Life is…

…A never ending countdown of Disney trips. Never one to be content with just one Disney trip in the works; I now have two. Training and getting ready for the Royal Family 5k next month. (Tiara and Team Sparkle skirt bought), and I’m now obsessing (Mr. T’s word) about our fall cruise on the Disney Fantasy.

It’s been a few years since we cruised last but I’m so excited to be on Disney’s brand new ship. So much to read about and lots of new stuff like Fish Extenders, Satellite Falls, Aqua duck, Remy, and Pink Champagne Girls. AND…future blog subjects.

Stay tuned.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Interesting data.  52 countries have viewed my blog which is astonishing to know that one’s words travel around the world.  I’ve not been as religious in posting as I should be, but wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2013 brings you a trip to the most Magical Place on Earth!

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Lingering Magic

I wish I could blog every day, but I don’t feel that creative on a day-to-day basis. I guess there is always too much other stuff going on that pushes back my creativity. So mostly I wait for inspiration and then put it down on paper.

This week’s inspiration comes from a 3 year-old boy, my grandson. He stays at our house a few nights a week and part of our bedtime regimen is reading stories from the many books left over from my children. Tired of reading the same old Mercer Meyer Little Critter series, I decided to improvise the other night and tell a story about a little boy and his grandparents that fly on an airplane and go to Disney World.

Taking the details from our own recent trip, and highlighting the best parts of the vacation, (leaving out the part when Grandma’s back goes out and she’s unable to walk) I wove a magical story that captivated his attention and invited him to participate by asking “and then what did they see?” The surprising part for me was that he remembered most of it! That night I hoped that he fell asleep with visions of Mickey Mouse dancing in his head.

The next night he was here I went back to the Little Critter books but he stopped me mid-sentence and told me he wanted to hear the story about the “little boy” again. After each re-telling of the magical moments of the trip, he jumped out of bed and ran to “Papa” to tell him the story,too.

Disney’s tag line of “Let the Memories Begin” only tells half he story. In the mind of this 3-year-old, they become the stuff that dreams are made of when he sleeps over at Grandma and Papa’s house.

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Elections-Disney Style

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Vote (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)

While recuperating from my slipped disc, I have had way to much time on my hands to think.  Looking at the recent election debacle in Florida, I racked my brain to try to help  Florida with the cluster that they currently have on their hands (for the last 12 years) and have decided that Florida should take let Disney take over their election process.

First, Disney is located in Florida, so this makes for a natural choice.  Secondly, who manages queue lines better than Disney?  If you’re going to be standing in line for hours at a time, Disney could set up those infamous rope lines to help corral the crowd and place overhead fans and misters to help the voters stay cool.  Disney could also install overhead monitors to help the undecided voters, by playing both Fox News and MSNBC so that the voters are very well-informed by the time they get to the voting booth.  (Fox News is fantasy, so this plays very well into the Disney theme)

Thirdly, Disney could institute the “Not So Scary, Very Merry, Early Voting” event, where voters, for the small price of $69.95 could purchase a ticket to a pre-election day event at the polling place of their choice.  The voter would be entitled to a line free voting booth and a commemorative pin with Mouse ears surrounded by a voting ballot with a hanging chad.  AND…the $69.95 would help the state of Florida with their current Mickey Mouse process and help them get their act together in time for 2016.

Who’s with me?

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Pain in the Derriere

Literally…what started out as a nagging little back pain has turned into a painful sciatica attack, rendering me incapable of walking. If Disney World was holding auditions for the Hunchback of Notre Dame character, they would pick me. I’m walking hunched over, dragging my right leg and groaning loudly. It helps when I push the little guy in the stroller because I have something to lean on, so the last few days have not been a total loss. We were able to catch the highlights at Epcot and sample some of the food at the Festival. but we were back in the room early so I could soak in the jacuzzi.

Getting ready to leave the resort at the crack of dawn this morning and God willing, I’ll be home sitting on my heating pad in a few short hours.

This trip was bittersweet. The smiles from my grandson made everything worthwhile, but I’ll sure be happy to get home.

Time to start the countdown for our February trip and hope that with excellent chiropractic care I’ll be able to run the 5K then.

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A Long Magical Day

Our previous trips to the Magic Kingdom consisted of Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and mostly sitting on benches and people watching. This is not much fun for a 3 year old, so our day began in Fantasy Land taking in everything that would amuse a toddler. Papa rode the Merry-Go-Round with him and then we made our way through the throngs of people, under the hot sun, to the mecca of rides for little kids “It’s a Small World”. This ride has not changed at all throughout the years, and that’s a good thing. The simplicity is what makes the ride so enchanting for kids. All the dolls, movement and color; enough to capture the attention of a little boy.

Fast Pass for Peter Pan, and then over to Pooh Corner for some character time and to stand in line for the Pooh Ride. We have now been at the park over 4 hours and have not set foot out of Fantasy Land, and it’s already nap time. Back to the hotel for some R&R and to wait for my brother and sister-in-law to arrive.

A long nap later and it’s time for Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom. The plan is to ride the rides during the Electrical Parade, watch “Wishes” and then hope that everyone leaves the park after that, and the best laid plans were…the best laid plans. The park emptied out and we walked on Haunted Mansion, Pirates, Jungle Cruise, Buzz Lightyear, and People Movers, and had enough left-over time to enjoy a Dole Whip. Hopped the midnight bus back to the Boardwalk, and got the little guy in bed with just enough energy for a nightcap on the veranda; Coffee and Bailey’s Irish Cream.

My favorite time at the Magic Kingdom is “empty time”. I hate crowds and heat and waiting in line with an impatient toddler, and we did not have to endure too much of that with the “after dark” touring plan. I highly recommend this for anyone who truly wants to enjoy the Magic Kingdom at its best.

Tomorrow is looking like Hollywood Studios and the long awaited Food & Wine Festival at Epcot.

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It’s About…Time

Day 2 was all about time; veranda time, pool time, nap time, play time, campfire time, and bed time. We had no luck with the Character Breakfast at Cap May Cafe since we did not have reservations. I was able to reserve for Wednesday, so we will get to eat breakfast with Goofy and Minnie during our trip. We headed back to the Boardwalk for breakfast in the room and then we quickly changed into our suits and headed down to the scary clown pool. The water was just a bit chilly, and the little guy was shivering in no time, so the rest of the morning was spent at the playground where he was bullied by a 7 year old girl, who was as sweet as pie when I was around but she quickly changed her demeanor when I was not looking. Where do kids learn this kind of stuff so early? He got back at her by being mean to her little sister, and I only know that because the 7 year old tattled on him. Anyway, it was time for some lunch and a nap. The baby napped and I relaxed on the verandah with my frozen margarita.

With some time to kill before a delicious Home Run Inn pizza dinner in our room, we wandered over to the Community Hall. I have been a DVC member since 1999 and this was the first time I had been there. Pretty cool place, actually. If the kids are between toddler and age 12, it’s a great place to hang out. The little guy found some toys to play with; Legos, tinker toys, and a plethora of parts for Mr. Potato Head, and this weary Grandma got to sit down and watch the Disney movies that are played on their huge big screen TV. I also found out that there is a campfire every night near the pool with marshmallows. We’re in for that!

After dinner we headed to the campfire and got all sticky with marshmallow glue, but it was a lot of fun. Seashore Sweets was calling our name for ice cream cones so after a stop to watch the magicians perform tricks on the Boardwalk we indulged in big ice cream cones. The baby played “Frogger” running back and forth from our bench to the water’s edge to throw acorns to the ducks, and before you know it, bedtime was upon us. Another day over in Walt Disney World and tomorrow the fun begins with Magic Kingdom!

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