Wordless Wednesday – Disney Letter F!

Focused on the Magic
Today’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Post theme is the Disney Letter F, which is a wonderful theme if you ask me!  My good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic normally spearheads this blog hop, but she and the rest of the northeast are working on the things that really matter in the wake of former Hurricane Sandy, so I’m writing my blog post more in tribute for Deb and the rest of the people there then for any other reason.  Here are the things that matter to me about the Letter F:

  • Focus — as in Focus on staying safe!  You all have been in my prayers, and while I know the destruction has been intense, and there have been some tragic loss of life, please know that I’m still praying for all of you!
  • Focused on the Magic — Deb, special prayers go out to you and your family in New Jersey, along with the other incredible people that I’ve had the incredible pleasure of meeting over the past two years!  Stay Safe everyone!
  • Faith — Times like this brings out the best in people.  Unfortunately, it can also bring out the worst in people.  I have faith that, by and large, people will show compassion for their neighbor during this time.

Keep it real, everyone!  Say a prayer for those families that have lost loved ones because of the storm, and say continued prayers for those that are still in harms way, that Jesus will lift them up and carry them all to safety.  God Bless You all!  Now, a few pictures to hopefully distract you from the turmoil, even if it’s only for a few minutes!  Enjoy!

Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle, Bay Lake Tower

A Shot of Cinderella Castle from the 11th Floor of Bay Lake Tower

Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland, Mad Hatter's Teacups

The exhilaration and pure joy on Sophie’s face makes this for me!

Magic Kingdom, The Crystal Palace, Eeyore

The love Sophie has for her friend Eeyore!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

Sophie meeting Donald Duck in 2007!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

She was so excited to meet him, she was all jumpy!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

Donald Duck got into the act — they were better then Dancing with the Stars!

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

Sophie shared one of her world-famous hugs with him at the end!


Disney Dining Review: Cape May Cafe

During our vacation in June, 2010, we decided to try out the Cape May Cafe for the first time!  I wanted a breakfast during our trip, so we booked a late breakfast time at the restaurant.  The Cape May Cafe is located over at the Beach Club Resort, over in the Boardwalk area of Disney.

We had so much fun at that meal!  Cape May Cafe is a character meal for breakfast only, and we met Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck during our breakfast!  Cape May Cafe is a buffet for breakfast, with Mickey Waffles, great fruit, awesome danishes, and much more.  The beauty of any character meal, though, is the interaction that you and your children have with the characters, and Sophie (and my niece Stephanie, for that matter) had a wonderful time with the Minnie, Goofy, and Donald!  Just look at these pictures to judge for yourself!




Although we have eaten at the Cape May Cafe only this one time, this is definitely a restaurant that we would eat at again!  The Cape May Cafe is a one table service dining credit on the Disney Dining Plan, and when paying out of pocket will run between $15 – $35.99 per person.  If you have any specific questions or comments about the Cape May Cafe, go ahead and leave them in the comments!  Thanks!

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Thanks for the memories – Saying Goodbye to Mickey’s Toontown Fair

As everyone knows, tomorrow is the date that Mickey’s Toontown Fair will be closed to the public, a casualty to the expansion of Fantasyland (although on the Disney World website it says that it is closed as of February 12th).  Gone will be Mickey’s Country House, and Minnie’s Country House; gone will be the Judging Tent; gone will be Donald’s boat, the S.S. Miss Daisy.

While I am excited for the possibilities of what the Fantasyland expansion will bring, still, it saddens me to know that some of the best memories that Sophie had, especially in the early trips, will be just that — memories.

We are traveling to Disney World in June with my brother-in-law, his wife, their six year-old daughter, and his Mother-in-Law, and unfortunately, Anna Jane will not be able to see those things that brought such joy to Sophie when she was that age.  Has Sophie grown up?  Certainly she has.  Does Mickey’s Toontown Fair still hold a prominent place for her when we visit?  No, Sophie doesn’t need to visit the Fair like she used to.  But that’s not the point for me.  What saddens me is that Anna Jane won’t get the opportunity to experience those same things that Sophie did.  She won’t get to jump up and down because she is so excited to see Donald Duck, like Sophie did in this picture.

Sophie started jumping up and down, and that led Donald Duck to start jumping up and down also!

She won’t get to go to the Judges tent to see her favorite characters.

She won’t get to tour Mickey and Minnie’s houses, and press the play button on the answering machine, or try out the microwave, or hear the pots and pans rattle.







I don’t know what will happen with Mickey’s Country House, and Minnie’s Country House.  Those structures are so big, I just can’t see Disney just getting rid of them.  I am hopeful that a rumor, anything, will crop up that they are going to move them somewhere else, and until I hear that they are officially gone and will never be seen again, I’ll hold onto that hope.  For now, though, here are my best pictures of the houses.  I hope you enjoy them.

Mickey’s Country House


Minnie’s Country House

Whatever the future holds in store for the Magic Kingdom, one thing I know is that Mickey’s Toontown Fair, while gone, will not be forgotten.  Thanks for the incredible memories!