Disney thinks of EVERYTHING! I think most of us are aware of this. But, did you know the original idea for the Seven Seas Lagoon resorts? Originally, the plan was for all the resorts to mirror the different lands found in the Magic Kingdom:
Grand Floridian - Main Street
Contemporary - Tomorrowland
Wilderness Lodge/ Fort Wilderness - Frontierland
Polynesian - Adventureland
And we are still waiting for a Fantasyland and Liberty Square themed resort! :)
Thanks Mike, Heidi and Jodi for hosting! If you have some Disney Trivia to share, link up!!
Healthy vacation dining can be difficult, especially when traveling with kids. When traveling to a favorite vacation spot like Walt Disney World, it can be easy for parents to buy hot dogs, candy and sugary drinks for their kids, while they’re on-the-go between attractions, or after a long day. Levy Restaurants, the official restaurant partner of downtown Disney restaurants including Portobello, Fulton’s Crab House and Wolfgang Puck Café, have made healthy and good dining affordable and easy for families, with awesome kids menus that you can see below.
Whole-wheat Cheese Pizza
100% juice and low-fat milk for beverages
Low-fat Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit for Dessert
Fulton’s Crab House
Fresh fish of the day served with corn
Grilled chicken tenders
Sautéed shrimp pasta
Sides including fresh celery and carrots, vegetables and fruit
Wolfgang Puck’s Café
Sides including fresh veggies, applesauce, baby carrots
100% juice and low-fat milk for beverages
I know there are lots of great options on all three of these menus that my boys would eat and would be healthy options. What is your favorite item on these kids menus?
While it's been another busy week around here, I didn't have much original content! I was able to share a few things passed on to me from Disney and join in on a few blog hops. I did find some great things around the web in the Disney Community though!
Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Living and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.
One of the most interesting places in the Magic Kingdom, especially for my history nerd of a husband, is Liberty Square. In Liberty Square, you can find three attractions: The Haunted Mansion, Hall of Presidents and Liberty Square Riverboat. You can also find three restaurants: Sleepy Hollow (snacks), Liberty Tree Tavern and Columbia Harbor House. Do you know what you won't find? Restrooms... kinda! Since this land is reminiscent of the Colonial Era of America, Disney imagineers tried their hardest to keep the area as realistic as possible. So, they had to be sneaky with their restrooms since there was no indoor plumbing in the Colonial Era. You can find restrooms in Columbia Harbor House, but they are located upstairs and technically they are in Fantasyland! You can also find one restroom in Liberty Tree Tavern. This restroom is upstairs and is very small. Disney had to include a restroom in the restaurant to meet code.
While we're on the subject of restrooms, have you noticed the pavement in Liberty Square? The brown gravely pavement represents an open sewer. In the colonial times, people would empty their "waste" by pouring it out of the second story windows of their homes where it would collect in the middle of the roads.
There is a replica of the Liberty Bell located in Liberty Square. In 1976, 50 replicas of the bell were made in honor of America's Bicentennial. Each state was given one of the replicas, but Pennsylvania already had the original bell in Philadelphia. Eventually, Walt Disney World was given Pennsylvania's replica bell to place in Liberty Square. On July 4, 1989, the bell was moved to Florida and now Florida is the only state with two of the replica bells.
Each of the buildings in Liberty Square have a two digit number above the door. If you add an "18" in front of the number, it shows the year that style of house would have been present. The date over the Hall of Presidents is the year the the US Constitution was ratified.
If you pay close attention to the shutters on the windows, you will notice they are crooked. This is due to the fact that during the Revolutionary War, the colonists needed as much metal as they could get their hands on to make bullets. They used the metal hinges from shutters to include in the making of bullets. Then they decided to use leather, like the Pioneers did, to hang their shutters. Over time, the leather hinges would loosen and cause the shutters to tilt.
Outside the Liberty Tree Tavern you will find an actual Liberty Tree. This tree supposedly weighs 38 tons and is the largest living thing in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. On the trees branches are 13 lanterns which represent the 13 original colonies in America.
Under the boughs of the original Liberty Tree in Boston in 1765,
Patriots calling themselves “The Sons of Liberty” gathered to protest
the imposition of the stamp act. In the years that followed,
almost every American town had a Liberty Tree–A living symbol
of the American freedom of speech and assembly. Our Liberty Tree
is a Southern Live Oak, Quercus Virginiana, more than 100 years old.
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back Friday, November 30th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
"Don't think, and
don't worry. If the time comes, you'll know what to do." ~Mrs. Incredible
This quote definitely made me think of the photos taken while you are on attractions! I have posted about "on ride" photos (here and here) a few times in the past, so I won't share those again. I will however share the most recent "on ride" photo from our July trip.
On Spaceship Earth, I made sure my husband was ready for the photo taken at the beginning. He said he was and when I saw what he we did, I knew neither of us thought or worried... we knew exactly what to do when the time came! :) I'm just glad I had my camera ready!
Did you know "Surf Pool" at Typhoon Lagoon and "Melt-Away Bay" at Blizzard Beach were not the first wave pools at Walt Disney World?
Remember my previous posts about Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon? I'm sticking with that theme... The first "wave pool" was in the man made lake, Seven Seas Lagoon. Before water was added to Seven Seas Lagoon, a wave machine was installed hoping that images of guests surfing in Seven Seas Lagoon would entice people to vacation at Walt Disney World in the early 70's when it opened. At this time, people came to Florida to visit the beaches and WDW didn't have the traditional beaches like the coastal cities had. In 1971, when the wave machine was first used, it worked very well for the cast members. But by the time guests arrived in October of the same year, the wave machine was already being worked on by engineers. It continued to "work" into 1972.
While there is no definitive answer to why it shut down so quickly, there are three ideas:
Erosion of the beach at the Polynesian.
Difficulty for water craft to travel on Seven Seas Lagoon.
Frequent break downs.
So, next time you are in the Seven Seas Lagoon, see if you can spot any remnants of the wave machine off the coast of the Polynesian on Beachcomber Island.
Disney and Barneys New York have released new details about the list of fashion icons featured in the upcoming Electric Holiday moving art short. The moving art short will feature Disney characters in a fantasy Paris runway show attended by world renowned designers, some of the industry’s most revered hair and make-up artists, well respected fashion journalists, photographers and editors, and trend-setting celebrities.
The 'line art' drawing depicts Suzy Menkes, Steven Meisel, Bryan Boy, Alber Elbaz and Carine Roitfeldas they have been reimagined through the magic of Disney and Barneys New York. Other fashion notables rumored to be included in the front row of the moving art short include Franca Sozzani, Emmanuelle Alt, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Glenda Bailey.
Disney and Barneys New York reveal part of the high fashion line up for the upcoming Electric Holiday moving art short. The Electric Holiday moving art will feature models inspired by Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse as well as other iconic Disney characters as they star in a fantasy Paris runway show, capturing the essence of the high-fashion world along with the electrically-charged colors and brilliant lights of the magical world of Disney. The 'line art' drawing depicts (from left to right): Suzy Menkes, Steven Meisel, Bryan Boy, Alber Elbaz, and Carine Roitfeld as they have been reimagined through the magic of Disney and Barneys New York.
About the Electric Holiday Campaign
Electric Holiday is a multi-platform initiative infused with fashion and fantasy that will merge the creativity and magic of Disney with the wit and surprise of the legendary Barneys New York annual holiday campaign to create a celebration of festive modern electric lights, music and fashion.
Beginning in mid-November, the Barneys New York Madison Avenue windows will serve as the centerpiece of the Electric Holiday campaign in which an exclusive moving art short created by Disney artists, will be showcased amid a celebration of lights. Disney has also created a modern, three-dimensional electric light show that will encompass the Madison Avenue store entrance and showcase the moving art housed within the windows. To accompany the façade and moving art, Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino is creating an original score of highly-charged music to bring the show to life. The Electric Holiday program and the Madison Avenue flagship's windows will be unveiled on November 14th.
About the Electric Holiday Moving Art Short
The Electric Holiday moving art will feature models inspired by Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse as well as other iconic Disney characters as they star in a fantasy Paris runway show, capturing the essence of the high-fashion world along with the electrically-charged colors and brilliant lights of the magical world of Disney. Minnie and Mickey are transported into a fantasy world where they are transformed from their traditional Disney form into dream-like fashion-forward runway models, and are joined on the Paris runway by five other models evocative of other iconic Disney personalities: Goofy, Daisy Duck, Snow White, Princess Tiana, and Cruella de Vil.
Each transformed Disney model is dressed in a one-of a-kind exclusive look created by some of the most influential fashion designers in the world, including: Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Oliver Rousteing for Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Peter Copping for Nina Ricci, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens.
To fully bring the iconic Disney characters into the Barneys world, true fashion insiders will be featured within the moving art short. The result depicts a unique, fantasy Paris show with all of the real-world elements of backstage, front-row and runway in illustrated form.
Thanks to Disney Consumer Products for this information!
I love my boys, but there are times when I think it would be fun to have a little girl! When Cinderella came out on Blu-Ray, was one of those times I think a daughter would be fun. I tried to talk C-man into watching it with me but he said "Princesses are for girls, mom. I'm a boy." So, we didn't watch Cinderella and probably won't for a long time... Have you Ever dreamed of having a fairy tale moment like Cinderella? Now all girls, young and old, can have a Cinderella moment with a new collection of Disney products that celebrate the magic and elegance of one of Disney’s most iconic princesses.
In conjunction with the release of Cinderella Diamond Edition, available on Blu-ray™ for the first time on Oct. 2, Disney’s unique assortment of Cinderella-themed products includes toys, fashion, beauty, home décor and collectible items.
Below is a snapshot of the collection, which is available in time for the holiday gifting season.
· Swirling Lights Cinderella Doll – Girls can recreate the magical transformation of Cinderella for the royal ball with the Swirling Lights Cinderella doll by Mattel. By simply pressing on Cinderella’s necklace, the princess’s beautiful blue dress will begin to dazzle with twinkling lights while magical music simultaneously plays. Available now at mass retailers for $29.99.
· Cinderella Costume Collection for Girls – Arriving just in time for Halloween this Disney Store-exclusive collection includes a Cinderella costume ($44.50), Light-Up Cinderella shoes ($16.50), Cinderella tiara ($10.50) and a Light-Up Cinderella wand ($10.50). Available now at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.
· The Glass Slipper Collection – Blending the classic elegance of Cinderella with today’s footwear trends, this limited-edition shoe collection from DSW ($59.95 to $89.95) will make any woman look fabulous and feel glamorous on her big night. The exquisite shoes bear an embossed carriage logo and a signature blue jewel on the sole, making them not only a great fashion statement, but a stylish collector's item as well. Available now at DSW stores and dsw.com.
In addition to these items, you can find tea sets, bedding and vanities for little girls, and make up, bridal gowns, accessories and stationary for the big girls! Help the women and girls in your life feel like a real life Cinderella this Christmas!
We have a new found love at our house... Halloween. My son, C-man (3 1/2) has decided Halloween is the greatest ever. He asks everyday if it's Halloween yet. He's convinced his Mimi to give us as many decorations, pumpkins, haunted houses, etc as possible. We've even been listening to the Halloween station on Pandora. It's crazy, really!
While we were listening to our Halloween music the other night, we heard "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the album "Mickey's Monster Bash." He loved it! Then I told him that song was from the Haunted Mansion at WDW. He was shocked to find out there was a "haunted house" at Disney and he hadn't seen it! (Yes, I kept it from him because I thought he'd be scared!) So, the next day, we got on youtube and watched videos of the Haunted Mansion in WDW and Disneyland. He was IN LOVE and wanted to leave right then to head to Disney!
While we were watching the Disneyland version of the ride, there was a link to the Halloween version of the attraction. Which, sparked a new interest... Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas! We then searched for youtube videos of the movie and found the song, "This is Halloween."
Then he made a discovery- This is the same song we dance to on "Just Dance 3" or as he calls, the Booty Dance Game!
So, we've come full circle!
Grim Grinning Ghosts on Pandora -> Haunted Mansion at WDW -> Haunted Mansion at Halloween at DL -> Nightmare Before Christmas movie -> "This is Halloween" song -> Just Dance 3... Booty dance!
I have one happy boy AND Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas will air on ABC Family on Sunday, October 21 at 7:00am and 5:26pm! Set your DVRs!
"We keep moving
forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us
down new paths."~Walt Disney
When I first read this quote, I immediately thought of my Disney Bucket List! I think the reason I continue to want to go to Disney Parks is because of this quote~ They are always moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things. There are so many "new paths" I want to travel down at Walt Disney World and the other Disney parks around the world. So, here are a few things on my Disney Bucket List:
Travel to Disneyland Resort Paris
Travel to Shanghai Disney Resort
Travel to Tokyo Disney Resort
Travel to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Go on a Disney Cruise
Return to Disneyland
See Cars Land
Stay in the Grand Californian
Stay in the resorts I have not stayed in
Take the behind the scenes tour(s)
Stay in Cinderella Castle
Eat at Via Napoli, Whispering Canyon Cafe, Kona Cafe, Chef Mickey's (again since I don't remember the last time!)
See the Spirit of Aloha Show
Play Agent Ps World Showcase Adventure
Play Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom
Get a makeover at Pirate's League
Go up in Character's in Flight
These are just a few! There are always new attractions, new shows, new parades, new characters, new paths and new foods to try. This is just part of the reason I love Disney and continue my love affair with this magical location! :)
Do you want to eat healthy during your Walt Disney World vacation without paying an arm and a leg?
Do you want to have your children's favorite snacks on hand without having extra baggage on the plane?
Do you want to save money by eating some of your meals in your resort room?
Then Garden Grocer is your best bet! You can have your favorite foods and snacks delivered right to your Walt Disney/ Orlando area resort! Prior to your vacation, visit www.gardengrocer.com, create an account and start choosing your favorite groceries, baby care items, bevereages, heath and beauty products, cleaning supplies and pet supplies!!
Here are a few of my favorite areas on the Garden Grocer site:
Last week I shared a bit about the white beaches along Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon. But, did you know the Seven Seas Lagoon is a man made lake?
When they were building the Magic Kingdom, they created utilidors (tunnels) under the park to help cast members get from one place in the park to another in a short amount of time. So the park is actually on the second level and the utilidors are on the first level. Once the utilidors were complete, they used the soil from creating Seven Seas Lagoon to cover the utilidors and raise the land for the park to be built. Seven Seas Lagoon is 14 feet at it's deepest point.
So, when you walk through the Magic Kingdom, you're actually walking on "land" that was once in front of the Polynesian Resort!
My friend and fellow Magical Blogorail member, Mary from Capturing Magical Memories, has a talent I wish I had. She is a digital scrapbooker (is that even a word?!) and she designs her own scrapbook layouts and designs. Whoa! I didn't even realize you could do that!
Last year, she was sweet enough to take a few photos I used on my blog and create this great scrapbook layout to highlight my son's "Toy Story Haircut!" I was totally surprised when she emailed me her finished product. I was thrilled and right then I realized this was something I wanted to learn to do... And that was over a year ago. I still have no idea how to do any kind of digital scrapbooking... but it's still on my "bucket list!" I will learn how to do this, hopefully with Mary's help!
Mary is the author and creator of Capturing Magical Memories where she has been blogging about her love of Disney and capturing those memories of Disney vacations in digital form through scrapbooking. Her blog is a fabulous site to get ideas and inspiration on saving and preserving your Disney vacation memories. She provides quality digital scrapbooking content at a very reasonable price... and occasionally you can find a freebie on facebook! :)
If you are looking for a great Disney blog to follow and creative scrapbooking inspiration, Mary is your top choice in my opinion! You can find her on her blog and you can also follow her on facebook, pinterest, and twitter.
Well, I'm bringing back my "Thoughts for the Week." I'm not really sure why I stopped, but I'm going to start back. I'll share some of the Disney posts I enjoyed over the past week and provide a quick recap of what was going on here at A Disney Mom's Thoughts!
"Pearls From Epcot's 30th Anniversary Celebrations" - DIStherapy shares a synopsis of The Twilight Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel Fan Luncheon, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Marty Sklar's presentation~ Epcot: How it Changed the World, and Illuminations with 30th Anniversary Tag.
On Tuesday, I joined in with the Tuesday Trivia Hop at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and friends! Do you know where the white beaches at the Poly came from? I also shared a great tool from Your First Visit on choosing the best week in 2013 to visit WDW.
On Wednesday, it was time to link up with Focused on the Magic for the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. This week's theme was Disney Architecture.
I finally shared our Day 1 Trip Report from our July trip on Friday. I know I'm waaayyyy late! We also got a response from the letter we sent to Mickey Mouse! See how you can get a postcard from Mickey!
What interesting Disney posts did you read this week? Please share your favorite posts from your own blog or another blog in the comments below!
Rewind to July of this year. I took 28 high school students from church on a mission trip to Orlando. We spent the first day traveling and the next two days painting houses. On Wednesday, we finally made our way to Pop Century! We checked in around 9:30 and two of our seven rooms were ready. They were adjoining so we piled all the girls baggage in one room and the boys in the other. We stayed in the rooms for a while resting and watching Stacey on TV!
As rooms were becoming available, the youth started splitting up into groups to walk around Pop and Art of Animation, visit the food court and take naps. Three chose to take the bus to Wide World of Sports and take in a Little League World Series Baseball game. I chose to walk around Pop Century and head over to Art of Animation to soak it all in!
1974. The year I was born. Yes, I'm "hiding" my bulging baby bump! :)
LOVE the Cars Wing of AoA!
Mr. Ray greets you with a happy smile in the Finding Nemo section.
Once we were all rested, showered and in our own rooms, we took the bus over to Downtown Disney. We split into groups to walk around, eat dinner and shop. My first stop was to try a "Goofy Glacier" from Goofy's Candy Shop. If you haven't had one of these icee/ slushie type treats before, I highly encourage you to try it! I was craving slushie type drinks while I was preggo and this HIT THE SPOT! We ate dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express and spent the rest of the time leisurely walking around and people watching.
The banana glacier was delish!
All the youth excited to finally be at Walt Disney World!
After several hours at DtD, we headed back to the resort to get ready for our day in Epcot... stay tuned...