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Under-rated Disney World: Mickey’s Philharmagic


Mickey's Philharmagic

Mickey’s Philharmagic

Now that the Disney Songs countdown has come to a close, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at an under-appreciated musically-mind Disney attraction: Mickey’s Philharmagic.  The name of the attraction is a bit misleading.  The show bears Mickey Mouse’s name.  But Donald Duck is the real star.  Typical!  The mouse always gets all the glory.

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Recovered Pictures from the Lost Disney World Trip of 2008


Disney World 2008 Castle

In 2008, we took an Orlando vacation that included a couple of days at Walt Disney World.  This was the only time we ever attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Mindy was pregnant with Kara (it wasn’t planned that way) so in a way, this was Kara’s first trip.  When we returned from the trip, our pictures were deleted from the digital camera before they could be saved to a hard drive.  As a result, the digital copies were lost forever.

However, while cleaning out a junk drawer this weekend, I came across the only printed copies.  So I have scanned the pictures so I could share them here.  They aren’t as pristine as the digital copies.  But they are better than nothing.  So for the first time, here are the pictures from our 2008 Disney World vacation.

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Details on Disney World’s Top Secret Project


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No, I’m not talking about the proposed Hollywood Studios expansion.  Details have finally started to leak about Disney’s new My Magic Plus aka FastPass Plus.  This initiative has been in the works and tightly under wraps for years now.  Disney has been testing the new FastPass on and off for about a year now.  Originally, they had planned to roll it out in late 2013, although I am hearing 2014 is more realistic.

The details have been wrapped in secrecy as Disney tested their system and decided how best to monetize it, I mean give their guests the best experience possible. Those details have been mostly hammered out, although they are subject to change if Disney feels the need to do so.

Forum poster and generally connected Disney scooper, WDW1974, posted the details for all to see at wdwmagic.  Details after the jump:

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Under-rated Disney World: Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade


There are two kinds of people in the world; those who watch parades at Disney World and those who don’t.  I can definitely understand the argument for skipping the parades.  Lines for attractions are generally shorter while the parade is running.  If you want a decent viewing spot for the parade, you need to scope it out in advance.  Doing so eats up precious park time.

I don’t go too far out of my way to watch the parades.  But I do consider them to be part of the Disney experience.  Ideally, I like to take in at least one per trip.  Of the day-time parades currently running, my favorite has to be Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom.  I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “must see”, but I do think it is definitely an under-rated Disney experience.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 14


 

When we left off, the girls had just finished princess make-overs at the Bippity Boppity Boutique.  They were very tired.  Kara in particular probably should have taken a nap.  But we were locked into reservations I had made 180 days before the trip and had to work around those.  Read the rest of this entry

Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 13


 

When we left off, we blew through three princess meet-and-greets in a row finishing off our list of must-see characters for the trip.  We were winding down our morning before our afternoon break.  On our way out, we decided to hit Tomorrowland.  Read the rest of this entry

Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 12


 

When we left off, we had kicked off the final full day of our trip in Adventureland.  My mom wasn’t feeling well and stayed back at the hotel.  Our primary mission of the day was to finish off any and all remaining meet and greets.  With Tinkerbell crossed off the list early, that left a parade of princesses.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 11


 

When we left off, we had finished the fourth day of our trip at Animal Kingdom.  We had spent a little time in each of the four Disney theme parks plus Downtown Disney.  With a day and a half left to go, we would spend the rest of our time at Disney World at the Magic Kingdom.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 6


When we left off, the girls cooled off in the Big Blue Pool while Mom and Mindy napped in the suite.  After a little rest and relaxation, we were headed back to the Magic Kingdom for a few more attractions before dinner.

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 11 Days


In yesterday’s countdown, I ran down a list of snacks I was looking forward to sampling on the trip.  Today, I am going to cover our “must-see” character list.

A lot of people tend to look down their noses at character meet and greets.  They take time out of your day that could be spent on one-of-a-kind attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion or Tower of Terror.  But for us, meeting the characters is an equally important part of the Disney World experience.

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 12 Days


We’re getting into the final days of the countdown.  I have already mapped out my plans for the trip in excruciating detail.  Which is really kind of pointless, because last-minute changes to park operating hours have shaken up those details.  The overall plan remains the same, but the step-by-step itinerary I have spent the last 38 days laying out has been turned on its ear.  Which is probably just as well.  Once we get into the parks, all bets are off anyway.  As I have said in every count down article so far, things never go according to plan.

Having spent over a month detailing my touring plan, I’m going to switch things up for the last few days of the countdown.  From here on out, it’s a grab bag.  You never know what I’m going to cover next.  Frankly, neither do I.  See, I can be spontaneous!

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 15 Days


As I count down the 15 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does. 

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 16 Days


As I count down the 16 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does. 

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