The top five things I’m excited about for Disneyland!

The Disneyland Resort invites you to enjoy all it has to share!

The Disneyland Resort invites you to enjoy all it has to share!

{Editor’s Note: Sophie joins us today to talk about the things that she is most excited about for our upcoming trip to California!}

Sophie: Hi Guys! Long time no see! Well, today I’ve got a guest with me! World of Disney, meet Mr. Reporter.

Reporter: you can call me “Image” Sophie. (It’s short for “Imaginary”)

Sophie: Ok then, “‘Image’ Reporter” every body! On with the interview!

Image: What are your top five hopes about California?

Sophie: I made a bucket list:

  1. Seeing one of my two best friends, Jagan, in person again!
  2. Seeing World of Color and trying to convince my mom to let us stand in the “Wet Zone.”
  3. Going back to DODGER STADIUM!!!!!
  4. Two words: Thrift. Shopping.
  5. Going to the San Diego Zoo!

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Image: Now, I notice that only one of your top five has something to do with Disney. Why is that?

Sophie: Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland is small. In my opinion, you could get through every thing the parks have to offer in a day. And you’ll find, that the distance between Disneyland and the California Adventure is a mere 100 yards. So, my family decided that we would see more of California. The most un-Disney that we got during the first trip was a trip to Beverly Hills; to see the address of Walt. This time, we’re going more towards the California side of California. Does that make sense?

Image: a little. But, more LA and less Disney?

Sophie: Yes. There’s not a problem with that. Is there?

Image: No. But, do you think we can zero in on Disney?

Sophie: Yes. I figured you’d ask that of me, so I made another bucket list:

  1. World of Color [standing in the ‘wet zone’ (good luck trying to convince Mommy to do that)]
  2. Splash mountain [front row (of course)]
  3. Mickey’s Fun Wheel [shaky carts (Minnie is preferred)]
  4. Soarin’ over California [front row (best view)]
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean [front row (that’s the wettest)]

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Image: Nice choices.

Sophie: thank you, Image.

Image: Well, that wraps up the interview thank you for your time, Ms. Sophie. Tooddles!

Well! That was nice. OH! I almost forgot! The Trivia! Today’s question is:

Q: Which Famous character made an appearance in Frozen as a stuffed animal?

  1. Winnie the Pooh
  2. Mickey Mouse
  3. Tinker Bell
  4. Potato Head

The answer:

  1. Mickey Mouse

It’s okay if you got it wrong. That was an Easter egg question. You have to look very closely through out the film. But here is a clue.

easter egg

How people see that, I have no idea.

But I hope you enjoyed my little interview with myself — I mean Mr. Image Reporter — and bye!!!

Sophie’s Favorite Disney Character Meals

Disney Dining Reviews

Hi guys! It’s me, Sophie, and today I’m discussing my favorite Disney character meals!!! (I have five so I’m making it into a countdown.)

5) Epcot’s AkershusIt’s a restaurant in the Norway Pavilion. The characters there are Disney Princesses, such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Belle. By the way, did you hear that the Imagineers have taken out the ride in Norway? They’re going to replace it with a Frozen-themed ride. The Frozen ride had BETTER be at least twice as good. Or I’m going to be very disappointed in Disney.

Me, my parents, and my cousin with belle

Me, my parents, and my cousin with Belle

4)The Beach Club’s Cape May Café. It was a long time ago, but I remember when we went to the Cape May Café for breakfast. It features Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. The food was delicious. Best cinnamon bun EVER! It was covered in icing, and warm. Just like the doughboy one’s we made at home, only bigger. Oh man, just typing about it’s making my mouth water. And I’m not kidding.

the Mickey-shaped thing was my "b-day desert" Mom did NOT approve :)

the Mickey-shaped thing was my b-day post-breakfast-desert. Mommy did NOT approve :)

3)Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace. It’s nice to just walk into a giant Victorian-style green-house-like building. The Crystal Palace is home to the Winnie the Pooh characters. Every 15-20 minutes or so, they’ll host a parade. It’s not a sit-and-order restaurant. It’s more of a sit-and-wait-for-a-turn-to-go-to-the-buffet restaurant. That’s a mouth full. Try saying it five times fast.

My favorite Winnie the Pooh character!

2) Epcot’s Garden Grill Restaurant. The Garden Grill is probably, the best built restaurant in Disney, at least in my opinion. Name another restaurant that spins, allowing you to look at a jungle, desert, prairie and more. The Garden Grill is built on top of a ride known as Living With the Land. This ride goes through the hydroponic gardens, where they grow all the fruits and veggies that are used, cooked and eaten in the Garden Grill.

The Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill Restaurant

1) Contemporary’s Chef Mickey’sIf you ask me, there is no better place to eat breakfast than at Chef Mickey’s. The buffet includes original breakfasts in a disney style. Mickey-shaped waffles, disney brand jam and the cinnamon role shaped like a hidden Mickey. I personally think this is the best of all character restaurants!

Minnie Mouse make a superior waitress

Minnie Mouse makes a superior waitress!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now — why not comment on what your favorite character dining is? Ta ta! :)

This Girl’s Take on Cinderella – with Disney Trivia too!

Cinderella 2015

Hi Guys! It’s me, Sophie, and here is the trivia question for today! The question is: You can “Come in a Stranger, Leave a Little Stranger” in ____?  The Answer is: The Adventure’s Club. If you ask my Dad, or me, we will tell you that this remix of Cinderella is the best ever made by Disney. It’s not animated, but the effects are just as amazing. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when the carriage, dress, attendants, and horse-mice all transform around Cinderella. The pumpkin turns back and shrinks, with Cinderella still inside! You could see the seeds! The horse had extremely big ears too. My mom says that two of the characters, Ella and Druzella, played roles in Downton Abby. In my opinion, the remix is even better than the original animated movie.

Well, thats all I’ve got. But don’t worry, my Dad has a lot more to say about this movie, which you can read about here, or, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, check out this post that has two of the trailers in it! So, Bye, but thanks for stopping by to read what we’ve got for you at the Kid’s Corner and all over the site! :)

Sophie, Miss J, and Riley – Best Friends!

Riley, Sophie, and Miss J at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Riley, Sophie, and Miss J at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Last summer, Cindy, Sophie and I welcomed our friends Leigh Ann and Riley and our friends Randy, Sheila, and Miss J to join us in celebrating Sophie’s 13th birthday.  Sophie and Riley have been best friends since the day they were born, and in June 2013, Sophie and Miss J became best friends as well when we met them at Disneyland.  Since that visit, scarcely a week goes by without Sophie and Miss J FaceTiming one another over the weekend.

Since last year was Sophie’s 13th Birthday, Cindy and I wanted to do some special, so we invited both sets of families to join us at Walt Disney World.  The picture above was taken when we first arrived at Bay Lake Tower where we were staying.  Riley and Miss J had never met before, and it was like all three of them had been best friends all of their lives.  Those girls were inseparable, and the conversations between the three of them is the stuff of legend now.

What got this post percolating in the back of my mind was a song that Sophie and I heard the other day.  Many of you may know it, the song is “It’s Not Easy” from the Disney Classic movie Pete’s Dragon.  In the song, Elliott is singing about how it’s not easy finding and hanging onto that special friend you have.  In many ways, this is very true.  For Sophie and Riley, they have been friends from before birth, but it’s not always easy because, despite the fact that we both live in the same area, schedules are different, so they often don’t get to spend a whole lot of time together.  For Sophie and Miss J, they didn’t meet until Sophie was turning 12, but the wonder of the Internet has made it seem like they are a lot closer than they the 2,500+ miles that separate the two of them, but that’s difficult in it’s own way.  What I love about this song, though, is that Elliott is able to realize just how easy it is to be best friends with people, and to embrace the differences we all have and the challenges we all face, despite schedule challenges and geographic distances separating the friends.  So now, please take a moment or two and watch the YouTube video of the song “It’s Not Easy” from Pete’s Dragon.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Are there any challenges in your lives that make it hard to hang onto that special friend in your life?

Sophie’s Favorite Attraction – Splash Mountain!

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail. Enjoy the ride as we share Disney attractions reviews from our kids.

The 52' Drop from the top of Splash Mountain!

The 52′ Drop from the top of Splash Mountain!

Hello Disney Fans!!! Today, I’m writing about my favorite attraction: Splash Mountain!!! Would you believe that for a long time, I was utterly, terrified of that drop?  If you’ve been with us in an earlier time, then you know that story. If this is the first post you’ve read, kick back and let me type a story for you.

It was in the trip of 2012. My parents and I were with a friend who loved Splash Mountain. One thing lead to another, and somehow, they convinced me to go and ride with them. It was the scariest thing for me! I was so paranoid that we would actually go into the briar patch! About half way through “the laughing place,” Daddy’s hat fell down and touched me. I. WAS. SO. SCARED!!! I thought it was an oversized queen bee about to sting me or something! I was screaming like bloody murder! The funniest part was when we were going up to the top. My mom was next to me, and she said that I was holding on so tightly, I was cutting off circulation. As we were going down the drop, I prepared for a lot of thorns. But, we didn’t go into the briar patch. I was like “AHHHHH!!!…. oh.” I saw that we went through a small tunnel. I was actually going under the briar patch! So now that i’m not afraid of the briars, I really like the ride, as you can tell from this picture of a group of us going on Splash Mountain (I’m in the pink Minnie Ears in the front on the right).

Getting ready to ride Splash Mountain again!

Getting ready to ride Splash Mountain again!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Mommy to All Girls.

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

1st Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Sophie’s Favorite Attraction – Splash Mountain!
2nd Stop – Mommy to All Girls – The Kolb Girls Review Disney Attractions
3rd Stop – For the Love of Disney – Top 5 Disney Rides for Kids… outside of Fantasyland!
4th Stop – Sparks of Magic – Magic Kids Talk: Favorite Disney Attractions
Final Stop – Dad for Disney – Kid Sized Review: Toy Story Midway Mania