November 22, 2014

disney world vacation

How do you make waiting in long Disney ride lines (or in our case a 7:00 am flight) with three excited kids a little more bearable?  Personalized cookies and their favorite characters of course!

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With Tyler out of town the whole week before our trip, there was very little time between the laundry and packing for cookie baking (especially since the boys didn’t know about the Disney trip – we decided to wait and surprise them when we woke them up at 4:30 am on Sunday morning).  In hindsight, we should have probably told them night before.  We were worried they wouldn't get any sleep, but they were so tired that I don't think they really understood until we were boarding the plane.  And Drew who completely slept through the flight may not have understood until we hugged Mickey Mouse on Sunday night.  Either way, the kids LOVED the surprise and asked that we do all vacations like this from here on out!  They sure don't get their love of being surprised from me!?!??!

There were tons of great Disney cookie ideas online but I ended up going with mini-Mickey shaped cookies with the character colors.  Cookies were baked on Friday night while I waited for Tyler to get back from his work trip.  Then, we had all day Saturday for packing, shopping and icing cookies . . .

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I am so used to making cookies late at night, with the kids in bed.  What was I going to do with the boys while I iced cookies during the day!?!? 

I pulled out Disney Bingo, which unfortunately probably saw it’s last game on Saturday.  I killed two birds here: (1) time alone in the kitchen to work on the cookies and (2) making sure the little one was up to speed on all of the Disney characters.  The only downside to having two older brothers is watching Drew grow up way to quickly.  I was so afraid he wasn’t going to love all the classic Disney characters the way his brothers did when they were his age!

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It’s been well loved and scratched a bit.   The sound went out half way through the game, but they all kept playing.  The best part, they had no idea that we were going to Disney the next morning and still all jumped right into the game and played for quite a while, even without sound.

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We have such good memories of the boys playing this game before Disney trips, I jumped on Amazon to see about getting a new copy of the disc, but yikes it’s probably not worth $80 for another game or two of bingo with sound!  I thought this was around $15 when I bought it 6 years ago?!?!?! 
Back to the cookies . . . I made the Minnie Mouse bow with a space between two small hearts and then added a dot.

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Now on to the fun fonts that so many have asked about!  I only wish I could do this freehand!, but unfortunately I don’t have an artistic bone in my body!   I made these using my Kopykake Projector and a free font called “Waltograph”.

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All ready to go at 4:30 am when we woke up the kids . . . a big cookie with each of their favorite characters!

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Bagged mini cookies to snack on while we waited in line for the rides . . . . 

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And fun personalized Mickey armbands ready to go . . .


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The cookies may have come out a little earlier than expected, but who can say no to a cutie in a Pluto hat who wants a Pluto cookie for breakfast at 5:30 am in the airport?  

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And then of course our Donald Duck loving Drew woke up and wanted one too!

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While getting up at 3:30 am wasn’t great, it sure was nice to have everyone sleep on the flight and get to Disney with plenty of time to enjoy the parks that day!  It never gets less exciting to drive into the Magic Kingdom!

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All checked in to the hotel and credit card linked up to  the Mom & Dad magic bands (yikes)!  They sure make it easy to spend $$$$$

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We made it to the room, but only time for a quick nap before heading out for some fun!

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After unpacking and a quick nap, we headed out to enjoy the warm weather!  So glad we did, because the next day got a lot colder.

   

Once I download and go through the hundreds of pictures, hopefully I'll find time to post some of our favorites!!!

And finally, back to cookies - my next Disney cookies will probably be Monsters University!!!!  Drew announced on Day 1 that he wanted “a green eyeball” birthday party!  So, when the unexpected cold weather hit, I couldn’t help but pick up the warm Mike Wozowski to keep him warm.

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