Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mickey's PhilharMagic

Located in Fantasyland, Mickey's PhilharMagic is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World, a 12-minute 4-D production which completely immerses you in the sights, sounds, and smells of this animated adventure starring Donald Duck (yes - Donald Duck is the star here, even though Mickey gets top billing).

Put on your 3-D glasses, sit back, and enjoy the show.

While Mickey is getting ready for a concert, Donald decides to get the ball rolling by preparing the orchestra, but loses Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat in the process. Soon, he's thrust into a 4-D dream as he tries to get back Mickey's hat while being tossed through some of the best known Disney movies, such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Peter Pan, Aladdin, and more, while also offering some special effects such as some light splashes of water and smells.

This is a truly delightful experience full of fun and excitement before a surprising end.  This is definitely one not to be missed.

Don't forget to look behind you at the very end to see what final mischief Donald gets into!

Until next time, don't forget to keep the Mouse in your house.


*** Helpful Hint - Mapping Your Trip

When planning your next trip to Disney, make sure to order your free customized Disney maps as a memento of your trip.

Go to and click on "Order Customized Maps" at the bottom of the page under the heading for "My Disney Experience".

You will then be prompted to check off your favorite rides and attractions for each of the four parks.

Once you're done, you fill in all of your mailing information, and that's it.  Your very own customized maps should arrive in the mail within 2-4 weeks at no cost to you.


Enjoying Some Disney Magic At Home

Hi, there!

In between our trips to Disney, I try to keep the Disney Magic going in our home, whether it's watching a Disney movie, reading a Disney book to my daughter, or whatever else we can think of.

Here's my latest discovery - and it's totally FREE!  What can be better?

Get to your local Disney Store about 15-30 minutes before store opening.  The first person to arrive, whether a child or adult, gets to open the store.  I did it as a surprise for my daughter, and she loved it.

We arrived about 10 minutes prior to opening time and were the first ones there. Yay!  In front of the store, stood a big lock on a stand.  We waited until opening time, and then one of the Cast Members came over and asked my daughter if she'd like to open the store using her imagination.

She said yes, and a second Cast Member walked over, procession style, holding a very large key up over her head which she then handed over to the Cast Member who was waiting with my daughter.  Then, both my daughter and the Cast Member inserted the key into the lock, turned it, and voila - the store was opened.

The Cast Member then gave her a smaller key to keep as a memento.  She plans to hang it in her room.

This was a lovely way to bring some of the magic into our home, and every time she looks at that key, she'll have a wonderful memory.

I hope you get the opportunity to surprise your kids (or do it yourself) with this little bit of Disney magic soon.

Until next time, I hope you remember to keep the Mouse in your house.