Good Life

Because of this promotional video (commercial) that One Republic made for Disney and because my kids sang this over and over again all throughout our time in Disney World recently, this song “Good Life” will forever make me thing of that magical place. I really would love to live close to Disney World someday so we could go there more often but some think it’s best not to go there too much because it would take away from the specialness of the experience. I’m not sure. Yes, I know Disney has become a slick money-grabbing machine but there’s something amazing there because it taps into our inner child and brings back memories of our youth as well as creates new ones with our children for the future. It’s the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth.
Note: I love the part where the band recreates the famous Abbey Road street crossing that the Beatles did…only this time it’s at Disney World and some characters join them. :)

 

Free Apps for Your Next Trip to Disney World


I took the family to Disney World for spring break 2011 and it was even better than expected. Maybe it was because the kids were a little older this time (ages 12, 8 & 5) or maybe it was merely experience paying off, but all I know is that we had the times of our lives. I also think all of the free iPhone apps that we used made things so much easier this time and saved us a great deal of time and headaches. Here’s a round-up of the best free apps that I used during this trip. I used a few way more than others, but really you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Quick tip: Besides using MouseSavers.com, you should also try to call the Disney Dining reservations hotline (1-407-WDWDINE) every day for helpful suggestions for places to dine. They are especially helpful for scheduling meals with Disney characters for autographs and photo ops with the children. We got extremely fortunate one morning when we learned that someone had cancelled their meeting with Cinderella at the Magic Kingdom which requires reservations at least six months in advanced! It became the highpoint of our trip as our 5 year-old Rachel got to meet Cinderella and all of the princesses at breakfast (we did too!). Here she is on her Belle costume and in the elevator on her way there.

 

Free Disney World Apps
What 2 Ride
This was my most used app. It quickly displays all of the things you can do and ride for each park.

Disney Ride Counter
This is a fun app because it keeps track of which rides you’ve all ridden and how many times. Good way not to miss any must-rides.

Point Inside is a unique map app because it shows the layout of interiors such as malls and airports

Disney Checklist

Radio Disney

Downtown Disney Maps

Disney World Maps (VersaEdge)

Disney World Park Hours

Disney wait times, Dining & Maps  (Undercover tourist)

Disney Wait Times (VersaEdge)

Disney Movies

Disney Lines

WDW Radio

 

Free Games
These free Disney themed games will come in handy if you install them on an iPad. It can keep the kiddies quiet and occupied during long drives.

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Epic Mickey

Tangled Game

Disney Fairies Fly Lite

Toy Story 3 game

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose

Alice in Wonderland

Mouse Trivia – Disney Edition

Tron

Have a safe drive and enjoy every moment you spend at Disney World, it truly is a magical place.

Cinderella

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Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella” is a strong contender for record of the year at this year’s Dove Awards on 4/23/2009 which is the Christian world’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. It’s a poignant and extremely touching reminder for all us dads on how quickly our precious little cinderellas grow up. In the blink of an eye we’re tucking in our little angels and then we find ourselves walking them down the aisle to give them away to someone who will replace you as the man in their life.

The song has taken on much more meaning because of the tragic event that took place not long after its release when Steven’s 16 year-old son accidentally ran over his 5 year-old sister on their driveway. Sadly, she died from her injuries and the family went into shock. Everyone that heard the news was saddened by the tragedy. She was adopted and extremely happy and loved. The family has had to rely on their strong faith in the aftermath.

Here’s Steven talking about how his daughters (including his precious Maria Sue) inspired him to write such a wonderful song.

Here’s the music video for the unforgettable song. All dads need to watch this and listen to it often.

CINDERELLA
She spins and she sways to whatever song plays,
Without a care in the world.
And I’m sittin’ here wearin’ the weight of the world on my shoulders.
It’s been a long day and there’s still work to do,
She’s pulling at me saying “Dad I need you!
There’s a ball at the castle and I’ve been invited and I need to practice my dancin'”
“Oh please, daddy, please!”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song,
Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of the dress
She says “Dad, the prom is just one week away,
And I need to practice my dancin'”
“Oh please, daddy, please!”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Ohh-oh ohh-oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song,
Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone
She will be gone.

Well, she came home today
With a ring on her hand
Just glowin’ and tellin’ us all they had planned
She says “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
but I need to practice my dancin'”
“Oh please, daddy please!”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Ohh-oh ohh-oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song,
(even one song)
Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone