Move It

84 Days: Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!

Move It

The Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party takes place on Main Street, U.S.A.

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today as we look at our choice for Day 84 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party, which is held on Main Street, U.S.A.!  This fun little parade is full of energy and is guaranteed to get you moving as you dance to the music and wave at your favorite characters!

Parades like this one are fun ways for you and your kids to dive headfirst into the Disney Magic and just have a good old time!  I don’t know about you, but when we see a parade like this, it just puts smiles on our faces and really puts us in a good mood — or perhaps I should say an even better mood than we already are!

They have multiple times for this parade, for example, if you are at the Magic Kingdom today, you can see the parade at 11:00AM, 12:30PM, or 5:40PM, so pick a time!

Does your family enjoy this parade, or any parades for that matter?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Now, enjoy a few more photos from the parade!

Move It!

Jessie, part of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party!

Move It!

Goofy, part of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party!

Move It!

King Louie, part of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party!

 

 

WDW Railroad

88 Days: WDW Railroad

WDW Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad station at Main Street, U.S.A. is the backdrop for Day 88!

Welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  As you know, we’ve been counting down our days in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and today, we are at day 88!  For today, we’re taking a look at the Walt Disney World Railroad!  The WDW Railroad is an original Disney World attraction because it incorporates one of Walt Disney’s favorite activities — his love of trains!

One of my favorite things to do at the Magic Kingdom is to take some time and relax by riding around the Magic Kingdom on the railroad.  It provides some unique views, some interesting perspectives that you don’t get if you don’t ride, plus it’s fun to just sit back and imagine yourself back in that time period when steam powered locomotives were the way people travelled long distances, and to imagine some of the different terrains and scenes that they might encounter.

It all takes me back to one of the biggest reasons I like going to Disney parks — for the history lessons that are evident all over the parks, but especially at the Magic Kingdom.  It’s attractions like this that truly make going to a Disney park so much more than just going to get on a bunch of rides.  It’s the whole experience of it — the history, the backstory for each of the attractions, the incredible parades, the phenomenal fireworks shows, and so much more that truly makes a Disney vacation all that it is.  It’s having a real steam locomotive for the WDW Railroad, like the Roger E. Broggie pictured below, that take Disney above and beyond the rest of the theme park industry — and why I don’t think Disney parks will ever be surpassed.

WDW Railroad

The Roger E. Broggie is just one of the WDW Railroad steam locomotives.

Do you like the WDW Railroad?  Is it an attraction that you ride at least part of the way around each trip to Walt Disney World, or is it one that you skip and don’t bother exploring?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Now, go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Favorite Disney Memories 40th Anniversary 2011

Mickey & Minnie walk during the 40th Anniversary celebration!

Mickey & Minnie walk during the 40th Anniversary celebration!

Well, my friends, we have reached perhaps my favorite trip ever to Walt Disney World.  This isn’t taking a single thing away from all the other trips, but this one was special because it was the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World — and all the Disney Magic was in full force for this special trip!  October 1st, 2011 was a Saturday — so that was perfect.  Friday, September 30, 2011, was a teacher workday — so Sophie didn’t miss any school!  Check number two.  My niece was able to come down to go with us and we were able to surprise Sophie.  Check numbers 3 and 4!  September 30 also marked the first day of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, so we could see that for the first time!  Check number 5.  Then, Saturday was perhaps the most beautiful Disney Day I have ever experienced in terms of weather.  Check number 6.  The list goes on and on, but what it all adds up to is a memorable long weekend, and an absolutely incredible memory filled weekend that I will NEVER forget.  Now, have a look at some of the pictures I have from that visit — because in reality, my pictures tell a much more impressive story than my words ever could!

Clarabelle Cow walks in the parade!

Clarabelle Cow walks in the parade!

Meeting Brenda was a great thrill of mine!

Meeting Brenda was a great thrill of mine!

My Pixie Friends posed with me for a picture!

My Pixie Friends posed with me for a picture!

Check out the Haunted Mansion Smart Car we saw!

Check out the Haunted Mansion Smart Car we saw!

We met this man as we were leaving he constructed that hitchhiking ghost head himself!

We met this man as we were leaving he constructed that hitchhiking ghost head himself!

Main Street, U.S.A. is bustling as Cinderella Castle looks on in the distance.

Main Street, U.S.A. is bustling as Cinderella Castle looks on in the distance.

Thank you for stopping by, my friends, as we relived our memories from the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World!  How many of you were there that day?  What was your favorite thing about that day?  Please let me know in the comments, and as always, thank you for visiting!  Now go out and make today a great Disney Day!

 

 

 

 

Disneyland or Walt Disney World?

In one of my favorite Disney trips, here I am with my wife Cindy and daughter Sophie, loving every minute!

The entrance to Disneyland Park!

Disneyland…

Walt Disney World Railroad

The Main Street, U.S.A. Walt Disney World Railroad station

Walt Disney World…

If you had to choose one or the other for your trip, which one would you pick?  To help you with your choice, I’ve got two posts — one that I think really illustrates the reasons why Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World, and one that I think really illustrates why Walt Disney World is better than Disneyland.

This link will take you to the Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World post (the post will open in a new tab/window).

This link will take you to the Walt Disney World is better than Disneyland post (the post will open in a new tab/window).

So, what is it going to be? Disneyland or Walt Disney World?  Help us out by voting in our poll at the bottom of this post, and thanks!  I’ll keep the poll open indefinitely, so have at it everyone!  I’ll periodically post on our Facebook page the numbers at the moment, and invite you to continue voting.


Our Favorite Disney Memories 2009

The Walt Disney World Railroad station at Main Street, U.S.A.

The Walt Disney World Railroad station at Main Street, U.S.A.

Our trip in 2009 was a tale of two trips.  Initially, we were going to take the trip to Walt Disney World in June for Sophie’s birthday.  We even had it all paid off.  However, then the economy changed, and state government in North Carolina was talking about possibly having layoffs, so Cindy and I decided that it was better to be safe than sorry, and we canceled the trip.  It was a really lousy feeling because Sophie knew we were going, and for her birthday, and to not be able to go just is a hard thing for a parent to have to do with their child.  As the summer wore on, the concerns of layoffs were lessened, and Cindy and I decided that a vacation was possible after all.  We looked at places like Hershey Park and other theme parks, but kept getting drawn back to all that we feel we get when we go to the World, so we made plans — this time, though, without telling Sophie.

We left for our trip on August 15th, and checked in to Disney on the 16th.  Sophie went to her weekly dance that week just like normal on the morning of the 15th, and while she and Cindy were gone, I loaded up the car for the trip.  Sophie got home, we said, go change your clothes, we’re going out for a while.  When we got in the car, I started playing some music that Sophie hadn’t heard for a long time, and we got this reaction when she figured out where we were going…

Because of our having to change our plans, we were determined not to miss anything.  As a result, I took a TON of pictures.  I think, at this point, I’m going to let my pictures do the talking.  Thanks for stopping by on our Favorite Disney Memories 2009 post, and look later this afternoon as we bring you our 2010 post as well!

Pluto hams it up for the camera as Sophie leans in for a big hug!

Pluto hams it up for the camera as Sophie leans in for a big hug!

Lilo is the perfect person for Sophie to hug in this photo!

Lilo is the perfect person for Sophie to hug in this photo!

Sophie has a look of half excitement, half terror as Stitch hams above her!

Sophie has a look of half excitement, half terror as Stitch hams above her!

Look at the love in Sophie's eyes for her buddy Mickey!

Look at the love in Sophie’s eyes for her buddy Mickey!

The wind was just enough to catch his balloons, but not enough for him to lose them! Is his name Carl, I wonder?

The wind was just enough to catch his balloons, but not enough for him to lose them! Is his name Carl, I wonder?

The Main Street Philharmonic performs for us!

The Main Street Philharmonic performs for us!

As much as I like Billy Joel, at Walt Disney World, this is the true Piano Man!

As much as I like Billy Joel, at Walt Disney World, this is the true Piano Man!

I miss Minnie's Country House.  It was so much fun to see her regular house at Disneyland!

I miss Minnie’s Country House. It was so much fun to see her regular house at Disneyland!

This shot of Japan in the World Showcase at night is one of my favorites!

This shot of China in the World Showcase at night is one of my favorites!

I've only seen the Studio Backlot Tour once, but I loved the way the performer "weathered the storm"!

I’ve only seen the Studio Backlot Tour once, but I loved the way the performer “weathered the storm”!

At Animal Kingdom Park, Sophie had her face painted.  I love this picture of her!

At Animal Kingdom Park, Sophie had her face painted. I love this picture of her!

Thank you again for stopping by!  Now, please leave your comments of your favorite Disney memories below, and thanks go out and make it a Disney Day everyone!