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Mickey’s Backyard BBQ~ Disaster turned fun? Tuesday Evening Ramblings….

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A few years back, we were lucky enough to get Free Dining at Walt Disney World, and we wanted to try a dining experience that we had never done before. After looking through the list, and reading reviews, we chose Mickey’s Backyard BBQ as one of our choices. The description said it was a picnic style, outdoor meal with fun music and characters, that sounded great! What could go wrong? Well….. keep reading!

The day we were set to go to the Backyard BBQ was a partly cloudy one, but it didn’t look like rain. We went back to the room later in the afternoon to get cleaned up and ready for dinner. As were were driving toward Ft. Wilderness, where they have Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, the sky started to get dark. Very dark. Yes, rain was coming, but how much? We parked the car and headed to the bus which takes you to the campground location, and then the rain hit. We got off the bus and ran to the covered porch which was just ahead. I thought, that wasn’t so bad, we got a little wet but at least we were there. Boy, was I wrong. After standing on said porch, I realized that we were actually at the Hoopty Doo Review, not the Backyard BBQ. I asked someone, and they pointed to the back area, and said we have to wall ALL THE WAY down this walkway to get to our dining location. My first thought was, are you serious? It was raining cats and dogs, probably one of the hardest rains I had ever seen. My family and I stood there on the porch, actually pondering not going and just throwing away those dining credits, because it was just THAT bad. It was a game time decision, do we leave or do we give it a go and try to find Mickey’s Backyard BBQ? We were already a bit damp, and we had an umbrella, how much worse could it be?

So, being that we were already running late due to the weather, we decided to bundle up, grab the umbrella, and make a run for it. I had NO idea exactly how FAR that walk (or run) was going to be! We started out walking fast, then it quickly turned to running. My older son decided to run ahead since the umbrella wasn’t really helping. I was doing my best to keep my younger son covered because I didn’t want him to have any asthma issues out there, but I quickly found out, that umbrella was totally useless. The rain was coming down so hard, it was just running off the umbrella and right down my back! The sidewalk area was flooding fast, and before I knew it, we were in ankle deep water! So, what do we do, keep going or head back to the porch? We just kept going, with the hope of seeing the Backyard BBQ soon. The rain was so hard that we couldn’t even see in front of us, no Mickey Mouse in site. I heard music playing, so we pressed on. We’re coming Mickey!!

When we finally reached our destination, we saw the covered area, with the band playing and characters dancing around. We also saw how crowded it was, and there were piles and piles of towels stacked up on the back picnic table for dinner guests to use. The rain was almost coming in sideways, so a lot of the tables were wet too. I turned around to look at my family, and OH MY….. they all looked as if they went swimming with their clothes on! Yes, it was THAT bad! We were all soaked to the bone, my new shoes were ruined, there was no place to sit that wasn’t wet, and we were a very unhappy group. That’s not Disney Magic, that’s a mess! Now what? The look of disappointment on the kids faces was gut wrenching, and as their Mom, it’s time to make the best out of a disaster of an evening! We got some towels and wiped down a picnic table in the corner and made a place to sit. I dried the kids off as best as I could, and we all went up and got some food. I was a little disappointed in the food, as it was mostly burgers and such that we had been eating all week at walk ups at the parks, but we were starving so we made the best of it. We finally had something to eat and rested for a few, and the kids seemed to get their second wind. The country band was playing, and Minnie and Mickey just happened to start dancing closer to where we were…. Is it time for things to get better finally? You bet! Minnie grabbed my older son’s hands and started dancing with him, he was overjoyed! Mickey came by and saw us too, the little guy was so excited. The rest of the evening, the kids were dancing with characters, singing and clapping with the band, and the idea of soaked clothes and misery just went away! Even for me….. Mommy found the wine area and some ice cream!

So, all in all, it wasn’t a bad evening. Sure, we got soaked, and it wasn’t ideal, but somehow the Disney Magic managed to shine through all that rain. At the end of the evening, they were letting people grab extra frozen treats on their way out, and my husband took a bunch so we could put them in the fridge back in the room, it was really nice! When we got back to the room, our clothes were still wet, I looked at my new shoes with a pinch of despair, but truthfully, we had a good time. How can that be? I still laugh about it, and I even kept my favorite ruined pair of shoes. When they say Disney creates memories for families, it’s really true. Anything can happen, and any situation can be turned around if you try. The boys still look back at that experience and have good things to say. All in all, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ was a success in it’s own little way, and I can say the memories were worth it, even the ruined shoes!

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Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tonight

Here we are, another Tuesday and another new episode of Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  One thing to remember, the new episode will be on at a special time tonight 9:00 pm instead of the normal 8:00 slot.  Now don’t think 8:00 won’t be a good show, it’s a replay from last week’s show.  If you didn’t get to see it last week, make sure you tune in to see both episodes.  Last week’s episode honestly was like a mini Marvel film.

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Quick update and spoilers ahead of what has happened to catch you up if needed.  If you aren’t up to date on what is going on in the Marvel Universe and don’t want to find out yet please stop reading.  For those still reading, we know from the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen.  We found out that HYDRA has been running things all this time and just been waiting for their time to take over.  Nick Fury was almost assassinated early on in the film and it appeared they succeeded later in the film.  We do find out near the end, Nick faked his death to make them believe he was gone.  With Fury out of the way, there was no one to stop HYDRA from taking control.  They did forget about Captain America, Falcon, Black Widow and the handful of faithful S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Fast forward to last Tuesday, we saw first hand how the events of Captain America came into play for the Agents.  At this point, the bus is headed back to HQ.  Coulson and the team believe May is a traitor and they handcuff her and put her in the box.  We find out that May had a direct line to Fury to keep him informed of Coulson.  After some persuasion, May agrees to contact Fury to find out what is going on and why the bus is going back to the hub without a pilot flying it.  When she makes contact, she is informed Fury has been killed.  Meanwhile back at the hub, we see Agent Hand appearing to be a HYDRA member and ordering that when Coulson’s team lands they are all to be killed.  The team believes Hand is the clairvoyant and all indications appeared that way.  Agent Garrett was flying and 2 S.H.I.E.L.D. drones try to bring down his plane.  Agent Garrett catches up to Coulson and his team.  Once they get back to the hub the team splits up and eventually captures Hand and her small team.  Garrett encourages Coulson to kill Hand.  Agent Garrett talked a little more than he should have and revealed information Coulson never told anyone and reveals he is the true clairvoyant.  That’s right, Agent Garrett (Bill Paxton) was the evil behind all that has been happening.  Thankfully, Coulson didn’t shoot Hand, who showed her true colors and was still loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hand and Coulson take Garrett into custody and they appear to be the two highest ranking officers in S.H.I.E.L.D.  Ward, who was trained by Garrett, appears devastated that his hero was involved in all this.  Ward volunteers to accompany Hand to the Fridge so he can see to Garrett’s imprisonment personally. However in transit, Hand offers Ward the chance to execute Garrett to atone for killing Thomas Nash by mistake. He at first appears to accept the offer, but then instead guns down Hand and the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with them, freeing Garrett and revealing himself to have allegiance to HYDRA.

Here is a preview of tonight’s new episode:

If you are on twitter, you can tweet and follow the episode with the cast and S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s a lot of fun honestly and adds to the fun of the show.  You can follow me @TMSMAvenger also.

The Fun Return of ‘Main Street Electrical Parade’ to Magic Kingdom Park in 1999

Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager Disney, put out this blog and video and I just had to share it.  If you are a fan of the Main Street Electrical Parade, this video is a must see.

In May 1999, a few weeks before “Main Street Electrical Parade” made its return to Magic Kingdom Park, the parade floats were taken out of the park for a rare overnight road test. See this amazing sight below.

Can you imagine driving down the road and looking over and seeing one of the parade floats going by?  What a thrill that would be to see.

Are You Or Your Kids Disney Infinity Players?

For those who don’t know what Disney Infinity is or have you heard of it but not sure exactly what it does, here is a quick explanation.  

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Disney Infinity is an action-adventure game with physical toys, open world creation and story-driven gameplay. Characters, playsets and other features are brought into the game using figurines and discs with the included Infinity Base. With the exception of non-humanoid characters, such as those from the Cars series, each character has a double jump and a default set of attacks, as well as an ability unique to each figure. For example, Sulley can roar to scare others whilst Violet and Randycan turn invisible. There are two main modes in this game: Play Set and Toy Box. Each playset is essentially a self-contained world with its own gameplay, based on a specific film or series with recognizable characters and storylines. Characters from one world cannot enter into another world, but players can put any characters together in Toy Box mode. Toy Box is a sandbox mode that players can fully customize and explore.

Last week, Disney and Marvel released this video:

That’s right, Marvel is coming to Disney Infinity. Disney is having an official announcement on April 30th to announce exactly what is taking place and how the Marvel Characters will become a part of the gaming sensation. This is great news for games who love the Marvel character. Also, this gives hope to the Star Wars fans that eventually they can be added. As more news comes out, we will be sure to pass it along.

Limited time only! NEW timeless tees from Disney Parks

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Starting today and available until 4/20/14 the DisneyStore.com will be offering two “Timeless” t-shirts. The first shirt features everyone’s flying pachyderm Dumbo flying over Disneyland’s Fantasyland, this vintage screen art invites guests to ride Mad Tea Party, Dumbo Flying Elephants, and King Arthur Carousel.

The second shirt features the Orange Bird from Walt Disney World’s Sunshine Terrace (also know as the home of the Citrus Swirl!). Orange Bird debuted at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (1971) and was the animated star of a popular series of television commercials for attraction sponsor Florida Citrus Growers. For those unfamiliar with the Orange Bird check out the article our staff writer Corey wrote on this adorable little guy by visiting http://www.themainstreetmouse.com/2014/03/10/florida-orange-bird-by-corey-tucker/

Both shirts timeless adaptations of classic Disneyland attraction poster artwork.  To purchase your Orange Bird or Dumbo shirt today visit http://www.disneystore.com/mn/1009902/?RMID=20140415_ParksPosterArtTees&RRID=14018019&CMP=EMC-eml Both shirts are available for a limited time  (4/20/14 or while supplies last) and they  will take 6-8 weeks to ship.

orange Don’t forget to take advantage of the Disney Store’s MULTIPLE specials to include a Easter Minnie Mouse or Mickey Mouse Plush for $9.50 with any $25 purchase and  Free Shipping on your order of $75 or more when you use the code SHIPMAGIC at check out!

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Progress and the Magic of Innovation

I saw this article on the Disney Insider blog and thought it very interesting and wanted to share it with all.

You know that little light bulb that goes off in your head when you think of something profound? Those kinds of ideas are the ones that inspire us to move forward. In fact, Walt Disney was fascinated by the notion of progress – the idea that society be constantly shifting in order to reach a “great big beautiful tomorrow.”

From film and television, to parks and resorts, Walt Disney and the company he built have always been on the front lines of innovation. We decided to take a look at what we consider to be some of the most original ideas and inventions that shaped the stories and characters we know and love today.

The Multiplane Camera: Animation Takes On A New Dimension

The Multiplane Camera was a special camera developed during production of the Silly Symphony short film The Old Mill, and the device was perfected for the studio’s first feature animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The camera moves several animation cels past the lens at different speeds, creating a three-dimensional effect. Disney animators considered this an important achievement in the art of animation, as it allowed for the addition of depth into the finished picture. This invention transformed the way that animated films were captured, and brought a ‘whole new world’ of imagery to audiences everywhere.

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Walt recognized the power that television had during the construction of Disneyland — in fact, that’s where the whole project was originally announced to the public! He carefully crafted the park’s story over the next year prior to its opening, and then used his show–originally entitled “Disneyland”–to promote the grand opening of the theme park. While black and white television was still commonplace in American households, Walt insisted that many episodes of the series be filmed in Technicolor. He believed that color television would soon become the norm, and as luck would have it, Walt knew what he was talking about.

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In 1961, the show was renamed Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, and Disney became the first studio to provide regular color television programming to millions of houses.

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A simple toy mechanical bird that Walt found while visiting New Orleans paved the way for what many consider to be one of the greatest Disney innovations: audio-animatronics. This technology allowed for the studio’s characters to fly off of the sketchbook and into real life using prerecorded movements and sound. It was made possible by a sophisticated system of electricity and air power (otherwise known as pneumatics).

Walt Disney shows off Jose, the MC audio-animatronic bird friend from the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Walt Disney shows off Jose, the MC audio-animatronic bird friend from the Enchanted Tiki Room.

The first major use of audio-animatronics was in 1963 at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. Though the figures, sounds, and lightning have been slightly updated since its debut, a cast of over 200 mechanical birds, talking tiki idols, and singing flowers still serenade park guests to this day!

Highway In The Sky

Originally conceived as the public-transportation system of the future, the Monorail system was created as a practical means to transport guests around Disneyland. It was the first daily-operating monorail system in the entire Western Hemisphere when it was first introduced in 1959, and was a thought-provoking departure from the typical transportation technology of its day. There was one slight problem, however: it made no actual stops aside from the one loading and unloading platform constructed in Tomorrowland. It wasn’t until 1961 that it started transporting guests to and from the Disneyland hotel and into the park.

The Mark V Monorail travels across the grounds of the Disneyland Hotel.

The Mark V Monorail travels across the grounds of the Disneyland Hotel.

Millions of visitors now make the 2.5 mile trek around the Magic Kingdom each year to relax and to enjoy the sights and sounds of the park from 41 feet in the air while traveling to the Downtown Disney District in a timely manner.

So, what’s the next BIG idea?

Let us know what your favorite Disney innovation is in the comments, and remember, “Tomorrow’s just a dream away!”

Maleficent Is Coming May 30, 2014

Maleficent is getting closer and closer to it’s premier on May 30, 2014.  From every trailer so far, the film looks awesome.  The effects look great and I think this film may shatter box office numbers.  I admit, I have never been a fan of Angelina Jolie, but I think she nails her role in this film from what I’ve seen.  So who plans to go see this film and what are you most looking forward to.

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For those who haven’t seen it, here is the latest trailer that was released.

Hidden Treasures

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We’ve all heard it or asked the question. What makes Disney World so special and magical? To some it’s the rides or seeing a princess for the first time. To others it may be eating all you can possibly fathom and not gain a pound (Yeah, right), while others may find it magical because they can see all of their favorite characters. To me what helps with a lot of the magic are the hidden things. I’m not talking the “Hidden Mickey”, but the little things off the beaten path. Those things that you may have to take a few minutes to actually find and enjoy and this week I’m going to share some of my favorite “Treasures off the Beaten Path”.

 

  1. The first of my favorite treasures is the Windows on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Although they’re not really hidden, a lot of people may not know what they are exactly. So for those who don’t know, the window are on the upper floors of the buildings going down Main Street and contain the names of those people who contributed to the Magic Kingdom and are influential to the Disney Company.
  2. Sometimes if you’re lucky you can spot a castmember walking around with with a mop bucket and broom. And if you’re even luckier you can watch them draw a Disney character with that broom and water on the pavement.
  3. Another of my faves is pretty small and subtle, but next time you’re around the outside of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant look on the pavement and see if you can find the paw prints of Lady and the Tramp.
  4. In EPCOT if you stand in the right spot outside the Mexico pavilion across the lagoon from the Morocco pavilion, you’ll see the backside of the Tower of Terror and finds that it blends almost flawlessly with the Moroccan pavilion.
  5. Next time you’re leaving EPCOT at night look down at the pavement in Future World and you’ll see a cool fiber optic light show.
  6. Before entering the Indiana Jones Stunt Show walk over to a well with a sign that says “Warning Do Not Pull Rope”, what should you do? Pull the rope of course.
  7. Next time you’re visiting the Backlot at the Studios lookout for the Singin’ in the Rain umbrella for a perfect photo op.
  8. One word, Divine. Look for her next time you’re out an about in the Animal Kingdom, she’s a really cool spectacle.
  9. Head over to Fort Wilderness and lookout for the famous Lawn Mower Tree.
  10. When you’re over at Port Orleans checking in and you see the musical notes.  Try to guess what those notes are to. (Hint: When the Saints Go Marching In)

 

These are just some of my favorites of what seems to be a never-ending list. So next time on your visit to the “World”, take a minute or two out of your commando day and look for some of these random “Hidden Treasures” with your friends and family. I think that it’ll give everyone a deeper appreciation of what the people at Disney do to give that extra little magic.

New runDisney Anniversary Medals Revealed

From the Disney Parks Blog Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

As runners start to plan their fall and winter race schedules, we thought it would be fun to provide some extra motivation and reveal a little “bling.” Disney Yellow Shoes Art Director David Brotherton has been busy designing two amazing finisher medals to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the 10th anniversary of the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge.

WND9764522THUMBWND9764521THUMBThe Wine and Dine anniversary medal captures the essence of the race with color and design, and features a spinner at the heart of the medal. One side represents the tradition of past medals and is inspired by Spaceship Earth, while the other side showcases chef Mickey on the run. A fitting reward to those taking on the sold-out half marathon in November.

WND9764542THUMB WND9764541THUMBRegistration for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna opens on April 22 and we are thinking this Goofy Challenge anniversary medal might be just enough to get some people thinking a little, well, Goofy. After all, running a half marathon on Saturday and a marathon on Sunday puts you in a unique category. Looking at the medal there is no doubt we are celebrating the 10th anniversary. Featuring traditional Goofy colors, this medal also has a spinner in the middle. One side celebrates the accomplishment of the half marathon, and when you spin it, Goofy turns upside down and lets you know you added on another 26.2 miles, a grand total of 39.3 miles over two days. Goofy.

runDisney is proud of all our finisher medals and think these anniversary medals will excite our runners and be something they will be proud of earning when they cross the finish line.

Eggs-traordinary Art at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park

From the Disney Parks Blog.   Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort put out this story in regards to the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park and some of the amazing eggs they are decorating daily.  Check out the video below.

There are dozens of reasons to visit the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park, but seeing egg artisan Ray Brown in action is definitely a fan favorite. Ray is part of an elite team who create ‘eggs’-tra special works of art each day by designing, painting and sculpting the oval shapes into one-of-a-kind Disney characters. Recently Ray shared some of his top tips for creating the perfect egg with us:

Come visit the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree through April 20!

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