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Receive a $25 Disney Gift Card When Booking with Visit The Magic Travel*

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I’m excited to announce the launch of Visit the Magic Travel. To celebrate, I am offering a $25 gift card to anyone who books a Disney vacation between today and March 31, 2015. As a bonus, if you refer someone who books a Disney vacation with Visit the Magic you will receive a $25 gift card on your next vacation. (see details below).

Did you know that when you book a Disney vacation through Visit the Magic that it will cost you the same as if you booked it direct with Disney? There are no fees or upcharges involved when booking a vacation with Visit the Magic. What you will get is great service and the knowledge of someone who has been traveling to Disney World for over fifteen years.

To request a quote, following this link http://visitthemagic.com/request-quote/

 

Meet the Owner – My name is Nicole Riley. I have been planning Disney vacations for about three years as my job. Before that, it was a hobby of mine to help plan trips for other people. My first trip was with my husband in 1999. I knew nothing about Disney World and thoroughly enjoyed researching and planning for the trip. Since then, I have been on over 35 Disney vacations with family, friends, and extended family. I have been married for 20 years and have two daughters – 17 and 14. I look forward to helping you plan your perfect vacation. Email me at Nicole@visitthemagic.com if I can answer any questions for you.

*Promotion valid on bookings made 3/1- 3/31, 2015. Offer valid on 2015 vacations only. In order to qualify for the promotion, a minimum $1500 package consisting of room and a minimum of 3 day park tickets must be booked. Gift cards will be mailed at time of travel. For referral gift cards, the referrer will receive their gift cards on their next book AFTER the referral has traveled. Valid on new bookings only. Offer valid on Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, or Adventures By Disney. Be sure to mention this promotion when booking.

Live Trip Report from Disneyland Starting!!!

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Are you tired of the cold weather?  Aren’t in the Christmas spirit yet?  Just need a Disneyland fix?  Then you are in for a treat!  Because, I am leaving on a jet plane in a few hours for a well deserved vacation to Disneyland with a bunch of my Disney friends and will be posting all of my adventures.  We plan to hit all of the highlights and some of the more obscure Disneyland offerings.

I’ll be posting via Instagram which will then (hopefully) post to the Visit the Magic’s Twitter account and its Facebook page.  So, follow along on your favorite social media for a vicarious trip to Disneyland.

Instagram:  visitthemagic

Twitter:  @visitthemagic

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/VisitTheMagic

 

Be sure and ask questions, make comments, or give suggestions on things to do.  The more people following along the merrier!!

Throwback Thursday – “it’s a small world”

In honor of “it’s a small world” 50th anniversary, I found a video of the original attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  It is amazing how different and alike the current attractions are to the original.

 

If you are a Mary Blair or Rolly Crump fan, this version show cases some of the artwork for the original attraction.

 

This video is on the 1964 New York World’s Fair in general and follows certain people around the Fair – boy scouts get lost, families have fun together, teachers learn, and boys chase girls.  It is almost like being at a retro Epcot and Magic Kingdom at the same time.

(Did anyone notice how everyone dressed up to go to the World’s Fair?  Or, the lack of strollers?  Ahhh, the good ‘ol days.)

 

~~~ Happy 50th Anniversary “it’s a small world” ~~~

Happy 50th Anniversary “it’s a small world” and Carousel of Progress

April 22nd was a busy day, indeed!  Not only was it Earth Day, which is the day Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened 16 years ago in 1998, it was also the 50th anniversary of the April 22nd opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair – which means it is the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress and Disney “it’s a small world”, since they both first opened at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

The Disney Parks Blog has some great pictures and history from the 1964 New York World’s Fair about these classic attractions.

Pepsi-Cola presents Walt Disney's "it's a small world" at the 1964 New York World's Fair from Disney Parks Blog

Pepsi-Cola presents Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair from Disney Parks Blog

Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench

Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench from Disney Parks Blog

 

According to the history of “it’s a small world” attraction listing on the Disney web page:

“it’s a small world” was created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Personally overseen by Walt Disney in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the attraction was a huge hit for 2 seasons at the fair and was eventually shipped back to Disneyland park, where it reopened on May 28, 1966.

In 1971, “it’s a small world” was recreated to become one of the Opening Day attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated in every Disney Resort around the world and is considered a Walt Disney classic.

 

And the history on the Disney website for Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress goes like this:

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress was personally created by Walt Disney for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

Featuring state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics—Walt Disney’s latest animation technology at the time—the show was originally conceived as part of a new area at Disneyland park called Edison Square. When the concept was abandoned, the idea was re-imagined, eventually opening under the name “Progressland” at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

With the classic song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” written and composed by the Academy Award®-winning team of brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, the show was an instant hit. Following its success, the show moved to Disneyland park and was renamed “The Carousel of Progress,” where it played until September 9, 1973.

In January 15, 1975, the attraction moved to Magic Kingdom theme park where it was rewritten and restaged with a new theme song, “The Best Time of Your Life.” But in the true spirit of progress, the show was reworked in 1994 to its initial incarnation with the original theme song intact—as a tribute to nostalgia.

To mark the occasion of the anniversary of Disney “it’s a small world”, check out smallworld50.com where you can upload a video of you singing the theme song or create a custom doll, all to benefit UNICEF.  (Forewarning – it you don’t want to have the song in your head for the rest of the day then turn the volume off on your computer before you click the link.)

Disney and UNICEF’s relationship began in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair when Disney unveiled the “it’s a small world” attraction, a tribute to UNICEF and children around the world. More recently, Disney and UNICEF have worked together to create a brighter tomorrow for children through programming that helps foster imagination and creativity.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of “it’s a small world”, Disney will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF. In addition, the company will donate $1 for every video recorded and every Small World digital doll created at www.smallworld50.com, up to $100,000.

 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, you can download Exclusive Carousel of Progress Wallpaper for your computer, ipad, and smartphones thanks to the Disney Parks Blog.  There are also some “it’s a small world” wallpapers also.

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And with all things Disney, there is merchandise to commemorate the occasion.  Don’t miss out on getting your limited-release tees at Disneyshopping.com.

Online Exclusive - Available Through April 27th Celebrate 50 Magical Years it's a small world 50th anniversary The beloved Disney Parks attraction opened at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Commemorate 50 years of laughter and cheers with our limited-release tee. Get 2 for just $40 when you mix and match tees reg.$21.95-$24.95. The celebration continues with this limited-release tee featuring the classic Disney Parks attraction Carousel of Progress. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. | Make Them Yours

 

Happy Anniversary to

Disney “it’s a small world”

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!!!

 

Holiday Wish List at Earl of Sandwich

We’ve always loved the Holiday Turkey Sandwich but this year the Earl of Sandwich is stepping up their game.

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They have added a Holiday Ham Sandwich, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, and Peppermint Brownies.  YUMMMMMM!!!!  I may have to make a stop at Downton Disney this week to enjoy the new menu additions.

Don’t delay though, these holiday delights are only available for a limited time.

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