See the World’s Largest Crayola Crayon!

Crayola New Blue Event

The World’s Largest Crayola Crayon – Bluetiful – Arrives in Orlando  The 1,352-pound crayon makes its permanent home at Crayola Experience

ORLANDO –  The world’s largest Crayola crayon, weighing in at 1,352 pounds and nearly 16 feet long, assumed permanent residence this morning at Crayola Experience Orlando. The family destination will celebrate the arrival with themed attractions, giveaways and a character meet-n-greet with Bluetiful herself.

Starting tomorrow and through Christmas Eve, the first 100 kids to visit the attraction will receive a free Bluetiful crayon, and all guests visiting on these days can:

  • Name and wrap their own Bluetiful crayon at Wrap It Up!
  • Color an exclusive Bluetiful coloring sheet at Colossal Caddy
  • Meet-n-greet Bluetiful an 8-foot crayon character

All activities are included with general admission. Distribution of Bluetiful crayons will begin when the attraction opens at 10 a.m. All other activities will occur throughout normal operational hours.

The latest shade to join the Crayola family was announced at the Colorful World of Pigments event hosted at Oregon State University on May 5, 2017. The event was a celebration of YInMn blue and its impact on art, culture and industry.  The new crayon shade was inspired by the YInMn pigment discovered in the laboratory of Oregon State Chemistry Professor Mas Subramanian.

Crayola received over 90,000 unique name submissions for the new blue crayon color and almost 400,000 consumers voted last summer to choose the final name for the new color.  ‘Bluetiful’ was voted the winner and Crayola created the larger-than-life crayon to celebrate. The 1,352-pound, 15.6-foot crayon, was unveiled at the naming announcement in NYC in September.

 

Crayola Experience tickets are $19.99 online and $22.99 at the door. Kids under 3 are free. For tickets, hours and info, visit CrayolaExperience.com.

 About Crayola Experience: Discover the magic of color at Crayola’s premier and one-of-a-kind family attraction Crayola Experience! Twenty-six hands-on attractions await families in Orlando, Fla. Bigger, brighter and bolder than ever, the colorful adventures of creativity and experience color in a whole new way. Also featuring live entertainment. Crayola Experience also has facilities in Easton, Pa – the birthplace of Crayola crayons – and at Mall of America. To learn more, visit CrayolaExperience.com.

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Sweet Treats: Sprinkles at Disney Springs

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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….disney-2x

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!  dscn0076

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 Sprinkldscn9934es 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.   dscn9970

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!

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“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.

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Red Velvet Root Beer Float

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.

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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 National Polka Dot Day!

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.

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Shiny Sky Rainbows

Elevate your Disney style with fanciful hair bows and headbands by Shiny Sky Rainbows that will show off what you love most about DISNEY!  Bows that are so sparkly you are bound to stand out from the crowd.  Shiny Sky Rainbows hair bows will transform a blah day to the most magical day ever!  Check out my favorite bows from this quaint shop I found on Etsy!dole2

This darling Dole Whip inspired bow is incredibly delectable and the perfect bow for any Dole Whip fanatic like me.  With just the perfect touch of shimmer and shine the pineapple shaped barrette is topped off with a sparkly, yellow hibiscus flower.   Pair it with the sweetest soft serve Disney treat and you will feel like a Pineapple Princess!

 

lolli2Satisfy your sweet tooth with a swirl lollipop hair bow.  Inspired by Main Street USA’s Confectionery; one of my favorite shops to roam through!  The sweet smells of candy and all things sugary bring back childhood memories  from some of my first visits to the Magic Kingdom. The multicolored bow is brightly vibrant and a perfect replica to the famous Mickey Swirl Lollipop’s.

 

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Channel your inner mermaid with this Ariel inspired hair bow.  Shaped like a starfish, this Ariel flower bow is made of soft grosgrain ribbon and embellished with a gold starfish center.  Life is the bubbles under the sea!  Perfect for your little Disney Princess!

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Yeehawww!  This rootin tootin Jessie insprired headband will intrigue you to yodel your heart out!  Made with a thin, light headband and topped off with a miniature cowgirl hat just like Jessie’s!  You will be an honorary roundup member as you roll and ride through Frontierland.  Look how darling it is matched up with this Jessie inspired dress by One Two Three Shop!  

 

All bows are customized to your desired clip (alligator clip or french barrette) and can be made into a headband!  Let your imagination be your guide and dress your best Disney Style with Shiny Sky Rainbows.

 

Looking Chic on the Savanna

 

According to Vogue magazine, animal print is a powerful fashion trend this winter. Leopard, Cheetah, Zebra, Tiger, Spotted Hyena, Striped Hyena, African Wild Dog, Giraffe, and Monkey are fashion’s greatest inspiration this season.  As a Disney fanatic I couldn’t possibly think of any better way to show off the hottest fashion trend but with a magical pair of Animal Print Minnie Ears!!!

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Earmagination Ears designed me a pair of leopard inspired Minnie ears that are perfectly lush!  Embellished with a sparkly brown bow and kissed by a string of faux pearls these ears will bring out the inner wild in you.  With great attention to detail, Earmagination Ears tickles your fancy  with a hidden Mickey, designed with three faux pearls.  You will shimmer and shine in these ears!  Imagination is the only limit when creating enchanted Minnie ears.  Using sequins, bows, flowers, and seasonal embellishments Earmagination Ears can customize any design scheme.  Let your imagination be your inspiration!

Cast members and other Disney guests will be left gawking at your unique ears and left wondering, where they can get a pair for themselves.  To view more ears designed by Earmagination Ears check out their Instagram Page or Etsy shop!

 

Florida Mermaids Take Aquatica

444Feel like a fish out of water? We certainly don’t because at Aquatica Orlando, there is fin-fun for everyone. Guests can experience thrilling water slides, relaxing rivers, wondrous wave pools and unique animal encounters at this family-friendly water park. We let down our mermaid hair for the day and had an absolute splash!

Even with autumn upon us, Florida has persisted to bring bouts of sunshine and warm weather our way in place of the crimson leaves and cooler days expected of the harvest season. But for a family of mer-friends, there’s no adventure more promising than a day spent swimming through the waters of the seven seas to capture the tropical embrace of a Floridian Fall.78

In gratitude to SeaWorld Orlando graciously providing us with complimentary media passes to explore Aquatica from a dolphinately different perspective, Juliet Cahow, the author of Juliet the First, and myself put our fins together and set sail on a refreshing voyage.

“Water, dolphins, and merfolk equates to water park fun!” -Holly  Spoonley

Aquatica is uniquely SeaWorld, as upon entering the park visitors are greeted by a friendly display of Commerson’s dolphins. This proves a clever choice, since the species is related to killer whales, which are more largely representative of the theme park’s signature mascot, Shamu. Despite their small size, the friendly creatures provided a warm welcome and reminded our mermaid party of four that Aquatica isn’t too far distanced from the ocean, with animal encounters spread throughout the park.

Loggerhead Lane, an attraction with salt water running through its veins almost as much 2as ours, is one of these featured up-close experiences. The lazy river ride takes visitors on a journey beneath an arch of exotic fish and past a wall from which the Commerson’s dolphins can again be viewed. Although brief, it offers a special opportunity for guests to feel encapsulated by a far-off world and acts as a perfect attraction for merchildren of all ages.

Aquatica also offers two side-by-side waterslides, HooRoo Run and Walhalla Wave, which allow families to wave the shore goodbye together as they depart on a wild ride through the ocean’s current. We flipped our fins through HooRoo Run more than once, where we enjoyed a triple-dip water run that gave us the sense of complete weightlessness until our raft met the dock.
While SeaWorld’s Aquatica provides guests with opportunities rivaled only by the potential treasures of the lost city of Atlantis, we were still able to arrive late and make our way to every attraction at least twice. The park’s small size is likely unnoticeable to traveling merfolk, but as Disney-frequents, the lack of dense crowds allowed for us to leave satisfied within a few hours. For tourists planning a vacation, or even Florida residents preparing for a brief staycation, a maximum of three to five hours should allow you to enjoy the water park without limiting you from embarking on another adventure for the day. The water park is still worth the visit for merfolk who are looking for something a little different and less intense than a traditional set of looming slides, with other options like Aquatica’s Dolphin Plunge and Roa’s Rapids, which lack the intimidating quality of other attractions housed at competing water parks.
With just the right amount of smiles, seashells, and mermaid vibes, SeaWorld’s Aquatica is a must to bring back the warmth of the sunshine state on any dreary day. It was the perfect pick-me-up for two sandy, coffee-driven mer-bloggers, and might just be the little piece of paradise every fish in the sea needs.
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Aquatica brings the feel of “reel”y spending a day at the beach, as we even got the chance to bury our toes in the sand.
Hugs and fishes,
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Frozen Ever After- The Experience

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On June 21, 2016 Frozen Ever After took over Norway in the World Showcase of Epcot.  Guests stood in line for over 6 hours to experience the new attraction.  To read more about the Frozen Ever After opening, please see my previous post .  I however, got a FastPass  for a future Journey (July 18th) to Arendelle to see Anna, Elsa, Olaf and so much more!  It has been a month since the initial opening and this attraction is still quite popular;  although wait times are not quite as long as opening week.   Planning ahead with a FastPass is highly recommended, or you could find yourself waiting in queue for as long as 90 minutes.  Not to bad though, rumor has it there is much to see and do as you weave through a small cabin and make your way to the dock to board the boat.

Frozen Ever After follows the same track as it’s predecessor Maelstrom; where riders traveled through scenes of seafarers and maritime villages depicting a mythological version of Norway’s Viking days.  Everything but the track has changed and the surrounding spectacles have been replaced with some high tech animations and major cuteness overload!  Riders of all ages will enjoy songs and favorite phrases as the characters from the hit animation Frozen come to life before your very eyes.

As the boat winds through Arendelle and riders finally reach Elsa’s freezy fortress, the Ice Queen begins to sing, “Let it Go,” and the walls begin to shimmer and sparkle as Elsa displays the power of her ice magic and sends the boat back through a frosted corridor to the adorable and oh so cute Snowgies.

 

The animatronics  are simply stunning and I think Disney has out done themselves with this new family favorite!  Definitely worth the wait!