ORLANDO, Fla. – Crayola Experience has a gift for dads this Sunday: A free ticket and a day of creating unforgettable family memories. This Father’s Day, June 17, all dads will receive free admission to the family destination (with the purchase of a child’s admission.) “Families are the base of our Crayola world and dads are a huge part of that world – especially when it comes to creative development,” Marketing and Sales Manager Jackie Vasquez said. “We’re so excited to provide this small token of our appreciation, and we hope they make amazing memories that will last forever!”
Regular admission to Crayola Experience is $23.99 at the door or $20.99 online. Children under 3 are free. Annual Passes are now $30.99. Families of four can take advantage of Crayola Experience’s Annual Pass sale: 4 Annual Passes for $104. For tickets and info go to CrayolaExperience.com
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!
Flippin’ your fins you don’t get to far, unless your stylin’ in a Disney Tee by The Fashionable Mouse. The Fashionable Mouse is tres trendy with designs that speak to the soul of any Disney fan. Lynn Smith, graphic designer/illustrator by day and magic maker by night; has been making Disney images for family and friends for many years now and decided it was time to spread the magic to everyone. Lynn offers an assortment of unique Disney Graphics including Tsum Tsum, Star Wars, Disney Villains, Disney Holiday, and Disney Princess that can be pressed onto any size tee. All shirts are 100% preshrunk cotton and very comfortable. The heat transfer of the design provides a bubbleless, smooth finish. Lynn uses vibrant colors and a fun font that not only stands out, but also delivers a bold statement. The Fashionable Mouse is hosting a Grand Re-Opening Sale on Etsy; save $5 when you spend $25 in her shop and get more for your money! It is all about quality and affordability when you shop with The Fashionable Mouse.
Every perfect Disney tee deserves to be matched up with a perfect pair of Minnie ears. Dress yourself up in magic from head to toe with Beautiful Magik; magikal ears for magikal times! These adorable ears are ascribed with music notes and adorned with a red and white bow. Perfect for any Disney music fan or a superior Snarfblat player! Lindsey, the master ear maker uses a soft foam filler in all her ears. Beautiful Magik ears have a loose fit and can be worn all day with ease. It is recommended to keep the ears dry as the foam may lose fullness when wet. Currently this shop is on a break and creating more Magik for you. Please DM Lindsey on Instagram to place an order. ***spoiler alert*** Look for more Beautiful Magik Minnie ears in a future post!
Of all the beautiful photo spots throughout Disney World, one of the most popular today is the Purple Wall. The purple wall stretches from the Tomorrowland Terrace and into Tomorrowland. It is part of a hidden walkway leading guests from Main Street to Tomorrowland. When I first heard of the purple wall I was intrigued and thought there must be something special about this wall. Before knowing where it was located within the park of Magic Kingdom my children and I searched and searched. One day we stopped to take pictures at what we thought was the notable wall, just outside the bathrooms near the Tomorrowland Speedway. I couldn’t understand why so many people would stop to take pictures outside the entrance of the women’s restroom. It was quite awkward with very little space to pose while guests where going in and out of the restroom. Just the same we managed to snap a few pics and felt very strange doing so. A few visits later we walked past a much longer purple wall and realized we had found it! It stretched for what seemed like miles but I’m sure was more like 1/4 of a mile. The joy that we felt over this accomplishment! It was exhilarating!
After taking some pictures, laughing at how silly we were before, and how exciting it was to finally find this hidden treasure I sat to watch the passersby. Many walked past not noticing the beauty of it while others stopped to pose making a funny face and some with props. I could only wonder what made this wall so special? After all, it has been the backdrop for thousands of pictures and has it’s own Instagram page!
Sadly, according to cast members there is nothing special about it. It is just a wall that was painted purple in 1998. The color purple is a bright color used to express the future and replaces the old yellow of yesterday. It is a contemporary color and matches the color scheme used at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. When asked about the popularity, cast member Ricky stated, “It is an Instagram trend. Guests will take pictures for the trend.”
Trend or no trend…this wall is making history! So grab a camera and put on your best smile and join the “Instagram Trend”! Think of it as a little added magic!
Or a pansy, or a rose, maybe even a peony with Blue House Blooms Floral Crown Mickey Ears! Blue House Blooms is a specialty shop on Etsy where you will find an array of lovely floral crowns that are fit for any princess. Located in Orlando, Florida; just minutes from Disney World the Blue House Blooms team finds a way to intertwine a pinch of pixie dust into every floral crown, making your next visit to Disney World, oh so magical!
You will look and feel like a Disney Princess as you walk through the gates of Cinderella’s castle and all the Royals will undoubtably bow to your graceness. Anastasia and Drizella will try desperately to snatch these beauties as your Fairy Godmother is working up a spell to transform you back to that time when you danced the night away with the Prince and the two of you fell in love. The magic of these ears is absolutely wonderful! I love how the ears fit with just about any Disney Outfit that you put together! Dress them up or down; no matter how you wear them make sure to meet and greet with a Disney princess or two!
Rapunzel adored the flowers in our hair and asked if we would sit and pick daisies with her in the field just a ways from her tower. She even asked if we would weave a floral crown for her hair. It is these little moments that really make your experience unique from any other.
Blue House Blooms makes a variety of floral crowns and can customize your very own to match your favorite character. Just pick the colors of your flowers and wire and Blue House Blooms will do the rest!
Here are some Disney inspired ears that Blue House Blooms have created:
It was nearly 100 degrees on the second official day of summer here in Florida, but with the opening of the NEW Frozen Ever After ride in Epcot it seems things are about to get a whole lot cooler around here. The highly anticipated Frozen ride packed in guests from all over the world making this the second longest wait time ever recorded at Walt Disney World. Wait times on opening day were as long as 300 minutes only an hour after the park opened and wrapped all the way around the world showcase. Soarin’ beats this with a standby wait time recorded at 305 minutes on New Years Eve a few years back. (Touring Plans) An unnamed cast member informed guests that wait times were actually longer for Frozen Ever After, but showed 300 minutes because that was the highest number they can display on the wait board. Sadly, I was not one of the lucky first time riders…I was actually stuck in an office working. Had I been off I would have been in line waiting at park opening just so I could go down in history as an opening day rider. I do have a Fast Pass to ride in July! Which means that I can play it cool and enjoy less then normal wait times for other attractions. Seriously, with everyone in Norway or somewhere in the world showcase waiting on line for the new attraction, even Test Track has less then a 20 minute wait!
Also new in Norway character meet and greets with Ana and Elsa!
image from Disney World (click image to be redirected)
Promise to share my Frozen Ever After experience at the end of July when I enter the wintery world of Frozen for the first time!
My children are attempting to ride Frozen Ever After today with my super awesome sister and her family.
At 8:26am this is the wait to get into the park…day two of Frozen Ever After! (pic courtesy of my super awesome sister who is waiting to get into the park!)
This weekend my children and I had the opportunity to visit Wonder Works Orlando. Thank you to Erica Lewis for the complimentary passes. This upside down building has made it’s home on the corner of International Drive and Pointe Orlando.
But wait! Why is this building upside down and where did it come from??? Well, as legend has it, the world’s greatest scientists- led by Professor Wonder- were given the task of creating a man- made tornado and harnessing the POWER of it.
During this experiment, something went awry and the power of the tornado was unleashed throughout the laboratory. This created a swirling vortex that was strong enough to rip the laboratory from its foundation. It was carried thousands of miles away and landed upside-down on the top of a brick warehouse in Orlando, Florida. Remarkably, all of the experiments remained intact and functional.
There is so much to experience once you have entered this structural phenomenon. Experience hurricane strength winds up to 74 miles per hour, test your ability to survive freezing cold waters as cold as 28 degrees!, challenge yourself on the bed of nails, or break out in the bubble lab! All the exhibits are a must try and super fun for all ages. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to go through the exhibits that are spread throughout three floors. Our experience lasted 5 hours, but it was extremely packed inside due to the weather, so some exhibits had longer wait periods. In fact, it was so busy when we arrived that Thea one of the ticket agents was yelling out to the crowd, “Close my door! You have a three to four hour wait for all exhibits; you might as well leave!” My daughter and I were just like WOW! This was not a very good first impression and did not make us feel very welcome. We also had issues in the basement on the third floor where the arcade games and Laser tag are located. Many of the games would not operate correctly after we put the token in the slot. When we asked for help we waited 10 minutes before having to ask the attendant a second time if someone could help us. After the game attendant gave us our tokens back, we tried another game and had the same issue. This was a bit disappointing, however we still had a very enjoyable time at the Wonder Works. We spent about thirty minutes playing in the Bubble Lab where we made bubbles large enough to cover my daughter from head to toe. Many bubbles and much laughter was made in the lab. We ventured off to the Mind Ball where it was a race to the finish line. Our minds controlled the ball and it moved based on our mind activity. I won, wahoo! From there we just bounced from exhibit to exhibit. So much to do from Virtual Sports to the Astronaut Training Challenge. This was the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon with the family. Please also take note that the glasses used at the Hurricane Shack and 4D XD Motion Theater are not cleaned in between use. I watched the attendants take the glasses from riders, place them in a bucket and pass out the same glasses to new riders. We quickly got out of line for fear of getting pink eye or worse. This is a major health concern to me and gave me the heebie jeebies. All in all we had a lot of fun experiencing the mysteries behind Wonder Works and my children thought Laser Tag and the Bubble Lab were pretty cool!
Image on right: How Cool are You? Image on Left: Wonder Wall
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Sea World Bands, Brew, and BBQ kicked off their concert series with one of the hottest names in country music.
And he broke out all the hits and had the crowd going. This was one of the best country concerts I have been to in awhile. This man stays true to his country roots and his songs are about what matters most…Beer and American Pride. Love him! It was standing room only. The fans packed it in and enjoyed the party.
Some fans brought American Flags and held them high with pride, while others lifted the Red Solo Cup in great cheer. And I love how this man stands by Sea World! No one can shake him! Another great reason to stand by him and his awesome music!