Disney Rides/Attractions

T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Adios Sorcerer Hat!

Disney World is an ever changing, ever evolving place – they are constantly introducing new rides, attractions, food, restaurants, characters, merchandise…the list goes on. Needless to say, I don’t think anyone can accuse them of not being innovative. Changes are being made every day all around the Disney Parks, and one of those changes I am personally pretty excited about is the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In case you aren’t familiar with the hat, it’s that HUGE thing with Mickey ears you can see the minute you enter the park:

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It appeared in 2001 as a part of the “100 years of magic” celebration, and it originally housed interactive kiosks where you could learn about the career and life of the man himself – Walt Disney. Once the celebration ended in 2003, the kiosks were removed and the hat served as a special events venue as well as a pin trading/purchase site. Disney announced it would be removed in October 2014 as part of a Hollywood Studios makeover. Here’s a look at how the de-construction is going:

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No word on what will replace it, but I am sure it will be something awesome (stay tuned for more news on that right here!). And in the meantime, enjoy the awesome view of the Great Movie Ride that is now unobstructed! Yay!

TGIF

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – New Year, New Resolutions!

HAPPY 2015! Can’t believe Christmas is over and it’s a whole new year already! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to take on 2015 and all the challenges and good times it is sure to bring! I like to make New Year’s Resolutions, and I have come up with some for this year:

Introducing my baby boy to the world of Disney, starting with these:

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Yeah, that’s right – Disney Videos! Actual VHS tapes of basically all the classics, and not only will this introduce him to Walt’s classics, but it will also teach him what a VCR is (something he otherwise would never have known, because who uses those anymore anyway? Well, me, duh!)

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Aside from videos, it’s also never too early to teach him about the Disney Parks too – he will need a full education on what it’s like to visit the happiest place on earth, and I hereby resolve to start that education ASAP!

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Another one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to cook more and to try new recipes. Lucky for me, Disney can help me out with that, with their assortment of cookbooks that contain recipes from the Disney Parks and Resorts!

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My last resolution is the most important to me – and that is to spend as much time as I can with my family and get to watch my baby grow into a little boy – they grow up fast, and I won’t be missing a single minute of it. Before I know it, he will be tall enough to go on all the Rides at Walt Disney World! I can’t wait to take him – but for now, I will focus on enjoying this stage of his life and helping him learn and grow

What about you – do you make any New Years Resolutions? Are they Disney related?

TGIF and Happy New Year to all!

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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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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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Times They Are A Changin’…

I am in the home stretch of my first pregnancy – early next month my little guy will be here and nothing will be quite the same ever again! I have many hopes and dreams for him and for our life together as a little family – aside from wanting him to be happy, healthy, and to thrive and grow – I am hoping that he inherets my husband’s curiosity and intellegence, my organizational and planning skills – and if we are being honest, I am kinda hoping he inherits my love of all things Disney too (that being totally secondary to all the other things of course!)

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I first visited Walt Disney World when I was 4 – and I do remember parts of it – sitting on my dad’s shoulders, getting Mickey Bars (which looked a bit different back then – plus you could buy them at grocery stores too which we did often!), begging for the Daisy Duck hat with the giant HEAVY plastic brim (her beak, of course!), and most memorably – I recall crying and crying after my dad convinced me it would be fun to ride Space Mountain (it was NOT fun – but luckily I got over it)

I was lucky enough to spend over a dozen family vacations at Disney World with my parents – we made memories that I will always cherish, and I truly hope I can make some similarly amazing memories with my husband and our son in the years to come

Ok, so if we are being honest, there are a few things I am hoping he likes when it comes to Disney:

-Rides: He doesn’t have to like them all, but I hope that he will be willing to try all the different kinds – from the thrill rides to the “kiddie” rides – I hope he has an adventurous side and is open to them all!

-Characters: Giant fuzzy creatures coming towards you for a hug can be extremely frightening for a little kid – and many young ones have cried at their first character encounter, even if its with their favorite character who they have been dying to meet. You just never know, but I am hoping my kid will love the hugs and attention even at a young age (I sure did – man did it feel special and awesome to get a hug from Pooh at breakfast!)

-Food: Disney does an amazing job catering to those with allergies, food sensitivities, and especially to those picky eaters out there. I don’t think any parent hopes for a picky eater, but hey – it happens, and luckily they can have their fill of chicken nuggets, fries, and mac and cheese at Disney World. Do I hope my son wants to try the sushi and steak and gelato and naan bread? Yes, of COURSE I hope he wants to try something new, but if he doesn’t, we can both eat the chicken nuggets together (as they are pretty good too!)

These are all “nice to have” wishes, but in reality, I just hope he wants to go places with us, and can look back on the memories we made as a family when he grows up

Needless to say, a trip to WDW is not exactly in the cards for us for….a while. Probably 3-4 years at least. But in the meantime, I will have a LOT going on – and something tells me I wont miss it that much compared to the joy ahead of me – like getting to meet the little guy kicking around inside me (you can come out any day now – seriously). I can only hope that my love for Disney will be passed on to my son and that he will get as much joy and pleasure out of it as I have!

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Disney World To Open A Haunted Mansion Themed Store This Fall

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I don’t know about you, but I just love Disney’s Haunted Mansion Ride – everything about it is amazing, from the doom buggies to the ghosts that follow you home – it’s a classic that I make sure to ride MANY times during each WDW trip!

Luckily for me and all you other Haunted Mansion fans out there – Disney has realized just how many of us there are, and will be opening a new Haunted Mansion themed souvenir store this fall! It will be where the old Yankee Trader store was (Yankee Trader has already closed for renovations!) – which is a perfect location as it’s right next to the Haunted Mansion ride

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Here’s a Sneak Peak of some of the new merchandise this shop will be offering – just in time for Halloween! I love the apron, and the ice cube trays, and – well – everything!

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more info on the store opening and merchandise

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