Wordless Wednesday – January Calendar Shot

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Wordless Wednesday post for this week! Our theme this week is our January Calendar Shot, and as always, I would like to thank Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series.  Today I’ve got quite a few photos to share with you, and since tomorrow is New Year’s Day, I figured what better way to kick off our January calendar photo than with some great fireworks!  The top picture is but one of many, and this was taken in July, 2013, during Illuminations when we were part of a Dessert Party.  I have more photos to share from this same event, I hope you like them!

Another shot of Illuminations from July, 2013

Another shot of Illuminations from July, 2013

I love the sparkle effect that this shot brings!

I love the sparkle effect that this shot brings!

Lastly, here is a shot that takes us back to June, 2010.  This shot was taken the year that Disney introduced the Summer Nightastic series, and has been a favorite shot of mine for a long time.  I hope you enjoy!

The Summer Nightastic Fireworks Show, June 2010.

The Summer Nightastic Fireworks Show, June 2010.

That wraps us up for our last Wordless Wednesday post of 2013.  I hope you all have a great and happy New Year, and that you are safe and secure wherever you spend your time.  May 2014 bring you all the joy, happiness, and peace that you deserve, and thanks!  Now, please click on the button below and check out the rest of the entries in this great series!

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Remembering 2013 at My Dreams of Disney

Thank you for visiting with us this year!

Thank you for visiting with us this year!

My friends, as the 2013 calendar year winds down, we here at My Dreams of Disney would like to take a bit of time and look back at all of the great posts that we have had, and really look back at the impact you, our readers, have had in helping us to become one of the sites that you look to for your daily Disney fix.  As a result, this post is written from the heart with you, our reader, in mind, and I hope you enjoy our take at remembering 2013!  My plan is to share with you some of the posts that you really enjoyed reading about, so sit back, relax, and enjoy our own version of the wayback machine!

The Disney Apps I roll with

iphone5_large-294128 I wrote this post in response to some questions I had from a few friends about what I have on my iPhone, and I can tell you that all of the apps listed in that post are some of my favorite apps.  What apps do you have on your phone for getting your Disney fix with?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Tanya’s Tips for being selected as First Family at Disney

Tanya's Family We sent out a call to see if anyone was interested in pursuing their interest in Disney blogging, and Tanya was one of the people that responded and wrote some great posts for us.  Among them were her tips about being selected as the First Family at Disney — they actually were selected to open Animal Kingdom one year!  This is a great post, and one I highly recommend for anyone that is interested in participating in such a great Disney tradition!

TimeStream Software Updates Its Disney World Mobile Guide App

Disney World Mobile Guide iPhone 4 - 172 x 310 The month after my post about the Disney Apps went live, my friends at TimeStream Software announced an update to their mobile guide app.  This updated app included all of the new information related to the Fantasyland Expansion, and is still a must have on my iPhone!  Check it out if you haven’t done so yet!

Traveling to Orlando – My Tips and Tricks…

Cinderella Castle - Theresa Another of my new writers, Theresa, wrote some great posts as well!  In this post, Theresa wrote about some of her tips and tricks that she has found about traveling to Orlando.  It’s chock full of information, so if you are planning your trip, have fun and stop by and read these tips!

Five Ways to Ruin Your Disney Vacation

IMG_6886 In this post, Tanya is back talking about some of the ways that you can ruin your Disney Vacation.  Read her advice — it may or may not apply to your situation, but they sure do give you ideas about how to make your vacation less magical than it would normally be.

10 Places I want to eat at at Walt Disney World

Dining-Reviews In this post, I shared with you ten places that I have not eaten at over at Walt Disney World, and listed them.  I received some great comments from you, but if you haven’t seen the post, check out my list, or better yet, check out our Disney Planning Resources page for reviews of the restaurants that we have eaten at.  Thanks!

Outside of our Disney posts, which take up the bulk of our writing, this past year I did start a very special series of posts on March 3rd.  That Sunday I started our weekly Prayers for the Week posts, and it has been my privilege to continue those posts to this day.  If you ever have any prayer requests that you need us and everyone that reads these posts to pray over, please leave a comment here, or on our Facebook page, or email me at mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com, or something, and we will do that for you.

My friends, we here at My Dreams of Disney would like to thank you for spending part of your day stopping by and visiting with us.  It is truly an honor to us that you find our information helpful and fun in your Disney planning — or even just in your Disney fix!  We are humbled by your presence, and want you to know that.  Please have a very fun, but safe, close to 2013 and start of 2014, and remember, don’t drink and drive and don’t text and drive — all of those are tragedies waiting to happen, and totally preventable.  Be safe, and we’ll talk to you in 2014!

#DisneyTrivia – Mickey Mouse the Draft Dodger?

Mickey Mouse Salutes the Armed Forces

Mickey Mouse Salutes the Armed Forces

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyTrivia segment! Along with my brilliant co-hosts Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, I’m Mike and we’re here to share with you some great Disney Trivia featuring that draft dodger Mickey Mouse! I found this particular tidbit quite amusing, I hope you enjoy it also!

Did You Know…

That, on December 30, 1980, the United States Selective Service System, in the midst of reminding 18-year-olds to register for the draft, sent a warning to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The Selective Service says that Mickey is in violation of registration compliance.

When I read that bit of trivia, I thought it was so funny!  I guess it goes to show that the Government isn’t always correct…but that’s a topic for another day!  I found this trivia on the This Day in Disney History website, thanks goes to them for having such a great collection of Disney trivia!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries to see what great trivia they have for you today!  Lastly, Happy New Year everyone, and please make sure that you are safe, no matter what you are doing!

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My Disney Blogger Friends – a Tight-Knit Community

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One of the biggest enjoyments I get out of my Disney blog has been the friendships that I have developed over the years of writing here at My Dreams of Disney.  I am a truly blessed man, and I can count my blessings on the number of great friendships that God has put in my path for me to learn from, laugh with, cry with, virtually hug, meet in person, and even vacation with.  Like everything, though, nothing is perfect, and I have had to help friends out who have been stabbed in the back by other Disney bloggers — or, should I say, people that think they fit into the Disney community of bloggers when, in fact, they are about as far away from the Disney community as you can be — at least, with regards to the morals that Walt Disney exhibited when he was alive.

However, overall, the people in my Disney blogging life that I have been blessed to associate with — even if I haven’t met most of them — are ones that I would give the shirt off my back for, and ones that I regularly include in my prayers at night.  This post isn’t really about anything in particular that relates to Disney, but it is a post from the heart, and as we conclude the year 2013, it seems good that I take a few minutes to publicly thank them for all of their support over the year.

Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

My dear friend Amanda is also known as the Cheapskate Princess.  This wife/mother/teacher with a heart of gold not only is always there for me when I need to talk with her, but she is also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and whenever we chat, it is a rare day that I don’t end up laughing at something she said.  I have been fortunate enough to meet Amanda and her family, although if it hadn’t been for her shouting across Tomorrowland as I was going to Space Mountain, it never would have happened…

The Magical Blogorail

My collective group of friends at the Magical Blogorail are some of my closest friends, and I take great pride in being able to help them out when I can.  The Blogorail is going through some changes starting in January, and that has caused some of the members to step down, but the changes are, in my opinion, for the better, and I look forward to being a help in the transition of the Blogorail from what it was to what it will become.  My Blogorail friends have always been there for me, and I’ll be there for them always, too, even those that have chosen to move on in their blogging path.

Chip & Company

My friend Chip from Chip & Company gave me my first start when I was starting my blog — he was looking for writers and I sent him an email.  I was a writer for Chip & Company for over two years before our paths differed, but Chip and I are still friends, and we have maintained that friendship despite not collaborating on the site together — and we will always be friends, I believe.

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My sister-in-Christ Brenda is one of the sweetest people I know — and one that my family and I have been blessed to meet and hang out with, and even vacation with!  Brenda is the creator of the site Ideally Disney, and she and her husband and family are friends — but even more than that, they are fellow Christians, and I know whenever I need them, they are here for me, as I am for them.  We have laughed, we have cried, and we have hugged — and even video-conferenced — and I know that we will for years in the future also!

This is just a small sample of all of the people that mean a lot to me in the Disney community, and as I said, the blessings I have are too many to count.  If you don’t know these sites, go check them out, leave a comment, tell them that I said hi and that I sent you over to them.  They are great people, and I think you will enjoy getting to know them a bit better too.  Thank you for always taking the time to stop by and visit, and I’ll see you around the Internet!

Timeless – The Music of the Sherman Brothers

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The Sherman Brothers with Julie Andrews at the 1964 Oscars. Image ©Oscars

The Sherman Brothers. In the history of Disney, I would wager that the Sherman Brothers may be the most recognizable, the most loved, musical group of any in the history of Disney movies. So many of their great songs — especially for the Disney classic movie Mary Poppins — are seeing a revival as a result of the success of the movie Saving Mr. Banks. It has led to a re-appreciation of all that the Sherman Brothers meant to Walt Disney and the movies they wrote their music for. I would hazard a guess that the music, had it not been as memorable, as successful, as it was, would have meant all the difference between success and failure for the movie.

Now, the music that the Sherman Brothers made famous is being re-performed, adapted for today’s audience, and being recorded and uploaded for a new generation of fans. Take, for example, this incredible video, pieced together by Jeffrey Sherman, son of the late Robert Sherman, that is my favorite song from Mary Poppins — Feed the Birds. In this case, it’s being performed by Kristen Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl. Please enjoy!

In addition to that video, take this flash mob singalong that was performed in London (I believe) in front of the Odeon theater of the great Mary Poppins song “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!”

These are just two examples of the wonder of music, and how it can reach deep inside your soul and bring out emotions that you had forgotten you had.  I have really enjoyed seeing a revival of the music of the Sherman Brothers.  It is a reawakening of the spirit of that great era of Disney when they were at their pinnacle, and the music brings me back to a simpler day and time, almost as if I were strolling down Main Street, U.S.A. itself!

So, to all of you aspiring musicians out there, please, please, please, keep playing that great Sherman Brothers music!