Musical Monday- Star Wars Medley

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time (regardless of my frequent hiatuses), you’ll know that when I post a “Musical Monday” that I rarely post a plain video.  I like to find ones out there are unique and by YouTubers with true talent.  Today I’d like to highlight an awesome video of a Star Wars Medley that is played in an uncommon way… On PVC pipes.  To me this is YouTube meets Blue Man Group, meets Star Wars.

If you’re interested, check out his other videos, he really is talented 🙂

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WDW Update- Resort updates and new at Hollywood Studios!

Walt Disney once said- “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  With that in mind, Walt Disney World is constantly evolving and changing.  Change to the property is inevitable, and there are some exciting changes coming soon to the WDW property!  There are some confirmed, and some just rumored.  We will start first with what we know for sure to be true.

  1. The Coronado Springs resort will be adding a 15 story tower, adding nearly 500 hotel rooms to its resort. Coronado Springs is in the moderate category of properties, but in addition to housing park going guests, it is also home to many conventions and meetings.  CS is one of 6 Disney resorts that host conventions.  At this time, it has 2 ball rooms, an exhibit hall and 45 breakout rooms. The facilities can hold over 6,500 people and are equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, audio and projection systems.  The addition of the tower is confirmed, but I can only guess that this addition will add to its convention hosting capabilities.  In addition to the rooms being added, it will also be adding a new “rooftop” dining experience  that overlooks the resort’s lake -“Lago Dorado,” and offers a panoramic view of the nearby parks and views of the fireworks show.screen-shot-2017-02-18-at-11-17-54-am(Artist rendering of the new tower at Coronado Springs.)
  2. Caribbean Beach’s “Centertown” will be undergoing some reimagination.  This update will include a new restaurant with waterfront dining, and more shopping opportunities.DSC04305.jpg
  3. Hollywood Studios will now be adding meet and greets with everyone’s favorite new droid from the Star Wars franchise, BB-8.  The adorable and spunky little guy will join Kylo Ren and Chewbacca at the Launch Bay for daily meet and greets.  No official date has been released, but Disney says “this spring.” screen-shot-2017-02-18-at-1-53-22-pm

 

Now for the rumor that is floating around.  If you follow the Mouskaholic on Facebook, you may have seen an article that I posted from the Inquisitor.  According to “WDW Magic,” permits have been filed to build various structures around the property for a new skyway system.  There used to be a small scale skyway system in place at the Magic Kingdom, and Disneyland, but those disappeared quite some time ago.  Rather than a small scale feature ride in the park, it is speculated (based on where the permits are filed for placement) that this will be a much larger scale skyway system in which large gondolas would be able to transport guests from select resorts to the parks.

Based on the permits filed, it looks like the skyway system would connect Pop Century/Art of Animation, Carribbean Beach, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.  While there are currently transportation systems in place, Disney is always looking for new ways to maximize efficiency, and be on the cutting edge of new things.

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 15 “Favorite Gift Shop”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

I really should have pluralized a bunch of the categories on the list, because today is yet another hard decision for me.  With that being said, I think I’m going to have to go with favorite gift “shops” instead of just one shop.  So, away we go!

Magic Kingdom- The Emporium is my favorite gift shop there.  It is the largest gift shoppe at Magic Kingdom and has a little bit of everything.  There isn’t a real specific theme to the shop, just a lot of Disney apparel, mugs, Mickey Ears, and general touristy souvenirs. I love to stroll through the Emporium on a hot day to escape the heat for a little while and just check out what they have to offer 🙂

The Emporium at Magic Kingdom

The Emporium at Magic Kingdom

Epcot- Mitsukoshi Department Store, is fabulous.  It is located in the World Showcase’s Japan Pavilion.  It is HUGE and there is a ton to look at.  It has a lot of nick nacks, and is just really fun to check out.  They have a wide assortment of Japanese snacks and candy, which is always fun to try, as well as a spot to purchase sake flights.  Perhaps my favorite part is watching someone pick a pearl!  Click here to read my post (and watch a video) of me picking my pearl in January!

Mitsukoshi Department Store- Epcot

Mitsukoshi Department Store- Epcot

Hollywood Studios- Tatooine Traders is the gift shop at the end of the Star Tours ride.  I LOVE Star Wars, and this gift shop is like geek haven.  I always end up buying a t-shirt for my brother and saving it for his Christmas gift 🙂  Oh and for added fun, build your own lightsaber!

Tatooine Traders at Hollywood Studios

Tatooine Traders at Hollywood Studios

Downtown Disney Disney’s Days of Christmas is located in the Marketplace at Downtown Disney and is a must stop place for me on each trip.  My husband and I have a tree in our living room and all the ornaments are Black, White, Maroon, and Silver (the colors in the room).  It is stunningly beautiful, and every trip we make to Disney, we love to look through this store to find a new ornament for our tree!  It is a little difficult at times to find one that fits the theming of the tree, but that makes each one more special and unique! (Click Here to view my ornaments purchased at Disney’s Days of Christmas)

Disney's Days of Christmas- Located at Downtown Disney

Disney’s Days of Christmas- Located at Downtown Disney

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