Tag: Disney Parenting

Bambi Says it Best

Bambi Says it Best

I love Disney movies and so many valuable lessons from my childhood, come from Disney movies.  The lesson that sticks with me the most, is probably the one needed most right now.  We need to be nice.  There are so many people who sacrifice friends and relatives, by saying what they “feel” , getting into a heated debate or posting a rude comment online.

In this day and age, I feel like the scene that is most important is when a new Bambi is just learning to walk.  The young rabbit, Thumper, notices his clumsiness and says that the fawn is “kinda wobbly” and “he doesn’t walk too good.”.   Thumper’s mother reminds the rabbit, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”

I can’t tell you how many times I heard that as a child, or quoted it as a parent.  But when I see friends online debating politics, wives talking about their husbands or teens tweeting each other, I wish I could show that statement before they hit “Enter”.  I wonder if I could write a program that would show that statement, before anything gets posted.

ThiThumpers rule taught me that if I have something to say, I need to first ask myself whether it will hurt or insult or injure anyone. I haven’t always managed to faithfully follow that rule, but I’ve tried.   What are you posting and if it’s not nice, should you really post it at all?

Meeska Mooska!  Planning Disney World Fast Passes

Meeska Mooska! Planning Disney World Fast Passes

I am so excited to be taking my bonus granddaughters to Disney World for the first time.  I live in the Southwest, so we are Disneyland aficionados.  Disney World, on the other hand, has changed a little since we last visited.

There is a new Fast Pass system, that allows you to reserve 90 days before arrival, three fast passes for every park you are visiting.  To be successful, you need to pick three rides for each land (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).  You also need to know which day you are visiting each park.  This creates a matrix effect in my little brain and it says, “Danger Will Robinson!”

So I decided to take this a step at a time.  Today, I am just tackling which three rides I want fast passes for, then next week, I will decide which park, which day.  So when it comes time to schedule, I will be prepared.

Here is my list:


Start with the Easiest:  Animal Kingdom
1)  Avatar Flight of Passage – the newest, latest, greatest Disney ride
2) Kilimanjaro Safari
3)  Expedition Everest?  This is a roller coaster that has a height requirement of 44″.  So we could get this for the adults and then swap off entertaining the children in Dino Land

Hollywood Studios
1) Star Tours
2) First Time in Forever
3) Toy Story Midway Mania
4) Fantasmic!
1)  Soarin’
2) Spaceship Earth
3) Journey into Imagination with Figment
or 3) Test Track which has a height requirement of 40″ but again, the adults can trade off
Magic Kingdom  Day 1
1) Peter Pan’s Flight – this has the longest line in the park and the girls will love it
2) 7 Dwarfs Mine Ride – height requirement 39″
3) Enchanted Tales with Belle
Day 2
1) Thunder Mountain Railroad – height requirement 40″
2) Splash Mountain
3) Haunted Mansion
4) Pirates of the Caribbean if kids aren’t tall enough/don’t want railroad or Splash
Oops, I just realized that the Mickey Mouse Christmas Party and the Epcot Food &Wine Festival are during our visit.   So I will need to see when we can fit those in!
I am so excited to be visiting Disney World with kids….I hope they can keep up with Hot Hubby and me!