Have you ever wanted to take the Backstage Magic Tour at Walt Disney World. Well a member of the Wallace family recently took advantage of this tour and offers the following post on their blog, ThreeStandsWDW. This tour is now on my ”must do” list!
Published December 8th, 2013 by Scott Parker
CHALLENGE 3 #FPHSH Florida Plunge Holiday Scavenger Hunt!
Have you ever traveled to Central Florida in the winter time? Well if you have, you know that packing can be all about layering. For this challenge, you will do just that. You will layer on as many shirts as you can…on yourself! No kids can be layered for this challenge!
1 Point for Every Shirt you are wearing. You must have at least one other person in the picture with you and they will hold TWO signs. The first sign must be the number of shirts you are wearing and the second sign must say #FPHSH. If possible make the signs bright an colorful so they are easily read!
10 Bonus Points – If you have on 10 plus shirts and the final shirt on the outside is a Disney shirt, you will receive 10 bonus points.
Entry photos must be submitted to Taking the Florida Plunge or emailed to Florida Plunge by 11:59pm CST, December 10th, 2013. (Please include your first and last name in your post/email to ensure the points are given to the correct participant.)
Published December 8th, 2013 by Scott Parker
Wow! The Florida Plunge Holiday Scavenger Hunt is turning out to be a great success and it’s all because of you! I hope you are having a great time with your family and friends completing the challenges! I know we are having a great time seeing and sharing your photos. For those who haven’t submitted an entry yet, it’s not too late. Remember this is all about family fun and I’d love to see all of you involved. If you haven’t registered to play, just send me a note on Facebook or email and I’ll be happy to add you.
FANTASTIC job to all of you completed challenge 2. I loved the creativity that was used in a lot of these photos. And let me just say, several of the pictures in this challenge were Christmas Card worthy! Challenge 3 will be posted shortly. Remember, the participant with the most points WINS, not the team that completes the most challenges. So it’s not too late to get started!
Below are pictures of all #FPHSH Challenge 2 entries. You can check your standings in the scavenger hunt here.
Published December 5, 2013 by Scott Parker
Hi Friends! The following “Ask Me Monday” questions were sent to me on Monday 11/25/2013 and 12/02/12013 via Facebook, Twitter, Google + and right here on the blog. Keep the questions coming and you can view past Q&A here.
1. Do you happen to know of any referral sites other than Angie’s List? For
example we are trying to find an Irrigation system/Landscaper for next
Another site that I’ve seen is Home Advisor. They appear to be similar to Angies List, but no fee required. I must state a disclaimer. I’ve never used Angies List or Home Advisor. I always approach my neighbors for referrals.
2. What are the best cable/tv/phone providers to use? Heard Bright House isn’t too hot.
We live in an area where Bright House is the sole provider. When we were in the process of relocating to Orlando, we had heard the same concerns regarding Bright House, however I can tell you that we have had no issues. We have a bundle package form Bright House and I have not once been without internet, cable or phone and we have had not had a negative experience.
3. Do you happen to know the whereabouts of Mr. Claus at Downtown Disney?
Yes, Mr. Clause is located between the World of Disney store and the Basin Store at Downtown Disney.
4. My husband and I are moving to the Orlando area in the fall of 2015. I’ll be retired from teaching in Arkansas then. Was wondering how to go about getting my license to teach in Florida. Any advice?
This is a great question. Requirements to transfer your teaching credentials is going to depend on the reciprocal agreement between Arkansas and Florida. We moved from Texas, and we learned that Florida recognizes Texas has having a strict Teacher certification. Because of this, Texas certification was able to be transferred to Florida for $75 per area. Kristi was able to transfer to teach English and Social Studies, grades 5-9.
One thing we did learn is that Florida does not recognize a Masters Degree in Education Curriculum. They require that the Masters degree be in a field that has a certification test. This was a let down seeing all the work Kristi put in for her Masters degree.
Published December 5, 2013 by Christina Hardenberger
Want to have the best possible Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience? These tips will save you time and make your time in the Wizarding World truly magical!
• Wait until the afternoon to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In the morning, hordes of excited fans head there first thing. By the afternoon, those morning guests are
moving on to other attractions and you’ll enjoy a much less crowded experience.
The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride does not accept the Universal Express Plus pass. Use the single rider line to avoid a long wait.
Tour the castle without riding The Forbidden Journey. Go to the cast member at the entrance and tell him or her you want to take the “castle tour” only. You can walk through the
castle at your own pace and enjoy all its wonders without being hurried along in line.
Most of the rides in the Wizarding World do not allow you to bring on bags. Store them in the lockers at the front of the “island” and pick them up on your way out. You won’t have to
fight the crowds at each ride.
Just want to purchase a wand? Don’t wait in the Ollivander’s line! Go into Owl Post through the front door or through Dervish & Banges.
• There is no soda in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you can’t live without
one, pick one up in Lost Continent or Jurassic Park before entering the Wizarding World.
• Dying for a butterbeer? Buy it in the Three Broomsticks rather than the butterbeer barrel in Diagon Alley. The wait is almost always shorter!
Visit the bathroom, whether or not you need the facilities. Moaning Myrtle inhabits both restrooms!
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Published December 4, 2013, by Libby Pennell
I was able to take a quick trip to Downtown Disney today to check out some of the construction. For those that do not know, Downtown Disney is being transformed into Disney Springs. This project will take a few years to complete and I look forward to sharing pictures of the progress. Hope you enjoy!
Look behind the trees in the above picture and you can see the beginnings
of what I think will be the 5 story parking garage!
In the above picture, Capt Jack’s is no more…notice the large hole in the roof.
The construction workers are tearing it down piece by piece. Oh and by the way,
the pier is gone! Rumors are Disney Springs will have a new pier with boat
rentals in another area. A new bridge is to be constructed in this area.
The next few pictures are from around Downtown Disney…
Above picture is the new walkway from the Character’s In Flight Balloon
to the Paradiso 37 restaurant.
Finally…not one, but 2 Starbucks locations are coming to the new Disney Springs! Above picture is on the Westside and below is the World of Disney location.
Look for more updates soon!
Published December 4th, 2013 by Scott Parker
CHALLENGE 2 for the Florida Plunge Holiday Scavenger Hunt!
What’s something you need when you “Take the Plunge”? Swim Goggles of course! Here are your challenge details
For 2 Points - Take a picture of yourself, family and friends in front of a Christmas Tree. Hold up a ROUND sign that says #FPHSH. Be creative with your pose and your sign, but most importantly HAVE FUN!
2 Bonus Points – Wear a pair of swim goggles or swim mask in the photo. 2 Points added for each pair worn by a “human”. No max, so the more participants, the merrier.
5 Bonus Points – Hold 1 Christmas present wrapped in Disney Christmas paper.
Entry photos must be submitted to Taking the Florida Plunge or emailed to Florida Plunge by 11:59pm CST, December pm, December 7th, 2013. (Please include your first and last name in your post/email to ensure the points are given to the correct participant.)