Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

35 Days: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom gets it’s start right here!

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a scavenger type game that you can play at the Magic Kingdom.  In this game, which I think is similar in nature to Agent P over at Epcot’s World Showcase, you become an apprentice sorcerer and attempt to help the wizard Merlin fight the forces of evil.  Hades, the god of the underworld, is looking to make the Magic Kingdom a summer retreat for him, and it’s up to you, using clues you are provided, to beat him so he can’t do this.

I have never done this before, but it is something that we are considering doing when we get to Walt Disney World.  We only have 5 weeks until we check in at our resort — 35 days and counting down!  I can’t wait!

You can get started at the Walt Disney World Fire Station building, or over by the Ye Old Christmas Shop building, and from what I understand in reading about this at the Disney World website, everything you need is included, and all you need is your park ticket to get into the Magic Kingdom.

So what do you think?  Is this something you are interested in or do you think you’ll skip it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Top 5 Disney Characters That Should Have a Meet-and-Greet

Children just love this part of the Disney Park experience! Although you can’t get them to wait 5 minutes for anything else, they’ll gleefully wait 2 hours to hug Belle or pose with Pooh. Too precious!

But even we adults have been known to covet the Character Meet-and-Greet experience. Are we really waiting in line for our children, or for ourselves? We’ll keep the answer to that question to ourselves, shall we?

So in the spirit of wishful thinking, I give you my Top Five characters that should have their own Meet-and-Greet opportunity at Walt Disney World:

Hello No. 5: Princess Kidagakash “Kida” Nedakh

Atlantis is one of my all-time favorite Disney animated films. But its main character, Princess Kida, just hasn’t gotten her royal due. She is a real princess, but isn’t considered one of the official Disney Princesses. What a rip! Adding her to the line-up would also extend the ethnic diversity of the face characters in the Parks.

And any of you guys who love to pose with Jasmine know why I want Kida there too! There, I said it.

Hello No. 4: Basil, the Great Mouse Detective

Another great, but perhaps under appreciated, Disney animated film is The Great Mouse Detective. As a lover of all-things Sherlock Holmes I’d just ‘geek out’ for the opportunity to pose with my favorite sleuth! And if Professor Ratigan should show up too, well, that would be a bonus. And adding never-before utilized characters to the Meet-and-Greet system would freshen things up a bit, don’t you think?

I’d follow them. They’d follow me. We’d be like each other’s shadow for a while.

Hello No. 3: Emperor Kuzco

Boom baby! This one is just a no-brainer. I mean, it’s all about the Emperor anyway, right? So why is Disney the only one who doesn’t get it? Just how natural Kuzco would be for the Mexican pavilion in EPCOT is beyond discussion. It’s a perfect fit!

He could be obnoxious, sarcastic, and a laugh-riot! And it wouldn’t hurt if everyone were encouraged to break out into a little bit of River Dance either. Getting into the Emperor’s new groove would be too much fun!

Hello No. 2: Humphrey the Bear and Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore

First you pick it up (bump bump) then you put it in the bag (bump bump) then you pose with Humphrey and Woodlore (bump bump). Humphrey the bear is another under utilized character from the Disney pantheon. He has a cameo presence at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, but even there, it’s hard to find good merchandise featuring him.

Obviously, having Humphrey and Woodlore appear at DWL would be genius positioning, but it hasn’t happened yet to my knowledge. But seeing them in Disney’s Animal Kingdom would be a perfect fit as well. Just imagine Woodlore leading us all in song as Humphrey dances and encourages us to pick up the trash. I’m so there!

Hello No. 1: Princes

I’ve asked it before but I’m going to ask it again: Why aren’t there any Prince meet-and-greets?

The latest ousting of Flynn from Fantasyland is just another example of cost cutting overriding the guest experience. After all, what Princess doesn’t want to pose with her Prince Charming? It would just make sense to have a Prince pose op positioned close to the Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique, but then, I’m not a marketing genius. But it seems like a good idea!

Also, it’s not like they’d have to do a big casting call. Every parade features a Prince on the arm of the corresponding Princess. It would just be a matter of having them show up for a few extra hours in the day at the Meet-and-Greet location.

So we come to the end of another Top Five list. Did I miss your favorite character? If so, be sure to list them in the comments section. And who knows? Maybe Disney will consider giving them a two week contract!

Our Mothers

Prayers for the Week – Our Mothers

Our Mothers

My mom sitting with Sophie in Minnie’s House back in 2006.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today, I would like to join everyone else in wishing my Mom — and all of our Mothers across the world — a very Happy Mother’s Day.  When it comes to the Bible, there are so many verses that honor our Moms for what they mean to you and me, but to me, this passage speaks directly to the heart that my Mom possesses.

26She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. ~ Proverbs 31:26-31

As is often the case, today we take the time to praise our Moms for who they are: loving, caring, kind, and generous.  However, far too often we end up praising them on one day, and, much like Jesus, ignoring them on the next day.  Why do we humans tend to take advantage of those we love so much?  Why do we appreciate them one day, and not the next?  My friends, I truly don’t know why we do this — why I do this sometimes.  The only answer I have is to remember your Mom in prayer each day, to not take anything for granted, and to remember that, as long as life might seem to you, it is gone in an instant, so make the most of each day.  Talk to your Mom, tell her you love her, and do this often.

Now, please take the time to read and pray for our prayer requests and praises.  This ministry is built upon your prayers, and I thank each and every one of you every day for the faith you show in lifting up the prayers of those you don’t even know to our Lord and Savior.  Thank you, and God Bless You.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Lin asks for prayer requests. She is trying to figure out where God would lead her in her career, and doesn’t seem to be getting any direction at the moment. Here is what she wrote:I could use a lot of prayers right now. I’m really, really struggling with what I am doing as a career, and I feel very sure that it is NOT the right thing. The problem is, while I feel that God is making clear that he does not want me where I am, he is not making clear to me where he wants me to go. The very thought of trying to step out into something new is terrifying me because it is completely directionless. I feel I could take a leap of faith if I had a general idea of where that leap was aimed, but I don’t. A leap without even idea of a next step seems like the wrong move. I’m hoping/praying that God speaks to one of you in regards to me, and that someone can shed some light on what my purpose is. Thanks in advance.Please pray for her, and for God to speak to her heart in a way that she can determine where He would lead her. Thanks everyone!
  • Last night I learned that Martin St. Louis’ Mom passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the young age of 63. St. Louis is one of the players for the New York Rangers hockey club, and growing up a Washington Capitals fan, I know how hard it is for the Caps when they play the Rangers.  Despite that, my prayers go out to Martin St. Louis and his family in their grief.  May God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love descend upon them in their time of trial, and may they know that their loved one is in Heaven right now, rooting on her Rangers as they play today in the playoffs.
  • Today I give praise to all of the mothers out there — from my Mom pictured above, to my wife Cindy, who is Mommy to our daughter Sophie, and now our dog Regan.  To my Grandmas, both of them, now in Heaven, to Cindy’s Mom, who is also in Heaven, I wish I could have met her.  There are billions of Moms out there — chances are pretty good that most of you reading this are Moms, so if you are and you’re reading this, then I give thanks to God for you too.
  • Today I give praise to my sister Robin, another Mom, but I don’t give praise just for her being a Mom — I give praise to God for the woman that He molded her into, a woman of faith, a woman of honor, a woman who loves her family, loves her Lord, and loves all of those that are less fortunate.  A woman that God has led to be an educator after many years — a woman who teaches special needs children, but doesn’t just teach them; she loves them like they are her own kids.  Thank you Robin for all you have grown into.
  • Today I also give praise to my niece Leslie, who is celebrating her first Mother’s Day as her and Matt’s daughter develops in her belly.  I love you Leslie — look to your Mom for guidance, and you won’t go wrong.
  • I also give praise to my wonderful niece Stephanie — Stephanie, who graduated yesterday with her Masters of Education in School Counseling.  Stephanie, we love you, and know that you are going to do great things for the kids that you counsel to in your new school!

My friends, thank you for continuing to pray for our prayer requests and praises.  Your prayers have worked, and helped many people who were struggling and those that continue to struggle.  The comment I get back time and time again is how much Peace those that you pray for feel knowing that you are praying for them.  So I thank you for praying for all of us.  Do you need any prayers lifted up for you?  If you do, please let us know what they are so we can lift you up to the Lord.  He will hear our prayers, and if you are afraid of giving all the details, you don’t need to — we don’t need to know all the facts.  We know that God knows, so we’ll leave it up to Him and He will take care of it.  Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our Daily Bread,
And forgive us our Trespasses,
as we forgive those who Trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.