Are you tired of my Disney posts yet? lol. We just got back from our holiday trip and it was amazing to say the least. As I mentioned in my last post, we have never been this time of year and everything was as if it was the first time. All the parks were decorated in holiday decorations which is my favorite time of year, the parks were playing carols and all of the shows somehow revolved around the holidays. It also was cooler in weather so I enjoyed being comfortable wandering the parks. Lines didn’t seem as bad and days didn’t seem that long because we were comfortable where as in spring/summer months, your mind is on the unbearable heat and nothing else.

Our first day in the parks, we went to Epcot. My last experience at epcot was the worst but this time I enjoyed it. If you’re unfamiliar with this particular park, it’s all about being a world traveler! You get to experience foods unique to places like China, Canada, France and many more with shows and shops. They are known by adults as the park where alcohol is sold literally everywhere. While it is not a park with an abundance of rides, there are some great ones there to make up for it and it is fun to experience different cultures.

Our second day was spent at Magic Kingdom and we also attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It was a night full of shows revolving around the holidays, amazing fireworks, hot chocolate, the best parade I ever saw at Disney and lots of snow. Yes, Disney made it snow multiple times lol.

Our third day was spent at Animal Kingdom, and while it was the least decorative of them all, Pandora and the flight of passage ride makes up for it all. We also did the safari at night time which was a first for us, and it was nice seeing all the animals roam. During the day, the animals are usually doing absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, we didn’t get our yearly photo at the tree of life 😞

Lastly we went to Hollywood Studios. While this is the smallest park, Harper’s favorite show is there which is the frozen ever after show. I was relieved to see that the finale song was not let it go, instead Elsa and Anna sung new songs. They also made it snow (of course). Additionally, there is a new show called Jingle Bell Jingle Bam for the holidays with fireworks and lots of snow as well at closing time to end your night in a festive mood.

Honestly it was magical experiencing the happiest place on earth during the best season of the year. While it’s not quite Christmas, it was a great way to start the season. We loved all of the decorations and new shows that are specifically for this time of year. We have officially been on every ride in all the parks and feel super accomplished as well. If you’ve been to Disney, you know that riding everything in one trip is nearly impossible. Other than that, please enjoy all the photos! Now that we have been during this season where it is festive, I would recommend going during this time of year. Be careful not to book directly around holidays to prevent parks reaching capacity but other than that I say do it! The only downside is, it may be too cool for the pool some days and if your child is like Harper they are still dying to swim even while it is 60 degrees with a blanket and jacket on! Aside from that, Disney is enjoyable any time of the year, because well, its Disney.. lol. Before we end this post, what are your Disney tips and hacks? As well as what is your favorite ride? I’m curious to know how you all get through Disney if you have been 🙂

Happy Holidays to you all as well, thank you so much for being on this journey of blogging with me! I appreciate it so much.

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As we get ready to go back to Disney, I wanted to share some of Harper’s outfits with you. This is our first time going where the weather is on the cooler side, which means she can really dress up. In the spring/summer months, the heat is unbearable sometimes, so usually during those trips I go for comfort and function rather than style. Her outfits usually consist of Disney shirts paired with denim shorts/sweat shorts and shoes I know she’ll be able to run around in all day. Yet, this time we’re packing cute outfits with jackets for night-time and even taking some of her princess dresses to wear in the park! This is her first time going while the Christmas decorations are up, so I am treating it like her first time. Meaning, the pictures have to be special lol. After taking her so many times in the spring, I didn’t care what either of us wore, instead I always tried to take photos in the same place for memory sake to show her growth. I’ll link all clothing items in each outfit if still available and will do an updated post with pictures from the trip once we return. If you are new here, reference my conquering disney & universal post for additional deets.

When packing Harper’s suitcase, I of course pack pajamas for each night and double the amount of underwear for her. I map out her outfits before hand according to park/day/weather and usually pack an extra outfit or two if we do a “nice” dinner as well as if she gets her clothes dirty. She’s rather good about keeping her clothes clean (knocks on wood) so sometimes I just change her outfit for the sake of pictures lol.

day 1: airport day 

tshirt: mickey mouse

sweatpants: mickey trousers

denim jacket: two years old

sneakers: stan smiths (gold)

mickey hat: from Magic Kindgom

day 2: first park day

outfit 1: leather jacket: gap (no longer on site)

tshirtmickey b&w

skirtcorduroy skirt

sneakersstan smiths (gold)

outfit 2: sweatshirt: (bought oversized) minnie sweatshirt

shorts: (old)

sneakersstan smiths (gold)

day 3: second park day

outfit 1: tshirtstar wars shirt

shorts: preppy shorts

bomber in header photo: (old from river island)

sneakers: stan smiths

outfit 2: cape: (old by brand cat & jack)

tshirt: (old from target)

jeans: (old from zara)

sneakers: plimsolls

crown headband: (old from h&m)

day 4 & 5: third & fourth park day

outfit 1: sweatshirtsequin sweatshirt

biker shorts: I made them! lol

sneakersstan smiths

outfit 2: dressmickey holiday dress

sneakersstan smiths (gold)

airport must haves:

mickey mouse bookbag: bought in magic kindom

headphones: cat headphones

mickey pillow pet: bought in magic kingdom

& an iPad with downloaded movies of course!


lastly, some tips and tricks for shopping for Disney apparel are:

  1. Stores like gap, old navy, and target always have Disney clothing! Zara has just recently added Disney merchandise; they have a lot for all seasons and sizes.
  2. For little girls, wander into the boy’s section! If you do purchase t-shirts from the boy’s section, size down. Harper is a 3T in girls, yet in boy’s clothing I buy 18 months. Buying smaller makes the shirts look slimmer (like a girl’s shirt would), aren’t as long and by rolling up the sleeves it makes it look cuter!
  3. For toddlers, if something is only sold in big kids,  get it. Harper’s sweatshirts are all from the big kid section at Zara which starts at age 5. I often buy depending on how I plan to style it. For example, the black sweatshirt is a 5. It fit’s a little loose but for a sweatshirt and biker short outfit it’s adorable. Also, the grey sweatshirt is a size 8 but looks adorable put on as a dress with the sleeves folded up. I paired it with shorts just in case it’s a little chilly.
  4. When you do go to Disney, buy merchandise! Her mickey mouse items are high quality and won’t be found in traditional Disney stores. Also, her mickey mouse hat is custom with her name embroidered on the back (keepsake ideas).
  5. Only pack shoes you know your child can tolerate. Disney is not the time or place to break in new shoes.

6. Keep the Disney magic alive and try to incorporate it in every aspect of the trip, even for adults. My favorite part from the trip itself is buying clothes and pajamas so that everything is disney.

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