Saturday, January 31, 2015

Getting ready for a #DisneySide Celebration- VILLAINS style!

I signed up once again to host a #DisneySide @ Home Celebration, an opportunity offered through Disney Parks and MomSelect. We had a fantastic time hosting last year's celebration, so when we heard that there might be a villains theme offered this year- we were in!

Making an unboxing video when our party kit arrived seemed to be in order this year, so I decided to try out my brand new iMovie app.

Things took a turn for the hilarious when I came across some "villainous" music to score the video. I can't really explain why, but this music is absolutely awesome and makes me laugh- every single time. My daughter and I have watched it over and over, and neither of us can get through it without cracking up. Enjoy.

(Please be gentle, as this is my very first attempt at iMovie!)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dream Job: Disney Horticulture

Everyone remembers their very first job, right? Mine was working in a large greenhouse, part of a now-defunct retail garden & craft store chain. I cared for and sold all kinds of plants for two years, before I moved away for college. Much of what I learned stuck with me over the years. I can still look at just about any house plant and tell you its care requirements, its common name, and in many cases- its Latin name! I briefly considered entering the field professionally. That didn't happen, but I can definitely see myself returning to a job working with plants one day. Maybe that's where Disney comes in!

I marvel at the plants, flowers, and landscaping every time I visit. I could stroll the parks and resorts all day, doing nothing but appreciating the flora. (OK, that's a stretch- but I could make it a BIG portion of the day!)  Living with the Land is obviously a must-do attraction for me, always. I'm a Behind the Seeds tour devotee. My Disney dream job would absolutely be something in the horticulture department. 

This week the Disney Parks Blog featured part of their ongoing series, "Every Role a Starring Role", in which they highlight individual Cast Members and showcase the role they play in the parks and resorts. This is my favorite one yet! Take a look below, and I'm sure you'll see why...

So, what's your dream job? Have you ever thought about being a "Topiary Engineer"?

Tell us about it in the comments...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hidden Gems: Le Chapeau Party Line

Have you ever noticed the old fashioned phone on the wall inside Le Chapeau, the hat shop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom?

Have you ever picked up the receiver and held it to your ear? Make sure you give it a try next time. You might just end up eavesdropping on a party line call from the days of yore...

...and that's just a snippet! Have you ever listened in? What kind of conversation did you hear? Tell us about it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Still More Disney Firsts

Every time I get to visit the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, I like to make sure I experience some Disney Firsts. Whether it's something big (like a major attraction), or something small (a new snack offering, perhaps?) there's always more to experience, no matter how many times I visit. You can read about some of my previous Disney Firsts herehere, and also here.

So what  firsts do I have on tap for my upcoming trip in early January? Read on:

First runDisney 10K - As this post goes live, I'll be on my way to Walt Disney World for the runDisney Marathon Weekend. While I'm not running the marathon, or the half...I AM running my very first 10K! This is a huge step for me, and it's something I've been working toward for a long time. It's been a major goal, both physically and emotionally, and completing this race will be a major milestone for me- and for more than just the running aspect. This is big, folks. Wish me luck.

First Value Resort stay- At the risk of sounding like a resort snob... I've never stayed at a WDW Value resort, and to be honest, I hoped to keep it that way. There are just so many things I love about the moderates and the deluxe resorts, and I've been fortunate - ok, spoiled- by having some great resort experiences. As things go, circumstances led me to have to do this trip on a very tight budget- so Pop Century it is! I'm thinking positively, and looking forward to checking it out. I think. We'll see...

O Canada! - Could this actually be the trip where I make it to O Canada!, the Circle-Vision 360 movie in the Canadian pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase? For one reason or another, O Canada! always seems to get bumped from my list of things to do. It remains the only movie in WDW that I haven't seen. Could this be the trip?? I'm putting it on my list, and maybe this time, it'll stick.


And by request, here's an update on how things turned out with the firsts I had planned for my last visit:

Splash Mountain- I finally experienced this classic attraction! And I was...underwhelmed. I know this is a favorite for a lot of people, but it didn't do anything for me. I don't really like the big drop, and I don't like the big splash. The whole theme of this attraction just isn't my thing. The one aspect I did like- the length of this attraction! It seemed like it went on and on. It may seem strange that I like a longer length on an attraction that I just admitted was not my thing- but a longer run time is such a welcome rarity these days. With so many attractions that seem like they're over before they even get started, it was nice to experience one that lasted a while. I did love the post-drop scenes- so maybe I was just anticipating the drop too much to enjoy the earlier scenes?

Restaurants- Captain's Grille and Todd English's bluezoo were both on the agenda, and we made it to both (for a change!). The verdict: Captain's Grille was pretty mediocre. There was absolutely nothing special about this meal. The food, the service, the atmosphere- all mediocre and unmemorable. I don't foresee a return visit here. As for bluezoo? One of the best dining experiences I've had! The restaurant is gorgeous, service was impeccable, and the food was divine.

Osborne Lights- I can't remember ever being more unexpectedly impressed with a WDW experience. I was surprised. Shocked, even. I like holiday lights as much as the next person, but I feared the over-the-top extravaganza would be a bit... tacky. Was I ever wrong! It was beautiful, festive, and really incredibly impressive. I'm so glad I got to experience this, and I hope I get another chance in the future. If you have the chance to go- do it!

Yacht Club- Despite several problems with check-in, some magic band issues, account problems at the front desk....I can say that this is one of my top WDW resorts! I loved Yacht Club. The location is ideal, the atmosphere is fantastic, and it just seems a little bit of a step above many other resorts. It's got all the benefits of Beach Club, but with a little less traffic. Perfect. Plus- GIANT GLOBE.

What Disney Firsts are you looking forward to on your next visit?