Watch Fantasmic LIVE!!!

Exciting news!

Walt Disney World will be live streaming my FAVORITE night show on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:50pm EST.

Follow this link to check out FANTASMIC Live- http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

You’ll be able to login starting at 6:45, with the streaming beginning at 6:50.  If you’ve never seen Fantasmic this is a great opportunity to see a great show and get you in the Disney Spirit 🙂

The show features live action, characters, and spectacular water effects.  It takes place nightly after dark at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Words of Walt- Characters

Disney has created so many lovable characters over the years.  They all possess their own unique personalities, and there is a reason behind that… Walt Disney.

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“Until a character becomes a personality it cannot be believed.  Without personality, the character may do funny or interesting things, but unless people are able to identify themselves with the character, it’s actions will seem unreal.  And without personality, a story cannot ring true to the audience.”

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The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

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Words of Walt- Hard Work

Walt Disney knew the importance of hard work.  He began working for his father as a young boy delivering papers.  He also endured his fair share of failures in his business ventures.  Success was something he constantly worked towards.  His hard work has led to the Disney corporation being one of the biggest entertainment companies in America.

“People often ask me if I know the secret of success and if I could tell others how to make their dreams come true.  My answer is, you do it by working.”

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The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

 

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Tuesday’s Tip- Pack a Power Strip!

We live in a digital world where keeping devices charged can be essential.  Lets say you’re a  family of 4… Mom, Dad, a 14 year old, and a 12 year old.  Because we live in this technology driven age, all four of you have cell phones that need charged daily, not to mention the other devices like tablets and camera batteries that will need charged.  The average hotel room has 6-8 outlets, but some are already taken by the alarm clock, lamp, television, and hair dryer, not to mention some of those are hard to access because of the furniture being in the way.

One way to keep my devices charged and avoid having to tear the room apart to find an outlet is to pack a power strip.  To me this is an easy way to make the outlets very accessible and increase the amount of outlets available.

You can pick one up at your local hardware store, or even on amazon!

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Words of Walt- Perseverance

Today’s “Words of Walt” are about perseverance.

“Get a good idea, and stay with it.  Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.”

What a good message.  Sometimes it is easy to quit when things get hard.  Walt reminds us to stick with it.  Not only stick with it and finish it, but make sure it’s done right 🙂

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The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

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RunDisney- Mark Your Calendars!

If you’re interested in running a Disney race in 2016 or early 2017 be sure to mark your calendar for the registration dates!  Disney races tend to sell out quickly, so you’ll want to register on the day they open!

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Disneyland Half Marathon weekend- September 1-4, 2016                                  Registration opens February 2, 2016

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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend- November 4-5, 2016               Registration opens March 15, 2016

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Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon- November 10-13, 2016           Registration opens April 5, 2016

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend- January 4-8, 2017        Registration opens April 26, 2016

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Star Wars Half Marathon- The Light Side – January 12-15, 2017  Registration opens June 14th

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Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend- February 23-26, 2017 Registration opens July 12, 2016

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Star Wars Half Marathon- The Dark Side- April 20-23, 2017     Registration opens August 9, 2016

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Tinkerbell Half Marathon- May 11-14, 2017                                      Registration opens September 20, 2016

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Why I love flying Southwest Airlines

We are fortunate in the Northeast Ohio to have two large airports within a 45 minute drive.  I can drive to the Canton-Akron airport within about 20 minutes and to the Cleveland Airport in about 45 minutes (with no traffic).  With these two airports our selection of airlines is quite extensive, however I love flying on Southwest Airlines.

  1. No Frills Flying–  Southwest airlines are able to keep their flights relatively inexpensive because of the lack of frills.  There is no first class and coach option on these airlines.  You get your snack and your drink and that’s it.  Personally for me, I am all about saving a few bucks rather than a bunch of perks that I don’t need.
  2. Direct Flights to Orlando daily- Every day from our nearest airport there are direct flights to and from Orlando!   It’s great when you can catch those too!  It’s so nice being able to have an 2 1/2 hour flight straight to Orlando without having to deal with layovers. If the time isn’t convenient there are usually other flights offered with a connecting flight in Atlanta.  It’s slightly more inconvenient, but at least you’re heading in the right direction!
  3. Two Free Checked Bags- Yes you heard right, with Southwest Airlines you get two free checked bags plus a carry on per each ticket.  When traveling to Disney, it’s wonderful to pack an extra bag for the return home for souvenirs!  I sometimes buy some more fragile items, and it’s nice to have that extra bag on the way home to pack them up safely, and not have to pay for that extra bag!
  4. Great for families with children- While I myself don’t have children, I can imagine there is a bit of anxiety associated with flying with younger kids. If you’re traveling with younger children you get better boarding.  You may not necessarily get first pick at seats because they will board the A group first (generally the business select group) but you will get to board before the B group.  This will allow you to make sure your family can sit together during the flight.Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 9.37.45 AMThe above picture is a screen shot of the rules about boarding as a family.
  5. No Change Fee– If for some reason you need to reschedule your flight or change flights there is no fee to change.  You simply pay the difference, or get the difference back.  This happened to me a few years ago.  I had to reschedule my Disney vacation because of an unforeseen conflict.  I was able to do so with EASE because of Southwests simplicity and lack of fees.
  6. Fuel Perks– If you are in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, or Maryland you may have a Giant Eagle near by.  If you do, chances are you already know about their fuel perks program.   If you’re unfamiliar, fuel perks rewards you for shopping at Giant Eagle stores.  For every $50 you spend on groceries or gift cards you’ll receive $.10 in fuel perks (which means 10 cents off per gallon up to 30 gallons at GetGo stations.)  So let’s say you are a family of 4 purchasing round trip airfare and it’ll cost $950.00.  Purchase the Southwest gift cards for that amount and you’re looking at $1.90 in fuel perks.  $1.90 x 30 gallons = $57.00 in free gasoline.  PLUS sometimes they will run specials where you get double fuel perks on gift cards, so you could be looking at saving even more!  ***Be warned though, southwest only accepts 4 forms of payment per transaction, so if you’re purchasing gift cards make sure that you get the ones where you can preload up to $500 on the card to ensure that you can do it all on one transaction!***

 

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If I won the lottery…

Everyone has their dream of what they would do if they won the lottery.  The powerball has hit a world record high of 1.3 billion dollars with the drawing being held this coming Wednesday.  If you take the lump sum payment rather than the payment over time, you’re looking at 604.5 million dollars after taxes.  (If you take the lump sum it is 62% of the original value, and the IRS automatically takes 25% off the top as well).  Still 604.5 million dollars is more than I could ever imagine in my entire life.

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So what would I do with 604.5 million dollars.

Quit my job and live at Disney for a year.  I have always said that I would love to live at Disney for an entire year.  This would just be absolutely AMAZING.  For the first year post lottery I would just enjoy everything that Disney has to offer.  The estimated cost of living at Disney for a year (the way that I would want to live… in luxury!) would be approximately $450,000.  How did I get that number?  I would probably resort hop on a monthly basis within the Deluxe Disney Resorts, but for a starter, I would stay at the Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows, which are on average $600 per night.  So for a year that would be your biggest expense at the price of $219,000.  I would also add the dining plan on for myself and my husband.  At $62.00 per day per person, you’re looking at a year long expense of $45,260.  Add two platinum plus annual passes on so we have access to all of the parks, water parks, and golfing (I would have to take lessons), and you’re adding on another $1658.00.  I figured I would round up to $450,000 and use the additional $184,082 for other expenses like additional meals, spa treatments, special tours, and tipping.

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Spend a Year Traveling the World-  I am 32 years old and have traveled quite a bit compared to some, but there are so many places throughout the world that I would LOVE to visit.  Internationally I have been to England, Mexico, and Canada (I know… Canada practically doesn’t count…) I would love to visit Paris, Venice, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Hawaii, Alaska, Tokyo, the American Southwest, the Caribbean, and many more spots!  One goal of mine has always been to visit all of the Disney parks in the world, so this would obviously be included in my year long travels.  I would be sure to enjoy cruises, as well as “Adventures by Disney” packages as part of my travels as well!

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Purchase a home at Golden Oaks- Golden Oaks is a development of high end homes on Disney property.  I would gladly spend the 3 to 5 million dollars to have a wonderful home near Disney property.

Here are just some of the perks of living in the Golden Oaks community-

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INVEST- While 604 million dollars is a LOT of money, and certainly enough to last a lifetime for two people, I would want to make sure I invest my money wisely to protect my newly acquired assets. Why not make a return on the money you already have!

Donate- I am currently a choir director at a school.  I would make a sizable donation to the choir program and set up a nice scholarship fund so that the choir wouldn’t have to fundraise any more.  I would also want to make donations to the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Haven of Rest (a local shelter in the Akron area.)

Hire a personal trainer- One thing that I’ve heard is that nearly everyone who has won the lottery gains weight afterwards.  I would want to ensure that didn’t happen to me.  I would want a personal trainer to stay on me constantly, and helping me stay in shape.

Make sure my parents and in-laws are taken care of– I would want to make sure that my parents and my in-laws were taken care of financially.  They would each receive a gift to pay off their homes and bills, and receive a monthly stipend to enjoy 🙂

 

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