You are probably familiar with the popular parlor game, Kill Boff Marry, where given the choice between three people, you must decide which you’d murder, sleep with or spend the rest of your life with.
A few months ago, Estelle from This Happy Place Blog and I decided to transform the popular game into a WDW-themed game of Kill Refurb Marry. Our little game has been growing in popularity, and eventually we decided to add a little Blog Hop action to the game so we can all link up!
Below, you’ll find an ever-growing list of bloggers who’ve decided to lend their own take on this month’s topic (Live Performances). Want to play along? There are simple instructions for adding your own link to the list as well as include the list on your own blog!
Thanks so much for being part of our FIFTH Kill Marry Refurb Blog Hop! Our next Hop will take place on March 12, and the topic will be World Showcase Counter Service.
You are probably familiar with the popular parlor game, Kill Boff Marry, where given the choice between three people, you must decide which you’d murder, sleep with and spend the rest of your life with.
Estelle from This Happy Place Blog and I decided to transform the game into a WDW-themed version called Kill Refurb Marry. Our little game grew in popularity, and a few months ago, we decided to add a little Blog Hop action to the game so we can all link up!
This is the fifth Kill Refurb Marry Blog Hop! I hope lots of Disney bloggers will join in the fun. You can check out their links on the Kill Refurb Marry homepage.
This month, we’re ranking Live Performances in the Parks.
Kill: Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
Don’t get me wrong: I love Beauty and the Beast. (Remember when it was re-released in the theatres and I geeked out?) But this show is just so tired. It’s been running every day since 1992, and since then it’s only been updated once (and even that was more than 10 years ago). That’s a crazy long time. And since 1992, so many amazing Disney movies have come out that would do well in the 1,500-seat Theater of the Stars. Like Tangled. And Tangled. Or even Newsies.
Refurb: The Main Street Trolley Show
This one was really hard for me because I love many of the live shows in the Parks … and the ones that I don’t love, I just skip. Even if I had strong feelings about a particular performance, I don’t think I’d have any ideas about how, exactly, to refurb it because by their very nature, live performances are something you can walk away from. However, the Trolley Show is one that I love very much even though I think it needs a little tweak. And by tweak, I mean: more performances! More songs! More different hours throughout the day! More CLANG CLANG CLANG!
Marry: Jeffrey, the Casey’s Corner Pianist
Last February, I was leaving the Magic Kingdom, and I happened to walk past Jeffrey, tickling the ivories. Well. He called me over and told me that my smile was lighting up the Park. (It really was: I had just received a call telling me I got a really great job, so I was alllll smiles.) And then he asked if I wanted to play piano with him. Of course I did! This isn’t the only time I’ve been invited to play a musical instrument at Disney World but it was the first, and it was a really special moment. In addition to my own magical moment, he adds such wonderful atmosphere to the Park and fits right in at Casey’s, so if they ever try to get rid of this awesome performance, I will protest fervently.
Thanks so much for reading! Don’t forget to click here to check out Kill Refurb Marry posts by other Disney bloggers! And if you want to play along, write your own post and add it to the list! (If you don’t have a blog, zap me an e-mail (email@example.com). I’d be happy to host your guest post for the next round of KRM!)
Happy Jungle Book Day! In case you missed it, today’s the day that Disney releases The Jungle Book from the vault. Maybe it’s not a nationally recognized holiday or anything, but I’m still pretty psyched about it! Have you picked up your copy yet? (I have! It’s one of my “bare necessities,” so to speak.)
It’s also Tuesday, which here at Mouse on the Mind means lots and lots of links! Well. A couple of links, at least. It’s been kind of a slow week.
Guys, I know I’m not much of a girlie girl. But I do like shopping as much as the next lady. And one of the things I’ve been most excited about with regard to Magic Bands is all of the awesome swag that I was sure would accompany them. And then the flood of merch came, and I was like … ehhhhhh.
Here, see what you think:
These are MagicBandits ($6.95 for sets of 3, $8.95 for sets of 4). They snap into the empty holes of your Magic Band. They remind me of Jibbitz, those little doo-dads that snap into the holes of Crocs. But like Jibbitz (and like Disney pins for that matter), there’s nothing to hold them in place. They’ll fall off. They’ll get knocked off. They’ll be lost forever. So I’m a little tepid on MagicBandits. Even though I really love the Muppets. And the Duffy. (I mean, did you SEE that Duffy?)
These are Sliders ($12.95 each). They slip onto your Band and form a frame around the RFID Mickey head. It’s sort of like a changeable watchface for your Band … except it doesn’t really DO anything. And, again … what’s the point? The designs aren’t even particularly fun. Maybe they’ll introduce something more interesting? (Even if they do, I am not sure I’ll care.)
Finally, these are CoverBands ($6.95 each, $15.95 for 3). They are fabric sleeves that slip onto the Bands. These are appealing to me because I hate wearing things on my wrist, and I suspect that wearing the Magic Band in the 90+ degree heat of summer isn’t going to go over well with me. The cloth, hopefully, will prevent the plastic from sticking to your flesh and might even wick away some sweat. We’ll see!
Out of all of these, I’m most likely to buy the CoverBands … and even at that, it would be cheaper and easier just to cut a few strips of fabric from an old shirt or orphaned sock and glue them to the inside of my Bands. Or maybe I’ll splurge on the cute polka-dotted Minnie cover. It is cute!
What do you think of the new Magic Band merch? Will you buy any of this stuff? If you could Imagineer your own Magic Band accessories, what would you envision?
Today, we’re looking at the newest of these games: A Pirate’s Adventure in the Magic Kingdom, a treasure hunt throughout Adventureland. You start your quest soooooo far back in Adventureland that you’re practically in Frontierland. (But you’re not. Nope. Check the map.) There, you’ll find a tiny shack dedicated to the quest. Enter at your own risk!
Inside, you’ll make your piratey intentions known and get a map to join a pirate raid at one of three interactive stations. You sign up using your ticket media: This can be a hard ticket OR a MagicBand. You don’t have to be using a Band; anyone with an RFID chip can play.
There are five different raids you can go on, and you’ll automatically be assigned one by the computer. Each has 3 or 4 stops and takes 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on how busy it is in Adventureland and how many people are playing. If you play with the same ticket, the computer won’t reroute you to the same map until you’ve completed all of the raids.
We played on a particularly busy day, and we did a lot of walking back and forth across Adventureland. It could have seemed like a slog, for sure. And sometimes (like when Tiki Room let out, for example), it felt like we were swimming up stream. But it was, nonetheless, delightfully fun–especially when the two of us didn’t agree about how to read the map!
Once you’ve figured out where you’re going, gameplay is simple and really fun! Here’s how it works: each location has an icon. Once you find the location, you have to locate the icon. For example, one of the icons shown below is the very classic Skull & Crossbones located on a ball and chain. Once it’s your turn, you wave your RFID chipped key over the icon …
… and something magical happens!
I was surprised by how well the game blends into the surroundings. Each stop of the game is incredibly beautiful and well-detailed. Many of the pieces look like they’ve been there for ages, and we saw many guests leaning against them or climbing on them, oblivious of their purpose.
And once they were activated, the interactive elements also blended perfectly into the surroundings. If I hadn’t been playing, I probably wouldn’t have noticed them; and if I did notice them, I would have just assumed they were part of the atmosphere of the Park! Unlike Sorcerers, which I feel can be overly loud, Pirate’s seems like a much better fit for the Park.
Once the awesome, moving part is over, a second icon appears (like the crab claw above). That tells you your next location–just find the icon on your map and follow it to the next opportunity for adventure and booty!
Here seems like a good place to mention that the game doesn’t always go in the same order. You could complete the Blackbeard raid one way today, and when you come back tomorrow, the challenges may be in an entirely different order. It all depends on how many people are playing; like Sorcerers, the game is designed to prevent lines from forming as much as possible. We played through three of the five maps (about 11 locations), and we only encountered a line twice.
At the end of the day, I couldn’t love this game any more. Some of the effects are super cheesy and some of them are incredibly cool … but they all seem perfectly appropriate and in keeping with the aesthetic and spirit of Adventureland. It was such an absolutely fun excuse to goof off and act silly and run around the Parks like something was at stake. The two of us just had so much FUN with it.
If I had to change one thing, I’d look toward moving some of the game stations out of the post-Pirate’s shop. It’s wicked crowded in there already, and adding more people (some of them staring down at a map and scratching their heads) just makes it so much worse. Maybe put one of them in the little exterior courtyard off of Tortuga Tavern?
Okay, a second thing I’d change: the pirate shanty where you sign up and get your maps is really very small. On more than one occasion, we ran into kids (adorable, very excited kids) who were clogging up the works, making it impossible to get in or out of the place. We especially had a problem because of At Disney Again‘s wheelchair. So maybe we can make it a little bigger?
But all of that said, again, I love it! And I want to share my love of the game with you! So enter below and you could win a copy of each of the five maps. Use them in your scrapbook, frame them as art or study them super closely so you’re prepared to join the pirate hoards. Just enter below! (You can enter once a day, and the giveaway ends next Thursday. Good luck, and happy tweeting!)
During a recent trip to WDW, I found myself alone in the World Showcase. I, oddly, find myself in Epcot a lot when I’m touring alone. There’s just something about the World Showcase that appeals to me, alone. It feels like a safe place to wander, and there are so many nooks and crannies than I can occupy myself for hours.
Anyway, on that particular night, At Disney Again was back at our room, napping. I’d met up with a couple of friends, but we’d parted ways after a snack and gab session. So I was on my own. With a few hours. And I decided to circle the Lagoon and spend at least 10 minutes in each country, looking for one thing that makes me super happy.
So I did.
I found something in each country that filled me with delight, and I snapped a photo. And now I am going to share them with you. One each week. For the next 12 weeks. And I’m starting in Canada.
You may recognize this little guy as one of the totems outside the DVC kiosk at the Canada Pavilion.
I don’t know what he’s supposed to be. Maybe a cutie pie version of a Sasquatch or a raccoon? I don’t know. And I’ve asked, but the cast members working the booth never seem to know.
But what he’s supposed to be is pretty irrelevant. Because, to me, he looks like a stylized James P. Sullivan, otherwise known as Sulley. He’s bright and colorful, and he gives me a big old smile whenever I walk by the Canada Pavilion.
Honorable Mention: This is my game, and I make the rules. And in Canada, honorable mention for most happy-making detail goes to the delightful little cottage. You know the one I mean.
What’s your favorite detail in the Canada Pavilion? Let us know.
At Disney Again turned REALLY OLD recently, and in celebration of his rapidly receding hairline, we planned a resort-hopping birthday extravaganza. One of the resorts? A savanna-view room at Kidani Village. We’ll do a full review and photo post in the coming weeks, but today I’m sharing my iPhone photos, as has become my custom. Enjoy!
Have you ever stayed at Kidani? Let us know what you thought of the Animal Kingdom Villas wing! (And make sure you come back for my full review later this month.)
Hey howdy hey! Happy February, and happy Tuesday, friends. My “hiatus” is officially over (although 18 posts in 31 days doesn’t seem too hiatus-y to me), and we’re back to all the posts, all of the time!
Yesterday, At Disney Again and I debuted a new series (Magic for Rent), and we’re going to try to bring you these twice a month. Let us know what you think!
This Friday, the two of us are also kicking another series: each Friday in February, we’re going to share a co-post about one of Disney World’s interactive in-Park games. And each week there will also be a giveaway related to the games.We’re kicking it off this week with A Pirate’s Adventure.
And next Wednesday is another installment of Kill, Refurb, Marry (Live Musicals in the Parks) with This Happy Place Blog! Speaking of the beautiful and intelligent Estelle, tomorrow is her birthday! So make sure you wish her a happy one!!
So. Much. Going. On!!! But today, it’s all links, all day. Enjoy!
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Here’s the deal: I don’t do the Super Bowl. I couldn’t care less, in fact. But I understand that the majority of Americans don’t agree. Luckily, I managed to find a tiny touch of adorable Disneyness in this year’s big game. Not on the big field, of course, but on the much smaller, chew toy-strewn field where the Puppy Bowl is played. In fact, some of these Puppy Bowl participants are downright showing their Disney side! See what I mean:
I can hear your little hearts breaking through the Internet. Look how SAD these two are! First, there’s puppy Lily. Long ears. Big brown eyes. Stubborn, “Are you kidding me?” look on her face. Then, there’s Tiger Lily. Long pigtails. Big brown eyes. Stubborn, “You’ve tied me up here!” look on her face. They’re like long lost twinsies. Even though one of them is clearly a 13-week old Basset Hound. And the other is a cartoon Native American who’s never going to grow up.
Meet Maximus. Yea. They’re both named Maximus. They’re both strong, loyal and totally sick of your shit. Look at their faces. And those ears! Oh, they are just so cute I could eat their sweet little faces. But not really. Because that would be pretty much the grossest. Anyway, here we have a 15-week-old German Shepherd/Boxer mix paired up with Rapunzel’s trusty royal horse of the same name. And they are adorable. (But don’t tell them. They both seem kind of annoyed.)
On the left, we have Aurora, a 12-week old dalmatian in the Puppy Bowl’s starting lineup. Her bio says she has a crush on a fireman. On the right is Princess Aurora, who knows a thing or two about having a crush on an unattainable man. They both have big, trusting brown eyes, and it seems that neither of them can decide what color they want to be: puppy Aurora has her chocolate spots, while Princess Aurora’s dress … well, should it be pink? Or blue? Pink? Or Blue?
Big eyes, dark hair and that unmistakable look of mischief: these two Gingers could practically be sisters. If they weren’t members of a different species. Our puppy star is a 12-week old Old English Sheepdog, while our cartoonish girl is one of Phineas and Ferb’s sidekicks. Not only do they look similar, but take a close look at Ginger Hirano’s sash … that blue ball? Doggie Ginger’s blue ball … coincidence?
No … they’re not letting kitties into the Puppy Bowl this year, but they ARE letting the fuzzy felines perform in the halftime show. Six-month-old Bert, here: His orange and cream striped suit and wry grin (not to mention his name) make him the perfect kitty incarnation of the famous One Man Band. And if he can dance (or waddle) anything like Mary’s beau, he’s sure to be a show-stopping hit!
Maaaaaaax! Okay. I don’t know if this is entirely fair. Because they’re both actually dogs. One of them is a slightly overgrown 16-week-old shih tzu who’ll be playing in the Puppy Bowl. The other is Prince Eric’s extremely overgrown Old English Sheepdog who’ll be forever in my heart as part of the animated classic The Little Mermaid. The have the same name and the same shaggy, perplexed appearance. And I wanna cuddle them both up.