Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 30

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Welcome to Day 30 and our final day of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! It’s been a wild ride to tackle a Disney challenge again this month and I’m excited to tackle a few more challenges coming down the pipeline (and also hopefully tackle more posts still in my queue xD).

For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself šŸ™‚ Now as I’ve already done a challenge in March, any topics that are doubled I will simply change the topic for something else I haven’t covered yet. So let’s end this challenge with a bang shall we? šŸ™‚

Day 30 – Favorite Happy Ending

So to conclude these Disney Challenges, let’s talk about happy endings. And that’s a phrase you hear a lot when it comes to Disney movies – they all lived happily ever after. As unrealistic as that saying may seem, I do think for each individual story presented by Disney, a lot of the happy endings are a wonderful conclusion for the characters.

You have Tramp being adopted and married to Lady at the end of Lady and the Tramp, and what’s more they have puppies. You have Ariel getting her legs and Prince Eric at the end of the Little Mermaid. Mulan saves China and returns home with the honor of her people, only to have her father take her in his arms and tell her the greatest honor is having her as a daughter.

A lot of these stories just work best with their happy endings; even though as Disney has shown in their films or television shows, the story doesn’t simply end for them after those happy endings. Like life, the story continues.

So when I decide my winner, I’m going to pick one simply with that notion that I mean the happy ending for that specific story presented. Who wins my top prize? Let’s find out!

The Winner – Tangled

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I’m sure you’ve caught on by now…I really love Tangled. I love how sweet and innocent yet spunky Rapunzel can be and how her relationship with Flynn had to be built on time together and interactions and not just love at first sight. They had to build that trust between them and see the good in one-another. They had to experience happiness, hurt, sadness, anger, everything together to truly see the light in each other.

Rapunzel had to basically lose everything she ever knew growing up to capture her dreams. First, to see the lanterns – and then…to be with Flynn. Both of them found each other as their new dreams. And their love even concurred death. Their happy ending in the movie was precious and gave us hope that the two would be married in the future. But the best part about this story is that it continues in the television show and short film. So it’s not the last of Rapunzel and Flynn.

And with that, I conclude Day 30 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! I want to thank everyone who’s been tuning in these last two months for these Disney-themed challenges. It’s been a lot of fun sharing my interests with you all and I truly appreciate it.

This isn’t the end of the monthly challenges, I’ll just be straying away from the Disney themes finally and touching on some new topics. So stay tuned tomorrow for my next 30 Day Challenge! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 29

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Welcome to Day 29 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself šŸ™‚ Now as I’ve already done a challenge in March, any topics that are doubled I will simply change the topic for something else I haven’t covered yet. Hope you all enjoy!

Day 29 – Favorite Disney Soundtrack

One of the biggest aspects I have found with Disney movies (besides amazing storytelling and animation) is the music. Seriously, one of my favorite attractions is literally sitting a theater and listening to Disney music while Donald chases a hat. The music of Disney, including the musical numbers and the scores, is phenomenal. So when it comes to which soundtrack is my favorite – well, I debated this for a moment. Yes, I absolutely adore movies like Tangled, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast where the music is essential to helping tell the story. But when it comes to what soundtrack really hits home for me – well, there could only be one choice.

The Winner – The Lion King

You bring original musical numbers from Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice and mix it with a score from Hans Zimmer – you create a masterpiece. I get choked up from the memories of seeing this movie for the first time even to this day when I hear its music. And let’s not even get into the Broadway musical because there’s a reason I’ve seen it three times – about to be four in a few weeks. And we’re also about to have a remake from Disney and I couldn’t be more excited for it. Disney’s smart with hitting us with those nostalgia feels in the trailers. I hope the new movie has all the songs from the musical personally but we shall see. Whatever happens, I know that the music will be perfect.

And with that, we conclude Day 29 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge. What’s your favorite Disney Soundtrack? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 28

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Welcome to Day 28 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself šŸ™‚ Now as I’ve already done a challenge in March, any topics that are doubled I will simply change the topic for something else I haven’t covered yet. I had to make a change for this one as well since I had previously covered it so hope you guys enjoy what I came up with.

Day 28 – Favorite Disney Ride Pre-Show and Host

Oh man, there’s so many amazing pre-shows and hosts across all the Disney parks! It’s so hard to pick favorites but I shall do my best. A quick rule though for this topic: I must have witnessed this pre-show firsthand. Sorry Rocket Raccoon! And I am very excited for a specific pre-show and host coming up at Galaxy’s Edge…but since that’s not real life yet we will go with what we have šŸ™‚

First up, Toy Story Mania! Now let’s be real – I usually am only in this ride in the Fastpass+ line so I rarely get to see the pre-show firsthand. But the animatronic Mr. Potatohead is an absolute delight. He’s very interactive with the audience, makes jokes, and has a lot of great lines and movements to really keep everyone entertained in that sometimes grueling, long line.

Next up, let’s go into Flights of Passage a little bit. And in retrospect, this isn’t really praising the host or anything like that. No, the reason I am adding this to the list is because they keep you doing something interactive during your pre-show time before you enter the theater to be mounted to your Banshee. People like to point out how long you’re in the pre-show, but there’s a reason to that. They have to square off times between everyone getting on the ride, the ride itself, getting off the ride. There’s a good amount of time for every load/unload scenario – and they built the pre-show specifically to keep you moving, keep you engaged with the story they were crafting about getting linked to your own Avatar and getting prepared to take your flight on a Banshee. I enjoyed it a lot!

I have to mention Star Tours specifically because not only do you get to step through a lot of scenes in the Starport with droids all around you and cleverly-hidden easter eggs – we also see C-3PO and R2-D2 interacting. I’m all for this. I’m a Star Wars geek ya’ll – I’m all about this life.

There’s a lot more but I’m not really going to dive too deep into this topic – I’m probably going to revisit it at a later time when I have gotten to experience Disneyland again and the other Disney Parks so I have a better feel for these cleverly-crafted pre-shows for their rides. For now, let’s dive into my favorite.

The Winner – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

When you enter the library area of the The Hollywood Tower Hotel and the lightning strikes, the television buzzes on into an episode of the Twilight Zone. We actually see Rod Serling on the screen as he introduces the tale of the elevator that claimed the souls of five unlucky passengers in the hotel. Why is this amazing? Rod Serling passed away almost two decades before this ride came about so what Imagineers did was used archived footage of Rod and got Mark Silverman to provide the voice. As someone who loves checking out those old episodes of the Twilight Zone, this added so much magic to this attraction and made it truly special. I love it!

And with that, we conclude Day 28 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! What’s your favorite Disney Pre-Show and Host? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 27

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Welcome to Day 27 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself šŸ™‚ Now as I’ve already done a challenge in March, any topics that are doubled I will simply change the topic for something else I haven’t covered yet. Let’s jump into it!

Day 27 – Favorite Disney Beverage

I must admit, this isn’t a topic I usually think about when it comes to Disney dining. So it retrospect, I don’t have many favorites in this category. However, I’ll go ahead and share one of my favorite drinks I had in a recent trip!

The Cool-Headed Monkey at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a fun little drink housed in a monkey tiki glass. It’sĀ Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Pineapple Juice mixed together for a refreshing tropical taste. This drink, and many others, can be found at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. I highly recommend checking this bar out for your drinking adventures by Disney.Ā 

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With that, we conclude Day 27 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! What’s your favorite Disney beverage? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 26

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Welcome to Day 26 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself šŸ™‚ Now as I’ve already done a challenge in March, any topics that are doubled I will simply change the topic for something else I haven’t covered yet. For this one, I ended up changing a little bit since I have not gotten to explore Disney’s California Adventure at this time. Someday in the future I hope but for now it’s just a dream. Hope you enjoy!

Day 26 – Favorite Defunct Disney Attraction

Oh boy, this is probably one of my favorite topics to date to discuss about the Disney theme parks! Diving into the history of it all and seeing what once stood tall amongst the magic now a distant memory. I think channels like Defunctland, Yesterworld, Disney Dan, and more who discuss these topics on the regular and provide a lot of the references to understand the history of defunct attractions.

So I suppose you can understand my hesitation in even trying to tackle this post on a day where I was mentally in need of a break. I wanted to give this post the time and dedication it deserved šŸ™‚

So which defunct attractions are my favorite that we’ll no longer be able to see firsthand? Well let’s find out šŸ™‚

First up, we’re going to chat about one that was very close to taking the top spot for this list. I absolutely ADORED the original Journey Into Imagination. It was a very different experience than what everyone is used to nowadays. We would go along on an incredible journey with the Dreamfinder and Figment. It was a colorful, musical adventure that was the highlight of any trip to Epcot. When they removed the Dreamfinder altogether from the ride and changed it to the Institute, we fear the day that even Figment will be removed from the parks. Listen to the fans Disney – redo the ride to include a new adventure with the Dreamfinder and Figment. You can even incorporate other characters (or maybe even use stories from the comic books to make something thrilling that could be an E-Ticket attraction).

Next up, we shall discuss Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Magic Kingdom. Now yes, the probably superior version of the ride is still available at Disneyland; however, since Walt Disney World is my “home park” I can tell you it was a sad day when it was announced that the ride would be removed. I don’t dislike the Winnie the Pooh ride and I do like that there’s a little Easter Egg in the ride for Mr. Toad but still, this dark journey through a speedy car ride with Mr. Toad was a piece of my childhood and I miss it dearly.

Next up we have Snow White’s Scary Adventures (and also its predecessor Snow White’s Adventures – though I remember the Scary Adventures much more). This was Snow White’s dark ride at Magic Kingdom that took you through a spooky journey through the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It was definitely a more frightening take on the tale, with set pieces, animatronics, and more that were just…frightening for children and adults alike. But I didn’t mind it too much šŸ™‚ it was fun!

The Legend of the Lion King at Magic Kingdom was a masterful hybrid puppet show that told the tale of the Lion King. It was always a highlight of my trips to Walt Disney World (and it’s not just because Lion King is one of my all-time favorite movies). The intricate details of the puppets and the masterful performances were amazing. It was a lot of fun and I’m sad to see it gone. The only good thing about its departure is that we were able to get PhilharMagic in its place.

And lastly, let’s talk about a ride that is fully nostalgia for me. Food Rocks took the place of Kitchen Kabaret and featured singing foods in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. It was a pretty simple attraction but I really enjoyed it as a kid. I really liked attractions where I could sing along and get in the groove (let’s be real – I still do lol).

So what defunct attraction is my absolute favorite? Well I’ll be honest here – it was too hard to choose just one xD

The Winner – ExtraTerrorestrial Alien Encounter and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Yep, I couldn’t decide between one or the other so let’s chat about two distinct attractions that used to occupy space at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Extraterrorestrial Alien Encounter was brought to Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom and quickly became known as one of the most controversial Disney attractions of all time. X-S Tech would bring in an audience into a circle theater with a tube-like structure at the center. They would try to teleport in an alien from their home base but instead they send a deadly alien monster who escapes the tube. We saw amazing effects into a tube shatter effect, and surround sound in each seat to make each person feel like the monster was breathing on their neck, licking them, etc. There was even a moment where you would see a flashlight from someone there to help but you would hear them get attacked and eaten.

It was well known for its horror element and of course it brought a lot of backlash from the audiences despite signage everywhere and cast members being very clear that it was not a suitable attraction for younger audiences. For me though, I LOVED IT! I thought this specific attraction was so creative and something you could step into for a thrill at Magic Kingdom. I was so devastated to see this ride go, especially when I saw what took it’s place. I did love the Stitch Animatronic but the attraction itself for Stitch’s Great Escape was a poor replacement in my opinion.

And then there was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. You would go on an adventure in the Nautilus Submarine, watching through the portholes (is that the right word haha) at the underwater world which had mermaids, a silly sea serpent, many marine life, and of course a giant squid. This ride did close when I was very young so I only got to ride it a few times but I remember it fondly. I was in love with this ride (I’m sure much to the frustration of my father who was much too tall to keep climbing in and out of the submarine – but he did it anyway and I love him for it) and getting to see the underwater creatures beyond the safety of our vessel. And what’s more, standing by the lagoon, it was absolutely fascinating watching them sail about and seeing the track from above. How I wish it still remained in some form here. But maybe someday I’ll get to go to Paris and venture into the Nautilus walkthrough or go to Tokyo DisneySea and ride the new 20,000 Leagues attraction there. I will make it there one day šŸ™‚

And with that, I conclude Day 26 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! Thanks to everyone for understanding that I needed a little break yesterday. Hopefully I won’t have to pause any challenges for awhile. Anyway, what’s your favorite Disney Defunct attraction? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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A Small Break

Sorry everyone but I am going to have to postpone Day 26 until tomorrow alongside the Day 27 post. I wanted to work on my upcoming challenge posts as well as a very special piece of Endgame but I found that today I really needed to focus on some much needed rest from the day-to-day. And since I didn’t have time to queue up my challenge posts, I am going to miss today’s. Sorry about that šŸ˜¦

I will be building up my queue tomorrow of challenge posts as well as working on the post dedicated to my feelings on Endgame and the MCU as a whole. Maybe I will also continue to work on some review posts I have in the queue. Who knows really? We shall see where our fate leads.

But for today, I continue to rest and revitalize my creativity. I thank you guys for your patience and hope to have some great content for you shortly! For now, thanks for reading my personal ramblings šŸ™‚ I truly appreciate it.

Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 25

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Welcome to Day 25 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself šŸ™‚ Now as I’ve already done a challenge in March, any topics that are doubled I will simply change the topic for something else I haven’t covered yet. Let’s jump into it!

Day 25 – Favorite Land at Magic Kingdom

I love Magic Kingdom so much! It has a lot of magic and fun within those gates and I am always happy to step through those arches onto Main Street U.S.A. So which land is my favorite? Well, Main Street is definitely one of the most special places but when it comes to what land I most associate with Magic Kingdom, there’s only one winner.

When you climb the ramps and step through Cinderella’s castle, you enter a world beyond your imagination. You enter Fantasyland! The chimes of the Royal Carousel echo through the streets as folks flock to the various rides.

Want to ride a pirate ship alongside Peter Pan? Want to dive under the sea with the Little Mermaid? Want to ride in a cart through the diamond mines with the Seven Dwalves? Fantasyland is the place to be!

It’s also the home of my favorite attraction: PhilharMagic which takes you on a musical journey through some of Disney’s most iconic animated movies. And you can even take a meal in Beast’s Castle. This land truly embraces the idea of Disney magic and I love it šŸ™‚

And with that, we end Day 25 of my Confessions of a Mouskaholic 30 Day Disney Challenge! Let me know your favorite land at Magic Kingdom in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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