It's Guest Star Day here at Focused on the Magic. Grab a cuppa and get comfy while we chat with a dear Disney blogging friend of mine, fellow Magical Blogorail member, accomplished photographer and Tech Guru, Mike creator of My Dreams of Disney.
Welcome Mike and thank you for joining us today. I really appreciate your taking time away from your busy schedule to share a little bit about yourself and your blog, My Dreams of Disney as our Guest Star.*Let's hear a big round of applause for Mike
here are so many people that apply for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel that it is an incredible honor to be selected for the second round. There are so many deserving people that don’t make it to round 2 that it humbles me that they think I’m a good enough applicant to take a second look at. With that being said, the moment I got the email the nerves started cranking up, because I was selected for round 2 last year, and didn’t make it to round 3, and I remember how I felt when I didn’t advance. I don’t want to go through that again!
June 2010, Cindy and I took Sophie and my niece Stephanie to Walt Disney World. It was the first time that Stephanie had been in several years, and the four of us had the time of our lives. It was during that trip that we purchased our ownership in the Disney Vacation Club, the first time that Sophie stayed out real late for extra magic hours – and saw Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse riding Dumbo with two children! It was after that trip that I decided to create My Dreams of Disney. When I first started, it was purely just a way to get written down all of the memories of my trips to Walt Disney World, but I have had so much fun writing about new memories and a whole lot more on the site!
I would have dinner with Marc Davis, one of Disney’s 9 old men. He had such an incredible hand in so many of the different attractions, I would ask him about the Pirates of the Caribbean scene in the queue with the pirates playing chess and having a stalemate! As for where I would like to dine, I would request a special meal be delivered to the town scene of Pirates!
What is your favorite Disney dining location?
My favorite is the Garden Grill Restaurant. I love the food, it is such a wonderful meal, and the rotating restaurant is incredible. We love the characters, but we also love to look out at the scenes from the Land Boat Ride also! My second favorite became Cinderella’s Royal Table, the food was incredible (better then I remembered!) but what really made that meal was that we were inside the Castle when Wishes started, it was so cool!!!
Dole Whip or Mickey Bar?
My wife Cindy wanted to be Daisy Duck, but (to her delight) she is too tall. My daughter Sophie wants to create her own job, where she will work at resorts giving tours of the resort. As for me, though, I think I would like to be a Photopass Photographer. It’s a lot of work, and extremely tiring I suppose, but it would be great to be able to capture so many memories for people enjoying their Walt Disney World vacation!
What is your favorite Disney movie?
I have several! I really liked how well done The Lion King was done when it was released in 3D a while back. However, I think my all time favorite now is Tangled. There is one thing that is evident to anyone that meets me, and that is that I am a hopeless romantic! I love the story of Tangled, of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, and when Rapunzel is reunited with her parents, I never fail to have a tear in my eye.
What is your favorite Disney song?
There are a lot of Disney songs that I absolutely adore, but I think the all time number one favorite would have to be “Feed the Birds” from that absolutely wonderful movie, Mary Poppins.
Let’s hear about your blog. Do you have a niche or specialty?
I don’t really have a specific niche that I have been able to determine. I love to write; to bring the reader in their mind’s eye right into Walt Disney World with me. I love my Disney photographs, although they do not even compare with some of the work that you produce, Debra!
What is it that inspires you to write about Disney?
I hope you enjoyed our visit with Mike today and that you'll stop back for our next Guest Star Day where we'll spend Friday with friends.
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