Monday, February 17, 2020

EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts 2020 Highlights

EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida now has multiple festivals throughout the year with special food booths, activities, merchandise, and entertainment. The International Festival of the Arts is one of the newest. This year it runs from January 17, 2020 through February 24, 2020.

There is so much to see, I’m glad we will have one more visit before the festival ends!

Here are some of my favorites from my visit during earlier this month:

The character meeting locations have special artwork that's out even when the characters aren't meeting.  This is in the UK where Alice meets.

This "Make it Pink, Make it Blue" portrait of Aurora is in her meeting spot in France.

The Expression Section features a paint-by-number mural each day from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. When you walk up to the booth, they will give you a paint brush and a container with paint telling you which number squares to paint. When you're finished, you get a cute postcard with the picture you just helped paint!

The Living Statues are out by the temporary Mouse Gears from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm.

The exclusive Festival of the Arts merchandise features Figment!  These cute paint cans have shirts inside of them.

The walkway between Future World and the World Showcase has gorgeous chalk art lining both sides.

There is also a 3D chalk art spot that you can jump into the picture! So much fun!

One of the construction walls between the Imagination pavilion and the Land pavilion is lined with beautiful butterflies for some fun photo ops.

My shirt is from my friends at Lake Buena Visitors - check them out on Etsy!

There are a lot of fun art activities, like this Spin Art you create while peddaling on a bike.  

Some booths have merchandise like these shirts, art work with visiting artists, scarves, candles and more

The Deconstructed Dish booth has a fun drink, Rainboba. It's sparkling water with a raspberry foam on top and boba pearls at the bottom. Plus, you can keep the cute plastic flute it comes in!

Also at the Deconstructed Dish, the strawberry cheesecake is delish!

I tried the scallop with chorizo, roasted red pepper coulis, and parmesan crisp at the Artist's Table between the American Adventure and Japan pavilion.

I really loved the pollo alla pirandello, a golden chicken drumstick stuffed with ricotta cheese and pomodoro sauce in Italy.

You can find the artist palette jumbo chocolate chip cookie with "paint" icing at a few locations throughout the festival.

The paint brush churros are at the Refreshment Outpost in the African Outpost. They're cute but they really weren't that great unfortunately.

Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Company offers three specialty latte & donut pairings at their different locations in the park. I tried the Baroque Pairing at the American Adventure - a white mocha iced latte layered with a red velvet donut and sprinkles.

The Disney on Broadway Series features three daily shows headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award winning shows. The shows are at the America Gardens Theater and are included with park admission.

You can be in the artwork! Lots of different photo spots throughout the park.

Some Photo Pass photographers have special props you can use in your photos.Can't wait to try some more food and see one of my favorite Disney artists during our next visit!xoxo, Shannon

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

It's Time to Stream Disney+

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It is finally here! Disney+ streaming service is finally live on November 12, 2019 and I know I can't wait to dive in. Who else signed up months ago?! The service will have the Disney classics as well as a bunch of original programs, and honestly, I think that's what I'm the most excited about!

You can purchase the service for either $6.99/month or $69.99/year. Subscribers will be able to stream on multiple devices and downloads on up to 10 devices. Streaming is available on Android devices, Android TV, Apple devices, Apple TV, Desktop browsers, Chromebooks, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Fire Tablets, Rokus, Xbox One, and Sony Play Station 4. As well as LG, Samsung, and Sony Smart TVs.

Here are the Top 5 shows or movies I'm most looking forward to:

1. Noelle 
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In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter, is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun. Noelle wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over from their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

2.  One Day at Disney 
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On December 3, 2019 — the same day the book arrives in stores – Disney+ will debut its new, 52-episode short-form series One Day at Disney, launching with a feature-length documentary. This exciting new series takes an in-depth look at the unique and surprising roles these Disney cast members call their daily jobs. 

3. Marvel Movies
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We got way behind on the Marvel movies, so it will be great to be able to watch them all in one place and get caught up! There will also be some original Marvel movies and shows to add to the list too.

4. The Lizzie McGuire Reboot

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The new Lizzie McGuire story picks up as the Lizzie is just about to turn 30. She seemingly has it all­—her dream job as an assistant to a fancy New York City decorator, her dream guy, and a picturesque Brooklyn apartment—but things aren’t always as they seem. With a little help from her friends, her loving family, and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form, Lizzie navigates the ups and downs of adulthood.

5. Behind the Attraction
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson produces this series, which shows how popular Disney rides and attractions came to be. This will give viewers an exclusive glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ of some of Disney’s most popular attractions by speaking directly with Disney’s Imagineers and other creative minds involved in bringing each one to life. The episodes will feature a deep-dive into the history of how these popular Disney attractions came to be, and how they’ve been refined as new ideas surface and technology evolved. 

Are you signed up and ready to stream? What is at the top of your list to watch?!
xoxo Shannon

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Quick Look at My New Erin Condren Life Planner

So excited to fill my new #ECLifePlanner with all of the things going on right now! Especially wedding planning! I got all kinds of goodies from them to make it match my style.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Erin Condren. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sunday Prep for a Great Week

Sundays are one of my favorite days of the week!  I make sure to take time out to prepare myself for a great week ahead.  It makes the week just a little bit smoother and as stress-free as it can be! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our Proposal Story

I am so excited to finally be able to share the details of one of the most magical days of my life with you!  The holidays and the first few months of 2017 have been quite a whirlwind, sorry for the delay!

I knew something was happening on the morning of December 11th, because Johnny was so emotional.  He told me he had a surprise planned for me, and ended up taking me to get a massage.  That was the last time I saw him until he was proposing that night.  When I walked out of my massage, two of my friends who now live in Wisconsin, were there to pick me up!  I was shocked!  We spent the day together eating brunch, getting my hair done, manis and pedis, and love notes from Johnny at each place we went.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shakeology Mug Cake Recipe

This is a super simple and quick recipe to get a little dessert in if you're craving something sweet...without the guilt!