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"Just keep swimming... Just keep swimming..."
1. Seeing the Tree of Life as you emerge from the Oasis.
2. Playing the drums in Africa.
3. That first spinning drop on Primeval Whirl!
4. Grabbing last minute reservations at Tusker House!
5. Feeling like a paleontologist at the Dig Site!
6. Looking at the Yeti artifacts as you walk through the Expedition Everest queue.
7. Watching your family get soaked by a wave of water on Kali River Rapids.
8. Going backwards in the dark on Expedition Everest!
9. Having a giraffe walk near your safari vehicle on Kilimanjaro Safaris.
10. Laughing, and screaming, when you feel bugs behind you and under feet during It's Tough to be a Bug!
11. Feeling relieved when you open your eyes at the end of Dinosaur.
12. Seeing a bird fly over your head at the Flights of Wonder show!
13. Having the Discovery trails all to yourself as you photograph the Tree of Life!
14. Getting a picture with Baloo and King Louis.
15. Watching the gorillas on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
16. Petting the goats at the Affection Section!
17. Noticing all the details as you walk through Asia and Africa.
18. Talking a stroll through the park at night!
We have posted before about the Disney products you can find at Hallmark; but we had to post about one of their new items we came across and ended up purchasing ourselves!
We found this small sign at our local Hallmark last week. Not only did we like the quote, but we thought it fit perfectly with the Cinderella theme; and, if you haven't noticed, we're fans of Cinderella! This sign also has a space on the back so it can be hung on the wall, as well as a removable prop so you can set it anywhere.
As we have written before, Hallmark's Disney products are subtle, so you can decorate your home with Disney but without sacrificing style! Also, these products are sold at a great price! For example, we paid only $12.95 for this sign!
If you're a big Disney fan, and want to bring some Disney magic into your decorating, check out these products at your local Hallmark!
A few months ago, we took part in a Disney Traveler webcast from the Disney Vacation Club. This particular webcast was entitled Disney Traveler presents: Aloha, Aulani with Samantha Brown. We watched via internet as Samantha Brown took us on an all-acess tour of the Disney Vacation Club's newest resort located in beautiful Hawaii!
We saw the resort's lobby, pool and water activities, resort rooms, dining opportunities, spa, and their adorable kids area!
How did we get this opportunity? Well, on Disney's main web page, we entered our email address to receive updates and offers; and as a result, we were given the opportunity to watch this webcast and thereby receive a Disney lithograph, as you can see in the photo to your left, for free! However, do be aware that we had a specific time frame for when we had to watch this webcast.
To receive offers, and rewards, like these, enter your email address, keep checking your inbox, and take advantage of these opportunities! Tip: be sure to express interest in the Disney Vacation Club for an offer like this!
This week we are recommending:
Check out The Disney Food Blog's My Three Favorite Disney World Counter-Service Breakfasts!
Magical Blogorail Green discussed hidden treasures at their favorite Disney park! To discover these hidden treasures, hop aboard A Disney Mom's Thoughts.
Our own Magical Blogorail Orange loop was up and running this week; and we shared some of our favorite Hidden Mickeys! You can read and see our posts beginning with Focused on the Magic!
Lilo and Stitch fan? See Fashion Inspiration: Lilo from Walt Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.
Enjoy strolling or relaxing on the Disney Resort beaches? Fans Choose, Disney's Polynesian Resort has their Favorite WDW Beach!
Makin' Memories had an informative post on The Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant! Check it out!
Touring Plans has all the info on the Leap Day Schedule at the Magic Kingdom.
Spring is just around the corner and that has us thinking about summer vacation, sunshine, and water slides, especially when they're done Disney style! Disney takes water parks to a whole new level with their incredible pools, slides, and other outdoor, water activities; but then that brings us to a the ever present question: Which Disney Water Park Do I Choose?
Both of Disney's Water Parks offer awesome theming and a variety of pools, water slides, and kids play areas; but when planning your own Disney vacation, how do you choose between the two? Well, that's why we're here,to provide you with a vacation that is a perfect fit for you and your family! So take our quiz to find out whether Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon is right for you!
So which water park is right for you? Leave a comment and share your results with us and other readers below!
1. Hearing the futuristic music when you walk into the park!
2. Looking up in awe at Spaceship Earth.
3. The smell and cool mist from the Fountain of Nations.
4. Feeling the cold blast of air conditioning when you walk into MouseGears.
5. The daring feeling of filling up your cup with Beverly at Club Cool!
6. Feeling the breeze and smelling the orange groves as you soar on Soarin'!
7. Seeing Earth in the distance during the finale of Spaceship Earth
8. Floating past the volcano on the Gran Fiesta Tour!
9. Seeing Nemo and his friends swimming in the tank with the other live fish!
10. Browsing the selection of caramel sweets inside Germany's Karamelle Kuche!
11. Cutting into your filet mignon from Canada's Le Celllier.
12. Listening to the Christmas carols from the Candlelight Processional as you walk through World Showcase.
13. Feeling accomplished as you walk from one end of World Showcase to the other.
14. Getting your picture taken with your favorite princess at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall!
15. Wandering around the Mitsukoshi store at the Japan pavilion.
16. Talking in a British accent as you walk through the United Kingdom pavilion.
17. Enjoying a pastry as you walk through France pavilion at night.
18. Riding the monorail past Spaceship Earth.
19. Grabbing a cold Coca-Cola at the Outpost.
20. Seeing a diver in the aquarium at The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
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While my photo isn't of a Hidden Mickey, it is an example of the details you can find in the queue of WDW's Tower of Terror. Check out this vintage display case in the lobby, near the entrance to the hotel's farthest library.
Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney on Wheels and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail."
Today we have a fun topic, our favorite Hidden Mickeys! For those of you who don't know, Hidden Mickeys are small Mickeys, typically three circles, hidden throughout Walt Disney World. Some are obvious, but others are very well hidden and require a careful eye to see.
Hidden Mickeys can be found at the resorts in carpet patterns, paintings, or bedspreads, as well as at the parks in the queues for attractions, restaurants, railings, parades, and even inside the attractions themselves! Hunting for Hidden Mickeys is a fun way to keep yourself and the kids occupied while waiting in line or check in at your resort; and for some, searching for Hidden Mickey's is a challenge and a craft! You can even find books at the Disney gift shops offering hints and answers for those extreme hunters.
While we're not extreme Hidden Mickey hunters, we do enjoy looking for new Hidden Mickeys, and revisting old favorites, on our vacations; and today, we are sharing with you some of our favorites!
We found this Hidden Mickey at the bottom of the aquarium at The Seas with Nemo and Friends! There's also another hidden in this tank too! Can you find it?
This Hidden Mickey is a profile of Mickey Mouse forming one of Earth's continents. We found this Hidden Mickey in the queue for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.
At the Pop Century Food Court, keep your gaze on the floor to find this Hidden Mickey hidden in the tile! It's been one of our favorites for years.
Another one of our favorite Hidden Mickeys can be found at Epcot's Morocco pavilion. It's one of those hidden in plain sight as you may not think anything of it as you pass by. Unless, or course, you're thinking about Hidden Mickeys.
When watching the Twilight Zone film clip in the hotel library, pay attention to the little girl. She is holding a stuffed, vintage Mickey Mouse! Definitely a clever Hidden Mickey, right?
Hidden Mickeys are just extras that Disney has concealed in their parks as a reward for those of us who appreciate the little details; because it is those details which create Disney magic and put Disney a step above the rest. Hidden Mickey's are also a little homage to Mickey himself who, just as Walt said, started it all.
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 ~ Focused on the Magic
2nd Stop ~ Heidi’s Head
3rd Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
4th Stop ~ A Glass Slipper Vacation
Final Stop ~ Your Highway in the Sky
"Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail is Your Highway in the Sky."
Packing is an important element to a stress-free vacation, especially when traveling with kids. Everyone knows that it's definitely not fun or magical to discover you didn't pack enough socks, forgot your toothbrush, your child's favorite toy, or your jacket during a cold snap.
However, on the other hand, it's not fun or magical to have to sit on your suitcase for it to close, hoping that your bag doesn't exceed the weight requirements, or realizing that you packed way more than you need.
Therefore, today, we have decided to inform you what you don't have to pack when visiting Walt Disney World!
1. Soap-Disney Resorts provide soap and small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, but with a Disney twist! These items are so cute that many guests take them home to use. Unless you are particular about your hygiene products, there is no need to pack these cumbersome items.
2. Towels-Like most resorts, towels are provided and you can request more if necessary. Take those towels down to your resort pool or use those provided near the pool. You can also save some space in your beach bag by renting a few at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. After all, beach towels take up a lot of space in your luggage so use what Disney has provided!
3. Hair Dryer-Each Disney resort room provides a hair dryer for guests to use so no need to bring your own, unless, of course, you have several women in your family!
4. Pool Toys-Disney does not allow pool toys such as pool noodles, inflatables, beach balls, etc. While this is disappointing to some younger guests, it's best to know beforehand as these items can take up a great deal of space!
5. Band-Aids, Aspirin, etc.-Unless you normally keep these items in your purse or bag, know that Disney Resort gift shops do offer these items if the opportunity should arise.
6. Iron & Ironing Board-Your Disney Resort room includes an iron and ironing board, so no need to pack an iron!
7. Dress Clothes-Unless you're visiting Walt Disney World to attend a formal event, or you plan on dining at one of Disney's signature restaurants, leave the dresses, blouses, ties, and slacks at home. Most guests at Disney World dress casually, even for dinner reservations, so be comfortable and leave the luggage space free for souvenirs instead of those uncomfortable heels.
8. Excessive Winter/Summer Apparel-If you visit in the summer, we recommend packing mostly cool, comfy, summer apparel. One jacket or a pair of long pants or two will suffice due to the sweltering temperatures. After all, you know those sweat shirts will just sit in your suitcase the whole trip. Also, on the other hand, most people don't know that it can really get cold in Orlando during the winter. So we recommending packing a few warm weather items for a warm day, but mostly stick to pants, jackets, hoodies, and even a coat.