Donald Duck

Happy Birthday Donald Duck!

Donald Duck

This photo from 2007 shows the excitement Sophie had for Donald Duck!

On June 9, 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in The Wise Little Hen, one of the Silly Symphony productions that Walt Disney did back in those days.  Donald Duck was created as a companion character for Mickey Mouse; according to Wikipedia, there is a rumor that Donald Duck got his name from Australian cricket legend Donald Bradman, who, the story goes, was dismissed for a “duck” in a match. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I could certainly see that happening!  Interestingly enough, a bit of trivia for you — did you know that Donald Duck has been in more films than any other Disney character, and that he is the most published comic book character outside of the superhero genre?

For me, my enjoyment of Donald Duck really stems from two things: my daughter and the Gran Fiesta Tour attraction in the Mexico Pavilion.  The picture at the top of this post is an old one — back then, Sophie was so excited for Donald Duck!  She was so excited during this meet and greet that she started bouncing, so of course Donald had to do the same!  Another time, we saw Donald in the Mexico Pavilion, where Sophie gave him a big hug.  She really enjoyed Donald back in the early days of our visits to Walt Disney World.

Now that she’s almost 15, I think her fascination with the characters has kind of waned a bit, and she’s more all about the adventures she makes with her friends.

The second thing that has caused me a lot of enjoyment with Donald is his role in the Gran Fiesta Tour.  That simple little boat ride, which I’ve written about before, is just one of my favorite attractions at Epcot.  I love all of the different scenes as we go looking for Donald!

So, happy birthday Donald!  If you wish, take a look at the start of it all — The Wise Little Hen!

Magical Blogorail – My Disney Arrival Strategy!

MBRed Logo 2013

Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Thinking about our arrival at the Grand Californian

Thinking about our arrival at the Grand Californian

You know, I’ve had a little bit of trouble trying to think about what my Disney arrival strategy really is, because to be honest, it really varies each and every time we visit.  For many of my friends, they have a set thing (or things!) they do when they arrive at Walt Disney World, but for us, it truly varies.  I guess the only thing that we really do each and every time is go to our resort…although, even still, there are still times we are not able to go to our room yet!

When we arrived in Los Angeles to go to Disneyland in June, we were so excited!  We took the bus to our rental car location because we were driving some, we got the car, we had practically no traffic on the 5 to get to our resort, and we parked and entered the lobby of our wonderful home resort!  30 minutes later, we picked our jaw up off the floor — well, maybe I exaggerate just a bit — and we proceeded to check-in.  We had a wonderful Cast Member who catered to our every whim — she got us special buttons, she gave us extra maps so I could send some off to my friend, she gave us special photos for us to keep as mementos, the only thing she couldn’t do was assign us our room number, because it was still being cleaned.  Since it was something on the order of 11:00 AM or so when we were there, we totally understood.  We checked our bags, went to get some lunch, seeing as how it was after 2PM our time, and then, we decided to find a store to purchase a few things we would need.

However, when we were blessed to be able to go to Walt Disney World the next month, and we arrived at the Grand Floridian (I know, I can’t believe I stayed at the two flagship resorts in consecutive months!) we got to our room, dropped our luggage in our room, snapped some photos, and then went to Epcot to purchase our DVC Annual Passes.  So, in that instance, we just got a jump on our fun right then!

Other times, we have unloaded our stuff, organized our groceries, and then went to the Magic Kingdom to ride my niece’s favorite ride (at the time) — the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups!

One time, we checked our bags because our room wasn’t ready, we were going to go straight over to the Magic Kingdom, and while others were in the rest-room, I saw the DVC table, started talking with the Cast Member there, and we decided to do a DVC tour — and that was the day that we purchased our DVC membership!

So, as I was saying, we really have no rhyme or reason for how we approach our arrival day at Walt Disney World or Disneyland.  It just always seems to vary.  Regardless of what we do, though, rest assured of one very important point that I’m going to leave you with…no matter what we do, we are immersed in the Disney vacation that we are having, and that, my friends, more than makes up for any one thing that we do.  We could be playing tiddlywinks, but as long as we were at Disney, it would be a fine time had by all!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Donna Kay.

Red Map Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
3rd Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
4th Stop ~ Heidi’s Head
Final Stop ~ A World View

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Walt Disney’s Apartment

While this is the Walt Disney World Fire Station, not Disneyland, it is similar enough to work for this post.

While this is the Walt Disney World Fire Station, not Disneyland, it is similar enough to work for this post.

Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, the weekly series that introduces us all to another little tidbit of Disney trivia!  Along with Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, I’m Mike, writing here at My Dreams of Disney!  This week I’m sharing you a question from Dave Smith’s book, Disney Trivia from the Vault, in which a reader asked Mr. Smith the following question:

Justin from Los Angeles, CA, writes: “What is currently inside the space that was once Walt’s apartment above the Disneyland Fire Station?

Mr. Smith replied: “Walt’s apartment above the Disneyland Fire Station is still there and is still used occasionally by Disney family members and Disneyland executives.  It is still furnished similarly to the time when Walt used it.  One major change — there used to be a fire pole from the apartment down into the fire station below that is no longer there.

Mr. Smith’s book is chock full of great questions and answers that were asked of him during his time answering questions for the articles “Exploring the Archives”, “Archives”, and finally “Ask Dave” during his time with the Disney Channel Magazine, Disney Magazine later on, Disney Insider, and now the D23 website.  I highly recommend this book to anyone that is a Disney trivia buff.  You can link over to the book page on from the link above.

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia

Cars Review

Hello again, 

Sophie here with another exciting review. Today I’m reviewing the movie Cars. It’s main characters are Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the rest of the gang from Route 66.

On his way to Los Angeles, California McQueen’s truck door is opened and he awakens to find himself about to crash into not 1 but 3 incoming trucks! Then he found himself in a parking boot. He was set before Doc the Hudson Hornet an old retired race car with three piston cups. If you want to hear more then you’ll have to watch the movie. Adios amigos.

Lightning McQueen at Epcot


Mater at Epcot