Have You Heard About The Disneyana Fan Club?

Published August 31, 2014 by Krista Joy

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The Disneyana Fan Club is a non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich legacy of Walt Disney. The goal is to provide Disneyana enthusiasts of all ages from around the world with news, information, and events that enhance your experience with, and love of, all things Disney. If you haven’t joined this club yet – click HERE to check out my post over at Chip and Co to find our more!! In 2013 the World Chapter enjoyed a special presentation from Tom Nabbe – who was hired by Walt Disney himself – to work at Disneyland in it’s early days! Photos below are property of Tom Nabbe. Check out Tom’s full story – and so much more at WaltHiredMe.com

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How to Take Your Disney Story With You Wherever You Go ~ By Guest Author Mary Jo Markel

Published August 28, 2014 by Krista Joy

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Hello all you Disney fans! I am so happy to be writing some blogs for Disneyways. I hope to be able to meet some of you in person at some of the Disney Parks Podcast meetups!
I want to introduce you to a unique and amazing product—Origami Owl! Origami Owl gives you another way to take your Disney story with you wherever you go. One idea is to create your favorite princess or movie theme with our many unique and beautiful charms. Below you will find photos of our Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Ariel and Pocahontas themed lockets!

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We hope these will inspire you to create your own Disney story, but the sheer beauty of these lockets is the fact you can also change the charms to fit any occasion. Say you want to wear a locket one day as you volunteer at the school. Of course you want to tell the story about your kids an family in that locket… so you might have a wedding ring, birthstones for the children and a house charm with a heart full of love. That night you are heading to a Disneyways Meet and Greet and you change it up to reflect your perfect princess or character—maybe a princess crown, a snowflake, a snow globe and two shining crystals for Frozen. I’m SO excited to be able to work and blog with Disneyways. Please feel free to view all my products at on my website HERE or email me directly at Omylockets@gmail.com. You can also reach me by sending a text to 407-325-0719. I can help you build a locket that will remind you of your last Disney vacation so you can keep the magic with you, always. Bonus – these beautiful Oragami Owl lockets often inspire conversation. Who knows? When you share your Disney story with your Oragmi Owl locket,  you may even meet a new friend who loves Disney as much as you do! I can’t wait to see your ideas and creations!!!

Have a magical day! ~Mary Jo

 

 

 

Top Five Activities for Tweens and Teens at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ~ By Guest Author Karyn Locke

Published August 23, 2014 by Krista Joy

Top Five Activities for Tweens and Teens at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Halloween parties are a snap when you’ve got wee ones. Dress them up in a costume and hand them a bag for their treats and they’re all set. So, what if you’ve got a tween or teenager that has maybe outgrown the Halloween costume or trick-or-treating fun? Can they still have a blast at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World? You betcha! Here’s a list of the top five activities for tweens and teens at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

5. Embrace the Lines and People Watch

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Let’s face it: There will always be some sort of line when you visit Walt Disney World (unless you visit on a really rainy day and magically manage to get a photo of Aloha Isle with no line. But that’s another story.) So what can your tween or teen do while their younger siblings are queued up in a goodie line or a character meet and greet? People Watch! My tween daughter loves checking out other visitor’s costumes and has even made a few new Disney friends while waiting in line at the party. Visitors from all over the world love going to Disney at Halloween and The Kid adores pointing out their elaborate costumes. She’s even come up with ideas for next year’s costume while people watching. Or you and your tween or teen can have a seat on Main Street and watch the party crowd stroll toward Cinderella Castle. After a full day in the park plus and a long night ahead of us, it’s a blast to just sit and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the most magical place on earth!

4. Let Them Eat Cake! Or Cupcakes! Or Popcorn! Or a Mickey Premium!

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I’m sure you all know that tweens and teens are insatiable when it comes to food; I know I hear, “Mom, what’s in the fridge to eat?” at least a dozen times a day. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has so many tasty options from table service to counter service to snack carts no fewer than a 60-second walk away from each other that it’s easy to give them what they want- fun food! The Kid loves the fun Halloween-themed goodies in Magic Kingdom and I find it easy to splurge when it comes to caloric intake at Disney. I mean, Disney sprinkles pixie dust on all of their food and makes them calorie-free, right? Wishful thinking.

3. Hallowishes Fireworks Display

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Tweens and teens may try to act more mature, but one glance at yours when they’re watching Hallowishes (or if you’re a stickler for details its official title is Happy HalloWishes: A Grim Grinning Ghosts Spooktacular in the Sky) and you may just see that tiny tot from years ago in their eyes. There’s plenty of viewing spots, our favorite being right in front of Cinderella Castle. Although, we have watched them from Astro Orbiter and they were pretty amazing, too.

2. Mickey’s Boo to You (and You, and You, and You) Parade

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One of The Kid’s top requests when we visit the Magic Kingdom at Halloween is to watch Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade. Yes, we all end up singing the VERY catchy tune for hours and even days afterwards and The Kid loves to somehow manage to start singing it at the very moment I’ve forgotten about it, but the parade is a blast! She loves seeing Disney characters in their Halloween costumes dancing and singing, especially the villains. It’s always a joy for me to watch her stick her hand out at the very end of the parade for a lollipop from the cast members with Goofy’s Candy Company. While you’re waiting for the parade to begin, take advantage of Disney cast members that love to take photos and encourage your tween or teen to act silly while having their photo taken. It always works for us.

1. Magic Kingdom Rides and Meet and Greets with No Line

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This has always been on the top of The Kid’s list. Most families are taking their kids around to meet and greets or queueing up to add to their candy haul, but we find the best time to ride the popular rides at Magic Kingdom is during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! We head for the Mountains and generally walk right on and then hit Haunted Mansion at least a half-dozen times. The HM cast members go all out for the party as well, and she adores how they look “antiqued”. If you’ve got older teens that like to head off on their own and you are comfortable with it, they’ll have the time of their lives riding the popular MK rides without much of a wait. As for Disney character meet and greets, the bulk of the partygoers will be getting autographs from The Seven Dwarfs and Jack Skellington and Sally, so feel free to head for daily meet and greets that you didn’t want to wait in line for during the day. We were able to walk right up to Merida from Brave, get a few pics, and were headed back to the party in under 10 minutes.

How do you keep a smile on your tween or teens face at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Karyn Locke, Marketing and Social Media Guroo and Mid-America Guroo for trekaroo.com is a travel writer from Ohio that has a passion for all things Disney and a hankering for Dole Whip Floats at least three times a week. Also creator and blogger for www.sandandorsnow.com, she’s happy to give Disney tips to anyone that asks and is pleased as punch that her family shares her love of the most magical place on earth.

Free Gift and Coupon Code! Disney Food Blog 2014 Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book

Published August 15, 2014 by Krista Joy

Have you checked out the best-selling DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book? If not, what are you waiting for? The Disney Food Blog Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available, and here at Disneyways, we’re offering a FREE BONUS gift! That’s right, when you order your Disney Food Blog Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book by clicking any of our affiliate links on this page – you can help us cover costs here at Disneyways – with NO extra cost to you! Once your order is completed – be sure type your mailing address in the comments below. I will then verify that you used our links to purchase – and with that – I can send you a FREE BONUS gift from Walt Disney World. How’s that for an awesome deal?

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This 250-page guide to the 2014 Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever. Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

53 days of special events, over 30 food and beverage tasting booths, and celebrity chefs to meet? How do you fit it all in without breaking the budget? Make sure you make the most of your time at Disney World’s Food & Wine Festival!

The Disney Food Blog Guide to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book has the very best tips, information, and advice to be sure you enjoy every minute of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! With 220 pages of information, you can plan ahead and be ready to dive right in as soon as you arrive. So much is going on at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival this year; make sure you don’t have any regrets after you leave!

The DFB Guide to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is 220 pages of in-depth information, including significant updates unique to this year’s festival! If you were one of the many who bought the guide last year, you know how important these details are. They’ve noted all of the new marketplace booth menu items, new events, and more! Plus, they’ve added an expanded FAQ section, a printable checklist of all World Showcase Booth menu items, Epcot Food and Wine Festival recipes, and even more bonus items (including new booth crawls and touring strategies)!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is quickly approaching! The biggest Food and Wine Festival of its kind in the world can be overwhelming, but by pre-planning you’ll be able to choose the parts that are most important to you and create a strategy to make sure you experience them all.

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Plan Your Days Ahead of Time With Our Exclusive Full Schedule of Events for Every Day of the Festival!

This extremely valuable, exclusive resource allows you to easily flip to the days you’ll be there, see what’s offered, and be ready to book tickets — just like that! Use it on your mobile device when you’re at the festival to see what events are happening in real time.

Don’t Waste Money On Food and Beverages You Don’t Want!

You’ll have instant access to menus and food photos from the World Showcase booths. By choosing your must-eats before you get to the festival, you’ll save time, money, and all-important stomach space! You’ll also get location, time, and price details for every single event, concert, and seminar at the Festival. Exclusive and customized bonus sections will help make your trip to the Festival your best visit ever.

Take a look before your trip to decide what menu items and events your family will enjoy, then book early to make sure you’re one of the lucky attendees! Time is money on a Disney Vacation; get the most out of both!

Learn Tips to Avoid Endless Lines and to Get Into Popular Events!

Now in its 18th year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is well-known for high quality presentations, celebrity chefs, and fantastic food. But each year the event gets bigger and bigger, and it becomes more difficult to simply pop in for the day and see everything.

Don’t get shut out of popular events, and don’t wait in winding lines! Remember, if you only have a few days (or less) to spend at the Festival, you want to be sure you’re making the right choices! The Disney Food Blog Guide to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available! Order yours today!

 

Video! Why Gaston is the Kind of Guy To Take Home to Mother

Published August 2, 2014 by Krista Joy

Hear Gaston tell you in his own words why he’s the type of guy you want to bring home to meet your Mom!! Our thanks to Travel Planner Mary Morales for sharing this video!

Contact Mary at https://www.facebook.com/MaryMoralesDisneyTravel

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Video! Exclusive Disneyways Interview with Djimon Hounsou from Guardians of the Galaxy!

Published July 31, 2014 by Krista Joy

You may have caught a glimpse of Djimon Hounsou in his role as  Korath the Accuser in the trailers for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Between 1989 and 1991, he appeared in the music videos for “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul and “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” by Janet Jackson, as well as Madonna’s Express Yourself. In 2007, Hounsou began dating model Kimora Lee Simmons. On May 30, 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou. Hounsou has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards and 1 Golden Globe, and has had quite an accomplished career as an actor and model. But today, we’ve got a new look at Hounsou, right here on Disneyways, just for you!

Yesterday a red carpet event was held at an AMC theater in Orlando for the new Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Our friend Jason, who runs Orlando Fun and Food and has been a guest on the Disney Parks Podcast, went out to the event on behalf of our site. Djimon Hounsou, who plays a villain in the movie, was on hand at the red carpet. Jason had the chance to interview him about his role in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” on behalf of Disneyways. Check below for a video of interview.

About Guardians of the Galaxy: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY hits theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014

For the latest news and updates on the Guardians of the Galaxy, follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the Guardians of the Galaxy on Facebook! For Guardians of the Galaxy movie tickets and more, click HERE.

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