Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie Mouse!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy 86th Birthday to Mickey & Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie!  Today, 86 years ago, Mickey & Minnie made their “acknowledged” debut in Steamboat Willie!  I say acknowledged because they were actually in Plane Crazy prior, but Steamboat Willie was the first one that they had voices!  To celebrate all that they mean to Disney Fans across the world, here are some of my favorite pictures with Mickey & Minnie and our family.  Enjoy!

The first picture was when Cindy and I saw Mickey & Minnie riding Dumbo with two very special Guests!  Here’s another picture from that evening:

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Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey

This picture is from Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and is one of my favorites!

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Minnie is in one of the afternoon parades — I took this picture in 2007!

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Sophie sure loves Mickey! Look at this picture from ‘Ohana in 2009!

The next picture was taken at Chef Mickey’s:

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Sophie loves to give and receive hugs — and so does Minnie!

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Taken back in Mickey’s Toontown Fair!

Our last picture comes to us from Disneyland.  Here we are at the Big Thunder Ranch, just checking it out, when all of a sudden, these two came and we had our picture taken!  There was practically no line!

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Sophie, Cindy and I with Mickey & Minnie!

To finish us off, here are the videos where our famous Mouse friends got their start!  Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!  Do you have a favorite memory or picture of Mickey, Minnie, or both of them that you would like to share?  If so, share it on our Facebook page or leave us a comment here!  We’d love to see and hear about it!

Steamboat Willie

Plane Crazy

Disney Birthdays – it’s a big deal!

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Celebrating your birthday at Disney includes special desserts — even for breakfast!

Hello everyone!  Today is my birthday!  I turned 46 years old today — and I realized the other morning that this is the 35th year since my very first trip to Walt Disney World, way back in 1979!  Wow, time flies, and so much has changed since that first visit — but one thing remains — Disney Birthdays are as cool now as they have always been!

Officially, I have never been to Walt Disney World for my birthday — although, the official Disney policy is that you can celebrate your birthday up to 6 months after your birthday, or you can celebrate your birthday up to 6 months before your birthday — so all of us, if we choose to, could celebrate our birthday no matter when we visit!

Celebrating your birthday as a Disney Birthday means wearing a Happy Birthday button — having strangers wish you happy birthday! — having Cast Members wish you a happy birthday — having characters wish you a happy birthday — and, in some cases, even getting special desserts at a restaurant when you eat there!  For example, take a look at the special treat that Sophie got when we ate at the Cape May Cafe for her birthday — oh, and by the way, did I mention that we were having breakfast that morning there?

In addition to special desserts, you also sometimes get great birthday cards at these restaurants, signed by the characters that came to visit you!  How cool is that?

 

Sophie celebrated her 9th birthday with Mickey & Minnie at Mickey's Backyard BBQ!

Sophie celebrated her 9th birthday with Mickey & Minnie at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ!

In 2010, Sophie wanted to eat at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ for her birthday, so that’s what we did!  Sophie loved seeing Mickey & Minnie all decked out in their western garb, and they both loved seeing Sophie’s new t-shirt that she created with Minnie Mouse!

The Birthday Button is the start of a great Disney Birthday!

The Birthday Button is the start of a great Disney Birthday!

Having your birthday button decorated with your name makes it easy for people to wish you a happy birthday!  Sometimes, though, water rides, heat, sweat, and stuff like that can cause your name to wear off — if that happens, see if you can get one of the Disney Animators to redraw it for you — we had this done at Hollywood Studios — the artist just said “here, let’s fix that for you!” — and we still have that button to this day!

Sometimes great Cast Members will give you a surprise treat!

Sometimes great Cast Members will give you a surprise treat!

The Pirate bandana — and eye patch and sword in the next picture — were given to Sophie when we rode the water taxi from Port Orleans French Quarter to Downtown Disney.  The Pilot noticed Sophie’s button as we were getting off, and he wished her a happy birthday, then said hold on for a moment, went into his locker, and came out with that for Sophie!  It was so unexpected, it truly made her day!

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Sophie sporting the eye patch and sword to go along with her Pirate bandana!

Whether it be a simple ‘Happy Birthday’ from a Cast Member — or total stranger — or something more like the gift Sophie received from the Pilot on the Water Taxi — just the fact of celebrating your birthday as a Disney Birthday truly makes your celebration that much more fun.  Thank you for stopping by!  How do you celebrate your birthday at Disney — if you have?  Let us know in the comments, and remember everyone — go out and make every day a Disney Day!

Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom!

Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom! 42 years old today!

Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom! 42 years old today!

It is incredibly hard to believe that 42 years ago today, the Magic Kingdom opened it’s doors for the first time to the general public, on October 1st, 1971. Walt Disney World was officially born.  Just two years ago, I was blessed, along with my wife, daughter and niece, to be there when the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom was celebrated!  That day was as picture perfect as you could have — with brilliantly blue skies, nary a cloud in the sky, wonderful temperatures, and, despite the crowds, it seemed like every attraction we wanted to ride or experience had very little wait times.

Our plan of attack that day was to tackle all of the classic, opening day attractions — and we did just that and then some!

It was a wonderful day, full of wonderful memories that I remember to this day, so let me share those memories with you in the form of pictures — enjoy!

The opening parade was a great way to start the day!

The opening parade was a great way to start the day!

The happy couple, holding hands as the walk around Town Square!

The happy couple, holding hands as the walk around Town Square!

Peter Pan and Wendy were also in view, which was great!

Peter Pan and Wendy were also in view, which was great!

We also had our picture made with our friends from Pixie Vacations!

We also had our picture made with our friends from Pixie Vacations!

Looking back at Cinderella Castle at the end of the night, a final memory of what ranks as a top 3 trip to Walt Disney World!

Looking back at Cinderella Castle at the end of the night, a final memory of what ranks as a top 3 trip to Walt Disney World!

That wraps it up for us today!  I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at the Magic Kingdom on October 1st, 2011 — the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World!  If you are at the parks today, on it’s 42nd birthday, tell me, what is the day like for you?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Today is my Mom’s birthday!  Please join me in wishing her a very happy birthday!  This picture was taken on August 1st, 2006, when we took Sophie and Meemaw (as she is known to Sophie) to Walt Disney World for the day!  It was a lot of fun, and was the first time Mom had been there since we went in 1979!  It also marks the last time my Mom has been there, which is something that needs to be changed at some point!  Who knows?  Maybe next year…?

Sophie had a great time enjoying the Magic Kingdom with her Meemaw, so I thought we would let the pictures do the talking!  Enjoy!

Riding Aladdin's Magic Carpets!

Riding Aladdin’s Magic Carpets!

It's not the best quality, but I love the photobomb by the little guy!

It’s not the best quality, but I love the photobomb by the little guy!

Mom riding the Carrousel!

Mom riding the Carrousel!

Mom also rode Goofy’s Barnstormer — and DID NOT like it!  We ate at Cosmic Ray’s I believe it was.  We enjoyed a lot of good wholesome rides that Mom liked, and we saw Cinderella and her Prince get married at the Castle!  All in all, even though it was only a day, we had a great time.

Thanks for stopping by as I wish my Mom a very happy Birthday!  Have a Disney Day, everyone!

Happy Birthday Cindy!

40th Anniversary

Today is the birthday of my lovely wife Cindy!  Those of you that have been reading for a while know that Cindy and Sophie are instrumental in helping plan the Disney trips that we love so much!  I can safely say without hesitation that if Cindy and I hadn’t gotten met, I would likely not be anywhere near the Disney fan that I am today.

She has seen me at my best, and she has seen me at my worst, and through thick and thin, regardless, she continues to love me to this day.  If that was all I had in this life, then I would still be the most blessed man in the world.

As it is, with Cindy we have had our wonderful daughter Sophie, whom we have shown love and compassion for nearly 12 years now.  We have bought our first home together, we have cried over losing loved ones, and prayed over others that were nearly lost to us.

We have witnessed the joy of seeing how compassionate our baby is towards her fellow human beings, and we have cried at the fear that the word Autism carries when we learned of her ASD.

We cried together when Sophie was born seven weeks early, and some of those tears were for Cindy knowing that her Mom and Dad were watching from Heaven, and would not be able to hold Sophie in their arms.

In August Cindy and I will celebrate our 13th Wedding Anniversary.  Just prior to that, we will take Sophie (shh, it’s sort of a secret!) to Walt Disney World when Pixie Vacations has a big Pixie get together for fun and relaxation and a chance to meet your fellow Travel Agents.  When we get there, we will be staying at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — the signature place to stay, where Cindy and I plan on staying for our 25th Wedding Anniversary.  Suffice it to say, neither one of us thought we would be staying there prior to that, so staying there in 1/2 the time we thought it would take is a special treat for us!

I know that this post has been all over the place, but that’s because my love for Cindy knows no boundaries, has no limits, and expands day by day.  There are so many things that I look forward to doing with Cindy in the years to come, I can’t wait to grow old together on our life journey.

Happy Birthday Cindy!  I love you honey!