Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mouse of Zen - My Disney Fairytale

Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom's Thoughts and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to take part in this special Magical Blogorail loop with Mouse of Zen! While scrolling through the Mouse of Zen book, I came across a haiku that stopped me in my tracks. 

promise of today
melts into our tomorrow
illuminate life
- mouse of zen

March 26, 2011. The day that I felt like every princess in every Disney movie that I watched as a kid. On that cold, sunny New York City day, I had the pleasure of marrying my best friend. 

When we got engaged a little over two years before our wedding day, the first question that came out of the mouths of my family and friends was, "When is the Disney wedding?"

A Walt Disney World wedding is something that I dreamed about since I was a little girl, gazing at the Wedding Pavilion from our balcony at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. However, when Tom and I were engaged I knew I had to give up on that dream for a more important dream - to have our grandparents be fully involved in our big day. Our grandparents and extended families are extremely important to us and it would've been very difficult to have them travel across the country to attend our wedding. So instead we had a big traditional Italian wedding. 

Just because we opted for a big wedding in New York didn't mean, however, that we couldn't incorporate Disney! I had a "subtle Disney" rule. I wanted to include Disney, without being blatantly Disney. I wanted to know the origin of each little detail, but I didn't want anybody else to know unless I told them. With the exception of a huge Mickey and Minnie bride and groom big figs during our cocktail hour, I succeeded. 

My only "unhidden" Mickey!

For example, my gown was Kirstie Kelly for Disney Bridal. Our monogrammed napkins had a small silver castle. And most importantly, our PERFECT wedding song, well our wedding song was Promise from Epcot's Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. 

On our wedding day, we made a promise to each other and two truly became one. Our lives were illuminated by our love for each other. And we most certainly will grow closer through the years, through the good times and the tears. 

On March 26, 2011, as the first few notes of Promise echoed through our venue, few knew the origin of the song. (The big exception was the table of my college program roommates and coworkers who sang right along with the band) We were thrilled with the performance of our wedding band, who so graciously offered to learn the song for the big day.

Promise is a song I will never forget. It is a moment that I will live with me for the rest of my life. And every time I hear the beautiful melody, I will think about the day Tom and I became husband and wife, and I will smile from ear to ear.

Promise - Our first dance
Nanina's in the Park; March 26, 2011
(Video Courtesy of Michelle Pinto)

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The Disney Chick.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard: 

1st Stop ~ Disney Living
4th Stop ~ (You are here!) The Disney Point
5th Stop ~ The Disney Chick

Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Tag to The Magic, The Memories and You!

Maybe I'm cynical, but I was very skeptical of "The Magic, The Memories and You!" when I first heard of the concept. I was convinced you weren't going to be able to see anything on the castle and that even if your PhotoPass photo made it up there, you would never know.

Boy, was I wrong!

I absolutely loved every minute of the show both in April and December. During my trip this past December, we were treated to an extra "holiday tag" to the show! This week the Disney Parks Blog announced a few new surprises for guests:

From the Disney Parks Blog:
"One of the true delights of the recent holiday season at Disney Parks was a special segment during our evening projection show, “The Magic, The Memories and You!” The faces of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park and “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park were transformed into gingerbread masterpieces, brightly colored packages and palaces of ice. 

 Well if you enjoyed that, our Creative Entertainment team has another treat in store, just in time for Valentine’s Day! A new show segment is set to debut Feb. 1, inspired by some of the most romantic moments in Disney animation. Cinderella Castle and “it’s a small world” will be covered in red roses for one sequence and turned into a beautiful, star-filled sky for another. During part of the show, spectacular stained glass windows will grace the façades, depicting the stories of Cinderella, Snow White and Belle.

One of my favorite moments comes when the king and queen from “Tangled” appear on a balcony, lifting a single lantern to the sky for their missing daughter. It’s soon joined by hundreds of others, creating a magical sight sure to draw “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it! Of course, the most heart-warming part of any segment of “The Magic, The Memories and You!” is the images of our guests, captured by Disney PhotoPass photographers during the day and incorporated into the show each night. 

The romance segment is planned to run as part of “The Magic, The Memories and You!” through mid-April but we’re not stopping there. Wait until you see “it’s a small world” as a sand castle in a segment we’re working on for summer. It’s chock full of detail… right up to the point where Goofy rides a wave across the façade, washing it all away to reveal… well, I don’t want to spoil all the surprises!"

I love this idea. I think that once the technology is installed, they can do whatever they want to the show at a low cost. Therefore, they should take full advantage of the different seasons and celebrations.

Remember the hideous pink birthday cake castle? They never have to do that again! They can simply project an image on the castle during a special celebration. Since it is temporary, they don't have to ruin the photos of the families making their "once-in-a-lifetime" trips.

I hope you enjoy this show as much as I did!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Going Head to Head

Going head to head at Rafiki's Planet Watch

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesdays - My Days at Space

Friday, January 13, 2012

Foodie Friday Blog Hop: Jiko's Famous Filet with Mac and Cheese

Welcome to the Foodie Friday Disney Blog Hop! In this blog hop, Disney bloggers are sharing some notable dining experiences at the World. (This blog hop is making me very hungry and is not helping at all with my New Years diet)

On my last trip to Walt Disney World (I know I still haven't finished my trip report... please don't hold it against me. I will get there eventually) we made a ton of really amazing Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs). The meal I was most excited for was Jiko: The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: An Adult Hidden Mickey

Sangria from the Yachtsman... I can use one of these right now!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Disney Resolutions for the New Year

Welcome to those of you joining me from The Magical Mouse Pad and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd on our Magical Blogorail. 

To the readers of the Disney Point, I have a very exciting announcement. As of today, I am officially a member of the Magical Blogorail! The Magical Blogorail is a group of Disney bloggers who have come together to share our love of Disney. Each week, we bring you a new loop. I am proud to join the AMAZING bloggers of the Magical Blogorail Black Loop. At the end of this post, you will find a link to the next stop on the line. Feel free to follow my fellow black loop bloggers. I know you'll find their perspective incredibly interesting! I would also like to thank Beth, founder of the Magical Blogorail, for asking me to join this terrific group.