Tag Archives: Magic Kingdom

Wordless Wednesday … Written on the Wall

28 Sep

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2011 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Exclusive Merchandise

17 Sep

One perk of attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is that you can purchase special 2011 edition event merchandise at specific locations throughout the Magic Kingdom.

Visit the following locations in the Magic Kingdom® Park for special 2011 edition event merchandise

Emporium, Main Street, U.S.A

Pirates Bazaar, Adventureland

Frontierland Trading Post, Frontierland

Haunted Mansion Cart, Liberty Square

Heritage House, Liberty Square

Fantasy Faire, Fantasyland

Mickey’s Star Traders, Tomorrowland

** Event Merchandise available at the above locations based on availablity.**

**Please see a Merchandise Cast Member for details**

This year’s Limited Edition pin selections offer a little something for everyone, and cost between $10.95 and $12.95.

This set of Scarecrow Pins costs $44.95.

This is the entire set of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Pins, and it is $124.95

This is the framed pin set, and it is actually super cool!

They also were offering two t-shirts this year, with the same design for adults and children that glow in the dark and are candy scented!

These aren’t Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party exclusives, they are still AWESOME!!!!

This is what I call $12.00 well spent!!!

This guy lights up, and can possibly hold 3 pieces of popcorn! Plus it has an extra added bonus...

It projects this light out of the bottom!!! AWESOME!!!

Wordless Wednesday … All the Birds Sing Words

14 Sep

Wordless Wednesday – Keys to Freedom

20 Jul

Wordless Wednesday – It Never Gets Old

13 Jul

Wordless Wednesday – A Patrotic Warning

8 Jun

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Rides with Friends – One Last Ride on the Barnstormer

17 May

I seriously cannot believe that Mickey’s Toontown Fair closed a little over 3 months ago…

So for today’s ‘Rides With Friends’ I decided to post some pictures and video from our last ride on the Barnstormer.

It was Zoe’s first roller coaster, so it was a super special ride for us. Even though it will be re-themed, we will greatly miss looking for our favorite little details!

As you walked towards the Barnstormer, you knew that this would be no ordinary flight...

A Jelly Jar...what else would it be?

A look at some of the graduates of Fido's Fearless Flight School...

Class is in session...you might want to watch out...

The class schedule

I loved how these chicks would cluck as the Barnstormer went by!

Looks like someone has been hard at work here!

Finally, a look at Goofy in action...and it might not be an encouraging look...

Join us as we take one last flight…

And as an extra surprise, they were giving out these little beauties to everyone who rode on the Barnstormer one last time!

Taking it Easy at the Magic Kingdom!

12 May

It is sooo easy to get carried away in the Magic Kingdom, and before you know it you are roaming the parks with a glazed look in your eye and a fist full of fastpasses.

But on this beautiful day, John, Betsy, and I decided to take is slow and focus on enjoying ourselves and taking some photos of our favorite things.

So here is are some of the photos that I took from our day around the Magic Kingdom.

By law, you are required to take this picture every time you visit the Haunted Mansion! Look it up...Google it! 😀

And you HAVE to take this picture, too!

The twins are my favorite busts!

This makes me giggle every time!!!

It isn't a ride on Haunted Mansion without paying your respects to Master Gracey.

The Captain

I could stay here all day...even though I don't get the rhymes right all the time...

The back of the Poetess' crypt.

Campbell is my maiden name...

I love this shot of the head stones!!!

Madame Leota

The new chicken out sign at Haunted Mansion!

It's Country Bear Jamboree time!!!

How do you not love this little guy....errrr bear?

I love Country Bears and I don't care what you say!!!

This is Betsy's favorite part of the show.

Big Al

Country Bears Finale!!!

I love this little spot outside of Pirates of the Caribbean!!!

A larger picture of La Fuente Serena.

They have added some POTC 4 portraits to the Pirates gift shop.

Pirate Tutorial

I love how this sign just blends in with the theming.

That is quite an interesting mailing address...

You have to look closely for this guy...

Inspiration Falls

How can you tell we are in Africa?

Time to go to the watering hole.

1971 Impalas

FYI, you really can't out run a rhino!

Ginger and Smiley

Almost...

Hungry, Hungry Hippos!

I love these guys!

The backside of water.

Good thing I caught this guy with his trunk on!

Any way you slice it or dice it...

One of my favorite plants here in the jungle...

Rum and Hennessy...what else do you REALLY need on a jungle trip?

I love this board as you exit the Jungle Cruise!

I can't leave without at least one castle picture!

Celebrate Today...Indeed!!!

And a Dole Whip at Captain Cooks is the perfect ending to a perfect day!

Thanks for joining us on our slow, but relaxing trip through the Magic Kingdom.

Rides with Friends – A Peek from Dumbo

10 May

I thought I would do something a little different today, and take you along on a ride of Dumbo the Flying Elephant to take a peek at the progress on the Fantasyland Expansion.

First off, it was an amazingly beautiful day with John and Betsy!!!!

It really doesn't get any better than this!

Things are REALLY starting to come along!!!

The rock work that is going on around Beast’s Castle is really making the castle look the right size (I was a little worried at first, to be totally honest!).

And now it was time to ride Dumbo!!!! I haven’t ridden in awhile, and it was a blast as usual. I can’t seem to ride Dumbo without a big grin on my face!

I hope enjoy the video and pictures!!!

Rides with friends by Betsy (@Floridamingo)

19 Apr

It has been called many things over the years: WEDWay PeopleMover, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, the Blue Line, Highway in the Sky, and now Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (or TTAP as I affectionately call it). This beloved attraction that traverses the upper levels of Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom is one of my favorites. Sure, it isn’t as exciting as Space Mountain, doesn’t promote the competion of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, or inspire the singalong that is There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow on Carousel of Progress (well, unless you’re amongst my friends), but it is a classic.

For those not familiar with TTAP, let me give you a little run down. The ride is a relatively slow moving, open air tram ride (think elevated train a la the “L” in Chicago, sort of). Its station is located on the second story of Rockettower Plaza, pretty much smack in the middle of Tomorrowland. You travel up an elevated moving walkway to the loading platform where cars are constantly moving, slowing down just enough to allow people to board. The cars comfortably seat four adults, but Cast Members have been known to occasionally squish in another if you are a party of five (not fun, trust me). Once you have boarded, you zip off to ride around and through several of the ride buildings in the land. The aerial view is incredible, especially at night.

View of Cinderella Castle from TTAP

So why do I love TTAP? Let me count the ways … 1) it is a fun ride that allows you to see most of the attractions of Tomorrowland, typically without any wait 2) even in the heat of the day, it is often a cool ride since the track is covered and you travel inside air conditioned buildings 3) I like hearing the page for Mr. Tom Morrow 4) the view of the Castle is unique and is a pretty cool photo op, but probably my favorite is 5) you can carry on a conversation with your friends/family while riding.

Some of my favorite park memories have been on TTAP. After having only met the illustrious Shelley Caran once before, our friendship was forged after a couple of memorable back to back rides in December. While Space Mountain was being repainted, we caught a glimpse of a worker taking a nap on the side of the building. After forgetting to snap a picture when we re-emerged from SM, we decided we needed to ride again. This was the beginning of many TTAP rides together, and a beautiful friendship.

Painter on Space Mountain - missed the pic of him taking a nap

Another favorite ride was the trip with my best friend, her husband and daughter, Katie. This was Katie’s first trip and we finally got to ride TTAP on the last day of our trip. I have been known to be a bit of a goofball and to act like a big kid, so when I go around bends in the ride, I throw my arms up in the air and yell “wheee!” I taught this tradition to Katie and even got the whole family to embrace it on our trip around the Highway in the Sky. They loved it and it provided me with some of my favorite pictures of the trip.


Now as for the whole conversation thing, I have certainly had some interesting ones on TTAP. Almost everything has been brought up from what has been your favorite thing you’ve done of your trip so far to the existence of God and philosophical and theological discussions that ensued. I tend to favor the more laid back conversations, or even the singing in the round. A few of my friends have a tradition of singing the song “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” one word at a time sung by each person. This can be quite humorous, based on the varying degrees of singing talent and whether or not you remember your word when it is your turn. We’ve also played the alphabet game when we go around and have to name a Disney ride or character that starts with each letter of the alphabet.

Friends deep in conversation while riding

TTAP is different each time based on who you are riding with at the time. I’ve had some truly epic and unforgettable rides, but there have been some I’d also choose to forget. The thing is, no matter what your motivation for riding, the scenery will never be exactly the same. Sure, the view is pretty much the same, but you may not look at the same thing from the same angle each time. The people watching from above is always entertaining. Then, of course, there is the audio track that accompanies the ride if all else fails. I hope you all will take a look at the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and see that it doesn’t just move people, but it can bring people together. So, whether you ride it to take a break from the sweltering heat, to get out of the rain, just to sit for a spell without having to wait in line first, or if you want to have a conversation with some friends, show the TTAP some love next time you’re in the Magic Kingdom and I can almost guarantee you won’t regret it.

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