2nd Youtube Video is now live- Typhoon Lagoon

Be sure to check out Charming Travel’s and Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 2nd youtube video!  This one is a fun overview of Typhoon Lagoon!  There you can ride 3 different water coasters, snorkle with stingrays, relax in the lazy river, and escape the heat in a tropical (thematically damaged) setting!

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YouTube Channel is live!!!

Hey all!  Confessions of a Mouskaholic has partnered with Charming Travels LLC to create our own YouTube channel!  Here is our very first video for our “vlog” or YouTube channel!

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 30 “Favorite Happy Ending”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

First of all, I would like to thank you for joining me on this 30 day journey!  I am excited to have done this Challenge every day, and have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments on social media!  If you haven’t liked my facebook page, be sure to visit Confessions of a Mouskaholic and like the page!  And the best part about today being the last day of the challenge is that I leave for my personal Disney trip tomorrow morning!  I can hardly wait!

Alright, time for the last “favorite”, and how appropriate that it is about endings!  My favorite happy ending is the end of Wreck it Ralph.  I think it is great because Ralph was willing to sacrifice himself to save someone that he loved, and he realized that even though he’s a “Bad Guy” the good is inside of him.  It is a truly heartwarming story, and I love the creativity and the idea behind it!

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I hope that you’ve all enjoyed this challenge!  Be sure to visit the facebook page to follow my trip, as well as get lots of Disney tips and tricks!  After my trip I will be resuming Tuesday’s Tip, Words of Walt (Thursdays) and Fun Fact Friday!  Stay Tuned!

If you’re interested in planning your own Disney vacation, contact Ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com for your free quote!

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 22 “Favorite Live Action Movie”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

Alright, a few months ago I posted my “Top Ten Animated Disney Movies” post, and had every intention of following up with a “Top Ten Live Action Disney Movie”… In fact, I have the draft saved, I just never got around to finishing it up!  Perhaps I will get that done after the 30 day challenge and vacation are over!  So I guess today’s post will be a little bit of a spoiler as I officially declare my “Favorite Live Action Disney Movie.”

This truly is a difficult decision, and is part of the reason that I haven’t finished my Top 10 list!  But I’m going to have to go with “The Rocketeer” as my favorite live action.

My parents taped it off of the Disney channel for me and my brother when we were little (for younger readers, “taping” is something we did on VHS tapes with a VCR, before the days of DVR.)  I just feel in love with this movie.  It had the love story where the good guy gets the girl, and lots of Nazi fighting action!  It is a great story line with a wonderful cast.  If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it!

The Rocketeer

Fun fact- If you ever visit the Sci-Fi Dine In theater at Hollywood Studios, be sure to look for the Rocketeer’s helmet as you enter from the lobby!

Rocketeer Helmet at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater

Rocketeer Helmet at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater

If you’re interested in planning your own trip to Disney World, be sure to contact Ashley@CharmingTravelsLLC.com .  All of her services are free of charge!  Contact her today for your free quote.

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 15 “Favorite Gift Shop”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

I really should have pluralized a bunch of the categories on the list, because today is yet another hard decision for me.  With that being said, I think I’m going to have to go with favorite gift “shops” instead of just one shop.  So, away we go!

Magic Kingdom- The Emporium is my favorite gift shop there.  It is the largest gift shoppe at Magic Kingdom and has a little bit of everything.  There isn’t a real specific theme to the shop, just a lot of Disney apparel, mugs, Mickey Ears, and general touristy souvenirs. I love to stroll through the Emporium on a hot day to escape the heat for a little while and just check out what they have to offer 🙂

The Emporium at Magic Kingdom

The Emporium at Magic Kingdom

Epcot- Mitsukoshi Department Store, is fabulous.  It is located in the World Showcase’s Japan Pavilion.  It is HUGE and there is a ton to look at.  It has a lot of nick nacks, and is just really fun to check out.  They have a wide assortment of Japanese snacks and candy, which is always fun to try, as well as a spot to purchase sake flights.  Perhaps my favorite part is watching someone pick a pearl!  Click here to read my post (and watch a video) of me picking my pearl in January!

Mitsukoshi Department Store- Epcot

Mitsukoshi Department Store- Epcot

Hollywood Studios- Tatooine Traders is the gift shop at the end of the Star Tours ride.  I LOVE Star Wars, and this gift shop is like geek haven.  I always end up buying a t-shirt for my brother and saving it for his Christmas gift 🙂  Oh and for added fun, build your own lightsaber!

Tatooine Traders at Hollywood Studios

Tatooine Traders at Hollywood Studios

Downtown Disney Disney’s Days of Christmas is located in the Marketplace at Downtown Disney and is a must stop place for me on each trip.  My husband and I have a tree in our living room and all the ornaments are Black, White, Maroon, and Silver (the colors in the room).  It is stunningly beautiful, and every trip we make to Disney, we love to look through this store to find a new ornament for our tree!  It is a little difficult at times to find one that fits the theming of the tree, but that makes each one more special and unique! (Click Here to view my ornaments purchased at Disney’s Days of Christmas)

Disney's Days of Christmas- Located at Downtown Disney

Disney’s Days of Christmas- Located at Downtown Disney

If you’re interested in planning your own trip to check out the amazing shops that Disney has to offer, be sure to contact Ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com.  Her planning services are always free of charge!  Take the hassle out of your planning!  Contact her today for your free quote!

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Restaurant Review- Dining in the World Showcase: Mexico

Let this be said about me, I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD!!!!!!  I mean seriously, there is a restaurant near our house and we eat there EVERY Wednesday.  There are even times that we eat there twice in one week because we love it so much.  With that being said, eating in the Mexico pavilion at the world showcase is almost a given on any trip of ours.  The difficulty with this is choosing between the two table service restaurants- La Hacienda de San Angel, and San Angel Inn.  La Hacienda is the newest restaurant having been added to the pavilion in 2010.  We have dined at both restaurants and they both have amazing qualities.  Here are my thoughts on both-

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn is located inside the pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion.  I love love love the atmosphere of this restaurant.  The entire inside of pyramid is set up to be like a nighttime open air market place in Mexico.  The restaurant is situated between the market and the river that houses the “Gran Fiesta Tour” ride.  The setting for this restaurant is quiet, romantic and peaceful.

Your meal starts out with chips and salsa, and I love the salsa at this restaurant, it has almost a smokey quality.  The food is good, but not great.  When I choose this restaurant it’s mainly for it’s quite romantic atmosphere.

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

La Hacienda de San Angel is located directly across from the pyramid.  While a beautiful new restaurant, the setting isn’t nearly as romantic or intimate as the atmosphere at San Angel Inn (just my opinion, feel free to disagree!)

La Hacienda interior

La Hacienda interior

While the setting isn’t as spectacular, the food is much better.  I like their food selection as the taste of the food.  (I had the Tacos Camerones and they were AMAZING!!! It was served with refried black beans with a crumbled cheese and I couldn’t get over how delicious they were!)

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

The prices of the two are comparable and a good value on the Disney dining plan.  While the setting isn’t as intimate, La Hacienda does have a very nice view of the World Showcase Lagoon.  If you plan your reservation accordingly and are willing to wait for a seat by the window you can have an incredible view of Illuminations.

There are definitely perks to both locations, so whichever you would choose, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  Be sure to get your dining reservations, as you will need them at either location!

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

If you are planning your own Disney trip and would like help planning or booking, be sure to contact Ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com !  She can help with all of your Disney planning needs, including dining reservations!

The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1)

I was going to write about the many “Behind the scenes” experiences at Disney World, but Charming Travels has a well written blog post, so why re-invent the wheel!?!  Check out Charming Travel’s blog post on the awesome behind the scenes tours available at WDW   (click on the link)

The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1).

Register today for the Expedition Everest Challenge 5k

I’ve written In the past about how I LOVE to participate in RunDisney events because these events combine two of my favorite things- running and Disney!!!!  With that being said, today is an exciting day because registration will officially open for the Expedition Everest 5k Challenge. The event will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  This event is an incredibly unique RunDisney event for several reasons.

1) This is the only RunDisney event that is a stand alone 5k.  There are many 5ks held throughout the year on Disney properties, but this event is centered around the 5k rather than a larger event.

2) This event is a night time race.  There are only a few other select RunDisney events that are held at night

3)  This 5k is also a “challenge event” and includes a few obstacles such as a hay bail jump, tires, and a crawling net.

4) There is a scavenger hunt to complete after you run the 5k.  You will be timed separately but the scavenger hunt is part of the “Challenge”

5) This event is held solely on the grounds of the Animal Kingdom park.

6) There is a MASSIVE after party for the participants and select rides are open during the party!

While I’ve never had the opportunity to run this event I interviewed Michael and Tiffiny Wyscarver who participated in the event as a team in 2014.  Tiffiny described the event as “Fun, fun, and more fun!”  and Michael loved that it was “running through the Animal Kingdom park, obstacles, and a scavenger hunt combined.”

2015 will be the final year that RunDisney offers the Expedition Everest Challenge (which was a disappointment to Michael and Tiffiny).  So make sure that if you’re interested in this race that you register quickly!  Spaces will more than likely fill quickly because of it being the final year!

Net climb obstacle during Expedition Everest Challenge

Net climb obstacle during Expedition Everest Challenge

Expedition Everest Medals

Expedition Everest Medals

If you decide to run this awesome challenge be sure to contact Ashley with Charming Travels LLC to book your trip!

Ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

Introducing Guest Blogger- Michelle Coomes

Hello Mouskaholics!  I am very excited to introduce my friend Michelle Coomes!  She will be occassionally guest blogging here on the site!  I am stoked to have her on board because she is bringing two different perspective to my “Confessions of a Mouskaholic” page!  First she’s a Disney travel agent, and second she is a mom!  She has tons of Disney experience!  Without further ado- allow Michelle to introduce herself!

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Hi, my name is Michelle and I am a Travel Planner specializing in Disney Travel. I live in the Lake Norman area in North Carolina but grew up outside of Akron, Ohio. I am married to my dear, sweet husband Nathan and have 2 great children, Mitchell (5) and Piper (2.) My husband and I began traveling to Disney together when we were still in college and I am so thankful that we’ve been able to share the magic with our children too.

Growing up my family vacationed on the beaches in North Carolina every year & my love for Disney began with  the numerous Disney movies that played on a loop in our home (particularly Beauty and the Beast!)

My first trip to Disney World was in 1999 on a high school trip with 150 other classmates. I cannot say that I fell in love with Disney World during that time, I was too interested in being several states away from home and having the freedom to explore the world of Disney on my own. I can say that this trip to Disney sparked my interest in travel and a desire to find adventure in life. I remember walking through Epcot’s World Showcase, taking in each country with wide eyes and feeling a passion build inside me to see more. Two years later I was visiting some of the original places Disney based their country pavilions off of: St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, British pubs on cobblestone streets in the U.K, the Eiffel tower in Paris, France. Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle in in Bavaria, Germany gave me an  understanding as to why Walt Disney would want to replicate it’s beauty. Being in Disney World today not only reminds me of the happy memories that I have made there with my family, but also of the other wonderful places that I have experienced in my life. It may sound silly but I am so thankful to Disney World for recreating some of my favorite places from around the world so I can re-experience them since traveling abroad frequently is not as easy to do. I have been able to share my passion for travel and new experiences with my family at Disney World and it’s one of the greatest gifts I can give them.

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I’ll admit, I take being a travel agent specializing in all things Disney very seriously and therefore insist on my family and I being up to date on the latest and greatest that Disney has to offer. We love trying new resorts, restaurants and excursions! We’ve been to Walt Disney World several times and stayed at all 3 tiers of resorts (value, moderate & deluxe). We’ve also cruised on the finest fleet of cruise ships on the seas: the Disney Cruise Lines. Although we haven’t yet experienced Aulani by Disney in Hawaii, we have been to Hawaii and are familiar with the islands.

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I am a vegetarian and have had a peanut allergy when I was younger and know the importance of being prepared for dining while on vacation. I have done extensive homework in being knowledgeable of Disney World restaurant menus so I can ensure that my family and my clients have enjoyable meals that are stress-free. Disney World has always taken excellent care toward making sure that I have had delicious, thoughtfully prepared meals and I love being able to share that with clients.

For the past few years I have been helping family, friends and clients plan their Disney vacations as a  College of Disney Knowledge graduate.  Whether it’s setting sail on a Disney Cruise, looking for excitement with Adventures by Disney, walking in Walt’s steps at Disneyland, taking in the beauty of Hawaii at Disney’s Aulani, or the magical parks and resorts of Disney World, it is my passion to show you the magic that is Disney!

I am thankful for Ashley and Confessions of a Mouskaholic has offered to feature me on her wonderful blog so that I can share my love for Disney with all of you! I am more than happy to take on questions that you may have and I hope to pass on some of my favorite tips and tricks so you can enjoy your own Disney vacations a little more.

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If you’re interested in assistance planning your own magical Disney vacation please contact me. My services are FREE and I can do all of the work so you can have fun! You can like my page at www.facebook.com/MichelleDisneyTravel or email me at Michelle@charmingtravelsllc.com.  I post current promotional rates along with reviews & tips on my facebook page daily that you’re sure to love!

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