✨Star Wars Galaxy Edge Preview- Hollywood Studios✨

We had the pleasure of being able to attend the annual passholder preview at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios Galaxy Edge today. It was a tad bit warm, well warm was a slight understatement. It was hotter than Hades.

Our plan was to try and ride Smugglers Run which is the only ride currently open but it had a 120 minute standby line so that was not going to happen. It was at 90+degrees outside but at least the chance of rain had dropped to nothing.

Galaxys Edge is very immersive in its ambiance. It transports you to the planet Batuu and from the second you enter the land to when you leave, you are fully transformed into their lifestyle. I do not understand how the cast members are able to wear long sleeve shirts and head garb while I am melting to death in a T-shirt. More power to them.

We made our way around all the accessible areas and then back out the entrance. It was a nice preview of the area but it will be more interesting when the other parts of the planet open and you can fully experience the land.

Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Hollywood Studios opens to the public on August 29th, 2019. If you have the opportunity to view this land at your next visit to Hollywood Studios, I hope you are able to fully enjoy the details of the land and it’s offerings.

Have a magical day my friends and may the force be with you. ✨

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❄️🎿👙Family trip to Blizzard Beach👙🎿❄️

I can’t believe that in the 33 years of my life I had yet to ever go to a Disney water park. What better time to finally get to go then on one of the hottest days of the year, July 4th. We decided our park of choice for our first trip was going to be Blizzard Beach.

Delaney and Goofy hanging out

Being a Floridian, we knew that we would experience the usual fury of summer afternoon thunderstorms so we made sure to get there at park open to optimize our pool time. We reserved our lodge umbrellas ahead of time to ensure a relaxing and stress free experience. This includes 2 lounge chairs, 2 beach chairs, a table and umbrella and beach towels for a nominal fee. I highly recommend reserving them ahead of time because they are first come first serve. They are located in a more secluded area of the park away from the crowds.

The usual summer storm came right on time so we hung out under cover while most of the other people headed out. All the rides and wave pool shuts down when there is lightning within 6 miles of the park. Luckily the storm passed quickly and all the rides opened back up with little to no wait times.

 

I was very impressed with their bathrooms and shower/changing area. We had plans to go spend the evening visiting the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios and we needed to freshen up before heading out. They were very spacious and clean. We showered up and got dressed and were ready to head off on our next Rhoden Disney adventure.

After having such a fun day at our first water park experience, we decided to upgrade our annual passes to Platinum Plus which includes both Disney Water Parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. We can’t wait for our next trip for some fun in the sun. Stay Disney my friends and have a magical rest of your summer.

4 Parks, 1 Day Challenge: How my daughter and I conquered the task

We had not started out the day with the intention of trying to visit all four parks in one day. We only had planned to go to Magic Kingdom to purchase a specific pandora charm that had just been released. We headed over to Magic Kingdom at around noon from the Polynesian where we had made a stop for a quick visit. Once at the kingdom and while waiting in line for Thunder Mountain, I came up with the bright idea to go pay a visit to the other three parks and ride at least one ride at each. On a side note, we did not even get started with our first park until noon that day 😳. This was for sure going to be a challenge. Ok, here we go!

Riding the monorail from the TTC to Magic Kingdom

First stop on our version of the “4 Parks, 1 Day” challenge brought us to Magic Kingdom. Our ride choice for this park was Thunder Mountain. Yes we could have rode a ride much closer to the front of the park but that would have been taking the easy way out. Park 1 was now complete, off to our second stop.

For the second park in our challenge, we headed to Hollywood studios. We had to choose a show instead of a ride because of the wait times in the standby lines since we did not have fastpasses. We watched Muppet Vision 3D. Again, this attraction is all the way in the back corner of the park. We sure got in our steps for the day with all this walking. Delaney had to get a spirit jersey like me so she had a wardrobe change between Hollywood Studios and our next destination.

Our third stop brought us to Animal Kingdom. Luckily we had priority parking because their lot was very full by the time we arrived. Priority brought us much closer to the front entrance of the park making it easier to get in and out since the day was coming to a close and we still had one more park to visit when we were done here.

At Animal Kingdom we had to do another show because of no fastpass availability at this time of day. We watched It’s Tough to be a Bug.

With the sun starting to set to the west of us, we needed to head out and drive over to our final destination, EPCOT.

We saved the best for last in my opinion. I l°o°ve EPCOT. We decided on The Seas with Nemo and Friends ride. We got in our clam shells and rode off into the big blue world. The night sky’s were now upon us and it was time to conquer our next task, the drive home lol.

We had a blast that day and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it with anyone else. Just me and my Minnie Me °o° lol. Until next time my friends, have a magical day ✨

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Season 2017: ESPN Wide World of Sports

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We had a blast as usual last weekend at the Atlanta Braves spring training held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports against the Florida Marlins.  We may have not won, we didn’t last year either lol, but its not all about winning or losing, it is about the memories that are made along the way.

 

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The weather was amazing on Saturday.  I should have brought some sunblock because I did get a little red sitting out in the stands for several hours.  Sunny skies and a nice breeze made for a perfect day at the ball field.

 

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The Braves spring training schedule goes until the end of March. Here is a link to their remaining games that will be played out at the ESPN  Wide World of Sports Atlanta Braves spring training schedule 2017

 

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Have a magical day everyone and don’t forget to stay Disney my friends 🙂

 

 

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❄️Happy Holidays from The Rhoden’s: Disney Addicts❄️

As we are on our way back from yet another magical trip “H °o°ME” and I can’t help but feel greatful that we have the privilege to go as often as we do. I would like to wish all my followers a very magical holiday and a happy new year.  Here’s to many more!!

🦃 Thanksgiving Weekend Trip Home With The Family 🦃

            “The most  important thing is family.”

                          – Walt Disney


Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age, and Dreams are forever.”

-Walt Disney

❤️ A Mother Daughter Trip Home ❤️

” A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.”




Today was just a little last minute trip to our favorite place we like to call “home”. The  Food and Wine Festival is still going on and it was super busy back towards the World Showcase so we just spent most of the day towards the front of the park. Going to a huge place like EPCOT by yourself, with a very headstrong 4 year old, could have been a complete disaster. Luckily, the parenting God’s were watching over me today and it went very smoothly 🙏. 

 Trips like this we will remember for the rest of our lives. You are my sunshine ☀️ little one. 

 °o° October 1st 1971…the birth of the “kingdom” 

It’s hard to believe that in 2 1/2 short months it will be the 45th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World.  Luckily it falls on a Saturday so I hope to be attending on that landmark day.  Disney has already released special merchandise that will be available during the fall months in celebration of this momentous occasion.  Obviously it won’t be as big as Disneylands Diamond celebration (60 years)that has been going on this whole year so far but this park sits closer to home for me.  
I was able to visit “home” while Disney celebrated their big 25 in 1996.  That year they decorated Cinderella’s castle as a birthday cake.  Hard to grasp that it was 20 years ago lol.  

Visiting during the 25th anniversary in 1996


I have not heard of what, if anything, they will be holding on the actual date of October 1st for the celebration but I will keep you updated as I hear anything announced. Until then my friends, have a magical day ✨

P.S. Thanks mom for digging through old albums to find this picture for me 😘

Missing Disney and How to Cope 

Our family personally choses not to visit the parks during the summer months not only because the crowds are very large due to kid’s being out of school but also the HEAT is almost unbearable.  So what can you do during those hot summer months ☀️ to help get your Disney fix?  Well, here is a list of a few things that I do to help pass the time until we go “home” again.

 

  • Plan your next trip (trips) 📆…well currently at this moment I have 4 upcoming planned trips just waiting for those hot months to start to pass us by.  45th anniversary of opening day of Magic Kingdom, runDisney Wine and Dine weekend race, Thanksgiving trip with extended family, and Delaney’s birthday/Christmas trip.  If I had to my way, there would probably be like 10 more planned in there lol but we will start with these and go from there.

 

  • Watch Disney Movies...with the recent release of Finding Dory, there is never a lack of Disney magic in the theaters to help keep the magic alive in our hearts.

 

  • Buy Disney stuff 😍…my favorite of all the coping mechanisms lol.  You can never have too much Disney parphernalia that’s for sure.  Whoever said money can’t buy happiness obviously never went to Disney before lol.

 

Until next time my friends, have a magical day ✨ and think happy thoughts, your next trip home should be here before you know it °o°