(Note to readers: I was sent a bundle of items to help host the #DisneySide party, including t-shirts from Hanes, baking supplies from The Chew, photo printer paper from HP, and a suitcase from American Tourister as my host gift. I was not otherwise compensated and my opinion remains my own.)
I’ve been a Disney fan as long as I can remember, with my family living less than two hours away when we were kids. Walt Disney World is full of memories for me, and it’s hard to walk around the park without recalling the days when my brothers and sisters would run through the parks with me, finding fun all day long.
We didn’t have much money, so my parents always stayed at Camp Wilderness. We’d pitch a tent and eat on the cheap. When I was a kid, Disney had the e-tickets, and when we ran out, we were done riding attractions for the day, but we could still do things like ride the monorail for hours.
In those days, it was ok to ‘buddy up’ with each other and separate from our parents for the entire day, planning to meet back up at the campground in time for dinner.
In the Florida heat, we’d take a break inside the air conditioned spots that had no lines, like the President’s Hall. We weren’t interested in the wax figures of our presidents…we just wanted to cool off for a few minutes.
So, being older and not so close to Disney, my family only gets back once or twice a year, but we still have fabulous memories. Now, those memories are of things like the character breakfasts, or countless rides on Animal Kingdom’s Everest roller coaster at night.
So, when Disney asked me to share my #DisneySide, I was happy to play host with my pal Stacie from The Divine Miss Mommy to some of my Atlanta friends, and their kids. We hosted a party at The Gilbert House in Roswell (a great little party venue if you ever want to rent a place for your next event), and played some crazy games of Disney Trivia with our pals. It’s amazing how much even a four year old can tell you about the Disney Princesses, or their favorite Disney movies.
We even played Disney Bingo and decorated t-shirts (one uber talented dad showed the kids how to trace the Frozen characters on their shirts from a coloring sheet we had printed).
The party was a blast…but then again, everything Disney is fun, huh?