We just got home from another road trip...and I uploaded the drive to Florida portion of the trip video to YouTube!
We started out in Fort Worth, drove to Mobile, Alabama for dinner, then headed the rest of the way to Orlando!
Watch the trip in the video above to see our my grand-daughter E-2 being super-freaking cute, dinner (we eat on the street not in a restaurant!) we see a few gators and we get plenty of Starbucks along the way! The video then concludes with a quick room walk thru of our Disney's Coronado Springs Resort room.
If you watch, please comment here or on YouTube and of course don't forget to LIKE & SUBSCRIBE over on YouTube! :)
I’ll be honest, I never believed this one.
Margot Robbie is great. She is a great actress, she is great at selling movie tickets, and she is great at creating headlines.
Here is the latest.
Margot Robbie Will not be leading a Pirates of the Caribbean movie for DIsney.
How does someone make the headlines for not being in a movie.
Enter Hollywood publicists and Disney bloggers. (Yes, I DO see the irony)
In a cover article for Variety, Margot Robbie recently said, ““We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led — not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story — which we thought would’ve been really cool, but I guess they don’t want to do it.”
There is now, and in my opinion always has been a better chance of a guy named Johnny Depp starring in the next installment of The Pirates of the Caribbean. Is it a good chance, probably not. But the chance of Margot Robbie leading the way is zero.
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Home from another Family Disney World Trip
Animal Kingdom Lodge
We just got home from another family road trip to Walt Disney World.
Did we have a great time? YES
Did we have some issues? YES
Did I meet Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel from The Little Mermaid? YES
Did we get hit by Hurricane Nicole? YES
Did Jodi Benson post a picture of my wife & I on her Instagram? YES
Did 5 of the 7 people in our group get very sick? YES
Did we eat at a Michelin recognized restaurant? YES
Did we basically get rained out of Food & WIne Festival? YES
Was my daughter Reagan's favorite ride, Test Track, shut down for the 4th trip in a row? YES
Did I get to see my granddaughter hugging princesses & being amazed by castles? YES
Was our resort quick service dining line, the only one open, wrapped around the entire building for breakfast the day of the storm? YES
Did we find a baby turtle in the resort pool? YES
Did all the park's close early and open late because of the storm? YES
Did we make a ton of memories? YES
Here is a mostly complete list of some of the videos and/or blog posts I plan to create. Let me know which one interests you most and I just may mention YOU! :)
The Magic KIngdom
Peter Pan's Flight
It’s a Small World
Skipper Canteen Alone Time
The Jingle Cruise
Pirates of the Caribbean
Leaving The Magic Kingdom
Meet & Eat with Jodi Benson-Ariel
Scenes from Epcot
The Voices of Liberty
The Italy Pavillion Merch (a video for my mom)
Dinner in Biergarten
The Germany Pavillion
Frozen Ever After
The DVC Lounge
Hurricane Nicole Arrives (video already posted)
The Polite Pig
Rope Dropping Animal Kingdom
Building a Necklace in Pandora
Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe in DAK Africa
Santa floats down Discovery River on his Flottilla in Animal KIngdom
Merry Menagerie in DAK
Winged Encounters The Kingdom Takes Flight Show
Pin Trading Trash Can
Evening at The Polynesian Disney Resort
Fireworks over The Poly
Thoughts on Coronado Springs
Some Heroes of the Hurricane
New Disney Pins & Ornaments
Popcorn Buckets Added to our Collection
Photo Pass Highlights
I run a non-profit and we have a Thrift Store, it is how we raise money to provide the programs for our youth and the families that we serve. So, I am in the store a lot. I usually try my best to walk through the store with blinders on, but recently it didn’t work.
I have seen just two movies in theaters since the pandemic hit. Just two! I went to see Dune, which I loved, and more recently I went to see Spiderman No Way Home, which I also loved! Now, these are both great movies, and I HIGHLY recommend you go see them!
Now, I can’t control the pandemic, but I can say this…I am PLANNING on going to the movies a lot more in 2022!
As many of us have though, I have binged my fair share of Disney+ & Netflix and…well, you get the picture. My most recent has been The Beatles: Get Back. I’ll likely have more to say about that soon. (Hint: Watch It!)
So, with plans to go drop some popcorn on the floor and to binge plenty here at home, I wanted to dive in to what Disney has coming to theaters and my favorite streaming platform.
This morning on my Good Morning Disney show, my weekday YouTube livestream about Disney news, we talked about what Disney movies are coming in 2022! For me, Hocus Pocus, Doctor Strange 2, Avatar 2, Lightyear, Pinocchio & the less well-known Rise are at the top of my list of must sees! Click the video of this morning livestream to hear our conversation.
Also, feel free to join me LIVE tomorrow/Tuesday morning, January 4 at 10:15 am est/7:15 am pac as I take a deeper dive in to whats new on Disney+! (Or watch the replay if you are reading this afterwards!)
Thanks for reading to the end, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you haven’t done so already and sharing this newsletter on social media or with a friend directly guarantees putting a big smile on my face!
Thanks and Have Fun Storming the Castle!
One of my biggest projects of 2021 was The Disney Countdown. It was 20 different radio shows, counting down from 100 and discussing and playing my version of the greatest Disney songs ever!
It spawned a project I am developing for 2022 (more on that another day)
So, I decided I should publish the completed list now that all 100 songs have been anounced, and here they are. Of course, feedback is encouraged. Did I miss your favorite? Do you hate my choice for #1? Which song would you put in the top spot. Email at email@example.com and I may just ask for your help with that project for 2022 I have been hinting at.
Disney Countdown 100
Ranked from #1 to #100
Feed The Birds
Circle of Life
Beauty & The Beast
Let It Go
Part of Your World
Be Our Guest
A Whole New World
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Kiss the Girl
You’ll Be in my Heart
When You Wish Upon a Star
Under The Sea
Friend Like Me
How Far I’ll Go
Its a Small World
One Jump Ahead
Chim Chim Cheree
Yo Ho Ho A Pirates Life
Son of Man
You Can Fly
I’ll Make A Man Out of You
I Wanna Be Like You
I Just Can’t Wait to be King
Grim Grinning Ghosts
I See the Light
He Lives In You
A Spoonful of Sugar
Into the Unknown
When WIll My Life Begin?
Colors of the Wind
I Am Moana
Lets Go Fly a Kite
Friends on the Other Side
Poor Unfortunate Souls
The Headless Horsemen
Someday My Prince Will Come
Whistle While You Work
I’ve Got a Dream
For the First Time in Forever
Strangers Like Me
Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
You’ve Got a Friend in Me
Not in Nottingham
This is Halloween
Dig a Little Deeper
Go the Distance
Cruella de Ville
A Dream is a Wish
A Girl Worth Fighting For
Everybody Wants to be a Cat
Down in New Orleans
We Know the Way
Honor To Us All
I Won’t Say I’m in Love
Oogie Boogie Song
Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
Ma Belle Evangeline
The Mob Song
Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
A Girl Worth Fighting For
Trashin The Camp
True To Your Heart
Mother Knows Best
Zero to Hero
Blood on the Saddle
Ring in the Season
When Were Human
Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride
Trust In Me
I Put A Spell on You
Reindeers Are Better Than People
Kidnap the Sandy Claws
That’s How You’ll Know
2021 was rough.
That said, I did have a blast with a new project during the second half of 2021. I was honored to host a radio show on Magic of the Mouse Radio. It was a countdown show…a countdown of the Top 100 Disney Songs of All Time!
And that project comes to a pretty neat conclusion on New Years Day! Click this link to check out Magic of the Mouse Radio! Magic of the Mouse Radio
The Countdown of the top 100 Disney Songs of all time starts at 10 am est with song number 100, and we won’t stop until we get all the way to number 1, sometime after 7 pm!
I really hope you give it a listen, and if you do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you thought of the show and what song YOU would have put in the number 1 slot!
Thats it for now, Happy New Year and I really look forward to creating a sharing with you a wonderful 2022!
I have a friend in radio…
Dole Whip Dad
My name is Jeff. I bet you could have guessed I love Disney! I also love my wife & 4 daughters! And Dole Whip! And Epcot Food & Wine Festival. I might need more space here...