And the winner of the MK/HS/AK restaurant tournament is…

mk restaurant tournament

It came down to two.  Magic Kingdom’s brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant, and the classic Hollywood Studios restaurant Sci-Fi Dine In.  Both have great theming, fun food, and a good atmosphere.  So which is the ultimate winner?

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Kathleen McCready Art: Giveaway and Review!

art giveaway

I’m so excited to bring you another great giveaway and review from one of our fabulous Etsy sellers in the holiday gift guide!  Today we’ll be featuring Kathleen McCready Art.


Kathleen does incredible artwork with letters and words.  She creates personalized name paintings with the letters made out of Disney inspired characters.  There are princesses, princes, pirates, and fairies available.  A popular choice is to have a name created out of these letters, but you can also choose to go with a word, like Believe (the one I got) or Smile (the one that we’re giving away!)

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Etsy Spotlight: Queen of Cases

I have searched far and wide for a case for my phone that I liked.  Every time I went to Disney World I searched the racks of phone cases hopelessly, praying that there would be a cover for my Motorola Razr.  But alas, it was never to be.  Almost every case is for the iPhone, with a few for the next Samsung Galaxy.   So as much as I admired those Disney designs, i seemed I would never have a Disney case for my phone.


And then I discovered the Queen of Cases on Etsy.  Not only did she have neat Disney designs, but she could make them for my phone!!  I was in heaven.  There are so many great things I could tell you about this Etsy shop, but let me start with just a few.

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The Incredibles Costumes for Halloween


If you’re looking for an easy and comfortable Disney related Halloween costume, consider going as the Incredibles!  Not only is it pretty easy to put together, but it’s a costume that the whole family can get in on, no matter if you have kids or not.  My husband and I dressed up as them recently for a Halloween themed 5k, and it was a good costume option because it was easy to run in.  If you’re interested in making your own, here’s what I did:

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Etsy Spotlight: DoodleBug Bows

Up next on our featured Etsy Spotlights is a store called DoodleBug Bowtique.  They make a variety of embroidered t-shirts and other items that can be personalized.  They have a ton of interesting designs and their shirts would be great for many occasions, including a family trip to Disney World!  It would be the perfect way to have matching shirts that are still personalized.


I was sent one of their t-shirts for review.  The one pictured above is what I received.  One of the things that I really like about this design is the fact that it’s a more subtle design, perfect for adults that may not want to be over the top with their Disney t-shirts.  With a simple Minnie Mouse head in the pocket area, it’s a nice way to represent your love for Disney, and is a shirt that you could feel comfortable wearing not just in the parks, but on a daily basis.

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MK, HS, and AK Restaurant Bracket: Round 4

And then there were two!  We’re down to the final match up in our Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom restaurant tournament.  Probably not too surprising to anyone, Animal Kingdom is no longer present in the final two.  But representing the Magic Kingdom we have Be Our Guest, and representing Hollywood Studios is the Sci-Fi Dine In!  Which of these two restaurants is your favorite?

other parks restaurant bracket round 4

Etsy Spotlight: Roaring Kids

Today I’m happy to bring you a review of another one of the Etsy shops featured in our Holiday gift guide.  The shop we’re featuring today is Roaring Kids, which makes American Girl doll clothes.  She has a variety of cute skirts, pants, and t-shirts, but the thing that really stands out for us Disney lovers in her Minnie Mouse outfit!  This would be perfect for the young Disney fan who owns an American Girl doll, or those of us who still have our American Girl dolls 😉


After receiving the the outfit, I had to decide which of my five American Girl dolls would get to wear it.  Yes, I own five of them from my childhood – Kirsten, Felicity, Molly, Josefina, and Kit.  Obviously Kit was the winner!  I thought her short hair would look cute with the Minnie ears.  And I think I was right!  Kit is absolutely adorable in this Minnie costume.  Now that I’ve got her all dressed up, she is sitting on the shelf in my Disney themed guest room.  A perfect touch!

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: WDW Resorts

I first remember playing this game with friends in middle school, on our way to some sort of field trip.  Of course, then it was “kill, date, marry,” and we giggled a lot about all of the boys in our class.  However, the game has been taking on a new form in the blogging world, thanks to Melissa Sue from Mouse on the Mind and Estelle at this Happy Place Blog!  They have been playing Kill, Refurb, and Marry with various Disney related places or attractions, and have invited other bloggers to join them in the game this week!

Today’s topic is the WDW resorts.  This is a bit of a tough one for me, and I know my choices may be a bit controversial!  But here goes…

KILL:  All Star Sports

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The All Stars are a good option for a value resort, but do we really need three of them?  Out of the choices, my least favorite theme is the sports.  I’m just not a sports fan, so it’s an obvious kill for me.  I’ve never stayed here, but I’ve heard it can get overcrowded with people from sports related conventions.  It also shares a bus with the other All Stars so that can get a bit crazy, in addition to being far from MK.  It’s the one resort that I really don’t have any desire to stay at, so for me it must go.

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