Author: Angie Harris

Professional social influencer attacking adventures, searching for amazing food and finding new friends.  Home in Branson, MO or exploring Disney, I am searching for deals, finding new experiences and sharing stories along the way.

Creating Disney Magic

Discovering ways that your family can create their own magic will transform your Disney vacation into an enchanting Disney adventure that your children will never forget! Creating Disney magic is easier than you think!


One time when my baby duck and I were vacationing at Disney by ourselves, she had an amazing idea; she wrote a note that read “Your wish is on me.” and placed it on the side of Cinderella’s fountain along with several pennies. We then found a place in the distance where we could sit and watch. Some guests took a picture, others pointed out the note and pennies to people around them, and a few just picked up a penny and made a wish. One sweet lady was emotional and teary-eyed as she read the note. Every person responded differently to the act of kindness and the experience was unforgettable!


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The characters have a demanding job. They are required to constantly smile, take an interest in every person, and create lasting memories for the gazillion daily guests! Why not return the favor and create some magic for them? Present small gifts such as handmade pictures, jewelry (like macaroni necklaces), or candy. The cast is not allowed to keep expensive items so keep your tokens simple. The important thing is to provide an opportunity for your family to do something nice for someone else. Spreading magic is fun for even the smallest of Disney visitors.


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It’s my Party!

Disney provides their guests with free personalized buttons celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the last chemo treatment, or anything your heart desires to celebrate. When you spot people wearing buttons, it is fun to call them by name and offer congratulations. Little princes and princesses love this, especially when they are dressed up and addressed as their character. For example, ‘Happy Birthday, Cinderella’!


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When you see a family taking a group photo, offer to take it for them so everyone can be in the shot. My favorite way of creating Disney magic is to photobomb other people’s pictures. Smiling, of course!


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You light up my life!

Papa Bear LOVES to take our little ones shopping for fun light up toys for the parade which is a big deal for him and them. However, when you are staying seven nights and have 6 grands, the light up money runs out very quickly. We buy plenty of glow sticks at the dollar store before we leave home and our grands have a great time to share with other children! You can also buy light up disney themed bubble wands at department stores like Walmart.


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Flying Solo

When you notice a single guest in line for a ride, invite them to be part of your group, share seats, and make a new friend!


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Blooming Surprise

Our biggest surprise came when someone sent flowers to us at Disney World. Our plane had been canceled and we were stuck at the airport with no hope of getting to our Disney family trip before it ended. Out of thousands of people stranded that day, we met the sweetest couple ever. After twenty-four hours, we managed to get a plane to Orlando just in time to make our family dinner reservation at Ohana. To our total surprise, a beautiful bouquet of flowers decorated the table when we arrived, sent by our new friends! A month later, I ran into the husband again at a different airport while on my way to a work convention. It really is a small world after all.


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Thank you to my sweet airport friends for the flowers. We will never forget you!

The Disney parks offer many opportunities for your little ones to share their giving hearts. Taking the extra time and effort to create your own magic while planning your Disney trip will truly be an exciting and remarkable experience for your family!

P.S.  After posting this blog my Disney loving friend Amanda Wilbourn shared her family’s magical activity.  Here is her description:

“My kids spend every day at Disney taking note of cast members who go above and beyond to create magic, help us out, or just engage them in conversation.  At the end of the day, we go to City Hall and film out exemplary service forms for each cast member.  We love this tradition and it’s almost like a treasure hunt for the kids.  They are actively focused on finding the good in other people and ‘rewarding’ them for it.”

She suggests that when you do this remember exactly where they were working, what time of day it was and be sure and get their name. Thank you, friend Amanda for sharing your awesome tradition of creating Disney magic. If you enjoy visiting with other Disney friends, please join us on Going Out The Door Disney Facebook page.

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Clothesline

Pros and Cons of Using a Clothesline

The Pros and Cons of using a clothesline

Why in the world would anyone hang their clothes on a clothesline?  I remember growing up and staying at my Grandma Ruby’s house.  She had a washing machine that had a wringer on the top of it.  My uncles would tell me horror stories about people losing arms, their head, and even their lives!!!!  I had tremendous respect for that machine and walked as far away from it as I could get.  When Grandma would finish the ‘wershing’ part, we would all go outside to hang the clothes up to dry.  (She had sunflowers near the clothesline that reached all the way up to the sky.  They were even taller than my grandmother!)

Hanging laundry still brings me some sort of peace and happiness inside.  But are there any benefits to hanging your clothes to dry?

Clothesline Pros

  1. Dryers beat your clothes up and reduce the life span  
  2. Energy savings = vacation bucks!
  3. Sun kills bacteria
  4. Staines get bleached out
  5. Smells like the sun
  6. Burns more calories to hang laundry on a clothesline than it does to dump them into the dryer
  7. Teaches your children that there is more than one way to accomplish a goal and to be more self-reliant.  

Clothesline Cons

  1. Even though the sun kills bacteria if it is humid outside and you do not let your clothes dry all the way you may have more bacteria.  They have to dry completely! 
  2. Bright colored clothes will fade if you put them in the direct sunlight.  They need to dry in the shade with a lot of wind.
  3. Pollen will stick to your clothes
  4. Smells like the sun
  5. Clothes are crunchy
  6. HOA says no

At our home, we hang clothes to dry inside on a drying rack in the winter, and it seems to add a little water back into the air.  We aim the air purifier on the clothes rack, and it helps the clothes dry out faster.   During the summer, we put that same rack on the deck for when the weather is iffy.  

My entire adult life, I have wanted a clothesline like my Grandma Rubys, and this spring, my husband and his friend made me one of my very own.   Ya, there are times I put the towels in the dryer to make them soft and so I can smell the dryer sheets.  But, mostly, I hang laundry out to dry just because it makes me happy. 

Shrek the Musical, Branson, MO

Shrek the Musical

It was nearly 20 years ago when Shrek, the monstrous ogre made his debut on the big screen and showed us what it meant to fall in love.   Today, there’s a new swamp in town, Shrek the Musical can be found at the beautiful Welk Theatre in Branson, MO and it’s bringing all the feels.  

Better out than in, I always say!

The musical version of Shrek answers many questions and takes a different path in the life of our favorite ogre and the community of characters that surround him.  It brings out a lot of emotions and character development for two of our favorite characters, Shrek and Princess Fiona.  The surprise is the emotional investment that expands to included many other lovable and annoying characters. 

We learn that the 7-year-old Shrek and Princess Fiona had similar horrific childhood experiences. The backstory of Lord Farquaad will take you deep into a mine where they unearth nuggets of information that explains many disturbing qualities of the little guy.  

Well, let me put it this way, Princess – men of Farquaad’s stature are in short supply.

There’s no doubt the main characters were fantastic and beyond expectations.  Shrek, played by Logan Edris, is believable and does a fabulous job both musically and acting. He lit up each time Princess Fiona, played by Aubrey Reece, took the stage.  Aubrey’s facial expressions, confidence, and enthusiasm is captivating and pulls the audience into the story.  The two together are a perfect match. 

My mouth was open and everything!

Donkey, oh my, Donkey!  Kenneth Washington takes Donkey to many levels of humor, and before a word comes out of his mouth, you can feel the laughter brewing in the audience.  

But for me, the biggest shocker was Lord Farquaad and Dragon.  I don’t want to spoil the experience for you but let it suffice to say, the ‘little’ Lord had tears rolling down my face, and it’s worth the price of admission to see any single scene that includes the spoiled young man. 

Dragon had a different situation because she is a giant and stunning puppet.  When Mesa Mitchel stepped up as the fire-breathing love interest of Donkey, both visually and vocally, I was stunned.  WOW!  Mesa had the hardest job in the entire show and BAM!!!  She owned it!

The fairy tale misfits were delightful.  The powerful voice of Gingerbread Man, the curious growing nose of Pinocchio and the darling three bears are just a few of the smashing ‘extra’s in the performance.  I was not expecting to connect with dancing pigs or the tooth fairy, but it was just another layer of surprise in a night full of parfaits.  

What’s up Duloc?

The song, ‘What’s up Duluc?’ is a perfect example of musical numbers in the performance that added understanding too many characters. Even the citizens of Duloc that served the hypocritical master, Lord Farquaad are developed during a song.  

There are many numbers that you will want to hear over and over.  Your children will go home singing one specific little diddy for sure, and they will peal with laughter every time they sing it.  (No spoilers)

Music provides an opportunity for the cast to be more playful and creative and develop their characters’ quirks and flaws. 

I like that boulder; it’s a nice boulder!

The sets were not massive or overwhelming but pleasant.  They were relatively simple, but they helped to set the scene.  The story was able to progress without much distraction and allowed me to focus on the backstory of the characters.   

There are 25 cast members who all have unique to their character costumes.  Each piece seemed to tell part of their story and made me want to know more about them individually.  

This is the part where you run away!

Run, don’t walk to get your tickets to see this show.  Shrek, the Musical in Branson, MO, is like a parfait.  Many levels of delightfully unexpected, thought-provoking, one-of-a-kind flavors. 

Shows are during the summer through August 10, 2019.

p.s.  Be sure and stay in your seat for the wedding party.  I’m a believer!