Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post. As you all know, the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop is hosted by my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic, and this week, the theme is “Disney Letter N”. As a result, I’ve decided to go with all nighttime shots — except for our first one. In the picture of Sophie with Princess Jasmine and the Genie, the Genie was trying so hard to get her attention! As you can see, though, Sophie wasn’t having any of it!
We surprised Sophie last night — Cindy, Sophie and I leave in a few hours for our next Disney Destination — the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa! We have never stayed there before — in fact, the only time we have even been there was to eat at 1900 Park Fare for dinner way back in 2008 to celebrate Sophie’s 7th birthday. We enjoyed the food, and Cinderella and Prince Charming — but Sophie and I did not like the step-mother and step-sisters — they were too realistic in how they played their roles!
The Grand Floridian, though, is a place that Cindy and I have had plans on visiting for many years. We thought that it would entirely likely that we wouldn’t visit the resort until our 25th wedding anniversary, which won’t be until the year 2025 — but when I became an Authorized Disney Travel Agent in February with Pixie Vacations, all of that changed! I found out then that this week Pixie is having an agent get-together, and we are going to be able to stay there much earlier than we thought! Since our anniversary is next month (it will be our 13th) I’m scoring husband points by taking Cindy there in half the time she thought we would visit! Yay me!
I am really looking forward to this trip. Not only are we staying at a new resort for us, we are also participating in the Illuminations Dessert Party on Wednesday night, Thursday morning we are dining at the Prop Shop at Hollywood Studios for breakfast, and Friday night we are having dinner with my dear Sister Brenda and her husband! So many first time experiences, I can’t wait to share all of them with you when we get back.
What new experience are you looking forward to when you go on your next Disney vacation? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by! Also, don’t forget to enter to win our special Disney print of Walt Disney drawing Steamboat Willie!
You know, in the category of “What is the number two seed for our countdown to Disneyland?” I never thought I would be writing Fantasmic on the list. It boggles my mind that I have done so. The truth is, I’ve never even seen Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! So why did I put it at number two on our list?
I think that this selection is more of a case of putting the popular show here because, like in the NCAA Tournament, the number two seed almost always wins, and I have heard a lot about Fantasmic that makes me think we will watch it during our trip to Disneyland.
I know I’ve seen at least one comment on the internet that reported that Fantasmic is actually better at Disneyland then it is at Hollywood Studios. Part of the reason we’ve never done it at DHS is because the lines are absolutely insane to try and get a seat for.
Fantasmic over at Disneyland Park is located by the Rivers of America in Frontierland, as you can see by looking at the map below:
I’ve heard that Fantasmic is better here than at Hollywood Studios — what do you all think? Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!
By Tanya. Fantasmic! is the premiere nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is truly a spectacular show which follows the storyline of what would happen if we could look into Mickey Mouse’s dreams and nightmares. Fantasmic is filled with pyrotechnics, water projections, music and live entertainment that rival any nighttime show in the Disney Resort. Any evening in the Hollywood Studios park should be capped off with this beautiful display!
Fantasmic! takes all that is wonderful about Disney and rolls it into one amazing adventure! I rank it among the best live entertainment Disney has to offer in the entire resort and highly recommend it for everyone. While this show is recommended for all ages, bear in mind that the show may be loud or intense for younger viewers. Don’t let this discourage you and your family, as young visitors will see every major Disney character (and some surprises) in one fun filled, beautifully choreographed show that ends with the good guys prevailing!
Keep in mind that this show has limited seating and is subject to the evening’s weather. Ask any cast member or check your park map for show times during your visit. I highly recommend you arrive at least an hour prior to show time and enjoy the pre-show entertainers, resting with your family, and doing the “wave” with the crowd. Consider grabbing dinner from a quick serve restaurant or snacking on goodies from the vendors inside the amphitheatre area for your evening dinner. You may also consider making reservations with one of the reserved seating dinner packages Disney offers.
Fantasmic! is an impressive display of Imagineering and a must see attraction in the park. This is not a “fireworks” show. It includes a cast of entertainers, characters, and oh so much more. Get your smile ready, put your camera down, fix your eyes on the stage, and enjoy all there is to take in during the amazing show! You’ll tap your toe, bite your nails, and believe in Magic when it’s all over.
|Stephanie, Sophie, and Cindy|
Yesterday, for the Magical Blogorail, we wrote our monthly loop, and this month’s topic was what you would do if you had three hours alone with no family at Disney World. If you want to read the entire loop, check out this post here, but if you didn’t see my post and want to read just that one, click here.
When I told my wife about it, though, she immediately had her own ideas of what she would do with that three hour block of time, so that led me to asking Sophie what she would do, and that led me to texting my niece Stephanie to find out what she would do. So today, I’m bringing you “What my girls would do at Disney World,” or, if you prefer, “Three hours alone at Disney, part two!”
Since Cindy came up with her list first, I’m going to put her ideas first. Let me tell you right now, the list she came up with was so much more incredibly imaginative then my list! Take a look at the things that Cindy would do.
Cindy’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:
- Cindy would experience the Magic Kingdom at night, and the first thing she would do would be to fly like Tinkerbell on Tinkerbell’s zip line!
- Next, Cindy would head over to Dumbo and ride it with Mickey Mouse.
- After that, she would ride Peter Pan’s Flight with…Peter Pan!
- Then, since this is a goofy kind of ride to Cindy, she would ride Big Thunder Mountain…with Goofy!
- Heading over to The Haunted Mansion, it seems to be a natural fit to ride that ride with Flynn Rider.
- For her next ride, she would ride Pirates of the Caribbean with Captain Jack Sparrow!
- After all those rides, Cindy would want her favorite snack, so she would make some of the wonderful Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars with her favorite character — Daisy Duck!
- Last, but certainly not least, Cindy would close out her three hours by throwing a block party with the (character) gang in Liberty Square!
Next up is Sophie. Here are the things that she would do during her three hours.
Sophie’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:
- First of all, Sophie would experience her three hours at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, during nighttime hours.
- The first thing she would do would be to ride all of the Magic Kingdom roller coasters, so that would be Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain, although I think that she would add Splash Mountain to that, even though it isn’t a roller coaster.
- Then Sophie would ride the monorail to Epcot, but she would ride in the front of the monorail!
- Then, when she got to Epcot, she would enjoy all of the Future World attractions, and then she would visit Mexico, Norway, and France and enjoy the things that are available there.
Lastly, it’s time to unveil the things that Stephanie would do with her three hour time block. It took a little bit to get her going, but once she did, I couldn’t shut her up! :)
Stephanie’s things she would do during her three hour excursion:
- Stephanie would first learn how to do a dance like the dancers do during the shows in front of Cinderella Castle!
- Next, Stephanie would wear a princess costume, and get her picture taken to prove she’s been a Disney Princess!
- Then, she would get her picture taken with every character to get revenge with her brother and sister (the first time they went to Disney, Brett and Leslie got pictures with almost all the characters, while Stephanie only got one picture with Minnie Mouse.)
- Next it would be time for some snacks. Stephanie would eat the big popsicles, eat ice cream, and have a huge cinnamon roll from the Main Street Bakery!
- Last, but certainly not least, Stephanie would have all the Disney Princesses help plan her dream Disney Wedding with her! Can you picture my niece Stephanie getting married at Disney World, only to have all the Princesses be her bridesmaids? How cool would that be?!
So there you have it, friends, and see, these ideas were so much more creative then my ideas! What ideas would you have for your three hours? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!