Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Letter "I"

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Welcome to 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 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 we're moving along through the alphabet focusing on alphabet letter inspired posts with the letter  "I" 



 Inspiring Innovative Imagineer


Intergalatic Imperialism
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Tiggerific Trivia ~101 Dalmatians


101 Dalmatians Backstage Tour MGM Studio  Walt Disney World  Florida USA 1997

BACKSTAGE PASS to '101 Dalmatians',  MGM Studio, Walt Disney World 1997


Did you know?
  • In 1997 the Disney-MGM Guide Book theme was "BACKSTAGE PASS to '101 Dalmatians".
  • SoundStage 1 and the Disney-MGM Studios water tower was repainted to reflect the "101 Dalmatians" theme.
  • The Backstage Tour was changed from "Backstage Studio Tour" to "Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour".


Fun Facts: Of Pongo and Perdita’s 15 puppies, you only ever hear the names of six.
  1. Freckles
  2. Lucky
  3. Patch
  4. Penny
  5. Pepper
  6. Rolly

Source: I learned this cool bit of trivia on Twitter from @Disney and Fun Trivia



Which one was your favorite puppy? 

Peter always said his favorite was Lucky because he (Peter) felt so blessed and lucky to be adopted.

Have a Tiggerific Day!
Focused on the Magic Deb
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Friday

The Disney Time Survey Says...

Time-Starved American Families Look to Vacations to Rediscover Each Other
Disney Time Survey

[Dateline Disney NEWS] Between long work hours, busy afterschool schedules and countless distractions, today’s American family is feeling more disconnected than ever – creating a deficit in “quality time” amongst U.S. parents and their children.

The solution? According to the Disney Time Survey, a blind study conducted by Kelton – a leading research firm – quality family time not only increases while on vacation but parents and children say they learn something new about one another during this time, as opposed to when at home.

More than 1,000 parents of children age 5-17 participated in the Disney Time Survey, which asked families to think about and share thoughts on quality time when at home – versus when on vacation.

So, how do parents define quality time? Ninety-one percent of parents report that quality time is achieved when they learn something new about their child, while 84 percent of parents say quality time means their child learned something new about them. From favorite to least favorite activities and food, to details about their children’s friends – the survey found that moms and dads saddled by hectic lifestyles are craving more time together with their kids.

Parents More Affectionate, Family Togetherness at Dinnertime Doubles on the Road, According to Findings

Disney Time Survey

We’re Busy!
Time is precious – and fleeting – and for many parents, scarce.
  • Out of 52 weeks a year, on average, parents surveyed admit that they have only 15 “free” weekends – i.e. “no plans.” Further, 13 percent say they have no free weekends.
  • Seventy-one percent of parents would love more time with their kids – up to nine hours more a week, specifically.
  • Ninety-six percent of parents would give up at least one thing for a year to spend just one extra hour with their children every week, such as a favorite TV show/sports/game (78 percent), the internet (74 percent), shopping (74 percent), sleeping late (69 percent), a favorite hobby (64 percent), even coffee (59 percent).
Solution? Go on Vacation!
The findings present vacations as a key way to cultivate family bonding and strengthen quality time.
  • Ninety-seven percent of parents say that their children have gotten to know new things about them while taking family trips, including more about their parents’ childhoods (86 percent) or facts about other family members (74 percent).
  • Almost one in two parents feel that out of all the time they spend with their children, only half of it, at most, could be classified as “quality time.” However, while on vacation, parents report that 82 percent of time would fall in the “quality time” category.
  • When they do vacation together, the whole family is inclined to be more excited (77 percent), relaxed (75 percent), silly (68 percent), calm (54 percent) and even more affectionate (54 percent).
  • Parents report eating an average of 10 meals with their children in a typical week at home. However, when on a seven-day vacation, families say they almost double the number of meals they eat together (19 meals vs. 10 meals) – and 68 percent claim they would eat all 21 meals (three meals per day) as a family.
Family Travel: Looking Ahead
As part of the study commissioned for Disney Parks, parents were asked to share some vacation habits and places of interest. Family travel is set for growth over the next five years, findings showed.
  • More than eight in ten (82 percent) respondents who have taken family vacations reveal that they will take the same amount of, if not more, vacations in the next five years. Further, 94 percent of parents think it’s important for families to take vacations together on a regular schedule.
  • When asked to pick one specific location where they felt their family would have the best time on vacation, top responses in terms of type were theme park, beach, cruises and camping, respectively.
  • Parents also highlighted Florida, specifically Orlando, Hawaii and California as top destinations for family vacations.
Disney asked Kelton to conduct the survey to better understand the value parents believe vacations bring to their families.
“We know vacations are important, but to have parents validate how important vacation time is to their families was insightful,” said Leslie Ferraro, executive vice president of global marketing for Disney Parks.  “As we’ve learned from families who participated in the survey, those moments of quality family time can feel fleeting in our everyday home lives.  At Disney Parks, families enter a different kind of time – where the entire family can relax and be a kid – Disney Time.”
Disney Parks Limited Time Magic
This year, Disney Time gets an extra sprinkling of pixie dust as Disney Parks celebrates Limited Time Magic featuring special and new experiences every week aimed at creating memories to last a lifetime.
Survey Methodology
The Disney Time Survey was conducted by Kelton between January 8 and January 21, 2013 among 1,004 American parents of children ages 5-17, using Random Digit Dialing of listed and unlisted numbers. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.
About Kelton 
Kelton is a leading global insights firm serving as a partner to more than 100 of the Fortune 500 and thousands of smaller companies and organizations. Utilizing a wide range of customized, innovative research techniques and staff expertise in marketing, branding, PR, media, and business strategy; Kelton helps drive our clients’ businesses forward. For more information about Kelton please call 1.888.8.KELTON or visit www.keltonglobal.com.
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How do you enjoy quality time with your family?

Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ The American Adventure

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Welcome to 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 Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.
There is a theme each week that you can follow if you wish. This is the week of love and we're sharing the love from Walt Disney World.
This week's theme is History
Intertwined in the storytelling of many of my favorite attractions in the parks are examples of history. The American Adventure is not only the coolest spot in Epcot but it is also my favorite for historical storytelling. A must do every trip!
Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps Epcot American Adventure
The American Adventure ~ Epcot

Epcot, American Adventure, Voices of Liberty
The talented 8-part a cappella group, Voices of Liberty



Tuesday

Favorite Places to Meet Characters


Meeting characters in Walt Disney World is always a fun part of our trips and with a bit of advance planning we usually see the characters that we want. 
Daisy Duck

Just as you arrive in the Magic Kingdom you are greeted by characters in meet and greet roped off areas. Magic Kingdom's Town Square is a perfect place to start the day with a hug and a snapshot of some of Disney's favorite charactersWe've seen many of Mickey’s pals there, Pluto, Daisy, Pinnochio, Gepetto, Daisy, Goofy, AristoCat, Marie. The lines can get long but move quickly and because it's all outside you can quickly spot the shortest line to jump on.

Sunday

Character Fun Day Sunday ~ Favorite Classic Characters

Today I'm joining my friend Jess from Magic, Memories and Mayhem in a new hop,  The Character Fun Day Sunday Blog Hop. The theme this week is My Favorite Character. 

Choosing a favorite character for me is a lot like choosing my favorite dessert. 
I love them all!

After giving it some thought I decided to break my choice down to the classic characters. When we're visiting Walt Disney World the classic characters are always my favorites to see. 
Mickey Mouse is first on my favorites list followed closely by Donald Duck Goofy and Mickey's sweetheart Minnie.
Here they all are performing in the Dream Along With Mickey, musical show held at the Castle Court Stage.
It's a fun filled magical show as “happily ever after” comes alive before your very eyes!

Goofy, Donald, Mickey and Minnie in the Castle Court Stage Show

Donald, Mickey and Minnie in the Castle Court Stage Show

Donald the dream skeptic will take some convincing.


Donald and Mickey in the Castle Court Stage Show


If you didn't get here from the hop then head on over and check out everyone else's favorite Disney characters.





Do you have a favorite classic character?  


Friday

Disney∙Pixar's Monsters University Makes A Scare At NY Toy Fair

Disney∙Pixar's Monsters University  New York Toy Fair  New York City. (Photo/Stuart Ramson)
New York Toy Fair, February 11, 2013 (Photo/Stuart Ramson)
{NEWS} Disney Consumer Products (DCP) established university spirit at the 2013 American International Toy Fair with a collegiate-themed event complete with a marching band and featuring award-winning actor John Goodman, voice of James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, and a showcase of the hottest new toys from the Monsters University product collection.

Inspired by the action and adventure of Disney·Pixar’s Monsters University, the new toy line offers hours of imaginative play filled with innovative and interactive features.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, reveals some of the most innovative toys in a video that can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/JohnLasseterMonstersU


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Doesn't John Lasseter look like he would be a blast to hang out with? 

Thursday

♥ Picture of the Day ♥

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Tuesday

Wordless Wednesday ~ Love is in the Air

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Welcome to 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 Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.
There is a theme each week that you can follow if you wish. This is the week of love and we're sharing the love from Walt Disney World.
This week's theme is ♥Love is in the Air ♥
Mickey Minnie Walt Disney World


Love Is In The Air 

Love is in the air everywhere I look around
Flower & Garden Festival Belle and the Beast
Love is in the air every sight and every sound
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Now it's your turn to share Love is in the Air...

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