Sunday, June 30, 2013

“The Lone Ranger”

I live in America’s Southwest. Here we can find desert landscapes with plenty of breathtaking mountain ranges. So when it comes to picking a movie, Westerns are usually a genre that I do not see. However, ‘The Lone Ranger’ is a Disney movie which bumps it up to a must see movie for me. The Disney remake of the 'masked avenger' cost over $250,000,000. That is a big budget to bring this old Western back to life. It was shot in several states but mainly in New Mexico with Utah, California, Colorado, and Arizona sets.

The filmmaking team behind the blockbuster ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise are back at it again. With director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer helming the project, and Johnny Depp as the top-billed actor, fans are sure to flock to the theatres for ‘The Lone Ranger’.

I had never seen the Lone Ranger, but I knew of it. If I got the question “who is John Reid?” on a game show my time would be up.

'The Lone Ranger' is an exciting adventure infused with action and humor.  The hero is brought to life through new eyes. “Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and dishonesty. I was told that Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer did most all of their stunts and there certainly were a lot of them. It is one of those movies that looks great on the big screen.

Lowe's Build and Grow ~ Toy Story Style

The new registrations have been posted for the July Toy Story series of free Lowe's Build and Grow clinics!

Click HERE for registration!

The kit for July 13th and 14th will include the tools to make your very own Toy Story Pizza Planet Truck

The kit for July 27th and 28th will include the tools to make your very own Toy Story R.C.

Guest Author Sunday- Meranda

Guest Author Sunday


What little girl doesn't dream of growing up to being a Fairy Tale Princess and having her dream wedding at Walt Disney World Resort! Meet this week's Guest Author Meranda of Fairytale and Fitness sharing with us the day all her dreams came true. Welcome to the family Meranda. We are so happy to have you as one of the Gals.

When I was younger I absolutely loved vacationing at Walt Disney World with my family.  I may or may not have remembered passing the Wedding pavilion as the monorail traveled past the Grand Floridian Resort, but it didn’t matter because I never gave it a thought that marrying there would ever become a possibility. 

Fast forward several years and many vacations later.  I was engaged. We had no wedding date or location set, but I was already flipping through travel brochures searching for a honeymoon destination.  I came across a tropical island resort that hosted wedding packages and the thought crossed my mind that we could get married on an island.  I asked my fiancé if he would consider this idea, and he said sure!  We called my sister in law to tell her about the idea and she informed us that kids were not allowed at this particular resort.  She had two small children, so that idea was shot down.  I continued to flip through the travel brochure and I came across this beautiful advertisement for Disney Fairytale Weddings. I had never seen this before. I immediately say to my fiancé  “I’m sure they’ll allow kids here, what do you think?”  And with that statement, my Disney wedding planning began.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"The Bounce Back"

The Bounce Back Project

Walt Disney once said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” Enter actor Shemar Moore-someone who has decided to stop talking and start doing with his new movie project, “The Bounce Back”.  Not familiar with Shemar Moore? Think “Young and the Restless” or more recently, “Criminal Minds”. Still not ringing any bells-think a smile that could light the universe and one word-abs! Yes that Shemar Moore.

While attending the recent Disney on the Road Social Media Mom’s Conference in San Francisco I was lucky enough to sit with Erica Pena-Vest, author and founder of “The Guide to Military Travel”. Through our conversations I learned Shemar had just hired Erica to head up the Social Media for his new project, and by the end of the morning, I was shocked and honored to be invited to be a part of the group of bloggers like myself who were about to change the way movies are made. What is this exciting new way of making movies?  Here’s Shemar to tell you all about “The Bounce Back”:

Friday, June 28, 2013

Magical Disney Dining Is Just a Few Simple Dos and Don'ts Away

Trying to figure out the ins and outs of Disney dining can be just as overwhelming as planning your actual Disney vacation.  By following these few simple Dos and Don’ts I can help you take the stress and worry out of planning your Disney dining! 
Do a Character Meal
It does not matter if you are two or twenty-two, everyone has a favorite Disney character, and where else but at Disney can you enjoy a meal with your favorite characters! Whether you are visiting Disney with your kids, your friends, or your significant other, you should attend at least one character meal while you are there. Some younger children may be scared of the characters and this is a great way to get them used to seeing the characters all over the parks. The characters come around often enough that the younger kids really start to relax around them. The character meals also grant you access to a group of characters that you would otherwise have to scramble from one end of the park to another just to see them all! Not to mention you do not have to stand in long lines to pose with the characters when you see them during a meal. If you happen to be childless while at Disney, you should still partake in a character meal! They are fun and get you into the Disney spirit!  Who doesn't want to feel like a kid again when Mickey finally approaches your table and you have his undivided attention for those few moments? 

Happy Hour! Agave Nectar Margarita Recipe

This is the first in a new "Happy Hour" series that will feature recipes for Walt Disney World cocktails you can make at home!  

The Agave Nectar Margarita is one of the standard offerings on the cocktail menu at Disney restaurants and lounges.  A key to its deliciousness is the homemade sweet and sour.  Here's a copycat recipe so you can now enjoy it at home!

Agave Nectar Margarita
Makes 2, 8-oz margaritas

Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix:
5 oz. water
3 oz. blue agave nectar
4 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. fresh lemon juice

3 oz. (2 shots) silver/blanco/white tequila (I used Patron Silver)

Make your sweet and sour by warming the water and blue agave nectar in a saucepan until combined well, refrigerate until chilled through, then add lime and lemon juices.  Then, just add your tequila, pour over ice, garnish with a fresh lime slice, and serve.  Cheers!

Ingredients for the Agave Nectar Margarita

Agave Nectar Margarita - Ready for Sampling!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Camp-It's Time To Get Your Build On!

Summer Camp Field Trip

Lowe's Monstrous Summer Build and Grow

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”-Walt Disney

         Welcome to Summer Camp where each week you can get ideas that are easy to use, with little or no cost and can be accomplished with things found around your own house. It’s the perfect way to make the longs days of summer fun and create memories that will last long after summer is over. This week for Summer Camp we are off on a Field Trip to Lowe’s and their free weekly Build and Grow Clinic.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy First Anniversary Disney Gals! It's Time For A Give Away

  Help Us Celebrate and Win A Pair 

  Custom Made Disney Inspired Shoes by Meghan Blair

What started as just another comment on a post “Am I the only person on the face of the planet not to have a Disney Blog” one year ago sparked the fire that now is known as the Disney Gals. We started with dreams and hopes that we could have a place for ourselves and others to share what we all had in common-the love of Disney. What grew was  so much more than just a blog, it was the creation of a family. We are so honored and blessed to count you as part of our family and what better way to celebrate our one year anniversary on June 28 than with what we think is an amazing give away. Here’s Disney Gal Tricia to tell you all about what you can win:

DISNEY GAL TRICIA:  Once we discovered what an amazing artist we had right under our little mouse noses, The Disney Gals couldn’t help but want to share her incredible talent with our fans!  Our Destinations in Florida Travel Agent Meghan Blair is the creator of custom, one of a kind, Disney-Inspired shoes. Check out some of her work below and then go to our RaffleCopter link at the bottom of the page for your chance to win a pair of your very own!



Still thinking about a late September or early October Walt Disney World getaway?? Take a look at the great discounted rates The Adult Side of Disney is offering for travel any dates between September 26 through October 7. Three great resorts hugely discounted and 10% discount on park passes!! Don’t let these discounts slip by!!! Must book by June 28, 2013. July 6th.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - June 26, 2013


The Disney Letter "L"!
Our own Disney Gal Lori!

All the Disney Gals:

If you have given up guessing where we were going with the photos check them out on flickr.
 Special Thanks goes out to Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting the weekly blog hop! 

Focused on the Magic

A Stay at the Swan and Dolphin

If you've been to Disney World, you've probably seen the Swan and Dolphin.  These sister resorts, located in the Epcot area, rise high between Hollywood Studios and Epcot and are a stop along the path of the Friendship boats.  The 56-foot swans and dolphins on top of the coral and aqua buildings (they actually look more like a fish to me) are easy-to-spot landmarks, even from a distance.  I've been curious about the Swan and Dolphin for quite a while, but only recently had the chance to stay there.  

In late May, our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids, ages 13, 10 and 4) took a last-minute trip to Disney World.  Our resort options on Disney property are already limited since many rooms can only sleep four, and our budget was tight for this trip, meaning deluxe resorts and family suites were immediately off the list.  We looked at Port Orleans-Riverside, but it was fully booked for rooms sleeping five. As a last resort (no pun intended) before booking two connecting rooms at a value resort, we called Swan and Dolphin to see if their rooms could sleep five.  We were thrilled to learn they CAN, with the addition of a rollaway bed for an extra $25 per night, and they had availability! We were also thrilled with the rate of $199 per night (this included an educator discount, but not the rollaway charge of $25 per night), making the rates pretty comparable with a moderate resort.  We were booked...just a few days before we arrived!

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Disneyland Grad Nite Forty Years In the Making

Disneyland Grad Nite
June 12, 1973
June 12, 2013

Could June 12, 1973 really, truly have been FORTY years ago? They say time passes in a blink of an eye but was it really 40 years ago that I was attending my Grad Nite at Disneyland? Where did the time go and yet the reality is, it seems like it was just yesterday.   Our high school actually wasn’t scheduled to go to Disneyland for Grad Nite. You can imagine my devastation that there would be no magical trip to Disneyland to celebrate my senior year but luckily, the rival high school across town overestimated the interest in their students attending this event and suddenly 25 of us were being whisked away with “the enemy” to the Happiest Place on Earth. That night it didn’t matter if you wore orange and black, or red and grey for on June 12 we wore black, red, white with a touch of yellow-at least in our hearts as the dress code was-well, a real dress code.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Dos and Don'ts to a Magical Disney Dining Experience

Trying to figure out the ins and outs of Disney dining can be just as overwhelming as planning your actual Disney vacation.  By following these few simple Dos and Don’ts I can help you take the stress and worry out of planning your Disney dining! 
Week 1 Do and Don’t
Do Make Advanced Dining Reservations.
Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Do get a Disney Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan is an add-on to the Magic Your Way vacation packages, which include room and park tickets. The Disney Dining Plan is only available to those guests that will be staying at a Disney Property Resort. Not only can the Disney Dining Plan save you money, it can also take the guesswork out of having to budget for your dining once you arrive at Disney World. When you choose to add the Disney Dining Plan, you are essentially pre-paying for a certain number of meals and snacks. For each night of your stay, each guest over the age of three on your reservation gets an allocation of quick service meals, table service meals, and snacks, the number of which depends on which dining plan you choose. Disney offers three dining plan options: the Quick Service Dining Plan, which provides two quick service meals and one snack per person, as well as one resort refillable drink mug per person. The Basic Dining Plan gives you one quick service, one table service, one snack, and one resort refillable drink mug per person. Finally the Deluxe Dining Plan offers three meals (quick service or table service), two snacks, and one resort refillable drink mug per person. The Disney Dining Plan can end up saving you up to 25% on dining at Disney World. 
Don’t forget to leave enough travel time to get to your dining destination.
Whether you are eating at a restaurant that is in the park you are attending or you are traveling somewhere else within the Walt Disney World resort, make sure you leave yourself enough travel time. For example, if you are attending the Mickey’s Backyard BBQ dinner show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, you are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to show time. Not too bad, right?  However, once you arrive at the resort, there is a twenty-minute motor coach ride to the pavilion. So you would want to leave about 90 minutes early in order to arrive on time. If you are dining within the park you are attending that day, you want make sure you leave yourself enough time to walk to where ever it is that you are dining.
Be sure to check back next week to see what my next Disney Dining Do and Don’t will be!

Written by Meghan Blair, the "Disney Foodie" -- As a Florida Resident, Meghan combines her love of Disney and her love of food! She will give you the best restaurant and dining tips and suggestions to make your meals, just as magical as the rest of your vacation! Book your next vacation with Meghan by clicking this link.

Guest Author Sunday-Meet Chuck Jones

Guest Author Sunday

Meet Chuck Jones-retired police officer from Georgia and self professed Disney fan. Disney Gals are thrilled to be able to bring Chuck to you this week as our Honorary Guy with some great tips for people wanting to know more about one of Walt Disney World's great resort hotels-the Boardwalk.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Turn Your Kitchen Into the Patisserie

I am in love! It’s true, I’ve fallen completely head over heels for Palmiers. No, that is not a mysterious and handsome Frechman, rather a sweet and crunchy pastry found at the Patisserie in France. I’m talking Epcot of course, just in case you were about to look up airfare into the Charles de Gaulle airport. Now, Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie offers all forms of pastries, but there’s something about the Palmiers that can make me hop on a monorail, bus or boat from where ever I am, just to make sure I have one for the evening. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching Illuminations while peeling apart sugar coated, melt in your mouth layers of flaky goodness. Mmmmm

There is one tiny problem, this is a long distance romance. I do not live near Walt Disney World, or Paris for that matter, and these confections do not have a long shelf life, there is no taking home a couple dozen. Necessity is the mother of invention, and I certainly needed my fix, so I found a quick and easy recipe that will get me through until my next trip “home”. Give it a try and you’ll be hooked too.


1c sugar

Pinch of salt

Frozen puff pastry dough (I like Pepperidge Farm)

Parchment paper


Thaw dough in the refrigerator until it’s pliable but still cold. Mix sugar and salt together, then cover work area with 1\4 of the mixture. Place dough on sugared surface and unfold. Cover top of dough with 1\4 of the sugar mixture and roll into an 11 x 15 rectangle. 

There are 2 ways to form this cookie. The first way is to start at one end and roll the end to the middle of the sheet. Repeat with other side. Press both sides together gently. This process will give you smaller and more dense cookies. 

The second way to form the cookie is by folding the dough. Take both ends and fold towards the middle, take the new ends and again fold to the middle. Now fold the left side on top of the right, like you are closing a book. This will give you are larger, flakier cookie.

Repeat with second sheet of dough. 

Wrap dough and chill for 30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 450. Unwrap dough and cut into ½ inch pieces. Take each piece and dip both sides in remaining sugar mixture from your work area. Place 3 inches apart on parchment lined baking tray. Bake for 8 - 9 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark. Your sugar should be nice and caramelized .

 Let cool on tray for a few minutes, then enjoy. Bon appetit!

Left - using fold method.   Right - using the roll up method.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer Camp Disney Gal Style-Summertime is Ice Cream Time

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”~ Walt Disney

            The teacher is in with this week’s Summer Camp activity.  Throughout the summer, I’ll be pulling from my bag of tricks to give you quick and easy ideas that are not only fun and educational but that can be done with little or no preparation utilizing items that you already have on hand. Last week we grew Magic Beans in a cup.  Your bean plants should be well on their way. I know at our house, even the adults were amazed by the sudden dirt to spurt transformation of the plants right before our eyes
            . Summer officially begins tomorrow, June 21 and nothing says summer quite like ice cream. No need to run to the store-you have everything you need right in your kitchen. Best of all, there’s no need for an ice cream machine because our special summer treat is made in a Ziploc bag. Let’s get shaking!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - June 19, 2013


The Disney Days of Summer!
Disney Gal Tricia:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Camp Continues With A Free Monster's University Build and Grow Chest

The teacher is in with another fun activity for the family-and yes it’s free!

It’s a #MonstrousSummer thanks to the folks @Lowes. Help kick off your Monster’s Weekend by attending a   Build and Grow Clinic, this week featuring Disney Pixar’s “Monster’s University”.   Bring your child to any @Lowes location this weekend to build your very own Monsters inspired chest and they too will be off to college, or at least have a place to store those precious treasures until they are ready to go. What is Build and Grow?  Each Saturday and Sunday, Lowe’s invites children 5 years and older to their free Build and Grow Clinics. A wide variety of classes awaits these young builders ranging from wooden toys, to birdhouses, to this weekend’s Monster’s University Chest. When a child shows up at the clinic, they receive a free apron, goggles and the project kit. Over the course of an hour,  the Lowe’s staff will guide you and your child through the process and in the end, all will walk away with something they created themselves as well as that sense of accomplishment.   Ready to register your child or looking for more information? Head over to Lowe's Build and Grow website  and let your #Monstrous Summer begin!

Gayle is a Disney Gal that loves churros for breakfast, still gets giddy with delight at the first sight of the “Disneyland next exit sign”, loves the overwhelming emotions and memories that come with each and every return to the Happiest Place on Earth and dreams of one day being the Captain of the Jungle Boat. To learn more about Gayle, click here

Current Disney and Orlando Area Discounts

courtesy of Destinations in Florida

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FREE Dining – EVERYONE can get the free Disney Dining Plan for travel dates of 9/2/13 – 9/25/13. You must purchase a package that includes a minimum of 3 nights’ accommodation at a Disney Resort and a minimum 2-day Base Ticket. If you stay at a Disney Value Resort, the Quick Service Dining Plan is free. If you stay at a Disney Moderate or Deluxe Resort, the Basic Dining is free. You can also upgrade from the Quick Service to the Basic Dining for an additional $19 per adult per night and $3 per night per child. You can also upgrade from the Basic Dining to the Deluxe Dining for an additional $45 per adult per night and $20 per night per child. Book by 7/31/13. Disney will require a deposit of $200 and final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

To The Father's In Our Lives

Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a daddy. Behind all the Disney Gals are special fathers in each of our lives and today we salute them. They are fathers, grandfathers and even sons but in all eyes, each and every one of them is a daddy .

Disney Gal Gayle:

Kevin and Jason, It seems like yesterday that I brought you home from the hospital, and now you are fathers yourself. Every milestone of yours was a kind of personal victory for me. Your first smile, your first word, your first step.... I was just amazed and once again overwhelmed at what miracles you both were. But to see you both as the amazing men, husbands and fathers that you are….there are no words to describe the pride and love I feel.  But today after thirty plus years of looking back, I cannot help but smile. It is a feeling of fulfillment beyond words. To be able to see the little boys that grew up in a blink of an eye become such incredible dads is what being a mom is all about.  We live our life in phases. You have truly lived your life by believing in the possibilities and living your dreams and you both continue to reach for the stars each and every day.  Change is constant and life is short. So seize the moment and live life to the fullest, have no regrets. I have learned so much from you and will continue to do so for the years to come. How to forgive, how to love unconditionally not expecting anything in return, how to be innocent, how to enjoy the small things in life, how to be carefree…. The list is endless.... Thank you! You , Heather, Zack and Thumper have made my life worth living but today is the day to salute you and celebrate you as daddies! All my love, Mommy

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Dos and Don'ts of Magical Disney Dining Experience

Quick service vs. table service, making reservations vs. walking up, yes or no to a character meal, these are just a few of the multitude of questions that can come up when considering dining at Walt Disney World. Before you get too overwhelmed by the boundless dining options Disney has to offer, check out these tips on how to plan a magical Disney dining experience. Every week for the next five weeks I will give you one of my dos and don’ts of Disney Dining.

Do Make Advanced Dining Reservations.
If you are planning on dining at any one of Disney’s table service restaurants, especially if you plan on attending a Disney Character meal, advanced dining reservations (ADRs) are a must! You can begin making ADRs 180 days out from your travel date. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of this because popular restaurants, like Chef Mickey’s and Cinderella’s Royal Table, book up months in advance. The closer you get to your vacation, the harder it will be to find reservations for most restaurants and character meals.  It is not likely that you will be able to just walk up and get a table without a reservation.

Don’t be afraid to try something new.
You can find a wide variety of restaurants at Walt Disney World that offer an expansive array of cuisine. Everything from Irish Pub fare to Moroccan delicacies can be found around the Walt Disney World Resort, and nowhere does this hold more true than at the World Showcase in Epcot. The World Showcase alone offers eleven different countries, each offering a broad spectrum of dining. Disney does not disappoint in the food department, so what better place to try something new!

Be sure to check back next week to see what my next Disney Dining Do and Don’t will be!

Written by Meghan Blair, the "Disney Foodie" -- As a Florida Resident, Meghan combines her love of Disney and her love of food! She will give you the best restaurant and dining tips and suggestions to make your meals, just as magical as the rest of your vacation! Book your next vacation with Meghan by clicking this link.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Disney Gals - Special Event!!

Come Join Us!
Meet the Disney Gals!
Meet a Few Pirates!
Watch the Fireworks! 
You can do all of this on one night -
Friday, October 4 (Tower of Terror Weekend)

 The Happy Hallo-Wishes Fireworks will be lighting up the sky at 9:30 pm and our pre-cruise festivities will begin at the Contemporary Hotel at 8:15 pm.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - June 12, 2013


 Disney Dads!
Thank you for looking at these special moments in our lives!
Disney Gal Tricia:

Gotta love a New Jersey State Trooper who wasn't afraid to proudly wear his Mickey shirt and skip around Walt Disney World with his two little girls! It's no wonder where my love for Disney began. Thanks Daddy!

My Dad and sister Lori

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Win an H2O Plus Gift Basket!

The Disney Gals have partnered with H2O+ to bring you our latest contest!

Enter for your chance to win this gift basket filled with H2O+ products and a Disney Cruise Line tote! Included are shower gels, bath soap, shampoo and conditioner in the latest fragrances" 

For your chance to enter, click HERE!

This giveaway is sponsored in part by H2O+ and we congratulate them on renewing and expanding their partnership with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. If you missed their announcement, read about it below.

H2O Plus & Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – NEW multi-year Amenities Partnership

Don your Mickey ears in a new way this summer, compliments of H2O Plus.   As the primary in-room amenities provider for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, H20 Plus announces a new international, multi-year partnership bringing amenity-sized Disney versions of their cult-favorite products to property guests worldwide. In addition to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club properties, H2O Plus products are available at international destinations including Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris and Aulani, and Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. About H2o Plus:

H2O Plus & Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – NEW Retail Expansion
Disney guests will also be able to purchase a variety of H2O Plus products, such as best-selling bath and body care products in Blushing Orange, Grapefruit Bergamot and Sea Salt scents at select resort retail locations, through an in-room resort catalog and online at  

Happy Graduation!

Happy Graduation Day

Tuesday is normally Trip Talk Tuesday but today we are embarking on a trip that is just a little different from our visits to one of the Disney Resorts. We are taking this journey along with countless other families across the country –it’s the journey that Graduation brings as young people finish one part of their life as they look forward to the next. So whether you have a child that is graduating college, high school, 1st grade, preschool or everything in between today is a day for celebration.  Zack, Sammy, Dennis, Makena and Connor, as well as all of the Disney Gal kids and grandkids today we celebrate you!

It has sped by with lightning speed. Not just this year, but also your whole lives so far. You are our miracles,-our reasons for being. You make everything make sense in our universe and let us know why we were put on this earth. Throughout the years, your imagination s have taken you to new worlds filled with adventure. Now as you start a new journey, keep these life lessons you have learned along the way close to your heart.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Memories - Lynette

We have started a weekly post called "Monday Memories". Each week a Gal will share their favorite Disney memories, whether they happened at one of the parks, hotels or possibly not at Disney, but could still be a "Disney" memory.  We hope you enjoy our "Monday Memories" and invite you to share yours with us.


Memories. It is what I live for. Both of my parents have passed on, yet it is their memories that first introduced me to Walt Disney World.

In 1993 my parents, along with another couple they had known since their school days in the 1940’s, decided to visit the ‘other’ coast. Watching the four of them leave for the airport, it was difficult to hold back the giggles. You should understand, the Oregon coast is nearly always windy and uncomfortably cool. They were unsure whether to believe the historic weather reports of sunshine during the spring months, so…. the wife of my dad’s best friend packed two extremely large suitcases and two garment bags; one for cold weather and one for warm. Guess which one was never even opened.