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If you wouldn’t mind taking a couple of seconds to vote for my photo: Dad and Son at Disney World, I would greatly appreciate it! It is literally two clicks of the mouse and 20 seconds of time! Thank you!

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With 278 total votes cast for the 12 Finalists, that round’s voting is now closed. Here are the FINAL FIVE!

Now’s the time to choose the Grand Prize Winner, who will be taking home a print from Kevin Dyer at A World in Focus, as well as unlimited bragging rights. Get out the vote!

Coming in with 13 votes is “Kids in the Pod,” from Scribbler in Seville.

Jeffrey’s “Profile and Stained Glass” has nabbed 33 votes.

“Dad and Sons in Mist” from Family Nomadic is currently in third place with 36 votes.

In the second slot we have 85 votes for “Dad and Son at Disney World,” brought to you by Magic Details Travel.

And currently holding the lead is Wanderlynn’s “Boy Hugging Dog,” with 88 votes.

Votes are not cumulative, so everybody is starting at zero and the field is wide open! Voting will…

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The 5 Great Lessons Walt Disney Taught Us   1 comment

This is a re-blog from Addicted to Success.  It doesn’t have much, if anything really, to do with travel, but I came across it today when preparing some material for one of my classes.  It is so true that I had to share.


Walt Disney's SuccessOne of the most successful people that we all know and love is none other than Walt Disney. Walt Disney is the famous voice and creator of Mickey Mouse and the founder of Disneyland. His achievements in the world of animation garnered him multiple awards and international fame.

Walt Disney had humble beginnings; he was not born a success, instead he made his own success.

Here are 5 things that you can learn from one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.

1. Do What You Love

Walt Disney PassionThe first thing that we can learn from Disney as an entrepreneur is his love for drawing. He loves to draw so much that he draws in his spare time and he even draws while working as an artist. He devoted most of his life to his art that he was even willing to work other jobs just to fund his passion.

Just imagine how fun it would be for him to wake up everyday to go to his studio and do what he loves to do. That scenario is a lot more enticing compared to waking up everyday and going to a job that drains the life out of you.

Disney went through a series of odd jobs and even became an ambulance driver in the army during World War I along with his friend Ray Kroc (the man who made McDonalds what it is today); and throughout this journey, Disney found his love for drawing.

2. Take What You Do Seriously

Walt Disney MotivationWhenever Walt Disney made his cartoons he always did so with the focus of a lion stalking his prey. He always paid attention to every detail and dealt with things with the utmost care. He never took his art and talent for granted.

Never would you find Walt Disney in his studio just slacking off and procrastinating on his projects; he always took the lead when it came to doing what he loves and he would never put his passion on the back burner.




3. Do It For Others

Walt Disney FamousWhenever Walt Disney created animated shorts back then he never did it just for himself; he never hid his creations from the world, but instead he would always find ways in which he could share his work with others.

He had a lot of comics back in the day and he would always find ways to share it with the public. He joined his school’s publications as a comic artist, and he even took a job in a local newspaper as none other than a comic artist.

Walt Disney’s works teach us a lot of things, such as the value of love for friends and family, hope for the good and his most important lesson: good will always triumph over evil.




4. Never Just Settle With Your First Success

Walt Disney InspirationOne thing that you would definitely notice about Walt Disney is that after one accomplishment he would immediately start on another project. After finishing his legendary film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, Disney immediately went to work on other feature films such as “Bambi”, “Fantasia” and many others.

After creating Mickey Mouse, Disney didn’t stop at just him. Instead he went on and created Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and many other iconic characters even for today’s generation. He was never content with what he had done because he always wanted to achieve more and grow with his dreams. He also didn’t stop with just one Mickey Mouse design, he kept redesigning his creation so that it would be better every time.



5. Don’t Let Obstacles Stop You

Walt Disney - DisneylandWhen Walt Disney first started to work on Snow White, his wife and own brother did all they could to convince him to stop. The Snow White project was even termed as “Disney’s Folly”, and halfway across production he ran out of money to continue the work.

Most people in this situation would just quit and get whatever they can out of what’s left, but for Disney he persevered. He decided to travel around and show clips of the raw film to producers in hopes of them funding his project; in the end this attempt was what saved his studio and allowed him to finish the classic Snow White film.

When Snow White was finally featured it received nothing short of a standing ovation. The success of the film put Disney in the Golden Age of Animation, and allowed him to start on all of his other feature films. He could have cashed in and went his separate ways from the animation world, but his hopes and his dreams where too strong to fold. Walt’s decision to ‘full steam ahead’ is really what allowed him to define a generation with his iconic creations.

There are a lot of other things that you can learn from other successful people, but most likely those things are either the same or at least, they are related. Here are only 5 things that you can learn from Walt Disney. His success has definitely served as an inspiration to a lot of people and even after his death, his legacy still carries on.

Walt Disney Quotes To Live By

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – Walt Disney

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” – Walt Disney

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.” – Walt Disney

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney


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I am very honored to be a finalist in this competition! Please take a moment to visit this wonderful blog, and give me a vote in the photo contest! My photo is the first one, Dad & Son at Disney World. Thank you!

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We’ve had a lot of really excellent entries in the Family Travel Photo Competition, and it hasn’t been easy whittling it down to this final batch of photos. Check out these amazing shots, then cast your votein the poll below. If you have an entry here, then by all means get your friends-and-relations, your neighbors, hairdresser, supermarket baggers, anyone and everyone to cast a vote for your photo!

Without further ado, the finalists:

This first one comes from Lindsey at Magic Details Travel. Lindsey was playing around with her camera’s filters when she took this shot of her husband and son at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion. A very sweet photo.

Kamala has just started her blog, so be sure to check out Shmamaland and show her some love, because she takes amazing photos. In fact, she sent in so many great shots that I couldn’t narrow it down to…

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Posted January 22, 2013 by DisneyMamaLin in Uncategorized

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Someday I vow to visit Disneyland Paris! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos Living in a Grown Up World!

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I have written many times about how much I love the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida (heck, it’s what most of this blog is about!), and I have even dabbled in some of the greatness that Disneyland has to offer, but one thing I have never blogged about is Disneyland Paris, and I think it’s time we changed that!


Disneyland Paris combines the beauty and splendor of European culture with the magic that is Disney! There are two Theme Parks – the Disneyland Park which is similar to WDW’s Magic Kingdom, and the Walt Disney Studios Park which has a movie/Hollywood feel (like that of WDW’s Hollywood Studios). If shopping is your bag, then you can head over to the Disney Village to get your fill of shopping and dining, and when it comes time to find a place to rest your head, Disneyland Paris has 7…

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Posted January 4, 2013 by DisneyMamaLin in Uncategorized

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Enjoying a needed day of love and laughter with my family.

God Bless!

Tragedy.   1 comment

We live in a terrifying world.  As a parent and a teacher I cannot imagine the sadness or fear that the community of Newton, CT, and particularly the Sandy Hook Elementary campus, are going through right now.  My heart is breaking for them, and I am sick to my stomach over this senseless tragedy.

I simply cannot understand what would ever cause a person to commit an act as  horrendous as this.  How Satan can have such a stronghold on an individuals life as to lead them to essentially massacre young children at their school is beyond me.    One of my dear friends put it this way, “We can’t understand the hopelessness that people feel without Christ… that would lead them to think this is their only choice…”, and I can’t think of better words to describe this situation.  The love of our Savior is something that we all desperately need, and those without the Father’s love feel lost, Satan sneaks in and takes control of their lives.

I also cannot understand how we miss signs that things such as this are in the works.  My district has spent time this year dealing with educating students and staff members on topics such as bullying, suicide and texting while driving.  We have been teaching ourselves and our students to look for signs of potential danger, to ones self or to others, and discussing ways to prevent and reach out to those in need.  But, how do we see signs in grown adults?  As of this post, 27 people, many young children, have been confirmed dead, and then numbers continue to rise.  I saw in one report that one of the shooters is thought to be the father of children who attend the school.  HOW CAN SOMEONE DO THIS!  How could a parent destroy the lives of so many?

Please pray for those involved and affected by this tragedy.  Every student, teacher and staff member at that school has been affected for the rest of their lives.  Their sense of safety has been shattered, and the pieces will be difficult to put back together.  Pray for the families of the those lost, that God grants them some peace and comforts them in their hours of need.  Pray also for the community as a whole, as they have all been affected by this senseless tragedy.

Posted December 14, 2012 by DisneyMamaLin in Family, News, Uncategorized

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Posted November 22, 2012 by DisneyMamaLin in Uncategorized

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