Using Disney To Survive The Hard Moments.


There is a reason that words like “magical”, “memories”, and “dreams” are so commonly associated with Disney. Being in a Disney theme park, staying in a Disney resort, or sailing on a Disney Cruise Liner is indeed like stepping foot into another world. The memories that are created can last a lifetime. Writer and speaker, Jon Acuff, had a phenomenal blog post today about his Disney memories. They are memories that inspire and encourage him when, as he puts it, life hits you with the “hard moments.” Below is his post in it’s entirety. Enjoy.

How to survive the hard moments.

Sometimes I have to get up at 4 AM for an early flight.

Sometimes I have a flight cancelled, and don’t get to see my kids for another day.

Sometimes the book doesn’t sell, the ideas don’t connect, and the words feel empty.

In those moments, and there are many, I think about one thing: Disney.


Well, this summer I got to take my whole family there as part of a speaking gig.

It was awesome. My kids loved it!

And the truth is, all those hard moments I mentioned above are the reason I got to go to Disney.

It’s all connected. You don’t get an invite to a fun event unless you’ve been faithful to work hard at the ones that aren’t fun. I don’t get to write the next book or do the next speech unless I do all the little hard things first.

So, when things are hard, I think about Disney. I replay that movie in my head, and I hit my alarm clock at 4 AM. I get up. I get out. I get going.

You have to as well. You need a Disney thought in your head. Some goal or target or hope that will propel you forward when you run into a hard moment along the way.

Because you’re going to. We all do, but the hard moments are not a stop sign. Especially if you’ve got the green light of Disney in your head and your heart.

What’s a Disney moment for you?


Are you ready to begin creating Magical Memories at Disney?



New Halloween Themed Vinylmation Coming Soon.


While the shops and stores at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are now stocked with Halloween merchandise, there are a few items yet to be released. There’s two items in particular that Vinylmation collectors are excited about. The Vinylmation team is releasing two new 3-inch figures designed by Disney Design Group artist Caley Hicks on September 20. Also, if you are headed to one of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at The Magic Kingdom Park starting September 10, be sure to look for new pins created especially for this annual event.

The 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

The 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is set from September 27 – November 11, 2013, in Epcot, Walt Disney World. This marks the 18th year of the popular festival. Your Epcot park admission is all that”s needed to participate in these exciting marketplace venues.

Throughout Epcot’s World Showcase there are 29 kiosks featuring food, wine and beer. The appetizer-sized portions usually range in price from $4.00 – $8.00 (drinks range from $3-$6) and provide the perfect opportunity to try the traditional cuisine from around the world.

View the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Menu.

This year’s International Food and Wine Festival will play host to seminars, tasting events and sumptuous dinners overseen by top Disney Chefs as well as renowned guest Chefs.

Here’s some additions to The Epcot Food and Wine Festival in 2013:

  • Scotland will make its marketplace debut with beers, meads and Scotch.  Officials from Scotland contacted Disney about participating after the popularity of the film, Brave.  The featured cocktail will be Rusty Nail, a popular whisky martini made of Scotch and Drambuie.
  • Brazil returns after taking a year off – an all-new menu will be served.
  • Terraan all-vegan marketplace returns!
  • Hawaii returns with the Kalua Pork Slider.
  • Celebrity chefs will be attendance:  Warren Brown, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, DeanMax, Rock Harper, Jeff Anderson, Art Smith, Buddy Valastro, Allen Susser, “Cake Boy” Eric Lanlard, Duskie Estes and John Stewart, Donald Link, Bryan Voltaggio and Emily Ellyn.

Halloween 2013 At Walt Disney World.


The 2013 Halloween “season” at Walt Disney World is set to run September 10 – November 1. In addition to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom, the Mouse has some new additions for 2013…

  • Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas will be in Town Square.
  • Phineas and Ferb will be in charge of the Creepa Crew, the group that gets guests ready for the parade on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Mike and Sulley will host a Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party in Tomorrowland on the Rockettower Plaza Stage.

And as always, plenty of candy for trick-or-treating. In fact, 220 tons of candy have been ordered. Also, be on the look out for two new treat trails, as well as one or two surprise treat stations throughout the park.

The Halloween Decorations Are Up At The Magic Kingdom!

It’s September 1 and The Magic Kingdom is decked out and ready for Halloween. The season kicks off with the first of 23 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights on September 10, 2013.

Fall Trolley Show begins 9/1 on Main Street.

As part of the Disney Theme Parks 2013 celebration – 52 weeks of “Limited Time Magic” – the Citizens of Main Street are ready to once again step out with their fantastic trolley show. In order to commemorate the season there’s a new autumn twist.

Starting on Sunday, September 1, and lasting throughout the fall, guests are invited to join in on the fun of this seasonal showcase as it rolls down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

Be sure to check a Magic Kingdom Times Guide for exact show times.