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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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Happy 59th Birthday To The Iconic Disneyland Park!

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Today marks the 59th anniversary of the opening of Walt’s dream come true – the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. If you’ve never been, then I highly recommend you make the trip there at least once in your lifetime. It’s where the magic all started, and where Walt himself gave the opening day speech that included the words “To All who come to this happy place – welcome!”

Check out some Disney facts and history here. Happy 59 years to Disneyland, and here’s to many, MANY more!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Cool Off This Summer With These Delicious Disney Frozen Drinks

Tomorrow marks the first official day of SUMMER – which means trips to the beach, cookouts, fresh cut grass, family vacations (to DISNEY WORLD perhaps?) and most of all – it means long, HOT days. I am always looking for ways to cool off in the summer, and one way I like to do it is with super cold frozen drinks – what could be better on a hot day than an ice cold slushy beverage? Oh – well, one thing that would make it better is if you happened to be enjoying said beverage while at the Happiest Place On Earth – and luckily, they offer quite the selection of delicious frozen drinks to choose from:

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The classic frozen lemonade is available at all the Parks – from Disneyland to Disney World, you’ll find this in its classic lemon flavor, and strawberry, raspberry, and other varieties pop up from time to time too!

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Frozen margarita anyone? This adults only frozen beverage is not only super cold and delicious (times 3 different flavors!), but its fun to look at too! You can get this at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Gaston’s Tavern is home to “LeFou’s Brew” – an apple flavored slush (available with optional souvenir cup!)

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You could always stick with a classic and grab a Dole Whip Float – pineapple soft serve balanced on top of delicious pineapple juice – what a sweet treat

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Over at Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney, you can customize your own frozen drink by picking from a bunch of flavors and mixing them together!

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Oh, and you can make your own cup too – with a ton of awesome base/cup options!

Hopefully you’re gearing up for summer and all the great fun that comes along with it – and if you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Disney Parks this summer, be sure to keep cool with these delicious drinks!

TGIF

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I FINALLY Saw Saving Mr. Banks – And LOVED IT!

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Ok, so I am a bit behind in my movie viewing – but I finally saw Saving Mr. Banks last night – and I LOVED IT! I honestly was holding off as I wasn’t sure how I would like it – I had seen clips and previews and I knew how Emma Thompson would be portraying PL Travers – I knew she would be tough and unlikeable, so I honestly didn’t know if I wanted to bother with it – But I am glad I did! The story was heartfelt and I even shed a few tears (don’t judge me!)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a rundown: it’s set in the 1960’s, and the premise is that Walt Disney (played by the always charismatic Tom Hanks) is trying to convince author PL Travers to allow him to purchase the rights to her Mary Poppins character and story. This has been going on for 20 years of him trying to convince her, and finally she agrees to come to Walt Disney Studios in California and meet with him. She is stubborn to a fault with her vision for the movie, with crazy demands and script changes, as we watch the story come together through bits of song (familiar ones like “Let’s go fly a kite” and “A Spoonful of Sugar”), drawings, flashbacks, and arguments. PL Travers is hesitant to give up the story partly due to her troubled past – a past we see unfold and one that Walt sympathizes with and that allows him to connect with her on a deeper level.

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Without being too much of a spoiler, I wanted to share my favorite moment of the movie. PL Travers arrives in LA and walks into her hotel suite, which is filled with Disney merchandise – stuffed Mickeys, Minnies, Goofys, Donald, Chip and Dale – the whole gang is there to welcome her. She is of course disgusted by this silly display and shoves it all in the closet. Just when she thinks she is done, she walks into the bedroom to find a GIANT Mickey Mouse stuffed toy on the bed!

The movie truly did a great job combining humor and drama into the movie, and it truly was a great film. I highly recommend you rent it today!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Disney-fy your family game night!

I don’t know about you, but I personally love board games – pretty much any of them, from chutes and ladders to scrabble and my personal fave – Yahtzee! I usually have to coerce my husband into playing with me, but once we get started he usually has a pretty good time! So it goes without saying that if I see a Disney themed board game, I am most likely going to buy it (which might explain why we have two huge stacks of board games at home…). Check out some of these awesome classics with a Disney twist:

   Games Triv Pursuit

This Disney version of Trivial Pursuit includes questions about Disney movies, Disney channel shows, and the Disney Parks, so it’s got a really good variety of questions for those of all ages

Games Life

I am a huge fan of the game of Life – and add in some doom buggies and ghosts and I am there! My husband especially enjoys playing this one

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With A Disney themed board and Mickey Ears adorned playing pieces, this is a great choice for kids (ok, and adults too, I admit – I own this)

Games Cards

Spice up a game of go fish or solitaire with these Disney playing cards

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A Muppet version of my favorite game? YES PLEASE!

 

All of these (and more!) are available at the Disney Parks, or you can find plenty more on amazon and ebay too

Happy gaming, and TGIF!

 

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Run For Fun At Disney!

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There are TONS of fun activities to do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland – so many in fact that there really is something for everyone – including those athletes out there! Disney sponsors several annual running events that range in length from 10k up to half and full marathons. Not sure you can do such a long distance? Fear not – as most of the events also have 5k races included in the lineup too!

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Oh yeah – and you can even get special Run Disney New Balance sneakers!

 

What better excuse to take up running, get in shape, and plan a trip to Disney?!

Check out the official Run Disney Site for more details – including tips on how to get started with training, and nutrition info too

TGIF!

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