Pixie Vacations Prize Pack Contest!

Giveaway Hello everyone, and welcome to another contest that we are having here at My Dreams of Disney!  We have partnered up with our friends from Ideally Disney and the Disney Food Report to share what we believe is a fun, unique, Pixie Vacations Disney Prize Pack, consisting of the following prizes:

  • One “New Fantasyland” Tote Bag
  • One Disney Fantasy Crystal  Dumbo
  • One Little Mermaid Media Poster

One lucky winner will win this contest, which runs starting at Midnight on Monday, April 8, 2013, and runs through 11:59 PM, Sunday, April 14, 2013.  To enter, you need to complete the requirements from the Rafflecopter Widget code below, which includes the following opportunities for entries:

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With all of the entry opportunities, one person will have the opportunity to generate 155 entries to win the prize pack!

Good luck everyone!  The winner will be selected using the Rafflecopter widget on Monday, April 15, 2013, and will be notified via email only.  The winner must be from the USA or Canada only, sorry, and must be 18 or older.  The complete terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the rafflecopter code on this blog post by clicking on the “Terms and Conditions” link.

Thanks everyone for following along with us, and good luck!

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My Disney World bucket list

Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge

I have been to Disney many times (at one point my daughter actually said “Do we have to go to Disney World AGAIN”, she has grow into a Disney fanatic like her mother) but there are still many things I would like to see, places to eat and resorts to stay in. Today I put on my dreaming hat and think about what I want to add to my Disney bucket list.

I have stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn but I want to stay at another deluxe resort. My current dream resort is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  I like that it’s close to Magic Kingdom without being on the monorail (I would probably be distracted by the monorail gliding by). I like the theme of this hotel, the US National Parks are interesting to me and there is a recreated Old Faithful (complete with eruptions). The lobby is amazing and the stream starts in the lobby and flows out and into the hotel’s pool. I also feel like the Wildness Lodge has a more relaxed vibe that many of the other deluxe properties (in fact, my distaste for the thought of walking through the Grand Floridian lobby in my bathing suit is why I stayed at the Boardwalk as opposed to the Grand Floridian). On top of that, Wilderness Lodge has one of the most entertaining restaurants I have eaten in (see my review of Whispering Canyon Cafe for details).

Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirate League

Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirate League

Next on my bucket list is joining the Pirate League in the Magic Kingdom. Patrons can choose a pirate or mermaid look. You will get a pirate “make over” and training from Captain Jack while he regales you with tales of his high speed adventures. There are adventures to be had from there. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is not an option for me as this experience if for girls from ages 3 through 12 only.

I have added Spirit of Aloha, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. All three are dinner shows that have unique  themes and related menu items. The Spirit of Aloha is at the Polynesian and is a luau with luau theme food. Both Hoop-Dee-Doo and Mickey’s BBQ are located at Fort Wilderness.  The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a wild West theme show with fried chicken and ribs. Mickey’s is a good old bbq; Disney characters join into the fun and engage guests in dancing. All 3 sound like great fun and all 3 are on my Disney bucket list.

Some of my other bucket list items are a fireworks cruise (in Epcot), the Pirate and Pals Fireworks cruise which sails on Bay Lake during the Magic Kingdom Wishes fireworks show (Captain Hook and Smee join you) and dinner at the California Grill during the Wishes show. I’d like to stay in a “Royal” hotel room at the Port Orleans Riverside and a Pirate room at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

Of course, those are the bucket items that are possibilities. Here are some additional entries but these are wish list items instead. I want to spend a night in Cinderella’s Royal Suite (in the Castle of the Magic Kingdom), maybe a dinner at Victoria and Albert’s and hopefully a spring training game with the Atlanta Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. How about you? What’s on your Disney World bucket list or Disney World dream list?

74 Days til Disneyland – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

One of my favorite roller coasters at Walt Disney World is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  This roller coaster — which was the first roller coaster that I remember ever riding at the Magic Kingdom (despite my sister’s insistence that I rode Space Mountain in 1979) is a fun adventure through the Wild West!  I love this roller coaster, and so does Cindy and Sophie and everyone that I meet and talk about Disney with.

So I was really looking forward to riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland in 74 days — until I found out that the attraction is going through extensive renovations and won’t be open until mid-fall 2013.  Per the Disneyland attraction page for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Reopen Fall 2013

Starting January 7, 2013, the exciting Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will receive refurbishment attention. Come back mid-fall 2013 and climb aboard the train for a twisting thrill ride through the untamed landscape of the legendary Old West.

The disappointment in not being able to ride BTMRR is high, but that isn’t going to ruin our Disneyland trip!  We’ve still got all of these other great roller coasters that we will be riding:

So, it’s not BTMRR, but it’s not bad — and that just frees up a few more rides on Sophie’s favorite ride — Splash Mountain!

Thanks for stopping by, but make sure you come back around later, we’ve got a full day planned here on the site.  Next up is my writer Theresa talking about her Disney World bucket list, and then after that, we’ve got a special post about a new contest that starts tomorrow!  So stay tuned, and have a great Sunday!

Prayers for the Week, April 7th, 2013

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Hello, my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This will be an emotional day for my family today, as we say goodbye to Tommy today.  Tommy is just 3 months younger then Cindy, so this has hit her especially hard, in addition to the feelings of grief and loss that Debbie and Paula feel.  Please pray for their strength, comfort, and God’s Peace to all of the family that is hurting right now.

If you missed last week’s post, please go back and read it — it is the perfect example of why our prayers matter, because He is Risen!

Prayer Requests:

  • Prayers for God’s Peace and Strength on our family this morning. Tommy Gibbs passed away Thursday, April 4th, 2013. Please be with the family, especially his wife and other family as they deal with the grief and heartache of knowing that their husband/father/uncle/cousin is no longer with us. We all know that he is in a better place now, so the focus now shifts to the family left behind. Lift them up, please, as they struggle to move on, day by day, week by week, minute by minute, and remember that life does go on, even when we don’t think it ever could.Thanks, everyone. These requests mean so much more to me then you could ever know.
  • My friend Amanda needs some prayers for her little girl. Here is what she posted on Facebook:We recently found out that Kennedy has a Congenital Diaphgragmatic Hernia that went undiagnosed during my pregnancy. We met with an amazing surgeon today at our local children’s hospital. She’ll be having surgery soon. From what we’ve been told, she is our little miracle in that she is happy, thriving and otherwise healthy, which is not usually the case with this diagnoses.Please keep my brave little girl in your thoughts.
  • We would also like continued prayers for the little 4 year old boy and his family that were getting ready to start their cruise on Saturday, 3/30. The little boy nearly drowned, and I haven’t heard any update, so please keep them all in your prayers until we find out more information. Thanks.
  • Please pray for the family of Doris, who is a neighbor of mine.  She passed away last week after a long life, and while we are praising her life, we are still sad that she is gone.  Please pray for God’s Peace, strength, and comfort to all of the family that knew her best, that they may be comforted in the good memories they have of her.

Praises!

  • The first praise is for Tommy, who was led to have his re-baptism ceremony nearly three weeks ago.  Because he stood up for Jesus, Jesus is now standing up for Tommy, as it is written in Matthew Chapter 10, Verse 32:

Jesus said “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

  • What started out as a prayer request was a praise by the end of the week!  Here is what was written for my good buddy Chad:“My friend Chad and his family need prayers to make sure the house they are looking at is the right house for them. Please pray for guidance for him and his family, that God would keep the door open for them if this is where He wants them to be, or that He would show them a better alternative if that is what He desires of them. Thanks!”

I know that there are probably a lot more prayer requests and praises then I listed here, but if there are, I can’t remember them.  Please keep our previous prayer requests in your thoughts, even though the week has moved on, doesn’t mean that the need is now gone.  Thanks for praying all of these prayers, and lifting up these praises, it means a lot to me, as it does to everyone else that has left a prayer request.

If you have any prayer requests you want to leave with us, please leave a comment here, or on our Facebook page, or via our “Contact Us” email form, and we will pray for you!