Disney Dreams List

For some reason today I was thinking of all the things I want to put on my bucket list, and I realize my list has a very distinct theme. So now I am making a Disney List instead, and my bucket list will remain separate. But I still hope to accomplish everything on both lists some day. The things on this list… Some I will accomplish in the next few months, some may take twenty or thirty years. And I hope my mom is around for as many of them as possible since Disney magic is just better with her.

  1. Drinking around the world at Epcot.
  2. Beast the Kitchen Sink at the Beach Club Resort.
  3. Learn to surf at Typhoon Lagoon.
  4. Complete my train pin set.
  5. Meet ALL of the Princes.
  6. Get my picture with Steamboat Willie.
  7. See World of Color while wearing a light up ear hat.
  8. Go to Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park in France.
  9. Go to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea in Japan.
  10. Go to Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong.
  11. Go to Shanghai Disney in China.
  12. Sail on a Disney Cruise Ship and go to Castaway Cay.
  13. Go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  14. Take my brother to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Because I want to be there when he meets Maleficinet.
  15. Eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
  16. Get married under the giant hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  17. Wedding reception at the Be Our Guest restaurant.
  18. Dine at Club 33.
  19. Go to the Fort Wilderness Campfire Singalongs.
  20. Run one of the Disney marathons or half marathons.
  21. See every film ever produced by Disney Studios. And by every I mean every feature and short film I can get my hands on dating back to Snow White and Steamboat Willie. But not Disney Channel or the direct to video nonsense like the Buddies movies.
  22. Become a Disney stockholder/shareholder.
  23. Be proposed to in a Disney manner. Not that I’ll turn it down if it’s not Disney but this is me we’re talking about.
  24. Attend the Magic Kingdom’s 50th Birthday Celebration.
  25. Go down Mount Gushmore at Blizzard Beach.
  26. Stay a night in the DisneyDream Suite or the castle suite.
  27. Live in Celebration.
  28. Be a Jungle Cruise Ship Captain.

And there are so many more things that will get added to this list over time but I feel like this is a good start.

Adventure is Out There

So I was going to start writing about something, I don’t know what, because someone pointed out I hadn’t updated in a while. And I haven’t and I need to do that because a lot’s happened and I should be keeping up with it. But someone got me the link to the leaked episode of Korra… and now everything else has gone out the window. I desperately want to get someone to watch it so I can start discussing what it means. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So in all seriousness, it’s been a very adventurous few weeks. I went to Disneyland last weekend, and I hopefully blog all of the trip soon but in case I don’t, in summary: Food is not very good but best character breakfast ever, the characters who can’t talk are wonderful and like to dance, some cast members were actually rude but one in particular made my trip, and people are not very friendly in California but I was adopted by two moms while I was there. And made some awesome new friends. Since I got back from California I have experienced major jet lag, taught four Zumba® classes, ditched class to play frisbee, attempted to dye my hair red, spun out on Pellissippi Parkway and had to have Appa towed out of a ditch, hung out with a very awesome person, and spent a day walking around downtown as part of the Avengers. I make a pretty darn good Black Widow. We had people asking for pictures and one kid even wanted our autographs! I also now own a 40″ HD TV.

There are some things I’m not very happy with right now, things I’m stressing over even though they’re out of my hands. I’m wondering if I made the right decision even though I can’t change it now. There’s something I need to address but I’m scared to, knowing the longer I wait the worse it’s going to hurt but I’m so afraid of going down that road again. My knee’s acting up again, my room is not even half done, and old wounds keep reopening. But I look at all the incredible things I’ve done in just a week, and how unbelievably blessed I am, and I couldn’t be happier. Whatever happens is going to happen, and it’ll all turn out for the best. Maybe one of these days I will finally stop worrying.

Hakuna Matata.

Disneyland To-Do List

A week from tomorrow, I will be boarding a plane to California for the first time in my life to go to the place where the magic began. Disneyland. Which is admittedly smaller than Disney World and less popular, but I couldn’t care less. As much as I love Disney World, this is the park that Walt built. True, he laid out the plans for Disney World and put so much thought and planning into making the greatest theme park in the world, but he sadly passed before he could see it’s opening. However, Disneyland was the dream he saw realized. This was the first home of Mickey Mouse, and the first princess castle, and so much more. Disney’s folly, they called it. You’d think they’d learn to realize this man had great ideas. The thing about me, I love every aspect of Disney that doesn’t involve the word channel. Disney History is fascinating.

I last saw Mickey in 2010, on the day after my 19th birthday. I have been dreaming about going back to Disney World since then, but I’ve never given Disneyland as much thought as I should planning wise. I am forming a to-do list of things I can either only do at Disneyland (as in not an option as other parks), either weren’t an option when I was there before, or something I’ve just recently started dreaming about. Some are rides, some are characters I want to meet, and some are just magic.

  1. See World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure. I have wanted to see World of Color since the day I heard about it and this is my main goal that first night. That reminds me, I need to order my lunch to get the good seating…
  2.  Get a Mickey Mouse shaped soft pretzel. They didn’t have these before, they’re new and they’re adorable. And I must try one.
  3. Hug Mickey Mouse. Multiple times. This needs no explanation.
  4. Meet Duffy the Disney Bear. Duffy is Mickey’s teddy bear, and he was released about a month after my last trip. I also want a picture of him by himself along with one with me because today in class for our nature assignment we were told we were not allowed to photograph bears. Our teacher seems to think we’ll get eaten.
  5. Celebrate Mardi Gras. I know it was like two weeks ago, but the party is still going in New Orleans Square. Mickey, Minnie, Tiana and Naveen, and many other characters will be out decked in their finest.
  6. Meet Flynn Rider. Forget Rapunzel, I just wanna meet her prince! Again, released after my trip.
  7. Meet Dug. “I just met you and I love you.” To my knowledge, you can only find this friendly dog – “SQUIRREL!” at Disney’s California Adventure.
  8. Plaza Inn Breakfast with Minnie and Friends. I have a reservation for Saturday BEFORE park opening so I will get to walk up Main Street USA without a crowd of people. And then I get to have breakfast without Mickey, but with Minnie, Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore and more!
  9. Dance with a Disney character. I’d rather it be someone awesome like Mickey or Naveen, but I really just want to dance with a Disney character. I partially blame the person who has now gotten me accustomed to partner dancing for this one, BUT! There is a story that goes with it. When I went to EPCOT when I was fourteen, I was fresh off finding out about my knee surgery and I was trying to act too cool for Disney half the time. However, mom had a special thing that let us get a big group picture with Mickey, Donald and Pluto, and while mom was talking to the photographer, Mickey grabbed me and began to dance. And it was wonderful, and even though magic can’t happen twice, I wanna give it my best shot.
  10. Find Club 33 in New Orleans Square. I can’t get in but I wanna find it anyway.
  11. Ariel’s Undersea Adventure opened not too long ago at California Adventure, and they’re opening a counterpart in the Fantasyland expansion at Disney World.
  12. Fantasmic. This is my favorite show at Disney World, and they have it at Disneyland too. It’s basically Mickey defeating every Disney villan ever.
  13. Storybook Canal Boats. You take a boat ride through a bunch of famous Disney scenes.
  14. Mickey’s Toontown. They tore it down at Disney World, which makes me sad. But there is still one at Disneyland!
  15. Off the Page. The store for Disney collectibles and artwork. I probably can’t afford anything, I just wanna look.
  16. Ride the Monorail to Downtown Disney and back.

I’m sure I’ll add more!

Slight Change of Plans to the Room

Okay, I really do have the attention span of a hamster but I just had the BEST idea for my room if I can find it: a bed with a Mickey shaped headboard!!! I don’t know if I can find it, a quick Google search didn’t come up with anything but I’m sure I can make something work. And if not I’ll go back to my old idea of just a black bed, but how awesome would this be?

The other ideas I’ve had for my room since my last blog.

I really kind of want a book-case bed but I can’t find one in black. I just like the idea of being able to put my Disney stuff right there. They’re also kind of pricey. But my grandmother is now helping me get my bed due to Comet bills… I just desperately hope that includes a mattress somehow. Because there’s already a bet going on how long it would take me to fall off if I put a twin mattress on a full bed.

I currently have a street sign in my room that says “APPA AVENUE” and I’m not getting rid of it, but I want one that says “MAIN STREET, USA” if at all possible. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the entrance to Disney World and Disneyland.

I’m still going to redo my room, I’m just not going to be able to do quite as much as I wanted to it. My main goal right now is getting it painted and the new bed in. New comforter and sheets will come next then I guess the wall decor. Or probably a chest of drawers, I really do need one of those otherwise I won’t have anywhere to put my clothes…

The last new idea I had this week was when I ran into AC Moore to look at frames. They have all these wooden cut out letters in different sizes, and they have a bunch of sayings. I didn’t like any of the sayings, (Family, Believe, Faith, etc.) just because they weren’t me. However, I did look at the prices for the letters that were black and now I think I”m going to mount “It all started with a mouse.” over my bed. Or something else equally inspiring and awesome.

Remodeling My Room: The Plan

My bed room has really not changed since I was eight years old when I moved in and got my bunk bed. I started adding posters when I was twelve, I took out the bottom bunk when I was fourteen and when I was eighteen I traded my two book cases for a second desk. Other that that, it’s pretty much the same. I’ve actually started hanging posters over posters just because it’s easier.

However, that all is about to change. And I’m going to -attempt- to blog the process.

For whatever reason, last week at work I was thinking about my room and how (not that I ever have people over anyway) I would be embarrassed for some of my friends to see my room. And I started thinking about how I could change it for the better and went to talk to Robby about it. He thought it was a good idea and I took it to my mom, who surprised me by saying okay. Then I got really sick and had nothing else to do for a week but look up ideas. I have been struggling for some time now to balance the mature, semi-responsible adult I’m trying to be with the ten year old I am at heart. (My boss describes me as twenty going on ten.) And I think I have found the way to do that. Me being me, since I won’t change this again for a very long time and likely won’t move out anytime soon, I’m going to build my dream room as cheaply as I can.

Right now my rooms looks like this. A sea of posters and general chaos. Breyer horses, stuffed animals and Legos.

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I am and always will be Mickey Mouse’s biggest fan, let’s face it. So even though it’s going to be a “big girl room”, again quoting my boss, Mickey is still going to be the focus I do believe. My plans still could change but I am in love with this idea. This room is going to be a blend of the two things I love most: making movies and Disney magic, with a bit of Locksley and Avatar thrown in. It’s going to be incredible!

Step One: The walls. All the old posters are coming down. I’ve got two I’m going to put into storage (unless someone wants to buy them) and the rest will end up in the trash. The walls are originally white with color splashes all over them. We’re going to repaint them over spring break. I originally wanted purple until I decided it didn’t match, now I’m leaning more towards a bright yellow. Coincidentally the color of Mickey’s shoes. My carpet is a deep blue and it’s staying, and I haven’t decided if making the ceiling not be sky blue anymore is worth the effort. All the Disney art I’ve collected over the years is going to be put in black frames and hung on the walls, alongside my signed Locksley set. I have one small Appa poster that will be joining them as well. I have lithographs from Tangled, Lion King, and Lady and the Tramp, plus a Lion King poster, a Bambi poster, four art lithographs, a Bambi poster, and three paintings. Four if I can talk mom into letting me hang one of hers in here too. My door is sadly UT orange… not sure what I was thinking there. But it’s going to be the same color as the walls now. My closet doors are chalkboards, and they are awesome.

Step Two: The bed. I love my loft bed, always have, always will. I’ve spent enough time not able to sleep in it because of my knee to know I prefer sleeping high off the ground, but it’s time for a new one. I’ve got my eye on a black double sleigh bed. I know I want black, and I know I want a double so I don’t have to get a new one again in a few years. Preferably with a memory foam mattress or pad, for which I blame Tyler for. I found an awesome reversible Mickey comforter set that is black, white and red. Which will match my Mickey decorative pillow set I have perfectly. And for the first time since I was very little, my sheets and comforter will match. A couple of my massive stuffed animal collection will get to stay on the bed, but the majority are going to move into a hammock that will hang in one of the corners. They’re all mostly Disney characters anyway.

Step Three: The accents. I have been scouring the Internet all day for Mickey Mouse room decor. My budget will limit what all I can actually get, but I’ve got a lot of ideas. There’s a Mickey trash can that matches, a Mickey shaped wall mirror, and I found a beautiful Mickey alarm clock. I plan on finding a way to make Mickey shaped drawer pulls and ceiling fan pulls. I also had the idea I could take the outlet and light switch plate covers and paint them. (Or get someone who can actually paint to do it for me.) I’m going to move my director’s chair into my room at last. I’ve also got several clap board picture frames and a film reel wall art thing that my boss got me that I’ll finally get to display, with my “Best Director” Mickey statue.

Step Four: Furniture. I’ve never had a lot of furniture in here, I don’t have a lot of room. And I’m going to have even less with a bigger bed but I’m going to hopefully find a way to rearrange it to make it work. I would like to get a nightstand at the very least because I’m going to need something to replace the drawers that were built into my bed. I’d love to have a vanity instead of using the top of my TV. I’m going to keep my writing desk and move my computer to it, but anything new I add will -hopefully- be black to match the bed. My desk is a medium brown, and I haven’t decided if painting it is possible or not. I don’t think there’s room in my budget or my floor for a chest of drawers.

I plan on selling my bed if anyone is interested. I’ve also got two awesome X-Men posters I wouldn’t mind parting with. Make me an offer!