|Earliest: May 30, 2003||Latest: December 25, 2017||Total: 118|
|October 16, 2017|
Each Disney World trip usually results in getting something special at the Crystal Arts shop. It's the place to go to get something special to remember our trip.
From Disney's Website:
Remember your visit with porcelain giftware, lead crystal glassware and Pave crystal in Disney characters and themes.
The Crystal Arts store is located on Main Street USA in Disney World and in Disneyland. The store features lots of figurines and collectible items - including some that are made right in the store hot oven. There are some high price items, but there are many small items - quite simply they have just about anything to fit anyone's budget.
You can always ask one of the cast members about a gift that will your price range.
Sure we could just purchase a T-shirt or mug at the Emporium Store, but it doesn't have the same appeal as getting something nice at the Crystal Arts.
If you purchase your vacation package through Walt Disney Travel Company, you also get this benefit:
Receive 10% off purchases at the Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers stores at Disney Springs(R) Marketplace, Magic Kingdom(R) Park and Epcot(R). Exclusions apply. Not applicable to shipping charges. Some other restrictions apply. Discount may not be combined with any other offer.
|October 9, 2017|
If your a Disney fan you know all the good stuff are available in the parks before they are available on the Disney Store. This is particularly true for attraction specific merchandise.
Case in Point: The Momento Mori has a lot more Haunted Mansion merchandise that Disney.com.
Wouldn't it be great to have a personal assistant to get you something that's available in the park? There is... Mouseaholic Shopping Services
Here's a description from their Facebook page:
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Recently we saw Disney selling a Starbucks mug with a new Disney Design. We were pretty excited about it, and were disappointed that it was only available in the park:
We liked the new design and didn't want to wait until our next Disney trip to get one.
We reached out to Mouseaholic Shopping Services and they were able to secure a mug for us. The price was very reasonable - your not paying an arm and a leg like you would when you deal with some eBay sellers. Note: The mug is very hard to find, but Mouseaholic Shopping Services was able to find us a mug.
|October 2, 2017|
At the Haunted Mansion waiting line is a piano. Most people when they walk by just hit the keys to hear the music.
Recently I thought - wouldn't it be cool if you played the famous Haunted Mansion organ music?
Nothing happens when you play the right tune. But what if one day that did happen?
The official song of the Haunted Mansion is Grim Grim Ghost. However, most people will probably recognize the organ music. You hear this as you walk in the Haunted Mansion and as you're waiting for your doom buggy.
Here are the first ten notes to the organ music, by Anna Maliszewski:
If your, not a piano player, then here's a cheat sheet guide for you:
It's actually pretty easy to remember just the basic notes:
Perfect Practice Prevents Poor Performance
Practice a few times on a regular piano. When you get in line at the Haunted Mansion, you'll impress those around you.
|September 25, 2017|
Many years ago I found a list of ?My Favorite Things at Walt Disney World.? written by a diehard Disney fan.
Here?s my ten things that I look forward to at every trip at the Magic Kingdom:
The orginal list:
My Favorite Things at Walt Disney World
This is just a fun list I brainstormed one day when I was "homesick" for WDW. I posted the list in rec.arts.disney.parks and was amazed at the huge response as a lot of other people posted their own personal lists of favorite things. Since I don't have the permission of those folks, I'll stick with my original list here, but you might want to put your own together just for fun.
What's on your bucket list? What are your favorite things that you look forward to each Disney World trip?
|September 18, 2017|
The Swiss Family Robinson Tree is a walk-through attraction in Walt Disney Adventure Land.
The attraction allows guests to see how the Swiss Family Robinson lived. The attraction is based off the book series and 1960 movie.
The attraction first opened in Disneyland in 1962. (Two years after the movie release)
This is a fun attraction for those kids that might be scared of dark fast moving rides - such as the nearby Pirates of the Caribbean. Also fun for kids that are just starting to learn to read, as there are information signs which describe each area of the tree.
Some fun facts I found from other people from planning previous trips:
|September 11, 2017|
In Disneyland Toon Town there are various props to make it a fun place to visit. Just outside the Post Office is a mystery red phone. When you pick up the phone you can hear some pretty funny police conversations.
Here's a bit of the conversation that I captured back in 2000. To capture this audio, I actually brought a removable telephone pickup recorder that I got from Radio Shack. Luckily that the area wasn't too busy and I was able to capture this audio clip.
The entire clip I captured was 5 minutes long. (I waited to make sure that I had the entire recording.) If you want a copy of the entire track let me know.
|September 4, 2017|
Throughout the year there are special days in the World of Disney. Here are a summary of important days:
|Mickey Mouse||November 18, 1928|
|Minnie Mouse||November 18, 1928|
|Donald Duck||June 9, 1934|
|Goofy||May 25, 1932|
|Daisy Duck||May 16, 1940|
These are based on when the films first were released. Actual birthdays have never been announced.
|Snow White||February 4, 1938|
|Cinderella||February 15, 1950|
|Aurora||January 29, 1959|
|Arial||November 17, 1989|
|Belle||September 29, 1991|
|Aladdin||November 25, 1992|
|Pocahontas||June 23, 1995|
|Mulan||June 5, 1998|
|Tiana||November 25, 2009|
|Rapunzel||November 24, 2010|
|Merida||June 22. 2012|
|Anna||November 27, 2013|
|Elsa||November 27, 2013|
|Elena||July 22, 2016|
|Walt Disney||December 5, 1901|
|Roy Disney||June 24, 1893|
|Disneyland||July 17, 1955|
|Disney World||October 1, 1971|
|Epcot||October 1, 1982|
|Disney Studios||May 1, 1989|
|Animal Kingdom||April 22, 1998|
|August 28, 2017|
As you walk into the entrance at the Magic Kingdom you may have noticed some names on the pavements. These brick names were part of "Disney's Walk Around the World" a feature where you can forever be part of the Disney experience.
Sample stone names that you would see as you walk into the park.
|August 21, 2017|
Once upon a time at the Magic Kingdom they had live animals. It was part of Mickey Birthdayland from 1988 to 1996. They even had a special cow. What made the cow special was that it had a Disney marking on it.
On one of my visits in the early 1990s I took a picture of the famous cow:
In fact there were 2 cows, one in Disneyland (Minnie Moo) and one in Disney World (Mickey Moo).
At the time they had a sign about the cow at Disneyland:
A neighbor, walking past a dairy farm in North Whitefield, Maine noticed that the spots on one side of this handsome Holstein bore a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse. See for yourself. It's right there in black and white.
The Petting Area was closed in 1996 and all the animals were moved to Disney?s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The Petting area was transformed into the Barnstormer at Goofy's Wise Acres Farm. If you look at the sign you can see Mickey Moo!
Minnie Moo died at the Disney?s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground in 2001. The Petting Zoo was closed in 2005 and the remaining animals were moved to Animal Kingdom.
There is a plaque for Minnie Moo on the wall in the trophy room at the barn at Disney's For Wilderness Resort & Campground.
|August 14, 2017|
It's fun to walk around the park and look for Hidden Mickeys. Mickey Mouse ears are hidden very well just about every place you look.
In 2016, Disney install a solar farm near the entrance of Epcot just off of the World Drive. You can see part of the Solar farm from the road, but you can't tell it's a hidden Mickey.
The Solar Farm address is 1400 World Drive, Orlando FL. It's located on World Drive between Buena Vista Drive and Epcot Center Drive. It's on the right as you head towards the Transportation and Ticket Center.
The largest Hidden Mickey outside the park is located in Clermont, Florida. Disney has a 60-acre forest. This is located near 1699 Hicks Ditch Road. You can find it on Google Maps simply by typing in 'Hidden Mickey,' or by the address: 1699 Hicks Ditch Road, Eutis, Florida.
Is there a larger Hidden Mickey that you know of? Please share in the comments below.