Monday, March 19, 2012

Minnie Moms: I Love This Photo Because...

This month I asked the Minnie Moms to share a Disney-related snapshot and tell us why it's so special.

Kelly: I love love love this picture of my husband and sons taken at the California Grill. We had just finished dinner and then went out to the roof to look at the Magic Kingdom and I wanted to take a picture of them together. They, of course, love having their pictures taken (insert sarcasm) and this was the shot I got. I don't know why but I love the looks on my kids faces. It is one of my favorite family pictures to this day.

Corby: The reason I picked this picture as one of my favorites is because it's from our very first Disney trip as a family which will always be the one I treasure most. Banks was barely 3 years old when we stood in line to meet Tigger and Pooh. He was holding his blankie when Tigger took it, put it over his eyes and walked around pretending he couldn't see. My son thought it was the most hilarious thing he'd ever seen. He still talks about it to this day and he's almost 8. It's little moments like these that make Disney so special. He took his blankie to every character meet and greet that trip, and even the following year! If "Tigger" only knew how much joy he gave my son that day, I bet he'd be pretty proud.

Natalie: Last year, my family hopped aboard the Disney Dream for an unforgettable family vacation. The cruise ship was brand new, offering elegance and fantasy for everyone.

Looking back on our experience, our favorite part of the cruise was our time spent on Castaway Cay, the Disney owned island. The day we arrived at Castaway, my family headed on land soon after finishing breakfast. We walked along the shore and my son decided he wanted to head to the Kids Club there on the Island. My husband and I were happy to find that while the kids would be playing games with water toys, etc., there would be no visits to the pool or ocean. With my son happily hanging out with his friends from the Dream in the Kids Club, my husband and I decided we would head out in the ocean for a bit to see if we could spot Minnie and Mickey Mouse in the Snorkeling Lagoon. While we are not avid snorkelers, we did have a great time floating and identifying the various objects hidden along the ocean floor.

Once we finished swimming, we were excited to find that right along shore was Cookie's BBQ. Here we were able to fill our plates with food prepared by Disney for their guests. The barbeque and chips really hit the spot for the two of us famished from all of the swimming! Wanting to spend some time with our son, we headed over to the Kids Club to find that our son had also just finished eating his lunch. We checked him out from the Kids Club and headed over to the Castaway Family Beach. We spent time flying a kite (and getting in trouble because that is apparently a no-no), building a sandcastle or two and laughing at one another as we slid down the water slides.

We really felt that our time at Castaway Cay was worth the cost of the entire cruise! The island is free from hagglers found at other islands, offers free food, drinks, and entertainment. Towels and lawn chairs are provided all along the Island and the Kids Club is available for use. I hope to return on a Disney Cruise again soon, perhaps just for Castaway:)

Janine: This photo is from 2001which was my inaugural trip to WDW, Florida and the United States!  This was the very first morning of our holiday and it had to be the Magic Kingdom.

It was a good job I was wearing sun glasses as I had been crying like a baby.  The sights and smells of Main Street still get me every time, but seeing it all for that initial time with that amazing Castle at the end was truly breathtaking.

This was also a very special trip for us as we had a secret to share with then DBFs parents - he had asked me to marry him!  We shared the news with them on his birthday when we were down in St Petes Beach a few days. Thankfully they were over the moon :-)

So all in all a wonderful first visit to a magical place, that we just can't wait to share with our darling DD in 2014.

Thanks to KellyNatalieJanine, and Corby for joining me today.  Please visit the Minnie Moms page for past articles and more information about these fabulous ladies. 

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