Our family has a lot to look forward to in 2014….
My wife and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our fourth child, due June 5, 2014. What an unexpected, but incredible blessing this is. We told our family over Thanksgiving, and after the initial shock everyone is very excited.
Another magical addition for the upcoming new year is that I will be serving on the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel. After six years of applying, I am honored and overwhelmed to say that I have been invited to join the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you all for the support and chEARs over the years! I still can’t believe it has happened. Uncle Walt was right….
“All of our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney
I look forward to helping others plan their practically perfect Walt Disney World vacation.
I am beyond excited to say that have made it to Round 3 for the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel selection process! Thank you for all of the thoughts, prayers, support, and pixie dust this year. I still can’t believe it!
I’ve been invited to Round 3 of the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel Search!
The phone interviews for this finale phase of the selection process will begin next week. Thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers, support, and pixie dust. ºoº.•:*¨¨*:•.ºoº Congratulations to everyone moving on as well!
To those of you who are not moving on, never give up on your dreams! It took me five years to make it to the third round, and I am honored to have the chance to advance again this year.
ºoº.•:*¨¨*:•.ºoº Keep Moving Forward ºoº.•:*¨¨*:•.ºoº
Get your first look at Disney’s all new animated series, It’s a Small World! The series is described as, “six international friends embark on an unforgettable adventure traveling the globe in a hot air balloon.”
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Although we are just one full week in to November, the Christmas spirit has hit me and I cannot deny its warmth. That being said, enjoy these fun facts from the Walt Disney World Resort.
Miles of garland, glitter, twinkling lights and ribbon transform Walt Disney World Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Here’s a sample of what guests will experience throughout the Vacation Kingdom:
- 1,300 decorated trees throughout property
- A wreath 25 feet in diameter adorning the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney West Side
- 10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- 150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations
- 15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the Vacation Kingdom
- 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows draping over Christmas trees across property
- 8.5 million lights strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort
- 98 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED, 2 percent is compact florescent
- 11 countries dressed for Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase
- More than 800 performers each night during Candlelight Processional at Epcot
- More than 200 guest choirs during the entire run of Candlelight Processional
- A Christmas tree in Magic Kingdom with a base 26 feet wide
- One 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights
- 6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:
- One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating
- One life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of famous Disney characters
- 100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom
- 365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney’s Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace
See more at: http://wdwnews.com/fact-sheets/2012/10/22/christmas-by-the-numbers-at-walt-disney-world/
The Disney Parks Blog shares the spooky side of of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, with a story worth a scream or two.
The notorious Hollywood Tower Hotel
Step back in time, to 1939 and a stormy Halloween Eve. A fateful bolt of lightning strikes the Hollywood Tower Hotel. An elevator plunges to the basement and its five passengers vanish. Guests hastily flee the hotel, leaving an “Out of Order” elevator with bent and damaged doors and a creepy library where the old-fashioned television suddenly comes alive — with the voice and image of “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling.
Today, the mysterious building remains locked in time in Disney California Adventure park. Crossing over into the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you’re invited to ride the hotel’s remaining service elevators and experience your own terrifying plunge.
If you’re bold enough to flirt with the fifth dimension, it’s a thrilling drop from the 13th floor in a high-speed, 21-passenger elevator. Before you step foot in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you may want to know more about its eerie details:
The ominous Hollywood Tower Hotel stands 183 feet tall, the tallest building in Anaheim.
The landscaping is designed to reflect what was typical of an upscale hotel in 1930s Southern California. Chinese flame trees, magnolias, and various palms accent the building. Look for the dead palm fronds, intentionally left on the trees for that “unkempt-by-design” look.
Music heard in the area includes popular tunes from the 1930s, such as “I Can’t Get Started With You” by Bunny Berigan, “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn, and “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington, all chosen for their timeless, haunting quality.
Artifacts fill the hotel lobby, all items “left behind” by guests who suddenly disappeared on that frightful Halloween in 1939. Scattered on tables and chairs are a pair of dusty wine glasses, a book, an unfinished postcard, a child’s doll and more.
Many of the props in the hotel are replicas that recall specific episodes of “The Twilight Zone” television series. The series originally ran on CBS, from 1959 to 1964. Rod Serling, its creator and host, wrote 92 of the original 156 episodes.
Bonus: I created a Hollywood Tower Hotel playlist on Spotify, perfect for you to enjoy whenever you reminisce about your journey into The Twilight Zone.