Rope Drop

25 Days: Rope Drop

Rope Drop

Today, we are taking a look at Rope Drop for #Day25 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

When you talk with hard core, commando Disney Addicts, you often hear two words mentioned more and more often in message boards, on Facebook, or even over Twitter.  Rope Drop.  Rope Drop is the term used to signify being at one of the Disney Parks at park opening.  While they don’t actually have a rope in place (at least, not that I remember anyway) I think they used to, and that’s how the term came to be.  In order to get the most out of Rope Drop, you’ll want to arrive at the Magic Kingdom — or one of the other parks — about half and hour to an hour before opening so that you can be sure to experience it all.  There’s a lot of benefits to rope drop, including the following:

  1. You will probably be able to get some great photos with no crowds all around you
  2. If you are lucky, you may get to be a Disney First Family, like my friend Tanya and her family was!
  3. There is usually some special performance done for your enjoyment, something unique that you won’t hear otherwise.
  4. You will probably see some confetti and streamers shot down at Rope Drop.
  5. Perhaps best of all, being there at Rope Drop often means you will be able to get right on your favorite ride, first thing!

While my family often doesn’t do Rope Drop, we are definitely planning it for at least one day during our trip, and maybe more than one!  What about you and your family?  Do you get up early enough for Rope Drop, or do you skip it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Prayers for the Week – Fruits of the Spirit

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today we’re taking a look at all of the Fruits of the Spirit that Paul talks to us about in his letter to the Galatians, and I’m here to say that far too often I fail in remembering these fruits.  I think that I am better than I used to be, particularly in the matter of patience and self-control, but I still convict myself on too regular a basis.  I don’t really have any advice to share with you if you fail in this as well, except I guess to strive each day to think about these fruits and take stock of how the day went, whether you failed in any of the fruits, and to get back up and try harder the next day.  Certainly none of us is perfect — just Jesus — but by training our focus towards the fruits, we will be more cognizant of them and live by them more and more each day.

Now, my friends, let’s get to the real heart of the matter, the prayer requests and praises that so many of you have.  Thank you for praying for each and every one of these, and remember, if you have a prayer request, please do not hesitate to add it to our list so we can pray or give praise for you too!

Prayer Requests…and Praises too!

  • My sister Robin writes, to start us off:
    There are too many praises to count, and that makes me sad to think of what I am missing yet very thankful!
    Leslie and Matt’s wedding plans are coming along nicely. Jim’s procedure went well, and I made it to class and back without any problem. We may even have a full week of school!There have been times in the recent past that I have lost my focus, but I hope that I can “stay the course” and remember that the Lord is good.
  • Becky writes something that is both a blessing, a prayer request, and a praise all rolled up in one.  Here is what she wrote:
    Have you ever noticed that when you start complaining to God he has a way of humbling you. This morning as I shoveled through snowdrifts above my knees to get from my apt. door around the side of the building to the parking lot where my car was, I was complaining up a storm. Well it was already storming pretty hard, which made me complain more. “God if you want me to go to church than this weather needs to stop or someone besides me needs to shovel these sidewalks.” “I’m to old, I hurt to much”, “I’ll probably get there and they will cancel while I’m out here shoveling” etc. I go to church at 7:30 a.m. on Sundays because we serve a free breakfast to anyone in need. When I got to church it was open and there were people there wanting to get warm and get something hot to eat. Not as many as usual but still quite a few. These people were so happy that we were there to feed them that some were practically in tears thanking us. Here I was complaining because I had to get out of my warm bed and shovel a little to get to my car, and these people were beyond grateful to just get in somewhere warm for a little while and get something to eat. Thank you God for setting my attitude straight!
  • My friend Tanya left this comment in Facebook. Prayers for her classroom family, and prayers for the family of this angel:I have taught many children in my long teaching career. I remember them all for different reasons, but one sweet boy has taught me more than any student I’ve ever been blessed to teach, far more than I could have dreamed to teach him. My classroom was graced with his presence and my life was blessed with his smile. He will be missed but there is an angel in heaven with a big smile and a Vikings baseball cap looking over us all. You will be missed sweet boy. You will be missed.My response to her was this:Oh Tanya, please tell the family if you see this that they’ve got prayers coming for them from all over the world, prayers for their peace, comfort, and strength; prayers of jubilation that their little angel is in Jesus’ loving arms, and has no more pain, but also tears at the thought of losing someone so young. My heart breaks for them right now.
  • Please pray for the nephew of my friend. He was just born and is sick and needs healing prayers for him, as well as prayers for peace and strength for his family! Please lift him up to God that he would be healed. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray! Amen, and thank you everyone!
  • Please pray for my brother-in-law who is having knee replacement surgery. Jerry will be having a knee replacement surgery tomorrow at JMH in Smithfield. Please keep him your prayers for a speedy recovery as he may lose his job if he isn’t back to work with in 12 weeks.UPDATE: Jerry has been released from the hospital, is home, and we went to see him yesterday.  He is doing really well, so Praise God for a successful surgery!
  • Prayers please for my friend Lori. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    This morning I go under the knife once again. This time more skin cancer. For those keeping score, I have lost count but Lori Hope 6 cancer still has 2. Thyroid , parathyroid , breast, skin all 3 forms, lymph node and the newest salivary gland. Participating in relay for life has taught me to celebrate, remember and fight back! #1 celebrate. Every birthday is a victory. Remember- those who are fighting, and those we have lost the battle. And fight back!! Together we can end the fight against cancer. I need your help.

My friends, in closing I would like to remember those that do not believe that they can share their problems with us, of those that are afraid of being judged for the words they write on this post.  Lord, please open up their hearts so that they know that we do not judge here, that we simply pray for them, and that they don’t even need to leave all the details, just ask for prayers.  None of us that pray for these posts need to know the whole story, we know that our God knows all the details that matter, and that we are simply drawing His attention to those that are hurting.  To close, Lord, I ask that we all remember the unknown souls that suffer needlessly, that we lift them all up to You, Lord, and that we end by praying the prayer that Your Son Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespassers,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom
and the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.


Remembering 2013 at My Dreams of Disney

Thank you for visiting with us this year!

Thank you for visiting with us this year!

My friends, as the 2013 calendar year winds down, we here at My Dreams of Disney would like to take a bit of time and look back at all of the great posts that we have had, and really look back at the impact you, our readers, have had in helping us to become one of the sites that you look to for your daily Disney fix.  As a result, this post is written from the heart with you, our reader, in mind, and I hope you enjoy our take at remembering 2013!  My plan is to share with you some of the posts that you really enjoyed reading about, so sit back, relax, and enjoy our own version of the wayback machine!

The Disney Apps I roll with

iphone5_large-294128 I wrote this post in response to some questions I had from a few friends about what I have on my iPhone, and I can tell you that all of the apps listed in that post are some of my favorite apps.  What apps do you have on your phone for getting your Disney fix with?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Tanya’s Tips for being selected as First Family at Disney

Tanya's Family We sent out a call to see if anyone was interested in pursuing their interest in Disney blogging, and Tanya was one of the people that responded and wrote some great posts for us.  Among them were her tips about being selected as the First Family at Disney — they actually were selected to open Animal Kingdom one year!  This is a great post, and one I highly recommend for anyone that is interested in participating in such a great Disney tradition!

TimeStream Software Updates Its Disney World Mobile Guide App

Disney World Mobile Guide iPhone 4 - 172 x 310 The month after my post about the Disney Apps went live, my friends at TimeStream Software announced an update to their mobile guide app.  This updated app included all of the new information related to the Fantasyland Expansion, and is still a must have on my iPhone!  Check it out if you haven’t done so yet!

Traveling to Orlando – My Tips and Tricks…

Cinderella Castle - Theresa Another of my new writers, Theresa, wrote some great posts as well!  In this post, Theresa wrote about some of her tips and tricks that she has found about traveling to Orlando.  It’s chock full of information, so if you are planning your trip, have fun and stop by and read these tips!

Five Ways to Ruin Your Disney Vacation

IMG_6886 In this post, Tanya is back talking about some of the ways that you can ruin your Disney Vacation.  Read her advice — it may or may not apply to your situation, but they sure do give you ideas about how to make your vacation less magical than it would normally be.

10 Places I want to eat at at Walt Disney World

Dining-Reviews In this post, I shared with you ten places that I have not eaten at over at Walt Disney World, and listed them.  I received some great comments from you, but if you haven’t seen the post, check out my list, or better yet, check out our Disney Planning Resources page for reviews of the restaurants that we have eaten at.  Thanks!

Outside of our Disney posts, which take up the bulk of our writing, this past year I did start a very special series of posts on March 3rd.  That Sunday I started our weekly Prayers for the Week posts, and it has been my privilege to continue those posts to this day.  If you ever have any prayer requests that you need us and everyone that reads these posts to pray over, please leave a comment here, or on our Facebook page, or email me at, or something, and we will do that for you.

My friends, we here at My Dreams of Disney would like to thank you for spending part of your day stopping by and visiting with us.  It is truly an honor to us that you find our information helpful and fun in your Disney planning — or even just in your Disney fix!  We are humbled by your presence, and want you to know that.  Please have a very fun, but safe, close to 2013 and start of 2014, and remember, don’t drink and drive and don’t text and drive — all of those are tragedies waiting to happen, and totally preventable.  Be safe, and we’ll talk to you in 2014!

Your Favorite Magic Kingdom Mountain!

Splash Mountain's 52' Drop!

Splash Mountain’s 52′ Drop!

By Mike Ellis.

The other day on Facebook I submitted this picture of Splash Mountain, along with pictures of Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (see below), and asked the following question:

“What is your favorite Magic Kingdom Mountain? Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?”

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Back from Disneyland!

The sign in front of an incredible place to stay!

The sign in front of an incredible place to stay!

Hello everyone, I’m back from my vacation with my family to Disneyland!  I have missed writing posts for you, but I would like to thank my friends Tanya and Theresa for chipping in with an article while I was gone!  It was an absolutely incredible trip that Cindy, Sophie and I had, and I’ll be bringing you a ton of posts in the upcoming days, but for starters, I thought I would share with you the sign at the entrance to the hotel that we stayed at: the Grand Californian Hotel!

I’ll have a lot more to share with you, including posts this week about Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and how to decide between the two vacation destinations!  In addition to that, of course, we’ll have our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post and our Wordless Wednesday post, and of course, please don’t forget to read and pray for those that have Prayer requests this week!

Lastly, thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by and visit us here at My Dreams of Disney — the site is truly a labor of love, and the fact that you stop by to visit warms my heart.

While I’m at it, do you have any special requests for posts you would like to see?  If you do, please take a moment and leave me a comment on this post, or write on our Facebook Page, tweet us a request, or even email me using our Contact Us page and we’ll get right on it!  Thanks, and have a great day!