Disney Pin Collecting

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As most of us already know, Disney is HUGE with pin trading. Well, some folks, like me, don’t trade. :) I am super needy with my pin collection and never have traded. My thoughts on trading are…why pay the high price for a pin and later trade it for a pin that might not be as equal value? That’s just me though!

I (Madison) have been collecting Disney pins since Disney first started the Disney pin trading back in the year 2000. Was 8 years old at the time. Since our family takes a trip to Walt Disney World every year, I come home with no less than 10 pins each trip, sometimes more… ALOT more, but who’s counting right? :)

I started off with the lanyards and such,but due to my collection growing tremendously, I graduated to putting my pins in “pin books” which you can now find at any pin station on Disney property.
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My favorite place to shop for pins is at ” Disney’s Pin Tarders” at Downtown Disney and under the Sorcerer hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park.


I now have 5 books full of pins that won’t close properly, because of how full they are. I have over 600 pins in my collection now and don’t plan on stopping my collection anytime soon. It’s just too much fun! reliving each trip through my pins is what make it worth it for me!

Here are just a “few” of my pages from my pin books…

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This is just one of my Disney collections. What are yours?


New runDisney Race Weekend

Runners Assemble!


Registration: March 25, 2014

 ”Break out your inner Super Hero and team up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes during the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at the Disneyland® Resort.”

Highlights of the weekend:
On course entertainment, Pasta Party, Post race party/entertainment,post race refreshments (one of my favorites) and of course the INAGURAL BLING (finisher medal)!

Half Marathon:  Nov. 16, 2014 Race start at 5:30am Through Disneyland Resort

5K: Nov. 15, 2014 @ 5:30am Through Disneyland Resort

Kids Races: Nov. 15, 2014 @ 9:00am Trough Downtown Disney
For kids from 12 months-8 years of age! (different distances)
I personally love the race for  the 12 month old baby’s.. “Diaper Dash” it’s just too cute! :)

Post Race Entertainment: After crossing the finish-line Disneyland Park will remain open for all runners and their family and friends until

Pasta in the Park Party: Nov. 14, 2014 from 6:00pm-7:30pm @ Disney’s California Adventure Park. Buffet dinner! Great way to meet new runner friends, enjoy great pre-race carbo loading, and even hang out with some characters.

Expo: ANDddd… of course it would’nt be a proper race weekend without the famous runDisney Expo! Avengers Half weekend expo will be on Friday Nov. 15 and Saturday Nov. 16th.

You can find full detailed information at runDisney.com

Festival of Fantasy Parade floats and costumes debut at Disney!


It has been quite a while since we have posted. So, sorry about that. We have had way too much going on. The posting must go on, so we are back and ready to share some awesome information with you.


As most of you may know the Festival of Fantasy Parade as been a work in progress for quite some time now. We have followed the progress of this parade and can’t wait to see it make its debut next month. We will be there to see it, will you?

Here are a couple of videos of what is to come with the parade:

First video is all about the new costumes that are coming with this parade. They are absolutely AMAZING!

Second, video is all about the new floats for Festival of Fantasy. :) So, elaborate and cool!



Have a MAGICAL DAY everybody and we will see ya real soon. :)

SANAA at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village

Hello, everybody! We hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!

As we are getting back in the swing of things, and TONS of Disney vacays are starting to get closer for many of us, we wanted to take the time to give you some info on SANAA at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village. Like we have mensioned several times before, Kidani Village is our (The Eads family) “Home” DVC resort and we love it! We have not had the chace to experience this restaurant experience as a family yet, but Trent and I (Madison) had the pleasure of dining at SANAA during our Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend trip back in October of 2013.    sanaa

SANAA, is an experience of African cooking with an Indian flare. This restaurant is very family friendly and very cozy I might add. You have a compete savanna view on one side of the restaurant, for viewing the African wildlife that roam freely. Absolutely beautiful place to dine! I would say be sure to make your reservation around sunset, this place lights up like no other during a beautiful Florida sunset. DSC01758DSC01759

Price ranges for SANAA are fairly reasonable, compared to other Restaurant experiences in Disney as most of us know. $15- $29.99 per adult. They also take the Disney Dining Plan.



The cuisine at SANAA is quite different from what most of us are used to, but you will NOT be let down by anything on this menu, trust me! SANAA Menu



Here is what we ordered…. we decided to share several things instead of each having one meal a piece. We left full, satisfied, and got to try quite a bit…. as this picture implies :) runDisney 023

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Indian-style Bread Service
Choice of Three Breads – Traditional Naan, Garlic-Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kucha, or Pappadum. Choice of Three Accompaniments – Red Chile Sambal, Cucumber Raita, Coriander Chutney, Mango Chutney, Coconut Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, or Tamarind Chutney

Salad Sampler
Choice of Three Salads: Chickpeas with Cucumber and Tomato; Watermelon, Cucumber and Fennel; Kachumbari; Mango; or Bhel Puri   7.49

Tandoori Chicken
served with Seasonal Slaw and Coriander Khichdi

Shahi Tukra
“Indian-style” Bread Pudding with Spiced Vanilla Sauce
5.49 ( if your’re a bread pudding lover like Trent and I, this is a must!!)

Well, I hope this helps some of you with dining choices :) Have a Magical day ya’ll!!

Saving Mr. Banks Movie Excitement!

saving-mr-banks-poster“When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise-one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.” Continue reading

Local newspaper’s story about the Eads family @ Christmas

The Eads’ Disney-themed Christmas


– For many families, the big Christmas gift this year will be a trip to Disney World.

Shhh! Don’t tell!

Some parents have visions of a surprise vacation dancing in their heads.

Most people have seen the somewhat hysterical yet hard-to-watch YouTube of the kids who would rather go to Uncle Dick’s house and even start crying (and not tears of magical joy) when their parents drop the pixie dust bomb.

Of course, sometimes it goes fantastically right and is the stuff dreams are made of.

For the Tim and Lorri Eads’ family in Northport, a trip to Disney World is second nature. So much so, that the family offers their services as the Tuscaloosa County Disney Travel Agency.

“We’ve had families sit down with us at our kitchen table, and we map out a plan for them to go to Disney World,” said Lorri Eads, who first attended Disney World when she was 10 years-old. “I would not want to go there for Christmas, however, because it is too crowded.”

Admitting that she and her family (husband Tim, son Marshall, daughter Madison and Madison’s boyfriend Trent Lesley) are traditional Disney World visitors, Eads said the family has been to the land of magic the week after Christmas.

“We’ve celebrated the New Year there before,” Lorri said.

The Eads’ family has planned their next Disney World adventure during Spring Break in 2014.

The Eads’ couple has two grown children (Madison and Marshall). Madison Eads is a senior majoring in Elementary Education at the University of Alabama, and Marshall is a senior at Tuscaloosa County High School. He is an outstanding football offensive lineman and is expected to play at the next level. He is being recruited by several universities and colleges.

“We took Madison to Disney when she was four years-old,” Lorri said. “Marshall started going with us when he was 5 years-old.”

The Eads’ family is members of the Disney Vacation and Dining Club.

“It’s sort of like timeshare,” Lorri said. “We build up points, so when we go now we have a suite of rooms that will sleep nine people. It is free. It would cost us about $820.00 per night if it wasn’t for us being members of the Clubs.”

They stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge on the Disney World property.

“Our children have always loved it,” she said. “Walt Disney is one of my husband’s heroes.”

Lorri Eads said they try to take another family each time they go.

“Otherwise, they would not be able to go,” she said.

The Eads’ family home is decorated with Disney World characters each Christmas. Some displays continue year around. The Christmas tree has Disney characters on every tree limb. The living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms each have its own special theme, she said.

Most of the Disney mementoes have been collected over the years, but a lot of the memorabilia came from the collection of Nelson and the late-Vera Dowdle of Northport.

“When Ms. Vera passed away she left us her Disney collection,” Lorri said. “We’ve sold some items for her husband, and we still have some for sale.”

It is not surprising that one bedroom is decorated in “Snow White,” another room in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a kitchen with a “Beauty and the Beast” and “Lady and the Tramp,” theme. Tim Eads also has 51 cookie jars around the house with Disney characters as the theme. Some of those jars came from the late Ms. Vera Dowdle.

“We have seen everything at Disney World,” Lorri said. “We have not gone on one of the Disney cruises. That’ll be a plan one day.”

But, the Eads’ family never tires of going to Disney or to decorate their home for Christmas with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, etc.

It’s a tradition the Eads’ family started.

“We made our children promise that the tradition continue when they settle down with their own families,” she said.

— with Lorri Marshall Eads.

**We are truly blessed with what God has given us in this life! We could not thank him enough for the many blessings of each Disney experience he has allowed us to have.**

Have a magical day everyone and Merry Christmas to you all!!