My 2016 Disney Resolutions

In 2016 I vow to:

Explore the Hotels - Disney Passholder Project Mickey's Not-So-Scary - Disney Passholder Project Dole Whip - Disney Passholder Project No Stitch - Disney Passholder Project World Showcase - Disney Passholder Project Spend more time in the parks - Disney Passholder Project Make Silly Faces - Disney Passholder Project 4 Park Day - Disney Passholder Project

What are your 2016 Disney Resolutions?

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My Disney Bucket List

 

So having an Annual Pass for Walt Disney World is fantastic, but it has only wet my appetite for everything Disney. This has left me wanting more and more of the extras! Here is some of my Disney Bucket List as of October 2015.

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When I was in college a group of my friends starting going to High Tea at the Ritz-Carlton. It gave us a chance to dress up and be fancy vs. covered in paint and learning lines as theatre students. I guess that is the definition of a theatre kid ūüôā This is an experience I would love to share with my almost 6 year old daughter because who doesn’t want to dress up and be fancy?

Complete the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge¬†–¬†Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 2.36.08 PM

I am not a runner by any means, but I have read such amazing things about competing in the runDisney events that I am chomping at the bit to compete! I am hoping to start doing some training in the next few months so that I can get signed up when 2017 signups open. Want to join me?

Be the family in the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show –¬†Welcome Show - Magic Kingdom

I’m sorry, but how fun would it be to be apart of the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show!?! Until this past year I didn’t realize that they chose a family to be IN the show and now I am dying to get picked!

Meet ALL of the princesses in one (two) days! – character-meet-anna-elsa-with-visiting-princess-fairytale-hall-00

Yes, I am that girl! I would love to challenge myself (and maybe drag my little diva along) to park hop and meet all of the princesses in one day! It would take a ton of planning, but I think it could be done.

Stay in one of the nice Suite/Villa/Bungalow¬†–¬†Jambo House

People ask me all the time about the hotels, and I honestly can’t answer a single question about them! The only one I have ever been in (except while on the Monorail) is the Grand Floridian for a late dinner and fireworks viewing. This has only perked my interest over and over again and I cannot wait until I am independently wealthy and can spend a week in a fancy suite/bungalow/villa.

Do a solo trip –

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I love my family and all of their craziness, but I think it would be super fun to do a solo trip to Disney…any of the parks! Single rider lanes, quick service meals that are actually quick, not having to listen to someone ramble on about the Country Bear Jamboree. The possibilities are endless.

Do some serious Disneybounding –

Snow White and the 2 Dwarfs

For their school’s Storybook Parade to celebrate their annual bookfair my kids dressed like a Disneybound version of Snow White, Doc, and Doopy. I have never, and will never love a costume as much as this, but I am totally jealous!! I want to put together some adult versions of characters and go Disneybounding!

Go on a Disney Cruise –

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I have never been on a cruise, so why not make my first one a Disney cruise?  I have been working on hubby for a few months to get him to agree to one and I am pretty sure I can do it sometime in the next year. Fingers crossed!


 

I know that there are A LOT more things that I could (and will) add to my Disney Bucket List, but they escape me at the moment. What is on your Disney Bucket List? Have you ever done anything on my list?

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I Need More!

Animal Kingdom has the absolute BEST shows in all of the parks and I had NO IDEA! No one talks about it. No one gives any inclination that there is anything worth seeing at Animal Kingdom. It wasn’t until I started this blog and started paying attention that I began to realize the wonder that is Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

I mean, we didn’t rush to Animal Kingdom when we got our passes for the same reasons as many people:

  • Not too many rides
  • Isn’t it just a zoo?
  • They close so early
  • It’s under as much construction as Hollywood Studios (well, it feels like it)

Now feel like I was missing out.

The shows were absolutely amazing and I didn’t even know most of them existed!

Festival of the Lion King 

All we really knew about this show was that the people who worked on the Broadway production also worked on this. We had high hopes because that (and as theatre geeks we always go into a show with high hopes) and were not disappointed.

Festival of the Lion King - Animal Kingdom

While this show doesn’t tell an amazing story, it’s basically a party to celebrate The Lion King, it exposes you to some phenomenal artists. Two thirds of the kids had no interest in going to see this show because they were never really big fans of The Lion King, but Kid #2 leaned over twice to tell me that it was SO MUCH BETTER than she expected.

The performance is done in the round with colors, lights, sounds, and spectacle surrounding you. With talents spanning from amazing song and dance to gymnast monkeys to costumed characters and floats to fire twirlers and beyond this show has something for everyone.

The crowd interaction is also wonderful. Each section of bleachers is assigned an animal to perform and a handful of kids are brought on stage for a parade (I believe you have to FP+ for this).

One of the wonderful things about live theatre is that every performance is just a little different. This is one I will now look forward to every time we go to Animal Kingdom.

Finding Nemo: The Musical

When presented with the option of going to a 40 minute long production of Finding Nemo while at the park I was not so thrilled. Neither was my husband who hasn’t even watched the entire movie (he tends to zone out on kids movies). However, in the middle of the day when it was hot as blazes sometimes you just have to go for it. 40 minutes sitting in air conditioning…who cares if the show stinks!?

Finding Nemo: The Musical - Animal Kingdom

Um, it was amazing!

Finding Nemo: The Musical (2) - Animal Kingdom

Like, these pictures are doing it ZERO justice!

The actors were so amazing that you barely saw they running around attached to puppets. Their bodies and faces expressed everything that their character was vocalizing, but couldn’t physically do because it was a puppet.

I don’t know how else to describe this, except that yes, I know it sucks to basically take an hour out of your day at a park that closes early, BUT you have to go see this!

It’s Tough Being a Bug

So this may sounds silly, but this show is pretty dark and scary! I know, right. Who would expect a show based on A Bugs’ Life to be scary?

Granted, I think that only 1/5 of our family has ever even seen this movie, but we decided that since the other shows were so good that we had to give this one a try. We were happily entertained…even when it was a little stinky and bumpy!

More Please!

I would love for the other parks to take this approach to some of their shows!

Hollywood Studios would be the perfect place to put on an elaborate show (or three) like this, but they don’t. Well, except for Beauty and the Beast…which I hear rumor is in danger of being closed…surely to be replaced by something Star Wars. *pout*

And Epcot! Can we PLEASE get rid of Captain EO and do something a little more fun and exciting?

Then there is the Magic Kingdom. My family are huge fans of the Enchanted Tiki Room, Carousel of Progress, and the Country Bear Jamboree (well, my husband loves this one), but it would be nice to have something a little more modern to sit and watch. As theatre nerds we love the singing and the dancing…bonus points for audience participation!

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