Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Disney Details: Muppet Vision 3-D at Hollywood Studios and a GIVEAWAY!

I love the little details that Disney does so well.  They make every experience truly immersive.  It's what sets Disney apart.  What makes it unlike other theme parks.  And why there is absolutely no way that you can even compare them to Six Flags.

We have talked about it a bit here at Keys to the Magic travel.  We've talked about the amazing queues at Toy Story Mania and the Haunted Mansion.  We've talked about the "secret" finds in Epcot like beaver butt soap or trying on kimonos in Japan.  We've talked about seeking out Divine in Animal Kingdom.

But this detail - well, I must admit, it's my favorite.

When you go to Hollywood Studios - and go to see "Muppet Vision 3-D" - be sure to check out the security window to the right of the turnstiles.  It seems rather innocuous.  And if you are rushing, you've probably never even noticed that it's there.

Let's look in the window.  There are some great "Wanted" posters on the bulletin board.  For Fozzie for impersonating a comic.  And one for Miss Piggy.  Just recognizing that everyone wants her!

And did you notice the sign in the window?

If you pull up the mat - that key - it's really there!

So, let's do a small Muppet celebration of our own!  I have a stainless steel Muppet water bottle and a set of four Muppet inspired nail polishes from OPI (colors are: Wocka Wocka!, Excuse Moi!, Better! and Warm & Fozzie).

To enter, just follow the instructions through the Rafflecopter.  If you have any problems, please email me at and we'll get it figured out!

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Good luck!  And if you'd like to see more Disney posts, please check out Deb's Focused on the Magic!

So...what about you?  Do you have a favorite detail at Disney?  How about a favorite Muppet?

Monday, June 25, 2012

And the winner is...

And we have a winner for the Brave Lunch bags:

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Congrats!!  Please email me at to claim your prize.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Brave Highland Games tournament at Epcot - and a giveaway!

Welcome to day three of our "Brave" celebration!

If you missed it, on Monday we looked at the Brave sand sculpture and yesterday we met Merida.

Today we are upping the anticipation for the movie by talking about the Highland games - and keep reading because there is a giveaway, too!

Now through July 8th, if you go to Epcot, be sure to check out the Highland Games.

These games are located by the rose gardens - on the walk from Future World towards the World Showcase (closer to the Canada side).  Also the games are just on the flip side of the sand sculpture - which is actually two sided - and we got to see someone working on the lettering (very cool to watch!)

When you arrive, you'll spin the wheel to see which clan you'll represent in the games.

You'll then be given a button to loudly proclaim your family ties.  My older daughter just wanted the button!

First up in the games is archery.  It's pretty much the same set up as the archery in the Merida meet and greet.

Next up is the Haggis Flip.  Here, you.  Umm.  Well.  You bang a hammer on this lever-thingy and then your haggis flies through the air and hopefully lands in a basket.  (I didn't want to confuse matters with scientific-y and engineering terms)

Then we have the cake toss.  The cake looks remarkably similar to the haggis.  Though I assure you that there really and truly is no confusion between haggis and cake.  And this game looks remarkably similar to a game we call corn hole.  But.  Anyway.  The goal is to toss the cake into the holes.

And finally there is the mini-caber toss.   Which having actually been to a Highland games festival - actually looks like a caber toss.  You stand up your caber and then.  Well.  You toss.  And great fun is had by all.

Finally, when you are done with the games, you can do a rubbing of your family "emblem."

Just an FYI - these games take place in the direct sun and there is not a spot of shade to be found!

Okay.  Now who wants a giveaway?!

So, last week I heard that Subway is giving away Brave lunch bags with each kids meal - and I knew that we needed these bags.  (Yes.  I said needed.)  And not only did I need all six of them.  But I knew that one of my readers needed them too.  So I have a complete set of all six bags just for you!

Aren't they great?  They are folded flat, but they do open and have a flat bottom with a velcro closure.

To enter, just follow the entries on the rafflecopter below - and if you have trouble with any of it, please just email me at and we'll get it figured out!

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So...what about you?  Which Highland game looks fun to you?  Have you ever been to a Highland games??  If you want to see more Disney photos - please be sure to check out Deb's website:  Focused on the Magic!


Monday, May 21, 2012

And the winner is...

We had over fifty entries for my first giveaway - and I can't wait to so a second!  Now...without further ado...our winner is:  Debra Ann - if you will email me at - then I can get your information to mail out your pins and lanyard!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Picture of the Week: Disney is not just for kids!


Today is the last day to book a trip to Disney with Mickey picking up the tab for meals!  If you travel between August 24 and September 29 you can get free dining during your stay.  It's a great time to go because with school back in session, the parks are not too crowded.

Also - don't forget to enter my first giveaway - and win a Disney parks lanyard + eleven pins to start your pin trading adventure.

Now - for our picture of the week:

Last year, I took a mom's trip with two great friends - we had free dining and great amounts of fun - all leaving our kids at home for TEN days!  I highly recommend an adult trip - whether it's a long one or just a long weekend.  It's such a different dynamic - and one that I can't wait to repeat again this fall.

Please email me at and we can talk details about your next trip to the World!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pin Trading at the Disney parks and a GIVEAWAY!

The first time we took the kids to Disney, I had heard about pin trading, but I wasn't quite clear on all the specifics.  I thought that if I didn't mention it, my kids wouldn't know about it.  And then we could just pretend that it didn't exist.  Not that there is anything wrong with pin trading - but it seemed like it was something else to do and we already had so much on our agenda.

However.  Instantly.  My kids were mesmerized.  They looked at the colorful pins in the stores.  They went up to talk to cast members - asking to look at their pins.  They talked to people in line and asked to see their pins.  They talked to our neighbors while we were eating meals - asking to see their pins.  As you can see - it was on our agenda no matter what.

So.  We began pin trading.  And since it's her "thing" - I thought I'd let my 14 year old daughter, Katie - tell you what it's all about:

If you’ve ever been to Disney World, you’ve probably seen cast members and park guests with lanyards on their necks full of pins. That’s because they’re pin trading, which is a simple yet really fun way to spend time at the Disney parks.

But how do you start pin trading? That is super-duper easy. You can buy a starter pack, which usually contains 5 to 8 pins in them, depending on which starter pack you buy. You’ll also need something to put your pins on. Most people opt for a lanyard, which come in a few different lengths. Getting all of these things is also pretty easy. All of the parks have somewhere that sells pins and lanyards, and there is even a whole store dedicated to it in Downtown Disney.

Once you have your pins, then what do you do? You trade them, of course. Many cast members have pins, and when they do it’s pretty obvious. Some will have the neck lanyards and some will have smaller square hip lanyards. Usually the lanyards will be black, but if they are green that means they only trade with younger kids. Sometimes they will keep pins hidden, displaying the pin back instead of the front. This is a mystery pin, and you won’t know what it is until you get it. I’ve even found a cast member with a lanyard only having mystery pins with colorful backs shaped like Disney characters. 

You don’t have to exclusively trade with cast members. Cast members give you the benefit of giving you whatever pin you want and not caring what you get in return, but there are also other people around the park who may be willing to trade. There is no clear way to know if someone else is willing to give up their pins, but it never hurts to ask.
Sometimes in stores they will have a pin board out. They often vary in sizes, but are usually not very big. Most of the time they have a two pin trades per board policy, and often have at least one really good pin.

Many pins will have a silver Mickey Mouse head somewhere on it. These are called “Hidden Mickey Pins” and you can’t buy them in stores. They only come through cast members. They always come in different sets with different themes. There is one with Disney villain faces on bowling pins. There is another with a Disney character for each Zodiac sign. There are two different sets with a character for each letter of the alphabet, one from Disney World and one from Disney Land. The pins originating from Disney World are all circular, while those from Disney Land are shaped like the letter. 

One of my favorite collections is the topiary collection. These are pretty hard to find, and they were the first hidden mickey pins released. It consists of Mickey, Minnie, Tinker Bell, Dumbo, and Ariel.
 If you’re like me and REALLY like pin trading, you may want to get a pin book. Trust me, there is only so much space on a lanyard that you can use. It’s really useful especially if you’re collecting because it keeps things organized much better than a lanyard.
Pin trading is one of my favorite things to do while in Disney World. Not only do I get to further my collections, but sometimes I’ll get into a really fun or interesting conversation with the cast members. They’re really friendly and fun to talk to. And they may even have the perfect pin to complete your collection. 

And now I am excited to announce my very first giveaway!  I have an official Disney parks lanyard and ELEVEN pins that you can use as your starter pack to trade with in the parks!

Please use the rafflecopter widget to get all your entries in (comment on this blog, follow this blog, and like my facebook page  - and you must do all three to be entered into the drawing - and there are bonus entries for following on twitter and tweeting about the contest!).  Entries must be received by Monday, (May 21, 2012) night and must have a US address for me to send your prize.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday.  Good luck!!

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So...what about you?  Do you pin trade?  What kinds of pins do you (or want to!) collect?