As our September trip to Walt Disney World is fast approaching, I started thinking about what I will do differently with my toddler on this trip. One of the main things I’ll do differently is prepare him better for meeting the characters. You can read my thoughts on this topic at Growing up Disney!
Archives for May 2011
Randy with Your Highway in the Sky, posted a 30 Day Photo Challenge on twitter (@fluffedmojo- he’s great if you want to follow!) a few weeks ago and encouraged others to participate. I took him up on his challenge and you can follow my 30 days on “A Disney Moms Thoughts” facebook page! Here is a recap days 11-15 from the challenge! You can catch up on the first five days here or the second five days here!
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Day 11, May 8, 2011: A picture of the thing you wish you could change about the parks
Crowds. period. This is why our family tries to travel to WDW during the off peak time- to avoid the crowds!
Day 12, May 9, 2011: A picture of your favorite Disney food item
There are so many food items to choose from, but one item I can’t get anywhere else is the delicious candy apples! I love how they are shaped like Mickey and Minnie and the taste is AHH~MAZING! It’s a “healthy” treat with a dessert feel! 🙂
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Day 13, May 10. 2011: A picture of your favorite “home” resort
I’ve actually only stayed at the Boardwalk once, so it’s not technically a second “home”, but it’s my favorite! I love it’s location, the attention to detail (which resort doesn’t do this?) and the opportunities at night.
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Day 14, May 11, 2011: A picture of your favorite night time activity (existing or past) on Disney property
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When I’m in the parks, my favorite activity is “Wishes” in the Magic Kingdom. What an incredible fireworks show! When I’m not in the parks, my favorite activity is Chip and Dale’s Sing Along, Campfire & Movie at Fort Wilderness.
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Day 15, May 12, 2011: A picture of what you do when it rains in the park
Usually the first thing I do is duck into the closest shop and begin spending money! My favorite place to shop is on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, starting at the Emporium and moving along the street! If I can’t get to a shop, these are the attractions I would like to be in during rain!
Epcot- Universe of Energy
Animal Kingdom- It’s Tough to be a Bug
DHS- The Magic of Disney Animation
Magic Kingdom- Space Mountain/ arcade
Last month I did a post on Attraction Photo Opportunities. Since then I have found a few more photos to add to the collection! These are actually my favorites! These were ones I had printed from previous trips and weren’t stored on my computer. I had to dig them out of photo boxes and scrapbooks to get them scanned. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them!
I love the expression on the boys faces! This was JAGs first time on this attraction.
Well, this is my third and final post about Duff the Bear- I promise (at least for now)! 🙂
Last week I posted a bit of history about Duffy. Then I decided to poll my readers and see what their thoughts were about this new addition to the Disney Family. Here were the results.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DUFFY THE BEAR?
Today is Thursday, so that means it’s BLOG HOP DAY WITH BABES IN DISNEYLAND! I’ve grown to love Thursdays because I don’t have to fret over what to blog about. It’s a close second to my days to post for Magical Blogorail!! Thanks to Lisa and Linds for hosting today’s hop.
Today’s topic is Disney and Decor/ Decorating. I guess when most people think of Disney Decor, they automatically think of home decor. I’ve already posted about that here and here, so I won’t do it again. Instead, I thought of my office! Being a youth minister, I have a bunch of junk, props and toys in my office. Several of my toys are Disney related and Cman ALWAYS has me get down the Disney ones, over all the others, so he can play with them. So, here are a few shots of Disney Decor hidden in my office at the church!
I read this on someone’s blog a few weeks ago and can’t find it again. If you read this here and it was from your blog, please let me know so I can give you credit!! I thought this was a brilliant idea and wanted to pass it along to my readers.
If you are traveling to Disney with a toddler who is not potty trained, consider making “diaper packs” to take with you. What you do is 1) put several wipes in a sandwich sized ziplock bag. 2) Then pack a quart size ziplock bag with a diaper and the wipes pack. 3) Let the extra air escape the baggie and put several “diaper packs” into your bag for the day. When it’s time to change a diaper, all you have to grab is a “diaper pack” from your bag or stroller and you’re set! No need to lug the big bag into the restroom with you.
Brilliant. Now if I could just find where I read that so I could give proper credit!
I grew up in the South. I’ve lived my entire life in Alabama or Georgia. In the mid 80s, we lived in a suburb of Atlanta and had season passes to Six Flags. I loved Six Flags! That was where my love for roller coasters grew. One very different ride from my usual roller coasters was “Monster Plantation.” This was a dark ride that had a VERY catchy song and my favorite line, “Stay out of the MAAARRSH!”
Last week, my 10 year old went to Six Flags with his school and I started thinking about “Monster Plantation,” so I googled it. I found out Six Flags did an overhaul of this ride a few yeas ago and I made an interesting discovery. Did you know the creator of “Monster Plantation” has a Disney past?!?
Here is a link to a great article from Jim Hill. Below you will find another article about the attraction.
Gary Goddard gives Georgia’s Monster Mansion new life
From Amusement Today July 2009
Scott Rutherford – Amusement Today
After more than a quarter century of successful operation, Six Flags Over Georgia’s enigmatic Monster Plantation float-through dark ride was showing its age. Six Flags officials knew they wanted to keep the ride and they decided on an ambitious overhaul that would use today’s technology yet still retain much of the humor and southern charm that made it so popular. The venerable ride took its last passengers at the end of the 2008 season and then went dark.
Spearheading the multimillion rehab project was Gary Goddard, worldrenowned design consuland founder of Gary Goddard Entertainment (GGE), and creator of the original Monster Plantation.
Amusement Today spoke at length with Goddard about the inspiration behind the original ride and its redevelopment into Monster Mansion. “When we first developed the concept for the Monster Plantation back in 1980, no one had tried to do a real ‘Disney quality’ dark ride outside of Disneyland. Our goal then was to create an immersive and fun ride, aimed at families and in particular kids and their parents. But we wanted teens to like it to. And ‘monsters’ were something with appeal to all ages,” said Goddard.
“When we were digging around for an idea, Al Bertino, one of the original Imagineers from Disney Imagineering that I had worked with when I was there, came up with the notion of monsters being for all ages. Phil Mendez and I had both worked as Imagineers, so we put the word out to our former co-workers and everyone got very excited about it. So in fact, the project was designed and produced by a team of Imagineers, including Jim Michaelson (logo/ poster), Dave Jacobs (architectural drawings) and Alvaro Villa (animatronics). Dave Gengenbach (MAPO) provided the design of the new boat ride system and acted as the project manager. Collin Cambell moonlighted for us and did three key production designs for the mansion exterior and interior, and Eddie Martinez came up with some great visions for the darker Marsh sequences. Joe DeMeis, a former art director from Imagineering, came on board to serve as our art director and supervised the overall model construction and styling. In addition, Larry Nicolai, who went on to become a major show designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, started out with us and sculpted virtually every one of the scale maquettes which were made from Phil’s character designs.
“So, honestly, it was a very interesting time. We created that attraction, from concept to opening day, in nine months, which really, when you think about it, was pretty amazing.
“With regard to the new Monster Mansion, we decided that we wanted to make the ride a lot more immersive this time around, in keeping with the way we’ve created really unique attractions that put audiences ‘in the middle of the action’ we wanted to do the same thing with the Monsters,” Goddard continued. “So, while we generally re-created virtually every monster and every tree and every backdrop – and while we created new soundtracks and employed new audio, lighting and show control systems – I think the most important new element was our creation of new 4-D special effects that make the guests part of the experience. There is wind, there are water sprays, there are scents, there are bubbles, mist projections, smoke and fog.
“So, we kept the best of the past, and then enhanced it with an array of really cool and fun surprises for the guests,” he concluded. “We didn’t so much change the ride, as we recreated it, and then enhanced it with some great new elements.”
The ride utilizes the original water ride system supplied by Arrow Development Company.
Commenting on the overall design effort was Edward S. Marks of Lightswitch, the company that designed the ride’s new lighting system. “We listened carefully to the concerns and needs of the Creative Director Taylor Jeffs and Art Director Bob Baranick when developing the designs and incorporated their feedback into our design solutions,” said Marks. “We also worked closely with the local systems integrator, Entertainment Design Group and sound designer Ted King. From design creation to opening day was roughly 15 weeks. Working with the Six Flags and GGE team headed by producer Barry Kemper and project manager Kirk Powell was a joy.”
The new and improved Monster Mansion family dark ride opened to rave reviews on May 16 and features more 4D effects than any other ride in the world.
“Monster Mansion is simply spectacular. Everything about the renovation is first rate – from the amazing monsters to the 4D special effects, the lights and the music… it’s a homerun.,” said Mark Shapiro, CEO, Six Flags, Inc. “The Gary Goddard team took an iconic attraction and created something truly special that will be enjoyed by generations to come.”