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Journey to D23 Expo!

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So excited to announce we are headed to the D23 Expo in Anaheim! It’s less than a month away. Stay tuned for updates on the most amazing Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm/Pixer event on the planet!
We’ll also be checking out the Disneyland 60th Diamond Celebration. Fireworks, parades, attractions, food, shenanigans!
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We’re back baby!

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is Sensational!

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We had the chance to finally catch this delightful parade at Disneyland over the summer, and we couldn’t be more impressed.

Here’s the official description from the Disneyland website:
Rhythmic beats hit the streets of Disneyland Park! The colorful Mickey’s Soundsational Parade arrives with a chorus of live musicians, dancers, catchy cadences, bold percussion, Disney Characters and whimsical floats that bring to life beloved melodies from classic Disney movies. Continue reading

The Magic of Disney Scents

DisneyScentsIn case you weren’t aware…memories are very easily triggered by scent. This is why you may think of your mother when you walk through a department store and they spray her perfume. Branding works with all five senses, with scent being the most powerful (check out a blog post I wrote for my former employer all about Scent Marketing). Disney knows this, and that’s why they do things such as pump out the smell of baked goods from the Main Street Bakery and popcorn scent at the Popcorn Carts to attract guests. This isn’t exclusive with food items, even certain areas of the parks have a specific smell, and memories of these areas can be triggered by everyday products. We’ve searched far and wide across the web, and found a fantastic list compiled on Disboards all about everyday products that trigger Disney Parks memories.

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One of our favourite smells is when you step off the plane and out into the Florida climate. We just wish we could bottle the mix of heat, humidity and tropical oasis that greets us when we visit our favourite place on earth!

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Here’s a great list of products that can take you back to some of your favourite Disney locations:
 Old Spice Komodo Body wash = smells just like Norway.
Old Spice Komodo Body Wash – Norway/Laila
Target bathrooms – various WDW bathrooms (clean only) – and Soarin
Citrus Mist air freshner – Soarin
Yankee Candle Home Sweet Home – Be our guest scene from Philarmagic
Loreal Vive Shampoo in the gold bottle – Florida/WDW smell
Glade Christmas Pine – Soarin
L’Oreal Ever Pure with rosemary and juniper shampoo – GF Lobby
Gardenias – Poly
Yankee Candle- Beachwalk candle -ocean scene from Soarin
Yankee Candle – Sun and San – Yacht Club
Glade Apple Spice Air freshner – floating pie from Philharmagic
Bath and Body Worlds Seaside Escape – BC lobby
Burning leaves/woodburning stove – Flame Tree BBQ (be sure to get a permit please)
Elephant cages and or Band Aids – monorail (do what you will with this one)
D & G Light Blue cologne – Soarin beach scene
Yankee Candle Winter Wonderland – Soarin skier scene – piney, wintery and crisp
Bath and Body Works Tropical Spice – Disney resort TBD
Paula Deen Pecan Pie candle – Main St.
Bath and Body Works Sea Breeze cotton – Norway
Clean and Clear morning burst face wash – Soarin orange.
Aloe and Green Clover – Enviroscent – BC lobby
Lush Cosmetics – Soak and Float solid shampoo – burning Rome scene from Space Ship Earth (for those who want to be smokey)
Fabreeze Lavender & Comfort – BC lobby
Rainkissed Leaves and Dancing Waters from B&BW – scenes from Soarin
Oscare Meyer pre-cooked bacon – AKL (yum! – hehehe)
Ocean mens line from B&BW – Soarin
Targets new candle – Sweet Spun Sugar – candy stores in the World.
Soft Soap – Deep Cleaning Sea Mineral Soap – BLT
Sun Inn Hair lightener – AKL
B&BW Sparkling Icicles – Soarin

If you absolutely need to have the real thing, Disney has actually released a line of air fresheners mimicking the smells of Turkey Legs, Mickey Premium Bar, Candy Apple and Mickey Waffles. Now we just need a Dole Whip, Soarin’ and Spaceship Earth burning ember scented air freshener and we’d be set!
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What other everyday items trigger happy memories of Disney, Universal or any other park you enjoy visiting? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Disneyland character racism -Really!?! Of The Week

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We normally don’t get involved in crazy stuff like this, but it’s just absurd to accuse Disney characters of being racist. The “friends of the characters” can hardly see when they are on stage, let alone clearly treat children with disrespect. Simply, these accusations are crazy and are most likely from people looking for a big payday from Disney. Sadly, the poor child’s picture is now splattered across the media as the debate continues. Great parenting!

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Movies & TV Shows filmed at Theme Parks

Everyone has their favourite movies and television shows they like to watch, but one thing can make them even better. Film an episode at a theme park! Nothing makes us happier to see the plot of a show take the cast to a theme park. We don’t really care that it’s a product placement for the park, it’s just plain fun. Here is a list of movies & TV shows that have been filmed in theme parks over the years. We’re not including talk shows and Travel Channel specials, because that would take years! If we missed any, email us and let us know. Continue reading

D23 Expo returns to Anaheim in 2013

The D23 Expo is set to take over the Anaheim Convention Center again in 2013. We’ve never been to the event, but we will not miss this round as we hear it’s spectacular, amazing and magical. It brings the best of The Walt Disney Company under one roof. A Comic-Con for Disney Fans if you will. The last event was in 2011, and previewed many of the great new attractions and movies in store for the coming years. For those of you that want to join the fun, tickets go on sale August 9. Continue reading

Highlights for 2012 at Disneyland Resort

The year 2012 promises even more fun and adventure across the Disneyland Resort, with new experiences highlighted by the unveiling this summer of Cars Land, Carthay Circle Theatre and the Buena Vista Street entry into Disney California Adventure park. With these and other recent additions at both theme parks, guests of all ages will enjoy more magic than ever at Disneyland Resort, a premier, multi-day vacation destination in Southern California. Continue reading

24 full hours of magic at Disney Parks

One more day of magic....yes please!

Disney Parks guests can get the most out of February 29 when Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California celebrate Leap Year by keeping a theme park on each coast open for 24 hours of nonstop memory-making fun.

For the first time ever, both the Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Park will stay open for 24 hours straight as part of a bi-coastal salute called “One More Disney Day.” From 6 a.m., February 29 to 6 a.m., March 1, 2012, local time, guests can fill the extra day of leap year with a marathon of Disney magic and fun.*
And for 60 days straight – from Jan. 1, 2012 to Feb. 29, 2012 – a daily winner will be chosen in the “Disney Parks One More Disney Day Sweepstakes” to receive a Disney Parks vacation.  One entrant each day will win a vacation for four to make memories at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.**
For the past year, Disney Parks has invited guests to “let the memories begin,” noted Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
“We’re honored that so many guests have shared their Disney memories with us as part of ‘Let the Memories Begin’, and I’m pleased to announce that the campaign will continue throughout 2012,” Staggs said. “To celebrate, for the first time ever, the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Parks will remain open for 24 hours on Leap Day, so that our guests can take advantage of every minute of their extra day to make memories with friends and family.”
In addition to the extra time, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California will feature a special offer:

  • Guests get one more day and night of memory making, free when they buy a 3-night/3-day non-discounted Walt Disney Travel Co. room and ticket package at select Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort hotels.  The package offer is good for arrivals most nights Feb. 26 – March 10, 2012 and must be booked by Jan. 31, 2012. ***

In 2011, Disney Parks has encouraged families to “Let the Memories Begin,” with guests celebrating their only-at-Disney memories by sharing their vacation stories, photos and videos online at DisneyParks.com/memories.
Guests can find out more information about other Disneyland Resort offers and tickets at www.disneyland.com and other Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket offers at www.disneyworld.com. Guests can find out more information about “One More Disney Day” and get official rules for the “Disney Parks One More Disney Day Sweepstakes” atwww.OneMoreDisneyDay.com.