The Electrical Water Pageant is a free floating water parade on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon that runs nightly starting at 9:00pm- or as soon as the 9:00 fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are finished. It is only canceled during high winds or inclement weather. This parade started in October 1971 and has run continuously as a popular attraction since. Each night 14 barges totaling 1000 feet long, containing thousands of lights strung on mesh screens, float across the water playing synthesized music from Disney animated movies. The lights form the shapes King Neptune and creatures such as dragons, dolphins, seahorses, dinosaurs and octopi (I’d rather say “octopuses, but that’s not correct!). The end of the parade is a salute to America with the Stars and Stripes on the barges. The bright lights and synthesized music from the Electrical Water Pageant inspired Imagineers to create a parade for Disneyland and Walt Disney World called the Main Street Electrical Parade!
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This morning our family went to the Kiwanis pancake day in our hometown. My friend Ken made Cman and I a special order Mickey shaped pancake! Cman was especially excited and ate it up. However, we failed to get a photo. But trust me, it was perfect!!
Another hidden Mickey Cman has found recently is in a set of file cabinet keys!
Now it makes sense when he asks for his Mickey keys!!
I may be a tad late on some of this news, but I thought I’d share anyway since I blogged about FastPasses fairly recently!
“As a result, we are currently developing an innovative system that will, in essence, create a version of FASTPASS for their entire Disney vacations. Now we define the guest experience as beginning from the time a potential guest sits down at a computer or picks up a phone to make a reservation. Our new tools will help them better understand all that we have to offer and better plan their time with us. They’ll be able to create a personalized itinerary that gives them the exact Disney vacation they want.Guests will be able to reserve times for their favorite attractions and character interactions… secure seats at our shows and spectaculars… make dining reservations… and pre-book many other favorite guest experiences – all before even leaving their house. We also plan to simplify the check-in process so that guests will arrive at the resort with room key in hand. They will be able to go straight to their room or a theme park – again, allowing them to get to the fun faster. “
Hey y’all! My name is Beth and I’m a mother of
2 (now three!) boys living in North Alabama. I’m a full time youth minister in the United Methodist Church. I love my God, my family, my friends, my youth, Walt Disney World, and Auburn University, to name a few!
2. It’s never over. There are always plans for the future with Disney- a new park, a new land, a new ride, a new restaurant, a new resort, a new movie, new characters, a new theme, a new parade… I could go on and on. No matter how many times you go or how often you go, there is always something new to see, eat, do or experience. There is also so much to do at Walt Disney World, I don’t think you could ever do it all!
3. You can get a glimpse of the vision Walt had. If all companies, businesses, entrepreneurs, churches, schools, etc. had the dream, vision, drive, and imagination Walt had, this would be a different world. We all can learn so much from a man named Walt Disney.
Direct from PassPorter’s web site:
Did you know PassPorter books can now be downloaded and read on an Apple iPad? Enter our contest and you’ll have a chance to win your own 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad filled with every current PassPorter edition! To enter our iPad contest, begin by simply browsing the web pages at PassPorter.com between February 17, 2011 at midnight ET and May 1, 2011 at midnight ET. On our pages, look for this concierge bell:
When you see a concierge bell, tap it — you’ll get an awesome travel tip and you might also discover a contest entry ticket. Many tickets are hidden under our concierge bells, and the more tickets you find and save, the greater your chances to win! We’ll be adding more tickets throughout the contest period, too, so be sure to check our newsletter, message boards, podcast, and Facebook page for announcements.
The Grand Prize winning ticket will be randomly selected on May 1, 2011, along with 10 Second Prize winners who will receive their choice of a PassPorter electronic edition. Please see our contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.
Disney offers a free photo service to all park guests called PhotoPass. Throughout all the Disney Parks around the world cast members are waiting to take your picture with characters, at key spots in the parks (castles, “mountains”, icons, etc), in select resorts, at water parks and at character meals. These photographers use really nice cameras and take pretty good pictures. I have had some who aren’t the best at picture taking, but I’ve had others who are great! Either way, using the PhotoPass photographers, you are guaranteed photos with ALL of your family members at very memorable locations and at very memorable times during your vacation.
- If you lose your PhotoPass card at any time during your vacation you aren’t guaranteed that Disney will be able to locate your photos. The best thing to do is take a photo (with your camera or cell phone) of the back of the PhotoPass card as soon as you get it from the photographer. That way, if you do lose your card, you still have the 16 digit number off the back so you can retrieve your photos.
- You can not have your photos printing services on Disney property from your PhotoPass card. This needs to be done from your computer.
- Once you log onto the PhotoPass web site and enter your card number(s) you only have 30 days to preview, edit and purchase your photos. After 30 days they will expire and will be lost forever.
- You can pre-order a PhotoPass CD before you even leave for your vacation. For $99.95 you can order a CD with all the photos you have taken by the PhotoPass photographers while you are on your vacation. Once you return home and load your card numbers, you can edit your photos and Disney will mail your CD with all your photos, plus some, to your house! You also receive a license agreement to make as many prints of these photos as you want! We went back and forth deciding if we should do this on our most recent trip to WDW. We knew it was $14.95 for 2 4×6 pictures (of the same picture). I could choose 8 photos from our vacation to print for $120 or buy the CD for $99.95 before the trip and have ALL the photos taken. We decided to pre order the CD and I have 127 photos from all 4 parks of our family that I can print, email, copy and add to Facebook or my blog.
- If you pre-order the CD, one added perk is that they include photos of characters in fun locations around the parks. For example, if you have your photo made in front of the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom, they will add photos of the characters (without your family) in the same location to your CD. Cman loves to look at the photos of the characters from our CD! These photos are postcard worthy!
- If you choose not to pre-order the CD, you can always have the PhotoPass photographer use your personal camera after they use the Disney camera. You will have the PhotoPass photo added to your card and a similar photo taken with your camera.
- If you attend a special party (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party) you will get a PhotoPass card similar to the one below from Disney’s Pirate and Princess Party. After the party is over you get 40% off photos taken at the party and saved on this card by the PhotoPass photographers!
During our trip to Animal Kingdom in 2008 we decided to watch the Flights of Wonder bird show. We got there right as it was about to start so we were sitting on the next to the last row in the center. Not bad seats considering we got there with about 3 minutes to spare! This is a 25 minute bird show that features about 20 different birds, their habits and behaviors.