Musical Monday- Disney Song Challenge

Alright for today’s Musical Monday I decided to do something a little different!  I took one of the Disney song challenges on YouTube!  I didn’t do too bad!  There were only a few songs that tripped me up!  If you want to play along and keeps score here is the original link.  Watch it first and then watch mine to compare how you did!

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Mouskaholic taking the challenge-

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Happy National Pizza Day- Fun Fact Friday

Did you know that every hour at Disney world, they are cranking out 1200 pizzas an hour… at several locations!?!?  That’s a lot of dough!  The quick service restaurants use a machine called the “pizzamatic” and can be found at Pizzerizzo (Hollywood Studios) and Pizzafari (Animal Kingdom).

Check out this video of the pizzamatic in action (From the show Unwrapped on the Food Network)-

If pizza is one of your favorites no worries, you can find TONS of places to get a slice of your favorite pie at Walt Disney World!

Check out Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk, Pinocchio Village Haus at Magic Kingdom, Pizzafari at Animal Kingdom, Any of the Wolfgang Puck restaurants at Disney Springs, Pizzerizzo at Hollywood Studios, Catalina Eddie’s at Hollywood Studios, Tony’s Town Square at Magic Kingdom, Splitsville at Disney Springs, Mama Melrose’s at Hollywood studios, and of course- my all time favorite- Via Napoli at Epcot!

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Our pizza from Via Napoli!!!!!

If none of these options sound like the type of pizza you’re in luck.  Within a reasonable drive from Disney World Property you can hit up Giordano’s Pizza (THEY ALSO DELIVER TO DISNEY RESORT HOTELS)!  They’re a Chicago based pizza chain with STUFFED pizza!  It’s one of our all time favorite pizza places.  They just added a location 2 hours south of our home and we totally drove 2 hours for pizza.  If you are a pizza lover it’s definitely worth checking out!

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Ready to check out all of these amazing pizza places?  Be sure to contact Ashley at Charming Travels LLC for all of your Disney Planning needs!  Her services are free of charge and helping people plan their magical vacation is her favorite thing to do!

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Fun Fact Monday?- Super Bowl, “I’m Going to Disney World!”

I originally shared this fact as a “Fun Fact Friday” a back in 2015, but I think it’s a cool tidbit to reshare 🙂

You’ve all heard it

Question- ” (insert name), you just won the Super Bowl, What are you going to do next?”

Answer- “I’m going to Disney World”

Ever wonder where that started???  The first football player to answer that question was Phil Simms in 1987.  Simms played for the New York Giants, and was the 1987 Super Bowl MVP.

For doing the commercial spot Simms was paid $50,000 and Disney foot the bill for his family and him to travel to their parks.

This year is the 31st year, and congrats to Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles on being the Super Bowl MVP!

Want to celebrate your big accomplishment and tell the world you’re going to Disney World?  Contact ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com to book your big celebration.

Musical Monday- Go the Distance

 

Today’s Musical Monday goes all the way back to 1997 with the movie Hercules.  I’ve always been a fan of the this classic Disney film.  In fact, it comes in as #5 on My Top 10 Disney Animated Films list.  As I mention in that previous blog post, Hercules has made the top 10 list for 2 reasons; 1) my love of greek mythology, and 2) for the music!!!! My absolute favorite song from the movie (and quite possibly one of my favorite Disney songs ever) is “Go the Distance.”  This stunning arrangement features two pianos and the talents of Shawn Hook and Kurt Hugo Schneider.  Enjoy this week’s Musical Monday!

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Happy Anniversary Snow White

On this day in 1938 the classic Disney film Snow White hit the big screens across America.  It premiered in Hollywood with much success in December of 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theater.  Here are some fun facts you may not know about the film-

  • This was the first full length animated feature in English and Technicolor

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  • The film grossed $8 million which was unheard of during the great depression and was the highest grossing film at that time.
    • It held the title of highest grossing film for a year until Gone with the Wind was released.
  • The original film budget was $250,000.  It ended up costing $1.5 million and Walt Disney had to mortgage his home to fund the film’s production.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first film to ever release a motion picture soundtrack
    • In fact the composers (Frank Churchill and Larry Morey) wrote 25 songs for the film, with 7 making the final cut into the movie

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  • To animate the film it took 750 artists creating 2,000,000 sketches, and 240,000 separate final drawings.
  • During production there were live animals in the studio for the animators to use as reference.

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  • Lucille La Verne voiced the Evil Queen and the witch.  To achieve the unique voice of the witch she removed her front dentures.
  • Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Academy Award for the film.  The Academy discussed nominating it for Best Picture, but opted to award a special Oscar for the film’s unique contribution to film history.  The award has one large traditional oscar, and then 7 smaller oscars on a staircase to represent all of the title characters.

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  • Snow White has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Happy 80th Anniversary Snow White… and Doc, Happy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Bashful, and Dopey as well.

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Tuesday’s Tip- Take Advantage of Disney’s Magical Express

Did you know that Disney has a fleet of comfortable motor coaches that transport guests from Orlando International back and forth from the Disney resort daily?  The best part is that this service is included as part of your Disney Vacation Package!

Using Disney’s Magical Express is simple and saves you from the expense and hassle of a rental car.  When you book your trip be sure to add “ground transportation.”  You can add this option even if you haven’t booked your flights yet, just adding the flight information at a later date.

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Mouskaholic’s official perks of using Disney’s Magical Express

  1. It’s FREE!!!
  2. No need for a rental car, you can take it to and from the airport, and use additional Disney transportation while on property.
  3. No need to stop at baggage claim, they provide magic tags that let them know that your luggage should be delivered right to your resort!!
  4. Motor coach drivers will assist you with loading your carryon items and unload them for you at the resorts.
  5. No worrying about navigating Disney’s massive property, the motor coach takes you right to your resort and drops you off at the guest check in location!
  6. They are modern and very comfortable motor coaches.
  7. The ride can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic) BUT they have videos playing for entertainment!  It’s a fun mix of information about the parks, resorts, and Disney cartoons 🙂

One more amazing perk that can make your vacation even more hassle-free is booking with a Disney Travel Professional!  Ashley at Charming Travels LLC can help you plan your trip, assist with booking fast passes, dining reservations AND get you set up with Disney’s Magical Express.  Her services are also FREE of charge!  Contact her today for your free no-obligation quote- ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

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Musical Monday- Nick Pitera “How Far I’ll Go”

I’ll admit, I was late to the Moana obsession.  I didn’t watch the movie until it was out on DVD, but when I watched it I absolutely adored it!  Not only is the music exceptional, some of it was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, (composer of the Tony Award Winning musical- Hamilton) who I am completely enamored with.  In all honesty, I listened to the soundtrack for about 2 weeks straight because I enjoyed it so much! While there are many catchy tunes from the movie (You’re Welcome and Shiny are the two that stick out in my mind) the song most central to the story of Moana’s journey is “How Far I’ll Go.”  So for today’s Musical Monday I present Nick Pitera’s cover of the song.

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