10.01.2014

Winter Summerland Mini Golf

We spent our last morning at Disney dining on Mickey waffles by the pool and then trying our hand at a little mini golf as we jet out of town.  We love to do something like this on our last day so that we end on a magical note! 

 

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As usual, Winter Summerland is an impeccable example of Disney theming.  It seems that late one Christmas Eve, as Santa was flying back to the North Pole, he discovered snow in Florida. After surveying the strange sight, he decided to build a vacation destination for his off-duty elves—a Winter Summerland.

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There is even hula hooping while you wait for your tee time.

 

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Seeing that the only thing Winter Summerland lacked was a golf course, Santa and his elves divided into 2 camps, one that enjoyed the warm Florida sun and another that preferred the snow and cold of the North Pole. The elves then built 2 distinctly different 18–hole golf experiences: a sand course named "Summer" and a snow course named "Winter."  We opted for the Winter course, it being summer and all.

 

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And so off we went on one of the most unique mini golf courses we’d ever played.  All the while, singing along to Christmas carols.

 

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I not only got the first hole in one, but had the hole in one record for our family.  (Let’s just ignore the fact that I also came in fourth out of four.  When I’m on, I’m on.  But when I’m off….)

 

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The baby got the next hole in one!!

 

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Squirty the Snowman was just one example of FUN on the course. 

 

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The courses combine for the last holes, and after sinking the last putt on Hole 18, golfers receive a special message from Santa Claus, courtesy of the WinterNet!

 

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And, when you turn your clubs in at the starter shack, you are treated to a candy cane!!

 

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This isn’t he best picture, but I adored how there were reindeer hoof marks running out of the reindeer barn headed towards the sleigh.  I mean, it’s just all too fabulous!!

 

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After our golf, we hit the road for home.  We got in about nine and headed back to school on Monday.  My last installment will be on our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  So many wonderful memories were made this week!! 

xoxo


See our Disney trip reports here!!!

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PS.  Fancy Ashley is today’s stop on the Autumn Blog Hop.  She’s super stylish and just all around fun!!

 

Sept 24 ... The Pink Clutch

Sept 25 ... Little Black Door

Sept 26 ... Uptown Acorn

Sept 29... Krystine Edwards

Sept 30 ... Dixie Delights

Oct 1 ... Fancy Ashley

Oct 3 ... Vivid Hue Home

9.30.2014

Autumn Blog Hop

I’m interrupting my long winded Disney trip report to share five of my must-haves for ushering in fall as part of the Autumn Blog Hop today!!  I was beyond excited when The Pink Clutch invited me to join and am flattered to be part of such a talented and FUN group of bloggers.


 
Sept 24 ... The Pink Clutch
Sept 25 ... Little Black Door
Sept 26 ... Uptown Acorn
Sept 29... Krystine Edwards
Sept 30 ... Dixie Delights
Oct 1 ... Fancy Ashley
Oct 3 ... Vivid Hue Home

Down South, it hardly feels like fall until Halloween.  In August we are full fledged back-to-school, and in September it’s all about football.  All the while squeezing in pool days while we can.  So, I’ve never truly embraced the traditional fall décor of gourds, mums, acorns and turning leaves.  Instead, we go straight for SPOOKY come October 1!!  It’s our second favorite holiday around these parts, and over the years we’ve amassed quite a few decorations.  So, without further ado, here are MY top five things that signal fall has come!!

Crows
I love to perch black crows of all sizes throughout my décor for the month of August.  They are ominous and foreboding and a just right touch for a spooky Halloween!  Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the perfectly arranged fall blooms from bestie P.  We spent a fabulous morning yesterday chit chatting and flower arranging. 

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Ghosts
Ghosts are new to my Halloween décor this year!!  It rained all.day.long yesterday so the only ones I could capture were in the pots on my front porch.  Stay tuned for more in the coming days.  BOO!!

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Skeletons
This guy is fondly known as Skelly-Skellington.  He comes out of his crypt in the attic one month a year to immensely enjoy himself on the porch.  Nothing screams Halloween like a life sized skeleton in a dapper and comically oversized bow tie.

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Bats
Bats.  Up until this year they were just some little decals and a couple of mobiles that were flew in for Halloween.  Since the whole lot of us is now immune to rabies, I figured we should hardly give them the boot. 
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And…Rats
These funny little guys scamper up and down the staircase in October.  I’ve had them for five years and always look forward to their return.

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I do hope you’ll pop back by later in the week for the full tour… if you dare.  *bwahahahaha*
xoxo








9.29.2014

Hollywood Studios + FROZEN Summer Fun

We spent our last full day at Hollywood Studios.  And, while it started out overcast and drizzly,  it was truly one of the best days we’ve ever had.  The littles grinned from ear to ear all day long. 

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We had fast passes for our favorite rides, so we spent the first hour or so trying some new things.  The Great Movie Ride was a hit all around!  Anything that starts with a glance of Scarlett’s picnic dress is bound to be good.

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What truly made the day was that Hollywood Studios was completely FROZEN over, and we had splurged on tickets for the FROZEN Premium Package, including reserved and prime viewing areas for the morning processional, sing-a-long and fireworks.  The mini-parade/processional rolled at 11a.m. and we enjoyed all you could eat Mickey bars, frozen lemonades and soft drinks while we waited.

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The rain let up just in time for the processional of Arendelle’s royalty. 

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Kristoff was nothing if not handsome.

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And I got chills when Anna and Elsa rolled up in their horse drawn carriage.

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They stopped right in front of us and then took the stage for a little show.

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Afterwards we headed back to catch more rides, shows and meet characters.

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We had fast passes for Rockin’ Rollercoaster so John got to ride twice with each of us.  The baby made a gazillion pressed pennies and gobbled up the bottoms of all four of our popcorn boxes. 

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Tower of Terror was next on our agenda.  SO MUCH FUN that we did it twice!!  I think this is my favorite attraction in Hollywood Studios. 

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When we came off, we had the GREAT pleasure of finally getting to meet Disneyfied Ash and her fiancee!!!  We share a deep love of Lilly and Mickey and I have adored following her on Instagram for the last year.  She was every bit as cute and FUN in person as I had expected. 
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They joined us on our trek over the Muppets and she was such a doll to point out so many of the fun and unique little touches in the park on the way there.  The littles adored her and are still talking about how Miss Ashley knew to look under the mat at Muppets for the key :-)  We parted ways in the Streets of America but look forward to meeting up again soon.
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One of my very favorite snacks of all time had to be the carrot cake “cookie” at the Writer’s Stop.  I never would have gone in if it weren’t for Ashley!!  SO YUMMY!!

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As part of our FROZEN package we got to pick reserved seats for the sing-a-long.  It was so nice to walk right up to the second row!!! 

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The show was just darling – funny for the adults and entertaining for the littles.

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We literally sang our hearts out – Honey included.

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And when the snow came down it was pure magic.  The littles faces lit up in delight!!

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We headed over to Wandering Oaken Trading Post for some fun pictures and to check out the ice arena.  We didn’t skate, but we did have fun with their Aurasma App and magic shots.

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We ate supper at the Sci-Fi Dine in for the first time and loved every second!!  The burger and shakes were super yummy and the whole concept of campy movies and dining in “cars” was fun.

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After a few more rides, we headed to the FROZEN Fireworks and Dessert Party that was part of our package.  There was a fun stage show with great music, drinks, cocktails and desserts to kick off the night.

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That light up ice cube came to be one of the highlights of the day for the baby.  He danced his heart out with the thing all.night.long.

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When it was finally time for the fireworks, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff took the stage for another little show and singing. 

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And they lit up the night with one of the best fireworks shows set to music that we’ve ever seen.

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And then it snowed again.  Seriously… it was just the best day ever!

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We left the park late and very happy under snow and palm trees.  It just doesn’t get better than this.

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I’ve got just one last day to fill y’all in on!! 
xoxo



PS. Don’t forget to head over to my sweet friend Krystine Edwards for today’s installment of the Autumn Blog Hop! 



Sept 24 ... The Pink Clutch
Sept 25 ... Little Black Door
Sept 26 ... Uptown Acorn
Sept 29... Krystine Edwards
Sept 30 ... Dixie Delights
Oct 1 ... Fancy Ashley
Oct 3 ... Vivid Hue Home
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