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!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Letter Q

Minnie Mouse -- the Queen of Mickey's Heart!

Minnie Mouse — the Queen of Mickey’s Heart!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!  As always, I would like to thank my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for taking the time to create this hop, it’s always a lot of fun to see what you all come up with!  This week, the theme is the “Disney Letter Q”, and when I think of the letter Q, about the only thing that stands out in my mind is the word queen, so that’s where I’m going with this!  Pictured at the beginning of this post is Minnie Mouse, who, along with Mickey, celebrated her 85th birthday on November 18th!  As you can see by the caption, in my opinion, she is the Queen of Mickey’s Heart!

This Sassy Duck is full of spunk and vigor, and is also the Queen of Donald's Heart!

This Sassy Duck is full of spunk and vigor, and is also the Queen of Donald’s Heart!

In addition to Minnie, I thought I would share a picture of my wife’s favorite character — Daisy Duck!  Daisy, as you all know, is the Queen of Donald’s Heart, and on top of it, is full of sassiness and spunk!  I think she is more than capable of holding her own with Donald!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Before I leave, though, I just had to share one last photo with you — see if you can figure out who is the Queen of Shane’s heart!

As you can see, Stephanie holds Shane's heart right next to hers!

As you can see, Stephanie holds Shane’s heart right next to hers!

Now, please go take a look at the rest of the entries for this week’s theme!  Just click on the button below and have fun!

Focused on the Magic

Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

Mickey & Minnie celebrate a ride on Dumbo with some lucky fans!

Mickey & Minnie celebrate a ride on Dumbo with some lucky fans!

Happy birthday to Mickey and Minnie Mouse – the most famous Mice in history!  Mickey and Minnie Mouse are 85 years young today!  November 18, 1928, was the date that Mickey and Minnie first appeared in Steamboat Willie.  I thought, in honor of their birthdays, we would share some of the photos that we have had with our favorite Mouse team!  I hope you enjoy!

Mickey & Minnie introduce us to the parade at the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom!

Mickey & Minnie introduce us to the parade at the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom!

Here, Mickey & Minnie surprise some guests and invite them to ride on Dumbo with them!

Here, Mickey & Minnie surprise some guests and invite them to ride on Dumbo with them!

Sophie poses for a picture with Mickey & Minnie at the Backyard BBQ! Note the shirt Sophie made!

Sophie poses for a picture with Mickey & Minnie at the Backyard BBQ! Note the shirt Sophie made!

At Disneyland, we were able to get our pictures taken with Mickey & Minnie at Big Thunder Ranch!

At Disneyland, we were able to get our pictures taken with Mickey & Minnie at Big Thunder Ranch!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the photos I’ve shared with you!  Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie Mouse, you have brought joy and laughter to billions of fans, young and old, over your years, and we all need to remember — it all started with a mouse…

Disney Dining Review: Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is one of the Walt Disney World Dinner Shows that you can see while on vacation.  Located at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, the pavilion where the BBQ is held is not far from the location for the Hoop Dee Doo Review.

We took Sophie and my niece Stephanie to the Backyard BBQ for Sophie’s 9th birthday when we were at Disney World celebrating.  We were on the Disney Dining Plan for this visit, and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ counts as 2 Dining credits and also required us to guarantee it with a credit card.  This requirment isn’t as big a deal now, as Disney has started requiring a credit card guarantee on many of their table service restaurants.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ has many great things going for it.  Here is my list of the things that we enjoyed the most:

  • The setting is rustic, and while this isn’t for everyone, it was great for me.
  • Sophie had some really great quality time with Mickey and Minnie, as well as Chip, Dale, and Goofy.
  • The stage show with all of it’s country influence was great.  There was a lot of energy involved with everything here, and we enjoyed it quite a bit.

In fact, I enjoyed our experience quite a bit.  There were only two things that I think should be changed, but I will understand if they aren’t.  The first is the 2 TS credits required.  I love the show, and all of that, but I just didn’t feel like it was worth 2 TS credits.  The other thing that I wasn’t crazy about was the food.  The big buffet was BBQ food, which wasn’t a problem; it’s what you expect.  On tap were burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, and all the fixings.  The problem I had with the food was the temperature.  I know that this is something that is hard to control in what is basically a covered outdoor pavilion, and is also something that can be totally different the next time we eat there.  I think if I were making the decision on how to conquer the temperature problem of the food, I would make smaller quantity, and replace it more often.  For example, instead of making 100 burgers and replacing them every 20 minutes, make 50 burgers and replace them every 10, or something along that nature.

However, all in all, I really enjoyed the BBQ, and would consider it again.  If you decide on eating at the Backyard BBQ, I highly recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to get to the pavilion.  We elected to drive to Fort Wilderness, then we parked, but then we had to wait on the bus to take us through the campground to where the pavilion was.  All in all, I think it took at least an hour to get from our hotel at Port Orleans French Quarter to dinner.

One last thing that I’ll mention was that all the people that were celebrating something, whether it be a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, you can write down the name of the person celebrating, and they will announce it as part of the show.  So if you are celebrating, this is one of the places you can go that you can get your celebration announced.  I hope you enjoyed the review, and that it helps you to decide whether or not to make a reservation at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ!  If it doesn’t, maybe these pictures will!

Sophie (with her self-created Minnie shirt) with Minnie and Mickey!

 

The Stage Show

 

Chip
Sophie loves corn on the cob!

 

Goofy leading a dance line

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