About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over eight years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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  1. jodiwhisenhunt – Jodi Whisenhunt is a Christian wife, mom, writer/editor, homeschooler, very tired person who is blessed with RA. She is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, where Disney IS school. Think outside the textbook and expand your homeschool!
    Jodi Whisenhunt

    Great article and wonderful photos, Mike! Country Bears isn’t one we need to see every time either, but it is a fun classic with an interesting history!

  2. Paula

    Country Bears falls in the same category for me as Carousel of Progress and The Tiki Room (the original and renewed version). True classics and gems of the park. Don’t need to see it every time, but would be sorely disappointed if they were removed.

    My brother and I had the soundtrack (record) of the CBJ growing up and would listen to it all the time. About a year ago, I bought it on iTunes and was amazed I knew all the songs by heart. I think that didn’t please my husband too much. I believe he may have called me a freak. :)


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