Why I love Disney Giveaways!

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A few last thoughts as I close the books on my participation of the Disney Gift Card Giveaway that a bunch of great Disney fan blogs held…and why I absolutely love having giveaways.  I guess you could sub-title this post “My top 5 reasons I love Disney Giveaways!”

Reason #1: To build excitement in all of the great blogs that are participating in the giveaway!

There are an incredible number of Disney fan sites out there — so many that I am impressed that my site gets as many views as it does!  The primary reason that we, as bloggers, pool our money to giveaway incredible prizes to our readers is because we LOVE Disney, and we love to share with you what makes our passion for Disney so great.

Reason #2: To share our favorite things we love about Disney!

Whether it be the world-famous Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar, my wife’s favorite, by the way, or a thrilling late night ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or even just a corny ride on the Jungle Cruise — one of the reasons I love being part of Disney giveaways is so that I can share my favorite things that I love about Disney!

Reason #3: To help families see their Disney Dreams come true!

One of my entries in this giveaway was to get people to request a free quote so that they could see what a Disney vacation might cost them.  I know that the primary reason that people did that option was to get an entry in the giveaway, but it was my hope that some of them would see my reply, start up a conversation with me, and be convinced that a trip to Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other Disney Destinations isn’t a “break the bank” kind of option — or, at least, doesn’t need to be!

Reason #4: To give two lucky winners a chance to fulfill their Disney Dreams!

It had been quite a while since I was part of a giveaway of this size — it isn’t often that you can offer a grand prize of a $400 Disney Gift Card and a second prize of a $200 Disney Gift Card!  That second prize, in and of itself, was enough to be a deposit on a vacation to Walt Disney World for one family, and the $400 Disney Gift Card would be enough to pay for quite a bit of that vacation!  Or, it could be an entire Christmas shopping taken care of, just like that!  So, being able to award such great prizes is definitely one reason I love Disney giveaways!

Reason #5: Outstanding, THANKFUL, appreciative winners!

The number one reason, though (even though I have it listed as reason #5), that I love Disney Giveaways, is because of the excitement, the pure joy, that I read when the winners claim their prize.  Our $400 winner, Katy Maxwell from Michigan, was so excited, she couldn’t stand it!  She has a trip planned, and this gift card will be the icing on the cake for her trip with her family.

Perhaps even more so, though, was the reaction of Kimberly Donathen of North Carolina, the winner of the $200 Disney Gift Card.  When I asked her via email what she was going to use the gift card on, here was her response:

[box]My GC will be used on my two very Special Need Kids to navigate the parks for Christmas and some balloons to pay it forward for other guests in memory of a child we know and loved who has passed away. We do this every year.[/box]

She went on to add in a followup email:

[box]We have a very close friend who lost her daughter 2 years ago as a toddler. Even though my kids are special needs and will have burdens they will live their lives. It taught us to preserve, be thankful and to live life. Every trip we give balloons and pins to other kids. It also helps to teach my youngest, who is capable of grasping it somewhat, that it is good to pay it forward. Life is a lesson, even at Disney![/box]

And that, my friends, more than any reason, is why I love to be a part of Disney Giveaways.  Thank you for reading, and God Bless people like Kimberly, who, despite the tribulations that they face in their daily lives, still see the blessings that God gives to them, and are able to help others see blessings as well.

Congratulations Disney Gift Card Winners Katy and Kimberly!

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After 17 days, 163,961 entries, and verification of the winning selections by our Rafflecopter widget, congratulations are in order to Katy, the winner of the $400 Disney Gift Card, and Kimberly, the winner of the $200 Disney Gift Card!  On behalf of myself and all of my Disney fan blog friends, we would like to congratulate the winners, but also send out a special and very heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for entering the sweepstakes, checking out our blogs, and hopefully learning a bit more about our Disney passion that runs within all of us!

There are a lot of great Disney fan sites out there, and our list is certainly not all of them!  Stay tuned, too, you never know when we might have another Disney Gift Card sweepstakes!  Who knows, maybe the next one will be even bigger than this one…

The thing I like about these sorts of sweepstakes is in hearing the reaction from the winners.  Katy was very excited to win — she has a trip coming up that this will be of great help for!  Kimberly was also ecstatic to have won!  She has a very touching and special tribute that she does on every trip in memory of a loved one, and this will really make it that much better!

Again, thank you for following us on our Disney journeys, and we hope you will stick around and continue to come to our sites to get your Daily Disney Fix!  Have a great day, and remember to make it a Disney Day!

 

What would you do if you won a Disney Gift Card?

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Hello everyone!  What would you do if you won a $400 or $200 Disney Gift Card?  Well, you have a unique opportunity to do just that!  My Dreams of Disney has joined forces with a great group of blogs — which you can see below — to offer up $600 worth of Disney Gift Cards!  There will be two winners — a $400 Disney Gift Card and a $200 Disney Gift Card!

With all of these great sites, you are sure to learn something new by visiting them!  I think the number of sites just demonstrates how popular Walt Disney World and the other Disney parks truly are!

The sweepstakes is well underway, and I suspect that those of you reading this post have already entered to win one of the gift cards at least once!  If you haven’t, though, then what are you waiting for?  Just think about some of the great things you could use your gift card on:

  1. Either Disney Gift Card would be a great deposit or payment towards your next Disney vacation!
  2. $400 or $200 in a Disney Gift Card would be a great way to take care of your Christmas or Holiday gift shopping for your family!
  3. If you win the $400 Disney Gift Card, you could use the gift card to pay for almost all of a 10 day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket for one adult.
  4. If you are going to be in the area, you could use the $400 Disney Gift Card to pay for 2 adult and 2 children (ages 3-9) tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, with plenty to spare!
  5. Last, but certainly not least — especially in my wife’s mind — you could use your $400 Disney Gift Card to purchase 106 Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars, or your $200 Disney Gift Card to purchase 53 of them!

The sweepstakes continues until 11:59PM on Monday, October 14, 2013.  The winners will be selected on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 and notified by email.  He or she may also be notified via social media outlets, but the official acceptance of the prize must be in the form of a reply email to the one that we send out, so make sure that you provide good email addresses that you check regularly.

The sweepstakes is only open to people in the United States age 18 years or older.  We are sorry that we can’t open it up outside of the US.  Now go ahead and get your entries in, and good luck everyone!

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Steamboat Willie

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While Steamboat Willie wasn’t introduced to the world until November 18, 1928, today, September 30 is still a big day in the history of Steamboat Willie. It was on this day in 1928 that the following Disney Trivia was created:

September 30, 1928:
A second recording session for Steamboat Willie takes place in New York with conductor Carl Edouarde and a 15-piece band. The first session on September 15 had been a disaster as the musicians couldn’t play in time with the animated film. This time Walt is prepared to deal with the problem of synchronization. Ub Iwerks has made a special print of the film with an animated bouncing ball – on both the soundtrack and the film. The ball rises and falls to the accent of the beat, thus creating a visual signal and a soft audio click. Instead of being projected above the band, Iwerks’ print is projected directly down onto Edouarde’s printed score. The session takes place in just three hours and is a complete success! (The cartoon short will debut November 18.)

Thanks for stopping by today as we explore some unique Disney Trivia!  I always enjoy reading the trivia that my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse have to share, as well as the ones that you all add to our group!  It makes for a fun time for everyone!  To read the rest of the entries, just click on them below, and thanks for stopping by!  Whatever you do, make sure to make it a Disney Day, and don’t forget to enter to win a $400 or $200 Disney Gift Card!

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Who wants to win Disney Gift Cards?

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Hello everyone!  Who’s in the mood for a great giveaway?  A group of bloggers have teamed up and pooled our resources to offer up $600 worth of Disney Gift Cards!  These are some of the big names in the Disney Blog realm, and I’m sure you will recognize some of these sites.

With all of these great sites, you are sure to learn something new by visiting them!  I think the number of sites just demonstrates how popular Walt Disney World and the other Disney parks truly are!  Now, on to the sweepstakes!

We are giving away two incredible prizes!  One is a $400 Disney Gift Card, and the other is a $200 Disney Gift Card!  To enter to win, you have to submit your entries via the Rafflecopter code that you see below on this site (or on our partner sites of those that are part of this giveaway).  If you are faithful and complete the entries each day, you have the opportunity to accumulate 350 entries for the sweepstakes!

The sweepstakes will run from Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Midnight until 11:59PM on Monday, October 14, 2013.  The winners will be selected on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 and notified by email.  He or she may also be notified via social media outlets, but the official acceptance of the prize must be in the form of a reply email to the one that we send out, so make sure that you provide good email addresses that you check regularly.

The sweepstakes is only open to people in the United States age 18 years or older.  We are sorry that we can’t open it up outside of the US.  Now, when the sweepstakes is open, go ahead and get your entries put in, and good luck everyone!

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