Welcome to our #DisneySide @Home Celebration

Welcome to our #DisneySide @Home Celebration

Awhile back we were honored to host a #DisneySide Home Celebration Party. It was a blast and I’m thrilled to share some of the highlights with you. Welcome to the party…..
Our party contained a group of energetic 9 year old boys, so as you can imagine it was exciting, and filled with food and fun.


Getting Ready
We covered the party room with all the fun decorations from our #DisneySide @Home Celebration kit. The table cover, Mickey plates, and decorations created a festive atmosphere that any Disney lover would have envied. Thanks to our local Dollar Tree Store, we were able to buy cheap felt Disney character buckets that we filled with many of the items from the #DisneySide kit along with a couple additions found at our local grocery store.

Bingo with Disney Prizes

BINGO! Yes, competition became tense between these boys with this game provided in our #DisneySide package. In fact, this was their favorite activity. We played BINGO many times, giving everyone a chance to win one of our exciting Disney prizes. We used pretzel squares to mark our places, although at times there seemed to be more eating of the chips then playing.

Food, Food, and More Food

Food Time
Every party has to have food, and when DisneyDayByDay is involved you know there is going to be lots of snacks. We had many Disney themed pre-packed items such as fruit snacks and rice crispy treats. We also had some fun Mickey shaped chocolate chip cookies and brownies thanks to the cookie cutters supplied by our kit.

Mickey Pizza Creation

Pizza Time
After working up an appetite playing games we pulled out our pizza crusts and had each of the boys make their very own Mickey-shaped Pizza. As you can see we used a Mickey template to cut the pre-made crusts to form the shape. I helped with the sauce spreading and everyone put their favorite toppings on. We even cut out Mickey-shaped pepperoni. He’s everywhere 🙂

Craft Time

Suncather Making
As we wrapped up our pizza it was time to get crafty. Yeah, you could hear the air deflating from the room as I asked the guests to gather around for a craft. I guess 9 year old boys don’t rank crafting high on the must-do list. In fact, the only thing they find interesting about crafts is Minecraft. But we quickly turned their disinterest around with a manly melting bead craft.

We found this fun craft, making sun catchers, on the web. Believe me, if I can do it, the craft is easy! Basically all you do is melt beads in a pan. The steps are simple and the boys loved trying different colors to see how they would look after melting.
If you would like to create your own Sun Catcher, just watch our video or follow these simple steps:

  •  Purchase Pony beads (translucent are the best for sun catchers)
  •  Select a pan. We liked using the cupcake pan to allow everyone at the party to create their own and try different colors. Do not spray the pan with any cooking spray.
  • While you are making your creation, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the pans in the oven and check them around 28 minutes. Some of ours took up to 35 minutes to fully melt.
  • Be sure to have your oven fan going and a window open if possible as it is melting plastic so there will be a smell. We had our partiers head outside to play while they melted.

Disney Infinity

Can you have a party with 9 year old boys and not have video games come into the picture? Thanks to our Disney Infinity, we headed into toy box mode and started building our own Disney world.   Everyone was able to pick their favorite character for game play.

Boys will be Boys

Party PicturesAs the party wrapped up the boys headed outside for some silly string fun and foam sword fighting.   Many of them were headed off to sports games so we let them make their own trail mix before heading out with their goodie bags.

Thanks again to Disney and all the sponsors including American Tourister, HP, and Ocean Spray.   Hosting our party was a Blast!!!  If you would like to host your own #DisneySide @Home Celebration, be sure to head to their website for great ideas.


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Hidden Mickey Monday: Living with the Land

Hidden Mickey Monday: Living with the Land

Our Hidden Mickey this week comes from Living with the Land at Epcot.   As you travel through the Fish Farm area of the Living with the Land attraction, pay close attention to how the hoses are laid out on the ground, many times the cast members layout the hose in a classic Mickey shape.

Living with the Land Hidden Mickey

Flipping the picture will make it clearer.      

Living with the Land Hidden Mickey Flip

Hi Mickey!!

Love these types of  Hidden Mickey that come in go with Cast Members fun, have you spotted a Hidden Mickey?    Let us know in the comments below.

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Hidden Mickey Monday: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Hidden Mickey Monday: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Our Hidden Mickey this week comes from Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at the Magic Kingdom.   As we wait in lines at Disney, one of our favorite past times is to look for Hidden Mickey’s.   As you wait for Buzz Lightyear, take a close look at the sector maps on the wall just before you get to Buzz.

Buzz Hidden Mickey

Did you spot him??? If not take a close look at Sector 1.    There is even one in Sector 2.

Buzz Hidden Mickey 2

Hi Mickey!!

Have you spotted a Hidden Mickey while waiting for a Disney Attaction?   Let us know in the comments below.

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Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade to end in June

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade to end in June




Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade to end in June

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Say it’s not so, one of our all time favorite parades at Walt Disney World will be coming to an end this June 2014.  Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade has been a feature of the Animal Kingdom since 2001.   As the Animal Kingdom welcomes in the new Pandora (Avatar) area, Disney indicated that work on this area will soon impede on the parade path along with guest viewing areas.    At this point Disney has not announced any replacement for the parade, but we do know that new entertainment is on the way including a nighttime water show.  Fingers crossed that we don’t lose the parade forever as Hollywood Studios did last year.   Will you miss Jammin’ Jungle?   Let us know in the comments below…..

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Hidden Mickey Monday – Outside the Parks

Hidden Mickey Monday – Outside the Parks

Our Hidden Mickey this week comes from a location outside the parks.    Our previous Hidden Mickey’s focused on places in the parks, but how fun is it to find a Hidden Mickey in a random place outside the parks???    We recently purchased a beach house on Vilano Beach in FL.   Vilano is a beautiful laid back community just outside of St Augustine.  If you haven’t visited, be sure to add it to your bucket list.    The house is in need of a lot of TLC, so my weekends are booked.    Just this past week we quickly packed the car and headed down to escape the ice and snow quickly engulfing the Atlanta Area.   As we were working in the garage my wife pointed out these holes that are on the back side of the garage door.   After seeing this, we knew that we had bought the right place.

Garage Door MickeyDidn’t spot him, here is a close up……

Garage Door Mickey 2

Hi Mickey!!

Have you spotted a Hidden Mickey at your house?   Let us know in the comments below.

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