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Here is the first of many pictures from our 2010 Christmastime Walt Disney World family vacation.  I haven’t unpacked yet or made it through the 8GB of pictures that I took while there but I must share my favorite view with you now!  This is Cinderella Castle dressed in its holiday finest, the Dream Lights.  This trip we were lucky enough to have a Magic Kingdom view for part of our stay.  (Which was AMAZING!!)  Many more pictures to come… 

Be sure to visit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before January 3, 2011 so you can check out these lights and lots of other special holiday magic sprinkled throughout the Walt Disney World Resort!

Dream Lights

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Have you ever been to see a Thunderbirds Air Show?  A better question may be:  Have you ever experienced the Thunderbirds.  The roar of the jets and the feeling in your chest when they fly by is incredible.  Seeing America’s best and flightest ;) soar is inspirational and unforgettable.  These pilots are the best of the best.  If you’ve ever seen Top Gun you know what I mean.  The Thunderbirds visit New Kingstown, Rhode Island each summer.  Catch them if you can next summer.  They are not-to-be-missed!  Enjoy the show!  So much to see up close, from a parked Blue Angels jet, to a huge C130 that the kids got to crawl around in, to the Black Daggers paratroopers soldiers, the Navy, Marines, Army, and the Air Force joined together to show the American public their best people and machines.

This was the coolest maneuver. They move so fast hard to get perfect shot!

This was the coolest maneuver. They move so fast hard to get perfect shot!

Thunderbirds 1 through 6

Thunderbirds 1 through 6

If you have been to Disneyland in the fall then you probably got to see the Haunted Mansion’s super duper Nightmare Before Christmas overlay.  When I went to Disneyland for the first time ever last December, I went through the Haunted Mansion there at least 9 times and can tell you it was spooktacular!

I have been hearing some rumors that Walt Disney World may install a special overly like this in their version of the Haunted Mansion.  Hearing this exciting news has made my want to go through my pictures of Disneyland’s overlay and share them with you so I am going to load into wordpress lots of my favorite pictures of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion with the special holiday overlay.

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I’m curious and have always wondered where the pixie dust comes from. Now I know–and you can too! If you haven’t see seen my new favorite video yet, you must! Enjoy!

Must-see video: Rayovac Powers Your Imagination

Must-see video: Rayovac Powers Your Imagination

I was in Disneyland in December and think I may have been there the day they taped this commercial.  Here are the pictures I took.  Check out the braid on the absolutely gorgeous horse’s tail!   

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Jiminy Cricket

It was an honor to meet Eddie Carroll this past December.  I got to tell him this story about my daughter and Jiminy Cricket which he really enjoyed.  I remember his wife Carolyn looked at him and told him to always remember my story.  He made such a difference.  I’m glad I got to tell Eddie that I thought he made a big difference for children of all ages everywhere.  He liked hearing that.  The world has lost a true legend.

The story I told Eddie may be found here:  http://tinkertell.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/did-you-know-before-walt-disney-plussed-pinocchio-jiminy-was-slated-to-be-squashed/ 

Here is the video of him telling the story about how he knows that Dreams Do Come True because it was his childhood dream to be Jiminy Cricket.  Here he tells the story of how he became Jiminy, how he lived his life and what means the most to him now, including his battle with cancer and support for St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.  Watch and believe. . .

I can’t believe it is almost April and that Easter is almost here.  Has this hippity hoppity holiday sneaked up on anyone else? 

Easter happiness

I’m not too worried about Easter being a little early this year since I have this little ace in my pocket from Build-A-Bear.   When I won this basket, I didn’t know that Build-A-Bear was selling Easter baskets.  But they sure are!  I was curious about what it would be like.  I knew it would be cute since it was from Build-A-Bear and everything from Build-A-Bear is cute, but I hadn’t expected its cuteness would include a Zhu Zhu Pet with accessories and codes to play with on the Build-A-Bear’s Web site.  This is going to be so much fun for my girls!

For some easy-peasy, one-stop Easter shopping be sure to visit your local Build-A-Bear for a beary special basket for your little one.  Happy Easter!

By the way, in case you are interested in knowing how I won this basket, I won it watching a show on Maria Bailey’s MomTV.  Have you heard of it?  Be sure to check it out! 

I could just tell that there were tons of people leaving Disney’s Give a Day Get a Disney Day announcement and volunteer events with their hearts soaring after realizing the huge goals that we can accomplish when we join our efforts together!  The Give a Day Get a Disney Day event was inspirational!  And, after seeing the Can Do Cavalcade carry 14 trucks worth of food, 115,000 can’s, out of Epcot,  I had no idea there was still more fun to be had that day.  But there was!!  Much of the fun would come from sampling many delicious dishes, as it turns out that Chef Robert Irvine from the food network’s Dinner:Impossible show was in Epcot and on a very special mission:  he was to make a Dinner:Impossible meal for all of t he attendees of the Family Volunteer Celebration!  How cool is that?  There were so many details about all of the dishes that I didn’t document.  I loved the food but to describe all that we got, but I’m going to link up to AJ from The Disney Food Blog for the dish on the dishes, as she has perfectly recaptured all these details.  Please click on over to The Disney Food Blog and read about the fantastic food and happenings that surrounded this event.  She describes the tantalizing cuisine that was set up at many stations throughout this event.  I remember wishing, as I sampled some of these tasty treats, that I had paid more attention in the kitchen growing up!  Everything was so yummy!

Cast Members had given everyone a cool multi-functional soft-glo lightstick adorned with the Disneynature OCEANS film logo as they entered the event and we were about to put them to good use.  Disneynature has its feature OCEANS set to be released on Earth Day, April 22 and I can’t wait to see it!  Did you know that Disney will make a donation to help save coral reefs through The Nature Conservancy for every ticket sold to Disneynature’s OCEANS during its first week in the theaters?  According to StitchKingdom,  the donation will go towards a new Adopt-a-Coral-Reef program focusing on The Bahamas which aims to save 500,000 acres of threatened coral reef, accounting for 30% of the reef in the Atlantic Ocean.   As a Biologist with Specialty in Marine Science, I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing this film!  The ocean has always moved me and I expect Disneynature’s OCEANS to rock my world.  And while I am sure the film will be beautiful, I think I am equally looking forward to watching that many more people fall in love with our Earth’s oceans and the creatures that live in them.  The oceans have some of the world’s least known creatures and I’m sure this movie will not disappoint! 

"Just a pebble in the water can set the sea in motion, and a simple act of kindness can stir the deepest ocean"

"Just a pebble in the water can set the sea in motion, and a simple act of kindness can stir the deepest ocean"

As a teaser for the film, two Disney Channel stars from the Friends for Change: Project Green campaign took the stage.  Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas sang Disneynature’s OCEANS new anthem “Make a Wave” and I loved, loved, loved this song!  The words remind us, just as the World’s Largest Can structure did earlier in the day, that every little bit helps and we can all make a difference when we work together and combine our efforts.  

What more than 115,000 cans can look like. These cans will provide 70,000 meals for the needy.

What more than 115,000 cans can look like. These cans will provide 70,000 meals for the needy.

The only thing I can think of that could top this event would be IllumiNations.  And it was the perfect ending to another perfect Disney Day!

IllumiNations

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