Thank You DisneyInYourDay.com for nominating me for a Liebster Award!
If only I could tell you when and where the award first appeared. No one seems to know. But, Liebste|Liebster (leeb-stir) is a German word that means favorite, dearest, or beloved.
As an award passed from one young blogger to another, the Liebster Award is a fun way to celebrate and share some of my favorite young blogs with you, and introduce you to the bloggers behind them.
The rules of the Liebster Award, as passed on to me:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions that they’ve asked
3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. Let your nominees know that you’ve chosen them with a Comment
Disney in Your Day had me stumped for a week and a half with these 11 questions — but, without further ado:
1. What is the first Disney movie you ever saw in theaters?
According to my mom, I was 1-2 years old when she took me to see Snow White. Given that I’m not 77 years old, I couldn’t quite piece that together until I read that after a re-release in 1944, Snow White was released repeatedly every decade or so (History.com). As the story goes, I spent more time crying in the lobby than I spent in the theater.
I wish I could remember the first Disney movie I saw after that. The most memorable to date is seeing The Lion King with my family at the Redwood Drive-In Theater. I was in tears by the end of the opening sequence/song, and my siblings haven’t let me live it down.
I guess Disney movies make me cry.
2. Who do you think makes the best “Disney couple” and why?
Belle (“Beauty”) and Beast.
In reality, relationships are work. In the beginning, Belle is frightened, confused, and frustrated by Beast. Only after sacrifice, struggle, patience, and kindness do they grow to see the good in each other. It’s “learning to love and earning the love of another (movies.Disney.com)” that frees Beast from the curse, and the prince is reunited with his princess.
3. If you could have a meet and greet with any character not normally found in the parks, who would it be?
I have to confess, I asked for Hubby’s help with this one — Ursula. I want to say I’ve seen a parade float version of Ursula, but I would absolutely love to see her make a villainous personal appearance in the parks.
4. If you were asked to be an Imagineer and had the chance to create one new attraction, what would you do?
Dang, girl. Another great question.
I would love to see regular park guests have an opportunity to be an honorary Disney princess or character, and meet and visit with a group of little fans. This is coming from a girl who would love to see a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for grown-up princesses.
5. If you met someone who had never watched any Disney movie, which one would you recommend they watch first? Tangled is wonderful for so many reasons. It’s rooted in a German fairy tale, and has so many of the Disney elements I love — a charming and loveable princess held captive by a villain, who enlists the help of a handsome young man to find her way to the ‘floating lights’ she feels drawn to, and who discovers she is the daughter of a king — born a princess.
With adventure, comedy, fantastic music, fun animal sidekicks, romance and a great villain, Tangled is one of my favorites.
6. Imagine someone gives you $500 to spend in a Disney park or Disney store. What would you spend it on?
I’d probably start in the galleries, where I’ve seen such beautiful paintings and prints for sale.
I also love Halloween and several of the Haunted Mansion inspired home decor items.
The little girl in me would still love to fill a room with micro playsets to create a whole Disney world.
7. What’s a fairy tale that hasn’t been turned into a Disney movie yet that you would like to see made into one? Although I don’t know if most would consider it a fairy tale, I love the story of “The Ugly Duckling.”
I’d also love to see a Disney adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel.”
8. What do you think Walt Disney would think of his company and the theme parks if he were alive today?
Overall, I think Walt Disney would be really pleased with his company and theme parks. The Disney parks are ever-evolving and growing, as he believed they would ‘as long as there was imagination left in the world.’ The parks are enchanting.
Each time I visit I have fun with and laugh with my kids, and feel that ‘happy excitement’ Walt Disney spoke of. I love leaving the real world outside for a world of dreams, hopes, imagination, and magic.
If anything, I wonder if he wouldn’t wish to see children participating in the process of innovation in unique ways.
9. Describe your perfect Disney meal (appetizer, entrée, dessert, and drink combination from any of the Disney restaurants/food stands/bars!)
°o° Drink: a Frozen Lemonade and a mug of LeFou’s Brew (Gaston’s Tavern, Magic Kingdom Park).
°o° Appetizer: Le Cellier’s Pretzel Bread (“Canada,” Epcot World Showcase). (Can I add an order of Poutine to that?)
°o° Entrée: I recently discovered Disneyland’s Café Orleans and the Monte Cristo — a deep-fried ham, Swiss, and turkey sandwich dusted with powdered sugar and served with berry purée. In other words, pure yum.
°o° Dessert: I loved the Double Chocolate Bread Pudding Soufflé at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney District in Anaheim. It is so worth the 25 minutes it takes to prepare.
10. Aside from Disney World, what’s your favorite place to visit?
Disney parks aside for a moment, Ireland is absolutely beautiful.
11. And finally…what’s your favorite Disney related memory?
Visiting Disneyland for the first time with my own son was a wonderful experience.
Briefly meeting Warwick Davis at Disneyland and getting his autograph was a memorable experience when I was young.
And, because I loved Michael Jackson as a young girl, seeing Captain EO for the first time at Disneyland was a favorite Disney moment for me.
All great questions from Disney in Your Day!
Coming up with 11 questions of my own was super hard. I finally decided on these 11 questions:
1. Name 3 things you’re passionate about.
2. What’s one thing you’re naturally good at|that comes fairly easily to you?
3. (It’s such a great question, I’m really eager to hear your answer.) If you were asked to be an Imagineer and had the chance to create one new attraction, what would you do?
4. What’s item #1 on your ‘bucket list?’
5. If you could invite one living person to dinner a) who would it be, and b) what one question would you want their answer to?
6. If you were the ruler of the country|world, what new law would you create?
7. How would you describe a perfect day?
8. If you could try any job for a day, what would you like to do?
9. Which holiday(s) do you decorate your home for?
10. If you had limitless resources, what would you invent?
11. How would you change your current home to become your dream home?
I did my best to abide by rule #3 of the Liebster Award (Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers), but how can you really tell how many followers a blog has?
I’ve nominated the following 11 blogs|bloggers because I really like something about them and would love to share them with you. When it comes to them being a young blogger I’m totally guessing, but IMHO these are definitely 11 blogs to watch.
The nominations have gone out:
4 The Love of Animals
Among the Young
Dresses ‘n Messes
Feeding A Dozen
Gifts We Use
Her Tool Belt
Home By Heidi
Laura’s Crafty Life
Lida Mathews Photography
Not Picture Perfect
Somethin’ Outta Nothin’