Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Characters at Mickey’s Toontown Fair

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Welcome to Disney Wordless Wednesday!  This week's theme: Character Encounters A few short years ago, we took our first Disney World trip together as a young family.  This was a time when Mickey's Toontown Fair was still open, and the Walt Disney World Railroad featured a stop in this area. Characters at Mickey's Toontown Fair As we pulled into the Toontown Fair station, we were very excited to see an entire group of characters ready and waiting to greet us, at an area just off to the side (literally, no lines... I believe they had just been brought out). Still new to the Disney trip scene, none of us realized how rare the situation being presented actually was - from the large number of characters, to the very few people in the area, to the unique characters we saw that day. Being totally drawn to her, and there being no other fans around... my daughter ran back up to Marie 3 different times!   We've never had a "Character Encounter" quite like it - before or since.  It … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Anniversary at Disney World

Disney World Anniversary Dinner with Castle View

For this week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme of "Your September Calendar Shot", I decided to go with a collage of memories and highlights from our Anniversary trip to Disney World.  This was a first time for us, going to Disney sans kiddos.  What a wonderful place to celebrate! Anniversary at Disney World It was a brief but very fun trip to Disney World last winter, with just my husband and I celebratating of our 10th wedding anniversary.  Here were some of my favorite moments. Every Princess (even the grown up ones) should get to sleep in a Royal Room for her special wedding anniversary.   And just to be clear, every wife is a Princess on her anniversary. For us, leaving the kids behind allowed us to do some more laid back, leisurely activities like rent a surrey bike at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Throw in a romantic Disney sunset... Fireworks always kick the celebration factor up a notch. Lunch with my favorite person, at my favorite quick service … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Mickey, Minnie, & More!

Disney BBB Makeover

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme:  The Disney Inspired Letter "M" As it turns out, there are so many magical Disney "M"s... that I'm not sure if there could be a Disney without them? Magical Makeover (at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) Mexico (EPCOT's version) Mmmmm... Mouth-watering Moose Mousse (at Le Cellier) Mom in Morocco (noticing all the Magnificent Ms in EPCOT?) My Little Man Meets Mickey Mouse  My 2 favorite Minnie Mouse! And I can't wait to see people's pictures of my favorite Main Street USA today!  I just ran out of time...  ;) *o*     *o*     *o* Thanks to Deb at Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly photo hop.  Click on the button below for some more great Disney pictures this week!   … [Read more...]

Disney Worldless Wednesday ~ Disney On The Road Show

Disney Social Media Moms On the Road in Houston Laura Spencer

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme is:  Social Media Disney Memories Although I've quite publicly pined away for receiving an invitation to the coveted Disney Social Media Moms conference and thus far been unsuccessful, I have been able to attend a Disney On The Road event in Houston, TX. I was very excited for this Disney media event, and it this was a lovely opportunity to finally meet one of my fellow Disney blogging friends... Mary, of Capturing Magical Memories.  She saved me a seat, greeted me with a big hug, and immediately calmed me down and got me in a pixie-dusted mood (after the stress of downtown Houston navigation, rush hour traffic, and sadly arriving late!)  I'm still grateful to her, and remember her friendliness and kindness fondly.  :) Here were some of the magical highlights of that day.   (More pictures and details from the #DisneyOnTheRoad event here, if you are interested...) Great memories were made - it was quite a morning!  … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Kid’s First Disney Trip

Baby Kissing Mickey Mouse At Disney World

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme: Your July Calendar shot! I've crunched the numbers, run it by my husband, and it's official:  I get to start planning our family's next Disney World trip, for this winter!  I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it. It will have been 2 1/2 years since my kids have been there.  (Shhhh!  We snuck there last January for our 10th anniversary without them!)  When I look at our pictures, of my daughter's first trip, and my son's first trip... I can't believe how young they look!  It's high time to make some more of those magical memories. To celebrate, I'll have these be my calendar shots for the month.  A trip down memory lane - my kids first Disney trips...   *o*     *o*     *o* Thanks so much, Deb at Focused on the Magic for hosting this fun weekly photo hop! Click the button below to see more Disney shots from this week. … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Disney Port Orleans Riverside Resort POR Trails

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme:  Resorts & Relaxation I chose the Disney Moderate Port Orleans Riverside Resort.  My husband and I stayed here last winter, when we had the chance to sneak away together, first time sans kids, for our 10th anniversary.  (Yes, I made him take me to Disney... of course I did!) Needless to say, I fell in love!  You know, with Port Orleans Riverside.  I already love my husband. Compared to the delightful and festive chaos that are the All-Star Resorts, where we typically stay as a family - I found Port Orleans Riverside extremely relaxing.  Here are just a few of the things I loved... Having a boat taxi, that we could ride from our resort. Lovely Southern style architecture and pristine landscaping. The walking trails.  And trees. The marina, and having some additional recreation options right at the resort. And it just wouldn't be Port Orleans "Riverside" with the RIVER! *o*     *o*     *o* Thanks for joining me … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday

Disney Jungle Lookout

This week's theme:  The Letter "J" *o*     *o*     *o* *o*     *o*     *o* Come join us on this fun Disney photo blog hop! … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Spring at Magic Kingdom

Disney Magic Kingdom Spring topiary

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme:  Your March Calendar Shot! *o*     *o*     *o* Since I have never been to EPCOT's International Flower & Garden Festival (and officially found out today that I won't be seeing it this May 9-12th, either ... ahem!  But enough about that), I don't have many lovely topiary character pictures to dazzle you with, for a Disney Spring Calendar shot today. Although I was excited to see my first topiary, at the Magic Kingdom last month: And although it wasn't Spring yet when I took this next shot, the fact that you can see beautiful foliage like this in early February (a novel concept to a Midwesterner like myself) is one of the many reasons we love to go to Disney World in winter! Check out more great Springtime Disney shots this week by clicking the button below.  Thanks Deb, at Focused on the Magic, for hosting this fun weekly photo hop! … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Impressions de France

EPCOT France pavilion

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme:  The Letter "I" *o*     *o*     *o* If you found yourself visiting EPCOT with a limited amount of time, the Impressions de France attraction would be at the top of my recommendation list for you. This charming film is shown on a 200 degree screen in EPCOT World Showcase's France, lasts a little less than 20 minutes, and portrays all that I dream romantic Europe to be.  It is well worth a visit. From the opening bars of the music, and first breathtaking view of French countrysides and castles... it leaves you transported and transfixed!  The soundtrack beautifully pieces together works from French composers Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Paul Dukas - and is the perfect thrilling compliment to your enchanting virtual visit to France. Race alongside French bicyclists, glide along on a Venice gondola, ski through the scenic French Alps, fantasize about life in one of the real Old World castles displayed, and take a dramatic … [Read more...]

Disney Worldless Wednesday ~ Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

Disney World Celebrate a Dream Parade Float

It's Disney Wordless Wednesday, with the theme: Your January Calendar Shot. *o*     *o*     *o* Let's kick the year off right by partying down with one of my favorite (and in my opinion, most festive) parades!  Magic Kingdom's "Celebrate a Dream Come True" ... Celebrate A Dream Come True, and you might just find a wish for you. When you close your eyes, you realize... any dream is possible! *o*     *o*     *o* Head on over to Focused On the Magic (click the button below) for more great Disney shots this week! … [Read more...]