OlgaDavis30: June 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WDW Wednesdays - Toy Story Land Opens June 30th

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Whose counting down the days to the opening of Toy Story Land? June 30th will be here before we know it! Here’s a quick recap of what you need to know.
Guests that are 60 days from their Walt Disney World Resort hotel check-in can choose one FastPass+ reservation for one of the Toy Story Land attractions, plus two other attractions in the park such as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and more, depending on availability.

But FastPass+ reservations are just one of the ways guests can experience Toy Story Land. Beginning July 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also operate from 8 a.m-10:30 p.m. for a limited time. In addition, even more Extra Magic Hour opportunities will be available including daily morning Extra Magic Hours, plus evening Extra Magic Hours offered once per week.
When Toy Story Land debuts on June 30, guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard.

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Slinky Dog Dash. Andy has assembled his roller coaster kit for maximum family fun. Riders of all ages will delight as Slinky Dog bends and twists his coils around curves, hills, bridges and drops in the Slinky-est coaster ever. Riders will zip around and above Toy Story Land, serving up panoramic views of all that the new land has to offer.
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Alien Swirling Saucers. Brace yourself for out-of-this-world thrills because the aliens have powered up their flying saucers! Adorable little Toy Story green Aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket-ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.
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Toy Story Mania! One of the most beloved attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Mania!, gets an all-new colorful toy carnival game box entrance when the new land opens. In fact, this is the box that the Toy Story Mania! game came in. Recently updated with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the carnival playset action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games. To the high-scorer go bragging rights.

When it’s time for on-the-go refreshments, Woody’s Lunch Box will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window in a setting surrounded by Andy’s favorite toys and a giant vintage thermos. Woody’s Lunch Box will also feature Mini Babybel – the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.

We can't wait to plan our next visit and see all our pals at Toy Story Land. Time for a Toy Story movie marathon!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sweet Penny and the Lion - Book Review

I received a complimentary copy to review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis of Sweet Penny and the Lion by Richard Fairgray & Alexander Burke

Sweet Penny is so good, she would never do anything to disappoint her parents or disrupt class or upset her friends. In fact, she’s so sweet that even when bullies steal her lunch, she just quietly smiles and lets them.

And then, one day on the playground Penny’s class is playing a game when a lion hops over the fence. Penny’s classmates scream and scatter, but Penny was told to stay right where she is. And so she does.

And the lion eats her.

But something changes when she’s in his very dark belly. She punches and kicks her way out, and when she emerges, not-so-sweet Penny will never be taken advantage of again.

I like the idea of my daughter doing exactly as she is told. But how do I explain to her that sometimes you shouldn’t do as you are told. This particular book tells the story of Penny, a little girl who always did as she was told. But in one particular instance she is put in danger right in front of a lion. While her classmates run for safety she stays exactly where she is. Why? Because her teacher told her not to move. This proves catastrophic, as the lion eats her! Sure this sounds like quite the harsh lesson, but it’s a kid book and she’s just in the lion’s tummy. While inside something changes in Penny. She realizes that she probably shouldn't have stayed where she was. She kicks and punches her way out. From this point forward she learns that no one will take advantage of her sweetness. She knows that sometimes you need to go with your gut, no matter how young.

Sometimes that may mean breaking some rules, rules that could put you in danger. I want my daughter to know this, and this book helps explain it in a way she may understand. Don't end up in "trouble" because you didn't move or speak up.
Sweet Penny and the Lion
Author: Richard Fairgray & Alexander Burke
Age Range: 3 - 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (March 6, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1510734848
ISBN-13: 978-1510734845

Monday, June 25, 2018

Razzmatazz Family Friendly Fun

I received guest passes to experience Razzmatazz. All opinions are my own. 
Looking for a fun activity for your family this summer. Check out Razzmatazz on Chicago South side. The location is easily accessible via I-55, and they have lots of parking available. I brought along my 3 and 6-year-old. The space is 20,000 square feet, with an inflatables section in the back, which can be accessed for an additional fee. Upon arrival we had two options to play. We could get a $20 game card to play the games and reload once we were on empty. This option gave you the chance to accumulate points for prizes. The second option was an hourly card that you didn’t get points, but were able to play unlimited for a specific amount of time. We chose the second, as at this time we didn’t need any extra toys floating around our home. If you get the hourly card, you are limited to how many back to back turns you can have on the same game.

My girls seemed to like a couple of the games such as kicking a soccer ball, and a ping pong fish bowl game. They had a blast playing the arcade games. The games were more targeted toward an older child; I would say around 8 years old. We found that some games were not working, so that gave us less options (but common in other game venues as well). We went early in the day so it wasn’t too busy and we were able to play most of the games. 

I was happily surprised by the food. It is moderately priced, and it is really good. I wasn’t expecting it to be so delicious. It was the kind of foods you find on a bar menu. I especially liked their loaded fries! We also got some chicken tenders and mac n cheese bites, which were a hit with the kids.  

For a rainy day or when you want to spend a couple of hours away from home with the kids, this place can offer some fun. Over all a good time, but for my kids I wouldn’t get the reloadable card as I’d be reloading that card over and over and over again, I could easily see myself breaking the bank that way. I’m glad there is the option of the timed card.
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