Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photo Flashback! Showtime!

Walt Disney World has wonderful attractions and rides but you can't beat the live shows throughout the parks.  

Festival of the Lion King, Walt Disney World, Growing Up Disney
My absolute favorite live show is Festival of the Lion King.  This shot is from October 2008.

Voices of Liberty, Epcot entertainment, Growing Up Disney
Voices of Liberty is a must-see show.  I enjoyed this performance in September 2008.  I know I've seen at least two of these Cast Members on recent visits.

Spirit of Aloha, Polynesian Resort, Growing Up Disney
We've been to the luau many times over the years and always had fun.  This is the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show from October 2007.

Off Kilter, Celtic rock, Epcot, Growing Up Disney
I truly love (and miss) Off Kilter.  They started playing at Epcot in 1997, the same year I did College Program.  We always chose our Epcot days based on whether or not they were playing.  This image is from February 2007.

Mulch Sweat and Shears, DIsney's Hollywood Studios, Growing Up Disney
Mulch, Sweat and Shears is so much fun.  My girls love them now but this was from October 2006.  They pulled my husband up to play the drum (aka a bucket) and I cherish that memory.  

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Photo Flashback! Kidani Village

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
a great place to see animals up close.  

I have lots of pictures taken of animals on the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  But for a different view, take the trip over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  There are some great places to eat and some great views of the savannas around the resort.  These were taken from the firepit viewing area outside of Sanaa at Kidani Village.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village
Kidani Village

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village
The Savanna

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village
A great place to view the animals

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village
Up Close

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village
as they walk by.
If you have never been to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge take time away from the parks and visit with some beautiful animals.  I've heard at Sanaa sometimes the animals come by to look through the windows at you while you eat.  :-)  


I took these pictures in November 2012.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Photo Flashback! Really Good? -- no Great!

The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 
is always a good time to visit Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World
EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2014

It's always good when you can get one good picture 
of the fireworks at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Walt Disney World

 or two,

Walt Disney World.

Or you capture a good photo after watching a show
for at least the 10th time

Walt Disney World

Or you get a photo made with Mickey

Walt Disney World

Or you have a great view from your room
to start your day

Walt Disney World

But know what is REALLY GREAT?

Spending time at Walt Disney World
with family.
Walt Disney World
Mom and Ridge

Walt Disney World
Mom and DisneyDad

These photos were taken during our October 2014 visit to
Walt Disney World.  Amy and her family
were not able to come on this trip, but 
Ridge was able to come along with us.

Thanks for stopping by Growing Up Disney

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Photo Flashback! Perspective

 What is a wild ride is all a matter of perspective.
When my wife and I first went to Walt Disney World
we did all the rides.  Back then I even got her on Space Mountain.

What makes up a wild ride when you get older and
have grandkids is a little different.

This is a wild ride for the girls.

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom
Amy and Minnie

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom
Granny and (a mostly unseen) Tink
But the most exciting ride of them all now
is getting to ride with Granny on her
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

These photos were taken May 2014.

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