Monday, June 25, 2012


We all know my all encompassing love of Figment. What you may not know is that I love ALL dragons, Figment just happens to be my favorite.

Well, it appears that Disney has created some amazing flying dragons!

Rumor has it that they are for the new Avatar land coming to Animal Kingdom.


I'd much rather see them flying over Magic Kingdom. How cool would it be to have Maleficent as a dragon?!?!

This is the photo I found of the dragons so far. They are pretty sweet.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hidden Mickey on Mercury

I'm sure most of you die hard Disney fans have seen this already, but just in case you haven't...

This cluster of craters was found on the planet Mercury! How cool is that?
The crater resembling Mickey's head measures about 65 miles (105 kilometers) across.

You can download a larger version of the image on NASA's website here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Partial Candlelight Processional Schedule and Narrators

During the holidays, Epcot theme park is transformed into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with festive decorations and live entertainment. From Holidays Around The World to Candlelight Processional, delight in the sights and sounds of the season.
Candlelight Processional is a special holiday event held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot theme park as part of Holidays Around The World. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator † accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

A partial list of dates and narrators has been announced:
11/23 – 11/25 Isabella Rossellini
11/26 – 11/29 Neil Patrick Harris
11/30 – 12/01 Whoopi Goldberg
12/02 – 12/04 TBA
12/05 – 12/07 TBA
12/08 – 12/10 TBA
12/11 – 12/13 Jodi Benson
12/14 – 12/16 Olivia Newton John
12/17 – 12/19 TBA
12/20 – 12/22 Trace Adkins
12/23 – 12/25 Gary Sinise
12/26 – 12/28 TBA
12/29 – 12/30 Marlee Matlin with Jack Jason

Important Information for Visiting Disneyland on June 15th

As stated on the Disney Parks Blog...
  • Disney California Adventure park opens at 9 a.m. on June 15; Disneyland park opens at 8 a.m. on June 15.
  • The early arrival queue will open to guests on Disneyland Resort property at 11 p.m. on June 14.
  • Parking will be available in the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, and standard parking rates will apply.
  • A select amount of wristbands will be distributed to guests who are waiting in line to maintain the order of arrival. All guests in line will be able to leave the line to use the restroom, purchase food or beverages, and return or retrieve items from their vehicles/hotel rooms until 6 a.m. on June 15.
  • Portions of the early arrival queue will be located beyond the guest screening checkpoints, beyond which certain items will not be permitted. Be sure to check the list of prohibited items here.
  • Restrooms and ticket booths will be available to guests in the queue.
  • The following Downtown Disney District locations will offer extended operating hours on June 14-15:
    Be sure to take a lot of photos! If you're attending and would like to have your photos featured on this blog and corresponding Facebook page, please let me know!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Figment Nerd and Stitch Nerd Vinylmation Available Now!

That's right folks! The Figment and Stitch from the Nerds Rock Vinylmation series are currently for sale via the Disney Vinylmation Facebook app.

They will be available in Disneyland and Walt Disney World at D-Street on June 22nd. I have heard that they will also be available on that day.

If you read my blog regularly then you know that I already ordered them! Well, hubby ordered them for me. The Stitch is his and the Figment is...

You can order yours HERE now!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My family is so Disney...

that even the dog gets involved!

Look at what she made for us last night. If you've been looking for hidden Mickey's lately well then "urine" luck! Get it? Urine... you're in...
Stop judging me.
If you're reading this blog then chances are you would have taken a picture if your dog left a hidden Mickey on a wee wee pad too.

At least I didn't turn the computer on and post it as soon as I saw it. I just ran and got my camera, took a few photos to make sure I got the perfect one, and went back to bed. Leaving the wee wee pad on the floor so that my Disney loving husband could see it in the morning.

Best part about it? He saw it, took a picture of it, and sent it to me in a text while I was at my niece's dance recital. He was just as excited as I was.

So, the next time you think you might be more into the Disney lifestyle than we are, just ask yourself, "would my dog do this?"

What's the strangest hidden Mickey you've ever found?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Save on Gas by buying Disney Gift Cards

Kroger grocery stores are offering 4 times fuel points and you can redeem them for up to $2.00 off per gallon of gas the entire summer. The offer expires on June 17th.

A lot of people use a great strategy to save money on their Disney trips. They will purchase the Disney gift cards, using their Disney Visa card. This helps you save money on gas, and then earns you points on your credit card! 

For information on how the point system works you can visit Couponing to Disney. I do not have a Kroger near me so if it weren't for that blog I wouldn't have known about this offer. 

(you don't have to buy Disney gift cards to take advantage of the offer, you can use any gift card, but since all of my money goes to Disney anyway, I figured it'd make sense haha)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Preview of the new Dumbo Storybook Circus Attraction

The "new and improved" Dumbo attraction is going to have something that guests of Walt Disney World have never seen before... a "no line" queue! According to the Disney Parks blog, Disney will be issuing pagers like you would get at a restaurant rather than waiting on line to ride the classic attraction. While waiting guests will be able to enjoy the circus themed "queue lounge" where there will be interactive elements for the guests to enjoy.

Here are some sneak peek photos for you to enjoy  as well as a video from Inside the Magic of the current ride in action at night. The new colored lights and fountain really make a nice impact at night.

The Storybook Circus part of the Fantasyland expansion project is scheduled to open this July!

It's A Small World by LeSportsac

Disney has teamed up with the handbag company LeSportsac to bring us a new and fabulous line of designer Disney bags. These bags are available at the LeSportsac website.

With four different patterns and twelve different styles, there is a bag for everyone!

I would buy a bag just to get the cute charms they come with.
Look how cute the charm is on the mermaid themed Peace, Love, and Mermaid bags. The same charm is used on the Tahitian Dreams bags as well! (patterns featured on first and second bags from the left in above photo)

The metal coin charm from the Magical Journey bag is nice too and would make a good key chain if removed from the bag.  (pattern is featured on the third bag from the left in the photo above)

The Time to Share bag might have my favorite charm, and the pattern is definitely the most "in your face" about it being a Small World/Disney themed bag.  (pattern is featured on the last bag from the left in the photo above)

I don't currently own any LeSportsac bags, I am a Coach and Disney Dooney & Bourke gal, but with the slightly lower price tag, and fabulous patterns along with the numerous style options, I think I might just have to add one of these to my Disney bag collection. 

Do you own any Disney handbags?
Which It's A Small World pattern do you like best?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Walt Disney World Park Ticket Price Increase June 3rd

It's official!
Walt Disney World Theme Park Ticket prices will go up on Sunday, June 3rd. 

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida in the near future but do not wish to purchase any of  the Disney Dining Plans for your stay, you can save money by purchasing your park tickets now and the current price. They will still be valid when you travel. Please note that the price of adding the combined Park Hopper/Water Park Fun & More is actually dropping, so if you are buying a ticket with both add-ons, it may be cheaper to wait until after Sunday to purchase.
Contact me for more information or to purchase tickets.
You can find me on Facebook here or here. You can also email me at kerri(at)mickeysdreamvacations(dot)com

The new prices are listed below. They do not include tax which is applied to every purchase regardless of state of origin. Tax is 6.5%

Theme Park Annual Pass Options (*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
Annual Pass $574 $574
Annual Pass entitles guest to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except activities/events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as complimentary parking.
Premium Annual Pass $699 $699
Premium Annual Pass entitles guest to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except activities/events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon), Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, DisneyQuest and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, as well as complimentary parking.
Days On Ticket Base Ticket
Optional Add-Ons
Ages 10-up Ages 3-9 Park Hopper® Water Park Fun & More Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More No Expiration
10 days $318
$57 $57 (10 visits) $79 (10 visits) $275
9 days $308
$57 $57 (9 visits) $79 (9 visits) $250
8 days $298
$57 $57 (8 visits) $79 (8 visits) $215
7 days $288
$57 $57 (7 visits) $79 (7 visits) $190
6 days $278
$57 $57 (6 visits) $79 (6 visits) $165
5 days $268
$57 $57 (5 visits) $79 (5 visits) $130
4 days $256
$57 $57 (4 visits) $79 (4 visits) $85
3 days $242
$57 $57 (3 visits) $79 (3 visits) $40
2 days $176
$57 $57 (2 visits) $79 (2 visits) $30
1 day $89 $83 $35 $57 (2 visits) $79 (2 visits) n/a
Attractions Outside the Theme Parks (*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach 1-Day 1-Park / Annual Hopper $52 / $99.95 $44 / $80.50
DisneyQuest 1-Day / Annual Pass $44 / $89 $38 / $71
DisneyQuest + Water Parks Annual Pass $129 $99
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex $14.95 $10.28
Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba $73-$128 $58-$102
Theme Park Miscellaneous Options (*)
Parking $14 (tax included) ($15 camper/trailer) per day
Single Stroller $15 per day ($13 per day for length-of-stay rentals)
Double Stroller $31 per day ($27 per day for length-of-stay rentals)
Locker Theme Parks: $7 per day (large lockers $9 per day) + $5 refundable deposit
Water Parks: $8 per day (large lockers $10 per day) + $5 refundable deposit
Wheelchair $12 rental per day ($10 per day for length-of-stay rentals)
ECV $50 rental per day + $20 refundable deposit
Stroller, Wheelchair and ECV rentals at Downtown Disney require a $100 refundable deposit.
Florida Resident Theme Park Tickets and Options (*)

Park Hopper® Water Park Fun & More Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More

Ages 10+ Ages 3-9

Florida Resident 4-Day Ticket $192 $178 $28.50 $28.50 $57
Florida Resident 3-Day Ticket $169 $157 $28.50 $28.50 $57
1-Day MYW Ticket $89 $83 $17.50 $28.50 $46
Valid proof of Florida residency per adult is required for purchase and use. Florida Resident 3-Day Ticket and Options and Florida Resident 4-Day Ticket and Options expire 6 months after first use or 12/18/2013, whichever comes first. Block-out dates apply.
Florida Resident Theme Park Annual/Seasonal Pass Options (*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
Florida Resident Annual Pass $425 $425
Florida Resident Annual Pass entitles residents to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus complimentary parking.
Florida Resident Premium Annual Pass $559 $559
Florida Resident Premium Annual Pass entitles residents to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, DisneyQuest, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, plus complimentary parking.
Florida Resident Seasonal Pass $299 $299
Florida Resident Seasonal Pass entitles residents to admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom except for “blockout” dates around Christmas/New Years, Easter/spring break, and peak summer vacation period; the pass expires 365 days after activation.

Will the new ticket prices change your vacation plans? Are you more likely to purchase tickets before the change to save money or will you wait and add them to your package at a later date for convenience sake?
I will be buying annual pass vouchers for our December trip tomorrow, every little bit helps!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Curious Teapot on Etsy: Review & Giveaway

As you can probably tell, I'm a bit obsessed with Etsy. It's a great website that let's you help small business owners sell their wares. This excites me. It excites me even more when I come across something like this...

The Curious Teapot on Etsy is a shop run by a Long Islander (woo hoo!) named Mary Ellen. She creates fabulous works of art from ribbon.

I was lucky enough to receive the full Alice in Wonderland set as seen above for review purposes.
I LOVE them. The White Rabbit's ears are too cute for words and his little collar makes me feel all warm and squishy inside. I love the fact that she has a card because it just perfectly completes the set.

I'm going to suggest she makes a March Hare so that the Mad Hatter can have company at his tea party once Alice leaves to play croquet with the Queen of Hearts. A brown bunny done in the same style as the white rabbit with an orange coat and brown pants would be FABULOUS.

This set would make a very merry unbirthday gift for any little girl. Big girls such as myself will enjoy them too. The quality is top notch and they withstood Princess Jasmine trying to steal them from me. No teeth marks were visable which in my book shows that the ribbon is high quality and not flimsy at all. So, thanks Jazzy for doing some product testing for me!

Do you have a little prince at home rather than a princess? Perhaps you have a cowboy or a space ranger...

There is plenty in The Curious Teapot shop for them too! The clips can be used as toys as well.

Mary Ellen has been generous enough to offer one lucky Lady In Wonderland reader/fan a set of 3 clips of their choosing! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The contest ends June 30th. Be sure to tell your friends to come and enter too! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway