Anna And Elsa From Disney Frozen Greeting Guests At Magic Kingdom Park

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Anna And Elsa From Disney Frozen
Greeting Guests At Magic Kingdom Park

I have been to Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort several times since the extremely popular Anna and Elsa from Disney Frozen started doing meet and greets in the Norway Pavilion. Each time I’ve been, I haven’t had the time to spend 3-4 hours in line waiting to meet these lovely ladies.

I was so excited to attend my very first Type-A Boot Camp where Disney Parks sponsored our evening party with a Frozen theme. Much to all of our surprise, Anna and Elsa made an appearance! I’ll fill you in on all that amazing-ness real soon, but in the meantime, the picture above was taken at the Disneyland Resort during the 5th Annual Disney Social Media Moms Celebration where I was able to meet Anna and Elsa on the West coast! They are so sweet and really fun to chat with. I encourage all of you to take some time to visit with them on your next Disney Parks vacation.

Speaking of time, I’ve got some great news to share with you! Anna and Elsa have moved from Epcot to Magic Kingdom Park to join some of their fellow Disney Royals at Princess Fairytale Hall where Disney FastPass+ service is available! I highly recommend utilizing the FastPass+ service for Character meet and greets, especially this extremely popular one! The pic below shows the wait time from about 2:00 p.m. EDT their first day at Princess Fairytale Hall. Wowzers!

Photo Credit: BigFatPanda

Photo Credit: BigFatPanda

If you’ve got a Walt Disney World vacation coming up soon, be sure you log into your My Disney Experience account and get your FastPass+ reservation! If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you are able to make your reservations up to 60-days in advance plus up to 10-days into your vacation. If you are staying at an off-property location, you can make your FastPass+ reservations up to 30-days in advance!


Would you wait 240-minutes to meet Anna and Elsa or would you Let It Go?

I Melt Into A Puddle When It “Snows” On Main Street!

Many of you know how much I LOVE the Magic Kingdom during September and October because I love the way it’s all done up for Halloween! Well, I am in love with the winter holiday decorations as well. I had the chance to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party earlier this month and one of my VERY FAVORITE things was when it “snowed” as Santa rode his sleigh down Main Street at Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade! It was so magical!

I’m used to it “snowing” every day on Main Street during the Christmas Season at Disneyland and it only happens during the Party at the Magic Kingdom. I’d heard that during the week between Christmas and New Years, that Parade happened during the day, so I had been working on planning a short weekend trip down to Walt Disney World during that week so my family could experience the Parade and the “snow”! Well, we watched the Parade yesterday at 3:30 in the afternoon and it was absolutely gorgeous out, but no “snow” on Main Street. I was really bummed, but we figured there must have been a good reason that they didn’t have it that day.

We met up with a good friend that was in town and enjoyed a LeFou’s Brew and a Pork Shank at Gaston’s Tavern. Then we all went for a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Pirate’s of the Caribbean! We were all freezing by the time we were finished as it had cooled way down by the evening. We decided to call it a night and started heading for Main Street. We arrived right in front of Cinderella Castle just in time to enjoy the new “Celebrate The Magic” show! Here’s a clip of the end of the show with the Holiday addition! Enjoy!

After the show, we headed toward Main Street and the Park exit when I noticed “snow” pouring in from above!! Not many people had even noticed as it just started. I was so excited that I stopped right in my tracks in the absolute middle of the street as I gazed up toward the beautiful Christmas garlands that hung above. That’s when it really started “snowing”!!! My kids were so excited and we stood right there looking up for about 15 minutes while the “snow” floated down and stuck in our hair and to our jackets. It was perfect! My whole reason for coming during this very busy time was happening right at that moment! It was so random and it couldn’t have been any more magical!

What kind of magic have you and your family experienced during the holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort?

Dress Rehearsal of New Fantasyland ~ My Experience!

I was at Walt Disney World last weekend strolling with my family from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland when I noticed an opening in some shrubbery and people going into the New Fantasyland. I asked a Cast Member if we could go in and when he replied, “of course”, I just about exploded into Pixie Dust on the spot! They were conducting a Soft Opening of the brand new land!! The best part of it all, you ask? My parents happened to be in town from Seattle so they got to be a part of it!!

As we walked under the gates, the detail, as you can only imagine, was absolutely gorgeous. We decided not to go into the Enchanted Tales with Belle experience this time as there was a bit of a wait and we were on a time constraint. As we were heading back into the Enchanted Forest, we could see some of the beautiful creations emerging and getting bigger as we came closer. It was such a magical feeling and we were all so excited for the new experience!

We walked over to Gaston’s Tavern first as it was open and there were lots of people about. It felt as though we were walking right into the scene from Beauty and the Beast as we walked into the Village. Gaston was standing there boasting about his strength right next to a gorgeous fountain in front of his tavern. My friend Ashley [who is a server at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney’s California Adventure] captured this fabulous picture showing all three…

When we walked into the Tavern, it was even more amazing! The detail that the Imagineers put into each and every piece of their projects is phenomenal, really. I quickly snapped these pics of one of the menu boards where you can see antlers and beer mugs hanging, as well as the fireplace that was as grand as could be! So cool!

We tried Le Fou’s Brew, and I have to say, it was FABULOUS!! The official description of the Brew is “Frozen Apple Juice with a hint of Toasted Marshmallow and topped with All Natural Passion Fruit Mango Foam served in a Souvenir Stein or Goblet”. Wow!! This stuff was delicious! My parents, who don’t like anything sweet, absolutely LOVED it too! What a faboulously refreshing treat on a hot day! The Goblets are completely adorable, and notice the little touch of Mickey too?

As we walked out of Gaston’s Tavern, there was Maurice’s Amazing Popping Machine where they sold refreshments and we decided that we needed a Mickey Bar…after all, the six of us shared two Brews, so we needed more of a snack! ;)

While my family was getting Mickey Bars, I decided to go wait in line to meet Gaston myself. He was just a hoot with every set of guests he met as I waited in line…so authentic and exactly true to his character in the movie! I wouldn’t expect any less, but it was pretty awesome. I got to the beginning of the line just as my mom and my daughter came over so all of us girls posed for a picture with the stud muffin! LOL! Can you believe how tall he is?

After meeting Gaston, we walked over to see if the Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction happened to be running. Much to our delight, IT WAS!!! I’m going to give you a picture tour of this attraction and I will tell you that it was amazing, breathtaking, exactly true to detail, and we felt like we’d stepped right into the movie. I can’t think of enough adjectives right now to describe how amazing every detail was…truly a feast for the eyes!


Ariel left guests a note with instructions for the interactive ride queue game…

There were gadgets and gizmos a-plenty…


and whozits and whatzits galore…

A quick pic of the interactive game you can enjoy while waiting in line to get into your Shell!

Just one example of the completely AH-MAZING artwork on the ceilings as you walk through the ride queue.


Ariel as she’s going through the change

My VERY FAVORITE scene from the whole ride…

Together at last and getting her voice back…

And the grand finale…because every magical day should end with fireworks!!

I sure hope you’ve enjoyed my photo tour and that you are planning a visit to the New Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL real soon! Remember, the Enchanted Forest officially opens to the public on December 6, 2012! Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates!

The Season of Halloween – Disney Style!

I have to tell you all, fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year! I just love all the colors of the leaves changing, that nip in the air, and HALLOWEEN!!! Especially Halloween!!! Fall has been really different for us the last two years since moving here to Savannah. When Halloween is here, it’s still hot out. The trees don’t really start changing color until November-ish. It’s pretty peculiar to me, but I’ll get used to it eventually…especially because Disney Parks extends the Halloween season by an extra month or so! See, tonight is the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which is undoubtedly my VERY favorite event on the planet!!! This event is not-to-be-missed if you are planning on being at the Walt Disney World between 9/11/2012 and 11/2/2012. There is an extra cost for admission to this very special party and it is worth every penny, in my opinion! Check out the official pricing details along with the Event Guide by clicking here.

I also want to share the brand new party map with you as well so you can possibly print them early and get your planning on [because I know you are all serious planners like me]!!! You’ll notice that there is some very fun NEW entertainment happening this year and check out the early peek of some of the special Party merchandise! Just click on the pictures if you want to view them larger.

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

The first time I attended this special party, we ran around like crazy trick-or-treating, attending dance parties, and riding tons of rides since the lines were so short. Disney only sells a limited number of party tickets, so the Magic Kingdom isn’t filled to capacity which makes it an extra special treat. Now, my ultimate goal is to hit the party twice in the season so I can be 100% sure that I don’t miss a single thing…because I’m sorta nutty like that when it comes to MNSSHP! You don’t HAVE to do it twice, but I highly reccommend it! I just learned today that there will be more candy this year than EVER BEFORE!!! And if sweets are not your thing, there will be healthy options as well. All you’ll need to do is bring your candy that you’ve collected at the treat locations to City Hall, and they’ll exchange your goodies for candy that fits your dietary needs, such as sugar-free candy, treats without nuts and healthy options too! Pretty awesome, right?

Speaking of planning, I sure do like to surprise my kids, but it’s getting really hard to that the older they get because they have my number now…too many surprises over the years apparently! The great Dream Makers over at Disney Floral & Gifts have made a really special “Spirited” Halloween Surprise with teens in mind that includes a special blacklight flashlight for some “to die for” fun!

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

The Disney Florist has a whole bunch of absolutely fantastic gift ideas for kids of all ages if you’re inclined to add an extra touch of magic to your fall vacation. I love how thoughtful they are too, for example, the Trick or Treat Pumpkin is collapsable so you can transport it home easily and enjoy for years to come! You’ve just got to LOVE Mickey Ears on a pumpkin! I have seen most of the products offered by Disney Floral & Gifts and they are made of the highest quality and everything is just beautiful. You really have to see it to believe it…check out the article about my special visit to the Disney Events Group by clicking here.

I hope you all have a “Spooktacular” Halloween season and please let me know in the comments below what your favorite part of MNSSHP is if you go!

The VERY FIRST Disney Parks Blog Tweet Up!

Back on September 20th, the Disney Parks Blog announced that they were throwing a party, actually, a Trick or Meet-Up! This private party would take place at the Magic Kingdom just after the park closed to the public. As you would expect, attendance was limited, so you would need to act quickly. I have been pretty busy the last few weeks but I was lucky enough to be home that morning and thanks to my expert twitter-stalking skills, I was able to get registered in time to make the cut!

We parked at Blizzard Beach that evening and were entertained by a DJ while we waited for our buses to arrive. Once we boarded, we were taken through a backstage area where the floats for various parades were stored…that was REALLY cool to see! We entered the park through a backstage entrance by Splash Mountain and were guided over to the Hall of Presidents where guests dressed in costumes posed for pictures before they went into the attraction. I was very excited that the photographer that evening was Gene Duncan! You can see some of his work here.

I was also excited to see Thomas Smith dressed as Indiana Jones as we walked in to the theater to sit down for the presentation, especially because he recognized JL and I! I’m always tickled when a famous Disney celebrity recognizes me! Inside, Leanne Jakubowski started off by welcoming us all and introducing the members of the Disney Parks Blog who were present, including Gary Buchanan [who was dressed as a giant turkey leg WITH Mickey Ears], Jenn Fickley-Baker, Laura Spencer, and Jennifer Wilkes. Next, Walt Disney Imagineer Jason Surrell talked to us about the history of the WDW Haunted Mansion. He took questions at the end of his talk and gave informative and quite a few entertaining answers!

We walked out of the Hall of Presidents to a fabulous dessert buffet of cheesecakes that looked like eyeballs and brownies that looked like little spiders. There were also rice krispie treats in the shape of Mickey heads along with bottled water and soda.

We made our way over to the Haunted Mansion attraction where Pete Carsillo and Eric Goodman were giving small tours of the new interactive line queue that I hadn’t seen yet! Really good stuff…this was such a treat! I loved listening to Miss Carlotta go on and on as we waited in line!

Miss Carlotta

She was so cool and I even had a dance with her later in the evening. There is a really funny pic of her and I over on the Disney Parks Blog costume page. What a kick!

I was over by the Diamond Horseshoe when a “special guest” was set to appear. I found Dr. Facilier lurking about and Donald and Daisy on the porch. I visited with them for just a little bit and a very nice Cast Member did his best to get a couple of pics for me. Sorry they’re a bit dark and blurry, but the memory is really fun! The one with Mickey and Minnie is too blurry to post, but fortunately I’ll be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party later this month so I’ll have another chance.

Our special guest turned out to be the Headless Horseman trotting through Liberty Square which was so cool, especially on this eerie night in the Magic Kingdom! What a treat!

Thomas Smith put together a great recap of the event, including more pics and a video here. I want to thank everyone at the Disney Parks Blog who worked so hard to put on such a fantastic event and I’m really glad that I got to be a part of it!

Be sure to check out the new Disney Parks Blog Facebook Page as there are some more pictures of this fabulously fun event! Give them a “like” while you’re there!

Wordless Wednesday…On Stranger Tides

We met Angelica from Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides!!

 

Wordless Wednesday…On Stranger Tides

Wordless Wednesday: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Wordless Wednesday:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Photo Credit: Marc Lorenzo