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Jake, Sharky, and Bones from the Disney Jr. show Jake and the Neverland Pirates will be added to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction this fall, 2017.  Adding Disney Junior characters to a classic attraction is a first for Disney Parks, though it seems to be following the progression of the mixing of the Disney brands, following the change from the cultural attraction, Maelstrom, to Frozen Ever After at Epcot, as well as Doc McStuffins coming to Animal Kingdom to greet guests, and  Disneyland’s modification of Space Mountain into a Star Wars attraction: Hyperspace Mountain.

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Be a Blessing

Disney Momma  —  February 21, 2017

My family recently returned froma 9-day vacation to Walt Disney World: our longest trip yet!  We had a great time and received a lot of excellent service.  One Cast Member (as Disney’s employees are called) stood out, in particular.  

We’d had a full day at Hollywood Studios and our 4-year-old, Eric, was fast asleep in the stroller when we went into ABC Commissary to order dinner.  He hadn’t eaten exceptionally well at lunch and it was almost time for Fantasmic!, so we wanted to make sure he ate the supper we’d just gotten him.  We woke him up to eat, which didn’t go well.  He sat at the table a few seconds, then crawled back into the stroller and fell asleep again.  We were able to get him up a second time, but he really didn’t want to be awake, much less eating.

We’d been at the restaurant for quite a while at this point and we’d seen several Cast Members walking by, cleaning tables and delivering trays.  One sweet girl named Madison had noticed our situation and stopped to talk to our son.  She knelt to his level and said, Continue Reading…

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will be celebrating its 45th anniversary soon.  Disney Parks Blog is featuring an original attraction each week to commemorate the event.

I thought it would be fun to follow suit.  Their posts have been interesting to read, but they’re short on photos, so I thought I would post some of my pictures from these original attractions.

First up:  The Walt Disney World Railroad!  Railroad name

Click here for Disney Parks Blog about the historic attraction.

If you take the full trip around Magic Kingdom theme park, you will enjoy a 20-minute, 1.5-mile, breezy journey around the perimeter. Continue Reading…

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Carousel of Progress

Photo taken on “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress” in Tomorrowland, Walt Disney World

Fun Facts:  

  • Like “it’s a small world,” this attraction was made by Walt Disney himself, for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair.
  • Famous brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, wrote the famous, catchy song, “There’s a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow.”
  • The scenes are:  Turn-of-the-Century in Spring / 1920s in Summer / 1940s in Fall / Modernday in Winter
  • The attraction get’s its “Carousel” name from the way the auditorium rotates around a round stage, in order to see each scene.

Have you experienced this attraction?  What do you think of it?
Do you hope to try it someday?

World Showcase for kids

World Showcase at Epcot is one of my favorite things in all of Walt Disney World.  It features 11 counties, all along the World Showcase Lagoon.  These countries are:  Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway, and Mexico (plus an African Outpost).

I love walking through World Showcase and really feeling as if I’m in those countries.  The architecture, music, food, and shopping are based on the countries that they represent.  Many of the cast members are from the country in which they work, so they speak the language and know the culture.  

It is beautiful.  It is fun.  It is educational.  It is delicious.  

But, is it something I can do with my young kids?  Won’t they be bored?

YES, you can experience World Showcase and enjoy it with your kids!  
NO, they won’t be bored!

Here’s how:

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When you’re heading on a Disney vacation, there are always big decisions to make about what you should or shouldn’t pack along with you…especially if you’re taking young kids along with you.  (Let’s face it:  Kids require a lot of stuff!)  I’ve made a list of several of the things that I am SO glad we brought with us on our family vacations.  I hope they help you with yours as well!

Zip Bags 

It is so helpful to have zip-top bags on your Disney vacation.  We bring A LOT of them in various sizes: gallon, sandwich, quart, and maybe even a few snack bags.  You can use them for all kinds of things!  I keep one in the front of the bag that we carry in the Parks,  so I can safely save my receipts and little mementos (like the stickers from Cast Members or maybe even a fun wrapper…Scrapbookers understand how important this is!)  They’re great for stashing away your camera or phone during a rainstorm or a wet ride.  Your kids didn’t finish the giant Rice Krispie treat that you just paid $5 for?  No problem!  Put it in a bag for later!  You could also use them to let each child separate the little souvenirs they get, especially pressed pennies.

Shower Curtain Liner and Clothespins

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Fall is such a beautiful time at Walt Disney World!  Enjoy this autumn photo, perfect for an October calendar page!

I’m linking up with Focused on the Magic’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, currently hosted by Disney Day by Day, while Deb undergoes chemo treatments.  I’m keeping her in my prayers as she focuses on her healing for the next several weeks.  Take care, Deb!

Wreath and Castle

What is your favorite thing about Fall at Disney World?

Focused on the Magic

Thanks so much, Deb, from Focused on the Magic and Sean, from Disney Day by Day, for hosting Wordless Wednesday! Check out the other posts on my site while you’re here, follow me on PinterestTwitter, like me on facebook, and/or subscribe to my blog.  (You’ll enjoy Daily Doses of Disney on my facebook page!)  Then, don’t forget to click on the Wordless Wednesday icon to check out more Disney blogs and their October Calendar Picture posts!

Wednesday afternoon, September 9th, a small fire was extinguished by firefighters at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.  The fire occurred in the construction area for the upcoming “Frozen Ever After” attraction.  

The entire Norway Pavilion area was evacuated and closed (to be safe), but was reopened the same day.  Thankfully, no injuries occurred and no major damage was reported.

Below is a helicopter view of the firetrucks behind the Norway Pavilion:

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All About Dole Whips

Disney Momma  —  September 8, 2015

You’ve probably (at least) heard of a Dole Whip.  

It’s one of the Disney Parks’ most famous snacks.  

It’s a pineapple soft serve dessert.  It is served alone or as a float with pineapple juice.  It is a really unique consistency though.  It’s not quite a sorbet or sherbet, and it feels lighter than soft serve ice cream.  It’s just one-of-a-kind.

Orange Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle

                  Orange Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle

Other flavors are sometimes available too.  In Disney World’s Adventureland restaurant, Aloha Isle, you can buy pineapple, vanilla, orange, or a swirl of two flavors.  My personal favorite is an Orange Dole Whip Float.  Yum!  

This quick, little video shows a Cast Member’s day at the Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland, serving Dole Whips.  (I love that they made “My First Dole Whip/Float” celebration buttons!)   Continue Reading…

Last October, Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase closed, in order to make way for the construction of an attraction based on the movie Frozen.  This summer, the ride’s story was released.  Now, we have concept art for the attraction’s sign, a scene from the ride, and the expanded pavilion.

The sign for the ride ride features the Frozen logo in its signature font, as well as traditional Norwegian rosemaling (a decorative style of painting).

Image Credit: The Disney Blog

Image Credit: The Disney Blog

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