing pieces like these!

Aren't these awesome!? And there's tons more where these came from! :)
There's loooads of places to check Clef out online ...

Please check out her Deviantart Gallery!

Clef also has her own Cosplay website!

You can also find Clef as 'Clef Cosplay' on Facebook and as @petite_clef on Twitter!

To see more videos of Clef's Cosplay, check out her YouTube channel!

Please be sure to check her out! And please leave her some Disney blogger love!
(Let her know I sent ya! :P)

Please be sure to pop over to the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop at Focused on the Magic or the Wordless Wednesday Hop - Disney Style! at The Info Mouse to see lots of other Wordless Wednesday posts from other awesome Disney bloggers! :)

Happy Wednesday everyone!