S2E15: Short vs Long Cruises

Season 2: Episode 15

Shorter vs Longer Cruises

Tuesday : Short vs Long Cruises

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Today’s topic is all about the pros and cons of shorter versus long cruises! From 3 nights to the 14+ nights, Disney Cruise Line has sailings for every budget! So if you’ve ever wondered whether or not a longer sailing is right for you, don’t miss this episode!

Shorter vs Longer Cruises

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!

Shorter vs Longer Cruises

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and dont’s… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Shorter vs Longer Cruises

S2E3: Specialty Cruises-Marvel & Star Wars Days at Sea



Season 2: Episode 3

Tuesday : Specialty Cruises – Marvel and Star Wars Days at Sea

Today’s topic is all about Disney’s Marvel and Star Wars specialty cruises! From themed food and fun character experiences, there’s a million reasons to book on of these fantastic sailings. Which Disney specialty cruise would you love to book?

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Episode 57: The Value of Disney Cruise Line


Hey howdy hey, we’re back to discuss today the value of sailing on the Disney cruise line. It’s easy to second guess a DCL vacation when you first see the price, but when compared to other cruise lines, it may just be worth it for you! From food and drinks, room service, and  top-notch stage shows to DCL exclusives like the aquaduck and Castaway Cay, the Disney Cruise line has perks that you just can’t get on other cruise lines. Today, we break down everything that comes included in the price of a Disney cruise and how it compares to what other cruise lines have to offer so that you can be informed and maybe even convince your loved ones that DCL is the way to go!  So sit back and enjoy our discussion of the value of Disney Cruise Line.

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For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

104 days of Summer Reading List

Hey howdy hey everyone! I can’t believe it but it’s finally SUMMER! Well, almost. One of my girls gets out this week and the other finishes on Tuesday. There’s 104 days of summer vacation and Hey Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today! Read!! (If you don’t get that reference, go listen to the Phineas and Ferb theme song).


Okay, if I’m honest I listen to audiobooks via my audible account and app because with three kids I wouldn’t be able to read on my own. At least not long enough to enjoy whatever it is I’m reading! (Let’s just say I’m a “One more chapter” kind of girl). I’ve enjoyed loads of great Disney books and thought you all might like to give them a read. And while I’ve read most all of these, I haven’t read them all. Amy and Sarah have included their favorites too!



Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

This book is a fantastic and in-depth, albeit long, look into Walt’s life. From his very early days right up to his death, this book covers it all. This one actually earned me the Mount Everest badge in the audible app for listening to a title longer than 20 hours (It’s 33hrs 24min!) so don’t pick this book if you’re looking for a quick read. Very good though!


How To Be Like Walt by Pat Williams & Jim Denny

This book is a great “quick read” and is a must-read for anyone wishing to know why the “Disney way” is often the most happy and magical way. You’ll learn Walt’s character traits as well as how he managed people so efficiently. This is a great read to cheer you up and make you feel like you can take on the world!


DisneyWar by James Stewart

This book. Oh man, this book! Whew! I’ll start by saying that at the time all of this book’s events were happening is the time that I was barely double digits and loving every minute of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Blissfully oblivious. I had NO idea that this much drama (often melodrama on Eisner’s part) happened during the modern Disney renaissance period. If you’re wondering how things really went down and how Iger came to power er, I mean became CEO, well this is the book for you. I was on the fence about this one but I’m so glad I read it. I found myself googling the people’s photos just so I could have a mental image of what they looked like to go along with the insanity that was unfolding. Highly recommend.


How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor

This book is a super interesting read for any Star Wars fan from the most ignorant to the most dedicated. And if you’re not a Star Wars fan but have ever wondered why Star Wars has such a strong presence in popular culture, then this is also the book for you!  More comprehensive and detailed than I could’ve imagined, this book will definitely fill you in on how the Star Wars franchise was conceived, created, and eventually how it became even bigger than its creator. With the added popularity of the new Star Wars movies, this book proves that Star Wars isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.


Universal Versus Disney by Sam Gennawey

This book was one that I was excited to read (and don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I did) but I was a little disappointed that it focused more on Unviersal and how they did and didn’t aim to be like Disney more than actually telling their respective stories alongside each other. Having said that however, this book was very interesting and informative. While I agree with most everything he cites as Universal’s flaws, what I most enjoyed from reading this book is the appreciation I got for the Disney parks after learning about how another company tried to compete. And while this rivalry is still very much alive today, it’s a fun read to learn about how the rivalry began. It starts much earlier than you might think!


The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey

This is one of my very favorites off of this list. I can’t say enough good things about it! Its highly detailed stories about how one of America’s most iconic landmarks came into existence will leave you astounded at how they actually made the park a reality. This is hands-down a must0read for anyone who loves Disney parks.


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

But wait, you say, Steve Jobs was the Apple guy, not Disney! Ah, but I found this book most interesting because I had no idea just how much Pixar background is in it! Nor did I realize just how much Steve influenced Pixar. Furthermore, I had no idea that if it weren’t for Steve, Pixar might not exist as we know it today. This is a very good read and I now appreciate the connection that he and John Lasseter had. While this one may not be exclusively about Disney or a Disney franchise, this one will definitely give you some good insight into how Disney now owns Pixar.


For the Parks:


The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness

This is a super fun and easy read that can be enjoyed almost anywhere and is an easy to put down and pick right back up kind of book. We first read this one 4 or 5 years ago and enjoyed all the little tid-bits of magic we hadn’t never even considered. This is one you’ll want to read and enjoy with your family before you next trip!


Amy’s Pick: The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Selhinger


Sarah’s Pick: Hidden Mickeys by Stephen Barrett


For The Kids:

The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson

This series is great for kids who have been to the parks because all of the fantastic things that happen to Finn and his friends happen inside the Disney parks after hours!


Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

I’m only on chapter 7 but this book, set in the Biltmore estate, is a thrilling mystery that’ll intrigue and keep you coming back to figure out who the man in the black cloak is!


The Never Girls Collection by Kiki Thorpe


What if real girls could go to Neverland? Check out these books and enjoy Never Land in a whole new way!



And what’s on my own to-read list?? Well, here’s a few that I’ve had my eyes on:

John Lasseter: The Whiz Who Made Pixar King by Jeff Lenburg

One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering by Marty Sklar



So that’s it!! What do you all think? What Disney books are your favorite that I missed? Please share with us and stay tuned for more summer fun in the days to come! ~Meredith ºoº

Episode 28: Sarah’s Cruise


We’re back on the podcast this week with Meredith and Sarah for episode 28 in which we discuss Sarah’s cruise.  She sailed on the Disney Magic on February 18th and had a wonderful time! Port Canaveral Terminal

Sarah’s twins, Tinker Bell and Periwinkle, celebrated their 5th birthday while they were on the cruise, and it was nothing short of magical. In fact, they ask daily, “When are we going to cruise again?” Sooner rather than later, girls! Looking Out the Window on the Magic And no, we’re not walking Disney Wikis (you’ll understand when you listen), but Meredith did look up the ship “order” and found this straight from Disney Wiki:Screenshot 2016-03-11 09.07.37


Hope you all enjoyed this week’s episode! Check back next week for our Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse mash-up episode! ~Meredith ºoº

News for 10.5.15

Hey howdy hey! Here’s your Disney news roundup for this week!


• The parks blog shared a bit of magic on how they’ve made Maximus come to life for the new Tangled show coming to the Disney Magic in November of this year.


•Speaking of the Disney Cruise Line, the sailings’ (both the Dream and Fantasy) iteneraries for this past weekend were altered to avoid hurricane Joaquin. Below is a video from one of the Fantasy’s passengers on board on October 1st. As of now, both ships and all passengers and crew were safe and sound though it is unclear if the Fantasy encountered some technical difficulties. The Fantasy’s debarkation time was pushed back.


•The Disney Conservation Fund awarded $3 million in grants.


•A whole new menu for the Magic Kingdom’s Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe premiered featuring Tex-Mex cuisine.


•The Lava Shack at Disney’s Aulani resort is now serving up some delicious Pineapple Soft serve!


•The parks blog featured a little video sharing how to use the new Shop Disney Parks app.


•Downtown Disney has transitioned and is now officially renamed Disney Springs.


•Oktoberfest is in full swing at Min and Bill’s Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios featuring seasonal items to celebrate the holiday.


•Reservations are now being offered for Thanksgiving day at Disneyland.


Morimoto, a pan-asian restaurant by famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, had its grand opening at Disney Springs a week ago today.


•Disney updated their annual pass selections and pricing for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. For more details contact Sarah, Amy, or myself.


Looks like that’s it for this week. Stay tuned to our fb and instagram social accounts to stay up to date with all the magic that Sarah and her family will be experiencing this week at Walt Disney World including the Food and Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! ~Meredith ºoº

Episode 7: Everything You Need to Know about Disney’s Cruise Line


We’re back for episode 7 in which we discuss all things related to Disney Cruise Line. We also have our first guest on the show, Tina who is also my own cruise date’s fb group and Fish Extender coordinator. She was fantastic and I can’t wait to actually meet her and cruise with her! She has lots of DCL experience and was able to answer many first timers’ questions about cruising with Disney. Included below are a few links we mention in the episode:


•You can find Tina on her fb page and in her Etsy shop.


•Here’s a video that will explain a little better all about the Cruise line if you’re interested in more info about the ships specifically:


•If you’re interested in participating in Fish Extenders for your cruise, be sure to check out the Fish Extenders Group on FB. They have all the info you’ll need and you’ll actually be able to find the separate and specific group for your exact cruise date! No more searching forums to find what you need! They have EVERYTHING right there for you! 🙂


•The Disney Dream and Magic have a horn showdown at Castaway Cay (It gets good starting at around 1:23)


Thanks for listening to this week’s episode and be sure to comment or tweet us any questions you may have as well as share your favorite Disney Cruise Line memories with us! ~Meredith ºoº

The most Magical Disney CM

Hey howdy hey, it’s finally Friday!! And I’m going to chat just a bit about my photopass experience. Remember when I posted about how I lost all of my photos? Well, I’ve got an update for you all!

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This past Tuesday was a crazy day for me personally. Our car engine had completely died and we were looking at anywhere from $5000-$10,000 to fix it. So, needless to say, I was NOT having a great morning. My husband and I visited a local car dealership to see if we could get any trade-in money for it and purchase a new one. After leaving that dealership sans new car, I was quite upset because honestly I just wasn’t sure what we were going to do to solve our dilemma. As we pulled into our driveway that day, we noticed a large UPS box sitting on a chair under our carport. Tim asked me if I had ordered anything because the package said Disney Imaging and I told him that the only thing I had purchased was the digital downloads that I’ve already downloaded and shared with you all.

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We got inside and opened up the box to find a large WDW photo album filled with our photos!! I was shocked and completely speechless. Here I was having this terribly awful day and the Disney company delivers this little bit of incredible magic right to my door! It also included 4×6’s of 104 of our photos to add to the album or have framed, etc. There was no packing slip and/or printed receipt; only the album and photos themselves. I just couldn’t believe it and wondered how much all of this would’ve cost us if we’d actually ordered it. Turns out that 4×6’s are sold in sets of two for $14.95 which means that the cost for just the prints alone equals a value of $777.40!!!!! Ya’ll that’s just INSANE!! I also found the Storybook WDW resort album they included on the products page of the photopass website and it’s $19.99. So, altogether this FREE and totally unexpected set of photos is valued at whopping $797.39. There are no words to adequately describe how I felt receiving this amazing gift. To think that this sweet cast member listened to my story, and not only retrieved and extended my photos on the photopass website but she actually had all of these wonderful prints sent too and that’s nothing less than amazing.

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Ya’ll know that I’ve always loved WDW and everything the Disney company represents, but this act of kindness truly goes beyond what ANY company would do for their customers. And just to be clear, I am in NO WAY being compensated to say this and the CM that I spoke with that day had no way of knowing that I actually blog about my Disney obsession. In fact, I actually called the photopass service CM’s again and requested if they could check my account to see exactly which CM helped me that day. And while they weren’t able to connect me to her, the CM that I spoke with this time was so happy to hear my story and thanked me just for letting them know how much happiness they’ve brought our family. She also said that she couldn’t wait to share this with her managers because they absolutely LOVE hearing stories like this from thankful WDW guests. You often hear that Disney’s CM’s are truly the magic of WDW/DL and this just proves it beyond a doubt. So, to that AMAZING CM who helped me and sent these wonderful printed memories, I can never thank you enough. You really are the magic of Disney <3 ~M °o°


Have you had an amazing experience at Disney? Leave us a comment or share with us over on our fb and twitter accounts. We’d love to hear why Disney is special to you too!

p.s. Our car dilemma was solved too and I’m now the proud owner of a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and am sooo thankful for all of this week’s blessings. 🙂