Thursday, September 30, 2010
Mimi, Jonathan's mom, found a box of souvenirs from their family trip to WDW in 1980. This was before Epcot opened so all the souvenirs were from Magic Kingdom. We found a plastic back scratcher with Mickey on the top, a brown thermos style mug with photos of attractions from MK, a Safari hat from the Jungle Cruise and the vintage trucker style Goofy hat! Cman LOVES it! :) It may make the trip down in December!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Dopey was found during our trip as a family in June of 1996 following my college graduation. We were at Epcot. Apparently this was a great day for finding characters since I'm wearing the same outfit in the photos with Belle, Beast, Esmaralda and Quasimodo! If you look close enough in the background, you can see Pocahontas and Aladdin. This was when the characters would ride to the entrance of World Showcase on a double decker bus. You could meet at least a dozen characters at Showcase Plaza! I wonder when they stopped doing this? I liked the bus characters! :)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I've never seen Simba or Nala at Walt Disney World, or Disneyland for that matter. Do you know if you can actually "meet" them or can you only see them at The Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Official release from Disney Parks:
In 2011, Disney guests will become the stars of a nightly spectacular when photos taken in the park during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort or “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Resort. This groundbreaking new experience will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.
And this week, Disney guests will begin starring on television, too, as part of the new “Let the Memories Begin” campaign. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing that will allow an audience of millions to share in true-life, heartfelt moments.
“A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a media announcement Thursday in New York. “We’ll spotlight those ‘only-at-Disney’ moments with family and friends during our ‘Let the Memories Begin’ campaign.”
A just-released survey of U.S. and Canadian families conducted for Disney Parks by Ypartnership, a noted research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel, showed that vacation memories hold a special place in family history.
Nine out of 10 parents said they planned their vacations with the express hope that they would result in a lasting family memory, the survey showed. And those memories stuck with them – nearly three-quarters said they think back “often” or “very often” on their favorite vacation experiences.
‘Memories in the Making’ to be Shared on Disney Park Icons
Beginning in January 2011, some Disney parks guests will find that the memory they just made has become a larger-than-life image during a “Let the Memories Begin” nighttime experience.
At Walt Disney World Resort, the guest photos will be projected on the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, the iconic façade of “it’s a small world” will be the canvas for the show.
In both locations, Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience – a memory in the making – and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.
The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.
For TV Ads and More, Disney Parks Issues a ‘Call for Memories’
Beyond seeing their own projected photos in lights, guests also could become the stars of Disney Parks television commercials, online campaigns and social media opportunities that will showcase to the world the power of memories.
The campaign kicks off this week with a TV commercial created from videos posted online in social media forums.
For future TV commercials and other advertising and marketing programs, Disney Parks is asking guests to share their memories by uploading photos and videos at a special “Let the Memories Begin” online hub at www.DisneyParks.com/Memories. From a first meeting with a princess to a laugh-filled watery touchdown on Splash Mountain, Disney Parks is looking for videos and photos that capture those never-to-be-forgotten experiences.
Some memories will be shared online, while others may be selected to share in print ads, brochures and other marketing – including television ads to air across the United States and Canada.
With real visitor images on iconic attractions and home video featured in commercials, the storytellers at Disney Parks are letting guests tell their own stories in 2011, Staggs said.
“We wanted to give our guests a powerful way to share the memories they create every day in our parks,” Staggs said. “Essentially, this becomes our first user-generated show and our first user-generated marketing campaign.
“A day at a Disney park is filled with magical experiences that become cherished and unforgettable memories – and now we’re helping our guests share those memories with the world.
More Ways to Make Disney Vacation Memories in 2011
To help make special memories last a lifetime, in 2011 Disney Parks is adding new theme park experiences in California and Florida, new vacation opportunities on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line, a new luxury resort on a breathtaking lagoon in Hawaii, and new ways to explore the world with Adventures by Disney.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store:
- “World of Color” (Disneyland Resort): “World of Color,” the new nighttime spectacular presented in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney•Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects.
- Disney California Adventure Expansion (Disneyland Resort): Next up for the continuing expansion of the park is the first major attraction based on the modern Disney classic, “The Little Mermaid.” The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will treat guests to a musical retelling of the classic motion picture as the best-loved songs come alive in magnificent scenes all around them.
- New Star Tours 3-D Adventure (Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort): Bridging that “long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will take flight in 2011 and take voyagers to thrilling destinations throughout the “Star Wars” galaxy. And it will all happen in brilliant, 3-D technology.
- Disney Cruise Line: The Disney Dream, the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, launching January 2011, will bring to life grand innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the entire family. The Disney Wonder cruise ship will “go west” in early 2011; and new West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver.
- Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina Hawai`i: A first-of-its-kind Disney resort in Hawaii creates a perfect setting for family fun. The new resort, which includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.
Here’s how you can be a part of a Disney Parks ad:
You’ve made Disney vacation memories and captured them in photos or video. Now you intend to share them with the world by posting them online.
Disney Parks has created a place where you can share those memories and view the Disney memories of other vacationers – with the possibility that they’ll be shared with yet more people in a Disney television “spot” or in print or online communications.
As Disney Parks launches “Let the Memories Begin” with communications that acknowledge making memories as “the masterpiece of parenthood,” the company also has launched a website for sharing and viewing memories. Guests can upload their photos, videos and text-only memories at DisneyParks.com/Memories. They can even categorize their memories by theme, emotion and location.
The DisneyParks.com/Memories website (also available soon in Spanish and French) has a simple-to-use interface for uploading, viewing and searching Disney memories. The functionality also will be part of the Disney Parks pages on Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.
Memory submission is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Choose to share your memory on DisneyParks.com/Memories;Facebook.com/WaltDisneyWorld; Facebook.com/Disneyland;Youtube.com/DisneyMemories; or Myspace.com/DisneyParks.
- Describe your memory. Memories can upload as photos, videos or text-only.
- Then all it takes is hitting the “submit” box and, once reviewed, a lifetime Disney memory is stored and shared.
On the heels of a series of television commercials created with brief home video segments, Disney Parks is looking for more “user-generated content” for future TV commercial spots, print advertisements, newsletter articles and vacation-planning video segments relating to “Let the Memories Begin.”
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Dear Mickey Mom:
As a member of the Mickey Moms Club, you are most likely someone with a passion for “all things Walt Disney World®”! Well, it’s that time of year when Mickey is on the look-out for the best, the mousiest, and the most pixie-dusted vacation planners the world has ever seen to join the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Launched in January 2008, the Moms Panel website is an online forum led by real, park-savvy parents who assist other guests with the vacation-planning process. The site became an instant success that has tripled in the number of questions answered and thus tripled the number of panelists since its inception.
Disney is looking for new people to become members of the 2011 Moms Panel. In September, we will be taking applications for the panel. Once the new panelists are chosen, they will travel to Walt Disney World® Resort in December for training. The 2011 panelists will begin answering vacation-planning questions in January. If chosen, you not only could receive a Walt Disney World ®Resort vacation for you and three other guests and/or a monetary gift card depending on their term- but, even cooler than that, you also could be helping families across the nation plan their best Disney trip ever!
Visit the Walt Disney World Moms Panel website where applications will be taken from 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 13, 2010, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time September 17, 2010, or when we have reached 20,000 applicants, whichever comes first. You just might besharing your love of Disney Parks with the world!Laura
1. Tell us about you and your family.2. Why are you a great Walt Disney World vacation planner3. Your favorite Disney vacationing tip
Well, fast forward 2 years and these are the questions you need to answer to be on the 2011 panel:
1. A) When was your last vacation to Walt Disney World® with your family? B) Do you work in an industry that is in competition, would benefit from being associated with the Walt Disney World® Moms Panel or be in conflict with Disney’s family friendly brand? If yes, please explain. C) True or False - World Showcase is a collection of pavilions representing 14 countries that border the 5 miles surrounding World Showcase Lagoon.
2. In 100 words or less, explain when and how you helped a non-family member plan their first trip toWalt Disney World® Resort.
3. In 100 words or less, tell us about what resources you use to find and share interesting park facts and vacation planning tips with others.
I applied again, even though I'll be disqualified because I haven't been to WDW within the past 12 months. I went to Disneyland.... oh well! Maybe they'll like my answers so much they will overlook that small detail! Does it count that I'll be at the world in December of this year?? ;)
If you are going to apply, you need to do so quickly! They will stop accepting applicants on Friday, September 17 or after they reach the 20,000 mark, whichever comes first.
For some tips on answering the questions visit these web sites:
Tips from Zannaland, a previous mom from the mom's panel
Good Luck! I can't wait to see who our new moms will be for 2011!!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Here are some of the Disney stuffed animals in Cmans room. You can see a big Mickey head pillow I got on sale for $3 at a toy store going out of business! There is also a Mickey and Minnie "beanie baby" that was found a Walgreens for half the price of the same stuffed animals in the parks! Notice the Mickey pirate from the Pirates and Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom. There is also a Dori fish from Finding Nemo, a classic Pooh bear hiding in the back and a Donald Duck hand puppet in the front. However, I think my favorite animal hiding in the bunch is Figment! He was a purchase I made on our trip in 1983! I had just been on Journey to Imagination for the first time and FELL IN LOVE with Figment!!
These are just a few of the books we have on Cmans "piano" that we read on a daily basis: Disney's Friendly Tales about the Fab 5 going to the beach with a mini Mickey stuffed animal attached (this was JAGs when he was a kid), several Baby Einstein books with Violet and Jane, and some Tigger and Pooh books found in the dollar bins at Target. These were the only ones that made it into the photo. Cmans favorite book is the Birnbaum guide to WDW! He loves to look at the photographs of the characters and name them... or at least find them when I say the name of each character!
This is Cman's favorite character~ Donald Duck! Mostly because he can say "duck" so clearly and everyone knows what he's saying! This was in JGs room when he was a child. Mimi made it in the 70s!
Monday, September 6, 2010
|Walt Disney World and Disneyland on TV... set your DVRs! Watching these shows is a great way to 1) learn more about the parks, 2) prepare your family for the adventure you are about to go on or 3) to get a Disney fix between vacations!|
Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes- Sept. 11 from 1:00pm-2:00pm on the Travel Channel. This show goes behind the scenes, duh, to see all 4 parks at Walt Disney World.
Undiscovered Disney Parks- Sept. 12 from 7:00am-8:00am on the Travel Channel. This show takes you on a tour of WDW and Disneyland showing some hidden secrets and how the parks operate day to day.
Undiscovered Walt Disney World- Sept. 12 from 8:00am-9:00am on the Travel Channel. This show will show you out of the way parts of the parks including Hidden Mickeys and a view of the area from the air.
Disneyland Resort: Behind the Scenes- Sept. 12 from 9:00am-10:00am on the Travel Channel. This show will show some hidden secrets at DL and the club for members only while exploring the park that started it all!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
This week on the Disney Parks Blog, there was a post on Rivalry games and the pins Disney has made over the years to commemorate these big games. I had NO idea they had this line of pins. How exciting to see that the Auburn/ Bama game has made the series twice in 2007 and 2009. I already contacted Disney about ordering these, but they are no longer available. They only made 1000 of each and I'm sure they didn't last long!
This year, on my parents anniversary, they will release the 2010 pins. However, this year it's not Auburn/ Bama, it's Auburn/ Georgia!!! I love the Auburn/ Bama rivalry, but the Auburn/ Georgia game is probably my favorite game of the season. It's the oldest college rivalry, I believe, and such a fun game on the plains! I hope I can order this AU/ UGA pin on time to add it to my collection!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
... from Gretchen: If you are making dining reservations and have a baby with you who will not be sitting in a seat or ordering a meal, you still have to include them in the number of people on the reservation. This is due to fire codes and the actual number of people in a restaurant. We showed up at our dining reservation and were told that we could have been turned away if they were full. Luckily they weren't and were able to accommodate us.
What a great tip! I had not even thought about the fire codes before! Keep that in mind when you are making your advanced dining reservations at any Disney restaurant in the parks or resorts!