Going Back to Disney!

Ok I have to admit that in 2017, I took a total of three trips to the “motherland”, all with a different combination of people. And it. Was. AWESOME!

So now that I realize it is possible, I’m going to try and up the ante from one journey to at least twice a year. I was there in February, an amazing time to be there BTW.

Rose Gold Cupcake

Had to try the Rose Gold Cupcake at Seasons in Epcot! I’ll admit that it was my breakfast 🙂 It was SO delicious, I still crave it!

My mother and I went to the 2nd annual Festival of the Arts at Epcot! It was a really great time. Awesome food (of course!) and really cool seminars.

Pics from the Festival of the Arts!

We even did the “Behind the Seeds” tour and loved it! Can you tell Epcot is our favorite park?

I will be returning this August! Now I haven’t been there in the summer for years and years now, and we are Northerners that were recently pummeled this last winter. I’m hoping to survive the Florida heat, but I’m a little concerned about my hot-blooded fiancee.

Although we did go together in October 2017 and he did pretty well 🙂 It was his first time ever going, and I love going with newbies!

It’s obvious to see that my Disney obsession has not stopped! But this blog is a sure-fire way to feed the need as they say without driving anyone around me crazy with my constant need to sing Disney songs and decorate the house with Disney things!

 

 

 

What’s in a Name?… Poll!

If you’re like me, you’ve already planned out your future children’s names. And that includes human babies and fur babies. Of course, these names are all related to Disney, somehow. Luckily, I’ve already had the chance to use one of my favorite Disney-inspired names on my furbaby, Anabelle! Named for Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the ironic joke is that my quizzical pup can actually be both – a beauty, and a beast!

As I inch towards my thirties (yikes!), my mind is set more on future human children. And wouldn’t you know it, the folks at Disney Baby have already lent a helping hand and created a few categorized lists of Disney-inspired-baby-names. My favorite list is the 13 Retro Baby Names that I happened to stumble upon!

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For the boys, how about one of these 7 options?:

1. Walter – Walter has been popping up more frequently in my social media feed. It’s a timeless choice, as well as a great balance between sensible and creative.

2. Elias – Elias was Walt’s middle name, given to him by his father of the same name. It’s a Greek name full of religious meaning, and a more modern take on Elijah.

3. Arundel – Arendelle is the home to Anna and Elsa, so I shouldn’t have been so shocked to see a similar name show up in the Disney family tree. Arundel Disney was the great-grandfather of Walt Disney. This uncommon name could be shortened to Arun (like Aaron) for a boy.

4. Ollie – The iconic early animator Ollie Johnston was known as one of the “Nine Old Men,” the group of head animators responsible for movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. He created Mr. Smee and Cinderella’s stepsisters. I love nicknames like Ollie that are given as full first names.

5. Mickey – Like Ollie, this nickname could totally be used as a first name. It’s iconic, it’s playful, and it’s where it all started. Mickey sounds like the kid on your T-Ball team, and when he grows up, Mickey sounds like the neighbor who always returns your tools in a timely manner.

6. Ozzie (short for Oswald) – Did you know Disney’s first animated star was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit? The precursor to Mickey, Oswald was funny and his cartoons had a great storyline. Ozzie is a fun choice for a family wanting to honor the legacy of Disney animation.

7. Peter – Said to have been Walt’s favorite, Peter Pan was released in 1953. Walt played Peter himself in a school play, having brother Roy hoist him by rope to fly. Peter has the charm of a youth who relies on faith, trust, and a little pixie dust. But it’s also a name to grow old with.

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Make Your Choice!

 

And the girls, we got 6 to choose from:

1. Lillian – The beloved wife of Walt, Lillian Disney also gave her name to one of the Disneyland train cars, the Lillie Belle Presidential Train Car. Like the elegant car, Lillian was polished and dignified. Lily is a more delicate version of the name, but still makes a great tribute to the First Lady of Disneyland.

2. Flora – Not just one of Sleeping Beauty’s fairy godmothers, Flora is the name of Walt Disney’s own mother. Flora would make for a name full of natural beauty. If you remember, it’s the gift of beauty that Flora bestows upon the infant princess in Sleeping Beauty. Since Flora also has access to the Sword of Truth and Shield of Virtue, naming a daughter Flora may just instill these attributes in her.

3. Marceline – I really love this name for a little girl. Marceline, Missouri is Walt’s boyhood hometown. Main Street, Disneyland was inspired by this small farm town. The name makes me think of sipping lemonade, baking pies, and making great childhood memories. Marcie or Celine would both be great nicknames for Marceline.

4. Georgina – As Walt watched his daughters upon a carousel, he envisioned a place where parents and children could have fun together. The King Arthur’s Carousel was one of the original rides when the park opened in 1955. Each carousel horse is unique, and named as such. Georgina is my favorite from the list (available at Disneyland’s City Hall). How cute would her first carousel ride on a horse with the same name be?

5. Alice – Alice Davis designed costumes for attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean. This legend was able to add Disney flair to her designs. Alice is also the title character in Walt’s 13th animated film. More recently, Alice has been seen as a powerful adventurer who believes in impossible things. Nothing is more Walt than thinking, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Looking for a name that’ll inspire wonder? Try Alice.

6. Mary – From quirky to classic, there’s something in Walt’s life for everyone. Mary Blair’s vibrant color scheme and modern style made her one of Walt’s most beloved and inspirational designers. Her iconic style is most clearly seen in the “it’s a small world” ride.

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Make Your Choice!

If I had to choose one from each category, I’d have to go with Elias for the boy and Marceline for the girl.

 

Mickey’s New Look at Disneyland!

Mickey Mouse is strutting his stuff and looking newer and fresher with an updated appearance that was revealed at the end of Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration! Check out that fresh face and big, animated eyes! I love it!

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At Inside the Magic’s page, they have a great clip of the “new” Mickey Mouse as he trots down Main Street and meets with his adoring fans. Check it out below. I wonder if he will make the trip over to Disney World so that I can get a picture with him next time I get down to Florida. Or maybe I’ll just need to go back to Disneyland for trip #4 – no complaints there!

Just hearing the sounds of the Magic Kingdom makes me so nostalgic. It’s always a bittersweet journey to scan through the thousands and thousands of Disney park videos, both professional and amateur ones. *sigh*

Fun Fact Friday #176 – Happy Birthday Disney… and ME!

Yes, it’s true. The fact that the Walt Disney Company was established on this day in 1923, combined with the fact that I was born on this day in 1986, has awarded me with the perfect, logically excuse as to why I am so obsessed with all things Disney! It’s written in the stars!

Normally on Friday’s I post a Fun Fact, but since today is my birthday, I’m going to serve up 5 juicy facts all about me+disney! Enjoy 🙂

1.) When I was two-years old, I went to Disney World for the first time. The best memory from this was when Baloo chased me around the yard! My parents still laugh about it today.

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2.) I have a room in my house dedicated to all things Disney. The point of this was to keep my obsession contained… but, alas, the Den just couldn’t hold all of my love and so some of it has spilled over into my kitchen cabinets. And, possibly, my bedroom. Oh, and in my car… *yikes*

3.) I don’t know how many times I have been to Walt Disney World, but my best guess would be at least 10 times! I’ve also been to Disneyland twice, and have recently made last-minute plans to go back in November of this year!

4.) For the past three-years or so, I have kept this pin on my desk. My office is decorated professionally, and this it literally the only “fun” or “whimsical” item I have on display. I feel like it represents me, because I work int he construction industry, but I’m a Disney-Girl at heart! I love this pin!

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5.) The last time I was in Walt Disney World with my family was in 2011. It was a different trip, because we are all so much older now. We stayed at the All-Star Music hotel for a week. My greatest all star musicmemory, as cheesy as it may sound, was when the hotel did an outdoor movie by the pool. They were playing Beauty and the Beast, one of my all-time favorite movies. We had gone out to pick up a pizza at Giordano’s and sat outside, watching the movie, and just being together.

Since then, a lot has changed. My siblings and I have moved in and out of my parent’s home, every one is working different hours, and we all have our own friends/significant others/etc… that are threaded through our lives. Sometimes it saddens me to think that it will never be “the five of us” again. But thankfully, I have such wonderful memories to look back on, and Disney is a huge part of that.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!