Week in Review – October 19, 2014

Main Street U.S.A

What We’re Reading

Miss Emma from A Pinch of Pixie Dust wore the cutest outfit to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. You have to check it out!

Jennifer at For the Love of Disney shares why she loves Disney’s BoarWalk Inn & Villas and reviews the BoardWalk Ballyhoo Tour.

We haven’t had the chance to visit Harambe since the new Festival of the Lion King theater opened but I am really looking forward to checking it out after seeing these awesome photos of the Rejeresha Arts and Crafts Workshop from Ryan at the Main Street Gazette.

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Disney Legends – Dorothea Redmond

Disney Legend - Dorothea Redmond

Welcome to those of you joining me from Home is Where the Mouse Is and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today we are discussing some of the Disney Legends we admire.

“Her watercolor sketches were extraordinary placemaking,” Marty Sklar once said. “They expressed the concept so beautifully you felt you had already ‘been there’ in her restaurants and shop interiors, Walt’s suite for New Orleans Square, or along the promenade in Epcot’s World Showcase.”

When it comes to Disney and art one of the first names people think of is Mary Blair. I love her work and murals but I wanted to highlight another woman who’s vision is also throughout the parks, Dorothea Holt Redmond. She began her career at David O. Selznick’s studio and worked closely with directors helping them create the look of their films with her illustrations. “Gone with the Wind,” “The Best Years of Our Lives,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Funny Face,” “Sabrina” and “White Christmas” are just a few of the films she contributed to.

Watercolor of Tara from Gone with the Wind - Image via Cinema Style

Watercolor of Tara from Gone with the Wind – Image via Cinema Style

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Accessible Attractions – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Accessible Attractions - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of the attractions at the Magic Kingdom that wheelchair users use an alternate entrance. The attraction also has an accessible ride vehicle to make transferring easier. Check out the details below to see if the wildest ride in the wilderness is for you.

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Fall for Greenville 2014 – Disney Trip Prep!

Fall for Greenville

Over the weekend Drew and I attended Fall for Greenville with my sister and her family. It is a three day festival in Downtown Greenville, SC that features food, wine, live music, and a lot more. We had a great time and it ended up being a fun way to get excited about our upcoming Disney trips.

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Week in Review – October 12, 2014

Haunted Mansion

What We’re Reading

All Things Disney

Dawn from I am a Mommy Nerd shares how to meet Anna and Elsa at Disneyland.

Sarah over at Eating WDW headed over to Flying Fish Cafe who is serving breakfast until the new Trattoria al Forno opens.

Sparkly Nicole checks out the new Haunted Mansion Beautifully Disney makeup at Memento Mori. I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical about how my favorite attraction would translate to a makeup line but I love the packaging and colors.

Estelle over at This Happy Place Blog lists the ten things she is most looking forward to on her upcoming trip. It is PERFECT and I am totally stealing it. :)

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Marvel Super Hero September Sweepstakes

Marvel Super Hero September Sweepstakes

The Marvel Super Hero Sweepstakes is hitting the home stretch. This is the final week to enter! Are you smart like Iron Man, smashingly heroic like Hulk, mighty like Thor, brave like Black Widow, a leader like Captain America, loyal like Falcon, responsible like Spider-Man, skilled like Iron Spider, strong like Gamora, inventive like Rocket, or maybe these are qualities you aspire to have? Then, bring out your inner super hero for a chance to win one of many Marvel related prize packages!

So how do you enter? It’s SUPER easy! :) Just visit www.MarvelSuperHeroSeptember.com and submit a photo of yourself that shows how you “power up” like a Marvel super hero. It can be a significant moment in time, a moment of achievement, or even just a photo of you in your Marvel Super Hero attire or costume.

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Accessible Attractions – Test Track

Test Track

Test Track rolled out a new look in 2012. While the look and feel of the ride has changed, the boarding and transferring process for wheelchairs remains the same so if you have visited before don’t worry. If not check out the procedure below!

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Kill Refurb Marry – Food & Wine Festival Booths

Kill Refurb Marry - Food & Wine Festival Booths

I can’t believe it’s already time for another Kill Refurb Marry post! This month we were asked to write which 2014 Food & Wine Booths we would kill, refurb, and marry. This time it wasn’t quite as hard to choose. I’ve been doing a lot of research for our up coming trip. We’re spending two days at Walt Disney World before we leave for our Disney Cruise and I want to make sure we can fit in as much Food & Wine fun as possible so I’ve ranked the booths in the order that I want to visit them. There are was a clear winner and a clear loser.

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