Saturday, March 30, 2013

Disney Hats ~ Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Focused on the Magic
It's time for another week of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Focused on the Magic.  I have talked about Disney hats here a few times because we use the "dress up" time (that's what the girls call trying on all the hats and Mickey Ears) as a way to get Hayley into a shop to cool off (she easily overheats when it is warm out) and a way to entertain the kids while waiting for the thrill seekers in our travel party to come off the rides the kids aren't tall enough for or too scared to experience.

Here are a few of my favorite "Disney Hat" photos from this past trip:

To see more fun Disney hats, head over to 
to take a stroll through this vrirutal photo album of Disney fun!

1,000 Years of Service at Disney's Polynesian Resort ~ Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop

Tiggerific+Tuesday+Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Easter at Epcot Time again for another week of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop hosted by Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, My Dreams of Disney, Disney Babies Blog and Heidi's Head!

For my trivia this week, I found a great bit of information by using the Walt Disney World Fun Facts App, about our favorite Walt Disney World resort - Disney's Polynesian Resort.  We have stayed at this resort twice and can't wait to return!  From the landscaping to the cast members to the proximity to the Magic Kingdom, it is a wonderful place to stay!

16 cast members have stayed with the Polynesian since opening day, and the entire Polynesian cast represents about 1,000 years of service at the resort.  The Polynesian has one of the largest percentages of original Cast Members any where in Walt Disney World.

The Polynesian is one of our favorite resorts on Disney property, and we definitely find the cast to be some of the friendliest around.

To see what other Disney trivia was shared this week, head over to
and join in the fun!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Disney Movie Club ~ Is It Worth It? That's a Yes for Us

The Disney Movie Club is one of the ways we have built our Disney movie collection.  The selection has been great, especially since we have been attempting to change over our DVD collection to all Blu-rays (or at least the ones released so far!).  Through the movie club, we purchased movies that we have not necessarily considered when looking at our local department stores and never seeing their price drop below $25.  With the movie club, we felt at ease using our "free" movies to purchase all movies we had never seen before.

As part of our membership agreement, we would get 5 movies for $1.00 with the purchase of one movie.  We also had the option to purchase another movie at a special price, though this did not count toward our membership agreement (we purchased it anyways).  Once part of the club, we were required to purchase four more movies at regular price over the next year.  All the titles in blue are the movies that counted toward our commitment.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Festival of the Lion King in Disney's Animal Kingdom

There are plenty of attractions around Walt Disney World (and all Disney parks) that give tired feet a break from park touring.  One of our favorites is Festival of the Lion King in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  We did not experience this live musical show until 2011.  We had always skipped it for no reason in particular other than we were off doing other things.  After that first experience with the show, it made it to the top of our list of things to do in Walt Disney World.

When you enter Festival of the Lion King, guests sit in four sections around a center stage.  The well known characters from The Lion King are portrayed by humans in elaborate African costumes, other than Timon, who portrays himself.  If you know the songs from the movie, as well as the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight, you will be singing along with each and every one of them as the performers retell the story of Simba and how he became king through singing, dancing, acrobatics and more.  Our favorite part of the show is by far the monkeys!

So if you are in Disney's Animal Kingdom and you are looking to  take a break from park touring, I highly recommend you head to Camp Minnie-Mickey and see Festival of the Lion King.  It is a great show, and gives you 30 minutes off your feet in an air conditioned theater.  It is now on our "must do" list!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

We Pursued & Found the Magic this week with Big Thunder Mountain Trivia, Mike Wazowski at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival and more!

We are finally settling back into our post vacation routine and possibly getting over our Disney withdrawals!  Of course, on return from our Walt Disney World vacation, we are already starting to plan our next vacation.  This trip was quite amazing with all of us experiencing many new things, which we will share over the upcoming weeks.

Here's what happened here at Pursuing the Magic this week in case you missed any of our posts:

  • We joined in the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop and shared a photo from my daughter's first trip on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as well as some trivia about the train cars!
  • I created a Pinterest board with all the articles Disney bloggers shared as part of the 40 Days to 40 Years series (a countdown series that brought Disney fans from around the web together) to celebrate Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary.  DIStherapy created this series, as well as many other anniversary countdowns, which I will be adding Pinterest boards for over the course of the next few weeks.
  • We celebrated the arrival of spring for the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop by sharing a photo of the Mike Wazowski topiary at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival.
  • As part of the Growing Up Disney Minnie Moms, I shared what I would purchase as a Disney souvenir if I had an unlimited Disney budget.  To see what I would purchase, head over to Growing Up Disney and go window shopping with the Minnie Moms.

How did you find Disney magic this week?  
We would love to hear about it!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Disney Window Shopping with the Growing Up Disney Minnie Moms

Today, I am window shopping over at Growing Up Disney with the Minnie Moms.  This month we are sharing what souvenir we would purchase for ourselves if we had an unlimited budget. To see what Disney luxury items we would all love to have in our homes, head over to

While there, make sure you let us know what you would purchase with an unlimited Disney budget!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Celebrating Spring in Disney ~ Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

Focused on the Magic
I love this week's theme for the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Focused on the Magic ~ Spring Fever!  Either as I age I am getting less tolerant of our New Hampshire winters, or this winter has been particularly long and cold!  Either way, I am ready for spring, and what better way to get in the mood than share some photos from Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival.

Last week I shared the Phineas and Ferb topiaries and this week I am sharing another newcomer to the festival - Mike Wazowski!  This display was not completely finished when we were in Walt Disney World (our vacation ended just before the official start of the festival), so here is it before the addition of Sully.

I was so excited to see so many new character brought to life at this year's festival.  I wish I had a few of these for my yard!

To bring a little more Disney and spring into your day, make sure you head over to 
to share your favorite Disney photo or take a stroll through this virtual Disney photo album! Spring is in the air!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DIStherapy's Anniversary Series on Pinterest

40 Days to 40 Years
As you may know, I have worked with DIStherapy to bring together bloggers from across the web to celebrate the anniversaries of different Disney parks around the world.  We began with Walt Disney World's 40th anniversary.  We brought together 40 bloggers to share 40 years of memories, photos and park changes.  I have created a Pinterest board of all our 40th anniversary posts.  In the coming weeks, I'll be adding boards for Epcot's 30th anniversary, the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and once we get started the 15th anniversary for Disney's Animal Kingdom.

If you want to check out that first anniversary series, head over to my Pinterest board:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ~ Did you know . . .

Tiggerific+Tuesday+Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Epcots Soarin Today is the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Blog Hop hosted by Disney Babies Blog, Heidi's Head, Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and My Dreams of Disney.  I love this blog hop because I have really learned a lot of little Disney tidbits each week, which just give me a better appreciation of Walt Disney and his imagination.  This week I am sharing a tip from an attraction in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  I used the app Walt Disney World Fun Facts to find this bit of Disney trivia.  I can say I have never taken the time to notice the names of the trains, but as always, so creative and perfect for this attraction!

Bug Thunder Mountain Railroad features 6 trains ~ I.B. Hearty, I.M. Brave, I.M. Fearless, U.R. Bold, U.R. Daring and U.R.Courageous.

Pierre, Uncle Mike and Emily on Emily's first Big Thunder Mountain Railroad experience
(sorry it's a bit blurry, I pulled the picture from the video I took!)

During our recent trip, my littlest one, Emily, experienced Big Thunder Mountain for the first time.  She absolutely loved it!  Even better, she rode along with my Uncle Mike, who had not been to Walt Disney World since 1982!  I'll share more about her experience in a future post, but it was definitely a special moment for our vacation.

To join in the Tiggerific Tuesday Blog Hop, head over to 
Share your favorite bit of Disney trivia and see what everyone else shared too!  It is a great way to get a little Disney in your day and learn something new!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Discovering DiVine in Disney's Animal Kingdom

This article was published February 19, 2013 in the WDW Daily News Newsletter #269 as part of my Making Magical Memories column.  You can find me published in their newsletter every other week, so be sure to subscribe to their weekly newsletter.

One of the most important lessons I learned as a mom vacationing with little ones in Walt Disney World is to take time out to enjoy all the details we pass along the way as we walk from attraction to attraction.  Disney storytelling surrounds us in all their parks, sometimes in very obvious ways and other times in a way so subtle, you can easily miss it.  Sometimes it is the little things that we can find much joy in.  There is one thing in particular that if you are racing from Kilimanjaro Safaris to Expedition Everest, or any other attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you would miss.  That very special entertainment experience is DiVine.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Phineas and Ferb at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival

Focused on the Magic
Today, I am joining in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop hosted by Focused on the Magic with a photo from our recent trip to Walt Disney World.  We left just a few days before Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival began, but we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a few of the displays that were being set up for the festival's opening day.

We personally loved these topiaries, especially since we were on our way to Agent P's World Showcase Adventure.  But really, all the displays are just amazing and the festival brings favorite Disney characters to light in an entirely different way and I love it!  This is one of our favorite times of year to visit Epcot.

Make sure you head over to
to join in the fun of the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop by sharing your own favorite Disney photo or just strolling through the virtual photo album of he photos shared by everyone else.  It is a great way to bring a little Disney into your day!

On a side note, sorry I have been so absent from my blog!  Having just returned from a week at Walt Disney World, I have a lot of things to share.  Our family tried many new things from attractions to restaurants to shows, and we can't wait to share them all with you!

Friday, March 8, 2013

My Favorite Disney Attraction Vehicle

When it comes to choosing a favorite ride vehicle, I can say I had a very hard time narrowing down my choices.  You might already know I am not a thrill ride seeker, so falling elevators, speeding limos and runaway trains really don't top my list (though I think their themeing is genius within their own attractions!).  With my children the ages they are, the honey pots, clamshells and magic carpets are really more our style.  But there is one ride that I have to say, after much thought, that our entire family loves.  Our ride "vehicle" is chosen very carefully each and every experience, with Hayley going for purple, Emily going for pink and Joey heading for one that "isn't girly."  Even better you can ride this attraction several times and never have the same vehicle twice because no two are the same.  Though Emily referred to this as the "horse go round" for many years, its official name is Prince Charming's Regal Carousel.  It is by far my children's favorite attraction, and therefore one of mine!  This is the only attraction that my children choose their vehicle, and they each have certain criteria before choosing which horse will be their's for the two minute ride!

Hayley and Grammie ~ October 2010

Next time you are in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, take the time to really look at the intricate details on each of the horses, which are decorated with flowers, feathers, shields and more.  While Hayley waits in line, she carefully watches the 90 horses pass and picks out the one she knows she is going to ride, which is never the same one twice, it is always the one that catches her eye on that particular day.  As soon as the gate opens, she heads straight to the one she spotted.  Joey heads toward one that has no pink and Emily looks for any horse with as much pink as possible on it.  I don't think she has ever ridden a horse without pink!  This classic attraction is by no means a thrill ride, and you will never need a FastPass to experience it, but it is one our favorites and having the opportunity to choose between 90 different horses gives us a "new" riding experience every trip!

Hayley & Aunt Susan ~ February 2013