Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
- Resort Hopping: We love the resorts as much as we love the parks at Disney World, so we took the time to check out a few we had not been to before. We checked out Saratoga Springs, where we recently bought a contract the DVC by Resale, and Old Key West. We loved seeing the other pools, checking out the other shops and getting a vibe for the resort.
- Golf: We actually did two golf activities. For the family we hit up mini-golf at Fantasia Gardens and enjoyed the course-- though there is zero shade. On my own I did a DVC Member golf clinic at the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. For only $15 I got an hour of instruction from a golf pro along with one other DVC Member.
- Water Parks: This trip we purchased the premium annual pass, which included admission to both Disney water parks. This trip we hit up Blizzard Beach, which the family absolutely loved! We especially liked the lazy river, Cross Country Creek, and the family water slide Teamboat Springs. The boys also enjoyed the kids areas there for both lil guys and tweens.
- Disney Quest: Along with the water parks our premium annual passes also included admission to Disney Quest. This "indoor interactive theme park" features arcade games, bumper cars and virtual reality adventures for the entire family. We liked this so much that we went back several times!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
For the past several months my wife and I have been hearing a great deal about vinylmation from our friends in the Disney Twitterverse. We’d been seeing vinylmation during our last several trips to Disney World and decided to take our first plunge into them last week.
For those of you who aren’t major Disney fanatics like us you might be asking, “what is vinylmation?” Vinylmation, or vinyls as they’re called for short, are vinyl toys that are shaped like Mickey Mouse, but carry different designs on them. They are not Mickey’s themselves, rather the shape is used as the canvass for the artist to paint their interpretation of some other aspect of Disney.
Vinyls come in several different sizes, but the main size for sale is the 3” vinyls. When you purchase a vinyl you have no idea what’s inside, instead you pick a particular series (or theme) you are interested in, pop open the box and see what you get! If you do not like what you received, there are vinyl trading areas in every Disney store that sells the items and at several of the resorts during your stay for you to exchange with other available vinyls.
So, those are the nitty gritty facts on vinyls for all you beginners like our family. Now, what about our experience?
As I said in the beginning we’ve been noticing vinyls at Disney World over our past few trips. We never really “got” the concept and were always curious what these weird Mickey’s were we saw in all the stores. Over the past few months we began researching vinyls and gathering a great bit of info from the Disney Twitter world (For vinyls I suggest following @marciodisney @WDCCDuckman and @AKL4Me). Finally we broke down and decided we’d buy one vinyl for each family member on this trip and see how we liked them.
During one of our first nights at Disney World we went to Downtown Disney and on the recommendation of some friends stopped by D Street, a sort of urban art clothing store that has also become the center of vinyls on property.
Here we learned a little more about the various series available in the vinyl collection. We found out that each series contained 12 vinyls, but in true Disney fashion they only showed you pictures of 11 vinyls. The 12th vinyl in each collection was a mystery!
As soon as we got back to the room we all checked out the vinyls and it was done—we were now addicted to the craze!
Over the next week we quickly amassed a small army of vinyls. I picked up several more from the Park Series #3 as well as a Mr Toad Passholder vinyl.
My wife dove into the Cutester series on the recommendation of @WDCCDuckman and loves every single one she picked up.
Along the way we received a few duplicates and vinyls we didn’t like, so we set off searching around the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom Lodge for possible traders. By the time the trip was done we were satisfied with everything we got!
My lovely wife has already told me I have to lay off the vinyls during our October trip, but I know she’ll break and we’ll come back with several more! We’re definitely a family hooked on vinyls.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
- Visited Walt Disney World in last 12 months
- Answer 25 questions per week
- Not current Disney Cast Member
- Available to travel to Disney World Dec 10-13
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
He (grandfather Roy) built Disney World for Walt [after Walt's death]; it was the biggest civilian building project in U.S. history, and he did it without debt. When I went to Disney World with my kids, it was the first time I'd been there in 20 years. I saw a clean, safe town, with clean streets and good schools. I realized that this was [my grandfather's] social good. He and Walt were maybe more conservative than me, but both lived their valuesInteresting read overall and a slightly different angle by which to view the Disney family. I think Abigail is a credit to the family legacy in the fact that she has taken her position to impact some form of social good in areas she cares deeply about, hard to say the same for so many other third generation multimillionaires.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
- Review of Port Orleans- French Quarter
- Living DVC... The "Value" Way
- Our First Time at Whispering Canyon
- Disney World, Without the Parks
- Our New Family Addiction-- Vinylmation
- The Conquering Pin Traders