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Disney DIY: Mickey Head Flower Planter

Here is a DIY project to give you a little Disney cheer at home. We had some left over landscaping “stones” from a larger project and spontaneously arranged them into a Mickey head. We liked it, and it made it into a planter. It brings a smile our faces. Neighbors and some family members may think that it’s a little weird, but we don’t care.

The project is easy, relatively inexpensive, and does not require much space. Here is how you do it.

Materials:
20 rectangular stones or bricks.
2-3 bags of top soil
flowers of your choice
***THAT’S IT!!***

Prep:
Remove sod.
Either loosen soil or dig about 4-6 inches deep to give roots room.
(optional) Lay down a barrier to grass/weeds (a trash bag works well).
Arrange stones in Mickey head shape.
Fill to edge with top soil.
Plant flowers of your choice.

Total time: less than an hour.

Flowers: we use Vinca. They bloom continuously here along the Ohio River from May through the first hard frost. Bambi and his family did not find them tasty last year (we have 8-10 deer in our yard on most days). They will spread and fill in the open spaces as the summer progresses.

Cost: plants and material were purchased at big box Home & Garden store.
stones – 20 x $1.50 = $30
soil – 2 x 2.00 = $4
flowers (2 groups of 9)
2 x 10.00 = $20
TOTAL: $54 (plus tax)

I hope you like this and find it useful.
Pongo.

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Mickey and two cardinals (You have to look closely.).  Two of our favorite things.  Go Mickey, and Go CARDS!
Mickey and two cardinals (You have to look closely.). Two of our favorite things.
Go Mickey, and
Go CARDS!
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Mother’s Day ideas for Disney fans-

Perdita (mom) here-

I include myself in this category (to say the least) and with Mother’s Day approaching I thought I would give some ideas to get for your mom/wife.

The gifts can be purchased at the parks, online on Disneystore.com, or from other online stores.

One gift idea  that I think would please any mom is a Disney print. These come in all sizes with about every Disney character imaginable. I have purchased several at the Disney Parks at Art of Disney in Epcot and at The Magic of Disney Animation Gift Shop in Hollywood Studios. They sell prints in the stores and have kiosks where you can look through hundreds of prints. There are three major types of art: pencil drawings, canvas-wrapped art, and prints that need framing. A fourth category that I purchased once was a cel ( animation in which the animator painted the Dumbo in by hand and the rest was a print). I should add that you don’t have to go to Disney World to purchase Disney prints. I have found them reasonably priced on Amazon.com and have bought one from Disneystore.com.

One other idea that is much less expensive and doesn’t have to fit (like an article of clothing) is kitchen accessories. There are mugs,dishes, glasses, pot holders, kitchen towels, wooden spoons, measuring spoons, etc. For me, it brings a little Disney “magic” home with me and a smile to my face when I see ( for instance) the Mickey measuring spoons or a Winnie the Pooh coffee mug. If you are at home there is a wide selection of items at Disneystore.com and free shipping is available for purchases greater than $75. Sometimes they have other free shipping offers for any purchase amount.

If you can discern the taste of your mom well enough Disney has a lot of jewelry available for a wide range of tastes and prices; from watches to Pandora jewelry to earrings, etc.

Clothing is available from many vendors besides Disney for sometimes a considerable cost savings from Target to online merchants like Zazzle. This is a trickier purchase due to not only taste considerations but the fit of the clothing. I would caution staying away from this type of purchase unless it is a basic t-shirt or pajamas.

Disney also sells handbags with a wide range of prices; from Dooney and Bourke designer bags to simple totes (which I returned home with on my latest Disney trip). Luggage is also a good gift idea but it comes at a high price for Disney luggage ($150-$200).

My favorite idea and I think the most fool-proof: knick-knacks or figurines. I have several with Winnie-the Pooh and Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Toad, Dumbo, etc. These come in so many prices points and with so much selection from so many places the choices are dizzying. (I scored major deals a few months ago at a local Hallmark store when I went in the store with no idea of the selection or the deals).

This is by no means an exhaustive list but is a good start. Again, these items may be purchased at the Disney Parks or ordered online from Disneystore.com or many other places like Amazon, Zazzle, or many others. Some items can be found at local  stores such as Target, Hallmark, or the Disney Store. IMG_3792 IMG_3793 IMG_3794 IMG_3797 IMG_3798 IMG_3799 IMG_3800 IMG_3803 IMG_3805

Walt Disney World “Quotes”

Pongo here.

Some things that we hear just seem to bring a smiles our faces. The magic of Walt Disney World is in the attention to details. One part of this is the use of the spoken word to reach out to us, guide us, and entertain us. There are obviously many examples of these. Here are few that strike a chord with me.

patrick-warburton-soarin-over-california- “Hello. Welcome to Soarin’. My name is Patrick and I will be your chief flight attendant today.” Soarin’ in Epcot is one of my favorite rides and Patrick Warburton’s intro makes me smile every time.

Mickey_Mouse“It’s out of this world!” Hearing Mickey Mouse say this while riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in Magic Kingdom or hearing it on loop while on the ground is again a smile inducer.

illuminations-reflections-of-earth-00“We’ve gathered here tonight around the fire, as people of all lands have gathered for thousands of years before us, to share the light and share the story-“ The intro to Illuminations is an emotional and powerful lead in to my favorite fireworks show. I love how it ties us all together.

“Welcome home!” Hearing this from cast members when checking in at Disney resorts helps make things more personal, and however corny it may be, does help it to feel like home.

“Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.” Who doesn’t love hearing this on the monorail.

“And now I believe your future is just about ready. Let’s take a look. Shall we?” Spaceship Earth is a great ride with a wonderful ending.  We usually do silly faces for the snapshots.

peter pan“And off we go!” Who doesn’t love Peter Pan and flying above London and Neverland.

“See you real soon!” Mickey Mouse saying this at Magic Kingdom park closing (and now in the meet and greet in Town Square) is somewhat sad, because the day, and possibly the vacation, is over. I love the optimism, though,

Do you have any sayings from WDW of which you are particularly fond?

April 10, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  Disney bans Selfie Sticks from all park attractions, but not from the parks themselves.

*  Tickets are on sale for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

*  The Matterhorn bobsled in Disneyland will have new Abominable Snowman special effects when it re-opens in May

*  When Disneyland’s Peter Pan’s Flight re-opens in May, it will have new special effects including a re-imagining of the nursery scene.

*  Reservations can now be made for “Feel the Force” premiere packages during Star Wars Weekends at WDW’s Hollywood Studios.  These include dining options and special viewing of events.

*  A woman was denied entry into Magic Kingdom this week for trying to bring in her pet,…a baby Bengal tiger.

*  Tickets for “Night of Joy,” a Christian music festival at Magic Kingdom on September 11 and 12 have gone sale.  Tickets purchased in advance are much reduced from same day prices.  The acts for this year are (Sept. 11) TobyMac, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Colton Dixon, Big Daddy Weave, Francesca Battistelli, Rend Collective, I Am They, Josh Wilson (Sept.12) Skillet, Lecrae, For King & Country, Mandisa, Matt Maher, Jamie Grace, 7eventhTime Down, and Veridia.

*  The DVC (Disney Vacation Club) website will be down on April 14 for scheduled maintenance.

*  Mickey Mouse and friends will star in “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” an animated series premiering on Disney Jr. in 2017.

*  “Dances with the Stars” will be Disney themed on April 13.

*  Marvel’s “Daredevil” premieres on Netflix today with promising reviews.

*  Marvel “Avengers:  Age of Ultron” will not have the expected post-credit sequence.  Josh Whedon says he skipped the scene because he could not top the schwarma scene for the first Avengers movie.  Fear not, it will have a mid-credit sequence.

*  A live-action “Pinocchio” is in the works.  When Disney has made live-action remakes of all of its animated classics, it will then proceed with sock puppet remakes which it believes are the next big thing.  (NOT REALLY)

*  “Duck Tales:  Remastered,” by Disney Interactive is now available.

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