Disney Parades

The Return of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop- Disney Parades!

Disney Parades

The Main Street Electrical Parade is the subject of this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!

Welcome to the return of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!  Today we are focusing on Disney Parades for our theme! My friend Deb from Focused on the Magic has always hosted this, and I used to be quite the regular on contributing.  Things shifted, though, and I was not able to contribute nearly as often as I wanted to — that is, until now!  Long time readers will know that my Wordless Wednesday posts are not wordless at all usually.  Today’s theme is Disney Parades, and I can’t think of a better parade to feature than the Main Street Electrical Parade!  Originally from Disneyland, brought to Walt Disney World for several years, and now, back at Disneyland where my friend Sheila says “it belongs!”  I’ve great memories of this parade from it’s days in Florida, here’s some of my favorite pictures from that incredible parade!  Enjoy!

Disney Parades

It looks like Cinderella is looking right at me!

Disney Parades

Disney Parades

To Honor America, a beautiful ending to a great parade!

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The symbols of our country, the Bald Eagle and the American Flag.

Thank you for joining us for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post! We’ll see you next time — until then, click on the image below to see the rest of the entries!

Focused on the Magic

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to an Affordable Disney World Vacation

ultimate guide to an affordable walt disney world vacation

In Kevin Barry’s book, the Ultimate Guide to an Affordable Disney World Vacation, Barry explores the many different ways that you as a family can save money on your Disney World vacation. Captured within the 119 pages are tips on saving on flights, rental cars, park tickets, hotels, food expenses, and more.  The story is written around the quest of the Barry family in planning their next trip to Walt Disney World, and gives detailed information on how much they are saving in their planning.

For me, the book is a good read, and has a lot of great information; however, there are some tips that I prefer not to tackle, that you need to make sure you are careful about before implementing.  For me, the first is the tips that are provided for securing cheap/free air fare by getting credit cards.  I know that there are disciplined people out there that can implement this process and save a lot of money on their flights, but the key here is that you need to be very disciplined to make sure you don’t run up thousands of dollars in debt.  To his credit, Kevin talks about this in great detail.

When it comes to park tickets, the biggest question is really whether or not you and your family want to implement the park hopper add-on.  This is a significant cost, and if you plan your trip correctly, you absolutely can get away with not purchasing the park hopper because it will save you money.  In this regard, Barry does a good job against recommending it.  Additionally, he also does a good job in making sure that you know that you can’t get your park tickets at just any location.  The place to get tickets is at the Disney World website, where you will pay full price, or through select resale sites such as the Undercover Tourist website, where you can get a discount.

All in all, the Ultimate Guide does a really good job in providing tips on saving money on your next Walt Disney World vacation.  At the cost of around $12, it’s a good investment, and in this blogger’s perspective, is worth the cost to have some great detailed information that you can use to save money on your next trip.

Have you read the Ultimate Guide? What did you think of it?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Sophie, Miss J, and Riley – Best Friends!

Riley, Sophie, and Miss J at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Riley, Sophie, and Miss J at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Last summer, Cindy, Sophie and I welcomed our friends Leigh Ann and Riley and our friends Randy, Sheila, and Miss J to join us in celebrating Sophie’s 13th birthday.  Sophie and Riley have been best friends since the day they were born, and in June 2013, Sophie and Miss J became best friends as well when we met them at Disneyland.  Since that visit, scarcely a week goes by without Sophie and Miss J FaceTiming one another over the weekend.

Since last year was Sophie’s 13th Birthday, Cindy and I wanted to do some special, so we invited both sets of families to join us at Walt Disney World.  The picture above was taken when we first arrived at Bay Lake Tower where we were staying.  Riley and Miss J had never met before, and it was like all three of them had been best friends all of their lives.  Those girls were inseparable, and the conversations between the three of them is the stuff of legend now.

What got this post percolating in the back of my mind was a song that Sophie and I heard the other day.  Many of you may know it, the song is “It’s Not Easy” from the Disney Classic movie Pete’s Dragon.  In the song, Elliott is singing about how it’s not easy finding and hanging onto that special friend you have.  In many ways, this is very true.  For Sophie and Riley, they have been friends from before birth, but it’s not always easy because, despite the fact that we both live in the same area, schedules are different, so they often don’t get to spend a whole lot of time together.  For Sophie and Miss J, they didn’t meet until Sophie was turning 12, but the wonder of the Internet has made it seem like they are a lot closer than they the 2,500+ miles that separate the two of them, but that’s difficult in it’s own way.  What I love about this song, though, is that Elliott is able to realize just how easy it is to be best friends with people, and to embrace the differences we all have and the challenges we all face, despite schedule challenges and geographic distances separating the friends.  So now, please take a moment or two and watch the YouTube video of the song “It’s Not Easy” from Pete’s Dragon.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Are there any challenges in your lives that make it hard to hang onto that special friend in your life?