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Your Own Magical Photo Shots at Disney?

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 15, 2017

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We captured this shot on a whim at Walt Disney World. I really like it because it reminds me that some of the magical atmosphere when you are there is subtle.

What is something that you like to take a picture of when you visit? Do you have any magical shots that are not of the usual fare? My hubby even takes pictures of the trash cans at Disney because they are so different from one another!

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Images ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures

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

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Pondering: Disney’s Paint the Night Parade

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 1, 2017

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

We at Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures are being asked a very popular question. The chatter is frequent and the speculation running wild. Since the Main Street Electrical Parade left Orlando for Disneyland last fall, everyone would like to know- what about the Paint the Night Parade? Will there be a new parade at Walt Disney World? Will there be no parade at all? What is going on?

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

We have been told by sources at Disney that the Paint the Night Parade is packed up and going somewhere- but we are hopeful that they will announce exactly where soon. Many multitudes of fans are hoping that the beautiful spectacle of dazzling lights will wind up at Walt Disney World, but it could go elsewhere (Tokyo is a strong rumor).

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

Paint the Night is an amazing parade (it is my favorite of all that I have seen at Disney Parks). It features more modern characters and very impressive technology. The parade only ran for a short duration during Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration.

What do YOU think? Would you love to see Paint the Night come to Walt Disney World Resort? Comment and let us know.

 

Photos and video ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

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Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or any vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive 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 Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  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 Planner. 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!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

 

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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Route 66 and CARS LAND

 Growing up the daughter of a classic car expert (and former drag racer) was not without tales of Historic Route 66. My Dad told me of a time when it was realistic to take off in a large car with fins and cruise West, taking in all the sights and neon of motels, kitschy shops, and a variety of roadside attractions. By the time I was old enough to experience Route 66, all that was left were ghosts of the glory days and skeletal remains of these iconic places. Then Disney released the film “Cars“. Cars was the last film I watched with my Dad before he passed away, and he was not normally a big Disney guy (think more like John Wayne!). He loved Cars, however, and told my children, husband, and myself once again what it was like to have lived the legend.

 On my way to D23 in California this summer, I drove the length of Route 66 from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Cali. We saw a lot of sights along the way- remnants of the tales that I had heard for so long. It was a sad sight. So many abandoned buildings and towns that were barely there. Run down remnants of the past exist, but you have to get off of the “new” highway and actually look for them now. It was a special trip nonetheless, and one my father would have enjoyed. In fact, I could almost hear his voice when I laid eyes on an old truck, car, motel, or attraction telling me “see- I told you about this!”.

It is special that Disney chose to keep the memory of this era alive. When I walk into Radiator Springs at Disney’s California Adventure Park, I hear the sounds of the era in which my father was truly “cool”, get to sip a milkshake at Flo’s V-8 Café, and daydream about a simpler time. No wonder Dad talked about it so much.

Check out what we saw on the trip West, then see the gallery of Disney’s Cars Land.

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The Off Key Of Life

I came across my ticket book the first time we took our oldest daughter to The Magic Kingdom in Orlando in 1976. The cost for a one day adult entry with 10 attractions was $7.00. For a 12 attraction entry the cost was $8.25. This was up from $4.40 for a seven attraction price when the park opened in 1971.

tn_76-12rideADaopWell, things have definitely changed at Mickey’s place. Disney has raised the gate price to the Magic Kingdom 41 times since the park opened, including nearly doubling it in the past decade. This year the price for a one day adult admission to the “happiest place on earth,” will set you back 105.00 plus tax. That’s the first time a one day admission to the park has exceeded $100.00.

But Disney has no plans to stop there. They are considering a three-tiered park admission plan.  Their highest plan would allow…

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Once Upon A Disney Parade

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Spectromagic Mickey!

There have been many parades at the Disney Parks over the years- what is your favorite? What triggers a happy memory for you? This blogger is partial to the crowd favorites Spectromagic and the Main Street Electrical Parade, but let’s not forget the others through the years.

1960–1964, Mickey at the Movies

1965–1976, 1980–1985, Fantasy on Parade

1972–1975, 1977–1983, 1985–1996, Main Street Electrical Parade

1975–1976;, America on Parade

1983, Flights of Fantasy

1984, Donald’s 50th Birthday

1986, Totally Minnie

1986–1988, Circus on Parade

1987, Snow White’s 50th Anniversary

1987–1988, State Fair

1988–1989, Blast To The Past

1988–1989, Mickey’s 60th Birthday

1989–1990, Hooray For Disney Stars Parade

1990, Disney’s Party Gras Parade

1991, Celebration, U.S.A.

1992, The World According to Goofy

1993–1994, Aladdin’s Royal Caravan

1994–1997, The Lion King Celebration

1996–1997, Cruisin’ The Kingdom

1997, Light Magic

1997–1998, Hercules’ Victory Parade

1998–October 1999, Mulan Parade

Late 1999–2005, Parade of the Stars

2005–2008, Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams

2009–2010, Celebrate! A Street Party

2011– Soundsational

Which is your favorite???

Photo of the Week

Just a favorite Disney photo for your amusement. I like this one, as it makes me think of my happy place.

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes....
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes….