Magicbands…they aren’t for everyone.

Magicbands are an amazing part of a Disney World Vacation, but for some, they aren’t all that magical. Magicband Alternative

Hey Fans, so this post was prompted by a purchase I made for my son, from Etsy. As much as we all love our Magicbands, he just won’t leave his alone and thus we have lost a few along the way. Losing a Magicband is something that can be fixed, but…lets just say…its better to NOT lose it, lol. So for our last trip I rigged a set-up so he could wear it on a lanyard verses his wrist and boy was that a game changer. Magicbands, not just for your wrists and not for everyone; magicband alternative solution.

What is a Magicband:

Magicbands are colorful, silicone like bracelets that ALL Disney Resort guests get as part of their Disney Package. They are AMAZING. Magicbands link to your account and are basically your park tickets, room key, fastpasses, meal plan, etc. They are something you wear 24/7 during your trip. Taking them off and on can often cause problems (falling off), not to mention if you forget it at your resort and went to the parks that day without it, oops.

Alternatives:

After people started complaining that often the bands might fall off (especially when putting on a backpack) or some people, for whatever reason, can’t wear a band SO Disney came out with an alternative. They designed a way to remove the center “puck” oval and place it in a different “holder” that can be attached to a lanyard, backpack, belt, etc. This was a great option, except the designs were basic. Just a plain Mickey or Minnie shape. Not to mention they were an additional cost. As much as I wanted one to try, I knew my son would want something more “him”, with more character.

My Solution:

So I decided to take my son’s magicband and seal it with a hair tie band that would keep it a solid circle shape, basically can’t fall off. Then I attached it to his lanyards, so his band was easily accessible to “clicking” at the parks. This worked out great, but it was a little boring. Just a band attached to a lanyard. But once I discovered that this concept worked great, I digged a little deeper. I found this amazing Etsy shop that custom makes “puck” holders for Magicbands.

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For kids with sensory issues, Autism perhaps, younger kids who won’t/can’t keep a magicband on their wrists or for people who just hate wearing them…this is the perfect, character solution for you!! I found this shop that custom makes holders based on popular Disney Characters. Or Popular Disney Food. Or popular Disney anything. This shop is amazing!! I had a super hard time deciding which one of the cute holders to get, but with my son being a HUGE Wall-E fan, I went with that. Of course my eyes were trying to get me to purchase more and more. They even have a Mickey Donut holder or an Ellie Badge, OMG. So if you hate wearing Magicbands on your actual wrists, check them out. Wear on your belt, purse, backpack or on a lanyard, while at the same time, you are expressing your Disney-Side.

**Disclaimer…this is NOT a paid advertisement. I found them on my own, purchased items with my own funds. I am genuinely pleased with my purchases.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Whats the BEST Theme Park Bag?

Headed to the parks and wondering, whats the BEST Theme Park bag to bring, to carry around ALL day long, to take on the rides? Read On…

Hey All, Happy Monday!! So who already has a “case of the Mondays”, lol? It’s currently Sunday evening and I already feel drained, lol. I spent all weekend trying out NEW bags for the parks. I am constantly trying to prefect my packing, improve my bag selection and try everything out. After doing Universal Orlando and Magic Kingdom in the HIGH heat last week, I have some thoughts.

The Purse:

Purses are everywhere in the parks, especially crossbody bags. If you are a purse lady, just think about the stuff you are packing. Will everything ALL fit, will you have to remove 6 things before getting to the bottom. Where will your water go? Is it summer or winter when you go? Will you need to carry around extra stuff due to the weather? All these things will help determine what size purse you might need. In the end, I think light-weight, washable and durable would be key. Due to back issues, I can’t carry a purse after too long…so for that reason alone…I am NOT a Purse Lady anymore.

The MINI Backpack:

Those Cute, Adorable, Character themed Mini Backpacks by Loungefly are EVERYWHERE. Not only are they in every store, around every corner…but everyone is carrying one. I even saw kids and a few guys rocking them. So after being jealous, I just ordered one; so we shall see what I think in a few, but my main concern is WATER. Where does one put a water bottle and what if it leaks, eek?? Perhaps I worry about the wrong things, lol. Clearly these bags are about fashion. If you carry one, where does the water go and did it leak?

The Fanny Pack:

Before you start judging, these are EVERYWHERE too. And many people aren’t wearing them on a fanny, but around the shoulder as a neck/shoulder crossbody bag. Like a tightly fitted sling bag. I was intrigued…so of course I got a few to try out. Again with the Water?!?!? Where does one put water? I love the idea of this, as I do sling bags…you never have to take them off. Just flip around from the back to the front. Using the restroom, keep them on. Sitting to eat, keep it on. On a coaster, keep it on. In fact, on many rides at Universal, this was the ONLY allowed bag…everything else had to be in a locker.

Cute Fanny Pack
The Trusty Backpack:

Sadly the backpack is my jam. And I say this as…I truly get tired of wearing one. In the summer heat I can feel my back getting all sweaty from the bag. And no matter how much I try to pack light, it always starts feeling too heavy. Again, I did have an accident that affected my back, so I am more sensitive than others in that way…but to NOT have to use a backpack…especially in the summer would be AMAZING. But my TIP: get little containers and pack only a few squeezes of sunscreen, pack only 2 Advil instead of the entire bottle. Pack 2 band-aids verses the whole box. The weight adds up, I promise. Especially when you start carrying all your kids stuff too.

In the End, you want a bag that you are comfortable with. One that fits you. If you are a fanny pack person, ROCK-IT. Dig a purse, you go girl. If you can cram ALL your stuff in a cute Loungefly Mini Backpack, do it. And sadly, if you are like me and just might be stuck with a backpack, just remember less is more. Pack what you need, but try to limit the packaging, the extra containers and especially the large containers of things you don’t really need.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Mickey’s NOT So Scary Halloween Party

I get so many people curious about this party. Stay tuned to learn more and get my honest review on Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Hey guys, long time no post. Sorry about that, I have been a busy girl; traveling, working, booking vacations for you all. But I was able to sneak away and visit Universal Orlando (stay tuned), but while I was in Orlando, I had to pop over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and enjoy one of my FAVORITE parties. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that often poses the question – is it worth it? Should I spend the $$ for this party? Read on…

Trick or Treating:

For many, this seems to be the BIG draw…trick or treating at Disney. But of course this party is SO much more…but since it’s the subject at hand…here you go. There are several stations set up to treat at. They even have amazing accommodations for Food Allergies (stay tuned). Basically you get a treat bag when you enter the event and then treat around Magic Kingdom. Heads-up…the stations are rather spaced out to accommodate crowds, you do have to wind and twist a bit at some stations. But…you are getting CANDY. Decent Candy. I would say you get about 2-3 pieces PER station.

Characters:

For many in the know…this is a HUGE draw for this party. Special, not typical, characters do come out of the shadows to greet guests at this event. I was disappointed to not see more villains, but perhaps children don’t want to meet Maleficent?? Crowds line up FAST for certain characters, aka Jack & Sally, so if this is on your list…be ready to wait. I found Jack Sparrow, Jafar, Tarzan, Jane and Turk but I know there were WAY more. This just wasn’t on my list, that particular night. They have a list of characters on the map, so you will know where to go and wait.

The SHOW, aka Hocus Pocus:

So this, this was my focus. I LOVE Hocus Pocus, I just can’t get enough of those sparky Sanderson Sisters. So after treating for a few, I sat and sat and sat for about 1 hour, front row and center…waiting for the show to start. No one entertains like Disney and this show never disappoints. Complete with iconic songs, vast and various villains and the finale with “I put a spell on you”. Getting to see Oogie Boogie was an added delight. I very much enjoyed the songs, dancing and lighting. Yep, I said lighting. The projections on the castle during the show were amazing and really help bring it all together.

Parade and Fireworks:

This party also includes one of my FAVORITE parades, Boo-To-You!! The graveyard dancers are my jam. The way they dance with shovels and drag them on the cement to welcome sparks to fly…all in the darkness, just adds to the delight of it all. I love the Haunted Mansion bride and the Grim Grinning Ghosts float. The firework spectacular is just as impressive with amazing projections dancing to the beat of spooky Disney tunes across the castle. I could watch that ALL night. Disney just doesn’t skip a beat.

The Skinny:

So as amazing as this party is and was…there are some points to consider. It was very, very crowded. I went on Friday the 13th, but I am hearing from others that this party is more crowded than previous years. Perhaps due to the discounted additional ticket locals can upgrade too, allowing them to go as much as they want? It was ALOT of walking. This isn’t an issue for locals or people just showing up for the party, but for people who have been theme parking all day…to walk and walk and treat and wait in lines…it can tire fast. Of course it rained, but that won’t happen every night??

And my single adult ticket was $90+. So think about that when getting for your entire family. It was an awesome, amazing time THAT was crowded, late night and tiring. Will I always remember it, yes. Would I do it again, yes. Would I do it again with my family (I have younger kids who get cranky in the evening, lol)…perhaps not. I really think it depends on your kids and your understanding that this isn’t a cake walk. Of course as a plus, the rides were all walk on 🙂 I personally can’t wait to do it again and can see why the locals RAVE about it.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!