Sunday, July 31, 2011

We Pursued and We Found the Magic This Week

This week we began our 100 day countdown to Disney.  My series 100 Things to Do in Disney has been really fun and a great way to get the entire family involved in my blog and trip planning.  This week I counted down from 100-92.  I can't believe we are already into the double digits!  Seems like I was just counting down to 180 days to make our advanced dining reservations!

On Monday, I started the countdown (a little late) with:
#100 ~ Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bars
#99 ~ Splash Mountain

On Tuesday,
#98 ~ Port Orleans Riverside
#97 ~ The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream

On Wednesday, I joined in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic with
#96 ~ The Horse Go Round
#95 ~ Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness

On Thursday, I shared #94 on our list. Hayley has always loved Playhouse Disney Live, and I am looking forward to seeing the new version of the show - Disney Junior Live.  I included a link to Sarah at Magical Days with the Mouse, who has a great post about the new additions to this show.

On Friday, we joined in the fun of Disney Flashback Friday hosted by Sarah at Magical Days with the Mouse.  For #93 in our countdown, we are looking forward to finding our favorite Toy Story characters around the park.  I shared a photo of Joey on his very first trip to Walt Disney World meeting Woody and Jessie, as well as a photo of Hayley meeting Woody on our last trip.

I also contributed to Manda's Disney Blog for her Summer Fun Series with a favorite Disney recipe the kids and I made for our luau themed dinner.  Thanks, Amanda, for letting me share with your readers!

On Saturday, we made it to #92 in our countdown.  We are really looking forward to our lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table!

It was certainly a very busy week this week for us.  How did you find Disney magic?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

100 Things to Do in Disney #92 ~ Lunch with the Princesses

Emily getting ready for her 1st
princess dinner
I am sharing #92 on our countdown to Disney in my series 100 Things to Do in Disney.  Today's pick comes from  my youngest daughter, Emily.  She is just 3.5 and absolutely loves princesses, tea parties and dressing up.  I find her many times walking around the house singing, which always reminds me of the scene in Sleeping Beauty when Aurora is dancing and singing with her forest friends.

For our 2010 trip, we experienced our very first princess dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  The girls absolutely loved it (you can see all the details, as well as a photo montage of our pictures in my post Princess Storybook Dining ~ Akershus Royal Banquet Hall) and have always talked about going back.  So for this trip, Emily requested eating with the princesses again.  We gave her the option of returning to Akershus or trying out Cinderella's Royal Table.  I was so excited that she chose Cinderella's Royal Table.  On the day we made our ADRs, I booked CRT at the exact time we wanted.  Even better, our friends who will be in Disney the same time as we are, booked a table at the exact same time on the same day!  What are the chances?  I am taking that as a very good sign for this trip!

The day I booked CRT, I excitedly shared the news with Hayley and Emily.  Hayley told me she was going to dress as Aurora, her favorite princess, though she told me last week she is going to dress as Jessie.  We'll see what happens as it gets closer!  Emily immediately told me we needed to make Tiana a card.  When I asked her what kind of card, she told me we needed to make an invitation for Tiana, so she knows she needs to sit with us for lunch.  It was so cute and made me even more excited to bring the girls to another princess meal.  Of course, when I asked Emily if she was going to dress as Tiana for the lunch, she let me know she needs to wear her Snow White dress, so Tiana can see it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

My Contribution to Manda's Disney Blog Summer Fun Series

I am very excited to be sharing one of my favorite Disney recipes over at Manda's Disney blog as part of her Summer Fun Series

Head on over to Manda's Disney Blog to find the recipe for


from 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort

100 Things To Do in Disney #93 ~ Find Woody and All His Toy Story Friends


Today I am sharing #93 of our countdown to Disney series 100 Things To Do in Disney.  There is one thing that is a favorite of every member of our family - a love of Woody and all his Toy Story friends.  These characters just happen to be a part of our everyday lives, since Emily carries Joey's Woody doll and Hayley's Jessie doll everywhere.  We are looking forward to finding Woody, Jessie and Buzz in the parks and getting our pictures taken with them.

These are our photos over the years that I am sharing as part of Disney Flashback Friday hosted by Sarah at Magical Days with the Mouse.  She invites everyone to link in and check out everyone's Disney Flashback Friday submissions!

February 2006 Joey's 1st Trip to Walt Disney World ~ Joey was absolutely in love with Woody when he was just one.  I was quite excited we were able to find him in the parks to have Joey's picture taken with him.  I was six months pregnant at the time for Hayley, who by the way is turning 5 today!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

100 Things to Do in Disney ~ #94


Here we are in 2008 when we were chosen as the
first family. Left to right: Emily, Me, Joey, Grammie,
Hayley, my nephew and my sister in law

There is one thing Hayley must do every single trip to Walt Disney World, and it is the one thing that comes up in any Disney conversation we have ~ Playhouse Disney Live, though now it is called Disney Junior Live.  Recently when I asked Hayley about it, she told me that she loves Mickey and is going to marry him someday.  I had no idea that Mickey was her Prince Charming until I participated in Destination Disney (hosted by Heidi at Ramblings, Reflections and Reviews).  Hayley is probably one of the biggest fans of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  She sings the songs and is always interacting with the show from yelling "Oh Toodles" (even when trying to figure something out around the house) to yelling "Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse" all around the yard.  She claps, sings and dances throughout the show.  The smile on her face really says it all. 

We have been lucky enough to be picked two of the three times we have seen this show as the first family in.  This means we lead the way into the theater and had front row "seats."  If you have never seen this show, be prepared.  You sit on the floor.  It isn't the most comfortable for adults, but for kids who are up and down dancing, clapping and popping bubbles it is perfect. 

Bear in the Big Blue House was part of the show
when we visited in 2006
The show has changed over the years.  When we took my son in 2006 when he was just 14 months, Bear in the Big Blue House was part of the show, Joey's favorite at the time, as well as the characters from Stanley, Jo Jo's Circus, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh.  The last time we saw the show, it included characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Handy Mandy and (I think) My Friends Tigger and Pooh.  This year they have added new characters from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which is a new favorite show of my kids.  They find pretend golden dooubloons all around the house and yard.  I can only imagine how excited they will be when golden doubloons are falling from the sky all around them. 

Of course, I haven't seen this new addition yet, but my friend Sarah at Magical Days with the Mouse has lots of details of the new Disney Junior Live show, as well as great photos of the show!  Her post details the Disney Junior Live Show at DCA, though I believe the version at Disney's Hollywood Studios is similar if not the same. Make sure you check out her blog - she is a great resource for anyone planning a trip to Disneyland!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

100 Things to Do in Disney ~ #95 & #96

Today would normally be Wordless Wednesday, but I am changing it up a little to "Almost" Wordless Wednesday. 

#96 ~ Some people may refer to this attraction as Cinderella's Royal Carousel, and Disney may call it Prince Charming's Regal Carousel.  But for us, the "Horse Go Round" is our first stop every trip.  Hayley and Emily will tell you that this is their favorite attraction, and we ride it no less than 10 times a trip.
Hayley, March 2010



Emily with Grammie and Grampa at Hoop Dee Doo, March 2010



Focused on the MagicMake sure you join in the Wordless Wednesday fun over at Deb's Focused on the Magic.  She invites everyone to join in the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

100 Things To Do In Disney ~ #97 & #98

I kicked off my new series 100 Things to Do in Disney yesterday to start counting down to our fall trip to Walt Disney World.  Today, we share #97 and #98 (we are almost caught up and I will share just one a day once we catch up!).  Our 100 experiences are a compilation of ideas from the entire family and something we have been working on for about a month.  It started as a simple question one night at dinner about what we will do in Disney, and it has turned into an amazing family fun project.


#98 ~ This year we will be staying at Port Orleans Riverside.  This is my husband and I's favorite resort.  The kids keep asking to stay at the "Pirate Pool" over at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, but we are changing things up this year!  We are particularly looking forward to seeing Yeehaw Bob and taking the boat ride down the Sassagoula River to Downtown Disney.



#97 ~ In 2010, we experienced the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream for the first time.  Hayley cannot wait to try this out again.  She loved the ice cream cone lights and tables, Joey loved the jukebox at the table and, of course, we all loved this huge ice cream creation!  We are looking forward to enjoying this again!

Monday, July 25, 2011

100 Things to Do in Disney

About a month ago, my kids and I were talking a lot about our Disney trip, which isn't until October.  Joey asked if we could take out our Countdown to Disney chart we made last year.  Since that only counts down the last 25 days, I decided to come up with a way to countdown 100 days until our trip.  One of the recurring themes of our Disney talks had to do with the new attractions my children are finally tall enough to ride.  I decided to use that idea and create our 100 Things To Do in Disney series to countdown our 100 days until the trip. The kids have added their favorites to our list, as well as my husband and I. 

Our actual 100th day out was Thursday, but due to some extenuating circumstances, our kick off has been delayed.  As a result, I am going to catch us up by including two a day over the next couple of days.  Then each day will add just one thing from our list.  These will be in no particular order over the next few months, just our random thoughts of what we are looking forward to in Walt Disney World. 

Emily loves Mikey's Premium
Ice Cream Bars

#100: Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bars ~ Emily loves these, and Grampa makes sure he spoils her (as well as Joey and Hayley) with these delicious treats.  You can see what else we use these for in my post Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bars ~ The Perfect Cure for . . . 





Joey's 1st Tip on
Splash Mountain
#99: Splash Mountain ~ This trip all three of my children will be tall enough for Splash Mountain.  Joey experienced it for the first time in 2010.  Hayley was tall enough, but refused to ride.  Come to find out, she thought when you got to the bottom of the hill that you landed in the briar patch with the thorns.  All the Splash Mountain talk just proves that my post A Future First in Frontierland? may not need the question mark on it anymore.




Make sure you keep checking in to see what we are looking forward to in Walt Disney World and to help us countdown to our trip.  It will be here before we know it!

We Pursued and We Found the Magic This Week

Though my blog has been very neglected, my regular life has been in overdrive.  Thursday was to be the kick off of a blog project my children and I started a month ago, but unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control I have had to postpone it, though I will have it up tomorrow (I hope!).

This week is a short list of posts, but here it is:

Monday, the kids and I shared Episode #4 of Little Chef Disney Creations over at Cooking with Mickey.  We created World Grand Prix Sweet and Savory Kabobs.  My kids love these healthy snacks so much that we have made them three times over this past week . . . until we ran out of fruit!

Wednesday, I joined the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic.  I shared a picture of Pierre with Red Sox Mickey Mouse back from one of our pre-kids trips.

I also shared the results of our trip to Hallmark's Ornament Premiere Weekend.  You can see the ornaments each of us chose to add to our Christmas tree this year.  Want to bring a little Christmas into your day?  It is Christmas in July over at Sorcerer Radio, so listen in to hear Disney Christmas music from the parks, parades and more.  Personally, I can't wait!

You will see a lot start happening here at Pursuing the Magic.  I hope you will keep checking in starting tomorrow to help us countdown to our trip to Walt Disney World!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Results of Our Annual Trek to Hallmark's Keepsake Ornament Premiere

As you kow from my previous post, this past weekend was the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere.  We look forward to making our way to Concord each summer to choose the first ornament we will each put on our tree for our Trim-A-Tree Day (yes, I am sure it comes as no surprise to you that we make it an all day event!).  Normally, the children each pick their favorite and then I pick one as a surprise for them, so that each have two new ornaments per year.  Well, there was a little issue at Hallmark with a certain special edition ornament I wanted to purchase, but since one of the employees reserved all the special edition ornaments for herself, I wasn't able to purchase one even though I was at the store within ten minutes of it opening and there was only one other customer in the store.  It was an unpleasant way to start our day.  But I digress! 

As we stood in front of the Disney ornaments, my kids were very excited about all the ones they wanted to purchase.  Since none of them could narrow their choices down to just one, well, I gave in.  They each picked two rather than me surprising them with one.  So here are the new editions to our Disney Ornament Collection:

Joey:


Hayley & Emily both chose Rapunzel, but then Hayley chose Dream Do Come True (Cinderella and plays the song "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes") and Emily chose Brave Little Tailor:


Pierre & I:


Have you purchased any Hallmark Ornaments this year?  I would love to know which ones!

Wordless Wednesday ~ Red Sox InspEARations


It just so happens that Beth at A Disney Mom's Thoughts shared information about InspirEARations as part of her Monday Memories series this week.

Focused on the Magic
 
Today is Wednesday, which means it is time to join in on the fun over at Focused on the Magic.  Deb is hosting the
Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop
 
Link in with your Wordless Wednesday post and checkout everyone else's great pics!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Little Chef Disney Creations at Cooking with Mickey ~ World Grand Prix Kabobs

My kids and I are being featured over at Cooking with Mickey today. This is the fourth article in our series Little Chef Disney Creations, a series of posts in which I share Disney inspired recipes I create with my kids. This month's recipe is inspired by Joey's love of Disney Pixar's Cars characters. Head over to Cooking with Mickey to see this month's creation:


If you missed other creations in this series, here they are:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

We Pursued and We Found the Magic This Week

There has been a lot going on around here this past.

On Tuesday, I continued my series of posts In Flight Fun for the Kids with something a little more practical this time around - water bottles.  I included in this article all the links to my previous articles in this series.

On Wednesday, I shared one of my all time favorite photos from Kilimanjaro Safari and joined in Focused on the Magic's Wordless Wednesday Disney Blog Hop hosted by Deb.  We have never had a close encounter like this before, but I am always hoping we do.

Also on Wednesday I shared details about Hallmark's Keepsake Ornament Premiere and some of the new Disney ornaments they released.  Plus, I shared all the details of Hallmark's Star Wars ornaments that are available this year, as well as the Limited Quantity Bossk ornament that is only available this weekend in a post over at Jedi Mouseketeer.  If you are a Star Wars fan, I highly suggest you check out Jedi Mouseketeer.  He shares Star Wars news, crafts, events and so much more.

Normally, on Friday nights, I join in the fun of Sorcerer Radio's WDW After Dark.  They were taking a break this week, so instead, I watched a movie and enjoyed a delicious Mudslide Martini, a recipe from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge that I found over at Cooking with Mickey.  These are definitely on the sweet side, but they are quite delicious.  If you are ever looking for an after dinner/dessert drink, I highly recommend it!

Also, in a previous post I discussed ways I prepare my children for trips to Disney and one of those ways is to show my son videos of some of the attractions and shows we will see while on vacation.  My fellow Disney blooger Bruce at A World View shared a link this week to a site that has high quality full length videos.  My kids watched a few and loved them.  So to see just what I am talking about, head over to A World View and Bruce's post Monday Magic: A New Martin Smith Video; The Memories, the Magic and You.

Saturday, we went to the Ornament premiere and let's just say it was less than a magical experience, so I won't share the details here.  But I will be sharing which ornaments we did purchase this week in its own post - I love every single one of them and can't wait to get my Disney Christmas tree up!  I love Chirstmas in July!

How did you pursue and find the magic this week?  I would love to hear about it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere This Weekend!

Photo from Hallmark.com - if you go to their website
there is a video of the "magic" feature for this
particular ornament (as well as many other)
There is one thing I love as much as Disney, and that is Christmas!  I wait all year for July to come because it is one of the month of one of my favorite events and it is happening this weekend.  Saturday is Hallmark's Keepsake Ornament Premiere.  On the first weekend, they offer Special Edition ornaments, though all are cute, my favorites are the Disney and Star Wars items.  I am very excited about all the great Disney ornaments available, though I am disappointed in the Special Edition offering, which is Look Who's Pook-a-Looz.  I've purchased the Disney limited edition ornament every year, but will be skipping it this year.  But if you love Pook-a-Looz, you'll love it!

Photo from Hallmark.com
The ornament premiere is a family event.  I bring all the children to the premiere and they are each allowed to choose one ornament they like.  Joey has already let me know he will be buying the Cars 2 one.  The girls have plenty of choices too - Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella, Woody and Buzz.  After they each choose the one they want, I choose one for each of them that represent something they have loved or experienced over the year.  Usually these represent a birthday party theme or a family tradition they love.  These ornaments are then hidden away until our Trim-a-Tree Day (yes, it is an entire day, that of course, I go completely overboard for).  The ornament they chose is the first ornament they each put on the tree.  It has been a tradition since I was little and I love sharing it with my children.

Photo from Hallmark.com
For my husband, even he gets an ornament.  This year the children have already decided that The Muppets Beaker ornament, in which he "sings" Ode to Joy is the one we are getting him.  For me, my mom has been purchasing the Mickey's Christmas Carol series of ornaments.  This year is the release of Goofy as Jacob Marley.  I love this series and look forward every year to see which character will be released.

If you are a Star Wars Fan, make sure you head over to my post at Jedi Mouseketeer.  I have all the details of this year's Star Wars ornaments, as well as the Special Edition ornament that will only be available this weekend, July 16th and 17th.

Head over to the Hallmark website to see all the great ornaments.  I can't wait!  When I get back from the ornament premiere Saturday, I will let you know which ornaments we purchased!

Wordless Wednesday ~ A Close Encounter at Kilimanjaro Safari

April 2003


Focused on the Magic


Hope you will join in the fun of
hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

In Flight Fun for the Kids ~ Water Bottles

For this installment of In Flight Fun for the Kids, I decided to add in something a little more on the practical side.  As you know, liquids cannot be carried through security at the airport, and if you want water, you have to purchase it at the gate.  On the last trip, my children were too big for sippy cups, but yet, not quite old enough to handle a bottle of water (forget the sports caps - not sure how many times one of them squirted themselves or each other with it) or the cups of water given out on the flight.  For our fall trip, I have purchased each of the kids new Disney water bottles.  I figure this way, I can purchase bottles of water at the gate and fill their water bottles for the flight and not worry about spills.  Plus, after one very turbulent flight, I have learned that if I don't bring water, and there is no drink service on the flight for safety reasons, everyone will be very thirsty, and the last thing I need on a long flight is three thirsty kids, particularly if it is the flight home!  The ones pictured here I purchased last year at the Disney Store Warehouse sale for just over $2 each.  Of course, you don't have to purchase Disney ones, but these happen to be our favorite.  Even better, we now have water bottles to bring into the parks.



If you missed any other episodes of In Flight Fun for the Kids, feel free to check them out:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

We Pursued and We Found the Magic This Week

I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday this past week with family and friends!  We had a great 4th of July in town at Lake Winnipesaukee with the kids, who all stayed awake, and our close friends.

On Monday, I shared my top five spots for viewing Walt Disney World fireworks on The Lost Boys List Podcast with Craig and Kyle.

On Tuesday, Emily was a little worried about what the fireworks show in town would include.  You can see what she was worried about in my post Bringing a Little Disney to Hometown Fireworks, which I shared over at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse's Tiggerific Tuesday Blog Hop or Bounce hosted by Jodi.

On Wednesday, I participated in Wordless Wednesday Disney Blog Hop hosted by Deb at Focused on the Magic with a photo from Emily's first trip to Walt Disney World in 2008.

On Friday, I shared my most memorable Disney dining experience at Artist Point in Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

In just 11 days I will be 100 days from my next Walt Disney World trip.  I will be starting a special series of posts that will include thoughts from our entire family as we countdown to our arrival in Orlando! 

Also, I have started work on the princess castle cake for Hayley's upcoming birthday.  I've made the 500 tiny fondant flowers and hope to get the princess lollipops made this week.  You'll start seeing posts on the plans and finds for our Princess Party this week.

How did you pursue and find the magic this week?  I would love to hear about it!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Most Memorable Disney Dining Experience

Trying to decide on a favorite Disney dining experience was more difficult than I thought, not because of my lack of choices but because of the tremendous number of amazing experiences we have had ranging from character meals to signature dining to a Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream (yes, that was a dining experience in itself!).  I decided to go with one choice that encompasses an all around amazing experience from getting to the restaurant, exploring the resort, tasting the food and even the ride back "home" to our resort. 

Back in 2006, Pierre and I were traveling to Walt Disney World the first time as parents.  Joey was just 14 months old, and I was just about 6 months pregnant for Hayley.  My parents, as well as brother and sister in law, were all there to help us celebrate Joey's first trip to Disney.  One night of the vacation, my parents took Joey for the night, so that Pierre and I could try out a new, and now favorite, Signature Dining experience - Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.  We had never eaten there before because we had always gone to California Grill and I will admit, I was a bit skeptical about changing.

Joey had a lot of fun with Grammie and Grampa,
while Pierre and I had dinner!
To get to Wilderness Lodge, we always take the boat from Magic Kingdom, which is a relaxing ride, especially at sunset if you can plan your advanced dining reservation around that.  We made our way through the breathtaking lobby of the resort and found Territory Lounge, which is right next to Artist Point.  The atmosphere was just so relaxing, I knew before even sitting down, we wouldn't regret skipping California Grill this trip.  If you haven't been on the interior of this resort, I highly recommend you check it out on your next trip!

Here is where my most favorite food item on all of Disney property comes in - Smoky Portobello Soup.  I could eat this soup all day, everyday.  The flavor is unbelievable, and it now is the one thing I order every single time we go to Artist Point.  I followed that with their signature dish - the Cedar Plank King Salmon and the Berry Cobbler.  This meal has yet to be outdone by any other restaurant on property for us (other than the view at California Grill, that really can't be beat!).  For each dish I ordered, I can say that I didn't want any of them to end!  This put Artist Point at the top of my Disney dining experiences. 

To top off our amazing experience, on our way back to Magic Kingdom by boat, we had to make a stop to wait for the Electrical Water Pageant to pass by - talk about a front row seat for the show!  We were under the stars, sitting out on Bay Lake, listening to and watching the pageant pass by us.  It was a great ending to a great meal!  Of course, we didn't plan for this extra little bit of Disney magic for the boat ride back to Magic Kingdom, and we probably couldn't plan it to work out the way it did, but I know I will try!  So from beginning to end, this is by far my favorite Disney dining experience.  If you haven't made your way over to Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, I highly recommend it!  If you are interested, you can find the menu over at All Ears.

What is your most memorable Disney dining experience?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Emily, Grampa & "Brucie"


October 2008 ~ Emily's 1st Tripto Walt Disney World



Focused on the Magic
 
Join in the Wordless Wednesday Fun at Deb's Focused on the Magic.  Link in with your wordless Wednesday post and take a look at what everyone else is sharing this week!
 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bringing a Little Disney to Hometown Fireworks

Here's Emily "relaxing" in
our pool!
Welcome to those of you stopping by from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse Tiggerific Tuesday Blog Hop!  Hope you'll take some time to check out how my family attempts to bring Disney magic into our home in between trips to Walt Disney World, as well as some of our lessons learned bringing little ones to Disney on vacation.

I thought today I would share a fun story from my youngest daughter, Emily, who is just three and half.  Talk of fireworks around here has gone on since last fourth of July with my kids.  Last year was the first time we took them all to our town's fireworks.  Other than that,the only fireworks displays my children have seen are those in Disney.

Sunday morning as the kids and I were eating breakfast, I asked them if they were getting excited for the fireworks Monday night.  Joey and Hayley were immediately beaming and began talking about what they were going to bring with them and what snacks we should pack (it's a full out outing for us to go down to the fireworks!).  Emily was very quiet and looked sad.  I ask her what was wrong.  She told me that she didn't want to go to the fireworks because she was too scared of Maleficent. 

Now if you have seen Disney's Hollywood Studios Fantasmic, you know what she is talking about.  If you haven't seen this show, Maleficent is the evil fairy in Sleeping Beauty who transforms in to a Dragon to fight Prince Philip and keep him from rescuing Princess Aurora.  During the Fantasmic show, Maleficent makes an appearance over the stage area and breathes fire into the water.  Having seen so few fireworks displays, Emily was thinking this was what we were going to see. 

After much explaining, Emily then became very excited about going to the fireworks, and I realized almost a year and a half after seeing Fantasmic that she was actually afraid of it!  So last night, we made our way down to Lake Winnipesaukee to see the fireworks and had great family fun!  Hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July!

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The Lost Boys List Podcast

I was very excited last week when Craig and Kyle of The Lost Boys List Podcast invited me to participate in this week's episode!  In honor of the 4th of July, we discussed our favorite spots to view Walt Disney World Fireworks.

If you are unfamiliar with The Lost Boys List Podcast, they are two brothers who share their top five lists on many different topics ranging from places to propose in Walt Disney World, favorite things to do in Downtown Disney, top drinks at Tambu Lounge and more. 

Listen in and leave a comment on your favorite fireworks viewing location at

Sunday, July 3, 2011

We Pursued and We Found the Magic This Week

It is hard to believe that the 4th of July is here already! 

We have had another busy week at home with a lot of Cars 2 talk after seeing the movie last week.  Joey has already been asking excessively about when it will be available on Blu-ray!  We also picked up the Cars 2 Wii game and let me say, I highly recommend it!  You will see my review of it soon, if I can stop playing it long enough to write about!

On Tuesday, I posted a Disney Pixar's Cars 2 poll to see what everyone thought of the new movie.  Make sure you vote in the poll to the right!

On Wednesday, I shared a fun photo of Emily from our last trip to Walt Disney World.  She loves the dessert at 'Ohana!

On Thursday, Cricut officially retired 5 Disney cartridges.  You can head over to my home blog, A WDW Mom's Daily Endeavors, to see which ones.  If you are looking to find these, I was able to just purchase one of them off ebay for less than $15.  I am happy to say, I now officially have all the Disney cartridges.  Now to find the time to use them!

On Saturday, I wrote a review of our current favorite Disney Soundtrack from The Princess and the Frog.  A must have for your music library in my opinion!

Emily has been having some fun this week with Pixie Dust.  She has sent Pixie Dust to just about everyone we know, but I was able to capture her sending it out to Kristen (from Cooking with Mickey) and Aunt Kelly.  You can see the video of it on my You Tube channel ~ WDWMom2jhe.

Well, with just 4 weeks until Hayley's birthday party I have been getting organized for our full out princess party.  I'll be sharing some of my finds this week!  Also, you may already know that I have contributed to several different websites (you can see my list below and the tab I have above), but this month I will be adding two more places to that list!  The first one I will announce on Monday!

Well, thank you to all my new followers and subscribers this week!  Don't forget that you can have our Disney magic delivered right to your inbox.  To subscribe by e-mail, you can sign up in the right side bar.

Have a happy and safe
4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Disney The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack Review

Disney music is something we listen to everyday.  If we aren't listening to Sorcerer Radio, we are most likely listening to one of our many Disney CDs, which range from park music to movie soundtracks to Disney compilations.  I've already written about my favorites in my post Music to My Ears~Disney Music That Is!  But today I am sharing a family favorite - the soundtrack to Disney The Princess and the Frog.  My children like this soundtrack so much that I had to make a copy of it just for our car.  Joey, Hayley and Emily know all the words to every song, and as soon as the music comes on, they start dancing!

Here is the playlist:
1. Never Knew I Needed
2. Down in New Orleans (prologue)
3. Down in New Orleans
4. Almost There
5. Friends on the Other Side (referred to as the Shadow Man song by Emily)
6. When We're Human (referred to as the Louis Song by all my kids and their favorite)
7. Gonna Take You There
8. Ma Belle Evangeline
9. Dig a Little Deeper (referred to as the Mama Odie song)
10. Down in New Orleans (Finale)

Songs 11-17 are different scores throughout the movie.

If you want to hear clips of each of the songs, head over to the The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack listing on the Disney site. 

This soundtrack is so uplifting that you can hardly keep yourself from smiling and dancing from beginning to end. My kids actually listen to the entire soundtrack except the first song by Ne-Yo.  In all honesty, I must admit that song, though I like it, doesn't seem to fit with the sound of the rest of the soundtrack and may have been better placed at the end.  Otherwise, this is a great collection of turn of the century jazz, as well as cajun, sounding music.  In my opinion, another success for Randy Newman.  If you don't already have this as part of your music collection, I highly recommend it!

Which Disney soundtrack is a family favorite of yours?

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