Friday Flashback — Animal Kingdom’s Block Party

Welcome to another Friday Flashback! Thanks, as always, goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic! Without her hosting this, I probably wouldn’t be doing these posts!

Today’s flashback is of a special event that we experienced in August, 2007, over at the Animal Kingdom!  This was, unfortunately, a short running experience, which was a shame, because it was so cool!  Picture in your mind Disney’s Animal Kingdom being open for evening extra magic hours.  While you and your family are enjoying the extra hours, you head on over to Dinoland, U.S.A., because your daughter loves that area, and when you get there, you realize that a block party is going on with some of your favorite Disney characters!  That’s what happened to us, and these pictures are the end result.  Enjoy!

Chip hamming it up for the camera!

Sophie dancing with Goofy!

Chip getting a kiss from Sophie!

Doin’ the Twist!

And again!

Strutting his stuff!

With her Minnie Mouse glasses that open up!

Now that you’ve seen my photos, why don’t you take a look at all of the other entries over at Focused on the Magic?!  Just click on the button to head there, and thanks for stopping by!

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Get Ready for the next Disney Mom’s Contest!


Did you have as much fun as we did with our last big giveaway, when we had a contest to give away a Dooney & Bourke Purse?! Well then, we’re in for a surprise for you — or maybe not, based on a poll we ran earlier in the month!

The readers have spoken with their mice, and starting on Sunday, April 1st, 2012 — and this is NO April Fools Joke — we will be giving away one $100 Disney Gift Card to a very lucky fan! The contest will run from Sunday, April 1st, 2012 starting at 12:01 AM until Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 12:01AM. Your authors debated running it until April 15th, 2012 — the traditional Tax Day in the United States — but decided to run it until April 16th so that you could have that mad rush of getting your entry in at the last minute on April 15th, just like many of us used to do when we mailed our tax returns to the IRS at the last possible moment!

Look for the official kick-off post on Sunday, which will include a link to where you can enter the contest, and good luck everyone! registered & protected

Disney in Pictures — Magical Parades!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another edition of Disney in Pictures! This week, we are taking a look at our favorite pictures from all of the terrific parades that Walt Disney World (and other Disney parks) have to offer! As always, I’ve opened it up to my readers and fellow bloggers, so I will be sharing their wonderful pictures as much as my own. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s edition, and thanks for reading!

To start us off, I would like to share a photo of Spectro-Magic Parade from my friend Deb over at Focused on the Magic!  She wrote in her email:

I’m sending a picture of Cinderella in her royal coach from The Spectro Magic Parade. I love Spectro not only for the incredible photo ops it provides me but the tingles up my spine whenever I hear the music and see the ornately decorated floats parade up Main Street, USA.


Denny, one of the writers from Mouze Kateerz, shared with me some photos from a parade way back in 1991 — the 20th Anniversary Parade: Surprises!  Read what he had to say:

I have hundreds of parade photos, but mostly from the last three years.  But…here are some from the 20th Anniversary Parade: Surprises!  I took these long before digital cameras so the quality is not the best.  I loved this parade.  Hope you enjoy them, too!






Next up on our view of Magical Parades is my friend Beth from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts.  Beth wanted to share some pictures from Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade.  Read what she had to say:

Hey Mike! I may be too late with my parade pics, but here are 2 from Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade in February 12. This was the first time I had seen this parade, ever! Crazy huh!? I loved it and despite the dreary weather, I was able to get a few fun shots!!


[Editor’s Note: Get your pictures to me by Saturday, and they’ll be included in that week’s post!]

Timon in the Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade


Donald Duck in the Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade

My friend Beth from Pursuing the Magic sent this photo along and shared her words about the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade:

This was our first trip that we weren’t back at the resort for one or two of the kids to take naps during the afternoon parade. We had a perfect viewing spot in Frontierland, and the kids loved the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade.

The Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

My friend Hiromi, who writes for Mouze Kateerz and Tips from the Disney Diva, shared some photos from the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party parade.  This parade is a lot of fun, check out what she had to say about it:

It was Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom. We were finishing up our morning touring plan, having lunch at the “Columbia Harbour House” restaurant. We were going to just head straight out of the park to avoid the afternoon crowds until we heard really loud music and a wonderment of colours in the distance. My daughter was drawn to it, as we followed quickly to be part of the most FUN street party EVER…… the “Move it, Shake it, Celebrate Parade!!” It was hot, but worth staying for with all the great characters and street performers having the time of their lives cheering up the crowds. My favourite character of the parade that day was Lumiere. He totally “lit” up the street. I wish you could see all the photos we took of him because he was “shaking it” like there was no tomorrow!!

The move it! Shake it! Celebrate It! street party


Look closely at these two photos to see Lumiere “shaking it!”


Look closely at these two photos to see Lumiere “shaking it!”

So far, all we’ve looked at is parades that were located somewhere at Walt Disney World.  Now, let’s take a look at the Disney Dance Express parade that my friend Donna from DISTherapy witnessed over at Disneyland Paris!  Read what she had to say about this parade from her email:

We literally walked into this pulse-pumping Disney Dance Express during the first minutes of our very first visit to this park. We thought it was a welcome party just for us!!
(And we were ecstatic to see our pal WALL-E featured so prominently.)

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris


Wall-E car


The beginning of the Disney Dance Express parade!


The beginning of the Disney Dance Express parade!

While I’m at it, if you haven’t seen it, I urge you to check out the special series of posts that are being hosted over at DISTherapy.  Much like they did with the 40 Days to 40 Years project for the anniversary of the Magic Kingdom, they are now doing the 20 Days to 20 Years project to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris!  To see the whole series, click on her button below!

20 Days to 20 Years

The last person that I’m going to highlight this week is my friend Amanda from Mouze Kateerz.  In her email, here is what she had to share with us:

I love Disney night parades; my kids have never been big parade watchers at all. That’s been disappointing. Even when they were young and in strollers, they preferred to go get in line for a ride rather than sit for a parade. We all hate waiting, so the last thing we ever do is go early to get a seat for anything, especially a parade. But, like me, they are huge Disney music fans. We have most of the park songs on CD, and I bought an MP3 player just to listen to YouTube videos converted into MP3s. My kids love listening to Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade music the most, which was my absolute childhood favorite. When I hear it now, I am eight-years-old again. As the years have gone by, if my kids hear the parade coming through the park, they started asking to go watch a bit. So I accomplished exactly what I wanted, without having to do any nagging at all. That’s worth the cost of a CD.
See y’all at the parade…

Amanda from

Her picture is of my favorite parade at Walt Disney World: The Main Street Electrical Parade.

The Main Street Electrical Parade

As for me, I have some photos I’d like to share with you.  I have some from the Main Street Electrical Parade, I have some from Spectro-Magic, and I have some from the Main Street Family Fun Day parade.  Enjoy!

Tinkerbell leads the way at the Main Street Electrical Parade!


Cinderella with her Prince Charming in the Spectro-Magic Parade


Cindy’s favorite Daisy Duck — that Sassy Duck Herself — leads in the Main Street Family Fun Day Parade!

As always, thank you to all of you that contributed to my post this week!  I love seeing your photos and including your thoughts about them!  Look for the theme for next week announced on Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by! registered & protected

Posting over at Mouze Kateerz!

Hello everyone! In addition to today’s Flashback Friday, I’m also posting over at my friend Amanda’s site Mouze Kateerz! In that post, I’m talking about meeting your friends at Disney World! Have you ever known someone online only, and then met them for the first time at Walt Disney World or any of the other Disney parks? What were your experiences like? Go check out the article if you like, and let me know! Thanks! registered & protected

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin — Flashback Friday

Welcome to another edition of Flashback Friday, hosted by my friend Deb over at Focused on the Magic! In today’s flashback, I’m reliving the trip we took on August 1st, 2006 when we took my Mom to the Magic Kingdom for the day.  Sophie didn’t know we were going, so this was the ultimate surprise for her.  Here she is, at the Magic Kingdom, with her Meemaw, her Mom, and her Dad, and all the world was perfect in her eyes!  We spent all day at the park, and didn’t get back to my Grandparents house until probably 12:30 AM  the following morning, but it was a great day, and one that I won’t forget anytime soon.  That day trip is the subject of this week’s Flashback Friday!  Please click on the button to see all the other entries as well, and thank you Deb for hosting this!

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