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?
In a moment of..oh, I don’t know…temporary insanity-I’ve decided to take my 3-year-old grandson to Walt Disney World- sans his mother. I have traded in my adults only Food & Wine Festival, pool napping, margarita drinking, sleeping in vacation for a park hopping tour with a toddler. I’m happy about it! It’s been 20 years since I traveled with a three-year old, so this Grandma had to do some studying on travel do’s and dont’s with little ones.
GrowingupDisney.com has been an excellent source of information, as well as the Disney Mom’s panel. Here is what I have learned so far:
- Pack pipe cleaners- these quiet, soft little things will apparently keep a young one busy on the plane as well as waiting in line at the parks. I’m practicing trying to bend these things into animal shapes to amaze and amuse my grandson, as well as other passengers on the plane.
- CARES-Child Aviation Restraint System- a couple of straps and buckles that will keep your child in the airplane seat, shoulder harnessed, so he does not run screaming through the aisles. Much better than lugging a 50lb monstrosity of a car seat on board.
- Colorforms-these magical stickers can be peeled and re-used again and are perfect for pasting to airplane windows. I’ve bought 3 packages of them. I just have to hope we get a window seat.
- iPad-Kid’s movies- need I say more?
- Diaper bag- did not have one, now I do. Will need something other than my mini-shoulder purse to carry- pull-ups, hand sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, Wet Ones, sippy cup, lighted key chain for the dark rides, Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse playing cards, Matchbox cars, portable snacks, change of clothes, sunscreen and whatever else I can fit in that thing. It’s like a Mary Poppins carpet-bag.
- Tabletoppers- plastic place mats with the “Cars” characters on them. I’m hoping between that and the Matchbox cars,it will buy me enough time to gulp down a quick-service meal before the native gets restless.
Disney has a whole page dedicated to Traveling with Little Ones and lists attractions best suited for..little ones. I was not even aware that some of these existed, especially at Animal Kingdom, since we never go to that park. I, apparently, will be spending lots of time there.
I have not seen a parade in years, but I’m already scoping out the best places to sit on a hard curb for 2 hours so that we have premium viewing, until some inconsiderate family plops down in front of us at the last-minute to block our view.
Out of all the advice, blogs, board postings that I have read, the most important thing I have to bring is patience. Working on that now, and looking forward to watching my grandson experience all the magic that Disney has to offer. If you see a tired, haggard, Grandmother pushing a stroller with a 3-year-old boy, that will be me. I will also have the biggest smile on my face because I am sharing my love for Disney with the next generation.
As said in the immortal words of Sally Field when she won her Oscar for Norma Rae. (good timing with the Oscar nominations just announced) Anyway, I try to “like” quite a few Facebook pages that relate to Disney, so I thought I would share some of my favorites:
Disneyland-https://www.facebook.com/Disneyland– the official page of Disneyland
Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups-https://www.facebook.com/WDWforGrownups– a sans kids guide to info at Disneyworld
Walt Disney World-https://www.facebook.com/WaltDisneyWorld-the official page of Walt Disney World
All Ears-https://www.facebook.com/AllEars.net-travel planning information
My Year With the Mouse-https://www.facebook.com/MyYearWithTheMouse-fellow blogger Shelby; written with a sense of humor and good inside scoop at Disneyland
Disney Vacation Club-https://www.facebook.com/DisneyVacationClub-All things related to DVC
Disney Bird-https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBird-another fellow blogger
Disney Mom’s Panel-https://www.facebook.com/DisneyWorldMoms-The Walt Disney World® Moms Panel is a forum where online “Moms” answer your questions and offer advice about family vacations to Walt Disney World® Resort, and which I hope to be a member of someday.
And of course, my blog now has a Facebook page which can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Disneytripandstuff/221845411232402. Stop by,say hello and post on my wall. You can also click the “Like” button on my blog.
Is it me or does anyone else find this stuff creepy? I used to collect the ceramic characters because I thought they were cute; little glass miniatures of your favorite Disney characters. I don’t see those much in the parks anymore, but there sure is a lot of the vinylmation stuff.
What’s weird about these thing is that they are in the shape of Mickey Mouse. I’m sure I NEVER saw Mickey morph into any of these types of characters.
Cross Dresser Mickey?
King Tut Mickey?
And to top it all off, these things are not cheap. The ones I saw on the Disney Store website were $45 to $55. I know why the ceramic figurines are not around anymore; no profit in them. I used to spend $10-$15 a piece for them, so there you go.
I apologize to the Vinylmation collectors out there, but if you can convince me of the allure of these things, I might take a different viewpoint.
- Vinylmation Mania (halaseym.wordpress.com)
- Vinylmation Nation! (jonplesz.wordpress.com)
This is Walt Disney World Marathon Week-End! From the Disney website:
Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA
January 5-8, 2012
Imagine a weekend of runs where every mile is filled with Disney fun at the 2012 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA on January 5-8, 2012. Join us for a weekend of races that are magical as they are memorable, from Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo to running through all four Theme Parks in the Marathon and all-new Marathon Relay. Complete with medals of Mickey Mouse and his friends, you’d be, well, goofy to miss it!
I really admire anyone who can run a marathon. I always tear up when then contestants from “The Biggest Loser” run the marathon at the end of the season. What an accomplishment! They have gone from being significantly obese to world-class athletes. It’s amazing!
I would love to say that I have run a marathon, but there is just one small problem with that. I HATE to run. I like to work-out, I like to spin, but I do NOT run or jump. The closest I came to a marathon was a 5K race. It wasn’t really a race, since it was not too hard to beat me. My only goals were:
- To finish the race (which I did)
- To not drop dead on the course (I did not)
I think I finished somewhere in the high 45 minute mark, but I gave myself “A” for effort. So to all of you runners at Disney World this week-end, my hat is off to you.
If you are a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member, you know the phrase “Welcome Home” quite well. This salutation is used extensively by the guards at the gates, as well as the front desk cast members at your resort. While browsing through my “Disney Files” magazine today, I noted with interest, a new “Welcome Home” package being offered.
The package consists of a Welcome Home sash on your villa room door, balloon, plush toys, cookies, backpack,travel blanket, and artwork signed by Mickey Mouse. This all can be yours for the reduced member price of $295.00. Yikes! I’m not sure if this whole thing comes under the heading of “priceless”; when your little Mouseketeers enter their room and see the swag laid out before them and squeal with glee, or if this is just WAY too much to spend for a few minutes of enjoyment.
What say you, readers?
- Welcome home! (disneyliving.wordpress.com)
- Vacation planning (mindlessoptimism.wordpress.com)
When our girls had grown up, we made the decision to save quite a few of their toys and stuffed animals. The other day, it finally came time to dust them off and bring them out for my grandson.
The little guy really loved the bean-bag Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl and Eeyore, and that’s because I read a Pooh Golden Book to him when he sleeps over. (a remnant from my girls’ library) I began to wonder at the generational appeal of Disney.
Pooh is not really Disney (A.A. Milne if we’re being picky), but Disney has perpetuated the Pooh stories and characters. Same with the main characters of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy. My girls grew up with them, and now my grandson will, also.
I remember some of Mickey Mouse when I was growing up. I do have a vague memory of my Dad having an 8mm movie of Steamboat Willie, (which was probably worth a lot of money, but no one knows what happened to it, and my Mom has since moved from that house). I watched the Mickey Mouse Club with Annette Funicello and Bobby Burgess and Cubby, and when we got a color TV, I was glued to the set on Sunday nights to watch “The Wonderful World of Color” hosted by Walt Disney. My favorite episodes were those that were filmed in Disneyland and I remember always wishing that I could go there.
The enduring message of the characters and Disney is one of good-versus-evil and the childlike innocence in all of us, which is why there is such a generational appeal. My grandson recognizes Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the other characters, and that makes me smile. I wish for him the joy that I have experienced with all things Disney, and hope that I am alive long enough to see him pass it on to his children.