Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sitting With Grandmother Willow | Patchwork by Carol

As part of our on-going series, Sitting with Grandmother Willow, I am happy to introduce Stacey and Carol, of Patchwork by Carol, a lovely Etsy shop. This series of blog posts highlights artists and bloggers of all stripes with one thing in common: a passion for Disney!

Patchwork by Carol carries handmade totes, tablet cases, t-shirts and more. I hope you will enjoy getting to know them as much as I have. A big thanks to Stacey and Carol for taking the time to interview with us! And be sure to visit their shop for a great selection of Disney themed gifts and goodies!

Disney By The Numbers (with Apologies to Harper's)

# of trips you have made: We could not begin to count, for the last 12 months we aim to go at least once a month to Disneyland and before that at least 100 times.

Date of first trip: Disneyland - too young to remember, but there was a ticket book involved. WDW – January 2012 for 2 weeks

Date of next trip: Disneyland end of March, WDW January 2015 for 2 weeks YAY.

# of Resorts stayed in: All three in Disneyland and so far 1 (AK) in WDW. We have Disney Vacation Club.

Usual # in your travel party: Anywhere from 2-12 at any given time. When it’s just the 2 of us we like to take it slow and take in the magic that was meant for this fabulous place. When there are more we like to host a picture scavenger hunt…we make it hard. J

Pairs of mouse ears in your cottage: Only 2, one of them for Christmas

WDW or Disneyland (or other)? Disneyland is our home, it has a special place in our heart.

How do you usually travel to Disney? We live in San Diego so we drive to Disneyland. WDW we will always try to get a direct flight.

Do you have any tips for trips? Use the fast pass system, do a little something different that you haven’t done before and check out the children’s faces, it will renew the magic every time for you.

Do you have a favorite place to eat while in Disney? Disneyland-Plaza & Storytellers Café, WDW – Le Cellier hands down

What is your absolute DON'T MISS attraction? The Haunted Mansion in its original state. (Purist)

Stage shows, yes or no? Love the stage shows. Aladdin in Disney’s California’s Adventure is phenomenal.

Parades, yes or no? The fondest memory of Disney is the Electrical Parade. When the music begins to play it touches the child in me. Very happy that it isn’t gone for good and we can still see it at WDW

Best Fast Pass to get: Radiator Springs Racers first thing

Favorite park: Out of the 6 that I’ve been to, it will always be Disneyland

One piece of advice you'd give a novice about WDW/DL: Plan ahead, use the apps and whatever you do, take it all in and have a good time. Don’t let yourself stress or get angry.

How do you create extra magic for your family We tend to bring extra pins with us so that if there is a child that is starting out and possibly a little shy to walk up to someone to trade, we will give them a great pin for trading.

How can we connect with you?
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