Walt Disney’s Birthday!

Walt-Disney

Today we mark the celebration of the birth of Walt Disney.  This innovative pioneer, who was responsible for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney as we know it, was born on this day in 1901.  Today he would have been 117 years old.  As towering a personality as Walt Disney was in real life, when you think about his life and legacy, it really comes down to a few important things:

  1. Walt Disney loved his family.
  2. To Walt, it wasn’t about the money he was making — it was about connecting with his kids in such a way that they would want to continue to be around him.
  3. In addition, Walt wanted the rest of us — those that weren’t as fortunate, or as creative, or had as much imagination — to still be able to enjoy the time they had with their families.

It was because of all of this — and more — that Disneyland was born in 1955. So many people have Walt Disney to thank for so many happy memories.  This little blog wouldn’t exist if Walt Disney World didn’t exist.  So many memories that I have with my wife, daughter, and rest of my family would not have been created if we hadn’t gone to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  People often say to me, “Why do you keep going back to Walt Disney World year after year after year?”  My answer to them, and to you, is always the same.  I simply say to them, “No matter how often we go to Disney World, we always find something new to experience there.  More importantly, though, we always have some special moment that happens that lodges itself in our memory banks, and causes us to remember the memories we have had in prior trips.” My friends, I think that Walt Disney would like nothing better than to hear your reasons why you love Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other Disney parks as much as you do.  Please take a moment, leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page, or send us a tweet, and tell us why Walt Disney — and all of his parks —  is so special to you!  Thank you, and make sure you make it a Disney Day!

Saying Thank You on Veterans Day 2014

My favorite float in the Main Street Electrical Parade

My favorite float in the Main Street Electrical Parade

Here at My Dreams of Disney, our primary focus is, of course, Disney, and all that you can experience at the premier destination spot in the world.  However, while we love visiting Walt Disney World and Disneyland, we also know that we are nothing without our Faith, as you know from our Prayers for the Week posts, and we also know that none of the Disney parks would exist if it wasn’t for the sacrifice of all of the men and women that have paid the ultimate price for the freedom that we have today.

This post is dedicated to all of those brave men and women, and all that they mean to my family on this day: Veterans Day.

The Bald Eagle -- symbol of the freedom our great nation enjoys because of our Veterans.

The Bald Eagle — symbol of the freedom our great nation enjoys because of our Veterans.

The Lincoln Memorial hails from the area where I grew up -- Washington, DC.

The Lincoln Memorial hails from the area where I grew up — Washington, DC.

When this picture was taken, it was an incredibly cold night, and the tranquility of that night was incredible.  If you have never been to Washington, DC, I urge you to take a trip there and visit all that our Nation’s Capital has to offer — especially it’s historic monuments.

The World War II Memorial pays tribute to the sacrifice of that generation -- a sacrifice that I fear has been forgotten by my generation...

The World War II Memorial pays tribute to the sacrifice of that generation — a sacrifice that I fear has been forgotten by my generation…

The World War II memorial pays tribute to that horrific conflict, and serves as a reminder for any that choose to remember what our country went through.  History is a big thing — if we fail to remember our history, then we are doomed to repeat it.  I fear that our generation has totally forgotten the sacrifices of the generations that came before us…

The fountain in the center of the World War II Memorial.

The fountain in the center of the World War II Memorial.

Korean War Soldiers immortalized in statue

Korean War Soldiers immortalized in statue

My friends, I have never served in the military — medical issues kept me from even being eligible to do so.  I’m not certain that I would have been cut out for military life, but one thing that I do know is that our country has survived because of it’s military — and my family and I honor all that you have done to protect us.  From the bottom of our heart, I thank each and every one of you for your service — whether current or former, whether you are a serviceman or servicewoman, or the family member of a serviceman.  The sacrifice of all of you is honorable, and we do not take that sacrifice lightly.  Our country chooses today, Veterans Day 2014, to give you the honor you deserve — but my family honors you every time we see you in uniform.  Thank you for serving to protect our country.

Thank you.

 

 

Disney Music Monday

#DMM – Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

Disney Music Monday

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post!  I’m joined by my buddy Tim from Dad for Disney, and each Monday we bring you a special post that helps you get through the blahs that Monday’s can bring to us sometimes.  Well, I don’t want to brag, but I think I have got the PERFECT song to put a smile on your face.  I like this song so much that I’m actually putting two videos of the song in it — so go ahead, hit that play button twice, and enjoy!

I came across this gem from the Disney Modern Classics soundtrack that I bought on iTunes.  Of course, the song Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride is from Lilo & Stitch, and also Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch.  What I love about this song is the upbeat melody, the rhythm that just flows, and the feeling, despite just listening to the song, as if you have been transported out to Hawaii and are on that surfboard yourself!  I hope you enjoy these YouTube videos as much as I do — the first one is the original song as performed by Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu and The Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus.

This next version of the song was performed by the band Jump 5 and is full of energy and pep.  Here is the video:

So tell me, which one did you like better? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today on our #DisneyMusicMonday sing along!

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