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28
Jun 14

Singer Ariana Grande Celebrates 21st Birthday at Walt Disney World

Singer Ariana Grande Celebrates 21st Birthday at Walt Disney World

In a photo taken at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on June 24, 2014, singer Ariana Grande gives Mickey Mouse a kiss in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Grande is celebrating her 21st birthday with dozens of family and friends at Walt Disney World.


28
Jun 14

Splitsville Drops Prices for Early Bird Bowling at Downtown Disney

splitsville early bird bowling downtown disney walt world

Take advantage of this new offer at Splitsville in Downtown Disney. Monday through Friday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Adults can bowl for $10 and kids for $5. “Early Bird” Prices include shoe rental which makes this a heck of a deal. Come early and stay later for lunch. The food is amazing. Read my epic restaurant review here: That Time We Ordered 12 Items Off the Downtown Disney Splitsville Menu {A Huge Restaurant Review}


24
Jun 14

First Look Inside Camp Ocean and Dr. Seuss Bookville on the Carnival Freedom Cruise Ship

carnival cruise line freedom dr seuss bookville

I’m currently cruising on board the newly refurbished Carnival Freedom and yesterday I had the opportunity to check out the brand new Camp Ocean and Dr. Seuss Bookville children’s facilities.

Located adjacent to the Camp Ocean check in is Dr. Seuss Bookville. Let me tell you, this is not only a child’s “dream come true” but as an adult who grew up reading The Cat in the Hat, this is an adult’s “dream come true” as well.

carnival cruise line freedom dr seuss bookville

Dr Seuss Bookville is filled with brightly colored seating areas and about every classic Dr. Seuss book you can imagine in several languages. This is the place you can read your child a story…INSIDE of a story.

carnival cruise line freedom dr seuss bookville

This “storybook” setting is truly magical. Not only are there story books available for guests, but also board games.

carnival cruise line freedom dr seuss bookville

Located just outside of Dr. Seuss Bookville is the main check in area for the “kids club” Camp Ocean (formerly Camp Carnival).

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club

Camp Ocean is for kids 11 and under. There are three distinct areas within the camp: Sharks (ages 9-11), Sting Rays (ages 6-8) and Penguins (ages 2-5).

Sharks Room

The “SHARKS” have a posh area to hang out in. I especially loved the wave chairs.

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club sharks room

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club sharks room

Sting Rays Room

The “STING RAYS” room shares some similarities with the “SHARKS” room.  It has an entire wall flanked with windows to allow the sun to shine in.

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club sting rays room

Penguins Room

Perhaps my favorite room was the “PENGUINS” room. It had whimsical carpeting and an indoor igloo play area.

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club penguin room

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club penguin room

Another room within Camp Ocean was “Creative Cove”. This area is used for arts and crafts.

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club creative cove

carnival cruise line freedom camp ocean kids club creative cove

Carnival really listened to guest feedback when reimagining these spaces. Here you can find kids engrossed in video game tournaments as well as bracelet making sessions. Camp Ocean even has a family afternoon where parents and kids can make memories together in these unique spaces. Family day also includes face painting and a family scavenger hunt where guests are given cameras and asked to find things on the ship. Sounds like fun right?

For more info on Carnival Cruise Line’s Camp Ocean facilities visit Carnival.com

Special thanks goes out to Carnival for hosting me and my family on the Carnival Freedom. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.


16
Jun 14

Fulfill a Childhood Dream and Take Your Child on a Junior Ride Along in a Pixar “Cars” Car

disney pixar cars junior ride along at richard petty driving experince walt disney world

On Friday the folks over at the Richard Petty Driving Experience invited me over for the unveiling of their new Piston Cup Cars from the Disney hit movie “Cars”. Kids ages 6-13 who are at least 48 inches tall can take three laps in a real race car on a real race track as part of the Junior Ride Along program for $59.

My cousin Connor had a chance to ride with a professional race car driver in Aiken Axler. His counterpart Sage VanDerSpin was also on hand giving lifts to other junior riders and we had an amazing day.

If you’d like to book your own Piston Cup Junior Ride Along at the Walt Disney World Resort visit DrivePetty.com.


13
Jun 14

2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Medals Revealed by runDisney

2014 disneyland half marathon weekend race medals rundisney

runDisney just released the medals for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. I adore the Lilo and Stitch Medals and I’m happy to see that they kept the color in the Dumbo Double Dare Medal as well. I am not digging the circle around the Disneyland Half Medal at all. The charm in the design was the fact that it looked like a cast member exclusive badge.

You can read my recap of the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge here: Part 1 and Part 2