Goofy Go Night-Nap

We have another Disney vacation daily countdown activity. Along with tearing a link off of our chain, Jack asks to watch “Goofy go night-nap”. We found this video while we were browsing other Disney videos. Jack happens to love it; and even though it depicts Goofy practicing the art of vacationing at Disneyland, it still makes us excited about visiting WDW. Okay, and makes us want to book at trip to Cali A.S.A.P.

Thought I would share it with you all. Maybe it will inspire you to “go Disney” too?

Click here and enjoy!

With love, Malorie

Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: D23 Expo Info

Hello! Today I will be guest blogging about a Disney fun fact for my wife, Malorie. I’m not sure if this is the last time she will let me take over the blog, so enjoy it while you can! 🙂

This weekend in Anaheim, California, the 2nd ever D23 Expo is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The D23 Expo is a part of D23, was introduced on March 10, 2009 by Robert Iger during the company’s annual meeting in Oakland, California. The name D23 refers to Disney and 1923, the year the company was founded. The goal of D23 is to communicate with Disney fans by “placing them in the middle of the magic.”

This year, The D23 Expo presents special panels and presentations, movie screenings, celebrity appearances and autograph signings, plus new insights into movies, TV shows, theme parks, animation, Disney history, and more. Celebrities that have appeared in the past include John Travolta, Patricia Keaton, Johnny Depp, Robin Williams, Selena Gomez, Tim Burton and more!

Some of the anticipated announcements from Disney lovers at this years Expo include the possibilities of a Monster’s Inc. Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a new Disney Vacation Club at Disney’s Grand Floridian, and more artwork and details on the new Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Here are a few sneak peak pictures from the Expo center floor this year:

Entire Seven Dwarfs ride vehicle mock up!

New Fantasyland Model

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree vehicle for Disneyland

The new Minnie Mouse statue to be place in Fantasyland

Our good friends over at wdwnewstoday will have live coverage and streaming all weekend long at Feel free to check it out!

Until next time!


Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: Vintage Mermaid Dream Job

Happy Friday, friends!

I have a really fun fact that one of my good friends, Courtney, brought to my attention a few months ago. I thought this was super cool, and probably my dream job at Disney if they were still hiring for it!

Did you know that 24 years before that beautiful but rebellious, red-headed teen splashed onto the big screen there were real mermaids making waves in the world of Disney?

Well it’s true! From 1965 to 1967, Disneyland hired cute California girls to live the life of a mermaid for about four hours a day in the waters of their Submarine Voyage attraction. Auditions took place in the Disneyland Hotel pool, where the requirements were to be between 5ft 4in – 5ft 7in in height, have long hair, and good swimming abilities.

Sunbathing, swimming, primping in an over-sized mirror, and brushing their hair were just a few of the responsibilities of those hired to be a Disney mermaid. Tough life, huh?

In fall 1998, Disneyland closed Submarine Voyage with the promise that it would one day re-open. In June 2007, the newly named and remodeled Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opened. Now, instead of mermaids, three seagulls perch nearby bellowing “Mine! Mine! Mine!”

Still cool, I guess…but just so Disney knows, if they ever decide to go back to the ways of the old days and start hiring sunbathing mermaids again, I’ll be first in line to audition! I may just have to fluff a little on the height requirements…and do some crunches after birthing two children. Ah well…

With all of this mermaid talk, who’s really wishing they could take a dip in a swimming pool right now?

Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: The Dream Suite

Today’s Disney fun fact gives another shout out to our West Coast friends in Disneyland.

Just as Magic Kingdom holds the secret of a private guest suite hidden inside of Cinderella’s Castle, did you know that Disneyland holds a similar secret?

It sure does! Only this secret, yet luxurious, hideaway does not reside inside of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, as you might assume. It’s actually tucked up above Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and is appropriately named the Dream Suite. The Dream Suite boasts of more square footage than my house (!) and has all the amenities you could ever “dream” of including a walk in closet, exquisite master bathroom, and perfect outdoor viewing of Disneyland’s Fantasmic Show. To really get how fabulous this space is, and to learn a little more history and fun facts about it, you have to check out this video tour.

The unsuspecting intrance.

The living room.

The master suite.

The second, but smaller, master suite.

The master bath, with walk-in closet.

Wow. I really want to stay there.

Who’s with me?!?

Fun Facts ‘n Trivia: Haunted Organs Under the Sea

This trivia/fun fact gives a little shout out to our friends out on the west coast!

Did you know that the actual organ that Captain Nemo plays in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea now resides in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion?

Just like Pinocchio, I cannot tell a lie.

While Captain Nemo played a eerie version of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in the film, the organ now plays an ironically more upbeat song in the Ballroom of the popular Disneyland attraction, entitled Grim Grinning Ghosts. The organ’s pipes are currently arranged differently than they were in the film, but there’s no doubt they are the same ones that were making music back in 1954 from 20,000 leagues down below.