Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy 50th Pirates of the Caribbean!!!

Today, one of my all time favorite rides, Pirates of the Caribbean, turns 50!!!


Fifty years ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean set sail at Disneyland.  Of course, over the years it's become a fan favorite and a classic.  It's so popular that there are currently pirate attractions in five Disney parks: Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and the newest ride at Shanghai Disney Resort.


The iconic attraction inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean movies staring Johnny Depp.  There are four movies with the 5th being released this May.  (I can't wait!)


Then, the movies inspired the ride.  Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa were both added to the attraction after the popularity of the movie franchise.  Other changes have included adding images of Davy Jones, Captain Blackbeard and mermaids.


Meeting the pirates characters is a rare experience, but one that I've fortunately been able to do a few times now!  Eliot and I first met Captain Jack Sparrow at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2015.  He commented on our outfits from the "spooky house."  Then, we met him again this past year at the Halloween party.


During the Princess Half marathon a few weeks ago, I also stopped to take a picture with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa!  I figure that you don't see them together often, my foot was killing me and needed a break, so I went for it!  (Then, Captain Barbosa gave me a hard time about not liking his beard.)


Of course, there are many more pirate experiences at Disney: from the Halloween parade floats, to dressing up like one at the Pirates League, to themed resort rooms, and to Disney Cruise Line's Pirate Night adventures on the high seas.


I have many memories of Pirates of the Caribbean: riding the attractions at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, of going to see the movies and now from Pirates in the Caribbean during our first Disney Cruise last fall.  It's safe to say this attraction will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was also the last ride Walt Disney oversaw the construction of- which makes it even more special to me.


Happy 50th Anniversary Pirates of the Caribbean!  May you sail on voyages and delight park guests for many more years.  Drink up me hearties, yo ho! °o°

Friday, March 17, 2017

Today's the Day!!!

It's finally here!!!  Today is the day Beauty and the Beast is released in theaters!!!  Or, more likely for most of you, last night was the night to go see it!  Unfortunately, here in southern Maine, our local theater did not have any midnight showings.  Boo!!!


However, I've decided that's ok with me.  I'm practicing an incredible amount of self-restraint, and going to see it tomorrow with Eliot and my brother Jeremy.  I have today off, so if I really wanted to, I could take myself, but I would rather see it for the first time with both of them.  Thus, the wait continues for me... 

Have you seen it?  What did you think?  (No spoilers!)  My friends who have seen it say that it's amazing, and it's so good it's like seeing the original all over again.  I have to admit, I've been pretty excited for other movies in the past- Cinderella, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc.- but I've never been this excited to go see a movie.  In fact, I'm planning how I'm going to get myself there to see it multiple times.  (Sorry Eliot...)

For now, I wait a little bit longer.  I'll figure out what I'm going to wear and then set out my Beauty and the Beast themed outfit for tomorrow.  Today is a also good day to finish a few projects I've been working on.  So, I wait... but I know it'll be worth it!  °o°

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WDW February 2017 Bucket List Results

I can't believe it's already been two weeks since we returned from our trip to Walt Disney World!  Eliot and I have been super busy, but it means we're that much closer to spring!  (She said as the worst storm of the winter bears down on Maine bringing about two feet of snow...)  As promised, here is a recap of our bucket list from our trip!


Melissa's WDW February 2017 Bucket List:

°o°  1.) Buy a Mickey Mouse Balloon
This is one of those goals that I can't seem to shake.  I was going to do it at the beginning of our trip, but Eliot and I weren't at the Magic Kingdom (during the day) early in our trip.  I wanted to take pictures with it at the castle.  It wasn't worth it to buy a balloon only to pop it mere hours later.  I'll get one... eventually.

°o°  2.) Take a picture at the "purple wall”
We passed the purple wall, but it was night time and it didn't look very purple.  Plus, with our limited schedule, it wasn't that important to us.


°o°  3.) Participate in the Enchanted 10K and Princess Half
I did participate in the Enchanted 10K and the Princess Half!  I also finished my first runDisney race!  I'm very proud of that.  I didn't finish the half, but I finally listened to my body and I don't think my flat feet and bad knees are cut out for longer races.  I'm still doing Tink in May, but after that, I'm sticking to 5K and 10K races!

°o°  4.) Go on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride
Next trip, we are signing up for FastPasses for this!  I think this is the 5th time we've been since it opened and we STILL haven't been on it!


°o°  5.) See Rivers of Light
Eliot and I were able to see this on the night we went to Animal Kingdom.  I really enjoyed the show and the message.  I'm really looking forward to seeing it again!

°o°  6.) Take Photos at the Hubgrass
I should have done this Thursday afternoon while I was at the Magic Kingdom by myself.  However, I didn't bring the ears I wanted photos of with me.  We walked past the hubgrass a second time at dusk on our last night.  But, it wasn't that important and I wanted daytime pictures.  Next time!


°o°  7.) See Wishes One Last Time
Eliot and I actually saw Wishes twice during our trip.  We went Thursday night after he arrived, and we went again on our last night.  Goodbye Wishes!!!  :-(

°o°  8.) Take a picture at the “bubble gum wall"
I got a photo at the bubble gum wall in Epcot!


°o° 10.) Buy Haunted Mansion shoes at Expo
bought my Haunted Mansion wallpaper shoes from the expo.  Eliot and I also both got the wallpaper and hitchhiking ghost shoe charms.

°o° 11.) See Mickey's Friendship Faire Castle Show
I watched this on Thursday while I was at Magic Kingdom by myself.  I really enjoyed the show and it was cute.  It's not Dream Along with Mickey, but it was fun.


°o° 15.) Buy Rivers of Light Merchandise
Eliot and I behaved ourselves with the merchandise this trip, especially since a lot of it is available on the Shop Disney Parks App.  However, I did scope out the Rivers of Light merchandise, and I brought home a magnet!

°o° 16.) See the Tree of Life Light Up
Eliot and I saw a few versions of the Tree of Life coming to life.  We didn't realize that there were different versions!  Animal Kingdom at night is fun!


°o° 17.) Visit Disney Springs
Eliot and I went to Disney Springs after we rested up from the 10K.  We didn't do too much walking because we were a little sore, but I did see the tsum tsum dress, get some treats and do a little bit of shopping!


°o° 18.) Take a Tangled Magic Shot
I'm so happy to got my Tangled Magic shot!  I really wish that I'd smiled for the photo though.  They told me to look at the lantern and I was so serious.  Plus, I wish that Eliot and I had gotten one looking at each other.  Thankfully, it was just announced that they're extending the photo op!  I really hope we get the chance to do it again!


°o° 19.) Go Swimming
I don't know if we offiicially went swimming, but we went to the pool after the 10K.  The water was really cold, so we mostly just soaked our legs in it.  We were planning to go to Blizzard Beach, but after seeing how cold the Hippy Dippy Pool was, we decided we'd skip it this trip!  No biggie, it gave us more time to do other things!

°o° 20.) Meet Moana
When we walked through One Man's Dream, the line to meet Moana was over an hour long.  We had other things we were trying to get done, so we skipped it for now.  Plus, I wanted to wear a Moana inspired outfit.  I'm hoping next time the line won't be as long, or that we'll be able to meet her at Disneyland in May!

In addition to these, we also did a few other things we weren't expecting:

°o° Pop Century Pool Bar
This has been on my bucket list forever.  I didn't even put it on the list this time because I figured there was no way it would happen.  But, the timing and meaning behind it was very significant, and I really wanted to make sure it happened this time.


°o° Meet one of my Happily Ever Hatter Customers
Ok, we had planned to try to meet up, so it wasn't unexpected.  However, I wasn't sure how the timing would work.  I'm really happy it worked out so Eliot and I could spend a little bit of time talking with Corey!


°o° Hand Out a Ton of Business Cards
This was so exciting to me.  I've never handed out many, and this trip, Eliot and I handed out a ton.  We got a ton of compliments on our ears.  It really made me smile!

°o° Take Product Photos
Eliot and I brought over 20 sets of mouse ears with us.  While we didn't take photos of all of them, we took really good photos of a lot of our popular designs!


°o° See the Tsum Tsum Dress
This was originally on my bucket list, but I took it off.  I'm still really happy that I was able to see it live in person though!


°o° See All of the Night Time Shows
This probably puzzles you, but when you're going to Walt Disney World for a 5 day trip, that's also a race trip so you're going to bed early and getting up at 3 am two mornings in a row, this is a huge accomplishment!  But we did it!!!

°o° Take Pictures with the Enchanted Rose
This completely surprised me!  There was an enchanted rose set up at the Expo that you were able to take pictures with!  I did it both times Eliot and I went to the Expo!!!


°o° See the Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries
This was the greatest surprise of this trip... so much so, that I almost cried.  I was crushed when I found out our trip was directly in between the Festival of the Arts and the Flower and Garden Festival.  When I saw the topiaries out in the World Showcase, I literally almost started to cry out of happiness!


Looking back, our 5 day trip was pretty awesome.  All in all, I'd say 15 out of 20 isn't bad at all for a 5 day Walt Disney World trip!  Plus, the things we weren't expecting to do really made this trip special!  And there's so much more that happened too!  I'll make sure to tell you all about them in my trip recaps!  °o°

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fun Find: Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

I promised I'd check back in with the release of the soundtrack!  (Unfortunately, I had a crazy busy Friday and I wasn't able to write this post for yesterday!)  We are less than a week away from the release of Beauty and the Beast!  I can't wait!!!  Eliot and I have been crazy busy the past few weeks... more on that later, but all good things!  It seems like this movie will be here before we know it.  (Not that I'm complaining!)

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I haven't had a chance to actually buy the soundtrack, even though I swore I would the day it was released.  In my scurry of errands yesterday, it didn't even don on me to buy it while I was in Walmart.  I could get it on iTunes, but I tend to buy the physical CD of soundtracks, especially when I know I'm going to be listening to them in the car.  

Instead, I've decided to wait a few more days to get my copy.  However, I only have so much restraint and I have checked it out on iTunes.  Here's what I think so far:


Belle- I love this.  The preview of this scene gave me chills with how perfect it was.


Belle (Reprise)- Gives me goosebumps every single time I hear it.  It makes me want to sing at the top of a grassy hill, "I was so much more than they've got planned..."


Gaston- I love this.  Josh Gad is my hero.  I can't wait to see him as LeFou!!!


Be Our Guest- Still just as upbeat and catchy as the original.  I can't wait to see the visual of this.  It's one of my favorite scenes in the animated movie!


Days in the Sun- I'm excited to hear the rest of this original and to see it in the movie!


Something There- I love this scene in the animated movie and I'm really excited to see this. I still think Emma Watson is the perfect Belle.


How Does a Moment Last Forever (Montmartre)- This snippet is so short!  I want to hear more of it.  I can't wait to see it in the film too!


Beauty and the Beast- I think I'm going to love Mrs. Potts.  I loved this song in the original and I sang it all the time.  And this scene, it will be perfection.  I can feel it!

Evermore- I'm so excited to hear from the Beast!  I wish that he sang more in the original.  I'm so glad that they included this in the movie and soundtrack!


The Mob Song- So upbeat and catchy like the original.  I know it's the villain's song, but this is always the one that I end up singing after watching Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios.  It's just so catchy!


Beauty and the Beast- I love this updated version from Ariana Grande and John Legend and I've been listening to it for weeks now.  Perfection!!!


Have you bought the soundtrack yet?  What do you think?  I can't wait to get my hands on my copy!  I'm sure I'm going to be singing this all. the. time. in my car.  Move over Moana, I've got another playlist to add to the collection!!!  °o°

Friday, March 3, 2017

Fun Find Friday: Beauty and the Beast Final Trailer

Only two more weeks until Beauty and the Beast is released!  I can hardly wait!!!

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I've been super excited for this movie ever since the teaser trailer came out.  Now, we've come full circle, to the final trailer released for the movie.  This last one gave me chills.  All of them have been spectacular, but the addition of the song "Beauty and the Beast" from the soundtrack made it so much more powerful.



In fact, I had to rush over to iTunes to download the title song by Ariana Grande and John Legend as soon as I heard it.  I've been listening to it for the past month!  The full soundtrack will be released a week from today on March 10th.  I'm not sure I could possibly get more excited for this movie, but I'll check back in a week from now with the release of the soundtrack!  °o°

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017 Calendar

Hello March!  Now that we're back from our Walt Disney World trip, I'm looking forward to spring time here in Maine!  We've still got quite a ways to go, and March sometimes has a tendency to drag.  Thankfully, there are plenty of things to keep us busy.  This month, I'm really looking forward to St. Patrick's Day, which is also the day the live action Beauty and the Beast is released!  Here's a calendar to help you count down!


Like last year, I've also made a blank version of the 2017 calendar without the holidays to make them more versatile.  Over the past 4 years, my calendars have been used for lots of things including: Disney trip countdowns, teachers' Disney themed classrooms, training calendars for runDisney events and to surprise kids with a Disney vacation!

Here's the link to download the March 2017 PDF version of the printable.

Here's the link to download the Blank March 2017 PDF version of the printable.


Feel free to link this post up to Pinterest or Facebook so your friends and family can have a fun Mickey and Minnie calendar too!  Let's spread the Disney Magic!!!  °o°

Note: I've made calendars through 2017.  I don't post the PDF links on my blog until the beginning of each month.  If you're looking for a particular month and would like me to email it to you ahead of my post going live, you can send my blog an email at mydisneylifeblog[at]gmail.com.  I'll send you the PDFs directly as soon as I can!  :-)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Back from Walt Disney World

Hey Everyone!  Eliot and I are back from Walt Disney World!!!  I must admit, I have mixed feelings about this whole thing.  While it's great to be back home, I'm definitely missing the sunshine, warm weather, t-shirts, green grass and bright flowers.


We had a great time!  Both Eliot and I are pretty sore at the moment, but that was expected.  We got a lot accomplished this trip, even though we spent a good portion of it running, sore, or sleeping.  I'll be posting our trip bucket list in the next few days!


For now, I'm going to try to get caught up with a few things!  Then, it's early to bed so we can finish the work week strong!  Although, I'm definitely daydreaming about having Friday, Saturday and Sunday to unpack, get settled in, make more mouse ears and to work on our house some more!  It's good to be home!!!  °o°