Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts: Preggo at the World

Recently I had a friend ask if she should take her daughters, ages 5 and 3 to Walt Disney World and I immediately said, "YES! They will love it!"  Then she said, "I'll be 8 months pregnant when we want to go.  Should I do it?"  My answer was still yes, if her doctor will allow it.  

I've been thinking about this topic and decided to write down some thoughts I've had and share some I've read online.

Before you even look at the list below, you need to talk to your OBGYN and make sure you are OK to travel and spend time at WDW.  If you are flying, you may need a note from your doctor.  Ask your doctor to recommend a doctor in Orlando- just in case!
a VERY pregnant Mariah Carey at WDW for the Christmas Parade 2010
1) Choose the month you travel to WDW carefully (if time allows)!  You don't want to be down in the heat of the summer being in the third trimester... at least I wouldn't!  
2) Talk to your travel agent about travel insurance, just in case you have to cancel your trip due to health reasons or a premie birth!
3) Consider that you will be walking a lot during your trip.  Your ankles will swell and possibly your hands.  Remove your rings before your trip and consider bringing shoes that can "grow" with your swelling feet!  Sandals that can't be adjusted to fit your growing feet may not be the best shoe option.
4) Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.  Plan breaks during the day even if it is to sit in the baby care centers and prop your feet up in the air conditioning.  If your schedule allows, head back to the resort during the hottest part of the day for a dip in the pool (bring a maternity bathing suit) or a nap in the air conditioning!
5) Bring a pregnancy pillow to use when you sleep.  It will help take pressure off your back and will hopefully prepare you for another day of walking.  
6)  Consider buying or borrowing a support belt to take pressure off your back.
7) Be familiar with the parks before you arrive.   Know where the restrooms are and know which attractions don't allow pregnant moms to ride.
8) Be prepared to cancel or change dining plans.  You may be starving before your reservation time or you may be disgusted by the menu options once the reservations arrive!  Be flexible.
9) Bring a water bottle from home so you can refill for free (remember you can get a cup of ice for free at the counter service restaurants!) and bring snacks to ward off morning sickness or to hold your tummy till the next meal.
10) If you are like I was when I was pregnant, I visited the restroom several times during the night.  Pack a nightlight to help light the way to the restroom!
11) If you are staying on Disney property you may want to think about getting a wheelchair.  They are free to resort guests if you sign the waiver and leave a credit card number on file.  You can use the wheelchair around the resort or take it into the parks.
12) I also read that you can visit Guest Services in the parks and request a "pregnant mom" pass which is similar to the handicapped pass.  I'm assuming this would give you special consideration for parades and such.  

Have you traveled to WDW pregnant?  Did you regret it?!  What additional advice would you suggest?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Tip: autographs

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know I love collecting autographs of the characters while I'm at the parks!  I save all my autographs and a photo with the character in a mini scrapbook.  You can click on the "Characters" tab at the top of my blog to see who I've met over the years.

Today, I'm going to share a few tips when getting autographs at the parks.
1) Use the park maps to locate character greeting spots.
2) When you get to the spot in the park where the character should be and you can't find the characters, look for the cast member who escorts the characters.  They are usually in blue shirts.  The characters have to take breaks.
3) If you are dying to meet a particular character, ask guest relations where they may be during the day.  They may be able to tell you exactly where and when to meet your special friend!
4) When you get in line to meet the characters, have your stuff ready- book opened, pen ready, camera set.
5) Using a fat pen or sharpie is best for autographs.  These pens are easier for the characters with "fat hands" to hold.
6) I've heard that characters will not sign with green sharpies.  This color won't wash out of the costumes.

I like to get autographs in the traditional WDW autograph book sold in all the gift shops, even though I tear out the pages to add to my scrapbook!  I like having that little bit of 'magic' when I'm standing in line  for the autographs!  Not everyone uses autograph books.  There are so many other options for autographs!
1) A hat.  My husband bought a khaki sun visor with a navy silhouette of Mickey.  He had the Fab 5 sign his hat.
2) On our trip in September, I'm taking the Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters to have them sign!  Thanks to Beth for the great idea!!
3) A pillowcase is another fun way to remember the characters.  Bring something hard to put under the pillowcase before they sign!
4) A friend of mine got a cheap canvas bag from a craft store and embroidered Mickey on the front and had the characters sing her bag.  Her daughter carries this bag to day care now!
5) A photo mat
6) A tshirt is another fun way to remember your trip and who you met.  However, the characters will not sign the shirt if it's on your body!  Carry the shirt with you and don't forget to bring something hard to put under the shirt before they sign.

I keep a list of characters I've met and need to meet so I don't "waste" time remeeting someone!  One tool you could use to keep up with you who have met is the pocket guide from Mouse for Less!  There are a lot of great lists on the internet of Disney characters to meet in the parks.  Just Google it and create your own list of who you want to meet, need to meet and have met!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday's Memories: Radio Disney

In my former life I was a first grade teacher for 7 years in the Birmingham, AL area.  I spent 3 years (1996-1999) at Pinson Elementary and 4 years (1999-2003) at Vestavia Hills Elementary, Liberty Park.  While I was in my second year at Pinson, some of the older grade teachers applied for and won an award or grant of some sort from Radio Disney. The project was a "Homework House" where lower income kids could go to this "house" and have access to computers, internet, tutors, books and resources to help with homework.  The contest was called "My School Rules."

Pinson won in 1998.  I have no idea how many other applicants there were or if there were other winners that year or not.  I never actually saw the "Homework House" or knew of any kid who used it.  What I do know is that when our teachers were awarded the prize, money or whatever it was all the kids in grades K-5 went to the gym for a pep rally type celebration.  At the celebration, DJs from Radio Disney were on hand playing music and giving away prizes to the kids and we had a visit from Mickey Mouse himself!  It was the REAL Mickey, straight from the Magic Kingdom too.  Not one of those jankey, creepy, 'I want to kidnap your kid' Mickeys you rent from party centers either!


The kids were all brought into the gym for the celebration.  The sign in the first picture (Welcome Radio Disney) was signed by each kid in the school.  The PTA parents had games and contests for the kids to participate in while Radio Disney blasted music from the stage.


Being the Disney nut that I am, I think I was the only teacher to wear Mickey attire.  I had my t-shirt that said MICKEY on it, a Mickey pin, and I wore my ears to the celebration.  I encouraged all the kids in my class to wear a Disney tshirt as well!

It was a great day to get out of class and "party" with Mickey Mouse and the Radio Disney DJs in the school gym!

Disney Donna Kay

If you haven't visited Disney Donna Kay, you need to!!  It's always neat to find a new friend through blogging that you have so much in common with.  Not only do Donna Kay and I both have blogs about Disney, we also live in the same state (one day we'll actually meet!) and we pull for the same best college team, Auburn University!  Through our blogs, facebook and twitter, I've gotten to know Donna Kay better and I know if you have taken the time to read my blog, you will love hers!  She has some great and creative lists (she's a self proclaiming list addict) dealing with Disney characters, Disney songs, why she loves Disney and others.  She participates in many of the Disney blog hops that take place each week.  Best of all, she hosts a weekly segment called "Mentoring Mondays."

Today, you can check out my Mentoring Monday's Interview at DisneyDonnaKay.blogspot.com!

Thanks Donna Kay for being a friend and including me in this fabulous group of bloggers!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

To my readers

Dear Followers and Disney Friends~

As a youth minister, my summers are pretty hectic and crazy!  We have multiple Bible studies during the week, Vacation Bible School week, 2 week long mission trips, 2 tornado relief days, a trip to the movies (yes, I'm taking them to see Cars 2!), a weekend White Water Rafting trip, a day at the water park, and youth Sunday.  Summer is my most busy time of the year.   (And don't forget I'm still a full time wife and mom!)

I did a decent job of scheduling my posts ahead of time so I wouldn't fall too far behind.  However, I'm not finding enough time to visit each of your blogs and comment like I would like.  I also am not finding the time to interact with you all on twitter and facebook.  I do better with facebook because I use it so much with work, but I could do better.

I want to let you know that I haven't forgotten about you or your blogs.  I LOVE reading what all of you have to say and I often find inspiration from each of you.   Once the summer is over, I'll spend some time catching up and commenting.

I promise things will get back to "normal" soon!!

Disney Love,
Beth :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cars

In honor of the new release of Cars 2, I'll share my stories of meeting Lightning McQueen and Mater!  In November of 2006, my mom and I went to WDW together for a Youth Minister's Conference.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know that this conference was horrible.  It was a disaster.  But, we were at the "Most Magical Place on Earth" so we ditched most of the conference and played in the parks together! :)

On our trip to then MGM, we met Mater and Lightning McQueen by Echo Lake (between Indiana Jones and Sounds Dangerous).  Obviously, I didn't get an autograph since they don't have hands, but I did get great photos with each of them!   It took a while because kids were running up to the characters to get a photo and jumping in my way.  I guess they didn't think an "adult" would want their picture made with the cars...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Magical Blogorail: Favorite WS Pavilion


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

Our theme this month is our favorite World Showcase Pavilion.  When I first read our topic, I immediately took a mental stroll around the Lagoon thinking about what I liked about each country.  I narrowed it down to three: America, England and Italy.  After doing some heavy thinking and having a discussion with my husband, I decided that Italy was really my favorite country.  And it just happens to be where my great grandparents lived! (They didn't live in Epcot, they lived in Genoa, Italy!)

In 2007, Jonathan and I went on our honeymoon to Italy.  While in Italy, we spent time in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Naples, Lake Como, Pisa, Florence, Genoa and Venice.  I absolutely fell in LOVE with Venice.  I loved everything about it.   Each time we visited Italy in Epcot, since our honeymoon in 2007, I was brought back to those nights and days walking around the canals of Venice.  The imagineers did an incredible job of replicating Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark's Square.  I did a post a few months ago comparing the Real Italy to the Epcot Italy.  Here are a few photos comparing the two.  Epcot is on the left and Venice, Italy is on the right.




Photo from dizzneemomma.com
Another favorite of the Italy Pavilion is Sergio.  Sergio is a street performer mime.  He is very similar to the mimes or performers you would find in the piazzas of Italy.  Sergio juggles and blows a whistle to "communicate" with the crowd.  He does a phenomenal job of including everyone in his shows.  Kids and adults of all ages enjoy his performances with smiles and laughter as he chooses some special guests to participate with him!  Our family has spent several hours watching him perform and we've even waited around for a second performance!
photo from disneyworld.disney.go.com
While I have not eaten at the restaurants in the Italy Pavilion yet, I am dying to try Via Napoli!  This is the new table service pizzeria that opened in September of 2010.  From what I've read it is an authentic Italian pizzeria that features wood burning ovens that are names after the three volcanoes in Italy: Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli.  Tutto Italia is the other full service restaurant in Italy that serves lunch and dinner.

The shopping in Italy reminds me so much of the shops in Venice!  Delizie Italiane sells Italian candy and chocolates.  La Cucina Italiana sells wines, pastries, cookware and gourmet foods.  Il Bel Cristallo sells Murano crystal, glassware, figurines and decorative items.  Italy is a great place to buy Christmas presents for family members!
      
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Italy!  Please comment and let me know what you love about Italy or which of the World Showcase countries is your favorite!  

Thank you for joining me today.  Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney on Wheels.

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

3rd Stop ~ Disney on Wheels



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blog Hop: Magic Moments


Welcome to this weeks Blog Hop hosted by Lisa at Babes in Disneyland and Manda from Manda's Disney Blog.   If this is your first time stopping by A Disney Moms Thoughts, WELCOME!!  I'm glad you found me and I'd love to have you follow all that goes on here.  If you didn't come here through this week's blog hop, please visit Babes in Disneyland and check out the posts from the other bloggers!!  You won't be disappointed!  

The theme this week is "Magic Moments."  When I first read this topic, I immediately thought about Wishes at the Magic Kingdom.  The first time I watched this fantastic fireworks show with my son I cried throughout the whole thing and he was mesmerized!!   He was 23 months during our trip in December of 2010.  He is now 2 1/2 and still talks about the fireworks... complete with sound effects!  But, I didn't have any photos of this moment.  So, it was back to the drawing board.

The next Magic Moment I thought of during that same trip was when we sat through Playhouse Disney at Hollywood Studios.  C-man was totally in his element!  He loved seeing his TV friends on stage.  He danced and clapped and laughed the whole show!  Again, I was crying and my dear husband just didn't get it!  Even though the photos are pretty crappy, you can see some of his excitement during this Magic Moment!  Enjoy! :)


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday's Tip: Park Tip Boards

Did you know each park at Walt Disney World has a tip board that can tell you the wait times for the popular attractions, parade times and show times?  Well, they do!  These boards also tell you if attractions are closed, when and where street performers will perform, park hour changes and firework times.  


You can find the tip board at the Magic Kingdom on the left side of Main Street as you approach the castle.  Look for it as soon as you pass Casey's!


Because of the size of Epcot, you can find three different tip boards all in Future World.  The first one is past Spaceship Earth (coming from the park entrance) before you get to the Fountain of Nations. The second one is in the Future World West plaza and the third is in Future World East on the way to MIssion:Space.  (If they are going to have three, they could at least share the love with World Showcase!)


At Hollywood Studios, you can find the tip board where Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard intersect.


At Animal Kingdom, the tip board is on Discovery Island after you cross the bridge from the Oasis.  Look to the right before you get to the Tree of LIfe.


If you can't find any of these tip boards, check your park map (the map should be labeled with a black T) or ask a cast member!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Figment

I love Figment and my heart was broken when they changed Journey into Imagination several years ago.  I LOVED the original version of this attraction, but that's a different post!  I was lucky enough to meet Figment during my trip to Epcot during February of 2005.  There was a small room outside the "jumping water" and Honey I Shrunk the Audience theater where he was waiting for me!  I just wish I could meet Dreamfinder still. :(

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Something About Me Blog Hop!

Disney Bird is hosting a new Blog Hop today... Something About Me Saturday.  All of you know I LOVE Disney.  Obviously, or I wouldn't have this blog.  But other than that, my readers don't know a whole lot about me and my family.  So I'm going to take advantage of Bird's blog hop to share a list of 20 my favorite things, hidden "talents" and facts about me!

  1. I hate to shop.  I don't mind grocery shopping when I have coupons, but I hate to go to the mall and shop for clothes, shoes, bags, etc. 
  2. My favorite TV show of all time is Friends!
  3. I've been watching Days of our Lives (on and off, when my schedule allows) since Bo and Hope got married in 1985.
  4. I love to sleep and can pretty much sleep anywhere.  I've slept during an SEC college football game against Alabama and Arkansas, I always sleep on airplanes, and I often sleep through Ellen's Universe of Energy!
  5. I've only owned 1 dog in my life, Maggie.  She is now 11 1/2.  It makes me sad to think about how old she is.  I've owned 6 cats and will most likely never own another one.
  6. I hate cheese- all kinds.  I will occasionally eat cheese on a pizza, but if they can make it without it, that's what I choose.  
  7. I like to run, but I'm getting too old to do it like I'd like too!  My knees and ankles can't handle the pounding like they once could.  I did manage to "run" the WDW full (2003) and half (2008) marathons.  
  8. I was a cheerleader in middle and high school.  I still love watching the cheerleaders at games and in competitions on ESPN!
  9. I love everything there is to love about Auburn University!
  10. I'm a Boston Red Sox fan and if I had to choose, I'd be a Boston Celtics fan and Pittsburg Steelers fan. I'm a Sox fan on my own, but I pull for the Celtics and Steelers for my husband.  I know nothing about hockey, but I'd pull for the Bruins, just because I love Beth Doda! :)
  11. My favorite movie is Grease.  The Little Mermaid is my favorite cartoon movie.
  12. I love Broadway and theatre!  RENT is my favorite show- I've seen it twice in NYC, once in Atlanta, once in Huntsville and once in Birmingham.  I also own the movie and all 3 soundtracks. The show poster hangs in my bathroom.  
  13. Avenue Q is my second favorite Broadway show.
  14. I can burp like a man- even when I'm not drinking beer.
  15. Speaking of, I only like domestic, light beer- straight out of the bottle.  And I usually only drink a 6 pack in a year! 
  16. I can eat my weight in chocolate- especially Cadbury Cream Eggs at Easter!
  17. I have a crazy collection of squished pennies from around the world.  This obsession started at Epcot! :)
  18. I love my job as a youth minister and I love all my youth like they were my own kids!
  19. I'm the luckiest girl in the world.  My boys are great kids and my husband is the best in the universe! 
  20. Today is my 37th birthday! :)
Visit Bird's blog and link up in the fun!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Disney Dads Blog Hop

My new, wonderful, Disney bloggin' friend, Disney Donna Kay is hosting a fabulous blog hop this weekend... All about Disney Dads!!  Here are 2 of my FAVORITE daddies in the world.

My dad, in the wheelchair, with my brother's (left) and friend, Heath (right).
My wonderful husband, Jonathan.
There really aren't enough words in the English language to express my feelings towards these two men. Obviously, I love them both and will never be able to share how I feel adequately enough in this lifetime.    My daddy was a part of all my Disney memories growing up and I look forward to the day we can share Disney together again, this time together with my son, his grandson.

The newest favorite daddy in my life is my husband, Jonathan.  He became the daddy to my baby boy in January of 2009.  He is a wonderful daddy to our son and my step son.  I will never, ever be able to tell him or show him how much I love him.  I just have to keep telling and showing him each day and hope he understands how deep my love is.

We took JAG, my step son, to WDW for the first time in 2006 before we were married.  We took him again in 2008 and Disneyland in 2010.  We were able to take our son, C-man, and JAG to WDW together in December of 2010.  What an awesome experience and amazing memories!!  Jonathan has been very accepting of my Disney obsession and I'll never be able to thank him enough for the vacations we've made to my happy place!  While he doesn't quite understand it, he tries.

Recently, he told me I was addicted to Disney and needed to go into rehab.  He said I couldn't go a week without my blog, reading other blogs, Disney tweets or Disney facebook pages.  I disagreed.  Then he upped, or "plussed" it and said I could't go a month.  I told him I could, but I would have to schedule my #FF tweets for Magical Blogorail and would have to publish my monthly post for the blogorail and his response was, see you can't go a month.  His next statement was... if you could go a month without those things I'll take you to Walt Disney World.  I asked when it started and he said he had to think about the "rules."  I'm still waiting on these said rules...  I'll keep you posted!!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads in my life- whether you are a Disney Dad or not! :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blog Hop: Family

Welcome to the Blog Hop hosted by Babes in Disneyland!  Thanks for stopping by.  Here are a few of the sillier shots of our family from our December trip to WDW!  (I have very little time today!)

Daddy and C-man in line for Jungle Cruise
Mommy on Winnie the Pooh.
JAG also on Winnie the Pooh!
C-man waiting on JAG to get a silhouette made.
It's always nice to have a family you can truly be yourself with! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Disney helps you potty train!

Last month I posted about Disney Enchanted Calls.  Yesterday, my friend Sara, sent me a link to another site where you can have a character call your kid... if they are potty training... or if you are wanting encouragement for "pee peeing in the potty" for yourself!


You can have a Cars 2 character or Cinderella call your "Big Kid" as a reward for going potty!  You can log on to the Huggies Pullup web site and schedule three calls from the characters to congratulate and encourage your child.  You can listen to what the calls will sound like on the web site and then sign up for the call by entering your mobile number and the month, day, time and time zone.

While you're here, don't forget to vote in the poll to the right to help decide what we'll be for MNSSHP this fall!

Tuesday's Tip: Advanced Dining Reservations

In recent years, Disney has offered the Disney Dining Plan at Walt Disney World and because of it's popularity, it's often impossible to "walk up" to a full service restaurant and expect to be seated, even when crowds are low.  If you want to eat at some of Disney's amazing table-service restaurants or dinner shows while you are vacationing, you MUST make Advance Dining Reservations online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).


You can start making your dining reservations 180 days before your vacation.  (Visit http://pscalculator.net/pscalc.php to determine when your 180 day mark is!)   If you are staying on Disney Property in a Disney owned and operated resort (this does not include the Swan/ Dolphin, Shades of Green and Downtown Disney Resorts) you can book your dining for your entire vacation (up to 10 days past the 180 day mark)!  That's another perk to staying on property!  If you are staying at a non Disney owned resort, you will need to call each morning, 180 days out, to make your reservations.

Prior to making your reservations, you need to do your homework!  Visit the WDW web site and educate yourself on the restaurant options and the menus.  You can buy guide books that are only about Disney Dining and there are downloadable books to help you as well.  There are also many blogs and web sites that can help you with this.  A few of my favorites are: 

Restaurants You Really Must Book in Advance





If you want to attend the Cinderella's Royal Table Character Breakfast, it is critical to call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) at 7:00 am ET, 180 days in advance. It sells out within minutes each day when reservations open. (Lunch and dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table sell out quickly, too.) Full prepayment in advance is required for Cinderella's Royal Table.

The Chef's Table at Victoria and Albert's in the Grand Floridian Resort also sells out every morning, exactly 180 days in advance. There is only one Chef's Table seating each night and it is not available Wednesdays and Fridays.
Reservations are required for these locations -- you will never get a walk-up table:
  • California Grill in the Contemporary Resort
  • Victoria and Albert's in the Grand Floridian Resort
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ dinner shows at Ft. Wilderness (both require full prepayment in advance)
  • Spirit of Aloha Luau dinner show at the Polynesian Resort (requires full prepayment in advance)
Reservations are virtually required for these very popular locations -- chances of getting a walk-up are almost nil:
  • Le Cellier in Epcot's Canada
  • Coral Reef in Epcot Future World/The Seas
  • Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom
Other locations that are sold out in advance more often than not:
  • Princess Storybook meals at Epcot's Norway
  • Garden Grill in Epcot
  • Tusker House character breakfast in Animal Kingdom
  • 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Liberty Tree Tavern dinner in Magic Kingdom
  • Boma in Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Cape May Cafe in Beach Club Resort
  • Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort
  • 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian Resort
  • 'Ohana in the Polynesian Resort
  • Whispering Canyon dinner in Wilderness Lodge
Once you have familiarized yourself with your options and have made your first and second choices (just in case!) you need to look at the park times, Extra Magic Hours and your travel schedule to decide which day you want to eat at which restaurants.  (WDW park hours and touringplans can help with this.)  If you are planning on visiting Epcot all day on your second day, don't make reservations at a Hollywood Studios restaurant!  

Exactly 180 days from the day you check in, be ready to book your preferred dining locations online at 6:00 am ET. Booking online gives you a one hour jump over calling for reservations!!

Good Luck!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday's Memory: Y2K

Do you remember where you were on December 31, 1999?  If you were alive and older than, let's say 6, you probably remember that night.  The whole world was terrified of the Y2K bug.  Some believed that all technology as we knew it would cease.  They thought everything that ran on a computer would shut down at midnight because the computers would go crazy and not know how to handle the date changing from 1999 to 2000.  There were some people who stockpiled food, water and basic supplies because the world as we knew it was going to change.

My family didn't stockpile or even worry about what would happen.  If all technology was going to fail at midnight, then it would fail.  If the world was going to change, then it would change.  We really didn't think twice about it.  In fact we thought, "If the world is going to cease and technology is going to go berserk, where would we want to be?... WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!"  So we made plans to head south the week after Christmas.

The Disney resorts had a three night minimum stay for the week of New Year's Eve and we only needed 2 nights.  We ended up staying at a shady Quality Inn on International Boulevard.  Since we weren't staying on property, we had to choose which park we wanted to visit on Dec. 31.  Our original plan was to go to Epcot.  We got to the park at opening and it was already closed and so was Magic Kingdom!  We freaked out a tad bit and sped to MGM Studios.  Luckily we got in without any problems.  We spent the entire day at MGM.  I don't remember how many attractions we were able to experience but I remember it being cold and crowded.  I remember thinking we needed to be in the streets at midnight and not on Tower of Terror at midnight- Just in case the computers did go hay wire!

At some point early in the day (before noon) we were near a TV screen and saw the New Year, New Millennium celebrations in Sydney Australia.  When we saw the celebrations in Australia and the TV cameras were still working after midnight we figured things would be OK in the USA!   Throughout the day we saw coverage of countries celebrating as the time zones reached midnight.  At 11:59 EST, we were on Sunset Boulevard in front of the Beauty and the Beast Theatre counting down to Y2K.   Everyone was happy, cheering and excited to see what the next year, decade, century and millennium would bring.

Where were you to ring in 2000?

Don't forget to vote in my poll on the right side to help us decide what we will be for MNSSHP!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vote for our Costumes!

After discussions on Facebook, twitter and this blog, we have narrowed down the options for our costumes to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party for our trip in September.  Here are the choices you can vote for on the left:

Cruella, Horace and Lucky from 101 Dalmatians
Carl, Russell and Dug from Up
Snow White, Queen and Dopey from Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
Mary, Bert and Michael from Mary Poppins

Friday, June 10, 2011

MNSSHP Halloween Costume... NEED HELP!

On the day tickets went on sale, my mom ordered our tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP).  We are so excited about this special event party and the excitement it has in store!  We have our trip in September pretty much mapped out and our Advanced Dining Reservations were made on the 180 day mark.  I think right now we only have 2 things left to do...
1) wait for the movie schedule to be released for the Campfire Sing A Long and movie at Fort Wilderness AND
2) decide what we are going to dress up as for the party!

That's where you can help us out!

We have 3 people in our party this trip: me, my mother and my son (he'll be 4 months shy of his 3rd birthday) who will be in his stroller.

We are trying to think of creative, yet easy and inexpensive costumes for the three of us to wear.  I've asked some of my Disney friends at church to help come up with ideas and this is what was shared:

  • Snow White (me), the old hag (my mom- not that you are an old hag, mom!) and an apple (C-man)
  • Snow White (me), the Evil Queen (my mom) and a dwarf (C-man)
  • Wendy (me), Mr Smee (my mom) and Peter Pan (C-man)
I even asked my Facebook followers for suggestions.  This is what was shared:
  • A Princess, Shining Armor, and Fairy Godmother 
  • Three Musketeers 
  • Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, a Mouse
  • Snow White, Evil Queen, Dopey (same as my church friends said!)
So there are 7 options.  Then mom and I talked and thought these would be easy costumes to come up with:




Snow White and 2 Dwarfs 




The Incredibles: Mom, Violet and Dash




Peter Pan, and 2 Lost Boys



Carl, Russell and Dug (and we can tie balloons to the stroller and put cardboard on the side to make it look like a house)



A puppy, Horace or Jasper and Cruella (the stroller can have cardboard sides to make it look like Cruella's car)




Mary, Bert and Michael















Now it's your turn... share with me what you think would be the best for us.  Once I hear your opinions, I'll make a poll for my blog to let my readers help decide what we'll be for the party!!