DIY Belle and Gaston Costumes

wpid-wp-1446312895124.jpegHappy Halloween Everyone! I hope everyone is having a SPOOK-tacular day!

This morning, my four-legged side kick and I decided to go to the Broadway Paw-rade in Uptown Columbus. There were over a hundred dogs, and most of them were dressed up! It was a lot of fun. If you know me, even a little, you know I wouldn’t miss a chance to dress up with my fur baby. Koda Bear and I went as Belle and Gaston!

I put together both costumes for under $15. I’m actually quite impressed with how easily it all came together. Since we just got back from Disney World, I wasn’t wanting to spend too much. But I was also very inspired to keep my Disney outfits going strong.

But here’s what you need to pull it off!

Belle:

  1. Blue Dress – Plato’s Closet – $1 (on sale)
  2. Blue Ribbon – Michael’s – $3
  3. White Button-Up – Goodwill – $3
  4. 2 Yards White Fabric (for apron) – Previously Owned
  5. Black Flats – Previously Owned
  6. White Cami – Previously Owned – Optional
  7. Basket – Goodwill – $1
  8. Book – Previously Owned

**The Blue dress was the hardest thing to find. You want to find a dress that has a very basic shape. Its best to look for one with a tank top style top and a flare style bottom. My dress had lace already sewed in the bottom. You can add that if you like it.

Style It:

Start by putting on the white top. Button it up, but leave the top open. If your button-up shirt has pockets, you may want to put a white cami over it to smooth it out. Other wise you’ll be able to see the pocket lines through the dress. Put the dress on over the white shirt. Finish your outfit with your apron and black flats. Put your hair up. I twisted my bangs back and tied them up. Then I put the rest of my hair in a ponytail and added the ribbon.

If you need to make your apron, lay your dress down and decided how big you need it to be. Remember you will want it to be shorter then your dress. Cut out the size square you need and sew that square to a long strip of fabric you will use to tie it onto your waist. I used two layers of fabric because it was a little see-through. You may not need to.

Gaston:

**Disclaimer** This costume was intended for a dog, but you are essentially making a shirt. Although I would style a person different than a dog, but this costume would work for a person as well. 

  1. Red Polo – Goodwill – $3
  2. 2 Sheets of Yellow Felt – Michael’s -$1
  3. Brown Fabric – Previously Owned
  4. Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Make It:

Cut out sheets of yellow felt and glue them to the collar of the polo. Cut two strips of brown fabric for his belt. Glue them on the shirt. Cut out a buckle out of the left over yellow felt and glue it on. You could sew all of this on if you wanted, but I didn’t want to spend much time making something I wasn’t sure Koda would actually wear. I was afraid he would rip it up, but he wore it all morning and didn’t try to get it off once. I did have to safety pin it up some so he wouldn’t step on it. I only pinned up a couple of inches.

If you wanted to be Gaston, you could make this shirt for yourself. If it were me, personally, I would attach the yellow felt on the collar. Then I would wear an actual belt over it. I would pair it with brown or black pants or leggings and black boots. You could also accessorize with a bow and arrow.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

alyssa

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Beauty and the Beast Eatery Reviews

If you’re a huge Beauty and the Beast fan like I am, you’ll love getting a bite to eat at Disney World’s two restaurants that our themed after the film: Be Our Guest and Gaston’s Tavern.


Both serve delicious food and make you feel as if you stepped right into the movie. If you haven’t had a chance to visit them, check out my reviews of both restaurants!

Be Our Guest Review and Gaston’s Tavern Review

I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures! We loved both restaurants and I’m sure we will find our way back in the future! It’s a must for anyone who loves the movie the way I do. Be sure to add it to your Bucket List! Happy Tuesday!!

alyssa

Once Upon My Fairy Tale is now on Facebook!

NicetomeetchaHappy Thursday everyone! I decided to make a Facebook Page for everything Once Upon My Fairy Tale!!! Feel free to give it a like if you’re on Facebook and want up to the minute updates on my ever-changing adventures!

Once Upon My Fairy Tale’s Facebook Page

And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest!

Once Upon My Fairy Tale’s Pinterest Page

Thanks a million! Check back for lots of new Disney, DIY, and Halloween post coming soon!

alyssa

Disney Parks Bag

My husband and I love Disney World. My husband surprised me with Disney tickets for our honeymoon on our wedding day. So I didn’t get to help him with the planning for that trip, but I must say, he did pretty well. We just got back from our second trip their together, and my fifth trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. This time I was able to put my Disney knowledge to the test. We put together a “Disney Parks Bag” to take with us everyday.

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What You Need For the Perfect Disney Parks Bag

1. The Bag

This is important. You want a bag that’s big enough to carry all of your things, but small enough to keep from being annoying. Really the size comes down to personal preference, but I love my bag. Its long and skinny. It has several pockets and compartments. The bag was made to be a workout bag and is made out of a waterproof material that is perfect for Florida’s random showers. I love all the pockets, some people may have an issue with them since you have to open your bags at the gate when you walk in. But that minor inconvenience at the start of the day doesn’t outweigh the connivence of finding what I need from the bag quickly. There is also water bottle pockets on both sides. (Depending on the size of your group, you may want more than one bag. Keep that in mind when planning your bag.)

2. Water Bottles 

One of the best tips for the Florida heat is carrying your own water bottles. Disney World will allow you to bring in your own bottle, and they have several water fountains all over the parks. Keep in mind they DO give out full size ice waters for free at any quick service counter. But also keep in mind that most quick service counters will have lines. So if you don’t mind standing in line for free ice water, you may be able to skip carrying around a water bottle. But the ease of taking a drink from my own bottle is worth it to me. And knowing I can refill it at any time with free ice water isn’t too bad either. Other’s have suggested bringing a water bottle that has a filter because the water tastes “weird” but I don’t tend to mind. But if you are picky about your water, you may want to get a filtered water bottle. We took our Hydro Flask, which was an amazing thing to have. Hydro Flask water bottles will keep your water cold all day. That is not an exaggeration. We put ice in it in the morning and the ice hadn’t even started to melt by lunch! It stayed ice cold until we had drank every drop!

3. Water Flavoring

Another tip for saving money (and possibly fighting the so-called “weird” tasting water) at Disney, is to pack water flavoring in your bag. We packed a little bottle of Mio. But we never had to use it. We didn’t mind packing it because it took up next to no space. So throw it in if you are worried about the taste, but know it won’t get in your way if you don’t want it.

4. Snacks and a Snack Bag

One of the best money saving tips for visiting Disney, is packing your own food. Most people don’t know you can bring in your own food to the parks. Bringing in your own snacks is a great way to save money on food while you are there. But don’t skip eating at Disney all together. Disney has amazing food options that you don’t want to miss out on. So save money on the snacks, so you can experience the amazing food and character dining only DIsney has to offer! We bought a little lunch sack that folds up very small. Every day I threw a few packs of Disney Fruit Snacks, Cliff Bars, Trail Mix and Pop Tarts into the little snack bag. If we started to get hungry before dinner, we’d dig into our snack bag. It didn’t just save us money, but also saved us time!

5. First Aid Kit

Disney has a First Aid Station, and it is a very good station. Take it from someone who had a brief stay in one as a child. But it is always smart to keep a small First Aid Kit on you for minor things. Throw together the following in a small bag to keep on hand while you are visiting the parks:

  • Band Aids (with Disney Characters on them of course)
  • Pain Meds (Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
  • Tums
  • Cough Drops
  • Chapstick
  • Gold Bond Friction Defense Stick
  • Feminine Products
  • Any Additional Personal Meds

6. Gum

Gum isn’t sold in any of the Disney Parks, so if you’re a big gum chewer (like my recent Ranger School Grad), it’s a good idea to throw a pack or two into your bag.

7. Sunscreen

This may seem obvious to some of you. But others who are stubborn about putting it on, now isn’t the time to skip the sunscreen. Getting burnt on your first day in the parks can lead to the rest of your stay being miserable. I suggest buying the small tubes or bottles and putting a fresh one in your bag everyday. I also think its wise to keep one of the small sticks of sunscreen (that look like glue sticks) in your bag for quick touch ups on your face and shoulders throughout the day. There’s nothing worse that getting “sunglass tan” or getting a weird tan from your shirt the first day that messes up the rest of your vacation pictures!

8. Camera

Whether it’s on your phone, a GoPro, or a DSLR, Disney is FULL of magical moments you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life. If you want to skip carrying a camera, you can always use the Memory Maker Package, which I totally recommend. It’s a great way to get EVERYONE into the picture. But the Disney Photographers won’t always be there, so even if you just use your phone. I suggest having some sort of camera with you in your bag. Just remember to leave the selfie sticks at home. They are banned from all the Disney Parks! Disney Photographers will take pictures for you on your camera if you ask, so there’s no need to break that rule!

9. Phone 

With the ability to use the My Disney Experience App, there is really no reason to leave your phone at home! You can use the app for maps, setting your FastPasses, viewing your PhotoPass pictures and so much more. Really only one person needs their phone to use the Apps, so you can skip having the kids bring one (if they have one) so they can focus on having the time of their lives!

10. Portable Charger

With spotty service and using the My Disney Experience App and your camera frequently, you are going to drain your phone battery pretty quickly. It’s a good idea to have a portable charger on you so you can charge your phone on the go. You don’t want to miss out on last minute dinner reservations or a quick FastPass switch because your battery died! Some smaller digital cameras can be charged by portable chargers as well, so keep that in mind.

11. MagicBands

Your MagicBands are ESSENTIAL to your vacation. If they aren’t on your wrist, attach them to your bag so you don’t forget them. There isn’t really a reason to take them off since they are waterproof, but if you must, put them in your bag. For more information on the MagicBands and why I think EVERYONE should have one, click here.

12. Hand Sanitizer

Disney World is a busy place full of children who touch just about everything. It’s not a bad idea to have some hand sanitizer on you for a quick clean up before you eat. You can get little Disney Themed Hand Sanitizer keychains from Walgreens for 25 cents. Just clip it onto your bag and your ready to go.

13. Ponchos

You never know when it’s gonna rain in Florida. There’s a very good chance it will rain at least once while you are in the parks. So its a good idea to come prepared with ponchos. You can get cheap ponchos at the Dollar Store. Some people like to buy enough for everyone to have a fresh poncho everyday so they can throw away their used, wet poncho once they are done with it. We were not prepared on our first trip so we bought $10 Disney World Ponchos. But we saved them so now we have our Mickey Mouse Ponchos to use forever and ever. So the choice is yours. Just don’t forget to pack an extra poncho (or tarp) to cover your stroller if you have one!

14. Plastic Baggies

Another awesome tip for the rain, or any water rides like Splash Mountain, is to have plastic baggies. You can place anything you don’t want to get wet, like your phone, in a baggy so it will stay safe and dry.

15. Extra Socks in a Plastic Bag

Yet another amazing “rain tip” is to have extra socks in a baggy. If it rains and your socks get wet, you can take out your fresh socks, place your wet ones in the bag, and continue on with your day. There is so much walking to do at the parks, you won’t want to have wet socks!

16. A Small Sweater or Jacket

I only used mine on two of the four days we were there, but I am so glad I packed it on those days. After riding Splash Mountain in the morning, or sitting in an air conditioned restaurant for dinner, you may find yourself wanting one too!

I am so glad we took the time to put together such a detailed Parks Bag because we always had exactly what we needed. Our bag was a little big at times, but we were able to ride every ride with it without much hassle. The only real annoying part was waiting in the bag check line at the start of the day. They keep the lines moving pretty quickly, but just about everyone going in has a bag or purse of some kind, so the lines can be long. They also check EVERY BAG. So if you have bags inside your big bag, like we did, be prepared to open those as well. We took the little bags out before we got to the front of the line and I had them check two, and Zac had them check two. It got us through faster.

lyssa

Disney Bounding – What is it?

wpid-wp-1444956702450.jpegI find myself trying to explain Disney Bounding to people all the time. In simple terms, Disney Bounding is the line where passion for Disney and Fashion collide. It’s a way for Disney Nerds, like myself, to express their love for their favorite characters without wearing a costume. Adults are not allowed to wear costumes to Disney World, because they could be mistaken for actual characters. This mishap could ruin the magic for children. So a lot of Disney fanatics have started to Disney Bound in the parks.

The official title “Disney Bound” came from Leslie Kay, who started a Tumblr page to show her excitement for an upcoming trip to the parks. She called it “Disney Bound”. She posted one outfit on her Tumblr page and gained a couple hundred followers so she continued and now her blog is famous and Disney Bounding is a staple in any Disney Freaks plans to visit the parks.

Leslie defines Disney Bounding as:

DisneyBounding is a way for teenagers and adults to show their love and appreciation for Disney and play dress up without actually wearing a costume so it takes trendy clothes and bases the outfits after Disney characters.

For example, my husband and I wore the above outfits to Bound as MIckey and Minnie. You don’t have to match the outfit exactly, but instead use staple pieces for each character. For Minnie, I was sure to find something with polka dots, and the colors red, black, and yellow. For Mickey, we used the colors red and black. I wanted to wear ears, but my husband didn’t. That’s the great things about Disney Bounding. It’s all about taking the character’s personality and making it YOUR OWN. So he didn’t wear ears, but people still called us Mickey and Minnie all day!

I love Disney Bounding so much. I was under the impression that Disney didn’t recognize this as “Disney Bounding” but they may acknowledge your outfit. But I had several Cast members throughout the parks tell me they “loved my bound”. And everyone recognized who we were EVERYWHERE we went. It was so much fun. I recommend DIsney Bounding to any adult who wants to visit the parks!

I wouldn’t be surprised if I slowly begin to turn my entire wardrobe into one large Disney Bound! ❤

lyssa

MagicBands

IMG_9960My husband and I went to Disney World for our Honeymoon. Disney treated us to a lot of surprises. In this badly-lit, hotel room picture you see the things we acquired on the first day. Of course we got the wedding ears, and honeymoon buttons, but also in this picture you’ll notice my favorite thing we got that day. Our MagicBands.

Disney is always pushing limits and breaking through boundaries. I have been blessed enough to have the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World every six years from the first time I visited. The things I have seen change and develop each time I return, are mind blowing. But the one that caught and help my attention more than any other before it, is the MagicBand.

What is a MagicBand?

Simple! The MagicBand is your best friend.

It is your hotel key, your park tickets, your Fast Pass, your Memory Maker Pass, your money, and the most stylish AND functional accessory you will ever own.

Now I can see you thinking that it seems excessive or over the top, but allow me to break this down for you:

Upon arrival to Disney World, you will most likely need to check into your hotel. They will give you your hotel key. Then you will purchase your park tickets. You will need money to get food while you are in the park. You’ll need your camera and pretty soon, you’re wondering how you are supposed to carry all of this around without losing something. Especially if you have children!

But those days are gone, my friend.

You can choose from a variety of colors. Mine is pink and Zac’s is blue. They make charms to add to your band too! They even make customizations for your bands.

Your MagicBand IS your hotel key. You simply hold it to the Mickey Mouse sensor on your door, and when Mickey turns green, you’re in. (This only applies if you stay on Disney Property at a Disney Resort Hotel.)

Your MagicBand has all of your park tickets loaded onto it. You get into the parks in a similar way to how you get into your hotel room. Hold your MagicBand to the Mickey sensor and when it turns green, you place your finger on the finger print track. Once it confirms your finger print matches your band, you are in!

When you go to a dine in restaurant, you can charge your meal to your hotel room by using your MagicBand. You can also charge most souvenirs and things to your room the same way. This gets rid of the need to carry around as much money.

And with the ability to sync your Memory Maker Package to your MagicBand, there is no longer a need to carry around your camera!

And once you leave the park, don’t throw your band away! You can reuse your band for as long as they use the MagicBand system!

I recently learned that when attending the parks with children the band could help you locate a lost child who was separated from your group! No, the bands don’t have GPS trackers in them. (Although Disney can tell where you’ve been by tracking your spending and where you use your band.) But since you load your information onto the bands, if a lost child finds a Disney Cast member and the cast member scans the band, they should be able to access your phone number. This is an AMAZING feature. Be sure to tell your children what to do if they get separated from the group. Have a meeting place set. But also be sure to teach them that Disney Cast members are always there to help! Introduce your children to one so they know what they will be wearing. If your child did get lost and wanted to make their way to the meeting spot, a Cast member could help them navigate the park to meet you so they wouldn’t be alone, after they had contacted you!

MagicBands are game changers. And I’m sure in 5 years, when I hopefully go back, they will have found some way to top them. But until then, I will be amazed and share them with the world. I can’t wait to get back to the parks and use my favorite accessory again.

lyssa

Disney Themed Ranger School Homecoming

wpid-wp-1443008426382.jpegAnyone who knows us, knows that my husband and I love Beauty and the Beast. Sure, it was kinda my thing that morphed into our thing. But Zac grew to love it so much that Tale As Old As time was our wedding song, that he happily walked around Disney World wearing Beauty and the Beast Tank tops, and that we decorated our living room with a painting of the Beauty and the Beast stained glass window. Like a lot of things in our lives, it went from “my movie” to “our movie”.

While Zac was in Ranger School, I made him a book using pictures from the movie to try to make him laugh. The book suggested that Zac was the Beast, obviously, and that Ranger School was Gaston. There were pictures of Gaston attacking the Beast, pictures of Belle giving the Beast a stern “talking to”, and of course, pictures of the Beast defeating Gaston. This book was going to be given to Zac when he was on his bus ride back to Georgia from Florida, so I thought I would keep the Beauty and the Beast theme going when I went to pick him up.

wpid-wp-1442941679447.jpegFirst I made my version of a Disney Bound Belle dress. (I didn’t end up getting many pictures of just the dress on the day of because I was so excited to see Zac. But I did take one while I was working on my outfit.)

To make this Disney Bound, I found a plain, strapless yellow dress. It was not an easy thing to do at the end of summer. Most stores were transitioning to Fall clothing styles, so most yellows were mustardy tones that just wouldn’t cut it for me. Luckily, I had my crew of amazing friends helping me look. We found a ton of different styles of yellow dresses at Forever 21. I found a lot of really cute ones, that were actually way cuter than the one I bought. But I knew this particular dress would be perfect for what I wanted to do to it. Next, I went on the hunt for yellow tulle and buttons. Surprisingly, Hobby Lobby didn’t have ANY yellow tulle. They actually had every color BUT yellow. I did snag the rose and a red flower for my hair from Hobby Lobby though, so it didn’t end up being a wasted trip. Next I hit up JoAnn’s Fabric. I have had a lot of success with them lately, so I wasn’t too surprised when I found exactly what I needed. I did have to paint my buttons yellow, but that was a simple fix. I attached the tulle and buttons to my dress by hand, and ended up securing the buttons with hot glue so they would lay flat if I moved. My last added touch was finding red shoes. I found a really cute pair at Charlotte Ruse. wpid-wp-1442941698548.jpegUnfortunately, I have baby feet and they didn’t have my size. I ended up finding mine at Rue 21. There shoe sizes are a little strange so the closest I could get to “my size” was a S/M so they are a little bit big, but they got the job done.

Next I needed to make a sign. I knew showing up dressed as a Disney Princess could be potentially ridiculous, so I needed my sign to tie everything together. I decided to make it say “I’m here for my Beast.” Just to make sure there could be no doubt in anyones mind, I decided to draw the Beast on the sign too. I chose to draw him in his cape and angry so he’d be more masculine. I outlined everything and drew in stained glass throughout the outline.

Zac’s face when he saw me was exactly what I expected. A big ole’ smile and a goofy laugh. I know I could have shown up in sweat pants and he wouldn’t have cared but I was glad I did something silly. It gave me something to do and made him laugh before I even made it to him. And hey, now I can dress like Belle when ever I want to. I am NOT mad about that! 🙂

lyssa