15 Days to 15 Years – Animal Kingdom, 2003

15 Days to 15 Years
Today I have the distinct honor and privilege to be writing one of the 15 Days to 15 Years posts over at DISTherapy.  My great friends Donna and Beth have been the driving force now for the Magic Kingdom 40 Days to 40 Years Series, the Epcot 30 Days to 30 Years Series, the Disneyland Paris 20 Days to 20 Years Series, and now, the Animal Kingdom 15 Days to 15 Years Series!

So, stop on by and read the post, and enjoy the rest of the great posts in this series!  Thanks, and have a great day!

My favorite show at Disney World – Festival of the Lion King

Disney World is home to many wonderful shows that could play to a packed house on Broadway and every Disney fan has their favorite show and you can find information about many of the shows here on My Dreams of Disney. Personally, my favorite part of all the Disney movies and shows is the music which probably explains my passion and appreciation for Festival of the Lion King.

The Festival of the Lion King is in the Camp Minnie-Mickey section of Animal Kingdom. The show is shown in air-conditioned comfort in a “theater in the round”. There are four sections and each is named after a specific savanna animal (specifically a giraffe, a warthog, an elephant and a lion). Before the show, each section will be given a chance to practice their animal noise (if you haven’t seen the show, you may not even know that giraffes make specific noises) which they will be called upon later in the show to join in with.

The show begins with the arrival of costumed singers that “lead” each of the four animal sections. All of your favorite songs from the Lion King movie are presented along with dancing, a bird ballet and my favorite – acrobatic monkeys. The jumps and tumbles of the monkeys entertain and thrill everyone in the audience. A word of warning, Scar and the hyenas make an appearance during the show (they perform the song “Be Prepared”) so if your child is frightened by Scar in the movie, you may want to prepare your child for this eventuality. It’s not too long and  you shouldn’t miss out on the show for this one small part. There’s a grand finale but I don’t want to ruin the surprise so you will need to check out this show.

So, when you are visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, take a break from the rides and excitement to take in Festival of the Lion King. Bonus, Camp Minnie-Mickey houses many character interaction areas so your little ones will be able to visit with some of their favorite Disney characters before or after the show.

Sunday Disney-rama!

My Dreams of Disney

Hello everyone, and welcome to a fun little piece I’m calling — for today, anyway — Sunday Disney-rama!  It has been far too long since I did a Disney In Pictures post, so today I thought I would share with you some fun little pictures that I have in my collection that capture the spirit of Disney in all of it’s intricacies.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy looking at some good old fashioned Disney fun!

This first set of five pictures are all from the Magic Kingdom.  Enjoy!

At Tony's Town Square Restaurant -- our first ever Table Service Restaurant on our first ever on-property vacation!

At Tony’s Town Square Restaurant — our first ever Table Service Restaurant on our first ever on-property vacation!

Busted!  Two pictures before in my album you see Sophie climbing down off of Piglet's House!  This was the look on her face when I called over to her! :)

Busted! Two pictures before in my album you see Sophie climbing down off of Piglet’s House! This was the look on her face when I called over to her!

Over by Splash Mountain, Sophie was sharing with whomever would watch her dramatic pose!

Over by Splash Mountain, Sophie was sharing with whomever would watch her dramatic pose!

Sophie wanted a shot of her expression of Pete in Steamboat Willie!

Sophie wanted a shot of her expression of Pete in Steamboat Willie!

Anna Jane, in her first ever trip to Walt Disney World, riding her first ever attraction at Walt Disney World: The Mad Hatter Tea Cups!

Anna Jane, in her first ever trip to Walt Disney World, riding her first ever attraction at Walt Disney World: The Mad Hatter Tea Cups!

This next set of five photos comes to us from Epcot!  Enjoy!

 

I love the street performers over by the United Kingdom Pavilion!

I love the street performers over by the United Kingdom Pavilion!

At the African Outpost, Sophie is marching to the beat of her own drum!

At the African Outpost, Sophie is marching to the beat of her own drum!

In one of my favorite Disney Memories, here Sophie is in Morocco telling Princess Jasmine all about the costume she is going to buy!

In one of my favorite Disney Memories, here Sophie is in Morocco telling Princess Jasmine all about the costume she is going to buy!

 

Trying on big sombreros in the Mexican Pavilion open air market!

Trying on big sombreros in the Mexican Pavilion open air market!

Rockin' to the off-kilter sounds of Off Kilter -- in the rain, no less!

Rockin’ to the off-kilter sounds of Off Kilter — in the rain, no less!

For our next set of five pictures, I’m sharing with you some of my favorites from Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  Enjoy!

 

The Great!  The Incredible!  The Stupendous Alberto Dante!

The Great! The Incredible! The Stupendous Alberto Dante!

Newlyweds Bryanne and Tyler in the queue at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!

Newlyweds Bryanne and Tyler in the queue at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!

Which one is the mannequin?

Which one is the mannequin?

Next time, Nancy, you had better eat your veggies!

Next time, Nancy, you had better eat your veggies!

The Tattletale is finally done being fed by Ma!  Victory is hers!

The Tattletale is finally done being fed by Ma! Victory is hers!

Last, but by no means least, the final five photos I’m sharing with you are coming from Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

The pure, unbridled joy of eating your own Jumbo Emu (I mean, Turkey) Leg!

The pure, unbridled joy of eating your own Jumbo Emu (I mean, Turkey) Leg!

Pocahontas and Sophie at Rafiki's Planet Watch!

Pocahontas and Sophie at Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

Back Off!  These aren't the Birds you're looking for!

Back Off! This isn’t the bird you’re looking for!

At Disney, even the monkeys get into the fun!

At Disney, even the monkeys get into the fun!

You know, back in the day, the Boneyard could captivate Sophie for hours!

You know, back in the day, the Boneyard could captivate Sophie for hours!

Thanks for joining us today!  I hope you have enjoyed our photos from around Walt Disney World!

Learning at Disney World OR Why I think it’s okay for kids to miss school for a Disney World trip

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I love Disney World but Disney World during a school vacation? Not as much. There are too many people in my opinion. That’s why I try to schedule all my Disney trips while school is in session. Of course that means that my kids have missed school in order to head to Disney but there are plenty of opportunities for learning at Disney World. Plus, most teachers will give kids work ahead of time. I always try to get most of the school work done before we head out and while traveling (in the airport or on the plane); this way we are not worried about hitting the books at night.

In Animal Kingdom, you can see animals in their habitats. There is also nature talks at Raffikki’s Planet Watch as well as a chance to watch vets work on the animals. Animal Kingdom has dinosaurs, which includes opportunities to learn about the dinosaurs and possible explanations as to what caused their extinction. Also at Animal Kingdom, you will get plenty of information about conservation, always useful.

At Magic Kingdom, the Carousel of Progress is an entertaining look at technological changes from the 1800-1900 turn of the century  as well as a look at some ideas of new technology to come. One of the most informative attractions in the Magic Kingdom is the Hall of Presidents. In the pre-show area, there are on-going exhibits which rotate; there is a good chance you will see something new each time. Recently, the displays included some First Lady gowns, Presidential china and President Eisenhower’s gold clubs. The show features a brief history lesson and then the curtain rises for the Presidential roll call.  As each President is named, that President acknowledges his name, I love watching each head bow or nod (watch carefully and you may also notice  whispering between the Presidents). President Obama addresses the audience (if you are not a fan of history or really need a break, this cool, dark show is perfect for a nap)

Declaration of Independence

Washington’s Inauguration

Lincoln

Of course, Epcot is a learning mecca. Some of the learning in Future World includes the history of communication (in Spaceship Earth), the oceans of the world are explored at The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and at Club Cool you can learn about other cultures while you try different flavors of Coca Cola from around the world. It’s really interesting and kids will be more receptive to trying something close to what they know (like Coca Cola).

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Over in World Showcase, every nation is a learning opportunity. Disney hires employees from these countries to staff the pavilions. These staff love talking about home and will happily discuss home and answer questions for you. There are chances to try foods from around the world while including kid friendly options at each restaurant. There are unique demonstrations in each country. You can learn belly dancing in Morocco, origami in Japan and (for adults) wine tasting in France.

Last but not least, you can learn about show business over at Hollywood Studios. The back lot studio tour takes you behind the scenes of movie making and you can learn about Walt and his innovations at One Man’s Dream. I also found a great picture of Thomas Edison. I was thrilled because I had never seen a picture of Thomas Edison before and didn’t even know that there were any pictures of Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison from a picture found at Hollywood Studios

I hope I have given you some information that may be helpful. I’d love to hear your thoughts about learning at Walt Disney World or if you have questions. Happy learning and lots of Disney Dreams everyone!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Tree of Life!

My Dreams of Disney, Tree of Life, Animal Kingdom

Hello, and welcome back to Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, Tree of Life edition!  This weekly series is put on in conjunction with my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog!  I’m Mike from My Dreams of Disney, welcoming you to our site!  At the end of the post you will find links to the other sites, why not click on them and hop right on over to see what their trivia is for this week!

My trivia for this week comes from the book “Disney Trivia from the Vault” by Dave Smith — the Chief Archivist Emeritus of The Walt Disney Archives!

Thumbing through the book, I found a question from Kaitlyn from Mount Holly, NJ, who asked:

“Is there a list somewhere of all the animals carved into the Tree of Life? I’ve searched high and low and can’t seem to find one.”

Did you know, the Tree of Life…

contains 325 animals carved into the tree!  While Disney has not released a list of all of the animals located on the tree (they want guests to have as much fun as possible finding the animals) — they certainly did take a great amount of time and effort into putting so many carvings into the structure!

That wraps things up for me this week!  Thank you all for stopping by and seeing the trivia that I have for you this week!  If you have a blog, and want to write your own Trivia post, please feel free to do so and link it up with all of ours!  Thanks everyone, and have a great one!  If I don’t hear from you, I hope that you and your family have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving, and that all the blessings you so richly deserve are yours to be had!  Be safe, everyone!