Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Popular Pinterest Pins

Disney+Wordless+Wednesday+Blog+Hop Focused on the MagicWelcome to this week's edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

There is a theme each week that you can follow if you wish. This week's theme is Pinterest. The rules are very simple.


  • Post one or more of your most popular Pinterest pin picture (that you own) or a picture that you will be adding to one of your Pinterest boards today. 
  • Add a link to your Pinterest under the picture so that we may follow you.
  • While hopping be sure to follow everyone on Pinterest and leave comments.

If you don't have a Pinterest account this may be a good time to open one. 
If you need an invite I will be happy to invite you. Not interested in Pinterest? Not a problem, post a favorite picture from your last trip.
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Pinterest is a lot fun and I've been spending quite a bit of time over there. It gives me inspiration for photography, scrapbooking, cooking, homekeeping Disney travel and gardening. All of my favorite things.
First up is Mary Poppins, 3rd most popular of my pins with 77 repins. This picture was from an article about the song made famous by Julie Andrews and written by the Sherman Brothers, you can read the article here
Mary Poppins Focused on the Magic
Deb's 'Words of Wisdom' Board

The delicious Tiramasu pictured here is the 2nd most popular of my picture pins on Pinterest with 100 repins. This yummy dessert can be seen in my dining review of Via Napoli, which you can read here.
Tiramasu, Via Napoli
Deb's 'Fabulous Disney Food' Board


The Dapper Dans, Magic Kingdom
Deb's 'Disney Parks News' Board
'The Dapper Dans' are the most popular pin on my Pinterest boards with 165 repins. They are in a post from the Magical Moments Monday Series which, if you'd like you can read here
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Tiggerific Trivia ~ Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora Focused on the Magic

Did you know?

Sleeping Beauty the 1959 animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the fairy tale "La Belle au bois dormant" by Charles Perrault was released in theaters 54 years ago today, on January 29, 1959.
Sleeping Beauty was the 16th and last Disney animated movie to have it's cels hand-inked. 

Fun Facts:
  • The film was directed by Les Clark, Eric Larson and Wolfgang Reitherman under the supervision of Clyde Geronimi.
  • It was the first animated film to be photographed in the Technirama widescreen process. Only one other animated film, Disney's The Black Cauldron (1985), was shot in Technirama.
  • The film's musical score and songs, featuring the work of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, are arrangements or adaptations of numbers from the 1890 Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
There is much debate in Disney fan groups as to the appropriate color of Princess Aurora's gown. Blue or pink both are shown in the film but with blue predominantly. Disney Merchandising post 1990 shows her most often in pink as in the picture below. I think it's because the original blue is worn by Cinderella. It wouldn't do to have two princesses in the same color ball gown;)

Disney Princesses castle court stage show Focused on the MagicMaleficent castle court stage show Focused on the Magic



When Princess Aurora is born, the entire kingdom is delighted, except for the evil fairy Maleficent, who places a curse on the young beauty that only a prince can break. Sent into hiding for her own safety and protected by fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. "Briar Rose" lives in the forest, unaware of her royal blood. Yet despite everyone's caution, the princess's destiny plays out as she pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, falling into a deep sleep. It's up to the daring Prince Philip to brave the fire-breathing dragon and awaken the sleeping beauty with true love's kiss.

Thanks to Wikipedia and Disney Insider.com for this Disney trivia.

What is your favorite classic animated Disney movie? Do you prefer to see Princess Aurora in pink or blue? 
Have a Tiggerific Day!
Focused on the Magic Deb
 Focused on the Magic Disney Tiggerific Trivia fun




Friday

Disney Vacation Countdown Wreath Giveaway


It's time for a GIVEAWAY with our friends at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse!



Fun way to countdown! Disney Vacation Countdown Wreath (a replica, actually)! See the directions at Chip & Co. for making one yourself: DIY Disney Vacation Countdown Calendar.

You won’t have to make one yourself if you are the lucky winner!

NOTE: We will NOT include the paper chain links, because we do not know when the winner’s trip will be. We WILL, however, include construction paper for you to make them yourself

Contest ends midnight, February 1, 2013, and the winner will be announced that day.


All you need to do is follow the Rafflecopter instructions in the link below, be 18 or older, and reside in the United States or Canada.

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Good luck & thanks for playing along!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be closed for refurbishment Jan. 22-24

Know before you go: 
If you are visiting Magic Kingdom Park this week keep in mind when planning your day, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment Jan. 22-24 and scheduled to reopen for Guests Jan. 25. (Please note that due to this refurbishment, it will not be included in the Thursday morning Extra Magic Hours offerings.)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Focused on the Magic.com



Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Disney Letter "H"

Disney+Wordless+Wednesday+Blog+Hop Focused on the MagicWelcome to this week's edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

The theme this week is brought to you by the Disney Letter "H". I got a little carried away this week with the theme...


 Haiku

Hilarious Hat
Hidden Mickey

Horn

Hollywood Studios Hat


If I were an Imagineer


Enjoy the ride as we share what new attraction we would put in a Disney park.

Being an Imagineer entails being part scientist and storyteller, I am none of those things. Even in my dreams those are not my great strengths. I can only appreciate and respect the amazing talents and craft that goes into designing a new ride. My task today is to dream and dream big enough to create a ride. Let's see what my minds eye can conjure up.
My ride would combine the best of the classics such as Horizons, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Swan Boats, Hydrolators, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Seacabs and Snow White's Scary Adventure,.
The storyline would fantasmical. A journey through time and space combining a fable, history in futuristic vignettes and real scientific research in a marine life setting. 
It would be dark and fast, gliding through the air one minute and taking dips through water another. A solar powered hydroplane made of recycled materials would make a great vehicle. Imagine the vintage 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride vehicle plussed up.
There would be light snacks and beverages served pre-flight while waiting in the interactive queue. 
At the end of the ride we'd all get a soaking before venturing off into the Florida sun.
Backlot Tour, Disney Hollywood StudiosMickey's Ice Cream Sandwich

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea


What kind of ride would you create if you were an Imagineer?
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Monday

New Surprises at the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival


Disney Resorts has been "plussing it up" again and this time it's 
the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV.

Mark your calendars, the dates are March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort. Most festival activities are included in regular Epcot admission too so you can save your money for the new festival merchandise and new food offerings. Did I say new food offerings? Yes, my foodie friends! Look and see..

New this year: 

Floral shares part of the Epcot spotlight with food! 
Disney chefs will feature special culinary stations and offer festival-exclusive food and beverages along World Showcase Promenade. 

A “Land of Oz” play area, a themed setting based on the Walt Disney Pictures live-action film “Oz The Great and Powerful” (set to debut in theatres March 8).

A 14-foot-tall Disney character topiary can be found at the park’s front entrance featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto Daisy and Donald Duck. 

Future World and World Showcase will cast a colorful glow over each festival evening, with a feature succinctly named “Illuminated Gardens.” Also featured in topiary form: the stars from the upcoming Disney-Pixar animated feature film “Monsters University,” and the inventive duo of Phineas & Ferb, from the hit Disney Channel animated series.

But wait, there's even more - 
A Radiator Springs interactive play zone, Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House, more than 100 topiaries, nearly 250 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and beds of multi-colored blooms. It’s truly a “garden party” like no other!

HGTV design celebrities will host Festival Center seminars every Friday through Saturday.


Guess Who Epcot Focused on the Magic Photo



The Flower Power Concert Series will feature (*acts subject to change):

March 6-10: Micky Dolenz

March 15-17: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats

March 22-24: The Guess Who

March 29-31: Nelson

April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie

April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders

April 19-21: The Village People

April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring former members of ELO and ELO II

May 3-5: Tommy Roe

May 10-12: Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone

May 17-19: Starship, starring Mickey Thomas.

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Till then, hope you are having a delightful Disney day,

Thursday

Disney Quote of the Day

Today we're focusing on a delightful quote from Mary Poppins and a bit of Disney trivia as well. 
"Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down" ~ Mary Poppins


The song and the lyrics have an interesting back story. Julie Andrews wasn't fully committed to the part of Mary Poppins originally. She did not like the song that was written for her, believing it did not have enough snap to it. The original song was called "The Eyes of Love". Walt Disney instructed the Sherman Brothers to come up with something more catchy.

Robert Sherman, the brilliant lyricist created a new song the following day with the help of his children. As he explained it, one evening after arriving home from work and while he and his wife Joyce were discussing the days events, she told him that the children had gotten their polio vaccines. His children recounted that it didn't hurt because the medicine was put on a cube of sugar and that they had swallowed it. The next morning he had the title of the song "A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down".

Mary Poppins Focused on the Magic

A Spoonful Of Sugar Lyrics 
Mary Poppins:
[Spoken]
In ev'ry job that must be done 
There is an element of fun 
You find the fun and snap! 
The job's a game

[Sung]
And ev'ry task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark! A spree! It's very clear to see that

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down 
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

A robin feathering his nest
Has very little time to rest
While gathering his bits of twine and twig
Though quite intent in his pursuit
He has a merry tune to toot
He knows a song will move the job along - for

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down 
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

[Interlude]

The honey bee that fetch the nectar
From the flowers to the comb
Never tire of ever buzzing to and fro
Because they take a little nip
From ev'ry flower that they sip
And hence (And hence),
They find (They find)
Their task is not a grind.

Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h ah!

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down 
The medicine go down-wown 
The medicine go down 
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down 
In a most delightful way
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Hope yours is a delightful Disney day,







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Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Transportation

Disney+Wordless+Wednesday+Blog+Hop Focused on the MagicWelcome to this week's edition of The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic.com where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Disney Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

There is a theme each week that you can follow if you wish. This week's theme is Transportation



“Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. 
Ding, ding, ding went the bell.”  
           ~ lyrics from “The Trolley Song.” 1944 film classic “Meet Me In St. Louis.”

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