Princess Hair Style & Dining at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

As an Orlando local and the owner of Destinations in Florida Travel, I am always at the Orlando Theme Parks researching for our guests.  I always bring my family along with us on our adventures.  We want to bring you along on our adventures, too.  This week we headed over to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to try out the new princess hair styles at the hair salon.  This hair salon is a fantastic alternative to the Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique.  We were able to walk right in to the hair salon, even without an appointment while the Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique was sold out at Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney.  We loved the hair style with braids and even a huge tiara (fit for any princess).

After the hair salon, we headed over to the princess character dining experience with Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, and Jasmine at Citricos.  This is a temporary Character Dining Experience.  We enjoyed a delicious brunch and got amazing pictures with our favorite Disney Princesses.  After brunch, we popped over to Magic Kingdom since we were already so close to play a little bit at the park.

Come join my family as we spend the day at Disney’s Grand Floridian and then Magic Kingdom.

Written By Allison Jones:  Allison has either worked or played at Disney World for the past 35 years.  She was a past Cast Member at Typhoon Lagoon and Tower of Terror.  She continued her love of Disney by starting Destinations in Florida Travel.  With over 60 agents, Destinations in Florida is considered the premier travel agency by guests, media, and the destinations themselves.  Contact Allison at allison@destinationsinflorida.com if you would like her or her team to book your upcoming Disney & Orlando vacation.



Monsters Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue in California Adventure

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Monsters Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue in California Adventure is a fun taxi ride through Monstropolis. You will board your yellow-and-black taxi cab at the Monstropolois Transit Terminal for a tour of the city. As soon as your tour begins, an emergency “special report” broadcast plays informing guests that there is a child loose and must be apprehended. You’ll join Mike and Sully as they race to rescue Boo from C.D.A. Agents and Randall Boggs. As you depart Monstropolis, pay close attention to Roz. You never know what she might say!

Length of Ride: 4 minutes
Height Requirement: None
Scare Factor: It is dark and has some high paced scenes
Rider Switch (for small kids): No
Weather Procedure: Located indoors
Ride Photo: No
Flash Photography: Not recommended
Queue: Indoors
Open for Magic Mornings: No
Fastpass: No
When to Ride: This ride is usually not very busy because it is kind of tucked in a back corner. I would ride before lunch or after dinner.
Our Touring Strategy: We road this one around 11 am with no wait.

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Secrets/Tips and Tricks: 

  • Vehicle seats 6 guests in 2 rows of 3 seats
  • Notice the treats in the vending machine
  • Watch for Randall Boggs to pop up throughout the ride
  • At the end of the ride, chat with Roz. You’ll be surprised by the things she can say. If you have on a birthday button, she might even sing to you.

Don’t miss Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland.

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York Photo: Custom Pillowcase 2 for $16.96 Shipped | Great For Disney Trips

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On one of our previous trips to Walt Disney World, we had the characters sign a pillowcase instead of an autograph book. It was a huge hit and the kids and characters loved it!

Ink Garden is offering TWO of their custom pillowcases for $16.96 shipped when you enter the code SLUMBER at checkout. You could add a picture of your kids to the pillowcase and have the characters sign around it. It would definitely make it easier to know which side they need to sign.

We did this over a year ago and the kids love their pillowcases and they have held up to multiple washes and haven’t faded. We used fabric markers from Walmart and it has held up great.

You have until April 4th, 2015 to grab this deal.



Personalized Tote Bag $4.98 shipped | Great Beach Bag or Park Bag

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If you are a new customer to York Photo you can make a Custom Bag for grocery/beach for $4.99 shipped.  Just enter the promo code TOTING at checkout.

It measures approximately 12×13.5 inches and it can hold up to 30 pounds of groceries. You can choose from one of the many template designs to start with and personalize it with your own photos or build your own design from scratch!

Here’s a summer bag I made to carry our gear to the pool and park:

These would also make a nice alternative to a gift bag for birthday gifts!

You have until March 25th, 2015 to grab this deal.



1/2 Priced Sonic Shakes after 8 PM

If your sweet tooth hits you at night, then you are in luck because Sonic has a yummy new special. You can get Half Price Shakes after 8pm through the end of summer. I am so excited to see a deal that is good through summer because I am cold. Ironic that the deal is on ice cream which is as cold as I feel right now.

Be sure to check out all the current dining deals.



Colgate Optic White Toothpaste and Colgate Total Rinse FREE at CVS!

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$5 ECB wyb $10 in participating Colgate products (limit 2)
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste 3-3.5 oz, Rinse 8 oz or toothbrush 1ct @ $3.99
Colgate Total Rinse 33.8 oz @ $6.99
$2 off Colgate Optic White Express White, Optic White Platinum or Enamel Health toothpaste 3oz+ from 2/22 SS
$2.00 off Colgate Optic White Express White printable
$2.00 off Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse printable
$2 off toothpaste, toothbrush or floss purchase CVS coupon from Coupon Center
Deal Idea: Buy (1) Colgate Optic White Toothpaste @ $3.99
Buy (1) Colgate Total Rinse 33.8oz @ $6.99
Use (1) $2.00 off Colgate Optic White Express White printable
Use (1) $2.00 off Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse printable
and use $2 off toothpaste, toothbrush or floss purchase CVS coupon from Coupon Center
Pay $4.98, get back $5 ECB
Total: FREE

Be sure to check out all the current CVS deals. And be sure to learn how CVS can help you “Coupon to Disney”.



High Value Well Beginnings Diapers

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Here is a rare coupon for $1.50 off Well Beginnings Diapers. Print it now and wait for a BOGO sale on the diapers.

I am on a mission to see how cheaply I can diaper my baby so I am definitely printing this coupon!



Cadbury or Hershey’s Single Candy FREE at CVS!

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Cadbury or Hershey’s Singles Candy singles – $0.87
ECB: $.87 wyb 1 (limit 1)
Pay $.87, get back $.87 ECB
Total: FREE

Be sure to check out all the current CVS deals. And be sure to learn how CVS can help you “Coupon to Disney”.



$5.95 For Dr. Seuss Birthday Gift Set With 5 Books & FREE Gift


To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, you can score 5 Dr. Seuss & Friends books plus a FREE themed growth chart for $5.95 when you enter the code BIRTHDAY at checkout.

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Here are the 5 books you will receive in your order:

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And for an additional $5.99, you could also get One Fish, Two Fish and Dr. Seuss’s ABCs with your order. That’s a buy one, get one FREE deal as their books are normally $5.99 each.



Enter To Win A Grace Doll Prize Pack + Help No Kid Hungry

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Have an American Girl fan? You can enter to win a Grace doll Prize Pack through October 31st, 2015. Just sign up to help No Kid Hungry and you will automatically be entered to win. You can see details of the doll giveaway at the bottom of this page.

Looking for ways to save on American Girl? Check out this post!