Saturday, December 14, 2013

Your Frozen Thoughts: Let it Go!

I'd like to say that the day that Frozen was released I ran out to the theaters to see it. I try my best to do this whenever a Disney film premieres. However, with work and Thanksgiving in the mix, I never made it there.

Week after week I listened to people rave about Frozen, but I never got there. That is, until last night.

Did I like Frozen? I absolutely loved Frozen!

I need to see it again, however, because I missed some of it through my tears. The music was wonderful and the animation was beautiful. The story was extraordinarily touching.


What did you think about Frozen, Disney Pointers? I would love to hear your reviews it the comments below. Who was your favorite character? 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kill Refurb Marry: December 2013

When I first came across the Kill Refurb Marry blog hop by This Happy Place Blog and Mouse on the Mind, I was a bit confused. How could this tie into Disney? Well, here's a quick explanation: "You are probably familiar with the popular parlor game, Kill – Boff – Marry, where given the choice between three people, you must decide which you’d murder, sleep with or spend the rest of your life with."

Instead of these violent and inappropriate-for-a-family-Disney-blog options, these imaginative bloggers transformed it to a Walt Disney World version. Based off a topic, you need to pick an attraction, restaurant, show, etc. that you would kill, refurbish or marry. Isn't this fun? Well I thought so until I had to kill an attraction. :)

This month we are discussing thrill rides. 

KILL: Test Track

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Killing a ride has proven to be significantly more difficult than I thought it would be!


Indulge me while I explain my reasoning. I have never felt an attachment to this e-ticket attraction. I'm not really sure why. I always thought the concept was pretty cool, but it has always frustrated me.

Why? First of all, the line is frustrating and slow. Part of the reason it is slow is because the ride system is temper mental and the sight of water seems to break the attraction down completely. Second of all, the track is magnificent; however, the ride leading up to that point is sort of boring and predictable.

As many of you know, this attraction went through a refurbishment last year. I had high hopes for this refurbishment. I found that the new option of creating your own car is cool, but the logistics of it all does not work. The coolest part of the attraction now is to race your cars against your friends and family, but unless you ask, you only make one car for the entire party.  And even when we did that, the screens showed cars for another car, not ours. It was disappointing.

Because Test Track just got a refurb and because it's still not up to snuff, it's my choice to KILL.

REFURB: Space Mountain (At WDW)

Photo Credit: Thomas Mottola
Oh dear Space Mountain. My home away from home. My former work location back in 2004 when I was on the Walt Disney World College Program. I love you. You are a classic. But you are in serious need of a facelift!

Space Mountain is a beloved attraction and it always will be. There are some Disney purists that don't like when classic attractions are upgraded. However, as Disneyland has proven, Space Mountain can not only survive a refurbishment, but shine after a refurbishment.

Space Mountain in Florida desperately needs new cars that are easier to board (you'd be surprised about how many guests struggle with this), a new sound system that incorporates music and a smoother track.

I know that once Disney decides to invest in Space Mountain, they'll help one of my favorite attractions thrive in its golden years.

MARRY: Tower of Terror 

Photo Credit: The Disney Point
It should be no surprise to my regular readers that I want to marry the Tower of Terror.

I love everything about this attraction. First and foremost, I am absolutely smitten with the theme of this attraction and its use throughout the entire ride experience. The line is perfect. The music is perfect. The cast member costumes are perfect. The hotel lobby is unreal!

The preshow is the perfect set up for the attraction. It tells a great story. It tells an original story and is not tied to a Disney movie. It is eerie and frightening.

In my opinion, it's the perfect combination of thrilling and fun. I love it! Tower of Terror: Will you marry me? 

This was so much fun! Thanks for reading!



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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

All I Want for Christmas Are Disney Alex and Ani Bracelets



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

Dear Santa,

I haven't made a request in many years. The last time I wrote to you I was a young girl. Over the last few years, I haven't even exchanged gifts with my husband because we were getting married or buying a house. This year we have many weddings and babies on the way in my family, so we are saving up for more important reasons.

However, if you are looking for something special to bring me, I wouldn't mind something Disney-related. My biggest wish would be a trip to Disneyland, but I can't imagine that would fit under my tree.

I think I've pinpointed the perfect Disney gift - the Disney Alex and Ani Collection. When I saw these fun and fashion-forward bangles, it was love at first sight.

Image from AlexandAni.com

These amazing bangles are available only at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and DisneyStore.com, so forget about picking them up in your local mall or Alex and Ani Store.


Image from AlexandAni.com


There are many styles available, including:
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Sleeping Beauty Castle
- Cinderella Castle
- Mickey Filagree
- Cinderella
- Mickey Hat
- Minnie Hat
- Initials with Mickey tag
- Birthstones with Mickey tag
Joining Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disneyland (Sleeping Beauty) Castle, and Walt Disney World (Cinderella) Castle are the following bangles:
Mickey Filagree
Cinderella
Mickey Hat
Minnie Hat
Initials with Mickey tag
Birthstones with Mickey tag
- See more at: http://www.alexandani.com/blog/new-bangles-in-alex-and-ani-disney-collection/#sthash.rO7NI7DD.dpuf


These wonderful bracelets retail between approximately $30 and $40. The best part: Alex and Ani jewelry is hand made in Rhode Island from recycled materials. Santa, I love supporting companies that produce their products in the US!

I think you'd agree this is a great idea this Christmas!

Love,
Rosanne

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Black this month. We will be back in January with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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 Chick
2nd Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog
3rd Stop ~ The Magical Mouse Pad
Final Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: My Disney Family

Are you thankful for Disney? I sure am. The vacation kingdom has not only created memories to last a lifetime for my family, but it also has given me a very important second family. These friends are not close in proximity, but are always near and dear to my heart. I am so grateful to have them in my life, and I only have Mickey Mouse to thank for them!


Focused on the Magic

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cast Members Make the Dream a Reality

Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the second stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Turkey. Football. Family. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for many reasons, but mostly because it forces us to really take the time to reflect on what we are truly thankful for. Everyday I am thankful that I am a part of the very special Disney fan community. I am thankful for the Disney parks and resorts that have provided me with memories to last a lifetime.

However, it is Cast Members around the world that make the magical moments so special. Walt Disney understood that. He said, "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."

Tribute to the Cast on Main Street, USA, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
When I worked at Walt Disney World, I worked holidays and weekends. One day while I was working at Space Mountain around Christmas, a guest came up to me and said, "Thank you for being here today to make this day special for my family." I was homesick and tired. Guests were grumpy...but that one person made my day. 

The 60,000-plus Cast Members at Walt Disney World all play a part in making your vacation magical. From the folks who clean the streets, to the maintenance workers who work overnight and the front line Cast who greet you every day in the park, there are so many people who play an important role in making your day special. Most of the time they are working long hours, making a small wage and struggling to keep on a happy face. 

Do what you can to tell them. Whether you thank them, tell a manager about special service, or stop by Guest Relations to brag about a Cast Member that went above and beyond, know that it helps fuel the magic for years to come. 

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.

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1st Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
2nd Stop ~  The Disney Point (You are here!)
3rd Stop ~  Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Final Stop ~ The Disney Kids

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My #DisneySide Coming Out

As much as I'd like to prevent my #DisneySide from coming out in certain situations, it somehow always happens.

Take this picture for instance:


We went wine tasting in Long Island with my cousins and stopped for breakfast. My cousin said to my husband sitting across the way, "Take out your camera." This picture was the result.

We weren't talking about Disney, but it's always with me.

Another example: I'm teaching an introduction to public relations class this semester at St. John's University, and I require two students per class to present a news story from the world of PR. This past class two students had stories about Disney PR. How random is that?!

We all have our #DisneySide. It's time we embrace it!

Focused on the Magic

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Home for the Holidays at Disney World



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

As we celebrate the fall, there are a few things we can be certain of:

  • The leaves will fall off the trees in the north
  • Snow will eventually begin to fall
  • And Disney Parks and destinations will be dressed to the nines to celebrate the holidays
Each and every year as the decorations magically appear before our eyes, I get nostalgic for home. No, not New York City; rather my second home of Walt Disney World Resort. There's something EXTRA magical about the holidays at Disney. Everything has that extra touch and everyone seems to be in a great mood.

There are a number of amazing events at Walt Disney World for the holidays but my favorite event is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. It turns an area that I otherwise do not appreciate to an amazing spectacle each year. This year from November 8, 2013 to January 5, 2014, you may visit the Osborne lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here's how Disney describes the lights:

"Marvel at millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music.  Share in an awe-inspiring seasonal treat for the entire family. Brilliant multi-colored bulbs wrap the buildings, changing hues and brightness throughout the show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.   As joyful music surrounds you, a sea of twinkling lights form twirling carousels of heavenly angels, toy soldiers, a spinning Earth, and even Santa and his trusty reindeer. It’s something you have to see to believe!"

Here are some of my favorite photos from last year:





I will miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights this year, because oh there's no place like home for the holidays, 'cause no matter how far away you roam - if you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays - you can’t beat home, sweet home.

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 ~ Manda’s Disney Blog
2nd Stop ~ The Magical Mouse Pad
3rd Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
4th Stop ~ The Disney Chick



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Taking a Spin with American Tourister's COLORA

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October.

October used to be my favorite month. It's my birthday month. It's Walt Disney World's birthday month! It's the month of the World Series. It's the month that my favorite sport in the world (hockey) begins. It's the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! But one day I took a new job and that job has a massive event in October. October stopped being fun.

Then one day last month this beautiful piece of luggage showed up at my front door courtesy of American Tourister.


Meet the COLORA by American Tourister.

The bag in the photograph is a 20 inch spinning luggage unlike you've ever seen before. This little vibrant bag packs a big punch:

  • COLORA is enhanced with the near effortless mobility of sleek, smooth rolling dual Spinner wheels
  • Fully lined interiors with zippered compartment and cross straps to minimize shifting of contents
  • Ergonomically designed dual tube aluminum handle with comfort grip locks in place when not in use
  • Large exterior panel pocket accommodates last minute items
While the features on paper are beyond impressive and while the vibrant color truly stands out, I figured that my business trip would be the perfect opportunity to give the COLORA a test spin.

So about ten minutes before I had to leave, I started to pack. (I'm kidding, of course. I started about six whole hours before I had to leave) Because I was traveling from New York to Philadelphia by public transportation and would have my laptop and purse as well, I was determined to fit all of my personal items in one small piece of luggage for a five day event.

Spoiler Alert! It fit and with room to spare. I even added my purse in so I wouldn't have to carry it separately. I fit four dresses, undergarments, three pairs of shoes, my pajamas and all of my toiletries in the special case.

Traveling with COLORA by American Tourister.

The first part of my trip was one that I am very familiar with:  my morning commute. Because of my extra baggage (pun intended) instead of hopping the bus in the morning, I took my car to the Staten Island Ferry. That's when the compliments started.
  • GIRL! Where did you get that bag? 
  • Oh my GOSH! I never saw a bag that color. Are there other colors?
  • That's American Tourister? I never saw anything like that. 
  • I highly doubt you ever lose that luggage in the airport carousel. I saw you coming a mile away. (That was from the bag inspector!) 
People in lower Manhattan absolutely went nuts over COLORA. I've never talked to so many people during my commute! People usually keep their headphones in and never look you in the eye. COLORA changed all that.


The luggage itself held up great. It went on the ferry, the subway and the Amtrak train to and from Philly. It was dragged through the streets of lower Manhattan. I beat it up, but it never showed signs of being beating up. It was light enough for this small girl to fling it (full) up on the Amtrak's luggage holder. It looked great and it felt great.

Now American Tourister is the Official Luggage of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, linking two quality brands together. Do you want to know more about this great line? Visit the American Tourister website and see all the great colors available for the COLORA line. Right now American Tourister is offering free shipping on orders over $99. Check out the 20" Spinner that I just reviewed. Thank you for joining me for this VERY special review! I highly recommend this luggage, especially for you Disney Pointers who like to Pack More Fun when traveling to your favorite Disney Destinations!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

How I Did It...Surprise Disney Trip

Can you successfully plan an entire Disney trip for your loved one and only tell them about it the night before? I did.

Granted, it may be an easier task when it's your four-year-old that you're surprising. However, I was planning a 30th birthday trip for my husband Tom, who has been known to be extremely nosy, who is always the first person to get our mail and who is responsible for paying all our bills. 

How did I get away with it? I followed these steps and I had some good luck:

1. Getting the time off. Here is your first challenge. Most adults don't have the luxury of waking up and leaving for vacation on a whim. After securing some tentative time off with my boss, I broke into Tom's computer, looked up his boss's email address and contacted him. (NSA, take that!) He was very understanding and my husband had more than enough time to take. (I did sweat a bit when Tom took a day off here or there, however.)

2. Booking all the Disney Details. I booked us five nights at Disney's Boardwalk Villas, but gave my parents address for everything. I planned everything with My Disney Experience (MDE) via my mobile phone. I included Tom as one of the participants but didn't give any of his personal information. Once he found out about the trip, I added his personal MDE account so he could view all of the dining and itinerary details on his mobile phone.

3. Get others in on the secret. Because we were away the weekend of his birthday, we had to have some fake plans so he didn't think it was strange that we weren't doing anything for his 30th birthday. I planned not one, but two birthday parties with friends and family. Our budget was obviously going towards a Disney trip, so I did everything in our home. Tom's mom got cake and we simply had cake and coffee during both parties.


4. Roll with the punches. Somewhere along the line, someone will slip. It's bound to happen. Remember, it's the thought that counts. Even if the whole story blows up in your face, the end result is a magical Disney vacation.

5. Plan the big reveal. I was determined to not tell my husband until the evening before we were leaving. I knew this would throw him off completely. The afternoon of the big reveal, I texted him at work and told him I couldn't wait anymore and I wanted to give him his birthday present. I wrapped up this amazing countdown clock. He opened it up and it was pure shock. 16 hours? We are going to Disney World in 16 hours?!

Check out PixieDustedStitches on Etsy!

 It was worth every penny and all of the lying! :)







Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing my day to day trip report. Follow the hashtag #TomTurns30 for new posts! Thanks for reading. 

Please comment with how you've surprised your loved ones!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cruisin' Crescent Lake with the Disney Friendship Boats

Welcome to those of you joining me from Focused on the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 6th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

It's FRIENDSHIP! Friendship! You're about halfway through this special edition transportation Magical Blogorail loop. Since the Magical Blogorail is the happiest group of Disney bloggers in the world, we should talk about Friendship!

Because friendship is sort of an elusive theme, let's discuss Friendship boats!


The friendship boats are a series of ferries which provide transportation from the Epcot Area resorts to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. They also serve as internal transportation within Epcot. The Epcot Area resorts include:
  • Disney's Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort 
  • Walt Disney World Swan 
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
Within Epcot, the routes are very simple. The friendship boats depart from the entrance (Canada to Morocco / Mexico to Germany) to World Showcase and head to Morocco and Germany.

The resort friendship boats take you from the parks to the various resorts. While I love the friendship boats, there's one rather apparent downside to them: they are incredibly slow. You can often out walk the friendship boats, especially if you have to make stops at several resorts before reaching your destination.

However, when your feet hurt at the end of the day, there's nothing better than a leisurely ride on the friendship boats. They are one of the many reasons why I prefer staying at the Epcot Area resorts. They are peaceful and relaxing. They are easily accessible for all guests.

I will leave you with this Vine that I took on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World. My husband and I stayed at the Boardwalk, and while running down to the Bakery I took this peaceful video:


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane.

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 ~ Dave ~ YourFirstVisit.net 
2nd Stop ~ Kuleen ~ The Disney Kids
3rd Stop ~ Heidi ~ Heidi's Head 
4th Stop ~ Didi Marie ~ DISTherapy 
5th Stop ~ Deb ~ Focused on the Magic
6th Stop ~ Rosanne ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
7th Stop ~ Diane ~ Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane 
8th Stop ~ Tricia ~ Return to Disney
9th Stop ~ Jodi ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
10th Stop ~ Beth ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts
Final Stop ~ Amy ~ Disney Living


Monday, October 21, 2013

Hollywood Nostalgia & Special Giveaway with American Tourister

Hooooorrrrrrraaaayyyyy for Hollywood!

There's something fun going on at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Have you noticed?

Look CLOSE. 
Photo credit: Disney on Wheels

 Nothing? How about a little closer?
Photo credit: Disney on Wheels

Still don't get it?

Well, I have the inside scoop on a really fun campaign by American Tourister, the Official Luggage of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. In addition to these old fashioned American Tourister luggage props around Hollywood Studios, you'll notice:

1) This fun 1940s style billboard
Photo credit: Capturing Magical Memories

2) This authentic old time NYC park bench on the Streets of America
Photo credit: Disney on Wheels
 3) Bright and colorful American Tourister window displays
Photo credit: Capturing Magical Memories

It's all a part of Hollywood Week, a special Facebook campaign and giveaway by American Tourister. All this week, American Tourister will ask a fun question on their Facebook page. If you comment, you'll qualify for a chance to win the exclusive American Tourister D23 Mickey or Minnie luggage set. Haven't seen it yet? I got a sneak peak and it's phenomenal. There will be a winner chosen for every day of the campaign - from today, October 21 through October 25.

Some legal stuff:
One comment qualifies as one entry and there is only one entry per person. The sweepstakes are only open to permanent legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are physically located and residing therein and who are 18 years of age or older at the date of entry. This excludes Guam, Puerto Rico and all other US and foreign territories and possessions.

So really, what the HECK are you waiting for? Go comment now!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Philharmagical Attraction






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


It is always hard when old friends leave us forever. And when I say old friends, I mean Walt Disney World attractions.

However, as much as I enjoy the movie "The Lion King", I never really liked the show "Legend of the Lion King" at Magic Kingdom park. (Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom is so amazing, it makes any other Lion King show look like child's play!) I wasn't heartbroken when I heard it was closing and, to be honest, I didn't really have high expectations for its replacement. 
I was skeptical at first. Another 3-D film? What can they possibly do that they haven't done already? 

As it turns out, I was completely shocked. In the summer of 2004, shortly before my Walt Disney World College Program, I walked into Mickey's PhilharMagic for the first time. Approximatley 12 minutes later I emerged with tears in my eyes and a new favorite attraction.

What is it about Mickey's PhilharMagic? It could be the crisp new 3D animation. It quite possibly could be the terrific songs from Disney's golden age of 90s musicals. Maybe it's the sugar sweet story with the underdog (underduck?) Donald, everybody's favorite angry bird. 

Whatever it is, it absolutely works. In the middle of a hectic Magic Kingdom day, I always appreciate a stop at Mickey's PhilharMagic, and not just because of the comfortable seats and air conditioning. 

For some reason, there is never a long line (if any) at Mickey's PhilharMagic. It is a rather large theater and it turns over pretty quickly. But because of its location in the heart of Fantasyland and in the shadow of Cinderella Castle, plus the quality of the show, I often wonder why it isn't more popular. 

Do you agree that Mickey's PhilharMagic is an under appreciated attraction? Sound off in the comments. 

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 ~ The Magical Mouse Pad
2nd Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
3rd Stop ~ The Disney Chick
4th Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog



Monday, September 23, 2013

Guest Assistance Card News Directly from the Mouse


Changes are coming. 

It has been highly speculated that the Guest Assistance Card would be going away since it was reported that certain guests were paying those with disabilities to help their kids cut lines. So incredibly sad but unfortunately very true. 

I have been very upset that this would hurt those who actually need the card and that a few bad apples would spoil the bunch. There has been a lot of misinformation and rumors. I received a response directly from Disney because of my participation in the Disney Social Media Mom's on the Road Celebration in June.

Instead of confusing you further, I am posting the entire email I received from Disney. My gut reaction is to see it play out and give them a chance to do a test run. Be candid and honest with guest relations during your trip. Helpful feedback is the only way Disney can make this work. 

Feel free to sound off in the comments below, but please be respectful of others.

Dear Disney Social Media Mom,
In our continued efforts to keep you in the loop of Disney experiences that touch families, we would like to share an upcoming change in the Guest Assistance Card.  Disney has an unwavering commitment to making our experiences accessible to all Guests.  After careful consideration, we will be replacing the Guest Assistance Card with the new Disability Access Service Card on Oct. 9 to create a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities. Until Oct. 9, we will continue to use Guest Assistance Cards. We look forward to sharing more information about the Disability Access Service Card as we get closer to implementation.
We know that you often share news from Disney with other moms so we have prepared the following questions and answers.

We appreciate your support and look forward to sending you more details as we get closer
to October 9th.

Sincerely,
Leanne Jakubowski

Frequently Asked Questions:
How will the new Disney program work?
The Disability Access Service Card will offer Guests a return time for an attraction based on the current wait time. Guest Assistance Cards will continue to be in effect until Oct. 9. We look forward to sharing more information as we get closer to implementation. 

Did Disney receive assistance in developing the Disability Access Service Card?
Yes, Disney is engaging disability groups, and Autism Speaks was instrumental in providing feedback as we developed this new process.

Why is Disney making these changes?
Given the increasing volume of requests Disney receives for special access to our attractions, we are changing our process beginning Oct. 9 so that it creates a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities.

Who will be eligible for a Disability Access Service Card?
Our goal is to accommodate Guests who aren't able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities).

Will Guests on wish trips also use Disability Access Service Cards?
No. Guests who are visiting through wish-granting organizations will have access through a separate program. 

What should Guests do if they have concerns? 
Guests should contact Guest Relations to discuss their assistance needs.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Magical Blogorail Coast to Coast Giveaway

For the last few months, your favorite Magical Blogorailers have been keeping busy by visiting Disney theme parks with their family and friends. Heck, I am writing this right now from the Boardwalk Villas, getting ready for another magical day at the Magic Kingdom! Some Magical Blogorail writers were lucky enough to travel to Disneyland Resort in California as well. So we decided to give our loyal Magical Blogorail readers a chance to win GREAT prizes from BOTH coasts!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We're Going to Disney World...Tomorrow!

It's been very hard not to tell you all about this, but we're going to Disney World tomorrow! I surprised my husband for his 30th birthday. I will fill you in later, but here is a sneak peak:

- Resort: Boardwalk Villas
- Days: Tomorrow until 9/17

I gave him a "Countdown to Walt Disney World" digital clock that read just about 16 hours. He was SHOCKED!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dream Disney Resort



Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Black. Enjoy the ride as we share our Dream Disney Resort.

My name is Rosanne and I am a Walt Disney World addict.

I have spent a LOT of time in Florida at the Place Where Magic Lives. We vacationed there every year since I can remember and (between my two internships) I lived minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort for over a year. I am lucky to say that I've experienced most Walt Disney World Resort hotels, whether I've stayed there, dined there or visited.

Because I've spent so much time at the Walt Disney World Resort, my dream is to visit and stay at the Disneyland Resort. My dream resort at Disneyland is Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Photo Credit: ZakVTA via Compfight cc

The Grand Californian is a gorgeous hotel, with a dramatic lobby and unique offerings. The hotel features amazing woodwork, American Craftsman-style architecture and décor. One very cool feature for the kids? Guest rooms may have bunk beds. My brother and I would've loved that, rather than sharing a bed as kids!

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In terms of dining, you would be hard pressed to find a better option than Napa Rose. In terms of fun, the Grand California features three pools, hot tubs and a water slide.

Hands down the best feature of Disney's Grand Californian is the location. Adjacent to Disney's California Adventure Park, the Grand Californian has a private entrance to the park. On select mornings, guests get a one hour early entry into the park. Looking to ride Radiator Springs Racers without a two hour wait? Then the Grand Californian is the hotel for you. At night, Downtown Disney is also in walking distance of the hotel.

I was 13 the last time I visited Disneyland. I cannot wait for my next trip out west and to one day stay at my dream Disney resort, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Heidi's Head.

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 ~ Heidi's Head
3rd Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog
4th Stop ~ The Magical Mouse Pad

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dining at the California Grill

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

*CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT THE REFURBISHED CALIFORNIA GRILL WILL LOOK LIKE!

The way to my heart is through my stomach. It's somewhat unfortunate but certainly true.

When I was a child traveling to Walt Disney World, we would plan our trips around our dining reservations. We always had a variety of restaurants we'd visit year after year. Our family would dine at the signature restaurants, we'd dine at buffets and we'd dine at dinner entertainment shows such as the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

There was always one restaurant that made my eyes light up and made my heart skip a beat: The  California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My Disney Dream Job




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

Disney College Program in 2004
Today we are discussing our Disney "dream jobs" and believe it or not this is quite a difficult post for me to write! You see, I pretty much lived my dream job. As many of my readers know, I worked at Space Mountain with the Walt Disney World College Program and then with the Disney public relations office with the Disney Professional Internship program. Being a Disney Cast Member is truly an honor and a label I wore proudly.

Starting the Disney College Program is a very nerve-racking experience. You don't know who you will be living with, you don't know where you will be living and you don't know where you will be working. There are a lot of unknowns. For this type A planner, I hated not being in control. All I knew is that I wanted to be at an "inside" attraction (for air conditioning purposes) and I didn't want to be in custodial.

 My Professional Internship in 2008
I was lucky to be assigned to an e-ticket attraction. It was difficult to operate but I learned so much about the company and the Magic Kingdom. We got to see a lot of VIPs and I was (for the most part) in the air conditioning.

There still is one job that I have always wanted at Walt Disney World. Character Handler! What is a character handler? A character handler accompanies all of our favorite characters around Disney Parks and Resorts. They help guests take photos, get you those much sought after autographs and help control the crowds.

Mostly, character handlers witness some of the most magical moments at Disney. They get to witness kids dreams come true - meeting their idols they've only see on TV or at the movies. Have you ever hung out by a character spot? It's simply tear-inducing! 

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 ~ Manda’s Disney Blog
2nd Stop ~ The Magical Mouse Pad
3rd Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!)
4th Stop ~ The Disney Chick

Monday, June 24, 2013

Disney Social Media Moms - On the Road in NYC!


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Kids and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the fourth stop on our Magical Blogorail.

 
Verrazano Bridge from the Staten Island Ferry
I love my blog, but the truth of the matter is that this is a hobby for me. I blog because I truly love to write and I love sharing my passion for all things Disney. What is my day job? I am a full time public relations professional and social media manager and it's a demanding career. I commute over two hours a day to and from New York City. And no, I'm not a mom quite yet.

So when I got an email inviting me to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration - On the Road, I was pleasantly surprised and honored. :-) By the time I got my time off approved, I had to scramble to get ready for the big day.

Last Wednesday, June 5, I woke up bright and early to make the 7am Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan. My ulcerative colitis makes getting up that early a little difficult, but I awoke extra early to make sure I'd be prepared. The ferry is so peaceful at that time and I prepared myself for the Conference.

I arrived at the DoubleTree Midtown at about 7:45am and immediately heard the high pitched excitement of the other Disney Social Media Moms. We checked in picked up our fun swag bags and nametags.


Prior to even walking through the revolving doors of the DoubleTree, the importance of social media was apparent. We had to disclose all of our social media properties, the number of followers and likes, and a description of our followers. The #DisneySMMoms and #DisneyOnTheRoad hashtags were alive and well from the moment the invitations were sent.

Maria Bailey of Mom Talk Radio & BSM Media - host
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Vine - the attendees were about as socially savvy as possible. The first question for the presenters was always "what's your Twitter handle?" It was also normal for a bunch of chatty women to be looking down at their phones rather at each other. In fact, the ladies at my table were tweeting each other during the presentation rather than chatting! But it wasn't rude. We know why we were chosen...our social influence. 

Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor for Disney and writer for the Disney Parks Blog, manned an entire social media table. He tweeted and captured what was going on while it was happening. Just as important, he was immediately responsive to questions and comments by the audience.

DisneyRoe's Top Tip: Don't make the same mistake I did. Bring a charger. For everything. After the first hour of Instagramming, Tweeting, Facebooking, and so on, my phone was nearly dead. It was only 9am. The trick to being fully connected is not to have to stop to find an outlet. 

When launching a product as a mompreneur, starting a business, blogging or working in a corporate environment, social media is of vital importance. Don't believe me? Believe social media expert Erik Qualman:

 

I finally got to meet my Magical Blogorail friend Didi from DIStherapy!
Social media is a part of our lives whether we like it or not. No matter what you're trying to accomplish, social media will continue to play a role in this. My favorite social aspect of the day: putting the name to the Twitter handle! Disney community is so wonderful and we interact on a daily basis. Yet we never get to actually chat in person. Be sure to introduce yourself, your blog and your handle!

What are your social media tips for your blogs? Thanks for reading!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Delightfully 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 ~ Capturing Magical Memories
2nd Stop ~ DISTherapy
3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
4th Stop ~ The Disney Kids
5th Stop ~ The Disney Point (You are here!) 
Final Stop ~ Delightfully Disney