Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

So I’ve always been a fan of random and obscure holidays!¬† Over the next few months I will be looking at some obscure holidays, and how they can be celebrated in a very Disney and Mouskaholic sort of way ūüôā¬† ¬†How fun ūüôā

Today is national- “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day.”¬† So today the mouskaholic doth declare it “Favorite Disney Photo Day!”¬† So check out some of my all time favorite photos that my husband and I have taken from around Walt Disney World and Disneyland ūüôā

 

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The mouskaholic after the 2012 Goofy Challenge

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Meeting Jack and Sally at Disneyland 2015

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Outside of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, all decorated for Halloween

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This woman was a custodian at Magic Kingdom. I was so excited to take my picture with “Elsa” and there wasn’t even a line! lol

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LOVE this picture that “Mr. Mouskaholic” took of the entrance to Tomorrowland

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Segway Tour- June 2011

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Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom

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The Villain Spooktacular at Magic Kingdom was one of my FAVORITE parts of the MNSSHP!

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Floating Islands in the brand new pandora section at Animal Kingdom!

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Even though it was a short trip, going to Disney in October was one of my all time favorite trips!

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This was from the flower and garden festival at Epcot!  Its my favorite time to go to Epcot because of the beautiful bright colors!

 

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 25 “Favorite Land at Magic Kingdom”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

Magic Kingdom is divided up into 6¬†“lands” all with their own unique theming (not kidding… the theming goes right down to even the trash cans). ¬† You enter the park by walking down Main Street USA, and then can proceed to go in a loop around the park. ¬†If you go to the right you’ll see Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland.

Tomorrowland is usually where we start our day and is my favorite land at the Magic Kingdom. ¬†I love the rides and the atmosphere in Tomorrowland! ¬†There is a lot to do in Tomorrowland; People Mover, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Astro Orbiter, Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor, Stitch’s Great Escape (my least favorite attraction in all of Disney), Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland Speedway, AND Space Mountain!

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Walt Disney World- 4 parks, 1 world (Part 1 of 2)

Hello Mouskaholics!

Today I am going to start a 2 day series breaking down and explaining a little about the four parks individually. ¬†I had a friend recently ask me what the difference was between the parks at Disney world, so I thought that I would make sure I explained a bit about each individual park. ¬†Even though it’s Walt Disney “World” there are 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, and many many resorts that make up WDW. When Walt opened Disneyland in 1955, he immediately realized one flaw, there wasn’t enough space. ¬†Almost overnight the Anaheim area exploded with restaurants and motels that weren’t Disney owned. ¬†When he had the idea for a second park on the eastern side of the country he knew that it would have to be a HUGE land purchase so that everything could be on Disney property. ¬†In fact, the land in Orlando that is owned by Disney is bigger than the island of Manhattan. ¬†(I will go more into the history of the land purchases at another time)

 

The Magic Kingdom-

This is the most recognizable park at WDW. ¬†When most people think of Disney World, the image of Cinderella Castle comes to mind. ¬†This was the first park that was built at WDW, and opened in October of 1971. ¬†While it has its similarities to Disneyland in California, there are some differences. ¬†It has a castle as a main hub and from the hub it branches off into 6¬†unique lands. ¬†Each land is carefully themed and contains rides and attractions that fit the theme. ¬†At the MK you’ll find these areas-

Main Street USA

Tomorrowland

Fantasyland,

Liberty Square

Frontierland

Adventureland

This park is the most whimsical of the four, and if you’re only going to visit 1 theme park, I would say this is the one to go with. ¬†It is great for small children and adults alike. ¬†The adults will enjoy the more thrilling attractions like Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Railroad, while the little ones will enjoy It’s a Small World, Flight of Peter Pan, and Pirates of the¬†Caribbean.

This theme park also just finished the largest renovation in the history of the park.  They took out a section known as toon town and expanded Fantasyland.  With this expansion there are even more ride and attraction options.  It is absolutely spectacular.

There is so much more that I could write about the magic kingdom, but I will stop here for today.  Sometime soon, I will dive more into specific Magic Kingdom topics.

Here is a scanned copy of the map from our trip (Sorry for the quality, the maps are HUGE and was difficult to scan!)

Magic Kingdom Map

Magic Kingdom Map

Epcot

This was the second park was opened in 1982. ¬†When Walt was envisioning his “Florida Project” (what it was known as in its early stages), he envisioned a futuristic community that would be housed on the property. ¬†He wanted people to live and work in this Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow (or EPCOT). ¬†While Epcot was never intended to be a theme park in Walt’s vision, it still focuses on a lot of Walt dreamed of. ¬†EPCOT is a place where both learning and fun co-exist.

Epcot is divided into two main areas, Future World and The World Showcase.

Future World is home to 7 main pavilions, each with unique theming and attractions.

The Universe of Energy Pavilion

Test Track Pavilion

Innoventions

Mission Space Pavilion

The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion

The Land Pavilion

The Imagination Pavilion

Again, there is so much that I could tell you about all of these different pavilions, and over the course of the next few weeks I will dedicate time to each area of Future World!

The World Showcase¬†is home to 11 different countries (I have written a little bit in the past about how there is room for more countries, but there are no plans to expand). ¬†The awesome thing about each individual country is the authenticity that you’ll see in each pavilion. ¬†The materials that were used to build each section were sent from that particular country, and built by craftsmen from that country. ¬†When you visit a country the cast members working there are from that country! ¬†When you purchase something in a gift shop, guess what, it’s from that country! ¬†Oh, and don’t even get me started on the food… I could spend DAYS in the world showcase just eating!

Some countries are home to a ride along with their gift shops and restaurants, others have a movie, while some just have the shops, restaurants an other forms of entertainment. ¬†There is lots to see and do in the World Showcase, and the night show “Illuminations- Reflections of Earth” is set around the “World Showcase Lagoon” and is a celebration of all of the cultures represented.

Here are the countries you will find in the World Showcase

Mexico

Norway

China

Germany

Italy

America

Japan

Morocco

France

United Kingdom

Canada

Again, I could do an individual blog focusing on each country alone and what they have to offer!  Watch for future blogs about the world showcase!

Map of Epcot

Map of Epcot

Tomorrow I will continue to write about the last two Disney Parks, and next week will touch on the water parks at Disney!