The Ultimate Guide to Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure

 

Pixar Fest has officially started at the Disneyland Resort! The theme of this event is “Celebrating Friendship and Beyond!”

Ultimate Guide to Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure

Both parks each have their own wonderful offerings to keep you entertained all day! This post will specifically talk about all the great things for Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure. There is A LOT that’s being offered at this great event, so let’s get started!

Pixar Fest Food

No celebration is complete without themed food! There is a ton of food offered throughout the park! Each location that has a specialty item will have a sign and price of what’s specifically sold there!

Whatever you’re craving I guarantee there’s something to satisfy your appetite! Sweet, savory, spicy, salty, sugary, you name it, it’s there! The spicy corn dog and churro I had were among the highlights of the day! If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, Carthay Circle and Wine Country Trattoria both offer Paint the Night Dining Packages!

Paint the Night Parade

As I just mentioned, both Carthay Circle and Wine Country Trattoria both offer a variety of dining packages. Both packages provide your meal along with a ticket to get you into your reserved seating area.Here’s the breakdown of the packages:

  • Carthay Circle- 4-course meal and one voucher for guaranteed seating in the viewing area next to the restaurant. $99 per adult/$45 per child
  • Wine Country Trattoria- 3-course lunch or dinner meal and one voucher for reserved parade viewing area.
    • Lunch package: $38 per adult/$21 per child
    • Dinner package: $49 per adult/$25 per child

Luckily, you don’t need to do a dining package to see the parade! There’s plenty of seating along the parade route! When Paint the Night first came to the Disneyland Resort it premiered in Disneyland. 

There were some changes made to the parade for it to work in DCA. Unfortunately, the Frozen float, which was my favorite, was removed. There will be a new float featuring The Incredibles which will premiere in June! Overall, the parade is great and is a must-see during Pixar Fest! Check the show guide when you arrive to see what time the parade will begin!

Character Meet & Greets

If you want to meet some of your favorite Pixar characters, make sure you head to Paradise Gardens! Pixar Pals is where you’ll have the chance to meet Mike and Sulley, Dug and Russell, Flik and Atta and more! Head on over to Cars Land as well for some very cute Toy Story themed cars you can take pictures with!

Annual Passholder Corner & Merchandise

Annual Passholders unite! There is a special corner for AP’s on the far side of Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta near the Silly Symphony Swings. The AP corner has an exclusive photo opportunity, two decals so you can keep one and give one to your friend, a charging station for your phone, and more!Additionally, there is merchandise exclusive to AP’s such as a t-shirt, tumbler, and button-up camp shirt. Don’t forget you can also get AP embroidery on your hats! You can find AP merchandise at Kingswell Camera Shop and the newly opened Knick Knacks located across from the Cove Bar! Lastly, Little Green Men refillable souvenir popcorn buckets will be coming at the end of April!

Merchandise

That’s right a NEW shop has opened up on the soon to be Pixar Pier! Knick Knacks is located across from the Cove Bar (soon to be Lamplight Lounge). All your Pixar merchandise needs can be found here! Since it is a new store, be aware that it does get pretty crowded in there!

Other shops and carts throughout the park carry the basic event merchandise such as shirts, ears, mugs, friendship bracelet/charms, etc. There’s also a limited release Pixar Fest pin, so make sure you get yours right away! There’s also plenty of really cute souvenir items such as mugs, sippers, popcorn buckets, and straws! The Sulley popcorn buckets are probably my favorite! It’s fun walking around the parks and seeing people with Sulley hanging around their neck and having a Mike sipper to go along with it!

Pixar Shorts Film Festival

I saved the best for last! Aside from food of course! The Sunset Showcase Theater is showing 3D versions of some of Pixar’s short films! I thought this was such a cool idea and a great place to go when you want to get out of the heat! The Pixar shorts that are showing until May 7 are For the Birds, Lava, and Piper. I speculate they will change them after May 7, but that’s not confirmed. I highly recommend heading over there and checking this experience out!As you can see, there is PLENTY to do during Pixar Fest! Grab a map and a show guide on your way in or download the Disneyland app to schedule your day!Pixar Fest has begun! Both Disneyland and California Adventure have incredible offerings during this special event. From characters to parades to merchandise and more, we've got you covered! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure! #pixarfest #pixar #californiaadventure #disneyland #disneylandpixarfest #disneycaliforniaadventure #disneypixar

If you get the chance to go to Pixar Fest let us know what you think! For an overview of what is being offered at Disneyland for Pixar Fest click here!

Many thanks to Amanda W. for this fun and super informative post! We’d like to invite you to follow along with our contributors, Amanda and Ashlee, in their new blogging venture, The Adventureland Girls! You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram!

Disneyland Dole Whip Donut Review

Disneyland Dole Whip Donut

Have you ever wondered what a pineapple donut might taste like? That’s not something I’ve asked myself! Apparently, enough people have wondered since Disneyland recently came out with a Dole Whip Donut! Since this treat is only around for a short while, your trusty Disneyland contributors, Ashlee and I, made sure to check it out! I actually had no intention of trying it, but my mom (who lives in North Carolina) wanted to know how it tasted, so I had to try it!

Disneyland Dole Whip Donut

Amidst the hype of Pixar Fest, Ashlee and I made our way to the Cappuccino Cart near the castle to find the donut! Naturally, a line was already forming just 15 minutes after the park opened. Luckily, we were able to nab one of these treats! Here is our review of the Disneyland Dole Whip Donut.

Amanda’s Review

I am not a fan of Dole Whips OR donuts, so right away I had written off this snack. What I did like about it initially was how aesthetically pleasing it was! Great for those Instagram pictures, if you’re into that. I went into the whole experience not expecting to like this donut at all. Let me tell you; it was actually really good! The donut was super fresh, the meringue wasn’t overly sweet, and the pineapple jelly filling was the best part! Lesson learned; don’t judge a book by its cover! I give this treat a 4 out of 5-star rating! One star down because it was kind of messy and sticky but an excellent treat in the end!

Ashlee’s Review

Unlike Amanda, I happen to LOVE Dole Whips AND donuts! I was curious about trying it, but my inner photographer also wanted lots of pictures of it! I was a little skeptical that it might look better than it tastes, but I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food! After a mini photoshoot with the donut, I was ready to try it! Let’s just say I was not disappointed! It was absolutely delicious! I concur with Amanda it was a little too sticky for me, but the flavors were amazing! 4 out of 5 stars for me too!

Overall Thoughts

The consensus between us was two thumbs up! Disneyland has a new sweet treat! Curious about the Disneyland Dole Whip Donut? So were we! We tried it to see if it was as great as everyone says it is. Come read our review and try the Disneyland Dole Whip Donut for yourself for a limited time! #disneyland #dolewhip #dolewhipdonut #sweettreats #dessert #donut #doughnutThis limited time donut was definitely worth trying! It’s unfortunate that it won’t be something permanent, but hopefully it will make a comeback!

Many thanks to Amanda W. for this fun post! We’d like to invite you to follow along with our contributors, Amanda and Ashlee, in their new blogging venture, The Adventureland Girls! You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram!

Episode 99: Disney’s Going to the Dogs

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Disney’s Going to the Dogs

We’re back and ready to talk about Disney’s newest controversial policy regarding dogs at Walt Disney World. Most unexpectedly, Disney began allowing dogs to stay in several Walt Disney World resorts. So we’re back today to talk about what that means and what all it entails. Ha, see what I did there?! What do you think about this new policy? Furthermore, do you think this is a policy that will be long-standing or short-lived?

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Would you bring your dog to Disney? 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.

Halloween Time at Disney’s California Adventure

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort this year was truly memorable! For the first time, BOTH parks were included in the festivities! Although Disneyland had some great Halloween decorations and fun, this post will focus on all the new things featured at Disney’s California Adventure!

Halloween Time at Disney’s California Adventure

Halloween isn’t particularly my favorite holiday, but Disney has a way of making this spooky time of year extremely fun! Let’s talk about all the magical things that came to DCA this Halloween season!Halloween Time in Disney's California Adventure

Decorations

From the moment you approach the turnstiles you’re faced with a giant Oogie Boogie atop the DCA entrance overlooking incoming guests! Walking down Buena Vista Street light posts are decorated with purple banners. Carthay Circle’s bell tower is coiled with spooky black bats, and there’s a statue of the Headless Horseman that’s particularly creepy at night!Halloween Time in Disney's California AdventureKeep your eyes peeled because you might spot some of your favorite characters dressed in their Halloween best!Halloween Time in Disney's California Adventure

Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters after Dark

So you rescued the Guardians of the Galaxy from the grip of The Collector, but there’s one small problem. You left Groot behind! The Collector’s Fortress is also in a state of emergency as all the monsters have been let loose! Help Rocket go back to rescue Groot! This experience is completely different from what the ride is like during the day. I personally liked this theme over the regular attraction! If you have the chance, check it out before it’s gone for the year!Halloween Time in Disney's California Adventure

Cars Land

The most significant changes of the season are at Cars Land! Radiator Springs has completely transformed! Take a picture with your favorite costumed Car! Visit the Cozy Cone Motel for a variety of Halloween inspired treats including my favorite, the Spoke-y Cone Macaron! Make sure to ride Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree!  As unbelievable as all the decorations are in the daytime you have to go back at night to see everything lit up and looking especially spooky!Halloween Time in Disney's California Adventure

More Information

Disney California Adventure is experiencing Halloween for the first time ever! Want to know what to expect? Read our best tips to know before you go! Halloween at Disney's California Adventure is going to be a spook-tacular time! #halloween #travel #dca #disneyFinally, If you’d like to read about my favorite Halloween time treats check out my last blog! If you’d like to hear about all the Halloween time fun at both Disneyland and DCA listen to Podcast Episode 95! I’ve really enjoyed Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort this year! I can’t wait to see what Christmas will bring! Stay tuned to find out!

Episode 87: D23 2017 Announcements

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D23 Announcements

Wondering what D23 is? Wondering what’s coming for Disney in the next few years? Well fear not! We’re back to talk bring you all the exciting updates. So sit back and have a listen as we rave about everything from new movies to new attractions and resorts! And as always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Need a blog post with all the announcements too? We’ve got you covered as well! Check out the parks announcements here.


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. And as always, 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.

Tips for Disney’s Pandora: The World of Avatar

Tips for Pandora: The World of Avatar

Tips for visiting Pandora : The World of Avatar

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Be Patient

Pandora is new, as it just opened on May 27th. This one is most important to remember because everyone wants to see and do it all too. There’s no need to be rude to other guests just because you’re having to wait. This should go without saying, but everyone has paid to be there and no one is more special than the other. You’ll all get a turn soon enough! This extends to Cast Members too because they’re working hard to make it an unforgettable experience for you. Sit back and enjoy knowing that it may take a little longer if you’re one of the first humans to visit Pandora.

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Do Not Miss Flight of Passage

Queue up for this attraction as early as possible so that you can experience the wait queue at least once. The fastpass queue doesn’t have any of the fun theming that the standby queue has and it’s worth the wait at least once. The standby queue is the only time you’ll get to see the Pandoran caves with wildlife and all of the experiments that the Pandoran Conservation Initiative scientists have ongoing. This includes everything from water samples and small creatures to the full-size and very life-like floating avatar in its liquid-filled chamber. This is also the only time you’ll be able to see the giant wall that has the mural of the flying banshee and the life-size silhouettes of a Na’vi male and female. 

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Then gear up for a most fantastical journey into Pandora on the back of your very own banshee after being paired with an avatar and linked in the link chairs. It’s also good to know that some Pooh-sized guests may have a bit of trouble boarding the ride since the back and leg braces flip up to engage. Be sure to scoot as far forward as possible and sit straight up. You’ll also want to push your knees forward and stay on your tip-toes until the ride harnesses engage in case you have long legs or large calves. Then hold on tight for one of the most thrilling and amazing rides Disney has ever imagineered! This ride is breathtaking, well except for when you’re taking in all the smells that Pandora has to offer too. This ride cannot be skipped!

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Use Extra Magic Hours

Extra magic hours are a perk of staying in a Disney resort and can help you experience the parks without the massive crowds. Check the app the night before your park days to see which parks and hours have this special perk so you can plan accordingly. Some magic hours occur in the morning, so you’ll need to be prepared the night before. Additionally, some magic hours happen at night and nighttime magic hours in Animal Kingdom will allow you to travel back to Pandora so you can experience its glowing beauty. 

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Schedule FastPasses ASAP

Scheduling early is a huge perk for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort and this one is huge. If you’d like a fastpass for either ride, scheduling your fastpass at 60 days out the second they become available is crucial. And it’s good to know that the Pandora rides are now part of a tiered Animal Kingdom fastpass+ system, so you’ll have to choose one or the other. Both wait queues have outdoor areas and that means waiting in the sun, so a fastpass is like having a VIP status! Just remember that only guests staying in a WDW resort can schedule fastpasses 60 days in advance. If you’re staying off-property or are an annual passholder, the earliest you can schedule a fastpass is 30 days out. It pays to stay on property!

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Stop and Look

The Na’vi have a phrase oel ngati kameie” meaning “I see you” and you won’t want to miss seeing and actually taking in all of its beauty. You’ll especially want to take your time and look if you’re waiting in line for either of Pandora’s feature attractions. The world is beautifully themed throughout and there are many little nooks where you can rest or just relax in a bit of shade. You can even find plants to drum on!

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If you’re lucky, or smart because you checked your times guide for the day, you can watch an authentic Pandoran drum circle in front of the Mountains! You can watch my the live feed I provided on opening day over on our facebook page. Travel back to Pandora (or just stay til the sun sets) to experience all of Pandora’s nighttime wonder. The star of Pandora’s nighttime magic is its “syuratan” or bioluminescence. You’ll be surprised that you may even glow too!! 

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Make use of Memory Maker

This should go without saying if you’ve ever used Disney’s Memory Maker. If you’re not sure what Memory Maker is, be sure to read this post. Like most lands at Walt Disney World, Pandora also has several photopass locations where you can get an epic photo with the floating mountains or even have your photo taken as an official Visitor to Pandora! There’s several locations and you can find these stops in your app. Simply open up your My Disney Experience app and slide the selection over to PhotoPass to see all the locations.

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Order Food Via App

This is another big one! With the opening of Pandora and its dining option, Satu’li Canteen, Disney has begun implementing its first use of a mobile food order feature. By ordering food via the app, you’ll save loads of time and give your feet a break from standing in yet another wait line. Not to mention, you’ll feel like a VIP as you stroll past the wait line straight to the counter to pick up your food. You can order from the app under the “My Plans” section. And once it’s ready, it’ll give you a push notification to let you know that your food is waiting for you. 

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Be sure your app is updated to the most current version to access this feature. It’s also good to know that if you have a card saved for all your incidentals (dining reservations etc), your app will automatically process the payment from that card. So if you plan to order from the app, be sure to have a card on file to save yourself time while in the park inputting card information. It’s also good to know that mobile order pickup will allow you entry into the canteen even if there’s a cast member outside keeping track of guest numbers inside. Just show them your “Order Ready” screen and they’ll show you where to go!

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Visit Windtraders Early 

The grand opening day of Pandora brought wait times in excess of three hours just to gain access to the Pandoran store! And be sure to queue up for the adopt a banshee at the rookery while there! Adopting a banshee has been super popular, so again be patient if you’re in a longer than expected line.

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You can also have yourself scanned and your DNA combined with that of a Na’vi to create your very own Avatar! This experience however, takes time and you will need to revisit Windtraders around an hour later to pick up your avatar.

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It’s good to know that your card (they give you when you sign up) will allow you entrance back into the store even if there’s a wait line. Simply go to the door and let the cast member know you’re back to pick up your avatar. You may get some dirty looks from those waiting in line to go in, but you won’t have to wait to actually go in again. 

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More than Just Rides and Food

Disney has gone above and beyond to create a world that seamlessly fits within the Animal Kingdom’s nature-based story. And Pandora: The World of Avatar helps to further push us to see our own beautiful Earth in new ways. Personally, our ride aboard the Kilimanjaro Safaris, after experiencing Pandora, had me more closely examining the plant life that surrounds each habitat’s wildlife. How amazing our own world is!

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The food had me questioning what exactly should alien food look like?! And would our own everyday foods seem alien to the Omiticaya people or other alien beings? Additionally, you don’t have to have seen or liked the Avatar movie to appreciate this new land. My kids loved Pandora and have never seen the movie. They actually came home and used their own money to purchase the movie so they could see the movie based on their unique experience. This new land is more than a couple of rides and some weird food; It’s an experience that leaves you “newomum nì’ul,”  wanting to know more!

Extra Tips for those with Special Accommodations:

Make Use of Rider Swap

If you’ve got a child that isn’t tall enough or just doesn’t want to ride, you can make use of Disney’s rider swap which allows one parent to stay behind with a child(ren) while the other parents waits in the standby line. The cast members will give the first parent a rider swap return fastpass and once that first parent completes their ride, the second is able to go back through the fastpass line. Best yet, that second parent can be accompanied by two other people, so your other kids have the opportunity to ride twice by waiting in the standby line with the first parent and then again in the fastpass line with the second parent!

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Make Use of Disability Access Service

If you or a member of your travel party has a disability,  be sure to stop by guest services at the beginning of your stay to receive your disability access service card, or DAS for short. This card will allow you to avoid waiting in the actual queue  while still waiting the standby wait time. Simply see a cast member at the fastpass entrance to any attraction and tell them you’d like to get a DAS wait time and they’ll give you a time to come back and ride. This is especially beneficial as some of the wait queues can be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or ECV. And not waiting in the line for Flight of Passage will allow you more time to explore Pandora while you wait for your ride time. 

If you’d like to find out more about the world of Avatar, be sure to check out the official Disney website here.

Meet Noelle

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Meet Noelle! She’s the newest Mouse and Monorail contributor. She’s my bestie and we’ve both done Disney together and are planning to do it again together very soon. I’m also happy to have her joining our little Disney family because I believe she has a great perspective to share with our readers. Here, she can explain a little better than I can:

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Hi!  My name is Noelle Wright. I’m a single 30-something and my bestie is Meredith, the co-creator of The Mouse and Monorail. While I have loved Disney all of my life, Meredith introduced me to the wonders of Disney World six years ago, and it has become my most favorite place on Earth.  

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I’ve been asked if I could share with you a different perspective of Disney World as I am not only single and childless, I am also disabled, suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. I am planning to return to Disney World next May with Meredith and her family and I hope that through my posts, you will take away that Disney World is not only for those with children.  I hope to show you that Disney World is a place for everyone, including single adults and also those with disabilities. I have found that no matter your age or ability, the cast members at Disney sure do try their hardest to ensure that ALL people are able to have a magical time. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and preparations with you and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do writing them.

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“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Until next time,

Noelle

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Sssshhhh!! We’ve totally done those other parks that must not be named together too! (And you can even hear us talk about it in episode 29 and 3/4 of our podcast!)

 

It’s great to have you Noelle as our newest contributor and we can’t wait to see what all you have to share with us! ~Meredith ºoº

Disney News This Week

There have been a few things going on at Disney this week that we thought y’all would be interested in. Here we go!

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1. The Haunted Mansion themed gift shop, Memento Mori, opened this week in Liberty Square. This will be “the” place to get your favorite Haunted Mansion souvenirs. It is expected to be so popular that as of right now guest have a purchase limit of 6 items per style, per guest, per day. Meaning, they don’t want everything bought up in the store and then resold online, if I had to guess. There are new Haunted Mansion trading pins available now too. And here is a free trivia tidbit for you: Memento Mori means “Remember Death” in Latin. See if you can stump your family with that one! MMO88575-613x401

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2. New discounts are out right now if you are traveling to Disney January 5, 2015 – March 28, 2015 if you are a Disney Visa cardholder. These discounts will open to the public on Thursday of this week. Keep this in mind if you are thinking about planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the next few months.

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3. There has been a lot of upset guests this week at Hollywood Studios. This week only, Toy Story Mania was completely closed to standby and Disability Access Service guests, and instead opened only to FastPass + reservations. WDW wants to see if they have enough FastPass + guests to fill the attraction to capacity.  This may be in line with recent rumors we’ve heard about opening a new ride line at Toy Story Mania, which feasibly could be a FastPass + reservation line OR could be a test run for making it a FastPass + only ride. In a very un-Disney like mindset, cast members weren’t allowed to bend the rules at all to disgruntled park visitors. If you don’t have FastPass + reservations, you will not be riding Toy Story Mania this week. As a huge TSM fan, this would make me so upset. There aren’t many kid friendly rides in HS, and knowing that you can’t give TSM a try at all unless you managed to snag a FastPass + would have me very unhappy Momma. I’m hoping that Disney isn’t considering doing away with standby lines in favor of FastPass + entry to rides. I don’t like the idea of everyone not having equal access to rides and attractions with park entry tickets, and I don’t think that would be in line with Walt’s vision of the parks. What are your thoughts?

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Let’s chat in the comments! ~A ºoº

Monday’s Disney Roundup

Happy Monday everyone! We’re going to take this evening to chat about all the absolutely exciting new things that Disney has revealed this week. Here’s our Monday Disney Roundup:

 

1: Kristen Bell says she’d like to play her Anna role on the broadway version and hopes that her other cast mates will too. Which voice actors would you like to see in the stage production?

2: There’s a fun new app for Disney Vinylmation lovers! Create your own vinylmations and save/share your designs!

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3: New comic book to feature classic WDW characters Figment and the Dreamfinder. If you’ve ever visited Epcot and taken a Journey into Imagination, then you’ll recognize the cute as can be little dragon named Figment. My 5yo can’t wait to read this with her comic book Daddy! 🙂

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4: If you love Disney and Pixar Characters and want to watch THE BEST internet cover of it, then please enjoy this. My girls LOVED it!  

 

5. “Are you a die-hard Pirates of the Caribbean fan? Do you live to ride Twilight Zone Tower of Terror during each and every Disney vacation? If so, you may be just the social media fan we’ve been looking for in our first ever March Magic Tournament.” Read more about this fun, interactive event here.

6. Who’s planning an upcoming trip either this spring or this summer? If your kids are fans of “Frozen” (or YOU are!), you’re in luck! Not only are Anna and Elsa coming to the Magic Kingdom for a character Meet ‘n Greet, they are also featured in the new Festival of Fantasy parade, AND all Disney parks will be restocking their “Frozen” themed merchandise! From t-shirts to books to dolls to cell phone cases, you’ll be sure to find something you love from Disney’s newest Oscar-winning movie.

7. The Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, the Magic Kingdom’s newest thrill ride, is set to make it’s debut soon! Will you be trying it out on your upcoming trip? Which details are you most excited to see? To follow the ride’s progress, click here. The official Disney Parks blog is a great resource for updates on all things new and exciting in WDW!

 

That’s all we’ve got for today. Be sure to play along tomorrow for our Tuesday Trivia over on our fb page.

Did we miss something? Be sure comment with anything fun that you’ve seen too. It’s all about sharing here at MMM! 🙂 Until next time, TTFN ~M °o°

Memory Makin’ Mondays Featuring Catie Clough

Hey y’all! Amy here with our first guest installment of “Memory Makin’ Mondays.” Our guest blogger today is Catie Clough, my sister’s sister-in-law. Catie is a huge Disney fan, so much so that she and her hubbie, Jason, visited Disney World on their honeymoon! We are so excited to expand our little blog to include our readers experiences with the magic of Disney, and so appreciate Catie starting us off. Take it away, Catie!

 

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Catie Clough. I am fairly newly wed, just hit 1 1/2 years this January. Right now we are the proud pet parents of one Australian Shepherd  fur baby named Rufus Olivander, “Ollie” for short, and I work from home as a Mary Kay consultant and personal assistant to a few Mary Kay Directors. I grew up in rural South Alabama, but after my husband and I got married we moved to Kansas City, Kansas where we actually have 4 very distinct seasons!

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What was your first Disney experience?

My love affair with Disney began at a young age, as did most people’s. When I was about 3yrs old, I watched my first Disney movie, Dumbo, and I was hooked! My mom tells me that I would watch it over and over everyday, as is common with a lot of toddlers. I also remember having a bookshelf in my room with the Little Golden books that had Disney characters in them as well as some other Disney books that my mom would read to me. I remember watching the old school Disney cartoons where Donald always struggled with his temper and the Chipmunks were always up to something, and I remember very distinctly standing in the video store with my dad when this lady that we knew came up to us and started talking about this cute new Disney movie that was out that she thought I would really like, and it had something to do with a mermaid! So, of course we rented it, The Little Mermaid, and of course I fell in love with it. During the 80s, each Sunday night Disney would air a movie hosted by Michael Eisner, and, luckily for me, my parents would usually record them. So I grew up watching these aired copies of Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, Dumbo, The Richest Cat in the World and other greats!

When I was in 1st grade, my parents took us on family vacation to Disney World in Florida, and that was the first time that I experienced the happiest place on Earth!

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Which Disney character do you most relate to and why? 

I am pretty sure that I relate best to Ariel. I love that she wants to go out beyond her comfort zone, away from her family, and explore all that this world has to offer. I love to travel and would love nothing more than to go around the world on different adventures learning all that I can about different cultures.

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 How does your love of Disney show itself in your life?

I show my Disney love somewhat subtly. I have a fleece Mickey blanket that I made, our guest bathroom is decked out in Mickey, and we picked up Mickey and Minnie coffee mugs and Mickey t-shirts while at WDW for our honeymoon. I also made a Mickey countdown wreath to countdown to our upcoming trip back to WDW in the Fall.

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 What makes Disney special to you?

Disney is special because no matter how old you are or where you are in life you can read a story, pop in a movie, sing along with a song, or visit a park and go back to your childhood all over again! It is just the most amazing, closest to magic thing you can get without having your own Fairy Godmother, Genie of the Lamp, magic mirror or pocket full of Pixie dust! I just love it!

 

Thanks so much to Catie for guest blogging today. We really appreciate you starting this series off for us, and if any of our other readers want to guest post, just email us at memorymakinmoms@gmail.com and we will be super happy to line you up. Toodles! ~A