I met Clarabelle Cow during our trip to WDW in February of 2008. It was the last day of our vacation and we were ending time at the Magic Kingdom, something I try to do on each visit! (I like to get one last glimpse of the castle before I head home!) We were walking through the shops on Main Street making sure there weren’t souvenirs we forgot to purchase. When I walked out on the street, I saw her! I had never seen Clarabelle in any of the parks before. JAG did not want to meet her, so I went solo. We had our photo taken and she signed my book!
Archives for March 2011
This is my first week participating in the Disney Blog Hop hosted by Babes in Disneyland! A quick “who am I” for first time visitors can be found in my Blogorail Green Introduction from a few weeks ago.
When I first read the question to blog about, “Who is your favorite character and why?” I had so many characters swirling through my mind: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Mushu, Woody, Buzz, Mad Hatter, Belle, … I could go on. But to actually narrow it down to one favorite is hard.
I love Mickey Mouse. He’s a classic. In fact, “It all started with a mouse.” Who doesn’t love Mickey!?! But is he really my favorite?
Donald Duck. Love his attitude! He’s so fiesty and short tempered. It makes him seem a little more real than the others. Not many of the other characters have bad days like Donald, and I, do! But is he my favorite?
Mushu? I love Eddie Murphy and Mushu cracks me up when I watch Mulan. But, I don’t get real excited when I see him in the parks. Maybe I really like Eddie Murphy more than Mushu?
I’ve always liked Toy Story. My son LOVES Toy Story. I think he would watch those 3 movies all day long if I let him. He loves to play with is Woody doll and his 2 Buzz Lightyears, “Big Buzz” and “Little Buzz.” He can spot those 2 characters before I even realize they are anywhere near us! But, do I really love Woody and Buzz or do I love to see my son love them?
I’m not a fan of the movie Alice and Wonderland. I don’t own this movie and probably never will. I enjoy meeting the characters from this movie at the parks, but I’ll pass on spending an afternoon watching it. However, I LOVE meeting the Mad Hatter at the parks. I never know what he’s going to say or do. I actually look forward to meeting him just so I can see how he’ll act and how he’ll turn my words around to mean something I didn’t! But again, is he my favorite?!
Then we come to Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I love the movie. I loved the Broadway show. I love the story. I love Belle. She’s perfect to me. She’s pretty, she’s educated, she’s caring, she’s strong. She represents what women should be like in my little mind! If I could work at a Disney Park, and if they would hire a 36 year old to be Belle, that would be my dream job!
So, I guess all that rambling leads me to one conclusion… Belle is my favorite character. You can read more about a past encounter with Belle here. I still want to meet her and get a photo with her in her yellow gown!
I shared with you in my Blogorail Introduction the things I love most: God, my family, my friends, my youth, Walt Disney World, and Auburn University. Baseball is a very, very close contender in this list. I love baseball- little league, junior high, high school, college, minor league, and major league. As a kid in the 80’s I was a huge Atlanta Braves fan. I was in love with Dale Murphy and can still name all the starting players and their positions from the 85 team. If we weren’t at a Braves game we were probably at the little league fields for my brother’s baseball games. In high school, I went to almost all of our schools baseball games. In college, at Auburn University, I was a Diamond Doll (a team hostess). Baseball is in my blood.
Fast forward a few years to 2001. For my younger brother’s college graduation we went on a trip to NYC and Boston. We saw the Red Sox play at Yankee Stadium and then saw the Sox play at Fenway. I fell in love. I was a Red Sox fan! That stadium was amazing and I wanted to be a part of the Red Sox Nation. I followed the Sox the best I could living in Alabama and not getting many of their games televised locally. In 2004 Mark Bellhorn, a player from Auburn when I was a diamond doll, was on the team. He actually helped the Sox win the Championship that year. I watched the entire series and was so happy when they won! I ordered my own Bellhorn tshirt!
In 2005, I was wearing my Bellhorn shirt one night in a restaurant at home when a strange guy said, “I like your shirt.” I asked if he was a Red Sox fan. His answer was “yes.” Two months later we took our first trip together to see the Sox play at Fenway Park. I’m now married to that strange Red Sox fan and our son’s middle name is Fenway.
Yes, I love baseball. When the Atlanta Braves moved their spring training location to Orlando, specifically Walt Disney World, from West Palm Beach I knew I had to go… one day. It’s been 13 years and I still haven’t had a chance to see them play at WDW. But it is on my Bucket List!
The Braves will play the Red Sox on March 16 at 1:05 if anyone wants to send me to WDW to catch the game!
Below are more details about the Braves Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports from the web site.
Here is the Braves remaining schedule:
March 3 — Detroit Tigers (1:05 p.m.)
March 4 — Toronto Blue Jays (1:05 p.m.)
March 5 — New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)
March 8 — New York Yankees (1:05 p.m.)
March 9 — St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)
March 10 — St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)
March 12 — New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)
March 13 — Houston Astros (1:05 p.m.)
March 16 — Boston Red Sox (1:05 p.m.)
March 17 — Washington Nationals (6:05 p.m.)
March 19 — New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)
March 20 — Houston Astros (1:05 p.m.)
March 23 — Florida Marlins (1:05 p.m.)
March 25 — Detroit Tigers (6:05 p.m.)
March 27 — Philadelphia Phillies (1:05 p.m.)
March 28 — Washington Nationals (6:05 p.m.)
Lower Reserved $30-$45
Upper Reserved $24-$37
Bleacher Reserved $24-$37
Lawn Seating $10-$23
Items NOT Allowed:
no outside food or drinks
no lawn chairs
NOTE: ALL bags will be inspected prior to entering the park.
Smoking not allowed in seats or concourse area. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas.
All ages are welcome. Ages 0-2 admitted free on ticket holder’s lap (no ticket required). A ticket is required for all children 3 and older.
Box Office Hours
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Located at Guest Services (left-hand side of the main entrance). Opens 2 hour prior to the game. Customer must present the actual credit card used for the purchase, a photo ID and Ticketmaster order number in order to receive tickets.
From I-4 East & West: Take exit 65 (Osceola Parkway West); take a left into ESPN Wide World of Sports® at Victory Way and follow signs.
General parking is complimentary. Valet parking will be available for $20.
This September, my mom, 2 1/2 year old son and I will be traveling to WDW for a long weekend while we can still enjoy the Military Discounts! We will be spending time in the parks, visiting resorts and attending the MNSSHP! We will be able to start our dining reservations this month, so I’m thinking about where to eat now.
I want to do 1 sit down meal a day and the other meals will be counter service or in our room. Since Cman will be 2 1/2, I thought we’d try a character meal or two. The choices in the poll, to the right, are all restaurants I have not tried yet. Vote for your favorite and comment below why you chose that one! It will help me make my decision! 🙂
In 1989, Disney produced my favorite animated movie that was loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name, The Little Mermaid. In Disney’s version, Ariel was the youngest of King Triton’s daughters. She desperately wanted to be with the humans above the surface of the sea. She and Triton were always arguing about her wanting to be with the humans. Triton orders Sebastian the crab to be her guard to make sure she stayed below the surface. Flounder, the fish, was also by her side and helped her collect human items from shipwrecks. Ariel’s friend Scuttle, was a sea gull who would tell her incorrect, yet comical, information about the human world.
Maybe this is my favorite movie because when I was a little girl, my grandmother visited The Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen, Denmark and brought me back a music box with a miniature version of the sculpture. I loved that music box, so maybe that’s why I felt so drawn to Ariel! I don’t have the music box anymore, but this is a photo of the sculpture in Copenhagen that my music box was modeled after.