Hidden Mickey Monday: The Great Movie Ride

Hidden Mickey Monday: The Great Movie Ride

Our Hidden Mickey this week comes from The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.    My wife spotted this just as we were about to be robbed by the gangster.   I was way too busy trying to protect our valuables.   As the gangster boards your car, be sure to take a look to your left and to the back of the tram cars.

Hidden Mickey - The Great Movie Ride

Do you see him?   Take a closer look at those windows up high.

Hidden Mickey - The Great Movie Ride 2

Hi Mickey!!  What are you doing all the way up there?

We love  Hidden Mickey‘s.      What else have you spotted him at Hollywood Studios? 

Minnie Tips Monday:  Arrive Early at the Parks

Minnie Tips Monday: Arrive Early at the Parks

Mini Tips Monday

Today’s Tip is an easy one and one I tell everyone headed to their first trip to a Disney Park.    Arrive at the parks early!   

Tip - Arrive Early at the Parks

I know this is a simple tip but this seems to be the first thing to go when people begin to stay later at the parks than they had originally planned the night before.    Be sure to take a little time to plan our your trips – what parks you are going to each day and when you plan to stay late or go early to each park.    Getting to the park even 1/2 hour before the park opens assures you will be in the park before the crowds.   You will be able to hit two or three attractions before you will start seeing the bulk of the crowds coming through the gates.

This also gives you the opportunity to head out of the park mid day when it’s the busiest to enjoy some pool time or a nap at your resort, then return later in the day when again the crowds are a bit lighter late in the afternoon.    I know it’s your vacation and you don’t want to schedule or get up early, but throw an early morning in there and you will be surprised at what you get done before the crowds hit.

Be sure to stop by Can Do It Mom to see all the other great tips this week on Minnie Tips Monday!

Fastpass to History – The Smell of Disney

Fastpass to History – The Smell of Disney

Disney World Smell

Oh the smells of Disney – we all have our favorites.   But did you know Walt Disney was the first filmmaker to ever explore the idea of including scents in his movies.   In the 1940 film Fantasia, Disney wanted to add to the senses with smell, unfortunately the cost became too high for him to pull this off.    General Electric went on to develop the Smell-O-Rama in 1953 and the first smelly movie was released in 1960 called Scent of Mystery.

The device that Disney parks use has had many names, one of them is “Smellitzer” or “Scent-Emitting System” as it’s called in the 1984 patent application.   This device blows out any smell Disney would like towards park guests in areas all around the parks.   Have you smelled the peppermint by the candy store or the fresh baked cookies by the bakery?   No, Disney is not always cooking up a fresh batch of candy or cookies, but that’s definitely what it smells like.   Take a look on the outside of these buildings, you will likely see a circle that looks similar to a speaker, yeah that’s your smell.

Today there are smells all around the Disney property.   From the moment you walk down Main Street USA and smell the popcorn.   To the rides such as the musty smell of Pirates of the Caribbean, Stitch’s chili dog belch on Stitch’s Great Escape, Rome burning on Space Ship Earth, the watermelon and animal crackers on Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train and our favorite Soarin and the smells or oranges, pine forests, and the ocean.   Don’t forget the 3D/4D movies where smell was first introduced and Disney has perfected with Mickey’s Philharmagic pies and the wonderful stink bug smell at It’s Tough to Be a Bug.

Disney loves to fill all of our senses.   Whether it is piped in or natural, what is your favorite Disney smell?

Favorite Food Friday – Violet Lemonade

Favorite Food Friday – Violet Lemonade

Our Favorite Food This Week:  Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade
Location: Epcot Flower and Garden – Pineapple Promenade
Price: $2.75

Welcome to this week’s Favorite Food Friday where we share our favorite foods with our friends.   This week we go to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival to the Pineapple Promenade food booth.   This booth has become famous for the Dole Whip served with rum, but if you are looking for something nonalcoholic to cool off with, look no further than the Violet Lemonade.

Violet Lemonade

As you all remember on my last trip I was getting in touch with my purple side (American Tourister Purple Luggage), so I had to try the violet lemonade.   The violet lemonade is a great way to cool off as you stroll around World Showcase.   It was a perfect balance of Lemonade and other fruit flavors and we really enjoyed it.

What is your favorite food from the Festival this year?

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