Archive | January 2012

Changing Entertainment

It’s that time again. It’s time for the entertainment to switch up at DL. Here is an update on everything going on with the Mouse!

Fireworks (MK) – Say goodbye to the holiday display. It’s time for the off-season fireworks to come back. That’s right. It’s time for “Remember, Dreams Come True” fireworks display. I have to admit, I’ve always loved this one. Though it was origionally made to celebrate their 50th anniversary this “E-Ticket in the sky”, as it was called by some, has shown in the off season since 2009.  It really is a wonderful display and if you havn’t seen it recently it is well worth staying up late and watching. After you’ve seen it during the show is a great time to sneak in a few extra rides. The lines typically are a shorter, since everyone is watching the fireworks. The further from the main hub you get the better though. Trying to make your way through the crowds can be a pain and it is easy to loose small children.
Outline of Fireworks (So you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it) (IT IS! I PROMISE!):

  1. Opening
    -Julie Andrews is heard over the speakers saying the intro
    -Princess named while music from their movie plays
    -Tinkerbell’s Flight
  2. Main Street
    -Railroad Intro
    -Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin)
    -Baroque Hoedown (Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley)
    -Main Street Electrical Parade
  3. Adventureland
    -The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
    -Raider’s March
    ~Fun fact: The Eye of Mara used to be projected on the Mattahorn duirng this. I have not been —          in a couple years so if anyone knows it this is still so let me know. I always thought it looked —          amazing!
  4. New Orleans Square
    -Grim Grinning Ghosts
    -Yo Ho (A Pirates Life)
  5. Frontierland
    -Oh Shenandoah
    -The Ballad of Davy Crocket
  6. Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toon Town
    -Music from varies rides, including: Splash Mountain, Peter Pan, and Country Bears
  7. Tomorrowland
    -Star Wars: Main Theme
  8. Closing
    – Tinkerbell returns
    -Remember When (LeAnn Rimes)
    Julie Andrews talks again

Parade (MK) – Now that the Christmas parade is finished they have brough back Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. If you were at DL last summer it’s the same parade that was showing then. There are nine floats that will make their way down Main Street. The floats are lovely and it is a great chance to see some characters you might miss around the park, like Mary Poppins and Bert. It is also great for smaller kids who need a break. We would line up early, about thirty minutes prior at least, and sit on the sidewalk. One person in the party, I usually make dad go so I can sit with the little one, to get food and we would eat while we waited. This ensured that the little guy got to see the parade without heads in the way, I had a good view to video tape, and we all got a nice break from walking around. Another plus, he was not too into characters up close but he loved seeing them. So this was a great way for him to be able to see the characters at a distance he thought was safe. Some do some over to shake hands but he just leaned against me and would high five them.

Fantasmic! – Another one of those must sees that you need to line up for. We normally make it a dinner event. Got get a burger, or ice cream, and stake out a spot along the fence. It’s an amazing show, another great way for kids to see a lot fo their favorite characters. It can be a little frightening, though we have always lucked out and the little ones have been asleep during it. There are loud noises and the water gets set on fire. I think that is the boys’ favorite part personally. Unfortunatly it will be closed until March. If you can time it right though it will be well worth it.

I’ll add DCA later, probably tomorrow. But until them: Peace, Love, and Pixie Dust.

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I’m Back!! <3

So I had a little laptop issue. I ended up with a virus while watching The Little Mermaid ride on Youtube a week ago. I know it’s been dead since then, I’m so sorry. But I’m back so we’re gonna get this ball rolling!

 

Peace, Love and Pixie Dust!

Making Kids Go On Rides


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Ok, so my husband and I got into this huge argument last night over rides. Now before you say that this is silly let me make sure you understand. Up until now he has been the type of, “My son will try anything and everything!” Well when it comes ot rides he doesn’t want to “scare the little guy.”

What?!

I had to go on every ride in the parks at least once EVERY TRIP! I hated the Alien Encounter rides for years, I remember trying to skirt away from the ride and hope my father would forget. Do you remember this ride? Scary monster, smelt like oranges.  Ugly thing that looked like this:
But anyway, after a few years of tears, screams, and what to me seemed torture that I dreaded each trip something amazing happened… No no the change to Stitch, this occured a couple years later. I got USED to it. Then something even mor amazing happened… I liked it! I looked foreward to it! I even looked foreward to my dad and I arguing over wether or not we had ridden it yet that trip. I loved the smell of oranges in the entry way, maybe I’m the only one who could smell them I don’t know. But they were there! I shed a tear at it’s loss, and still do when I smell rotten chilli dogs instead of the sweet sugary oranges.

My point? Making a child try every ride isn’t going to scar them for life. If you contast me with, say my cousin, whose parents never did that you will see I enjoyed my trips a lot more. Where I did try the rides, and ended up liking them, they were allowed to wait until they felt ready. As a result my aunt didn’t get to ride anything and everything that COULD be scary they found a way out of. They didn’t get to enjoy their trip at all and then when they tried to make them try SOMETHING there was a crying fit.

I am not letting that be my son. He will be told he will try ALL RIDES YOU ARE TALL ENOUGH FOR. If he doesn’t like it the first time, then he’s done until he goes back.

Agree? Disagree?

 

Peace, Love, and Pixie Dust

Lost Children=Bad Parents? Since when?!


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So I got a book called Queens in the Kingdom. It’s a guide for gay and lesbians to Disney but I was interestedi n reading the compare and contrast and few things in the Odds and Ends section. I noticed a blurb, can’t really call it a chapter, about taking children. I will say that the rest of the book was interesting so far, but this part upset me some. There is one sentence in particular: “Because Disney parks are croded and bustlin and there’s tons of stuff to look at, it’s easy to lose a child (especially if you’re a bad parent).”

What? Ok I know I would have a heart attack if my son went missing, I mean I was hysterical when my husband moved him from the basinette to the crib and I didn’t realize it. But come on. A lot of parents lose kids. We were at a local theme park when my cousin and brother, three years old, took off at a run in the opposite direction. They managed to make it out of site and behind some rides. Needless to say both my parents and my aunt were super upset. I got left at DL. Well, I wandered over to the side to look at the flowers at the entrance and my mom thought I went with my dad over to get his pass and my dad thought I was with my mom… But I wasn’t gone lone. I sat down by the Pirates poster and then got dragged off and yelled at my mother.

I worked at a theme park too, and we had lost children a lot. They just dont understand to stay close to someone. I think the sentence should have ended without the comment, because someone loosing a child doesn’t make them a bad parents and that is what they are implying. It is a horrible and scary time, for both parent and child. That’s what the cast members are there for partially. To keep everyone happy and calm. I remember doing my rounds checking on the rides in my group with two four year old twins clinging to my leg. The rides were all right around each other, literally six or seven steps since they were kid rids, but the poor security guard couldn’t get them to go with him.

Anyways, I digress. It happens. I don’t see the point in making it sound like everyone who loses a child is automatically a bad parent. That’s like saying every parent who has had a kid roll off the couch is a bad parent. (Been there. Cried hysterically to my mother… who then had a good laugh with every other parent she worked with in CICU.) There are things that happen to almost everyone and a child taking off is one of them. And, if the place is crowded, you can loose sight of them.

Well that is my rant… Thanks for putting up with it!

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Going to Disney


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Ah Disney. I was sitting here thinking about what all I need to buy before whisking my son off to DL in Decemeber. Yes you heard me, Decemeber. 12 months away. 12 long hard months of remaining in reality with only the occasional weekend escape to Aulani to drool and long even more for the castle that awaits me. But alas, he will be 18 months. A time of terror, more so then now when he rolls around and tries to excape to the stairs. God help me when he learns to crawl. (Baby gates are my friends. They are like mini baby cages. Awesome invention with a boy!)

I realized that I have more planning then ever ahead of me. Not only do I need to call in a couple months to use the points and get our room but I need to make sure hubby gets the time off and that I have my school work figured out. Will I work ahead vs waiting to start my class. I never felt like I had to do this much work in advance.

That’s probably because the last few times we have been to WDW.  I havn’t been to DL since… wow I think it was 2005. I remember cause I had just gotten my driver’s license a few months prior and my brother was still little. He had to go to the bathroom while we were in line with this hot college guy to ride Indiana Jones. So I had to ditch him. I rode three rides with that guy, we kept reminicing about how the park was when we were younger. I was so mad! But oh well. It was the last day too so I didn’t get my last ride in on Indiana Jones cause the park was closing. I’ll have to make up for that!

Anyways I just wanted to get a brief intro up. I will try to get at least one post on here a day about an article or really anything Disney related. I am on this Anti-Disney kick. That arguments are amusing to me and I have so many comments on them I’ll probably be posting about that some too.

So stick around! If you have a good article send me a message and let me know. You can contact me anytime!

Peace, Love, and Pixie Dust!
-Janice