Magical Blogorail Red – A Few of our favorite Disney Things!

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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.

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today on the Magical Blogorail!  Today we are talking about some of our favorite Disney things — read along and decide if our favorites match up with your favorites!  The list is long, so let’s get right on into it!

When it comes to the magic and beauty of the Walt Disney World resort, it is extremely easy to come up of a list of hundreds of things that are your favorite Disney things!  So, to keep you all from getting bored by my list, I’ve decided to come up with a list of my top five all time favorite Disney things.  Here we go!

  1. When it comes to Disney Planning, one of my favorite things to do is to order Customized Maps from the Disney World website.  These incredible keepsakes are printed out on very special paper that is durable and long lasting, and can make a great treasure for you for a long time.  You can order them every six months, even if you aren’t planning a trip, so why not enjoy them and get a little Disney Fix?!  In fact, I’ll be right back — I’m going to order some right now!  OK, I’m back now!  FYI, the customized maps section has been changed around with the new Disney World website redesign.
  2. Another of my favorite Disney things is the anticipation of the trip!  It is so exciting counting down the days towards your next trip!  I especially like to incorporate a countdown clock here on the website.  One site that I like for that is Mickeypath.com! Go check them out if you need a countdown clock!
  3. Of course, one of the best things about a trip to Disney World is experiencing all of that incredible Disney Magic!  I have so many incredible memories from Walt Disney World, that is one of the biggest reasons why we like to come back to the parks year after year!  Some of my favorite memories can be found in this special blog post I wrote almost two years ago titled “My favorite Disney Memories.
  4. Another of my favorite Disney things is the Disney Food!  Yum, Disney sure does their restaurants right (most of them, that is!)  Some of my great memories happened at places where we were eating, such as the time last summer when we were eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table and Wishes started up outside — that was incredible!
  5. I think, though, that one of the things that I like about Disney the most is the incredible way that the different areas of the resort are themed.  You’ve got the French Quarter at Port Orleans, the theming of the Pirates of the Caribbean; all of the incredible theming to be found in each of the lands of the Magic Kingdom; and even the great theming of places like the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  What truly makes Walt Disney World the best place to visit of any vacation destination is the theming, and the Imagineers have learned over the years the best ways to bring us, the Guest, into the attraction as if we’ve stepped into the place itself.

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 re-board:

1st Stop ~ A World View
2nd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
3rd Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney
4th Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
Final Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom

Magical Blogorail Red: My Favorite Walt Disney Quote!

Welcome to those of you joining me from A World View and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Hello, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red line hop!  We have a special topic this month, it is “My Favorite Walt Disney Quote and how it has inspired me.”  That is certainly a lot to think about — when it comes to Walt Disney, some would argue that perhaps more then anything else, he is known for his famous quotes.  There are so many out there, where to start?

After a considerable amount of thought, I kept being drawn back to one quote — a somewhat lengthy quote at that, but one that really focuses in the end on three simple words.  First, the complete quote:

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.  We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

– Walt Disney

Of course, the thing that stands out with everyone is the “Keep Moving Forward” piece of the quote, because it was the saying that the Robinson family adopted as their montra throughout the whole Meet the Robinsons movie released in 2007.  When I think about this quote, it really does get me to thinking about the progression of my own blog, of how I’ve kept moving forward.  I thought I would focus on that a little bit.

September 8, 2010 was the day I started my blog, which at the time was known as Dreams of Disney.  When I first started the blog, it was an idea I had because earlier that year we had taken my niece Stephanie with us to Walt Disney World, and I wanted to create an online memory bank of all of our trips we had made.  So I started My Dreams of Disney, as I quickly came to know it, and the first several posts were just trip reports from the past trips I had made with my family, both when I was a kid and when we started going.

As I wrote, though, several things started happening.  First of all, I found myself enjoying looking at all of our photos and remembering details about our trips.  Certainly, for some of the old trips in the 70s and 80s, my memories were more about one or two specific things then a lot of details from each Disney trip, but with every trip I wrote about, the magic of my writing was such that I was able to picture the trip in my mind’s eye those trips, and that made them that much more special.

After a month or two, I started noticing several other sites; one that stood out to me was the site Chip & Company.  Truly, I can’t remember how I came across the site, but Chip was advertising for writers, so I sent him an email, we talked, and on November 26, 2010, my first article on Chip & Company was posted.  In all, I’ve published something like 154 posts for Chip, and it has been a privilege to be able to write for such a huge Disney fan site!

The next big thing that happened in my Disney progression happened on February 18, 2011 — the day that the Magical Blogorail Red line had it’s first hop!  The theme for that initial loop was why we started our blogs, and my post talks a bit about the various things that you will find on the site.  I think it was a good start to my Blogorail “career” so head on over and read it if you like!  It’s amazing to believe that in February we will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary!

While I was busy following the tenants of the quote “Keep Moving Forward” that I learned about in Meet the Robinsons, to my surprise, the number of people that took time to include me in their daily Disney reading list increased as well.  It continually amazes me that you take time out of your day to stop by and see what we have to share with you.

Sorcerer Mickey Hat, My Dreams of Disney, Disney's Hollywood Studios

To sum it all up, the biggest thing that I get out of the “Keep Moving Forward” part of the Walt Disney quote is that no matter what happens in our lives, whether it be economic hardship that has struck so many people who didn’t deserve it, or an illness that struck a family member, or any other hardship that falls upon us, the real key to life is that we need to keep moving forward.  In addition, as my photo indicates, Disney is really great at reminding all of us to “Celebrate Everyday!” — and I bet that Walt Disney would want us to do just that.

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Red this month. We will be back Friday, December 21st with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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 ~ Disney Donna Kay
2nd Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom
3rd Stop ~ A World View
Final Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney

Magical Blogorail Red – Favorite Disney Souvenir!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail. Welcome aboard the Magical Blogorail Red line!  I am your pilot Mike, here to navigate you around the world of my favorite Disney souvenir!  As you can tell by the picture above, I am a huge fan of Pin Trading!  I first started trading pins in 2008, and it is a fun and enjoyable thing that I like to do during my Disney vacations!  My daughter likes to trade pins also, but unlike me, she is into it more for the enjoyment of trading, and less about collecting special pins.  That is what I enjoy about it.  Last year, for the 1st Anniversary of my blog, I gave away those two special pins in a  contest that also commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, but don’t worry — I bought two of them so that I could enjoy them as much as the person that won the contest!

Pin Trading is just a fun little hobby for me.  I don’t really do much with it outside of our vacations, but it’s nice to take a look at all of the different pins and select ones that you want to add to your collection.  Here are some of the pins I have on my lanyard right now.  Enjoy!

The world of Pin Trading is yours to explore.  It doesn’t take a whole lot to get started — you can purchase your own lanyards at places like the Dollar Tree or other dollar stores, and you can go online to eBay and buy pins for a significant reduction per pin versus what you would pay if you bought them at Disney.  After that, all you do is trade and look for the best pins to start your own collection!  It’s that simple!

Thank you for joining me today. Give it up for your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop: 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 ~ Colorado Mountain Mom

2nd Stop ~ A World View

3rd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney

4th Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney

Final Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay