Touch the Sky

The Power of a Disney Song: Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky

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When it comes to Disney, one of the things that strikes deep into the core of why I love all things Disney so much is the music. As I’ve written about before, often the Disney music is the strongest part of the Disney experience. Today, I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the song Touch the Sky from the Disney/Pixar film Brave.

For me, the song Touch the Sky is one of the most powerful of all the Disney songs of any movie.  Take a look at just some of the power in these lyrics:

I will ride, I will fly, Chase the wind and touch the sky

then, later on…

Take hold of my own dream, be as strong as the seas are stormy,

and proud as an Eagle’s scream!

Lastly, one last reminder for us all…

Chase the Wind,

Touch the Sky.

This song in my opinion transcends beyond just a movie, beyond Disney, for that matter.  This song can become a mantra for each and every one of us!  How, you might ask?  Well, let’s explore that a bit.

With the start of 2017, a new year often brings about a new sense of optimism, a new hope for what we can accomplish in our lives.  At this moment, we have this hope to remind us that we can be better in this year than perhaps we were in the last year.  The lyrics from Touch the Sky can empower us, and give us the passion, the drive, the energy to embrace who we are, what we do, and what we want to become, and, as the song says, take hold of our own dreams!

It won’t happen overnight, necessarily, but it may very well happen, if you remember these key components:

  1. Chase the wind, reach for and touch the sky.
  2. Take charge of your dream, but remember to stand strong against any adversity.
  3. Be proud of your accomplishments, and build off of them to even greater success!

Who’s with me?  Who’s ready to chase the wind and touch the sky of their dream for 2017? Let me know in the comments, and enjoy the incredible music from our friends at Disney/Pixar!

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Sophie’s Magical Character Moments

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are discussing some of the best Disney character interactions at the parks and on Disney Cruise Line.

Our daughter Sophie shares a secret with Princess Jasmine!

Our daughter Sophie shares a secret with Princess Jasmine!

For me, character interactions are the cream of the crop in Disney Magic for our family.  So many emotions can touch the heart strings when your Princess interacts with one of the Disney Princesses or other characters, and for me, we have been fortunate over the years to witness many such occasions.  Today, I’m going to share three stories with you involving my Princess, Sophie.  I hope you enjoy!

Sophie and Princess Jasmine

The picture above of Sophie and Princess Jasmine was taken in 2008, in the Morocco Pavilion over at Epcot’s World Showcase.  Normally, we don’t often venture all that deeply into Morocco because it’s primarily a shopping bazaar, but for some reason, on that day, we decided to explore the pavilion in greater detail.  Near the back of the pavilion, we rounded a bend in the walkway, and came upon Princess Jasmine and the Genie all ready to great Guests, but with no one stopping by to visit!  They were literally standing by themselves. Needless to say, we approached, and Sophie was able to visit with Princess Jasmine for what felt like 10 minutes.  During the course of that visit, I was able to capture this Magical Moment.  We found out later that Sophie was whispering to Princess Jasmine that she was going to get a Princess Jasmine costume just like the one she wears as her trip souvenir — and that’s exactly what she did!  It was the only thing she wanted that whole trip, and she wore that costume for days it seemed like!  What you don’t see here is the Genie doing everything in his power to grab Sophie’s attention to him — but on this day, she only had eyes for Princess Jasmine!

Sophie was so excited to see Donald Duck she started dancing!

Sophie was so excited to see Donald Duck she started dancing!

Sophie and Donald Duck

In 2007, we took a trip to Walt Disney World just prior to school starting back up.  In those days, Sophie was a huge Donald Duck fan, so much so that on that trip, we must have visited with Donald in different venues half a dozen times.  During this visit, though, we were over at the Magic Kingdom, back in the old Toontown Fair land, and Sophie wanted to visit with the characters.  So we waited in line, got our chance, and as we were visiting, Sophie got so excited that she started dancing and bouncing up and down to see Donald.  Well, don’t you know that Donald Duck had to do that too, so before we knew it, they were both bouncing up and down together.  It was a great moment, one that we will never forget!

Sophie and Cinderella and the Cast Member

This last story doesn’t have a picture associated with it, and truth be told, it didn’t result in a meeting with a character either.  It took place during the Year of a Million Dreams, when we were stopping at the Main Street Bakery one morning.  As we were finishing up our breakfast, a Cast Member stopped by and started talking with Sophie.  During the course of their conversation, the question arose as to who Sophie’s favorite character was.  Sophie answered, “Cinderella!”  At that moment, the Cast Member presented Sophie with a huge chocolate chip cookie, almost like one of those birthday cookies you get decorated, and told Sophie that Cinderella knew that Sophie was at the Main Street Bakery, and asked the Cast Member to give her this cookie from her.  To my daughter and her six year old mind, it was a cherished memory that she remembers to this day, usually when we are enjoying a good chocolate chip cookie!

Sophie is now 14, and actually started high school yesterday, so she is growing up before our very eyes every day.  It’s the memories of moments like these that help my wife and I as we see our daughter becoming the incredible young woman that she is today.  Thank you for sharing in our Magical Moments from over the years!

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Pirates of the Caribbean

5 Facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will Impress Your Friends.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean – 5 Facts to Impress Your Friends!

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are already a Disney fan — some of you may even be Disney Addicts!  If that’s the case, the five facts I’ve got for you may not be anything you haven’t heard before, but it may be something that you can use to explain how cool Pirates of the Caribbean is to your friends, co-workers, family, anyone that isn’t as big a Disney fan as you are!  So, without further ado, here are five facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will impress your friends!

Pirates of the Caribbean

For Pirates fans, there are a lot of great tidbits that do a great job of adding a bit of intrigue to the attraction.  Here are my top five facts that I find fascinating about this great attraction!

  1. When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, Pirates of the Caribbean was not one of the original opening day attractions.  The thought was that because Florida was so close to the Caribbean, the Florida residents would not be interested in pirates.  Well, people were amazed that Pirates wasn’t part of the Magic Kingdom, and they petitioned Disney to open it in Florida like it was in California.  Disney listened, and Pirates opened to the general public on December 15, 1973 — exactly 7 years after Walt Disney passed away.
  2. Pirates opened originally at Disneyland, in New Orleans Square.  The attraction was the last one that Walt Disney worked on before he passed away, and it opened 3 months after his passing.  The Disneyland version starts with a slow ride through the Blue Bayou restaurant.  If you are eating there, you can see the boats pass by from your table.  It’s really cool.  Personally, the scene reminds me of the bayou of Louisiana (hence New Orleans Square) scenes from The Princess and the Frog movie.
  3. At the Magic Kingdom, there are two skeletons playing a game of chess in one of the dungeons — you can see them as you walk through the loading queue.  Interestingly, though, the pieces on the chessboard form a stalemate, with no winner possible.  As a result, the two skeletons have been playing the same game of chess since 1973!  This part of the attraction was the brainchild of Marc Davis, one of the Disney Legends and one of Walt’s Nine Old Men.
  4. Back at Disneyland, did you know that there are two drops as part of the attraction, while at the Magic Kingdom, there is only one?
  5. Lastly, did you know that the drop at the Magic Kingdom was done in order to navigate under the Walt Disney World Railroad?

I hope that you have found these facts to be fun and enjoyable!  Leave me a comment and let me know what facts you have to share also.  Thanks, and make it a Disney day everyone!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia- Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki's Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post!  Since we are in the middle of our #DisneyWorldCountdown series, I thought it made sense to explore more about today’s pick, so I’m taking a look at Rafiki’s Planet Watch!  Please join me in welcoming my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head!

There are a lot of things about Rafiki’s Planet Watch that I didn’t know about, tell me, did you know about these facts, or are they new to you too? Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!

So tell me, what trivia did I forget to include?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries, and thanks!

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76 Days: Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki's Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day76 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  The days keep ticking away, and it’s hard to believe that we have already done 24 days in our countdown!  For today, we’re taking a look at a Pavilion that is only accessible by way of the Wildlife Express Train — of course I’m talking about Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

This pavilion is, in my opinion, overlooked by many that travel to Animal Kingdom, but to do so you risk missing some of the great things at Animal Kingdom!  For starters, we hadn’t seen Pocahontas at the park since way back in 2005 when she was a big part of the show Pocahontas and her Forest Friends (a show that closed in 2008).  So, when we were at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and came upon Pocahontas, Sophie was extremely excited!  Better yet, there was no line waiting to see her!

In addition to seeing Pocahontas, there are cutouts of animals that you can look at, such as these two — although my photos don’t do justice to the pavilion.  They also have great demonstrations with some of the animals.  For example, we saw a demonstration on how some turtles were tested to see who would adapt quickest and eat the treat first.  It was based on some characteristic of the turtle, such as eye color.  It was really neat and fun, and something that I was glad I got to witness the demonstration.

Sophie with the Tiger

Sophie with the Tiger

Sophie with the Rhino

Sophie with the Rhino

Another great thing about Rafiki’s Planet Watch — most of the exhibits are inside this great air conditioned building — and you all know how hot it can get at the Animal Kingdom Park!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a great pavilion to spend some time in.  Do you and your family take time to see it?  What is your favorite part about it?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!