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Review! Illuminations Special Diets Dessert Party 2013

Published October 31, 2013 by

You heard us talk about it all year, and the day finally came for the annual Special Diets Dessert Party in 2013!

Click HERE to read the review that I did for WDW News Today. Keep watching DisneyWays and GFDF at Walt Disney World for news on when the next event will be coming!

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Disney Parks Podcast Interview with Mike Brassell Voice of TTA and Living with the Land

Published October 18, 2013 by

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You may recognize Mike Brassell as the voice of The Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover in the Magic Kingdom, or as the voice you hear as you relax and enjoy your boat ride through the Living with The Land attraction at Epcot. You may be surprised to learn he has actually done a LOT of additional work for Disney movies– and more. He is also a seasoned musical composer, now a THREE time Emmy winner, family man, all around great guy!

Besides Mike himself being fantastic – highlights of this interview also include:

  • Names of several Disney films that have included Mike in the process of being made
  • How Mike may be the only person on the planet who’s voice you will hear simultaneously with music he has composed on two separate Disney attractions
  • Mike’s dream job in a Disney movie or as a voice of another Disney attraction
  • Many of Mike’s Disney favorites and his answers to Tony’s rapid-fire questions
  • How Mike once found himself standing between two Disney legends at once – and what it was really like working with one of them on a regular basis
  • Mike SINGING a couple of bars for us from a very famous Disney song that you are sure to recognize
  • More about THIS LINK and why I am including it here.

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This episode has excellent sound quality, but due to technical difficulties, a small section at the beginning of the interview was lost. During that time, we asked Mike what it is like to be immortalized on a Disney attraction. He joked that when he took his kids on the TTA for the first time – they were amazed and in a bit of disbelief that it was really him they were hearing! He is such a humble man – and he is very respectful of what Disney represents to so many of us.

On a personal note I have to admit that I was SO excited to have a chance to talk with Mike – as you will notice throughout the interview! I love his enthusiasm, drive, and I admire his amazing career. I was in total awe of being able to speak to this man who is and always will be a Disney legend to me.  I hope you will enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed conducting this interview!

You can catch this episode by visiting directly from your computer. Then just click “Listen Now!” From there, just look for the small grey circle with the sideways white triangle inside. Click on that circle and make sure your speakers are on. The show will begin immediately. For more ways to listen, click here. Thank you for tuning in, and have a magical day!

To read more about our relationship with the Disney Parks Podcast click here.

Miss out on the Disney Parks Blog Meetup?

Published September 9, 2013 by

Did you miss out on the latest Disney Parks Blog meetup? Did you feel a little left out?

Me too.

BUT, here’s some great news for those of us who were not able to attend. My buddy John from has posted a video he filmed during the big night! Like some sort of lovable octopus with multiple hands and arms – he held food, drinks, the video camera – and still managed to get smiles and comments from some of the best Disney correspondents in our community. What a guy! Watch closely to see everyone’s favorite Disney blogger – Mya Space – a character actor hired by Disney to keep everyone laughing!

I think you will agree that it is a real gift to be able to hear and see what it was like to attend this fantastic event. Thanks Panda for sharing the Disney magic with us once again!

Oh and if you will be in the Walt Disney World area on September 13th 2013 – there is another meetup to come. Everyone is invited. No fast and furious emails required. Click here for details, and have a magical day!



Special Announcement: Disney Collection by Vera Bradley Pricing and Measurements

Published August 31, 2013 by

Have you heard about the fantastic Disney Collection by Vera Bradley coming to the Disney Parks and at the Disney Parks on-line store? I scoured the internet to see if I could find price points and measurements for you on the different designs – and I was very excited to find this information to be able to share with you today. The bags are just gorgeous and if you’re wondering if they will fit in to your budget (like I was) – here are some guidelines to follow.

I do want to provide the disclaimer that this pricing was found at Disney World Personal Shopper. Disney has not formally released this information themselves, so I am unable to promise you that it is completely accurate. Also, as with all things Disney, pricing is subject to change. These measurements were taken from similar items on the Vera Bradley website and may not be exact either. Please keep these things in mind and use these figures as a “general” idea.


Backpack $99.00 The approximate measurements are 10 1/2″ by 13″ by 4″ with a 31 1/4″ adjustable shoulder strap and a 2″ drop.

Tote $99.00 (Judging from previous pictures, the “tote” is the Vera – 6 slip pockets on the inside, zip pocket on the back, slip pocket on the front.)
Dimensions are: 19 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ with an 11″ strap drop.

Duffel $99.00 The approximate measurements are 22″ by 11 1/2″ by 11 1/2″ with a 15″ strap drop


Hipster $70.00 The approximate measurements are 11″ by 11″ by 1 3/4″ with a 52″ adjustable strap

Mini Hipster $60.00 The approximate measurements are 6″ by 7 1/2″ by 3/4″ with a 53″ adjustable strap

Smart Phone Wristlet $55.00 5 1/2″ by 3 1/4″ by 2″ with a 6″ strap

Cosmetic Case $35.00

ID Case $15.00 5″ by 3″


For more information about The Disney Collection by Vera Bradley including release dates, design names and more – click HERE.

Disney Parks Podcast Episode 63 Vera Bradley, Dapper Day, Prizes and More!

Published August 29, 2013 by



Check out the latest episode of the Disney Parks Podcast! Hear how Disney is “going to the dogs” and so much more! The team has been working hard to improve the sound quality and I think it really shows! Leave me a note if you are enjoying the podcast and let me know what you would like to hear more of, or if you have questions or comments! I’d love to hear from you. Have a magical day!!

PS We will have a limited supply of goody bags and prizes available at our next event. Click here for details and come join us! As a reminder – to listen to the show – just click the photo above to go to the DPP page. Look for the small grey circle with the sideways white triangle inside. Click on that circle and make sure your speakers are on. The show will begin immediately. There’s a lot of time sensitive news and information in this one so don’t wait – listen in as soon as you can. Thanks for tuning in – I appreciate you SO much. 🙂

Have a magical day!

A D23 Recap! Disney Parks Podcast Show Number 62

Published August 23, 2013 by


Click HERE to be taken to this Disney Parks Podcast  Special Edition Episode!

I think you will really enjoy hearing Tony and Sid tell us all about their personal experience at this amazing expo! I had a lot of fun channeling my inner Oprah – and interviewing these two!



Click HERE to read more about our relationship with the Disney Parks Podcast. 

An Interview with Pat Carroll: Voice of Ursula from The Little Mermaid

Published August 12, 2013 by



As I write this I still can’t believe it happened. The Disney Parks Podcast was fortunate enough to welcome the fabulous Pat Carroll and interview her on our podcast! You can hear as I ask her my first question, I sound like I am about 4 years old. The reason for that is I FELT like I was a little kid – talking to her childhood hero. Pat was amazingly personable, and so wonderful to speak with.

You can access  the Pat Carroll episode on the DPP website and clicking on the grey circle that has the sideways white triangle inside. Just click the link HERE. Make sure your speakers are on. We are getting so much great feedback from this episode and I hope you will check it out and enjoy it too!

Live Photo! Sophia The First at Hollywood Studios!

Published August 10, 2013 by

We spotted Sophia The First at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Thanks to for the on-scene photo!


Check out our post on how to get awesome character photos and the Disney Parks Podcast interview with Character Locator – Kenny the Pirate!

Disney Parks Podcast Show #59 – Tips for having the BEST Character Meet and Greets

Published August 1, 2013 by

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On Episode 59 of the Disney Parks Podcast we talk to Kenny the Pirate and learn:

  • The BEST places to see characters
  • What to say and do with the characters when you meet them
  • MANY creative ways to collect character autographs and memories
  • The secret to meeting all your favorite characters without waiting in line
  • The secret word that will save you 10% off Kenny’s Character Locator App!
  • Kenny’s story about winning the Disney Dream job
  • How Kenny keeps all of his character information up to date — and SO MUCH MORE!




Disney Inspired Accessories that Do Double Duty – with a Discount!

Published June 5, 2013 by

Here at Disneyways our mission includes introducing you to only the finest Disney related products and services. Just as a reminder, I do not receive any commission from the sales of these items, so you know my recommendations come truly from the heart.

Today we have some exciting things to show you! These fun items are great for your days at the Disney parks – but – as I was looking at my friend Amanda’s MCDesigns store – I noticed many of these items could really brighten up  your day at work as well. Disney inspired accessories that do double duty. Now how can you wrong with that?

MCDesigns Balloon Pen

Anyone could write a thank you note or sign a co-workers birthday card and smile – if they are using this bright and colorful pen. It also doubles as a great autograph pen for your next trip to the parks, or even marking down your dining reservation numbers!

Ladies! This next one is for you. Getting ready for casual Friday at work might be just a little more fun if you accessorize your hair with one of these!


They come in different colors AND for those fun evenings you are in the Disney parks after dark…these little Mickeys actually glow!!


I can not WAIT to order one of these for myself – how about you?

Hey and if you are tired of the same old lunch routine at work – why not pack your lunch in this festive bag?


It’s sure to make your work day just a little more magical. This bag does double duty as a tote for sunscreen or other essentials on your next Disney cruise! Amanda can customize these for you in an endless amount of designs – so be sure and let her know if you are looking for something special for yourself or as a gift!

Right now as a bonus – MC Designs is having a special for Disneyways readers! All you do is type in the coupon code DISNEYWAYS at checkout and you will get 10% off your entire purchase!! Check out the store and please let me know what some of your favorite items are – I’d love to hear from you!

Everything featured on Disneyways is very special and  impossible to find in stores. That is just another reason why I am committed to bringing them to  you. Your Disney inspired items will stand out from the crowd because they are completely unique and original! When your friends and family ask where you got them – I hope you will remember that you heard about them on

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