Wordless Wednesday – November Calendar Shot!

Bald Eagle, Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom, Veterans Day

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  Today’s theme is the November Calendar Shot, and I personally want to welcome back Deb from Focused on the Magic!  Deb is the host of this great series, and last week she was unable to put it on because of Hurricane Sandy issues, but those of us that know and love her did what we could to help and support her and the others in the Northeast that were affected.  We are still praying for all of you that are without power and homes and other essentials, and for those of you back on your feet, we’re giving praise to God for that as well!

The November calendar shot is special to me because of Veterans Day, so I thought, what better way of saying thanks to our troops in a Disney way then by sharing my picture of the Bald Eagle you find at the end of the Main Street Electrical Parade!  I really enjoy this parade, so I want to share some other photos as well, but none of them are as good as the one at the top to me.  What do you think, though?  Do any of these beat the one at the top?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by! 

Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Big Ben

Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

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Focused on the Magic

Pictures in the Park — Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Electrical Parade

The Main Street Electrical Parade, also known as the Disney Electrical Parade, is my favorite parade at Walt Disney World.  I know a lot of people don’t like it because of the music, but I love the floats so much more than I did Spectromagic, which played for several years.  In my mind, the Main Street Electrical Parade is just a better parade to enjoy!

Some interesting facts:

  • Did you know that the predecessor to the Electrical Parade is the Electrical Water Pageant, the show that you can see out at the Seven Seas Lagoon?
  • Did you know that there are over 500,000 lights on the floats for the parade, and that the new LED technology bulbs use just 1/4 the electricity that the original parade did?
  • Did you know that the music for the parade is taken from the “Baraqoe Hoedown”, which was written in 1967 by Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jacques Perrey?

Cinderella

I have several favorite floats of this parade, so I hope you enjoy all my photos!

Dopey

Elliott the Dragon

Pete’s Dragon

To Honor America

Bald Eagle

Veterans Day 2011

Once again on this Veterans Day, I would like to take time out of our lives to thank all of those wonderful men and women of our armed forces for all that they have contributed to our country.  It takes a real hero to do what they do, and all of their dedication and bravery throughout the history of our country is greatly appreciated.  To honor them, I am posting two videos I have; the first was created last year out of still pictures from the Main Street Electrical Parade; the second is actual video of the Main Street Electrical Parade.  I hope you enjoy them both.

Here is last year’s video:

This is the second video, shot during our summer trip:

Once again, thank you to all of our veterans!  You are all truly special in our eyes!

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My Favorite Disney memories

One of the things that really makes Disney our premier place to vacation is, without a doubt, the incredible memories that we make each and every time we visit.  I have touched on this subject in a roundabout way before, particularly with my post “Why we go to Disney World”, that I published back on February 10th, 2011, and also in my post “What Makes Disney, Disney”, published on September 20th, 2010.  However, this is certainly not just a rehash of old blog posts!  Read on and I hope you will learn why the memories I’m listing here are my favorite Disney memories!

Before I get started, I want to say that these memories are not in any order whatsoever, other than being in order of the ones that I think of first.  I guess that the case can be made that the ones I list first, since they were thought of first, could be my favorites.  However, I think it is just as safe to say that the memory I list first may have been chosen because it happened most recently!  Anyway, enough banter, let’s talk about memories!

Favorite Memory #1, Midnight at the Magic Kingdom.

Last June, during the trip when we took Stephanie to Disney with us, we spent all day at the parks.  First we started at Animal Kingdom, then we went over to Epcot for dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, then we went back to our resort, changed out of the wet clothes we had been in, and went back to the Magic Kingdom for the Main Street Electrical Parade and evening EMH.  Even though we had been at it all day, that little break at our resort, even though it was only for an hour, really rejuvenated us, and we were ready to tackle the rest of the evening.  We had never stayed out that late with Sophie before, so this was almost like a right of passage for her, and we had a great time.  The highlights of the night were many, with the best being when we were able to get some great late night shots of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse riding with some park Guests on the Dumbo ride.  Even though they weren’t riding with us, just seeing them make some children excited beyond their wildest dreams really made it a memory that all of us will treasure for years to come.

In addition to that awesome memory, there was really something tranquil about being in the parks past the witching hour.  There had been rain during the day, so the ground was wet, but the rain had stopped by that time, and I think the bonus was that the crowds were lighter than they normally would have been.  Sophie and Stephanie were inseparable, it was almost like Sophie had a big sister for the trip, even though there is 11 years between them, and as a result, Cindy and I were able to enjoy our own company, even as we walked with them.  All of those reasons add up to one of my favorite Disney memories.

Favorite Memory #2, Sophie’s Reaction

Another memory that I have is one that didn’t actually take place in a park.  In 2009, we gave serious consideration towards not taking a Disney World vacation that year.  We were concerned about the state of the economy, and whether there would be any job cuts that we need to worry about.  However, by mid summer, we decided that things were okay, and that we could take a trip, so we planned one for August of that year.  The best part about it was that we decided that we would surprise Sophie with the trip, and that she wouldn’t know about it until the day we left.  When we did get in the car and start to leave, we recorded Sophie’s reaction to our trip, and here it is for you to enjoy.

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Favorite Memory #3, Sharing Secrets with Princess Jasmine

In 2008, we were over at the World Showcase walking through the Morocco Pavilion.  As we rounded the corner, who should we see but Princess Jasmine and the Genie!  Better yet, there was NO LINE to see them.  Sophie had been talking all vacation that the only souvenir that she wanted was a Jasmine costume that she could wear for Halloween.  So to round the corner and see Princess Jasmine with no line to wait in was a truly memorable occasion.   Sophie was able to spend about 10 minutes talking with Princess Jasmine and the Genie, and we were able to grab that memorable photo to remember the visit by.  In the photo, Sophie is whispering to Princess Jasmine that she is going to be getting her costume later on in the trip!

Favorite Memory #4, Celebrating Sophie’s Birthday with Riley

In 2008 we were down at Disney during Sophie’s birthday, and for this birthday, Sophie’s best friend Riley was at Daytona Beach.  We were able to arrange for Riley to come to the park with us on Sophie’s birthday, so the two of them were able to enjoy the Magic Kingdom together for Sophie’s special day.  For that day, we didn’t really do a whole lot that required fast paced action, we kept that day casual and leisurely.  We spent some time at the Park, then we went back to our room to go to the pool for a spell during the hot afternoon, and then went back to the Magic Kingdom for dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern.  That visit was when they still had character’s at the Tavern, and we were able to get this memory preserved with this photo (and others that aren’t shown here).  In addition to dining at the Liberty Tree Tavern, we also took in the Haunted Mansion (Sophie didn’t like it then, but does now!), watched the parades, got locked in the stockade out in Liberty Square, went on all of the rides we would normally ride, such as it’s a small world, and really just had a great time, with all of us just enjoying the Park in a relaxed way.


Favorite Memory #5, The Animal Kingdom Nighttime Block Party

Our first trip to Disney World where we stayed at a Disney resort was in August, 2007, when we stayed at Coronado Springs for the first time.  During that trip, we spent one day at the Animal Kingdom, and it was a day that had evening EMH.  It was during those extra magic hours that we got to enjoy the block party over in Dinoland, U.S.A.  Sophie had so much fun with the characters that were there!  There was Goofy, being his normal Goofy self.  There were Chip & Dale, making all sorts of mischief.  And there was Sophie, putting herself right in the middle of the party, along with all the other kids and their families that were there.  The block party produced some good photos, but these are the best, I think.

One of my primary reasons for starting My Dreams of Disney was so that I could keep all of the memories I have of our trips to Disney available for anyone that wanted to read them, and also so that I wouldn’t forget them myself.  I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane, as I remember my favorite Disney memories!