November 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Mickey!

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
~Walt Disney

November 17, 2014

#DisneyMP Round 3 | Pixie Dust is REAL Y'all!

I woke up early, taught spelling and history in record time, and even had time to hit the gym. That should do it. I should have my email by now. Do I want to pull my phone out of sleep mode and check?
Dozens of Facebook messages and tweets confirmed what Gary promised.
It was pixie dust day.

My kids finished up their math while the first messages popped up on Facebook.
Still nothing.

Refresh, refresh, refresh...
I refreshed a couple of times then turned off notifications on my phone after fifteen minutes passed and the only news so far were of the "not my year" variety. As the emails slowly pulsed out over the hour, I periodically checked my email and peeked in on the waiting room between correcting arithmetic.
Tons of conciliation, and still no yeses.
Then an hour and five minutes in, I checked my email.
The email sat there and rather than puzzling over the "Disney Parks Moms Panel 2015 missive for another instant, I clicked and opened my email.
Kylee had crawled up next to me to finish her math and when I read down to the second paragraph, where it finally became clear that I had been invited to join round three, I gasped and dropped my phone. With shaking hands, I texted my husband and family then hopped back to the waiting room.

Between my grandfather's death the previous week, my husband being out of the country for work, and getting such pixie dusted news, I decided to declare the rest of the afternoon a school holiday! It's been almost a week and I am STILL amazed, thankful, and honored to still be on the quest for a seat on the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Faith, trust, pixie dust, and round 3!?! Pixie Dust is REAL y'all!

Where does is go from here?
Interviews, y'all.
I get an interview with Gary Buchanan and the rest of the review committee in just a few minutes~
Wish me luck!

November 3, 2014

Little Known Facts About the Disney Magic

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

While the Disney Cruise Line is simply stuffed with Hidden Pixie Dust, here are five more things you probably didn't know about their flagship, the Disney Magic.

5.) Despite launching in 1998, the Disney Magic recently received a boatload of new pixie dust when she underwent "re-imagineering" in the fall of 2013. With renewed magic in many of the spaces onboard, she feels like a brand new vessel.

4.) The Disney Magic is the only ship to boast the Avenger's MARVEL’s Avengers Academy. If you have a little super hero in the making, this Oceaneer's Club favorite will be a key "don't miss."

3.) The Disney Magic is host to over thirty recognizable hidden Mickeys and even a few other hidden characters!

Mount Rustmore at Castaway Cay

That's before you even reach Castaway Cay and it's hidden (and not so hidden) Mickeys.

2.) A number of free events take place on every cruise onboard the Magic, but some require tickets. Currently, cruisers who wish to meet the royalty of Arendelle, need to pick up tickets the first afternoon for a meet and greet with Anna and Elsa later in their voyage. Much like FastPass+, these cut down on that whole pesky "waiting in line" and gets you straight into the "meeting the princesses" part of the experience. Check your Personal Navigator for when (usually the first afternoon upon boarding) and where (often the Port Adventures or Guest Services desk) to obtain your tickets.

Other events that require ticketing can include gingerbread house making, the princess gathering, meeting the characters from Playhouse Disney and occasionally galley tours. Check your navigator to see what is being offered!

Sometimes tickets for these events will be available on the day of the event. Other times they are gone well in advance. If you can't use your tickets, please return them to Guest Services and pass the pixie dust on to another guest!

1.) During the Pirates IN the Caribbean Deck Party, the fireworks will be fired off of the starboard side of the ship. If you are viewing the festivities from down on deck nine, you will want to be standing to the port of the stage.

Facing the stage (forward) you stand to the port (left hand side) of the deck.
Like so.
This offers, in my opinion, the best views of the fireworks and the shows. If you're shy, deck ten port offers similar views without being quite in the middle of the party.

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Red this month. We will be back on December 2 with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, 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 ~ Frontierland Station - Splash Mountain
2nd Stop ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts - Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse - Haunted Mansion
4th Stop ~ The Disney Point - Space Mountain
Final Stop ~ Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere - The Disney Magic

November 1, 2014

Falling Back...Way Back!

I think I'm going to pull and Aurora and sleep for the next hundred years...
Or at least until round three gets announced.

Hope you have magical dreams!

October 23, 2014

Three Things Thursday | Three Reactions to Round Two

Here's one of my new favorite blog hops today:
Three Things Thursday!

(Be sure to link up on her blog!)
Since I already have a blog (and three blogs preceding this one) what haven't I already shared?

Once Upon a Time There Was a Princess Who Hit the Submit Button on Round 2 of the Disney Parks Moms Panel Application and then...
1.) Sighed a deep sigh of relief!

And done!
After a long afternoon of editing, homeschooling, and proofreading, Chris ended up with an upset stomach. Rather than wait to see if I also got sick, I ran outside to take advantage of the last bit of daylight and shoot my application video (after cleaning up the floor and taking care of my kiddo, of course).
Once the children were nestled all snug in their beds, I uploaded, copied, and compressed my video. Then I took out my trusty application and prepared to copy it word for word, comma for comma, into the online application.
(No copying and pasting!)
After all the double checking and uploading the video, hitting the submit button felt like a wonderful relief. I finished it to the best of my ability!

2.) Totally Spazzed Out

Did my video upload properly?
I didn't remember if I saw the file name listed next to the dot!!!
After several long, grueling seconds, I checked the Moms Panel Search verification page (so useful).

And slowly my breathing returned to a normal rate.

3.) Pulled a Snow White

After all of the love I put into my essays and video, I needed a long nap. I feel so glad to be able to answer sample Moms Panel questions and follow my dreams!

Pixie Dust is real, y'all!

P.S. Did you know I have a pretty strong Southern accent?
In re-watching my application video last night, I became transfixed with my own voice. My mother is from Illinois and we moved all over the country so for most of my childhood, I possessed a very oddly blended accent. Cajun by way of upstate New York with some Valley Girl thrown in for good measure. We moved to Texas around middle school, but I still sounded vaguely blended or Midwestern well through college despite liberal addition of y'all and fixin' to my vocabulary.
Sometime in the last year, I replaced my native melting pot tones with a strong southern accent. The funny part is in my head I still sound Midwestern. :)
P.P.S. I will not be choosing to share my application video at this time. I love it and may choose to share it later, but as applications are still open until Monday, I would prefer to keep it in the family for the time being.

P.P.P.S. You're still reading?
Impressive diligence on your part!
When I earn a spot on the panel (determinism, y'all!), I promise to post the whole embarrassing back log of old application videos. Honestly, I apply mostly because I love to help people and to write, so the videos are very homemade.
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