Disney

Everything related to the place where magic lives

The Minnie Mouse ears I made have been catching a lot of attention, with some people wanting to buy them and others wanting to make a pair for themselves. As much as I’d love to start up a little business, I definitely won’t have the time. So instead, I’m taking what I learned from my attempts at making Minnie Mouse ears and sharing my secrets.

I first decided to make these when I was shopping around on Etsy. With most ears costing at least £15 plus postage, I decided it was well worth trying for myself before buying any. I set off to The Range, a nationwide shop that sells literally everything, and got crafting.

If you follow my tutorial, I’d love to see the ears that you make! Trust me, if I can do it then anyone can. Send your photos to me on twitter @farawaylisamae.

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The easiest way for me to see how I’ve grown up over the years is to compare photos of myself at Disney. I said this aloud the other day and realised how lucky I am to be able to say that. For so many, a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida is a distant dream, or a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Thankfully, I had parents who were willing to put aside a lot of money to go on international trips to America and I am so glad that they did.

Some will say that it’s a waste of money, and they might be right. I definitely can’t remember exploring Minnie’s house when I was three years old, and neither can I differentiate between the time that I met Mickey Mouse aged nine versus the time that I met him aged 12. What it has given me, though, is knowledge of the wider world, the knowledge that there is somewhere close to utopia on earth, and that there will always be a place I can call home across the Atlantic.

Some will laugh at how much Disney meant to me while growing up. But if you dig a little deeper, it makes a bit more sense. As a child, the only places you consistently go are around your hometown; to the shops, your grandparents, your school. Orlando became one of those places that I would recognise and add into my routine. Even though there weren’t weekly visits, or even yearly ones, it became familiar. And that familiarity makes it home.

Some will laugh at the fact that I think biennial trips to America has had a wider impact on my life, but I think it has made me into a more positive adult. I always see the bright side of things, even though I do love to moan, and I try to treat people as I would like to be treated. I believe there is a magic in the world. I try to see the beautiful in the everyday. Above all, I know that working hard and saving harder can get you what you want. This year, I’m paying for a two-week holiday to Florida for the first time in my life. It will be the produce of months of hard work at my first ever job. I already can’t wait to sit on that plane and know that I have earned everything that is coming my way through my own efforts.

I’m so glad that my parents thought it would be a great idea to take three-year-old Lisa on a plane for nine hours, and love it so much that they decided to take me back three years later – this time with my baby sister in tow as well. While I may not be able to remember every detail, I know I’ll always be thankful that I was able to grow up at Walt Disney World.

 

Did you ‘grow up’ at Disney? Do you think it has had an impact on your wider life? 

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I’m so excited to go to Walt Disney World in October. This isn’t a solo trip, though, I’m taking my baby sister along for the ride. Not quite as small anymore, she’ll be in her first year of sixth form college when we fly over to the place where magic lives. We’re thinking of blogging and even vlogging the entire trip, so I thought you should probably become better acquainted with her.

We have both been luckily enough to grow up while visiting Walt Disney World. I’ve only been to Florida once without her, back when I was three years old, and since then we have both visited six more times. Looking back at the photos of us growing up over the years is something really special, so I’m very glad that we’re onto the next stage now where we can be trusted to go together.

Today, she’s answering 30 Disney Parks questions for your entertainment. Be sure to say hi to her in the comments. She’s rather excited to feature on my blog, so I’m sure you’ll make her day!

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Today is the day – Disney dining reservation day! When visiting Walt Disney World, you are able to book dining reservations in the Disney restaurants up to 180 days in advance. And, even better, if you’re staying in a Disney resort you can book reservations on your 180 day date, plus the next ten days of your stay. Since we’re staying in Disney for ten nights, I was able to book all of our restaurants today.

I’m going to talk you through both the reservation process (so hopefully you will be able to navigate it a lot better than I did) and also the restaurants we have chosen and why they made it into our top 10.

I was very excited about being able to book advance dining reservations (ADRs) from 11am on Thursday, but it quickly turned to stress when the website was basically unusable. Everything I was clicking resulted in an error message, complete with a photo of Lady and the Tramp. Let me tell you, after an hour of trying an failing to book times, I was sick to death of those dogs!

Read on to find out which restaurants I managed to get…

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Something very exciting is happening on Faraway Lisa Mae today. Yes, it’s my very first guest post! The lovely Jenn is from Canada and loves Disney just as much as I do. To celebrate our obsession with all things related to Walt Disney World, we have each shared our top ten tips for making the most out of a visit to the place where magic lives.

If you’re a fan of A Spoonful of Sugar, I’m so glad that you’ve decided to check out my blog. Take a look around; there are lots of Disney posts about my experience working for the company, my advice, and all about my upcoming trip to Florida in October.

Without further ado, it’s time to hand over to Jenn to share her top tips for making the most of a trip to Walt Disney World.

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