I Went To Disney With Small Kids, Here’s What I Learned…

Last week, Huff the Hubs, the kids, and my in-laws went to Disney World. It was a magical (and exhausting) time! I tried to prepare for the trip as best I could, knowing that I’d basically have to bring our entire house with us and somehow make it fit onto a stroller while we walked around the parks.

A lot of knowledge gained through a Disney vacation is acquired through trial and error. So I’m going to share my accomplishments and failures so you can have the best Disney vacay ever!

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Make “Park Bags” In Advance

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Listen to me: you are going to want to fall into bed AS SOON as you get back to the hotel. You are not going to want to reorganize a diaper bag/backpack when your back is aching and you have the stench of sweat and sunblock. Plan ahead! I got 2-gallon zip top bags and filled them with what I thought we would need while we were at the park: diapers, baby wipes, a change of clothes for each kid, medications (like Tylenol, Benadryl etc.), and whatever else you think you may need.

 

Buy “Souvenirs” For The Kids Before You Leave

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to buy a “Walt Disney World” magnet before you go. What I’m saying is, your kids will ask for everything–and I mean eeeeeverything–in sight while you’re at the parks to the point where you will start trying to hide their eyes from the souvenir peddlers on the street because they will be like flies on honey with that stuff. My advice is: go to Dollar Tree and buy a few little figures of Mickey and pals to hand to your little ones when they want something. Its cheaper, its faster, and they have something in their hands to keep them busy during those long waits in ride lines. Also, if you plan on staying until the fireworks show, grab a bunch of glow sticks while you’re at DT! They even have Disney-themed ones! Such a money-saver (the glow stuff at DW was like $12 and up!) and you can splurge on something else later!

 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

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I didn’t really drink water while we were there (unless I got it at the resort because, filtered water). Huff the Hubs had a Camelbak, but he used tap water and it was just too funky-tasting for me. Plus, I needed caffeine because I was sooooo sleep-deprived. But, I should’ve just sucked it up and drank the funk water. Or bought a 24-pack of water bottles and taken those to the park. I ended up get a heat rash because I was under hydrated. Its the worst. Don’t be like me. Just drink some water every hour to avoid dehydration and all the crappy symptoms.

 

Plan Rest Days

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If I could do it over again, I would’ve planned two extra days just so we’d have time to rest at the hotel in between going to the parks. We should’ve done a rest day every other day, but we only had a limited time and limited budget. Next time, though, we’re splurging for more days so we can rest and not be so crabby/sleep-deprived.

 

Pack Snacks 

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Even if you’re doing the Disney Dining Plan, you’re going to want to pack snacks for your kids. You’re not going to want to spend your precious snack credits on a Danimals yogurt you could get at home–you’re going to want to use those for a Mickey-shaped cake pop, yo! Go Go Squeeze applesauce pouches, Goldfish crackers (they even have Mickey Mouse-shaped ones!), and peanut butter crackers were our saving graces during this trip.

 

DO NOT JUST “WING IT”

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Before we left, I kept seeing all these posts about planning your Disney World day. I was like, “I’m not going to plan out every second of our day! I just want it to be a leisurely thing.”

That was the dumbest decision I have ever made, second only to the time I decided to have my baby shower TWO days after giving birth.

You NEED a plan. You need to know who wants to ride what, which characters are where, and how you’re going to execute all of it. I though it would take the fun out of it, but as it turns out, having a plan makes things run so much smoother and you’ll be a lot less stressed if you do.

 

Have you ever been to Disney World/Disneyland with little ones? What advice would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Since today is our last day at Disney, what better way to celebrate our day than with a House of Mouse-themed Fan Girl Friday?

I know Maleficent is a villain, but she’s pretty bad-a. Show your love for the bewitchingly bad fairy with this awesome tee from Hot Topic!

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Y’all, I’m not much of a jewelry girl. I wear a few rings and a necklace every now and then. But OH. MY. SEAS. I want this ring!

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This 3-D ring is an exact replica of Triton’s castle from The Little Mermaid covered in blue and purple glitter!

 

Of all the Disney secondary characters, I feel like Edna Mode from The Incredibles is the most underrated and under-represented! She’s smart, creative, and has some wicked one-liners! Like this one featured on a tee!

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That chick is wise, too! And, as expected, this shirt does NOT come with a cape!

 

Not all Disney gear has to be a t-shirt. Check out this cah-yoot skirt, straight in from the street markets of Agrabah!

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The border on the skirt has silhouettes of your favorite characters and views from Aladdin! Street rat? Nah, girl. Street chic.

 

OH. EM. SQUEE. I seriously think I may order this to hold one of our photos in from Orlando!

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This Mickey “heart hands” frame holds a 3 by 4 1/2 inch photo–perfect for those pics from Splash Mountain or The Haunted Mansion!

 

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Praise tha Lort its Friday, y’all! Not only is it Friday, but its a crisp, cool Friday in FALL! Man, I am so excited that the weather is getting cooler and we’re gearing up for pumpkin spice everything and Halloween! What better way to get your ghouls in gear for the candy coma that is to come than with some geeky goodies!

 

Need a costume that cozy and cute? Grab one of these Mushu loungers from Think Geek!

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No dishonor on you when you hit the Halloween party in this!

 

Personally, I’m not a fan of the “spooky” Halloween stuff. I like dressing up, eating candy, and seeing all the cute kids in their costumes. But the scary movies? I’ll pass. But for you cinephiles out there that love to be scared silly, I’ve got just the game for you!

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This trial size Trivial Pursuit features questions pertaining to classic (and modern classic) horror films!

 

Want to keep your Halloween style low-key this year? Perpetual Kid has your back! Freak out your coworkers while still keeping in line with the dress code with this!

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I seriously want to get this just so I can see how many times I can scare my family!

 

The new season–and new Doctor–premiered this week! And her a-DORK-able costume is already on sale!

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You can grab the entire ensemble or pick and choose the pieces you want straight from Her Universe at Hot Topic!

 

 

Got a geeky goody you want featured on FGF? Hit me on Twitter at: @thehuffmanpost!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, all! Bummed you can’t go to San Diego Comic Con? Yeah, me too. Sigh. Even though you can’t be there reveling in all the geeky glory, I can still bring you noteworthy nerdy nifties to make you feel like you’re there!

Her Universe has just released a new line of Disney-related garb at #SDCC and I have to say, its ADORABLE! Just check out what they’ve got!

 

This gorgeous, Ariel-inspired top is great for walking on the beach this summer!

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You can totally pair it with these scaly petal pushers to complete your mermaid ensemble:

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A look worthy of a sea princess!

 

Need a dress for date night or a night out with the girls? You’ll definitely light up the night with this Rapunzel dress!

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Accessorize with these Pascal earrings, because we all need a trusty side-kick!

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Channel your inner Moana with this island skirt!

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Finish your look with this Hei Hei cross-body bag! Just be more attentive to it than that chicken was with the Heart of Te Fiti!

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Happy fangirling!

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Happy Friday, nerdlings! Anyone nursing wounds from the fiasco that was Build-A-Bear Pay Your Age Day?! I went out yesterday and it was IN-FREAKING-SANE. And no, we didn’t get a bear. But we did eat cheesecake after we left the mall, so, who’s the real winner here? To take your minds off of not snagging an amazing deal on the furry friends, I’ve rounded up some awesomely geek-tastic news and merch sure to fill the bear-shaped hole in your heart!

 

The Huffmans will be making the trek out to the House of Mouse in Florida this fall and I think Huff the Tot and I need a pair of these magically magnificent shoes!

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Shoemaker TOMs has partnered up  with Disney to create a new line of princess-inspired flats for women and kids! The shoes feet-ure (hey oh!) original sketches from the archives at Disney studios! Cinderella, Aurora, and Snow White will all have their own lines, each releasing this summer! SQUEE!

 

A few weeks ago, I told you about how Lego is releasing a series of Harry Potter minifigs. But what I didn’t tell you was the Lego is also releasing new HP sets as well! They’re all amazing and I want each one!

I mean, the Whomping Willow set?! YES, PLEASE! For more info, click here!

 

I absolutely love Lord of the Rings and anything Tolkien-related, so when I heard that Middle Earth was coming back to the small screen, I couldn’t contain my excitement!

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According to Variety, the new series will take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, and mostly center around a young Aragorn! Amazon is set to stream the multi-season show and will be working alongside The Tolkien Trust to ensure the show is up to par!

 

I seriously feel like one of the most underrated Disney movies is The Emperor’s New Groove. The spoiled Kuzko getting turned into a llama and voiced by David Spade? Come on, people! Its comedy gold! Which is why I am loving this new throw blanket from Hot Topic:

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The tapestry-inspired blanket includes pictures of llama Kuzko, kitten Yzma, and the adorable little squirrel friend of Kronk! Just be sure to put your name on it or write “No Touchy!” on the back!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

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Another week of summer down and I don’t know about y’all, but I’m already looking forward to fall. This heat has GOT to go! Let’s distract ourselves from the melting pavement with some geeky goodies, shall we?

Hold on to your brooms, people! Lego has just announced that their next line of blind bag minifigures will be a Harry Potter series! SQUEEEE!!!!

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These magical minis will be released August first! I NEED THEM ALL!

 

With the crazy heat taking over the nation, we’re all looking for ways to stay cool. You can not only feel cool but look cool while wearing this lightweight Jurassic Park-inspired shirt!

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Reminiscent of Nedry’s shirt from the original JP, this 100% cotton shirt features dinos and the park’s logo! Sadly, a can of Barbasol with raptor embryos is sold separately.

 

Huff the Hubs, the kids, and I are going to Disney World this fall and I think I need a pair of these bad boys to wear to the new Pixar World!

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These light-up heels feature Buzz Lightyear and his arch-nemesis, the evil Emperor Zurg!  I think they need to make some princess ones too… get on that, mmkay?

 

Speaking of the House of Mouse, add some Pixar pinache to your next get together with this adorable cheese tray from Hot Topic!

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The tray includes artwork of your favorite characters including Edna Mode, Wall-E, Boo, and Nemo!

 

Happy fangirling!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, folks! Today, I’ve rounded up some of the newest trailers for upcoming movies I’m super excited about! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

 

This Christmas, things are getting a little more magical with a new imaging of the Disney classic, Mary Poppins!

We’ll see if Emily Blunt can fill Julie Andrews beautifully tailored boots!

 

Next up, we’ve got another Star Wars flick to look forward to! This time, we’re going to get the inside scoop on the history of everyone’s scruffy-looking nerf herder!

 

Every wonder why The Grinch hated Christmas so much? Well, this November we’re going to finally find out! Voiced by Sherlock, er, I mean Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch is in theaters this year just in time for the holidays!

 

Everyone’s favorite super hero family is back this June in the much-anticipated sequel, The Incredibles 2! 

 

Which movie are you most excited about? Share in the comments below!