The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1)

I was going to write about the many “Behind the scenes” experiences at Disney World, but Charming Travels has a well written blog post, so why re-invent the wheel!?!  Check out Charming Travel’s blog post on the awesome behind the scenes tours available at WDW   (click on the link)

The Best Behind the Scenes Tours at Walt Disney World (by budget- part 1).


Tumble Monkeys and Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Update

If you’re a regular here at you know that yesterday I posted about RunDisney’s- Disneyland 1/2 marathon registration opening at noon on February 10th.  Within 35 minutes the Dumbo Double Dare (DDD) was sold out!  How crazy is that?  If you’re still interested in running at Disneyland, do not dismay!  The 1/2 marathon is 80% full!  If you’re interested in running that you’ll want to jump on the band wagon quickly!

DIsneyland 1/2 marathon is 80% sold out!

DIsneyland 1/2 marathon is 80% sold out!

Alright, enough about running and RunDisney, here is a completely different form of athleticism at Disney.  This is in the form of performances, not guests having to do anything physical 🙂  Today I’d like to share with you a video from the Disney Parks Blog about the “tumble monkeys”!  If you’ve ever been to the Animal Kingdom, you know that “The Festival of the Lion King” is one of their most popular shows!  It’s full of energy, excitement and music.  This spectacular is great for all ages!  I took my Godson to see it when he was 18 months old and he LOVED the monkeys!  As and adult I even love the show and make it a point to see it every time I visit the Animal Kingdom!  It’s hard not to leave the show full of energy and whistling Hakuna Matata!  Enjoy this video featuring the “tumble monkeys”

The Tumble Monkeys

The Tumble Monkeys

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Tuesday’s Tip- Register for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Today!

Good Morning Mouskaholics!

Today registration for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon- “The Happiest Race on Earth” opens today at 12pm EST.



I speak from personal experience when I say this is an amazing race!  I ran the race in 2012 as part of the Coast to Coast challenge, and it was not only my first trip to Disneyland, but also my first time in California!  If you’ve never been to Disneyland, it is such a neat experience to walk where Walt Disney walked 🙂

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The Disneyland race is different from the Disney World races in that in Disneyland you only spend about 3 miles actually on Disney property, and the rest of the race is through the city of Anaheim.  Disney World races are entirely on Disney property because of the vast amounts of land owned in Florida.

With that being said there are opportunities for some neat non-Disney experiences in the Disneyland race, like running through the Anaheim Angels Stadium!

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In addition to the Disneyland 1/2 marathon, you can also register for the Disneyland 10k, or 5k.  If you’re up for an even bigger challenge register for the Dumbo Double Dare where you run the 10k on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.

2014 Disneyland Medals

2014 Disneyland Medals

The Disneyland 1/2 Marathon weekend will kick off on Friday September 4th with the 5k, and continue on Saturday with the 10k and Sunday with the 1/2 marathon.  This is all held on Labor Day weekend which can make getting off work a little less complicated for these events!  To register visit around noon today!


Me with my 2012 DL 1/2 medal and Coast-to-Coast challenge medal

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Fun Fact Friday- Lea Salonga

Fun Fact- Did you know that singer/actress Lea Salonga did the singing voice of both Princess Jasmine and Mulan?

The Filipina actress and singer got her professional start in musical theater and was cast as the singing voice for Jasmine in 1992, and Fa Mulan in 1998.  Salonga received one of Disney’s highest honors of being a “Disney Legend” in 2011 for her work with the Disney corporation.

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Words of Walt- Worry do

Today’s Words of Walt are simple and thought provoking.  I am a person who worries often, and this gentle reminder was something that I needed to hear!

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Tuesday’s Tip- Affordable Souvenier… the Penny Press

Happy Tuesday Mouskaholics!

Souveniers can be an expensive addition to any trip regardless of where you’re going.  Often destinations will cleverly trap you into buying a magnet that you just can’t live without, a sweatshirt, or a stuffed animal that will sit in a corner after you come home.  Disney is certainly no exception to this.  They are in fact experts and selling merchandise to their millions of park goers.  I know this from experience and spending lots of money on souveniers on various trips to the Disney parks.

If you’re looking for a unique souvenier experience though that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, may I suggest the penny press machines.  Throughout the parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney, you’ll find penny press machines.  In addition to it being a unique souvenier, it’s almost like a scavenger hunt to find the different machines!  Some are out in the various lands, close to rides, as well as in gift shops.


Tip #1- If you’re wanting to collect pennies, know where the machines are.  This link will take you to an awesome map that points out where the machines are in the parks-

Tip #2- Be prepared with your coins.  To press a penny it will cost you 51¢.  The machine will have you enter 1 penny and two quarters.  You can save valuable time by organizing your coins and having them ready to go.

My Mom decided to press pennies on our trip in January and to organize her coins we used an “Airborne” tube.  She layered her coins- quarter, quarter, penny… quarter, quarter, penny… quarter, quarter, penny… etc.

She kept the airborne tube handy in her purse and was ready to go when we ran across a penny press.  “

Use a rinsed out Airborne tube to organize your quarters and pennies

Use a rinsed out Airborne tube to organize your quarters and pennies

Tip #3- Go to the bank and ask for a change 50¢ in for a roll of brand new pennies.  The pressed pennies look much nicer when you use a brand new shiny penny.

Now you’ve got a bunch of pennies… what should you do with them when you get home?  If you’re crafty there are lots of ideas on pinterest.  These are two of my favorites-

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Another option is to purchase a pressed penny collection display folio.  While we were in the parks my mom purchased a Tinker Bell pressed penny folio.  This can add to the souvenier because it is also themed.

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