Friday, August 24, 2012

Magical Blogorail Green: Laughs at Walt Disney World

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

Today we are sharing about "Laughs" at Walt Disney World.  What a fabulously fun topic!  When I first got this "assignment," I had no idea what to write about.  I even asked my husband if he remembered a specific "thing" we laughed about while on a WDW trip.  He had the same blank face I had.  I know we laughed on all our trips, but no one, big story popped in my mind.  But the more I strained to think about it, little things came to mind!  So, I'll share my 5 favorite "Laughs" from various WDW vacations (in no particular order, might I add).

1) Test Track Photos.  The night before we ran the marathon in 2003, we were invited to a dinner in Epcot at the pavilion where the Food and Wine Festival is held.  After the dinner, instead of exiting the park like we should have, we snuck off and went to ride Test Track a few more times.  We had an obsession that trip with the ride photo and NEEDED one more with the bananas we got a the dinner!  To us, at the time it was hilarious.  Maybe not so much for you reading this!

2) Bird Poop.  Gross, yet funny.  One trip, either 1983 or 1986, our family was taking a break eating ice cream cones.  There happened to be another family nearby doing the same thing.  We were watching this family as a group of sea gulls flew over head.  Apparently, the drop on the mom's lap wasn't a drip from her chocolate chip ice cream... it was sea gull poop.  How do I know this?  She used her index finger to "swipe" the ice cream drop off her lap and lick it clean.  Her face told us it was poop and not ice cream.  Yes, we still laugh at this lady almost 25-30 years later!

3) Sleeping "Beauty."  One trip, my brother stepped on a large piece of glass the night before our WDW trip and had several stitches in his foot.  He needed a wheelchair on the trip since he couldn't walk well and the crutches were too hard to use for so many miles.  While we were riding Space Mountain, my father decided to not ride so he could "watch" our stuff and the wheelchair.  When we got off he was sound asleep in the wheelchair and the photo that was taken is priceless!  Still one of my favorite WDW photos that makes me laugh!

4) Adventureland.  This laugh was strictly on accident.  During our 2006 trip to WDW, JAG (our oldest) asked me to take his picture under the Adventureland sign.  The photo on the left was the result. Then, in 2010, he asked to have his picture taken again at the same spot.  We asked why, since we remembered the first picture and he just said, "I don't know, I want it."  We died when the result was so similar to the 2006 photo!  We asked if he remembered the first photo and he didn't.  He didn't see how funny it was until we got home and could show him both photos side by side!

5) Wet Butt.  On one particular trip it seemed each time we got off of a water ride, one of us was completely dry except for a bit wet spot on our butt.  Apparently someone stepped on the seat either loading or unloading the ride and one of us sat in it!  (Note to self, don't step ON the seat when getting on or off a water ride.)  It doesn't sound quite as funny now that I'm typing it, but we laughed the whole trip at that person with the "wet butt!"

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 ~ Disney Living

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Destination Disney: GOLD

I'm sad that our Destination Disney in color is over. :(  Heidi, it's been fun!  I look forward to the next "assignment!" 

This week's color is gold.  I didn't have as many gold photos as I thought and I had to revisit my yellow and orange posts to see how many I was repeating as gold!  The verdict is still out on Pluto and Timon.  What do you think?

The WDW Marathon medal is gold!

The big debate... Are Timon and Pluto Gold, Yellow or Orange?!

The Pirate and Princess Adventure Map and Photopass Card have gold. 

Captain Hook's Ship and Disneyland's "it's a small world" both have gold details.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Advanced Dining Reservations

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Most people who are seasoned Disney planners know to book their Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) 180 days prior to their trip.  If you are trying to get reservations at a popular restaurant (Cinderella's Royal Table, for example) you MUST make your reservations 180 days out.  The phone lines open at 7:00am EST (407-939-3463)... but the online reservations open at 6:00m EST (

On the night before, have your computer set to the web site, so it's ready to go in the morning.  Set your alarm for 5:55am EST (or earlier) so you can be first online to get that perfect meal reservation!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Minnie Mouse Birthday Ideas!

Being the mom of 2 boys, with another on the way, I'll never have the opportunity to throw a Minnie Mouse, Princess or "Girly" party... unless I do it for myself! :)

So, I have to live through my brother's daughters!  Here are a few quick photos I took at their joint birthday party last weekend.  Maybe it will give you a few ideas when you start planning your little girl's Minnie Mouse party!


table decorations


birthday girl outfit (made with pink/ white polka dot fabric, like a pillowcase dress with a Minnie appliqued face!)

mantle decoration/ banner

Minnie cupcakes

goodie buckets for the girls

Minnie hat

appliqued table runner that matches the girls outfits!

topiary centerpieces

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Guest Post: "Disney at Night" with Kids

Today I'm guest posting over at Mouse on the Mind!  Hop over and see what I have to say about "Disney At Night" with kids in tow!

Thanks for the opportunity to guest post! :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Destination Disney: Purple

This weeks color with Heidi's Destination Disney is PURPLE!  This wasn't as easy as I thought it would be!!  Enjoy and link up if you have photos of Purple things at Disney!

Parade signs and construction signs are purple. 

Figment and the "Pumpkin Lady" are purple.

Zurg and Rapunzel both wear purple.

Restaurants and attraction signs are purple.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Night Time Magic

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My favorite Night Time Magic at Walt Disney World is "Wishes" in the Magic Kingdom.  Enjoy these iPhone photos (which actually turned out better than I expected!) from our most recent trip in July.

Thanks for the theme Deb!  If you want to share your own Night Time Magic Photos, link up at Focused on the Magic!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Goodnight, Duffy

Kids wired after an exciting day in the Parks? (Maybe that Mickey ice cream bar after Wishes wasn’t the best idea …) Get them tucked away and off to dreamland with a bedtime story about Mickey’s very own plush bear.

Disney resort television offers a nightly Duffy bedtime story. Just tune in to resort television channel 38 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and watch as your sun-tired tikes drift into Disney dreams. Bonus: the story is read by a woman with such a soothing voice, it even helped this mom unwind. Who doesn’t love a bedtime story?

Today’s tip was brought to you by Elisabeth McGuirk, a full-time mommy and part-time Disney enthusiast living near Johnson City, N.C. She works on, helping fellow Disney fans find all of the Disney stuff they didn’t know they needed. Find your Mickey Fix on twitter @mickeyfix.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Destination Disney: GREEN

Green.  Not only is it my last name, it's also one of my favorite colors!  This week's theme is all about GREEN!  Here are a few of my favorite Green things at WDW!  Thanks for the hop, Heidi.
The GREEN family! :)  (along with Mickey)

The maze hedge in the UK and Mickey's outfit in the Jammin' Jungle Parade are green. 

The "greenhouse" plants in Living with the Land and Green beans from Cap'n Jacks are green. 

The dwarfs hats and Santa's outfit are all green. 

Christmas Trees and aliens are green.

Jiminy Cricket is green and so is Buzz's outfit!

Robin Hood wears green and so does the Tree of Life!

Mike Wazowski is green and Tiana and Naveen are both wearing green.

Pete's Garage was green and so is the sign for Space Mountain.

Pumba is green when he's a topiary and so is DiVine (or is it DeVine?)!