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

By Agiorgio (Own work) [<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>], <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ATest_Track_attraction_sign.JPG">via Wikimedia Commons</a>
By Agiorgio (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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.

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1st Stop ~ The Disney Chick
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