Friday, April 17, 2015

Day 837: Trying New Things

It's obvious already that this summer is going to be filled with new adventures for me. While in June I'm traveling back to Disney World, the trip will be different for me. New resort, no dining reservations, lots to do and for the first time since last July 2013, I'm not constantly thinking about a band trip video! Then comes Disneyland in August, and I've only been there once. However, I know what to expect this time and I'm thrilled that I'll have the chance to attend D23 AND meet some of my California friends and favorite Disney people! To add onto that, I've also got a band trip in there, which I'm going on not as a student or chaperone, but as videographer...a brand new position that I'm looking forward to exploring.

And so, while thinking about these trips, I realized that maybe I should use this as a chance to explore some new things. With my OUAT Disneybounds, I'm always experimenting with new styles, new makeup, and new trends that maybe I wouldn't have thought of before. It's been an incredible education experience and a great opportunity to modify my own style. And there's been a realization somewhere in there: a lot of times, in order to find the best way to do something, you have to continuously experiment. My wardrobe on my first summer trip to Disney in 2011 was drastically different from what I'll be wearing this June, and it's all come through experimentation and experience.

Of course, I'm not an expert on a lot of things, not by any means, other than maybe Epcot, as my common signature and social media handle suggests, but I do know a thing or two about traveling to Walt Disney World. However, that doesn't mean that an old dog can't learn new tricks, especially as I close in on my last couple of years of college and the realization that, once I graduation, I'll be doing a lot more traveling that I have so far in my life.

What's my point with all of this? Well, as you know well enough, I always have some sort of challenge that goes on during my Disney trips. I don't actually remember really having one in January, but I'm fairly certain that the sheer number of characters I met and things I accomplished counts. Regardless, I'm starting to compile a list for June, a list of new things I can try, whether it be a new challenge in the parks, a new video idea, a new packing concept or the simple fact that I'll be traveling with a different bag through the airport this trip, thanks to the fact that for the first time since 2008 I'll be traveling without my laptop.

Which means I'm looking to you guys, my readers and fellow Disney fans! I've got about a month and a half left before my trip, and while I won't be able to do absolutely anything, I'm looking for a few things. First off, what are some of your favorite attractions? I know mine, but that doesn't mean everyone loves Spaceship Earth on the same level as I do. Where are some of your favorite places to eat, especially counter service locations! Are there any video ideas out there you have or something you'd like to see in my vlogs (and new ones are coming, I really do promise I'm working on them)? Let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas and opinions as I come up with a challenge for this trip! Traveling can be difficult, but I want to try out new ideas, just to mix up my routine, because who knows! There might be a better way to do things out there that I've yet to discover!

Have a magical day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Day 836: On The Floor

If you didn't expect this to be my blog post for today after everything that's been going on at the Star Wars Celebration, then you're strangely mistaken. Oh say I expected big things from this convention would be an understatement, and I'm not just saying that because I'm thrilled that Corey Vidal is part of the hosting crew! This goes much deeper, and it has everything to do with the new trailer for the film.

We still have several months (over half a year really) before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens premieres in theaters, but that doesn't many any of us less excited. Then again, when I went into watching the new trailer, I also didn't expect to end up on the floor. But let's not get ahead of have to actually SEE the new trailer before I go on talking about it, so without further ado, I present you with the new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens! 

To be honest, I was almost crying just at the Lucasfilm part at the beginning. Megan just laughed at me. Then I gasped at the Star Destroyer in the sand. Megan said "There's lots of sand." Then I was like "DARTH VADER WHAT" and then I was like "LUKE SKYWALKER OH MY GOSH" and on and on it went. I also felt pretty good about the part where it was like "You have that power too." Intense Luke Skywalker. Intense. Then people and droids and THE MILLENNIUM FALCON AND THEN...

To be completely honest, I'm not sure this is real life. Maybe I'm dead. Who knows. But that is Han Solo. Harrison Ford. The single greatest character in my book ever. If you've been around since 2013 you'll know that as much as I love Captain Hook, I REALLY love Han Solo. Here's a quick graphic to help you understand: 

I know, such a great graphic, right? But let's point out here that the amount I care about Han Solo is indeed above the amount I care about Captain Hook...despite the fact that for some reason Captain Hook ended up just a little bit bigger than Han Solo. You get the point though...I really love Han Solo. 

So you know, even though it's been 30 years ad stuff, I'm just as excited about Han Solo being on the screen as ever. And the fact that he says "Chewie, we're home." Gosh, I actually just dropped to the floor fangirling and couldn't get up. Not exactly what I expected my day to go like today but hey, I'll take it...and watch the trailer a million times over before December. I live a riveting life. 

What did you think of the trailer!?! 

Have a magical day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Day 835: Addicted

Once and a while I get lost in whether or not I've actually had a real blog post on something before, as I try to keep them all as different as possible, and this is certainly one of those times. But as I studied for my French test, among other things, over the past few days, one song has been present more than ever...or should I say a melody of songs? 

If you remember back to when I talked about Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (found HERE) and it's presence in the Festival of Fantasy Parade, you'll know that part of the melody that makes up the spectacular soundtrack is indeed Mozart. For our music theory class, we are required to do a music analysis of a piece of music from that same era, so of course I picked the Rondo of Nachtmusik because, really, listen to something that reminds me of Festival of Fantasy all day? Yes please. It also gives me license to listen to Festival of Fantasy over and over again, right? 

To tell you the truth, I'm absolutely IN LOVE with this parade. I've mentioned it here and there, but I honestly don't think I've expressed my pure adoration of Festival of Fantasy. I've never really been a parade kind of person, but I know that it's on my schedule for June already at least once, and we'll see if I can sneak in a second showing. That's how much I love Festival of Fantasy. Also, I'm not joking when I say I have Festival of Fantasy on repeat...I really do. 

So I figured I'd go through and share some of my favorite Festival of Fantasy photos from my family! They're taken over several trips and you can click on them to enlarge them to their normal size! 

My personal favorite section of the parade? Peter Pan of course! There's just something about the "Yo-ho!" that's thrown in there that I just love. In fact, every time that portion comes on in the recording, I end up stopping my work so I can sing along and do this little dance. Let's be hones though, it's probably because of the Lost Boys. Their Newsies style is one of the best parts, in my opinion, at to the real fire breathing dragon. You can't beat that! 

If you've seen Festival of Fantasy, what's your favorite part of the parade? Is it the Peter Pan section like me? Do you prefer the fire of the dragon? Or is there another part that jumps out at you with beauty and majesty, shining magically? Let me know in the comments below or on social media!

Have a magical day!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Day 834: Modifications

The writer's block is strong today...really strong. I have a French composition due in a few days and I couldn't even figure out what to write in English, much less French. My roommate eventually figured out that I could write a story about a soggy baguette, but that's not especially helpful when it comes to a blog post. So I sat around my desk for a while, changed clothes, looked in my journal notebook which basically holds my life, checked all my social media, turned on the audio from Festival of Fantasy and...still didn't have any ideas.

Just kidding, there's definitely a point to today's blog post, and it has everything to do with the pair of red pants I wore today, or rather, DisneyBounding.

I'm obviously an avid DisneyBounder. I DisneyBound at least once a week for OUAT, just finished the March DisneyBound Challenge a couple of weeks ago, and, per usual, a DisneyBound will pop up here and there. But one of the things that was shocking for me during the March Challenge was the ease in which I was able to DisneyBound every day for a month and still have a significant list of other DisneyBounds I could have done. I could pick my outfit for the day from a long list of options, and that led to a new thought. Actually, a couple of new thoughts.

First, a quote from Jennifer Morrison popped into my head: "I'm trying to incorporate color into my life. Until recently, everything in my closet was black, white, grey, navy, or olive." I understand this because that's how my closet was too. There wasn't any color in it beyond...well...nothing really. Maybe some scarves? But Disneybounding changed all of that. Hence the red pants I wore today as part of one of my favorite bounds, Pinocchio, which you can see below!

So now that my closet is filled with color and elements of DisneyBounds across the board, I figured I would take a page out of the DisneyBound Book. A while back Leslie, the creator of DisneyBound, shared some Essentials. You can read the entire original post HERE, but I've included the graphic below just to give you an idea of what she suggested! Some of my suggestions are the same and some are different, but there's definitely a formula to DisneyBounding in your own style and once you get the hang of it you're home free! 

In order to come up with my own list of DisneyBound Essentials, I went back through my Disneybounds from the March Challenge and debated which I used the most compared to which parts were the most crucial. Of course, my graphic looks nothing like Leslie's, but the point is still the same...My top items for DisneyBounding and why: 

1. Yellow Shoes: Like Leslie suggested, I didn't know how important yellow shoes are until I started DisneyBounding. In fact, I bought my Yellow Converse with the intention of using them to DisneyBound and I've made good use of them ever since. 
Perfect For: Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck

2. Brown Boots: Going back through March, I realized that the boots I used most often were my short brown ones. I bought them for a OUAT Disneybound last fall and now wear them at least once a week, not to mention for a significant number of Disneybounds! Plus they're super comfortable! 
Perfect For: Merida, Brer Bear, Frontierland, Fix-It Felix

3. Black Heels: You could definitely go with Black Flats here too, but about two months ago I found a pair of comfortable, leather black heels and throughout March found myself using them constantly. They're comfortable enough to wear all day but also perfect for fancier occasions and edgier DisneyBounds, especially villains!
Perfect For: The Haunted Mansion, Captain Hook, Hades, Bert

4. Colorful Belts: I have four regular belts I alternate: Black, Brown, Red and Light Blue, two of which I picked up for under five bucks. They're a super easy way to bring color into an outfit, especially if it's just a small splash of color. I've found that red and brown come into play most often, with blue used throughout some odd Bounds. 
Perfect For: Pinocchio (Blue), Prince Eric (Red), Peter Pan (Red or Brown), Iago (Blue)

5. Scarves: I'll admit straight off that I'm addicted to scarves. I LOVE them, and have a whole section of my closet simply devoted to the scarves in pretty much every color. I normally buy mine on sale if possible, but there's generally a great selection anywhere you go! They're great for bringing both patterns and colors into an outfit while still keeping warm in the winter and comfortable in the spring and fall! 
Perfect For: Depending on the Color, just about anything! The Yellow One in the graphic would be perfect for Belle though! 

6. Leather Jackets: I'm also a big leather jacket fan (thanks Emma Swan). I know, I know, at first you think you won't wear one, but I've come to love my leather, which is especially great during the colder months. I've got five of them: Black, Dark Brown, Tan, Grey and Red, but it's the black one that comes into play most often! 
Perfect For: Captain Hook (OUAT), Emma Swan (OUAT), Maleficent, Ursula

7. Colored Jeans: The whole colored jeans trend was really high a few years ago, but it's certainly not gone for good. Jeans are a great way to bring color in, especially after you're brave enough to wear them the first time. When I bought my red jeans even I thought myself crazy, but now I wear them, along with my bright blue, leaf green and "Hook Pants," at least once a week. 
Perfect For: Pinocchio (Red), Genie (Blue), Peter Pan (Green), Rapunzel (Purple)

8. Accessories: I couldn't get away from this one on Leslie's list, not by a long shot. So much of a DisneyBound comes together in the accessories! Some of my personal favorites include an arrow ring I got for a couple of dollars, perfect for Merida or Robin Hood, an Anchor necklace, great for anything pirate or nautical themed like Prince Eric and a Fish Necklace I recently fixed, great for Ursula or Ariel! You can always find great stuff in the clearance, so check there first! You never know what you might find! 

9. Hair Bows: I'm the proud owner of a TON of bows, most of which came from Magical Ribbons. I get compliments on these all the time, and they're perfect because you can find them in just about any color or pattern to match an outfit! Tack a red bow onto a green outfit and you're Peter Pan! Have a black bow? Add it onto a Carl Fredrickson DisneyBound? I also love using these as a way to incorporate the Disney Parks into my outfits, especially for attractions such as The Haunted Mansion or entire areas like World Showcase! 

And there you have it. I couldn't really narrow it down to 8 things, so I just included the 9th. Of course, the big idea here is color. All kinds of color. Reds, blues, greens, yellows, oranges! The more color you have, the wider the possibilities for your DisneyBounding. Personally, I almost exclusively shop at stores such as Plato's Closet, which is a store that buys and sells name-brand clothing for a fraction of the cost (many of my shirts cost $5 or less!), or in clearance sections of stores. It takes some time and some money, but when I do go out and buy new clothing, unless it's for a OUAT Bound or for a specific occasion, I have to be able to use the piece for at least two DisneyBounds, and I have to come up with them before I buy it. Eventually, I've come to fill my entire closet with DisneyBound upon DisneyBound, and who knows, maybe someday I'll be able to do more than one month in a row with all different outfits! 

If you Disneybound, what kinds of things do you use most often? 

Have a magical day!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Day 833: Yoda

For those of you that don't know, this past week the complete Star Wars saga was released on digital platforms for the very first time. It made some pretty big news, big enough that it even came up in my American Novels Class this afternoon. My professor was talking about the digital release and then commented that while the digital is cheaper, the way to go is really to just buy the complete Blu-Ray set, even if in less than a year it will be outdated and in another few years we'll all be buying a new "complete set." Regardless, he bought the Blu-Rays. His daughter, who's four, is apparently obsessed with Star Wars, and so this past weekend he sat her down and they watched the original film together. Apparently it went over fairly well aside from the 200 or so questions she asked throughout the film, ranging from "Why does that character have so many eyes" to "Who are Yoda's Parents?"

I found the Yoda question hilarious, first because Yoda doesn't even appear in the original film and it just goes to show that Star Wars definitely has a presence in our world even if you haven't seen the movies themselves, and secondly because it's actually a really good question. Who in the world are Yoda's parents? Intrigued, I wrote down a bit of our discussion from class, including this question, so I could both look into it later and write this blog post, but after reading up on Yoda, I've come to find that, like Once Upon A Time, I have one answer and more questions.

According to Wookieepedia, the go to website for everything Star Wars (I find myself there more often than maybe I am willing to admit, but that's a blog post topic for another day), we don't really know much about Yoda's parents, a fact that also came up in our discussion about Yoda in class, but I'll get to that in a minute. Based on what we know, Yoda came from a remote planet, although which one exactly still escapes us, and traveled to a more normal planet with a friend, eventually found out he had force powers, learned the ways of the Jedi and eventually became the awesome little Green Jedi we know and love.

And so, we still are left with the question of who Yoda's parents are. They'd have to be pretty old though, considering how old he is, so I doubt we'll ever find out. That is, unless we get a backstory someday. I have heard that we don't know much about his backstory because it makes him more mysterious though. We talked about that idea in class and really, it works. Yoda makes no sense...ever. Half of what he says doesn't even make sense, but it certainly doesn't make him any less awesome.

Speaking of Yoda...who won the Star Wars March Madness this year? Or is it still going on? *Goes and checks* Ahhh thank goodness, Darth Vader has won. First it was Yoda, then last year it was Obi Wan and now Vader. But you know what...why in the world does Obi Wan ALWAYS beat out Han Solo? We need to fix this people!

Have a magical day!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Day 832: Rhapsody in Blue

Remember a few blog posts ago when I told you there would be several focusing on music? Well, here's another of those posts! I went to a piano recital today, as one does, and, oddly enough, there wasn't just one Disney reference...there were two!

First, as part of a piano duet, there was a performance of Nuages, the first movement of Nocturnes by Claude Debussy. I didn't realize it at first, but in the middle of the performance I was sitting in the audience just trying to figure out why I knew what notes were supposed to come next and why it all felt so familiar. It didn't take me long to figure out that, of course, that movement is in Impressions de France, just like all the other songs in the world seem to be. 

However, that wasn't the biggest Disney reference of the recital. As a finale, there was a grand performance of a new arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue featuring many of the musicians from here at St. Norbert College. Of course, Rhapsody in Blue was featured as a segment in Fantasia 2000, something Tanner even noted in the show notes in the program, which brought a smile to my face! The segment in the film depicts New York City through music, some of which you can watch in the clip below! 

If you want to catch the whole performance of Rhapsody in Blue in Fantasia 2000 you'll have to check it out yourself! Fantasia grows on me more and more everyday, probably because I'm a music major, but also because each segment is a beautiful representation of the world of music and is worth a look by everyone! 

Have a magical day!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Day 831: Look At That!

If you remember, back in January my laptop, HAL9000, had a bit of an accident involving a lot of water, a lot of rice, and a lot of waiting. He survived, amazingly, and I'm currently using him now, but that whole experience, along with a giant band trip video that took up way more of my time than I really wanted it to, the files on my computer and my external hard drives were spectacularly messed up. I've been meaning to fix it for ages, to go through and reorganize those files, putting the pictures from my phone into the correct places, sorting through the ridiculous number of saved photos for Everyday Disney and so on and so forth. The process takes a long time though, and that meant that I needed something to listen to in the background during the six hours I spent staring at my laptop screen. Of course, Disney fit the bill perfectly.

Last week I was listening to my Pandora when a song came on that sounded familiar, and I had this feeling that it was in one of the Disney Parks Videos I had. It wasn't, after all, but I felt the need to check, and when I found myself with hours spent in front of the TV (I happened to be on the back room futon), it felt like the perfect time to do so.

Of course, I've seen these videos time and time again, almost to a ridiculous point, but sometimes I forget that two of my roommates haven't exactly taken the same "Everything You Probably Didn't Need to Know About Walt Disney World" class as Megan has. We were all definitely working on stuff, but every once and a while, one of my roommates would pop into the room and watch a little bit of a video with me, asking questions about everything from New Fantasyland to Mission SPACE and all over the world.

It was actually pretty entertaining to see what kinds of things they might ask. My roommate Hannah has only been to Magic Kingdom, where I happened to see her last Spring Break, while Ashley hasn't been to Disney at all. Megan, of course, has been twice now, both times with me, and considering how long she's known me, she can generally answer a bunch of their questions herself. I do know, however, that we've been talking about us all taking a trip to Disney after our graduation from SNC, so that's exciting. Then again, I find any and every Disney trip exciting...

Either way, there's plenty more for them to learn, and I'm sure that in a few weeks when my new Disney Vacation Planning DVD gets here they'll stumble into the room and ask me a few more questions while I'm watching. I'll let you know how that goes when we get there though!

Have a magical day!