The good news is that everyone that sent me an entry, found at least 10 of the hidden Mickey's. I will be sending off your coupons as soon as I receive them from Connie. It's her BIRTHDAY weekend!! Her men folk stole her on Friday night; she did a Zumbathon on Saturday and then off to celebrate her birthday with family.
Our $10 winner (chosen at random.org) is Sandra Grimm! Congratulations, Sandra! I'll be sending you your coupon shortly as well.
I am really proud of you all for finding so many of those Hidden Mickey's!! A couple of you have mentioned to me having kids and grandkids help. I think this is great!!
The bad news is.. the stuffed Mickey that several of you found tucked in that ladies' bag does NOT count. I didn't put it there! Nor does the lamp post globes count! Same reason. But good catches. You all are too funny!! I hope you can see my circles all right. I placed nice BIG numbers by each of the circles. Oh! As I recall, only one person found the Mickey on the tip of Flower's nose. I admit. That one was sneaky.
Chrissy and Andy are home from Disney. They did not get to see Elsa and Anna (the Frozen Princesses) because the waits were UP TO 8 HOURS! The line ran from Norway to Mexico! The kids said Cast Members were stationed to allow 20 foot breaks in the line so other guests could get through to Maelstrom and the gift shop.
Apparently, many Louisiana residents are not fond of Mardi Gras. They go to Disney World to escape the Mardi Gras guests! There were also a number of school age kids from Cheerleading teams in attendance. These two large groups of people made for a busy Disney during what is ordinarily considered "off-season".
The kids received customized "Magic Bands" along with their confirmation and luggage tags, etc. According to the Disney site, these are still in the experimental stage. They are apparently ready for full "roll out" according to other sources. The kids said most everyone had the "Magic Bands" except those people with "day passes".
The "Magic Bands" are your room key, your access to the park (finger print ID is still required as in the past), you can charge to your room with the "Magic Band", they are your access to FastPass + and I believe Chrissy said their "Magic Bands" were also their id's for her Memory Maker. I can't wait for her to access that online. (She did receive the park prints for her character meals at Cinderella's Castle and also Akershus.)
The coolest thing is how FastPass+ works with My Disney Experience! The kids made ALL of their FastPass+ "reservations" through My Disney Experience. You can also make restaurant and entertainment reservations through My Disney Experience but Chrissy made her reservations ahead of time. You sign up for My Disney Experience at Disney.com. There are also apps to further enhance this feature! In the past, you had to actually go to the park, go to the FastPass eligible ride you wanted a Fastpass for, get your FastPass (if they were still available) then return to the ride at your appointed time. Chrissy planned her day out and did all their Fastpass+ arranging before they left their room for the day!! They did tell me that the lines at the FastPass machines in the parks were still crazy long! Hopefully, this will change as people learn to take advantage of My Disney Experience.
More and more rides are becoming accessible via the FastPass system. There are 40 attractions listed for Magic Kingdom at Disney.com. 19 of those are currently set up with FastPass+. FastPass+ attractions at Magic Kingdom include The Barnstormer, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Haunted Mansion, It's A Small World, Jungle Cruise, Mad Tea Party, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Monster, Inc. Laugh Floor, Peter Pan's Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the The Little Mermaid.
This was the first time the kids were able to actually ride Tomorrowland Speedway. FastPass+ made that possible! Looking over the list of attractions, I think Disney pretty much has all the "popular" rides covered.
Oh! The kids also say there are many accessories already available for these "Magic Bands". They come to you already waterproof. There are slip on covers and sliders. And you know those little things you can get for Crocs? You can get those for Magic Bands as well!! There are lanyards. And I just bet you can buy some glow in the dark accessories as well! Yep! A quick google search and there you have it!! Glow in the dark magic band accessories!! Do I know Disney or what??
Whew! Now I'm all excited about going to Disney World again! So, I must admit that I have been really tuckered out since starting Physical Therapy after my knee surgery. Which means I don't have anything fun this week. However, I promise I will do both a hidden search AND a freebie next week! Feel free to leave comments on what sort of Disney freebie you would be interested in and I'll be glad to see I can accommodate!
Until next week...