The Tree of Life. From afar it just looks like a huge tree but get just a little closer and you'll see the carvings in the trunk of the tree. Tigers, bugs, lizards, all sorts of animals can be seen carved into the tree. Not only that but if you walk around the bottom of the tree the carvings continue down to the roots of the tree featuring dinosaurs and rhinos. You can see a lot of the carvings when you're queuing for It's Tough to be a Bug. Have you seen the Tree of Life up close?
Indeed it is. ❤️
Whenever I look at this it helps me relax. Watching the huge fish swim around in the water, the trees, the flowing water, it's brilliant. Where is it? For fun, can you guess...
This just sums up everything I LOVE about Walt Disney World - you get to be a child again. You can run, skip, or jump around and no one will laugh at you, they simply smile and join in! It's an amazing place and I cannot wait to be back there. Do you have somewhere you can let yourself go? When was the last time you felt like a child?
This is one of the best photos we have of a giraffe on the Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom. The safaris are one of my favourite places to get a rest in Animal Kingdom - the rest spots there are few and far between and there's lots of walking trails and treks so rest spots are welcome. I'm sharing this and others over on the blog on Wednesday (with more great photos!). I love the safari, you get to see giraffes, gazelles, even lions, and the kids get to learn because the driver of the truck and your guide on the safari is super informative and teaches everyone about the animals as you drive around. A truly wonderful experience and I can't wait to see it at night.
When I was growing up I heard this constantly and thought it was just what people said to those not lucky enough to be born beautiful. But now I know it's so much more than that. It's not about what you look like at all, it's about being a good person.
This is Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World. Do you see the ghost horse? This ride is one of my favourites at Magic Kingdom, not only because it's awesome but because it's a great rest spot, especially when you've been walking around all morning. What is your favourite rest spot in Magic Kingdom?
This quote never fails to motivate me. If there's something you want to do just DO IT. What is stopping you?
Have you ever ridden the Railroad at Magic Kingdom? Have you spotted that there are 4 different trains? This is a great way to get a sit down while still getting to see the magic of the park. There's a slight breeze as the train travels along the tracks, even on the hottest days, and it means you can do less walking! With stops in the park too it's a great way to get around!
I love this quote so much. When I was growing up it was all about the fairy tales, it was all about the magic and how the animated movies were so perfect. It was a dream to have a life like that - and it could never happen in real life. But that's not exactly true is it? If we want something bad enough, and work hard enough, our dreams can come true. Fairy tales aren't there to show us things that couldn't possibly happen in real life, they're there to prove to us that anything is possible - if you can only work out a way to get what you want. Dream big. Work hard. AND ALL YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE!
Me, standing next to Minnie Mouse with the biggest smile on face. How stupidly happy do I look?? I LOVE Walt Disney World, becoming a child again and screeching with excitement because I get to meet Minnie Mouse and even have a photo with her!!! I may be wearing no make up and my hair is a total mess but I simply don't care. I am standing next to MINNIE MOUSE!!! 😝
More and more recently I have been turning to my children for ideas. The things we discuss, the topics they're interested in, help me work out what I should be writing about. Their input is invaluable and they have helped me on more topics than I care to mention. The boys are creative, intelligent, and inspiring. How are you inspired by your children?
Before visiting Walt Disney World we buy a big bag of pins so we can have plenty to trade while there. Over the years our collection has grown and we've even completed some of the sets. We're not done yet though - it's surprisingly addictive! I can't wait to return so we can do more pin trading. Do you do pin trading?
The best things in life take time. Why hurry? I've spent a long time trying to figure out why I blog. Who and why I want to help. And then, by accident, I realised what I love most of all is Walt Disney World. Holidaying there, taking my children and being able to share such a magical thing with them is the best feeling in the world. And I want to help other families experience that magic too. So as you can see from my feed recently it's all about Walt Disney World. Quotes from Walt Disney and the movies, photos from our many trips to the parks and surrounding areas in Walt Disney World. Over on the blog you'll read posts with tips for your holiday/vacation and I'm even creating freebies for my mailing list subscribers. I'm excited. I think I've finally found my niche. Yes, it's taken time - but the best things are worth the wait right?
This was taken back in 2015, the Frozen Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios was new and it was brilliant. I loved the dancing and everything. LP loved being able to see Olaf and the rest of the characters. It seemed a bit weird having people dressed in winter clothes while the sun shone down and we were sweating because it was so hot, but it was awesome anyway! Which parade is your favourite?
No matter how many times I'm told I shouldn't worry about things I still do. Why on earth can't I listen to the wisdom of Walt? Do you worry?
Having only been on Everest once I can say that seeing this mountain in the distance makes my stomach do a somersault. Again it's not the kind of ride I like, but I do love looking across the lake and seeing that mountain. Despite it being loud when I'm standing there it brings a calm over me. I love this place so much it makes my heart hurt. ❤️ Have you ever been to Animal Kingdom? Did you brave Everest?
More brilliant wisdom from a Disney movie. Not only do I love the Hercules movie but I love the soundtrack too - I listened to it just the other day. This is why I don't think the Disney movies are meant just for the kids, yes they're animated but they tell amazing stories and contain such wisdom that I think we can all learn. AND the music is so good! What is your favourite Disney movie? 🎥❤️
This is the Summit Plummet, a body-slide in Blizzard Beach, Walt Disney World. It is a ride I have never braved, the height is just not something I'm willing to take on - my youngest on the other hand cannot wait to go on it this summer. He is determined to do it because my eldest did it when he was 7 - LP will be 9 when we go. What will I do when the boys go on Summit Plummet? Team Boat Springs - even if I have to go with another family! 😂
Mickey Mouse started it all... Walt had to come up with a new character, which he did while on a train, Mickey Mouse was born and ignited something in Walt. From there his ideas grew and became what Disney is today. I love watching documentaries about Walt Disney, his passion really comes through - he truly loved what he did. And he gave us so much. ❤️
My youngest, LP, cannot wait to go to Typhoon Lagoon again. He LOVES the wave pool and always swims underneath the big waves again and again. He doesn't like leaving the pool, even when we have to get to a restaurant booking. If he could I think he'd stay here all day!
It's a wonderful phrase... Every time I hear (or see) this phrase I smile because Simba, Timon and Pumbaa are dancing along the log singing the song in my head. Ah memories from childhood. 😊
Have you ever been to the California Grill? This is the view from outside the restaurant! If you book in the evening you can come back and watch the fireworks from outside and it is amazing! I snapped this photo in 2015 just as the sun was going down. You can see Space Mountain on the right and in distance - and looking rather small - Cinderella's Castle. 😍
There is nothing like a Disney quote to get you motivated in a morning right? LET'S DO THIS!
Now I know I've said before that I don't like the big rides but Splash Mountain is brilliant. No, I don't like the drop at the end but it is soon forgotten when I am soaked with cold water and can't help but laugh because I am so wet! I don't mind the log-flume style rides so much for that reason, because I don't really get a chance to think about how scared I was when falling, the water and the laughter get rid of the fear - BRILLIANT!
Have you ever watched a Disney movie and instead of smiling at your favourite characters actually listened to the words they are saying? I love that all of the Disney movies have some wise words in there somewhere. Rafiki is a wise old monkey. Even as children Disney wanted us to learn and know life lessons. ❤️
Whenever I see the Hollywood Tower my tummy does a somersault! I do not like this ride. I've been on a few times, because I didn't want my kids to be scared of it - all the time I am TERRIFIED! Why people enjoy sitting in an elevator and dropping 13 floors I have no idea but my boys are now added to the list of people who do. On the plus side it means I don't have to ride anymore - Yay! So while my boys are on this awful (not really! 😉) ride I can wander through the shops and buy more Disney branded stuff. 🎉
You don't need to speak the same language to appreciate the same picture - I love this quote from Walt Disney because it speaks to all of us. I think it's kind of appropriate on a site that promotes sharing photos too - I love that it just fits. I've never been very good at sharing photos, but I'm working on it, and I hope that in time you'll get to know me a little better. 😉
On our first day out in 2013 this is what greeted us at Epcot, Walt Disney World - The Jammitors. I had never seen them before but it was a brilliant way to start our first day, I smiled so much my cheeks hurt and I danced about like a 10 year old. It is one of the many reasons I love Walt Disney World, there's always something magical going on!
Too right Donald! Why are we always trying for MORE. Always MORE. But why?