Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!

Happy Thanksgiving

Sophie and Grandpa were reading a story together on Thanksgiving Day, 2008.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at My Dreams of Disney! Today my family sits down for a good Thanksgiving meal with my Mom and niece and her baby girl.  A lot of love goes into our meal prep, and on this day, we here at My Dreams of Disney want to take a moment and wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  My prayer for all of you is that you are able to be with the ones you love on this day.  For those of you that have to work, especially those that are in our law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments, you have our thanks.

If you are traveling on this day, may safe travels be the rule, and may you reach your destination on time and without mishap.

If you have to work because you don’t have any other choice, then you have my sympathy and prayers that next year you would have the ability and means to work because you want to, not because you have no choice.

If you are a Cast Member at any of the Disney Parks, my prayer is that you would be treated with the respect you deserve, both from your boss and others in charge as well as by those Guests that you serve.

Whatever you are doing, and wherever you are, may we all remember that there are those that are so much less fortunate than we are, despite our circumstances, and may we all remember that we are all human beings, and to treat ourselves with the respect that we all deserve and should expect.

Lastly, my prayers go out to those in our armed services, but especially to those on deployment right now, and unable to be with us on these special days. Shane, I’m looking at you, and praying daily for you and your men.

I close with these words from Scripture. Here now the Word of God for renewal of your strength and a reminder of who God really is:

28Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~ Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)

Trip Report: Walt’s Birthplace in Chicago, IL

Do you have a Disney Bucket List? So far we’ve managed to visit both North American parks, we’ve taken a Disney cruise, attended a Disney press event (and saw John Lasseter), and now we have been able to add a special item to our list. Walt’s birthplace!

We just visited the birthplace of Walt Disney at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. in Chicago, IL:

Corner of N. Tripp Avenue & E. Palmer Street

It was raining off and on when we pulled up but we made the best of it and even managed to do a couple of live Facebook feeds.

From opposite corner

The outside renovations seem to be done and the sign out front indicates a finish date of December 5th, 2016. According to the official website fundraising is still underway to help with completion of the interior.

Exterior Sign

I took the time to walk around the place, which didn’t take too much time, as the piece of property it’s on is very small.

Side and rear

I noticed the two colors of siding and the different facing material on the rear. I read once that this building has had a few additions over the years. So it is likely that the yellow portion represents the original house built by Elias Disney and the rest representing subsequent renovation efforts.

Garage and small back yard

The city of Chicago tried to designate this property a heritage site but a previous owner blocked the effort. The present owner has worked hard with a dedicated team to make sure that this building will be around for years to come! In their words, the dream is that this property ‘becomes a portal to new approaches in early childhood development and helps to inspire future Walts and Roys.’

    

Front porch detail

So now we can cross another item off our Disney Bucket List. And just to make sure that there is no dispute:

Yup. I was really there!

And so was Karen!

 And now you’ve been there, virtually, too!

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Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy 88th Birthday to Mickey & Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie! Today, 88 years ago, Mickey & Minnie made their “acknowledged” debut in Steamboat Willie! I say acknowledged because they were actually in Plane Crazy prior, but Steamboat Willie was the first one that they had voices! To celebrate all that they mean to Disney Fans across the world, here are some of my favorite pictures with Mickey & Minnie and our family. Enjoy!

The first picture was when Cindy and I saw Mickey & Minnie riding Dumbo with two very special Guests! Here’s another picture from that evening:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

 

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

The next picture was taken at Chef Mickey’s:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

Our last picture comes to us from Disneyland. Here we are at the Big Thunder Ranch, just checking it out, when all of a sudden, these two came and we had our picture taken! There was practically no line!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Sophie, Cindy and I with Mickey & Minnie!

To finish us off, here are the videos where our famous Mouse friends got their start! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy! Do you have a favorite memory or picture of Mickey, Minnie, or both of them that you would like to share? If so, share it on our Facebook page or leave us a comment here! We’d love to see and hear about it!

Steamboat Willie

Plane Crazy

Book Review: Along Interstate 75 by Dave Hunter

“The ‘must-have’ Guide for your drive to and from Florida!” This is how Along Interstate 75 is billed on the cover and I can say from personal experience that it’s that and so much more.

Type: Soft cover

Pages: 206

Publisher: Mile Oak Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-896819-198

When my wife and I were planning our first drive down to Florida in 2007 we felt a little apprehensive. We hadn’t driven that far into the States before and had no idea how to plan hotel stays and how to find out what to see along the way. Of course, every State has a Welcome Center as you cross the border, but we wanted to do some advanced planning.

We were used to using Birnbaum guides for planning our itinerary at Walt Disney World, and so we checked the travel section at our local book store for similar travel guides. We found Dave Hunter’s Along I-75 and have never looked back!

With 19 years of publication behind it this guide is quite probably the most comprehensive tourist guide of its kind. Part map, part guide-book, it really does have everything the traveler needs to enjoy the drive between Detroit and Florida and back again.

This publication also doubles as a history book. If the drive is starting to bore you simply have your navigator (spouse/travel companion) read from the many white pages and enjoy hours of interesting stories about the people and events that happened all around you along the I-75.

But the main use of this publication is as a map. As mentioned, there are separate pages for going to Florida from Detroit, appropriately with yellow borders (for the sun you know!) And another set of pages for traveling back.

Speed limits, speed traps, exits, alternate routes, gas and food, entertainment, and trivia are all found on each and every page.

The key feature is the ‘upside down’ orientation. If you place the publication on your lap, you can follow the route from the bottom of each page to the top, mimicking the forward direction of your driving. Each page covers approximately 25 miles or 30 minutes of driving time. So if you want to eat in 2 hours, simply turn four pages ahead and check to see what restaurants are available in that area. Want to stop for the night in 4 more hours time? Turn 8 pages ahead and pick your favorite hotel.

Every vacation must come to an end and you eventually have to drive back to Detroit from Florida, so you simply follow the blue pages home again. Blue for cold. Snow. And depression!

Review: I can’t imagine a more comprehensive but easy to use guide! It is one of the few publications out there that deserves a full 5 out of 5 Stars. I’d give it more if I could!

We hope to put this 19th Edition to good use early next year as we once again take to the American highways (the I-75 specifically) to visit our happy place in Florida. In case you’re wondering, our happy place in Florida is Walt Disney World. Duh!

Magical Blogorail: Saving Money for Disney – Selling

Now I know you are probably going back to Disney to pick up even more treasures to add to your collection. And yes, some more memories too. But don’t rule out one of the best ways to generate capital to make that trip possible – selling off some of your existing Disney swag!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing ways to save money for your Disney vacation.


Selling Your Way to Disney

I’m going to do my post this month in the form of a Top Five List. So without further ado, here are the Top 5 Reasons for Selling Your Way to Disney, which means selling some of your Disney collection to pay for your next Disney vacation:

Reason Five

Dusting

Do you like to dust? I don’t so my wife is always after me to dust my collectibles! I try to tell her that if I don’t dust, then when I pick up a collectible, I will know exactly where to place it down again due to the dust ring. And that is why men are more creative thinkers than women!

But you may want to clean the item up a bit before you sell it. Or have your spouse do it.

Reason Four

Space

Outer Space is infinite. Your shelf space is not. Sooner or later, or probably sooner than later, you will start to run out of places to put your Disney stuff. When your children’s toys are all over the floor because their toy chest is full of your collectibles and your spouse’s closet space is disappearing, it may be time for a purge!

Reason Three

Re-focus

Back in the 1980’s you were all about The Little Mermaid and Roger Rabbit, but now we are living in the Millennium. We now have Baymax and Hank the Septopus merchandise everywhere! No one wants to look at the same stuff year after year, right?

OK, maybe we do, but sacrifices must be made. We’re trying to get to Disney, people!

Reason Two

Demand

You have it. Everyone else wants it. That is basically how the demand for Disney collectibles goes. So why not take advantage of someone else’s obsession and unload some unwanted stuff?

They’ll thank you for providing a new-to-them treasure and you’ll add some much needed capital to your Disney trip jar!

Reason One

Money

You want it. Your unwanted Disney collectibles could turn into it. And seriously, if you want to go on a Disney vacation… you’re going to need lots of it! So get out there (or online) and sell! Sell! Sell!

And if you do, I’ll see you in the parks!

For more ways to save money for your Disney vacation,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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