Which of Disney’s FAB FIVE Are You?

Each of Disney’s characters has a distinct personality and qualities unique to themselves. Now you could waste your time taking an Internet Buzz Quiz to find out which Disney character you are most like… or… you could waste your time reading this post. I recommend the latter.

In this post I will summarize the primary reasons why you might like to be either Mickey or Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, or Pluto. Then, rather than having some randomizer program pick a character for you, you will have the information you need to make your own informed choice. Well, at least a choice. So here we go!

MICKEY MOUSE

Mickey is a little guy in a big world. He’s spent his fair share of time being picked on and laughed at, but despite that, he always comes out on top. He’s a natural leader with the charisma to draw almost anyone to his side. From humble beginnings as a steamboat Pilot to rising to become the world’s most well-known corporate Icon, Mickey’s done almost everything in-between.

And how about that love life? A one-woman man who’s earned the love and respect of one of the world’s sweetest females! And although he hasn’t been able to seal the deal with a proposal, you’ve gotta admire his stick-to-itivness!

And let’s face it, if your obituary could start with “It all started with… YOU!” how could you not choose to be Mickey Mouse?

MINNIE MOUSE

Minnie is one of the world’s first independent women. She has had many suitors over the years, but has decided to remain single. She has made it on her own in a variety of occupations, owning some of the most desirable real estate along the way. And when it comes to personality, who has more kindness, compassion, and love than our polka-dot Queen?

Although a modern woman, Minnie has made no secret of her love for that one special someone, but is content to wait until the time is right to press for committment.

Do you have a song written about you? Minnie does! And it’s a chart topper to remember. So if you choose to be Minnie Mouse, the song can be about ‘Yoo Hoo’ too!

GOOFY

What can we say about the Goof? He’s a fun-loving free spirit with no clue that he’s a fun-loving free spirit. In fact, he hasn’t got a clue… about anything. But that’s OK! Goofy knows the world owes him a living but has the class to never show up to pick up the pay check. He’s too busy being loyal, helpful, and the best friend anyone could ever hope for.

Goofy isn’t overly good with the ladies. Always a gentleman but never a boyfriend, Goofy is just satisfied to show respect and to lend a helping hand. How this guy ever ended up with a son will forever remain one of life’s little mysteries, right up there with the Bermuda Triangle and spam.

So far you may not think that Goofy is a contender for your vote. But imagine going through life without a care, with nothing bothering you, and being regarded as loveable by millions. Are you sure you don’t want to be Goofy?

DONALD DUCK

Certainly the most explosive personality on our list, Donald certainly knows how to blow off a little steam! And just steam in general. And steam in excess. Not one to hide how he feels, everyone around him always know exactly where he stands on the issues. There are no shades of gray for Donald, everything is just plain black.

His long-time and long-suffering girlfriend Daisy Duck knows the other side of Donald, though. Behind the bluster and blasting lies a heart of gold that motivates him to go above and beyond for his friends. A more loyal friend to have at your side one could not ask for, even if he would be cowering behind you instead.

Donald has stepped up and taken care of his three young nephews for years, and that has to be a big factor in making him a contender for your vote!

PLUTO

Sometimes it’s a dog’s life, and no one knows that better than Pluto. Starting out as a nameless mutt and finally finding a home with Mickey Mouse himself, this canny canine has defined loyalty for us all! From protecting his master from danger to saving kittens from certain death, this pooch has proven his prestigious pedigree.

Unfortunately ladies, Pluto has been known to play the field as the original Playa of the animal kingdom. Seen with many different partners, usually with more than just a few pups around, Pluto may have a problem with monogamy. But on the upside, he likes big families!

CHOICE TIME

Time to choose! Now that you know the pros and cons of each character, which one would you like to be?

  • Mickey Mouse: The little guy living big?
  • Minnie Mouse: The independent success?
  • Goofy: The oblivious free-spirit?
  • Donald Duck: The explosive heart of gold?
  • Pluto: The loyal playa?

Please take a moment to share your choice in the comment section. And if you have just a moment more, please let us know why!

Psst! I chose Goofy!

Mickey Mouse Club Push’em Car (Laundry Cart)

But just what is a PUSH’EM CAR?

I saw this in a small town antique shop years ago. It’s approximately 16″ x 24″ and the artwork is painted onto a masonite-type board. It has eight holes drilled around the edges and displays the Walt Disney Productions trademark, which dates it before 1987.

I didn’t know if it was an advertising board that would have been displayed in a store to sell some kind of pedal car, or if a Push’em Car was something that appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show. The price was a little high, but I was able to get it down a little, but I still feel I paid too much. But it looked cool, so I took a chance.

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose when you take a chance on something like this, and this time… I lost!

After researching on the Internet, I found that a Push’em Car was a mobile toy chest. It had two of these boards, one on each long side, and two other boards half the length on the ends, creating a rectangle-shaped box on wheels. The boards were screwed onto metal framing. It stood 22″ high at the top of the handles:

This was offered for auction with a starting bid of $25.00 in 2008

Final sale price not known, but estimated value is between $50 – $125.00

So as I only have one of the boards, it is pretty much valueless except for curiosity sake.

Why should I have known better? First, if it were an advertisement for a toy or pedal car, the product would have been pictured on the board. Second, no sign board would be affixed to a wall in a store with eight screws, thus damaging the wall for what would probably be a temporary promotion. I’m a more seasoned collector now, and I can truthfully say that making mistakes like this one has made me a more successful buyer!

That said… I love this board! I have it hanging in my solarium where I can look at it every morning while I drink my coffee. So not a complete fail, I guess.

Garden Grill Restaurant

30 Days: Garden Grill Restaurant

Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill Restaurant is our selection for #Day30 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day30 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at one of my favorite restaurants in all of Disney — the Garden Grill Restaurant, located inside the Land Pavilion at Epcot’s Future World.  This restaurant is situated above the Living with the Land Boat ride, and the restaurant slowly spins  so that you can see all of the outdoor seasons that are depicted in the ride below.  It’s a lot of fun, and my family eats here almost every trip.

I love just about everything that this restaurant represents — great food, a unique twist (no pun intended) with the revolving restaurant, character interactions with Chip and Dale, and Mickey Mouse and Pluto, and wholesome vegetables that are prepared from vegetables that are grown right below the restaurant in the hydroponic greenhouses that are part of the tour (among other places).  All in all, this restaurant is at the top of the list for me.

Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill Restaurant features Chip & Dale and usually includes Mickey Mouse & Pluto too!

As you can see, Mickey Mouse loves to have his picture taken with Guests!

Garden Grill Restaurant

As you can see, Mickey loves to have his picture taken with Guests!

Both Sophie and Stephanie had their pictures taken this year!

The menu at the Garden Grill is diverse.  Everything is served family style, with a beef dish and accompanying vegetables, a turkey dish with accompanying vegetables, a fish dish with accompanying vegetables, a great salad, wonderful warm bread with an orange honey butter, and a wonderful dessert!  Yummy!  Here is the menu in case you wish to check it out for yourself.

The Garden Grill Restaurant is also on the Disney Dining Plan, and costs just one table service credit per person.  Additionally, they do accept the Tables in Wonderland discount card as well.

What do you think of the restaurant?  Have you ever eaten there before?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Friendship Friday: My best friend, my wife Cindy

Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Pluto

Cindy and Pluto at Mickey’s Toontown Fair

Hello everyone, and welcome to week two of our new series, Friendship Friday!  Today I want to talk about the woman in my life that is my best friend, my soul mate, the one person that I love with all my heart — my wife Cindy.

Cindy and I have been married for twelve years now, and we have had many exciting adventures together!  Of course, our daughter Sophie is the most exciting adventure, and if you look at the picture above, Sophie is in that picture also!  This photo was taken when Cindy and I took our trip in January, 2001, before Sophie was born, when we ate our way through Disney!

Cindy hates to have her picture taken — so she will kill me when she sees this post.  But before she does, I want you all to know what I see in this picture when I look at it.

For starters, I see a girl that is having the time of her life!  There is such a big grin on that face, you know that she is enjoying her time there with Pluto!

I see a woman who is not afraid to have fun — her enthusiasm is plain to see!  In addition, I see a loving soul.  What person who didn’t have a lot to give — and who hates to have her picture made — would allow a picture to be taken of them?!  Of course, Cindy didn’t know that nine years later I would start my own Disney blog!  Neither did I, for that matter!

I see a vibrant, exciting woman.  One that, although she was going through so many changes with the pregnancy, was still up for taking a long weekend and enjoying some time at Walt Disney World!  Now that’s a keeper!

There are so many things that you can’t see about Cindy when you look at a picture.  The love for Sophie she has.  The concern she always has for Sophie and me.  How she always says “Be careful” before I leave for work every morning.  Her concern for her fellow person.  Her love of Jesus.

All of these things and more add up to my wife Cindy, and it is because of her that I am the most Blessed man.  I love you Sweetie, now and forever.

Mikey

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Toontown Fair, Donald Duck

Mike with Donald Duck

Don’t forget that Friendship Friday was the idea of my friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Click on the button below to head over and see what she has to share with us for her Friendship Friday selection!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: The Origins of Pluto!

Welcome to my original Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post!  Special thanks goes to my great friend Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, the Disney site where you learn that Disney IS school!  She asked her readers what they wanted to see on Tuesdays, and they had a resounding “Trivia!” answer for her!  I don’t know a whole lot of trivia, Disney or otherwise, but I do have two incredibly cool Disney Trivia books that I will reference for these posts!  The first one is “Disney Trivia from the Vault” by Dave Smith, and the other book is “The Walt Disney World Trivia, Volume Two“, by Lou Mongello.  So, on to today’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

I have always thought of Pluto as Mickey’s dog; I always thought this because Pluto’s dog house was at Mickey’s Country House in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  Did you know, though, that when Pluto made his debut in the cartoon The Chain Gang, he didn’t belong to anyone.  He was a bloodhound that was searching for Mickey Mouse, who had escaped from prison!

In his second cartoon, called The Picnic, Pluto actually belonged to Minnie Mouse!  However, he was known in this cartoon as Rover, not Pluto.

Finally, in his third cartoon, The Moose Hunt, Pluto was the dog of Mickey Mouse, and he has been ever since.

This information is from Dave Smith’s book, Disney Trivia from the Vault.

Here is a YouTube video of The Moose Hunt.  Enjoy!

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Magical Mouse Schoolhouse Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia