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33: Draw 20 Disney Characters at the Animation Academy

Last September, I shared the first 10 drawings in my quest to draw 20 different Disney characters at the Animation Academy in Hollywood Studios. Just last week, I finally met my goal of bringing my total to twenty. Here are the results :) !

Goofy

Goofy

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

Russel from Up

Russell from Up

Olaf the Snowman

Olaf the Snowman

Mickey Mouse!!!

Mickey Mouse!!!

(The instructor assured me that Mickey Mouse is a different character than Sorcerer Mickey, who I drew for my previous post… at least from an animation perspective :). Whew!)

Eeyore

Eeyore

Elsa from Frozen

Elsa from Frozen

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Okay… that one was NOT my “best work.” ;) Each year around Star Wars Weekends, you may luck out and get to draw a Disney character dressed as a Star Wars character. This next picture is the instructor’s drawing, which shows you what he is supposed to look like…

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Donald Duck as Darth Maul

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Juuust kidding! That one is another instructor’s drawing. I won it by answering a Disney trivia question (Donald Duck’s middle name, by the way, is “Fauntleroy,” in case you are ever in a situation where you might find that information handy ;) ). Here is my drawing of Rapunzel…

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

I’m sure you can see why I preferred to put up the instructor’s instead ;) .

But now, for my very own pièce de résistance… it’s the GENIE OF THE LAAAAAAAAAAMP!!!!!!

Genie!

GENIE!!!

I just have to reiterate from my previous post: I CAN’T DRAW at all… not a bit, at least on my own. I mean, I know not all of these are masterpieces, but some of them you can actually tell who they are without the caption (at least, I think so ;) ).

The point is, this fun and unique experience is absolutely worth a try. It’s a wonderful change of pace during a busy park day, and you walk out with your very own handmade souvenir… possibly of one of your favorite characters. So, pull up a seat, grab a pencil, and see what YOU can create at the Animation Academy!

 

24: Beat My Husband at Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania (1)
Toy Story Midway Mania (3)
Toy Story Midway Mania (5)
Toy Story Midway Mania (6)

Round 1!
Guess who was Player 1 :( ?

Toy Story midway mania (1)
Round 2!
Guess who was Player 1 :( ?

Toy Story Midway Mania (9)
Toy Story Midway Mania (10)
Round 3!
GUESS WHO WAS PLAYER 1 :) ?!?

Toy Story midway mania (3)
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87: Drink Hot Cocoa while Watching Fantasmic!

Fantasmic Hollywood Studios (1)
Okay, soooo I guess this one on my Disney Bucket List was not exactly custom-made for terrific photo evidence ;)

Fantasmic hot cocoa
Still, it’s almost fitting, because I don’t think any picture can capture what it’s really like to see Fantasmic! This nighttime spectacular at Hollywood Studios brings together fireworks, live performers, laser lights, stunning water effects, memorable music, Disney heroes, princesses and villains, MICKEY MOUSE, and the best moments of Disney animation for a truly unforgettable show you absolutely don’t want to miss.

Even though I didn’t do a good job with my photography, I’d still like to share one my favorite moments from the show, when a few dozen of our good friends come out to join in the fun:

Fantasmic Hollywood Studios (3)
Fantasmic Hollywood Studios (2)
Fantasmic Hollywood Studios (4)
Oh, and the cocoa? The first time I saw Fantasmic, it was a very cool night (much like it was again for this viewing). Vendors were walking up and down the amphitheater aisles, selling mugs of hot cocoa in souvenir cups. I didn’t get one because I was on vacation — I knew I would have to pack my suitcase, and wasn’t interested in making room for the cup.

But all these years later, I distinctly remember thinking that sipping cocoa during this amazing show would feel something like the height of luxury :), and it was one of the very first things to make my Disney Bucket List. So, with that… CHEERS !

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77: Run through All Four Walt Disney World Parks

MAGIC KINGDOM!

2014 WDW Half Marathon

2014 WDW Half Marathon

2014 WDW Half Marathon

2014 WDW Half Marathon

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS!

2011 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

2012 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

2011 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

2012 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

ANIMAL KINGDOM!

2013 Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K

2013 Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

2013 Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K

2013 Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

Animal Kingdom Mickeys Jingle Jungle 5K (1)

2013 Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

EPCOT!

2014 Enchanted 10K

2014 Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise! Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise! 2014 Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise!             2014 Enchanted 10K

World Showcase at Sunrise! 2014 Enchanted 10K

2014 Enchanted 10K

2014 Enchanted 10K

To read Race Recaps for any of these events, just click the links below :) :

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K
WDW Half Marathon
Enchanted 10k (also included: the Princess Half Marathon)

65: Experience every Attraction in Walt Disney World

If you’ve seen my Disney Bucket List, you may have noticed that I’ve included very little about rides at Walt Disney World. One reason for this is because Bucket Lists, by nature, are about things you haven’t done, and I’d experienced the vast majority of rides at Walt Disney World (though not all… until now :) ).

Big Thunder Mountain Magic Kingdom (2)
The second reason is that Walt Disney World, regardless of how it appears at first glance, is about SO much more than rides. It’s about atmosphere, heart, memories, family and friends, and magic.

But, let’s face it… it IS more than a little about the rides, isn’t it ;) ? Because Disney attractions are simply a BLAST!! So, let’s have at it!

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Hop on board!

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Having at long last experienced every attraction in Walt Disney World, I’d like to present my not-very-highly-anticipated (yet HIGHLY subjective)…

RIDERS CHOICE AWARDS!

MAGIC KINGDOM

Favorite attraction:
Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
Favorite thrill:
Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Magic Kingdom
Sentimental favorite:
Peter Pan’s Flight

Magic Kingdom Peter Pans Flight
Most underrated:
Tom Sawyer Island

Mystery Mine
Favorite Queue:
Space Mountain

Space Mountain
Thanks, but no thanks:
Stitch’s Great Escape

Magic Kingdom Stitch Great Escape
Wonder of the World:
The Hall of Presidents

Magic Kingdom Hall of Presidents
EPCOT

Favorite Attraction:
Soarin’

EPCOT Soarin
Favorite thrill:
Soarin’

Sentimental favorite:
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

EPCOT Gran Fiesta Tour Three Caballeros
Most underrated:
Living with the Land

EPCOT Living with the Land
Favorite Queue:
The Seas with Nemo and Friends

EPCOT The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Wonder of the World:
The American Adventure

EPCOT American Adventure

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Favorite Attraction:
Kilimanjaro Safaris

Animal Kingom Kilimajaro Safaris
Favorite thrill:
Expedition Everest

Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest
Favorite Queue:
Expedition Everest

Most underrated:
Flights of Wonder

Animal Kingdom Flights of Wonder
Wonder of the World:
Dinosaur

Animal Kingdom Dinosaur
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Favorite Attraction:
Star Tours

Hollywood Studios Star Tours
Favorite thrill:
Rock & Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Rock n Roller Coaster Aerosmith
Sentimental favorite:
Animation Academy

Hollywood Studios Animation Academy (11)
Most underrated:
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

Hollywood Studios One Mans Dream Walt Disney
Favorite Queue:
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

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Wonder of the World:
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Like I said, this list is HIGHLY subjective! Please feel welcome to let me know your winners in the “Comments” below!

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