As you are planning your Walt Disney World vacation, you will come across an option for adding the Memory Maker to your trip. With all your plans and Disney tools conveniently located on your phone through the My Disney Experience app and the advancements of smartphone cameras, you may easily overlook this added cost. But just like your favorite pair of Mickey ears, this is a package that you do not want to leave out of your vacation! The Memory Maker is a Disney PhotoPass package that allows unlimited downloads of all videos and photos taken on your trip. To explain in even more detail, throughout the parks, you will find Disney PhotoPass photographers in various locations such as in front of iconic backdrops, with characters, at Disney walls, and unique photo ops. Once the photo is taken, the photographer will scan your magic band or PhotoPass card, and in a short time (usually minutes), the images will appear in your My Disney Experience app.

To help explain the value this package holds and the benefits it will add to your trip here are my top reasons for purchasing the Memory Maker:

Magic Shots

Magic shots are digitally enhanced photos where characters and other fun Disney props are added to your picture! Often, they require funny faces and poses to get the photo just right, which is always a great time with family shots. The best part is that kids LOVE taking these photos and its pure magic to see their faces light up when their favorite character appears.

Family Photos

Having the Memory Maker is basically like having a professional photographer with you all day long. There is no longer a need for a family member to be missing from every photo. You will have countless pictures with everyone in them on your trip. (Now getting everyone to look is a different story!)

Character meet and greets

If there is one moment to put your phone down and watch real magic occur before your eyes, it's during character meet and greets. Whether you are watching your kid or interacting with your favorite character, this is the time to be in the moment, grab some hugs and score those autographs! Don’t waste it on your phone and just let the photographer capture it all for you. Several times, I have even received portraits of my kid's faces while meeting their favorite characters. These candid photos are always a pleasant surprise!


The Memory maker will allow you to take home every single photo captured on a ride without individual purchase. These often turn out to be some of the most hysterical photos from your Walt Disney World vacation because they are snapped at the most intense spot of the ride. The laughs from these photos will never get old, and you will cherish these photos forever, even if you are screaming with your eyes closed!

The Memory Maker can be purchased in advance for $169 (at least three days before your trip) or $199 to start the same day of purchase. This package will provide you with magical photos and memories of your vacation that will last a lifetime! My biggest tip for the Memory Maker is to stop at any photographer you walk by; they are there for you, so utilize them!

When I entered blogging and started Mickey Bar Mama, there were a million things I needed to learn. But there was one word that stood out from the beginning, and that was branding. That one single word, to me, is more important than anything else because it reflects me and everything I stand for. Truthfully it's the one thing I pay the most attention to. I strive to ensure that every photo, marketing material, website page, and outfit I post is true to my brand, and the second anyone sees it, they know it's me without even looking at the name.

Branding, for me, goes beyond parklife and my social media channels. I rock Disney gear everywhere, which always strikes up a conversation with strangers. So I always want to make sure I have a business card on hand to direct them back to one of my sites and keep our connection going. This is where Basic Invite comes in.

Basic Invite is an online stationery company that specializes in cards, invitations, and stationery for every special occasion in your life. What sets them apart is their customizable color option. This gives you the customer the choice of over 180 color combinations! How perfect is that for designing wedding invitations? Because let's face it, you have a specific wedding color palette, and you want to stick to it! (your pink is not just a regular pink!)

We are also entering graduation season, and what better place to order college graduation announcements with all these customizable options! You can create the perfect graduation party invitation and coordinating graduation thank you cards that not only reflects your style, but that also shows off your school colors! Move onto the next chapter in your life with these personal Basic Invite stationery, and you definitely will be making a statement!

To further help build my Mickey Bar Mama brand I absolutely loved the option that I could upload my own logo onto their site and create the perfect business card that is consistent with my brand. Now when someone visits my blog from my business card they are welcomed with the familiar logo and not only know they reached the right place but also what to expect as everything reflects who I am!

Whether you are planning the perfect wedding, celebrating a graduation, or need stationery for your business Basic Invite is the place to make it all come to life! Happy creating and, most importantly, happy celebrating this 2020!

Epcot kicked off it's third Festival of the Arts January 17th, and the title might have you questioning if this is a festival you bring your kids along. I'm here today to share with you why this is my FAVORITE out of all four festivals for your kids! (and Santa is at one of those festivals, so that should say a lot!)

The art at this festival is not just framed pieces that hang in a gallery. The festival is a time to immerse yourself on a different level and pick up a paintbrush, get a little dirty and yes, even start playing with your food! Here are my top 6 reasons why the Festival of the Arts is the BEST festival for kids!

1. Hands-on painting

Kids (and adults) can grab a paintbrush and contribute to a large community art mural that is located in Future World. Each container of paint is labeled with a number, and each person is allowed to paint five boxes of that respective number. After you had in your paintbrushes, you will receive a postcard of what the mural is supposed to look like when completed. Check back and see how the wall progresses during the day or get back in line and paint a different color! This activity will allow your kids to get their artistic side out!

2. An artful scavenger hunt

Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt. Here they will need to search for Figment in classic pieces of art like the Mona Lisa and Washington crossing the Delaware throughout the countries of the World Showcase. Once you complete the map, you can stop by Disney Traders or Port of Entry for a prize. This year you can pick from four different Figment puzzles. Maps are sold at various locations in Epcot for $7.99. Get ready for some family fun, and I won't tell them its educational if you won't.

3. Playful treats

This festival not only has the most kid-approved food (look for the stamp in the festival passport book) but, there are a few options that allow them to get artistic with their food! First is the White Chocolate Figment Puzzle that you get to build and then decorate with a paintbrush and top with sprinkles! It can be found at Decadent Delights for $6.50. Second is the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie that comes with three colors of icing and a paintbrush. The cookie is located at Decadent Desserts, Cuisine Classique, and the Artist's Table for $5.50. Playing and then eating in the same activity is every kid's dream!

I should also mention here other options for kids that are just as great; they just don't require artistic engagement. The Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Pretzel Crunch at Decadent Desserts, Pop't Art at Pop Eats, Paintbrush Churros at Refreshment Outpost, and the Musical Float at Fire and Drum Tavern.

4. Fun and unique photo opportunities

Let's face it family photos are HARD. NO ONE looks at the camera or has their eyes opened at the same time. But this festival has giant artwork photo ops that making taking pictures together so much fun! Just jump into your favorite art piece and pose in silly ways. Not only will the pictures turn out great, but they will also be memories you will cherish forever.

5. Kids' Chalk Art

Kids are magnets for chalk, and Epcot created a designated area for their smaller visitors to let loose and get creative! Located just before the Land in Future World, kids can find their favorite colors throughout the buckets of chalk and contribute their creativity to this festival!

6. Being able to witness LIVE artists

Getting kids to admire finished pieces of art may be a challenge, but witnessing it being created is just magic to them! As you walk around this festival, you will be able to watch chalk artists, painters, statues that come to life, and aerobatic performers express their talents and passions that will leave your little one in awe!

This festival has SO MUCH to offer for kids that I promise they will be entertained all day long with no fast passes required! Get your creative side on at this festival until February 24th, 2020. Follow along @mickeybarmama for more tips and Disney adventures!

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