Disneyland 2017 Deal!

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If you are considering a trip to Disneyland in 2017, our friends at Get Away Today have some fantastic deals! We wanted to pass them along because we all love saving on vacations, right? With the Disneyland 60th celebrations winding down, 2017 is a great year to plan a trip to Disneyland. Get Away Today is an expert at Disneyland vacations including staying off-property if that is what works for your family. They have put together 2017 vacation packages and pricing that include:

  • Adults at Kids’ Prices for travel in January, February, May, August and September (3-day and longer Park Hopper tickets only)
  • Extra Day Free on 4-day Park Hopper Tickets valid all of 2017 (5 days for the price of a 4 day ticket)
  • Layaway plans are available for just $125 down – you have up until 2 weeks before they go to make final payment

There are a fun new things to experience at Disneyland. Come see the new show at the Hyperion Theater: Frozen–Live at the Hyperion. If you are a Star Wars fan, come see all the new star wars highlights including

  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi – 10 minute film
  • New Jedi Training show

Get Away Today can price out staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel or staying at a hotel in the surrounding area. And this is a great deal on passes! Our family is looking forward to visiting Disneyland is 2017 and all the great Disney fun!

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Disney Parks Halloween Time & Parties

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If you are planning a trip to one of the Disney parks for Halloween, or you have already booked a visit during Halloween time, there is so much fun stuff to see and do at the parks! We have a quick rundown of what is at either park as well as the dates and pricing for the Halloween Parties.

Disneyland & Mickey’s Halloween Party

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Disneyland is so much fun at Halloween time! The entire park is decorated with pumpkins and fall scenes, that is a blast to visit during September and October. Disneyland also hosts Mickey’s Halloween Party which is a special event on select nights in Disneyland. This event does require additional tickets to attend and Disneyland closes early on those select dates to accommodate only event ticket holders to attend. Here is what is included in the special event ticket:

  • Trick of treating stations throughout the park
  • Select rides open just for guests
  • Halloween Fireworks show
  • Special character greets throughout the park
  • NEW! Headless Horseman rides down Main Street
  • Villains at special meet & greets
  • Cadaver Dans out performing
  • Guests can attend in costumes! (guidelines on costumes on the Disney site)

Below are the calendar dates for September and October, as well as color coding for different pricing. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the party hours are 6:00-11:00 PM and Fridays and Saturdays the party hours are 7:00 PM-midnight. Ticketed guests can arrive into Disneyland 3 hours before the start of the party, and we recommend you do that for sure! Disneyland will also offer a special Blue Bayou Halloween Dinner with a 3-course meal. This is an additional expense as well, but it is only available for guests who purchase tickets for the Halloween Party. Not all food locations stay open for the party so it is best to either make dinner plans before you enter or eat inside the park before locations close. They do offer fantastic snacks and treats only for the party and all food is Halloween themed!

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Walt Disney World & Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Walt Disney World offers a fabulous Halloween Time at the Magic Kingdom, and a much bigger party than Disneyland. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event and requires an additional ticket to attend. Magic Kingdom will close early on party dates for regular guests and guests with party tickets can enter the park 3 hours before the official start of the party. Every party runs from 7:00 PM until midnight. Here is what is included in the special event ticket:

  • Trick or Treating stations throughout the park
  • Select rides open just for ticketed guests
  • Special Character meet & greets and photo ops (like our ghost photo above!)
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks with a villain theme
  • Boo to You Halloween Parade
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular show
  • Special Halloween dining at Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Crystal Palace (reservations required)

Additionally, there is a Happy HalloWishes Dessert Package that you can purchase tickets that has a special viewing of the fireworks on Main Street along with a buffet of delicious desserts. The price is $79 for adults and $47 for children. Reservations are required and prices are in addition to special event tickets. Guests can also arrive in costumes but they must follow Disney’s guidelines on costumes.

Below are the dates of all the Halloween parties and the different pricing has been color coded. Children must be ages 3-9.

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If you will be visiting one of the Disney parks for Halloween, there is a lot of additional fun for families. Remember that the Halloween parties run long so always plan something low key the next day so kids can recoup from a long night of fun!

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Summer Family Movies 2016

It’s almost summertime! Our family is so excited for all the fun activities that come along with summer, and my kids love seeing the great summer movies. We have compiled the list of the family movies coming out in theaters this summer that we think you and your family will love seeing!

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The Jungle Book – In theaters now!

Technically, this movie is in theaters NOW but it is a huge hit and kids love it! Whenever we get a free weekend, this is tops on our list! The movie is the live action version of the animated version The Jungle Book – the story of Mogli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle, who has to leave the jungle because of the tiger, Sheer Khan. He is accompanied by his friend, the panther Bageera and the bear, Baloo. Rated PG

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Angry Birds – May 20

Movie based on the very popular game app – you would think it was the other way around. We follow the story of the bird island and three particular birds, why they are angry, and how they have to thwart the evil plans of the pigs! Looks really funny actually…my kids have been wanting to see this one for awhile! Rated PG

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Finding Dory – June 17

The sequel to the amazing “Finding Nemo” movie and who isn’t looking forward to this one? The plot of this movie is Dory in search of her family along with her beloved friends who help her along the way. All the original voices are returning for this fun sequel! Not yet rated

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The BFG – July 1

When I was a kid, this was one of my favorite books. And I’m SO excited they are making it into a movie that kids are going to love. AND its directed by Steven Spielberg! If you didn’t read the book by Roald Dahl, the little girl Sophie befriends a friendly but lonely giant and the adventure begins from there. Not yet rated.

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The Secret Life of Pets – July 8

This movie looks really funny and my kids laugh at the preview every time! The storyline follows one dog, Max, who is dealing with a new dog in the family, as well as a sub-plot of abandoned pets who want to take over the “pet life” world. Expect lots of laughs with this one! Not yet rated

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Ice Age: Collision Course – July 22

Yep! Its another Ice Age movie! My kids really have loved all the movies so I would expect this one to be just as good as the other…how many is it now? Basically, the world is in peril and the Ice Age crew has to save themselves…again. Should be a funny film and parents actually like watching these too.

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Pete’s Dragon – August 12

I grew up loving the original Pete’s Dragon, so I am hesitant about the remake. But I’m sure Disney will make this magical and bigger than ever! We aren’t sure yet if the story line will be similar to the original movie or go off-course. It still centers around Pete and his best friend, Elliot who is a dragon.

Tween Summer Movies

Do you have a tween that would like to “graduate” from the animated family flicks this summer? Here are a couple summer movies that the older kiddos will be excited to see!

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Alice Through the Looking Glass  – May 27

If your tween didn’t see the first Alice in Wonderland movie, it might be a good idea to watch before this movie as the same weird and quirky characters are revisiting Alice in this sequel. This movie will be a little dark and weird, but totally awesome and spectacular at the same time! And tweens, teens and parents will love it! This is probably not a great movie for the younger crowd as it might be too visually “different” but it won’t be scary or inappropriate. Rated PG

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Ghostbusters – July 15

If your tween has seen the original two Ghostbusters movies, this will be right up their alley! Basically, the story line is similar to the first with a misfit group of people who are trying to rid the city of ghosts through unconventional methods. It hasn’t been rated yet but expect some language and inappropriate content of some sort. But it will most likely be hilarious and is a very anticipated movie for the summer! Not yet rated

Just making this list makes me excited for summer movie season!! I hope your family is excited for some fun movie adventures and I can’t wait to see these fun films! Now I need to put together a list of summer movies for date nights!

Circle by Disney Review

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You may have seen ads about Circle by Disney and wondered what this is and what it is all about. After our family looked into it, we decided to give it a try and see if it could help in our house. You may not be at the point in your house where you have multiple electronic devices that everyone is using at different times, but our house has iPhones, iPhone Touches, a kid’s computer, laptops and iPads that our kids are on throughout the day. Sometimes these are used for school assignments but sometimes it is just for fun. It can be next to impossible to manage all of these devices all the time. That is where Circle comes in and helps parents monitor all of these devices.

Summer is coming…I know parents don’t want their kids spending summer doing this:

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At our house, we try to limit the amount of time our kids spend having screen time: television, iPads, games, computer…there are a lot of screens! On top of that, we want our kids to only have access to safe stuff and restrict online access. Circle helps with all this! Circle lets you manage content that your kids are exposed to AND the amount of time they spend online and on apps and games. And parents can manage it all from the Circle app on their phone.

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This is what our app looks like on our phone. Each person has a different age setting: adult, teen, kid and Pre-k. And you can set time limits and bedtimes for each age. So lets say your preschooler grabs an iPad and wants to play a game after their bedtime. If they try to log into the iPad after their set time on Circle, they encounter this page:

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Our family has had issues with managing time on devices. As hard as we work, it is really difficult and Circle is helping us really reign it all in. In addition to setting time limits and bedtimes, you can filter out things you don’t want kids to have access to as well as adults. While our kid’s setting doesn’t allow YouTube, the adult computers do so if they want to see an awesome Disney YouTube video, they can get permission from us to see it. This limits the chance of them clicking on something that we don’t want them to see.

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Parents can also get an insight on each family member and device on what has been played and viewed. What exactly is your tween spending time doing on her phone? What is your preschooler’s favorite game? And how long did they spend on that game or app?

The Circle device is very small and non-intrusive. This is it (minus the box):

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That’s it! Just that little white box and it can be anywhere in your house but of course, a central location is best for internet access. If you are interested in getting Circle for your family, you can purchase it from multiple locations including Amazon and Best Buy. You can also purchase directly from Circle by Disney online. All locations offer it for that same price of $99. If you want to read more about circle, visit the meetcircle website.

Start this summer off right by limiting kids screens and making management easy! We are loving how simple Circle has made this for us and how easy it is to adjust it from our phones. We highly recommend this system for families.

We did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions are our own and offered by our own accord.

Disney Parks Pricing Changes

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Just recently, Disneyland and Disney World rolled out new price changes for park tickets. The changes mainly effect 1-day ticket purchases and that really makes the biggest impact on Disneyland visitors. Most guests to the Disney World will stay for multiple days and purchase multiple day tickets. Multiple day tickets at both parks still offer the better discount as the price per day decreases with each additional day you add.

If you are visiting the Disneyland resort this year and plan to visit for one day, now there is a tiered pricing based on the day you visit. The choices are value, regular and peak. If your wondering when the busy times of year are, they are the “peak” price tier. Here is a graphic of the year of the 1-day ticket pricing tiers at Disneyland.

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The greatest price breaks come with a 3-day park pass, but here is a quick rundown of multiple park passes at Disneyland:

2-day Adult (Ages 10+): $195/ticket
2-day Child (Ages 3-9): $183/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket

3-day Adult (Ages 10+): $255/ticket
3-day Child (Ages 3-9): $243/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket
Magic Morning Early Access with these passes

4-day Adult (Ages 10+): $280/ticket
4-day Child (Ages 3-9): $265/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket
Magic Morning Early Access with these passes

5-day Adult (Ages 10+): $295/ticket
5-day Child (Ages 3-9): $280/ticket
Park Hopper will add $40/ticket
Magic Morning Early Access with these passes

Disney World has new 1-day ticket tier pricing as well following the same style although their calendar has different peak and regular days, which shows that crowds are different in Orlando. Here are the 1-day ticket pricing tiers for Disney World:

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At Disney World, multiple-day park passes are available up to 10-days but here are prices up to one week. The more days, the greater the per day discount (Magic Morning Early Access only available for resort guests):

2-day Adult (Ages 10+): $202/ticket
2-day Child (Ages 3-9): $190/ticket
Park Hopper will add $55/ticket
Adult tickets about $101 per day

3-day Adult (Ages 10+): $290/ticket
3-day Child (Ages 3-9): $272/ticket
Park Hopper will add $55/ticket
Adult tickets about $97 per day
4-day Adult (Ages 10+): $325/ticket
4-day Child (Ages 3-9): $305/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $81 per day
5-day Adult (Ages 10+): $340/ticket
5-day Child (Ages 3-9): $320/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $68 per day

6-day Adult (Ages 10+): $355/ticket
6-day Child (Ages 3-9): $335/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $59 per day

7-day Adult (Ages 10+): $370/ticket
7-day Child (Ages 3-9): $350/ticket
Park Hopper will add $69/ticket
Adult tickets about $53 per day

So it pays to stay more days at the parks although other costs can add up! If you are planning to visit a Disney park for 1-day, remember to check the new tier pricing.

If you are hoping to buy Disneyland tickets for a reduced price, be leary of companies you find on the internet that offer savings as there are a lot of scams for Disneyland. Our friends at Get Away Today offer special deals for Disneyland tickets and are a local travel agent. We also recommend the site Undercover Tourist for both Disneyland and Disney World discount passes although they mainly have multiple day passes. As always, our friends at Destinations in Florida always have deals for Disney World!

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