Friday, January 31, 2014

Foodie Friday - DIY Dole Whips

Those who know me well know that I have a deep affinity for Dole Whips.  I begin and end each Disney Vacation with one, and have countless others while I am there, no matter how much I want to avoid them.  If I jumped in my car right now, it would take me eighteen hours and ten minutes to get to Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom.  Oy! Even though I typically cannot stand the thought of being in a car more than four hours, I would gladly drive 1,210 miles for just a taste of my precious Dole Whip.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - January 29, 2014



Disney Gal Kelly:

Monday, January 27, 2014

Join the Magic of D23


In 2014, The Official Disney Fan Club Will Travel to New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Other Cities as Well as Walt Disney World Resort

 This year, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will reach out to fans across the country with a wide array of uniquely magical Disney experiences for members.

DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H20 Plus: Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” It’s in that spirit that guests this summer will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. Destination D: Attraction Rewind, held July 26 and 27 at Walt Disney World Resort, will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and revealing stories. In addition, several presentations will be dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which spawned beloved attractions like it’s a small worldand Carousel of Progress.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Registration Opens Tuesday!

Photo Disneyland Events

Get ready…..get set…GO!!! Mark your calendars-registration is almost upon us for Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland® Resort.

Registration for the 2014 Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend opens Noon EST on January 28, 2014.

Weekend events will include:

Disneyland® Half Marathon
Sunday, August 31, 2014
5:30 a.m.  Start/Finish: Disneyland® Resort

Disneyland® 10K
Saturday, August 30, 2014
5:30 a.m.  Start/Finish: Disneyland® Resort

Disneyland® Family Fun Run 5K
Friday, August 29, 2014
5:30 a.m.  Start/Finish: Downtown Disney® District

runDisney Kids Races
Saturday, August 30, 2014   9:00 a.m.
Location: Downtown Disney® District

And of course the

Dumbo Double Dare
Saturday, August 30 & Sunday, August 31, 2014
Start/Finish: Disneyland® Resort

If you think that a half marathon is just a walk in the park, put your endurance to the test and compete in the Dumbo Double Dare! A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Disneyland® 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disneyland® Half Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the Dumbo Double Dare medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.  Please note that you must register for the Dumbo Double Dare to receive the Dumbo medal upon completion of both races within the pacing requirements.

Now the only question is, which race showcases your #DisneySide?  Don’t forget, race registration opens THIS TUESDAY, January 28 at Noon EST Past history shows that all of these races sell out within an hour or two of registration opening ! To register or find out more about this, and all the other runDisney events, race on over to 

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - January 22, 2014


Special Thanks goes out to Deb from Focused on the Magic for

hosting the weekly blog hop!

Focused on the Magic

Friday, January 17, 2014

Animal Kingdom at Night? You Bet!

The endurance to complete a 5K, the strength to defeat an obstacle course, and a sharp mind for the challenges of a scavenger hunt. If you have all of that sprinkled with a sense of adventure, then head on over to and sign up for the Expedition Everest Challenge!

This night time run through the Animal Kingdom will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, at 10:00 p.m. followed by a post-race party with the Yeti! Think he's a good dancer?  Sign up alone or save a bit by signing up as a team with your running buddy. ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex will be hosting Saturday morning races. For the younger runners, there is a 9:00 a.m. kids race with pint sized obstacles, or a 10:00 a.m. family run and scavenger hunt for groups of 2 - 6.

Sound intriguing? Check out the link, but don't wait too long. This popular race is already 94% full.

Adventures By Disney

Adventures by Disney®

Our own Disney Gal Travel Agent Dawn from Destinations in Florida is back to tell you all about a Disney adventure of a lifetime!

Adventures by Disney® is like no other guided travel group -- with Adventures by Disney® you’re an adventurer, not just a tourist. Your Family will experience cultures through immersive activities - that only Disney can bring you, it’s what they call the DISNEY DIFFERENCE.
For the 2014 season there are more destinations to choose from, including itineraries in Scotland and Southeast Asia, Italy & Switzerland. ABD is not exclusively for families with children, it can also include trips for singles, multi-generational trips and cruise vacation packages.
Included with Disney
  • Airport meet & greet upon arrival
  • Transfer providers to/from hotels
  • Transportation provided within the trip (internal flights & trains)
  • Snacks & refreshments en route
  • Luggage Service
  • Concierge Services
  • Travel taxes
Hotel & Dining
  • Travel components that meet Disney standard of quality & comfort
  • Outstanding accommodations
  • Scheduled meals featuring local cuisine
  • Dinner or movie night
  • Adult experience with wine tasting
  • Taxes & gratuities
Authentic Experiences
  • Disney trained adventure guides
  • Immersive activities for the kids
  • Activities with the local experts
  • Special programs with the local community
Costumed historical characters bring stories to life
VIP Treatment & Admissions
  • Backstage access
  • Bypass lines at museums & popular attractions
  • National & regional park entrance
  • Private events & privately guided tours
Special entertainment & performances
Few of the Travel Locations:
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Australia
  • Central & South America
  • Europe
  • North America

If interested in booking & you’re in the United States: Call Adventures by Disney® Travel Services at (800) 543-0865 or just contact your travel (Me).
If you are outside the United States, please call (866) 983-7872.
A deposit of $300 per person is required when booking & the remainder of payment is due 90 days prior to your departure date.
Additional notes:
*Adventures by Disney® recommends a minimum age of 4 on trip & a participating children be age 8 years or older.
*Be prepared to pay big bucks, estimated cost for family of four to Costa Rica for 6 nights: $3700 each adult, children (under age 12 at time of trip) $3400 pp, Disney is pretty proud of ABD.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Passholder Information

2014 Walt Disney World Passholder? 

New Year, New Fun, Passholder!

Are you a Walt Disney World Passholder? Did you know that there is a section on the Disney Site just for us? Check out the updated 2014 Passholder information including discounts on resort rooms, bowling at Downtown Disney's Splitsville, discounts at some of the stores in Downtown Disney, and even more. 

The also have a note to watch for "New Details on How Passholders Can Obtain Touch to Enter Cards".

Check out the site and see what you might be missing! 

Judy is a Disney Gal who loves picking up hitchhiking ghosts, sailing the rivers of the world in search of the ever elusive backside of water and singing with the tiki birds while enjoying her dole whip. She is the mother to two sons in the military and their wives. She has several furry grandchildren and cherishes how her husband reacts when he hears "Welcome Home". To learn more about Disney Gal Judy go here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wordless Wedneday - Jan. 15, 2014

Disney Gal Judy:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Kid's Korner- Torn Paper Snowman

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

What do you do when weather or other factors trap you inside the house, or you just want something easy and fun to do with the kids-you create a Torn Paper Snowman of course? This is a great project to inspire creativity all while helping to develop your child’s imagination and small motor skills that become so necessary later on in life.  Let’s get started:

You Will Need:
Large Construction Paper or Tag board
White Construction Paper or computer paper
Scraps of assorted colors
White Paint
Empty Box or box lid Place
Pencil and scissors
Soundtrack from Disney’s “Frozen”

1)     Tear White Paper into small pieces-these will be the basis for your Snowman
2)   Have your lightly draw the basic outline of a snowman’s body-for younger children such as the ones in my classroom, we actually “drew”
the bottom circle directly with the glue, and when the students had completed the base, we drew the next circle.
3)   Have the child glue, (or place if the glue is already there) the torn white paper into the circles of the snowman, making sure the pieces overlap.

4)   Tear small bits of green, pink and orange to create the snowman’s eyes, buttons and carrot nose.
5)   From other scraps create a hat, scarf and arms for your snowman. We used a Cricut to create the ears so our snowmen could show their #DisneySide
6)   Place the finished product into the lid of a box.

7)   Dip two marbles into a bowl of while paint. Drop both marbles into the box and let the child roll the marbles back and forth to create the snow

Don’t have any paint on hand? Another fun alternative is to connect a large paper plate and a small paper plate  (or a large and small circle cut from tag board) and put out an assortment of treasures from your cabinets and drawers. Then stand back and watch their creativity take off!

Now the only question to answer is “Do you want to build a Snowman”  ( You know you’ve been singing it ever since I mentioned it)

Looking for the links on previous Summer Camps and Kid's Korner Quick and Easy Projects? 

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