Happy Barbershop Quartet Day

Today is National Barbershop Quartet Day!  So let’s take a look at some of the amazing talents at Walt Disney World!  Did you know that every day right on Main Street USA there is an amazing Barbershop Quartet (and an actual working Barbershop!)  The Dapper Dans are absolutely incredible and perform every day (be sure to check the performance guide for times when you enter the park)

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Here is a very special Valentine’s Day performances from the Disney Parks YouTube Channel.

So stop on by the Harmony Babershop for a haircut and then head out to Main Street USA to hear the Dapper Dans!

In addition to their daily performances they also perform for the hard ticket event- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party as the “Cadaver Dans.”

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Fun Fact Friday- Take a Walk in the Park Day!

Today is Fun Fact Friday, but also a unique holiday!  Last week was “make up your holiday-day” and today is national- “Take a walk in the park day.”  Now to a “normal” non disney obsessed person… they would probably assume that taking a walk in the park would mean going to the park around the corner, or visiting your nearest national or metro park (we have a ton of GREAT parks near our home.) To this mouskaholic though, the words “Take a Walk in the Park” immediately makes me think DISNEY parks 🙂 . So for fun fact friday today we will look at the mileage involved in walking through each of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks.

Magic Kingdom- If you went all the way around the park with minimal doubling back you’re looking at a minimum of walking 1.85 miles.  That does not include the walk to and from the transportation areas, that is simply in the park-

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Walking map of Magic Kingdom park if you were to do a single loop of the park- 1.85 miles

Now Epcot is significantly larger than Magic Kingdom.  Just to walk around the World Showcase Lagoon in itself is 1.2 miles, and when you add Future World in you’re looking at a minimum of 2.64 miles.

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With all of the construction at Hollywood Studios, and it being one of the smaller parks anyway, you’re looking at a much shorter walking distance (again these are just if you were to walk to all the attractions, no going in, waiting in line, no doubling back) . So at Hollywood studios pre-toy story land and pre-Star Wars land you’re looking at approximately a 1.4 mile walk total.

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Your second to longest walk comes in around 2.45 miles at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This is the largest park in square mileage at Disney, but luckily to explore some of the areas you get special transportation… like the safari area you need to be in the safari cars, and to get to Rafiki’s planet watch you take a train to get out there.  This has the potential to be a LOT of walking depending on how you’ve planned your day!

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Now let’s head to the park where it all started!  Disneyland in Anaheim California!

Disneyland is physically a smaller park, you’re looking at the same amount of walking at you would at Disney’s Magic Kingdom… 1.85 miles, and that is mostly because Toon Town is a little farther out of the way

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One of my favorite things that makes Disneyland different than WDW is that you can walk in between the two parks, where the WDW property is so spread out, it makes it nearly impossible (you can walk between Epcot and Hollywood Studios).  So let’s take a walk across the esplanade over to Disney’s California Adventure park 🙂

I’m always amazed at how many awesome things they can pack into 1.4 miles, but they’ve definitely managed at DCA 🙂 . Things to keep in mind about walking at Disneyland is the you can walk from your hotel, and you’ll walk through Disney Springs or the main gate to get to either park.  While the parks are a little one the smaller side in comparison to WDW, the walking potential is still quite high.

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While what I mapped above is just a simple route around each park, there is the potential of doing MANY more miles while you’re there.  Make sure you have good walking shoes!  Mr. Mouskaholic and I average around 7-9 miles per day when we go! So who is ready to take a walk in your favorite Disney parks?

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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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Tuesday’s Tip- Watch 4th of July Fireworks LIVE! From the Magic Kingdom !!!!

Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow Mouskaholics out there!  Are you sad that you were unable to make it down to Walt Disney World to celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday?  Is the weather bad where you are, cancelling your local fireworks?  Do you just miss Disney and want your Disney fix?  Well have no fear!  If you head to the Disney Parks Blog tonight at 8:55 pm you’ll be able to live stream “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks.

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At 8:55 the live stream will give you a brief insider look at the behind the scenes of Disney’s nighttime spectacular shows, and the fireworks will begin at 9:00.

Fireworks, Disney, and not having to fight the traffic and crowds… yes please!

Episode 3 is now available on YouTube

Mr. Mouskaholic and I had a blast recording Episode 3 for our YouTube Channel this past week!!!  The episode is now available to watch on YouTube!

Topics include-

  1. Disney News – Pandora opening, “Happily Ever After” at Magic Kingdom, and Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon
  2. Mr. Mouskaholic’s Favorite Ride at Magic Kingdom- Pirates of the Caribbean
  3. Viewer Questions- We respond to a viewer’s question about Guardians of the Galaxy taking over Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure!
  4. Travel Tips- Taking an Uber! (you can also check out my past “Tuesday’s Tip on this subject here)

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Fun Fact Friday- Who is Orange Bird?

About 5 or 6 years ago I got really into pin trading at Disney  (some may say obsessed…)  One of the characters that really intrigued me was this little orange bird character. At the time I didn’t know much about him, but he was cute, playful, and I made it my goal to collect all of his pins! Every cast member I interacted with I was searching for orange bird pins! (FYI, I totally collected them all too… it took two trips to do it, but I have them all through trading!)

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While I was definitely excited about collecting his pins I had NO IDEA who orange bird was, so I did a little research-

Who is Orange Bird?

The Orange Bird was created in 1970 as a mascot for the Florida Citrus Commission in exchange for them sponsoring the Tiki Room attraction at Magic Kingdom. Accompanied by singer Anita Bryant the two appeared in ads for Florida oranges and Bryant narrated a record album telling the character’s story. After the Anita Bryant ad campaign was dropped in the late 70s, the Orange Bird had a solo career and appeared in a few educational shorts in the 1980s such as Foods and Fun: A Nutrition Adventure and The Orange Bird and the Nutrition Bandwagon. Eventually, the bird would fade into obscurity when Disney and the FCC severed their ties in 1987.

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Years later, at Tokyo Disneyland in 2004, the Orange Bird would experience a revival as the Japanese became infatuated with the character and the character received a lot of merchandising to coincide with Japan’s annual Orange Day on April 14th of that year. The Orange Bird soon returned to appearing regularly on merchandise in the US as well.

The Orange Bird appeared at Magic Kingdom as a walk around character during that park’s first decade. He would often be found roaming Adventureland, outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. A figure of the character was also perched in a spot behind the counters of the Sunshine Tree Terrace, which has since been restored to the location after having spent years in the Disney Archives. Orange Bird merchandise can be found in retail locations at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, despite the fact that the character otherwise never appeared at the latter.

Eventually, on April 17, 2012, the Orange Bird made a proper return to the Sunshine Tree Terrace.

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Unlike other birds, the Orange Bird is incapable of singing or speaking and instead communicates with orange-colored thought bubbles. He is mocked by other birds as a result of this and Orange Bird generally looks for friends wherever he goes.

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Information Credit- Disney Wiki

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YouTube- Episode 2 is now available

So Mr. Mouskaholic and filmed and prepared Episode 2 to be posted by the end of February, but you know… technical difficulties and all that jazz!  Alas, February’s “Episode 2” is now officially available to watch on YouTube!

In this episode we discuss Disney news, park and resort updates, my favorite ride at the magic kingdom, resort refillable mugs, and other travel tips!

So check out our episode 2 and subscribe to our channel  for our monthly update videos!

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