Festival of Fantasy

27 Days: Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom is a new parade, and is our choice for #Day27 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to day 27 in our Disney World Countdown series!  Today we are taking a look at a brand new parade that opened at the Magic Kingdom this past March 9th!  It’s called the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and features some incredible costume design, floats, and so much more!  I can’t wait to check this parade out when we visit next month!

Festival of Fantasy

Take a look at the dragon, part of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade! Image ©Disney Parks

The Festival of Fantasy parade features some incredible floats, including floats for Belle and the Beast, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Anna and Elsa, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Ariel!  The vivid colors that are used in these floats are absolutely incredible!

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This is just one of the shots from the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade! Image ©DisneyParks

See how vibrant those colors are on the characters?  Stunning is all I’ve got to say about it!

Have you had a chance to see this parade yet in person?  If so, what did you think of it?  Or, if you haven’t, do you think you’ll take time to view it the next time you are there?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow – My Famous Disney Couple and an {American Tourister Giveaway}!


When you think of famous Disney Couples, most people think of Mickey & Minnie, or Donald and Daisy, or even Cinderella and Prince Charming.  But how often do you think of Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow when you think of Famous Disney Couples?

Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow

Clarabelle Cow, Sophie, and Horace Horsecollar posing for the camera!

Well, I’ve got one of those odd brains that thinks about the unusual at the weirdest times, so when I heard that the theme for our giveaway was going to be Famous Disney Couple, I almost immediately though of Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow.  I’m not really sure why that is — I mean, it’s not every day that you think of them.  Maybe it’s because one of my favorite photos was of them with my daughter Sophie in the Magic Kingdom (in Town Square) from 2007, and honestly, you don’t see them around much — at least, I don’t.  Or maybe I thought of them because I had just seen the movie Frozen prior to seeing the topic for our giveaway, and they were on my mind.  I honestly don’t know, but what I do know is this: Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow, especially in the picture above, are really stylish characters, and I could see Clarabelle really sporting that Minnie Mouse luggage from American Tourister quite nicely!  Same goes for Horace and the Mickey luggage!  Also, take a look at that romantic Horace as he shares a special moment with Clarabelle!

Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow

Image ©disneygeek.com

The Disney Couple Giveaway Question!

Of course, I’m not just here to talk about my famous Disney couple!  We are also having a giveaway, and one of the entries will be your answer to the following question:

The Disney Couple Giveaway Question is this: What is the name of the cartoon short prior to the start of the Disney movie Frozen that Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow were in?

If you are like me, you’ve got that short running on YouTube every day, and you keep going back to the theater to see the movie!  Pretty simple, right?  Just leave your answer in the giveaway widget below, and thanks!

Now, we’ve got a little legal to cover, so please read carefully:

Enter to win a Disney inspired D23 2-piece luggage set.  No purchase necessary to enter.  Just read about a famous Disney couple and answer the question in the post.  There will be a new blogger posting daily through February 7th so keep checking back for additional chances to enter.

There will be two winners in the giveaway. Each winner will receive a Disney Inspired D23 2-piece luggage set valued at $100.  Design winner receives will be chosen at random.  Contest begins Jan 27th 2014 and ends February 14th 2014 at midnight EST and is only open to U.S. legal residents 18 years and older with valid email address.  

Surprising Sophie at the Grand Floridian!

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa We surprised Sophie last night — Cindy, Sophie and I leave in a few hours for our next Disney Destination — the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!  We have never stayed there before — in fact, the only time we have even been there was to eat at 1900 Park Fare for dinner way back in 2008 to celebrate Sophie’s 7th birthday.  We enjoyed the food, and Cinderella and Prince Charming — but Sophie and I did not like the step-mother and step-sisters — they were too realistic in how they played their roles!

The Grand Floridian, though, is a place that Cindy and I have had plans on visiting for many years.  We thought that it would entirely likely that we wouldn’t visit the resort until our 25th wedding anniversary, which won’t be until the year 2025 — but when I became an Authorized Disney Travel Agent in February with Pixie Vacations, all of that changed!  I found out then that this week Pixie is having an agent get-together, and we are going to be able to stay there much earlier than we thought!  Since our anniversary is next month (it will be our 13th) I’m scoring husband points by taking Cindy there in half the time she thought we would visit!  Yay me!

I am really looking forward to this trip.  Not only are we staying at a new resort for us, we are also participating in the Illuminations Dessert Party on Wednesday night, Thursday morning we are dining at the Prop Shop at Hollywood Studios for breakfast, and Friday night we are having dinner with my dear Sister Brenda and her husband!  So many first time experiences, I can’t wait to share all of them with you when we get back.

What new experience are you looking forward to when you go on your next Disney vacation?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Also, don’t forget to enter to win our special Disney print of Walt Disney drawing Steamboat Willie!


Wordless Wednesday: Love is in the Air!



Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop entry!  My friend Deb from Focused on the Magic always does an outstanding job with this series, so it is a real treat to me to bring you some of my favorite photos.  This week the theme is appropriately named “Love is in the air” in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up on Thursday, so I thought I would share some of the photos that really captured what love is about — at least in that particular shot!

The first picture I’m sharing is of my daughter Sophie next to Mickey Mouse over at ‘Ohana when we had breakfast there.  The look on Sophie’s face says it all in my opinion — she loves her some Mickey!

Cinderella and Prince Charming

This next photo was taken in 2006 when Cinderella and Prince Charming celebrated their wedding vows in front of Cinderella Castle!

Pooh and Sophie


This next photo is of Sophie and Winnie the Pooh at the Crystal Palace.  The contentment on Sophie’s face is purely visible, and at that moment, there is no place she would rather be on God’s Green Earth!

After all of these photos, though, the one photo that sums it all up better then any other could is the one that I’m saving for last. It was June 11, 2012, at 12:52 AM, when my new nephew Shane proposed to my niece Stephanie in front of Cinderella Castle. Many words have been written about this magical evening, but in many ways, it is the picture itself that does all the talking!


Thank you for stopping by and visiting!  I hope you have enjoyed this look down memory lane with us, now don’t forget to go see the rest of the entries as well!  Just click on the button below to see all the entries this week, and thanks!

Focused on the Magic

Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom

Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel


Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our Attraction Series, as seen here on My Dreams of Disney!  Today, we are going to take an in depth look at Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel (as it was known on Opening Day), which is located in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom.

Today, the carrousel is known as Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel, but on October 1, 1971, when the Magic Kingdom opened and Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel started operation, it was continuing operation from when it was first made in 1917 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  This carrousel, which was originally known as Liberty, was purchased by Walt Disney in 1967 for inclusion in the brand new park that was being constructed in Florida.

The name of the carrousel was changed on June 1, 2010, and a new backstory was incorporated into the attraction.  Here it is, according to Wikipedia:

Following their fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after wedding, Cinderella and Prince Charming took up residence in Cinderella’s Castle. With peace throughout the kingdom, Prince Charming had time to practice for jousting tournaments. In the countryside near the castle, he built a training device of carved horses, on which he could practice the art of ring-spearing, a tournament event in which a knight rides his horse full speed, lance in hand, toward a small ring hanging from a tree limb, with the object of spearing the ring. This event was known by various names throughout the lands, but generally came to be called “carrousel.” The carrousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carrousel constructed closer to the Castle, where everyone could take a spin on this wondrous invention. Instead of a working knight’s training device, however, this new carrousel is more befitting its regal location in the Castle Courtyard – its rustic training horses replaced with ornately decorated prancing steeds adorned with golden helmets and shields, flower garlands, feathers and other festoons. Prince Charming invites one and all to test their horsemanship skills and to enjoy their own happy ending.

You can also find carrousel attractions at two other Disney parks under various names.  These are Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.

This concludes our examination of Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel — on Thursday, look for our final examination of an Opening Day attraction when we take an in depth look at the Grand Prix Raceway, which is now known as the Tomorrowland Speedway.