Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Bats of Maharajah Jungle Trek for the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop

The Maharajah Jungle Trek is one of my favorite parts of Disney's Animal Kingdom.  There is so much to see and learn. As a mom of a child who absolutely loves learning about animals, we particularly like that we can just stroll through this attraction and enjoy the sites at our own pace.  I was excited to find this fun bit of trivia for this week's Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop hosted by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, My Dreams of Disney and Heidi's Head.

The bats in the Maharajah Jungle Trek are all trained to respond on cue.  A dog whistle signals to them that the doors are opening and they can go in. Critics said it couldn't be done, but Disney proved them wrong.

Who knew you could train bats?  It is no surprise to me that Disney succeeds at something they were told was impossible!

I found this little tidbit of trivia in the Walt Disney World Fun Facts app, which I downloaded from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, it seems to no longer be available, but if I find the link, I will update this post to include it!

What is your favorite part of the Maharajah Jungle Trek?

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to all the trivia everyone shared.  Who knows, maybe you will learn something new today!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Christmas in July with Hallmark's Ornament Premiere

Our Disney Tree ... I can't wait to put it up
this year!  
Hallmark is host to their own ornament premiere every year in July.  This begins the availablility of certain Christmas ornaments.  July is the first premiere followed by another in October and then another in November.  We visit the Hallmark premiere every year to see which Disney and Star Wars ornaments are available.  Usually every year if you visit during the premiere, there are limited edition Star Wars and Disney ornaments, but this year, there actual are not.  We are looking forward to the release of Olaf (at the October premiere) and Elsa (at the November premiere).

If you have a Hallmark Store in your area, be sure to check out the new ornaments available today.  Here is the link to the Disney ornaments available at each of the premieres:

The Edna and Sleeping Beauty ornaments top my list of ones I would love to see make a "debut" on my Disney tree this year!  Of course, we will countdown to the release of the Olaf and Elsa ones too.  

If you love Star Wars as much as we do, you will not be disappointed with this year's selection.  Not only does the Cantina Band make a debut, so does a Yoda Peek Buster.  And as always, they have a Lego Boba Fett ornament, that I know Joey will be looking forward to getting.  The Yoda Peek Buster will not be available until October, but the rest are available begining at the ornament premiere in July.  You can see all those here: Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments for 2014

There are lots of great choices this year for all Disney fans.  I can't believe we are already talking about Christmas, but I will admit I love it!  I am almost tempted to break out our Magical Fireplace DVD ... ok, maybe not, but we are pretty excited!  

Which of these ornaments are you looking forward hanging on your Christmas tree this year?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Pocahontas Birthday Party Part 1: The Invitations

Hayley was SO excited during our 2011 trip when we just
happened to be in Epcot and crossed paths wth Pocahontas!
We are getting ready to celebrate Hayley's eighth birthday this month (can't believe it!!!).  She has chosen to have a Pocahontas theme and has been busy creating all kinds of fun games and crafts for her party.  She and I worked together to create her Pocahontas invitation, which she chose the colors and embellishments and lucky me, I was left to only being her "puppet" to work those things into a Photoshop project.  Of course, I don't mind that at all because she is my artsy child and can create just about anything and has an eye for coordinating colors ... a skill I lack!

I quickly realized that there is very little Pocahontas items out there.  Since I could not find a clip art image that she liked, I went through my scrapbooking supplies and found a Pocahontas embellishment from a Disney Princess kit that I scanned in and cleaned up in Photoshop.  Since some of the activities Hayley has created will take place in our woods, she wanted to keep the color scheme with browns and greens.  As I looked through my digital scrapbooking kits, I came across Autumn Charms by 3 Lil Monsters Designs.**  The colors are perfect and even better, it includes a coordinating purple paper, and of course, Hayley wouldn't create anything without her favorite color .... purple.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Disney Side ~ Celebrating with Disney Themed Birthdays for the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Focused on the Magic
We have many ways to show our Disney side, but today, we have actually been hard at work at one of our favorite ways to show our love of Disney ~ planning a Disney themed birthday party for Hayley's upcoming 8th birthday.  It got me thinking back over my children's birthdays.  So for the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic, from Cars to Mickey to Disney Princesses to Winnie the Pooh (and many more in between) here is how we show our Disney side with our birthday celebrations!

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to see how everyone else is showing off their Disney Side!