Friday, September 28, 2012

Keeping the Disney Magic Alive

Welcome to those of you joining me from Your Highway In the Sky and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

There are a select few who are lucky to live close enough to Walt Disney World that they can get in their cars and go when they feel like it. I once had the pleasure to say I was among this group... but I am sad to report that I am no longer part of this fabulous group.

It is especially hard to come to terms with when you've tasted the pleasure of living so close and had it taken away. In fact, it's left me in tears on several occasions.

However, I find ways to cope.  When you live in New York City, like I do, it is impossible to hop in a plane and fly out to Florida every time you have the urge to go to Walt Disney World. (Unless, I guess, you hit the lotto. Then anything is possible.)

There are other ways to transport yourself to Walt Disney World. All it takes is a little IMAGINATION!
When I'm needing a real Disney fix, I turn to the WDW Today podcast. I've been listening to these guys for years and they truly "get it." They  provide truly intelligent Disney planning information. No matter how much I THINK I know, they teach me something new. They are also really funny! They tell jokes that only a true Disney fan would understand. It's like being in on an inside joke with friends. Keep up the good work WDW Today!

Nothing truly transports a person to another place like music. The recognition of just a few notes could trigger a memory locked in your brain for safe keeping. You may not notice it while you are at Walt Disney World, but there is constantly music playing wherever you go. It is intentionally played in certain areas to create atmosphere and contribute to an areas theme.

I listen to Sorcerer Radio and Mouse World Radio almost every day at work, on my commute, and at home. There is nothing that helps me calm down more than good music! Both stations have a knack of giving me a Wishes or Illuminations fix when I need it the most!

The best part about all of these options is that they are absolutely FREE. You can listen to them both for free on Live365 or on their free iPhone apps.

Disney Community
As I mentioned before, there's nothing better than talking Disney with people who "get it." The Disney community is widespread and robust. I am lucky to be a part of several great communities, such as the Magical Blogorail! When I'm down, I'll go read my fellow blogorailers sites. I immediately know I'm not alone. 

Just since I started blogging, I have found so many Disney fans in my backyard. Wear a Disney tee shirt to your local mall and I guarantee you'll get a few comments from fellow Disney fans. Use your Disney Dooney & Bourke on the subway and Disney fans will show themselves!

We are a Disney family, my friends! Support one another and we can keep the magic alive, wherever we are!  

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

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 ~ Your Highway in the Sky
2nd Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
3rd Stop ~ Disney Living
4th Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
Final Stop ~ Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Memorable Disney Meal

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Black. Enjoy the ride as we share with you our most memorable Disney dining experience.

If you are a loyal reader to this blog you know that I LOVE dining at Disney! It is a wonderful place to dine for many reasons. First, there are very diverse menus. Many people do not know this - they assume that since it's a theme park, you are limited to burgers, pizza and french fries. However, that could not be any further from the truth. Second, as someone who has food allergies, Disney does a great job making people feel comfortable in situations such as mine.

However, the dining experience that immediately came to my mind wasn't a normal meal on a normal Disney vacation. My most memorable meal was from D23's Magic and Merriment in 2009. It was a terrific trip - we had so many VIP experiences such as a visit to the Cinderella Castle Suite, a personal tour of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, and VIP seating at the Candlelight Processional.

The most memorable part of the trip, however, was a meal that we had on the set of Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. That's right, on the set! After a fabulous viewing of the Candlelight Processional, we boarded buses backstage behind the America pavilion and they drove us directly to the back of Lights, Motors, Action! We walked through the tunnel (where Herby the Love Bug comes through) and onto an amazing set.

There were tables set with linens, glasses and ceramic place settings. Each side had a carving station with amazing fresh meats, pastas, and veggies. There were waiters and waitresses walking around serving drinks. There were spotlights on the set and Christmas music flooding the area. It was such an amazing atmosphere!

As if it weren't enough, all of a sudden Mickey came by with his Santa suit on!

I will never forget this special evening - an evening that cannot be replicated on any regular trip!

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

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 ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
2nd Stop ~ Return to Disney
3rd Stop ~ Mandas Disney Blog
4th Stop ~ Mommy Mouseketeer
Final Stop ~ The Magical Mouse Pad