29 February 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Animals On Safari

Focused on the Magic

On this very HAPPY One More DISNEY Day, Welcome to my Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.
Please Join us http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/  and A big Thanks to my friend Deb for Hosting  ;-)

I was inspired by some of my fellow Disney Bloggers to come up with March calendar shots. These are some of my favorite Pics from Animal Kingdom because, I love that place and watching all the Animal Activities there:

Beautiful View Outside our Room

Really Cool

Thank you for stopping By ~~ Have a Magical One More Disney Day ~~

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24 February 2012

Flashback Friday ~ 2006 Cinderella's Castle

Flashback to April 2006 at Walt Disney World  

Celebrating 50 years of Magic around the World during the Happiest Celebration on Earth. This celebration went on from May 5th 2005 - September 30, 2006. It was in celebration of the 50 years of Disney theme parks and also when Disneyland opened in California on July 18th, 1955.

Focused on the Magic

Thank you Deb for hosting this Flashback Friday -- Join US http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

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17 February 2012

Flashback Friday ~ Hoop Dee Doo Revue

Focused on the Magic

Ticket from the Awesome Dinner Show
 Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Fort. Wilderness
This show not only entertains everyone, the food is fabulous too, I think my favorite part is the salad.

We love this show and this ticket is one of the kids, check out the price.. 
 I believe this is 2003 or 2004..

I love Mickey in his Pioneer Outfit

 Thanks for stopping by and what is your favorite Disney Dinner Show? ;-)

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15 February 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Zebra Love at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Welcome to my almost Wordless Wednesday with the Zebras of Animal Kingdom. Our stay there in January was magnificent because we got to wake up every morning to another beautiful sight. This morning we got to see the zebras come close to our room..



 Thank you to my good friend Deb for hosting and join us @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

Focused on the Magic

Thanks and Have A Magical Day 

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14 February 2012

Arrg!! My Review of Disney's Pirate Rooms

 Staying in a Pirate Room at the Caribbean Beach Resort

 I can't rave enough about how COOL this room was from the plank carpet to the POTC skull on the privacy divider, it made the whole experience fantastic. If you and your family were thinking about staying at the Caribbean Beach resort located near Disney's Hollywood Studios you should.

Hangin at the Beach at CB

1st, a little bit about Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World. This resort has very beautiful landscaping with a tropical theme too it. The colors of the buildings, flowers and plants make it seem like your in the Caribbean. There are 5 different themed countries inside the resort -- Jamaica, Trinidad, Aruba, Barbados and Martinique. Your room is assigned to one of these tropical areas and ours was in Trinidad South. I loved the variety of food at Old Port Royale, it is the main gathering building for food and buying souvenirs and it has definite Caribbean theme in the building. The food also has a Caribbean flare to it and included some healthy choices, your usual kids meals along with steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and more. My kids had no problem finding their favorites (pizza). 

A look at some of the great food

This resort has 6 pools but, the Main One near Old Port Royale Centertown was a incredible. It had water slides, waterfalls and water cannons, a real Pirate/Caribbean feel.

And now to our great room, I was so surprised to see how much detail went into this room but, Hey it's Disney, Right?   From the cool plank carpet to Davy Jones ship. The floor design actually looked like planks on a ship but, it was carpet. Davy Jones' ship, The Flying Dutchman was in the shower, a big carving in stone. You would be amazed at the detail of the carving in this shower wall.

Plank Carpet

Picture this while your showering

The Privacy Screen
The table in the room had Jack Sparrow's compass on it, plus all your room info -- Pizza delivered to your room too.
The table in the room
I love the new addition that I have been seeing in guests rooms. The privacy screen makes your room even more flexible so you can change and shower in privacy. Our room of course had the Jolly Roger on the curtain from The Pirates of the Caribbean, it is so cool.

The refrigerator was a whiskey barrel, which looked just like the ones from the POTC attraction. The creativeness of putting a mini-refrigerator in a barrel was genius. It was very interestingly disgusted.

The Fridge is in a barrel?

And finally the beds were shaped as Pirate ships with a treasure of jewels on the comforters. The whole headboard was designed with the front of the Pirate ship, including lights above the bed were lanterns, a sail and the wheel. My kids just loved it and we had a lot of fun staying here. It's a must do for all pirate fans. And that is the main reason we stayed here. We are huge POTC fans and even though we are DVC members, we wanted to experience this room and see it for ourselves. We were not disappointed, we gave it a big thumbs up..

A Pirate's Bed

Check out these Jewels

Thanks for stopping by and if you have stayed in one of the Pirate Room's would love to get your thoughts..

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11 February 2012

Get the 411 on Valentine's Day at Disney

Art for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

Take 5: Celebrate Valentine's Day with Disney Parks

posted on February 11th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park Features Romantic Moments in Disney Animation as Part of 'The Magic, The Memories and You!' Love is in the air, and what better way to spend time with your Valentines than here at Disney Parks? Even if you are just spending quality time with family or friends, there are plenty of hot spots, cozy restaurants, and picture-perfect locations to visit with your loved ones.

How will you celebrate Valentine's  Day at Disney Parks this year?

  1. Discover ‘Pirate’s Passion’ this Valentine’s Season at Walt Disney World Resort – Looking for a gift from the heart? Check out this unique Valentine idea from Disney Floral & Gifts.
  2. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – The Downtown Disney District will host “Romance of the Big Band Era” with tunes, food and films – ingredients for the perfect date!
  3. Love Is In The Air at the Disneyland Resort: Romantic Locations – Secret gardens, Snow White’s grotto, and hidden courtyards – Disney Parks Blog author Michelle Himmelberg takes you to all the romantic spots at Disneyland Resort.
  4. Romantic Places at the Disneyland Resort, Part 2 – Planning to pop the question this Valentine’s Day? Take a look at this list of lovely locations for ideas.
  5. More Fun Surprises in Store for ‘The Magic, The Memories and You!’ at Disney Parks – Enjoy a romantic evening with a special segment during the Disney Park’s projection show, “The Magic, The Memories and You!”
And Now for the Most Romantic Cake ~~ Well in my opinion, see what you think after reading the following story...

Red Velvet Cake
According to legend, red velvet cake was invented in the 1950s at Oscar's in New York's Waldorf-Astoria. However, Raven Dennis of Cake Man Raven Confectionary (whose recipe we adapted) claims red velvet cake originated during the Civil War, and that Southern ladies made it "to keep their husbands home".

FOR THE CAKE: 1 tbsp. butter: 2 1/2 cups plus 12 tbsp. cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cocoa powder 1 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 1 cup buttermilk 2 tbsp. (1 oz.) red food coloring 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. white distilled vinegar

FOR THE FROSTING: 12 oz. cream cheese, softened 12 oz. butter, softened 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

For the cake: Preheat oven to 350.
Grease three 8" round cake pans with butter.
Dust with 2 tbsp. of the flour and set aside. Sift remaining flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa, and salt into a bowl. Beat eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar in a bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake cakes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Let cakes cool for 5 minutes, then invert each onto a plate, then invert again onto a rack.

For the frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until well combined. Add sugar and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Put 1 cake layer on a cake plate; spread one-quarter of the frosting on top. Set another layer on top and repeat frosting. Set remaining layer on top and frost top and sides with the remaining frosting. Press pecans into the sides of the cake.

Recipe courtesy of ~

Romance is in the air! Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort will once again host Romance of the Big Band Era this Valentine's Day, and if you and your sweetheart are looking for a place to celebrate look no further! Starting today, you will find everything your hearts desire, including:
Swing bands at the Main Stage nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Tim Gill & The All-Stars

Sunday, Feb. 12: The Swingcats

Monday, Feb. 13: The Wise Guys

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Tim Gill & The All-Stars

Swing dancers will be invited to be part of the festivities and in addition to offering swing dance lessons, there will be a Swing Dance-Off competition as well!

Gone with the Wind at AMC Theaters Feb. 10-16

Select restaurants offering special menus with couples dinner packages:
Ralph Brennan
Jazz Kitchen
House of Blues

Make your reservation soon! Call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 to make a reservation.

Be sure to pick up a red rose for your sweetheart from one of the flower vendors! We look forward to seeing you enjoying the festivities. Happy Valentine's Day from the Downtown Disney District!

Sounds like it's going to be an awesome Valentine's Day at Walt Disney World, wish I could be there, it's one of the Holiday s I haven't been there but that will change next year. Plan in action.. 

Thanks for stopping by on this Romance, Red and Roses Night ;-)

10 February 2012

The Disney Fantasy to Debut In New York

 I tell you I am so excited for this ship to come to New York City, a place that I live close too. I actually would be able to get to see it up close and in person, well as close as they will allow me too, LOL. I would love to be a Disney star reporter and just walk aboard and tell everything about it on this blog and twitter. I also would love the opportunity to buy some of the new exclusive Limited edition items that will be on this ship. For example, pins, pictures, jewelry, art and collectibles.

Due to the popularity of these limited edition items, Guests wishing to purchase must enter into a Random Selection Process. Guests who have registered to sail on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Fantasy will have the first opportunity to pre-purchase select Limited Edition Disney Fantasy merchandise via the Random Selection Process (RSP).

The Walt Disney Company is set to Debut it's newest Ship, The Disney FANTASY. 
This brand new ship has new 4,000-passenger ship – the Disney Fantasy – will become the first one not christened in Central Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The 4,000-passenger cruise ship instead will be christened in New York City on March 1 and will spend four days docked in midtown Manhattan.

Disney’s three previous ships all were christened at Port Canaveral: The Magic, Wonder and Dream.

The Fantasy makes its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral on May 31.

 Some Info courtesy of Orlando Business Journal and Disneynow.com

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Darth Maul Returns to the Star Wars Saga This Spring!

Darth Maul Returns to the Star Wars Saga Spring 2012

Darth Maul, the sinister Sith Lord who amped up the dark side in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, returns to the Saga this spring in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (see the exciting preview video below)!
Revered by fans for his striking red and black tattooed-face, graceful but lethal fighting style, and signature double-bladed lightsaber, Maul was believed killed by Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of Episode I. In the Star Wars universe, however, one must never underestimate the power of the dark side!
"The decision to continue Darth Maul's story was something that came directly from George, and we all agreed that his return needed to be unique, unexpected and revenge filled. We don't know what his outcome will be, and as a fan -- that's exciting."
While fans await Darth Maul's return to The Clone Wars, they'll soon be able to experience the excitement of his original introduction to the Star Wars Saga when Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is released in theaters worldwide starting February 2012 in spectacular 3D!
The trailer for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D will be attached to The Three Musketeers in the U.S. on October 21st and on select films around the world throughout the holidays (see the new poster at right!). Courtesy of Star Wars.com