Wordless Wednesday – Star Wars Weekends!

Star Wars Weekends

The Creator of My Dreams of Disney

Hello everyone, and welcome to my entry in the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, which is hosted by my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic!  This week, we are looking at Star Wars Weekends!  I’ve never participated in them before, but as you can see during the shot above, I was at the park during the week when the park was ready for the excitement.  Generally speaking, SWW are not something that I need to experience all that much — the crowds tend to keep me away.

However, I do have a few shots I’d like to share with you, so thank you for stopping by!

Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Darth Maul -- to this day, still the best Light Saber battle I've ever seen!

Darth Maul — to this day, still the best Light Saber battle I’ve ever seen!

Another shot of Darth Maul

Another shot of Darth Maul

Please take a look at the rest of the entries!  Just click on the link below, and enjoy!

Focused on the Magic

Tanya’s Review of Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World!

Image courtesy & ©Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

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By Tanya.  Fantasmic! is the premiere nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is truly a spectacular show which follows the storyline of what would happen if we could look into Mickey Mouse’s dreams and nightmares. Fantasmic is filled with pyrotechnics, water projections, music and live entertainment that rival any nighttime show in the Disney Resort. Any evening in the Hollywood Studios park should be capped off with this beautiful display!

Fantasmic! takes all that is wonderful about Disney and rolls it into one amazing adventure! I rank it among the best live entertainment Disney has to offer in the entire resort and highly recommend it for everyone. While this show is recommended for all ages, bear in mind that the show may be loud or intense for younger viewers. Don’t let this discourage you and your family, as young visitors will see every major Disney character (and some surprises) in one fun filled, beautifully choreographed show that ends with the good guys prevailing!

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Keep in mind that this show has limited seating and is subject to the evening’s weather. Ask any cast member or check your park map for show times during your visit. I highly recommend you arrive at least an hour prior to show time and enjoy the pre-show entertainers, resting with your family, and doing the “wave” with the crowd. Consider grabbing dinner from a quick serve restaurant or snacking on goodies from the vendors inside the amphitheatre area for your evening dinner. You may also consider making reservations with one of the reserved seating dinner packages Disney offers.

Fantasmic! is an impressive display of Imagineering and a must see attraction in the park. This is not a “fireworks” show. It includes a cast of entertainers, characters, and oh so much more. Get your smile ready, put your camera down, fix your eyes on the stage, and enjoy all there is to take in during the amazing show! You’ll tap your toe, bite your nails, and believe in Magic when it’s all over.

Image courtesy & ©Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

Image ©Disney Parks

53 Days til Disneyland – Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular!

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Today, at Day 53 of our Countdown to Disneyland series, we are taking a look at Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular!  This show, which feels to me like the types of shows we can see at Walt Disney World, is one that I’m looking forward to because I’ve never see Aladdin protrayed on the stage like this before.

In this Broadway-style production, Aladdin meets and falls in love with the incredible Princess Jasmine, and then later on finds the magic lamp and meets the Genie!  Will Aladdin win Princess Jasmine and free the Genie, or will Jafar win and take over the thrown from the Sultan…and the power from the Genie?

This 40 minute production is performed in the  Hyperion Theater in Hollywoodland at Disney’s California Adventure park.  During some times of the year, the production isn’t put on daily, so make sure you check the Entertainment Schedule to see when it is playing.

One of the best things I’ve read about this is that Alan Menken, the composer of the original soundtrack, actually wrote a brand new song — “To Be Free” — just for this show!

So tell me, what do you think about Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular?  Is it a show that you can’t wait to see each time you visit, or do you skip on by?  If you’ve seen this show and the shows at Walt Disney World, specifically, Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage, Finding Nemo – The Musical, or Festival of the Lion King, where do you rank this show with those?  In fact, let’s do a quick poll, tell me which is your favorite, and thanks!


Celebrating Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World

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My Mom with Sophie at Minnie’s Country House, 2006

Sunday, May 12th, 2013…a day that every child and husband should know and remember.  Sunday, May 12th, 2013 is Mother’s Day in the United States.

While I haven’t yet taken my Mom (and Sophie hasn’t taken her Mom) to Walt Disney World for Mother’s Day, it is definitely something on both of our radar screens to do at some point.  While I know that Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World is likely a terrible time to go because of crowds, restaurants being booked solid, and so on, to me, what better way to celebrate all that our Moms mean to us then by sharing the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios with them for a day – or longer!

With the help of my good friend Dave’s Crowd Calendar from the site YourFirstVisit.net, it is apparent to me that while going to Walt Disney World on Mother’s Day may be quite busy, actually going for the week that Mother’s Day falls on isn’t that bad at all — or at least, isn’t projected to be that bad!  So for those of you looking to do something to wow your Mom, wife, or other Mother figure in your life, this may be just the ticket you are looking for!

The Canada Pavilion Gardens

The Canada Pavilion Gardens

And another shot of the Gardens.

And another shot of the Gardens.

To me, one of my favorite things to do is to just walk around Epcot’s World Showcase.  I could really see this as being one of the things to do to make a perfect Mother’s Day afternoon.  Can you picture stopping to take a look at the gardens of Canada, then going in to watch O Canada! inside the pavilion?

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Perhaps a Monorail Ride is something you enjoy?

Or, perhaps a ride on the monorail is something you enjoy a bit more?  I love the look of this picture, with the flower bed before the lake, and the Tron monorail passing by overhead, this picture just worked out perfectly for me — pure luck, I might add!

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Or, perhaps you are like Daisy, and shopping is your thing?

Perhaps, though, you are more like Daisy, and you prefer to shop for something special on Mother’s Day?  There are a lot of great shopping locations, of course, so take time to purchase that new Dooney & Bourke — and remember, if you buy too much, you’ve always got Donald here to carry your bags for you!

Donald will do anything for his Daisy!

Donald will do anything for his Daisy!

So, as you can see, at Epcot at least, there are plenty of things to do — and there will be at the other parks as well!  Perhaps a ride on “it’s a Small World” is what you crave right now?

 

it's a small world Or, perhaps a ride on Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is more up your alley?

Animal Kingdom Monday - Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest

 

Or, maybe even a good idea is to just take in a parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…

Wordless Wednesday - Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade!

The Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

 

Whatever you choose to do, you are spending time with your Mom — or in some cases, remembering your Mom — so no matter what you do, whether you go to Walt Disney World or not, it’s a good day…a day to truly remember what your Mom means to you, and to honor her in all that you do.

Have you spent the day at Walt Disney World with your Mom on Mother’s Day?  If so, how were the crowds?  Please comment and let us know, and thanks for stopping by today!

 

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!