Tom Hanks provided the voice for Woody in all of the Toy Story movies. In the first Toy Story, Tom recorded his dialog during the breaks of Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and A League of Their Own (1992). He didn’t want to record his dialog during the breaks of Philadelphia (1993) or Forrest Gump (1994) because he didn’t want to do comedic roles during the breaks of playing serious roles.
Archives for April 2013
Each Monday I’m going to try to post some of my “Must Haves…” dealing with Walt Disney World: planning, vacationing, traveling, experiences, etc.
Today, I’m sharing my Must Have Books for Walt Disney World (in no particular order!).
- Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World– I have at least 8 of these books! Each year we go, I buy a new book. I love to look at the pictures and see what is new from previous trips. I also love going back to past year’s trip books to see what has changed.
- Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World– This is a fabulous book that is exactly what the title says- hidden magic! For anyone who loves Walt Disney World, read this book to learn all about the secrets at Walt Disney World. Find where the hidden Mickey’s are, learn the back stories to many attractions and more!
- Kingdom Keepers– This fictional series by Ridley Pearson is about a group of young teenagers who have experiences inside the parks when the parks close. They are all easy reads that make you look at the parks in a new light! What if this really happened!?!
- Mousejunkies and Mousejunkies 2- These books are written by other Disney fanatics who share their own tips, tales and tricks for planning a great WDW vacation. These are both great reads that have offered me tips even after almost 20 trips of my own!
- Disney on a Dime– For a frugal girl like myself, this book has been a HIT! I love learning how to plan and pay for a cheap Disney vacation. This book has all sorts of tips and hints for saving money and traveling on as little as possible.
- Magical Mouse Schoolhouse: Learn While You Play– While I don’t homeschool my children, I am a former school teacher and I LOVE to find ways to incorporate education into my Disney trips. Jodi’s book has all kinds of creative ways to bring learning into the play of Disney!
- Disney’s Encyclopedia of Animated Characters– This book is more for my boys! They love looking at the pictures of their favorite characters while I read the information about each one. We also take it to the parks with us and get the characters to sign on their page! It’s great for character interaction.
- The Complete Walt Disney World– While this book has great details about all the restaurants and attractions, the photos are my favorite! I love looking at the beautiful photos throughout the book.
Did you know you can get a 10% discount on Walt Disney World dining if using a Disney Visa?
The restaurants included in this deal are not the more popular places and mostly are for lunch. But, Sanna and Whispering Canyon Cafe would be good ones to visit for a family who is not on the dining plan or having to pay out of pocket for meals!
Receive 10% off at select dining locations below (meal period restrictions may apply)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:
• Sanaa (Lunch)
Disney’s Contemporary Resort:
• The Wave (Breakfast and Lunch)
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
• Trail’s End Restaurant (Breakfast and Lunch)
Disney’s Old Key West Resort:
• Olivia’s Café (Breakfast and Lunch)
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
• Turf Club (Lunch)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:
• Whispering Canyon Café (Lunch)
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort:
• Captain’s Grill (Breakfast and Lunch)
Downtown Disney® Area:
• Cap’n Jack’s (Lunch)
Use your valid Disney’s Premier Visa® Card, Disney Rewards® Visa® Card or Disney Rewards® Redemption Card and mention this offer to receive the discount
Save during your vacation while giving your family a delicious treat!
Some people take a percentage of their paycheck each month to put in a 401K, an IRA, or another retirement plan. Others use a percentage to pay child support or insurance. Others use a percentage to pay off loans or debts. If you don’t ever “see” the money, you don’t have it to spend, right?
How about taking a percentage of your paycheck each month and adding it to a savings account just for Disney? When making your family’s monthly budget, take out your necessities: bills, expenses, tithe, etc. Then look at what is left. Take a percentage of that and add it to your account each month. Or take it out of your check first thing, head to Target and purchase a Disney Gift Card with your Red Card! 🙂
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First, let me say by no means am I a professional blogger or even a blogger who knows what I’m doing half of the time! I’m just a mom who loves Disney and wants to share my love with the world and record my memories. I have been keeping my blog, “A Disney Mom’s Thoughts” for 3 years now. Crazy how time flies. Over those 3 years I’ve “met” some wonderful Disney friends through blogging and have learned a lot! I’ve also met some Disney fans through my blog, twitter and Facebook page who do not blog, but have a great love of Disney. Several times I’ve been asked, “How do I even start a Disney blog?” So, I’m going to share some of my tips and thoughts with you today!
The first thing you need to do is come up with your niche- what will you focus on? Do you want to blog about Disney parks and news? Food and restaurants? Disney with kids? Disney for adults? Movies, TV and products? What is it about Disney that you love? What do you want to cover in your blog? This is one thing I did not do in the beginning! I just started writing and blogging. Now my blog is a Disney hodgepodge!
Next, decide on your blog title. Check a few names online to see if it’s already taken. Then once you have your name decide if you want to use Blogger, WordPress or another blogging platform. Once you have your platform, you may want to consider buying the domain name. Originally my blog’s url was www.adisneymomsthoughts.blogspot.com. Once I purchased the domain name through godaddy.com, I was able to secure www.adisneymomsthoughts.com. Another tip, that I didn’t do, is to have your email address match your blog name! I used bgwdw71 at gmail.com for my email, but wish that I had used adisneymom or adisneymomsthoughts at gmail.com instead.
Once you have your blog name, url and email set, go on and set up your social media accounts to use to promote your blog and posts. Again, like with the email address, choose your social media names to match your blog! Some suggestions for social media are Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Other options are tumblr, youtube, flickr, google+ and linkedin.
One thing I did when I first started was make an outline of all the topics I may cover in my blog. Think back to high school or college when you would write an outline before you started writing your report or paper. That’s what I did. (Maybe I did learn something useful in high school!) Some of the topics I added to my outline were planning a trip (when to go, where to stay, how to get there, tickets), packing, travel tips, park info, extra things at WDW, hotels, restaurants, & attraction reviews, things for kids, things for adults, free things, bucket lists, and resources (books, web sites, magazines, etc).
When you have your blog up and running, start posting! I would suggest getting a few good, solid posts in place before doing anything else. Once you have several posts (that could keep a reader there for a few minutes reading what you have to share), start getting followers. There are several ways to do this:
- Join blog hops. There are several Disney bloggers who host Blog Hops each week. A blog hop or a link up is when one blogger has a topic or theme for a “hop.” (S)he posts the theme along with a linky where you can add your blog post to the list or hop. Once you link up your post, you can visit the other blogs in the hop and comment on their posts. Hopefully they will visit your site in return and you’ll pick up a new follower. A few Disney themed blog hops I currently participate in are Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, Disney’s Wordless Wednesday, and PINspiration.
- Comment. Visit other Disney blogs and comment on their posts. When someone comments on my blog and they include their web address, I visit their page in return. When people comment on your blog, try to respond. (I’m not the best at this because life gets in the way… 🙁 )
- Guest Post. Ask other Disney bloggers to guest post on your site. They will write a post for your blog that you will publish. Usually, those bloggers will post a link from their blog directing their readers to your blog to see what they wrote. In turn, you will hopefully pick up a few new readers!
- Host a Giveaway. Have a giveaway on your blog. Pick up an extra Disney souvenir on your next trip or grab a Disney gift card on your next trip to Target. Use rafflecopter to set up your giveaway and ask your readers to comment, follow your blog, follow your social media site or whatever you want! This will help you gain new followers and fans.
- Interact. Interact with your fans/ followers on social media and through your blog. Encourage your followers to comment by ending your posts with a question. On twitter or Facebook, ask questions to your followers to get them talking. Post links back to your blog on your social media sites.
What did I forget? What would you add to this list for newcomers wanting to start a blog?