Christian Guide

A Christian’s Guide to WDW – #Review and {Giveaway}

Christian Guide

Jeff Chaves is back with a second edition to his excellent book, A Christian’s Guide to Walt Disney World Resort.  Jeff is an ordained minister, and as a result, he has incorporated ways that you can enjoy your Disney vacation while not checking your faith at the door (or leaving it packed in your suitcase).

I was privileged to be able to review his first edition of the book, which was available in a digital format only, and was pleased with being able to keep it on my phone and reference it.

This edition is available in both a paperback or Kindle format, and the paperback version is small enough that it won’t be like trying to carry around the Unofficial guide in your pocket!

I wrote these words in my initial review — but the sentiments are exactly the same now, and I am honored that Jeff chose to include my words in his book:

This book has so many incredible tidbits of information in it, all of which is designed to show you that, even though you are a family on your Walt Disney World vacation, that doesn’t mean that you need to stop, put your Faith and Christianity in a dresser drawer, and forget it until you get back home! Chaves does a great job of doing what so many of us forget to do when we are on vacation — getting us to slow down, examine the wonderful intricacies that is Walt Disney World, and gleaming the wonderful insites that Walt Disney and his Imagineers present to us, all while tying it into wonderful lessons from the Bible.

In the book, there are two devotionals that I truly felt the most connection with.  The first was the devotion tailored around the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Magic Kingdom.  In it, Jeff shares the Bible truth that can be found in Luke 15:13-24:

God accepts anyone who turns to Him. ~ The story of the Prodigal Son.

This devotion struck me because I, like so many of us, was once that lost son.  I did my own thing, I didn’t follow God, for much of my life I didn’t even go to church.  That has all changed now, but I remember who I was before I found and accepted Jesus into my life, and this devotional does a great job of reminding me that anyone, even a pirate, can still find God, that there is still time.

The second devotional that I relate with is also tied to a Magic Kingdom attraction, this one being it’s a small world.  The Bible truth that Jeff shares with us is a very important one:

Everyone must come to Jesus like a little child.

13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. ~ Mark 10:13-16 (ESV)

I have always loved it’s a small world.  I love the song, I love the different scenes, I love the final scene where everyone is gathered and bathed in white clothing.  In his devotion for this attraction, Jeff reminds us of Jesus’ words about how we need to receive the Kingdom of God like children — because our children are full of innocence and belief, and far too often when we get older we lose that innocence.

A Christian’s Guide to Walt Disney World Resort is a great read, and worth the $8.99 cost for the paperback (or $5.99 for the Kindle version).  If you would like to purchase a copy, just head over to their Amazon page for more details.

In addition, Jeff has given us an extra copy to give away!  To enter, just complete the Rafflecopter information below, and good luck!

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Pirate Adventure

47 Days: A Pirate’s Adventure

Pirate Adventure

Look for hidden treasure in Adventureland in A Pirate’s Adventure!

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The motto of every Pirate in training!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day47 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Each day is a day closer towards the big excursions, and I am excited about this one because it is an experience that I’ve never looked into, and Sophie hasn’t done it either.  I think things like A Pirate’s Adventure were born out of the success of the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, which, of course, has since been replaced by Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.  A Pirate’s Adventure hasn’t been along very long, just about a year I believe, and is focused entirely in Adventureland, as you would imagine, but it sounds like a lot of fun for kids — and perhaps even their parents — to enjoy!  Here are the rules of this here Pirated Adventure:

A Pirate’s Adventure Treasure Hunts:

  • There are five treasures hidden throughout Adventureland.  Your goal is to grab a special magic talisman to read 5 treasure maps to find the hidden treasure!
  • Race against Captain Barbosa to find the Treasure of the Pacific!
  • Beat the British in the Treasure of the Indian Ocean!
  • Make a special spell to hide the port in Treasure of the Caribbean!
  • Locate a pirate ship to find the Treasure of the Arctic!
  • Battle with Blackbeard and win the Treasure of the Mediterranean!

Each of these adventures takes about 20 minutes, and you can stop and start throughout the day, so think about this as an alternative Magic Kingdom adventure for you and your kids!  Have you ever done this?  Is it fun?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

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#DisneyTrivia: Pirates of the Caribbean!

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Continuing our look at Pirates of the Caribbean!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyTrivia segment!  Since today is #Day69 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, we are continuing our look at the Pirates of the Caribbean today, with some interesting facts and figures about this Disney Classic!

Pirates of the Caribbean Did You Know…

Did you know these facts and figures about Pirates of the Caribbean?

  • The name of the pirate ship is the “Wicked Wench.”
  • Originally Pirates of the Caribbean wasn’t going to be a Disney World attraction because of the thought of how close it was to the Caribbean, but this was changed.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean opened on December 15, 1973 — 7 years to the day that Walt Disney passed away.
  • Last year was the 40th Birthday of the Magic Kingdom version of the attraction!
  • The version at Disneyland has two drops, whereas the version at the Magic Kingdom only has one.
  • If you eat at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, you will be overlooking the start of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

I could go on and on about the attraction, it is one of my favorites, but for right now, I want to know, who did you vote for in the March Magic tournament?  The Caribbean Pirates of Disneyland or the Gracie Manor Hitchhikers of Walt Disney World?  I voted for the PIRATES!  Go Pirates!

Thank you for stopping by today!  My friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog are excited that you take time each week to join in the fun!  Do you have a blog? If so, write up a trivia post and add it to our list!  Check out the rest of the entries, but make sure you go out and have a great Disney Day!

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69 Days: Pirates of the Caribbean

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Pirates of the Caribbean, #Day69 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post!  We are now officially at #Day69 in our countdown, and for this day, we are taking a look at Pirates of the Caribbean, that attraction located in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom!

This is an attraction that I really like because it is usually a quick line, not much waiting, it is cool and comfortable, it has great scenes and action, a drop, and this attraction has led to a whole series of movies!

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The detailing in the queue is a great part of Pirates of the Caribbean!

In many ways, the queue is what really makes this ride.  There are so many intricate details involved in this queue, everything from the lights and the guns and the jail cells (did you know that in the jail scene, the skeletons are staring at the chessboard because it is in a stalemate situation?  That’s why they died, they kept looking for that next move!)

But, of course, the best features of Pirates of the Caribbean is, of course, the ride itself!  It is such a winding, meandering path, with a town scene, a jail scene, a scene involving the attack on the fort, and lastly, Captain Jack Sparrow sitting with all of his treasure around him!

So tell me, what do you think of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction?  I hope you like this classic Disney attraction!  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Pirates of the Caribbean turns 40

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Magic Kingdom turns 40 today!

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Magic Kingdom turns 40 today!

Today is a very momentous day in the history of Disney.  Of course, on a sad note, today marks the 47th anniversary since the loss of Walt Disney to cancer.  However, today also marks a happier occasion as well!  Today is the 40th birthday of the Magic Kingdom version of Pirates of the Caribbean!

This classic ride, which I have featured many times on our blog, was one of the first major changes to the Magic Kingdom after it opened in 1971.  I do not know if they marked today on purpose to open POTC because of the anniversary of Walt’s death, but I’m willing to bet they did since this was one of the last major attractions that Walt had a hand in when it was created for Disneyland in 1967.  What I do know, though, is that a day of sadness for so many may also be a day when we can put a smile on our face because of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

You can read more about this anniversary over at the Disney Parks Blog, including watching a video that features Walt himself talking about the attraction!

Now, tell me, please — what is your favorite Pirates of the Caribbean memory or movie?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks!