Thursday

Destination Disney ~ The Color "Red"

I had to laugh when I saw that this week's theme is the color "Red". Our Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop theme this week was the letter "A". It's all just a Sesame Street co-inkydink really, but now I have the theme song stuck in my head ...
Here we go. This week's DD brought to you by the color "Red".







What's your favorite Disney color?


Until next time!  
Thanks for stopping by Focused on the Magic.com

Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Epcot's American Adventure

Focused on the Magic
Hi there! Hey there! Welcome! It's Wordless Wednesday and The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop has begun here at Focused on the Magic.com!


You're welcome to join in on the hop. The theme this week is brought to you by the letter "A". 


In honor of Memorial Day I thought I'd share a few pictures from the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corp in a military formation and presenting the flag from The American Adventure in Epcot. 


Sunday

The Best Hamburgers in The Parks!

Our family has enjoyed some fabulous burgers in the Disney Parks. The burgers I prepare at home are a far cry from a good Park burger, but I try and I'm always learning.

I learned a few new hamburger factoids from our Disney Parks InsidEARS Community Managers, Marissa and Kelly.

Let's see what they are up to and get the latest scoop in their own words.

At Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort there are many different ways to show your burger appreciation, from the classic cheeseburger to the decadent lobster-topped Grand Floridian Burger. As your Disney Parks InsidEARS Community Managers, we’ve done our research (and plenty of taste-testing) and narrowed down some of our favorite burger picks from both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

 
Disneyland Resort
Hungry Bear Restaurant, Critter Country, Disneyland park: Pioneer Chili Cheeseburger – Angus 1/3 lb. chuck burger with home-style chili, cheese and a hand-battered onion ring. Served with sweet potato fries or zesty slaw. 
Veggie burger available upon request
Crossroads at House of Blues, Downtown Disney District: Juicy Lucy – Certified Angus beef and applewood bacon patty stuffed with cheese, topped with crispy pickled jalapenos and chipotle mayo on a potato bun. Served with fries and a trio of dipping sauces.
Taste Pilot’s Grill, Condor Flats, Disney California Adventure park: Wild Bleu Yonder Burger – This burger is basted with tangy steak sauce and topped with bleu cheese crumbles. Served with a tangy vegetable salad or Flyby Fries
. (Veggie burger available upon request.)
Uva Bar and Café, Downtown Disney District: Lamb burger – A twist on the traditional hamburger, this lamb burger is topped with piquillo peppers, spicy feta, arugula, lemon dill aioli, pickled red onion, all on a brioche bun. Served with Uva Fries.
Tangaroa Terrace, Disneyland Hotel: Angus ⅓-lb. Hawaiian Cheeseburger – Ground Angus burger with Teriyaki Sauce, fresh grilled pineapple, havarti cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a multigrain bun with choice of Sweet Potato Fries or Green Papaya Slaw.

Walt Disney World Resort
Grand Floridian Cafe, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Grand Floridian Burger – Angus chuck burger, butter-poached Lobster with red onion marmalade, crispy prosciutto and arugula on a brioche bun with chips.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom: This quick service location is perfect for the burger-on-the-go. And with a stocked toppings bar, each trip you can create your own signature burger. Toppings include: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, relish, green peppers, mushrooms, grilled onions, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and cheese sauce
Burgers are also served with apple slices or french fries.
Sci-Fi Dine In, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The All American Picnic Burger – Flame broiled Angus burger patty topped with grilled hot dog, sauerkraut, and sauteed onions, drizzled with ketchup, mustard and crowned with a pickle spear. Served with a choice of cucumber salad or french fries.
Sci-Fi Dine In, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Vegetable Burger – A perfect non-meat option, this vegetable patty is topped with cucumber planks, vine-ripened tomatoes, grilled red onions, peppery arugula, and pickle spear drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Served with a choice of cucumber salad or sweet potato fries
ABC Commissary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Surf ‘n Turf Burger – The Cheddar cheeseburger is topped with fried shrimp, a sweet onion ring, tomato, pickle, lettuce and their own special sauce.

Now, I'm hungry for a hamburger! So what's your favorite burger in The Parks? I like it simple. My favorite is the Angus Beef Burger at the Grand Floridian Cafe with a tomato slice and lettuce. Oh and maybe a pickle:)

Have a Magical Day!  

Weekly Look Back and Forward ~ 5/26

 I hope this finds you enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
Let's just have a quick look back at the pixie dusted postulations from the past week. It won’t take long and then we can take a look forward at what’s coming up next week here on Focused on the Magic.

►My monthly article appeared on The Disney Moms site.
New Cultivating the Magic Tour at Disneyland Resort
►I won the Keys to the Kingdom Giveaway! It's a really nice lanyard and pin set, perfect for our next trip. Thanks so much to Keys to the Kingdom for having such a super giveaway!! Stop by and read the post as Katie describes the pin trading process in the parks.
►We had a tremendous turnout for the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. I shared Cinderella Castle, Pretty in Pink.
☺Goofy turned 80!
► The new and improved Photo Flashback Blog Hop started on Friday and will run through Monday. I posted about Star Wars Weekends.

Coming up next week....




Focused on the Magic
The 5/30 Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop will be brought to you by the letter "A".
A few ideas:
American Adventure in honor of Memorial Day
Adventureland
Aladdin
Anxiety
Automobile
Animation
Adorable

The June 6th theme will be "June Calendar Shots". If you were to design a calendar what picture or pictures would you use for the month of June?

Friday

Photo Flashback ~ Star Wars Weekends

Welcome to a Disney Photo Flashback where each Friday we begin a look back at our Disney photos from past trips. This blog hop will start on Friday each week and stay open throughout the weekend giving all of us plenty of time to leisurely look back at our favorite Disney memories.
I hope you will join us on our photographic journey.
Before I go any further I must wish a very special character a very
Happy Birthday!
Goofy is 80 years old today! Golly, he looks great for 80!

 Thanks to @DisneyBlueFairy for reminding me in her flashback post today. If you haven't seen her birthday wish to Goofy, check it out in the links below.

Wednesday

Blogging with The Disney Moms and WW Blog Hopping!






I'm super excited today because it's Wordless Wednesday, my favorite day of the week. I'll be hopping all day at The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. The hop is already in full swing so stop by and link up your WW pictures. The theme this week is ~ Castles~ but don't fret if your WW isn't about castles. Any Disney related picture post is welcome to link up. Not a blogger? You can link up your Facebook or Flickr photos too. I'll leave the link sign up open till Friday. Once the links are in the exchange they will remain there permanently, so you can check them out at your leisure. 


I hope to see you at the hop!



Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Cinderella Castle, Pretty in Pink!

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday and The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! 
The theme this week is Disney Castles. I love taking pictures of the castle in Disney World, especially at night. It's so pretty in pink and I don't think I've ever seen it from a bad angle. 
Everybody neat and pretty? Then on with the hop!
Cinderella Castle, Pretty in Pink!


Cinderella Castle


I hope you'll join us in the hop and link up your Wordless Wednesday.


Monday

New Cultivating the Magic Tour at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Rose
Today's Daily Dose of Disney takes us to the Disneyland Resort. I don't usually report on Disneyland as I'm more of a "Worlder" than a "Lander" but I thought my gardening friends and folks who are looking for a new experience at Disneyland would enjoy this. I know I'd like to take the new Cultivating the Magic Tour at the Disneyland Resort. 


One of the most beautiful rose bushes in my garden is the Disneyland Rose. Mine came from Jackson and Perkins a few years ago as a gift from my husband and each summer it puts on a show. Here in the northeast we have a much shorter blooming season. It must be amazing to see in a mass planting and hear all about how they care for them from an expert. Of course, I'd enjoy seeing the whole tour not just the roses;)


As promised here's the inside scoop from our Disney InsidEARS Community Manager Kelly.
I’m excited to let you know that an all-new Disneyland Resort guided tour is available – Cultivating the Magic! To get the InsidEAR scoop, I experienced this tour myself and had a fantastic time. Even if you don’t have a green thumb (I certainly don’t) you will still be amazed by the overall story that horticulture plays in Disneyland park and its rich storytelling.
Photo ©Disney
©Disney
During the Cultivating the Magic tour Guests learn about the landscapes and gardens that have transformed 260 acres of orange groves into Disneyland park. On your tour, you will also experience select Disneyland park attractions in a whole new way and learn about the historical significance of trees and flowers that you may have walked past dozens of times in past visits to the park.

Here are a few fun facts I learned while experiencing the Cultivating the Magic tour:
-Did you know that Disney Legend Imagineer Bill Evans, Walt Disney’s head of horticulture, has a window on Main Street, U.S.A.? Look for the “Evan’s Gardens” window located near The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction.
-Did you know that during the summer months the famed Mickey floral display at the entrance to Disneyland park is covered with about 3,600 sweet alyssum flowers?
-Elephants aren’t the only ones with big ears in the Jungle Cruise attraction. Characterized by their large ear-like shape, the banks of the elephant bathing pool are appropriately lined with large green elephant ear plants.

Here’s how you can experience the Cultivating the Magic tour yourself:- The tour is approximately approximately two hours long.- Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.- The tour leaves from Disneyland park Tour Gardens (left of City Hall) on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 10 a.m.- All Guests who participate receive a souvenir pin and special seed packet.- Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.- Tip: wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to make your tour more enjoyable.
Photo ©Disney
For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.
If you are planning on taking this tour I'd really enjoy seeing your pictures and hearing your thoughts when you return.

Have a magical day,



 Deb's Daily Dose of DisneyRelated articles

Saturday

Weekly Look Back and Forward ~ 5/19


Let's have a quick look back at my pixie dusted blog postulations from this past week and a sneak peak at what's coming up next week here on Focused on the Magic.

A look back at last week...

Friday

Three Hours Alone in Disney World


The Dapper Dans
This month's topic is What would I do with three hours alone in Walt Disney World. Let me start off by making one thing perfectly clear, I love my family time in the parks. But, I have a passion for photography and when I'm in the parks touring with the family I'm always trying to catch up with them because I'm stopping to take pictures. That's why every opportunity I get I'll grab my camera and set off on solo photo journeys. 

I love shooting the parks at night but since I only have three hours for this task, I'd start at 8:00 am when the lighting is just right.
Each one of the parks holds a photographic fascination for me. 

For my three hour photo shoot I'd head straight to The Magic Kingdom starting at the foot of Main Street, USA where the curtains open up to Main Street, USA. I love capturing the progression in time and how it evolves as you approach the the castle.

I'd concentrate on the details in the turn of the century architecture, with windows and facades, enjoying the music of the Dapper Dans and smells from the bakery. Of course I'd stop for a cinnamon roll and coffee at the Bakery, who could resist?
I'd enjoy shooting all the CMs in action doing their part to make magical moments for guests.
Roy Disney and Minnie Statue in the Magic Kingdom

Thursday

Top 2 Disney Memories

This week's topic is our Top 2 Favorite Disney Memories. Narrowing my favorites down to just two was really tough. All I have are wonderful memories since our first trip as a family in 1990. My favorites could fill a book but here are two.
The first is from and E-ticket night in the Magic Kingdom. It was during the soft opening of Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. We rode it over and over and each time our scores got better and better. What a great night!Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Soft Opening

On E-Ticket nights the characters would wander the parks throughout the night, greeting guests and signing autographs. There were no lines and you usually had them all to yourself for awhile until they wandered off in to the darkness. They fooled around quite a bit with guests always staying in character but really acting out, which was a lot of fun for us. You can read more about it HERE.


My second is from a very special birthday I spent in Disney World. That night we had dinner at the Rose & Crown which was absolutely fabulous ending with the servers singing "Happy Birthday" along with my family. After dinner we watched Illuminations and I got to photograph it from the best location in the World Showcase. You can read more about it HERE.




What's your favorite Disney memory?


  

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