Happy Birthday to the Big Cheese!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Mickey Mouse made his official debut on November 18th, 1928 in the short, Steam Boat Willie. Since his debut, Mickey has won over the hearts of many through his countless adventures. He is the most recognizable cartoon character in the world. So much so that he was the first of his kind to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mickey continues to entertain through television, appearances at the Disney Parks, and even lends himself to be featured in a few video games. He is also the primary mascot of The Walt Disney Company and its many branches.

In honor of the Big Cheese we have all grown to know and love, I thought it would be nice to revisit some of his best moments. Happy 86th Birthday, Mickey!

"Plane Crazy" was the first short Mickey was featured in.
However, "Steam Boat Willie" was where Mickey became a star.


In "The Brave Little Tailor", Mickey not only shows that he is resourceful,
but he also demonstrates that it doesn't matter who or what you are. 
You can be used to do great things.


Who couldn't forget this famous scene from the film "Fantasia"?!


This has to be one of my favorite Mickey shorts and how much more
appropriate to end this tribute showing that one time the gang
got together to wish him a Happy Birthday!


What is your favorite Mickey Mouse short? 

Wonder Forge Disney Games: Perfect Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I recently had the please of checking out three of the great Disney holiday board games available from Wonder Forge this holiday season! The wonder-ful people over at Wonder Forge sent me the following three games for review (and my family loved them all!):


Pictopia: Disney Edition Trivia Game – The Ultimate Picture Trivia Family Game!
Age 6+
$19.99

Disney Princess Palace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game - Spend a day at the spa with your pawfect companions!Ga
Age 3+
$19.99

Disney Jr Super Stretchy Game - The twisty, turny, see what you can do, game!
Age 3+
$16.99

"Games are a great way to spend time together as a family over the holidays—and they make great gifts! Wonder Forge’s award-winning Disney games are sure to please everyone on your list—with enduring play value that keep kids coming back for more fun throughout the whole year."


My niece especially loved the Palace Pets game.  Like all the games it was made of durable, high-quality parts, with pieces that will withstand multiple uses.  One of my favorite parts of cleanup was that the box was actually organized which (as any parent or babysitter knows) can be the most tedious part of playing a game- clean up! These games are fun for more than just kids and come with really great, easy to ready and follow instructions. For the cost these are really good quality products. 


Wonder Forge's great line up of Disney games gets the Picturing Disney seal of approval this holiday season! :)

A Halloween Story

Friday, October 31, 2014


Before our huge family trip to Disney for Thanksgiving, I tried to convince my son Logan to dress up as Peter Pan or Captain Hook for Halloween.  I figured it would get him psyched up for vacation and he could take the costume with him to wear at the Magic Kingdom.  Disney and Halloween are the perfect match after all.  They are made for each other.  Endless characters to choose from and exotic costumes to conjure up from your wildest imagination! 

Logan chose Iron Man instead.  It was a great costume and he had a blast pretending to be Tony Stark.  
Iron Man

Then.... we got to Disney.  

Then.... he rode the Peter Pan ride.  

Then.... he became obsessed!

It happens to the best of us.  The Disney bug!   

A year later and the obsession is in full swing.  

Peter looking for his shadow!
Happy Halloween from our little piece of Neverland to yours. 
May you never grow up and stop wanting to dress up!



Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party: Boo To You Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is definitely an event that can't be missed. Being able to dress up in your favorite costume inside the Magic Kingdom and Trick or Treating around the park aren't the only perks to joining in on the Halloween Fun.

The park begins clearing out daytime guests of the Magic Kingdom at 4:00pm. Guests who have purchased tickets for the night time event are also allowed to start waltzing in at this time. At the gate, you are given a paper wrist band that allows for Cast Members to tell who is part of the party and who is a daytime guest.

One of the highlights of this hard ticket event is the evening parade called Boo To You Halloween Parade. They offer it twice during the event (unless there is rain or unseen circumstances) and guests may even catch a glimpse of the Headless Horseman himself ride down Main Street, ceremoniously leading the charge for the parade to begin. In my opinion, this is one of the best parades you will see in Walt Disney World. EVERYONE you could think of from Pirates, Ghouls, Cowboys, and Villains come out to join in on the celebration.

Check out some of the great pictures below of Boo To You Halloween Parade.
(Circa 2012)






Christopher Robin!!!!!!!!!









Enter the PIRATES!!!!!!!






I had heard prior to attending that some of the residents of the Haunted Mansion
come out to join in on the Halloween Fun....but I truly had no idea how awesome
they would truly be.


















And what would Halloween be without CANDY?!
They pass out candy during the parade to the children that are closest
 to the parade route.




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