Our trip to Disney was a lot of fun! My 3-year-old son behaved very well, and was not afraid of the characters. That was such a relief! My daughter had a blast, as usual.

In my previous Disney post, One Mom, Two Kids, 1 WannaBe, and 1 HoboBe go to Disney!, I talked about how I was going to pack the WannaBe. Once I got there, I had to adapt what I packed in it due to change in weather. So I did not need to pack the blankets. It was still full to the brim. You know, the bigger the bag, the more things we bring with us.

I also used the WannaBe as my airplane bag. So I had the chance to see first hand how it would behave as my carry on and as my park bag. Needless to say I learned a few things, and will likely change things around next time I go to the parks.

Carrying it in the airplane was OK. A bit on the large side, so I'm sure I bumped on a few seats as I was walking in the plane with it on my back. It fit nicely on the floor in front of my son's seat, because his legs don't reach down that far. But if you have a 5 year old or older kids, you will probably need to place the WannaBe in the overhead bin.

Here are the pros and cons to bringing the WannaBe as your Disney park stroller bag:

PROS:

- It fits everything you need to bring. I had 2 fuel cels, one with snacks and the other with water bottles; extra clothes for the kids; light jackets; light up toys; extra pull ups and wipes for my son; on-the-go-charger for iPhone; rain panchos; iPad.

- Easy access to everything, which made bag check at the park entrance easier.

- Option to use shoulder strap or backpack straps when stroller had to be folded during tram/bus transportation inside Disney property.

 

CONS:

- Bag would not fit in my umbrella stroller - in the under-the-seat storage area - so I had to bring my full size double stroller. The problem is that the regular double stroller is way too havy to push all day, especially at Animal Kingdom, where the paths are irregular, and not the smoother, special pavement that you find at Magic Kingdom. Pushing it all day is hard no matter what pavement it is. I was pushing the weight of the bag, the stroller, and of the two kids all day.

- Because the WannaBe "needed" my full size stroller, that meant I had to carry the folded stroller, the bag, and manage the two kids all at once. And let me tell you, it is very difficult to carry a full stroller in and out of the tram and bus.

 

CONCLUSION:

The WannaBe itself is a wonderful bag. I love it. But I don't think it is the best option for the parks. As I said in my post "8 Things You Should Bring to Disney" Part1 and Part 2, I usually take my Mighty Be, and it fits perfectly in the umbrella stroller little storage area under the seat. If you have an umbrella stroller that can accomodate the WannaBe, than that is great. Otherwise, I would recommend taking the Mighty Be. If you prefer to rent a Disney stroller, the WannaBe will probably be too big.

Traveling with the full size double stroller is also a pain, because you cannot check it at the gate. You have to check it at the ticket counter because it is above the allowed weight limit.

Would other bags work? The answer is it depends on what you need to bring, how many kids, etc. For me, I overpack, and I like to be able to reach and grab the items easily. My vote still goes for the Mighty Be. The BFF, which is one of my favorite bags, could also work, but it would not fit everything I like to bring with me to the parks.

In any case, the water resistent fabric of Ju-Ju-Be bags are perfect to for Disney World. Remeber the Florida weather, and the occasional rain. I would not want to bring a regular cloth bag with me, or leather bag for that matter.

On a side note, my Hobo Be in Licorice Twirl is a perfect bag to carry around and take in the rides. I like to keep the autograph books and pens in there, as well as the bottled water in use, camera, phone, park tickets, fast passes, photo passes, and wallet.

As far as the WannaBe being the stroller bag, it was not the best experience for me, not because of the bag itself, but because of my stroller. Next time, I will probably bring the Mighty Be, and either rent a Disney stroller or buy a new double umbrella stroller. 

 

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Four of my favorite things, besides my family, are Ju-Ju-Be bags, organization, makeup, and Disney. It is not a coincidence that all 4 of these things are either used or talked about at my house on a daily basis.

When my son started refusing to be potty trained, I promissed him that if he went "number 2" in the potty I would take him to see Peter Pan in Disney World. It took a few months, but he finally did it! Well, he is not consistent, but ever since he did it, he has been asking me when he was gonna go see Peter Pan. Now I have to follow through. As promissed, we are going to Orlando in a few days.

If you read my posts 8 Things You Should Bring to Disney Part1 and Part 2, you know that I always bring my Mighty Be to the parks. I generally bring the BFF on the plane. But this time I will have my son with me too, not just my daughter.

This will be a totally different experience. My son is 3 years old, and my daughter is 5. And I need some extra things this time around. So I thought I needed to upgrade the bag.

 

So I will be taking a Hobo Be in Licorice Twirl and a perky Wannabe. The HoboBe will mainly stay with me, so I can carry the potty seat, wallet, a bottle of water, plastic rain cover, autograph books, and small ods and ends. The Wannabe will be the stroller bag. I have 2 Fuel Cells there, one with snacks, and another with water bottles and drinks for the kids. I also have two light blackets, a change of clothes for each of the kids, two light jackets, and an extra pull up (just in case).

Last time I went with my daughter this time of the year, it was a little breezy at night and the blancket and jacket came in handy. Yes I know. I overpack. Oh well. That is why I have a Wannabe! And I'm taking it in the plane with me.

 

 

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I decided it's OK to divide the projects into more manageable steps. So instead of attacking the entire master closet, I just organized my shoe and handbag closet. Way less overwhelming.

 

When I first designed this closet, I simply divided the shelves that I had, somewhat evenly, not taking much into consideration how much space I really needed. The closet has these pull-out shelves. Each can hold up to 12 pairs of shoes. Originally, my shoes were sorted by color. With the top shoe shelve dedicated to black shoes, the second to browns and reds, the third to metallics, and the fourth to all other colors. The very bottom one was for my boots, and house shoes.

 

This way of sorting is interesting, because if you need a black shoe, all you need to do is open the pull-out shelve with the black shoes. But, there was a lot of wasted space. Each shelf had high heels and flat shoes. This meant less space for the shelves holding the handbags. Result: total bag mess. Since mess attracts mess, the shoe shelves ended up not so neat...

 

Solution: I lowered some of the shelves, raised a couple others, distributing the available space a little better. The very bottom of the closet is still for my boots, tennis shoes, and house shoes. But now the boots can "stand up", and not get damaged on their sides. Then the next two shelves are very close together, and they hold the flats, and the small to medium size heels. The next two have more space in between, and hold my high heels. Shoes are sorted based on color within each drawer. Another space saving way to store the shoes is to place the right shoe facing forward and the left facing backward. When I placed them like this, I was able to fit 12 pairs per shelve, instead of 10.

 

Handbags: now, with more space for handbags to stand upright, I was able to place them in a way that I can see all of them at the same time. No more bag on top of bag... I even found a couple of really cute bags that I had totally forgotten I had them!

 

With this way of organizing the shoes and bags, I realized I have more space, and can now bring some of the shoes that are in the garage back inside. I'm very happy with the results. Here are the before and after pictures.

 

After:

 

Before:

 

 

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