Our Family Disney Halloween Costumes

Are you one of those families that match at Halloween each year or would you not be caught dead in matching costumes?  We have only matched with our costumes one year.  We dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters.  I was the wicked witch, my husband was the scarecrow, my youngest daughter, Reese, was Glinda the good witch, and my oldest daughter, Finley, was Dorothy.  It was so much fun!  Since that year, I have said we would match every year.  That was three years ago, and we haven’t done it since.

This year, I came up with the idea of us matching again with Alice in Wonderland costumes.  To my utter shock, my oldest daughter agreed to do match with us.  She is ten years old.  I figured she would run for the hills when I started talking about matching costumes, but instead she got really excited.  Of course, the fact that she gets to be the villain this year probably helped.

This year I will be the Cheshire cat, my husband will be the Mad Hatter, my youngest daughter will be Alice and my oldest daughter will be the Queen of Hearts.  I plan on doing a vlog on Halloween to show you all how we got ready with our costumes and makeup and how much fun we had trick or treating!

I think we are going to have a lot of fun!  I can’t wait! I’m hoping we can find different activities to do other than just trick or treating on Halloween, so we can wear our costumes more than once.  Stay tuned for the fun vlog soon to come after Halloween!

If you would like to see what our costumes look like, I’ll link the video below for more details.

What To Pack in Your Disney Park Bag


If you have never been to Disney World, you may not even know how beneficial it is to of bring a bag with you to the park.  The first time I went, I had no idea how important it would be to have a bag of some sort packed with some essential items.  Could you go the parks without a bag?  Sure, if you want to buy all of your bottles of water and snacks through the day among a huge list of other necessities!

Here are some tips and tricks I have learned throughout the years of going to the Disney parks with my family.  We have always gone with young children which makes it even more important to be stocked up with essentials.

It’s important to choose the right bag.  The options are endless, but it’s important to choose a comfortable bag that isn’t going to pull on one shoulder all day.  I recommend either a cross-body bag or a backpack with comfortable straps. If you are going with a partner, you could both bring a bag to lighten the load, or you could take turns holding the one bag you bring.  Also, while your kids are walking and you’re pushing an empty stroller, pop that bag in the stroller to give your back a rest!

Some theme parks don’t allow you to bring your bags with you on the rides.  I don’t like bringing bags into parks where you have to store your bags into a cubby while you’re on the ride because who knows who will snatch up your belongings while you’re having fun on your ride.  At Disney, you can bring your bag with you on the rides, which makes it so convenient.

Here is the list of things I recommend bringing with you in your Disney park bag:

  1. Wet Wipes (those little hands get sticky with the fun snacks)
  2. Hand Sanitizer for obvious reasons
  3. Anti-Chafe Stick (we use this one and have had great luck with it)
  4. Deodorant (especially during those hot months)
  5. Wallet with ID, money such as cash, debit/credit cards or gift cards
  6. Water Bottles (either disposable or refillable ones)
  7. Snacks (these are great for distractions while waiting in those long lines)
  8. OTC Medication (including Advil, Tylenol, and whatever you may need)
  9. Chapstick
  10. Small First Aid Kit (Band Aids and antibiotic ointment, etc.)
  11. Portable Cell Phone Charger with Cord
  12. Sunglasses
  13. Ponchos (Get them at the Dollar Tree before going!)
  14. Jackets if needed
  15. Ponytail Holders
  16. Autograph Books with Sharpies (Grab these sharpies to make it convenient.)
  17. Small and Large Zip Lock Bags (for storing items and keeping them waterproof)
  18. Bubbles (Again, great distractions and grab them at the Dollar Tree.)
  19. Glow Sticks and/or Glow Jewelry (another Dollar Tree find)
  20. Sunscreen
  21. Extra Change of Clothes for Young Children
  22. Magic Bands or Theme Park Tickets
  23. Pennies for pressing

 

What items do you find necessary to include in your park bag?  Let us know below so we can add it to the list!  I will have a printable pdf listed on the blog soon to make it convenient for you to print at home before your trip!

 

 

 

MagicBand Tips for Beginners

If you’re new to Disney, you may not know what a MagicBand is.  If you have been within the past several years, you’re probably familiar. MagicBands are bands to wear around your wrists that hold several things controlled by an RFID chip.  Here are some frequently asked questions about MagicBands.

What is the purpose of a MagicBand?

They can be used in the following ways:

  1. Park Tickets
  2. Fast Passes
  3. Load your credit/debit card/Disney gift cards onto them for paying through the day
  4. Disney Resort room keys
  5. Disney Dining Plan information
  6. Your pass to board the Magical Express bus from the airport to your resort
  7. Memory Maker

How much do MagicBands cost?

If you are an annual pass holder or you stay on Disney property, you are supplied with a complimentary MagicBand.  If you do not stay on property or get an annual pass, I still highly recommend buying a MagicBand for each person going on your trip.  As of today, the prices range from $12.99 to $22.99.  There are single color options and different patterns available.  They are definitely not a required purchase, but they sure are convenient!  If you do not get a MagicBand, you will have a card that you need to keep up with during the day as your park ticket and will have to pull it out for each person at each ride you get a fast pass at.  This can be frustrating to make sure you are keeping up with these cards all day.  It is so much easier to just pop your wrist up to the MagicBand scanner and go through the line.

Currently, if you go online to customize your MagicBand at least 11 days before you arrive at your Disney resort, it will be shipped to your home if you live in the United States. If you miss that 11-day deadline, you can still customize your MagicBand 6-10 days before you arrive, and it will be waiting for you at the resort.  If you do not customize your MagicBand within 5 days of arrival, you will receive a non-customized MagicBand when you arrive at your resort.

What happens if you lose your MagicBand?

MagicBands are pretty secure, but I did almost lose mine once.  Luckily, my husband noticed it has popped off my wrist before I left the ride we were on.  As you can imagine, losing your MagicBand if it holds any information wouldn’t be ideal. If you lose it, there are a couple ways of reporting it lost in order to deactivate it.  You can go to Disneyworld.com, visit the MagicBand section of My Profile, select which MagicBand was lost and deactivate it with the reason being it was lost.  If you happen to be in the parks, go to a cast member and explain to them that you lost it, so they can show you where Guest Services is to replace the Band with a standard issue one.  It is important to go into the My Disney Experience app to deactivate your MagicBand so no one can use your information.  During our next trip, I’m going to use this product to keep my MagicBand more secure. I especially recommend getting this for your younger children to help their bands stay on their little wrists.

Will a MagicBand fit my small child?

Yes, MagicBands can fit very small children.  You can cut them to fit those smaller children.

How do you set up your MagicBand?

Once you have planned your visit and received your MagicBand, go to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_GB/plan/ and enter the number on the back of your MagicBand to sync it to your account.

Can I use my MagicBand for more than one trip?

Yes, you can use your MagicBand in the future for different trips.  As long as the information is synced up to your account, it will work each time you go to the parks.

I hope these tips have helped you to learn more about using MagicBands.  Let me know if you still have questions!  Also, if you have more to add to these tips, please let us know in the comments!!

Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to our new Imagination Adventure Travels blog!!  We are so excited to get this started!  We are excited to share our tips and tricks that we have learned along the way to make the most out of every visit to Disney!  There is so much to learn about how to make the most of your trip to Disney. Each time we visit, we learn something new!  We hope that you all enjoy going along with us on each of our trips to see our experiences. We also hope you will share your tips in the comments to help us and our viewers and readers learn from your experiences!

We love Disney in our house!!  My husband and I are Disney travel agents.  We would love to help you plan your trip if you would like some help!  It’s free to use a Disney travel agent.  We are more than happy to help you and your family make the most out of your next trip!  It’s so exciting to help others plan their trips!  Every time I plan a trip for someone, I feel like I’m planning my own trip!  Check out either the contact us or quote page listed above if you have any questions about planning your next trip!

We have a YouTube channel to go along with this blog and we hope you will come check it out!  In each of these blog posts, I will share the coordinating video.  We hope you have a magical day!