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Thursday, March 31, 2011

#24 Alice in Wonderland - Flower's Song

#24 Flower's Song - Alice In Wonderland
Today's theme in the Disney Blog Hop is "Flowers and Trees" so for my contribution I chose "Flower's Song" from the movie Alice in Wonderland. This scene from the movie is such a delightful one. I hope you enjoy it and I also hope you will all join me and visit my friends on the Disney Blog Hop today.

#25 - By the Beautiful Sea - Mickey Mouse & Friends

"By The Beautiful Sea"
This song was on a video that Ashley had when she was a little girl. We would buy the Sing-A-Long Disney videos and sing all the songs together and this was one of our favorites.  We would sing it in the car riding down the road, thinking about it brings a smile to my face. I hope she and Lexi sing out loud together in the car and bond over Disney music and movies. Hopefully she will see this in Korea and think about the fun we had back when she was just a little girl.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hello, My Name Is Donna Kay And I Am A List Addict...

Since I have been working on the A-Z's, I have also discovered something about myself, I am a list person. You would think I would have already figured this out. Our Walt Disney World vacation is in July, I have made packing lists for each of us, lists of all of our ADR's, lists of "Must Do" things at each park, a list of things to do before our vacation, you get the idea.

All this brings me to the next list for my blog...(If you follow me on twitter you already know)... my top 25 favorite Disney songs!!  I will be doing a song a day, starting with #25 and counting down. I hope you will join me for my new journey.

Walking to Walt Disney World

The average person walks 5 miles a day while they are visiting a Walt Disney World park, did you know that? You had better be prepared when you get there, you don't want to be so sore and exhausted after the first day you can't enjoy the rest of your trip. I live 429.93 miles from the Yacht Club Resort, where we will be staying in July.  So in order to get in shape for my Walt Disney World vacation I am "Walking to Walt Disney World" and I will update you on my progress each Wednesday. Now, check out my  ticker for the first week. So I have made it from my house to US Highway 231 (approximately) and I had better pick up the pace if I want to be ready to take Disney by storm when I get there!

A Big Change!!! Maybe...I think???

I've been thinking about making a change. You see it up there in the header. Yesterday I joined Twitter. Adventures In Disney World Vacation Planning is too long for Twitter, so I chose "Disney Donna Kay". I Like It!!  Actually, I like it a lot!  You see, I originally named my blog "Adventures in Disney World Vacation Planning" because I was going to write all about planning my family vacation this July.  I didn't really think I would ever blog about anything other than my actual vacation plans. Well, as you know I got started with my A-Z list of "Reasons I Love Disney" and I really enjoyed it, and I don't anticipate stopping the blog at the end of my vacation. I was also thinking my blog name sounded a bit like a travel agent - random I know.  So, I know there are some of you out there who read my blog and I would really love to have your opinion. Do you like my new name or should I stick with "Adventures In Disney World Vacation Planning"?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."Z"

ZaZu (The Lion King) - Zazu is a red-billed hornbill, and he is the majordomo to Mufasa and Simba. He is one of the few that call Mufasa by his name, which shows his close relationship to him and despite his frustration with Simba's disregard for the rules he does love the young cub.  He is not afraid of Scar even standing up to him when Scar is about to eat him Zazu asks "Didn't you mother ever tell you not to play with your food?" 
Zeus (Hercules) - King of Olympus, Father to Hercules, Husband to Hera, Brother to Hades. He was a god on Mount Olympus but he was powerless to help Hercules on earth, how ironic. He also taught Hercules that being famous was not the same as being a hero, a valuable lesson we should all teach our children especially with the way some of the "famous" people act today.
ZannaLand - One of the first Disney blogs I started reading regularly. She is a former travel agent, former Disney Cast Member, current WDW Mom Panelist, and Disney Dooney & Bourke addict! Her posts are fun and informative I am sure you will enjoy them.

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."Y"

Yacht Club Resort - "Designed by a architect Robert A.M. Stern—known for his East Coast beach houses—this splendid 5-story Resort transports Guests to the summertime Shingle Style hotels of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. " This is how Disney describes the resort on the official Walt Disney World website. It looks realaxing, upscale and feels like the beach. I will post pictures of my own from the resort in July while we are there.
Yeti (Monsters Inc.) - He was banned from Monstropolis, but I don't remember them saying why.  I just remember him making the yellow snow cones and being really happy to have company.
Yzma (The Emperor's New Groove) - When my husband's out of town, Dakota and I will watch a Disney movie. We watched this one a couple of weekends ago while Mike was in Texas.  I had forgotten what a good movie it was. Yzma was a mean old thing wasn't she, and boy was she old but she really wasn't the smartest thing. I love that she was voiced by Earth Kitt, see I loved the old Batman TV series as a kid and Earth Kitt played Catwoman on the series (random I know). She also originally sang "Santa Baby" way before Madonna.
Yachtsman Steakhouse - Is there any meal better than a good steak? And what luck-one of the best to be found at Disney is in the restaurant at our resort. If you're not in the mood for a steak how about seafood or chicken?  The Yachtsman has it covered from appetizer to dessert!!
Yak & Yeti - This Animal Kindom area restaurant specializes in Pan Asian food. It does get really good reviews. I am going to be really honest, I am not an "ese" food person. I did want to include it because I know I am the exception and not the rule, my poor husband doesn't get to eat Asian food nearly as much as he would like.

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."X"

Xavier "X" Atencio - Xavier (known at the Disney Studios as X) began working for Disney in 1938, he had to leave to a stint in WWII and the US Army Air Corps, but when he returned in 1945 he really flourished. He worked as an animator on Fantasia, and later became an Imagineer at Walt's request.  He even wrote "Yo Ho,Yo Ho, A Pirates Life For Me" for the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland. He retired from the compant in 1984. A true Disney Legend, he was offically given the honor in 1996.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."W"

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney - (December 5, 1901- December 15, 1966) Walt was truly a pioneer in the animation field, and he faced a lot of adversity along the way. One of the things I admire most is the fact that he never lost faith that what he was doing was right, no matter what obstacles stood in the way. We could all learn something from the positive attitude, and we should all have as much confidence in ourselves and our ideas. I think Walt the man was so much more than the movies, television, merchandise, theme parks. One of my favorite Walt Disney quotes "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Walt Disney World - Covering approximately 21 square miles, Walt Disney World is home to the largest and most visited recreational facility in the world. Located in Kissimmee, FL is has 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, 23 Resort Hotels, and 2 Health Spas. Tired yet? The thing I love most is it is exactly what Walt wanted, a living breathing growing theme park, just look at what is happening now with the changes going on at Fantasy Land. Disney World is ever changing and that is part of Walt Disney's dream. I am sure he is smiling down on all the changes as they happen.
Wake Up Calls - Wake up calls at a Disney World Resort are a real treat, most of the time you get Mickey Mouse when you answer the phone, occasionally you do get another character but that's great too!  Even if you set the alarm clock while you're at Disney World make sure you get a wake up call too!
Wedding Pavilion - I cannot imagine getting married at Disney World, I would be so happy!  The wedding pavilion is located beside the Grand Floridian and Polynesian on it's own private island in the Seven Seas Lagoon. It is extremely elegant, and tasteful and Disney really knows how to do everything right, you don't have to worry about anything. Your family even gets a Disney Vacation when they come to the wedding!! If I were getting married again this would definitely be what I would do, you can reach the Disney Wedding Planners at 312-939-4610. Here's a video from Disney's website these weddings are incredible, and no Disney doesn't know I am posting here I am just a sucker for weddings!
Wendy (Peter Pan) - Wendy, her stories were the whole reason Peter came to London. Tink, the mermaids and even Tiger Lily were jealous of her, no wonder she didn't care for Neverland much.
Winnie The Pooh - Everyone's favorite friend from the Hundred Acre Wood, enough said.
Woody (Toy Story)- The Rootin' Tootin' leader of Andy's toys. How could you not love Woody? Woody loves Andy so much and he is Andy's favorite toy, along with Buzz, and they do make an awesome duo. He wants the toys to all stay together so badly and he is so valiant in how he tries to save Wheezy and gets captured by the Toy Barn guy, but that's another story.
Will Turner - I do love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and the story line with Will and Elizabeth have a good deal to do with that. Of course, Orlando Bloom isn't bad to look at either...
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress - This show was actually created by Walt himself for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. It's located in Tomorrowland in The Magic Kingdom, the fascinating thing about the show is that the audience actually rotates around the stage, they learn how technology has made our lives easier and more comfortable decade by decade. The show lasts just over 20 minutes.
Walt Disney World Railroad -  Lilly Belle, Roy O. Disney, Roger E. Broggie and Walter E. Disney, these are the four trains of the Walt Disney World Railroad. Walt loved trains, and these for trains are all pulled by fully restored antiques steam engines dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The trains will take you for a 20 minute scenic trip around the Magic Kingdom with stops at Main Street U.S.A. and Frontierland.
Walt Disney:One Man's Dream - I'm really looking forward to this attraction, I am such an admirer of Walt's. There are photographs, audio interviews and memorabilia that tell his story in this self guided tour. I am excited to see the models for Main Street USA (California) and Sleeping Beauty Castle in particular. There are over 400 artifacts in this attraction, including a desk from Walt's second grade classroom.
Wilderness Lodge - This deluxe resort is where we stayed on our last trip in 2003. We even had a view of the geyser from our balcony. I love the rustic look to everything, the exterior reminded me of a huge log cabin with a green metal roof. We chose to use the ferry boats to get to almost everywhere we had to go, it was so convenient and buses were readily available.  The rooms were very comfortable, they have 727, and the 7 story lobby was amazing, there was an 82 foot stone fireplace with rocking chairs. There were two 55 foot totem poles in the lobby, they were pretty incredible. We would definitely stay again, we are just trying out a resort we haven't stayed at this time.
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular- The spectacular fireworks show at Disney's Magic Kingdom, there really is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World. Jiminy Cricket hosts an amazing fireworks and lights display synchronized to Disney music with 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."V"

Violet (The Incredibles) - AKA Invisigirl, this is ironic because she really just wants to be invisible at school-sometimes nothing is worse than being fourteen.  By the end of the movie she has a new found confidence along with a better understanding of how to use her invisibility and force field powers. She also has a lot more respect for her parents and their past super hero status.
Villains - Just as much as everyone has a favorite Disney Princess or Hero, everyone has a favorite Disney Villain, and Disney knows how to do villains. You already know my favorite is Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, but there are so many other great ones, Syndrome, Shere Kahn, Ursula, Cruella De Ville, Lady Tremaine. The bottom line is as much as we love the princesses and the heroes, they wouldn't be possible if there weren't any villains.
Vinylmation - Vinylmation is the latest trading craze at Disney, similar to pin trading Vinylmation trading is encouraged. Vinylmation comes in 1.5", 3" and 9" sizes and they are shaped like Mickey but decorated very differently. I believe when they first came out in 2008 they were a surprise when you open the box, but now you can purchase specific ones. I was not so sure about them in the beginning but they are growing on me now. I have yet to see them in person, I will make my final decision when I see them in the park.  The Star Wars and Disney Villains series in particular look cute online.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid - This 15 minute mini-musical uses puppets, live performers and video clips to tell Ariel's story. The Ursula puppet is 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide!!  The songs include some of my favorites from the movie like "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" and Ursula even sings "Poor Unfortunate Souls".
Victoria & Albert's - The ultimate in fine dining at Walt Disney World, Victoria & Albert's is located in the Grand Floridian Resort. This restaurant has earned a AAA Five Diamond Rating for 10 years in a row, and the dress code is formal. All ladies receive a long stem rose, you listen to live harp music while you dine in the Victorian style dining room. There is a also a choice of dining at the Chef's Table, this experience will take approximately three hours, you will be served seven courses for up to 10 people in your party.
Via Napoli - The taste of Southern Italy including pizza cooked in wood burning ovens.  It's located in the Italy Pavilion in EPCOT and their menu includes pasta, spinach lasagna, steak salad, gelato and tiramisu. If you like real Italian food you won't be disappointed.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."U"

Ub Iwerks - A true revolutionary in the world of animation, he worked closely with Walt and Walt was very impressed. Ub actually sketched Mickey Mouse for the first time while Walt gave him his personality. Ub animated Plane Crazy all by himself in just three weeks, that is amazing. He won 2 Academy Awards for his work in Animation, he is truly a Disney Legend and was honored as such in 1989.
Ursula (The Little Mermaid) - She's an octopus, she's a witch, she's pure evil and she is unapologetic about it.  Ursula will do whatever it takes to get what she wants, but she really underestimates Ariel doesn't she?
Up - This is one of the few Disney Pixar collaborations I haven't seen. I am sure it lives up to the reputation of the other films. As I understand it the storyline goes that a retired balloon salesman, Carl, ties thousands of balloons to his house in an attempt to fly to South America-a lifelong dream. Little did he know, he had a stow away-Russell, a Wilderness Explorer trying to get a badge for helping the elderly. The two set out on an adventure from there...
United Kingdom Pavilion - British architecture and cobblestone streets with improv comedy troupe and a tribute band to the Fab Four, Dakota is going to think he has died and gone to heaven.

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."T"

Tinker Bell (Peter Pan) - Don't you love the scene in Peter Pan when Tink is standing on the hand mirror measuring her hips, like any woman measuring them like they can't be that wide.  She is a favorite of mine for sure, she is the topper on my Christmas tree. As a matter of fact, there are several Tinker Bell ornaments on my tree. I can't wait to meet her in person this vacation!
Tiana (Princess and the Frog) - I just recently saw this movie for the first time, I really enjoyed it. It's been a long time since I got to experience a Disney fairytale for the first time. Love the setting of the French Quarter back when Jazz was the hottest music going. She is a strong, independent woman gotta love that, but you've really gotta love that she realizes that having someone to share your dreams with is better than having a dream all alone.
Tarzan - Both the character and the movie, I remember watching it when Dakota was very young and the music by Phil Collins was wonderful. Watching Tarzan interact with with Jane was wonderful, another great example of Disney animation.
Tiger Lily (Peter Pan) - You've gotta love Tiger Lily's defiance as she is captured by Hook and Smee and she refuses to say a word. Her loyalty to Peter Pan is undeniable, and he repays her by coming to her rescue.
Timon (The Lion King) - Simba literally owes his life to Timon and Pumba, and they gave the world "Hakuna Matata" and that's something we can all be thankful for!
Tigger - "The wonderful thing about Tiggers is Tiggers are wonderful things. Their tops are made out of rubber, their bottoms are made out of springs. They're bouncy, flouncy, trouncy, pouncy, fun, fun,fun, fun,fun. The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I'm the only one." I think Tigger's song describes him best, thank you.
Tower of Terror - The Hollywood Tower Hotel is 199 feet, making it the second highest attraction in Walt Disney World (Expedition Everest is 199.5 feet). It is said that lightning struck the hotel October 31, 1939 transporting an elevator full of 5 people to "The Twilight Zone." So what do we do, we all go and ride the other elevator like crazy people and see if we make it through ok.  Disney used original footage from The Twilight Zone television series and had to add in a little extra voice impersonation to finish out the story, but they did a great job. Can't wait to ride this one!!
Test Track - This is the longest and fastest attraction at Disney World. Hairpin turns-check, 50 degree banked curves-check, temperature extremes 100 degrees apart-check, all while strapped in at speeds of 60 miles an hour-really it all sounds like fun to me.
Turtle Talk with Crush - Dude, I love Crush he's like a totally awesome surfer guy. So I have to go see him while I am at Disney World duh!  This another interactive show where you can ask questions from the audience, and other characters from the movie make apprearances as well.
Toy Story Mania - This ride is the hottest thing going right now. It's almost like going inside a game and becoming a part of it. If you plan on riding you better get a Fast Pass and you'd better get it early!!
T-Rex Restaurant - When my sister Sue found out we were going to Disney World the first thing she said was "You have to eat at T-Rex." Well, first of all she always gives good advice, and second this restaurant was opened by the people who gave us Rainforest Cafe-just think of it as Rainforest Cafe in Mesozoic period. I think it's safe to say it's probably pretty good.
Tree of Life - This is the icon of the Animal Kingdom. The carvings on this tree are amazing. The longer you look at it the more things you will find, and if you look hard enough you might even find a hidden Mickey. It is 14 stories high and 50 feet wide!
Typhoon Lagoon - As I have stated before, fun in the water is definitely on the agenda during this visit to Disney. Typhoon Lagoon is on the top of the "Must Do" list for us in July (especially in the Florida summer sun!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."S"

Sleeping Beauty - Big surprise that this is my first entry on the "S" list huh. Again, my favorite movie, favorite princess. This movie is a big part of the reason I love Disney, I know I have said it before but it is the first movie I remember seeing in the theater as a kid, Aurora was so beautiful to me-Disney animation and storytelling at it's finest.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - In 1937 this movie was a true first of it's kind, the first full length cel-animated film, the first full color animated film, the first film produced by Walt Disney, I am sure a lot of people thought he was crazy, especially since he mortgaged his house to raise money. Well, look at what an animated film about a beautiful princess and seven dwarfs who mined for jewels started.
Sebastain (The Little Mermaid) - I love this little red crab, I love his Caribbean accent, I love to hear him sing (Under the Sea is my favorite song from the movie), and I love that he loves Ariel so much he is willing to help her despite himself.
Scuttle (The Little Mermaid) - Despite the fact that he thinks he knows everything about humans (a fork is a dinglehopper and used to comb your hair and a smoking pipe is a snarfblat and is a musical instrument) he is very lovable and he is a loyal friend to Ariel. He even helps stop Eric from marrying Vanessa (Ursula in disguise).
Simba (The Lion King) - So cute as a cub, he was all boy and mischievous and fun. When he grew up he became a true leader, one that Mufasa would have been proud of.
Sarabi (The Lion King) - Queen of the Pride Lands, she was Simba's mother and Mufasa's mate. She led the lioness hunting party so that the lion pride could eat, she was quiet and laid back but would do anything to protect Simba and the Pride Lands.
Sneezy & Sleepy (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) - Poor Sneezy with his hayfever sneezing at the most inopportune times and Sleepy, well he yawns a lot and appears to be tired all of the time, but he works as hard as any of the dwarfs and he's the one who figures out the witch has Snow White.
Stitch (Lilo & Stitch) - Experiment 626 Stitch was created to cause chaos across the galaxy. Somehow after seeing the movie I think he was quite capable of doing the job, but he did really love Lilo and she did have a calming effect on him, as calming as anyone could have on Stitch anyway.
Shere Kahn (Jungle Book) - His name would bring fear to all the creatures in the jungle, but the main conquest he wanted was the man cub.
Shenzi (Lion King) - Again, Banzai, Shenzi & Ed , the hyenas from the Lion King were great weren't they! I loved this movie, I still haven't gotten around to watching it again. Hakuna Matata! 
Scar (Lion King) - He was pure evil in this movie wasn't he, who could be cold and callus enough to kill your own brother and want to kill someone as cute as Simba. Karma does come back to get him in the end when the hyenas have the final bite at him though.
Sarah Hawkins (Treasure Planet) - Jim's Mom, she loves her son, and she knows boys will be boys. I am sure it was hard for her to allow him to leave with Delbert to go off searching for Treasure Planet.
Soarin - "Soarin' is a serene, multisensory attraction that simulates a peaceful hang-gliding flight over California. Experience the feeling of free flight from 40 feet in the air while surrounded by scenic panoramas including the Golden Gate Bridge, Malibu and LA." This is exactly how describes Soarin' I guess I can't come up with much better. This is probably the #1 thing on Dakota's "Must Do" list for our trip. I can hardly wait!!
Splash Mountain - Bet you didn't know Splash Mountain was voted favorite Magic Kingdom attraction by Disney Magazine readers in 2004. I don't know why but log plume rides have never scared me the way traditional roller coasters have. I know I'm crazy.
Space Mountain - I know it's strange, but somehow it's less scary when a roller coaster is enclosed in a building-I am less intimidated. Space Mountain underwent a major renovation in 2009, and it is the oldest running roller coaster in the state of Florida.
Star Tours - I am not the Star Wars expert in our family, that would definitely be Dakota, but I have bought enough light sabers and action figures to fill a Starspeeder. The Star Tours attraction has been under going a major renovation, and should be reopening in May. I am sure it will be exciting, and this time it will be in 3-D. Until then, "May the Force be with you."
Slush Gusher, Snow Stormers, Summit Plummet  - All attractions at Blizzard Beach. I cannot wait for water slides and wave pools and fun!!  Summit Plummet even has a 120 foot drop and you can go at speeds of up to 50-60 MPH!
Shark Reef, Storm Slides, Surf Lessons - I can't leave out Typhoon Lagoon now can I?  I mean who wouldn't want to swim with sharks or take surfing lessons? Their wave pool even has 5 foot waves!!
Sci-Fi Dine In Theater - Who wouldn't want to eat in a booth that looks like a car at a drive-in movie theater from the 50's and watch a crazy Sci-Fi movie?? No wonder it's such a fan favorite!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."R"

Roy O. Disney - Walt's big brother, for all of the wonderful things Walt did none of it would have been possible without Roy. Walt was the creative brother, Roy was the financial genius in the family. Together they were unstoppable, just look at what they accomplished. When Walt died before Disney World was finished, Roy put off his retirement to make sure Walt's dream was completed, and even added Walt's name to make it Walt Disney World. So when you think about Disney, just remember the "quiet" brother behind the scenes, I promise he was crucial to making all magic that is "The Happiest Place On Earth."
Rafiki (The Lion King) - The old and wise baboon who is a true and faithful friend to Mufasa. He has quite a sense of humor too. I really liked him in the movie, and he certainly taught Simba a lesson or two.
Rabbit & Roo - Both friends of Winnie the Pooh. Rabbit with his temper and his garden to tend to and little Roo the youngest citizen of the Hundred Acre Wood.
Remy & Ratatouille - A rat who is also a wonderful French chef, who knew. Now we all know "anyone can cook."
Rex (Toy Story) - This guy worries way too much about his small roar, but he is a great friend who is always there anytime the other toys need him.
Randall Boggs (Monsters Inc.) - This monsters ability to scare children is commendable, his is about to break the scare record. But his ruthless behind the scenes activities and willingness to kidnap children and steal their screams to store energy is cruel.
Roz (Monsters Inc.) - Number 1, as it turns out, Roz was a stickler for paperwork wasn't she. She was a hoot and kept Mike on his toes didn't she?
Rock N' Roller Coaster - Aerosmith worked with Disney to get the music exactly perfect for this roller coaster ride. It's an all indoor que, and you go from 0-58 in just over 2 seconds. I am not usually a roller coaster girl, but I'm gonna give it a shot, I'll let you know how it goes...
Runoff Rapids - When you visit Blizzard Beach make sure you ride down Mount Gushmore on the three unique waterslides called Runoff Rapids. The two outer slides can accommodate rafts that hold two people but the middle slide is enclosed the whole way down and only one person inner tube are allowed.
Rainforest Cafe - Disney World has 2 locations, one at Downtown Disney and the other at Animal Kingdom. I guess the Disney World site says it better than I ever could "Rainforest Cafe in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park brings adventure to the lunch and dinner table with outstanding American cuisine that includes luscious salads, pasta, sandwiches, seafood, burgers and poultry dishes, as well as a variety of vegetarian selections." This particular quote is from the Animal Kingdom section of the Disney site but the menu is the same at each location.
Rose & Crown Pub - From what I understand reasonably close an English Pub in EPCOT, complete with fish and chips, and free flowing ale.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant - It St. Patty's Day, I can't leave this one out now can I? It's in Downtown Disney and serves us traditional Irish favorites like beef stew and Guiness,and has live entertainment.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."Q"

Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) - Frollo makes him live in a bell tower and never lets him leave, he tells him he is ugly and deformed yet Quasimodo is still good and kind hearted. Again, Disney at it's finest.
Queen Leah (Sleeping Beauty) - Aurora's mother, she is only seen twice in the movie. The first time is in the begining of the film, she is alongside her husband and daughter as  the entire kingdom arrives at the castle to celebrate Aurora's birth. The second, is at the very end of the movie just in time to meet Aurora. She only speaks two lines.
Quick Service Dining - You don't always have time for a sit down meal. Quite frankly, there is a LOT of food included in our Magic Your Way Premium Plan. Sometimes a quick service or counter service meal is just what you need.
Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) - She is really crazy isn't she, and a little obsessed with "off with their heads" if you ask me. Her rants and mood swings are kind of funny, but you can't help but feel sorry for the King and her subjects.

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."P"

Prince Philip (Sleeping Beauty) - When Briar Rose met him in the forest, she didn't know he was a Prince, for that matter she didn't know she was a Princess. Prince Philip was determined to fight for his true love. It's what makes Disney movies, well Disney movies.
Prince Charming (Cinderella) - It's odd to me that he doesn't really have a name other than "Prince Charming" but you've got to give him credit, he never gave up on finding Cinderella.
Pluto - He is a truly faithful friend to Mickey Mouse, and is almost always by his side. His birthday is September 5, 1930 and his is one of the few Disney characters who never speaks.
Pete - I've seen him as a neighbor of both Mickey and Goofy but he's always mean and up to no good. He first appeared February 15, 1925 so that makes him the oldest Disney character, even older than Mickey!
Peter Pan - Both the character and the movie. Disney World is the place we all go to act like a kid again, and I think Peter is the ultimate embodiment of never growing up and always being able to find that kid in you.
Peter Pan's Flight - This is Mike's favorite ride at Disney hands down. He doesn't get excited about anything Disney, except this ride. It is really wonderful, and it's such a classic ride. It is definitely on our "Must Do" list.
Pirates of the Caribbean - This will be my first time riding Pirates of the Caribbean, and I am beyond excited. I LOVE the movies, and I love that Disney refurbished the rides to include characters from them. Another "Must Do" for out July vacation.
Pirates of the Caribbean - The movies have to have a mention of their own, Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth and Will are favorites of mine and the entire family. The crew of the Black Pearl are memorable as well, and Davy Jones from the sequel. I can't wait for the prequel this summer.
Pumbaa (Lion King) - Timon and Pumbaa are two of the most fun characters of The Lion King movie, and honestly Simba may not have survived without them. The world is a happier place with a Hakuna Matata attitude from time to time.  
Piglet - Piglet is Pooh's very best friend, and this tiny pink guy is way braver than he thinks he is.
Pongo & Perdita (101 Dalmations) - Parents to the puppies in this Disney classic. Thank goodness Cruella didn't get her hands on them to make her coat!!
Pocahontas - This indian princess is beautiful and smart, the name Pocahontas means "Little Mischief." She is the only American Disney Princess.
Phillipe (Beauty and the Beast) -  Belle's horse from the movie, he comes to get Belle when his father is captured by the Beast early in the movie. Later, he protects her from the wolves even though he is frighented of them himself.
Park Hoppers - We always choose the Park Hopper option when we go to Disney. You never know when you may want to eat in another park or when you may just want to hop over to another park to see the fireworks or visit an attraction. For us it's definitely worth the money.
Package Delivery - I love that I can buy things in the parks and have them delivered to my resort. That is one of the most awesome ideas Disney ever had. I hate trying to keep up with things or remember where you saw something so you can go back before you leave, and you don't have to worry about breaking something on the trip back at the end of the day.
Pressed Coins - Pressed penny and quarter machines are located throughout Disney World. Each one has a different Disney design. Bring along new and shiny pennies and quarters to press, pennies will cost and additional $.50 and quarters will cost an additional $1.00 to press, but considering it's Disney that's a cheap souvenir. Look for a keepsake book to keep them in at a Disney gift shop.
PhotoPass - The ideal way to have pictures of your trip and make sure everyone is in them. PhotoPass Photographers are at all of the places you would expect them to be but they are almost everywhere else too. Just hand them your PhotoPass card and all of your vacation pictures are in one place, so easy!!
Perfectly Princess Grand Tea Party - Brunch, dessert and a My Disney Girl doll is included in this must do if you have a little princess. If my little Lexi were going with me this would be something we would have to do. Sorry Ash, but Lexi has to do this one with Nana because 1. it includes a visit from Princess Aurora, 2. it is at the Grand Floridian.
Pinocchio - I have to confess this is another one of those classic Disney movies I haven't seen. I now the storyline, but he is a really cute puppet boy who really knows how to get into trouble.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel - Built in 1917 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, this carrousel has 90 horses and each one is different. It sits near Cinderella Castle and plays Disney music. Whether you choose to ride or not you have to admire the craftsmanship and beauty of this ride.
Plaza Restaurant - An old fashioned ice cream parlor with overstuffed hot and cold sanwiches located on Main Street is how the PassPorter describes this restaurant. We have lunch reservations here and I will be enjoying a hot sandwich with a brownie sundae for dessert, I can't wait!!
Portobello - Contemporary Italian dining, located in Downtown Disney. Just remember this is fine Italian dining, it's not Tony's. It's more expensive and and more for the foodie than for the Olive Garden crowd. If you are going to give it a try better make your reservations up to 180 days out.
Planet Hollywood - Downtown Disney must be the place to eat...Planet Hollywood is part of the famed franchise, and has the same menu with BBQ, NY Strip steaks and Burgers you are accustomed to at their restaurants along with the movie memorabilia and souvenirs for sale.
Polynesian Resort- Disney's tribute to the South Pacific, a lush tropical paradise located on the Seven Seas Lagoon. I love how Disney emerses each resort totally into each theme. The Spirit of Aloha dinner show is a real treat for guests, and they even have hammocks on the beach to relax in.
Port Orleans French Quarter & Riverside - A little bit of the Big Easy right inside Disney World. The French Quarter has "gas" lamposts, cajun food and jazz music, and Riverside has a Riverside Mill, magnolia blossoms and mint juleps. We are even taking a carriage ride along the Sassagoula River while we're there.
Pop Century - A value resort with 2880 guest rooms. This resort is Disney's tribute to pop culture. Each section is a tribute to a decade, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. It has it's own food court and is located near Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."O"

One Man's Dream - I love learning about Walt Disney the man. This attraction teaches you how Walt make an impact on Disney the company, but also on the world . There are artifacts here that have never been shown anywhere else, it is a must see for fans of Walt Disney - the man.
Oswald Rabbit - If not for the rights for Oswald being taken away from Walt, we would not have Mickey. As a Disney fan, I cannot imagine a world without Mickey. So I am glad there was an Oswald, but I am glad Walt was robbed of his rights for him because we have Mickey!!
Owl - Where would the Hundred Acre Wood be without Owl? Who would Pooh, Tigger and Rabbit turn to for wisdom without him...
Oasis Exhibit - A lush tropical exhibit inside Animal Kingdom that houses a Parma wallaby, giant anteater and tree kangaroo; not to mention tropical birds.
Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights - If you go to Disney World at Christmastime this is a definite must see. When Jennings Osborne's Arkansas neighbors started complaining about his Christmas light display Disney invited him  to to display them at Disney World, the display consists of more than five million lights I may have complained too!!
Once Upon a Toy - This is a HUGE toy store located in Downtown Disney. I has everything from Tinkertoys and LiteBrites to Star Wars to Barbie. It's fun for parents and kids alike, full of nostalgic memories for parents and toys for kids.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."N"

Nemo - Nemo is such a spunky little guy and so determined to go home to his dad. Love this movie from Pixar, and especially love the characters from the fish tank.
Nala (The Lion King) - Spunky as a cub, and stong as a lioness. She was everything Simba needed as a friend and a mate.
Needleman (Monsters Inc.) - Needleman, with his partner Smitty, was part of the maintenance crew on the Scare Floor at Monster's Incorporated. Remember how much they idolized Sully when he was about to break the scare record. They were the ones who almost put Boo in the garbage compacting machine.
Norway Pavilion - I know, again with World Showcase. But anywhere that has a bakery is alright with me, and here you have Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe. Then there's Malestrom, and who doesn't secretly want to be a Viking for a few minutes anyway??
National Treasures - They have some really interesting artifacts from American history here, from Abe Lincoln's stove pipe hat to baseball memoribilia from Jackie Robinson.
Neverland - Home to Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. A place where you never grow up and adventure never ends. All you need is to believe and a little pixie dust courtesy of Tinkerbell.
Narcoossee's - Fine dining at it's best, located in the Grand Floridian. Their specialties include filet mignon, Alaskan salmon and Maine lobster - all of the above sounds delicious to me!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."M"

Mickey Mouse - Mickey symbolies all that is Disney doesn't he? From the white gloves to the iconic ears he is all that is Disney.
Minnie Mouse - There had to be a partner for Mickey, and Minnie fits the bill perfectly.
Magic Kingdom - The most popular of the theme parks. It is the reason most people visit Disney World, from Main Street to Fantasy Land to Cinderella Castle to the fireworks. It's where magic lives.
Magic - Specifically Disney Magic, it's more of a feeling than the "pulling a rabit out the hat" kind of magic. If you're a Disney Fan you know what I'm talking about.
Mulan - Brave-Check, Smart-Check, Beautiful-Check, Loyal-Check. Mulan had it all didn't she, and she proved herself to her family and to the other soldiers she trained and fought beside.
Mushu (Mulan) - This little dragon was wonderful comic relief in this movie.
Monster's Inc. - From Monstropolis to Mike to Sully to Boo I love this movie. It's got a good story, great characters, comedy, suspense. I think this is my favorite Pixar film.
Mike Wazowski - How could you not love a short, round, one eyed, green guy who loves getting on TV or in magazines even if his face is covered up??  
Mufasa - I said it before, a true example of what a father should be. Simba didn't have his father for long, but he had a heck of an example for as long as he had him.
Michael (Peter Pan) - One of the Darling children who accompanied Peter to Neverland. I believe Michael was the older brother.
Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) - My favorite villain, she is just gorgeous and unapologetic for being evil. I mean if you're going to be evil you may as well look good while you're doing it and be commited to what you're doing, right...
Merryweather (Sleeping Beauty) - Merryweather is the blue fairy, she was about to give Aurora her gift when Maleficent put her curse upon her. So Merryweather's gift became that she would sleep until she was kissed by her one true love after touching the spinning wheel spindle instead of dying on her sixteenth birthday, so in essence it her gift was the gift of life.
Milo Thatch (Atlantis) - Milo believed in Atlantis when noone else did. He's one of those Disney characters you can't help but cheer for.
Mad Hatter & March Hare (Alice in Wonderland) - The Mad Hatter is such a colorful character you have to give him props for that. He is interesting to say the least. The March Hare, well there wouldn't really be a story without him now would there?
Mrs. Potts & Maurice (Beauty and the Beast) - Mrs. Potts, Chip's doting mom, is such a delight in the movie. She is so sweet and kind. Maurice is a wonderful father to Belle, he loves her to a fault and Belle loves her father just as much in return.
Melody (The Little Mermaid II) - Ariel & Eric's daughter, you know Ariel's daughter isn't going to be passive. She is very cute, the movie is good but definitely doesn't compare to the original.
Meg (Hercules) - Meg had no idea she would really fall for Hercules when she sold her soul to Hades so she could bring her love back to life. Everything happens for a reason, you can't change the past.
Mowgli (Jungle Book) - The man cub, Bagheera so cleverly named him, really didn't want to go live in the man village. If he and Baloo had their way he would have just lived in the jungle forever, that young girl had to go and change his mind.
Mr. Smee (Peter Pan) - You have to admit he is loyal to Captain Hook to a fault. It is so funny when he shaves the seagull thinking he has shaved off Captain Hook's face. He is one of my favorite characters from Peter Pan.
Morph & Mr. Arrow (Treasure Planet) - Morph is just that, he can morph into anything, and he really does love both Jim and John Silver, the cyborg. Mr. Arrow, the first mate, loyal and true-too bad that ugly insectoid Scroop cut his line.
Mad Tea Party - A classic Disney Ride, plain and simple. It's not a thrill ride, but I'll bet it's on everybody's "Must Do" list.
Main Street USA - I think Main Street was designed after Walt's own hometown. I know it feels like home as you walk down it in the Magic Kingdom.
Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor - The master of ceremonies us Mike Wazowski, you know it's gonna be fun. You can even text your own jokes in and see if yours gets picked to be in the show, how fun is that?
Mexico & Morocco Pavilion - The Mexico pavilion has an Aztec pyramid, how awesome is that.You can even take a boat ride there. Have to watch the belly dancers in the Morocco Pavilion for sure.
Mission: SPACE - Look out Mars, here we come!  Going 8,000 aeronautical miles in 5-1/2 minutes, nowhere else but Disney.
Maharajah Jungle Trek - Asian Tiger, Komodo Dragon, Malayan Tapir and over 50 species of exotic birds inhabit this area of the Animal Kingdom. It is a self guided tour so you can walk at your own pace.

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."L"

Little Mermaid - This movie will always be a favorite, Ariel, Eric, Sebastian, Flounder have a special place in my heart. I love the music from this movie, I think my favorite character is Sebastian.
Lion King - Mufasa was such a good father, and he set such a good example. Don't we wish we had such good father figures in the real world. Simba was all boy too, the music was fun, what a great movie!!
Lilo & Stitch - Lilo single handedly introduced Elvis to a new generation. Stitch was funny just because of the trouble he could get himself into.
Li Shang & Ling (Mulan) - These two soldiers were very different, but both were very loyal to their country, their fellow soldiers and Mulan; even after they found out her true identity.
Lady Tremaine & Lucifer (Cinderella) - Both were villains in the movie weren't they. Lady Tremaine is the definition of "wicked step mother" and Lucifer was the ultimate enemy of the mice-who were Cinderella's true friends.
Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast) - What a ladies man...he was suave, charming, and that french accent, ooh la la, look out feather duster.
Le Cellier Steakhouse - Probably one of the most popular restaurants at Disney World. I have not tried it yet, maybe this trip I am on the fence about making reservations. I need to make my decision very soon or I won't be able to get in.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."K"

King Louie & Kaa (Jungle Book) - Two of the many memorable characters from this wonderful movie. I love King Louie singing "Ooo,Ooo,Ooo, I wanna be like you, you, you." and Kaa talking with all the SSSS almost with a lisp, and hypnotising Mowgli with his eyes.
Kanga - Mom to little Roo in the Hundred Acre Wood. She is one of the only female characters I can think of, in fact the only one I can think of right now.
King Stefan & King Hubert (Sleeping Beauty) - Aurora & Prince Philip's father's respectively from the story. I have already said this is my favorite movie of the antimated Disney Classics.
King Triton (The Little Mermaid) - King Triton truly gives such a big sacrifice when he allows Ariel to remain human and marry Eric. That is a father who loves his daughter beyond measure.
Kali River Rapids - I know I have said this before, but during our last trip to Disney World there was one of the worst cold snaps ever. We didn't get to ride Kali River Rapids, and I was horribly disappointed. I don't think I need to worry about that in July. This is on the "Must Do" list this time.
Kilimanjaro Safaris - Dakota is such an animal lover this has to be on the "Must Do" list as well. Last trip there weren't a lot of animals wandering around, hopefully this time we will get to see a lot more.
Keelhaul Falls - We are taking a day to enjoy the water park this time, Keelhaul Falls is in Typhoon Lagoon. Here is how Disney describes it "Take a tropical whitewater adventure on a scenic, palm-lined course down Mount Mayday. Grab your single-rider inner tube and get ready for a curvy waterslide through caverns and waterfalls before splashing down in a refreshing pool at the bottom. Look for some surprises along the way down the mountain!" Sounds like fun to me!!

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."J"

Jungle Book - Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, King Louie; I love the characters from this movie!!  This music is great, the story is great!  Ash & I watched it hundreds of times when she was little.
Jasmine - One of the Disney Princesses, she has to be on list. And I love the movie Aladdin. She is beautiful and exotic, and she has a pet tiger, how cool is that???
Jafar - As long as we are talking about Aladdin, we can't forget it's villain now can we?
Jack Jack (The Incredibles) - Baby Jack Jack, the youngest of the Incredibles.
James Norrington (Pirates of the Caribbean) - His life changed considerably from the first movie to the third. Aren't we glad Elizabeth didn't marry him!!
Joshamee Gibbs (Pirates of the Caribbean) - Mr. Gibbs, I bet you didn't know his first name did ya!!
Jiminy Cricket - Pinocchio had to have a conscious and who better than Jiminy Cricket to do the job?
John (Peter Pan) - One of the Darling children who accompanied Peter to Neverland. I didn't see this movie until I was almost 40, and I loved it immediately, and the ride is definitely a favorite at Disney World.
Jetsam (The Little Mermaid) - Along with Flotsam, one of those evil electric eels of Ursula's!
Jessie (Toy Story) - What a shame this little red headed fireball of a cowgirl had to spend all those years not being played with. She is so much fun in Toy Story 2, and she was really meant to have a little girl play with her, thank goodness Buzz and Woody rescued her from that Toy Barn guy!!
Jungle Cruise - It's a hokey ride, but it is a Disney classic. I am sure we will be on it come July.
Japan Pavilion - I think Japanese architecture is so beautiful, I am really looking forward to seeing the Japan Pavilion at the World Showcase in EPCOT. I hear the  pagoda, rock garden and koi ponds are stunning.

Reasons I Love Disney World A-Z..."I"

Iago (Aladdin) - This parrot was loud and kind of obnoxious but really funny.
It's A Small World - I don't believe this could possibly be anyone's favorite ride, but it is a Disney World icon. It has to be on the list.
IllumiNations - During our last trip, Mike & I both got sick on the day of our arrival. That was the night we had our reserved spot to view the fireworks at EPCOT. Hopefully some eight and a half years later I will finally get to see IllumiNations. Ash & Dakota got to see them and from their descriptions it will be worth the wait. 
Italy Pavilion - As I have said before I am really looking forward to visiting the World Showcase.
Imagineers - I love that this is what Disney calls the engineers that create all the fun stuff we get to do while we are there. It's just a cool name.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular - OK ,I have to admit I have a crush on Indy. One of my FAVORITE movies ever Raiders of the Lost Ark. Just because it's based on this character it has to be on this list, period.
It's Tough to be a Bug! - Based on A Bug's Life, we saw this last time we were at Disney. I love the extras with the wind in your face and the 3-D effects and you can feel the bug get you in the back of your seat. And it's inside the Tree of Life, you can't go wrong with that.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney World A-Z..."H"

Hollywood Studios - One of the "Big Four Parks" you know you're there when you see Sorcerer Mickey's hat. The absolute must sees are Rockin Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania & Tower of Terror.
Hamm (Toy Story) - This cute little pink piggy bank from the Toy Story movies knows everything or at least thinks he does. Don't we all know somebody like that??
Hercules - This movie came out the year Dakota was born, 1997. Hercules is the son of Zeus and Hera, you all know about his amazing strength. Hades is his brother and nemesis, it is not my favorite Disney movie, but it is a good movie nonetheless.
Happy (Snow White) - "Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho it's of to work we go..." another of Snow White's dwarfs.
Haunted Mansion - Not nearly as scary as it sounds, I love this ride. The special effects are great, the cobwebs and dust are perfect and the hitchhiker you pickup along the way is great. I can't wait to visit the mansion again on this trip.
Hidden Mickey's - It's so much fun to look for these all over Disney World isn't it! Just google it and you will find tons of hints and info to get you started.
Hundred Acre Wood - Where else would you find Pooh, Tigger and all their friends? I would be a really magical and fun place to live wouldn't it?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Reasons I Love Disney A-Z..."G"

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa - "Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort distinguished as the flagship hotel of Walt Disney World Resort and offering world-class dining, entertainment and luxurious accommodations in its 6 striking red-gabled buildings. This magnificent hotel sits along the white-sand shores of Seven Seas Lagoon." This is a quote from the Disney website so I suppose I couldn't have said it better myself.
Grand Floridian Cafe - I have to be totally honest and tell you the main reason I want to eat here is to have the dessert sampler which includes Tiramisu, Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Cake, Key Lime Tart & Lemon Cheesecake. Does that not sound absolutely delicious!!
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop - Hello, the name of the shop says it all. Thank you.
Goofy - "Gawrsh" you gotta love this member of the "Fab Five." Dakota was only 5 when we went to Disney World last time but his most vivid memory is of Goofy sneaking up behind me to "bite" my head half off at breakfast one morning. He stills laughs about that today.
Grimsby (The Little Mermaid)- Bet you forgot about Grimsby, Eric's manservant from The Little Mermaid didn't you? He is on the deck of the ship turning green about to give Eric a statue of himself as a birthday present when the storm comes along that eventually brings Ariel and Eric together.
Genie (Aladdin) - Arguably the true star of the movie Aladdin, I don't think Disney could have chosen a better actor than Robin Williams to voice this character. He was so funny, you watched to see what he was going to do next as much as you did to see what was going to happen with Aladdin and Jasmine.
Grumpy - I referenced Grumpy in an earlier post about the dwarfs from Snow White, but can't leave him out here.
Geppetto (Pinocchio) - There's nothing Geppetto wants more than a real little boy, but he sure never expects the Blue Fairy grant his wish and turn Pinocchio into a real boy.
Gopher (Winnie the Pooh) - It's so much fun to listen to Gopher whistle when he talks wearing his construction hat complete with a light in front. You've got to love those creatures in the Hundred Acre Wood.