Friday, January 14, 2011

A Wondrous Feeling

As some can see, WDW Kids has gotten a brand new look. I call it the "pixie dust" background, or something similar to it. I hope you like it!

I'm listening to something right now that makes me happy, and I realized I haven't touched at all on the wonderful music and soundtracks that fill our ears and mind at all of the Disney theme Parks. My favorite music doesn't even live on my iPod (at least not yet), but in my mind, and a bit of Youtube. Lately, I've been listening to a soundtrack video of background music played at Epcot, and I'm enjoying it as I write this, work on English papers, and other school projects. Just hearing the theme songs to the park make me giddy and joyful inside...and it's the one thing that can take me from sad, angry or down to happy, bright and cheerful.

We all have songs like this, and many of them are the wonderful Songs that Disney has created for us to enjoy throughout the theme parks. Some of them...many of them, bring back memories of lost attractions, such as Horizons, or Kitchen Kabaret, both of with I love to listen to. Its amazing to know that parts of those are still there, even since the attraction has closed many years ago. It fills up that space in-between our visits to the magical world, and for a few minutes, it can seem like you are halfway there, since that happy wondrous feeling is back...just as it is when you are walking down Main Street, or underneath Spaceship Earth.

I'm sure I'll touch even more on the wonderful music that Disney has created, but for now, I leave you with a bit of Epcot...Enjoy.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

The First Impression[s]

When we all first arrive somewhere that we want to be, what do you think? Is it, "Oh My Gosh, I'm here!" or maybe "Look at that!". Sure we all have out different opinion on what we think when we first get to that place, but I'll tell you about my first "impression" everytime I come to Disney World.

Whenever I come to Disney World, I have the same thought everytime I come. Maybe not as much now as what I used to, but its similar each time. When I was very little my parents would wake me up early in the morning, often at around 3 or 4 AM, so we could drive to the airport, drop our van off with a friend, and go to get on the plane. I would be so exciting to walk through the Chicago airport and see all the lights, or to finally liftoff the ground in the airplane, and then sleep most of the way to Florida, other than to eat a cookie or drink a soda.

Finally we would land in Florida, and the one thing I remember loving the most was hearing the sound of our luggage running over the tile floors in the Orlando Airport. Why, I have no idea, but I just loved to hear that sound. Then came the drive that seemed to take longer than it should, but it was also the shortest drive I've ever been on. Soon enough we would drive through the gates to Disney World, and I wouldn't celebrate yet. I would hardly notice them. It was when I finally saw the first glimpse of Spaceship Earth that I always knew that I was finally on vacation. Not sitting in school or at home, I was finally there. Spaceship Earth has always been my favorite ride, and always the first my family will go on when we travel to Disney, since it was the first Disney ride I was ever on (at the young age of 1). The sights, smells, and especially the sounds of EPCOT would surround me, and I would be happy as I walked into that park, because finally, after a year of waiting, I was home.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Very "Tangled" Perspective

Well I can't say that I didn't like the newest Disney movie "Tangled" because I loved it. I can easily say that Rapunzel and Flynn (Eugene) Ryder are my two newest favorite Disney characters, and probably will be for quite some time. This movie was quite obsessive for me, in fact, I saw it twice. The only other movie I've seen twice in theaters like that was Disney Pixar's "Cars" which I saw at least two (maybe three) times in a theater. It bothers me that I must wait months to see it again.

Tangled was, easier said than done, the perfect Disney movie. You had the main characters, Rapunzel and Flynn, both very strong and independent characters, the sub-characters Maximus and Pascal, who on their own, will be very popular, the villain, one of the best, Mother Gothel, and the classic storyline with a twist. Not to mention that 70 ft of long golden locks that Rapunzel wears throughout the movie and the frying pan that seems to be more of a character than all the thugs put together (it had its own animator). The classic Disney princess love story is there, with a beautiful lantern scene worth watching, the adventure, which is there all the time, the humor, I must say I've never seen a Disney movie more funny than this (other than maybe the Pixars), and finally, the amazing music and soundtrack. Overall, Tangled was amazing, and even with the name changes that made many mad, I think it made a good change, it made it different from the other princess stories, and in theory, it was much different from other princess stories.

For instance, Princess Jasmine (Aladdin) wasn't the "main" character in the movie, but eventually ends up falling in love with Aladdin and Aladdin becomes the prince. The movie had a princess in it, but wasn't classified as a "Princess movie" because Jasmine wasn't the main character. In Cinderella, the main character is...well, Cinderella, and follows the stories much like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Tangled on the other hand, isn't just about a princess (although Flynn does say it is at the beginning), its about Flynn too, and the journey that the two travel together. Its a Princess movie that isn't a "princess movie" and so, Tangled fits perfectly. Rapunzel wouldn't classify the movie as well, because that's just not the kind of movie it is. Princess and the Frog in 2009 proved that boys in particular didn't want to see a movie that started with "Princess", even though the movie had a very prominent cast of male characters. Tangled will be known as a classic for many years, no matter what the name is, and I highly suggest you see it if you can before it goes out of theaters, and if you are not able to, buy it on DVD for sure.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


It seems that I haven't updated this blog in forever, considering it's been over a month now.

I was pretty busy, a trip to WDW, which, as always, I really enjoyed. Pictures should be updated very soon from that trip. Secondly, school, is, as always, busy and hectic. Finally, I recently throughly enjoyed the newest Disney Movie, Tangled.

It seems appropriate for the title of this blog post to be Forever for two reasons. First, because I haven't updated in so long, and secondly, because Rapunzel has been locked away in her tower for...forever basically.

The movie was wonderful, with comedy, romance, music, classic characters, adventure, and never ending surprise. I was sure each time that they were going to die! It seems that now that I've seen the movie, I'm totally addicted to it. And considering I haven't been this crazy about a movie since Cars, you know its a good movie. Of course I didn't have this lovely blog when cars came out in 2006, 4 years ago, but I can't believe that even after all this time, I'm still posting on this blog.

As the holiday season is upon us, I will be working on another few month's worth of blog entries, so expect a new one each week. Lets see if we can find people to subscribe to this blog! GO WDW KIDS!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Excitement at a Whole New Level

For those who have never been to WDW or Disneyland, this is a harder topic to comprehend. I know from much personal experience what excitement is. Considering my family vacations to WDW about once a year, it is hard not to get excited about the next trip, especially when you know when you are going.

I always have my little ticker on my Laptop that shows how many days are left until my next vacation, although I really don't start to count down until about the last month. During the last month, and especially the last two weeks, it seems that all I have on my mind is Disney, well, planning for Disney. I have to get the form for an excused absence for school, get homework ahead of time, think about packing and what I need to bring, thinking about this and that, and so on and so on. It sounds like a lot of work, right?

What is really does is just make me more excited. I'm excited to do my homework for Biology ahead of time, and excited to think about packing. The anticipation of getting on that airplane to go to WDW is something that not everyone in this world can experience. It is a feeling that is not only related to Disney either. Maybe your family goes to Colorado every summer (I've been there and its beautiful!), or you take a trip with your dad on a camping trip. These are the things that make us so excited, and its because we know we will be happy.

Friday, September 10, 2010

For the Love of Disney

In a way, you can take the title of this particular post two different ways. Number one would be the literal way, our love for Disney. The other way would be to ask just how far some people go for their love of Disney.

Recently, I have watched a video and seen pictures of a home designer that really takes Disney to the extreme. He builds homes, is an animator, has "Imaginators" and a little Mouse as a mascot. All of these things really make it look like Disney. He even has a web show featuring his newest homes that resembles the classic show "Walt Disney's Disneyland" or later called "The Wonderful World of Color" TV show. Watching the half an hour video on some of the homes he is most proud of made me think of this topic. Just how far will some of us go with our love of Disney, or anything else for that matter?

I'm personally proud of my "Disney Freak" ways. Its half of my life, and it always will be. I'll always have the memories I shared with my family at Disney World when I was younger, even if as I grow older I don't travel there every year like I do now. I'll still have the Disney Classic movies to old on to, and my copies of the special DVD editions of the classic cartoons and Disney shows. My art projects I made featuring Disney will always surround me, or for as long as I can try to at least. That's what makes me a Disney Freak.

There are people out there who devote their entire lives to everything and anything Disney. Those people are not me. I'm just another Disney lover. Another 15 year old one at least. I'll always be that, another Disney lover, while others will go to the extremes. I'm sure I'll talk more about this topic as I continue my blog. Really though, this blog is not about me. And in a way, its not about Disney totally either. Its really about us, the Imagineers, the cast members, and everyone who makes Disney what it is today. I would like to thank them for that, because without their hard work, I would not be who I am today.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The difference of Disney

As I have often said, I am often asked why I continue to go to Disney, and why it doesn't get boring everytime, even though I have already been there so many times. But what I really see is not the thing that is old, but what is always new. Disney brings something different to their parks that no other place can. Maybe after a few trips to the local zoo, or a museum, it becomes boring, but Disney...Never.

That's the thing about Disney. There is always something new, a movie, a ride, new people to meet, new experiences. Even though you always see the same things too, those new things are what make it most special. But yet, there is more than just the new things that make Disney different...

There are the people most of all. The cast members that make our vacations or family outings the best they can be. From saying hello, happy birthday, or how are you, to giving you a special pin, chat or lifetime memory. The Cast Members at any of the Disney Parks are there because they want to make your day the best it can be, and none the less.

Its these, and not only these things that really make our love of Disney possible, because without them, we wouldn't be so ready to pack our bags and go to Disney World or Disneyland. These things can be found no where else, and nothing can come close to them, and that is what makes anything else, Different from Disney.