Friday, August 28, 2015

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Electrical Water Pageant

One of my favorite "Freebies" at Walt Disney World is The Electrical Water Pageant.  This is a free, floating water parade on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon that runs nightly starting at 9:00pm- or as soon as the 9:00 fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are over. It can be canceled if there are high winds or inclement weather. 

This water parade started in October of 1971 and has run continuously as a popular attraction since. Every night, 14 barges totaling 1000 feet long, containing thousands of lights strung on mesh screens, float across the lake playing synthesized music from Disney animated movies. The lights form different shapes such as King Neptune, various creatures such as dragons, dolphins, seahorses, dinosaurs and octopi (I'd rather say "octopuses, but that's not correct!). The end of the parade is a salute to America with the Stars and Stripes on the barges. The bright lights and synthesized music from the Electrical Water Pageant inspired Disney Imagineers to create a parade for Disneyland and Walt Disney World called the Main Street Electrical Parade!

The Electrical Water Pageant can be viewed from the following resorts at these approximate times:

Polynesian - 9:00 pm
Grand Floridian - 9:15 pm
Wilderness Lodge - 9:35 pm
Fort Wilderness - 9:45 pm
Contemporary - 10:05 pm
Magic Kingdom (only during extra magic hours)- 10:20 pm

You can also see the parade from the entrance area of the Magic Kingdom near the loading dock for the ferry boats. Check with guest relations or a cast member to inquire about the best area to view the Electrical Water Pageant!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Star Wars Weekend and "Oh Lando" by Recess Monkey | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


Earlier this summer, I took my middle son to Walt Disney World for Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios.  We had an absolute blast all weekend long!  One thing we did prior to the trip was have a Star Wars movie weekend.  I'll be honest, May 2015 was the first time I had seen any of the movies.  (I'm still missing episodes I, II, and III....shhhh!)  

Right before we had our movie marathon and our amazing weekend, I was sent the information about a new children's album release from the band, Recess Monkey out of Seattle.  The album is called Hot Air, but the song that caught my attention was "Oh, Lando."  Yes, it's a song about Lando Calrissian from Star Wars!! Once I saw the movie, "The Empire Strikes Back", this song made much more sense! :)



Track 14 from the album "Hot Air" by Recess Monkey:



OH, LANDO
Have you grown apart from someone
you used to really know?
I had a friend just like that
a long, long time ago
Oh, His name was Lando
I hadn't seen him for a little while,
he took it kind of hard
Won the Millennium Falcon from him
in a game of cards
Oh no, Won it from Lando
Battle of Hoth and we had to take off so
That's where we'll go- and stay with Lando

I looked him up in the phonebook,
only name there of its kind
I need a place to chill out
with a couple friends of mine
On the go, So I called Lando

Said if you want to see Cloud City,
you can come by any time
Don't worry 'bout Lord Vader
'cause he ain't no friend of mine
He said so, That Lando

But after those asteroids
And this protocol droid
I cannot avoid that I'm
Getting annoyed with these guys
But we're staying alive
With hyperdrive (punch it Chewy!)

Land the Falcon there look at Lando's hair,
I can't believe we're suddenly together
He whisks away his cloak this ain't no joke,
Lando's looking like someone I've never seen
He said "I've just made a deal
to keep the Empire out of here forever."
And then the doors open up,
Darth Vader's there,
Lando looks like he used to be

So when I walked into the chamber
something didn't seem quite right
Next thing I knew
I was totally encased in Carbonite
Head to toe, Nowhere to go
Nowhere to turn
When you've got freezer burn
And when will I learn
To never ever trust this guy
That Lando, Oh Lando
Stuck in this mold
And staying real cold
But I'll never get old
So I got that goin for me it's nice
Thanks to Lando
Oh, Lando
image from http://www.wallpaperhere.com
You can download your own copy from Amazon for only 99 cents!  I promise it'll make any Star Wars fan smile! :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Yes, Sweetie, You Can Be a Princess {Book Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


I received a free digital copy of Yes, Sweetie, You Can Be a Princess in return for a review on my blog.

Having three boys, I don't deal with the "princess movies" very much.  When we do watch one of those movies, it's usually Brave or The Princess and the Frog.  Tiana and Merida are "cool princesses" according to my middle son! Maybe it's the archery or the amphibians that make these girls cool.  

When I was asked to review the book, "Yes, Sweetie, You Can Be a Princess," my initial thought was, "This doesn't apply to my all boy, non-princess watching, dirt, soccer and baseball family." Then I thought outside of my world and realized some of my friends, family and readers may benefit from a book like this, so I accepted!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Perfect Football Birthday Party | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

My 6 year old decided he was too old for a Disney themed birthday party this year.  While this did break my heart, we still had to have a party.  He decided to have a football party.  It wasn't just any football party, it was a Decatur High School football party.  
Being the youth minister at our church, I have several students who play varsity football and are varsity cheerleaders.  I got them to help with the party activities and it was a blast!  Originally, we were going to have the party in our backyard but having a January birthday makes outdoor birthdays questionable.  When I was talking with one of the football players, he suggested I call the head coach.  Luckily, I'm good friends with the coach and he allowed us to come to the football field house for our party!  
party food: cupcakes, cake, chex mix, popcorn, rice krispy football shaped treats

We brought a few decorations, footballs and the party food.  He provided the helmets, jerseys, mats, and hitting dummies.  The boys practiced football drills such as hitting, running, catching, and throwing.  The girls did jumps, cheers, stunts, and tumbling.  The little brothers just ran around like fools!
While this wasn't a Disney themed party, it was one of my favorites because we were surrounded by so many different friends and family members.  The kids had a blast playing and we all ate too much!  Originally I wasn't going to post about it since it wasn't a Disney party, but decided someone out there may benefit from it!

Enjoy!

party favors: squishy footballs and football shaped chocolates

Cake: Decatur High Football field with the "D" being
the same that's on the 50 yard line.

Coco Krispy Treats in a football shape with icing stitching

practicing hitting

offense and defense

running drills

"tackling" drills

stunts with the cheerleaders

Little Brothers goofing off!