TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ What a Week!

It’s Wednesday Main Streeters! Things have been crazy busy down here in Florida, so we’re going to jump right into getting caught up. It seems like Orlando has had so many ups and downs lately, and it’s been hard to keep up with. Covering tragic events is hard to do, because I know I have to do it with care and respect, and I don’t want anyone to get upset at me. Reporting on the Pulse night club story was rough, then Wednesday night, things got worse, where Disney is concerned. As you all know, a child was killed by a gator at the Grand Floridian. Horrific to say the very least. I stayed awake Wednesday night waiting to see the news conference from the Sheriff here, which was around 1:30 am. I knew people were waiting to hear what was going on, and sadly, nothing transpired or had a conclusion until the next day. My heart has been so broken this week, with everything going on here. Prayers go out to all those effected. Usually TMSM is all about fun, family, a sense of belonging…. and we were having to talk about difficult things. Most people kept their comments on our social media respectful, and I thank you for that. Pointing blame doesn’t do anyone any good, we need to come together in hard times. Speaking of….


Friday during the day, we had to go to the Magic Kingdom to get video and photos of the new Castle show that was starting, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. It’s a great show, and we got to see our friend and photo contributor Joe Diebold and his wife Chrissy. Always nice to see friends when they come to town. Friday night, the new evening show, Star Wars; A Galactic Spectacular made it’s debut. There were a lot of people around, but we staked out our spot and got to see the show. I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, but this show is pretty amazing. You can see for yourself on our YouTube channel! Saturday night at the Magic Kingdom, a vigil was planned during the Kiss Goodnight for the victims of the shooting at Pulse. I was nervous about going, things have been rough here, but I knew it was the right thing to do. We met up with fellow Main Streeters and we stood together in solidarity along with the rest of the community. Seeing people stand in silence, just made the events of late down here all too real. It’s tragic, but the community came together to show love and support, and that there is amazing. Sunday was Father’s Day, and we went to Epcot to ride the new Soarin’. I needed some fun, so did the kids, and we weren’t disappointed. The updated Soarin’ is so, so good. I loved the old one, but the new screen is so clear and the footage is incredible. Yes it’s similar music, and yes we still have Patrick as our Chief Flight Attendant! We also did new Frozen meet and greet in Norway. The new character spot is really cute and detailed, and the line wasn’t long, maybe 20 minutes or so.



Yesterday as you know was the debut of Frozen Ever After. When I got to Epcot, I went into work mode. There’s a difference when I’m going to the park for leisure and going to the parks for work. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do a good job and get the best coverage I can for our readers. It’s stressful, but I do love my job. My family has to chase me around, or pick a spot to wait for me as I get pics and video, but they support what I do and I’m grateful. It’s funny because my boys know the difference, and when mom is working, they are so good about it. My older kiddo Andrew has been helping me with photos for the magazine and I’m so proud of him for it. Kids need a hobby, that doesn’t included video games, and getting him involved in the family business has been good for him. My little bug Aidan, well, he wants so badly to help, but he’s a bit too small. He tries to help with videos and live feeds. Yesterday he walked with me when I did our live feed and helped me show viewers things in the new Frozen store. It makes him feel important, like he’s helping me, and that’s also a good thing. They’re good boys, it’s a blessing. My husband too… they have patience and understanding for me in this crazy field, and I’m a thankful. After we did the Frozen fun, we left Epcot and went to the Studios so the boys could watch the Star Wars show again. We met up with some friends and had a good evening.


Well, here we are, Wednesday and I’m tired. Today we decided to lay low and rest up a little. It’s been a crazy week since we last talked, but I thank you all for sticking with us and following what we do. If it wasn’t for you, TMSM wouldn’t be anything, so thanks for that. Until next week, as always, I’m wishing you plenty of blessings, hugs and pixie dust. Thanks again everyone, see ya real soon! ~M

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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One thought on “TMSM’s Adventures in Florida Living ~ What a Week!

  • June 23, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I’m so glad to hear you and the family are adjusting well. Yes, last week was an emotional week for Orlando. So much tragedy. My heart goes out to all affected by such a heinous crime.

    Yet we all got up, got together and held the hands and hearts of the innocent lives involved.

    I thank god everyday for our blessings.

    The family looks great!!!!!


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