How to Cure the "Case of the Mondays"

Monday, April 14, 2014

We’ve all felt like this at some point. Having a “Case of the Mondays” can be rough, but how do we combat this down trodden feeling?

I’m glad you asked.

One can start off by waking up and having a good breakfast. Put a bit of magic in your day by having some Disney Brand Coffee or by having your breakfast and morning drink served on Disney themed/inspired kitchen ware. Nothing says it a great morning more than when Captain Jack Sparrow is staring back at you.

Another great way to beat the Monday blues is to turn up your Disney Music in the morning. On the way to work, I have been known to blast the Frozen Soundtrack on a packed highway or two, singing “Let It Go” or “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” at the top of my lungs. The fun doesn't have to stop there. During work, I listen to different movie soundtracks or Disney Instrumental Music like Magical Moments from Tom Ameen (remember this…it may come in handy later).

Something else that may help is during your lunch break, take a moment and check in with your favorite Disney Blog!!!!!! Taking a mental break from whatever stresses you may be dealing with at work can actually refocus your mind and make you more prepared for the rest of your day.

What do you do to combat the “Case of the Mondays”? 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

America's mightiest hero returns to the silver screen for an epic new tale of his new found glory in a world he's unfamiliar with. Without giving too much away about the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has brilliantly continued on the path that Marvel has set for the “second phase” of blockbuster films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier picks up a couple months after The Avengers, but also includes memories and records of Captain America: The First Avenger.

In this new time era stripped of barbershop quartets, boiled food, and polio (said by Captain America himself), he finds himself asking a lot of tough questions. The most important question is who to trust in this new world. Even familiar faces can be deceiving.  Marvel’s familiar funny puns make it into the film as well, giving the feature light hearted moments that break from the seriousness of most of what the  storyline deals with. The stunts and explosions are gut-wrenching and real. I was gripping the edge of my seat through most of the film. If you are thrill seeker and love action or suspense films, this is definitely a movie for you. If you are a fan of the Marvel comics like my husband and I who have been following the franchise, it would be a disservice to miss this one.

Enjoy the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Enjoy the trailer for Captain America: Winter Soldier.

It's A Small World in Walt Disney World

Thursday, April 3, 2014

After taking a look at Disneyland’s It’s A Small World attraction, let’s take a look at the version most of us are familiar with. In 1971, the attraction was recreated at Walt Disney World. It was an Opening Day attraction and is still considered a must do for a Walt Disney World trip. With a cast of 300 traditionally dressed hosts and some of their papier-mâché friends, it’s hard not to love your ride through the Seven Seaways Waterway. Although it was meant to mimic the Disneyland version, It’s A Small World in Florida has some distinct differences. For one, it visits some different areas of the world such as:

·         Scandinavia
·         The British Isles
·         Western Europe
·         Eastern Europe
·         The Middle East
·         Asia
·         Africa
·         Antarctica
·         South America
·         Australia and the South Pacific Islands

The famous white and gold façade is placed indoors. Unlike Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s crazy weather and insane heat forced imagineers to keep most of the lines for attractions within the show buildings. Another difference is the grand finale room where all of the children gather to offer their celebratory farewell. Unlike its twin brother, Walt Disney World minimizes the color scheme to only showing hues of cool tones and white/gold brilliance. It truly brings together the visual and thoughtful idea that we are all the same, no matter where we come from.

Please enjoy this look at Walt Disney World’s It’s A Small World attraction and there may be a treat at the end.

As some of you may know, my husband and I honeymooned in Walt Disney World. After a long day at the Magic Kingdom, (we made it for the Welcome Song and everything) we finally got to this attraction toward right before dinner. As we sailed through the Seven Seaways Waterway, I looked over to my left and found a surprise. I couldn’t help but capture the moment. ;D

Happy 50th Birthday, It’s A Small World!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It’s A Small World turns 50 this week. Amounting to this celebration, Disney has posted pictures and history to their blogs and spread the cheer throughout social media. “The Happiest Cruise that Ever Sailed” was originally created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. It was created in honor of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  It was transferred to the Disneyland Resort and opened on May 28, 1966. This E-Ticket attraction has been re-imagined for each of the Disney Parks around the world.

This attraction is definitely a staple to each of the family vacation to Disney World. Recently, I was finally blessed to be able to trek out to Disneyland and ride the original (or at least its latest reincarnation). As the first It's A Small World attraction, it has undergone many updates. The 2008 refurbishment brought in a cast of 37 familiar faces to the Disney community. In each scene, characters from Disney and Pixar films can be found amongst the other 300+ dolls that had been in place since opening day. During the holiday season, It's A Small World undergoes a holiday transformation including songs featured in the attraction. They have also created a nighttime presentation on the outside facade of It's A Small World, which also undergoes its own Holiday treatment.

As in Picturing Disney fashion, here are some photos from It’s A Small World in Disneyland.

Unlike the loading bay in Walt Disney World's version,
Disneyland's loading bay is outside.

Peter Pan & Tinkerbell (she is flying next to the crescent moon) in
the beginning of England.
Alice & the White Rabbit in England
Cinderella, Jack, & Gus in France 

Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket in Italy
Aladdin, Jasmine, & Abu in the Middle East
<3 <3 <3 My Favorite <3 <3 <3
Mulan & Mushu in China
Simba, Timon, & Pumba in Africa
Each time I tried to get a shot of Timon he went back into the
prop next to Pumba and Simba. However if you look closely,
you can catch his little face popping out ever so slightly.
Donald, Jose Carioca, & Panchito Pistoles in Mexico
The Three Caballeros
Ariel & Flounder in the South Seas Room. Although she is not really
 recognized formally at all in Andrina, one of Ariel's Sisters. Attina has also
been included but was not there when I made my visit.
Marlin & Dory in the South Seas Room
Lilo & Stitch in the Polynesian Scene

Woody, Jesse, & Bullseye in North America
Finale Room. It differs a lot from the Walt Disney World version as there more
colors instead of the white, gold, and blue hues.

In California, the ride exits through a small shop called
It's A Small Toy Shop.

In the next post, I'll share some photos from the It's A Small World Attraction in Walt Disney World.

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