Category: disney themed fun

MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP

Did you know that the city of San Francisco is the same size of Disney World, about 40 square miles?

Grab your fitbit, enter a stepbet, because we are about to walk! The total walking distance at Disney World has been reported to be 8.51 miles. So party off the pounds!

Here are some rough statistics by park: 

Magic Kingdom – 2.17 miles

Epcot – 2.78 miles

Hollywood Studios – 1.39 miles

Animal Kingdom – 2.27 miles

Downtown Disney/ Springs – 1.83 miles

These statistics may have changed, and will definitely change with some of the new park additions such as Star Wars and Toy Story world – I would assume they would mean more mileage potential. According to Orlando weekly, you can burn about 1500 calories walking around just one of the theme parks. Click here for the article. 

 

What will almost definitely throw a wrench into the spokes of our fitness goals? Disney’s gastronomy.  So try and pace yourself food wise if you want to come out on top. 

What might add to the calorie burn is if you have one, two, or even three kids to push around the parks. The extra strain on your biceps is sure to burn more calories.  Be sure to stay hydrated! While the kids can take a nap at anytime, most of us are stuck waiting to get back to the hotel before we can snooze. 

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There are no more horse and carriages to take us around, unless we are officially part of the kingdom. 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   
My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   
He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc., renewed 1951, by Robert Frost. Reprinted with the permission of Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
Source: Collected Poems, Prose, & Plays (Library of America, 1995)

 

 

 

 

WHAT IF ALL THE PRINCESSES HAD TO COMPETE FOR A FIGURE SKATING GOLD MEDAL? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE THE GLARE OF DISNEY’S MAIN STREET

I just had to stop Aurora from snipping off Rapunzel’s hair in her sleep. I told her it’s not worth it – that her fans would stay her fans, even without having magical hair. And then, while walking to the main kitchen of the castle, I had to tackle Cinderella, who was pounced in the shadows with her broom.  After questioning her, I found out she was trying to wack Belle on the knee with it so she wouldn’t be able to have her final dance with HER Beast.  She had told Mulan where Belle would be dancing that night, but Mulan refused to help.

These are the princesses outside of the limelight. They’re competitive, not all smiles.  Tiana has the castle exterminated because she never wants to see another frog but a certain lady likes to slip frogs in her bedroom closet.

Snow White sleeps with her bow and arrow under her pillow and Cinderella’s glass slippers are buried in the backyard in a location secret to even the prince because she is terrified that all of her magical splendor will disappear. Ariel often uses her swimming skills to jump into the castle moat and hides her friends’ crowns deep, where nobody else dares to dive.  Those who want their crowns back have to entice Pocahontas out there in her canoe, with an extra long hook to pull them out.

Trust noone.  Because while these girls have perfected their picture perfect Disney lifestyles, nothing is what it seems.

 

Absolutely nothing is what it seems.  I don’t know if Tonya Harding helped plan the famous attack that ruined her career or not. It doesn’t really matter to me at this point, the entire chain of events was an addictive disaster. I was a 13 year old glued to the television because I admired each and every one of those beautiful competitors.

Are the princes involved in any of these escapades too? Are we going to see a prince bash his head into the main gates of Disney’s Mine Train Ride in an idiotic attempt to escape without being caught?

We know absolutely nothing about the true personality behind Disney’s famous princes. They seem to be mostly in the shadows, so easily could be made to do whatever their heart’s desire desires. 

 The next time you visit Cinderella’s castle be sure to watch your back. These princesses sometimes forget that they are admired by most – and lose their cool  – and there are no longer any fairy godmothers to get them out of messes.

To answer my own question-  if they all had to compete for a gold medal it would be a nightmare for the US Figure Skating Team.  They are already so competitive as it is – plus as far as I know there is no Disney Princess that knows how to figure skate, right?

 

FIRST ANNUAL HOLIDAY MAD-LIB, MOUSE STYLE. TAKE A BREAK FROM THE HOLIDAY MADNESS AND CREATE A PIECE OF ART!

DON’T MISS THE MOUSE FAMILY’S HOLIDAY MAD LIB

Fill it out – and ENJOY!!  

Click here to  play!!! Here’s a hint: it involves several songs, a mashup.

Thank you for reading our thoughts this year, we hope that 2018 brings more fun, more ideas, more songs, more comments, and of course, more trips to Disney!!!

 

 

THOUGH IT WORRIES ME TO SAY THIS I AM IN LOVE WITH MY DISNEY PHOTOGRAPHER

This morning, I woke up with this feeling I didn’t know how to deal with. So far, I’ve been hiding my feelings to myself. 

But what am I so afraid of? I’m just going to now tell whoever is reading this how I really feel when I see an official Disney photographer. I love them. No more selfies needed (but you can still do it). You want a picture by yourself? Just ask. 

How do you know it’s an official Disney photographer and not just some random person with a camera? They all have tan vests and badges. And large cameras. 

Now that we’ve used photo pass several times, it’s clear. We don’t know what we’re up against when we take that first photo. There’s no cure for the amazing memories that can show up almost immediately on your phone with memory maker.  If you don’t have memory maker, you can buy individual photos. 

If you tell them to go away, they will. But go ahead and take that first picture. You won’t regret it. 

And go ahead, as you pose in front of Cinderella’s castle, feel free to shout out ” I think I love you” when your photo pass photographer takes that perfect shot.

If only I could get a Disney photographer to follow me around in my non-Disney life…..

Questions? Check out the official Disney description by clicking here.

Problems with the photos? Just tell a cast member and they will direct you to the photo pass center where they will help you. 

 

RIP DAVID CASSIDY

 

BOO TO WHO? YOU! HAPPY HALLOWEEN PARADE

Every wonder what those song lyrics are that bring that creepy crawly feeling through the streets of the Magic Kingdom? 

 

BOO TO YOU PARADE SONG LYRICS

OPENER
Boo
To you
A Trick
Or Treat
For you
That’s Boo
It’s You
Know Who
A Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo
A Trick
Or treat
For you
A trick
Something sweet
Or Treat
And Good to Eat
For you
It’s just
Boo for you
You know it’s true
We have a Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo to you and you
It’s not so very scary
It’s really not so scary
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
It’s not so very scary
It’s really not so scary
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo
Boo to you
Boo boo boo

PIRATE ROCK FLOAT
Yo ho
Yo ho
Yo ho yo ho

We’re beggars, blighters, ne’er-do-well cads
Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho
Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads
Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho
Beggars blighters ne’er-do-well cads
Aye, but we’re loved by our mommies and dads
Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho
Happy Halloween

We kindle char, inflame and ignite,
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we’re really a fright,
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho
Rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves
Devils, black sheep, really bad eggs
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho
Happy Halloween

Yo ho
Yo ho
Yo ho, yo ho a Pirates life for me

Oh a pirates life is a wonderful life
A’roaming over the sea
Give me a career as a buccaneer
It’s a pirate’s life for me

Oh a pirate’s life is a wonderful life
You find adventure and sport
But live every minute for all that’s in it
The life of a pirate is short

Yo ho
Yo ho
Yo ho, yo ho a Pirates life for me

Oh a pirate’s life is a wonderful life
But not forever they say
When your neck’s in a noose
And you can’t get it loose
For the life of a pirate you pay

Boo boo boo boo boo to you

HAUNTED MANSION
Boo
To you
A Trick
Or Treat
For you
That’s Boo
It’s You
Know Who
A Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo
To you
A Trick
Or Treat
For you
That’s Boo
It’s You
Know Who
A Boo to you and you and you and you
Happy Halloween

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you

FRONTIERLAND UNIT
Ghost riders in the sky
Happy Halloween

Yippy kay aye
Yippy Kay oh
Ghost riders in the sky
Happy Halloween

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you
Yeah

VILLAINS BALL UNIT
Welcome home to the night
When you’re sure to get a fright
From us you’ll get a trick and not a treat
It may sound really  sappy
But it makes us really happy
To scare you
So boo to you and you

No we’re not being mean
It’s just part of our routine
We’ll scare you and we’ll spook you just for fun
As Halloween arises
Beware of our surprises
Some fun things
We do to scare you

It’s good to be bad
It’s good to be bad
To laugh about the very scary fun that we had
Cause a chill, more to thrill
Yes you know that we will
So prepare to be scared
It’s just part of the drill
Yes it’s true
Yelling boo
Is the thing that we do
And to you
We confess
It’s the one we do best

It’s good to be bad
It’s good to be bad
It’s fun to be the one to make the good guys so mad
Cast a spell
Scream and yell
And it suits us so well
All the fun that we’ve had
Yes it’s good to be bad

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you

CANDY
Lollipops and lemondrops
Some jellybeans or chocolate
Caramel apple, sugar sticks
Or candy flying saucers

Trick or treat
Trick or treat
Give me something good to eat
Boo!
Happy Halloween

Candy corn and sugar sticks
Some bubblegum or licorice
Marshmallow sweets and nutty treats
Or gumdrops are delicious

Trick or treat
Trick or treat
Give me something good to eat
Boo!
Happy Halloween

Candy
Trick or treat candy
Scrumdillyicious
Good to eat
Yummy yummy oh so sweet
My tummy’s happy when they meet
Bells of chocolate
In my pocket
I’m sure it’s still good to eat
Sugar in my backpack
Wonder where the snack’s at 
Is the perfect treat

Candy
Trick or treat candy
Ooey gooey Halloween treats
Candy Trick or treat candy
Oh so fun to eat

Candy
Trick or Treat Candy
Scrumdillyicious
Tasty treats
Just so good that I want another
Mine’s all gone so I’ll eat my brother’s

Candy
Trick or Treat Candy
Dreamy, creamy Halloween treats
Candy
Trick or treat candy
Oh so fun to eat

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you

 

 

WHAT TO DO IN DISNEY WHEN IT’S RAINING MICE. OR MEN. OR WHEN IT’S JUST RAINING

Leave your umbrellas at home! According to our sources, even if it rains, Disney’s Main Street is still the place to go. In fact most Disney Parks are still the place to go. Why leave your umbrellas at home? Because it’s harder to walk in a crowd full of people holding an umbrella. Either pack ponchos in advance or buy one at the many shops that conveniently have them available for sale the minute the first drops appear on the sidewalk.

Why not stay inside? Well Disney Parks were designed for the rain. Disney world is in Florida, after allJust think about it. Most of the lines for the rides are covered and the rides are inside. The only park that is absolutely not recommended in the rain is Disney’s Animal Kingdom, because most of the animals go indoors to the animal habitats. 

In the Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Dumbo the Flying Elephan, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, Liberty Belle Riverboat, Astro Orbiter, and Swiss Family Treehouse close during lightening.

At Epcot, only Test Track closes in the rain.

At Hollywood Studios, Lights, Motors!, Action! and Fantasmic close during the rain.

Characters prefer to stay indoors in the rain and photo pass photographers are not allowed to take pictures directly in the rain.

My biggest piece of advice? Wear sneakers. The sidewalks and roads get extremely slippery. And don’t worry about your hair. Just have fun!

 

 

NIBBLE NIBBLE LIKE A ____ WHO’S BEEN NIBBLING IN MY STORY? IN OTHER WORDS, AN ODE TO OUR FAVORITE DISNEY RODENTS

I once knew a mouse who didn’t have a house… and he crossed into mine. When a real live mouse first crossed my path, I wanted to put an outfit on him right away. My mom, on the other hand, called our next door neighbor and borrowed a cat. The cat, a natural predator, took care of my potential friend right away. 

Disney is one of the few companies that seems to humanize mice: 

  • Cinderella 
  • Dumbo
  • The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Aristocrats
  • Ratatouille (my favorite!)

Don’t forget the most famous mice: Mickey & Minnie and family.  While Mickey and Minnie don’t have standard human names, most of the others do (Gus, Bianca, Mortimer, Jaq, Olivia..) Pink Floyd called it’s mouse “Gerald”. 

Why are mice so human in Disney films? Does anyone know whether Walt or his family had any special experiences with mice? Were they especially loyal to him? Did they make him any cute outfits to go to a ball?  Perhaps they cooked him breakfast

I haven’t been able to figure it out. And where do Tom and Jerry fit in (Metro Goldwyn-Mayer rivals)? Which mice came first? As much as I feel for the mice in Disney films, I still don’t think I’ll let them cook for me, even if the mouse I meet has a human name. 

 

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE MAD AS A HATTER TO LIKE TEA… WITH OR WITHOUT A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR, TEA IS FOR EVERYONE

Before coffee there was tea. I’m not sure if that’s exactly true but it sounds about right.  Check out this interesting website, coffeeshop of horrors, that tackles the battle between the two. You don’t have to be mad as a hatter to like tea. 

I love tea because there are so so many different types of tea out there (they say that herbal tea isn’t real “tea” because it is actually an infusion of different plant types, but for my purposes I am including it all). Picking a tea at the end of the day is exciting. Tea can boost endurance. Green Tea has been known to burn fat. Most tea serves as a natural antioxidant and a great defense against cancer and heart disease. 

As Mrs. Potts says, tea will warm you up in no time.

I love having tea parties and making food to go with it.  There are so many different fun snacks that can be made in a “miniature” way. Pretend tea parties also teach children table manners. Tea can be served all day, every day. 

It can be served outside, inside, or even on the ceiling.

Did you know? Little Michael Banks was paid ten cents for ever time they filmed this famous tea party scene, as he was afraid of heights. 

Looking for Mary Poppins at Disney? If you want to ask her about her favorite type of tea, look for her strolling around the bridge just off Main Street in the Magic Kingdom or at the 1900 Park Fare Character breakfast(click here to visit Disney’s description).  Maybe you can convince her to take you on a journey of your own. Ask her why they ended the Mary Poppins Practically Perfect Tea Party.  It sounded fantastic. 

Wherever you are, a cup of tea is always good for the soul. Not only is it a great hostess offering, it can also be used as a relaxation technique after a long day. By drinking tea slowly, you nourish your body and quiet your mind. 

 We have this tea set at home, it’s tin so won’t break but can hold liquid:

 

Was Minnie ever a child of nature?

Did you ever wonder whether Minnie has a real childhood to think back on? We do.  Born to farmers on November 18, 1928, we are introduced to her parents Margie and Marcus as well as her sister Mandie in the 1929 Movie “Mr. Slicker and The Egg Robbers”.

Given that Minnie has now gotten a van service, an entire fleet, at Disney, (click here for more on that from the Disney Blog), it made us dream more or less about her roots

She first appeared in the 1928 Steamboat Willie and then the 1929 movie “Plane Crazy” to join the cast of regular Disney characters.  In the movie, Minnie is old enough to be kissed by Mickey. An unofficial Disney Princess, we rarely see her alone, and I have never seen her without a Mickey in her life. If anyone else has any answers to this please let us know. 

I’d like to know what makes Minnie tick. Was she always into shoes as a little girl? Did she have polka dot bibs? What does it take to set Minnie free? 

This February will be her 90th Official Valentine’s Day with Mickey.  While we congratulate the happy couple, maybe Disney will throw us a bone and give us a little more background on Minnie’s early “ears” as a bachelorette. The special Minnie Vans, which essentially appear to be a taxi service that you can order from a smartphone, are a nice touch – but what do they actually say about Minnie? My guess is a resounding “nothing”. Is there something I’m missing? Is Minnie known for getting places quickly? Maybe its her generosity that Disney is playing on, $20 a ride for up to six people no matter where you are going on Disney property seems pretty great.

My thoughts return to Minnie’s home. She probably doesn’t need much to set her free, but the fact remains that we have no idea what to do for her.  

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