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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Top 5 Locations to Watch ‘Magical’ Fireworks Spectacular

From Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator

Last summer, my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, shared some of the best places to enjoy “Magical” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park. Today, we continue the “Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips” series with a video of the top 5 locations to catch the show this summer.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy “Magical”? I prefer the center of Main Street, U.S.A., between Refreshment Corner and Main Street Photo Supply Co. Leave your answer in the comments below!

TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ Sunshine, Magic and … Bugs?

meet2We’re in week 5 of Florida living! This past week was a busy one, and it’s been really hot out there. We had our first ever TMSM Meet Up last Wednesday at Epcot, and it was awesome. More people showed up than I thought would, so it was really an overwhelming surprise for me. I can’t wait to do it again. It was also nice to have my friend and co-admin Autumn and her husband Drew in town. Having people around keeps us busy and helps me fight the homesick feeling. Michigan in the Summertime is my favorite part of the year there, so I miss it right now. Granted, I don’t think I’ll be missing it so much come January when my poor family and friends are freezing their butts off there, but still. Every summer in Michigan, we visit Frankenmuth, which is like a little German town, where it’s Christmas all year long at their big Christmas store, Bronners. So, to make up for it, we spent some time at the Christmas store at the Magic Kingdom. Not the same, but good enough for now!

One thing people warned me about before I left Michigan was the bugs in Florida. We have bugs in Michigan, but just little spiders here and there. Maybe an occasional cricket, not bad. I heard horror stories of big hairy spiders and the dreaded Palmetto Bugs, or as I call them, big-nasty-scary Cockroaches! Oh heck no! Since we’ve been here, we did see wolf spiders, but they’ve all been dead, either on the porch or in the pool. Probably due to massive amounts of bug spray we’ve put all around the house and doorways. That’s a good thing. Palmetto bugs? No. Well, not till last week at the Magic Kingdom. My friend Andy (WDW Shutterbug) is a local, and he has a Palmetto phobia. This works to my advantage because he gives me tips on how to avoid them. One tip he gave me was an area to avoid at the Magic Kingdom. Andy said the sitting areas in Adventureland have lots of Palmettos, due to all the ice cream/Dole Whips that are sold there. Ice cream drips on the ground, and out they come. So we were at the MK with Andy in the evening, I believe Thursday, and were in Adventureland. We went and got Citrus Swirls and started walking. My younger son went to sit down, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move. Oh no, Andy was right….. it’s a Palmetto bug. Poor Aidan screamed, then I screamed, then Andy said “I told you so!” I can laugh about it now, but you better believe I’ll be watching for those horrible bugs from now on. They are just as big and nasty as I feared they would be, but I suppose I’d better get used to it. We don’t have bugs big enough to put a saddle on back in Michigan, so it’s an adjustment.




All in all, the sunshine and magic of Florida is appealing. We’re missing home but having fun as well. My days all run together though, being that it’s summer and we’re not on as much of a schedule. School will start next month so that all will change. I’m optimistic that things will continue to get better though, and the rough patches will pass. Thanks so much for reading our updates…. Until next week, See Ya Real Soon!! ~M

The All-American College Band Returns for the Summer at Disneyland Resort

Now in its 44th year at the Disneyland Resort, the fan-favorite All-American College Band is back to entertain guests with their signature dance moves and memorable tunes, including Disney favorites like “Under the Sea” and the latest hit, “Let it Go.” The All-American College Band, composed of college students from across the country who have competed for a coveted spot, provides a hands-on music education experience that prepares them for careers in the music industry.

This summer, the students are joined by a series of successful music mentors, such as Sal Lozano, a band alumnus who played for hit TV shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol.” The current program is directed by former band member Dr. Ron McCurdy, who teaches jazz at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

If you haven’t yet experienced the energy the All-American College Band brings to the Disneyland Resort – you’ll want to make sure you check them out. Below is a video highlighting the Band’s 40th anniversary celebration – take a look!

The band plays at Disneyland Resort Tuesdays through Saturdays until August 15:

  • 1:50 p.m. – Hollywood Backlot Stage, Disney California Adventure park
  • 4:30 p.m. – Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland park
  • 5:10 p.m. – Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park
  • 6:00 p.m. – Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park
  • 7:15 p.m. – Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park

(Times and locations subject to change.)

First Look at New Cars Land Pinstriping Merchandise at the Disneyland Resort

From our friend at the Disney Parks Blog, Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort has some new Cars merchandise coming to Disneyland.

What’s summer without a road trip? Where did my travels take me? Well, most recently Radiator Springs in Cars Land at the Disneyland Resort. If you’re planning to cruise through Cars Land yourself this summer, here are a few things that are rolling into locations that you should keep an eye out for.

The new car culture couture lifestyle collection featuring ‘Pinstriping by Ramone’ can be found at Ramone’s House of Body Art. You’ll love the fine pin-striping detail that appears on adult and youth tees, fleece, hats and more, bringing Disney•Pixar “Cars” characters like Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally to life with a little bit of an edge.


Need something to help you get your motor running in the morning? Check out these brand new mugs detailed in a metallic paint finish that will surely help shift gears to a productive and successful day! Look for them on store shelves towards the end of summer.


Something else you might want to are the Kitschy Piston Cup and Decal inspired collections which you will find on tees, tanks, beach towels, tumblers, hats and more at Radiator Springs Curios.


If pins are more your speed, then be sure to race in to pick up the new Mystery Collection, available now.


What will drive home with you?

New Renderings Offer A Glimpse at the Future Access to Disney Springs

Well if you have been to the Downtown Disney area at the Walt Disney World Resort recently, you have probably noticed all the construction going on. Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager has put out some artist renderings and information in regards to what is going to be there once all the work is done. Disney Springs is going to be an amazing area for shopping, eating and entertainment.

If you’ve visited Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort lately, you’ve most likely noticed the many changes underway as the area transforms into Disney Springs – it’s the largest expansion in Downtown Disney history and, when completed, will double the area’s number of dining and retail options. Through this expansion, guests can continue to enjoy more than 70 themed and immersive shopping, dining and entertainment venues day and night. One of my personal favorites is the new Marketplace Co-Op, which has unique Disney boutique shops and has been featured several times here on the Disney Parks Blog.


The surrounding roadways and parking areas at Downtown Disney are growing too and will eventually offer easier access to the area. Today we have two new renderings to share with you that showcase the work that is already underway, which includes widening Lake Buena Vista Drive from seven to 10 lanes and constructing two multilevel garages (the first of which, pictured above, is set to open by late 2014 to offer 4,000 parking spaces). Two pedestrian bridges are also planned that will help lead guests into Disney Springs near the current Marketplace side, while the other will offer access in through the West Side.


As you can see above, the changes will also include a new I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs.

All of this work is part of the area’s transformation into Disney Springs, which will continue into 2016. The first phase of the expansion, an area called The Landing, will open in 2015 to offer lakefront shopping and dining. In the meantime, if you are planning to visit Downtown Disney for activities with set times, such as Cirque du Soleil performances, concerts or movies, early arrival is suggested.

As more news is released we will be sure to pass it along to you.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Finally Gets a Release Date!


Yo-Ho Main Streeters! After months of speculation and delays, it looks like Pirates of the Caribbean 5 finally has a release date! The last we saw of Captain Jack Sparrow, he was on a beach with his faithful pal Gibbs, reflecting on his decision to deny himself the Fountain of Youth. “Who’s to say I won’t live forever, eh?,” he says. You got that right. The next Captain Jack Sparrow installment has a new official release date: July 7, 2017. Yay!

We knew another Pirates film was coming, but was hit with delay over director changes and an unfinished script. Can’t wait to see what good old Captain Jack is up to next! More details to come as we hear, so stay tuned!

New Epcot Cookbook to Feature All Three Festivals

From Pam Brandon, Disney Blog Food Writer a new cookbook that will bring food recipes from all three Epcot Festivals into one

You can’t buy a copy until September, but we wanted to give blog readers a sneak peek at the new Epcot cookbook that debuts just in time for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September 19-November 10). Instead of an annual cookbook just for that festival, the new book – even the title is still in the working stages – will feature, for the first time ever, recipes from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, winter’s Holidays Around the World and the springtime Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Here’s a picture of Disney photographer Matt Stroshane and stylist Laurel Ainley as they shot the new food photos for the book. Long days and lots of prep create pretty dishes we hope will make you hungry.


Meanwhile, here’s a few photos from the book and one of our favorite recipes from this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to get you started.

Grilled Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri Serves 6

Salmon 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 6 (5- to 6-ounce) Verlasso salmon fillets, skin removed

Chimichurri Sauce 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, including stems, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup) 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh arugula 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves 3 tablespoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, to taste

Quinoa Salad Dressing 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup lime juice 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon cumin Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, to taste

Quinoa Salad 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked per instructions (makes approximately 3 cups cooked), cooled 1/2 red pepper, diced 1/2 green pepper, diced 1/2 red onion, diced 1 small tomato, diced 1/4 cup corn kernels 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, to taste

For salmon:

    1. Combine garlic salt, lemon juice, and olive oil in small bowl. Place salmon in large zip-top bag and add liquid, turning fillets to evenly coat.
    2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove salmon from refrigerator at least 10 minutes before cooking.
    3. Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Cover 15 x 10-inch baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place salmon on baking sheet in a single layer, evenly spaced.
    4. Bake 15 minutes or until the salmon easily can be flaked apart with a fork.

    For chimichurri sauce:

    1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend for about 10 seconds on medium speed or until ingredients are evenly blended. Season with salt and pepper. Store in a sealed container and refrigerate until ready to use.

    For quinoa salad dressing:

    1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

    For quinoa salad:

    1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl and toss with Quinoa Salad Dressing.

    To serve:

    1. Equally divide Quinoa Salad between serving plates, top with salmon fillet and drizzle with Chimichurri Sauce.

    Cook’s note: Verlasso salmon is sustainable and farm-raised; you can use any fresh, high-quality salmon in this recipe.

    Loki, The God of Mischief, Shirt From TeeFury.com Today Only!!

    Go here to get this shirt now: http://www.themainstreetmouse.com/teefurygallery

    In case you are not aware, on the 24th Comic Con will kick off in San Diego.  TeeFury this week is debuting some shirts this week for the Comic and Super Hero fans out there.  Today, our friends over at TeeFury have a shirt that showcases the God of Mischief, the arch nemesis of the Avengers, I’m speaking of no one else than Loki.  Now if you recall, at last year’s Comic Con, Loki made a special appearance in Hall H and the crowd love it.  This shirt was designed by MedusaD and is called Sons of Mischief.  This shirt is only $11, so make sure you get one before they are no longer available.

    Loki Shirt

    As always, this shirt is only available today, so make sure you get them while you can.  Please know, by purchasing this shirt , The Main Street Mouse receives a portion of the sales to help with keeping us up and running so we appreciate your support.

    Loki Model Shirt

    For all you Marvel fans, check back tomorrow for an Avenger’s inspired shirt…

    Now most of our readers have probably heard of TeeFury.com.  But just in case, TeeFury was formed in 2008 as the brainchild of a bunch of artists with a passion for limited edition t-shirts. At TeeFury you will find your favorite pop culture tees, with a brand new limited edition design every 24 hours for only $11.

    Their artists and loyal followers (TeeFurians) are the creative blood in our cottony veins. They thrive on their ingenuity and forum activity, bringing only the best designs to life for 24 hours. After the initial sale, the t shirt is moved into the Gallery, where you can vote to bring your favorite designs back from the dead.

    Like I stated above, this shirt is only available today,  unless it gets voted to be brought back from the “dead” and placed in the gallery, so if you want it I highly suggest you order it today.

    Show Us What Makes You Happy About Disneyland Resort on Instagram

    From TMSM friend, Erin Glover, Social Media Director for Disneyland Resort:

    What makes you happiest about the Happiest Place on Earth? From now until September 1, we’re inviting you to share photos on Instagram showing what makes you happy about the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a vacation!


    Entering is easy. Just snap a photo of something that makes you happy about Disneyland Resort. The characters? The rides? The food? Get creative and share photos from the parks or at home! Post your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #GetHappierContest in the description for a chance to win. Each week, one lucky fan will win a Disneyland Resort gift basket. And the grand prize is a trip for four to the Disneyland Resort – including airfare, transportation, hotel and 3-Day Park Hopper tickets!

    For more information, visit GetHappierContest.com.

    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Disneyland® Share What Makes You Happy Contest begins 12:00:00 PM ET on 7/21/14 and ends 11:59:59 PM ET 9/1/14. Promotion consists of 6 separate contest periods, each with its own entry phase and judging phase. Open to eligible legal residents of 50 U.S./D.C., who are at least 18 years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at time of entry. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Click on Official Rules for details on entry instructions, entry phase and judging phase dates, judging criteria, prize details, restrictions, etc. Sponsor: Disney Destinations, LLC, P.O. Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

    Please see the Official Rules for complete prize details.


    Tuesdays With Corey ~ Pressed Penny Collecting!

    It’s time for Tuesdays With Corey by Corey Tucker


    There are many things within the Disney universe that people collect. Some love to collect and trade the thousands of different kinds of pins that are offered. There are those who enjoy buying the one of kind lithographs that can cost thousands of dollars. Don’t even get me started on the t-shirts, bags, hats and other soft goods that are offered. There are those who like to get the newest big fig or the newest miniature diorama. A lot of these items can get pretty costly very fast, but there are many items that can be collected relatively cheaply. So if you’re looking for something to buy within the park that can become somewhat of an obsession, look no further. In this month’s newsletter we’re going to discuss “elongated coin pressing” or “penny pressing” as some call it. It’s a pretty cheap hobby that is easy to start and fun to collect. So sit back, check your pockets and couch cushions for some spare change and enjoy this month’s article on “penny pressing”.

    What does the year 1818 have to do with this article you may ask? It’s the year that the earliest documented elongated coin was produced. It was made in Vienna, Austria when Austria was still part of the Holy Roman Empire. The first elongated coin in the U.S. was created for the World’s Columbian Exposition held in 1893 in Chicago, Illinois. It commemorated the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America. Modified Jeweler’s Mills is the most likely way these early coins were made. The mills were normally used by jewelers to roll gold and other metals into thin wire.

    It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the original hand cranked machines were being replaced with the new mechanical machines that are activated when the coins are inserted into the coin slots. Disney did not introduce these machines until 1987. In the beginning there were two manufacturers who wanted to have their machines in the original Disneyland Park. The Cimeter Group and Centek Inc. They both made prototypes and presented them to Disney officials, but due to the custom of sharing revenue with the machine manufacturer, Disney opted to go with the Cemtek Inc. machines because their machines were for sale unlike the Cimeter Group machines. Disney began with buying two machines in 1987 for the park, one with Mickey Mouse and the other with an image of Bear Country. Both machines were very profitable for the park, but were prone to a high failure rate due to high usage. The Eurolink penny press was later brought in. This penny press required the coin to pass between two rollers that produce 2500 pounds of pressure on the penny to create the image. Also for all the Eurolink machines, all of the “dies” are engraved by hand and not by computer. Being that they are hand engraved, this makes the quality of the image crisper than those that are made by computer. Walt Disney World did not receive any of the penny press machines until 1994. Along with the Eurolink machine, another machine was introduced which was the Penny Collector machines. Each machine now has 1, 3, or 4 different design options and the machines are spread throughout the parks and resorts, along with all of the other Disney parks overseas.

    So what pennies should you use? Yes, that can make a difference on how the coin looks after it has been pressed. It is best to use pennies that are dated before 1982. Why? Because pennies older that 1982 were solid copper, unlike 1982 or newer which are copper plated zinc coins. When you press the penny the zinc will show through giving the coin silver streaks throughout the coin. But finding pre-1982 coins is a lot easier to find that most would believe. It make take some work, but by going to the bank and buying rolls of coins and going through them all, you will find more than you could probably spend on one trip down to the “world”. The problem with pennies 30 years and older is that most of them will be really dark and dirty. I’ve found that by soaking the coins in a bowl of cola for a day or two will do wonders for a dark coin. It won’t sparkle like a newly minted coin, but you won’t have to worry about silver streaks. Some collectors claim that rubbing the coin with A1 steak sauce or ketchup will clean really well. Whichever method you do try, be sure to rinse really well and clean the coin before you press, not after. Another tip is to insert the penny with Lincoln’s head facing to the right. This is the side that will give you the most complete image. On the quarter machines the quarter that is on the left is usually the one that gets pressed.

    How is it legal to deface coins? Well, in the U.S. the pressing of pennies and other coinage is not prohibited unless there is fraudulent intention either in the pressing of the coinage or it’s use thereafter. So the next time your at the “world” or any of the Disney theme parks stop by a gift shop and grab one of the many different types of pressed coin collectors books and begin a new, inexpensive hobby.

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