Disney In Pictures: Think Pink!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Disney In Pictures, the weekly series that invites you to share your favorite Disney pictures with all of us!  This week’s theme is “Think Pink,” thanks to my niece  Stephanie, and the response has been quite positive!  Let’s take a look at all of the different contributions we have this week!

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The Power of a $100 Disney Gift Card

I have been astounded by the depth of the comments that people have been leaving with regards to our Disney Gift Card contest.  While I know that there are entries being made with each and every comment, it still has surprised me how many people have taken the time to write true, deep reasons why they want to win the gift card.  I only wish that I could give a gift card to each and every one of them.  That would be Disney Magic at it’s best.  Today, I thought I would take some time to highlight some of the comments that have stood out to me.

Eva wrote:

I would save the gift card for our next trip.We had to cancel our Dec trip because I have to have 2 surgeries :(

Eva, I hope that your surgeries are successful!  I’ll include you in my prayers!

Lisa wrote:

I would put this towards a trip my husband and I are planning for next Fall in order to take my parents for their very first visit! I’m graduating college in May, and with living expenses so high in Massachusetts, it sure would help us out :)

Lisa, congratulations on your upcoming graduation!  How exciting that you are taking your parents for their first trip!

Stephanie writes:

We’re surprising our kids and my baby sister with a trip to WDW in November. I’d get them some more stuff for their tote bags!

How exciting, Stephanie!  I love springing trips on my daughter!  Have fun!

Kim writes:

I know what I would do with that card! We are going to WDW in November to celebrate our 22 anniversary, our DD getting married and moving in with her new DH and my 43rd birthday! My birthday is October 8, the day the raffle ends, so it would be perfect to win the card to take on our trip! I’d use it for some awesome souvenirs!

Happy upcoming birthday Kim!  So many great events happening in your life, congratulations on all of them!

Melissa writes:

I would LOVE to win this! I am a Christmas fanatic and Disney fanatic… put them together and you have one deliriously happy lady haha! I’ve always wanted to see DisneyWorld at Christmas time… last year was soooo hard on my little family. We need a fun vacation together now that we’re on the mend. And I’m turning 40 in January. So THIS DECEMBER, I get to cross #2 off my bucket list and the three of us get to go see DisneyWorld in mid December. I am ecstatic!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have some spending money to shop with…. fingers crossed!!!

Good luck to you, Melissa!  I’ve never been at Christmas, it’s on my bucket list too!

Lastly, Adrienne writes:

I would buy as many Mickey ice cream bars as my heart desired on our 2013 trip! Is that selfish not to share?

Adrienne, my wife agrees with you!  Have one for her!

These are just a very small sample of the currently 244 comments that have been left for the contest!  Have you entered to win yet?  If not, make sure you do!  Just complete the requirements below, and good luck to everyone who has entered!

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Magical Blogorail Red: Live Resort Entertainment I can’t wait to see again!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Image courtesy my good friend Denny! Thanks Denny!

This month’s theme is Live Resort Entertainment I can’t wait to see again, and when I heard the theme, I couldn’t wait to get started on this loop.  There are so many great live events that happen at Walt Disney World, that it’s hard to know where to start.  For me, I decided to take this loop on a slightly different route.  The live entertainment that I can’t wait to see again is actually something that I haven’t seen before!  I can’t wait until the time comes when I can visit Epcot and enjoy the Candlelight Processional.

For those that don’t know about it, the Candlelight Processional is held during the Christmas season at Epcot’s World Showcase.  Performed at the America Gardens Theater at the American Adventure Pavilion, the Candlelight Processional is known for it’s incredible cast of narrators, everyone from Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Garcia, and more top names.  For 2012 the Candlelight Processional is being held from November 23 – December 30.

My favorite time of the whole year is the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s a crazy, busy time, but it’s the time of the year when I feel closest to my Savior, and I think visiting Walt Disney World, and specifically Epcot, to see how countries around the world celebrate Christmas in their country would be a joyous, meaningful trip that would yield memories to last a lifetime. How many of you have been to Walt Disney World at Christmas time?  Have you experienced the Candlelight Processional or any of the other great special events that they have during this season?  If so, what is your favorite event?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Image courtesy my good friend Denny! Thanks Denny!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Donna Kay.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ A World View

2nd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney

3rd Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney

4th Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay

Final Stop ~ Heidi’s Head

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The Haunted Mansion Hidden Mickeys!

The Haunted Mansion, that classic attraction that has been the focus of our attention this week at Mouse and Memos, WDW Hints, and here at My Dreams of Disney, is back for day five of our exploration of this iconic ride!  In today’s segment, I am going to examine some of the Hidden Mickey’s that you can find throughout the attraction.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of them, but hopefully that will change in future trips!

Believe it or not, but there are actually four Hidden Mickey’s to be found associated with The Haunted Mansion!  Three of them can be found while you are on the ride, and one more can be found after you get off the ride!

In the first Hidden Mickey, you need to be looking for it at the left end of the table during the ballroom scene.  Do you see it?  Look closely at the plates…if anyone has a picture of it, please share it with us for Disney In Pictures this Sunday!

The second Hidden Mickey can be found at the end of the graveyard scene.  Look at the face of a small ghost off to the right.  To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this one, so I’ve got to go look for this one!

The third Hidden Mickey is near the woman with the red beating heart.  Look to the other side, and look at the three pots hanging on a post!

Lastly, after you get off the ride and exit The Haunted Mansion, look down and look for the Hidden Mickey next to a gate.

As we have explored this week, the stories about The Haunted Mansion are many, and the interest that it has piqued is considerable to me.  Couple that with the advent of the Hidden Mickey, and the Imagineers have successfully (in my mind, anyway) merged the old (the backstory) with the newer (the Hidden Mickey).

How many of you have found the Hidden Mickey’s?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

Here is the schedule of what we have in store for you this week:

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