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Memento Mori- A Store Dedicated to All Things Haunted Mansion in Disney’s Magic Kingdom ~ By Guest Author Karyn Locke

Published November 13, 2014 by Karyn Locke

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Those of you that have read my blog posts in the past certainly know my affection for Disney’s Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom. I get asked what my favorite ride at Walt Disney World is all the time, and without hesitation, I happily answer, “Haunted Mansion”. My family and I have gotten to the point that we know which wall panel of the stretching room will slide open and head directly to it, and can talk right along with “Your Ghost Host” while he is reciting his monologue. Yeah, I’m that much in love with the ride. With each visit to Magic Kingdom, I would hunt out the latest Haunted Mansion items for sale in the shops and carts, hoping for something other than a HM key chain or t-shirt to purchase.

Fast forward to the opening of Memento Mori- Disney’s Haunted Mansion store in Liberty Square. From the Latin phrase Memento mori (remember death), the Magic Kingdom store was bound to not only have every item that I’ve dreamt of owning, but a sense of humor just like my beloved ride.

I, along with my family,  was one of those folks happy to queue up outside the storefront in Liberty Square waiting my turn to purchase goodies covered with spooky-eyed wallpaper and adorned with candlestick-holding gargoyles. Giddy with delight, my family and I headed into the shop, and just like a kid in a candy shop, could not decide what to purchase first.

What’s “In Store” for You?

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What’s in store for happy shoppers, you ask? So many spooky, kooky, creative, and downright awesome Haunted Mansion items that you’ll be hard-pressed to choose a favorite!

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When you walk through the store entrance, you’ll notice a cool photography room where you can get “ghostified”, as my daughter calls it. Just like the famous paintings in the ride, the photo will look normal from one angle and creepy from another. Well worth the $20 if you ask me.

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There’s tons of fun items to take home, like well-made pens, fedoras, and of course, t-shirts.

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Make sure to mosey around the store, as there’s some really cool details along the walls.

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Haunted Mansion phone cases, necklaces, and other themed jewelry as far as the eye can see!

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Want a Haunted Mansion hair accessory? Look no further. There’s really cute headbands with the bat stanchions from the ride queue available for your wearing pleasure.

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Here’s the part of the store that was the most fun for me- the kitchen/table ware area. There’s Master Gracy china, Madame Leota towels, HM aprons, cups, glasses, and candlesticks for your table.

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Looking for a way to spruce up your living room & bedroom? There’s throws and pillows that would make a fine addition to the room.

I did notice an absence of one important item: the doombuggy! I’ll put that on my list for Santa this year.

Karyn Locke, Marketing and Social Media Guroo and Mid-America Guroo for trekaroo is a travel writer from Ohio that has a passion for all things Disney and a hankering for Dole Whip Floats at least three times a week. Also creator and blogger for Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between!, she’s happy to give Disney tips to anyone that asks and is pleased as punch that her family shares her love of the most magical place on earth.

Time for a Cool Change at Club Cool

Published October 30, 2013 by


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Get ready for some changes at Club Cool in Epcot! Starting October 30th 2013 Club Cool got some new flavors! I was in Club Cool the other day and noticed many sodas were out of order or no longer available (including my favorite…Smart Watermelon.)

Sadly, I never even got to say goodbye. (sniff sniff…)

Please click HERE to read my post at Chip & Co. all about the new flavors that are coming… what’s staying…and what’s gone for good! Follow Chip & Co. on Instagram and Twitter for live photos from the parks today and all month long!

Disney Foods and Drinks You Should Put on Your Bucket List

Published September 28, 2013 by

Tune in to the Disney Parks Podcast this week to check out our picks for the 100 Disney foods and drinks you should put on your bucket list! We welcome special guests Chip from Chip & and Sarah Norris of Gluten Free and Dairy Free at Walt Disney World!

Click HERE to learn more about our relationship with the Disney Parks Podcast!


Click HERE to find out how YOU can win an autographed copy of Marty Sklar’s new book called Dream it! Do it!

Highlights of the interview include:

  • Zebra domes – they are not made from parts of real zebra
  • The names of all the ovens at Via Napoli (they are named after the 3 active volcanos in Italy!)
  • Are you still gluten free if the chicken you eat has gluten in it’s food…and what is turkey milk?
  • How to get a low-carb burger at Beaches and Cream
  • Your exclusive invitation to Sarah’s fireworks dessert party – and your opportunity to punch Chip in the face!
  • We close with some of Chip’s BEST Disney tips

By the way – my friend Wendy has an awesome site with over 100 ACTIVITIES you should have on your Disney bucket list! You can check out her site HERE.

13 Practical Ways to Use Your Camera On Your Disney Vacation

Published July 29, 2013 by

Your digital and cell phone cameras are great for capturing memories of your Disney vacation. In addition to recording all the fun you’re having, did you know there are many practical uses them as well? Here are some good and creative tips on how to use your camera to enhance your next trip even more!


1. Use your digital camera to take photos of any scratches or dents on your rental car when you pick it up. The couple of minutes it takes to snap the pictures can save you a lot of time and money if there is any question about the condition of the car when you return it.

2. A bright image on your camera or cell phone gives just enough extra light to read menus in any dark Disney restaurants that you may dine in.

3. Snap a picture of your luggage. Also, if you take photos of it’s contents – there are double benefits. If the airline loses or damages your luggage you will have an image to show them what it looks (or looked) like. This can be especially important if you packed anything valuable. Got that nagging feeling that you forgot to pack something important? Just take a look at your photos to either ease your mind, or plan ahead if you know you are going to need to buy an extra upon arrival.

4. Take a picture of your rental car license plate so you can tell it from all the others when you are ready to leave. While you’re at it – snap a photo of your row and section in the Disney parking lot! That way, even if you forget it later – you have a reminder.

Lightning McQueen

Lightning McQueen

5. Take the media card out of your digital camera and write your cell phone number and/or your email address on it. That way if you lose your camera or phone – you will have a better chance of getting it returned to you.

6. Is the print too small on your Tables in Wonderland or Annual Pass booklet? Take a photo of the words with your phone and zoom in on that fine print! It works just like a magnifying glass. 

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7. Prescription medicines can sometimes have long names, different dosages and milligrams of strength. If you take more than one – it can be extra tough to remember all the details. Take a photo of the labels to keep on your phone or camera. This can come in handy if you need to replace the medication or tell someone what it is.

8.Take a photo of all your dining reservations, tours, spa appointments, that you wrote down while planning your trip! That way you aren’t carrying extra paper or notes that could get wet and unreadable after a ride on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids.


9. Are you in love with that new wine you tasted while on your Disney vacation? Take a photo of the label so you can remember what it was after you get home. Taking pictures of your food when it’s served will also remind you of why you want to return to that same restaurant again.

10. Write or print your name and contact information on a piece of paper. Snap a clear photo of the paper and then use the features on the camera to lock it on the memory card so it can’t be easily erased. If your camera is lost this will increase your chances of having it returned to you.

11, Take a picture your tickets and passes, being sure to include the barcode. This takes away some of the worry if you leave it in a  FastPass machine. Show the picture to Guest Services and they can issue you a replacement ticket.


12. Take a photo of each of your children in the outfit they are wearing for the day. You can also dress them alike. In the unlikely event that they get separated from you, you’ll be able to show a Cast Member what your kid looks like and what they are wearing that day.

13. Here’s a fun money saving tip: If you see something that you just can’t live without, take a photo of it (as well as the store name) instead of buying it right away. Then later, maybe even on the last day of your trip, if you still think that Mickey figurine or hat really needs to come home with you, you can buy it then.


I hope these tips will help you make the most of your magical vacation! What tips do you have to share about using you camera at Disney?

A Special Invitation with a Bonus FREE GIFT! Today only!

Published April 16, 2013 by

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Our good friend Sarah  from Mousekejournals is promoting a very special Illuminations Party and YOU are invited!

***In celebration of the 180 day mark before the event, Sarah is including an Extra Magic Gift Bag for each ticket purchased. This offer is only good TODAY!***

Important information! Disneyways is not an organizer of this event!

If you have questions or concerns that you need answered today please contact Sarah directly by emailing her  at

Sunday, October 13, 2013 for this special event.

The event will take place at Rue De Paris in the France Pavilion in Epcot from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50** per person and include:

*Entrance to the event

*All-you-care-to-eat special diets related buffet

*Access to a private IllumiNations viewing area (IllumiNations begins at 9 pm)

*Gift bags


**Price in USD. Convenience Fee not included. Total calculated at checkout.

Park admission is required and not included in the Dessert Party Ticket price. Additional valid park admission required

All items are free of gluten/wheat, dairy/milk/casein, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish. A variety of delicious desserts made to be free of the top common allergens will be served. If you have additional allergies/intolerances, please email They do their best to accommodate your special dietary needs.

Disney has assured they will use their best practices for food allergies, but maintains their standard statement for cross-contamination.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Tickets are required for this event for any guest ages 4 and up. Children ages 0-3 may attend without a ticket if they are accompanied by a paid adult.

Only guests with their full names on our roster will be admitted to the event. Please list all names of guests attending this event on this registration form. You will be contacted via email after your ticket purchase to confirm the list of attendees.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another individual with advance notice

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your eTicket to the event.

 What if I have other allergies besides those already covered on the buffet?

If you have additional allergies/intolerances, please email

The organizers will notify Disney of your special dietary needs and will do thier best to accommodate your special dietary needs.

What time are the fireworks (i.e. IllumiNations)?

IllumiNations begins at 9 pm. The dessert buffet will begin at 8:30 pm and be available during the fireworks show.

Is their seating available?

Yes! Tables will be available in a private viewing area. For large groups, contact gfdf.wdw@gmail.comfor special reserved seating.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable.

Tickets are limited and will be sold first-come, first-served. Should the event be sold out, you can join the waiting list by emailing us at

**Park admission is required and not included in the Dessert Party Ticket price. Additional valid park admission required**

Important information! Disneyways is not an organizer of this event!

As stated above, if you have questions or concerns that you need answered today please contact Sarah directly by emailing her  at

Disney Inspired Jewelry with an (EXTRA!) Limited Time Magic Discount

Published April 14, 2013 by

Mother’s Day is coming May 12th!! Do you need something different – and totally unique – for Mom this year?

Are you looking for something new to add to YOUR Disney collection – or maybe a wonderful unique gift for someone else?

How about something very special?

A new bookmarkkey chain, or cell phone charm perhaps for those teenagers who are so hard to shop for?

Julie Leedy is my friend from California – and my go to girl when I am looking for – not just Disney – but ANY sort of beautiful new jewelry or accessories!


I am amazed at how many compliments her pieces inspire. In fact – if you are a  Disney travel agent or blogger – you definitely won’t want to go out without wearing some of Julie’s jewelry. These pieces are real conversation starters. Just make sure you have your business cards with you too!

Whatever it is that you love earrings bracelets and ankletes necklaces and pendantseven belly button rings…Julie has them all.


When you see the chuckhljal logo on top you’ll know you are in the right place. Just click the magical Minnie earrings in the photo below!



Happy shopping and have a magical day!!

Tropical Minnie Mouse Style Disney Inspired Lampwork Bead DeSIGNeR Earrings Hawaii Lei Sterling

Julie’s Disney inspired pieces are featured on the Disneyways Pinterest board.

Dude, Where’s Our Stroller? A tip for helping your stroller stand out in the crowd at Disney ~ written by Jennifer

Published February 17, 2013 by

Obviously when you go to Disney you have to expect strollers, it comes with the territory. What most do not expect is that there is stroller parking in each “Land” or area you visit, to help prevent clutter near the attraction entrances. The stroller parking areas are monitored by cast members, who have one job – playing musical strollers. When one stroller leaves the pack, the cast members organize the rest back in to nice neat lines. I cannot tell you how many times we came out of an attraction and played a game I like to call;

“Dude, wheres our stroller?”

We finally wised up to the stroller game and bought a balloon to add the the stroller for the week.

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I tell you there is extra Magic in Disney balloons! In our experience, Disney balloons can last an entire week without deflating! So on your next visit, put a bright tag or a balloon on your stroller to help it stand out from the rest. Don’t waste time and energy playing “Dude, where’s our stroller?”


Jennifer is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida. It costs nothing extra to use a travel planner and you get lots of great perks. Free autograph books, coloring sheets, hidden Mickey hunts and more!

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