Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Newest Hidden Mickeys- Part 4

Cman was eating Cocoa Puffs a few weeks ago and told me Mickey was in his cereal... I questioned, but sure enough, the three puffs were in the shape of a Mickey head!  The head was the same size as the ears, but it was still Mickey to him!  
Then a few days later he told me he found 2 more Mickey ears.  One was on the top of a pull zip cord for a race car.  Again, a little out of proportion, but he still said it was Mickey!  I really question the third one, but I'll still post since Cman swears it's Mickey... It's the foam stopper to go on the door.  This keeps little fingers from getting squished in the door.  It is called a Door Mouse, but I don't think it looks anything like Mickey!!

So, there ya have it.  Three more Hidden Mickeys at the Green house- all found by little Cman! :)
To see more of our Hidden Mickeys, click the links below.

Wordless Wednesday: Muppets

Thanks Deb for hosting this weeks hop!  I'm looking forward to seeing the Muppets this weekend! :)

Focused on the Magic

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Magical Blogorail Green: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Welcome to those of you joining me from Adventures of a Disney Princess and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Today I have the pleasure of sharing about The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. This display of Christmas lights dates back to 1995 in Walt Disney World. Originally, the lights were on display at the Osborne family's home in Arkansas. In 1986, Breezy Osborne, daughter of Jennings Osborne, requested lights on the outside of their home. Jennings obliged and put up over 1,000 lights. Each year Jennings added more lights and eventually bought the neighboring properties surrounding his house until the collection grew to over 3 million lights.

In 1993, the neighbors complained in a lawsuit about the traffic in the neighborhood from all over Arkansas and the US looking at the light display. The case went to the Arkansas Supreme Court and eventually to the US Supreme Court when it was shut down in 1994. This was when the lights were moved to Walt Disney World for the 1995 Christmas season. Originally, the lights were on display on "Residential Street" in Disney's MGM Studios. This street was mostly known for having the facade of the Golden Girls house where the trams from the Backlot Studios Tour would drive. On nights when the lights were lit, the Backlot Studios Trams would close at sunset so park guests could walk Residential Street and take in the Osborne lights.

In 2004, the lights were moved to the New York Street Set due to the construction of the Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show which involved the demolition of Residential Street. This move included the addition of artificial snow each night. In 2006, they added dimmer relay circuits and control switches to synchronize the lights to music. Below is a video I took during our 2006 trip.

The display is made up of over 10 miles of lighting connected by 30 miles of extension cords. The extension cords and lights are held together using two million ties. Starting in September, it takes 20,000 man-hours to install the display for the holiday season. The lights are turned on at dusk each night, starting in mid-November and running into the first week of January.

This light display has been voted as one of the top 10 Christmas Lights in the USA several times. If you are going to be at Walt Disney World in November or December, I think it is a MUST to schedule a time to view these lights. I have seen them many times over the years starting in 1999. It's been a joy to see them progress into the display they are today! You can read an interview with Jennings from 2002 on the All Ears web site.

Jennings died this past July due to heart issues at the age of 67. I'm pretty confident that Disney will do an awesome job each year honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Osborne! Thanks for your contribution to the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Adventures of a Disney Princess
2nd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
3rd Stop ~ Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids
4th Stop ~ Your Highway in the Sky
Final Stop ~ Heidi’s Head

Monday, November 28, 2011

Killing Time Before a Disney Parade

Last month, before the "Boo to You Parade" during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, we found our place to sit about 40 minutes prior to the start of the parade.  This is fine with a group of adults or older children, but when you are traveling with a toddler, it can be a LONG 40 minutes to wait for the parade to start!  We were trying everything we could to keep Cman occupied during this stretch of time.  We ate a snack, or two, played with our light up toys, talked about all the things going on around us and looked through the pictures on the digital camera.  After all that, we still had about 15-20 minutes to kill! :)  So, we started the hold out photos!  This literally filled the remaining time while we waited for the Headless Horseman to make his ride. 

Here are a few, of the many, shots from our time filler photo shoot.  If you have young kids, I highly suggest doing this to help kill time!  Cman would decide what type of face we would make for each shot... 
 Since he was a dog for the party, Dug to be exact, the first shot was "be a dog."

Next was "act surprised!"

 Then it was time for a "tiger growl."

 Get mad!!

 Now, a bear is coming!!

 I didn't know how to make a "mean rabbit" face, but apparently Cman did!

Next, let's just be happy mommy!

And finally, make a mean lion face!!

I hope you enjoyed our faces prior to the parade!  What fun memories. :)

What do you do to entertain your kids while waiting for shows and parades to begin?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Faith and Disney: The Incredibles

  • Have you ever been the last to be picked to be on a team?  How did it feel?
  • Have you ever been left behind or forgotten about?
  • Have you ever tried really hard to fit in with a group of people? What happened?
  • Have you ever felt by yourself even though you were with a group of people?
Watch the movie clip: 
“The Incredibles vs. the Omnidroid”
Time: Start at the beginning of chapter 29; end when Frozone says, “Hurt then too.”
Violet and Dash have just recently learned how to use their superpowers. Now they are ready to use their skills with the skills of the other superheroes to beat Syndrome and the Omnidroid.
Ask the group these questions:
  • How did each of these characters work with the others to defeat the Omnidroid:
    • Mr. Incredible
    • Mrs. Incredible (Elastigirl)
    • Violet
    • Dash
    • Frozone

  • What did each of the characters do to protect or save the others?
  • What did they risk?
  • Which character suffered the most?
  • What happened at the end when the superheroes worked together?
  • What would have happened if some of the superheroes didn't help the others?
Read the scripture:
Galatians 6:2- 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Ephesians 4:2–7 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Ephesians 4:11–13 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Have you ever wanted to be like someone else? Maybe you’ve felt that everyone else was blessed with amazing skills or talents, while you got nothing, but that is not true. God has given each of us a specific gift! You have a special place in the body of Christ. We all have a specific gift that God has given us to use so we can glorify Him.  None of us have all the gifts we need to succeed; however, when we combine our gifts and use them how God meant for them to be used, we can accomplish incredible things for Him!
  •       Why do you think Christ taught us to carry each other’s burdens?
  •        Read Ephesians 4:4. What is the “body” that Paul is referring to?
  •        According the Ephesians passage, what is the standard for our faith?
  •        How are we supposed to treat each other? Why?
  •        What are some of the different ways God calls people to serve?
  •        Why do you think God calls different people to do different types of ministry?

  •       How did the superheroes show the concepts you read about in Galatians and Ephesians?
  •        How did the Incredibles help to carry one another’s burdens?
  •        How did the Incredibles prove that they were united?
  •        Think about a time when you were a part of a group that was completely unified and you were all using your God-given gifts in the right way. What happened?
  •        Describe a time when you helped carry a loved one’s burden.
  •        What gift(s) has God given you?
  •        How can you combine your gifts with another Christian's gifts to accomplish something great for God?
If you missed any previous "Faith and Disney" posts, you can find them here!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Destination Disney: V

It's "V" week with Heidi!  I thought I'd have trouble with this one, but I really didn't.  Enjoy my "V" photos from Walt Disney World.  Did I forget any??

Value Resort

Virtual Food and Wine

Violet's Parents

Vacation (first one to WDW)

Voyage of the Little Mermaid 


image from

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Meme with Focused on the Magic

Focused on the Magic
Deb has the cutest ideas and this one is no exception!  She is hosting a Thanksgiving Meme where you choose a word associated with Thanksgiving.  Then choose one word for each letter in your Thanksgiving word that is associated with Disney.

I chose the word TURKEY since I love eating turkey and dressing and seem to only get it at the end of November and end of December!  I have chosen 6 things I'm thankful for at Walt Disney World with my family using the letters in turkey...

Time with family

 Under the Christmas Tree

Riding Rides

Kids having fun

Eating together

Yummy treats

Thanksgiving Tips from Disney

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers!  I'm so thankful for all of you, for the Disney community and for all my Disney friends!  I hope you have a wonderful day with lots of food, friends and family.

Here are a few videos I found on YouTube that may help you with your Thanksgiving festivities.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Stars Fell on: Heather Terrell, @WDEHST

Welcome back to "Stars Fell on Disney Fans from Alabama!"  I'm excited to introduce my twitter friend Heather to each of you!  Heather and I have three major things in common: 1) we're from Alabama, 2) we love Walt Disney World and 3) we are both HUGE Auburn fans!  One thing we don't have in common is the fact that Heather is a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member.  She is going to share her knowledge and experiences with you.  Thanks Heather!

Hello everyone, my name is Heather Terrell; I’m a widowed mother of three girls, DVC member since 2003, and lover of all things Auburn. I live in Daphne, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay or 7 hours 48 minutes from Disney World.

My parents have always loved Disney; it was a yearly vacation spot for us. My father insisted we always stay on Property and never liked staying at the same place twice. This is lucky for me because I can honestly say I have stayed in every Disney hotel except Swan, Dolphin, & POP.

image from Share Disney Timeshare
Once I became a parent myself, I wanted to provide the same wonderful Disney memories for my children and I felt DVC was the best way to do so. Our Home Resort is Saratoga Springs but we have enjoyed all of the Vacation Club Resorts at Disney World, with Bay Lake as our favorite. I use DVC strictly for Disney World, but my parents have stayed at Vero Beach Resort & Hilton Head Resort.

People often ask me if DVC is worth it and for me YES. We go to Disney once every 12 to 18 months, stay for 5 or 6 nights in a two bedroom villa. Oh and by “we” I mean my parents, my brother, my aunt, my 3 girls (15,10,&8) and myself. I still have to buy the tickets and pay for the Dining Plan, but we get to stay in a nice big room with a full kitchen, washer & dryer, three baths, and everyone is comfortable. Let’s talk money. We have 200 “points” annually, which gets us about 8 to 10 nights a year and any points we don’t use can be “rolled over” to the next year. We paid about $13,000 to buy in and pay about $80 a month in “fees”, which is tax deductible. I also love that DVC is a one stop shop when it comes to my planning; I call them everything, dining reservations, everything. We also get discounts in some of the shops, restaurants, pet boarding, stroller rental and annual passes. We DO NOT, however, get a discount on the Dining Plan or regular park tickets.

DVC is not for everyone, but all the members I know love it! You can buy as many points as you want and use them any way you like. This year we were able to use the points we saved from years past on a three bedroom Grand Villa.

image from Heather
Our most recent trip ended last week, and we only had one problem our whole trip. We were a group of 13 this time and dining with that many can be a nightmare. Luckily I was able to get reservations for everywhere we wanted to go. All of our dining experiences were great except at Disney Jr. at Hollywood & Vine. We had a 10 am reservation for breakfast, arrived 10 minutes early and waited 30 minutes for our table. Meanwhile people without reservations kept coming up and were seated right away. When I questioned the hostess, she said they were getting our table together and that’s what was taking so long. They finally call our name, I was shocked at how empty the place was, and WE had to but our table together. My cousin’s 3 & 1 year olds were so cranky by the time we finally sat down it was hard to enjoy it by then. It was still a great trip and it’s a miracle that was our only problem.

I hope I have answered most of your questions about DVC, if not you can find me on Twitter @WDEHST or on Facebook, Heather Silvernail Terrell. Have a Magical Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. War Eagle!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A "Not Really" Wordless Wednesday: Thanks for the Memories

Focused on the Magic

I tried to follow Deb's lead and find a meaningful photo of Walt, Mickey or someone really special in the history of Walt Disney World, but that didn't work for me.  Instead I'm sharing a video of my favorite boy at WDW last September.  Thanks for the awesome memories C-man!  I love you. 

Filling Our Bucket Guest Post

Filling Our BucketToday I'm the guest blogger over at my friend Melissa's blog, "Filling our Bucket!"  I'm sharing some things to do at Walt Disney World if you are traveling over Thanksgiving.  See what my perfect day at WDW on Thanksgiving would look like!

Thanks for the opportunity Melissa! :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Faith and Disney: The Little Mermaid

Write on the board or on a piece of newsprint some ridiculous rules for the class.  For example:
· Those with a “c” in their name cannot take part in the discussion.
· No chewing gum, eating food, or drinking drinks
· Keep your feet on the floor
· You cannot wear a hat
· If you have on red, you must sit on the floor
· Raise your hand and be called on before speaking.

Post the rules and after their reaction, tell them that you’ll be talking about RULES tonight.

Why do you think we have rules?

Why do some people break rules while others are strict followers of rules?
Which one are you?

Because you don’t agree with a rule, does that make it wrong?  Does that give you the right to break it?

Have you ever broken rules and been rescued form the consequences?  Tell about it.
· What was the rule?
· What was the consequence of breaking it?
· Who rescued you?

Tell me if you agree or disagree with these statements:
1. In my personal life, I am the one who sets the rules.
2. In school, I should follow every rule set by the school system.
3. In relationships, all rules should be fashioned through discussion and consensus.
4. God demands that all the rules of the Bible be followed by Christians.
5. Under certain conditions, it is acceptable to break an established rule.
6. If you break a rule, you should be willing to adhere to the consequences.
7. You should follow rules to avoid punishment.
8. You should follow rules to gain rewards.
9. You should follow rules because that is what being a Christian is all about.
10. All rules are good.

What is the most important rule we live by?  What makes it important?

All areas of our life have rules:  school, home, dating, friends, society.

What are some of the rules you have at school? Is it a good or bad rule?  Why?

Do you think teenagers need rules?  Why or why not?

What would happen if your parents had no rules?

Why do you think parents have so many rules?

Show The Little Mermaid video where Ariel comes to her father after missing the concert.  End with her swimming away.

· What was Ariel’s rule?  (not to go to the surface)
· What was her father afraid of? (that humans would see her)
· Why did he have this rule? (to protect her)
· Could you see your parents in this video?  When or how?
· Would your parents be able to see you in this video?  When or how?
· Flounder tried to help Ariel by covering for her.  Do you think this is what friends should do? Should they lie for you?
· Do you feel sometimes that your parents won’t talk to you about rules, like King Titan?
· Do you have any say in the rules, or do they just make them and not listen to compromise? Why do you think they do this?

What kinds of rules are there in the Bible?
· Leviticus is a book of rules.  Look at some in chapter 18 and 19.
· Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17)
1. No other gods
2. No idols
3. Misuse of God’s name
4. Sabbath rest
5. Honor parents
6. No murder
7. No adultery
8. No stealing
9. No lying
10. No coveting

Read Mark 12:28-31.  This is called the Greatest Commandment.

The first four ten commandments fall under “love God”.  Five through 10 fall under love neighbor and self.

The way Jesus gave the commandment was much more positive then what was found in Exodus.

If you think a rule at home is not fair, try talking to your parents and compromise.  They make rules because they want to protect you.  They’ve been there before and really do know what is best whether you believe that or not.  Respect them and they’ll respect you and your ideas. 

There will always be rules.  Someone or something will always have the final word.   Breaking the rules will not get you anywhere.  Just follow the great commandment given by Jesus,  “love God and love your neighbors and yourself.”  If you are true to that, then you’ll be OK.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Welcome to our Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Blog Hop!  This year Mickey Mouse will be turning 83 and we thought it would be fun to all celebrate with our little ones.  I’ll be sharing about different activities and games for the party.  You can find links to the other party ideas at the end of this post.

 My 2 year old son, Cman, and I are responsible for the games part of our Mickey Birthday Blog Hop!  Earlier in the week, he and I made a pinata that you will see below.  All week he's been asking about Mickey's Birthday Party, and I didn't have the heart to tell him we were just doing the games part and not the rest of the party!  So, I ran to Wal Mart today during lunch to pick up some mini cupcakes for our party!  He decided Minnie and Mickey both needed cupcakes!

For our Mickey Mouse Birthday Party games, our original plan was to start outside blowing Mickey bubbles (found at Walgreen's Drugstore during Easter) and drawing on the driveway with chalk.  These are two activities we enjoy doing on a regular basis so we thought it would be fun to start our party with these outdoor activities!  But, it was too cold, so we stayed inside to do Mickey coloring sheets!  You can find a few pages here.  

The first game we played was "Pin the Tail on Mickey."  I'm loving this vintage game from the 1930s, but I didn't want to spend that much money! :)  Instead, I printed out a picture of Mickey's backside and used ribbon for the tails.  I went first wearing a blindfold and pinned the tail on Mickey's right foot!  Cman didn't want to wear the blindfold, so he just pinned the tails all over- on the other foot, on his hand and on his "booty!"

The next game we played was breaking a Mickey Mouse Pinata!  You can purchase your own traditional or pull string pinata or you can make your own.  I followed the directions on the "At Second Street" tutorial on how to make a Minnie Pinata and left off the bow to make it Mickey.  Cman had a blast swinging at the pinata and collecting the candy.  He told daddy he went trick or treating again!

Another game you can play if you are having a party with other kids, is a Mickey version of "Duck, Duck, Goose."  All the children sit in a circle with one child being "it."  The "it" child taps each child (lightly!) on the head and say "Meeska", "Mooska", "Mickey", "Mouse!" When they say "Mouse" that child stands up and chases the "it" child around the circle. "It" tries to get in "Mouses" spot without being tagged.  If "It" is tagged, he sits in the middle of the circle and the "Mouse" child is now "it."  Once another child is tagged, the one in the center of the circle swaps places with the newly tagged child.  This version of the game allows every 4th child to be chosen, so nobody can play favorites!

Thanks for joining us as we celebrate Mickey’s Birthday!  Don’t forget to check out the other blogs for great ideas on a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party!

Mary at Capturing Magical Memories- Happy Birthday Mickey Sign

Jenn at Disney Babies Blog- Mickey Invites

Amy at Growing up Disney- Mickey Cake

Beth D at Pursuing the Magic- Mickey Party Favors

Jackie at Delightfully Disney- Mickey Party Snacks 

Tricia at Return to Disney- Mickey Party Craft

Beth G at A Disney Mom’s Thoughts- Mickey Party Games

Destination Disney: U


This week we are on the letter "U."  This was especially hard for me!  There are not a lot of U words at  Disney.  But, here goes... and thanks to Heidi for hosting! :)

Under the Rainbow


UP! Characters

"U" Scavenger Hunt: Umbrella 
and a clip art picture of Ursula