2017 Toyota Sienna Review

We are on the road several times a month to Children’s Hospital for L’s doctor appointments. There are many times that we have to leave early in the morning in order to be there on time for our 8:00am appointment. We were delighted to test drive the 2017 Toyota Sienna on one of our recent clinic days. Check out which feature was M and L’s favorite!

Disney Limited Time Offer: Get a 4-Park Magic Ticket for Only $70 Per Day

We heart Disney and try to find as many frugal ways to book a Disney family vacation. Disney has just released an amazing deal to help your family book an affordable and magical vacation.

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Experience special magic in all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks on 4 separate days with the 4-Park Magic Ticket for only $279 per adult and $259 per child, plus tax.

The 4-Park Magic Ticket grants you one day of admission to Magic Kingdom park, one day of admission to Epcot, one day of admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and one day of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on 4 separate days, so you can enjoy must-do experiences in all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks. Ticket may not be used to enter the same park more than once.

Purchase from November 15, 2016 through March 5, 2017. Tickets are not valid for admission on any of the following blockout dates: December 17, 2016 through January 2, 2017 and April 10 through April 21, 2017.

You can book directly on the website.

New Additions to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

My favorite time of the year has arrived. From now until December, we are one giddy family because we love the holidays so much. If we could live at Disney during this time, our happiness would be over the top for us all. Starting off with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The park is decorated with all our favorite fall colors and decorations.

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Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

This year’s event will feature many spectacular returning guest favorites, including “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” and “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks. But there are a few new additions to keep an eye out for.

Zootopia” Clawhauser Stars In This Year’s Exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card – This year’s exclusive card is “Clawhauser’s Tricky Treat,” and when an “apprentice” uses this card to cast a spell in the game, dozens of magical donuts appear. (Learn how you can pick up your game card in this previous blog post).

“Zootopia” Nick and Judy Join The Creepa Crew – The Creepa Crew, which entertains guests waiting on Main Street, U.S.A. will be led by two of the Zootopia PD’s finest, BFFs Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps.

The “Boo to You” Parade Will Give You A Sugar Rush – Vanellope von Schweetz from “Wreck It Ralph” will bring in the candy this year during the “Boo To You” parade. Spy her and her squad of dancers toward the end of the parade.

As a reminder, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party requires a separate ticket (a party specific ticket) that can be purchased here and is available for the following dates.

September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30

October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Don’t forget about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas starting November 7th.

Carowinds celebrates Fall with The Great Pumpkin Fest

As cooler temperatures creep in, an incredible line-up of frightfully festivities are brewing at the place where the Carolinas come together. Guests of all ages can have a chilling Halloween experience at Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest.

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During the daytime, Planet Snoopy is transformed into the ultimate kids’ party at the Great Pumpkin Fest. On Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, bring out the little ghouls and goblins for some “fang-tastic” Halloween fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Checkk out a few of these Great Pumpkin Fest activities:

– NEW! The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown: It wouldn’t be a spooky celebration without Charlie Brown and his friends showing off their favorite costumes. Watch as they sing along to some kooky tunes!

– NEW! Halloween Hullabaloo: We’re digging up some frightful favorites in our family-oriented musical revue of Halloween Hits!

– Peter the Talking Pumpkin: Ever heard of a talking pumpkin? Your little ones can chat with Peter, the prize winning pumpkin, throughout the day.

Children can also dress up in their favorite costumes and take part in our daily Kids Costume Parade, go trick-or-treating, visit with their favorite barnyard animals and more! We’ll also celebrate 50 years of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with screenings of the 1966 animated television special based on the PEANUTS(TM) comic strip, along with the reading of the classic book in PEANUTS(TM) Showplace.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Hotel Review

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we were fortunate to be able to stay at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, the closest hotel to Disney Springs. The excitement in our car when we drove up to the hotel was hard to contain. This was our first time staying on the property of Disney Springs. From the time the staff welcomed us to the moment we stepped in our room, the smiles were permanent on our faces!

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M and L both laid claim to their beds very fast by putting their Disney travel gear on each bed. The room was very modern with the decor and furniture.

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This hotel is a wonderful option for your family when visiting Walt Disney World as you are still on Disney property but with more affordable prices for a frugal family vacation. You must watch our short video of our view from our room. The video will capture Magic Kingdom’s firework display as well, all from our room.

During our stay, we were actually not able to partake in all the on-site activities due to time constraints. We are looking forward to our next stay so we can show you all the great family amenities. Stay tuned!

Disclosure: We have partnered with Wyndham Disney Springs in order to give you a real-life review of the hotel. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

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