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Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day – Pleasure Island

Today is Throwback Thurdsay and we are going old school Pleasure Island circa 1989 with a “vintage” Pleasure Island button.  Ahhhh, the good old days.

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Many of my nights were spent dancing on the spinning dance floor of Mannequins.  I loved Mannequins they played great music and entering the club from the third floor was a way to make an entrance.  And thanks to the ventilation system you could dance all night and come out smelling like hairspray instead of smoke.

I miss having a place where you could be surrounded by just adults on Disney property and have some fun with friends or meet new friends.  Besides Mannequins, there was the Comedy Warehouse where Disney Cast Members were parodied in skits, the Adventurers Club where you could sip a Kungaloosh while your elephant leg bar stool would rise and fall at will, and the Fireworks Factory where you could get Cherry Bombs that were lethal.  And it was Mardi Gras every night in the street!!!!  Lots of other clubs came and went with the various trends of America and the ticketing went from a cover charge for the whole Pleasure Island area to opening the gates and charging at each club and the street was a thorough fare for the West Side – just for the record, it isn’t as much fun to be thrust into a child friendly environment after a few cocktails and you’ve been dancing up a storm in a club.  But the initial concept (in my opinion, and I am most definitely biased) was the best.

For those of you who are too young to remember the golden age of Pleasure Island, I’m sorry you missed out on a good time that I don’t foresee being replaced anything soon.  I am however looking forward to the opening of Disney Springs to see if even an iota of the magic of the old Pleasure Island can be recreated.

Merchandise Monday – New Disney Vera Bradley Pattern

Things have been busy with the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley.  This past Sunday, there was the launch of the Pretty Petals pattern during the Pretty Petals Brunch at Epcot.  The event was very nice but I will leave all the juicy details of the brunch will be in a separate post.

Display booth at the Perfect Petals Brunch

Display booth at the Perfect Petals Brunch


However, during the brunch, the Bouncing Bouquet Vera Bradley was was announced. Unfortunately, this new pattern won’t be available until the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney opens and the date for the store opening keeps getting pushed back.  (Currently the opening is June but every Cast Member I talked to about it said “June” like they didn’t believe that would actually happen.  So, we will wait patiently and hope for sooner rather than later.)



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The new pattern is pink and green with some orange accents.  (The glass display case was back lit with a green light so getting a decent picture was near to impossible.) Bouncing Bouquet prominently features both Mickey and Minnie.  Some of the other Disney Vera patterns are a bit more Disney subtle so if you want to show your Disney side then this might just be the pattern for you.

~~~ Happy Shopping!!! ~~~

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.









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.

Limited Time Magic Presents Sidewalk Chalk Art Fest at Downtown Disneys

A Chalk Art Festival is happening October 4-6, 2013 at both Downtown Disneys (Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort) as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion.   Artists will turn the concrete sidewalks of Downtown Disney into vibrant, three-dimensional works of art.  (Let’s hope it doesn’t rain!!)

Limited Time Magic Presents Street Painting Fest

Pictured: Chalk artist Lori Hughes, from Galloway, Ohio, during the 2012 Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

If you can’t make the Limited Time Magic Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival this week, be sure to plan to go to the annual Festival of the Masters art show, held November 8-10 at Downtown Disney, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista because there is Sidewalk chalk art then also.

Disney Debuts Vera Bradley Collection September 21, 2013



Shop The Magic first told us about it here.  Now, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21, 2013.  The Vera’s are coming!


For guests in Florida, a special release party will be held on Saturday, September 21, at the World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m., and will feature the first opportunity to purchase items from this new collection.


In California, guests can find the new collection starting Monday, September 23, in select locations at the Disneyland Resort.


The pink color is titled “Just Mousing Around” and the black color is called “Midnight with Mickey”.


Be sure to check out Shop The Magic‘s album on facebook here for pictures and estimated pricing for this new collection!


If you are interested in ordering from this collection, please send a message to shopthemagic@gmail.com.

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