Category: city hopping

Five reasons to head to the elf academy if you can’t make it to Disney this holiday season

Looking for some added spice to your holiday season? Can’t make it to Disney for some reason or another? Here are five reasons to head to Essex, Connecticut with or without an elf in training:

1. You will meet real elves. There is an elf academy. Most elves there are at a minimum 250 years old. How do you know how old an elf is? You can tell by its ears.

2. There may be a few princesses present: this land is ruled by three princesses. Princess Holly, Princess Noel, and Princess Merry wander the area and greet the citizens. Princess Holly was asked recently if they have actual jobs. Her answer? “I don’t need a job, I am a princess.”

3. You will learn important life skills. Elves need to perfect three things: singing, dancing, and laughing. You will learn all of these. Don’t ask me how I don’t want to ruin the surprise

4. Mr. and Mrs. Claus appear as a couple. We have heard the stories of their great romance, but hardly had the chance to see them. And if you take the Essex steam train, you do actually get to see them walk the aisle!! (Train aisle that is)!!

5. River Junction. Looking for a family photo? Want to get into the holiday spirit? Well this is the best train station waiting room to get you and your family there! There are free crafts and activities for kids, tons of special VIPs to meet, and lots of unique photo opportunities.

Face painting
Photo op

Turn your family into gingerbread!Real postmaster sends letters to Santa Arts and crafts station

I haven’t event mentioned this unique old fashioned steam train. It’s amazing and the price is reasonable. Really a priceless experience. Just go! Click here to visit the Essex steam train website


City Mousing For A Day

What do you do when you can’t jump in for a day of Orlando Magic?

Take a trip to New York City, of course. The Disney beach mice became city mice and traveled to the American Girl Cafe for a bitty baby party. What’s that?? You will find out.

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The American Girl Cafe, located on the ground level of the American Girl Store near Rockefeller Center, is not only a cafe that caters to children and their dolls but it one of the top rated brunch spots in the city.

The food is absolutely amazing! Just check out the menu, pictured below

If you do not have a doll of your own to bring, you can borrow one, from a wall to the left of the entrance of the cafe. That goes for adults and kids alike!

The bitty baby party includes one appetizer to be shared by the table, one entree, cake and ice cream, and really great party favors for the kids and their dolls (celebration t-shirts, wands, and miniature doll cakes).

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Although the dolls are pricey, the food in the cafe is amazing and we’ll worth the moderate price tag. Make your reservation, though. They book up quickly!