Minnie Mouse Sighted in London, Ontario

Friends of mine were checking out the Masonville Mall in London, ON and came across a famous Disney personality:

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Apparently she was there with Mickey (not pictured) to help open a new Disney Store! This is good news for us as we live just over an hour away. Check out the news report here.

FUN FIND: How many Disney Store Cast Members can you see in the picture?

Merry Christmas 2014

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From all of us here at My Dreams of Disney, to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas 2014, and a Happy New Year too!  May you remember in your hearts the reason that we have Christmas, and may all your dreams come true, whether you be at Disney or not.

For me, I thank God for all of you, for stopping by, for saying hello, for caring, for showing me each and every day what a blessing you all are.  I also give thanks to God for my family, for my friends, and for everyone that has hugged me when I needed a hug, laughed with me when I needed a laugh, cried with me when I needed a cry, and loved me — even if I don’t always deserve love.

For my Disney friends, I have several, but in particular I have some that I would love to mention by name today.

  1. To my friend Amanda, the original Disney’s Cheapskate Princess, I salute you, and love you for all of the friendship you have shown me over the years.
  2. To all of my friends on the Magical Blogorail, both past and present, I love you all — we have laughed quite a bit, cried when necessary, but most of all, we have loved one another — and I wouldn’t trade any of you for anything!
  3. To my friend Andy — the incredibly talented and generous photographer also known as the WDW Shutterbug, I salute you.  You are a great photographer, but even more, you are an even better friend.
  4. Lastly, but by no means least, I give thanks to my friends Steve and Lisa Griswold, owners of Pixie Vacations, and to all of my fellow Pixies.  You all are great people, and I am a better person for having known you.

I could go on and on, but I know you might have some last minute shopping to do or quality time to spend with your family than spending it online, so I’ll let you go.  Once again, Merry Christmas everyone, and thank you for all that you bring to the site each and every day!

Disney Music Monday

Disney Music Monday – Julie Andrews

Disney Music Monday

To me, Julie Andrews best Disney role comes in the form of that Practically Perfect Mary Poppins!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post in our new series, #DisneyMusicMonday!  Since the start of the work week often has it’s own blah moments, whether it be from not having the weekend anymore to enjoy, or your boss stressing you out, I thought a little Disney Music pick me up would be the perfect thing to start the week off right.  Since this is our inaugural post, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite music from that person who is Practically Perfect in every way — Mary Poppins!

Julie Andrews brought her to life on the screen, of course, as she was the actor that performed those great Sherman Brothers songs.  I won’t get into the story a whole lot, because I’m sure you know it all better than I do anyway, but I will share with you a few of my favorite songs from the movie.

I’m a sentimental type anyway, so for me, the two songs I’m featuring from Mary Poppins really do show the best in all of us.  They may not be as catchy as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, or as witty as Chim Chim Cher-ee, or give good advice like A Spoonful of Sugar, but the two songs below are my favorites by far.

The first one is Feed the Birds, that wonderful song that shows what true kindness is all about, and reminds us all that there is always something we can do for others.  I was fortunate enough to learn of a YouTube video of Kristin Chenoweth performing this song.  It is a tribute song, and Jeffrey Sherman, one of the children of Robert Sherman, helped produce the video.  Amazingly, it was compiled by a whole bunch of iPhone recordings of people in the audience at the Hollywood Bowl where the song was performed, and it features some special interview segments that you won’t want to miss.  For those that want to see it, here it is, courtesy of YouTube.

The second song that I’m talking about is Let’s Go Fly a Kite.  In my opinion, this song — both portrayed in the movie and sung in the streets of London during a mash-up, is one of the most cheerful, uplifting songs I’ve heard.  The video I’m sharing with you is from that London mash-up, and it’s amazing how recognizable that song is.  Here it is for your enjoyment.

Thank you for stopping by today in our inaugural Disney Music Monday!  Go check out the rest of the posts, and check back next week for another edition!  Have a great week!

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Peter Pan's Flight

3 Days: Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is our choice for #Day3 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Where does it rank in your list?

Peter Pan’s Flight is perhaps one of the best examples of forced perspective in all of Disney.  I know that Main Street, USA is a great example of the concept of forced perspective, which is where the buildings at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom are taller than the buildings at the end of Main Street, USA, over by Cinderella Castle.  By doing this, your mind gets the impression that Cinderella Castle is miles away, that it is so far away that your journey will take some time to get there.  Then, when you are getting ready to leave and are about to walk down Main Street, USA, the bigger buildings near Town Square suggest that it won’t take any time at all to get to the exit at the end of a long day of walking.

Peter Pan’s Flight, in my opinion, is another great example of forced perspective.  Where else can you get into your flying galleon, enter into the bedroom, and as you exit, you are instantly skyward, with incredible views of the London city below you?  Like many of the great Disney attractions, Peter Pan’s Flight does an incredible job of leaving Florida behind, of even leaving the Magic Kingdom behind, and all of a sudden, you are drawn right into the incredible story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John and their adventures.

Peter Pan's Flight

Our friendly Cast Member is putting the finishing Pixie Dust touches on this Galleon!

Peter Pan’s Flight is a must see attraction every visit to Walt Disney World for my family.  What about your family?  Also, if you had to rank your favorite Disney attractions, where would Peter Pan’s Flight sit and why?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  Along with my co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, I’m Mike from My Dreams of Disney, here to share with you some great Disney trivia!

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