Hi Ho! It's off to Disney World Kermit and I Go! ~ Trip Report of Sorts Part I

When my husband and sons offered to send me on an 8 day solo Mother's Day vacation to Disney World. I hopped on the idea. Just me and my camera staying at Saratoga Springs Spa and Resort, visiting the parks for the Flower and Garden Festival and ending with the opening of Star Wars Weekends. Squee!
Little did I know it would turn into a fabulous photographic adventure with Kermit, my new travel buddy.
Kermit Walt Disney World


News for Guardians of the Galaxy Fans

Marvel's Guardian's of the Galaxy IMAX 3D First Look

Marvel Studios announced Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”: An IMAX® 3D First Look, featuring 17 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX® theatre locations across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

Select IMAX 3D® theatres nationwide and internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen IMAX 3D footage of the James Gunn-directed epic space adventure, which opens in U.S. theatres on August 1.


Wet Seal fashion-forward collection to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of “The Lion King”

This summer, it’s all about “Hakuna Matata” and the fiercely feisty lion cub, Simba!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Lion King”, Wet Seal has launched a fashion-forward collection of apparel and accessories including tanks and tees, dresses and leggings, beanies and scarves to totes and cell phone cases that incorporate artwork pulled from the Disney archives.

The price points span from $11.99-36.99 and will be available in Wet Seal stores and beginning June 27th.
WetSeal 20th anniversary Lion King


Wordless Wednesday: The Disney Letters "X, Y and Z"

Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop where each week we gather together and share our Disney vacation photos. Would you like to link up your #DisneySide pictures? Look no further than the bottom of this post.
The July calendar of themes is also at the bottom of this post if you would like to reference it. We also have a copy on the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop 411 page.
This week's theme was a bit of a challenge!

The House of the Whispering Willows gallery exhibit, "Tomb Warriors Guardian Spirits of Ancient China," is an authentic replica of the warrior statues found in the excavation in Xi'an, China.

Tomb Warriors, China Pavillion, Epcot

Yacht Club

Yacht Club Resort Disney World

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World Zebra

Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday post....


Disney Big Hero 6 - New Posters, Stills + Trailers #BigHero6

Big Hero 6 Poster
Walt Disney Animation Studios have provided us with newly released posters and trailers for Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014), featuring Hiro’s inflatable robot pal, Baymax.
Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). 


Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ A Different Perspective

My favorite day of the week is here! It's time for The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Do you have Disney memories you would like to share with us? You can link up your #DisneySide pictures at the bottom of this post.

this week you may need to put your Thinking Ear Caps on for a look at your pictures from outside the box. But try not to over think this topic. I want you to have fun and enjoy this week's theme:

  A Different Perspective

Cinderella Castle at night

China Epcot Walt Disney World
Temple of Heaven in Epcot's World Showcase - Each pillar represents a season. The blue tiles represent the sky and green the earth. 

Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday post....


Disneynature's Bears releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack! #DisneynatureBears

Get ready for the epic journey to the Alaskan wilderness without leaving home as Disneynature's Bears releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 12th!

A portion of first-week sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation as part of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to Protect Wildlife and Wild Places. Bonus features include the music video for "Carry On" featuring Olivia Holt and four making-of featurettes.

Printables, Movie Shots and Trailer below


Five Fun Father's Day Faves at Walt Disney World

Celebrate Dads Every Day at Walt Disney World Resort

It’s doesn’t have to be Father’s Day or even June to pay tribute to that special man in your life, Dad. Walt Disney World Resort salutes dads every day with a flurry of father-friendly activities sure to get him out of the “man cave” and into some theme park fun.

Walt Disney created Disneyland as a place for moms and dads to enjoy with their children and this idea extends to all of the Disney theme parks today, including Walt Disney World Resort.
Sure, the nearly 40-square mile playground overflows with classic attractions, thrills, lively shows and fun for the entire family, but here’s some manly options to make dad feel like a king on his next Disney vacation:


Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Dad

My favorite day of the week is here! It's time for The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Do you have Disney memories you would like to share with us? You can link up your #DisneySide pictures at the bottom of this post. In honor of Father's Day on Sunday.
This week's theme is Disney Dad
Disney Dads are Fathers, Grandfathers, Care Givers, Uncles, famous father's like Walt Disney, Goofy, Baloo, Uncle Scrooge, Pongo, Tramp, Mr. Darling, The COP get the idea.

Meet my husband, Focused on the Magic Dad, Paul and see his fun loving DisneySides....
 In honor of Father's Day on Sunday.  This week's theme is ~Disney Dad ~

  • The golfer putting around a Mickey course. 
  • Cruising Bay Lake on The Breathless. 
  • Surprise birthday party in Walt Disney World. 
  • Smiling lawyer with his favorite witness, Pinnochio. 
  • Dad in Space. 
  • Magic Kingdom, the fountain of youth. 
  • Diver Dad on Castaway Cay
  • Enjoying the wonders of The Wilderness Lodge 
  • Dad's into Dopey or being Dopey. 
  • Dad taking a dip after a day in the parks.

Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday post....


Donald Duck's Birthday Blog Hop ~ Toys and Gifts!

Welcome to the Virtual Donald Duck Birthday Blog Hop Celebration!
Today is Donald Fauntleroy Duck’s birthday and he is turning 80. His birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day he debuted in “The Wise Little Hen”, a Silly Symphony cartoon.

We thought it would be fun to all celebrate Donald's birthday with our blogging friends. I’ll be sharing Donald Duck themed toys and gift ideas for all ages. You can find links to the other party ideas at the end of this post.

Toys and Gift Ideas for a Donald Duck themed party


Silent Sunday in the Parks

Star Wars Weekend #SWWfinale
 Star Wars Weekend #SWWfinale


Flower and Garden Festival Food Favorites: Berry Trifle


 Focused on the Magic Flower and Garden Festival Food Favorites

This week’s foodie find, The Berry Trifle was a quick snack that turned out to be a favorite. We had stopped by The Cottage which is located in the United Kingdom Pavilion after the Twinings Tea Tour. The Cottage offers savories, trifles and teas. It stands right next to the Rose & Crown. 


Wordless Wednesday ~ Illuminations

Thanks for stopping by The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the where each week we share our #DisneySide Wordless Wednesday Disney vacation photos. You can join the Linky at the end of this post.
This week's theme is ~Your June Calendar Shot ~

The shot that I would use for my June calendar would be this shot of Illuminations at Epcot that I just took on my May trip. I loved how the blue and white explosions light up the sky and the reflection on the water.
For my photography friends here are the details: I shot this RAW and JPEG Fine. I am posting the JPEG because I haven't gotten a chance to do any editing.
Nikon D7100, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, 15mm, Manual, f22, 15.5s, +5.EV, ISO 200, ND8

Focused on the Magic | Illuminations

Time to link up your Wordless Wednesday...


MALEFICENT: The Official Multi-Touch Book Free Download on iBooks

Fans of “MALEFICENT” are taken behind the scenes in an immersive multi-touch journey inside the new Disney film with exclusive content, behind the scenes looks and much much more.


Silent Sunday in the Parks

Silent Sunday in the Parks - Disney's Festival of Fantasy Magic Kingdom Parade

Disney's Festival of Fantasy Magic Kingdom Parade

Have a magical day!
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