New Years Eve Rocks in Disneyland

Disney knows how to do everything in style and ringing in the New Year is no exception. Check out how they'll be celebrating at Disney California Adventure Park! Oh how I wish I was there!!

I hope you all have a safe and fabulous New Years celebration. We'll be popping a bottle of Dom Perignon, Vintage 1992 at home this year. 
I'm looking forward to watching "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012" beginning at 10:00 p.m., ET from New York for the big news from Disney. Wonder what it will be? Some folks are speculating new park hours for 2012. What do you think it will be?

Have a Happy Healthy New Year!  


Almost Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy New Year!

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with me, Debs Dis @ Focused on the Magic  

As the New Year approaches I thought it would be fun to go with a timely theme this week. 

Your Calendar Shot!
So the question is...If you were to make a 2012 calendar, which one of your Disney pictures would you use for the cover? It was a tough choice for me. I couldn't decide if I wanted to go with a cherished family photo or a photo I really like and have used as my screensaver for a long time. So, rather than pick one to represent the whole year I chose one for the month of January.
After you've decided on a picture for your calendar you may want to check out this link to a site where you can create and print a your own free photo calendar.


Merry Musical Christmas from our family

Today I'm sending out my Christmas musical message and since I haven't sent you a card, please consider this your very own Christmas video card;) 

Just a little background on the video. Our family loves all kinds of music! Each Christmas for years our family has gotten together to carole and play music of the season. From young to old, everyone participates in their own way. 
In this video are a few of my family favorites from our collection. My MIL is the soloist (with a little help from me) on "O' Holy Night". My husband, Paul is the male vocalist on the "Christmas Song". He's also the musician and recording artist. His talents are amazing and we've gotta love multi-tracking for letting him put it all together:)
You may recognize the holiday pictures from the Disney Candlelight Processional, Holiday Illuminations, Osborne Lights and holiday scenes in Disney World.
I hope you enjoy our very merry musical Christmas. 


Thanks for stopping by.  


Disney Vacation Club Season's Greetings

We're Counting down to Christmas with merry holiday posts! Come along and join the fun!

Today's merry post is actually from The Disney Vacation Club! Have I told you how much I love my DVC membership? Yup, a few times, lol, and with good reason. It's provided my family with happy Disney memories since 1997 when we became members at The Boardwalk Villas. The folks at Disney Vacation Club just sent me a really neat Holiday Greeting Video and I'd like to share the love with you...

Jingle Click on Mickey's bag of presents or click here..


Wordless Wednesday ~ MVMCP Santa

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The theme this week is

Disney Side Holiday Ornament Tradition at Home

It's the holiday season! The best time of year! Time to decorate the tree, bake cookies, wrap up all the gifts for our loved ones. It truly is the most magical time of year for me.

I love all of our festive family traditions for Christmas, but most of all I love sharing them with my family.

One of our family traditions is collecting Christmas ornaments. I've been collecting them since before we were married and set up our first Christmas tree, 35 years ago. We have antique ornaments, handmade crafty ornaments, ornaments from our travels and of course Disney ornaments.

I usually have three Christmas trees each year. One main tree in the living room, a small tree in the den with miniature Disney ornaments on it and a big spruce tree outside way in the back yard for the animals, we call that one the Snow White tree.

Our traditional living room tree has gone retro this year. I'd take a picture of it but it's still a work in progress. After 35 years of little white lights, we have added a few old fashioned C7's with real antique reflectors and bubble lights. Not a lot but enough add some color. It's quite a change after all these.

There are many Disney ornaments on it. Each trip I take to Disney I bring back an ornament representing a special occasion that happened that year. There is one for our purchase of Disney vacation Club (DVC) in 1997, one for DS, Peter's citizenship I bought on the cruise to celebrate, and the list goes on and on.
All representing milestones of magic in our family.

Each one has a special story attached to it, but one that caught my eye today was from dear son's early childhood. When he was little, I was always looking for a way to encourage reading and to prolong the magic of Christmas morning. 

We usually unwrap presents first and stockings last. I decided to leave a little treasure map in his stocking which if he could decipher the clues, would lead him to a gift. He loved reading and mysteries, so when he discovered it in his stocking off he went around the house following each clue to the next spot. I forget all the clues. I think they were clever and fun and involved Christmas and the story of Christmas. Hmm, well maybe not that memorable since I can't recall them now. I do remember the last clue was to find the second star to the right.

After hunting around looking for stars he looked up. Way up high on the Christmas tree were two stars. The first was a twinkling star ornament and the second was a star ornament that opened like a box with Mickey on it.

Inside the box were Disney park tickets. He knew the minute he opened the box what they were and what they meant. It was a magical moment!

We had made the reservations, bought the tickets and planned our trip for February, staying at The Yacht Club all as a surprise. What a great trip it was!

The little star box is still hung on the tree each Christmas.
Do you have a Disney holiday tradition?

Happy Holidays!  


The ABC's of Disney ~ The Letter Y

This week we're focused on the letter "Y"
Yikes,  we're almost finished with the alphabet!

Yacht & Beach Club


Wordless Wednesday ~ Osborne Lights Spectacular

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The Holidays at Disney ~ Cinderella's Holiday Wish

Each night as the daylight hours come to a close during the holiday season, Cinderella's Castle in The Magic Kingdom is transformed into a glimmering, shimmering ice palace during the “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish" stage show. 


The ABC's of Disney ~ The Letter X

This week we're focused on the letter "X"
This was a tough one for goes

Disney Xmas Tree


A Disney Holiday Photo Story of The Magic Kingdom

Focused on the Magic

Today we're focusing our Countdown to Christmas on the holiday decorations on Main Street, USA in The Magic Kingdom. 


Wordless Wednesday ~ Cinderella's Holiday Wish

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with me, Debs Dis @ Focused on the Magic  
The theme for this week is 


Cinderella's Holiday Wish


Happy Birthday Walt Disney

 Today is the 110th birthday of Walt Disney! The man behind the mouse, creator of the happiest and most magical places on earth, Imagineer of the best animated films, and our beloved Disney characters. He left us an amazing legacy for generations to enjoy.

It is also my DS, Peter's birthday today. He came about sharing his birthday with Walt Disney in an unusual way. We chose this date. Really, no kidding! 


The ABC's of Disney ~ The Letter W

Today we're focused on the Disney ABC's letter "W" 

Walt Disney...


Let the countdown begin...

It's December, time to start the Christmas CountdownWe'll be focusing merry posts on the magic of Christmas in the Disney parks and at home, right through to Christmas Eve on the 24th of December.
Tis the season for sharing the magic, so link up your merry Disney Holiday inspired post below and spread the joy!
photo courtesy of  The Disney Parks Blog

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