Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mickey Through the Years Mug

By Nick

I’ve had this mug for a long time, probably bought at the Disney Store. I also have a glass ball ornament with this wonderful illustration.

This mug makes me happy, because Mickey is dreaming of 80 years of a magical career, making the world happy.


Many of my favorite Mickey’s are represented.


Do you see your favorite Mickey?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom

By Lisa Green


Expedition Everest has something for everyone – or at least everyone over 44″ tall.
It has the best theming, best story line, best standby line – although Tower of Terror would be a very close second.  Located in the Asia section at Animal Kingdom, you’ll easily spot the ride’s famed mountain long before you reach it.

EE Queue

Way back in 2006, we were lucky enough to visit Disney World during Expedition Everest’s soft opening.  We rode it seven times! Yes, we can say we are among the fortunate few who experienced The Yeti in its original, fully functioning, arm-swiping glory.  Jealous?  You know you are.  Sadly, Betty (as we super-fans call the mountain’s guardian) is broken.  Most EE fans agree – She may never be fixed, never restored to her original scary self.  All you get now is a mere shadow of her former brilliant Yeti-ness (albeit a strobe-lit disco one).  Originally (yes, I am an actual authentic eye witness), the Yeti was a highly visible, hunch-backed, dread-lock-sporting giant whose long, simian arm would take a swipe at you mid-ride – VERY cool and frightening.  However, early on, the rumors say, the foundation supporting the gargantuan beast cracked (reports about the actual problem vary).  But here’s a fact:  Betty the Yeti is broken and cannot be repaired without tearing up (or down) the entire mountain.  Searching the internet will uncover the many different theories about poor Betty but all seem to agree:  The repairs would be very costly and take a long time during which EE would be non-operational.

So why is this still my favorite ride?


For one thing, the queue for this attraction is SO fantastic – you’ll actually miss some of the best things about the Expedition Everest experience if you have a fast pass.  Long before you enter the actual queue, you’ll notice an abundance of detail.  The mountain itself with its snowy peak, the worn colored flags strung through the air, the statues, the trinkets and tributes – and that’s just outside.  Step into the Yeti museum and the expedition outfitters supply store!  Amazing!  So much to look at, you’ll forget you’re in line for the best ride at Disney World!
EE Queue 3EE Queue 2

Once you make it to the ride platform (where you’ll find still more details to enjoy), hop aboard a tea train for what at first is a delightful little ride past some pretty landscaping – then the climb begins that will take you into the forbidden mountain (check out the great view on the way up).  Once you reach the top?   Hang on!  There is SO much action on this steel coaster which reaches 50 mph during the ride’s nearly 3 minute duration.  There are plenty of surprises, so keep those eyes open!  Even the post-ride exit through the gift shop is fun.  This ride has it all!  If you haven’t yet had the pleasure and are headed to Disney World, put this at the tippy top of your “must do” list.

Anybody else love EE as much as I do?

This article was originally posted on the Living a Disney Life Blog

Friday, November 21, 2014

Favourite Food Friday

by Gaylin

As I have mentioned a few times, I am allergic to grains. It would seem that the Earl of Sandwich restaurant at Downtown Disney would be the last place I would go to eat. I do like a good salad and while I was shopping I decided to stop for one at Earl of Sandwich.

There is almost always a line-up at EoS but don't be intimidated by it, this line moves quickly. While you are in the line-up you can see the menu board and can decide what you want as you wait. Close to the till there is a specials of the day sign, to my surprise it had more than one item on it with GF (Gluten Free) beside it. I was happily surprised to see Tortilla Chicken Soup on the menu and had to give it a try. I make this at home but am always up for trying a version that I didn't have to make!

I was quite happy with this soup, so much so, that a few days later I went back and had it again. It has a bit of spice to it, nice chunks of chicken and veggies. A great find that I definitely recommend.

Here is the soup with the Cobb Salad, a very hearty lunch.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Tangled Rest Area in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

By Nick

Today on Disney Musings I thought we would talk about a serious topic. Bathrooms.
They are pretty important. And who wouldn't enjoy a nicely themed area to visit when necessary?
The Tangled themed rest area in Fantasyland is a lovely stop.

Rapunzel's tower catches your attention from a distance. 

The theme is carried throughout with wanted posters.


The popular weapon, the frying pan outside...

...and in the men's room.

Lanterns are hung throughout, and look especially lovely as evening approaches.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Early Mickey Mouse Art

In my humble opinion, two of the most fascinating artifacts from the Walt Disney Family Museum are the early examples of Mickey Mouse art from 1928. The first being the earliest known drawing of Mickey.
This is the beginning. The Big Bang!

The other is this drawing by Les Clark from 1929, representing the earliest known Mickey Mouse advertising art!

Happy 86th Birthday to everyone's favorite mouse!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sing Along with the Dapper Dans in the Magic Kingdom

By Nick

It was an absolutely gorgeous day at the Magic Kingdom. My wife and had found a prime spot in the shade for the Festival of Fantasy, the 3 o'clock parade. We had 20 minutes to go, when the Dapper Dans came strolling up, and stopped almost directly in front of us, and proceeded to entertain the crowd with a sing along.

They sang and played a medley of Zip a Dee Doo Dah, Small World, and the Mickey Mouse Club March.


Not too many sang along, but my wife and I did! Would you have been singing along?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Disney Pin Collection

by Gaylin

One of the things I do buy, collect and trade from Walt Disney World are the pins. I love pins! I wear one often and every now and then I go wild and wear 2 pins!!!

On a trip in 2009, at two different parks, I saw men wearing their collections! As big of a fan of the pins as I am, I would not do this. First off, these vests would be very hot to wear! Second, you couldn't sit down and lean back comfortably and I am all about being comfortable on vacation.

Yes, I did ask permission to take the photos and talked to them about their collections. The older gentleman with the red/black vest said it weighed 12 pounds! Now that is dedication. Also his wife made these vests and while you can't see from the photos, the black squares have a Mickey head embossed in them.

Anyone else noticed people wearing their collections? Would you?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Magical Aromas Around Walt Disney World

By Lisa Green


Over the years there has been quite a bit of chatter on the Internet about the different scents people experience during a visit to Disney World.  If you look hard enough, you can even find suggestions for how to bring some of those smells home (certain candles, air fresheners, bath products, etc.)…I’m going to look into some of these and get back to you.  Anyway, whether it’s your first visit to Disney World or your 10th, there are a few smells you can’t help but notice.  The really cool thing is, the next time you smell THAT smell, it’ll make you happy; immediately evoking memories of your Disney World vacation!

Main Street USA – freshly baked goodies.  No matter what time of year or what time of day – when you walk down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, you will smell the delicious smell of baking cookies.  To me it actually smells a bit like the waffle cones they sometimes bake in ice cream stores.  However your own sniffer interprets it, you can’t deny that the Main Street-smell is fantastic!  Puts a smile on my face every single time I smell it.


Staying with the Magic Kingdom, let’s talk about the smell in Mickey’s PhilharMagic…pretty darned super!  If you’ve ever experienced this magical 3D marvel, you know what I’m talking about.  It’s the smell of the berry pie that floats right by your face as Lumiere belts out “Be Our Guest”!  Oh, how I love that smell!  It’s not the only reason to adore Mickey’s PhilharMagic, though, so if you haven’t had the pleasure, add that attraction to your must-do list.

Moving on to Epcot, more great places to engage the old schnozzola await (wait…did I really just say that?).  Space Ship Earth is a great place to start.  As you’re riding along, the smell of Rome Burning is an awesome detail in this attraction!  I tend to forget about it until it happens, then I’m thinking, “Oh, how COOL!” whenever we get to that part – probably not appropriate to the seriousness of the tragic losses Dame Judi Dench is busy describing in my ear, but there it is.


Ask anyone who’s been there about the smells of Disney World and they’ll be quick to mention Soarin’ if they’ve been on this extraordinary attraction in The Land at Epcot.  There also tends to be some lively discussions when the subject of Soarin’ smells is brought up about the exact number of different scents there are to be enjoyed in Soarin’ – this seems to be up to the individual smeller – I am 100% positive I smell both orange groves and evergreen trees at different parts of the experience…as for any other scents that may be there, I’ll let you decide for yourself. There’s one more smell at Epcot I want to mention.


Over in World Showcase.  I strongly suggest you stop in Germany’s Karamell-Kuche!  At last, something to smell AND taste!  Take the time to look around while you’re enjoying the smell of caramel and you’ll be tempted to try a taste of one of the many treats offered in this shop (owned by the makers of Wherther’s Original Caramels).


At Animal Kingdom, another 3D show offers another smelly experience.  This one isn’t quite like the others I’ve mentioned, but certainly adds to the entertainment of, “It’s Tough to be a Bug”!  Beneath the Tree of Life is the theater for this 9-minute show filled with some truly amazing details that include a very special smell.  You’ll just have to try it for yourself if you’re there.

This list is by far not complete.  There are many other aromas (good and bad) to experience at Disney World….What are some of your favorites?

This article was originally posted by Lisa on her Living a Disney Life-Empty Nesting with Pixie Dust Blog.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Favorite Food Friday: Popcorn at the Disney Parks

By Nick

For some reason, Walt Disney World popcorn and specifically, Magic Kingdom popcorn, tastes better than popcorn anywhere else, with the exception of Disneyland.

It's the perfect accompaniment to a Castle show, a parade, or a fireworks spectacular, or even just to enjoy while taking a stroll up Main Street. The following picture of Barbie and me was taken on January 19th, National Popcorn Day in WDW's Magic Kingdom.
Can you think of a better place to celebrate?


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mickey Mouse Bubble Blower

By Nick

I’m not sure when and where I got this Mickey Mouse Bubble Blower, but I’ve had it for a long time, so I’m guessing it’s at least 20 years old.

Rub A Dub Dub...

I also don’t know if it works, because I have no idea where it’s been, and I’m a bit of a germaphobe.

Made by Tootsietoy, which, according to their website, is celebrating 130 years of fun!