Disney Parks Reveals New Theme for 2013 Limited Time Magic

Disney Parks Reveals New Theme for 2013

Limited Time Magic

Oh, how I wish I could’ve been in New York City today as Disney Parks unveiled Limited Time Magic: 52 weeks of magical experiences big and small that appear, then disappear as the next special surprise debuts. So, no matter when you visit a Disney Park in 2013, you’ll have special experiences awaiting!

Imagine an Independence Day celebration – only it lasts an entire week….Main Street mainstays the Dapper Dans rocking out with boy band hits in barbershop style….a Friday the 13th dance party with Disney villains that lasts to the 13th hour….a Valentine’s Day in 2013 that becomes Valentine’s Week with Disney castles blushing pink, surprise meet-and-greets with Disney princes and princesses, and candlelit dinners for couples in love. Doesn’t that sound like a whole bunch of Pixie Dusted fun?

Disney officials noted that Limited Time Magic was inspired by the reality that many of life’s most cherished memories are made during those special, but fleeting moments when families spend time together with shared experiences.

As part of today’s announcement, Disney Parks illustrated the whimsical and short-lived nature of Limited Time Magic by unveiling a glistening, three-story fairytale castle in the heart of Times Square. Made of 45,000 pounds of ice, the castle was available only for a limited time, thanks to Mother Nature and warming autumn temperatures.

Here’s a sampling of Limited Time Magic in store for guests in 2013 — for a limited time only:

True Love Week: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Guests can celebrate their Valentine as Magic Kingdom and Disneyland turn up the romance, complete with their iconic castles bathed in hues of red and pink. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine collectibles will be offered for the week.

Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.

During “Long Lost Friends Week,” lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight with meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opps with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight guests. And Disney guests will even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.

Pirate Week: Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which Disneyland and Walt Disney World become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.

Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

Unleash the Villains: A Friday the 13th in 2013 is a special day, so Disneyland and Disney Hollywood Studios are staying open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.). Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Jafar and other Disney villains host a dance party, complete with limited-edition collectibles and nighttime mischief on Sept. 13.

Golden Horseshoe Revue: The fabled Frontierland show returns to Disneyland for one month only, bringing back the corny jokes and enduring songs that were often enjoyed by Walt Disney himself.

Disney Dream Makers are crafting more surprises and magical offers that will be rolled out weekly during the magical year. The experience of the week will be announced in a variety of ways including in-park, Disneyworld.com, Disneyland.com, Facebook, Twitter, and the Disney Parks Blog – adding to the element of surprise.

We already have a Grand Gathering planned during the week of Valentine’s Day and I’m SUPER EXCITED for True Love Week! Is there a particular week that floats your boat already? Let me know in the comments!

For more information about Limited Time Magic, please visit www.limitedtimemagic.com

Wordless Wednesday … Pink Dreamlights

Wordless Wednesday…
Pink Dreamlights

Wordless Wednesday…Such Beautiful Windows!

Wordless Wednesday…
Such Beautiful Windows!

This week’s theme is architecture…

Come along and join the fun! Link up your Disney Almost Wordless or Wordless Wednesday posts, make new Disney friends, visit with old friends, see some great pics at The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop with Debs Dis @ Focused on the Magic

Focused on the Magic

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!


Wishing all of my friends and family a safe and happy 4th of July!!

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: A Magical Day of Learning

Great Company!


DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011
A Magical Day of Learning

Our conference day started out with a fabulous breakfast at Citricos, one of the Signature restaurants on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. I had never eaten there before so I was pretty excited. There was a fabulous buffet breakfast set up for us and everything was delish! I also got to sit with Lou Mongello of WDW Radio, Chris Brogan, and Cindy who writes Mom Maven! Very fun!

After breakfast, we headed over to the Convention Center. We were welcomed to the conference by Meg Crofton, President of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is always so sweet and excited to see us all.

Our first speaker of the day was Matt Jacobson, the Head of Market Development for Facebook. He offered some helpful suggestions to make Facebook work better for you by using available social plug-ins on your blog, advertising effectively by targeting the right audience, and separating your personal page from your business page. He also pointed out that there are 500 million Facebook users and 1 million users are added daily. He reminded us that “the world is stunningly small when we are all connected.” Makes sense to me!

Next, we had the pleasure of meeting Rene Syler of Good Enough Mother. She was amazing from the first moment she took over the stage. She talked about parenting and how none of us are perfect, we just do the best we can. She spoke to us about how she found her voice through the use of social media. She made us all laugh by saying she is an over-achiever because she was fired from a job not once, but twice. She brought tears to our eyes with her personal story of surviving breast cancer and how she made the decision to have her breasts removed. She was an inspiration and reminded us that “no one will ever believe in you as much as you believe in yourself” and “real growth hurts, you will not grow when you’re comfortable” and my favorite, “don’t spit fire with your message because your message will be lost.” She truly made me feel like it doesn’t matter how big or small of a blogger you are, YOU are important! You should really follow her on twitter at @ReneSyler and @goodenufmother.

Me with the lovely Rene Syler

Next up was Chris Brogan. I was thrilled when I learned that he would be returning this year because I loved his talk last year. If you go to Chris’s website, you’ll find that he uses video a lot, video of himself, so people can see and hear who he is. He’s very genuine and REAL. He told us that seeing someone is so much more important than simply putting your words out there. He thoroughly enjoys meeting each and every person he interacts with online. He even remembered me from last year and I was completely tickled!

Chris Brogan and I

Chris continued to give us all more pointers about blogging. He said that we need to “ask ourselves why a hell of a lot…how is easy to answer.” He told us to focus on the top three things that really matter, customer service, sales, and marketing. He reminded us that EVERYTHING is content when you are a blogger and that “you need to take care of you first…you can only do so much…the you will eventually turn into a community.” Most importantly, he said to figure out distribution, if you want to be remembered, do different things. Then he talked a little CRAP with us:

C = Connections
R = Referrals
A = Attention / Awareness
P = Presence

An important motto of his is “Always Be Connecting” and I strive to connect with more and more people each day. You live or die by your database! My very favorite take-away from Chris’s talk was when he talked about supporting each other. He talked about how the competition in the blogging world gets so ugly sometimes and recommended that everyone just come together and support each other. I personally have felt like a huge underdog in the blogging world, often wondering why anyone would care about what I have to say. I’ve often felt like I’m just repeating what other bloggers have already said in their blogs that are much bigger than mine. I’ve often not posted articles I’ve written just because I felt like it had already been said, just in a different way, by a different person. What I learned from Chris (and a couple of my dear blogging friends) is that everyone has their own take on everything and we all need to “raise each other up…give it in order to get it.” Think about how many Facebook “likes” we would have if we all just returned the favor! By the way, Chris said these “likes” are a great distribution tool, more powerful that re-tweets! He also told us that it took him eight years to get his first hundred readers!

Chris’s talk was broken in half around our fabulous lunch! We walked over to eat at Citricos again! Amazing! When we came back, Duffy was in the hallway waiting for us! I had never met him before so that was a real treat!

Meeting Duffy!

When we went back into the conference room, we all had a stuffed Duffy to take home with us and he was wearing a very fancy DisneySMMoms T-Shirt!

Surprise Duffy!

We were welcomed back from lunch and there were some raffle drawings for some VERY fun things. One of which, was a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite! You can read about my friend Amanda’s experience over on her blog.

All of a sudden, a lady from one of the back tables started talking very loudly and fast as she approached the stage! It took many of us a few minutes to figure out that she was part of the show! Her name is Fran Capo and she is the Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest talking female. I highly recommend that you check out her website and you’ll get a bit of a taste of her! She was hysterical, although she spoke too fast for me to take notes! LOL! You can follow her on twitter too, she’s lots of fun and full of great information…trust me, it’s much easier to read! LOL!

When I saw on the agenda that Georgia Stitt and Susan Egan were going to be there, I wasn’t really sure who they were exactly…shhh…don’t tell them. Well, they were truly amazing singers! I’m so glad to be able to share a video of Susan Egan singing “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” from the movie Hercules, that a fellow blogger posted on YouTube…

The wonderful day ended with Susan singing “The Mom Song.” If you have never heard it before, you will laugh your head off! Even if you have, you will still laugh your head off. Promise. Susan Egan is amazing! Thanks to ThemeParkMom for sharing this video with us!

What a fun day!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.