What I’m Thankful For: Disney Style

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.

Wonderful Music

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!


Great Movies

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!

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Wild Africa Trek

On my most recent trip to Disney, I had the opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for a long time – the Wild Africa Trek.  I love Animal Kingdom and photographing the animals is one of my favorite things, so I was super excited about having the chance to get up close and personal with them!


We checked in about 15 minutes before the Trek was supposed to start.  We were weighed to make sure we were under the 300 pound weight limit, and then we were hooked up with supplies and stuff.  We got a vest, a harness, a water bottle (that we could keep after the Trek!), and an audio guide so we could hear our guides talking.  If you had sunglasses they gave you a string to put around them so they wouldn’t fall off, and if you wanted to bring your camera they gave you a clip and a cord so you could attach it to your vest.  Anything else you had was stored in a locker.

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Recipe: Curried Chicken Salad from the Wild Africa Trek


After going on the Wild Africa Trek a few weeks ago, there were a lot of things that I loved.  But aside from seeing all of the animals, I couldn’t get over how delicious the lunch was!  We were given a little bucket with samples of many different things, but my favorite by far was the Curried Chicken Salad.  I was lucky enough to find the recipe right on the Disney Parks blog, so I set out to make it myself.

On the Wild Africa Trek - the chicken curry is on the bottom right corner.

On the Wild Africa Trek – the chicken curry is on the bottom right corner.

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