Yes, so, epic fail in trying to do a post a week. I put them off as I tried to find old pictures and of course, life got in the way. However here is a bit of a magical memory I made for my husband when he had to fly home for a day to take a final during our honeymoon (I can’t believe they wouldn’t let him do a makeup either!) and I was left alone in Disney all day. The photos aren’t great because they were taken on my iPhone by me, but as I took them I would send them off to him as he waited for his test to start. He wasn’t sure what to say. What CAN you say?
Hmm, he left his hat here, but he is nowhere to be found. What to do?!
Go on a whirlwind tour of the world! First stop: bathrooms.
Where are we now? Oh, Canada!
Next we spent a beautiful night in Mexico.
It’s hard to see, but that’s a hat wearing a hat wearing a hat. Trying on hats in Mexico is a tradition!
I was lucky this troll in Norway let me take a picture rather than having to pay him in gold.
Time for lunch!
China was one of our favorite stops.
Taking a picture with this guy is also a tradition! Sadly I took the hat’s picture but not mine!
Quick refreshing stop in Africa to get us through the rest of the day!
We stopped for a little game of footie in Germany!
Oh look, I found my husband! Just kidding.
This sure is a great adventure!
Hanging out in France!
Ahhh, Paris! And my thumb.
Along the way I also had some company…
And my absolute favorite:
I LOVE Donald! Sadly, just as he was walking away with me, the photographer reminded him that Daisy wouldn’t be too happy. So after swearing me to secrecy, I decided to was time to head on home.
Whew! What a long day!
caseyscorner asked: Hey, so I just saw your post about your Halloween Party costume and I wanted to let you know I absolutely love your costume! :) I really want to go to the Halloween Party as the Mansion ballerina next month, and I was wondering how to go about putting together the costume. Did you make yours yourself? The one thing I'm really struggling with is how to do the collar/cape thing around her neck and the poofy sleeves! I'd love any help you could give! Thanks so much!!!!
Hi and thank you! For putting together the costume I actually went to a fabric store and got a pattern for one of those “sexy” queen costumes. The one where they have like several different dresses you can make with short skirts all in one pattern. Then I just sort of improvised pieces with what I wanted to do (there was a collar pattern in one of them!) and added on the sleeves myself—just cut the top and bottoms out of their fabric and sewed them together, put them on the edges of the collar. If I had to do it over again I would go with: longer skirt and I’d see if I could pad the sleeves to make them more poofy.
And for the pattern on the skirt—stencils! I highly recommend getting a little stuffed alligator too. Not many people recognized me but the people that did made a HUGE deal out of it and of course, I ended up riding the Haunted Mansion over and over again just to get reactions :)
I’ve told this story before, back in a tip somewhere, but this really does rank up there as one of my top Disney magical memories! Just before dessert, Israel came over and placed a silver domed plate in front of me and said, “Something for the two of you to enjoy before dessert.” and when he lifted the top, this is what I saw! Well, there’s something missing from this picture: inside that rose within the glass slipper was a diamond engagement ring! I instantly teared up and Adam got down on one knee and gave a lovely little speech. An absolutely perfect, magical evening!
I’m going to just put it out there that my mom is the best teacup spinner in the world. We’ve watched people while waiting in line for teacups (you need to watch to get the “fastest” cup!) and some of them are just really terrible at spinning that thing. But my mom? We always end up laughing hysterically because we can barely sit up straight. Her hands never stop moving as she pulls that thing around! If I had never been on the ride with her, I probably wouldn’t like it at all, but my mom really brings the magic each time. Even my husband can’t make the teacup go as fast as she can, though he definitely is also very good at it!
Protip: Whichever way the teacup is spinning? Lean the opposite way!
When I was about two years old, my parents took me to the Magic Kingdom. Because there were two of us kids, they rented a locker underneath the train station and as they were packing it up I kept looking around the corner and laughing, then running around to look around the other one and laughing more. It turned out that Mr. Smee had made an appearance and was playing hide and seek with me! Forever after he was always my favorite park character and to this day was the only costumed character to ever talk to my mother to tell her how adorable I was. I figure mentioning that thirty years later won’t get anyone in trouble!
That fizzled out after only five weeks! Sorry everyone, both school and doing a webseries (http://devineinterventionshow.com — non-Disney related and pretty awful, but it was fun!) ate up all my time! However, I am determined to catch up on this because I really appreciate that people are still reading and and liking and by god, I have more embarrassing pictures of myself as a small child at Disney.
Also lots of magical memories, of course! We’re actually gearing up to finally take a honeymoon at the end of April—a Disney Cruise! So my intention is to catch up on posts before then, then have a lot more magical memories to fill in the gaps when we get back :)
So stay tuned!
The first time I took Adam to the Magic Kingdom it was raining and I was warning him the whole bus ride there that he shouldn’t expect to see many characters. That when I was little, characters were EVERYWHERE but these days they were all scheduled appearances with long lines and you only really saw the big guys. So imagine my surprise when we walked into the Magic Kingdom and BAM, there was like, this HUGE greeting line of characters all over the front of Main Street. We met Goofy, Minnie, Pluto, Wendy, Alice, Pinnochio, King Louie, Friar Tuck, and a handful of others that I don’t even remember. It was INSANE, but possibly the absolute best welcome to the Magic Kingdom anyone ever got! It certainly set the tone for the day: which was magical!
This picture was taken the first time I took Adam to Epcot. We walked in and suddenly there were just characters everywhere! We were there early so we got to see all of them and when it was my turn for Donald I ran right up and said “You’re my favorite!” As a result Donald grabbed me and danced me around for a few minutes. It was AWESOME! I love Donald! This might just be my favorite picture ever taken in a park with a character. You know those Magical Memories they always talk about? This was one of them.
This photo also gets bonus points for the George Lucas lookin’ fellow in the background watching us dance. I find him hilarious.
This was taken on Adam’s first trip to Disney World where he had all these obscure characters he wanted to meet, like his favorite from DuckTales, Launchpad McQuack! I had never seen him in the parks so I tried to prepare him for the fact that I didn’t even think he existed. Lo and behold one day when we were heading into the Magic Kingdom THERE HE WAS! He had a line so we immediately rushed into it and there were threatening thunder booms in the distance. The CM decided that he needed to go inside, but we begged for a picture and even though there were raindrops falling, they let us pose for one very quick one.
It was so awesome!
I actually remember this because my sister and I were the first kids to run up to the Main Street Philharmonic band members after they stopped playing in Liberty Square to ask if we could take a picture with them. They immediately put these hats on us so we could tell everyone at home we were “part of the band.” This of course meant that every other kid then ran up to try on a hat, but we managed to get this picture in anyway. My sister Katie was super shy, but you can tell how pleased she is in this picture—and there’s that Minnie Mouse dress again. I’m just looking super awkward with my gangly arms wearing a dress my mom brought me back from Hawaii—since we were staying at the Polynesian it fit right in! I still remember how nice they were to us and I’ve always wanted to recreate this picture, but now I’m the shy one and I never go up and ask when we run into the band in the Magic Kingdom! Oh well, maybe some day…