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Welcome to my blog. Here you will find lots of great tips on how to have the happiest Disney vacation ever. Explore the side listings to find different topics, free downloadable brochures for you to use in the parks, and great recommendations for websites and other useful items. I am looking for guest bloggers and questions I can answer so feel free to contact me using the above tab. I will be posting new material often so subscribe for free to get the newest Goofy information in your box. Happiness squared.

Customize Your Disney Side

Disney side decal#DisneySide is Disney’s current promotional campaign. It encourages Guests to send in Disney photos and stories of how they celebrate all things Disney. I haven’t written much about this because I can’t visit the parks as much as I want to and I don’t spend much time on social media. However, that might change. I love seeing the stick families on the back of cars and of course my favorite ones are Disney stick figures. Now, with #DisneySide, anyone can create their own Disney stick figures. I had to try this out.

This was fun! I enjoyed designing my figures. If you want a locked item just click on a lock. They ask you for a little more information, but it was information they already had so I didn’t care and all the locks unlocked at once. When I was done I got to download my picture. I love it. I couldn’t order a decal (apparently lots of people have this problem) but I’m going to check back later to see if they have fixed it.

If you like doing fun creative Disney stuff for free I would check out this website. #DisneySide looks like a fun way to celebrate Disney every day. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: If you want more Disney window decals you can buy them in the parks or at disneystore.com. The ordinary ones are fine but I like the fun ones like this Haunted Mansion decal. It really shows your #DisneySide.

 

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ConGRADulations!

Image from www.spoonful.com

Image from www.spoonful.com

When I was a kid school got out right around June 20. I thought everyone got out at the same time. But that wasn’t true at all. I know several kids who are out of school already and those kids who had a dozen snow days will be in school until November.

Along with school getting out there are graduation ceremonies. My niece just graduated from church preschool and my best friend’s son just graduated from the eighth grade (Congratulations, Josef!) I bet you also know kids who are graduating this May and June. Why not surprise them with some cute Disney graduation gifts? Spoonful.com has some fun ideas.

First off there is a cool card. Cards nowadays are so expensive and they rarely say what you want to say. This fun Disney card will bring smiles to everyone. Add some cool grad stickers to the envelope (ignore the 2012 one). There are also fun gift boxes, perfect for a gift card and some candy. Trust me. Kids want money and food, just like the rest of us.

Disney printables may seem cute yet disposable, but that is part of their charm. Most packaging and cards are forgotten thirty seconds after they are appreciated. Why spend big bucks on the outside when you can print up a cute gift that will make the recipient smile? That should be the true meaning behind any gift. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: If your grad is a huge Disney fan why not put a coupon for a trip to the Disney park in these cute boxes. They’ll never guess that something so special could come in such a small box.

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Space Mountain, You are Out of this World

IMG_4286Space Mountain opened at Disneyland May 27, 1977, so yesterday was its 37th anniversary. This is one of my favorite rides at Disneyland, behind Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I find it interesting that it actually opened in the Magic Kingdom (1975) before it opened at Disneyland. It had been thought up in the 60s but there too many other projects in production so it was postponed. If you compare the two rides you’ll notice that the one in the Magic Kingdom seems to dominate the skyline where the one at Disneyland is much less imposing. This is because the one at Magic Kingdom is all above ground because of the water table, while the one at Disneyland is mostly underground. I like Disneyland’s version better because it is darker and thus feels faster.

As most rides at Disneyland do, Space Mountain has changed through the years. They added a soundtrack, the first burst of speed was increased, and now they have a Ghost Galaxy overlay during the Fall. Except for the technology changes I haven’t cared for the improvements they made. I finally experienced Ghost Galaxy last September and I was not impressed. What does impress me is that no matter what they do to this attraction it is still a thrilling ride through the dark that makes me scream with delight. At its core it is an awesome roller coaster.

And now it is time for my confession. I love the chocolate chip cookie that spins through the ride. I look for it every time. I know it is not a chocolate chip cookie but it really looks like one and I hope they never change it. It just wouldn’t be Space Mountain without it. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: Disneyland does not have Fastpass+ but you can Fastpass Space Mountain. If I enter the park at opening I try to ride this attraction first so I don’t have to stand in line. Otherwise I would Fastpass it because the lines can get long. But don’t wait too long to get your Fastpass or else they may all be used up.

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Celebrate the Red, White, and Goofy

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Image from www.spoonful.com

Happy Memorial Day! Today is considered the start of summer. I know summer technically starts on June 21 but who wants to wait? The sun has emerged in my neck of the woods and I think the snow has finally decided winter is over so it is time to celebrate summer. Why not celebrate with Mickey and the Gang?

These fun patriotic printables from spoonful.com will help make your first summer party a success. They even have cool Disney-themed invitations that you can print and mail so everyone will be sure to come. Toss some great burgers, kabobs, and vegetables on the grill and your party will be smokin’! Give everyone a printed paper airplane and see whose flies the farthest. Make festive pinwheels and give them out as prizes or party favors. At the end of the evening serve a delicious red, white, and blue dessert. This first party of summer will be a sign of all the good things summer will bring. Happiness squared.

Goofy Craft: At your first party of the season why not have everyone make a patriotic shirt that they can wear all summer? These star-studded shirts are a great outdoor craft and can be made in no time flat. Everyone from three to ninety-nine will want to make one.

 

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Beware the Dark Side of the Frosting

 

Image from Disney Food Blog

Image from Disney Food Blog

Star Wars Weekends have come to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you are a mega Star Wars fan you won’t want to miss these fun events where you can meet various film and voice stars from the movies and cartoons. There is special merchandise and special food. However, beware the Darth Vader cupcakes.

Remember when your parents told you not to play with your food. Well, if you have ignored that advice then you can work for Disney. In honor of Star Wars Weekends they have created a short featuring the Darth Vader cupcake. There is a reason that they call it Devil’s Food cake. Check out the making-of video and then enjoy the short. It will make you think twice before buying a cupcake. I might try the Olaf cupcake instead. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: If you do not love Star Wars then check out the schedule and plan to avoid Disney’s Hollywood Studios on those weekends. You can enjoy the parks on those days but why bother with the crowds when you could be at the Magic Kingdom. On the other hand, if you like Star Wars but don’t plan on joining in the fun this could be a good time to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios just to people watch and soak up the Force. Your choice.

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New Guardian of the Galaxy Trailer (Yes, It’s Awesome)

I don’t have much to say here. I was looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy based on the first trailer. Now that the second trailer is out I can’t wait for August. This movie may rival the Marvel Avengers in awesomeness. Watch the trailer below and make up your own mind. Me, I am counting the days. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: I am sure everyone who sees this movie will enjoy it, but if you want to get the most out of it I would watch the previous Marvel movies before watching Guardians of the Galaxy. And this can not be repeated enough. Watch the movies all the way to the end of the credits. I mean the very, very end. It is always enlightening.

 

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Play the Glad Game Today

pollyanna (1)Pollyanna, Hayley Mill’s first movie, opened today in 1960. This is my favorite Hayley Mill’s movie even though I cry throughout the ending. (I won’t give any spoilers here, but wow! is it emotional.) Even with a tearful ending I still have watched this film dozens of times. Why? Because it has such a positive message. Pollyanna’s life is hardly perfect but no matter what happens to her and how many grumpy people she meets she always acts happy and turns everyone around. I think we need more Pollyannas in the world today.

So how can you celebrate the anniversary of this splendid movie? You could rent the movie and watch it with your entire family. You could also read the book. Did you know it was originally a book? The movie is pretty spectacular but I always like making comparisons between the two. You could also play the glad game. When something goes wrong with your day find the positive in the situation. In Pollyanna, she explains that she once got a pair of crutches when she wanted a doll. She decided she was glad she didn’t need the crutches.

Pollyanna is often considered a silly girl with her head in the clouds. I think she is actually a very insightful girl because she often has to take a close look at the people around her to find the good in them. We can definitely use more Pollyanna’s today. Happiness squared.

Goofy Quote: This is probably the most famous quote in the entire movie and it certainly has an effect on the Reverend.

Reverend Ford: [reading Pollyanna's locket] When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will. – Abraham Lincoln.

Pollyanna Whittier: He was President.

Reverend Ford: Yes, I know… but I’ve never heard *that* before.

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Marvel TV News is Marvelous

agent-carter-500x281Well, only time will tell if my title is an exaggeration or not. But first the best news – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has been renewed for a second season. Hooray!!! If you are not watching this show why not? No. Don’t start now. Take some time before season 2 starts and watch season 1 in order. You will not regret it. This small-time show has proven that it can match wits with the big Marvel movies. In fact, since it is linked to the newest Captain America movie I would say it is a big Marvel movie broken into weekly episodes. I have been surprised every week and I can’t wait for season 2 to continue to wow me.

Since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing so well it makes sense that a second Marvel TV show would be suggested. And since people always complain that there aren’t enough women in the Marvel Universe (Seriously? Have you been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?) it makes sense that this new show would feature a woman hero.

Agent Carter takes place after the first Captain America movie, and features Agent Peggy Carter, who was Captain America’s true love. Since the war is over she now works for Howard Stark and she is involved in the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. I will give this a try although I have no love for this character and I think it might be a little hokey since it is set in 1946. However, Marvel has not disappointed me yet so I will keep an open mind.

So yay! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and we’ll see about Agent Carter. I wasn’t kidding about watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. if you haven’t seen season 1. You will be glad you did. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: Have you seen Captain America: Winter Soldier? Make sure you see it before you see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Everything ties together and how cool is that?

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Fantasmic! is Still Fantastic

 

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Fantasmic! debuted at Disneyland in 1992. I can remember Tom Sawyers Island before Fantasmic! (and before the pirates took over) but my best memories are of seeing Fantasmic! the first few times. The music was enchanting, the story was magical, and the dragon was totally new. Even when I had to stand on my tiptoes to see the show (I’ve always been short) I never missed it.

Fantasmic! now plays at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The shows are not identical but they are similar. The biggest difference is the location. Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has its own outdoor theater. This is nice because everyone gets a seat and a good view, but I still like Disneyland’s version the best because of the boats. Both the Sailing Ship Columbia and the Mark Twain Riverboat are used in the show and it is really cool to see these huge ships lit up and filled with Disney characters.

If I was to make a list of top ten things to see at the Disney parks Fantasmic! would be number one on that list. New shows have been designed but since 1992 Fantasmic! has always been the best. Happiness squared.

Goofy Tip: If Fantasmic! is playing twice when you are at Disneyland consider seeing the second showing. People start finding seats for the first show hours before it starts but when the first show is over the Cast Members clear the area before allowing Guests in for the second show so you don’t have to wait as long to find a good spot. I waiting at the rope about fifteen minutes and was able to get a spot front and center. I would never have had such a good view if I had watched the first show.

 

 

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A Great Quote for a Monday

P1060008I have a great deal of stressful projects going on right now and through it all I am dedicated to writing this post. By the end of the month I plan to have a new job and a new home in a new town. Since I have none of those things right now I am feeling the stress. Given a choice I’d rather be at Disneyland right now.

In looking for inspiration I opened one of my favorite books. I often find good advice in The Quotable Walt Disney. I opened to a random page and was immediately reassured by the quote I found. Since no one’s life is ever really smooth I am sharing this quote with you.

“I function better when things are going badly than when they’re smooth as whipped cream.” Walt Disney

I hope it inspires you to work through the rough patches like it inspires me. I have posted it on my mirror so I can read it every day. I guess I’ll go to Disneyland after I move. Happiness squared.

Goofy Quote: (Because one Walt Disney quote is never enough.)

The secret of juggling many responsibilities is organization.” Walt  Disney

 

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