5 Facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will Impress Your Friends.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean – 5 Facts to Impress Your Friends!

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are already a Disney fan — some of you may even be Disney Addicts!  If that’s the case, the five facts I’ve got for you may not be anything you haven’t heard before, but it may be something that you can use to explain how cool Pirates of the Caribbean is to your friends, co-workers, family, anyone that isn’t as big a Disney fan as you are!  So, without further ado, here are five facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will impress your friends!

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For Pirates fans, there are a lot of great tidbits that do a great job of adding a bit of intrigue to the attraction.  Here are my top five facts that I find fascinating about this great attraction!

  1. When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, Pirates of the Caribbean was not one of the original opening day attractions.  The thought was that because Florida was so close to the Caribbean, the Florida residents would not be interested in pirates.  Well, people were amazed that Pirates wasn’t part of the Magic Kingdom, and they petitioned Disney to open it in Florida like it was in California.  Disney listened, and Pirates opened to the general public on December 15, 1973 — exactly 7 years after Walt Disney passed away.
  2. Pirates opened originally at Disneyland, in New Orleans Square.  The attraction was the last one that Walt Disney worked on before he passed away, and it opened 3 months after his passing.  The Disneyland version starts with a slow ride through the Blue Bayou restaurant.  If you are eating there, you can see the boats pass by from your table.  It’s really cool.  Personally, the scene reminds me of the bayou of Louisiana (hence New Orleans Square) scenes from The Princess and the Frog movie.
  3. At the Magic Kingdom, there are two skeletons playing a game of chess in one of the dungeons — you can see them as you walk through the loading queue.  Interestingly, though, the pieces on the chessboard form a stalemate, with no winner possible.  As a result, the two skeletons have been playing the same game of chess since 1973!  This part of the attraction was the brainchild of Marc Davis, one of the Disney Legends and one of Walt’s Nine Old Men.
  4. Back at Disneyland, did you know that there are two drops as part of the attraction, while at the Magic Kingdom, there is only one?
  5. Lastly, did you know that the drop at the Magic Kingdom was done in order to navigate under the Walt Disney World Railroad?

I hope that you have found these facts to be fun and enjoyable!  Leave me a comment and let me know what facts you have to share also.  Thanks, and make it a Disney day everyone!

Prayers for the Week – Philippians 4:7

Philippians 4:7

Last night my friend Maureen left a quote from her Study Bible that is a paraphrase of Philippians 4:7.  Here is what she wrote on her Facebook page:

“True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing God is in control”

For a lot of people, they feel that they are in control of their lives — that the reason they are doing well is all because of their doing.  Of course, for a lot of people, the reason they aren’t doing well is not their fault — it is, inevitably, someone else to blame for their misfortune.

It is, in my opinion, the ultimate form of denial to look at the world — all of the incredible things that we take for granted, such as air, lungs, the ability to breath, the ability to have children, to witness those children being born and growing up — and not acknowledge that God is at work in our lives.  For many of these people, they don’t even acknowledge the existence of God — to them, it’s all because of science, that the evolution of the human race is all because of some big bang that caused all of this to come into being.

The way I see it, the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian isn’t really all that much — in my case, I make a lot of the same mistakes that many other people make.  I sin, I think of myself more often than I should, I don’t give God thanks enough for all that He has given to me, and I don’t turn to him to help me out as much as I should.  In short, I view things from my “self” perspective, thinking that I can take care of it all.  Many non-Christians are much the same.  The difference, though, is that eventually I realize that I haven’t been turning to God like I should, and I do just that — I bow my head, I pray to my God, I confess to Him the sins I have committed, I ask him to forgive me, I tell him how grateful I am for all He does for me, and I ask for the things I need help with.

As soon as I do that, the greatest gift in the world is given to me — God’s Peace descends upon me, into me, into every essence of my being, and immediately my worry is gone, my anxiety is gone, my cares are lifted away.

Now, I’m not saying that my problems are totally taken care of for me — that is not the case.  I still need to deal with the problems.  But, I’m able to do so because God is on my side, and He helps me take care of those problems.  Most of my problems are because of my sins — and while those sins are forgiven, the one thing you need to remember is that all sin has consequences — the greater the sin, the greater the consequence.

Now, please read along with our prayer requests, and pray for those.

Prayer Requests…

  • Please pray for my sister-in-law Nancy’s Mom Sherry. Here is what Nancy wrote on Facebook:My mom is in ICU — long story short — yesterday a cyst on her kidney burst and now they’ve discovered that she’s got a fatty tumor on the same kidney that will be removed. (Monday? ) Please keep her in your prayers.
  • Please pray for my friend Frances and her family. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Please say a prayer for my family. We have buried three loved ones in the last week and half. We just got news that an Amazing Aunt is in the hospital after attending my grandma’s funeral. She is currently in Chattanooga and has fluid on her lungs and her liver plus additional complications. She was in the hospital a few days ago and they took off 2 liters of fluid off her stomach and her lungs. Her kidneys are functioning at 23%. Thank you in advance.
  • Please keep my friend Dee’s father-in-law in your prayers.  Jim is being transferred to Hospice care, so please lift him, his wife Margaret, and his children up in your prayers.

And now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Why Updating the Site will Change Your Life

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Well, okay, maybe my title goes a little far — perhaps it won’t change your life, but updating My Dreams of Disney may very well change my life!  Today, my friends and readers, I’m embarking on wholesale changes to the site.  The purpose is to serve you better, to give the site a brand new look and feel, and to explore where my crazy imagination will take me!

This is a long term project, but don’t worry — a lot of the content that you look for at My Dreams of Disney will continue on.  We’ll still have our weekly Prayers for the Week posts, we’ll still have our Magical Blogorail posts, and we’ll still have great Disney content spanning the globe.  Content such as my favorite Magic Kingdom restaurants, which pavilion at Epcot is my favorite, why I like Disneyland better than Walt Disney World (and vice versa), and what great Disney movies are worth seeing.

Have any questions?  Feel free to leave them as a comment, or shoot me an email at mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com.  Or, write on our Facebook Page or shoot us a Tweet.  Of course, don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards for some great pictures for your planning ideas!

Speaking of planning, don’t forget that I’m a part time travel agent with the great company Pixie Vacations.  If I can be of any service in helping you plan and enjoy your next Disney vacation, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  Just click this link to fill out a quote request, or shoot me an email at Mike@PixieVacations.com.

Thanks, everyone, for your continue support of our site.  It means a great deal to me to know that I’m helping you, whether it is just for a quick Disney fix or for something more in-depth.  Have a great week, and I’ll talk to you later!

Your Pal,

Mickey

PS.  We’re going to keep the site name as My Dreams of Disney, but don’t forget we can help you make My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!

Prayers for the Week – Jesus Knocks

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Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20

The events in our country of the past several weeks have been very distressing.  I’m not smart enough to know the truth with regards to Ferguson, MO or New York City, so I’m not even going to attempt to weigh in either way.  What I’m going to focus on today, though, are the words of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as He relayed to us in Revelation 3:20.  The problem, as I see it, is that for far to many of us, the wrong person is knocking, and we are letting the evil one in more and more often each day.

It is extremely important to me that I try and make my point to you that Jesus knocks on the doors of our lives every day, wanting to be let into our hearts.  Is your heart receptive to Him?  Do you hear His knock?  Or, have you already opened the door to the evil one?  If you are like me, you have opened the door to Jesus’ knock, and you have let Him in.  However, I know also that I have answered the door when someone other than Jesus has knocked also — and I have let the wrong person in far too often.

There is only room for one — room for Jesus or room for Satan, but not both.  When you let one in, you evict the other.  Every day I pray a simple prayer to Jesus, it is so simple that I ask you to pray it with me right now:

“Lord, make me a blessing to someone today” ~ Father Tim, in the Mitford Series “At Home In Mitford”

It is such a simple prayer, but it packs quite a punch.  By making yourself a blessing to someone each and every day, you are showing that the love of Jesus resides right in your heart.  Now, please read and pray for our prayer requests and praises.  Thanks everyone for doing so each and every week!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Rebecca has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook, please pray for her family:My father has cancer again & will be in surgery today. He’s already been through lymphoma, lung, & kidney cancer, so I’m not too worried. He still has not seen the surgeons for the brain tumor, which worries me a little more. If you have a moment, could you please say a prayer for him to get through this surgery & have the strength & perseverance to see the other surgeons afterwards? I would greatly appreciate it. All my love to you all …
  • I have a prayer request for my friend Melissa. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:I have never met a dog who could charm anyone quite like Lucy could. Sadly, last night Lucy left us. We got 18 extra amazing months with her after her original osteosarcoma diagnosis. This beautiful girl was courageous, loving, and strong. She left us with Eliza, myself, and her oncologist all wrapped around her in hugs telling her how much we love her. An entire medical practice took time yesterday to come into the room to spend time with her, give her treats and say goodbye. She touched a lot of lives, and none more than mine. She has been my companion, my snuggle bug (she insists on being the inside spoon), and my confidante for almost 6 years to the day. She listened to me cry, she nuzzled against me and she always tried to make me feel better. Please say a quick prayer for our family and our beloved Lucy – we will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge. And until then, Run free sweet pooch.
  • My friend Pam has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:FB friends please keep Ronnie in your prayers as he has surgery in the morning. Thank you as always from both of us!
  • One of my good friends, Wendy, is in need of prayers. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:PRAYERS PLEASE::: Dear friends, I’m not one to put every personal detail on FB so please forgive the vagueness of this post… But I do believe in Facebook when it comes to the power of prayer, and our family is in GREAT need of it right now for this amazing little guy, Owen. PLEASE join us in lifting him up in prayer for the next several days. Thank you all!!!!
    (BTW in case you can’t tell in this picture, he is showing off his firetruck shoes!)Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, Your Servant Wendy needs prayers for her little guy, Owen. We don’t know the details, and we know that we don’t need to know them, that You know exactly what is wrong, and that You will take care of it. Please be with your Servant Wendy and her family, and take care of everything that Owen needs. We ask these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with thanksgiving this and every day. Amen!
  • Praying for my friend Maria and her family tonight — here is what she wrote on Facebook:Feeling the loss of my dear mother-in-law, Eleanor Lundberg Milnes, who passed away yesterday. She welcomed me into her family 42 years ago and always treated me like another daughter. We were blessed to have her for 93 years. She will be greatly missed, but I have no doubt that she’s organizing an amazing choir in Heaven, and singing like a true angel. Love you, Mom!Please pray for Maria and her family, but also give Praise to God for His Servant Eleanor.
  • December 7th is my Uncle Phil’s birthday — unfortunately, we lost him far too early. On this day, I ask you to remember the wonderful legacy Uncle Phil left behind — his wonderful wife, my Aunt Claire, and their three wonderful daughters, my cousins Cathy, Ann, and Beth.Ladies, I’m remembering you all, and Uncle Phil also, giving Praise to God for his life, and the wonderful women that you all are. I love you all.
  • December 7th is also the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That is so long ago that many of us that know of that date didn’t experience it, and only know about it from the history books. Please remember, though, the sacrifices that our ancestors went through so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today, and never forget.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Walt Disney’s Birthday!

Walt-Disney Today we mark the celebration of the birth of Walt Disney.  This innovative pioneer, who was responsible for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney as we know it, was born on this day in 1901.  Today he would have been 113 years old.  As towering a personality as Walt Disney was in real life, when you think about his life and legacy, it really comes down to a few important things:

  1. Walt Disney loved his family.
  2. To Walt, it wasn’t about the money he was making — it was about connecting with his kids in such a way that they would want to continue to be around him.
  3. In addition, Walt wanted the rest of us — those that weren’t as fortunate, or as creative, or had as much imagination — to still be able to enjoy the time they had with their families.

It was because of all of this — and more — that Disneyland was born in 1955. So many people have Walt Disney to thank for so many happy memories.  This little blog wouldn’t exist if Walt Disney World didn’t exist.  So many memories that I have with my wife, daughter, and rest of my family would not have been created if we hadn’t gone to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  People often say to me, “Why do you keep going back to Walt Disney World year after year after year?”  My answer to them, and to you, is always the same.  I simply say to them, “No matter how often we go to Disney World, we always find something new to experience there.  More importantly, though, we always have some special moment that happens that lodges itself in our memory banks, and causes us to remember the memories we have had in prior trips.” My friends, I think that Walt Disney would like nothing better than to hear your reasons why you love Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other Disney parks as much as you do.  Please take a moment, leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page, or send us a tweet, and tell us why Walt Disney World is so special to you!  Thank you, and make sure you make it a Disney Day!