Magical Blogorail Red – St. Patrick’s Day!

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

You know, for someone that doesn’t do a whole lot of drinking, the idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and other alcoholic beverages just doesn’t do much for me.  So when I volunteered to join the Magical Blogorail Red team this month, I guess I wasn’t really thinking it through very well when the subject is St. Patrick’s Day!  Still, I gave it considerable thought, and in the course of that thinking, came up with what I think is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Disney — or even a way to celebrate just being at Disney, even if it’s not St. Patrick’s Day!

Let's go to all four parks in one day and see what we can find that is green!

Let’s go to all four parks in one day and see what we can find that is green!

So who’s up for a little challenge?  My little game is to see what we can find at each of the parks that is green, and to experience something at that park, such as a ride or a show, that showcases something of the color green in it.  For starters, let’s take a look at the Magic Kingdom!  As you can see, Mickey has lovely green plants and grass to fit the bill for our easy challenge — and for some of the attractions, you’ve got It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, and on and on that will feature the color green in them.

Heading to Animal Kingdom Park, take a ride on Kilamanjaro Safari's to get your green!

Heading to Animal Kingdom Park, take a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris to get your green!

Of course, the Animal Kingdom will probably have the most green in evidence — one stop at Kilimanjaro Safaris will take care of that requirement!

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sorcerer Mickey is showcased in green!

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Sorcerer Mickey is showcased in green!

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is plenty of green to go around, such as this topiary of Sorcerer Mickey!  Of course, all you need to do is go check out Muppet*Vision 3D to get all the green you need — after all, as Kermit says — “It’s not easy being green.”

Germany and it's train layout feature some great green features!

Germany and it’s train layout feature some great green features!

Lastly, at Epcot there is plenty to feature that greenery.  For starters, there is some great greenery in the train layout at the Germany Pavilion.  Also, though, you need to close out the evening with Illuminations, and you might see this green explosion in the fireworks show:

Green lights up the sky in Illuminations, Reflections of Earth.

Green lights up the sky in Illuminations, Reflections of Earth.

So it’s not your typical St. Patrick’s Day post, but I hope you had fun with it and maybe got some ideas for a celebration of your own — even if you aren’t visiting on St. Patrick’s Day!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Return to Disney.

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4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ Return to Disney

Wordless Wednesday – Disney History

When I think of Disney History, I think back to the 40th Anniversary celebration!

When I think of Disney History, I think back to the 40th Anniversary celebration!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Post!  Special thanks, as always, goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this series each week.  Today we are using the theme “Disney History”, and for me, since I don’t have many photos from the “early” Disney days, I think of our time spent at the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.  What an incredible day that was, full of fun, beautiful weather, incredible Disney Magic, and so much more.  I have a couple of shots from that day that I want to share with you.  The first one is the banner at the gates to the park, what better way to kick off the celebration?

Sophie's 40th Anniversary Celebration button

Sophie’s 40th Anniversary Celebration button

I’m sharing this little button to showcase the Established 1971 part of the button, plus I like it.  I hope you do too!

Jungle Cruise -- one of the original Magic Kingdom Attractions!

Jungle Cruise — one of the original Magic Kingdom Attractions!

Lastly, I’m sharing with you a picture from the Jungle Cruise — one of the original Magic Kingdom attractions from October 1, 1971.  This shot of the gorilla’s serves to prove just who is really running this site!

Thank you all for stopping by, now please go check out the rest of the entries!  Just click on the button below!  Don’t forget to go out and make every day a Disney Day!

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What’s the Disney Social Media Moms Conference?

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Rumor has it that the next set of invites from Disney will come out this week — for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!  Known by those Disney bloggers in the know by the hashtag #DisneySMMoms, many of my friends have been chosen in the past to participate in a special conference hosted by Disney about getting and improving their Social Media presence in the Internet community.

I have never been to one, but from what I understand, the conference is a great event to participate in, and I’d really enjoy being able to go one day.  I think everyone has a chance to get an invite, simply because you can only go to the conference three times — Disney wants to make sure that new bloggers are able to go.  However, I don’t do very much with Twitter and the other Social Media platforms outside of the occasional tweet, comment, and link post share.  Do you think that will make a difference? That is one facet of my blogging strategy that I would like to improve on, even if it’s just for the opportunity to increase my readership to my blog.

Are any of you Social Media experts in general, and particularly Disney Social Media experts?  If so, then you may want to take note of this conference and see what you can do to get an invitation!  The Disney Social Media Moms is, of course, on Twitter at @DisneySMMoms, although they don’t tweet very much outside of the times for the conference.  They do have a fairly active hashtag, which you can see at the top, and chatter for that certainly is ongoing.

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Disney Frozen Characters: Olaf!

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Olaf, the lovable snowman from Frozen!

Hello everyone, it’s Saturday, and for today, we are going to take a look at many people’s favorite character from the Disney movie Frozen — Olaf, the snowman who loves warm hugs!

Many people, myself included, thought that he was a filler character, something that Disney felt it had to include in the movie because of some of the more somber moments.  However, I’ve got to say, after seeing the movie, Olaf was perfect in the role he was developed for, and there are many layers to that snowman!

When it comes to Olaf, so many different facets are wrapped up on that snow exterior, I think it is fun to examine him from the perspective of some of the great lines that Olaf had.  It all begins with one of his first memorable lines, which was spoken by Elsa in the beginning, but became Olaf’s montra as the movie progressed:

“Hi, I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs.”

The beauty of Olaf is his childlike innocence, and how, at the heart of the matter, Olaf is the snowman with one of the biggest hearts in Arendelle.  It’s interesting to me how the original statement wasn’t made by Olaf, but was instead made by Elsa when Olaf was nothing other than just a snowman, yet when Olaf was recreated and came to life, that one line because his way of greeting people.  Obviously to me, at least, Elsa must have subconsciously put that quote in his mind, but we don’t know why or anything, and any conclusion we come to would just be speculation.

“Some people are worth melting for.”

Those powerful six words, found near the end of the movie, really struck home with me.  It is at that moment that Olaf tells all of us in the theater exactly what life is all about, that there are times in our lives when we choose to stand with someone regardless of the circumstances — it is at that moment in time that we realize that some people are worth melting for.  Who would you “melt” for in your life?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Lastly, my friends, let’s take a look at Olaf and his imagination at what life will be like for him In Summer:

Thank you for stopping by today!  At this point we’ve looked at Elsa, Anna, and now Olaf.  Who is your favorite character, and who would you like to see me write about next from the movie?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks!  Now, go out there and make it a Disney Day everyone!

Magical Blogorail Blue – Exploring my DisneySide

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney on Wheels and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

My DisneySide emerges…

In 1979, the summer after my Grandparents retired to Florida, my Mom, Sister, and I went to visit them, and being the Grandparents they were, they took us on a trip to Walt Disney World!  When I walked under the railroad tracks for the Walt Disney World Railroad, and emerged in Town Square and Main Street, U.S.A., I remember the feeling I had, that no matter what I did that day, nothing would compare with the feeling that I had arrived.  I didn’t know this at the time, and it has taken many years, my wife, and my daughter to bring it out, but that day in 1979 was the start of My DisneySide.

As I got older, my DisneySide would take a little bit of a back seat at times, because in my early years, I didn’t get to experience Walt Disney World as much as I would have liked to.  I went that first time in 1979, and again in 1983 when Epcot opened, and one more time when I went to what was then MGM, but after that, it would over a decade until I would visit again with Cindy in the year 2000.  To this day, I credit that first trip with Cindy as the trip that really kicked my DisneySide into high gear.

My DisneySide grows with my family…

This Snow White Lithograph still hangs in my daughter's room! This is one of four!

This Snow White Lithograph still hangs in my daughter’s room! This is one of four!

This Snow White Lithograph still hangs in my daughter's room!

This Snow White Lithograph still hangs in my daughter’s room!

The two pictures — as poor as they are — are representative of the change in me with the birth of our daughter Sophie.  These lithographs — a set of four that still hang in Sophie’s room to this day — were a free gift at the Disney Store when we purchased the Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  The movie was purchased before Sophie was even born!  That was the continuation of the evolution of my DisneySide!

My DisneySide important points…

Finally, let me share with you a quick list of some of my other DisneySide moments.  I’m sorry for the length of this post, but when you talk about your DisneySide, sometimes you can’t be brief!

  • 2005: Sophie’s first trip to Walt Disney World, with her best friend Riley.
  • 2006: The one day trip to the Magic Kingdom Sophie took with us and her Meemaw!
  • 2007: Our first trip to Disney where we stayed on property!
  • 2008: Our second straight trip staying at Coronado Springs Resort!
  • 2009: Our first trip staying at Port Orleans French Quarter.
  • 2010: The time we surprised Sophie with Stephanie joining us, and the year we bought our DVC property!
  • February 2011: My first Magical Blogorail post!
  • 2011: Staying at Bay Lake Tower with Nancy, Otis, Anna Jane, Sherry, and Stephanie!
  • October 2011: Seeing the Food & Wine Festival for the first time, and also visiting for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World!
  • 2012: Staying at Kidani Village with Monica, Maddie, Kerry, Neal, River, and Izaiah!
  • February, 2013: Signing on as a part time travel agent with Pixie Vacations!
  • June, 2013: Taking a trip to Disneyland for the first time, and meeting Sheila and her family!
  • July, 2013: Staying at the Grand Floridian! Incredibly blessed!
  • June, 2014: Staying at Bay Lake Tower again, this time with Leigh Ann and Riley, and Sheila, Randy, and Miss J.!

I think you can see that my DisneySide has blossomed into what some would call an obsession!  As for me, though, I think it is just a true love for all that Walt Disney brought to this world that we live in, and the legacy that he left in 1966.  In a nutshell, I guess my DisneySide is my attempt to keep the ideals that Walt Disney lived his life by in my life, and to instill that love of life and the simple things into the life of my family so that they can continue to pass it along.  Thank you for stopping by, and remember to make every day a Disney Day!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Babies Blog.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
4th Stop ~ Picturing Disney
Final Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog