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16 foot Gingerbread House is a Candy Store in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!


Gingerbread House Candy Store in Disney's Grand Floridian Lobby!

Gingerbread House Candy Store in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!

I have a special holiday tip for you. There is a 16-foot Gingerbread House that is a candy store! It is so exciting to see and is located in the lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa®. I love to purchase a roof shingle, which is a large piece of gingerbread shaped like the gingerbread house roof. Then I like to sit down. It takes a while for everything to soak in. It is so very magical in the lobby. There are lots of Christmas Decorations, an extra large Christmas tree, and during certain times of the day, there is an orchestra playing. I cannot believe the tender loving care which goes into the decorating of The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa’s® Lobby. It is overwhelming when you first walk in and see the decorations, tree and gingerbread house. Next, you can smell the gingerbread, oh it smells so good! When the orchestra is playing it is like the cherry on top of ice cream!

Gingerbread House Roof Shingle

Gingerbread House Roof Shingle

Gingerbread House in Disney's Grand Floridian Lobby!

Gingerbread House in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!

Decorations and Gingerbread House in Disney's Grand Floridian Lobby!

Decorations and Gingerbread House in Disney’s Grand Floridian Lobby!








This is such a treat to visit here during the Holidays. This is on my “do not miss” things to do. I usually call to see when the orchestra is playing and then plan when I would like to go. There are also Photo Pass Photographers in the lobby to take photos in front of the large tree. This is somewhere I like to spend more than thirty minutes at. I could stay all day but, only stay a couple of hours. Yes, I really do stay a couple of hours just in the lobby but, there are also many places to eat at too. Take my tip and do not miss this you will really enjoy it here it is filled with bright pixie dust!

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Let’s All Go To Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party!

Let’s all go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! It really snows on Main Street! My son and I love to go to this party! First, I want to let everyone know the lines are small during this party because Disney only sells so many tickets and it is sold out. Yes, I have seen it sold out before so if you are planning to purchase your tickets pick your date.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

Photo Credit: Disney

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

Photo Credit: Disney

We love all of the different treats which are included in your ticket price. This is a separately ticketed event. There are different treats at different locations inside the park. We just happen to love the snickerdoodle cookies! They are so good! Any treat is better at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I think it is that special feeling of merriment in your heart from just being there.

The parade and fireworks are our favorites. Of course, I know everyone likes those but, they are special during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! And the snow on the Main Street makes the Party super fun. We live in Florida so that is the only time we see snow for the year! And there is a lot of snow on Main Steet! (Of course, it feels real!)

Also, during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are dancing, and singing by the different Characters which are dear to our hearts. It makes it very exciting when you are with your family!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

There are also many different photos you can have taken with Memory Maker. They add special “Magic” into the photos all of the time. There are also special borders and stickers you can use on your photos. This makes an extra special memory and I cherish all of my photos as my son grew up with me at The Walt Disney World ®Resort and with this special party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This party will bring joy into your heart and memories for years to come!


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Tips for for Resting at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park


During a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation, there are many miles of walking involved. I go into several Rides for Resting. I am not as young as I used to be and have a hard time navigating a park from opening to closing anymore. There are many rides in this park I call resting rides. The rides are also air-conditioned. Since the Florida heat can rise into the 90’s air-conditioning is a must! In the winter you might need to warm up or just rest. The Magic Kingdom has so many attractions now it can take two days or more to see it and enjoy. If you go around the park counter-clockwise below are the seven rides I use for resting at The Magic Kingdom.

  1. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  2. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  3. It’s a Small World
  4. The Hall of Presidents
  5. Country Bear Jamboree
  6. The Enchanted Tiki Room~~Under New Mangement
  7. Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover~~(Some Air-Conditioning)

The Magic Kingdom Small World

The Magic Kingdom Small World

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

The Magic Kingdom Small World

The Magic Kingdom Small World

I love the Magic Kingdom it is my favorite park. It gives me the feeling of coming home any time of the year! It stole my heart on the first visit. I get that warm feeling as soon as I walk down Main Street. I love the smell of the pastries, the sound of the train wheels clacking down the track, the breeze blowing my hair, feeling free from worry just like Walt wanted. It is so joyful just to walk down Main Street USA! When I ride these rides it helps me to keep rested and cooled during the day. I know they are not the Magic Kingdom’s “E” ticket attractions but, it contributes to relaxing along the way. It makes the magic and pixie dust more fun!!

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Disney Master Artist Kevin-John Has Me Mesmerized!

Photo Credit: Janice Brady/An Open Suitcase

During a group event, Glamping Bloggers 2017 I was so excited to meet Disney Master Artist Kevin-John. He is amazing! His art has me totally mesmerized. I am now a new art lover! He is just so talented when it comes to every small detail and works with watercolor! He spoke about Walt Disney, inspiration, and story. He also spoke about a teacher who inspired his artwork at a young age. He has no education in art just a God-given talent for art, inspirational speaking and has a very big heart.

Everything starts with a story and inspiration Kevin-John tells us. Walt Disney used a house in Baltimore for inspiration for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Disney Master Artist Kevin-John’s art has showcased throughout the country as well as on ESPN, ABC, the Superbowl, Walt Disney World and the PGA tour.

Photo courtesy of, Dawn’s Dorky Diary

Kevin-John will also be at Epcot® International Festival of the Arts sometime during the festival. He will showcase his art there as a Disney Master Artist. This Festival will run from Jan.12th until Feb. 19th. The dates when Kevin-John will be there are coming soon!

He also has a client list of more than 350 of the top athletes and teams. He is the one they look for when the athletes and teams want the highest quality action portraits. Yes, Disney Master Artist Kevin-John has an amazing gift and watches documentaries of pirates for some of his inspiration. He loves Halloween it is his favorite holiday. He makes many Halloween and pirate paintings. It is harder to paint with watercolor due to it drying quickly and is colorfast. Disney Master Artist Kevin-John makes his own mixture of color for his paintings. It is called Kevin-John Purple. All of his color paintings start with that color and are built upon it. It is a beautiful color! Kevin-John is color blind. He is an inspiration to me and many others!

Photo Credit: Kuleen Lashley/My Small World

He currently makes artwork for the Walt Disney Company to create Theme Park exclusive art for their galleries. There are less than 20 Disney Master Artists in the World. He has commissioned work and is starting his own brand. He and his partner Houston Tucker have started a new company called Legend Cove Trading Company. Staying with the story of pirates and a new painting of Captain Red. Legend Cove Trading Company has Organic Carribean Coffee, lifestyle items, including rum,  coffee, fine art, Apparel home goods. Legend Cove is Freedom. adventure. Escape. Kevin- John speaks about his partner being his Roy to his Walt. Houston Tucker keeps the wheels moving while Kevin-John finds a concept.To receive more information on Legend Cove follow this link:

Photo Credit: Dawn Gosdin/Dawn’s Dorky Diary

Disney Master Artist Kevin-John celebrated his 30th anniversary as a professional artist in 2017 and has always shown a concern for countless charitable causes and has helped raise over a half a million dollars to those charities. For more information visit on the web at:

I was provided accommodations/meals for a registration fee by Glamping Blogger Retreat 2017, however, all opinions are my own.