Disneyland Diamond Celebration Past and Future

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Image ©Disney

As you know, My Dreams of Disney is traveling on the road in July to celebrate the Disneyland Diamond Celebration!  We’re going to be there on July 17th, drinking it all in, and sharing with all of you some of the grandeur and spectacle that will be found on that day.  As part of our run-up to that wonderful day, we are taking a look at some of the great things that will be part of that celebration.  In today’s post, we’re going to share a little bit with you about what special celebrations Disneyland has up their sleeve, and also share with you a great look back at the beginning as well!

World of Color – Celebrate!

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As I’m sure you all have heard, a new World of Color — Celebrate! — is coming to Disney’s California Adventure Park.  I’m certain that this show will captivate audiences just as much as the original show has since it was first introduced!  For more information on this show, check out the Disney Parks Blog.

Paint the Night Electric Parade!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Another new show that is coming to Disneyland is the Paint the Night Electric Parade!  This special parade is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade, and a version currently exists at Hong Kong Disneyland.  This is going to be a great parade, I believe, and can’t wait to see it!  Read all about it at the Disney Parks Blog!

Disneyland Forever

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Image ©Disney Enterprises

The Disneyland Forever Fireworks show looks to be a great upgrade on the existing Fireworks show that you can see at Disneyland, and I can’t wait to see it!  This image is an artist rendition, and if the real show is anything like this image, it’s going to be great!  Read all about this at the Disney Parks Blog for more details!

All of these changes start on May 22nd with the kickoff of the Diamond Celebration.  Before you leave, though, have a look at this look back at the making of Disneyland — special h/t to my friend Sheila for sharing with me!

What other celebrations does Disneyland have up it’s sleeves?  Are you going to be able to go to Disneyland to celebrate the birthday?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

My Dreams of being at Disneyland for it’s 60th Birthday!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Last night, at a special media event, Disneyland Resort announced the plans for the 60th anniversary of Walt’s wonderful park, Disneyland.  I’ve already been thinking about what a great trip that would be to be able to visit Disneyland this year and celebrate that wonderful anniversary.  As you may remember, we were fortunate enough to travel to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for the 40th anniversary of that park back in 2011 (here are posts about that trip here and here) — and this would be another bucket list item we could mark off of our list.

With my friend Sheila and her family, who are local to the area, I can imagine that the trip will be a great memory for Sheila, who has grown up visiting Disneyland all her life.  Already I’m dreaming of some of the things that I’d like to do on that day:

  1. In true Disney style, I want to ride the Disneyland Railroad all the way around the park.
  2. I want to visit each of the original, opening day attractions that are still open today.  Can you name them? :)
  3. I want to ride it’s a small world, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the Storybook Land Canal Boats, and Casey Jr. Circus Train.
  4. I want to see how Big Thunder Mountain compares to the Walt Disney World version.
  5. I want to ride Pirates of the Caribbean.
  6. I want to enjoy the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia.
  7. I want to take in the Enchanted Tiki Room show, as well as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!
  8. I want to ride Jungle Cruise and Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
  9. I want to walk through Mickey and Minnie’s houses.
  10. Most of all, I want to imagine Disneyland as it was when Walt walked those paths. I want to imagine walking down Main Street, U.S.A., and having Walt Disney hold out his hand to shake mine.  I want to imagine how life could have been so very different if Walt had not smoked, and had not passed away as early as he did…

What do you want to do for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland?  Do you have plans on attending?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!


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How Magical Mouse Schoolhouse Came to Be

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{Editor’s Note: I am thrilled beyond measure to welcome my good great friend Jodi Whisenhunt from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to join us today.  Jodi is a great writers, a great blogger, but even more, a great person, and it is my honor to have her on our site today.  Read more about her site, and please stop and thank her for taking the time to join us!}

I’m so excited to be your Guest today at My Dreams of Disney! Mike has graciously invited me to share a bit about Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and how the site got started. So, hi! For those who don’t know me, I am Jodi Whisenhunt, owner and feature writer of Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, a fan site that incorporates the magic of Walt Disney entertainment into homeschool lessons. I cover all the theme parks at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in the United States, as well as the international resorts and Disney Cruise Line. Movies, music, and special events work their way in sometimes too, because there are infinite ways to learn while you play when Disney IS school!

The adventure began five years ago—no, let’s back that up a bit. Once upon a time…

I always loved Disney movies and entertainment, but I never visited any of the theme parks until I was in my 30s and married with children. My husband and I took our three children and my parents to Walt Disney World Resort in 2006 to attend the Ultimate Field Trip, a week of exciting events and activities onsite with hundreds of other homeschooling families from across the country. My kids were nine months, a month shy of three, and 11 years old at the time, and all but the youngest still remember that trip like it was yesterday. The thing all three agree on is that the magic is real! We dined with royalty at Cinderella Castle, took a private, after-hours safari and dinner at Animal Kingdom, and became totally immersed in the magic that IS Walt Disney World. The only thing that disappointed us was that there was no way to take it all in in that one week. Of course, that just meant we had to return again…and again…and again.

Cinderella Castle http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com

A few years later, my friend Carol Beth Scott of 3D Travel Company, herself a veteran homeschooler and the creator of The Ultimate Field Trip, noticed that although she and I were already including Disney in our kids’ daily work, there were no resources on the web combining these two passions. She suggested I create a blog to stretch the boundaries of the home classroom. I didn’t want just a common, run-of-the-mill blog, though. That’s not the Disney way! The Walt Disney Company “plusses” everything they do; they take the standard and kick it up a notch. Likewise, with Magical Mouse Schoolhouse I strive to plus not only the homeschool experience, but also the Disney experience.

At Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, I publish fresh articles every Monday, covering a particular monthly theme. Each article uncovers educational tidbits that hide in Disney theme parks, Disney movies, Disney art, and more. You’ll learn about things like Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion or Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain, and at the end of each post you’ll see suggested homeschool activities that tie in to the subject being discussed. You’ll find assignments for various skill levels, from preschool through high school, in subjects such as physics, arts and crafts, and language arts.

Epcot American Adventure http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com

Here’s a clip from a favorite post, “Magic Kingdom Park: Peter Pan’s Flight”:
Who hasn’t dreamed of flying? How often do your kids don a cape or fairy wings and pretend to soar? I mean, all it takes is a little faith, love, and pixie dust, right? Well, at Magic Kingdom Park, you can fly! You can fly! You can fly!

Peter Pan’s Flight takes Guests right into Walt Disney’s classic 1953 animated film, Peter Pan. Passengers board a colorful galleon and sail high into the London sky, glimpsing the Darling children’s nursery, flitting past Big Ben and Tower Bridge, veering toward the second star to the left, then straight on till morning…

Today’s Takeaway:
Look up! The weather van atop the Peter Pan’s Flight attraction was made to look like the pirate ship from the film Peter Pan. Weather vanes, in general, are instruments for showing the direction of the wind. Most are ornamental and usually include directional letters for north, south, east, and west.

Today, follow this tutorial from WikiHow to create either a decorative paper wind vane or a permanent wooden one…

SCHOOL SUBJECT: Meteorology, Arts & Crafts
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary

(Click here to read the article in its entirety.)

Weekly features include Wordless Wednesday and Tiggerific Tuesday Disney trivia, which until recently was a bloghop co-hosted by Mike here at My Dreams of Disney. Although no longer in linky form, we still enjoy our trivial Disney tidbits. You’ll find giveaways, product reviews, press releases, and other Disney entertainment information throughout each week. I also offer a FREE monthly educational incentive program called Earn Your E.A.R.S. (Enriching Academic Reward Series), in which students who complete each assignment receive a small reward for actively participating in their education.

In 2012 I converted blog to book with the publication of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort (on sale for $11.31 at Amazon). The book has been a big success, and a subsequent Disneyland edition is currently in the works. I have found that although the site and book were originally geared toward home educators, anyone with kids in their lives can benefit from what is offered. Parents whose children are in traditional schools tell me they do the assignments to keep their kids from stagnating over the summer. Public school teachers have told me they’ve used some ideas to supplement activities in the classroom. Aunts and uncles and grandparents say they like to pull the book off the shelf to entertain visiting nieces, nephews, and grandkids. As I said before, when Disney IS school, there are no limits on ways to learn while you play!

Thanks, again, for letting us visit today! See ya at the Schoolhouse!

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Kids Corner Preview

{Editor’s Note: My daughter Sophie joins us today with a preview of an idea that’s been bouncing around for a while — the Kids Corner.  Here’s her preview, I hope you enjoy! ~ Mike}


Hey Kids! I’m assuming you haven’t seen the “Kid’s Corner” yet. So here’s the scoop. My name is Sophie. My Dad, Mike, runs the blog. He’s also a travel agent, so if your ‘rents want to plan a WDW trip, he’s the guy to call. ;)


My big, happy, Disney Family!!!

As for me, you can probably tell that I’m a kid too. So if you have any questions about Disney for me, I can probably answer them. Questions like:

  • “How many times have you been to Disney?” I can answer that one off the top of my head. The answer is: I have gone to Disney 12 times, the tradition started in 2005.
  • “How many hidden Mickeys are in Walt Disney World?” That one may take some research… by the way, the answer is: over 1,000 (I Googled it).

But, yes. Ask me any Question, and when you get your answer, just call me “Miss Disney-know-it-all.” Just kidding, don’t call me that. That, you might say is “part one” of my Kids Corner intro. And it is! So check back later.


Warm Weather Disney Photos

Sailing Ship Columbia

The Sailing Ship Columbia, as it leaves dock, shows a feeling of summer with the flag waving in the wind!

As much of the country battles below normal temperatures, freezing rain, sleet, snow, and cold rain, I thought I would take a little time today to hopefully warm us all up with some Disney photos from this past summer.  Hopefully, seeing these photos will help you put your mind on the summer and that will help to warm you up!  At the very least, it will give you something to look at — and hopefully give you something to look forward to in the future!

Our first picture is from Disneyland — the Sailing Ship Columbia.  Riding on this replica ship was a lot of fun, and the day was so nice, it was a great day for a boat ride.  Just look at how the flag waves in the breeze — it looks nice and warm, doesn’t it?!

Posing for photos with Phineas and Ferb at Walt Disney World!

Posing for photos with Phineas and Ferb at Walt Disney World!

Ah, shorts.  I remember what those things are!  Shorts, t-shirts, and pictures with Phineas and Ferb — it’s always summer when you get your picture with them!  While we are thinking about summer, let’s watch the theme song from the show!

Phineas and Ferb Theme Song on Disney Video

Speaking of summer, it's just not good without a dip in the pool!

Speaking of summer, it’s just not good without a dip in the pool!

So, speaking of summer…how about a dip in the pool!  I haven’t been in the pool at Old Key West, but I have toured the resort — and I think I would like the pool as much as the resort!

Grizzly River Run -- another great way to enjoy the summer!

Grizzly River Run — another great way to enjoy the summer!

Speaking of pools — or something like that — Grizzly River Run, located at Disney’s California Adventure park, is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.  Not needed so much right now, though…

OK, so this picture isn't Disney related -- but it still represents Summer!

OK, so this picture isn’t Disney related — but it still represents Summer!

My last picture is of the Los Angeles Dodger’s rookie Yasiel Puig hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants!  We were able to go, and even though this isn’t a Disney photo, it still counts because we wouldn’t have gone to this game if we hadn’t gone to Disneyland!  Plus, nothing speaks of summer more than the Boys of Summer!  To close us out, I’m sharing with you a song that I haven’t heard in many, many years — but one that I absolutely love — and enjoyed hearing last night.  How about it — let’s get busy Talkin’ Baseball!

Thank you for stopping by today — I hope that those of us in cold weather climates have been able to warm up a bit just thinking about what our summers might bring our way!  Stay warm, everyone, and have a Disney Day!