Monstrous Summer Preview – The Most Amazing Thing EVER Happened At Epcot!

Last week, I was so excited to be in attendance for Disney’s Monstrous Summer Media Preview! After a special Illuminations Dessert Party, we were asked to be at the front entrance of the Park for a special announcement. I had no idea that what was about to happen next would be the coolest thing I’d ever seen take place ON Spaceship Earth! Don’t believe it? Well, have a look at my video below!

How unbelievably AWESOME was that? I’m so excited that I was right there at the front of the action for the special announcement and I sure hope that you will be able to make a visit to one of the three-park all-night parties happening at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

Keep an eye out on the Disney Parks Blog and the Monstrous Summer site for upcoming details!

My Thoughts On The Disney Limited Time Magic Campaign

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My Thoughts On The Disney
Limited Time Magic Campaign

I’ve been holding off on writing about Limited Time Magic for a while because I wanted to experience some of the magic before forming my own opinion on it. You see, I’m the type of person who will wait to form judgement until I’ve personally experienced something, despite what the majority thinks or says. I’ve read so many articles since the Limited Time Magic campaign was announced. It always continues to amaze me how many people judge things before they’ve experienced them just simply because they don’t think it’s a good idea.

You all know that I’m a huge Disney fan, but there’s more to it than just that. I know, you’re thinking to yourself, “Jackie would never say anything bad about Disney”, right? Well, here’s the thing…we all have choices about how we’re going to view things. I’ve read about how people were so excited about Limited Time Magic and CHOSE to set their expectations very high. You see what I did there…THEY made the CHOICE to set such high expectations and that was THEIR choice. It’s magic, people! There was no promise made of how big or small the magic would be…only that there would be magic! Stop being disappointed and simply enjoy it already, would ya? Do you all remember Syndrome, the “bad guy” from The Incredibles? Remember when he said “when everyone’s super, no one is”? This sort of falls into the same guidelines for me, if EVERYTHING was spectacular, then NOTHING would be. Let’s just go back to the basics here and enjoy it for what it is. Sometimes you’ll get a Strawberry Ear Hat, sometimes you’ll get Long Lost Friends. Disney even let their fans help choose next year’s logo by letting us vote on it! When have they EVER done that? The way I see it, you can’t please everyone all of the time, but if you are able to please most people most of the time, you’re doing pretty darn good!

I also feel that the folks at Disney have a pretty smart marketing team with all of us extreme planners out there. I’m the first one to admit that I am a lot more confident about our vacation when we have a plan. Here’s the thing about that though, when something unplanned and unexpected would happen right before our eyes, there was no feeling in the world that could top that! We felt like the luckiest family on the planet when our daughter got to draw her very own Stitch with a broom and water along with a little help from a Custodian Cast Member at Magic Kingdom Park. If you’ve never seen this amazing artwork before, check out Thomas Smith’s article on the Disney Parks Blog about it. It wouldn’t have been quite the same if we’d had an appointment to do that. Think about this for a second, can you imagine the line that would form if Guests knew ahead of time that this was going to happen? That’s why I think that Disney had a real good plan when they decided that they weren’t going to announce all of the Limited Time Magic for the entire year, because then it wouldn’t be quite as special. Random Pixie Dust is super fun, I promise!

So, all that being said, I was fortunate enough to be on vacation with my family at Walt Disney World during “True Love Week” and since my husband and I are celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary this year, it was pretty special for us! We even got to attend the special Disney Parks Blog Meet-up that was held on Valentine’s Day! We really enjoyed seeing Disney Character Couples around the Park and we had a fabulous experience. I just loved having our picture taken with my parents right in front of Cinderella’s Carriage along the new walls surrounding the entrance to New Fantasyland during broad daylight!

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Now, I’m not saying that you’re not entitled to have your own opinions and state them…good, bad, or indifferent. I’m just merely suggesting that you keep an open heart and an open mind. Allow yourself to be surprised by what magic you might find while you’re on a Disney vacation! With a little bit of Pixie Dust and imagination, anything is possible!

Turning Up the Romance at Walt Disney World During True Love Week for Limited Time Magic

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

 

Turning Up the Romance at Walt Disney World
During True Love Week for Limited Time Magic

Love is in the air at Walt Disney World Resort as fairytale Princesses find true love with their Princes, and “happily ever after” becomes reality. It all happens during True Love Week February 11-17, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Last week, I shared some Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Extra Special at Walt Disney World and now that we’re just a few short days away, I wanted to share some more info with you!

The week long love fest is all part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks, where each week in 2013, Guests will be treated to a sprinkling of Disney magic where unexpected surprises and delights enhance vacation memories. Something magical already happened this week in preparation for True Love Week! The Disney Parks Blog announced a special meet-up to take place at the Magic Kingdom on Valentine’s Day! It’s called ‘A Celebration of True Love‘ and I am excited that I happened to be at the right place at the right time to get registered! This is going to be such a special morning for my husband and I because it’s this year, in April, that we will be celebrating 20 years of marriage! I can’t think of a more fun way to celebrate! I’ll take lots of pics and share the magic with you all as I can!

During True Love Week, a tapestry of romance is woven throughout the resort, from limited time Valentine’s merchandise and special entertainment, to romantic dinners for two and new themed photo locations offering greetings with beloved Disney sweethearts – all for a limited time only.

The week-long event celebrates the love of friends and family, and invites couples to rekindle the flame. Here is the lineup:

Romantic Setting: Guests will feel the romance at every turn, as banners proclaiming True Love, heart-shaped signage and sweetheart-themed décor adorn the Magic Kingdom.

Blushing Castle: At dusk, hues of pink, red, lavender and blue bathe Cinderella Castle with themed lighting synced to a musical melodies adding to the ambiance.

Dinners for Two: Candlelit dinners for two with prix fixe menus at select restaurants during the most romantic week of the year. Specially-created menus at Artist Point (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort); The Wave…of American Flavors (Disney’s Contemporary Resort); Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney’s Hollywood Studios); Yachtsman Steakhouse (Disney’s Yacht Club Resort) make an ideal setting for a romantic evening. To book visit Disneyworld.com or call 407.WDW.DINE [939.3463].

Valentine’s-themed Takeaways:
Limited-edition pins, plushes, newly-designed apparel and Vinylmations available at select merchandise locations.

Royal Gathering: The rare opportunity to get a photo with Disney Princes as they escort their Princesses to enchanting character greeting locations.

In Town Square Theater you may find Mickey and Minnie, Aurora with Phillip or Rapunzel and Flynn. Mary Poppins joins Bert in Fantasyland, while Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana meet guests in the Enchanted Glade in Liberty Square.

Romantic Photo Locations in Magic Kingdom with your Sweetie:

Carriage Awaits: New Fantasyland invites lovers to create memories alongside Cinderella’s Glass Coach situated by the new Castle wall for True Love Week.

Wishes Come True: Hearts and flowers enhance Cinderella’s Wishing Well creating the perfect backdrop for a cherished moment.

Rose Walk: The Rose Garden in Central Plaza is all decked out with enchanting decor.

And more…

Romantic Touches: Long stem roses, chocolate covered strawberries, the finest champagne, or scattered rose petals create a romantic scene for lovebirds, all available through the Disney florist at www.disneyflorist.com.

Elegant Oasis for Relaxation: An aromatherapy couples’ massage is just the escape after a day with the kids in the theme park. Couples’ massages are available at the newly opened, full-service Senses, A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Perfectly Princess: Join your prince for the ultimate fairytale come true with a customized Disney wedding or honeymoon getaway. More than 1,000 couples get married, or renew their wedding vows in romantic settings in various locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort every year. Visit DisneyWeddings.com for more information.

Be sure to stay “in the know” with the 52 weeks of Limited Time Magic happening in 2013 ~ follow along on Twitter by following @DisneyParks and using the hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic on all your social media outlets!

Make Valentine’s Day Extra Special at the Walt Disney World Resort

Limited Time Magic was announced a few months ago on the Disney Parks Blog and I’m very excited to see and participate in as many of the fun happenings that I can each week this year! Coming up on the agenda is Valentine’s Week. Not just Valentine’s DAY, but Valentine’s WEEK!! Woo Hoo!!

Photo Courtesy: Disney Parks

Photo Courtesy: Disney Parks

 

True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet Park Guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.

Can you magine a Valentine’s Day that becomes a Valentine’s Week with Disney Castles blushing pink, surprise meet-and-greets with Disney Princes and Princesses making for some great photo shoots, and candlelit dinners for couples in love? There are even going to be a few merchandise events going on in February at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland that you may want to check out!

Occasionally when I see characters around the Parks, I sometimes see them with their respective Prince or Princess. Whenever I do, I’m REALLY excited to get pictures with the happy couple! Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are my absolute FAVORITE couple! I’d love to know who your favorites are and which couples you’re most looking forward to seeing during Valentine’s Week if you’ll be visiting.

Our friends over at Walt Disney World Floral & Gifts have some unbelievably beautiful Valentine’s Day creations for you too. Will you be visiting during Valentine’s week with a little one who has never been to Walt Disney World? Check out these magical offerings, My First Disney Visit – Valentine’s Day – Mickey Mouse and My First Disney Visit – Valentine’s Day – Minnie Mouse. If you are looking for a gift fit for a Pirate or a Princess, well, Disney has you taken care of there too. Check out these fun options.

My First Disney ValentineMy First Disney Valentine MinnieThe possibilities are truly endless at the Disney Florist. There are many traditional Valentine’s Day surprises to choose from that have just the right dose of Disney added to make your gift truly magical. There are some over the top options too, if that’s your thing! Be sure to check out all the Valentine’s Day gifts as there are over 25 options pictured! One of my favorite things is that the Dream Makers will work with you to create your very own magic if you have something different in mind than what is pictured. Just give them a call at 407.WDW.GIFT [939-4438] today!

Be sure to stay “in the know” with the 52 weeks of Limited Time Magic happening in 2013 ~ follow along on Twitter by following @DisneyParks and using the hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic.

Are You Ready For The Year Of The Ear At Disney Parks?

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Are You Ready For The Year Of The Ear At Disney Parks?

It’s really no secret, I LOVE Mouse Ears! I am a believer that if you add Mouse Ears to just about anything, it will make whatever it is even better! I’m so excited about the new Disney Parks “Year of the Ear” campaign that was announced for 2013. It’s going to be a super fun year! Starting in January, new, limited-release Disney couture Ear Hats will be available every month as part of Disney Parks’ Limited Time Magic.

Limited Time Magic kicks off at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL with a “Bling in the New Year” dance party – a chance for dreamers of all ages to celebrate the start of 2013 and will continue through January 5th. The party will include live entertainment on Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park, the dance party will feature Disney characters dressed in their New Year’s best! So much fun to be had! Please share your experience in the comments if you’re going to be there this week enjoying the festivities!

Check out the official Limited Time Magic website for more information and be on the lookout, or stalk like I do, the Disney Parks Blog for future announcements! Also, be sure to follow along with the fun on Twitter using hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic.

Disney Parks Reveals New Theme for 2013 Limited Time Magic


Disney Parks Reveals New Theme for 2013

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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