Tuesday, January 29, 2013

July 2012 WDW Trip Report Day 3


Welcome to day three of our youth WDW trip waaayyyyy back in July!  We all got up early and caught the bus to head to Magic Kingdom.  We arrived in plenty of time to watch the opening show complete with the Mayor of Main Street and lots of characters, singing, dancing and fireworks!  Once inside the park, Jonathan and I spent a lot of time on Main Street.  First, we met the Mayor and had a quick photo shoot with him!  Then he invited us to ride up Main Street to the castle in a Main St. vehicle (I really have no idea what the proper Disney name is for this car!).  It was so cool to do this with just my husband taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of Main Street!


Once at Cinderella Castle, we stopped to take in the sights, take a few photos and start to make our way to Main Street Bakery for breakfast!  Of course I had the Main St Cinnamon Roll while hubby had the cheese, ham and egg croissant.  Being 32 weeks pregnant, this hit the spot!  Hanging out on Main Street with my feet in a chair and a sweet, hot, cinnamon roll in my tummy was magical.


Following a leisurely breakfast, we headed to the new Fantasyland.  At this point in time, only Dumbo, the train station and the Casey Jr Splash Pad were open.  After spending time in line for Dumbo and waiting in the kids interactive play area we finally rode the new Dumbo!  The double Dumbo was very different and I loved the water feature under the attraction.  While I do miss the "old" Dumbo behind the carousel, I love the look of the new one.


Next we started walking.  We had no agenda and took our time.  We walked through Adventureland, Frontierland and ended up in Liberty Square just in time for lunch!  We sat upstairs at Columbia Harbor House and enjoyed lunch, a large drink and air conditioning while having great conversations.  Once we were refreshed, we walked through "old" Fantasyland towards Tomorrowland.  Again, we took in a lot of sights, sounds and smells before finding ourselves on my favorite attraction- the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!  "Paging Mr. Morrow.  Mr. Tom Morrow."


While we were making our way back down Main Street USA, we stopped to listen to the Dapper Dan's sing and play.  I love the entertainment on Main Street.  This really is one of my favorite areas of Walt Disney World!  Once we were back down at City Hall, we met up with the youth.  Everyone checked in and let me know they were all OK!  At this point several youth went back to enjoy attractions while many stayed back with me.

We had plans to meet up with a guy from our hometown who works at WDW now.  He was scheduled to be in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and had planned to meet with our group behind the scenes so we could meet several of his character friends.  You can read more about that experience here


Once the parade was over, the rest of our group met us and we went back to Pop Century to relax and eat dinner.  Many of us took about an hour nap then ate dinner at the food court before heading back to Magic Kingdom.  The first thing we did was go to the castle for a large group picture... but the photopass guy failed to scan our card, so it didn't make it on our CD. :(  Luckily, I did take photos of each grade with my camera.  



The park stayed open until 2:00am.  Majority of the group stayed til the park shut down.  I, on the other hand, headed back to Pop after Wishes!  I was so tired already and knew I had a 10+ hour drive ahead of me.

This was a fabulous, whirlwind trip!  I LOVED seeing my happy place with my youth and sharing that love with them.  However, it would have been so much better had I not been 32 weeks pregnant!  I spent quite a bit of time sitting on benches instead of running through the parks riding all the thrill rides.

Maybe one day (sooner than later) I'll get to take my youth back! :)


Friday, January 25, 2013

Magical Blogorail Green: Favorite WDW Ride Vehicle


Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Living and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

When I heard the topic for this month's blogorail loop my mind started racing!  I was running through all 4 parks in my mind thinking of all the ride vehicles.  So many wonderful vehicles came to mind: Jungle Cruise, Tower of Terror, Dinosaur, Spaceship Earth and more.  I had such a hard time narrowing it down to ONE favorite!  Really, just one?  It couldn't be done.  So I'm happy to present several of my favorite Walt Disney World Ride Vehicles.


The best ride vehicle to get wet: Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom.  Our family is usually the type that skips the wet rides.  The boys have to really beg to get us on a water ride!  We don't like walking around in wet, squishy shoes and we don't like having to lug around dry clothes to change in to.  But, we love Splash Mountain and the entertainment it provides.  So, we will ride Splash Mountain and cross our fingers that we don't get soaked!  Usually we get wet, but not soaked, so it's OK!


The best ride vehicle to take a nap:  Ellen's Energy Adventure at Epcot.  This 45 minute ride/ show is a decent attraction that can teach you quite a bit about energy... if you can stay awake!  It's best to ride it first thing in the morning before you become so exhausted from walking around World Showcase.  While it's not the most comfortable bench seat, it does provide a long nap time and if it's not too crowded, you can actually stretch out on the benches if you'd like!


The best ride vehicle for the entire family: Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom.  I like all the vehicles that allow a larger family or group to ride in the same car, but this one is extra special!  We can usually all fit on one row or at least on the same truck and each trip is so different based on the animals activity.

The best ride vehicle for thrills: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Hollywood Studios.  I love the stretch limos on this attraction!  The look is great, but the comfort factor is good too.  This is the one roller coaster at WDW where I don't get tossed and bumped around.  Plus it's my favorite roller coaster on property!


The best ride vehicle to get from here to there: Monorail.  While I do love all of the modes of transportation at Walt Disney World, the monorail is my favorite!  I love the views from the monorail, the convenience (especially if you're staying at a Monorail Resort) and the speed.  Plus I get to hear "Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas!"   


The best ride vehicle overall: Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom.  This is my favorite attraction at Walt Disney World.  All of our family can fit in the same vehicle.  You can see all of Tomorrowland and the little kids can get a glimpse of some attractions they are too small to ride.  You can prop up your feet and rest if you'd like.  It's fun, yet relaxing.  And it's one of Walt's original ideas going back to the '64 World's Fair!  What's not to love about the TTA PeopleMover!?



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:



2nd Stop ~ Disney Living



Final Stop ~ Mouse on the Mind

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Word-full Wednesday: "H"

2013.  It's already been a crazy year and we're only 23 days in!  I had high hopes for this year being the year to get my blog in order.  I still need to update my banner across the top to read "Mom of 3 boys...".  Thanks to my twitter friend David (@david4242) for the reminders!  I also want to change the look/ feel of my blog.  It needs to be cleaned up some and I have an endless list of posts I want to write!  At least I still have 342 days to accomplish these things before the year is over.

So, what's been going on in these 23 days that has me so behind?  I'm glad you asked! ;)  My middle boy, C-man, turned 4 and his Woody/ Toy Story party is this weekend.  I'm trying to get ahead in my job so I'm not always doing things last minute.  I'm now a mom of 3 boys instead of 2... and the baby, Big E, has been dealing with a double ear infection, a cold and bronchiolitis.  And to top it all off, my former boss/ pastor murdered his wife, shot his daughter and stabbed himself.  That's been weighing very heavy on my heart and mind and I just haven't felt like blogging much.


But, today is HUMP DAY!  I'm going to get past all this and move forward.

Focused on the Magic

Friday, January 18, 2013

Disney Bloggers Feed America & Fight Hunger


In my home state of Alabama the poverty and hunger rates are WAYYYY to high.  It makes my heart hurt to think about it.


Alabama

Population   4,785,298  Unemployment rate  9.5 %

Food insecurity rate 19.2 %    Child food insecurity rate  26.7 %

Poverty rate  17.1 %     Child poverty rate  24.2 %

With my job at the church, I have the opportunity to be involved in many local, national and even international missions to help those who are less fortunate.  While we do a good bit to help out, there is still so much to do to help this problem of hunger and poverty.

That's where you can help!  Several of my Disney Blogging Friends have joined forces to try to help Feed America.  With Feed America, a $1 donation can provide 8 meals for someone.  For less than a cup of coffee, you can provide 8 meals!  Imagine what you could do if you went without eating 1 meal a week and donated that money to Feed America.  Think what we could do if we all gave up one table service meal on our next Disney vacation and gave that money to Feed America!  That's A LOT of meals for someone!

Help me and my fellow Disney Blogging friends by donating at the following link:

And when you are done visit these amazing and inspiring Disney sites:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fun Disney Jokes!


After the week I've had, I need some Disney to help cheer me up!  Enjoy a few family friendly, fun Disney jokes!  If you have any fun Disney jokes I didn't include, please share them in the comments! :)

Q: Why did Mickey Mouse take a trip into space?
A: He wanted to find Pluto!

Q: What kind of car does Mickey Mouse's girlfriend drive?
A: A minnie van!

Q: What happened to Mickey Mouse when he got spun?
A: He got Disney!

Q: Why did Mickey Mouse cross the road?
A: He was going on a Minnie vacation!

Q: What did Mickey Mouse say when Minnie Mouse asked if he was listening?
A: ’m all ears!

Q: Why did Mickey Mouse carry an umbrella?
A: t was raining cats and dogs!

Q: How did Mickey celebrate moving into his new home?
A: With a mouse warming party!

Q: Why did Mickey Mouse get hit with a snowball?
A: Because Donald ducked!

Q: What is Mickey Mouse's favorite game?
A: Hide and squeak!

Q: How did Minnie save Mickey from drowning?
A: Mouse to mouse resuscitation!

Q: Why did Mickey Mouse go to the doctor?
A: He was having Disney spells!

Q: How do you keep Pumba from charging you? 
A: Take away his credit cards! 

Q: Why are there no planes where peter pan lives? 
A: Because there is a sign that says "Never Neverland"! 

Q: What did Nala say to Simba during the stampede? 
A: Move fasta (Mufasa)  

Q: What does Pooh Bear call his girl friend? 
A: Hunny! 

Q: What did snow white say when her photos weren't ready yet? 
A: Some Day My Prints Will come! 

Q: What does Ariel like on her toast? 
A: Mermalade! 

Q: What is Tarzan's favorite Christmas Carol? 
A: Jungle Bells! 

Q: Why was Cinderella so very bad at soccer? 
A: Because she was always running away from the ball, kept losing her shoes, and she had a pumpkin for a coach! 

Q: Why do people go to Disneyland? 
A: So they can get a little goofy! 

Q: What is Clarabelle's favorite party game? 
A: Moo-sical chairs 

Q: How does Clarabelle Cow feel when she's sad? 
A: Moo-dy 

Q: Why did Woody give Bullseye some cough syrup? 
A: Because he was hoarse. 

Q: What is Mickey Mouse's favorite sport? 
A: Minnie-golf! 

Q: How do you catch Chip N Dale? 
A: Climb up a tree and act like a nut. 

Q: Why did Jasmine go to the fruit stand in the Marketplace? 
A: She was looking for a date. 

Q: Why couldn't Cinderella win the bicycle race? 
A: She has a pumpkin for a coach! 

Q: Why did Dopey take a box of crayons with him into the bedroom? 
A: Snow White asked him to draw the curtains. 

Q: What do you get if you cross Donald with a whale? 
A: Moby Duck. 

Q: What's Minnie's favorite thing to wear? 
A: A Minnie-skirt. 

Q: What is Grumpy's favorite fruit? 
A: Sour Grapes. 

Q: Why did Sleepy take firewood to bed with him? 
A: He wanted to sleep like a log. 

Q: How does Mickey feel when Minnie is mad at him? 
A: Mouserable. 

Q: What do you call Daisy Duck when she leads the orchestra? 
A: A con-duck-tor. 

Q: What does Baloo need to live? 
A: The Bear Necessities. 

Q: What kind of blush does Mulan wear? 
A: Mulan Rouge 

Q: What do you get when you cross Pooh and a skunk? 
A: Winnie the P.U. 

Q: Why does Alice ask so many questions? 
A: Because she’s in Wonderland. 

Q: What’s the Cheshire Cat’s favorite drink? 
A: Evaporated Milk 

Q: How much does Izzy the pirate pay to get her ear peirced? 
A: A buck an ear 

Q: What did the Daisy Duck say when she bought lipstick? 
A: Put it on my bill. 

Q: Where does Ariel go when one of her friends is missing? 
A: The Lost-and-Flounder Department. 

Q: What do you get when you cross Huey, Dewey & Louie with a cow? 
A: Quackers and Milk 

Q: Why did Goofy wear two pairs of pants when he played golf? 
A: He thought he might get a hole in one. 

Q: Why does Snow White always treat each of the Seven Dwarfs equally? 
A: Because she's the fairest of them all. 

Q: What do you call a fairy who doesn't bathe for a year? 
A: Stinker Bell 

Q: What kind of vegetable do you get when Dumbo walks through your garden? 
A: Squash 

Q: What did the 101 Dalmatians say after eating diner? 
A: That hit the spot. 

Q: When does Mickey put up his new calendar? 
A: On new ears eve. 

Q: Which state reminds Mickey of his gal? 
A: Minniesota 

Q: How did Mickey feel when he first saw Minnie? 
A: It was glove at first sight. 

Q: What is Mickey’s favorite treat? 
A: Mice cream 

Q: What does Donald wear to a famous Hollywood party? 
A: A Duxedo 

Q: What is Jack Sparrow's favorite restaurant? 
A: Arrrgh-by’s 

Q: Why did Jack Sparrow take his mother to the movie theater with him? 
A: Because the movie was rated “arrrrrrrrrrgh” 

Q: Why did Goofy stare at the label on the orange juice all day? 
A: Because the carton said concentrate.  

Q: Where do disney characters enjoy shopping the most? 
A: at the Minnie-mart! 

Q: How cold was it at Disney World? 
A: Donald Duck was seen wearing pants! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: USC and Robin Hood

Did you know Disney used the fight song from the University of Southern California in Robin Hood?

I wonder how I can get Disney to use the Auburn University fight song??
WAR EAGLE! ;)



Tiggerific+Tuesday+Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: 13 Questions

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chip & Co: Disney Dining Plan Tips

There are so many great reasons to use the Disney Dining Plan when traveling to Walt Disney World.  Visit Chip & Co for a few tips for making the most out of the DDP for you and your family.

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Germany Pavilion

Did you know in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot, the stone "castle" building alongside the Biergarten Restaurant, was to have been the home to a river cruise attraction taking guests on a boat ride down the Rhine, Tauber, Ruhr and Isar through the German countryside featuring famous landmarks?  Obviously, this attraction was never built. The main entrance to the ride would have been located at the back of the Sommerfest Outdoor CafĂ©.

For great details on this attraction that never was, visit Imagineering Disney!

  Tiggerific+Tuesday+Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Abe Lincoln

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Family Restrooms at Walt Disney World

Having three boys now will change the way we take Walt Disney World vacations. From now on, Jonathan and I will be outnumbered. No longer can I take one and he take the other. One of us will always have at least 2 boys with us. Being the mom to all boys that means going to the restroom will take on new meaning as well. As the younger boys get older they will start to baulk at going in the Women's Restroom. So, what is a mom of boys to do? Let them go in the Men's Room alone? I'm not ready for that! So, I searched the internet and found a list of Family Restrooms at all 4 parks at Walt Disney World. Hopefully this list will help parents with children who are the opposite gender in finding a safe, family restroom to visit.

As always, ask a cast member for specific directions to these locations.

Magic Kingdom:
  • Baby Care Center
  • First Aid Station
  • Lower level of Cinderella's Royal Table 
  • Space Mountain 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • Splash Mountain 
Epcot:
  • Baby Care Center
  • First Aid Station
  • East side of Spaceship Earth 
  • Future World East Block opposite of Test Track 
  • Future World West Block opposite of The Land 
  • Canada 
  • Germany 
  • Morocco 
  • Norway opposite the Viking ship 
Hollywood Studios:
  • Baby Care Center
  • First Aid Station
  • Star Tours 
  • Next to Sound stage 3 
  • Fantasmic 
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 
  • Rock 'N' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith 
  • Entrance to Lights, Motors, Action 
Animal Kingdom:
  • Baby Care Center
  • First Aid Station
  • Chester and Hester's Dinosaur Treasures 
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek 
  • Harambe Village in the Mombasa Marketplace 
  • Expedition Everest 
  • Conservation Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch 
  • Discovery Island opposite Flame Tree Barbecue

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Disney Times Sweeps




YOU COULD WIN SOME DISNEY TIME

This could be your year to hit the pause button on the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend some Disney Time with your favorite people doing things together you might not get to do at home. Dance, clap and sing along with some beloved Disney tunes. Eat ice cream for breakfast. Spin in teacups. Chase Mickey Mouse balloons. Giggle and goof off with abandon. Do whatever the kids want to do. On Disney Time, everything is magic and everyone is just about the same age. The memories that you create together live in your hearts forever. So, pick the vacation that’s right for you and enter for a chance to win! We’re giving away one vacation per day for 31 days!

Wordless Wednesday: Main Street USA


Focused on the Magic

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: World Showcase Lights at Epcot

While I was searching the Disney web site for information on Illuminations at Epcot, I saw a great bit of trivia on the left side bar.
Tiggerific+Tuesday+Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: 13 Questions

More than 26,000 feet of lights outline the World Showcase pavilions — a string long enough to stretch across the Golden Gate Bridge more than six times.

Can you imagine having to take those lights off your house every December when Christmas is over?