Happy Anniversary, Grandma and Grandpa!

Grandma and Sophie, 2006

Grandma and Sophie, 2006

Grandpa, 2006

Grandpa, 2006

In a slight diversion from what we normally post on My Dreams of Disney, today I’d like to take a moment and tell you that today is my Grandma and Grandpa’s 74th Wedding Anniversary.  While they are both now in Heaven, I still count the anniversaries, because they are both still alive in my heart, as well as the hearts of all of my family.

The next pictures are just ones that mean a lot to me — thank you for indulging me by looking at them!  I hope you feel all of the warmth and love in them that I do.  Thanks for stopping by!

Grandma and I enjoying one of her favorite past times -- playing card games!

Grandma and I enjoying one of her favorite past times — playing card games!

Grandpa enjoying one of HIS favorite past times -- taking a nap!

Grandpa enjoying one of HIS favorite past times — taking a nap!

My Mom with her Daddy, after Grandma passed away in 2007.

My Mom with her Daddy, after Grandma passed away in 2007.

Dad, Uncle Roger, Stephanie, Aunt Sadie, Grandpa, Mom, Uncle Bob, Aunt Bette -- one of the last pictures I took of Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Dad, Uncle Roger, Stephanie, Aunt Sadie, Grandpa, Mom, Uncle Bob, Aunt Bette — one of the last pictures I took of Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Thank you for taking a trip down memory lane with me.  I remember every moment of those pictures, which was why I started My Dreams of Disney — to take note and remember the trips I’ve had over the years.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope it brought a smile to your face like it did mine.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

62 Days til Disneyland – Innoventions!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Innoventions is our selection for Day 62 in our countdown til Disneyland!  Can you believe we are now within 9 weeks of our trip?  The days seem to be accelerating the quicker we move on in our countdown, which is what I hoped would happen!

One of the things that I find really interesting is that some of the things at Walt Disney World can be found at Disneyland — but in slightly different locations.  Innoventions is one of those places.  Of course, Innoventions exists in Future World at Epcot as Innoventions East and Innoventions West.  But what is interesting to me is that one of the things that the Disneyland version of Innoventions has is Project Tomorrow — which any Spaceship Earth fan will tell you is part of the fun of the attraction after you get off the ride!

While Innoventions may seem like the kind of attraction/pavilion where you just kind of browse through it and move on, I’m wondering if this year might be a little different.  I say that because this year my daughter Sophie has really excelled at Science in school, and I’m thinking this might be right up her alley.  Either that, or she will be so sick of having been in school all year that she won’t want anything to do with it!  I’ll keep you posted about what happens when we get back!

In the meantime, what do you think of Innoventions?  Does your family enjoy it, or do you skip on by?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Magical Blogorail Red – Favorite Uses for Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits

MBRed Logo 2013 Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

The Disney Dining Plan is, in my opinion, one of the best things you can do when it comes to planning your Disney Vacation! While the option of adding the Dining Plan to your vacation is not cheap (except in those times when Disney offers it for free!) — the benefits far outweigh the cost in my opinion.  For this month’s Magical Blogorail post, we are going to share with you some of our favorite uses for those snack credits you have for your trip!  I hope that you enjoy these tips, and that they give you some great ideas for your next Disney vacation!

During our last trip to Walt Disney World in June, 2012, we had some extra snack credits that we wanted to use on our last day.  Cindy and the rest of the crew decided the best thing to do with them was to use them before they left so that they could use the snacks for the trip home, and that’s just what they did!

However, to me, my favorite use of snack credits would be to use them during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Many of the delicious offerings that you can get at the kiosks are priced such that they qualify as a snack credit purchase on the DDP!  With this option available, it truly makes for a fun time.  Take a look at some of these that we tried when we went in 2011.

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Shrimp Taco from Mexico Kiosk

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Cannoli from Italy Kiosk

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Seared Mahi-Mahi from Brazil

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Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

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Creme Brulee from France

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What’s left of Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries from the Scandinavia Kiosk

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Red this month. We will be back Friday, May 17th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Red Map Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
2nd Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom
3rd Stop ~ A World View
4th Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
Final Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney