Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011




Friday, December 30, 2011

Fashion Friday: Websites I Love

This post will be really really really short. Go to  http://pinterest.com/dragynally/, check out what I've pinned so far. The week of January 16 I'll be having a really really really short contest (Worth $5 Disney gift card) about "naming my style"... I will explain in detail then. But if you go to pinterest now you will have a head start in trying to figure out my style! Good luck! ;-)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Are the HoliDaze over?!



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wedesday


Picture by Heather

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dear #Disney: The #Muppets

This post was originally posted at WDWFanZone.com

Dear Disney,

As I life-long fan of all things Muppets I would just like to write to you and say the I really enjoyed (absolutely LOVED) the new film. It was well done and had a very beautifully straight forward plot that made all of the side gags and in jokes worth while. It was a wink and a nudge to the audiences watching but a secret in joke to those of us who had been watching all along. Both adults and children can understand and relate to the themes of the film which were presented clearly. The Muppets hit every emotional note and ever set up had a wonderful conclusion.

I wish for this film's success and the continued success of the entire Muppets franchise. In fact that is why I am writing this. Please can we keep this Muppets momentum going? Haven't you noticed the positive fan response? Is there a way we can bring the Muppets into Disney World and Disneyland in even larger and more visible capacities? I believe the Muppets have earned their rightful place in the Disney mythos, the Disney history, and as such should be treated like the Disney royalty they are.

Many fans feel this way and I hope you are listening.


Sincerely,


DragynAlly





Monday, December 26, 2011

Please help!

I recently had some phone trouble. This has caused me to lose all of my Disney pics. This makes blog writing a bit difficult. I am hoping that maybe some of you have pictures you wouldn't mind sharing with me. I will give you, your site, your twitter account, etc all the credit. Right now I am trying my best to remember what events I need pictures for and it is, sadly, a very long list. I appreciate any and all help you can give me. Please email me: thedragynslair@gmail.com or tweet me @thedragynslair if you think you can help.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy HoliDaze!!!



Merry Christmas from the Lair to your home! 

Happy 5th night of Chanukah! 

May you HoliDaze Season be filled with light and love.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pop Goes Chanukah! By: @tperlmutter


Pop Window 2009

When I sat down to do this post I really set out to think just what it is that I feel connects Disney and Chanukah for me.  What I keep coming back to is one thing - Disney’s Pop Century Resort.  Now I’m sure you’re thinking right now, “Yes I too get that Chanukah feeling when I visit Pop Century.”  Okay... maybe not.  However, the connection is there for me.  For the past few years, my wife, Cheryl, and I have been spent a long weekend at Pop during the Reunion event put on by the WDW Today podcast and MEI-Mouse Fan Travel.  And since it occurs in December, it has either been during or close to Chanukah.  

If you’re not familiar, the rooms at Pop have external doors, meaning they open to the outside rather than an indoor hallway.  Each room also has a single window next to the door.  It is very common for people staying at the resort to decorate their windows and sometimes doors as well.  Each time we’ve stayed at Pop in December, because it’s the holiday season, we’ve decorated our window to with many Chanukah decorations, and even some Disney ones.

Here’s where things get fun.  While staying in 2009, back when Twitter was fairly new to the Disney community, I saw a tweet.  It was from @LoriLAbramson.  She wondering where in Walt Disney World she could find some decent Chanukah decorations to see with her daughter.  I made a few suggestions, which I’ll get to in a moment, but I also suggested she just stop by our room at Pop to see some.  I sent her a direct message with the info.  And now, 2 years later, Lori, Cheryl and I are still great friends.

Some other places you can now always find a Chanukahiah (Hanukkah Menorah) at WDW is behind every hotel check in counter.  I can assure you however, that they never use these Menorahs, as I’ve asked at several desks if I can say the prayer and light the candles and always been told, “No.”   There’s a Star of David and a Dreidel formed out of lights that can always be found on the Streets of America during the Osborne Festival of Lights.  And each year the American Adventure Pavilion hosts an exhibit of Menorahs and Dreidels.

In 2010, Reunion had scheduled a night for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  So to offer an alternative event for those not going, Cheryl and I held a Chanukah Party in Roaring Fork at the Wilderness Lodge.  We brought Latkes (potato pancakes) and I taught folks how to spin Dreidels and they all played for m&m candies.  What happened next was both surprising , surreal, and unexpected.  The party was abruptly paused as many in attendance for Dreidel spinning got up and moved over to a Wishes Cruise boat.  This was completely unplanned.  The family that had originally purchased the cruise didn’t show up, and the driver still had to take the boat out as planned.  

And finally there is the now infamous Piglet debate.  For many years the Winnie the Pooh characters have been featured on items put out by Disney to celebrate Chanukah.  Unlike the big mugs and plates found in various Disney shop that I’m fairly certain have zilch to do with Chanukah.  A few years ago Piglet was always included, but now he’s nowhere to be found on these items.  You see, Piglet is a pig.  Well okay... not really, he’s a cartoon character that happens to be a talking stuffed animal pig.  In other words he’s twice removed from an actual pig - three times if you separate out the talking part.  However someone has it in their head that since Piglet is a pig (again... not so much) he’s not Kosher and therefore should not be depicted on a Jewish item.

As you can see there are a number of things that I feel connect Disney and Chanukah for me.  What about you?  Are you Jewish?  Have you celebrated Chanukah at WDW?  Would you like to?  50 ways to spin a dreidel...


Hanukkah Cruise Fireworks

Hanukkah Cruise

Lori and Todd

Osborne Lights

Pop Window 2010

Pop Window 2011

Pop!

Roaring Fork Hanukkah Party

Roaring Fork Hanukkah Party





#Santa Saturday



Twas the night before Christmas...



Have you been naughty or nice?
What did you ask Santa for?










Friday, December 23, 2011

Fashion Friday: Jafar and Ursula in Action

Hey guys and dolls! Trying to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to these Fashion Friday posts. So I present to you Jafar and Ursula as worn by me. Let me know how I look, ok?  I figured it was a good time to post these because of the HoliDaze theme of the pics I took.

Picture by Heather



Thursday, December 22, 2011

O' Disney Tree Thursday





















Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In the "World" Wednesday

Do you ever slow down while in the parks and just look around? You should.






Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Did you know...

I have a YouTube channel?! That's right! And I have a few Disney related vids on there including some HoliDaze related ones! Just go to http://www.youtube.com/drally and look around. When I decide to get brave enough to vlog (video blog) they will be posted here! :-)




Rankin Bass HoliDaze Movies

Ok so they're not Disney but can you imagine a Christmas without them?! I think not!!! So my 5 favorite Rankin/Bass specials are...

  1. Twas the Night Before Christmas
  2. Frosty the Snowman
  3. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
  4. Santa Clause is Comin to Town
  5. The Year Without a Santa Claus
Yep that pretty much makes the HoliDaze for me!  How about you? Or does claymation give you the willies?



Monday, December 19, 2011

#Disney HoliDaze Movie Monday

I like lists... Especially around this time of year when my head is all over the place! So in no particular order my top HoliDaze Disney Movies!

1. Nightmare Before Christmas- Creepy Halloween takes over cheery Christmas? YES please!


2. The Santa Clause- Tim Allen makes me laugh and I love the heart felt message of family.


3. Mickey's Christmas Carol- DUH! Besides it's a very short movie. :-)


4. Mickey's Once/Twice Upon a Christmas- Even though these are 2 separate movies I love to watch them back to back. So cute and full of fun mini-stories with all your fave Disney characters.


5. The Muppet Christmas Carol- DUH!!! Sorry that's rude of me. :-) But with a mix of great music, classic story and the MUPPETS this is a much watch.


6. Full Court Miracle- A Disney Channel Original about a basket ball team and the miracle of Hanukkah which is the festival of lights. (It'll make more sense if you watch it!)


7. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas: A in-between-quel of the classic movie. Tim Curry as a bad guy and a love story involving the HoliDaze!!!


8. Jim Carrey: A Christmas Carol- Warning this was dark and scary but really well done and magical in a very scary way!


9. Pluto's Christmas Tree- Ok ok it's not a movie but it makes me smile every single time!



So that's my list (of Disney) HoliDaze movies! What's on your list?