Saturday, August 27, 2011

DDL News Post

Find out about what went down at the D23 Expo by going to my article on now! More detailed posts about my experiences as well as pictures and videos will be up on this blog in the future.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Californian Adventure

Two years ago this September, for four days, I was glued to my computer as Lou Mongello and some people who I recognized from their twitter names told me about what was said and done at the first ever D23 Expo.

This time tomorrow, I will be on a plane heading to Anaheim, California to meet Lou Mongello and Tim Foster there, among many of my very good friends who I have met because of twitter, to be at the Second D23 Expo.

Wow how things do change in two years!!!

That's right, instead of just writing posts about what happens, I will be tweeting live from the D23 Expo as major announcements occur! I will be there, in the Convention Center for all three days of Expo, covering events and the happenings within the Collector's Forum from the most happening booth there, the MEI/Mousefan, WDW Radio and Celebrations Magazine booth!

Besides all of that excitement, I will also be visiting the Disneyland Resort for the first time in my life! I will tweet pictures and my reactions to the parks as well as collect lots of video to be edited for Youtube viewing in the (hopefully) near future!

Want to follow my California shenanigans? Follow me on twitter at as well as my tweets from the Celebrations Magazine twitter at Celebrations is also on facebook at

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mickey Birthday Party Ideas

Yesterday was the birthday party for my best friend's nephew and his mom had the awesome idea of having a Mickey birthday party! Her ideas were so awesome that I just had to share it with you guys!

A handprint on each side of the table was a cute touch
These cute utensil wraps have a mickey that was punched out by a standard Mickey scrapbook hole punch

Why yes, that is Mickey on the curtains!
No detail would be overlooked!

These were hand traced and put on the buffet table

Toodles has pictures of the birthday boy in it!

A second table with all the special treats on it

This Mickey cake was hand made by a friend of the birthday boy's mom and it's incredible!

Lollypop Mickey is simple, just put the lollypops in circular Styrofoam

Treat boxes

A view down the table

Love the sign on the bathroom door!

Cutest little reminder too!

Bags from the local craft store with the hole punched Mickeys on them

Yes, the cupcakes were homemade as well, and quite delicious!
Buffet table laid out and ready to go

Lollypop Tree! Styrofoam once again for this adorable project

This took them forever but it was so cute! Stickers with different sayings on the bottom of all the Hershey Kisses

There was about a half dozen sayings!

And to cap it all off, Mickey showed up!! Pretty good looking Mickey too in my opinion!
I don't know how his mom is gonna top this next year, it was an awesome party!! If you have any questions for her about what she did, just let me know and I will get the answers from her for you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

This Week's It Came From Disney!

Since I've been gone these last few weeks, there have still be articles of mine going up at the Disney Dispatch, talking about some of the great Disney merchandise that I own! Here are a few of the articles:

Spinning Disney's World by Charlie Ridgway
4 Parks One World Snowglobe
Disney Trivia Game on the Go CD
On the Road with Disney Trivia Game

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How Disney Married Us...Unofficially

Had to throw that unofficially in there before I gave anyone a heart attack.  No, Chris and I are not engaged or married, unless you ask a couple Magic Kingdom cast members who seem to think otherwise. 

It all began right before our trip; my cousin is getting married and was thinking about going to Walt Disney World for her honeymoon.  She wanted me to pick up some information for her while I was there, if there was any.  I didn’t mind at all, but I was not sure where to look.  The couple times I went to Franck’s it was closed and when I asked at the concierge at Wilderness Lodge, all they did was hand me a piece of paper that basically said “Call this number”. So Chris and I thought that maybe the City Hall in Magic Kingdom would be a good place to check.

We walked into Magic Kingdom one night after our dinner at Ohana’s and walked over to City Hall.  After waiting a minute or so, a woman came up to us and asked what we needed.  I asked “Do you have any information on honeymoons?”, what I thought to be a simple, non-implied question.  She thinks for a second and says she is not sure, goes behind the desk and calls us up to it.  She asks how long we would be still in the parks to which we replied just one more day, as it was near the end of our trip. She looks through a few things and speaks with her fellow cast member standing next to her, though we cannot hear what they are saying until he says “Can you do that?” and she replies “I don’t know, but I am going to try” and walks to the back room.

The male cast member behind the desk makes small talk with Chris and I, asking if we have seen the Main Street Electrical Parade or Fantasmic yet, to which we replied that we had seen everything expect Fantasmic, which we were seeing tomorrow, on our last day.  

The woman walks back and forth a few more times between the back room and then comes out to us, saying that she cannot get ahold of the manager at Hollywood Studios, so we would have to do this the long way.  She has me fill out a slip with my name, address and phone number on it and then begins plugging things into the computer. Up to this point, Chris and I thought she was merely arranging for us to pick up information at the studios tomorrow. 

The cast member then pulls out a booklet and begins writing on a carbon copied sheet, rips out two of them and hands us these yellow slips of paper. “This one is for a free ice cream for each of you and this one is for a free soda or water, both to be used in the Magic Kingdom tonight” she says and we, through shocked faces, thanked her very much for them.  I did not know what this had to do with my question, Chris and I assumed they were giving this to us because we stumped them with a question and they had no information on honeymoons. She then pulls out this other slip of paper; “If you guys take this number to Guest Relations tomorrow at Hollywood Studios, they will give you free Fast Passes for rides of your choice”.  Chris and I were in full shock now! We thanked her very much and realized we must have really stumped her…until her next statement…

“We don’t have any information on honeymoons, but we love helping you guys out” and with this, she pulled out two “Just Married” pins and handed them to us.


Yea, that’s about all we could say….we must have stared at her for a good five seconds…What made her assume that we were married? All I asked for was honeymoon information, if I was on my honeymoon, why would I need the information?? 

We took the pins, thanked her again and walked out onto Main Street.  Chris could barely contain his laughter! He turns to me and explains that she must have thought we wanted information on what we could do during our honeymoon now or if there was any special things for honeymooners to do. 

So that is how Chris and I got unofficially married by Disney.  In the end, it is a good tip for those who are on their honeymoon; Get those “Just Married” pins, they will get you sooo much free stuff! No, we did not wear the pins, we did not feel it was right to lie to people like that, but you can guarantee that when we do get married someday, we will have those pins for sure!