Archives for October 2012
Well, I’m bringing back my “Thoughts for the Week.” I’m not really sure why I stopped, but I’m going to start back. I’ll share some of the Disney posts I enjoyed over the past week and provide a quick recap of what was going on here at A Disney Mom’s Thoughts!
“What I Want to Experience At Disney”– Magical Blogorail Peach shares the one thing they want to experience at Disney, but haven’t yet.
“Disney Party Boards…Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” – Disney Donna Kay shares great ideas for hosting your own MNSSHP!
“Pearls From Epcot’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations” – DIStherapy shares a synopsis of The Twilight Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel Fan Luncheon, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Marty Sklar’s presentation~ Epcot: How it Changed the World, and Illuminations with 30th Anniversary Tag.
On Tuesday, I joined in with the Tuesday Trivia Hop at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and friends! Do you know where the white beaches at the Poly came from? I also shared a great tool from Your First Visit on choosing the best week in 2013 to visit WDW.
On Wednesday, it was time to link up with Focused on the Magic for the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. This week’s theme was Disney Architecture.
I finally shared our Day 1 Trip Report from our July trip on Friday. I know I’m waaayyyy late! We also got a response from the letter we sent to Mickey Mouse! See how you can get a postcard from Mickey!
What interesting Disney posts did you read this week? Please share your favorite posts from your own blog or another blog in the comments below!
Rewind to July of this year. I took 28 high school students from church on a mission trip to Orlando. We spent the first day traveling and the next two days painting houses. On Wednesday, we finally made our way to Pop Century! We checked in around 9:30 and two of our seven rooms were ready. They were adjoining so we piled all the girls baggage in one room and the boys in the other. We stayed in the rooms for a while resting and watching Stacey on TV!
As rooms were becoming available, the youth started splitting up into groups to walk around Pop and Art of Animation, visit the food court and take naps. Three chose to take the bus to Wide World of Sports and take in a Little League World Series Baseball game. I chose to walk around Pop Century and head over to Art of Animation to soak it all in!
Once we were all rested, showered and in our own rooms, we took the bus over to Downtown Disney. We split into groups to walk around, eat dinner and shop. My first stop was to try a “Goofy Glacier” from Goofy’s Candy Shop. If you haven’t had one of these icee/ slushie type treats before, I highly encourage you to try it! I was craving slushie type drinks while I was preggo and this HIT THE SPOT! We ate dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express and spent the rest of the time leisurely walking around and people watching.
“it’s a small world”, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Ford’s Magic Skyway and The Carousel of Progress. Do you know what all these things have in common? They were all Walt Disney’s original attractions in the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, NY. What’s so cool is that all of these attractions are STILL around today in some capacity. That is one of the MANY things I love about Disney. They always “Dig a little deeper” and think outside the box of “something that we’ve never thought of before.” And the imagination continues today, long after Mr. Disney walked down Main Street USA for the first time.
“Ford’s Magic Skyway” was presented by Ford Motor Company. This featured 50 convertible Mustangs that moved along a track and featured audio-animatronic dinosaurs and cavemen. While this attraction is no longer around, the dinosaurs are now featured in the dinosaur diorama on the Disneyland Railroad. The way the Ford Mustangs, which were motorless, were propelled along the track is now featured in the Tomorroland Transit Authority Wedway Peoplemover at Walt Disney World.
|Thanks to Chip and Co for the image!|
“Progressland” was sponsored by G.E. where the audience sat in a revolving theatre and saw a series of presentations of the progress of electricity in the home. Today we know and love this attraction at Walt Disney World called “Carousel of Progress.” The Sherman Brothers composed the theme song, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”
Last February when my husband and I were at Walt Disney World without our boys it was quite a different experience! I never once reached out to grab a small hand or had to carry a kid on my back to make sure they stayed with us and I never had to do a “head count” to make sure everyone was together! But what we did experience was seeing a small girl, around the age of 8, panic and begin crying because she had lost her grandmother. I immediately went to the girl and asked if she was lost while Jonathan went to find a cast member. I asked where she last saw her grandmother and what her grandmother was wearing. She couldn’t answer either question. I’m sure she was terrified and couldn’t even think straight at this point. Once the cast member arrived, we stood back and stayed out of the way. I did stick around long enough to see the girl reunited with the grandmother though!
What a nightmare! Can you imagine losing you child at Walt Disney World? I can’t. I hurt for those families who have ever been through this. In thinking about how horrified I would be, I thought I would share some thoughts on how to, hopefully, prevent this from happening. And, if it did happen, a few tips to help speed up the process of finding the lost child.
How far in advance do you plan your Walt Disney World vacations? Right now, I’m already talking with my husband about a trip that is 2 years away! But, if your trip is closer than mine, I have the tool for you!!
My friend, Dave, at Your First Visit, has designed “The 2013 WDW Week Picker” to help you and your family choose the best week to visit based on crowd patterns at the parks, weather forecast history and prices.