Wordless Wednesday — Disney Letter “E”

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Focused on the Magic
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!  My great friend Deb from Focused on the Magic is our host for this series, and I take great pleasure in joining in each week.  Things have been crazy this week, so I wasn’t able to join in as early as I would like, but here I am anyway!  The theme this week is the Disney Letter “E”, which works perfectly for me, I hope you enjoy my pictures!  When you are done, click on the button at the top and see all the rest of the entries!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sophie and the Editor

Sophie and Meemaw

Excitement!

Epcot!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget that this weekend’s Disney In Pictures theme is “Happy Birthday Epcot!”  Check out the blog post and send in your pictures!  Thanks!

Disney In Pictures Theme: Cast Members!

When it comes to Disney (World, Land, and all the other venues) there is nothing that Disney does better in my opinion then it’s skill in customer service.  We all have stories about the excellent customer service, so for this week’s Disney In Pictures, let’s focus on the wonderful Cast Members that provide the Disney Magic that makes our vacations into lifelong memories.

Send me your favorite pictures and stories of when Cast Members turned your vacation into a memory, and we’ll feature them here on Sunday!  To participate, email your photos to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com, include your name, what made this memory special, and the name of your blog if you have one.

I hope that this week’s theme really hits it off, because without Cast Members, the argument can be made that Walt Disney World is just another amusement park.

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Why we go to Disney World

When I first started going to Disney World, little did I know that I would end up taking my family there year after year after year.  The first time I went to Disney, my Mom and my sister and my Grandparents took me, and it was a lot of fun.  But over the years of visiting my Grandparents in Disney during my teenage years, I ended up going to Disney World just three times — and one of those times I went by myself.

It’s funny, but I really don’t think that I got what the whole Disney experience was about until the time that I took Cindy, the lady that would become my wife, to Disney over July 3rd and 4th, 2000.  Cindy had never been to Disney before, so I was able to show her the parks (we went to Magic Kingdom and Epcot on that trip) and help her to explore Disney World, and discover her own Disney Magic.  We were getting married the following month, so in some ways this was our honeymoon before the wedding, and we had so much fun that trip.

Our next trip just happened to be the following January!  We were pregnant with Sophie, our daughter, and had a long weekend, so we decided that we should take the time to spend a long weekend at Disney World.  It was during that trip that we saw a wedding party being transported by way of Cinderella’s Royal Coach over at the Wedding Pavilion, and I told Cindy that if Sophie wanted to get married at Disney World, well, that was all right with me!  Since we were pregnant, we were unable to ride the big thrill rides like we normally would have, so that was the trip where we ate our way through Disney, and enjoyed every minute of it, I might add!

After that trip, our Disney adventures slowed down a bit, but that doesn’t mean that the Disney Magic wore off!  Even though we didn’t take our next trip until Sophie was four, we were still indoctrinating her in the classic Disney Magic through movies, pictures, and books.  We bought Sophie’s first movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, before she was born, in part because with the purchase we would receive a set of four lithograph prints, which are still in her room to this day.

Our next trip to Disney (and Sophie’s first trip) was when she was four years old.  We were invited to go to Florida with some of our friends, and we ended up spending three days at the parks.  We saw Magic Kingdom, a little bit of Epcot (for a character breakfast at Akershus), and Animal Kingdom.  We were staying off property, but we had the best time with our friends.  Despite the fact that Sophie was just four, she remembers it to this day, and looks forward to the next time that we are able take vacation with her friend Riley again.

Beginning with our trip in 2005, we started taking annual trips to Disney World for at least one day.  In 2006 we took my Mom with us for a day, as she was staying with my Grandparents for the summer and we came down to visit them.  It was a fun time, and yielded some of the following pictures from that day.

Sophie with her Meemaw, August, 2006
Sophie & Mickey

In 2007 we started spending our vacations at Disney World and also started staying on property at one of the Disney resorts.  The first two years we stayed at Coronado Springs Resort, and in 2009 and 2010 we stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter.  In all of those visits, we have not had a bad experience at any of them.  The benefits of staying on property versus staying off property are significant in my opinion.  I think I’ll save that discussion for another day!

However, I still haven’t answered the question of “Why we go to Disney World”.  The answer, really, is simple: because it is the best place that we have found to leave life behind for a while, to explore the Magic that is Disney, to remember days gone by when the world moved at a slower pace, and to remember what it feels like to be a kid.  Just take a look at some of the priceless shots I’ve gotten of Sophie in her favorite moments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie’s Painted Face at Animal Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie and her BFF Riley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorites — Sophie was so excited!

So there you have it — some of my reasons why we go to Walt Disney World.  Why do you go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland?  Why not tell me in the comments, and thanks!

Magic Kingdom — Liberty Square

The Liberty Bell replica, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom

The Liberty Bell replica, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square is located in the Magic Kingdom, just west of the wheel hub, and just down from Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland.  Liberty Square is one of my favorite lands, not so much because of all of the attractions, but rather because of all of the history that the Disney Imagineers have imparted into the land.

While Liberty Square isn’t home to a whole lot of attractions, it is home to some of the best attractions in the Magic Kingdom.  Here they are in alphabetical order:

As a land, though, Liberty Square is so much more than a pass through to Frontierland or Adventureland.  The Haunted Mansion is so much fun that we ride it multiple times each time we visit.  The Hall of Presidents is a history lesson — but with the fun of all of the Presidential Audio-Animatronics® thrown in for good measure.  The Liberty Square Riverboat is a relaxing ride on the Rivers of America when all you want is a break from all of the walking you have done that day.

In addition to the attractions, you also have some prime restaurants.  Liberty Tree Tavern has a great menu, the only thing I don’t like about it is that they took it off of the “Character Dining” menu.  Columbia Harbour House is a seldom thought of quick service restaurant that often has very little wait, yet serves good food.  And don’t forget about “Ye Old Christmas Shoppe”, one of the best Christmas stores you will ever find!

As is often the case with my writing, pictures say so much more than I can.  Please enjoy some of these pictures!  The next time you visit the Magic Kingdom, take time to look at all of the little details that make Liberty Square a living, breathing history lesson in the middle of Disney Magic!

“Liberty Belle”

 

 

 

 

 

These three pictures are so cool to me, with the lights and fireworks reflected in the Rivers of America!

The Liberty Square is more than The Haunted Mansion®, more than The Hall of Presidents, more than the Liberty Tree Tavern.  Liberty Square is a reminder for all Americans of the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed to make our country great.

The Next My Dreams of Disney Contest!

One of the gifts from my next contest!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to report in to everyone right now from my room at Bay Lake Towers!  We are having a great vacation, and I wanted to take a moment and tell you about the next contest on My Dreams of Disney!  For this contest, I’m looking for two sets of followers to increase — my Twitter followers, and my Facebook followers!  If you are not a fan yet of my Facebook page, head on over there now and “Like” the page!  Likewise, if you do not yet follow me on Twitter, head on over there and Follow me!  It’s quick, it’s easy, and each follow and like is an entry in the contest!  For a bonus entry, follow me by email!  It’s an easy way to get all of the posts from My Dreams of Disney, plus get entered into the contest.  Oh, by the way, what is the prize for this contest?  How about two of the special edition 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom Disney Pins?

Thanks everyone, and good luck!  If you already like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, than you are already entered!  Take the final step and follow us by email!