A Look Back at 2013

2013 was the birth of Disney in your Day.  I started the blog in July, and it’s been a fantastic half a year.  This post marks my 64th published post on this blog!  I wanted to take the time to look back at some of the top posts (not counting giveaways, because those are always the most popular), in case you missed them, and also give thanks to some of my biggest supporters this year.

Top 10 posts of 2013

P105011310.  Never Have I Ever at Walt Disney World
It’s crazy to think there are things even crazy Disney fans haven’t done, but the parks are so huge that odds are good there are things you haven’t experienced.  I shared my list of attractions at Disney that I’ve never done.

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Bucket List: Visit Disney during Christmas Time

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It was always a dream of mine to be able to visit Disney during their Christmas season, so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to go this year from December 11-16!  The Christmas festivities were in full swing, but it wasn’t quite so crowded yet so we were still able to do a lot of the rides and other things we wanted to do.  We didn’t get to do everything –  there are still some things I didn’t do that will have to be saved for another Christmas season trip (Candlelight Processional, and seeing the gingerbread houses at the Grand Floridian).  Here are some of the highlights from our visit this Christmas:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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Main Street is decorated very nicely even during the day, but it’s at night when you’ll see the best parts.  It “snows” on Main Street, but the highlight is the gorgeous icicle laden castle.  Simply stunning, especially during Holiday Wishes.  During the holiday party you also get free hot cocoa and cookies, a number of shows and dance parties, unique charater meet and greets, and a special holiday parade.

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Etsy Spotlight: Groovy Baby Action Gear

belle running sleevesI have to admit that with the awful weather we’ve had lately, I haven’t been running nearly as much as I should – especially with the Enchanted 10k creeping up on me in February!  But if there’s anything to get me motivated, it’s thinking about my costume that I’m going to wear!  I’m going as my favorite princess, Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.  And one of the components of my running outfit is some arm sleeves from Etsy shop Groovy Baby Action Gear.

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Bucket List: Stay in a Pirate Room

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I love good themeing.  So when I heard about the pirate rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort, I knew I would want to stay in one someday.  When we went down this past week we had the chance to finally do that!  I was super impressed by the details of the room.  It was everything that I hoped it would be.  Though I rather feel like every room in a Disney resort should be this detailed and well done, but I’m glad that they at least have it as an option.  I bet that young boys (and girls!) would absolutely love to stay here.  I have to admit I was overly excited about sleeping in a pirate ship!

I think something like this is best explained through photos, so here we go!

Yup, the bed is a pirate ship.

Yup, the bed is a pirate ship.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Thrill Rides

At the time of this post going up, I will be on a plane and on my way to Disney World!  Florida weather, here I come!  I’m not ready for the snow we’re getting here.

I’m super excited for Kill, Marry, Refurb this month, because it’s about something that I have a lot of experience with – thrill rides.  My husband first introduced me to roller coasters, and I’ve been hooked on thrills ever since.  Disney has some great ones to offer, so I knew it was going to be hard to pick something to kill!  It was hard to decide whether or not some rides were considered thrill rides, so I used Disney’s official website – they group their rides, and have a heading called “thrill rides.”  So if it came up there, I considered it a thrill ride.

KILL:  Kali River Rapids

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I desperately wanted to kill Stitch’s Great Escape, but alas, it is not considered a thrill ride.  So Kali River Rapids bit the dust instead.  I haven’t been on it in ages.  I suppose if it’s super, super hot out it’s nice to get completely soaked, but I’m not a huge fan of being wet from head to toe.  It makes the next hour or so uncomfortable, especially if you’re wearing sneakers and socks.  I don’t remember much about the themeing (I guess I was too preoccupied with the waterfalls and waves), so I don’t think I was too impressed by it. Plus, this is a rather “typical” sort of ride that you find at all sorts of theme parks.  I think Disney could do a more creative water ride here.

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Contest! Win a Disney rhinestone transfer from Enchanted Bridal

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I am so excited to bring you our first ever contest! Etsy shop Enchanted Bridal is hosting a contest with us. She makes incredible rhinestone transfer designs that I’m completely in love with – there are a lot of wedding related ones, but also holidays and more. She’s looking for some new ideas of designs she can make, and we thought Disney in your Day readers would be the perfect people to ask!

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The design I picked out from her shop – I’m excited to wear it for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party next week!

So here’s how you enter the contest:

Think of a design that you would like to see made into rhinestones for a transfer. Describe either in words or through a picture what it would look like. Post your idea here in the comments or on our facebook page. That’s it!

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December Monthly Round Up

Hello everyone, it’s December!  One of my absolute favorite times of the year.  I love the Christmas season, and this year will be my first ever time visiting Disney World during it!  In the last month I finished NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month, if you’re not familiar.  I managed to get a 50,000 word novel done in addition to one or two blog posts a week.  Not too bad!  But I’m looking forward to doing more blog content this month, now that I’m done with that.

Disney in your Day news

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We have a few more shops to feature in our Etsy Holiday Gift Guide this month, including at least one contest!  For the Christmas season I want to share some posts about my experience in Disney World, but I also want to include some things about Disney in your home, and how you can bring some Disney magic to your Christmas celebrations wherever you are.  If you have some good decorations, trees, or anything related to Christmas, please email me!  You can reach it at disneyinyourday@gmail.com.