New Writers Wanted!

Hey Howdy Hey!!! Have a passion for writing and looking for a blog to join? Mouze Kateerz is looking for new writers as we gear up withg new articles for the new year! Our writers have a love for Disney and traveling. Looking for energetic new writing with possible perks that are still in the works for those who write on a regular basis for Mouze… If you are interested please contact us at with your name and  a sampling of your writing on Disney, Universal or family vacationing and one of our Administrator’s will review it and be back in touch with you.

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Have a passion for writing?

Hey Howdy Hey!!! Have a passion for writing and looking for a blog to join? Mouze Kateerz is looking for new writers as we gear up to start posting new articles on September 1st! Our writers have a love for Disney and traveling. Looking for energetic new writing with possible perks that are still in the works for those who write on a regular basis for Mouze… If you are interested please contact us at with your name and email with a sampling of your writing on Disney, Universal or family vacationing and one of our Administrator’s will review it and be back in touch with you.

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Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced


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One of the great things about Disney is how it does holidays. No exception is the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. The celebrity narrators have been announced for 2013.

  • TBD
    November 29 to December 1, 2013
  • TBD
    December 2 to December 3, 2013
  • Ashley Judd – NEW!
    December 4 to December 5
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    December 6 to December 7, 2013
  • TBD
    December 8 to December 10, 2013
  • Dennis Haysbert – NEW!
    December 11 to December 13, 2013
  • James Denton
    December 14 to December 16, 2013
  • Edward James Olmos
    December 17 to December 19, 2013
  • Trace Adkins
    December 20 to December 22, 2013
  • TBD
    December 23 to December 25, 2013
  • Blair Underwood
    December 26 to December 28, 2013
  • Amy Grant
    December 29 to December 30, 2013

Celebrity narrators, dates and other entertainment are subject to change without notice.

You can wait in a standby line or you can book a Candlelight Dinner Package that will give you priority/reserved seating. Please know that if you are on the Plus Dining or Deluxe Dining Plan, these packages will use two table service/ dining credits.

You must have admission into EPCOT to enjoy this program.

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Best Places to Find Holiday Gifts and Souviners at Walt Disney World

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There are so many places at the Walt Disney World Resort to purchase gifts. Here are the Mouze Kateerz writers must stop shops.

Lisa P: First and foremost the Christmas store at Downtown Disney called Disney Days of Christmas…Love getting personalized ornaments for people. Also like World Of Disney at Downtown Disney because they have a bit of everything so I can get most of my gifts there and have them all shipped from one place so I only have to pay shipping home once! It is always fun to get little gifts here and there around the world at EPCOT too since you always find fun things for people.World of Disney store, World of Disney Downtown Disney,

Amanda C: BASIN at Downtown Disney or at the Grand Floridian. Disney Days of Christmas or Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe inside the Magic Kingdom.

Melissa R: I totally agree on Basin and Mikimoto at Epcot (Japan pavilion)

Frances: I love to shop at all the stores at the Grand Floridian. I find a lot of unique items there.

Denny M: World of Disney for me! Then have some hot chocolate at Ghiridelli’s! Both can be found at Downtown Disney! Grins!

David $: As an avid pin collector, naturally I would say the Pin Traders at downtown Disney, because i collect them but love to give them too. But also I love the shops in the Contemporary Resort–Fantasia and Bayview Gifts.  I can usually find great gifts that I don’t see in other places!

Amanda M: Basin!! (sale bin at the front counter Window shop at the contemporary, with a snack at the Contempo cafe. Bay View Gifts there  is always decorated so tastefully, and the gingerbread display is cool. I will buy myself a cupcake at the Confectionery Main Street.

Melissa L: Love the dept store at the Japan Pavilion called Mikimoto! And Mouse Gears at EPCOT! And resort gift shops!

Andrea C: The World of Disney and the Disney’s Days of Christmas Store in Downtown Disney. Sometimes at the Worlds in Epcot. I just love to give ornaments as gifts.

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Thankful Mouze Kateerz

Happy American Thanksgiving everyone! The Mouze Kateerz writers have so many things to be thankful for. Please allow us to introduce ourselves and share with you.

The picture above is of my family. I’m Frances Hedrick. I’m the editor of Mouze Kateerz. I’m a full time mom with my own Disney travel business called Magical Vacations by Distinctive Journeys. I’m an avid Disney lover and former cast member. I home school my daughter and love to use Disney things as examples in class and using the parks as living books. 🙂 My son has autism so I’m able to write about the special needs services that Disney offers first hand. My husband, Josh, is not as big of a Disney fan as myself. I enjoy creating new magic and new experiences for him at the parks to keep him enjoying the magic. I’m very thankful for all of my family and fellow Mouze Kateerz. I’m also thankful for all of the readers who enjoy and comment on all of our articles.

Brenda & Roger are Disney-Holics who visit WDW 3 times a year, including during the Holidays!

Thankful for all the Disney smiles, laughs, glee, and sharing it all with My Internet Bride, Brenda. Thankful for our Disney honeymoon, and our second honeymoon next month! And thankful to be able to help spread some Disney magic from us to other Disney lovers.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
I’m Teri Scavette.  I live in Runnemede NJ with my husband Dan.  We have a little cairn terrier dog named Skipper!!!  I spend my days at our window treatment store here in NJ making beautiful draperies.  I’m a seamstress and also enjoy creating stained glass artwork and love to travel to DisneyWorld!  Being part of the Mouze Kateerz family enables me to share my love of Disney with everyone!!!

I am so blessed to come from this great big beautiful Italian family.  This photo was taken at our family reunion. We all gathered in our home town of Monessen PA.  The eldest are in the center – my two beautiful aunts one of which is 93 and her sister who is 92 – my uncle is 81!!  We are all very close even though we live at different ends of the state and then some!!  Can you imagine having all of these cousins to share life’s experiences with????  Among us our occupations consist of a doctor, priest, nun, teachers, seamstress, entertainer, nurse, physical therapist, dentists, advertising, college professor, business owners and students. When we all get together no matter how many or not you can count on two things for sure – there is always  plenty of good food and music, music, music!!!!

Andrea Canaday, Brian (her husband) and three children (Brianne, Jackson and Shelby) live in Beaufort, SC.  She has a Direct Sales Home Business with ViSalus Sciences and the 90 Day Challenge and she recently became a Cast Member in March 2012 at the Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.  “I love ‘creating magical moments’ for the guests”.  She and her family love ALL things Disney!  Andrea has been going to Walt Disney World since the beginning in 1971 and has the fondest memories of being there as a child.  “I have instilled this love for Disney into my family.  We make approximately 3-5 trips a year to WDW and especially enjoy going to the Epcot Festivals.”   

This Thanksgiving I am particulary thankful for being a part of the magic that Walt Disney created.  It is a blessing to be a part of the Disney family and Mouze Kateerz!  I am thankful for my loving family and the blessing of each new day.  Make it a Magical Thanksgiving! ºoº

I’m Denny. I work for a great theater in Bradenton, Florida but spend my ‘quality’ time at Walt Disney World.  I grew up in Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati and moved to Florida in 1978!  I have been on stage at the theater where I work since 1982.  Here is a photo of me with ‘Smee’ from  PETER PAN.  I feel a special affection for Smee since I played him in the musical version of PETER PAN in 1995!  I hope you are enjoying the photos that I post!  Grins!

I’m Melissa Rhodes:

I am a stay at home mom of two Disney addicts, one princess and one pirate. I am also a Disney Vacation Specialist with Magical Memories Travel, where I help other families plan the Disney magic that I love experiencing with my own family. I made my first visit to Disney in 1978 and have made more than 40 trips since. You can find me at

I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends. I am also thankful for the amazing community of like-minded Disney people that I have found through Mickey by Mel and Mouzekateerz and being able to share my love of Disney with them

I’m Amanda C: I am thankful for these three little mouzekeeters. They make me proud daily and make me laugh. They love cuddles even though they’ve passed the preteen stage of life. Thy are my hearts.

I’m Amanda M. I teach public high school in an almost-coastal Alabama town. I have students that come to school hungry, with family problems that are beyond my comprehension. Bless their hearts, I see teens that face drug and sexual temptations, ward off bullies, and deal with personal issues that my generation never seemed to deal with on this level. Most have never been on a vacation, and the few that have don’t go very often. My students show me daily that I have a lot to be thankful for.

I am thankful for my family, that while not perfect, is happy, healthy, and full of (often inappropriate) laughter. I am thankful for 20 years of marriage to a fantastic man who takes the moral high ground and exemplifies doing the right thing.

I am thankful for my job, and the opportunity I have to bring knowledge and hope into my student’s lives. Somebody says something that makes me laugh every day…

I am thankful for a Katrina rescue dog that loves unconditionally, reminding me I should aim for the same.

I am thankful for friends, and dreams, and travel, and opportunities I do not take for granted. In a year that multiple friends have been diagnosed with cancer and one suffered a heart attack, I am thankful for each and every day.

Lucinda: I’m thankful for the same things that many other people are thankful for…a loving family, a roof over my head, food in my belly and relatively good health. I’m immensely thankful for the opportunity to move to Florida and live my dream life with my family at Walt Disney World, sincerely appreciative of a wonderful caring boyfriend who takes good care of us all, and thankful also for people like Walter Disney and his Imagineers for dreaming up marvelously magical ideas for us to enjoy. Oh goodness….and my FRIENDS! I’m so lucky to know the good friends that I have. I’m tremendously thankful for you all!

Hi all! I am Melissa and you probably know me from my work here on Mouze as well as over on the Disney Moms and from my website Picturing Disney.  I started my photoblog because I needed a place to unleash all my Disney love and I wanted to share a little bit of Disney love every day.  I am so thankful for my readers and followers on my site and on the sites I guest post on.  Who would have thought I would get to produce work for a hobby that pays me back with so many others who want to hear what I have to say or see what picture I have to share next?! I am thankful for all the wonderful memories I have made at Disney and with friends who are kindred Disney spirits! Above all things in this wonderful world I am thankful for the love I have received every day of my life from my parents and my family and now my husband and our adorable adopted dog.  My cup runneth over when I think of all the love in my life and how lucky I am to have an overwhelming amount of happiness surrounding me at all times.  Happy Thanksgiving, Mouzies, and thank you so much for spending some time with us!

Hey there! I’m Shannan, owner and blogger of Addicted to Mickey. My family and I love Mickey Mouse because, without him, none of the rest would be what it is today. It all started with a mouse! I love that Disney offers me the opportunities to make ever lasting memories with my family. I am thankful that Walt followed his dreams.

This is a photo taken on our family vacation to celebrate my parents anniversary and 6 months since a surgery I had gone through. I am very thankful for the wonderful family that I have. They are the most supportive people that I know and have gotten me through many though times. I am blessed everyday. I am of course also thankful to be able to go to Disney and spend time in my happy place 🙂

“Everyone at My Dreams of Disney would like to take a moment to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!  God has blessed us so much, and all the glory belongs to Him.  I am thankful that my family is safe, healthy, and able to be together.  I am also thankful that so many of my friends are doing well.  None of us is doing as well as we deserve, but I am an optimistic person, and I truly believe that God will deliver, and that’s all I need to know.

One of the biggest things about Walt Disney, both the man and the Parks, was that they enable us to be able to stop, take a breath, and escape reality for a little while.  Whether it be strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., taking a ride in the Wild West on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or flying to Neverland in Peter Pan’s Flight, the beauty of Walt Disney World and Disneyland is that we are able to slow down, smell the roses, and for at least a little while, remember what it was like to be a kid again.

My Dreams of Disney began as a way for me to document my memories of the past trips that I had taken to Walt Disney World, but it has grown up into so much more.  It gives me immense pleasure to know that so many of you take time out of your days to allow us to help you plan your next Disney vacation — or even just to escape the here and now for a few minutes.  Thank you all for stopping by and including us in your Internet travels, and God Bless all of us!  May you all have a safe, happy Thanksgiving, and may you find the time to relax and take time to slow down — at least for a day.”

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Take a Holiday Ride on the Monorail

By Frances

“Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas. Ladies and Gentlemen, please collect your belongings and watch your head and step. Please assist small children by the hand.” There are very few complete quotes that my eight year old daughter knows better than this one. If you have ever ridden the the Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort monorail more than a few times, then you know at least a piece of it.

Since the 1971 opening of Walt Disney World, the monorail system has carried over one billion passengers.  The WDW Resort Monorail System,  the most heavily traveled passenger monorail system in the world, carries nearly 150,000 passengers every week day.  Each year, the monorails transport more than 50 million  people. If you are looking for a break from the theme park crowds this holiday season, hop a monorail and tour the breathtaking resorts along the monorail route.

With the holidays right around the corner, here are some Holiday treats you can you find on a ride on the monorail?

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Your first stop…Disney’s Contemporary Resort & Bay Lake Towers offers shopping and a quick-lunch  at the Contempo Cafe.  As you watch other monorails zip  through the building, you’ll definitely want a Black Forrest Cupcake for  dessert ($3.29).  A traditional Contemporary must-see is the floor-to-ceiling  ceramic mural, created by artist and Disney legend Mary Blair, whimsically celebrating the beauty of the Grand  Canyon and the southwest region. Be sure to look for the goat with 5 legs. Need some quiet time to rest your achy  feet?  Take an escalator down one floor to the Convention Center area,  where there are cushioned benches and chairs available. The bathrooms are super clean, quiet, and roomy.

Next stop…Disney’s Polynesian Resort, where you’ll enter a South Pacific themed  tropical paradise. Walk down to the lower level and gaze at the 70 species of  plants found around the waterfall.  Take a seat, so close you are within reaching distance of the flora, and feel your vacation tensions melt away to the sound of the peaceful falling waters.  If you need a quick bite to eat, try Captain  Cook’s or the Tambo Lounge.  If you are here near nightfall, ask about the Polynesian Resort‘s torch-lighting ceremony, which  includes a traditional fire-knife dance together with authentic drumming and chants.

Last stop… is the Disney’s magnificent Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  Labeled as the flagship  hotel of the Walt Disney World Resorts, just standing in the five-story lobby is a journey into opulence and splendor.  There are six restaurants to choose from and shopping at Basin White or M. Mouse Mercantile. Pull up a chair and listen to the frequent musical entertainment,  which ranges from a pianist seated at a grand piano to a Disney big band.   Because this holiday decoration will be gone after New Years,  make a trip over to the Victorian era-style Grand Floridian gingerbread house before you make your way back upstairs for the monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom.

A modernistic transportation system to journey you to the Future, the South Seas, and the Victorian Era…all in a Disney holiday’s time.

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“Top 5Must Do’s” at Walt Disney World During the Holidays

The Osbourne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The holidays are a beautiful time to go to the Walt Disney World Resort. The Mouze Kateerz writers have come up with our list of “Top 5 Must DO’s” during the holidays.

1. Resort Hop!

2. Osborne Family Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

3. EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional

4. Shop at DownTown Disney and the Resorts!

5. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

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How to Survive Walt Disney World at Thanksgiving & Christmas Holidays

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When Cinderella Castle lights up, will you forget the crowds? Just maybe…

The Mouze Kateerz writers have been to Disney more than 1,000 times combined. They have traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort during the value season and during high peak (AKA The Holidays). Here are a few tips to help you survive and be realistic about your upcoming trip. Our goal is for you to have the most magical vacation possible.

Lisa P: We have been there at Christmas and went in knowing we couldn’t do everything. We did EMH (Extra Magic Hours), and chose to more look at decorations at the parks that day and not worry about hitting a bunch of rides. Also did Osbourne lights at night. We had a boardwalk view room at the Boardwalk and could watch the fireworks from there. Also make sure to have ADRs  (Advance Dining Reservations) well in advance so you don’t have to worry that day.

Holiday decorated topiary at Downtown Disney

Amanda C: ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations)  is a must from that 180 day mark. Especially for the character dining, Liberty Tavern  and Le Cellier. Go in knowing lines are long and people are a little less magical because you are walking across the bridge to Adventureland nose to tail and hip to hip with complete strangers all wanting that magical experience just like you. Step back take a breath and people watch.
Mike E: I would think the key to any crazy busy time is to just take it slowly like Lisa mentions, absorb all that is there to see, not worry so much about the different must do rides, and most importantly, as my good friend Monica says: “Just be.”
Heather L: We have never gone in the crazy season!! Only way that I would is if I won a trip for free.  :) I know other friends that have and their best advice is to remain flexible, plan ahead, use fast passes, and take advantage of all the EMH (Extra Magic Hours). One friend who has been three times at Christmas and New Year’s says they enjoy visiting other Disney Resorts when the crowds are at their peak and Downtown Disney.

Pluto holiday topiary at Epcot

Melissa R: Ironically, I just booked a last minute Thanksgiving trip for a client and got a lot of ADRs that they wanted…but having said that…be flexible! We will be there Thanksgiving week (and we were there 4th of July week) so the crowds don’t really phase us that much. Go in with a plan, know what are your must dos and what are the optionals.
Teresa S: For many years we traveled to WDW the week between Christmas & New Year’s…. Take advantage of EMH – make sure your dining is booked way in advance and just go with the flow of the crowd. Patience is the key – there are long waits and so many people – but the atmosphere is full of holiday “sparks” and everyone is having fun! As Mike’s friend Monica said “Just be – just be in the moment” and enjoy the madness that is Disney at the holidays!!!
Denny M: Don’t try to Christmas shop in the parks! The shops are insane. Spend a morning at Downtown Disney shopping for all those Disney gifts you have in mind. And make sure you make a shopping list ahead of time. In the hustle and bustle you’re sure to forget someone if you don’t. Plus…Downtown Disney is the best place to visit Santa! They build a house for him! Grins!
Didi: We visited WDW during the 2 week period before and after Christmas and it was AMAZING! Planning is always important, but if you want to eat at all, ADRs are essential during this period! We did the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package on Christmas Eve (incredible), mass at the Contemporary Resort Christmas Day, and then did a complete tour of the resorts in lieu of a park day. Our favorite family trip ever!!
Andrea C: Don’t try to ‘do it all’ during this time. With all there is too do in Disney during this time, you just can’t get it all in. Make a list. Get to the most important things on the list so if you run out of time, it really isn’t such a big disappointment. Remember to account for the extra travel time due to the large crowds. My favorite things to do during Christmas is to visit the Worlds in Epcot, the Osborne Lights and Resort hop to see them theme decorated.
David D: I agree with Andrea… Each family member make a list of things they really want to do, and plan for those things—FPs, prioritizing when you ride, etc. Also on the really busy days, like thanksgiving or December 23, 24th, 25th, get to a park–magic kingdom especially–early and plan to stay there. When parks max out on capacity, you cannot get in!
SO here are great tips in a nut shell:
1. Be flexible
2. Have a Must Do/Like to Do List
3. Make Advance Dining Reservations 180 days prior to your vacation
4. Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours
5. Shop at Downtown Disney in the morning vs at a Theme Park
6. Have patients
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