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The Memorable MAGIC-al Cruise

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Memorable MAGIC-al Cruise is a 5 night Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney MAGIC,  departing the Port of Miami on December 13, 2015, visiting Cozumel and Castaway Cay before returning to Miami. The participating crew members will be me, Grandpa (Kenny), my mom, Grandma-ma (Edith), and my granddaughter, Janelle. All adults. My 3rd cruise, Mom's 2nd cruise, and Janelle's first... all Disney! Here is how it came about:

It all started as a dream in 2005. My wife, Brenda, told me we could take the Grandkids to Walt Disney World. Well, I didn't believe it,  but she showed me how we could do it! So, later that year, we did just that! We took two of our Granddaughters to WDW for a week. It was my first time, too... and I was 52 years old! 

With that first trip to the World, I came away with a huge schoolboy crush for all things Disney, but my wife had different ideas for the next year, and then in late 2006 I had to have open heart surgery and I missed too much work for us to do much of a vacation in 2007. However, my wife, being the practical, New England girl that she was, came up with a Disney vacation of a lifetime! A Disney Cruise! We talked about which cruise and how long and even discussed land/sea vacations, but we finally settled on a 7-night, Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney MAGIC in October of 2008. We had a long way to go, but we had a destination in mind! The cruise was the most amazing vacation we had ever had. We even swam with dolphins in Cozumel! We loved it so much, we booked another cruise for the next year, this time an Eastern Caribbean.  Alas, it was never to be. In the Spring Brenda was diagnosed with kidney disease and had to go on dialysis. She wouldn't check into "dialysis cruises" because she was afraid they would cost too much. Besides,  they weren't Disney cruises! ��

Want to win a trip to Disney? Say Freeze!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Disney.com
Want to win a trip to Walt Disney World?  Say Freeze!

Disney is giving away a five night Walt Disney World vacation just in time for the holiday season.

Show the world what the word "Family" means to you by entering Disney's Frozen Family Photo Contest!

Get your smiles on and send in your funniest, sweetest, craziest family moments along with a caption describing your one-of-a-kind family in 500 words or less.

You family can be anyone you share a close bond with.  Teammates, co-workers, pets or hey....even your own family!

Our favorite family:  Disney, Courtesy of Disney's Photo Pass

Don't forget to enter by 11/30/15:  Official rules:  http://frozen.disney.com/say-freeze-photo-contest

HP Social Media Snapshots!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Back in June I was thrilled to be invited to attend a My Printly event in New York City.

I was able to test out a new concept where an app combined with special photo paper to allowed me to print my pictures straight from Instagram and Facebook!  It was so cool!  Everyone was so excited to see their finished products.  We were invited to put our photos on the HP Living Photo wall and see the magic come to life.

The response was so great that HP launched this product faster than any other HP product ever!  

Here is one of our favorite shots from the event:

Picturing Disney is thrilled to introduce you to HP Social Media Snapshots! 

The 4x5 inch photo sheets have a sticky back that is perfect for printing and displaying life’s moments. You can now print your favorite photos from Instagram and Facebook directly from your smartphone or tablet. 

To celebrate, HP has a terrific deal for readers of Picturing Disney just in time for the holidays!

Now through November 30th, HP Social Media Snapshots are Buy One Get One Free when you use the following link and click “redeem now”: 

Currently HP Social Media Snapshots is available at Staples and HP.com and is coming soon to other major retailers.

Like Bambi?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Do you love Bambi?
You are in luck as Lauren Conrad is back at Kohl's with a Bambi collection!

The sketch inspired collection launched on October 27th and is available in stores and online.
You can find the merchandise here:

Bambi- Kohl's Light Sweatshirt top

There are 16 pieces which include tops celebrating Bambi, Thumper (My absolute favorite Disney character) and Flower!



I just placed my order for this cute Thumper light weight sweatshirt.  
I saved $10 by using the Veteran's Day sale code:  VETERANS10 which is valid until November 11th.  Happy Shopping!

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