Friday

Guest Star Day ~ Without a Care in the World

It's Guest Star Day here at Focused on the Magic. Grab a cuppa and get comfy while we chat with my dear Disney friend of many years, Lucinda. Among her many talents Lucinda is an accomplished photographer, homeschooling mom and creator of  Without a Care in the World
Focused on the Magic Guest Star Day


Thursday

Magic Kingdom Holiday Transformation

Today's Daily Dose of Disney is a visual holiday treat from the Disney Parks InsidEARS News team. Do you marvel at they way Disney Parks decorate for each holiday with meticulous attention to detail? I certainly do. The transition appears seamless as they go from ghosts and goblins to festive candy canes and toy soldiers overnight. 

Magic Kingdom Christmas Focused on the Magic


Have you ever wondered how Disney is able to transform the parks for the holidays? 
Our pals at the Disney Parks Blog show us how Magic Kingdom Park is able to transform from festive fall decor to a winter wonderland. Can you believe this all happens in hours? Watch this video — you might not believe your eyes. 
 And today, we have a fun look at how it happened this year.
Walt Disney World Time-Lapse Video: Holiday Transformation at Magic Kingdom Park By:  Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort is decorated for the holiday season.


Daily dose of Disney


Source: Disney Parks InsidEARS News  
Images: ©Focused on the Magic
Video: ©Disney
For more information, please visit Disney Parks InsidEARS 




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Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Focused on the MagicWelcome to the latest edition of the The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week Disney Bloggers gather to blog hop, link up and share their Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

It's a fun blog hop for sharing your Disney memories and pictures. There's a theme each week that you can follow if you wish. Facebook pictures, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Flickr or video posts are all welcome. You can even email your pictures to me and I will be happy to add them to this page. 

The theme for this week's Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, 11/28/12 is

"Your December Calendar Shot"
Pick one of your Disney pictures that would represent the month of October if you were to make a calendar. I chose a picture of the The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's an amazing seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Think Manheim Steamroller. You can also expect a Florida faux snow to fall as you can see from this picture.


he Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, the Streets of America, Focused on the Magic, Disney's Hollywood Studios.


Time to link up...

Tiggerific Trivia - The Liberty Belle Riverboat

Did you know? 
The Liberty Belle Riverboat at Magic Kingdom is a real working paddle steamer. It was built entirely from scratch in dry dock at Disney World. Everything is working except for the steering. It doesn't need steering as it travels along a steel cable underwater. 
Focused on the Magic, Liberty Belle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World


This bit of trivia is from Lou Mongello's Walt Disney World trivia iphone app. I really enjoy every bit of trivia I learn from this app.
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Monday

$50 Disney Gift Card Giveaway with Mousekejournals

Would you like some extra Disney cash this holiday season? Why not take a break from your Cyber Monday shopping and head on over to see my friends at Mouskejournals and enter the $50 Disney Gift Card giveaway! While you're there you can catch up on all the latest Disney articles and get your Disney fix.
Focused on the Magic Mousekejournals
The contest runs from now and ends Sunday, December 2, 2012. The winner will be selected by Rafflecopter on Monday, December 3rd. Entering is easy! As a way of thanking everyone for helping get Mouskejournals off to a fabulous start they have generously included a whole list of Disney bloggers as entries. There are also daily entries to earn even more chances to win!
Click here to enter 

Be sure to check out all the giveaways on our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide Page. 
Enter daily! Good Luck!!

Saturday

Holiday Giveaway Time ~ FREE Bailey's Coffee Creamers and Mug

Ready for another Holiday Giveaway?  We've teamed up with The Dragyn's Lair to offer one lucky winner 

Bailey's Coffee Creamer Coupon and a Mug!

Many will enter, 5 will win a Bailey's coupon for a free bottle and a mug.
Enjoy it yourself or gift it! Bailey's Creamers make a great holiday gift!
This contest is similar to other Focused on the Magic contests we've run. Rafflecopter selects the winner from all the qualified entries. Make sure you follow the directions, you don't want to be disqualified. It starts now and ends Dec 1st. Enter every day!
How to Turn Bailey Coffee Creamer into the Perfect Holiday Gift

  1. Buy a bottle of Bailey's Coffee Creamer.
  2. Buy a large mug and place creamer inside OR a smaller mug and lightly tap creamer to back of it.
  3. Put a small bag of coffee into the mug. 
  4. Wrap entire package in cellophane. 
  5. Tie bow around it.
  6. Trust me, your coffee loving friend or family member will love you for this.


Have you tried Bailey's Coffee Creamers? What's your favorite flavor?


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Have you entered our other Holiday Giveaways?

Friday

Happy HoliDaze Gift-Away ~ $200 Gift Card



Are you ready to kick off the holiday season with a giveaway? The HoliDaze Giftaway is here!!  

We have once again teamed up with a great group of bloggers to offer one lucky winner his or her choice of a $200 Disney Gift Card, Generic Gift Card (MC/VISA) or PayPal Cash!

As you know Hurricane Sandy has devastated much of the northeast and many are still suffering. The bloggers participating in this giveaway donated $100 to help a family that was horribly affected by the storm.

Entering is easy and like our other giveaways there is one Rafflecopter question you must answer by leaving a comment. There are also a few bonus options giving you more ways to to win. This contest starts now, November 23 and ends December 11th at midnight.

Good Luck!!
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Stop back often as we have even more holiday giveaways lined up all season long! 

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!


Everyone at Focused on the Magic would like to take this time to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! 
 We are so very thankful every day to all of you, for the laughs we have shared and friendships we have made through our mutual love of all things Disney. Our sincerest thanks to all of you for taking the time out from your busy days to visit our little corner of the www.
Giving Thanks
For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blessed,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free"
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

~Author Unknown

Captain Mickey Thanksgiving Day Parade Focused on the Magic

From our family to yours, may you all have a blessed, healthy and happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for stopping by Focused on the Magic.com


Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Mickey Mouse

Hey there, Hi there and welcome to the latest edition of the The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week Disney Bloggers gather to blog hop, link up and share their Disney memories in pictures as Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.
The theme for this week's Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop, 11/21/12 is
Mickey Mouse
 To honor and celebrate Mickey's 84th birthday this week I thought it would be fun to share our picture memories of The Leader of the Gang. I chose a few pictures of Mickey with Minnie leading the Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade which is held during MVMCP in Disney World. Minnie also celebrates her birthday on November 18th, 1928 as she too made her cartoon debut in Steamboat Willie with Mickey. My birthday post for Mickey is HERE. You can enjoy a few cartoons, Steamboat Willie and Mickey's Birthday Party. But before you go let's see Mickey & Minnie leading the parade.
Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, MVMCPMickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade


Mickey Mouse

For more great Mickey Mouse inspired posts check out all the links today!


If this is your first time and you would like to link up your post please visit the Wordless Wednesday 411 Page for information on the hop.
Don't forget to share the DWW blog hop in Tweets and Facebook posts!!

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! 


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Disney Magic at Home


Focused on the Magic, Disney Cruise Line Mug
This is such a fun topic! There are so many ways I keep the Disney magic alive at home. Narrowing it down was tough for me because it really has become my lifestyle to include Disney music, clothes, movies, even my morning coffee in a favorite Disney mug  keeps me focused on the magic. 

If I had to choose just one for today, it would be cooking. I bet you were all thinking I would say photography, and you would be right but I also really enjoy food, cooking it, eating it and photographing it. 


Sunday

Happy 84th Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse Focused on the Magic

The Leader of the Gang and the mouse that started it all, Mickey Mouse, is celebrating his 84th birthday today. It was on November 18, 1928, that Mickey Mouse burst on to the cartoon scene with his official film debut in "Steamboat Willie". What a great cartoon! It's still one of my favorites. We've included it below. 

Saturday

Holiday Dining Extended Hours in Walt Disney World




The Walt Disney World Resort extended 2012 holiday season restaurant hours for select Walt Disney World starts today.

Still haven't made plans? You may want to try for a time during the extended hours.

Is there a location you can’t wait to try on the list?

Thanksgiving Extended Hours Nov. 17-25, 2012

Boma
  • Offer dinner from 4:00pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
  • Thanksgiving Day (11/22) standard holiday hours
Cape May Café
  • Offer breakfast until 11:30am (1⁄2 hour later)
  • Offer dinner from 4:30pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
  • Thanksgiving day (11/22) standard holiday hours
Chef Mickey’s
  • Offer dinner from 4:00pm (1 hour earlier)
  • Thanksgiving day (11/22) standard holiday hours
‘Ohana
  • Offer breakfast until 11:30am (1⁄2hour later)
  • Offer dinner from 4:30pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
  • Thanksgiving day (11/22) standard holiday hours
Whispering Canyon
  • Offer dinner from 4:30pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
  • Thanksgiving day (11/22) standard holiday hours
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
  • Additional Shows 11/20 and 11/27
  • Thanksgiving day(11/22) standard 2 extra shows
1900 Park Fare
  • Offer breakfast until 11:40am (1⁄2 hour later)
  • Offer dinner from 4:00pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
California Grill
  • Offer dinner from 5:00pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
Le Cellier
  • Offer dinner until 9:30pm (1⁄2 hour later)
The Garden Grill
  • Offer dinner from 3:00pm (1 hour earlier)
Rose & Crown
  • Offer dinner until 9:30pm (1⁄2 hour later)

Christmas Extended Hours 

Dec. 16-31, 2012
Cinderella Castle Focused on the Magic

Boma
  • Offer dinner from 4:00pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
  • Christmas day (12/25) standard holiday hours
Cape May Café
  • Offer breakfast until 11:30am (1⁄2 hour later)
  • Offer dinner from 4:30pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
  • Christmas day (12/25) standard holiday hours
Chef Mickey’s
  • Offer breakfast until 12:30pm (1 hour later)
  • Offer dinner from 4:00pm (1 hour earlier)
‘Ohana
  • Offer breakfast until 11:30am (1⁄2 hour later)
  • Offer dinner from 4:30pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
Whispering Canyon
  • Offer dinner from 4:30pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
  • Christmas day (12/25) standard holiday hours

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
  • Additional Show 12/18 and Christmas day 12/25 (1 show)
1900 Park Fare
  • Offer breakfast until 11:40am (1⁄2 hour later)
  • Offer dinner from 4:00pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
California Grill
  • Offer dinner from 5:00pm (1⁄2 hour earlier)
Le Cellier
  • Offer dinner until 9:30pm (1⁄2 hour later)
The Garden Grill
  • Offer dinner from 3:00pm (1 hour earlier)
Rose & Crown
  • Offer dinner until 9:30pm (1⁄2 hour later)
(Please keep in mind, hours and offerings are subject to change.)

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