Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Things I Love: Sing Along Songs: Disneyland

   I've been perusing Youtube in search of childhood videos, mostly Disney in nature.  Despite being 30 years old, I still have a crazy tolerance for "kids shows," especially if I grew up watching them.  Among the gems that I've been watching is the Disneyland version of Disney's Sing A Long Songs...

   With this video you not only get all the snappy tunes, but you also get to tour around Disneyland.  Not for nothing, if the music is a turn off for you the images alone are quite a bit of fun.  (The fab five cleaning Main Street!?!?! What??) 

   Which song is your favorite?  Did you grow up watching Sing A Long Songs?  Let us know over on Twitter or Facebook...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Do Something New At Disney World

   After several years and dozens of Disney World trips, the likelihood of experiencing almost everything that the vacation kingdom has to offer is high.  In fact, some attraction can become old hat, and downright boring, after a while.
   We are intense planners when it comes to our Disney trips...complete with spreadsheets and immensely planned agendas.  Towards the end of our vacation things change a bit though.  The last few days are always left with no dining reservations, and no real planned park days.
   It was on one of these relaxed touring days that Adam and I had an idea.  What if we spent the whole day experiencing things that we've NEVER DONE before.  Sounds fun right?

   We started our day at the Magic Kingdom to meet Merida in her (at the time...) recently opened meet and greet area next to the castle.  We never got around to meeting with Rapunzel or Belle who both previously occupied this space, and I hated the idea of missing Merida. The princess herself was as lively and fun as expected.  Her backdrop is gorgeous and detailed, but I do miss the little bear brothers.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Lion Mask from Burkina Faso

   You know those epic Florida afternoon thunderstorms...the kind where there is no hope of park hopping lest you spend the day in soaking wet clothes?  I actually love those kind of days, especially when I'm "trapped" at my beloved Animal Kingdom Lodge.  There is nothing like exploring my favorite resort while the rain continues to pour...and I had just one of these days this past May.

One of the pretties sights, the Sunset Savanna in the rain...

   During these storms I like to traverse the resort in search of new African artifacts and artwork to feature on the blog.  Here is one of my favorites from this particular rainy day...

   This beautiful lion mask was made by the Bobo people of Burkina Faso.  This landlocked country of Western Africa is full of diverse groups of people and has a rich history of whimsical masks.  This lion is a terrific example...implementing painted wood and raffia.

   I wish I had documented this magical day more thoroughly.  I have the most wonderful memories of rainy days at Walt Disney World, and I love the sweet nuggets that I find while taking cover.  I consider this lion my rainy day partner in crime. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kill, Refurb, Marry: Songs From Animated Films...

   I'm so excited to be a part of another round of Kill, Refurb, Marry! At this point I don't think I need to explain the premise of this blog series, but if you don't get it initially, I'm sure you will catch on quickly!
   Today's round is dedicated to songs from animated films!  Talk about a hard decision.  Volume alone makes this one rough...but lets take a whack at it shall we?

   KILL: Who Will Rescue Me? (The Rescuers)

   Sorry.  I know this song has its fans, but this is no way to open a film.  When I was a kid I'd avoid this movie entirely because I knew I would have to sit through the opening credits and this schmaltzy song.  Yuck, I'm getting shivers up my spine just thinking about it.