Blogs to Check Out – A Disney Mom’s Thoughts!

As we continue on with our series, I’m bringing to you some blogs that you might want to take a look at. I am both proud and honored to be affiliated with both the great writers of Chip & Company, and the incredible group that is known as the Magical Blogorail, and in this small way, I hope to be able to say thanks to those bloggers that have helped to make me the blogger that I am. Next on our list is my friend Beth’s blog, A Disney Mom’s Thoughts

A Disney Moms Thoughts

{Editor’s Note: This post originally ran September 21, 2011.  This is a special Saturday Flashback!  Enjoy!}

My friend Beth is the creator of “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts”, and a member of the Magical Blogorail Green line, which is quite ironic, given that her last name is Green!  Almost makes me think that it is her line (just kidding!)

Beth’s site is full of energy, starting with her background, and continuing into her writing — she is a Mom, and as such, is full of great ideas on how to go about planning for your Disney trip (and ensuring that your house is safe in the process!)  One of the things that I like about her blog is her spotlight series, “Stars Fell on Alabama”, in which she gives interviews of various Disney people that are located in her home state.  If you want to read more about this series, click on the button below!

A Disney Mom’s Thoughts

Beth’s site is a great Disney site, and if you are interested in reading more, go check it out!  I don’t think you will be disappointed!

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Magical Blogorail Red – Favorite Disney Souvenir!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail. Welcome aboard the Magical Blogorail Red line!  I am your pilot Mike, here to navigate you around the world of my favorite Disney souvenir!  As you can tell by the picture above, I am a huge fan of Pin Trading!  I first started trading pins in 2008, and it is a fun and enjoyable thing that I like to do during my Disney vacations!  My daughter likes to trade pins also, but unlike me, she is into it more for the enjoyment of trading, and less about collecting special pins.  That is what I enjoy about it.  Last year, for the 1st Anniversary of my blog, I gave away those two special pins in a  contest that also commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, but don’t worry — I bought two of them so that I could enjoy them as much as the person that won the contest!

Pin Trading is just a fun little hobby for me.  I don’t really do much with it outside of our vacations, but it’s nice to take a look at all of the different pins and select ones that you want to add to your collection.  Here are some of the pins I have on my lanyard right now.  Enjoy!

The world of Pin Trading is yours to explore.  It doesn’t take a whole lot to get started — you can purchase your own lanyards at places like the Dollar Tree or other dollar stores, and you can go online to eBay and buy pins for a significant reduction per pin versus what you would pay if you bought them at Disney.  After that, all you do is trade and look for the best pins to start your own collection!  It’s that simple!

Thank you for joining me today. Give it up for your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop: Disney Donna Kay!

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 ~ Colorado Mountain Mom

2nd Stop ~ A World View

3rd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney

4th Stop ~ My Dreams Of Disney

Final Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay

Special Edition Magical Blogorail: Port Orleans French Quarter

 
Welcome to those of you joining me from Your First Visit and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
 
In this special edition loop, the Magical Blogorail is sharing with you our impressions of the Moderate resorts at Walt Disney World.  I am sharing my thoughts and stories from Port Orleans French Quarter, one of my favorite resorts at Disney.
 
We first stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter in 2009, and liked it so much we stayed there in 2010 also.  There are a lot of positives when it comes to POFQ, so let’s take a look at some of them.
 
French Quarter is the smallest of the moderate resorts, with just 1,008 rooms for the resort.  By comparison, Port Orleans Riverside is more then double the size, with 2,048 rooms.  Port Orleans French Quarter is located on the Sassagoula River, which is a Disney made river that provides water taxi access to each of the resorts and also to Downtown Disney.
 
When you enter the resort, it’s as if you have walked straight into the French Quarter section of New Orleans, complete with the street signs and courtyards.
 
The French Quarter has a really nice main pool with a neat water slide, plus, as you can see, there are characters located in the resort that make for a nice photo opportunity!
 
 
Port Orleans French Quarter doesn’t have a table-service restaurant, but it does have a food court, the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, which has various stations to order different types of food.  Located in the main building, the dining location has a lot of great items hanging from the ceiling.
 
 
Some of my favorite customer service experiences happened when we were staying at Port Orleans French Quarter, either in 2009 or 2010.  I remember in 2009 we had the same greeters when we would enter the lobby every day of our trip practically.  They were incredible people, with the Disney customer service ingrained in them.  But more then that, they were genuinely nice people, the kind of people that you see day in and day out, and by the time your vacation is over, they are more then just Cast Members — they are also friends.  It is to my regret that I didn’t think to get their names or email addresses, because I would have liked to kept in touch with them.
 
Every day we saw them, they would give beads to Sophie, or coins, and they always had a smile on their face, and a welcoming “Where are we going today?” question on their lips.  When we told them, they immediately pulled out park maps for that park, and told us the best way to get where we were going to make our reservation.
 
As you can see by my photos, the rooms contain two queen beds, double pedastal sinks, and a standard bathroom.  Also, there are different views available — in 2010 we paid for the water view, and the picture of the Sassagoula river was the view from our room.
 
 
 
Thank you for joining me today. Your next
stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Heidi’s Head.
 

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 ~ Fort Wilderness Cabins at The Magical Mouse Pad

4th Stop ~ Port Orleans Riverside at Heidi’s Head

Final Stop ~ Coronado Springs at DIStherapy

 
 
 

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