Sorry this round up is a little late – there were lots of other exciting posts I wanted to make sure I got out this week, like a Maleficent tutu and my review of the Maleficent movie! Lots of love going around for the evil fairy this week. It’s June, which means summer is starting soon! And it also means that very soon, Disney in your Day will be a year old! I’m sure we’ll try to have some fun posts and giveaways for that 🙂
It seems to me like there’s been a ton of news and interesting blog posts lately, so let’s get down to it!
Disney in your Day news
I know that last month I mentioned bringing back the restaurant tournament for resort restaurants – but there were so many great items in the running gear guide and other things happening that I didn’t get around to it. Hopefully for June! The running gear guide will still be posting items all this month and maybe into July, so make sure you check out our giveaways! I also start training for the Tower of Terror 10 miler run this week, so I’m going to post periodic updates about that for others who may be curious about the process of training for a Disney run.
Welcome to 2014! I always love the new year because it’s an excuse to get a fresh start. I know technically you can try to improve at any time, but I personally like having an excuse to do it. There are lots of resolutions I have for 2014. Some of my Disney related ones include running more to train for the Enchanted 10k I’m running in February, posting 2-3 blog posts a week, and improving my photography skills. What are your new year resolutions?
Disney in your Day News
What can you expect for the blog in 2014? To start off with, I want to do another restaurant bracket sometime soon – those are fun! So look for that coming up. I also plan to have a few more giveaways. I want to network a bit more with other Disney blogs, so I’ll be bringing you new giveaways and information from them as well. On my previous Disney blog I participated in Wordless Wednesday run by Focused on the Magic, and I’d like to try that again for 2014. I’ll be sharing some of my photography every Wednesday!
Speaking of my previous blog, sadly, Come Home to Disney has been shut down. A lot of my content was unfortunately lost, but the posts I was able to save I will be sharing here within the coming months. I also plan to re-write some of my more popular posts that were on there, such as my bucket list item of visiting the Epcot Flower and Garden festival.
There are so many things in my life that I’m thankful for right now. Family, friends, love, a great job, wonderful hobbies… I could just go on and on. And it’s certainly the time of year to do that. But one of the things in my life that makes me happiest, in all honest, is Disney. It brings me so much joy in so many ways, and I thought I would share some of the things about Disney that I’m most thankful for.
Nothing lights a fire in my soul like music, and Disney music is some of my favorites to listen to. It gets me through the happy times, when I just feel like getting up and dancing, and the sad times too. I am super excited about the soundtrack for Frozen, which just came out this year, and very thankful that we are adding some great songs to the Disney collection!
It’s been a fantastic year for Disney movies, in my humble opinion. Pixar brought us Monsters University, a prequel to one of my favorite Pixar films. And while not quite as great as the original, it definitely did not disappoint. Frozen was more fabulous than I could have hoped for, and Saving Mr. Banks blew me away. Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!
When I went in to see Saving Mr. Banks at a pre-screening, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’d heard that it was a story between the woman who wrote Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, and Walt Disney. That it was the process of turning her book into a movie. I thought there must be more to the plot than just that, because it didn’t sound super interesting. But at the end of the day, that’s really what the story is – and it’s done absolutely brilliantly. I was hooked the whole time, and found it to be really compelling and well told.
The movie basically weaves together the story of Mrs. Travers’ childhood growing up, and her two week stay in Los Angeles while consulting for the Mary Poppins movie. The transitions between flashbacks and modern day are seamless, and work really well on a number of levels, including symbolically. It was a fantastic way to tell the story. There is some great imagery and metaphors used throughout, and I appreciated the literary elements they incorporated to really help tell the story.