Melissa M. (7 Posts)

I fell in love with the magic of Disney when I was little girl growing up in Mass, on my first trip to WDW when I saw Chip stroke a little girl's face at a character breakfast at the Polynesian. I was hooked. Every other year we went as a family and in college I applied for the College Program and was hired at Typhoon Lagoon. At the end I auditioned for the entertainment/character dept. and the next summer I went back and worked VERY closely with Mickey 🙂 And characters 5'2 and under for that matter! 🙂 Years later my husband and I were married in a small wedding at the Poly and honeymooned at WDW. We now have 2 princesses of our own and TV news has brought us to California so we visit Disneyland at least twice a year, sometimes four times. I love to help people plan their trips, find myself saying "Have a Disney Day" and taking pictures to help people capture family memories. I delight in sprinkling Disney magic at home, work or play. Speciality: Character magic and helping overcome "PDVD" (Post Disney Vacation Depression, you know how you feel sick when it is time to leave) by sprinkling in Disney into everyday-chocolates on the pillow, postcards when you get home, picture books, news articles about what's new, calendars to countdown etc


Traditions – they are what make your holidays and events special. Adding Disney to those traditions can make your holidays even more magical. Even if you have a tradition that has been passed down for generations, it’s never too late to add a few new fun ones! This month, we will highlight some of our personal family traditions that show off our Disney side. Want to share yours as well? Read December – Holiday Traditions or email NDM130 for more information today!

A Tom and Jerry's drink

Troy and his dad, Carl, at Stage Nine shared a favorite drink they said Walt Disney loved during the holidays

Sometimes, it’s a wonderful thing to welcome a new tradition into the Disney celebration fold. Saturday, while taking in the Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento, we went to visit Stage Nine owner and major Disney fan, Troy. His dad, Carl, served us what he called Walt Disney’s favorite holiday drink. The beverage is warm, sweet and even has marshmallows, if you want, but it is for grown-ups only if you add all the ingredients(like rum)! Never had one before- and it was yummy! Carl said he used 2 heaping spoonfuls of a mix, then the hot water, rum, brandy, whip cream and marshmallows. He said you can make it with eggs, etc, but serving a crowd can be easier with the mix handy already. My husband and I smiled- a new drink we tried together. And also one maybe Walt himself enjoyed. Cheers to your holidays and traditions old and new. We may enjoy this by the fire after the kids are tucked in safe and sound! Merry Christmas!

p.s. Isn’t the tea pot adorable? It was on the counter, part of their amazing collection.

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