Enter a world of color and magic at Crayola Experience Orlando located inside the Florida Mall; where indoor shopping and fun under the sun collide. Just past the Crayola store front ((where you can purchase the cutest Crayola Stuffies and other Crayola merchandise)) is the entrance to the Crayola Experience where you and your child can explore 26 different hands on attractions featuring your favorite Crayola colors!
Crayola Experience Orlando is one of Central Florida’s newest indoor attractions where you will find hours of fun for the entire family. Attractions include but not limited to:
Be A Star: Kids can appear in their very own coloring page along with some of Crayola’s characters. Just like a real photobooth, making your own coloring page is as easy as pushing a button and posing. Say Macaroni & Cheese!
Color Magic: Color a dragon or fairy and watch it come to life! Virtually control the character you just colored as it responds to your direction. See it play in a background of your choosing and don’t forget to take a selfie!
Rainbow Rain: It’s raining, it’s pouring, this rainbow is never boring! In this interactive experience you’ll magically catch melting digital wax with your body and hands! Watch as your shadow shapes the brightly-colored droplets in this digital marvel that you control!
Melt and Mold: Wouldn’t it be cool to create a ring, shark, car or seahorse souvenir out of crayon wax? Making one is simple at Melt & Mold! Just load your favorite crayon color into the machine and watch your crayon melt into a Crayola Experience keepsake!
Drip Art: This is a new spin on a timeless classic! Load a fresh crayon into the Drip Art machine and watch it melt and drip crayon wax onto your paper as it spins (you control the speed) to create a swirly-whirly masterpiece.
Meltdown: Welcome to an experience where you can take in the aroma of one of the world’s most recognizable scents. Use melted wax to paint in a whole new way! Choose from a variety of melted crayon colors to create wax art on paper.
Rockin Paper: Bring your craft center stage in this multi-sensory experience that puts your art in the spotlight – literally! Watch as your personalized paper creation turns, bops and rocks to the music. It’s a new show every time!
Wrap it Up: Cornflower, Atomic Tangerine, Purple Mountain’s Majesty, Shocking Pink…what’s your favorite Crayola color name? At Wrap It Up!, you can personalize and print an authentic Crayola crayon label, wrap it around your crayon, and create your own unique Crayola crayon! (cost: 1 token)
The Crayola Experience is fun for kids of all ages, just perfect for children ages 2-5. The highlight of our visit was WRAP IT UP. It was fun to come up with new names for classic colors we have grown to love. I would like to see this exhibit offer guests the opportunity to design a unique color with an option to swirl colors and add glitter for an extra sparkle. All in all I give Crayola Experience two cherries on top for being a great place to discover the magic, let your creativity run free, to color outside the lines, and to play, explore, and learn.
Looking for good eats and a striking time? Check out Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs and get your family game on! Not your everyday bowling alley. With a mix of retro vibes and classy dining; Splitsville is redefining this popular sport. Grab your ball and let’s get rollin’.
It is recommended to reserve your lanes 24 hours in advance, especially if you have a large group. Spare me…Splitsville does offer walk in pricing, but this is not a guarantee. Lane usage is based on your party size to maximize your game and you will be pleased to know the shoe rental and bumpers are included.
Upon arrival you will check in at the front desk where you will provide names and shoes
sizes for all bowlers. Make sure to inform the cast member of any bowlers that would like to use bumpers. This information will be saved to their bowling profile. During the game the bumpers will set when the bowler’s profile requires them and drop when not needed. This is super cool! Everyone can bowl on the same lane and are accommodated as needed. Your shoes will then be placed in a basket and a cast member will guide your party to the assigned lane for your game. Take caution: the game time will already be ticking away so you may want to be fast on your feet and get your game shoes on.
Got the munchies? Splitsville is home to some of the most tantalizing “Alley Food” known to mankind. The unique menu offered is a blend of traditional and upscale offerings that will send your taste buds spinning. A few of my menu favorites include:
Splitsville’s mouth watering Filet Sliders
tangy California Crunch
and the Meat Lover’s Pizza all served fresh to your family lane. That’s right ya’ll…this ain’t your momma’s bowling alley! Don’t forget to get your drink on! Drink to your heaven’s content…I recommend the slushie in a souvenir cup!
My family and I had a fabulous time! There is so much family friendly fun going on it is hard not to. The staff is incredibly warmhearted and works hard to deliver the Disney Magic. It is just an awesome place to kick back and relax while getting a friendly game on. Thank you Splitsville for your hospitality and inviting our family to roll with ya!
Disney Springs just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter, and with the opening of Sprinkles Cupcakes last spring this Disney hot spot can’t be beat. If you haven’t heard of Sprinkles cupcakes you may just be living under a rock. Sprinkles is home to the world’s first cupcake ATM and has grown to 20 store’s worldwide. AND is….
Sprinkles Cupcakes serves only the finest ingredients; meaning no artificial flavors or preservatives are used. Your taste buds are guaranteed freshness and extra sweet baked into every cupcake. Between the ATM and the store they bake and frost nearly 2,000 cupcakes a day!
With this much natural sugar shock going on I had to give in to my craving. I met up with Jodi, the General Manager at Sprinkles at Disney Springs to get the inside scoop and learn some super cool facts about CUPCAKES!
Jodi has worked at the Sprinkles in LA, Beverly Hills, and Las Vegas before coming to Florida. She has been with the Disney Springs bakery since it opened May 2016. So of course she has seen and experienced a lot in the cupcake world. When asked what makes Sprinkles so different from other bakeries, she replied, “Sprinkles is like a ride. Because you come in and see the cupcakes being made and be a part of the process itself.” Guests can view cupcakes being frosted through out the day up until closing. Using a unique frosting technique called the Sprinkles swirl, cupcakes are frosted all around and finished with a final swirl.
Almost everything is made in-house. For example, the cream cheese whipped cream featured in the Red Velvet Mocha is made in several batches throughout the day. **Fun Fact** Red velvet is their most popular and signature flavor. And did you know you can say anything with cupcakes? Have any message or hashtag spelled out on cupcakes!
“We’ve had message boxes that ask “Will you marry me? My favorite messages are those for weddings or ones with bridal shower hashtags.” (Jodi, 2017) Sharing happy messages with special humans is just too sweet with Sprinkles Cupcakes. This is by far the most joyful cupcake I have ever seen. They are also the best cupcake I have ever tasted. Sprinkle’s cupcakes are so moist that they melt in your mouth and they go great with a sweet cup of coffee. My favorite combination is a Red Velvet Cupcake and the Red Velvet Mocha. Other specialty drinks are available.
Get your cupcake on at Sprinkles Disney Springs between 10am and midnight Monday-Sunday! For after hours treats and sweets check out the Cupcake ATM located just outside the bakery.
While there is only one Cupcake ATM currently at Disney Springs, Jodi hinted towards the franchise’s expansion and their hopes to add a second soon.
My visit to Sprinkles is just a few months shy of their one year anniversary. I can’t wait to find out how they will celebrate! Til then join the Sprinkles Perks program to earn free cupcakes!!! Thank you, Jodi for the opportunity to experience Sprinkles and the world’s greatest cupcake with my family!
Celebrate the arts during Epcot’s Festival of the Arts taking place now through February 20th! Enjoy this cultural celebration with succulent dishes, masters of the arts, and family entertainment. This is great fun for kids of all ages! PhotoPass photographers can be found in select areas throughout the park. Enjoy a palette of photo opportunites in which you can literally step into the canvas and become part of the masterpiece. This was my favorite!
Get as creative as you want as long as you are being respectful. If you dare pose inappropriately PhotoPass will kindly refrain from taking your picture. Unfortunately I witnessed a guest pose as if she was picking the nose of the woman in the hat in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s famous, idyllic luncheon. The PhotoPass Photographer requested the guest to change her pose and when the guest refused PhotoPass put the camera down and the magic of Disney PhotoPass came to an end for that guest. Common courtesy to the artist and the art goes a long way.
As you make your way through the World Showcase you may see artists painting, sketching, or making sidewalk chalk art. An array of art sellers are also on display. It is truly an awe inspiring experience.
Artist draws with chalk in Norway Pavillion
Sidewalk Chalk Art in American Adventure
Of course you will see lots of walking art, in the form of Minnie ears! My daughter and I expressively showed off our new ears…Snuggly Duffy and Pastel Bambi print ears from two enchanting ear boutiques on ETSY.
The Duffy inspired ears are from Emily’s Enchanting Art and made with the softest bear fur fabric and stuffed with a polyester filling to give them shape and volume. The ears are firm and adorned with a sailor striped bow and a hidden Mickey. Cute ears without the headache…making them great to wear around the parks. If you have thin hair you may want to bobby pin the ears in to avoid slipping and to secure them on faster moving attractions. I absolutley love how cute and patriotic these ears are. Just like Mickey’s special teddy bear Duffy, these ears are sure to be a favorite!
My daughter, Allison is seen wearing Bambi inspired ears from 3rd Star on the Right. Shanna Johnston, ear designer for 3rd Star on the Right uses a unique sewing method when attaching all pieces of the ears together. This leaves a cleaner, more polished look to the Minnie ears. The bambi ears are made with a pastel colored fabric that highlight’s fan favorite’s: Bambi and Thumper and finished off with a centered turquoise bow. You can also find Disney inspired journals in Shanna’s Etsy shop online.
Of course the walking art doesn’t stop there…everyone knows Disney Tee’s are a great way to express yourself….and so we did. Sporting Race Junkie’sCastle “Home” hoodies on a frigid Florida winter day. The material is soft to the touch and does not cling. The fit is similiar to that of a tunic. It is great to Disney Bound in and even better paired with a pair of joggers or a tutu for the perfect run attire.
There is still time to experience the Festival of the Arts at Epcot. This event ends on February 20th. Family fun, culture, and inspiration for everyone!
January 22nd was National Polka Dots Day! Who better to celebrate the occasion with than the Polka Dot Queen herself, Minnie Mouse! In honor of her iconic style Disney Springs hosted a Rock the Dots party with music, buttons, and lots of dots! Special guest of honor, Minnie Mouse dressed in her best; changing her dress every 30 minutes! Oh my Disney, does that girl know how to rock the dots! I am honored too have attended the fantabulous event with Duffy’s Doodles and Juliet the First…oh and of course my adorable son, who rocked his Mickey dots!
“MINI” Makeovers at Sephora:
MINNIE MOUSE!!!! I just adore this dress!
Rockin the dots with the ever so delightful Juliet the First!
This was the best event of the year and I am so blessed to have shared it with the sweetest of the sweet!
National Polka Dot Day is January 22nd and my favorite fashionista, Minnie Mouse is hosting the ultimate party at Disney Springs. Come out for the fun and rock the Dots! See below for a list of magical offerings.