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87: Drink Hot Cocoa while Watching Fantasmic!

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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:

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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

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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 :) ).

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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

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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!

33 (In Progress): Draw 20 Characters at the Animation Academy

Have YOU ever dreamed of being a Disney Animator?

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I haven’t. Don’t get me wrong—I am a HUGE FAN of all things Disney animation and of the classic characters we’ve grown to love through Disney films. However, in this case, my dreams are certainly limited by my skills (or lack thereof). I can’t draw much more than a stick figure or smiley face. Or, when I’m feeling really artistic… a stick figure WITH a smiley face ;).

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But there is one place where even I can draw… the Animation Academy at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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So, grab an empty drawing board…

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… and get ready to listen to your Professor of Animation (*Not their official title :) ).

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This is the person who will turn you into an animator! Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a pencil artist. You get to follow along step by step, and I think you’ll be happily surprised at what you’re able to create.

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Next? Prepare to enjoy your own Disney masterpiece to take home with you and enjoy!

Pluto!

Pluto!

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Sorcerer Mickey!

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Jiminy Cricket!

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Donald Duck!

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Dale!

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Tigger!

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Piglet!

Minnie Mouse!

Minnie Mouse!

Grumpy!

Grumpy!

Winnie the Pooh!

Winnie the Pooh!

My Disney Bucket List goal is to draw twenty Disney characters… and I’m halfway there :)!

46: Have my picture taken with Jiminy Cricket

I’m not gonna lie. This photo doesn’t exactly match the image I had in my head…

Jiminy and me :)!

Jiminy and me :)!

But still! It’s JIMINY CRICKETthat’s my guy!

Is there a character your child has dreamed of meeting? Okay, let’s be honest… we’re all friends here. Is there a character YOU have dreamed of meeting ;)?

Sleeping Beauty Aurora EPCOT

Princess Aurora in EPCOT’s France Pavilion

Belle in EPCOT's France Pavilion

Belle in EPCOT’s France Pavilion

Winnie the Pooh & Tigger in EPCOT's United Kingdom Pavilion

Winnie the Pooh & Tigger in EPCOT’s United Kingdom Pavilion

Baloo in EPCOT

Baloo in EPCOT

Marie from the Aristocats in EPCOT's France Pavilion

Marie from the Aristocats in EPCOT’s France Pavilion

Pirate Goofy in the Magic Kingdom

Pirate Goofy in the Magic Kingdom

Brave's Merida in Magic Kingdom

Brave’s Merida in Magic Kingdom

Ariel's Grotto at Magic Kingdom

Ariel’s Grotto in Magic Kingdom

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Snow White in Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall

Minnie Mouse in Magic Kingdom's Pete's Silly Sideshow

Minnie Mouse in Magic Kingdom’s Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Donald Duck in Magic Kingdom's Pete's Silly Sideshow

Donald Duck in Magic Kingdom’s Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Goofy in Magic Kingdom's Pete's Silly Sideshow

Goofy in Magic Kingdom’s Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Jake of Jake and the Neverland Pirates in Hollywood Studios

Jake of Jake and the Neverland Pirates in Hollywood Studios

Chewbacca at Hollywood Studios

Chewbacca in Hollywood Studios

"Selfie" with Star Wars Cantina Guy in Hollywood Studios -- Star Wars Weekends

“Selfie” with Star Wars Cantina Guy in Hollywood Studios — Star Wars Weekends

Winnie the Pooh Animal Kingdom

Winnie the Pooh in Animal Kingdom

Mickey and Minnie at Animal Kingdom's Adventurers Outpost

Mickey and Minnie in Animal Kingdom’s Adventurers Outpost

Be sure to check the following sources prior to and during your trip to Walt Disney World:

  • Pick up a Times Guide in the entrance to each Park (you can find them alongside of Park Maps)
  • Check out the Entertainment section for each Park on the Walt Disney World website (you can refine your search by selecting Character Experiences)
  • Download the free My Disney Experience app that allows you to find character locations via your mobile device.
  • Before your trip, consider making an Advanced Dining Reservation for a Character Dining experience featuring your favorite characters.
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With the Big Cheese at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

P.S. There are some amazing Character Greeting opportunities on Disney Cruise Line, too :)!

Chip & Dale on the Disney Fantasy

Chip & Dale on the Disney Fantasy

Tiana Disney Cruise

Princess Tiana on the Disney Fantasy

Captain Mickey on the Disney Fantasy

Captain Mickey on the Disney Fantasy

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