Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Photo Flashback! I Love a Parade!

Walt Disney World May 2014
I love the Floats, Characters, and Music of the Parades in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  They have changed a little over the years.  From the mechanical dragons, swings, pirate ships, and hot air balloons of the current parades to the simplicity of the original ones, I love them all.

Main Street Parade  - May 1979

Pooh has changed some since May 1979

The "ears" at the bottom of this May 1979 picture belong to Amy.

Hope you enjoy looking at some old photos from my Wayback Machine
(my old photo albums) as much as I do.

Retro Disney
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Photo Flashback! Thank You DisneyDad!

Hiya Pals!  We've been away for a few weeks due to some technical difficulties but now we are back to continue sharing our family's love of all things Disney.  And DisneyDad deserves all the thanks for getting us back up and running.  Trust me, he's due a B-I-G thank you for this one, so please leave him a quick note below!

It's also because of DisneyDad that we are Growing Up Disney in the first place.  Some of these you've seen before, but I wanted to share a few photos of our history as I express my gratitude.  I've enjoyed working on this project with family and friends and I'm so glad we are able to continue.

DisneyDad with his parents and nieces in Adventureland in December 1971

DisneyDad and Mom on their honeymoon in December 1973

DisneyDad and Amy, May 1979

DisneyDad and Mom at Amy's wedding, our famous guests were a surprise from DisneyDad

Tink's first trip to Walt Disney World for her first birthday, April 2010

Storytime at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, February 2012

Minnie's first Walt Disney World trip, May 2012, 11 months old

Posing for a remake of our shot above in May 2013

DisneyDad and Mini-Me

A quick selfie as we exited the park in May 2014

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Growing Up Disney is back on line!

We are BACK!

Amy 1979 at Magic Kingdom
Due to some technical difficulties GrowingUpDisney
was replaced by another site in mid July.  
We are BACK!  
I hope you will join with us each week
as we share our experiences Growing Up Disney.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Photo Flashback! Mickey!

Amy was able to get FastPass+ setup for us on our May 2014 visit to Walt Disney World so the girls could visit with Mickey.

Mickey Mouse
Minnie, Mickey, and Tink
If you haven't visited with Mickey recently, it's time you go.  Mickey talks with you!  
Tink had on her Birthday button so Mickey took that opportunity to sing Happy Birthday! to her as they danced together.

Mickey Mouse
Mickey, Tink, Minnie and DisneyDad
Of course the Big Kid in the bunch had to get his picture made with Mickey too!

Mickey Mouse
Amy  and Mickey
Amy couldn't resist a selfie with Mickey.


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Photo Flashback! Spirit of America

Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corp 
On our last trip in May 2014 I had the privilege of hearing the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corp on two occasions.  In this set they played the anthems for the different branches of service before striking a pose reminiscent of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima during WWII.  It was a very moving to see the old ex-military men standing watching this performance.

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945 by Joe Rosenthal

As we celebrate the birth of our nation, please remember those who have served her in our military.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Photo Flashback! Disney X, Y & Z

The tallest spire on Cinderella Castle
OK.  Maybe it's not extra close, but it's still a pretty good picture.

Belle and Tink at Enchanted Tales with Belle
Belle in her beautiful Yellow ball gown with Tink.

Beautiful Zebras on the Kilimanjaro Safaris
I love the animals on the Kilimanjaro Safaris.  The Zebra were posing for pictures on this trip.

Hope you enjoyed my choice of X, Y and Z.

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