Would you like to win a Disney Cruise?

Stitch escape

By Frances

The Disney Cruise is unlike any other cruise line. Even my not so Disney loving husband only wants to go on Disney cruises. Here is a chance to win a cruise from Disney by catching Stitch who has escaped from the Oceaneear Lab on the Disney Fantasy.

It is an investigation game that you go back and play each day to further your investigation.

Click Here to Start Your Investigation

Good Luck

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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. ūüôā 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! ¬ļo¬ļ

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 www.mickeybymel.com

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 ūüôā

“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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Top 12 Free Things to Do at Downtown Disney in Orlando!

By Frances shopping Disney, Downtown Disney shopping,

You saved your pennies! You cashed in your savings bonds! You ate ramen noodles for 6 months and now you are finally on your magical vacation! Here are a 12 free things to do at Downtown Disney in Orlando from the Mouze Kateerz writers!

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GPS Address for Walmart, Publix, and Malls near Walt Disney World

By Frances.

Getting around the Walt Disney World Resort can be a challenge. And then you add a quick run to the grocery store… you might as well order in. Here are some important addresses that you will want to add to your GPS. [Read more…]

What would you do with a $100 Disney Gift Card? Vol. I

By Frances

There are so many things that you can do with a $100 Disney Gift Card. Here are a few things that our Mouze Kateerz readers would do. Please comment on this post and you just may see your comment in a blog:-)

Kristen says: I am going to Disney in April, so I would use the gift card to pay for a character meal for my 3 toddlers, husband and I!!!!

Amanda says: I would love to be able to take my little girl to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique so she could be her favorite princess Rapunzel!

Lois says: I have a surprise trip planned in January (it’s going under the Christmas tree), so an extra $100 would really help!!

Julia says: I would buy all of the baby Tinkerbell and baby animals that I could afford for my daughter.

Click here for your chance to win the $100 Disney Gift Card.

Best of Luck to everyone!

A Top 8 List of Disney’s Best Websites

By Frances

There are so many Disney websites out there that it could be very confusing on which ones to turn to. The following sites are some of our tried and true.

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What to pack in your back pack for a day at Disney!

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By Frances.

After several trips to Disney, I have narrowed down what I need to pack in my back pack to take to the park. I use to carry the kitchen sink and now I carry as little as possible.

Here is my packing list:

  1. Tickets! I know it sounds like a no brainer but they have been left in the room.
  2. Condensed wallet: Driver License, Insurance cards, room key with charging capabilities and a few dollars cash. You can leave¬†your Costco membership card at home or in the room. It’s not going to benefit you at the parks.
  3. Two bottles of water. I freeze them during the hotter months.
  4. Baggy for phones if I’m planning on going on water rides.
  5. Small bottle of Hand Sanitizer.
  6. Baby Wipes. Even with older kids, it’s nice to be able to quickly clean your hands.
  7. Extra socks if we are planning to ride water rides or if it will be raining. Sometimes we back flip flops.
  8. Disney backpack, Disney bag, Disney purseSunscreen & lip balm with SPF.¬† Some people don’t realize you definitely can get a sunburn in December while in sunny Florida.
  9. Granola bars, trail mix or goldfish. Nice quick snacks to tie you over till your reservation. I would avoid chocolate because it melts.
  10. Ibuprofen or Aspirin
  11. Rain Ponchos for everyone. They don’t have to be expensive. I use the ones that are less than $1 at Target and Wal-Mart. They are very small and I can toss them in the trash after I use them if I need to. I usually take¬†eight per trip and take¬†four in the backpack.
  12. During hotter months, I take a washcloth in a Zip Lock bag. I can wet it down and to help keep cooler. Zip Lock bags can also keep your camera dry.
  13. Hairbrush to untangle my daughter’s hair midday.
  14. Camera, and maybe extra batteries

The well-planned backpack, or any sort of bag, is essential for your day at the parks.

Packing¬†everything you need for the day can keep your trip costs¬†down¬†and make your life far easier, and your vacation much more fun, when you don’t have to worry about everything you forgot.

Thank you for stopping by Mouze Kateerz. We value feedback from our readers and welcome your comments.
Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys is ready to help you plan your next magical vacation. Please visit them at Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys or 404-414-6198 or frances@distinctive-journeys.com


Frances Hedrick is a Disney Vacation Planner for Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys. She has stayed more than 150 days at the Walt Disney World Resort and at 14 of the resorts with her own family and friends. She loves sharing Disney magic 365 days a year.

You can contact her at frances@distinctive-journeys.com or on her cell: 404-414-6198. You can follow her magical vacations on her Facebook page: Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys.

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Top Things for a Kid to Do at Disney World, by Who Else, a Kid!

By Julia, age 7.

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Want to Save Money on Food at Walt Disney World? Try These Three Simple Tips

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I think about Disney vacations every day, and one of the biggest thoughts constantly running through my mind is, “How can I save money?” For what you will spend on your vacation, you could have purchased a big screen TV or a used car.¬†Lots of people¬†are looking for ways to cut those vacation expenses down. [Read more…]