6 Tipsy Tips! 

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6. MORE. DAYS!!!


Still have yet to get my itinerary (grr…) but that’s okay, because at least I don’t have to wait for booze!


I’m driving down to Orlando from Austin with my mom on Thursday, and our plans are to enjoy an evening on Epcot the night before check-in. And of course, being 21, what better way to enjoy Epcot than to drink around the world? Here are the Top 6 alcoholic areas from Epcot that we have to try at least once:

Norway 🇳🇴 

Compared to other areas, Norway doesn’t offer as much alcohol-wise, unless it’s winter and you need some caffeine on the side with your alcohol! It’s going to be a long day for me, so I’ll need some delicious Viking Coffee to wake me up and oh by the way not miss out on the booze.

Germany 🇩🇪 


Some people prefer the dark German stout beers, but I’ve always been more of a light fruity beer person myself. Enter Schofferhoffer, the GRAPEFRUIT beer that is delicious as well as alcohol-licious! Not to mention Germany is the home of so many notable liquors, it would be an extreme disservice not to stop by!

Italy 🇮🇹 


Italy is the home of amaretto, limoncello, and strega, to name a few. So, how can we not visit? Not to mention the Rococco architecture of the Italian buildings are breathtaking, and among my favorite architecture designs of all time. Better yet, there’s a hilarious performance right in the middle of the square. So we get wine and a show!

Japan 🇯🇵 


Sake. ‘Nuff said.
France  🇫🇷 

Sure, France has wine, but last I heard the alcoholic slushes are the perfect treat in the Florida heat, and especially since the Viking Coffee would wear out by this point, I’d need all the energy I can get. 

And last, but certainly not least…

United Kingdom 🇬🇧 


The crown jewel of Epcot, the triumph of the United Kingdom, and my personal favorite Epcot restaurant: the Rose & Crown Pub! What doesn’t this place have – they’ve got beer, wine, food, and mixed pints for days. It’s the ideal end to Drinking Around the World and the perfect end to a night to remember before checking in to the College Program.

What are your favorite places to drink at Epcot?

Who WON?!

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Hello, everybody! Since I already made a post earlier today, I’ll be brief with this Mickey Mouse Monday. Last week I asked you beautiful readers for which Mickey Mouse Ears I should make…yet these Ears have a little twist. Today I’m happy to reveal the winner:


EEYORE! LOOK HOW CUTE!
And here’s the twist: the ears and the bow are completely removable! No more buying incessant headbands, no more worrying about getting the right headbands in the right colors. All you need is a few crafting supplies and some major patience with your sewing skills (at least, that’s how it was for me!).
I’ll be posting the tutorial on Wednesday for the Crafty Wednesday post. Until then, what are some of your favorite Mouse Ears?

7 Costumes Costuming! Or I did a VLOG?!

Welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness, and holy crap, there are 7 days left until the craziness that is Disney World!


But that’s okay, cause I’ve been able to spend time with my beautiful family before I head down to Orlando, and as if the timing couldn’t have been better, the museum in our Capitol is hosting an exhibit entirely dedicated to Star Wars costumes! It was fascinating, entertaining, and a lot of fun to walk through. 

Since Star Wars is a part of Disney, and has been for some time, I figured it would be a good opportunity to list my Top 7 Star Wars costumes that I particularly liked. Now I picked these specific ones for a reason, so if you don’t see your favorite costume, I apologize, I just thought these were the most interesting. Also, say hi to my brother! Ladies, he’s single 😉

Please note this is the first “vlog” I’ve ever done, so sorry that it’s not very long, nor is it the best vlog ever made. With that said, I hope you guys still enjoy!
What are your favorite costumes from our beloved Star Wars series? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page!

8 Best Disney Characters to Meet

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Hey everybody and welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness! The DCP countdown continues from 10 to 9 10 8 days remaining and I keep getting more and more excited! To celebrate, I’ve talked about the top 10 restaurants I would love to work in, and I’ve showed 9 different pictures that prove the existence of Hidden Mickeys outside of Disney World. How Disney gets those little buggers into the parks is up to anyone’s imagination, but now that there are 8 days left, I figured I’d count down the top 8 characters I want to meet at Disney World while I’m working there. Because, let’s face it, these guys are what makes Disney great. 

Besides, I did say in a previous post that I wanted to meet more characters, right?

8. Mary Poppins


Mary Poppins is one of the most patient nannies in Disney history. She also is a nanny during the time when women were fighting to get the vote, which feels like that fight hasn’t changed since the early 1900’s. Regardless, Mary Poppins is one of those characters that appears once in a blue moon, so to find her and take a picture with her would be a jolly holiday!

7. Pinocchio

No, I don’t mean during a parade. I mean an actual meet and greet with Pinocchio, which is actually harder than you might think. I’ve heard things about Pinocchio showing up in Epcot so I’ll definitely be looking there, but if anyone has any tips, let me know!

6. Cogsworth and 5. Lumiere

I put 5 and 6 together because you can’t have a Cogsworth without a Lumiere. Since Beauty and the Beast is coming out in March, how can you not want to visit with them?! Of course I wouldn’t want to forget Belle, but you can’t have an enchanted castle without Cogsworth and Lumiere!

4. Moana


Some people found Moana to be a decent movie or found themselves indifferent. I ended up loving it, especially with the lack of a romantic plot (cause let’s face it, we girls don’t need a man to save the day!) and with the concept of the supposed villain of the movie. I made two previous posts about it, but long story short, a picture with Moana would be fantastic.

3. Chewbacca

Sue me, I haven’t seen Rogue One yet. Doesn’t mean I’m not a Star Wars fan, in fact I love Star Wars, and that’s why Chewbacca is a part of my list. Especially after seeing The Force Awakens, I feel like it’s only right, you know?

2. Rafiki

No, I’m not a big fan of getting bopped on the head, thank you very much. But when you play Rafiki in a school play when you were around 14 years old, you tend to get attached to the lovable baffoon. So who wouldn’t want to see him?

And my Number 1 Disney Character to greet is…

1. Genie


The Genie. Enough said.

Who are your top Disney meet and greets? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page!

9 More Days = 9 Real Mickeys

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It’s time for the DCP Countdown again! Only 9 more glorious days until check-in at the Disney College Program and what better way to celebrate than to share with you a Disney World secret? We all know the Hidden Mickeys throughout the resort: from the bedrooms to the rides. So seeing them only at the parks might make you think that they’re a rare species, right? 

Actually, you couldn’t be more wrong. Now this might sound as crazy as the conspiracy that the JFK assassination was staged, but unlike that conspiracy, I have physical proof in photos from throughout the years that prove that Hidden Mickeys are not as rare as you might think.
Exhibit A:

This is a picture taken in Colorado. Given the year of that dumpster, I’d say that this photo is only a few years old. But you see the top of the dumpster? Turns out Hidden Mickeys aren’t very fearful if they’re hungry.

Exhibit B:


It isn’t known whether the photographer is aware of the supposedly “rare” creature on his head, but one thing’s for sure, the Hidden Mickey has the vanity of a peacock: why take a picture of a pianist when the real star of the show is right on top of him? Perhaps the Hidden Mickey is a sociable creature as well?

Exhibit C:


The most convincing evidence of all: a mother Hidden Mickey tending to her babies in her nest. This not only tells us that Hidden Mickeys are out there, but they breed and they are thriving. How could this be a rare species with a photo like this?
The fun doesn’t just stop there, though. Enjoy these pictures that further prove the existence of Hidden Mickeys outside of the Disney World Resort.

This Hidden Mickey is braver than I…this photo,  I’ve been told, was taken beside a haunted building right outside of Chicago. No grim grinning ghosts are going to scare this Mickey away!

This Mickey looks like it’ll go to great lengths to get its next meal…either that or it’s planning to make this unsuspecting kitty its next meal. Either way, this picture is nail-biting!

 Looks like Hidden Mickeys also enjoy a good visit to the local café as well. Do you think they’d prefer lattes or americanos?

Personally, I prefer an Apple…but iMouse sounds like a promising brand.

It’s unknown whether Hidden Mickeys can fly, or whether they’re like flying squirrels in that they use their ears as little parachutes. One thing’s for sure, though:

The Hidden Mickey for sure isn’t a rare species. If you see one, take a picture. It could be worth quite a few bucks.

What are some of your favorite Hidden Mickeys outside of Disney World? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contact page! 

The DCP Countdown Begins…

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Hello and welcome to the Quillegible blog of happiness! If you don’t know what quillegible means, it basically means that it’s a tremendous compliment to a writer by calling their writing a gift from the Gods. (Look at the website title if you don’t believe me!)

Oh. My. Good. Lord. My Disney College Program experience officially begins 10 days from now, and guess how excited I am? (Hint: a little more than the Linda Belcher up there)

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am not only honored at this chance but also extremely nervous and anxious because my itinerary has yet to show up (#latearrivalprobs). 

So, to pass the time, I will be doing an additional daily DCP blog that’ll sort of tie in to my other Disney blog posts but will also be separate because it’s a countdown series. Today, since there are only 10 days left before my check-in, I decided it would be appropriate to list my Top 10 places that I would love to work at. Since I’m a Seater, I’m particularly excited about the restaurants at Walt Disney World since there are so many of them. Now I don’t know of any horror stories about any of the restaurants, and this list is strictly built by my opinion, so if you find yourself disagreeing with me, I apologize in advance.

10. 50’s Prime Time Café

The thing about all these restaurants at Walt Disney World is that it’s not just the food but the overall experience and the story they tell. After the World War II era of the 1940’s, the 1950’s has always been known as a decade of prosperity because Wall Street was finally able to crawl out of the Depression of the 1930’s and become an economic pillar in the United States again. 50’s Prime Time Café tells the story and gives us the experience of that prosperous decade that is otherwise known as the inspiration behind every primary school sock hop. To be a Seater here would be a fun bash in Fat City!

9. Olivia’s Café


I’ll admit…I had no idea there was a place called Olivia’s Café until I looked it up! Now I can only hope that I work there just so I could say I did! Now I don’t know if they have Seaters at this particular restaurant, but I really hope they do! 

8. Rainforest Café


Rainforest Café is a national chain of restaurants, so it’s certainly not unfamiliar to me. However, the experience of the restaurant where there’s a rainstorm every 30 minutes is nothing short of enchanting to all the kids who come to eat, and it’d be great to experience that as a Seater.

7. Victoria and Albert’s


I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria and Albert’s that the only bad thing is its price. Being a Seater in this restaurant would call for grace, a pleasant smile, and elegance. Working here would feel like working at Buckingham Palace!

6. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Resaturant


I dined here once with my family and we had a great time. The food was decent, but everyone was so nice and it was a lot of fun feeling like we were actually in a drive-in theater! To be a Seater here would be a fun experience when I guide people into the restaurant and I see their faces.

5. Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Because it’s a Club, I don’t know if they need a Seater, but if they do, sign me up! Club Villain is deliciously evil from the drinks to the villains themselves, so being a Seater and having the chance to interact with this kind of place would be a barrel of laughs! Evil laughs, that is!

4. Ohana


Ohana means family, so if I work at Ohana, I’d get the real feel for family, which isn’t that what Disney is all about? Plus, someone probably has to clean up after Stitch’s messes, and I’d volunteer for that!

3. 1900 Park Fare


1900 Park Fare is a classic luncheon place that would be a dream to work at, because I would be the first face the guests see when they walk through the door. Plus, I love that classic 1900’s experience, much like I love the vibe of the 50’s!

2. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall


Who doesn’t want to be treated like royalty? Akershus is crazy full of people who just want to have a good experience at the end of the day, and I’d love to help however I can.

And Number 1 place for me to work is…

1. Crystal Palace


This is the place where I first met Pooh Bear and fell in love with Disney. This is a very personal reason for me to work there, but honestly, that’s the love that’s gotten me into the College Program, and it’d be fitting for me to work at the place that started it all for me.
Now I may get into one of these places, or I may get into none of them. These are only my top restaurants I’d love to work at, but at the end of the day, I get to work at one of the most magical places on Earth, and that’s more than enough for me.

Where are the places you’d love to work at Disney?

Book Review Fridays are BACK!

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Welcome back to the Quillegible blog of happiness! It’s Friday and you know what that means…Book Review Friday!


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you also know that today marks the end of the 8 year era of the Obama Presidency and the beginning of the Trump Presidency. 


Regardless of whether you support Trump or not, a new President coming into office is a huge deal, and a bit nerve wracking for good reason. The President is not able to make laws under our American Constitution (that’s for Congress) but the President does have the power to sign laws into power, veto laws (meaning to NOT sign them into law), and create Executive Orders. 

And this is just the beginning of the complicated trio system that is our American Government. But we’re not here to have an AP Government lesson, we’re here for books. And since today is President Trump’s inauguration, I decided to pick up a book by one of the most legendary political figures and activists of the 20th century: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 


Dr. King Jr was a busy man in his later life. Between touring, speaking publicly, and meeting with other prominent political figures, Dr. King wrote a total of four books all focused on racial equality and equity between Americans. 

His final book, Where do We Go from Here? Chaos and Community is the fourth and final installment of Dr. King’s writing before his untimely assassination in 1968. In it, Dr. King addresses common problems that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 hasn’t addressed and/or can’t address. Now the statistics he presented may have more or less changed, however, I read this book to learn Dr. King’s mindset and to try to apply his ideals to our modern day problems. This doesn’t just deal with racism anymore: this deals with every political problem under the sun.

After reading through and deciphering the wordy and meticulous book, Dr. King’s message for us is not only to have hope but to also have courage. In this time where nonviolent protests are a myth and life-threatening riots happen almost every day (especially after Trump became President-Elect), we all want to fire our guns at each other first and ask questions later or move to higher ground to avoid the flood of anger, hate, and dissappointment from fellow Americans. 

First of all, Dr. King would suggest, neither of those solutions would work and here’s why (quoted from Chapter 2 “Black Power”):

“Black Power is an implicit and often explicit belief in black separatism…behind Black Power’s legitimate and necessary concern for group unity and black identity lies the belief that there can be a separate black road to power and fulfillment. Few ideas are more unrealistic. There is no salvation for the Negro through isolation.”

Why did I pick this quote? Consider it this way: to make a chicken noodle soup, you need more than just chicken and noodles. You also need chicken stock, certain spices, and so on. In addition if you add too much of one ingredient, it will overpower the rest of the soup and you’ve effectively ruined your lunch (dang, I’m hungry now!). 

Same principle here: in the Black Power movement, Dr. King warned that Black Power should not try to overpower Whites because it is an unrealistic goal and it is basically stooping to the level of the Negro oppressors. Nowadays, if we want to avoid fellow Americans, we’re basically getting rid of a vital soup ingredient. Or if we want to shoot first and ask questions later, that basically means we’re trying to change the recipe ourselves, but why would you want to change chicken noodle soup?! It’s chicken noodle soup! 

We can’t solve our problems ourselves, it’s basically impossible. We need to have the courage and the hope to be able to gather in the kitchen and be able to create the best chicken noodle soup ever. That means all of the ingredients need to be included, regardless of which ingredient you are.


(Okay, time to get off the chicken noodle soup for the soul soap box…I’m starving now!)

So if we can’t shoot our problems away or hide in the shadows, then what can we do? For Dr. King, I’d imagine he would recommend two things: the first is a change of perspective.

No, I’m not asking for anti-Trump people to suddenly be Trump’s #1 fans, nor am I asking for Trump’s #1 fans to suddenly be anti-Trump people. That would be illegal, immoral, and illogical. What I’m saying comes from Chapter 5 of Dr. King’s book:

“None of us can pretend that he knows all the answers. It is enormously difficult for any oppressed people even to arrive at an awareness of their latent strengths. They are not only buffeted by defeats, but they have been schooled assiduously to believe in their lack of capacity.”

In other words, there’s no such thing as a right answer, and we are certainly not always right. Whether we are oppressed or not, Liberal or Conservative, Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter! In order to share ideas, we have to arrive at the conclusion that our ideas are not always right, and that we will still have defeats even if we believe we are capable. Capable of what? That’s for us to figure out together as the American people. If we want to progress, we can progress. We just need to remind ourselves that we are still capable. If we want to stay where we are, safe in our traditions and our values, we are capable of doing that too. It’s not dependent on him, her, or them: it’s dependent on all of us.

Coming from the same chapter, Chapter 5, comes the second recommendation:

“More white people learned more about the shame of America, and finally faced some aspects of it, during the years of nonviolent protest than during the century before. Nonviolent direct action will continue to be a significant source of power until it is made irrelevant by the presence of justice.”

In other words, if you’re a huge fan of riots and want to hurt people just to get your message across, then I hate to break it to you, but it’s not working. Never had, never will. Same with school shootings, police brutality, rape, robberies, and murder, to name a few. I digress by mentioning these other atrocious acts (though if you really think that rape and police brutality aren’t problems, you need to see a therapist pronto). 

Why fight with fists when you can fight with words? Granted self-defense is a necessity and Dr. King does point that out, but again, by going beyond self-defense and looking to hurt someone that you stoop to the level of the opposition and, in the long run, you accomplish nothing. 

If we do want to protest, let’s use the method that works: together or not at all.

Image courtesy of TIME
Have any great books you’d like me to review? Hit me up on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or let me know on the Contacts page. I’d love to hear from you!

7 TV Shows to Inspire Your Inner Crafting Genius

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Hello you beautiful reader, and welcome to another Crafty Wednesday post! Before I get started I want to point out two very important announcements:

  • Monday’s post had a total of 50 views, which hadn’t happened in months. Not 15…50. That boggles my mind! Thank you guys so much for the views and your support for my blog! It means so much to me! If you want more of the quillegible blog of happiness, follow me on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates and other fun stuff to come!
  • I mentioned briefly on Monday that January is National Mentors’ Month, among other things. Due to that, I wanted to point out that there is a great charity organization called AdoptAClassroom where donations not only go to help teachers but also to give classroom supplies and books to kids. One particular class is a class in Mead High School in Longmont, CO, which teaches special needs kids. My little brother Cooper is autistic and if it weren’t for these kinds of classes, he wouldn’t be an Eagle Scout, and he wouldn’t be in college right now. So obviously this is something that’s very near and dear to my heart. Any amount helps, so click here if you want to donate, and I thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Now for Crafty Wednesday! After all the packing and crafting, all I want to do is take a break, and I don’t think I’d be the only one. But unlike other young adults my age, I’m not really into Teen Wolf or The Bachelor/Bachelorette. So what do I watch that will not only help me relax but also energize my creative brain? Here are my Top 7 TV Shows for my inner Crafting Genius:

7. Expedition Unknown


This is a show on Travel Channel that doesn’t have a very enticing host (there are so many archaeologists in the world who’d probably do a much better job). However, the mysteries from history have always been more fascinating to me than anything out of an Agatha Christie novel. Just now I’m watching the mystery behind the inspiration for Atlantis and the Greek Minotaur. 

While this is more so inspiration for writing a novel than crafting, it’s really fun to learn about different artifacts and wonder how to make something similar with supplies from home. After all, if it worked for ancient Minoans it should work now, right? Why fix what isn’t broken?

6. Mystery at the Museum


While this is a very similar show to Expedition Unknown, Mystery at the Museum focuses on American museums and treasures that anyone can find on a typical road trip. Example: I watched an episode of Mystery at the Museum that focused on the Alamo in San Antonio and its caretaker Clara who fought tooth and nail to preserve the Alamo barracks from being torn down. A few months later, when I visited San Antonio on New Year’s Eve, I found the plaque that is dedicated to Clara and her heroic efforts.

 How does this relate to crafting? From my point of view, it makes me realize that every man’s trash can be treasure, so the next time I walk into a flea market, I’m tempted to transform it into something beautiful and learn about its history.

5. Ghost Adventures


Yes, it’s most likely that this show is fake due to confessions from the cast and crew of the show, but the drama of the show helps get my mind off of my latest project, which sometimes is a necessary measure after I’ve had a long day and I want to take a break. Once Halloween rolls around, I like to tune in to this show to come up with ideas for cheap Halloween decorations! (Psst! I have a post about that! Click here if you wanna catch up!)

4. Cake Boss


Cake Boss is a show that I’ve known since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to be a baker because of it. Now I turn to the amazing works of Rosanna Pansino and her Nerdy Nummies on YouTube, but it’d be a disgrace to not acknowledge the show that started it all for me. Besides, if I ever wanted to make a 3 tier cake inspired by Hans Christian Anderson, I would totally go to the Boss for ideas. (Still love Ro, though!)

3. Tiny House Big Living


I’ve officially decided that when I graduate from Texas A&M, I’m going to skip the apartments and go directly into a tiny house that I can lug with me no matter where my job is! Not only does it make sense financially, but it also makes sense for a young woman just out of college who has no idea where she wants to work (and I have one year left 😬). My mind runs like crazy coming up with ideas for my own tiny house whenever this show comes on!

2. Fixer Upper


There’s no question that Fixer Upper would be high up on my list. Not only are Chip and Joanna Gaines #couplegoals (even though I’m #foreversingle), but Joanna’s interior design and love for antiques inspires my crafty side and lets me think more about how I design my interiors rather than just throwing everything together into a random space.
And the #1 TV Show that Inspires my Inner Crafting Genius is…


1. Treehouse Masters


I know, I know, I already had an entire article dedicated to Treehouse Masters (if you want to read that, look no further!), but watching Pete Nelson on all his adventures building a treehouse is the ultimate crafting genius TV show for me. It was actually a hard decision between this and Fixer Upper, but whereas Fixer Upper tackles old homes, Treehouse Masters introduces a more environmentally friendly way of living by literally lifting your spirits. I can’t wait to build my treehouse after I’m done building my tiny house!
What are the best TV shows that inspires your inner crafting genius? Hit me up on Facebook or LinkedIn and let me know!

Mickey Mouse Mondays! – DCP Prep Part II

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Happy Monday everybody! Before I get started, I just want to give a huge shoutout to the month of January which is officially known as National Mentors’ Month! This is the month for not only thanking your parents for guiding you, but also your teachers, your tutors, your professors, your therapists, or anyone else who you consider a mentor. And now, it’s time for the best part of the week…MICKEY MOUSE MONDAY!


Now the Disney College Program starts in only a few short weeks for me, and to celebrate, I started a series last week called DCP Prep. I made two different long sleeved shirts that cost me only $5 to make instead of ordering them for $45 apiece. Click here if you missed it!

But now for Part II, in which I discuss some of the biggest Disney Do’s and Don’ts of the College Program. Mainly the Do’s…cause what part of Disney would you NOT want to do? Let’s consider it the Disney College Program New Year’s Resolution List of Quillegible Awesomeness! (Or DCPNYRLQA for short ;))

 I always thought Disney Meet and Greets were awkward, but after hearing so many wonderful stories of meeting Disney characters, I figured what better resolution to start off my list than to start meeting more characters more often? True, I’ll technically be working with the friends of these characters, and I may even know them personally when I see them, but greeting them could be magical in its own way. 

 I officially turned 21 last summer (and that was definitely a magical celebration!), and drinking around the world at Epcot is a famous pastime for adults who love Disney (or for adults who have been watching the kids all day). Plus, with other DCPs who are 21 or over, drinking around the world can be a celebration worth remembering!

 I’ll admit…I’ve always been camera shy. I never considered myself very pretty and therefore whenever my mom whipped the camera out for some reason, I never really enjoyed being the center of attention that way. However, since I’ve started working out, I’ve started feeling more comfortable with myself and I would love to have a photo session at Disney World for potential job interviews, college graduation, and/or just for fun, just to say I did it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a better background!

 Speaking of working out, RunDisney has 5ks which are perfect for noobs like me! If there ever was a time to do it, it would be this year. Dark Side 2017, here I come! (Side note: who should I dress up as? Hit me up and let me know! I’d leave to hear from you!)

 

Bet you didn’t know you could parasail on Bay Lake! You did? Oh…well…I didn’t. I’ve never been parasailing before (and I will admit after seeing the third Jurassic Park movie as a kid, can you blame me?), but being able to see Cinderella Castle and the rest of Disney World from a bird’s eye view? How can you say no? It’s a once in a lifetime experience that lets you see a whole new world (sorry not sorry).
This is only a small portion of my DCP bucket list that I really want to do while I’m in Florida. If you are going to be in the DCP or you were in the DCP, what is something you would recommend doing? Hit me up and let me know in the Contacts page, on Facebook, or on LinkedIn! Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting impatiently for January 30th…it can’t get here fast enough.


Mickey Mouse Mondays- Was I WRONG?!

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Hello, everybody, and welcome to yet another Mickey Mouse Monday!


So, Moana came out for Thanksgiving. And after seeing it, not only was I completely in love with the movie as a whole, but I couldn’t help but think back to one of my first posts on this blog – a prediction about Moana as a movie (click her name if you want to read the article).

Now it’s time to regroup and reconsider…what did I get wrong, and what did I get right? Let’s take all the exhibits one at a time:

BEWARE! SPOILERS AHEAD!


EXHIBIT A:

The art of dance in Polynesian culture.

As far as I can recall, the culture of Moana’s tribe and fire dancing don’t really have a huge influence on the movie except as an opening song. That being said, though, that culture carried through all of the songs in the movie, thanks to the fabulous Lin-Manuel Miranda. So, this one I was wrong on, to an extent. That doesn’t mean there was not dancing in the movie, but like I said, it was rather condensed into the one song.

EXHIBIT B:

Polynesian mythology.

For most of this section, I focused on Maui who is the demigod shapeshifter and hero of man (I’m missing some titles there).  I predicted that, since Maui was the trickster God, he would trick Moana, even go so far as to trick her and become the villain. The thing is…I was right! Maui used his song You’re Welcome to trick Moana into a trap so he could steal her boat and escape the island he had been stranded on for thousands of years. He didn’t become the obvious villain, but since he was the one who caused all the bad stuff to happen in the Pacific Ocean, we could kind of blame him for everything. 


EXHIBIT C:

Vari-Ma-Te-Takere.

That ending was the biggest twist I’ve ever seen in a Disney movie. Is it the biggest twist of all time? No, it’s been done before by countless other movies. It’s nice to see Disney start catching up to more modern storytelling, though. Long story short, there is a lava demon by the name of Te Kā, which is kind of similar to Vari-Ma-Te-Takere.  I won’t exactly mention what happens to Te Kā in the movie, but hey, Disney lava demon = actual Polynesian demon. Another win for me!
So, my predictions weren’t all that off! They certainly weren’t on point, but it was really cool to actually dig through Polynesian mythology and try to piece together the story based off of all the concept art. Kind of like being Sherlock Holmes, really. Or is it more like…Sherlock PALMS???


Anyway, happy Monday everyone! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic day! If you liked this post, check out my other Disney posts below:

DCP Prep – Part I
I’ve put a SPELL on Mickey Mouse Mondays!
The Disney Monday After 9/11…
If you have any suggestions for future Mickey Mouse Mondays, or for any other posts, let me know! 

Now, I want to hear from you! What was your favorite part of Moana?