Hidden Mickey

Searching for the Hidden Mickey at Walt Disney World

Hidden Mickey
Find the Hidden Mickey — it’s easy to spot!

Where is the Hidden Mickey?

Good morning, everyone, and thanks for stopping by! Today I thought we’d take a look at some of the fun things that you can do at Walt Disney World that don’t cost anything! Specifically, let’s look for the elusive Hidden Mickey!

Hidden Mickey’s, for those that don’t know, are little additions at Walt Disney World, where someone, somewhere has created a Mickey Ears design — perhaps on a painting, or in the rocks, or somewhere else altogether. It is a fun little past-time to look for these hidden gems when you are navigating the parks, or waiting in line, or even sometimes find them while you are on the ride itself!

Periodically we are going to share some Hidden Mickey’s that we’ve found in our days at the parks, and we welcome you to share your favorites as well on our Facebook page. For now, though, here’s a few of our favorites from through the years. Special thanks to all of my friends for contributing some of these over the years!

Of course, we’ve had opportunities before to talk about Hidden Mickey’s — this is by no means a new concept for us. Some of our favorite discussions, in fact, have centered around them! If you want a refresher, take a look at our Haunted Mansion Hidden Mickey’s post from 2012!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Shepherd

Prayers for the Week: Who is Your Shepherd?

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image ©Grace Lutheran Church

Who is your Shepherd?

14“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

John 10:14-18 (NIV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s Prayers for the Week post! For all of the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day! Today I thought we would take a look at the role of our fathers as our shepherd, and compare them with our heavenly shepherd, Jesus.

Of course, if you have put your faith and belief in Jesus, then you know that He is the Good Shepherd, and that He is looking after us each and every day. But let me tell you about my dad, Joe, and show you how he was the shepherd for me and my sister and our family.

As I’ve gotten older, I have realized more each year that my Dad did not get the credit that he deserved, at least not from me. Dad, I’m very sorry about that. What I saw as a kid was life through the lens of what my classmates had, and how I didn’t always have those things, and I blamed you for that, Dad. I’m sorry. What I’ve learned over the years, though, is about all of the incredible things that I did and still do have. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

  1. We had a roof over our heads, and 3 square meals each and every day.
  2. We had presents under the tree at Christmas, and birthday presents as well.
  3. We had a Dad that didn’t like to discipline us, but would when we deserved it.
  4. We had a Dad that demanded respect for him and Mom, but he also earned that respect.
  5. We have a Dad that loves us, and isn’t afraid to cry and doesn’t think he’s less of a man when he does.

As you will see, we had a bit of a scare with my dad — the diagnosis of Lung Cancer — but the tests came back really good, and the treatment is going to be not nearly as big of a concern as we initially thought it would.

To all of the fathers out there, and to all of the children of those Dads — learn from me, and remember to take time to appreciate your Dad and tell him you love him, and learn from him — good or bad, there are things you can learn from your Dad.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • As I said, we were praying for my Dad and a diagnosis of lung cancer. Here’s the latest update: “Dad’s report: “Joe says no metastases, surgery, just a small chunk, in about two weeks, followed possibly by chemotherapy.” Thanks everyone for the prayers for my Dad!”
  • Jodi has some prayer requests. Here’s the first: “Please pray for my father-in-law, Gerald. If you recall, he had a severe head injury 2 years ago, and then he had a mild stroke about 2 months ago. He had memory testing done today, and he feels he didn’t do very well. On top of his having had a stroke, his sister passed from Alzheimer’s, and that runs in the family, so we’d really like to avoid that!”
  • Here is her second prayer request: “Please also pray for my brother-in-law’s father, Ted. His cancer has spread, and they have stopped treatment. Although he is currently doing alright, despite his condition, he is beginning hospice care. They are a very close family, and this will be a very difficult time for all of them. Thanks!”
  • And lastly, her third request: “Sorry to make a list, but lots of requests! My 13YO has returned to competitive baseball. The thing is, it is BIG business here in Florida, and we’re having difficulty determining where to place him. While he would get top-notch instruction from mostly former MLB players pretty much anywhere, what we’re running into is organizations that lack basic moral values. As I said, sadly, it is big business here, and kids and their families are too often treated as dollar signs, where winning is done at all costs, even at the devaluation of children’s self-worth. So-called “teaching” tactics include humiliation and neglect. We’ve really seen some ugly in the past few months. We know there’s good out there; we just need guidance where to find it. Thanks, again!”
  • Amanda has a prayer request for a friend of hers: “I’m asking for prayers for a friend. She has been losing muscle function since November and going to many different specialists for a diagnosis. They finally found something that points to ALS but could also be Lyme disease. They are awaiting the results for Lyme disease. Please pray that this Lyme disease or something easier than ALS. She has a 12 yo daughter.”
  • Lori has a prayer request: “Please add Jennifer to your prayers. She is the daughter and step-daughter of friends’ of mine. She was in renal failure, had emergency surgery on Saturday, now developed staph infection, and going back into surgery shortly to completely remove her kidneys.”
  • Carol has a prayer request: “My best friend – Brenda – was just told last night that her body is covered with Cancer. Of course I want prayer for healing – but more important I ask for SALVATION for this amazing woman.”
  • Lynn has a prayer request: “Prayer request for my dad. He had blood work done and it come back that he is diabetic and possibly has prostate cancer. He has an appointment this week and next week for further testing on cancer.”
  • Cheri has a prayer request that she asked me to post for her. Here’s what she texted me: “I am constantly blessed by your prayer group request and comments. And I strongly believe in the power of prayer. I have a need. I am awaiting a decision in a legal process I’ve been involved in for the past 31 months. This decision affects my retirement and thus our future financial planning. Could you please pray about this? Thank you! Have a blessed day! 🙏” Please be praying for God’s Will to be done in this legal matter, and for Cheri and her family to have Peace throughout this time, and for this to benefit her as well as to bring Glory to God. Thanks everyone!

Thank you for praying with us for all of these many prayer requests! Now, please join us in praying the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
under-appreciated attractions

Our Under-Appreciated Attractions at Hollywood Studios

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Hollywood Studios

Today we complete our look at our list of under-appreciated attractions at Walt Disney World. We’ve selected Hollywood Studios as our last park to explore in part because it is a harder park to select (primarily because there are fewer smaller attractions). You may remember we started with the Magic Kingdom, then progressed over to Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

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For Sophie, her choice for Hollywood Studios was the Animation Academy, the attraction where a creative genius like Sophie could draw out her favorite Disney characters. I’d say that as a younger kid, this attraction may have been one of the things that sparked an interest in animation for her, which has led to her following her dream into college. So, with all that said, Sophie has missed not having the animation academy around, but is very excited that it is being re-established as the Animation Experience over at Animal Kingdom!

under-appreciated attractions

For Cindy, the choice was simple — the collection of exhibits and films that makes up One Man’s Dream. I know, I know — you tell me that this attraction is closed! Well, technically you are right, but it re-opened as Walt Disney Presents, and from looking at it on the Disney website, the idea is similar to what it was before.

under-appreciated attractions

Being a kid of the 70s predominantly, when I was a child there was no show I liked better then the Muppet Show. So, on my first visit to what was then Disney’s MGM Studios, one of my favorite attractions was Muppet*Vision 3D.

Although the attraction is dated, it is still one of my favorites, and when I’m in a nostalgic mood, it’s a great way to remember those days of yesteryear.

What are you under-appreciated attractions for Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Our Under-Appreciated Attractions at Animal Kingdom

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Animal Kingdom

Today we are continuing our look at our picks for the most under-appreciated attractions at each of the Walt Disney World parks. Our last post was on the under-appreciated attractions at Epcot. Today, we look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

under-appreciated attractions

As always, today Sophie starts us out. Picking an attraction that is under appreciated at Animal Kingdom to me is kind of hard, and I think it was for Sophie as well, because she chose Festival of the Lion King. This is one of the incredible shows that you can see at Walt Disney World, and this one has almost a Cirque-du-Soleis® feel to it! The performers, the trampolines, and so on really give this a positive, excited feel. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out!

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Pocahontas with Sophie at Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

For Cindy, her choice was Rafiki’s Planet Watch. When we visited last November, we were saddened because we knew that the attraction had been closed down. However, we learned on March 19th that Rafiki’s Planet Watch was going to re-open! Not only that, in the Conversation Station, they are putting in The Animation Experience! All of this opens up on July 11, 2019! This is very exciting for us because we hated that the Animation Experience was leaving Hollywood Studios, so knowing that it is being moved over here is a big deal for our family!

under-appreciated attractions

Lastly, my choice for most under-appreciated attraction goes to Primeval Whirl. This spinning roller-coaster is a lot of fun, like Goofy’s Flight School out at Disney’s California Adventure park, and I think the reason I like it is because it took a long time before Sophie was tall enough to ride it. She waited so patiently to be tall enough, and finally when we were able to ride it, we really enjoyed it. The unpredictable nature of the way the car spins and all the dips just makes it a great ride for us!

So tell me, what are your choices for under-appreciated attractions? Let us know in the comments, and if you are interested in finding out more information on what a Walt Disney World vacation would cost for your family, read below. Thanks for stopping by!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Our Under-Appreciated Attractions at Epcot

Under-Appreciated Attractions

Under-Appreciated Attractions at Epcot

Last week, we shared our most under-appreciated attractions at the Magic Kingdom. Today we continue that look by taking a look at our most under-appreciated attractions at Epcot. Later this week we’ll look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios with our lists for those parks.

Under-Appreciated Attractions

For Sophie her choice for Epcot as her most under-appreciated attraction is The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This attraction is a great one for many reasons:

  1. First, it is never busy so you don’t need to use a FastPass for it.
  2. On a hot summer day, coming into this pavilion is great to beat the heat.
  3. It’s a nice, slow ride and brings back memories from the movie, and it feels faster than it is.
  4. Also, after your trip, you can enjoy looking at the other sites in the pavilion!
Under-Appreciated Attractions

Cindy chose another attraction that doesn’t have much of a need for a FastPass — Journey into Imagination with Figment! For years, we didn’t really have anything to do with this attraction; for whatever reason, it just wasn’t on our radar when we would go to Epcot. One year, though, we corrected that oversight, and it was like we had seen it for the first time, and it became an instant classic for us. Like Nemo, it doesn’t need a FastPass, it’s often a walk right on type of ride, it’s imaginative, fun, and just a blast for our whole family. Check it out again if you’ve been missing it your past few trips!

under-appreciated attractions

My choice for under-appreciated attraction at Epcot is the singing group Voices of Liberty! Always a wonderful pre-show concert, the Voices of Liberty can be seen at the American Adventure pavilion in the World Showcase. They can be seen and heard before the showing of the American Adventure movie. The a capella music style, patriotic songs, and period costumes, like we see above, really makes this an under-appreciated attraction in my mind.

Where do these attractions stack up with your choices for under-appreciated attractions at Epcot? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!