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Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom’s “Happily Ever After”- First Ever Showing

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 13, 2017

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Recently, we had the privilege of being at the Magic Kingdom to view the first ever “Happily Ever After” fireworks spectacular. This new show is the replacement for the “Wishes” fireworks show which was very popular and ran for fourteen years.

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We had a largely unobstructed vantage point to view the show, and chose our spot carefully (we are sharing our secret spot with our Mad Hatter family, so don’t forget to ask!). The crowds were amazing, even as the sun went down. Main Street U.S.A. was full of cheer and excitement and everyone around us was practically giddy as the time finally arrived.

The effects in the show are truly spectacular, and the projections on the castle feature a lot of the Disney characters that have been overlooked in previous shows. Characters such as Mulan, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more appear larger than life in brilliant color. I won’t spoil it for those who have not seen the show in it’s entirety, but it is not to be missed. The crowd loved it on the first night, and cheers were everywhere at the conclusion of the spectacle. It is a winner, and in all honesty I like it even more than it’s predecessor. Please enjoy the images from that first showing.

What do you think? Leave us a comment, a like, or just share us with your pals!  🙂

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You’re Going to Disney- AGAIN?!?! Why?

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    May 24, 2017

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A lovely Spring morning at the Magic Kingdom, WDW.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

We’ve all heard it, right? That one question, usually spoken by a friend or relative that just has no idea what the Disney “spark” is all about. Yes, they ultimately exhale a long (or short) sigh, roll their eyes, and utter those familiar words….

You’re going to Disney….AGAIN?!!

If you are anything like me, you simply grin (the bigger the better) and retort a “you bet I am!” as a reply. I have noticed that the happier I sound when I answer, the more aggravated the other individual becomes, however. My bad.  🙂

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Have you seen this look before?

What makes us return to a Disney park so often? What is it that reaches into our hearts, touches us, and inspires us year after year? It certainly isn’t the cost of a Disney vacation (although that is the very reason I do what I do- to make these expeditions as affordable as possible for our clients). It is not the crowd level on a busy day, or avoiding strollers and scooters that stop suddenly in front of us while we are walking with a Mickey ice cream bar in hand. It isn’t the parents that let their kids run wild, throw tantrums without remorse, and climb on the railings and dividers in a queue. So what is it?

In both Disneyland and in Walt Disney World, where we go most often, I have noticed that it is simply the beauty of the parks that appeals to me the most. I realize that this beauty transcends in different ways to different people, which is fantastic and curious at the same time. For myself, it is inspirational beauty. Yes, I love the attractions and the fun with my friends and family, but it is something much more than that which reaches out to me.

Witnessing Walt and Roy Disney’s first foray into the huge undertaking that became Disneyland is nothing short of amazing. How tenacious they must have been to overcome the naysayers of their era to bring the beloved park into existence for all of us! Seeing Walt Disney World, the fruition of Walt’s dream of plenty of space and the culmination of learning from all of the difficulties while building Disneyland, is nothing short of amazing. I still get a kick out of explaining to people that only want to go to Walt Disney World for a day or two that there is no way to see everything in such a short amount of time. It actually saddens me a bit when someone is not prepared for the sheer size of Walt Disney World, then they go and have less than a magical time. This is yet another reason I became a Disney travel planner- not on my watch. I make sure each of my clients is totally prepared before they go. I would want someone to do the same for me.

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The Moffits, EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, 2017.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

It isn’t hard to see the beauty. It’s everywhere. From the tiniest detail around the ceiling perimeter in a Disneyland Main Street shop to the most amazing fireworks spectacle at Cinderella’s Castle. Inside a Disney dining location or a resort hotel, it’s a feast for the soul as much as for the eyes.

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort, May 2017. Admiring Mary Blair’s artistic influence.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

From the flowers at EPCOT or around the Magic Kingdom on any given morning to the lush flora and fauna at Animal Kingdom, this priceless beauty inspires us to create magical moments for ourselves and others.

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Even the new Satu’li Canteen in Pandora-World of Avatar exhibits the level of detail and beauty that was so important to Walt Disney.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

So the next time you hear those familiar words, hear a sigh, or see an eye roll- just grin as big as you can, and know that you share something very special with other Disney fans that the person you are looking at just doesn’t get at all.  ºoº

Do you have this problem with anyone you know? Why do you return to Disney? Share with us and leave a comment below!

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Are you visiting Disney in the future? We have some amazing packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Cast Member.  Fill out our form HERE to receive your FREE quote. Our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning agency, such as Mad Hatter Adventures. We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book Disney, we LIVE it!

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A New Year’s Eve Disney Reflection

As we all reflect upon our lives on the final day of 2012, let’s take a moment to view some of the happiest and most magical moments from Disney Parks on past New Year’s Eve celebrations. May you all have a blessed and fantastic 2013! Thank you so much for following our blog in this little slice of cyberspace. We appreciate each one of you and hope to bring you some of the best Disney highlights throughout the coming year.

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