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Princess Jasmine Cake

Kayla with her Jasmine cake.

Kayla with her Jasmine cake.

My daughter’s favorite Disney princess is Jasmine. She absolutely adores Jasmine, and she thinks Jasmine is the prettiest princess. Kayla has seen all of the princess movies now and read various books, and Jasmine remains her favorite. Since we’ll be celebrating Kayla’s 3rd birthday at Disney World, I inquired about Jasmine cakes. Apparently, Princess Jasmine cakes are not one of their standard cakes. Not even at Cinderella’s Royal Table where they make various princess cakes.

Instead of trying to convince a pastry chef at Disney World to make a special cake for my daughter, that would probably cost a small fortune, I decided to make my own mini Princess Jasmine cake. At first, I had grand ideas of how I would decorate it. In the end, it was a simply decorated cake because I was short on time and my daughter was getting restless waiting for me to get done in the kitchen.

Kayla helped me make the batter for the chocolate cake and bake it in the oven, but then I sent her out of the kitchen once the cake had cooled. I quickly decorated the cake using one of her Jasmine figurines, buttercream frosting that I tinted sky blue, and blue edible sparkles/glitter.

Examining the batter as we were making it.

Examining the batter as we were making it.

Tasting the batter.

Tasting the batter.

Poking the batter in the mold pan.

Poking the batter in the mold pan.

We slightly overfilled them, but Kayla was helping me pour.  They still came out fine.

We slightly overfilled them, but Kayla was helping me pour. They still came out fine.

Kayla helping me bake.

Kayla helping me bake.

Kayla staring me down.

Kayla staring me down.

The back of the cake as I was putting on the frosting.

The back of the cake as I was putting on the frosting.

Starting to ice the cake with the sky blue frosting.

Starting to ice the cake with the sky blue frosting.

When I showed the finished cake to Kayla, she was surprised and happy. She thought it was pretty, even without all the details I didn’t get to do. All she cared about was that it was her favorite princess, and that the cake sparkled. Kayla had fun licking the sparkles off the cake. She couldn’t wait to tell grandma that mommy made her a Jasmine cake (for her birthday…a month early). She spent a few days looking at it and eating it slowly. She wanted to show her friends her special cake. I was happy that she was happy. That’s really all that mattered to me.

Princess Jasmine Cake

Princess Jasmine Cake

Finished cake.  Not as detailed as I was planning, but still came out cute.

Finished cake. Not as detailed as I was planning, but still came out cute.

Kayla seeing her cake for the first time.

Kayla seeing her cake for the first time.

In awe of her cake.

In awe of her cake.

Cheesy smile.

Cheesy smile.

Tasting the blue frosting with blue sparkles.  She loved it.

Tasting the blue frosting with blue sparkles. She loved it.

My pretty girl and her Jasmine cake.

My pretty girl and her Jasmine cake.

Slowly eating her cake and trying to get Jasmine out.

Slowly eating her cake and trying to get Jasmine out.

Trying to get her Jasmine figurine out of the cake.

Trying to get her Jasmine figurine out of the cake.

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An Invitation for MyMagic+ Testing and the arrival of our MagicBands

Envelope containing our invitation for MyMagic+ Testing.

Envelope containing our invitation for MyMagic+ Testing.

On Thursday, October 10th, we finally reached our 30 day mark until our trip to Disney World. Kayla (my daughter) and I were already excited to finally reach this milestone. As soon as Kayla woke up in the morning, she jumped out of bed and wanted to update her Countdown to Disney chart. Today was a big day.

Me, Kayla, and her favorite monkey with the Countdown to Disney Chart.

Me, Kayla, and her favorite monkey with the Countdown to Disney Chart.

Me and Kayla with our chart.

Me and Kayla with our chart.

Kayla with her countdown chart.

Kayla with her countdown chart.

We updated the chart, we took a few pictures at her request, and I told her that our MagicBands should be getting shipped soon. She was so excited that she couldn’t stop smiling. Then to make the day even better, we received a letter from the mouse himself. Yes, we officially got invited to participate in the MyMagic+ testing. Kayla was thrilled to receive an invitation from Mickey Mouse. She made me read the entire invitation to her, and explain what it meant.

The Front of our invitation.

The Front of our invitation.

The back of our invitation.

The back of our invitation.

As if receiving the invitation wasn’t exciting enough, the next morning when we woke up, the UPS guy delivered us a package. Kayla was squealing with excitement when grandma announced that the package was from Disney. Kayla couldn’t believe that Mickey Mouse sent us a package. We immediately opened it, and it was our MagicBands. All three of them were customized exactly as we wanted them. My band is blue, Kayla’s is pink, and my husband’s is red. Our names are also printed on the inside of the bands.

Kayla waiting for grandma to come into the kitchen so she could open the box.

Kayla waiting for grandma to come into the kitchen so she could open the box.

Looking at the box.

Looking at the box.

Deep in thought.

Deep in thought.

MagicBands

MagicBands

The packaging is very nice. Impressive even. Kayla said it was fancy. I thought it was a nice touch that Disney sends them via UPS Next Day Air. This will definitely be comforting to people who are leaving on their vacations a week or two before actually arriving at Disney World. It gives you one less thing to have to worry about when you receive it early. I grew up in a family that used to drive down to Florida every year and spend several days visiting relatives, going sightseeing, and going to other theme parks before going to Disney World. So I think it is thoughtful of Disney to send out the bands early enough that most people would be able to receive them prior to their trip. Some people may argue that it’s a waste of money for them to ship it Next Day Air, but I liked it. Plus, I’m spending enough money on my resort and vacation package that I think this simple perk is the least Disney can do. 🙂

Kayla looking at our bands.

Kayla looking at our bands.

Grandma asking Kayla what she thinks of the MagicBands.

Grandma asking Kayla what she thinks of the MagicBands.

MagicBands in the box.  This is after I already removed the outer part off of Kayla's band.

MagicBands in the box. This is after I already removed the outer part off of Kayla’s band.

Kayla and I tried on our MagicBands. The band should be able to fit most people. It was easy to remove the outer part of the band to make it small enough for Kayla’s wrist. It fit on my wrist with no problems and was fairly comfortable. If I want a tight fit, I can even remove the outer part of the band and only use the smaller part meant for the kids. (I know, my wrist is small. Don’t judge.) My concern will be whether it makes me break out in a rash since my skin is sensitive to certain things. When we get closer to our trip, I may try wearing my band around the house for a day to see if it gives me any issues. I’d rather know before we go. I made my husband try his band on when he got home, and it fit with plenty of room to spare.

My excited sleepyhead trying on her MagicBand.

My excited sleepyhead trying on her MagicBand.

My MagicBand

My MagicBand

The MagicBands are made of some type of rubbery material, and are pretty flexible. There is a Mickey head on top of the band. On the inside of the band, there is a band number that is unique for each guest. I love the fact that you are able to customize the bands by choosing the color you want, and putting your name on it. It’s nice to be able to personalize it. I think this will help encourage young kids to wear them. Kayla loved seeing her pink MagicBand in the box. She knew right away that was her band.

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My name on the inside of the band.

My name on the inside of the band.

Kayla's name on the inside of her band.

Kayla’s name on the inside of her band.

My daughter is very adamant that we don’t play with our MagicBands. She keeps telling me that they are for Disney World, and we can’t wear them yet. I appreciate how serious she is about it, but she may make it hard for me to wear it for a day to test how it feels and how my skin reacts. I may have to sneak and do this while she is hanging out with daddy in the basement.

After we received the bands, I checked my email and noticed I had an email from Disney. They actually sent an email notifying me that they shipped the MagicBands. The email provided the UPS tracking number for our package. Even though I saw it after the fact, I still appreciated that they did notify me and gave me the tools to track my package, if necessary.

After I already received the bands, I saw that Disney emailed me letting me know the MagicBands had shipped and informing me of the UPS tracking number.

After I already received the bands, I saw that Disney emailed me letting me know the MagicBands had shipped and informing me of the UPS tracking number.

Our Magicbands in the box they arrived in.

Our Magicbands in the box they arrived in.

It’s been an exciting week with lots of anticipation for our upcoming trip. Kayla is even more enthused about the idea of going to Disney World. I can’t wait for our magical adventure to begin.

If anyone else out there has already tested the MagicBands, let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear about your experience. If you’re someone who will be testing them on an upcoming trip, share your thoughts so far. Are you excited about the new technology? Does it intimidate you? Do you have concerns? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.

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