Triceratops Spin

31 Days: TriceraTop Spin

Triceratops Spin

TriceraTop Spin is what we are looking at for #Day31 of our countdown. Image courtesy my friend Neal!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day31 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  After looks at Soarin’ and Star Tours the past two days, today we are shifting our focus to a ride that is geared more towards your little ones than the thrill seeker in your family.  Of course, I’m referring to TriceraTop Spin, located at DinoLand USA in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  This attraction is similar to Dumbo and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin in that it has a similar ride mechanism, but of course, in TriceraTop Spin, you are riding your favorite dinosaur as you spin around the park!

As I was saying, though, the ride is most notable for the younger audience you have in your family…the picture above shows my friend Neal’s wife and their two kids riding.  Neal, being the thrill seeker in the family, decided to sit this one out and take pictures for the memory books. :)

With Sophie being nearly 13, and Riley being 12 and Miss J being 11, I would be extremely surprised if they ride TriceraTop Spin — but I have been wrong before, so who knows!  Now, what about all of you?  Do you ride it, or have you ridden it in the past, and would you ride it again?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!


Magic Carpets of Aladdin

52 Days: Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin are our choice for #Day52 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and thanks for taking time to stop by today as we explore the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, our choice for #Day52 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  This ride is built on the mold of Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and the Triceratop Spin, and even Astro Orbiter in that you sit in a ride vehicle — in this case, a magic carpet — and you can propel yourself up or down based on the controls on the vehicle.  While this isn’t an attraction that we ride every time we visit the Magic Kingdom, it certainly qualifies as one that we have enjoyed in the past, and who knows, we might even ride it this year as well!

One of the things you need to keep an eye out for — whether you are going to ride it or not — is the camel that is positioned with the sign as you approach the ride.  If you don’t pay attention to him, you may find yourself a little wet, so pay attention!

Do you and your family enjoy the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, or do you pass this by on your way to the Enchanted Tiki Room?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Go out and make today and every day a great Disney Day!

Our Favorite Disney Memories 2006

Disney Memories 2006

Sophie and her Meemaw sitting on Minnie’s Love Seat!

August 1, 2006.  On that day, Cindy, Sophie and I took Meemaw to Walt Disney World to visit the Magic Kingdom for the day.  For my Mom (aka Meemaw) it was her first trip to Disney World since she went with me on my very first Disney trip, 27 years before.  Currently, this particular trip is also the last time that Mom has been to Walt Disney World.

Since we were just there for the one day, we didn’t really spend a whole lot of time planning this day out — we just took it and went with it, and I’ve got to say, that one-day trip was one of the best days I can remember.  We were relaxed, we rode the rides and saw the things that Sophie and Meemaw wanted to see — we even convinced Meemaw to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer (which she didn’t like, and wouldn’t ride again!)  Let’s take a look at what were our favorite memories from that single day trip.  I’ll start with my favorite memory.

Mike’s Favorite Memories

If I had to pick one thing that would stand out as my favorite memory from that trip, I think it could best be summed up in the joy on Sophie’s face when we rode the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups…

Disney Memories

This picture of Sophie with that look of joy on her face is one of my favorites.

That look, which never gets too old for me to see, is one of my favorite moments in that day trip.

Cindy’s Favorite Memories

Disney Memories

On the Monorail, here’s a shot of Sophie with her eyes covered.

To surprise Sophie, we joked that we were taking her to New York City for the day, but imagine her surprise when we got to Walt Disney World!  I think this picture is cute because she’s got her eyes covered before opening them to take in the Magic Kingdom all at once.  I know as a kid I could never do that!  Another memory that Cindy liked was how Sophie talked Meemaw into riding Goofy’s Barnstormer.  Meemaw didn’t like it, though, and wouldn’t ride it again!  Still, she tried it, so that was what was important!

Sophie’s Favorite Memories

Disney Memories

Cinderella got married at her Castle!

For Sophie, her favorite memory was being there with her Meemaw.  She remembers riding the Barnstormer with Meemaw, and I remember this picture of Sophie, Cindy and Meemaw on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin:

Disney Memories

Meemaw, Sophie, and Cindy enjoying a ride on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin!

Now that’s a ride that is more Meemaw’s speed…Speaking of Meemaw, I called her last night to find out what her favorite memory of that day was — and I have both her favorite memory and her least favorite memory!  Stay tuned!

Meemaw’s Favorite (and least Favorite, too!) Disney Memories

Disney Memories

Meemaw riding one of Prince Charming’s Regal Horses!

When I talked to my Mom last night and explained what I was doing, I could almost hear her roll her eyes over the phone.  Then she proceeded to ask me how I should expect her to remember something that happened nearly eight years ago!  After talking with her a little bit, though, I did get two true emotional answers to the question “What was your favorite Disney Memory from 2006?”

The first real answer Mom gave me was that she just really enjoyed seeing Sophie’s excitement at being at Walt Disney World; at experiencing with Sophie the joy that she had with all the rides and fun that she had with everything.  Hands down, that was my Mom’s favorite memory — seeing Disney through Sophie’s eyes.

Then I asked her about the roller coaster, Goofy’s Barnstormer.  At that moment, just like that, Mom flipped from favorite Disney memory to worst Disney memory!  She told me in no uncertain terms that she hated that ride, that she couldn’t understand why anyone would like it, and that she thought she was going on a baby rollercoaster.  At that point, I almost fell out of my chair laughing…I think the text expression is ROFL…

So there you have it, my friends, our favorite memories from our one day trip to the Magic Kingdom in 2006.  This was a lot of fun, and next time, we’ll be looking at 2007, and our first ever visit where we stayed on property.   So tell me, please, what are your favorite Disney memories?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Remember, here at My Dreams of Disney, we’re working on turning My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!

Nearly Wordless Wednesday, Happy Birthday Mom!

Sophie with her Meemaw during this special one day trip to the Magic Kingdom, August, 2006.

Tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday, so I thought there was no better way to say Happy Birthday then with a post for the Wordless Wednesday blog hop!  Happy Birthday Mom, do you remember our trip to the Magic Kingdom with Sophie in 2006?  That was when this picture was taken!

Seriously, though, Sophie, Cindy, and I all hope you have a wonderful birthday!  We love you!  Here are a few more pictures for you to enjoy!

Sophie had her BFF Riley with her to celebrate her birthday at the Liberty Tree Tavern, June 19, 2008, with Minnie Mouse!

Sophie was soaking wet after cooling off at Pooh’s Playful Spot in 2007!

Meemaw and Sophie on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin!

Cindy, Mike, Sophie, and Stephanie in front of Cinderella Castle, October 1, 2011, for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World!

Sophie, Piglet, and Stephanie at The Crystal Palace in 2010!

I hope you have enjoyed your birthday tribute, Mom!  I pray for many more years of fantastic birthdays, and maybe a trip to Disney World again with us?  Maybe even Dad will come?  Please, pretty please?

Anyway, I would like to thank my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this incredible weekly hop around Disney!  Thanks, Deb!  Now, go check out the rest of the posts!  Just click on the button below, and thanks for stopping by!

Focused on the Magic

Disney In Pictures: Adventureland!

Welcome back to another edition of Disney In Pictures!  In this week’s edition, we are focusing our attention on Adventureland!  I had some email issues, so I’m sorry if you submitted some pictures to me that I didn’t receive, if you want me to re-run this theme for next week, just say the word in the comments below and you’ve got it! Read More