Friday, August 28, 2015

Walt Disney World Freebie Friday: Electrical Water Pageant

One of my favorite "Freebies" at Walt Disney World is The Electrical Water Pageant.  This is a free, floating water parade on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon that runs nightly starting at 9:00pm- or as soon as the 9:00 fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are over. It can be canceled if there are high winds or inclement weather. 

This water parade started in October of 1971 and has run continuously as a popular attraction since. Every night, 14 barges totaling 1000 feet long, containing thousands of lights strung on mesh screens, float across the lake playing synthesized music from Disney animated movies. The lights form different shapes such as King Neptune, various creatures such as dragons, dolphins, seahorses, dinosaurs and octopi (I'd rather say "octopuses, but that's not correct!). The end of the parade is a salute to America with the Stars and Stripes on the barges. The bright lights and synthesized music from the Electrical Water Pageant inspired Disney Imagineers to create a parade for Disneyland and Walt Disney World called the Main Street Electrical Parade!

The Electrical Water Pageant can be viewed from the following resorts at these approximate times:

Polynesian - 9:00 pm
Grand Floridian - 9:15 pm
Wilderness Lodge - 9:35 pm
Fort Wilderness - 9:45 pm
Contemporary - 10:05 pm
Magic Kingdom (only during extra magic hours)- 10:20 pm

You can also see the parade from the entrance area of the Magic Kingdom near the loading dock for the ferry boats. Check with guest relations or a cast member to inquire about the best area to view the Electrical Water Pageant!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Star Wars Weekend and "Oh Lando" by Recess Monkey | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Earlier this summer, I took my middle son to Walt Disney World for Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios.  We had an absolute blast all weekend long!  One thing we did prior to the trip was have a Star Wars movie weekend.  I'll be honest, May 2015 was the first time I had seen any of the movies.  (I'm still missing episodes I, II, and III....shhhh!)  

Right before we had our movie marathon and our amazing weekend, I was sent the information about a new children's album release from the band, Recess Monkey out of Seattle.  The album is called Hot Air, but the song that caught my attention was "Oh, Lando."  Yes, it's a song about Lando Calrissian from Star Wars!! Once I saw the movie, "The Empire Strikes Back", this song made much more sense! :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Yes, Sweetie, You Can Be a Princess {Book Review} | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I received a free digital copy of Yes, Sweetie, You Can Be a Princess in return for a review on my blog.

Having three boys, I don't deal with the "princess movies" very much.  When we do watch one of those movies, it's usually Brave or The Princess and the Frog.  Tiana and Merida are "cool princesses" according to my middle son! Maybe it's the archery or the amphibians that make these girls cool.  

When I was asked to review the book, "Yes, Sweetie, You Can Be a Princess," my initial thought was, "This doesn't apply to my all boy, non-princess watching, dirt, soccer and baseball family." Then I thought outside of my world and realized some of my friends, family and readers may benefit from a book like this, so I accepted!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Perfect Football Birthday Party | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

My 6 year old decided he was too old for a Disney themed birthday party this year.  While this did break my heart, we still had to have a party.  He decided to have a football party.  It wasn't just any football party, it was a Decatur High School football party.  
Being the youth minister at our church, I have several students who play varsity football and are varsity cheerleaders.  I got them to help with the party activities and it was a blast!  Originally, we were going to have the party in our backyard but having a January birthday makes outdoor birthdays questionable.  When I was talking with one of the football players, he suggested I call the head coach.  Luckily, I'm good friends with the coach and he allowed us to come to the football field house for our party!  

Monday, August 10, 2015

Alice in "One"derland 1st Birthday | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

Earlier this summer we were invited to our cousin Alice's first birthday party.  If you have a daughter named Alice, isn't it appropriate to have an "Alice in Wonderland" themed party?  Well, this party was over. the. top!  "Baby Alice" may not remember this party in the future, but her mommy went overboard to make it special.  I don't think I've ever been to a better themed party! 

Warning: Lots of pictures! :)


door sign

Friday, August 7, 2015

Disneyland vs Walt Disney World from Hipmunk | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I was sent the following informational graphic from Staci at Company B.  I thought this was an interesting graphic breaking down the cost of Disneyland vs Walt Disney World.  While I do believe there are cheaper ways to visit both locations, this gives a great idea of what the costs can be.  You can read the entire article here.

What do you think?  Do you think Walt Disney World is a better deal, financially? 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

#TeamMickey All Star Baseball Tour | A Disney Mom's Thoughts

I love when things I love come together! On Sunday, August 9, my favorite sport (Baseball), my favorite team (Red Sox) and my favorite Mouse (Mickey) will all come together to celebrate the second of three "Team Mickey All Star Baseball Tour". The Red Sox will be traveling to Detroit to take on the Tigers. At this game, they will have giveaways, celebrations, Mickey Mouse themed activities and MORE! The first game was on July 26 when the Atlanta Braves played in St. Louis. The final game will be the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies on August 16.