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My Top 5 Disneyland60 Moments from 2015

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These are my Top 5 #Disneyland60 moments!

My Top 5 Disneyland60 Moments from 2015

By Mike Ellis.

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Top 5 Disneyland60 Moments from 2015!  I hope that 2015 has been a great year for you, and that 2016 is an even better year than this one!  This has been a hard year for my family, as I wrote about in my post “When Life Invades Disney“, but I am going to be optimistic and tell you that I expect 2016 to be a much better year than this one!  So today, I’m going to pull for you my top 5 moments from our trip to Disneyland for Disneyland60 this past July!

Moment #1: The Disneyland60 Photo

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Stephanie, Shane, Lindsay (not seen), Sophie and I getting our picture taken on July 17, 2015!

On the actual birthday of Disneyland, July 17th, we were able to be at the park!  It was a big thrill for myself and Sophie; having Stephanie and Shane and their baby to be there also made it special.  The only thing that I missed was not having Cindy there with us.  That’s okay, though, the 50th birthday of the Magic Kingdom is in just a few years, I’ll make sure we are there for that one to celebrate in style!

Moment #2: Riding all the Attractions we did!

That morning, we arrived early enough that the park was just getting going, and were able to get in to Disneyland with not much fuss.  I was, to be honest, a little surprised, because I remember how crazy packed the Magic Kingdom had been for the 40th Birthday just a few years earlier.  So we arrived, and looked in the gift shops briefly on Main Street, but then we started riding attractions.  We must have ridden 10 or 15 attractions — rides like the Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, and others — within the first couple of hours of being there — well before the 10AM presentation that they had to celebrate the park and the occasion.  It was incredible how many rides we just walked right onto.

Moment #3: World of Color

We saw the World of Color the night before the anniversary — so, on July 16th.  This was a special World of Color, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Mickey Mouse, and even an appearance by Walt Disney.  I had a Periscope session for this, as well as for Moment #4 and Moment #5.

Moment #4: Fantasmic

On July 18, we had reservations at the River Belle Terrace to enjoy dinner and get preferred seating for Fantasmic. The meal was incredible, but alas, the show was cancelled that night due to rain. However, on the 20th, Stephanie, Shane and myself went over to see the show on our own, and the video below is my Periscope video of the showing, which is why it isn’t 16×9. I hope you enjoy!

Moment #5: Disneyland Fireworks

Within minutes of the Fantasmic show ending, the Disneyland fireworks were being presented.  Rather than try to get over by the Castle and possibly miss getting a good spot for the fireworks, we decided to stay where we were and watch them from that location.  I think it was a good decision, and I have this video as well to share with you!  Once again, it was recorded as my Periscope session, so that’s why it isn’t 16×9. Enjoy!

What special Disney moments will 2016 bring to our world?  And what special Disney moments do you have from 2015 that you want to share with us?  Hit us up, leave us a comment, shoot us an email, write on our Facebook Page, shoot us a tweet, or even give me a call!  I’d love to hear about your favorite Disney moments from 2015!  I hope that you all have a very happy and safe new year celebration and that you have a wonderful year ahead!

Our Next Disney Vacation!

Our next Disney Vacation!

Our next Disney Vacation!

On Christmas Day, as part of her Christmas present, Sophie learned of a very special trip that she will be taking with two of her best friends — to celebrate Sophie’s 13th Birthday!

This is something that we’ve been planning for quite a while, behind the scenes, so to speak.  None of this would have been possible if we hadn’t bought our membership in the Disney Vacation Club, and I am extremely excited that we did that because we have been having great vacations with our family and close friends ever since!

So, with the days ticking off until our next trip, we’ve got some planning to take care of!  For starters, we’ve got to figure out what dining options we need to work on.  We’ve got some special diet requirements that we’ve got to work with, so the Disney Dining Plan is not going to be an option for us this time.  I’ve already taken care of emailing the Special Diets folks at Disney (that sounds like a new blog post to me!) and they have been very helpful in sending me some great recommendations back.  Also, since there are going to be eight of us, one thing that might be a great option for us is to invest in the Tables in Wonderland card. This special card — which is only available for purchase to Florida residents or Annual Passholders — costs $100 but it allows you to save 20% off of most restaurants at Walt Disney World, including any alcoholic beverages, and you can get discounts on purchases also of merchandise.

Also on the list of things to do — decide on what we want to do with Fastpasses, MyMagic+, and all that.  Talk about some of the great things we want to explore at the parks.  Talk about that “other park” and whether or not we want to visit it (I’m thinking of sending Sophie over with some of our friends while Cindy and I enjoy the parks on our own…).  Stay tuned, friends, and we’ll take a more in-depth look at these things over the next few months.  As of December 27th, 2013, we are 170 days away from our trip!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Herbie Rides Again!

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Herbie the Love Bug

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, the weekly series that brings you a bit of Disney Trivia for you to enjoy!  Along with my good friends Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, I am Mike from My Dreams of Disney bringing you some unique trivia from the book Disney Trivia from the Vault by Mr. Dave Smith.

Today, K.H. asks a question about the movie Herbie Rides Again.  Here is what they had to say:

Where did Disney film the firehouse that was used in Herbie Rides Again? K.H., Louisville, KY

The firehouse featured in Herbie Rides Again was built on the back lot of the Disney Studios in Burbank, California.  Movie magic did the rest: the street scenes of San Francisco were matted in around the firehouse.

Special thanks to my daughter Sophie for looking these up for me!  Now, check out the rest of the entries below, and enjoy!