Friday, March 12, 2010

Disney Parks Fanatics March Madness

Want to share in March Madness with other Disney Parks fans? Now you can in the Disney Parks Fanatics group we created on just for the tourney.

Group Information
It’s free to play, and if you have a Disney Web ID, then you don’t need to re-register on ESPN.

Group Name:
Disney Parks Fanatics


To get in the game, simply complete your ESPN bracket by the first tip of the tournament. Keep the following in mind:
  • You can register at any time between now and the first tip of the tournament.
  • You can start making your selections on Sunday night, March 14.
  • The tourney starts on Thurs., March 18.
Points and Prizes
Points are awarded for each correct pick, with point values increasing as the tournaments progress. The prize? Primarily bragging rights, but I'll personally gift the winner his or her choice of an Audio Guide to Walt Disney World. If anyone else would like to contribute something to the winner, drop me a line!

Identify yourself!
Try to have your ESPN entry ID match your Twitter handle so we know who you are. Otherwise, post a comment below and let us know that you signed up, your name on the ESPN site, and your Twitter handle.

Then, Tweet it out so others know you're in on the action and that they're welcome to join in too!

And, oh yeah, GO MARQUETTE!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Disney Parks Blog Features the Dads of the Moms Panel

I love this picture. I love this story. Visit the Disney Parks Blog to get insight from each dad on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.

Note: I am not comfortable wearing pink, but I am open to wearing "salmon."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bloc28 - First Art, Then Apparel

Bloc28 is first and foremost an art project that brings artists together for their interpretations of the iconic Mouse. Their artwork is then skinned for a number of products (shirts, hats, guitars, bikes, jewelry, etc..)

Though I have a Bloc28 shirt, some guitar pics and keep my eyes out for anything else, the best way I've attached to the movement is by having beaucoup des hats. I thought it'd be fun to look at my collection as it relates first to the art and then to the apparel.

Les Schettko | Bloc28 Logo

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chuck Norris at Walt Disney World

Jack Sparrow attends the Chuck Norris tutorial.

The 3:00 parade is exactly when Chuck Norris says it will be.

The 999 happy haunts have lost count of Chuck Norris' contributions.

When Chuck Norris blinks, it's equivalent to being closed for refurbishment.

Chuck Norris wins the Tomorrowland Speedway every time. Then he gets a victory lap.

Chuck Norris' two week Kilamanjaro Safari actually lasted two weeks.

Chuck Norris completed the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure in record timing. Without a Kimmunicator.

As you cross over from Adventureland into Frontierland, notice the subtle transition of Chuck Norris' boot to your face.

Instead of a one-hour return window listed on his FASTPASS, the return time listed on a FASTPASS issued to Chuck Norris reads as “imminent.”

The Hollywood Tower Hotel wasn’t hit by lightening. The Hollywood Tower Hotel hit Chuck Norris.

We wants the redhead. Chuck Norris got her.

Instead of using a fingertip for his biometric scan, Chuck Norris just stares down the machine.

On the Sum of All Thrills at Innoventions East, guests create their own ride experience by choosing a ride theme: a roller coaster, bobsled, jet plane or Chuck Norris.

Extra Magic Hours are determined by when Chuck Norris will be in particular park.

Chuck Norris whittled the Tree of Life in his sleep.

Park visitors on the Disney Dining Plan can now use a quick service credit for a Chuck Norris roundhouse.

Have some of your own?
Post a comment!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Counter and an Activity? Wha?!

I've got a lot of automated doodads specifically geared toward ticking down the days, minutes and seconds to upcoming events. The majority of which are focused on Walt Disney World.

That's all well and good for sustaining my excitement, but what about tuning in a five year-old?

I've been running solo with the kids this extended weekend while my wife celebrates ringing in a new decade of life with her twin sister in Los Angeles. With my five year-old's birthday and my wife's birthdays now in the past, the next milestone in his eyes IS our trip to Disney World. This provided us with an opportunity and an activity!

What You Need

The 50 ft. view: we're making a paper chain. Each chain link represents a day. Each morning, your kid tears off one of the links, and you have X amount of days left until your vacation. It's an easy way to visually countdown the days to an upcoming vacation with your kids.

The materials are quite simple. You need paper, a paper cutter and tape or a stapler.

Step 1
Do the math. Calculate how many strips you need to cut and plan accordingly. The last thing you want to do is count and recount the paper chain one link at a time.

Step 2
Cut the paper into long, equal strips. I like to cut 'em lengthwise so that each strip is about 1.25" wide by 11" tall.

Step 3
Interconnect the links. My son would coil each link and then I'd staple it. We did this 66 times, as our next trip is 66 days away. The collective paper chain became quite long.

Step 4
Spice it up. We drew some Mickey heads on the final link to signify the day of the big trip. For some reason, he felt that Valentine's Day should be represented as well, so we counted 20 some days down the line and drew in some hearts on it. (They intentionally didn't look as sharp as the Mickey heads.)

Step 5
Hang it up. We put ours upstairs in the playroom, right outside his bedroom. He wanted to preemptively pull a chain off before bedtime, but it allowed papa (moi) to provide a pearl of wisdom on patience.

What's a way you build excitement for an upcoming trip?
Post a comment and let us know!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Get to Know a Disney Dad: Mufasa

Name and Claim to Fame
Mufasa from Disney's The Lion King

Father to Simba, mate to Sarabi, ruler of the Pride Lands

Guaranteed to Make Him Smile
Seeing his little cub presented to the Pride Lands and basking in the kingdom's cheers.

Signature Fatherly Moment
Mufasa is the poster child (er, dad / lion) for delivering tender, love and care while voicing disappointment when a disciplinary opportunity presents itself. Rather than sending Simba to his corner of the cave without antelope or water after he deliberately disobeys him by going to the elephant graveyard with Nala, Mufasa speaks from the heart. He shows disappointment, humility and love to his cub, giving voice to his own personal fears while illustrating the ramifications of his son's actions.

Mufasa: Simba, I'm very disappointed in you!
Simba: I know.

Mufasa: You could have been killed! You deliberately disobeyed me! And what's worse: you put Nala in danger!
Simba: I was just trying to be brave like you.

Mufasa: I'm only brave when I have to be! Simba, being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble!
Simba: But you're not scared of anything!

Mufasa: Well, I was today.
Simba: You were?

Mufasa: Yes. I thought I might lose you.
Simba: I guess even kings get scared, huh?

Achieving a Work/Life Balance
In addition to keeping his kingdom together in a delicate balance, Mufasa is ever mindful to prepare his heir with essential skills and life lessons along the way. Whether it's greeting the sunrise with his son as he explains the symbiotic relationship of the kingdom - or, putting on a pouncing clinic with the aid of Zazu, Mufasa finds a way to make his son feel like the most special cub in the entire kingdom.

Best Fatherly Advice
"Let me tell you something my father told me. Look at the stars. The great kings of the past are up there, watching over us. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Ultimate Disney Playlist for Shoveling Snow

We've got a lot of snow in the forecast for tomorrow. A LOT! What better way to laugh in Mother Nature's face than to put together the ultimate Disney playlist for shoveling snow? 

If you're really digging what you're reading, click on the links to go to the songs in iTunes.

The Playlist

1. Dig a Little Deeper (The Princess and The Frog)
It doesn't get any better than this. Hit play the moment the shovel hits your hand.

2. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (Carousel of Progress)
Tomorrow's just a dream away... and hopefully there's less snow in the forecast.

3. Heigh-Ho (Snow White)
Hey, look at you! You're like a crazy dwarf, and you, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig in a driveway the whole day though.

4. Put on Your Sunday Clothes (Wall-e)
Or better yet, "Put on Your Shoveling Clothes." Out there, there's a world outside of Yonkers. Now if you could only just see the sidewalk, Barnaby.

5. If I Didn't Have You (Monsters, Inc., Disneymania Vol. 6 version)
One of my favorites, snow or not. Dance a little and feel appreciated. Big guy, you always come through.

6. That's How You Know (Enchanted, Disneymania Vol. 6 version)
You just spent an hour or two shoveling. That's how she knows you really, really, truly love her.

7. Just Keep Swimming (Finding Nemo the Musical)
Just keep shoveling, just keep shoveling. Life isn't all that grim... Look there's a shiny thing!

8. The Glory Days (The Incredibles)
Go ahead, feel like a superhero. For some of us, this might be as close as it gets to being heroic.

9. Real Gone (Cars)
Seriously. Get. Out. Of. Here. Snow.

10. One Step Closer (The Little Mermaid original Broadway Cast Recording)
And every little step
Every single step
Is one step closer
To finishing shoveling!

11. On My Way (Brother Bear)
Situate this one in the middle of the playlist, just when you need an inspiration to keep moving forward.

12. The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room (Disney Block Party version)
Being welcomed to a tropical hideaway is exactly what the doctor ordered. My favorite toe-tapping rendition for snow shoveling is the one that can be found on the Disney Block Party album.

13. Give a Little Whistle (Pinocchio)
"Take the straight and narrow path, and if you start to slide... Bust out the salt!"

14. I Thought I Lost You (Bolt)
Conjures circulation back to your fingertips.

15. Proud of Your Boy (from Disneymania Vol. 3)
A reflective song, but deservedly so.
I've wasted time
I've wasted me
So say I'm slow for my age
A late bloomer, Okay, I agree

16. Super Cali [Boiob Version] (Disneymania Vol. 4)

17. I'll Try (Return to Neverland, Disneymania Vol. 4 version)
"I mustn't let them down now."

18. True to Your Heart (Mulan, Disneymania Vol. 5 version)
This version of the song puts some muscle in your back and bounce in your step. "When things are getting crazy, and you don't know where to start..."

19. Something There (Beauty and The Beast)
Granted, the something that is there is SNOW, but this song also conjures up memories of the playful snowball scene from the animated classic.

20. Go the Distance (Hercules)

21. Everybody Has a Laughing Place (Song of the South)
Take a frown, turn it upside down and you'll find yours I know ho ho.

22. Chim Chim Cheree (Mary Poppins)
Sweep, shovel. It's all the same, right?

23. Out There (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
You're there.

24. Celebrate You (Disney Parks - download it for free!)
Shoveling. It's the time of your life, is it not?

25. He's a Pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Play this one as your end credits. You earned it.

Have a Favorite?
Have a favorite Disney song that should be on the list? Leave a comment!