We’re halfway there! Today is brought to you by the letter “M”! There were SOOOO many “M” words, that I actually cut back on my pictures… sorry it’s still so long! Thanks for hosting Heidi!
Archives for September 2011
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a lodge style resort that is on a 43 acre wildlife preserve. The lobby itself is breathtaking! It’s a huge room decorated in African artwork and artifacts. The lodge has 972 rooms that are beautifully decorated. The bright African colors used against the dark wood furniture is gorgeous. From many of the rooms you can actually see the animals moving around the wildlife preserve. There are birds, giraffes, zebras and Thompson’s gazelles. You can also see these animals and the savanna through the 4 story observation window in the lobby area.
|Savannah view from our balcony|
Outside the lobby is the savannah. Here you can walk the trails and visit Arusha Rock to get elevated views of the animals and the grounds surrounding the lodge. You will see many animals, trees and plants native to Africa. At night, cast members are outside with night vision binoculars showing you the animals and sharing information. It’s very interesting and educational!
Minnie Moo was a Holstein cow born in 1984 with a large hidden Mickey in her spots. She died in 2001, but prior to her death, she lived at Walt Disney World. She moved to WDW in 1990 from Minnesota. She lived in Mickey’s Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom for a period of time before moving to the Petting Farm at the Tri-Circle D Ranch at Fort Wilderness. When Minnie Moo was living at “Grandma Duck’s Farm” in Toontown, I had the chance to see her and snap this picture.
I have read that there is a plaque for Minnie Moo at the barn at Fort Wilderness. I’ll have to check that out while I’m visiting this week! 😉
Today I am honored to be featured on Magical Mouse Schoolhouse writing about The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Thanks to Jodi for allowing me to guest post. And special thanks to my new friend Michael from mddphotography! I found this beautiful picture of The Magic Carpets on his blog and he gave his permission for me to use it here!
Disney obsession did not start like many others out there. I didn’t grow up
going to Disney World every year, or even every 5 years. We only went to Disney
World once when I was younger. It was a quick trip to the Magic Kingdom for one
day only during a family reunion in Orlando. I was in second grade and the only
2 things that stick out in my mind from that trip are riding Dumbo (still one
of my favorite rides and I have passed this love onto my son!) and waiting for
a VERY long time to see the nighttime parade. Actually, while we were waiting
they had a shuttle launch and we could see it in the air – even if it was tiny!
my love for Disney didn’t really catch on then. Of course, we had every Disney
movie that came out and my sisters and I loved watching them and pretending to
be the princesses (I always loved Belle, my middle sister loved Ariel and my
youngest loved Pocahontas – although she isn’t technically a princess). It
wasn’t until 2010 that I was truly bitten by the Disney bug and fell in love
with all things Disney, especially Disney World.
early 2009, my MIL told us that her and my FIL wanted to take all of us to
Disney World. None of them had ever been and she really wanted to experience it
with her grandkids. I was thrilled and set right to work learning all I could
about it. The summer before they had been in Orlando visiting family and done a
time share where they got a free week to try it out, so that is what we were
going to use. Although, we weren’t going to be staying on-site I was still
really excited. I researched and learned as much as I could before the trip.
Finding a great price on tickets for all of us (9 total: 6 adults, 2 kids and 1
infant by Disney standards) and learning all I could about ADR’s and what rides
everybody could and wanted to do. Unfortunately, I had not found all the
wonderful Disney blogs and the DISBoards yet, so unknown to me, I still had a
lot to learn. Even so, we went and had a wonderful time! We spent a little time
in every park, some days going from open to close! With 3 children 5 and under
– that was a great feat. Thankfully they were all great and slept in their
strollers when they needed to nap!
was a lot I learned on that trip and it totally got me hooked. As soon as we
were leaving, I wanted to start planning our next trip! Thankfully, I wouldn’t
have to wait as long as I thought I would to get my wish. We have very close
friends that go to church with us and we have been on many vacations together.
In the fall of 2010 a wonderful lady at our church offered us a week of her
time share together – so of course we decided on Orlando (my friend’s family is
DVC members and have gone at least once a year most of her life). We wanted to
go in the Spring of 2011 and it ended up being the same week we went the year
before! I was so excited to share this trip with our friends, who have a
daughter just a year older than our son.
that trip, I learned even more about Disney, since we were traveling with a
Disney veteran. We had a blast and got to try out new things (the Kitchen Sink)
and eat at new restaurants (Whispering Canyon Cafe)! We all had a blast
and really enjoyed our time at Disney together. Of course, as soon as it was
over I was already planning our next trip (September 2012)! It was after this
trip where I found all the wonderful Disney bloggers that I know now and
decided to start my own blog! I have truly enjoyed reading about all the
wonderful trips and fun things everyone else does at Disney and feel blessed to
be able to share all our memories with others as well!
think the thing that made me fall so in love with Disney is the fact that no
matter how old you are, you can go there and truly experience the magic! I was
able to watch as my 2 year old son met Mickey (one of his favorites!) for the
first time. And as my 50-something FIL sat with all 3 of his grandkids and
enjoyed Wishes after a long, wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom. I will never
forget these awesome memories and I look forward to making many, many more!
Some of you may remember when I wrote about making Mickey inspired treats for our trip on my “to do list” several weeks ago. Well, that challenge presented itself last night and might I add that I’m no “Cooking with Mickey!!”
This is what I was shooting for: Mickey Mouse Oreos and Mickey Mouse Cake Pops. I won’t even bother posting the “how to” pictures from last night… at midnight. I’ll just let you click on these links and see what they SHOULD look like! 😉
But I will share with you a few finished photos, of the ones that survived, barely!
What did work was my Mickey Mouse Rice Krispy Treats! Those turned out great and taste good too! Next trip, I’ll just stick to these treats! I followed the directions on the back of the Coco Krispy box and one they hardened and cooled, I used a large Mickey Mouse metal cookie cutter to cut out the shape- easy, peasy!!
Here is a list of things to do at home to help keep your house safe while you’re on vacation. I saved this list years ago to keep on file for our families travels. I don’t remember the original source. I have changed a few things and added some thoughts of my own. Hopefully it will help your family get ready for a vacation!
- Contact the post office to put a hold on your mail. You can do this online at www.usps.com.
- Contact your newspaper delivery guy or gal and put a hold on your newspapers. Check with your local paper’s web site to see if this can be done online or not.
- Have a neighbor or relative check your house (front porch) for any deliveries while you are away. You don’t want them sitting on your porch all week!
- Use plug in timers inside your house to have different lamps come on throughout the day- especially at night. Consider doing this to a TV or radio too to add some noise to the inside! I’ve set the radio alarms to go off in different rooms, at different hours, each day while I’m on vacation.
- Clean out the fridge before you leave. Anything that will expire before you return needs to go. It’s no fun coming home to a stinky refrigerator!
- Turn the temperature down on your refrigerator. Keep it at a safe level, but don’t run it on the coldest setting. Keeping your house closed up can raise temperatures and increases the refrigerator’s energy use. You don’t want your fridge to blow a fuse!
- Consider opening some of the blinds partially so the lights that are set on timers will make it look like someone is home when people drive by.
- If possible, leave a car in your driveway. It helps make the house look like someone is home.
- Adjust the temperature on your air conditioner. Set it about 10 degrees below the average outside temp while you are away. This will help save some money! But, don’t turn it off completely.
- Unplug appliances and electronics that will not be used while on vacation (don’t unplug the ones attached to the timers!). You’ll save some money on your electric bill and it will help cut back on the chance you’ll lose an appliance in a power surge.
- Turn off your water and gas. Turn off water at the street, if you can. If not, shut off the water to your dishwasher and washing machine. Pressure surges can cause a hose to burst. Turn off the pilot light to your gas and turn off the water heater.
- Empty all the inside trashcans.
- Lock your doors and close your garage!