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Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy 88th Birthday to Mickey & Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie! Today, 88 years ago, Mickey & Minnie made their “acknowledged” debut in Steamboat Willie! I say acknowledged because they were actually in Plane Crazy prior, but Steamboat Willie was the first one that they had voices! To celebrate all that they mean to Disney Fans across the world, here are some of my favorite pictures with Mickey & Minnie and our family. Enjoy!

The first picture was when Cindy and I saw Mickey & Minnie riding Dumbo with two very special Guests! Here’s another picture from that evening:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

 

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

The next picture was taken at Chef Mickey’s:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

Our last picture comes to us from Disneyland. Here we are at the Big Thunder Ranch, just checking it out, when all of a sudden, these two came and we had our picture taken! There was practically no line!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Sophie, Cindy and I with Mickey & Minnie!

To finish us off, here are the videos where our famous Mouse friends got their start! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy! Do you have a favorite memory or picture of Mickey, Minnie, or both of them that you would like to share? If so, share it on our Facebook page or leave us a comment here! We’d love to see and hear about it!

Steamboat Willie

Plane Crazy

Our Favorite Disneyland Memories

Disneyland Memories

Our Disneyland Memories start with our hotel, the Grand Californian, an incredible place to stay!

Hello everyone!  Welcome back to My Dreams of Disney, the Disney fan site that brings you interesting perspectives on our favorite place to stay on vacation!  Today we continue our “Favorite Disney Memories” series by taking a look at the incredible memories that we experienced last year when we went to Disneyland for our first trip there!  There was so much to experience in this trip that this post is going to be a hefty one, full of plenty of photos and memories that I hope you enjoy reading about.  Have you ever been to Disneyland?  If so, you may enjoy seeing these pictures as a reminder of your own memories from your trip!  If you haven’t been, then perhaps these photos will a) give you a small taste of what the experience is like, and b) get you interested in seeing what it would take for you to take a trip to Disneyland yourself!  Please let me know if I can help you with that.  I’d be happy to do so!

Our home resort for our DVC Membership is actually the Grand Californian, so we were able to reserve our room 11 months out — in July of 2012, if my memory serves me right.  The hotel is absolutely incredible, and I urge you to take a more in-depth look at it by checking out my post on the Grand Californian.

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Of course, when I say Disneyland, I’m actually referring to both Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park, so I guess my post should have been titled Disneyland Resort Memories to be technically correct, but I think you know what I mean.  This first picture is of one of the most relaxing things we did at Disneyland — taking a ride on the Sailing Ship Columbia.

The Sailing Ship Columbia is a relaxing, incredible trip back in time to the era of that type of ship.

The Sailing Ship Columbia is a relaxing, incredible trip back in time to the era of that type of ship.

This next picture is of the location of my wife’s favorite part of the parks — Mickey’s Toontown.  This land is an incredible place, with all sorts of things to fascinate young and old alike!

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Toontown is an incredible resource, and one that I recommend you enjoy every trip to Disneyland!

As we continue our look at the memories, I have to look at one of the best memories we have — meeting my friend Sheila, her husband Randy, and their daughter, Miss J.  J and Sophie hit it off so well that we’re getting together again this summer, only this time we’ll stick to the east coast for our Disney adventures!

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Sophie and Miss J enjoy Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree!

 

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Sophie and Miss J over on Buena Vista Street talking with one of the nice ladies!

In addition to meeting Sheila and her family, I also got to meet one of my good blogging friends Jessica and her boyfriend Shaun.  That was a lot of fun, and Sophie loved meeting them and riding the Tower of Terror with them!

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Meeting Jessica and Shaun was great fun!

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.  The first time we rode it, Sophie hated it — it was too noisy for her.  Put in her earplugs, ride it again, and viola! ~ a new fan!  We even have the movie!

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Mr. Toad and Sophie posing for a picture!

If you haven’t seen Mickey and the Magical Map yet and are going to Disneyland — go see it!  It is an incredible show, and well worth stopping to see it.

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Mickey and the Magical Map — what an incredible show!

The next two attractions are ones that took me and made me feel like even more of a little kid than I already did.  The Casey Jr. Circus Train and the Storybook Land Canal Boats attractions are a lot of fun for me, and they are two of my favorite memories!

Disneyland Memories

Casey Jr. Circus Train goes around the perimeter of the Canal Boat ride.

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Storybook Land Canal Boats takes you right into the mouth of Monstro the Whale!

One thing that we did at Disneyland that we can’t do anymore at Walt Disney World was ride in the front of the Monorail.  It was a lot of fun, and brought back old times of when we did do this at Walt Disney World…

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Riding in the front of the Monorail is really cool!

Of course I’ve got to talk about Cars Land — that incredible land over at California Adventure Park.  To be honest, though, while I really enjoyed the Radiator Springs Racers ride, I enjoyed just walking around Radiator Springs even more — especially at night!

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Radiator Springs Racers is so popular there’s a 15 minute wait just to get a FastPass!

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Flo’s V8 Cafe is a great place to get some tasty food!

These next two attractions are favorites because they are located in the same land — New Orleans Square — and when you couple them with the incredible dining we had at the Blue Bayou, they make the perfect Disney Trifecta of favorite Disneyland Memories!

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The Haunted Mansion is a great attraction, and one you shouldn’t miss!

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Pirates of the Caribbean is, without a doubt, one of the coolest rides at Disneyland!

When it comes to stage shows, Disney’s Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular — is a show that, in this writer’s opinion, rivals shows such as Finding Nemo – The Musical and the Festival of the Lion King over at Walt Disney World!

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Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular is a great show to see!

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln — I love it because it reminds me of some of the Walt Disney World history attractions, such as the Hall of Presidents and the American Adventure show.  However, this has it’s own history, and great pieces that show how Disneyland was conceived in the mind of Walt Disney, and this is just a great attraction.  Go check it out!

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This model of the United States Capital is made from the same stone as the actual Capital!

One of the best parts of California Adventure is Paradise Pier, and it’s not surprising to me that three of the best memories we had are to be found there.  Starting us off is Mickey’s Fun Wheel, a great ride that is a lot of fun!  After that, I’m sharing a picture of my shot on California Screamin’ when we were upside down — still the best Disney rollercoaster in my opinion!  And lastly, I’m sharing a picture I took during the World of Color — the quintessential show at California Adventure — and the best one on any Disney park, in my opinion!

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Mickey’s Fun Wheel was a great deal of fun!

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We loved California Screamin’!

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Ariel in the World of Color — a great show that is second to none!

The memories that we created at Disneyland and California Adventure during our trip there last year are some of our absolute favorites.  We had such a wonderful time that we know we’ll be back at some point — when, who knows, but we will get back there…it is that cool.

Thank you for stopping by, and for staying through until the very end of this long post!  I hope you enjoyed it!  Tell us in the comments what your favorite memories are of Disneyland, California Adventure, or any of the other Disney Parks, and thanks!

 

 

What do you do at Disney in January?

In this incriminating photo, my wife Cindy has proof of my infatuation with Minnie Mouse!

In this incriminating photo, my wife Cindy has proof of my infatuation with Minnie Mouse!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our second episode in the Magical Blogorail “Riding the Rails” series!  Last week we participated in what we would do to get ready for a runDisney event.  This week the theme we are following is to talk about what we do at Disney in January!  I don’t have a lot of experience being at Disney in January, but I’ll tell you what we did when we were there, and what we typically spend the month of January doing when we aren’t!  I hope you enjoy!

My wife and I have been to Walt Disney World just one time in the month of January — January 2001 to be exact!  It was the second time that Cindy had ever been to Disney, and it also happened to be the time we were at Disney when we were expecting our daughter Sophie!  So, due to those circumstances, this was the trip that we ate our way around Disney!

We had a long weekend due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, so Cindy and I decided to take a weekend trip to Disney!  Since we were expecting, we couldn’t go on the thrill rides that we like, but we were at Disney, so we didn’t care!

Being naive tourists, we went to Disney with clothes more suited to warmer weather — but what we weren’t expecting was a biting winter wind in central Florida!  We were freezing!  The sweatshirt you see in the picture we bought — one for each of us — and it worked some to keep us warm, but it still a little cold!

We were able to walk right into Guest Services and line up our dining reservations for that day — there was no issue at all!  We ate at Liberty Tree Tavern, as you see based on the picture with Minnie Mouse, and we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table for lunch — although, that day for lunch they didn’t have characters there, oddly enough — and we basically had our pick of any restaurants we wanted to eat at!  We also ate at the Crystal Palace! Since we stuck to the tame rides, and all of that, we just took our time and enjoyed being at Disney together — and had a great time.

We also got some photos with some of our favorite characters, as you see here:

At Mickey's Toontown Fair, I had my picture with Donald Duck!

At Mickey’s Toontown Fair, I had my picture with Donald Duck!

And Cindy had her picture with Pluto at Mickey's Toontown Fair!

And Cindy had her picture with Pluto at Mickey’s Toontown Fair!

Nowadays, though, with school schedules and work schedules, we really don’t have as much of an opportunity to get to Disney World in January.  However, the new thing we do during the month is plan our trip that we’ll be taking in the summer, when school is out and we can enjoy the warm weather!  This year, we are vacationing with our friends from California and our friends from Raleigh, so we’re in full planning mode already!  It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait until that next trip!

Thank you for stopping by the Magical Blogorail  “Riding the Rails” series!  I have enjoyed having you stop by, but please tell me, what do you do at Disney in January if you are able to get there?  Any special traditions?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!

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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!

 

 

 

The Lands of Disneyland: Tomorrowland!

Image ©disney.wikia.com

Image ©disney.wikia.com

Today we continue our look at the lands of Disneyland Park.  Of the eight lands, we’ve covered six of them, and the only two left to look at are Tomorrowland, that we are focusing on today, and Mickey’s Toontown!

Like Fantasyland, there is a whole lot to see and do at Tomorrowland.  Just take a look at this attractions list!

There are a lot of great attractions, so I won’t touch on all of them, but I will highlight the ones I liked the best, and think you will too!

Space Mountain

Sophie didn't have much fun on Space Mountain!

Sophie didn’t have much fun on Space Mountain!

Of course I’ve got to start with the best attraction in Tomorrowland in my opinion!  I don’t have much in the way of photos, but I do love our ride photo that they displayed.  Cindy loves Space Mountain, Sophie, not nearly as much, and I’m along for the ride, but I love the two behind us!

The big difference here is that Space Mountain at Disneyland is two seats across and Space Mountain at Walt Disney World is single seats.  It was the two seats across that was the only reason Sophie decided to try it out — but she still doesn’t like it!

Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Just like Walt Disney World, Star Tours is a great attraction!

Just like Walt Disney World, Star Tours is a great attraction!

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

I call this a fringe Tomorrowland attraction.

I call this a fringe Tomorrowland attraction.

Officially, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a Tomorrowland attraction, but to me, it feels more like a Fantasyland attraction.  I think that it does to me because of the inclusion of the Finding Nemo part of the journey, if it was 20,000 Leagues or so, it would definitely be a Tomorrowland attraction.  In any case, it’s all apples and oranges, what matters is that I like the attraction — I hadn’t ridden in a “submarine” in a really long time, and it was fun to see it go on a voyage searching for Nemo!

Autopia

The Autopia, in my opinion, is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway.

The Autopia, in my opinion, is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway.

You know, I didn’t really have any intentions of riding on the Autopia, but Sophie wanted to go and drive her own car, so Cindy and I went also.  I’ve got to say that I think the Autopia is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom.  One thing that I definitely noticed was that the smell of gasoline seemed like it was less at the Autopia than in Florida, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.  But that’s how it felt to me.

Jedi Training Academy

Darth Maul keeps watch at the Jedi Training Academy!

Darth Maul keeps watch at the Jedi Training Academy!

I’m going to close out our exploration of Tomorrowland by taking a look at the Jedi Training Academy.  This is something we’ve never done before at Walt Disney World, and truth be told, we didn’t do it at Disneyland either.  However, we were at lunch when it started up, so we watched it to see what it was like.  At one point in the show, Darth Maul jumped over at some of the other people watching and eating their lunch, and scared quite a few of them!  It was great.  I don’t know if it’s the same at Walt Disney World, but if it is, then we will definitely go watch it again one day!  It was one of my most enjoyable experiences we had at Disneyland.

Thank you for stopping by to visit today as we explored Tomorrowland, one of the lands of Disneyland.  Our last stop on our tour is Mickey’s Toontown, so look for that in the next couple of days!  Thanks, and remember, at My Dreams of Disney, it’s our goal to turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!