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In lieu of a TGIF post yesterday (or any post yesterday…oops!) and since it is Easter tomorrow, I thought I would share these nostalgic videos I found of the Walt Disney World Easter Parade (back when it was a full blown parade that was broadcast on TV, and not a 10 minute pre-parade like they’ve done the past couple of years).

The quality is a little…dated, and the sound is kind of off in the first one, but Happy Easter!!

I attempted baking and went on a Disney-related adventure earlier today, so look for those sometime this coming week, as well as some potential blog maintenance updates/enhancements (maybe…) !

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I believe Day Two of our mini Florida vacation started out as just Magic Kingdom (mainly to see the Christmas decorations) and Epcot, because it’s our favorite and you can’t see it in California.

But then I realized that it was necessary to go back to Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom (the place I spent my College Program days, for anyone who happened to forget, or is new) since we were going back to Florida. And Jen wanted to ride Expedition Everest if we were going to go there too…

And we totally forgot that Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Christmas time! We hadn’t seen those before either, and there are literally millions of Christmas lights there. MILLIONS.

Yet, we also wanted to see the Holiday Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom…

So in the end our day ended up like this:

First, Animal Kingdom (at 8 AM! Rise and Shine!)

We got a Fastpass for Everest, rode Safaris, and…got a little turned around somewhere near the monkeys for a few minutes (it’s been two years! that’s a long time).


The baby giraffes are my favorites.


Then, we headed to Ticket & Transportation Center (or TTC, for those familiar with the ever-present Disney shorthand) where our car would live for the day while we park-hopped to our little hearts content.


This was where we picked up the monorail to go to Magic Kingdom, to make sure we saw all the decorations in the daytime (and got a Fastpass for Space Mountain!)


Next, it was back on the monorail to get to Epcot in time for lunch in France at Les Chefs de France – yummy!


Remy stopped by our table, and everything!


And I found out my CP friend Tyler was working at the Canada restaurant Le Cellier that day (très chic!) so I stopped by to say hello.


Seeing old friends always makes me smile 🙂

After a quick tour around the world:



Germany, all decked out for Christmas

…and a ride on Spaceship Earth and Journey in to Imagination, it was time to ferry it over to Hollywood Studios.

Here, we enjoyed all the lights; somehow forgot to take a picture with my friends Ryan & Alex, who came over to the park to say hi and see the lights; and took a quick pass in the Art of Animation store, which is one of my favorite stores in all the parks (yes, I have favorite stores.)


Then, we took a bus to the Contemporary Resort next to the Magic Kingdom, and walked over to the park (this is a semi-secret trick to avoid the insanely long lines to get a bus back to the TTC).


Holiday Wishes


The grand finale

After fireworks, we rode Winnie the Pooh, Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority ‘PeopleMover’ (an old favorite from my CP days, which is oft-ignored by guests when so many other big name rides are in the park and demand doing.)


Finally, at about 11:30 or so that night, it was time to head back to the car and collapse in a heap of exhaustion at the hotel before driving home the next afternoon (we stopped at Downtown Disney again on our way out for a quick pass through the ginourmous World of Disney store, and lunch at Earl of Sandwich)

Here’s hoping it’s not another two years before I can make it back!

[For those keeping count,

Total Parks Visited: 5 (MK, twice)

Modes of Transportation Used:  5 (Car, Tram, Monorail, Ferry, Bus)]

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Let the yearlong (or more, you sneaky Year of A Million Dreams celebration that was actually for most of 2006-2008 at LEAST) nostalgia fest begin!

Today, on the Disney Parks blog, a live-stream media event from NYC announced that in 2011 Disney Parks will be launching a “Let the Memories Begin” campaign, all about celebrating family memories at Disney (both Land, and World). You can submit your personal videos, photos or written stories at DisneyParks.com/Memories or on their Facebook and Youtube Pages. Your stories will then possibly be apart of future Disney Parks advertisements.

There is also going to be an in-park component of the celebration, where photos taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographers could be part of a special show at the end of each night, with up to 500 photos taken that day being projected on the Castle (Disney World) or It’s A Small World (Disneyland)!

It wasn’t a huge announcement, and there aren’t a lot of details yet (being just announced today and all) of how exactly this will work. Plus there’s always the chance that they’ll be rolling out more fun interactive features as the year progresses. However, I personally think this is a really fun way to “share the Disney Magic” and possibly see yourself around the parks! It is making me nostalgic and maybe a little weepy just thinking about the sentimental campaign.

Being so steeped in Disney since basically-birth (my first trip to the parks occurred at age 1.5 years, and I’ve gone to one of the two resorts at least once a year almost every year since, not to mention my 7 months living and breathing Disney as a Walt Disney World College Program kid) I think I’m going to be having some serious fun with this one. I’ve already submitted my first memory to their interactive youtube page:

Puppy Love -- Empress Lily Character Breakfast

Puppy Love -- Empress Lily Character Breakfast

Submit your own memories there, and let me know if you spot my memory (or memories…) there as well!

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