Adventures by Disney – 8 days, 7 nights

Featuring two amazing cities rich with history, the Adventures by Disney England and France departure is ideal for families exploring Europe together for the first time. There are several recognizable sites from your favorite books and films. You will be in awe of the beauty and excitement of the highlighted cities. Europe Vacation - Adventures by Disney

Starting off in London, you will experience some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. This includes a private tour of Westminster Abbey, witnessing the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, touring the Tower of London and meet a Beefeater, and taking a speed-boat ride up the Thames!

You can explore the English countryside, take in an archery lesson, and stroll the grounds of Windsor Castle. A special experience here includes scone-making and tea at Guildhall. Guildhall is a stunning setting where dignitaries and the Royal Family have gathered since the 12th century.

Travel on to Paris by train in the Chunnel under the English Channel. After an introduction to the sites of Paris, experience the Eiffel Tower with a Behind-the-Scenes tour. This includes access to the rooftop of the Le Jules Verne restaurant for a 360-degree panoramic view of Paris {one word, breathtaking}. Your Parisian adventure continues with wine tasting, bicycling and walking tours.

You will end your adventure in Paris by visiting the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral! This is a day full of beauty and art. There are activities for both adults and children. The adults will enjoy a tour of the Louvre with a private guide. It includes a viewing of the Mona Lisa.  The children can play Art Detective to discover some of the Louvre’s most famous works. Europe Vacation - Adventures by Disney

As always with an Adventures by Disney tour, you will experience 5 Star accommodations, VIP access to historic sites, immersion into local customs and traditions, and world class service. Adventures by Disney promises you will leave feeling a connection to the land and the people.

With the journey culminating in Paris, extending your family’s visit to include a few nights at Disneyland Paris before heading home is a great add-on to add a little extra Disney magic.

For assistance finding the ideal Adventures by Disney tour for your family, contact your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist!

 

Nancy Wideman

Travel Specialist

Love Disney, but looking for a different way to experience the magic? Take a look at Adventures by Disney for your next trip! Adventures by Disney has several different destinations to choose from. Now until March 4th, 2017, Adventures by Disney is running a special promotion for their Danube River Cruise. You can read about the travel dates and find out more information, here.

The Danube River Cruise is the perfect mix of adventure, fun, history, cuisine, and MAGIC!
Take a look at the video below and get a glimpse of the memories and magic you can experience on a one-of-a kind Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise!

 

 

Interested in embarking on an Adventures by Disney expedition? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today!

 

Mickey Ears – you can find them everywhere at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. They are a fashion statement on everyone from babies to seniors. Some people, including myself, even have a small collection of ears to suit every occasion. Everyone has a desire to look like Mickey Mouse but what do people do who don’t want to blend in with the crowd?

Show your Disney style by making your own Mickey ears. This is an easy craft with options for people that are super handy with a sewing machine and those who are close friends of the glue gun. It’s a perfect craft idea for crafty tweens and teens too as you can make a pair of Mickey ears in less than 30 minutes.

DIY Mickey Mouse Ears


Materials:

Headbands {thicker ones work best} Cotton Balls
Ribbon Glue Gun
Cardboard Sewing Machine {optional}
Fabric of choice {enough to cover the ears}

Step 1:

Start by tracing 2 equally sized circles onto your cardboard. Officially the ratio of the ears to Mickey’s head is 3:5 (a 3” diameter ear matches a 5” diameter head) but you can draw freehand the size of ears that you wish. Line up the ears with the headband and cut off the bottom of the ears to match the curve of the headband so you can attach them in your final step.

Step 2:

Cut out your material for the ears slightly bigger than the size of the cardboard. Sew or glue the material with right sides together, leaving the bottom open to slide the cardboard in. Flip the material so the right side is showing and slide your cardboard in. Ears have a bit of cushioning to them so take your cotton balls, shred them thin, and stuff them on both sides of the ears to add the cushioning. Glue or hand sew the rest of the ears together.

Step 3:

Next, wrap your headband with ribbon in a coordinating color to match your ears. Use your hot glue gun to glue the ears to the headband and your ears are complete.

Step 4:

Looking to turn your Mickey ears into Minnie ears? Add a bow in the middle to match your custom theme.
Many local stores carry Disney themed bows already made, or take your ribbon and turn it into a bow by gluing together one larger loop, the width of your desired bow, and then wrap and glue a thinner piece of ribbon around the middle of the larger loop to complete the bow. Optionally, add decorations to the middle of the bow or the ears themselves.

Custom Mickey and Minnie ears are a great memory of a Disney vacation. Be sure to tag Me and the Mouse Travel on your Facebook page with your ears so we can see you show your very own Disney style! For more ideas, take a look at the pictures below and visit our DIY Mouse Ears Pinterest board.

 

Michelle Browne

Disney Vacation Planner

 

Working with a travel planner who specializes in Disney vacations can save you money and time, but how do you find a travel planner who will work well with your family?

  • Friends and family are a great resource – ask them how they planned their Disney vacation, and you might find they have a great referral for you!
  • You can search on the internet for travel agents specializing in Disney. There are a lot of them, so how do you weed them out? Look for a professional-looking website, certifications and affiliations, and even the Disney EarMarked logo (showing that the agency is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner).
  • Talk with an agent and ask if there are any fees. Most agents do not charge a fee unless you booked on your own and they are only providing planning services.
  • Be clear about the services you’d like the agent to provide. Some agents will do your dining reservations and FastPass reservations. Others will only make suggestions.
  • What happens if Disney offers a promotion after you’ve already booked with your travel planner? Will your planner be aware of any new promotions? and will they automatically apply the promotion to your qualifying reservation?
  • If you have any special requests or requirements, be sure to mention them at the onset of your discussions. Your agent may have information that may help you with your requests, or they may have recommendations that they might not have made had your requests remained unknown.
  • Understand the value of your travel planner. We are there to take the stress out of the planning process and do everything to ensure you enjoy your vacation. We spend many hours fine-tuning all the details. We will often include extra pixie dust for your family. The services and little surprises your agent can provide you with outweigh any small discount or gift card you might be offered by another company simply trying to get your business.
  • And don’t forget – even families who have been to Disney dozens of time can still find value in a travel planner. We make sure we are aware of all the newest rides and attractions, restaurants, and any changes. The World of Disney changes very quickly, even from month to month. When you are settled in your comfort zone with what your family enjoys at Disney, something new will be introduced that you might have otherwise overlooked!

Nancy Wideman

Travel Specialist

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Some of my favorite photos of my kids are from Disney parks, and I have HUGE scrapbooks to prove it! I’m one of those moms who will plan an outfit based on where we’ll be, what characters we might meet, coordinating colors,… I also enjoy taking candid photos – photos when they’re looking somewhere else and all you see is the joy in their eyes, photos while walking behind them, and the simple things that make up what a Disney vacation means to our family. I am in no way a professional photographer, but I do like to pay attention to my shots.

1) Get down to their level. Sure, have some fun taking some artistic shots looking straight down at your kids or looking up at them from the ground, but the best photos are those that are at the same level as the subject. Experience things from a child’s perspective, and you’ll be amazed what comes into focus!

2) Mind the background! Sometimes what is behind your subject can be totally distracting when looking at a photo. Make sure that plant won’t look like it’s growing out of someone’s head! On the other hand, maybe you’d like to include something or someone in the background to show where you are. Offset your subject to the side so you can include the background in the frame!

3) Watch them when they don’t know you’re watching! Kids will get lost in the parade. They’ll be in awe of the castle or in seeing their favorite characters. Those are the moments to fill the frame with that pure joy!

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4) A great photo doesn’t necessarily require the subject’s face to be in the picture. Walk behind them and take a photo of their back, and show what they are walking towards!

5) Don’t be afraid to get up close! I always try to snap several different shots of a scene – zoom in, zoom out, portrait, landscape,…. I am drawn to images where I can really see someone’s face. While it’s good to be able to know where your subject is in a photo, sometimes it’s the expression on his/her face that is more important.

6) And lastly, what I struggle with – Learn when to put away the camera and just enjoy the moment. Dark rides and nighttime photos can be difficult with a point and shoot camera. Take a few photos if you must, but then sit back and enjoy the rest of your time.

7) Let’s not forget – Disney’s PhotoPass photographers can be found all over the parks and even at select resorts! Be sure to get a family portrait and, if you’re up for some fun, have them do a special pose with you!

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Friendly reminder – Don’t be “that guy!” Although many of us are tempted to take photos on dark rides, please refrain from having the flash go off at every scene. It ruins the magic for everyone else, and unless you’ve got a great DSLR camera, it’s very difficult to get a good, clear shot worth taking.

Nancy Wideman

Travel Specialist

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Yes, you can book your own travel online.  You can do everything yourself from  spending countless hours of research to reading hundreds of blogs until you are dizzy, but working with a destination specialist is invaluable.  Why?  Here are just a few reasons that will make your trip less stressful and more magical…

 Knowledge

When it comes to Disney World, more research is required than any other Disney Destination.  A Disney Specialist can save you so much time on the details from the best restaurants to eat at to which parks will be the least crowded, helping you avoid time-wasted searches in the parks and helping you simply enjoy your vacation.

 Free to you

It doesn’t cost you any extra to book through an agent vs. booking straight through Disney.  In fact, most Disney Specialists will give you so many fun “goodies” for your family that Disney won’t. 

 Saves you money

Not only is it free to work with an agent, it can actually save you money because agents are aware of all new discount codes and will apply them to your reservation as they become available.  When you make your own reservations, you have to be on the lookout for any sales.

 Dining reservations booked for you

Many of those very hard to get dining reservations require being online or on the phone at the crack of dawn 180 days in advance of your trip. Disney travel agents will make these reservations for you, allowing you to relax and sleep in.

 Other reservations too

Aside from dining reservations, agents will also make your reservations for special tours, as well as things like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Magical Express.

Elizabeth Hollman

Travel Specialist