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Italian Gathering Menu At Prezzo

31 May 2019

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Disclosure - We were gifted a voucher to cover the cost of the Italian Gathering Menu. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

Italian Gathering Menu At Prezzo
Last week we wear invited to Prezzo restaurant to sample their Italian Gathering menu. We have visited Prezzo many times in the past but it's always nice to try out new menus. We headed to Prezzo  in Media City, Manchester before a trip to the theatre. It was a glorious night but we decided to sit inside even though there were tables outside overlooking the green.

On arrival we were given a main menu and also the Italian Gathering menu which has a choice of starters, mains and desserts.

John decided to start with the cheesy garlic bread and I went for tomato brushetta. For mains John chose the Spaghetti Bolognese and I chose the light chicken pizza. Included in the set menu is a choice of drinks, house wine, Peroni beer or a soft drink. John went for a Peroni and I got a Pepsi Max

We didn't wait long for our drinks to arrive. When they did our order was wrong, however it was rectified very quickly.

Cheese Garlic bread
Our starters arrive a few minutes later and I was pleased to see a full portion, even though it was on a special menu. Sometimes in other restaurants when we have ordered from set menus the portion size seems smaller however this wasn't the case at Prezzo.

Brushetta
I didn’t taste the garlic bread although it smelt delicious. My tomato bruschetta was very tasty and like I said earlier, a decent portion size.

Spaghetti Bolognese
Lighter choice pizza
Whenever we go for an Italian John always orders Spaghetti Bolognese it's his favourite dish and he wasn't disappointed. The bowl was huge but he still managed to finish it is all. My pizza was chicken and broccoli, it was smaller than a normal size pizza, however I knew this at the time of ordering, it is a lighter choice.

The Italian Gathering menu is two courses plus a choice of drink for £16 95. You can add a desert for an extra £3.

If you choose to add mozzarella to your starter you will be charged an extra £1.

I will definitely be dining at Prezzo again in the near future and hopefully the Italian Gathering menu will still be available. It's really good value for money.

Michelle
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Win A Get Out And Grow School Gardening Kit

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Sudocrem Get Out and Grow Poster
Encouraging the boys to play outdoors is something I feel really passionate about. Luckily they do both enjoy being outside whether it's playing football, heading to the local park or exploring in the woods. You may have seen recently that I am supporting Get Out and Grow offering a lucky winner  a gardening kit to help get kids outside more. Today I am so happy to be able to offer one of my readers the chance to win a Get Out and Grow School Gardening Kit for their chosen UK School or Nursery.

Just in time for summer, Get Out and Grow, is launching an incentive encouraging students to head outside and get planting, growing and learning about just where fruit and vegetables come from.

Little J is interested in gardening and whenever he brings home plants or seeds that he has planted we always take them to the garden to plant them in the soil. 

In a recent survey, 90% of children said that they would like a garden at school and at one primary school in Lincolnshire, a school garden made all the difference when it came to pupil’s behaviour.

The Benjamin Adlard Primary School, run by headmaster Sam Coy, was previously rated by Ofsted as one of Britain’s worst schools. Four years and one school garden later, and the Gainsborough school has won the national Pearson award for School of the Year: Making a Difference.

Headmaster Coy insists: “The children absolutely love den-building, just generally getting dirty and nature hunts. One child recently told me that he loves going to the forest school on a Tuesday afternoon so much as it helps him to behave all week as he never wants to not be able to go.”

Little J went to forest school last year and he still talks about it now. It was probably one of his favourite experiences ever.

Sponsored by British skincare brand, Sudocrem, the Get Out and Grow project was created following research that suggested gardening is being forgotten and that many children lack basic knowledge about the natural world and where their food comes from.

Starting in June and running throughout the month, Get Out and Grow will award school gardening starter kits to 20 schools nationwide. The kits will include children’s wheelbarrows, gardening gloves, mini-trowels, seeds and lessons on how to make the most of a school garden. And the good news is, anyone can enter! Nominating your local school or nursery is easy. Just fill in the widget below and enter the details of your chosen school or nursery to be in with the chance to win. 

Good Luck

 Michelle

Giveaway closes 16/06/2019 at 11:59pm

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The Prize : Get Out and Grow School Gardening Kit
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The Night I Missed The Spice Girls Concert

29 May 2019

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The Spice Girls
This is not the post I was expecting to write today but the reality is, it is the only one I can. Tonight we had tickets to see The Spice Girls 2019 Concert but unfortunately due to John being very ill we were unable to go. Last November I spent almost 2 hours on the phone and online trying to secure tickets for their tour and luckily I managed to finally get through and order a pair of VIP tickets.

At the time the VIP tickets were the only ones available and were almost £250 each. I couldn't really justify spending that much money on a pair concert tickets to see The Spice Girls but John told me to go ahead and book them anyway because he knows just how much I love them.

My love for the Spice Girls all began when I saw a clip of Wannabe on the TV, after watching it for about 30 seconds I was hooked. I was 16 at the time and everything after that moment became all about Girl Power. I would dress like them, sing like them and pretend to be them. It sounds a bit sad now but for those couple of years I was in a Spice bubble as was all of my friends.

Everyone had a favourite Spice Girl, mine was Geri. The day she left the Spice Girls I was heartbroken. I had just turned 18 and was working part time and I felt like my world was crashing down. I had to stay off work for two weeks which sounds ridiculous but it's true.

I continued to follow the Spice Girls and then their solo careers and when they left the music scene I was heartbroken. I continued to play their songs and prayed that one day they would make a return.

All my wishes came true in 2007 when they announced they were doing a tour. The concert sold out in minutes but luckily I managed to get tickets and it was the best night. I loved every second.

The Spice Girls Tickets
Obviously I have missed this tour and I am devastated but the power of social media has meant that I have followed along watching those who have been to the concerts. I did insure our tickets so I am hoping that we will get a refund and not all is lost, obviously I would have preferred to see the girls. I have never claimed on ticket insurance before so not sure what to expect, fingers crossed it all works out.

I really wanted this post to be full of photos I had took and photos of my VIP Merchandise but unfortunately it just wasn't meant to be.

Michelle
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Our Guide To Visiting Liverpool

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Disclosure - This post is a collaboration. We recently enjoyed exploring Liverpool over two weeks and the spending money we used to enter attractions was gifted by Hotels.com. Any thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.

The Liver Building
I still find it strange when I hear people say they are going on holiday to Liverpool. With it being my home town I just see it as a place I grew up in, but visitors can enjoy a huge range of attractions, restaurants, shopping centres and hotels in Liverpool that I probably take for granted.

Obviously when you head to Liverpool you will want to see all the tourist attractions however there are quite a few hidden gems that you may not know about unless you live here.

When I visit the city I head straight for the Waterfront. It's so pretty and although it can get busy at times it's just my favourite place to be. The Albert Dock was once home to This Morning but is now filled with lots of things to see and do.

5 Things To Enjoy On The Waterfront. 

The Wheel Of Liverpool
The Wheel Of Liverpool
We usually take a trip on the The Wheel of Liverpool once a year on New Years Eve and has become quite a family tradition. The wheel stands 60m tall and is open every day giving you the chance to enjoy views of the city and the river.

Fab Four Cafe
dad and two sons looking over the water
Mersey Ferries
River Explorer Cruise with Mersey Ferries
We have just recently been on a river cruise on the River Mersey and it was so much fun. The cruise lasts approximately 50 minutes as a round trip. This excludes any time you spend at the attractions as you can leave the ferry at Seacombe and Woodside to enjoy Spaceport and the U Boat Story.

The Beatles Story
Such a huge part of Liverpool's Musical History. The Beatles are everywhere in and around the city. The Beatles Story is a great place to visit even if you're not a fan. It's so interesting and tells you everything you need to know. You can also jump on the Magical Mystery Tour to see childhood homes and famous places such as Penny Lane.

British Music Museum
Boy playing Drums at the British Music Museum
The British Music Experience
The British Music Experience is situated in Cunard Building in Liverpool on the Waterfront. The idea behind the experience is to tell the history of British music through costumes, props , instruments and  lots of other interactive features. Suitable for all ages and those who enjoy music.

Liverpool also has an amazing shopping centre, Liverpool One, which is packed with shops but also restaurants, bars and a cinema.

5 Things To Do At Liverpool ONE

Chavasse Park
There is usually something going on in Chavasse Park which sits above the shopping centre. In Summer there are pop up bars so you can sit back and enjoy a drink in the sun. At the moment the dinosaurs have been unleashed and are popping up all around Liverpool One. Our favourite is Christmas time at Liverpool One, it turns in to a mini fairground with rides and stalls.

Shopping
Liverpool One is the perfect shopping destination. Filled with lots of shops, all under one roof. You will find John Lewis, Pandora, Zara, Debenhams, Victoria Secrets, Build a Bear and many more. My favourite is obviously the Disney Store and that's usually were I head to first.

The Terrace at Liverpool One
The Terrace
The Terrace sits on top of the shopping centre and next to Chavasse park. It's filled with lots of different restaurants and you will be sure to find something that takes your fancy. Yo Sushi, Ed's Easy Diner, Pizza Hut, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, TGI Fridays and the very popular and very busy Nando's to name a few. Most of the restaurants have the option to dine outside too which is lovely on a sunny day.

A Good Nights Sleep
After many great nights out in Liverpool we have headed to bed at one of the hotels close to Liverpool One. The Hilton is situated opposite Chavasse Park and also the Premier Inn and Novotel are close by too.


A Trip To The Cinema

The Odeon at Liverpool One is our favourite place to go to if we are looking to watch a movie. Even though we have cinemas closer to home, The Odeon at Liverpool has the gallery which really does make it a little bit special. There are also other cinemas in the city offering luxury seating such as Cineworld and Showcase.

Liverpool also has some great places to visit out of the town centre.

 5 Things To Do Around The City

Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park is only a short drive from the busy city centre which makes the park so special. It's hard to understand when you see all the amazing animals up close that you are not in the African Savannah.

The Iron Men at Crosby Beach
Crosby Beach and The Iron Men
A great day out with the family no matter what the weather. Crosby Beach has become very popular of the past few years especially after the Iron Men arrived. There are 100 Iron Men in total situated on the beach. There is also a water sports centre, cafe and children's play area.


Acorn Farm
The award winning family friendly farm is just 15 minutes from the city centre and has a wide range of animals to see. You can purchase food to feed the sheep, goats, chickens and hens. Attend a small animal petting session and you can even go horse riding. There are two children play areas, a woodland walk and also a cafe offering homemade meals.

A view of the river Mersey
Otterspool Prom
We have been visiting Otterspool prom for years. It's a great day out with lots to do and see. The arrival of Otterspool Adventure Park last year has made the prom very popular.

Croxteth Park
The park is beautiful with Croxteth Hall and Gardens, a cafe and children's play area. It was announced that Croxteth Park would be used for events across the year and we were very lucky to visit one of the very first 'big' events it hosted last year,  CBBC Summer Social

If you are planning a trip to Liverpool soon I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


Michelle
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May Bedtime Stories

28 May 2019

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Disclosure - We were sent the books below however we were not asked to write about them or share them on socials. This post contains affiliate links.

a selection of children's books
This month we have been reading lots of bedtime stories after having a huge clear out of little J's books. Here are a few of our favourites this month.

Harris finds his feet book
Harris Finds His Feet
Harris is very small with huge feet. Grandad shows Harris how to hop high in to the sky, climb to the tops of mountains and how important it is for him to find his own feet.

A lovely story about the relationship of a small hare and his grandad.

The story fo rock and rap books
The Story of Rap and The Story of Rock
From Elvis Presley to Beatlemania, rock has transformed through generations, this book introduces the rockers that started it all.

The Story of Rap has rap artists from Grandmaster Flash to Jay Z and will have your little one bopping along. 

As these books are designed for babies I thought little J wouldn't be interested however he loves them. He is a huge music fan so these books were perfect for him.

Goodnight World Book
Goodnight World
When the day's at an end, up to bed we go, The Sky becomes dusky and so the night grows. When the bright golden sun sheds the last of its light, we turn to each other and we say, Goodnight.

Goodnight World teaches you how to say goodnight in a variety of world languages as you share this gentle rhyming bedtime story with your little one. 

Little J has always been interested in languages and is the French councillor in school so he was really interested in this book. I love how it breaks down the 'goodnight' in other languages so you can try and say it properly.

For example in Spanish, Buenas Noches is Goodnight and you can say it like this. 'Bwen-oss no-chez'


What stories have you been reading this month?

Michelle
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Fathers Day Gift Guide

27 May 2019

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Disclosure - We were gifted all the below products for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. This post contains affiliate links.

best dad gifts
Sunday 16th June 2019 is Father's Day. A special day to celebrate a special person in our lives. Whether it's a gift for Dad, Step Dad, Grandad or Great Grandad I have lots of ideas for you to help choose the perfect present.

Fathers Day Card
Whether you would prefer a traditional card or a humour card, Danilo offer a wide range for Dads and Grandads. The Ladybird retro cards are both nostalgic and humorous and Mrs Brown's Boys cards are perfect for fans of the show. All cards are available online with free UK delivery.

Nextbase dash cam
 The NextBase Dash Cam is perfect for any Dad's who like their gadgets. Recording at a high quality of 1080p and with built in wi-fi you can have perfect recordings of your travel sent direct to your phone or tablet.

snowball ice microphone
Another gizmo for Tech Savvy Dad's out there. Blue Snowball iCE is an easy plug in and play microphone giving you a better quality of sound on Skype, Windows Live, Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger and it looks great too.


Willow and stone red
Willow & Stone Red is a great value wine full of sweet blackberries and blackcurrant flavours. Delicious on its own, great with sticky spare ribs or barbecues.

STRYYK Rum
More people are choosing low or non alcoholic beverages now and STRYYK is a zero-proof non alcoholic brand. NOT RUM is a unique mix of clove, oakwood, and grapefruit that creates a spirit that looks like rum and tastes like rum.


Ted baker socks gift pack
Father's Day wouldn't be the same without giving socks as a present. Mainline Menswear have Ted Baker Pole 3 Pack Socks Gift Set In Navy. Three pairs of soft cotton blend socks with ribbed ankle cuffs packaged in a metallic gift box.

Liquorice Tree
Sweet gifts are always a popular choice and the Liquorice Tree from Giftpup will definitely be a highlight this Father's Day. Standing 25cm tall and edible right down to the core it looks too pretty to eat, but i'm sure it will go down a treat. Personalisation is also available on the glass. 

Batman Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly have teamed up with DC Comics to launch a Superhero Collection. The Batman Super Hero Mix is full of shimmering Jelly Beans, perfect for your Super Hero. 

Best Dad Toblerone
My dad's favourite chocolate bar is Toblerone so it was the perfect Father's Day gift by GettingPersonal. I chose to personalise it with Best Dad however you can personalise it however you wish.
Michelle
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Walt Disney World Hints and Tips

24 May 2019

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Magic Kingdom Castle
We have been going to Walt Disney Theme Parks for over a decade now and over the years you do pick up some hints and tips that can make your stay more enjoyable. If you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World soon then hopefully some of these may come in handy.

If it’s your first time visiting Walt Disney World or you are celebrating your birthday or anniversary, make sure you grab a badge. Badges can be found dotted around the parks and also at your Disney resort hotel. Cast members have the authority to choose visitors wearing the badges to give them a freebie. I received a huge ice cream which was a lovely treat.

Take a water bottle in to the parks with you. There are water fountains scattered about which you can use to refill however most quick service dining restaurants have refill stations and you can fill your water bottle up at them and with cold water and ice. In the parks, Sunshine Seasons and Electric Umbrella at Epcot, Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Restaurantosaurus & Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom all have drink refill stations.

Now matter how sunny you think Florida is, always pack a light rain mac or poncho. You never know when rain will hit and trust me without a waterproof you will be soaked in seconds.

Purchase an autograph book and pen and always have it to hand. Some characters may just walk about and will be happy to stop for an autograph and photo.

Utilise your fast passes. If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel with a ticket package you can book up to 60 days in advance. Make sure you book as early as you can, you can always change your choices using the app should your plans change.  Once you have completed your three free fast passes you can then go on to book more, one at a time until the end of the day.

The Walt Disney World app keeps you up to date with current queue times, character locations, dining, temporary closures and entertainment. Free Wi-Fi internet is available in the theme parks and resort hotels at Walt Disney World.

cool club drinks
Get a free drink at Epcot’s Club Cool, where there are eight flavours of Coke products from around the world. Make sure to have a cup of the Beverly. It’s an unusual flavour that you absolutely must try.

Plan your day carefully. The parks are huge and you don’t want to have rides planned that are scattered between lands meaning you have to walk back and forth all day. Choose a land to start in and make the most of that land before you move on. We find everyone tends to move clockwise so anticlockwise is usually less busy.

Resting throughout the day is so important. The days are long in the Disney parks with some parks open till midnight at times. Plan some rest times during the day, maybe see a show or stop for a coffee and cake.

Casey JR Water park
Take the kids swimwear and a towel to the Magic Kingdom with you. In Fantasyland there is a small area that sprays out water when it's hot outside. The kids love it and it's a great way to cool down quickly.

Adults can always order from the kid’s menu, which is a great way to save money while still getting a meal that will satisfy smaller/moderate appetites.

Don’t get drawn into the Disney Vacation Club by the exciting  promotions while at Walt Disney World. Wait until you get home, research the Pros and Cons of Disney Vacation Club, and buy via the resale market if you’re going to buy at all.

Look out for the professional photographers. They are there to help create memories for you by snapping pictures of you and your family with iconic backdrops. I would recommend purchasing the memory maker which saves all your photos on.

If you’re staying at a Disney-owned hotel, you can have merchandise you purchase in the park sent to your hotel so you don’t have to carry it around all day.

Evenings are ideal for those who don’t want to wait in line during the day in the Florida heat. Queue times decrease dramatically around 7pm so it’s a great time to jump on the usually busy rides or meet your favourite characters.

Art of Animation
If you are staying in the Walt Disney resort make sure you make use of your hotel amenities. It’s so easy to jump up out of bed each day and quickly head to the parks but it’s also nice to enjoy what your hotel has to offer. Take a dip in the pool, let the kids burn off some energy in the playground or have some family fun in the arcade.

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Days Out | The Very Hungry Caterpillar Live

22 May 2019

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A few weeks ago we took little J to the theatre for the first time to see The Twirlywoos live. He loved it so much so last weekend we headed back to The Theatre Royale to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. 
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Giveaway | PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure Bundle

20 May 2019

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PJ Masks heroes Catboy, Gekko and Owlette will return to our screens every day on Tiny Pop at 7:30am and 5:30pm from May 24th. The high energy super hero show aimed at pre-schoolers follows the trio as they head into the night to save the day.
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Giveaway | Get Out And Grow Goodie Bag

16 May 2019

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Little J loves being outdoors and would rather spend time exploring the woods or looking for bugs than playing with toys inside. We are always going on outdoor adventures no matter what the weather. It's proven that a childhood spent outdoors helps children grow up healthier and happier, however this is proving harder in recent times due to children choosing screen time over playing outside.
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Play Expo Manchester

15 May 2019

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Boy with VR headset on

Play Expo returned to Manchester last week to a new location at the Central Exhibition Centre. This was Little J's first visit to the gaming exhibition and he loved it more than I expected!

We arrived at the event early to make the most of the day. Programmes of events where handed out as we entered through the now familiar bag check process. This also included a map of the venue with each of the sections clearly marked.

Dad and Son playing on PS4
We headed first to the Antstream setup. Antstream advertises itself as a Netflix for retro gaming, with the ability to play on Xbox One, Pc, Android devices and support to come for PS4 and iOS in future. Its currently in kickstarter but they had live stations set up with a selection of games to play.  The speed of games loading was really impressive and I loved having a go of Speedball 2 having not played it for about 20 years.  Little J loved the fact that they had bowls of sweets to pick from too!

Man with VR headset on
Playstation VR was available for try outs just next to this section and both Little J and I had a go on Driveclub VR.  I really thought the experience was amazing, and have been considering buying the VR set, however I did find that it made me feel a bit ill, so it was good to have the chance to try it to make the decision for me!

Next it was over to the Fortnite section. This was already busy, but we didnt have to wait long to sit at a station and Little J played a few games next to around 40 other gamers. He was really enjoying the experience even though he could have played at home.

Dad and Son playing Outrun
We headed over to the arcade section next, with a large selection of original arcade machines, all set as free to play. We spent to time on Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man,  Operation Wolf and waited for a turn on the original sit in cabinet for Out Run. I also played some of the original star wars games and had a few goes of Galaga.  It's always great fun to play the originals all over again, and even more so to see Little J playing and enjoying them too.

woman playing pinball
Next to the Arcade section was the Pinball section.  We all had a go on 'The Adams Family' which is my favourite machine. I was surprised at how out of practice I had become!

Dad and Son playing FIFA
Next it was time for some Fifa. We could only find two machines running Fifa so had to wait a little for a chance to play.  We played three matches at different times throughout the day and this was Little J's favourite part of the day. When I asked him why, when he could play it at home, he just said 'Its better playing it here'

Then it was onto the tombola, where we won sweets and a teddy bear, and then to the market stalls. Usually I find something catches my eye in amongst the gaming merchandise but nothing did this year.

We didn't have time to go to visit any of the presentations on the main stage, or other areas, and we didn't try out Knightmare Live or the Breakout Rooms, however we still really enjoyed the day playing games, and will definitely be returning next year!

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Review | JBL JR Pop Bluetooth Speaker

13 May 2019

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Disclosure - We were gifted the JBL JR Pop Speaker for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

We all love our music here, and we have tried and tested so many different speakers and systems over the years. You would think that bluetooth speakers would be much of a muchness but we can tell you that some are much, much better than others and it really does make a difference which brand you use.

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Our Sunday Photo | Party Time

12 May 2019

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Little J was invited to a party this weekend and one of the activities was to design your own t-shirt. I have never thought of doing anything like this with little J before but he absolutely loved it. His friends got involved too and they all created Fortnite t-shirts. Such a simple but fun activity.
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Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom - Ride Guide and Spoilers

9 May 2019

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Magic Kingdom Castle
Magic Kingdom is my favourite place to visit when we are staying at Walt Disney World. There is so much to see and do. On our recent trip we found little J went on almost everything which I hadn't expected as I thought he still may be too small for some of the rides but he wasn't, he was tall (and brave) enough. I thought I would share a ride and spoiler guide to the attractions at Magic kingdom so you will know what to expect on your next visit.

Tomorrowland
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Buzz Lightyear's Space Range Spin

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride which seats 2. Both riders get a gun with a laser which you aim at Z's throughout the ride. Shoot the Z's to score points.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Gun is stuck in place and hard to use. Little ones may find it difficult to press the trigger as its on the back of the gun so you need to use your thumb! Make sure you spin your ship round to face the targets to make it easier to hit the further away, higher value targets. If you manage to get maximum points you will be given a special sticker to mark your achievement!

Min Height - No
Fast Pass + - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

Astro Orbiter
Astro Orbiter
Astro Obiter

Type of Ride - Flying rocket ride. Sit inside your rocket with your legs either side. Younger ones can sit in-between your legs

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Once it is your turn to ride you get an elevator up to the rockets which are situated on an upper platform. Once the ride starts your rockets will go even higher in to the air.  You can control your height with a lever which is fun for the younger riders. Lovely views of Tomorrowland and the Castle,  especially if riding at night.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No

Space Mountain
Space Mountain

Type of Ride - High Speed Rollercoaster in the dark. You sit in a rocket with your legs either side. Each rocket seats 6 people however you are in your own capsule.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - You are fastened in with a lap bar so that always means no loop the loops. Safe for younger riders who aren't afraid of the dark. Space simulation noises throughout so does feel realistic! If you are tall avoid the front row as there is very little space for long legs. Seems to break down quite a lot so check the app for closures.

Min Height - 44"/112cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes


The People Mover
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

Type of Ride - Slow moving train ride which takes you on a tour of Tomorrowland, and through some of the attractions. Comfortably seats 4.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be dark at times. Queue seems to always be busy however it does move quickly.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No


Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Speedway

Type of Ride - Drive your own car around the large track.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Steering can be done by younger riders, although they might not be able to reach the control pedals. Luckily pedals are available on both sides of the car. Cars are petrol so can be quite smelly at times as there are a lot on the track. Queue tends to move quickly. Currently closed at the moment and has been for quite a while. Couldn't see any refurbishment underway on the actual ride however there is a Tron ride being built close by. 

Min Height - 32"/81cm and 54"/137cm to ride alone.
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Fantasyland

Mad Tea Party

Type of Ride - Classic cup and saucers ride. Comfortably seats two adults and two children.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Spin the wheel in the centre of the cup to make you saucer spin you round faster. If you have a larger party make sure you ask for two cups as you move to the front of the queue as you will be squeezed into one otherwise.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No


Dumbo ride at Magic Kingdom

Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Type of Ride - Fly around on Dumbo The Flying Elephant. Use the lever to make Dumbo go higher or lower.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - There are two Dumbo rides which helps reduce queue waiting times. There is an indoor play area midway through the queue. It's huge inside with an area for 2-3 year olds and 4-8 year olds. You don't have to go on the ride to go in the Dumbo play area you can just leave via the exit after the kids have finished.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

The Barnstormer Ride
The Barnstormer

Type of Ride - A junior rollercoaster. Seats 2 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The queue for this ride can reach up to 90 minutes at time. The actual ride lasts less than 40 seconds. On the plus side you can usually access a Fast Pass throughout the day. The perfect 'entry level' roller coaster for children is what makes this such a popular choice. Make sure you hold onto your cap if you have one as you speed round the track!

Min Height - 35"/89cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

It's a small world
It's A Small World 

Type of Ride - A large boat ride through different countries around the world.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Each boat can seat approx 20 people, the queue is constantly moving. Once you have been on the ride I can guarantee you will have the 'It's a Small World' song playing in your head for the rest of the day. If you have any loose change the children can throw them into the water, there is a large coin collection which has been there for some time.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Peter Pan's Flight

Type of Ride - Fly high over the rooftops of London in your very own pirate ship to Neverland. Seats two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Extremely popular. There is always a large queue time. Sometimes 2 hours plus. Fast pass is available but is usually booked up. Can be dark in places with UV and good use of LED lighting to give the ride some special effects.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Under The Sea - Journey Of The Little Mermaid

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride. Hop on board your own shell for a journey under the sea. Each shell sits two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - make sure you join the right queue as you can meet Ariel right next door. Lots of music and characters will have you singing along. The ride tells the story from beginning to end. Don't forget to look up as you start to move down under the sea.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh

Type of Ride - Slow moving ride through the Hundred Acre Wood. Each honey pot sits 4 comfortably. Two in the front, two in the back.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Visit lots of characters along the way while your honey pot bounces like tigger and sways side to side as it gets caught on a blustery day.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Seven Dwarves Mine Train

Type of Ride - Child friendly rollercoaster. Seats two comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be fast and steep in places however slows quickly as you enter the mines where you see the dwarves at work. Queue times are crazy, can reach over 200 minutes at times. Fast passes for this ride are booked months in advance. Remember to smile as if you scan your magic band you get a nice video and stills from your ride. This was Little J's favourite ride in the entire park so be prepared to ride more than once!

Min Height - 38"/97cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes and a video too.


Prince Charming Regal Carousel 

Type of Ride - An old fashioned carousel ride with views of the castle and fantasyland.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The carousel can accommodate a lot of riders so queue will move quickly.  You can ride on the same horse as your little one, just put them on first, fasten the seatbelt around them and climb on behind as the bigger horses have room for two.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - No
Ride Photo - No

Liberty Square

The Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion

Type of Ride - A spine tingling tour of the dark, haunted estate. 

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Can be large queues at times but keep checking for a fast pass as one will usually become available later on in the evening.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Frontierland

Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain

Type of Ride - Long Flume ride based on The Song Of The South. Each flume seats upto 8 people comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - You can queue separately for the front row however this will increase your queuing time by a little.  The ride is quite long with lots of ups and downs both inside and out. The main drop is quite steep and the force of the splash when you reach the bottom may be too much for little ones. If you are not riding there is a small sheltered play area just by the exit. If you are riding expect to get wet, lots of fun especially on a hot day.

Min Height - 40"/102cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - Yes

Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Type of Ride - Runaway mine train type rollercoaster. Each cart seats two comfortably. 

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Queue times vary dramatically depending on the time of day. Towards park closure the queue time can be as little as 5 minutes and riding in the dark has the added bonus of seeing the fireworks if you time it right. You can sit three in a cart if you have a little one who is wanting to sit between two adults to feel safe.

Min Height - 40'/102cm
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Adventureland

Jungle Cruise

Type of Ride - Journey though the exotic rivers on board a boat with your own tour guide.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The Magic Kingdoms most iconic ride which means it can be extremely busy at times. Don't expect the same experience as you get in Animal Kingdom though as the animals on this cruise aren't real!

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Pirates Of The Caribbean 

Type of Ride - Embark on a voyage to a time when Pirates ruled the seas. Each boat seats approx 20 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - Your boat takes you through a pirate adventure taking place at night. Can be dark and loud at times. Queue not usually very long. There is shop at the end of the ride that sells all your pirate merchandise which can't be found in many of the larger stores.

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

Magic carpets Ride

The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin 

Type of Ride - Hop aboard your own flying carpet for views from above Adventureland. Each carpet seats 4 comfortably.

Hints, Tips or Spoilers - The two people in the front can control the carpet to go higher or lower and the two in the back can tip the carpet frontwards and backwards. Watch out for the camel.. he spits!

Min Height - No
FastPass+ - Yes
Ride Photo - No

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