It’s been a heck of a week, and it’s just beginning. Strap in and hang on tight!


Sergio Iriarte and Mike are our winners, according to, of the digital copies of the Diamond Edition release of Aladdin. Expect a delivery direct from Disney in your mailbox! It pays to read all the way through folks . . . you never know when I might surprise you with a little giveaway at the end of an article.  🙂

Celebrate O-Zell This Weekend!



The soda company Walt Disney’s father ran, and at which Walt worked, is relaunching next weekend with new flavors! Please join us for O-Zell soda’s very special Pineapple Whip and Cherry Jubilee launch party! The afternoon event will take place at Rocket Fizz’s Palm Springs store and will feature: Charles Phoenix, noted pop-culture humorist and historian; the masterful pumpkin carving of Terri Hardin, Disney Imagineer and renowned Pumpkin Sculptor; Mike Quinn, Muppeteer and Star Wars character performer; and photo opportunities with Monty the Monorail, an actual Walt Disney World monorail car. Drop in and out any time between noon and 5pm on Sunday. It’s a free festival of fun.

Plus, you are invited to a special Soda dinner hosted by Charles Phoenix that evening in Palm Springs. Full event details and sign up page at O-Zell Soda HERE.

Those two new flavors do sound good (and I already love the Root Beer Float and Vanilla Dream flavors), but I want Fantasia Ice Cream flavor. What flavor of O-Zell soda would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments, and don’t miss this awesome event in Palm Springs this weekend. What a great little escape for the whole family!!!

Goblins and Giggles at the Gaylord Palms

Last time Alice stayed in Orlando with her dad Jim Hill and his fiancee Nancy, she raved about the hotel where they stayed. Live alligators! Fireworks from the windows! A huge atrium in the middle of the hotel! At this point I stopped her, and did a little searching. Oh, my goodness. That’s incredible! Today I this note asking if I would pass the information along to my readers. Honestly, I would be only too happy to do so. If finicky daughter loved staying there so much, I hope I can stay there someday too.

St Augustine Atrium at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL


Gaylord Palms Resort invites guests to come out and experience the delightful antics of the Halloween season Fridays and Saturdays in October.

Beginning October 2, guests can scurry over to the Gaylord Palms to enjoy a ghoulish good time. From costume contests to a scavenger hunt and mysteriously magical moments in between, there’s no better way to experience the thrills and chills of the season.

Goblins and Giggles Getaway Weekend activities include:

  • The Zany Zombie Chase – Zombies have gotten loose inside of our harvest-clad gardens and must be caught. Find all ten zombies and enter to win a grand prize.
  • Mysterious Magic Show – Strolling poolside magician performing tricks and treats.
  • BOO-tiful Arts & Crafts – Spooky arts and crafts for kids of all ages.
  • Trick or Treat Atrium Expedition – Resort-wide trick or treating with stops at different outlets throughout the resort – exclusive for package guests only.
  • Monster Mash Bash and Costume Contest – the ultimate onsite dance party and costume contest with prizes – exclusive for package guests only.
  • Fantastical Face Painting – scary or sweet, our face painter will transform your face for Halloween!
  • Splish Slash Wii Monster Dance – Challenge your friends and show off your best dance moves.
  • Poolside Moonlight Movie – Scary movies beneath the stars at Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park.

Room nights start at $179 and include a Trick or Treat Atrium Expedition experience and an entry into the Monster Mash Bash and Costume Contest for each guest.

For a complete schedule of activities and to book your getaway visit or call 407-586-2000.

Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World® at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

Be sure to “Like” Gaylord Palms on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram to get the most up-to-date information and special deals and promotions!

About Gaylord Hotels®
Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of hotels and upscale resorts that affords endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The brand’s hallmark—“everything in one place”—provides guests with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Fla., near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine, Texas; Gaylord National® on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md.; and The Inn at Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit”

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Happy sixth birthday to the Disney Parks Blog! To celebrate, they gave away Orange Bird MagicBands for a limited time yesterday. The Disney Parks Blog has been a fantastic way to keep in touch with the people behind the events, places, merchandise and magic that we know collectively as Disney, and I love it. They even actually tell us useful stuff from time to time! Happy birthday and here’s to many more!

Ooooooorange Biiiiiiiiiird……

Mahaloween is Returning!

…and it looks like they’ve learned some great things from Trader Sam’s Tahitian Terrace Luau. It’s in the same location – the great lawn where the Dancing Waters used to be, the gifts – kukui nut lei, print and mug with artist signing, and the price point – $150.00. Option to purchase regular tiki mug there as well. If it ain’t broke…it looks like the food and drink will be on par with the TT event as well. As long as the entertainment is just as good, with the Halloween element thrown in, they could have a great template for an annual event that will bring people back again and again. I really loved the TT event and I liked the first Mahaloween event but knew it had the potential to be so much more. It looks like they’ve found their groove. Okole maluna!

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