Happy Halloween! The Haunted Mansion Tricks, Contest Treats!

MouseandMemos.com, The Haunted Mansion, Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square

Image Courtesy and ©MouseandMemos.com. Thanks for letting me use it!

Happy Halloween!  In honor of today’s tricks and treats, I thought I would share with you a video that Dennis Hansen has out on YouTube of The Haunted Mansion!  Hansen, you may recall, is the creator of the Disneyland Videos Podcast, and I was fortunate to interview him in January.

Of course, what are a few tricks without any treats?  You can still enter to win one of the prizes in our contest!  Here they are again, followed by the Rafflecopter Code to enter!  Good luck!

  1. Dooney & Bourke Disney Cruise Line Purse
  2. $75 Disney Gift Card
  3. $50 Disney Gift Card

How do you win, you say?  Well, you’ve got to enter!  This contest is being sponsored from the following great blogs and Facebook Pages, so make sure you check them out to get your daily Disney Fix:

Now, to enter, all you’ve got to do is complete the requirements in the Rafflecopter code below!  It’s as simple as it always is for our contests, and on top of it, there are bonus entries you can get for leaving a blog post comment, sharing the contest, and tweeting about it!  In all, you can get a total of 194 entries in the contest!  I originally said there were 182 entries, but I had forgotten that one of the entries could be done each day!  The contest will run from Saturday, October 27, 2012, starting at 12:01 EDT, and will run until 12:01AM EST on Monday, November 5, 2012. While there is plenty of fun to be had sharing the contest, we aren’t going to drag it out so long that you end up going crazy waiting for the contest to end!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Who has been hoarding all their Disney Magic to redeem for the winning entry?  Will it be you?  Make sure you enter or you can’t win!

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Letter F!

Focused on the Magic
Today’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Post theme is the Disney Letter F, which is a wonderful theme if you ask me!  My good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic normally spearheads this blog hop, but she and the rest of the northeast are working on the things that really matter in the wake of former Hurricane Sandy, so I’m writing my blog post more in tribute for Deb and the rest of the people there then for any other reason.  Here are the things that matter to me about the Letter F:

  • Focus — as in Focus on staying safe!  You all have been in my prayers, and while I know the destruction has been intense, and there have been some tragic loss of life, please know that I’m still praying for all of you!
  • Focused on the Magic — Deb, special prayers go out to you and your family in New Jersey, along with the other incredible people that I’ve had the incredible pleasure of meeting over the past two years!  Stay Safe everyone!
  • Faith — Times like this brings out the best in people.  Unfortunately, it can also bring out the worst in people.  I have faith that, by and large, people will show compassion for their neighbor during this time.

Keep it real, everyone!  Say a prayer for those families that have lost loved ones because of the storm, and say continued prayers for those that are still in harms way, that Jesus will lift them up and carry them all to safety.  God Bless You all!  Now, a few pictures to hopefully distract you from the turmoil, even if it’s only for a few minutes!  Enjoy!

Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle, Bay Lake Tower

A Shot of Cinderella Castle from the 11th Floor of Bay Lake Tower

Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland, Mad Hatter's Teacups

The exhilaration and pure joy on Sophie’s face makes this for me!

Magic Kingdom, The Crystal Palace, Eeyore

The love Sophie has for her friend Eeyore!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

Sophie meeting Donald Duck in 2007!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

She was so excited to meet him, she was all jumpy!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

Donald Duck got into the act — they were better then Dancing with the Stars!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

Sophie shared one of her world-famous hugs with him at the end!


MouseChat Podcast nominated for Best Travel Podcast!

I want to take a moment and congratulate my friends over at the MouseChat.net Podcast!  If you haven’t heard, they have been nominated for the 8th Annual Best Travel Podcast category from PodCastAwards.com!  This is a really big deal because they are up against some incredible podcasts!

Voting for the awards starts on November 1st, 2012, and goes through November 15th, 2012.  Each person can vote one time per day, so there are a total of 15 votes per person available!  If you have never heard the MouseChat gang on one of their episodes, I urge you to do so!  They are so funny, it’s astonishing that they can even talk about anything with all the laughing they do!

You can listen to them directly from their website or you can subscribe to their free podcast via iTunes.

To make your vote starting November 1st, you’ll need to follow these simple instructions:

  1. Go to PodcastAwards.com.
  2. Scroll all the way down to the bottom category to find the Travel category.
  3. Click on the MouseChat name to submit your vote.
  4. You will receive an email with a link to click to confirm your vote for the day.  If you don’t click the link, your vote won’t be counted.
  5. You can vote once per day until November 15th, 2012!

If you like the MouseChat podcast, please vote for it, and tell all your friends about it as well!  Thanks!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Horace Horsecollar!

Magic Kingdom, Town Square, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar

Clarabelle Cow, Sophie, and Horace Horsecollar in Town Square!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia! We have all enjoyed bringing you these little snippets of Disney Trivia, and we are glad that some of you are taking advantage and adding your own trivia for us to read as well! Keep it coming, you can never have enough Disney information, can you?!

Did You Know: That Horace Horsecoller was first seen in 1929 in the Disney short called The Plowboy alongside Mickey Mouse? Horace was actually quite a regular in the early years of Disney (also known as the Classic Era) — but you don’t see him around much anymore.  I was able to find The Plowboy on YouTube, so here it is for your enjoyment!  Spoiler alert: Mickey isn’t as nice at times in this short as he is now!  Watch what Minnie Mouse does to him at one point in the video!  Lastly, the cow you see there — that is the cow that would later become Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar’s girlfriend!

Thank you for stopping by tonight for Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia! Check out the rest of the entries for this week, and have fun getting your Disney Trivia Fix!

The influence of Walt Disney!

Disney, Beauty, Beast, Russian, My Dreams of Disney

Special thanks to my friend Bonnie for sharing this with me!

The influence of Walt Disney has been seen all across the world, as you all know.  Disneyland opened in 1955.  The Magic Kingdom followed in 1971.  There are Disney theme parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and soon even Shanghai!  Then there is all of the Disney Cruise Line ports of call, including even Galveston, Texas, where my friend Brenda is enjoying a cruise right now!

All of us that are Disney fans know that the influence of Walt has been phenomenal, and the Disney name is one that is known across the globe.  In fact, Mickey Mouse has even been seen in space!

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when my friend Bonnie at work showed me a book she found when she was studying abroad.  I looked at it, and I was instantly fascinated!  It was Beauty and the Beast as we all know and love — but the typeface was in Cyrillic, the official language of Russia!

I immediately stopped what I was doing and asked if I could look at it.  The artwork is incredible; it may be that there is even more artwork in the Russian version of the book then there is in the American version!

At this point in my life, I shouldn’t really be surprised at the worldwide influence that Walt Disney has had on all of us.  Greatness such as his only comes once in a lifetime I think, and once it is exposed for part of us to experience, it is only natural that it be shared across the globe.

My friend Bonnie also purchased the Russian version of The Jungle Book, and she is going to let me take a look at it also!  As she explained it, in Russia, when you see something you realize is special, you have to get it right then because the market in Russia is so vastly different from that in the United States.  There won’t be 20 or 30 copies of something when you are looking to purchase — the one you see is likely the only one they have, so jump at the chance!  As for this book, the price tag indicated it was either 9500 Rubles, or maybe it is 95.00 Rubles, so either about $300 or $3.  I’ll get clarification from Bonnie tomorrow!  Still, at either price, a piece of Disney that you don’t see very often!

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the exploration of how broad an influence Walt Disney has had on all of the world!  Thanks for stopping by!