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Fantasmic! 20th Anniversary Annual Passholder Event–GIVEAWAY!!!

Fantasmic! opened on May 13, 1992, which doesn’t really seem possible to me, since I still consider it a “new-ish” show. I mean I also consider Splash Mountain (Fall 1992) to be new-ish and Indiana Jones Adventure (Spring 1995) to be really new-ish, so basically what I’m saying is that my Disneyland brain froze in 1991 and everything afterwards is new.

And when “new” means 21 years…well let’s not think about that too hard.

Anyway, Disneyland threw an Annual Passholder-exclusive event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fantasmic! and I got to go on Monday the 14th. (the other dates are the 15th, 21st, and 22nd)

A celebratory banner not exclusive to the AP event

This event was similar to the Soundsational AP Event in that it was open only to annual passholders who had RSVP’d in advance. We could get our wristbands anytime after noon, but the event actually started at 10pm and went to 1am with a showing of Fantasmic! at 11:30. Only Frontierland, Adventureland, and New Orleans Square were open for attractions.

And the show’s actual name is Fantasmic! with the exclamation point, so I’m not just throwing! that! in! there! for! fun! Because that’s irritating.

Other fun things about the Fantasmic! event are the commemorative t-shirts

The commemorative t-shirt, featured by my excellent photography

and a hoodie with the same design. It was quite cool, and the silver parts were all sparkly and stuff, but I’m cheap and it was expensive, and besides, black shirts just show all the dog hair leftover from this guy:

Digory the beagle

The other exclusive merchandise available was the popcorn bucket, which is the subject of the GIVEAWAY!!! See below.

There was also special food!

See if you can read this!

If you can’t read it, the menu was:

Churro Cart (Frontierland, New Orleans Square): Churro with Spicy Chocolate Sauce
French Market: Popcorn Shrimp Basket with Slaw, French Dip Sandwich with N’Orleans Chips, Apple Yam Salad, Fantasmic! Cupcake
The Golden Horseshoe:  Premium Chili Cheese Dog
Harbor Gallery: Premium Chili Cheese Dog, Bacon Mac-n-Cheese Dog
Lemonade Cart (New Orleans Square): Cinnamon Rolls
Mint Julep Bar: Blueberry Blast Drink
Popcorn Cart (Frontierland, New Orleans Square): Souvenir Popcorn Bucket
River Belle Terrace: Open Face Turkey Sandwich, Open Face New York Steak Sandwich, Fantasmic! Cupcake
Ship to Shore: Cinnamon Rolls
Royal Street Veranda: Apple Fritters
Stage Door Cafe: Chili Cheese Corn Dog
Bengal Barbecue: Berry Brownie Skewer, Chocolate Crispy Skewer

So basically the food ran the gamut from “Yum!” to “Uh, really?”

Now I know what you’re thinking–I went straight for the churro with spicy chocolate sauce, right? Well…I didn’t. I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods, and I didn’t know how spicy the spice was going to be, and the lines were long.

The skewers at the Bengal BBQ were almost identical to the ones from One More Disney Day, so I’m just going to recycle that picture here:

In this picture, it’s marshmallows between the crispies, but at the Fantasmic! event it was berries

Cause you know, digital photography, gotta save the film. Heh.

What I ended up going for was the Chili Cheese Corn Dog.

They had these really fancy, cool-looking signs

Once I saw the corn dog, I began to doubt my ability to actually eat it.

I’m kind of getting heartburn just looking at it

As you might have guessed from the picture, it was a corn dog covered in chili and cheese with fries on the side. And as a reminder, these are the same hand-dipped corn dogs you can get from the corn dog cart on Main Street. Anyway, at this point it was 10:30 and the viewing area for the Fantasmic! show (at 11:30) was filling up fast, so I figured I better go stake out a spot while I ate. So I did. With a giant corn dog. Slathered in chili. Standing up.

It was not, shall we say, graceful. Luckily it was dark.

The corn dog was indeed a bit much for me. I got about halfway through it before I had to throw it away. It tasted pretty much like what you’d expect a giant hand-dipped corn dog with chili and cheese to taste like. I had also considered the Mac-n-Cheese hot dog, but that looked even more intimidating than the corn dog. Anyway, so I ate half of it.

Here’s a picture of one of the Fantasmic! balloons decorating the area!

I also wanted a cupcake, but after the show they were sold out–boo. I did check out the cinnamon roll.

I actually tried to get a cast member to sell me one of these little signs because they look so awesome, but he refused and looked at me like I was crazy

The cinnamon rolls were the size of my head. I’m not joking. Well, if my head were flat and cinnamon roll-shaped.

Covered in red frosting

Did I mention the food was available starting at 4:00? Because the food was available starting at 4:00.

I also wanted the Blueberry Blast Drink, which had some kind of light up flashing ice cube thing in it that looked really cool, but the line was long after the show was over and I was kind of ready to go to bed.

The show itself was amazing, but I’ll cover that in my next post. Here’s a sneak peek.


It was actually quite crowded. Much more crowded than I remember the Soundsational event being.

New Orleans Square right after the show

I don’t know why. Maybe they let in more people, or just the area is different than the Fantasyland layout they used for the Soundsational event, but we were much more packed in.

Looking toward Adventureland

I’ll be honest–I was a little disappointed. I really had hoped that with an AP-only crowd, it would be easier to get a good spot for the show without waiting too long, and I’d get a chance to ride some of the rides, but that really didn’t happen.

Well, I mean I chose not to ride the rides–I thought about the Haunted Mansion but there was a long line right after the show. I mean basically “right after the show” is the time period I’m talking about, since I’m getting old and midnight is starting to push my limit (except for One More Disney Day).

The crowd did thin out quite a bit in Adventureland after the mass exodus from the show cleared, about 12:30ish, but the Jungle Cruise, which I wanted to go on, was closed.

On my way out

All-in-all I had a good time. A bit disappointed by the crowds, but the opening of Fantasmic! was really cool, and I actually haven’t seen the show in years, so that was fun as well.

Oh yeah, and POPCORN BUCKETS!!!

There’s a special popcorn bucket, available only on the 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd for Fantasmic! And guess what? I got one for you! here it is!

Correction–I got two for you! One I’m going to give away right now, the other I’ll give away some time next week.

When next week?

You’ll have to keep checking! The easiest thing to do would be to subscribe using the link on the right, or just liking MYWTM on Facebook.

To enter, leave a comment here saying, “I! Love! Fantasmic!” Don’t forget to use a legitimate email address.

Giveaway ends Thursday, May 17 at 11:59pm PST. Good luck!


D23 Bag O’Swag Giveaway!

Is it time for a D23 Bag O’Swag giveaway?

Yes! Yes it is!

Now you can feel like you attended D23 too! Without the lines! And lots of exclamation points!!!

I’m sure you’re dying to know what you will be winning. Keep in mind that I scoured the floor of the Expo looking for free stuff just for you, because I love you that much. You’re welcome.

First up, a reusable bag from Little Golden Books. Did you know Disney owns Little Golden Books? Well they do, and you can shop in style with this save-the-world shopping bag. This complementary two-tone jute bag features a flat bottom for easy loading and two securely attached handles for carrying in the hand or over the shoulder. The people behind you in line at Target will seethe with jealousy as you get your 5 cent discount with this bag.

The G knows how to read--I'm impressed!


Next up, also from the Little Golden Books booth, a set of three cards with the covers of Disney Little Golden Books, suitable for framing. They also come with a bonus coupon code on the back, and that my friends, is worth winning the contest just by itself. If you are in the market for Little Golden Books.

Extremely cute

Thinking of traveling out into the grasslands? Well it will be impossible to lose your bags with these D23 commemorative 3D Lion King luggage tags! Say “hakuna matata” to all your lost luggage worries with these tags, rendered in spectacular 3D with a secure sleeve for your personal information. If you just can’t wait to be king, you’ll travel in style with these bad boys. “But Shelby, there’s only one in the picture!” FEAR NOT dear readers, there are two of them and YOU will be getting them both.

It's our problem-free philosophy!

If the Lion King luggage tag wasn’t enough to satisfy your inner hyena, the Disney Movie Rewards club gives you a Lion King limited edition lithograph! I don’t know how limited this edition was, but I’m pretty sure it’s very special. Suitable for framing, this lithograph features Simba and Nala feeling the love tonight. And you’ll feel the love too!

Wait, that kind of came out wrong

Is it possible that there could be even MORE amazing stuff? YES!!! Straight from the UT Grand Prix 2011 Mickey By the World Mickey t-shirt design contest–four cards of winning entries! I know that sounded confusing, so I’ll translate–there was a t-shirt design contest and these cards are the designs that won.

But wait–there’s more!

Each card is signed by the artist. No way? I KNOW!!! These heirloom quality cards depict the depth of potential in Mickey Mouse art. Suitable for framing.

These were actually super-cool


Also from the Disney Movie Club, two tattoos (temporary) of Mickey and Pluto going all wild on their skateboards. Mickey is appropriately wearing his helmet, but you’ll have to have a talk with your child about how Pluto is a dog and doesn’t need his helmet but if I ever catch you riding a skateboard without yours you’ll never see the skateboard again, got it Mister? Also, there’s a pirate elephant decal! No safety lesson in that one.

Stickers, tattoos, and a safety lesson

Dying to know what the Mouse-in-Law’s Fantasyland expansion will look like when its done? Just feast your eyes on this snazzy extra-long postcard. It probably costs more to mail than a regular sized postcard, but that won’t matter because you won’t want to let this one go! Suitable for framing.

Limited Edition! (not really)

And now, the pièce de résistance. Drumroll please……………

At the toy booths for Princesses and Cars, there were two raffles for real prizes. Princess dolls and Cars figures were raffled off to many lucky visitors. And because I love you so much, I give you…


That’s right–not one, but TWO raffle tickets that were complete losers! You’ll feel like a real car-driving princess* as you gaze upon these two non-winning tickets, suitable for framing. Approximate retail value: $0.00.

This Bag O’Swag prize will surely make you the envy of whoever cares about this kind of thing, and I know you will want to get your hands on it ASAP.

*Your mileage may vary


There are multiple ways to win!

1) Leave a comment on this entry telling me what you would like to see me blog about next.

2) Like MYWTM on Facebook and leave a comment here, if you already like MYWTM, leave a comment saying so.

3) Harass and bully  Encourage your friends into liking MYWTM on Facebook. They must leave a comment there or here with your name.

4) Post about MYWTM on your Facebook page including a link to this site or to any specific entry. Report back here when you’re done–Mouse’s honor on this one!

That’s it! Good luck!

Contest ends Thursday, August 25th, 11:59pm Pacific time.

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you, everyone, for entering MYWTM’s giveaway! I gave everyone a number and plugged it into Random.org, and the winner is…


Amalia Hernandez!

Congratulations, Amalia! Send me an email at MyYearWithTheMouse@gmail.com or through Facebook to claim your mouse ears. And thanks everyone else for playing!


Do I love my followers? I do!!! And maybe it’s the glass of wine speaking, but I’d like more wine. Or maybe it’s that I’m high on Peeps (thanks Mom!), but I’m feeling the love tonight and I want to share it with you.

The love, not the Peeps or wine. Because both are gone. Sorry.

Anyway, I want to give you a present. Yes, YOU! Well, only one of you. But it could be you!

Long ago I announced that I would give a pair of mouse ears to a Facebook follower once I reaching 125 followers. Sad to say that I kinda forgot about it, but I promise not to flake this time. Really. I promise.

And not only a set of mouse ears–I will personally give you TWO sets of mouse ears. That’s right–TWO! One for you and one for that other person you want to impress. I don’t mind if you say “I paid someone to go to Disneyland to buy these mouse ears for you because I love you and will you marry me?” I mean, if you don’t want to disclose that you got the ears for free, who am I to judge? And I hope you have a lovely wedding.

PLUS! I will actually wait for the cast members to embroider your name on the back. Life was so much simpler, and faster, when the cast members did their own hat writing (did you know that the hat writing sewing machines only went in two directions? Down and to the side? Hat writing cast members had to learn how to write names both inside-out and backwards while shoving the hat through the machine. Now it’s all pre-programmed, which is a bit on the lame side. But anyway…).

The good news is that there are more than one way to enter. That’s right! It’s like getting two lottery tickets for the price of one, but even better is that the price of one is free. Incidentally, if you already have mouse ears, you can get them for your friends or anyone else you want to impress. Talk about a great 4th of July gift.

ANYway, here’s how it goes. I’m going to count up the comments here, so if you don’t leave a comment on this thread, it doesn’t count. Comment link is in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Here’s the ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite MYWTM post to date

2) Like me on Facebook and leave me a comment saying you did so. If you’re already one of my Facebook friends, just leave me a comment saying that you are.

3) Convince a friend to visit this blog. When they leave a comment, they can name themselves AND you and you’re both entered in the drawing. Some sample conversation starters: “Hi–let me tell you about this awesome blog I follow–My Year With The Mouse.” or “Hey baby, what’s your sign? Have you heard about this blog, My Year With The Mouse?” or  “Do you come here often? You should read this blog, My Year With The Mouse, so I can win some free mouse ears. And also, can I buy you a drink?” or  “OMG, that outfit is so adorable and it totally makes your butt look small! Leave a comment on My Year With The Mouse so I can win free stuff.” Feel free to vary according to relationship and/or circumstance. Your mileage may vary.

4) Convince a friend to Like me on Facebook and have them leave a comment with both their name and yours. It’s kind of like #3 but with that vital social media outlet tie-in.

I mean really, at the end of the day, don’t we all want to be Liked? I think it’s no coincidence that Facebook used the word Like to denote association with other people including your mom’s cousin’s sister’s dog’s former owner who totally want to hear about the distinct minutae of your life.

Contest is open until midnight Pacific time on Monday, May 2nd. Remember–the more people you can bully/intimidate/convince to read the blog and like me on Facebook, the higher your chances are of winning!

You may already be a winner! If you already entered. Although unfortunately, I’m not going to show up on your doorstep with a bunch of balloons and a ridiculously giant oversized check you will never be able to actually cash. Also, Ed McMahon will not be announcing the winner. I hope you can live with that.

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