Sunday, February 27, 2011

Disney Dispatch Post: Disney's Kiss Goodnight


I first read about the goodnight kiss on some Disney fan blogs while doing research for a vacation. I kept reading about a 'kiss goodnight' that followed Wishes Nighttime Spectacular and I wanted to know more.  If you have never heard about this spectacular smooch then you need to click on over to Disney Dispatch to learn more. 
SMOOCH!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Wish Wednesday...I Wish I Could Ride This Right Now...


I am seriously in NEED of some Disney time.  We got snow back in January and now we are being held captive (that is a bit dramatic)  until Spring Break.  What in the world am I going to do.  SOS.  I may have to take a personal day with some of my saved up days.  OR...

I can get a little Disney this way...
Because if I could have one wish on this Wednesday it would be to be allowed to ride Soarin' as many times as possible with no wait.  I want the free feeling you get from this ride.  I want to smell the ocean.  I want to do it again and again.  So, today I'll settle for this Youtube version.  The song alone is like CPR for my current robotic state.  I am refreshed and rejuvenated.  So sit back and wish with me!  

This is from gtrjoe68's Youtube channel 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Disney Dispatch: Date-Worthy Desserts



Dessert is a necessity. Especially when you are on vacation. In fact, my vacation mantra is "ain't no diet strict enough, ain't no calorie high enough, to keep me away from food."



So it should come as no surprise that I am a Disney dessert lover!

I especially love the Disney Dining Plan because it takes the guilt away - the dessert is part of the package and I would hate to waste. Plus, I heard a rumor that I would call 'CONFIRMED' that Disney magic removes all fat and calories from desserts before they come to your table. True story.

 

This week's article will tempt your sweet tooth.

So go get a ration of chocolates and click on the cute Disney Dispatch D below!



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Obligatory Poses and Pictures: Park Favorites!

Did you get the shot.  You know the one.  You envisioned your precise pose at that iconic park favorite.  You've seen pictures friends took on Facebook.  And finally you are at the place where Dreams Come True and your photographic destiny awaits you.  If you have ever had one of these moments, then you have blogged your way to an article that has got you covered! 
Check out a few of my favorite photo hot spots.  And then, get your camera out and get ready to ham it up!  Use the park maps following each photo stop blurb.  The location of the photo stop can be found by the icon representing that photo (i.e., drum icon for the "Bang on" photo, umbrella icon for the "singing in the "rain"" photo, etc.)'

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Bang on:
If you have ever said "I don't wanna work, I wanna bang on the drums all day."
Bang on friend, bang on. Then you NEED to get a picture playing away on the drums at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  The drums are located just as you turn walk toward Asia (Across from Tamu Tamu refreshments).  Take a break to play away and snap a quick photo!  Below, My Friend  and my brother play away! 










 



Disney's Hollywood Studios

Honey, I Shrunk the guests:

I love the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Since I was a little kid I have been fascinated by the idea of being "shrunk".  I loved the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids so you can imagine how fun it was for me to pose next to the gigantic oatmeal cream pie or slide down the blade of grass.  Man, writing about this attraction makes me want to go to DW right now (duh).   Below I have featured pictures of my brother taking a bite out of the famous oatmeal cream pie as well as a picture fellow princess and sweet friend Chelsea sliding down a blade of grass.

















I'm Singing in the "rain": 

 I love this hidden gem of Hollywood Studios.  Tucked away on the streets of America, this little umbrella has brought many a happy smile to my face as I pose under the self inflicted rain (just stand on the black pad on the ground to start your very own sprinkles).  Move over,  Debbie Reynolds!


Magic Kingdom:

I fought the stone and the stone won:

Did you bring your muscles to visit the mouse.  If you did it is highly likely that you are going to see if you can do any damage to the sword and the stone.  This photo favorite is located just in front of Prince Charming's Regal Carousel in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland.  By the way, if the sword comes out of the stone for you it is probably just because I loosened it up...thank you YMCA and zumba...syke! Check out my brothers guns!











Epcot:


I got Spaceship Earth in my hands:

 I have always loved these kinds of photos.  I love seeing people holding up the leaning tower of Pisa or eating the moon.  So, you can imagine that I was obviously thrilled to take a picture like this one at Disney World.  There are a lot of good spots to get this shot but this one was taken in front of the Italy Pavilion looking out onto World Showcase Lagoon. Once again, my lovely model (forced brother) poses holding Spaceship Earth!


I hope you have enjoyed these favorite park photos.  I only listed 1 for most parks but, the possibilities are limitless.  The only limits are your imagination...and an insane crowd....or security issue.  Keep it simple people!  :)  I am going to be doing a part 2 of this in the future so list some suggestions here.  Maybe I'll even be lucky enough to get some of your photographs and feature you!  Let me know in the comment box below!  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Disney Dispatch Post: Things That Make you go...Disney!

Have you ever just had one of those days?







The sun hides behind the clouds, strangers greet you with a grunt, and everything just seems blah.


I call those my Eeyore days. When I have one, my tail falls off, and just when I've got it tacked back on, my poor little house of sticks tumbles to the ground.


On days like those, I look for a pick-me-up, a reminder to lighten up and stop sweating the small stuff. One sure-fire way to put a smile on my face is to talk 'Disney' with me (or even better, see Disney with me - Disney World, that is).  My weekly column over at Disney Dispatch focuses on brightening up your Eeyore days.  So pick up that tail and put that last stick back in place and then...


Click on to read more at Disney Dispatch...

 




Sunday, February 6, 2011

Its all in Good Character




I love character meet and greets.  I enjoy eating with the princesses at Cinderella's Royal Table, carrying on in lengthy conversations about the birds with Snow White at Epcot, and of course I relish at the chance to give Pooh a big squeeze!  Basically, I am a 27 year old kid at heart and I don't care who knows it!  Who's with me? 
I have had a lot of great "character building" moments.  Let me tell you about a few of my favorite meet and greet moments:


The one where I met Snow White...

I love that the characters stay in character the whole time.  A few years ago I saw Snow White as we walked through Germany at Epcot's World Showcase Pavilion of course I had to stop for a picture...grown ups can have fun too!  So there I am in line ready to explain to Snow White that I just want a picture so I literally say "Hey I am a "Big Kid" I just want to get a picture with you!"  Expecting her to say "oh, well okay and appease me for the moment" you'll understand why I was so taken back to hear the sweet trill of Snow White as we prepared to pose as she responded back "That looks like one of my forest friends!"----Say what Snow White?  (About that time it clued in that I was wearing a bird necklace I go for my birthday.  So, I fumbled in the first picture and it came out looking really confused.  That's okay, I took a redemption photo.  What a memorable experience. 


The one where I used princess hands with the princesses...

If you have never had a character dining experience then you are missing out.  Plan it right now.  For real.  No, seriously go on now.  It is SO much fun.  The last time I went to Disney World I decided that I was going to use my lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table to take out an item on my Adventure book List (its like a Disney version of the Bucket List).  So, I set out to take a picture with the princesses whilst posing like a princess.  This idea was so much fun!  I got to discuss princess hands with the princesses and I got stinkin' cute pictures too!  What fun!


The one where the Mad Hatter "Boo-ed"  Mom (like 12 times)...
One of my favorite Disney memories happened back in November at 1900 Park Fare character breakfast at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.  Each of the characters make their way around the restaurant to pose for pictures and "talk" with you as you eat and enjoy!  We got to meet Tigger, Pooh, Mary Poppins, Alice, and The Mad Hatter.  So Alice just made her precocious way past us after posing for a picture with her high pitched picture word "TEA!"  (when we asked her why she said tea she quickly answered "Pooh says "Honey!", Tigger says "Bounce!", and I say "TEA!").  The Mad Hatter was a few tables down and we were continuing to practice our best rendition of "TEA!" .  Let me tell you, that Mad Hatter was quite a character!  He snuck up behind my Mom (pictured next to the Mad Hatter on the left side of the picture).  And just as we were trying to warn her of his plot he yells out "BOO!" to which my petite Mother screams loud enough to cause the restaurant to stop and stare and his response "Why does everyone always scream at me?". And to make matters worse he did it 3 more times within 15 minutes and each time my Mom was shocked into a scream.  Finally, she got him though!    BOO!



Thinking back now it was when I was just in front of the Germany Pavilion taking my picture with Snow White when I realized that part of the experience is not questioning the whole "in character"thing .  Letting go and enjoying the conversation with your Disney favorites is where it is at!  So my suggestion is that if you really want to enjoy the experience, just go with it.  Be ready to banter back and forth about birds, honeypots, and of course TEA! 

Tips to make the best of your moments with the characters...
-Talk with the characters about their movies.  For example, ask Ariel if she has found any cool thingamabobs lately or you could ask Flynn Rider to show you the smolder.  Be creative the cast member playing the characters are good. Try them out for their character knowledge!  You'll really enjoy it!

-Play along with the characters.  If Alice says "TEA!" instead of "cheese!" do it too. It'll make your pictures turn out really great because you'll have that moment's smile on your face!

-Don't take yourself too seriously. Loosen up!  You are in the place where dreams come true.  Be a kid again and wrap your arms around Pooh for a quick hug! 

-Have fun and be sure you have your camera!

Check out these cute Character moments.  Some are sweet and some are funny!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love is Magical: A Love Note From Disney World!

It is Thursday again and that means there is another installment of Because I Stinkin' Love Disney World over at Disney Dispatch.  This article allows me to gush over the special event "Love is Magical" happening this weekend at Epcot.  I still hold on the the belief that I will be attending.   I better go finished getting packed.  Someone better not have dropped the ball here (jk. sorta anyway.).  
xoxo,
Ashley :)
click below to read the article