Disney Resolutions for 2014

Written by Jessica Ma'ilo. Posted in Disney, Disney Parks, Features, Park Wise

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Published on January 02, 2014 at 3:00 am with 12 Comments

Happy New Year, MiceChatters!!  2013 was fantastic for yours truly, and I have nothing but high hopes for the gift of another year.  If you read last week’s column, you know I had some great Disney moments last year, and there are a few things I’m resolving to do at Disney in 2014.

1. American Idol Experience

Is it cheesy?  Maybe.  Am I too old for actual American Idol?  I guess.  Am I still going to bring it this year when I hit Hollywood Studios?  Hell yeah!  Since the opening of this attraction, I’ve thought how much fun it would be not only to play American Idol but to also perform at Disney (again…if you count my illustrious performance during Magic Music Days at Epcot in 1999).  Believe it or not, I’ve got some musical chops and was a vocal performance major once upon a time.  I think it’s time to dust off the old vocal chords.

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Get Park Wise: While you can audition with any song in your repertoire, check out the show list before you arrive, as only certain songs can be performed if you are chosen to participate.

2. Gumball Rally

Even before I was part of the MiceChat crew, I’d heard of the mysterious Gumball Rally.  After seeing this community buzzing with anticipation and excitement and then reveling in its glory after the big event, its definitely something I need to see in person!  I’m at the mercy of snow make-up days and state testing, but this is on my 2014 calendar!

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This is one resolution you can join me on. Would love to see as many of my readers as possible there. Two resolutions in one. Theme park challenge and reader meet-and-greet. You can sign up to receive information about this year’s Gumball Rally, scheduled for May 3rd, by entering your information here:

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3. Summit Plummet

Ok, maybe not Summit Plummet, but definitely some of the big kahunas at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.  I can run Disney mountains all day long, drop thirteen stories thirteen times in a row or rock out with Aerosmith until my ears bleed, but there’s something about careening down a tube with nothing but my swimsuit to protect me that gets this gal a little nervous.  We’ve done the group slides, but I’m hoping to hit the solo slides this year, too.

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Get Park Wise: Want to hop on the headliners without a long wait?  Same rules apply at the water parks.  Get to the parks near opening and enjoy at least an hour of light crowds, maybe even a little more time during the “cooler” months.

4. Shows

The shows are usually where we send the kids when we want to visit the thrillers.  Beauty and the Beast is the perfect location for a few go-rounds at Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the kiddos have enjoyed Finding Nemo while we trekked Everest six or seven times, single rider style.  This is great for time and convenience, but I want to see them, too!!  Like I said, I was a performer and involved heavily in musical theatre, so I’m definitely part of the target audience here.  This year, I may have to forgo the multiple turns and catch a show or two with the littles.

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5. New Year’s Eve

Yes, I just said that.  I know, I know.  I always say that even though my heart is in Disney, you’d be hard pressed to find me at either coast between Christmas and New Year’s.  Watching wait times rise to unthinkable numbers, seeing park closures by mid-day and catching glimpses of wall-to-wall crowds is not my idea of fun.  Although you’d still never catch me there on Christmas (well, never say never), I think there’s something magical about ringing in the New Year at the Happiest and Most Magical Places on Earth.  Will 2014 be the year that happens?  Who knows?  We’ll see how crazy I’m feeling the second half of the year.

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Those are my resolutions for 2014. What are your Disney resolutions?

About Jessica Ma'ilo

Jessica is a special education teacher by day and blogger and Fairy Godmother Travel agent by evening. When not supervising play dates or sleepovers, she can be found creating, sewing or singing. She loves hitting the Disney Parks, and she and her family escape to the World and Land as often as they can. She can be contacted at [email protected], and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.

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  2. That’s a great list of resolutions Jessica. I’ve never done the Summit Plummet either (tremendous fear of heights). Nor would I ever have the nerve to perform in front of a theme park crowd at the American Idol Experience. Those are sort of scary resolutions and I admire you for putting them on your list.

    Here are some things I’m going to put on my list:

    - Return to Disneyland Paris. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. That it has a Disneyland as well is a wonderful bonus. Fishbulb has never been, so we’ll add on an extension after the MiceChat Mediterranean cruise in June. Very excited.
    - Try a smoked turkey leg. I know it’s hard to believe, but I’ve never tried one of those giant turkey legs you see folks carrying around like cavemen. They’ve always sort of disgusted me. But, it’s part of the theme park experience and I’d at least like to try one.
    - Visit Victoria and Albert’s. It’s WDW’s most exclusive restaurant and has won numerous awards. We’ve never gone because it’s so darn expensive. But, this is one of those things you’ve got to do at least once. If I don’t make it this year, then I’m going to roll it over to next year. Would like to do this sooner rather than later.
    - Stay at the Wilderness Lodge. We’ve stayed almost everywhere else in the resort, but never the Wilderness Lodge. We’ve eaten there and know how beautiful it is. Don’t know why we’ve avoided it (perhaps because it seems so remote). But I’d really like to stay here.
    - See more movies at the El Capitan Theater. Disney has a stunning theater on Hollywood Blvd in LA which shows nothing but Disney films. It’s located directly across from Hollywood and Highland which makes it easy to plan dinner and parking as well. It’s an absolutely wonderful way to see a Disney film and I’d like to seem more of them here (want to spend my money rewarding the highest quality experience rather than just visiting some ugly mall theater).

    • Wilderness Lodge is a must do…..we’re DVC members, and our home is WL. It’s not as remote as you think. The launch to the MK dock is barely a 10 minute ride, and on the way back, at the end of a hectic day, it’s 10 minutes that can’t be beat.

    • Ooh! I could definitely get on board with your list! Especially El Capitan! I’m a sucker for atmosphere.

  3. Mine is to go on one of the new Disney Cruise ships. It will probably be the Dream because of cost, but who knows, maybe I’ll get some kind of huge tax return or something.

    • That’s a good one! We’ll be cruising on the Dream for the first time this year, and I’m super excited!

  4. I fully agree about Idol. I sang seriously for years yet always clam up at the park. Come on!

    • I’m definitely not shy. It’s more about making time to do it. It takes a big chunk out of the day, but I’ll be at WDW for an extended time this year, so I’m planning to devote some time to it. You’ll have to tell me all about YOUR experience when you do it!! ;)

  5. My Disney resolution is to inch ever closer to a retirement in the vicinity of a Disney park. Dobby’s resolution, now that Dusty mentioned it, is to inch ever closer to a smoked turkey leg. But the only singing I shall do is M-I-C…K-E-Y…M-O-U-S–E.

  6. My new years resolution is to visit Orlando this year.
    Due to serious illnesses I wasn’t able to visit Orlando for 3 years so when I go back (this time for the first time in a wheelchair) it has been 4 yours.
    The last time I went I visited Universal and Sea World and had a wonderful time.
    My Disney resolution is to visit the resort as soon as each park has a new E ticket ride I care for. Can’t wait to visit in 2020 if I’m still around then.
    So this year I’ll visit Universal Orlando again with a plethora of new rides, shows and parades I like to experience. The Orlando Eye and Gatorland.

    • Hope you have a great trip!