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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy (Belated) Birthday To The World’s Favorite Mouse!

Can you believe this guy celebrated his 86th Birthday on Tuesday? He looks pretty good for 86, I think! It’s hard to imagine a character being able to stay relevant and entertain audiences for that long, but I guess that’s what makes Mickey so special! Of course, he has had a few tweaks and changes over time – So here’s a peek at Mickey’s different looks throughout the years…

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Mickey Mouse through the years

I love this poster – we have it hanging at my parent’s house, and I especially love “Today” Mickey – he is so late 80′s early 90′s don’t you think?

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Here he is on the opening day of Disneyland Park in 1955 with his creator, Walt Disney

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And here he is on opening day of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida, 1971

Something tells me Mickey has a lot more entertaining to do, and that he will be delighting audiences of all ages for many years to come. So here’s to you Mickey Mouse – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Little Mickey!

Ok so confession time – I am completely obsessed with someone new. Sorry husband and dog, but you have been demoted – by this little man

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This is my son, John – born on October 8th 2014, and he is the new love of my life. He is beautiful, amazing, and completely time and life consuming – which is why I haven’t been doing much posting here (you forgive me though, right? I mean, look at how cute he is!!)

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I just can’t even with this face – he is too much!

I hope to someday get back to posting more, but until then, I will be hugging this guy and planning our first Disney trip (it may not be until 2018 but hey, it’s never too early to plan, right?!)

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Christmas Countdown Time!

So Halloween is over, the candy has been eaten (well its all gone in my house at least!), and if you’ve been to any store in the past two weeks you’ll agree that the Christmas season is upon us (whether you like it or not!). Commercials, sales, merchandise – it’s all out and ready to help you celebrate! It may be a bit early to start Christmas shopping or listening to Christmas Carols, but it’s never too early to plan a trip to Walt Disney World at Christmastime! I HIGHLY recommend it – I personally have gone twice during the holiday season and its a great time for those who want to combine their love of Christmas with their love of Disney World (what, doesn’t everyone love those two things as much as I do?!)

Here are a few of the awesome things you can expect to experience when you visit WDW at Christmas:

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The FOOD – Holiday themed treats are around every corner – from peppermint fudge to snowman candy apples, and seasonal cupcakes and cookies too!

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Attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of the other things I recommend – it’s an extra ticket cost as it’s a special event, but it’s worth it – a special parade and character appearances, free cookies and cocoa, and that’s right, it even SNOWS on Main Street! What could be better?

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Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios you’ll find the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights – a display of millions of Christmas lights that is lit nightly, and the lights blink in tune to famous Christmas Carols. We went on Christmas Day to see this, and it was amazing – I couldn’t picture a better way to spend Christmas Day with my family!

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Are you a big fan of Gingerbread? Well then you’re in luck, as several of the Disney Resorts construct Gingerbread displays that are truly a sight to behold – as in this house is made entirely of actual baked gingerbread – pretty cool, right? Oh – and if you’re a fan of actually EATING gingerbread, then you’ll appreciate the fact that you can buy gingerbread “shingles” to take home too!

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Disney World is amazing all times of the year, but Christmas is when it really shines – literally! The lights, decor, giant decorated trees, songs, treats, and everything else all add up to an amazing holiday experience which I hope you are lucky enough to get to experience someday!

Oh and by the way – there are only 48 days until Christmas!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to everyone! Hope you enjoy this fun holiday as much as I do – I love scary movies and trick or treating and candy and costumes and decorating for it – it’s a great time for all, and now that I have a little guy of my own, it will be great to get to experience it all with him too!

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Here’s my little guy all ready to party! Ok well maybe not party – maybe take a nap. and poop. But still – he’s dressed for the occasion anyway! He also has a Mickey Mouse costume to rock out tonight when we hand out candy (what kind of Disney lover would I be if I didn’t have a Disney costume for him, right?!)

Speaking of Disney costumes, you can buy them pretty much everywhere now – costume stores, Target, Walmart, KMart – you name a store, they carry Disney Halloween gear! If you’re planning on heading to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at WDW’s Magic Kingdom, then you will definitely want to think about what to wear to it – costumes are encouraged and are a must for any trick or treating party! People really like to think outside the box when it comes to dressing for the party:

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Toy Story Themed Toys – Love this as a family costume idea!

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Haunted Mansion characters – so creative!

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UP themed couple’s costume

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These Mickey Bars look delicious, don’t they?!

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Classic Couple Mickey And Minnie pose for a kiss!

So while you can buy premade Disney costumes anywhere, if you use your imagination you can probably come up with something even more unique and amazing to wear to the Party – whether it be at Disney or at home!

Enjoy your Halloween – and TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Inside WDW’s Newest Store – Memento Mori

Walt Disney World is always changing and evolving with new rides, experiences, shows, and merchandise to entice it’s guests – but one tried and true classic that has stood the test of time is the Haunted Mansion Ride – it has always been a favorite of mine, and my husband absolutely loves it too (which means we end up riding it multiple times during each trip!). The ride has stayed mainly the same over the years, but as it has become even more popular, Disney has decided to expand it’s exposure – with a Haunted Mansion themed store! I blogged about the upcoming store opening in July, and now that the store is opened, I thought it would be fun to take a little look inside:

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The outside of the store seems innocent enough…but step inside and you’re surrounded by frightly sights! Ok not really, but there is some really awesome stuff inside…

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Plenty of awesome merchandise featuring the famous Haunted Mansion wallpaper – like this necktie

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“Gracey Manor” tablewear – from plates and bowls to wine glasses, plus placemats and coasters for sale too (the coasters are modeled after the graves you see outside the mansion!)

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Shirts, mugs, figurines, cups, keychains – they have it all!

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The detail put into the store is certainly up to Disney standards – plenty to see and discover here! This new store is a must do for all Haunted Mansion fans out there!

TGIF!

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Frozen – I don’t Get It. Still.

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I have written about how I gave the movie Frozen two chances – I watched it twice and I will admit I definitely appreciated it more the second time – HOWEVER – I will also admit – I still do NOT understand Frozen. The popularity/hype/intensity – people are seriously obsessed with this movie – and it’s not just kids either – adults are jumping on the bandwagon too!

Waiting 5 hours to meet Anna and Elsa at the Disney Parks. A New Frozen ride at Disney. Thousands of parodies of “Let It Go” on YouTube. “Sexy” Frozen Halloween Costumes (yeah, that’s really a thing), the MOST INSANE amount of merchandising I have ever seen for a single movie in my whole life…it all seems…excessive, and I fear I may stand alone on this one – but I just don’t get it.

Now – don’t get me wrong, I love a good Disney movie – but in my book – Frozen barely qualifies as a “good” movie – I mean, it’s cute, the songs are great, the characters are somewhat amusing – but overall – mediocre at best. It certainly can’t hold a flame to Cinderella (my absolute fave!), or Toy Story, or Finding Nemo…I could go on (but I won’t). I am glad that Disney is getting so much mileage out of Frozen, and that it was such a hit for them – but really? I’m over it. I am sorry if this offends you….and if it does then maybe you should learn to “Let It Go” (ha!), Seriously though – Disney – can we move on to something bigger and better? Please? I would appreciate it – and I can’t be alone in thinking that way…right?

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