Spaceship Earth Transforms into “Monsters University” Star Mike Wazowski To Announce All-Night Parties for Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resorts
ANAHEIM, Calif. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (April 25, 2013) – Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a Monstrous Summer by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season.
The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time* marking the beginning of a summer of fun inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University.
So, you just had the time of your… or maybe it was a while ago. Either way, you have a wait till you’re back at the happiest place on earth, and you need something to ease the wait. One of the best ways to make your days magical in-between trips is with listening to Disney music. But with a ton of Disney music out there, it can be daunting to find the music that best captures the essence and magic of Disney, especially the magic of Walt Disney World. Here’s a quick look at at few Disney CDs (and an internet radio station) that do a great job of easing the wait between till your next Disney trip.
This is the moment we all have been waiting for. That little fish that taught us all to “just keep swimming” is back. On April 2nd it was announced that Disney’s Pixar will be releasing the sequel to Finding Nemo. The sequel will be titled Finding Dory. The movie, which will be directed by original Nemo co-director Andrew Stanton, is set for release on November 25, 2015 in the U.S. I cant wait that long!
I love Disneyland. My love for Disney reaches far beyond the park. I love anything that is connected to the name Disney. One can’t help but think happy thoughts when you hear the name Walt Disney. When there is anything Disney related I really try to check it out. Recently we decided to take a trek out to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA. The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit were there for a limited time and I had to see it before it was gone.
Planning your first trip? Got questions about the best place to stay/eat/travel? You know who to call – your Disney travel agent! They’re your go to person for all pixie dust. From making dining reservations to excursions for your cruise, they’re with you every step of the way. We want to know who your favorite it!! Nominate them by leaving a comment on this post (links to the travel agent’s site are welcome). Please keep each comment to one nomination. Comments will be open for nominations for one week and voting will take place after all the #DDLFaves nominations have closed.
140 characters doesn’t sound like a whole lot but some people use each available space to their advantage. They tell you about pixie dust, Disney deals and help encourage your Neurotic Disney Lifestyle. So who’s the best Disney tweeter?? Tell us by nominating them by leaving a comment below with their Twitter handle. One nomination per comment please. Nominations will be taken for one week and voting will take place after all the #DDLFaves nominations have closed.
Disney World is an amazing place full of all sorts of educational experiences. If you are wanting to turn a fun vacation into something that is also a learning experience, there are a plethora of ways to do so! Here’s what you need to keep in mind.
Travel = Learning If your vacation to the happiest place on earth involves the car, young and old kids can have fun spotting license plates from other states and seeing who can “win” by finding the most first (or of all!). A fun way way to keep track is to make everyone a copy of the US map and then every time a license plate from a particular state is seen, everytime color in that state. If you have older kids, make it so that only the first that sees it gets it — it makes it more hard. For younger ones, have them all get to fill it in so no one gets discouraged! This keeps the kids buys, engaged and also makes them know where the states are. You can add more learning by having them track the route you are driving, especially if you cross states to get to Disney. (For even more crazy added learning, have the person have to find out the capitals of the state the find too — research!!!)
You’re typing away on your computer when suddenly you hear Wishes start playing from your computer. Immediately you’re on Main Street staring at the castle instead of the pile of work on your desk or that ever growing pile of laundry. We all need a Disney break and we want to know your favorite Disney station you listen to. Nominate the station by leaving a comment below (links to the stations are ok as well). One nomination per comment please. Nominations will be taken for one week and voting will take place after all the #DDLFaves nominations have closed.
Sometimes that Disney trip just won’t come soon enough. Even worse yet, there’s not a trip on the calendar any time soon! When you just have to have that Disney fix, cuddle up with your computer, tablet or smartphone and browse through Pinterest. You’ll be able to find lots of amazing Disney ideas for parties, crafts, upcoming trips or great information on planning your next trip. We want to know who has your favorite Disney Pinterest Board so leave us your nominations in the comments below (links to the boards are ok!); one nomination per comment please. Nominations will be taken for one week and voting will take place after all of the #DDLFaves nominations have closed.
Finding the perfect Disney item can sometimes be a challenge. Thanks to sites like eBay and Amazon you can find Disney stuff just about any time but when you’re looking for something custom or unique, Etsy is likely your go to site. Share your favorite Disney Esty store with in. Nominations will be taken for one week by leaving the name of the Esty shop or seller in the comments (you’re welcome to include a link as well). Please only nominate one seller per comment. Voting will take place after all of the #DDLFaves nominations have closed.
Keeping the magical feeling of Disney alive outside of the parks is something we all want to do – that’s why you’re here right? One way for you to do that is chat with others on a Disney forum. Another great use for the forums is to share trip reports or ask questions about an upcoming trip. The knowledge and experience from someone else who’s already been can be invaluable. So leave us a comment and tell us your most favorite Disney forum to be a part of. Nominations will be taken for one week. Please only nominate one forum per comment. Voting will take place after all of the #DDLFaves nominations have closed.
We know how much you love Disney and if you’re anything like me, any second your mind can wander, you’re thinking about your happy place. If you’re lucky enough, you have enough time to think about things you’d like to do on your next trip, where you’ll spend your time, eat, what attractions to visit, where you’re going to stay and all the other details. For those who are even luckier, you’re actually planning a trip right now that’s going to really take place! There are so many different places to look for information when you’re planning – for an upcoming trip or a “some day” trip – and we want to know where you like to find your info. Over the next few weeks, each day you’ll see a new post asking you to nominate your #DisneyFaves in a new category. Please leave your nomination in the comments section (one nomination per person please). You can chat with other Neurotic Disney People about the nominations using the hash tag #DDLFaves during the nomination, voting and awards process. Once the nominations for each category are closed, we’ll open the voting to determine the ultimate favorite for each area. Winners will be announces right here on The Disney Driven Life once the voting has closed. Opinions are important and we can’t wait to hear what y’all think about each group!
When one thinks of visiting Disneyland, it instantly brings up the thought of family. A day in the park with family includes strollers, meeting characters, juice boxes and tired kids holding a plush and dozing off while heading back to the bus that takes you to your hotel. You have thoughts of planning your trip like a well oiled camping adventure. You can’t forget the extra shoes, or the bib or heaven forbid the container of Goldfish crackers! Rarely do adults even dare to dream about what it could be like going to Disneyland WITHOUT children. It’s like the unspoken rule that has been ingrained into our brains, Disneyland without children is absolutely not allowed. What if……..just what if you jumped out of the box and grabbed your sweetie and headed the the Happiest Place on Earth sans children? What would that date be like?
This is the second part of a blog series that will look at the different steps of planning for an upcoming Christmas trip to the World. Essentially, I found myself in August suddenly planning for a Christmas trip. In my last post, I went through the reasoning that led me to choose the Contemporary Resort as the best choice for the week. This post is all about Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs).
ADRs can be made 180 days in advance of the first day of your trip, and for some restaurants which fill up quickly, you definitely need to call as soon as that window opens- especially during busier times of the year. So, maybe you can imagine that I was a bit panicked to begin planning meals in August for a Christmas trip- we were already more than a month inside that 180-day window for the most crowded week of the year. I knew there wasn’t time to lose in making ADRs. But, it’s not as simple as trying to make ADRs at any restaurant possible… I didn’t want to make an ADR at the Brown Derby on a day that we would end up spending in the Magic Kingdom. So I quickly had to plot out which day we’ll be in which park (because it would stink to be in Animal Kingdom with an ADR in Epcot!). This is a huge task, but an important one- and there is only one resource I trust to help with such plotting… the “Crowd Calendar” over at touringplans.com.
This is the first part of a blog series that will look at the different steps of planning for an upcoming Christmas trip to the World. I’ll explore some reasoning for some of the decisions (for example, why I picked the resort I did), and how I’m hoping this plan will help us deal with the most crowded week of the year. And then, after the trip, I’ll share what went well, what could have gone better, and any major mistakes I made in planning. We’ll find out together if my approach to planning makes sense. Feel free to add comments on things you’d consider, or different approaches you’d take.
Finding Nemo is one of our favorite Disney movies and Dory is one of my favorite Disney characters. Nemo is also pretty awesome and has such a great adventure in the movie. One big moment for Nemo is his first day of school. The riddle this month has to do with that day. Can you name the three friends Nemo makes that day? This month’s winner will receive a Disney magnet.
Submit your answer by September 30th to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to go see Finding Nemo this month in a theater near you! Best of luck to you.
Please take a moment today to think of those who were affected by the tragic acts eleven years ago. While Disney doesn’t officially do anything in remembrance, here’s a video of the special flag ceremony they did last year.
The kid in me still enjoys wearing Band-Aids. Nothings makes a boo-boo better than a kiss from mom and a fun Band-Aid. They have come a long way from the beige ones from my childhood. Today, Band-Aids come in a variety of colors and characters. Disney is well represented in the Band-Aid line. There are Mickey Mouse, Muppets, Cars, Princess, Phineas and Ferb, Disney Fairies, and Spider-Man.
Which one is your favorite? Do you hide your Disney Band-Aids from your children in order for them not use all of the Disney Band-Aids (LOL)?
For the past few months, I’ve been in a funk. Of the “I don’t know when my next Disney trip is going to be” kind. I know many of you can relate to what I am laying down-it can be debilitating, numbing, and heartbreaking. OK, so maybe I am being a tad melodramatic (I think not) but FINALLY I have managed to emerge from my writer’s block/self-imposed hiatus to write about…you guessed it…my next Disney vacation!
I am simultaneously thrilled and also a bit embarassed at how excited I am to be embarking on a Disney Divas weekend without the kids…yes, that is total decadence because for four delicious days, I will only have to take care of myself. No having to pack for the family or be concerned about where the minions are at any given moment…AHHHH, just me and my Disney peeps. Actually, most of us have only gotten to know one another online, so it will be added bonus to meet each other face to face and share adventures. Oh yeah, and I’ve signed up to run the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10miler. Which I originally thought was a 10K. And I’m never done a race before. (You can laugh at me now). Funny what a big difference the distance makes: metric conversion didn’t work in my favor there! So I’ve begun my training and I have less than 5 months to get my non-runner physique whipped into shape. Hey I was happy the other day that I ran 2 miles! I’m 1/5 of the way there Look at the cool medal that runDisney has crafted-I especially love the glow in the dark windows!