Rides with Friends by Brie (@BufferflyBrie)

The happiest moments of my life are spent in Walt Disney World, and when I am surrounded by friends, the attractions are even more worthwhile.  My three favorite experiences EVER were experienced with none other than the author of this fabulous blog, Shelley Caran.  Spaceship Earth is the first one  – not only did we have a hilarious time making the silliest faces we could muster for the picture-taking, but we laughed until our faces were red as we enjoyed the Phoenicians’ company.  We also had quite the experience on Malestrom in Norway.  As we were going backwards down the hill, I completely forgot about the terror that is the polar bear that rears up on its legs; when I saw it, I let out a blood-curdling scream and held on to Shelley for dear life.  And I could not forget about the incredible journey on Test Track that gave us what we now dubbed “Fran Drescher” hair.

I have had phenomenal experiences with other friends as well.  Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad with Dave (Shelley’s awesome husband; @DavidCaran), Zoe (Shelley’s adorable daughter), Nicole (@njoysiscaretti), and John (@DisneyWorlds) was an unforgettable moment.  Jazz hands forever!  Riding It’s A Small World with John should be on everyone’s list of things to do when in Disney World.  And I will never, ever forget enjoying an emotionally happy ride on Peter Pan with John and Nicole.  Oh, and one more must-do when traveling to WDW: riding Haunted Mansion with Aurora (@RoraBorieAlice).  The conversation you will have on the attraction will be an unforgettable one!

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Being with friends is good therapy for the soul.  I think this is one of the reasons Uncle Walt invented the Disney parks.   Not only can individuals have the time of their lives being in the most magical place on earth, but they can spend time with their loved ones…which really is the most important part.

Rides with Friends: Star Tours

One of my favorite things about living so close to Walt Disney World is that you get to meet ‘friends’ from Twitter and Facebook, and then they turn into REAL friends as you share a moment or maybe a ride that in an instant becomes epic and the cornerstone to a friendship.

We moved to Orlando near the end of August, and the D23 Final Flight of Star Tours was coming up and I was STOKED because it would be the first event that I would be here for. As the date drew closer my excitement slowly faded as reality set in…I wouldn’t know ANYONE that would be there and I would be going alone since we didn’t know anyone to babysit Zoe. YIKES!!!

So as I was sitting outside of the turnstiles of Hollywood Studios, I gave myself a pep talk and decided that if I recognized anyone from their pictures on Twitter or Facebook I would go up and introduce myself. And while I am an outgoing person, the thought of actually doing this made my stomach drop to my toes.

Then it happened…I noticed a person that I recognized and it was go time.

I walked up to Suzannah (@zannaland) introduced myself to her and her husband, and the rest is history. Suzannah introduced me to everyone she knew, we share the LAST popcorn from Endor, and then the last ride of Star Tours.

Look! I didn't even realize I had a pic of Scott Otis and Glenn!!!

Now I can’t imagine what things would be like if I DIDN’T meet her at the Final Flight. And while I love Star Tours, it holds a special place in my heart now!

Don't shoot!!!

Now as excitement builds towards the re-opening of Star Tours (check out www.startours2live.com for awesome info) and Star Wars weekend (www.studioscentral.com always has the best info) , I find myself even more excited about experiencing it since I will have my friends with me!!!

Over the next few weeks, some other friends of the blog will be sharing their stories, too. If you are interested in sharing yours, lemme know! I love hearing and sharing these stories!!!

Girls Day at Magic Kingdom!!!

I am sorry that I have been MIA from the blog, but I have been lucky enough to have had my Mother in town!!!

My Mom’s favorite park is the Magic Kingdom, so we decided to spend her last full day in town taking on the Kingdom!

Be warned…I took a lot of pics…

Still lots of tarps over Main Street...
Make way for Mickey!!!
Still working on the Confectionery...
It was a pretty busy day...
There was a lot of banging and saw dust coming from the bridge construction.
Just in case you didn't know...
As you walk through, the sounds of the natives are drowned out by the sounds of construction.
The new Princess Meet & Greet entrance with a posted wait time.
And this is the exit...
Ariel and Eric have been been meeting in this gazebo area, too

Our first ride is ALWAYS the Jungle Cruise!!!

The Girls!
Our Skipper
The Backside of Water!!!

The Tiki Room is still boarded up from the fire…

Then we decided to take in a new/old favorite.

Then it was time for my Mom to take Zoe on her first ride again, and for me to snap a few pics of the Fantasyland Expansion from my trusty Dumbo…

The gals in their pink Dumbo...

It looks like the Tigger area of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh queue is still touch and go…

It was a nice touch having these guys around this area, because it seemed so vacant and dead.

Don’t look behind this big, green wall…seriously it will make you sad…

It looks like they are really making progress on the new track on the speedway.

We decided to finish the day with two of our favorite rides…The Peoplemover and Carousel of Progress!

Zoe is making a super silly face with Mom!

I hope that you have enjoyed joining us on our Girl’s Day Out!!!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Touch of Disney

I will admit it…I love to hate Valentine’s Day!

It is one of my favorite holidays, and it is my first Valentine’s Day in Orlando so I was super excited to see these super cute things at Magic Kingdom the other day!!!

These antenna toppers are so super cute!!!
I love this display at the Confectionery!!! The Pie-eyed Mickey and Minnie's are super adorable!
Now this is my kind of bouquet...
Bolt and a box of funny Princess hearts! I love these new candy boxes!
This was a cute little tea set!!! It has Wonderland Tea, rock candy stirrers, and cookies.
Yes please...I might have a problem!!!
I absolutely love the fact that these have Jessica Rabbit on them!!!
What a cute frame!!!
This is my favorite Valentine's Day pin!

The Magic Kingdom…Now with More Walls!!!

I have been spending a ton of time at EPCOT lately, so I decided to head over to the Magic Kingdom to see what I could find…

Main Street USA is buzzing with activity, as there are still several buildings behind themed skrims…

As you turn the corner to enter Adventureland, you get the immediate sense that there is a lot going on around here!

While the bridge at the entrance to Adventureland is undergoing a complete makeover, a smaller walkway is being used.

Over near the exit to the Swiss Family Treehouse, the stroller parking area is getting a facelift!

The last bit of skrim is still up between the Tortuga Tavern and Pecos Bill’s…

Walking over near Splash Mountain, I caught a picture of the new logs in action! I had the opportunity to ride Splash a few days ago, and I can only hope that they are able to work out the timing issues that the new lap bars have caused at loading.

The Liberty Square Riverboat is being refurbished…

There wasn’t much to see, but I headed over to Hanunted Mansion to see if anything was buzzing. The ongoing work is still going on behind these walls…I can’t wait to see it when it reopens…

Tomorrow I will be taking a look at Fantasyland, Toon Towns last days, and Tomorrowland.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this look around the Magic Kingdom!!!

New Figment Game in Imageworks!!!

Last week I tweeted out a picture of the opening of some computer stations in Imageworks, so I returned yesterday to find that they had opened more stations.


There is still a large area walled off where the Kodak demonstration area was located at the exit of the ride.
A look at the computer station area...

At each computer station, you have the opportunity to “Compose Your Own Figment” who can either be a boy or a girl.

Here is what it looks like if you choose the “Boy” Figment without emailing it home…

And here is what it looks like if you choose the “Girl” Figment with the email home option…


I thought that it was a super cute addition to the games that are still in Imageworks, but I thought that getting to make Figment a boy or a girl was a little odd.


What do you think?

Today’s Walk Around EPCOT

Another Week…another walk around EPCOT.

There is a lot going on….So let’s get to it…

One of these things is STILL not like the other...
Tell me which looks better...One
Or Two? I can't believe that they haven't painted this side yet.
Still lots of work going on in front of Fountain of Nations
Lots of Wall!
The backside of the Fountain wall
You can also get a good look at all the different colors of concrete that are in the area now,
The Whirlygigs are still...well still.
Is something missing?
I think I like the little green box!!! 🙂
The Character Spot entrance is still behind walls, too.
A closer look at the concrete work going on.
Genie and Marie were meeting and greeting sans handlers near Club Cool.

Then I headed into World Showcase. And while you can tell that efforts are ramping up in preparation for Flower and Garden, there is a lot of action going on in China these days…

The Duffy location in China has been moved while Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store is being refurbished.
Walled off Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store.
And the entrance to the Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store.
The Duffy spot is now located in the Tomb Warriors exhibit near the Temple.

And in all seriousness, what would a walk around EPCOT be without a peek at some new merchandise?!?!?!?

2011 St. Patrick's Day Ears
Be still my beating heart! A new Duffy outfit!!!
And the kids will all love the new Duffy Spinner!!!

And to offset all the Duffy hate, I thought I would share with you my favorite spot in ALL of EPCOT….

But my favorite spot in all of EPCOT, will always be this!