My Very First Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Image courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Image courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

{Editor’s Note: My friend Alicia is back with a post recapping her joy at seeing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!  Even though it’s been a month since Christmas, let’s enjoy her photos and get her take on the event!  Thanks, please give Alicia a warm welcome!}

As I get older it is getting harder and harder for people to get me birthday and Christmas presents (my birthday is 12 days before Christmas).  So this year my sister, who I share my birthday with, told me when I mentioned that I wanted to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party that she would make that my joint gift if I wanted.  And I hesitated for oh about a nanosecond before saying, “OKAY”

The next thing was finding a partner in crime to go with me to the event. I wanted to take my niece who is a Disney lover like myself, but she had school and midterms, so that was out. There were a handful of friends I asked and there were other commitments, and blah blah blah, but eventually I found a Disney loving soul to join me. And as fate would have it this was also her first time going to MVMCP as well.

Let the planning begin!

I originally wanted to go on a Tuesday or Thursday night since I happened to be on vacation the week before Christmas, but due to scheduling conflicts we were not able to go until Friday, 12/20. Since the event lasted until midnight, we decided to spend the night. We drove up early Friday afternoon checked into the “offsite” hotel and then headed over. It was super cool being able to get in at 4 knowing that people that were there would be leaving in a few hours and the park would be ours!!

We walked around for a bit. She bought my FIRST ever pair of ears (EVER….I know bad Disney fan) as a birthday present. And of course being the sparkle lover that I am I got the black and red Minnie sequined ears. HEE HEE!! Totally in love with them and managed to keep them on all night long!!! We ate a little and found our first Holiday Treat location. The small serving of hot chocolate and cookies were just the right amount of sweetness after dinner. I wish it had been colder though so it would have felt more seasonal or more like Christmas. But what can you do, it’s Florida!

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Like any good photographer, I made sure that I had my camera on hand. I mean who goes to Disney at Christmas without their camera? Only crazy people! I can not even tell you the level of excitement and anticipation that I was feeling about the pictures I was going to get to take. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Walt Disney World at Christmas time. It becomes even more magical, if that is even possible.

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Despite the fact that the event was sold out we were able to walk around with ease and not feel crowded. If only every day that the Magic Kingdom could be like that… I can dream can’t I? We leisurely strolled through the park and had rode a few rides here and there and eventually made it to Main street USA for the SNOW!!!! OMG…. I felt like a little kid. It was so neat. Despite that fact that it wasn’t real, that didn’t take away the wow factor for me. I still very much enjoyed the “snow” in Florida….. and I was still able to be in shorts!!!

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We didn’t feel the crowdedness until we went to Main Street to watch the parade. It was hard to find a spot to see the parade with ease and not have to do some kind of bending and twisting to take pictures. But I got a few good ones. My FAVORITE part of the parade were the toy soldiers. I was watching them with my mouth gapping open like I a little kid. They walked like soldiers and their shoes had to have some sort of metal on the bottom because they made a “clacking” noise as they moved down the street.

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My least favorite part of the parade were the reindeer… sorry they were a little creepy to me… hence no pictures.  I wish I could have gone back and watched the parade again, and maybe get some better pictures. Maybe next year when I go back, because BELIEVE me I WILL be going back!

Immediately following the parade we went to get in place to watch “Celebrate the Magic” at Cinderella’s Castle.  We got as close as we could but it was crowded there also. We managed to land a spot in front of, or rather close to, the Partners statue. I love that statue.

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 I had no idea what to expect when the show started. I was in awe of all the images that came across the castle and the way it was transformed. As the scenes changed I was ooing and aahing like a 5 year old. It was so unique and well cool how they managed to mesh all the movies together and add the music in there too. I never would have thought that could be done. This was HANDS DOWN my favorite part of the party. And then the fireworks started…. How I LOVE me some fireworks! And not only were they behind the castle… they were all around us, encompassing us and lighting up the night sky. It was … MAGICAL!!!!

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Then sadly our night came to an end. We took our time leaving the park to try and take it all in. It is always hard to leave Disney, but it is even harder for me during Christmas.  Of course, there is comfort knowing that it is there and I can always go back. It really is my happy place.       

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Love

Alicia

Valentine's Day

Disney Valentine’s Day Suggestions!

Valentine's Day

Mickey & Minnie enjoying a ride on Dumbo — one thing we can do with our loved ones on Valentine’s Day!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Riding the Rails post!  This series is hosted at the Magical Blogorail website, and I thank them for having this great series of posts.  This week we are talking about some things we can do around Valentine’s Day, so perhaps these posts will help you get some ideas on what you want to do with your special someone at Disney!  For starters, perhaps you will take a ride on Dumbo with your special someone, like Mickey & Minnie did back in 2010 in this photo!

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Perhaps you want to take your loved one to World Showcase instead?

Another option you might want to consider is taking your loved one over to Epcot and stroll around the World Showcase.  Perhaps grab a drink, or a bite to eat, maybe take in a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, and stroll leisurely around the world as you explore some of the things you don’t often see at Epcot!

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Of course, if this is a special someone, you might do this…

Back at the Magic Kingdom, perhaps this is the time you consider doing this with your loved one, as happened to my niece in 2012!  She was not expecting it, and everyone started crying when Shane proposed.  It was a great moment in my life that I’ll remember forever.

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You know, Valentine’s Day is sometimes a day for Dad’s and Daughters, or Mom’s and Sons.

Perhaps you are visiting the parks with your daughter, or perhaps your wife and you want to do something special for your daughter.  Well, why not treat her to a dance on the Biergarten dance floor.  This is a memory that I cherish, and I think Sophie does too — and I know that Cindy does!  Thank you Cindy for taking this picture.

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Perhaps, though, you want a romantic getaway at the Grand Californian Hotel…

To this day, I think this is one of the funniest pictures I have ever seen in my resort room.  When we checked in, our room wasn’t ready, but they went through the check-in process with us, and even spoke with Sophie.  When we walked in and saw this decor on the bed, Cindy and I first thought we were in the room for a newlywed couple, but it really was our room!  We have no idea why they did that, but Sophie thought it was a hoot, and loved collecting all the rose pedals!

So there you have it, my friends.  Some suggestions on some things to do at Disney for Valentine’s Day.  Thank you for stopping by, now please take a moment and check out the rest of the entries!  Just click on the image below, and thanks!  Remember everyone to go out and make it a Disney Day!

#DisneyTrivia – Mickey Mouse the Draft Dodger?

Mickey Mouse Salutes the Armed Forces

Mickey Mouse Salutes the Armed Forces

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyTrivia segment! Along with my brilliant co-hosts Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, I’m Mike and we’re here to share with you some great Disney Trivia featuring that draft dodger Mickey Mouse! I found this particular tidbit quite amusing, I hope you enjoy it also!

Did You Know…

That, on December 30, 1980, the United States Selective Service System, in the midst of reminding 18-year-olds to register for the draft, sent a warning to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The Selective Service says that Mickey is in violation of registration compliance.

When I read that bit of trivia, I thought it was so funny!  I guess it goes to show that the Government isn’t always correct…but that’s a topic for another day!  I found this trivia on the This Day in Disney History website, thanks goes to them for having such a great collection of Disney trivia!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries to see what great trivia they have for you today!  Lastly, Happy New Year everyone, and please make sure that you are safe, no matter what you are doing!

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My new Disney Pocket Watch!

The Mickey Pocket Watch I received for Christmas has a great depiction of Mickey Mouse!

The Disney Pocket Watch I received for Christmas has a great depiction of Mickey Mouse!

Yesterday, for Christmas, I received one of the coolest pieces of Disney memorabilia that I have ever received — my very first pocket watch, and a Disney pocket watch at that!  One of my other passions (outside of Disney, of course) is for trains, and this pocket watch covers both my love of trains and my love for Disney!  On the inside, as you see above, is a great depiction of Mickey Mouse as the engineer of our train, complete with his own wrench that he uses when he has a problem!  One the front, pictured below, is Mickey again, this time using Mouse Power to make his handcar go!

The front of my pocket watch is Mickey using his Handcar!

The front of my pocket watch is Mickey using his Handcar!

The back of the pocket watch has an ornate design, even if there isn’t any Disney references that I can tell on it:

This is the back side of my Mickey Pocketwatch!

This is the back side of my Mickey Pocketwatch!

The watch manufacturer is Verichron, who I don’t know, but you can find them all over eBay if you are interested in acquiring one for yourself!

Thank you for stopping by, and letting me show you my newest Disney treasure!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, full of laughter, fun, love, good food, and celebration at the birth of Jesus!

The Lands of Disneyland: Mickey’s Toontown!

Mickey's Toontown is complete with it's own sign!

Mickey’s Toontown is complete with it’s own sign!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the concluding land in our Lands of Disneyland series!  We have been all over Disneyland Park, and to close us out, I’m taking a look at one of my favorite lands at Disneyland: Mickey’s Toontown!  While this is the last land we have to look at at Disneyland Park, it is by no means my least favorite.  In fact, based off of all that we saw and did at Disneyland, Mickey’s Toontown, in my opinion, rivals the best lands there, including Fantasyland and Tomorrowland!

Seeing Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland brought my mind back to the days of Mickey’s Toontown Fair are Walt Disney World, but I must admit that Toontown has so much more going for it than Toontown Fair ever did!  Here is all you can explore and do at Mickey’s Toontown:

In addition to the attractions and things to see and do, there are also some fun, creative quick service restaurants:

  • Daisy’s Diner
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Clarabelle’s

Now, let’s look at some of the attractions in more depth.  I’m basing my listing off of the things that I enjoyed the most, and also the ones that I believe are the busiest at Toontown.

Mickey’s House

Mickey's House is also the location where you can meet Mickey!

Mickey’s House is also the location where you can meet Mickey!

I believe that Mickey’s House at Toontown is much bigger than the house was at Toontown Fair.  That stands to reason because Toontown is where Mickey lived, but Toontown Fair is where he went on vacation.  Walking through it brought back all those times I had been in the house at the Magic Kingdom, but there was certainly a lot more to see at Disneyland.  Do you like Mickey’s House?  Let me know in the comments below!

Minnie’s House

This shot of Toontown shows Mickey's house and Minnie's House!

This shot of Toontown shows Mickey’s house and Minnie’s House!

Minnie’s House, as you can see, is located right next door to Mickey’s!  This perfect house is just right for her, and we went in and toured her house also!  Like Mickey’s house, it certainly brought back memories of Toontown Fair for me — and it was nice to see once again!

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin was a great attraction that I really enjoyed!

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin was a great attraction that I really enjoyed!

I loved taking a ride on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin!  This ride is something that was a lot of fun for me — more fun than I thought it would be at first.  I haven’t seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit in a long time, so riding this ride was great — it was like I was brought right back into the movie!  Plus, the queue line was great.  We did have a problem while in line with the ride malfunctioning, but we stuck it out and enjoyed the ride after everything was resolved!

My wife Cindy was very excited to see this quick service dining location — not necessarily because of the food choices (although I enjoyed my lunch that we had there, and so did everyone else too!) — but because of the great character represented!

My wife Cindy's favorite character is Daisy, so this was a hit for her!

My wife Cindy’s favorite character is Daisy, so this was a hit for her!

Part of the charm of Toontown is how they have so many things that you can interact with that make visiting Toontown that much more fun.  Take a look at these photos for more information!

Ring the doorbell and listen to the glass breaking!

Ring the doorbell and listen to the glass breaking!

There are other areas of Toontown that offer up similar things for the kids to play with, so explore and see what you can find!

Also, there are a lot of great photo spots available for you — just check out some of the things you can experience!

It's Toontown City Hall!

It’s Toontown City Hall!

Check out the 3rd Little Piggy Bank!

Check out the 3rd Little Piggy Bank!

Check out the Fire Truck!

Check out the Fire Truck!

Thank you for taking a look at Mickey’s Toontown with me!  Tell me, what is your favorite land at Disneyland?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!