Wanna be the best? Mickey will teach you!

Hey everyone, Mickey here!

So one of my favorite rides at Magic Kingdom is Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, which can be found in Tomorrowland.  If you haven’t been on the ride before, it is basically an interactive ride where guests board their own space ship and blast lazers at the evil Zurg and win the space battle.  The whole point of the ride is to hit the targets that are all over and try and rack up points.  At the end there is a score table that shows where you rank, anywhere from “Star Cadet” to “Galactic Hero.”  Now myself being myself, I have become a master at this game and almost always get “Galactic Hero”, even though Mike won’t quit reminding me that the one time we went on the ride that he beat me, but that’s alright, I would still beat him most of the time.  I wanted to show you all a video that I watched about 10 times and it showed me exactly which spots to hit in order to get the most points. This is by far the biggest secret that I had going into the attraction.  One personal tip, right before you board the space ship, I recommend to leave an empty spaceship between you and the group in front of you that way there won’t be a person blocking the important targets.  I wish everyone the best of luck.  I hope you all enjoy the video!

Remember don’t tell anybody that you know the best spots to hit because you could always trick someone into betting you a Mickey Bar!!!

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney

Get out there and make some big dreams happen everyone!


Meet the “Swagastic” New Writer, Mickey!

Hello everyone!!!  Sorry I am late to the party, but what can I say, I like to be fashionably late.  Actually that is a false statement, I am always early so this is awkward.

My name is Kody (aka Mickey) and obviously you have been doing some reading about our little adventures and what not while the 5 of us were participating in the Disney College Program.  I meant to write this earlier, but I have been so busy with work and school.  So, I guess let’s just dive right down into the good stuff.

I am from Ohio, not many people enjoy my state, but it is actually quite a nice place to live.  I decided that I wanted to participate in the DCP after I went on a family visit to see my best friend’s sister, Lauren, who was also participating in the DCP.  Lauren worked at the Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom during the Spring of 2011.  While I was there, I knew right away that the DCP was a must for me.

My role while working was Quick Service Food & Beverage (QSFB) and, at first, I was not that excited about it, but I could not have been more wrong.  I had somewhat of an unusual program.  My main location was Blizzard Beach, however, when we arrived on January 8th, Blizzard Beach was undergoing renovations.  So, instead I was working in my favorite theme park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios!!!  I got to work at Sunset Ranch Market, which is right next to Beauty and the Beast, Fantasmic, Rockin Roller Coaster, and Hollywood Tower of Terror.  Let’s just say, there was rarely ever a slow time.  My next location, Typhoon Lagoon, was the exact opposite from my first location at Sunset Ranch Market.  Instead of being in just one section of the park, at Typhoon Lagoon I could be put where ever they needed me to work (only in means of QSFB locations of course).   Being able to walk around the entire park was very different.  I was only there for a short 2 weeks before I finally got to go “home” to my main location, Blizzard Beach!!!  I absolutely loved it there.  Walking around on my first day was so overwhelming.  My other locations where great, but I always knew that it was not my main location, so it never felt like home.  When I walked into Lottawatta Lodge for the first time, I knew this was where I wanted to be.  Lottawatta Lodge is the main dining area for Blizzard Beach and even though I was only at Blizzard Beach for half my program, I still had the most fun there.  On a side note, I also had one day where I went and worked at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Magic Kingdom during spring break time.  Boy oh boy, talk about a crazy day.

It’s not all work and no fun though, right?  Throughout my program I did a lot of amazing things and met even more amazing individuals. Many more stories to come, but for right now, you are probably still wondering where “Swagastic” came from.  This actually happened weeks before the DCP even started.  We were having a google chat with 6 people, and we were trying to come up with names such as “The Fab Five” or something like that, but me being the random person that I am, I just threw “Swag” and “Fantastic” together and bam!, the “Swagastic Six” was created.  I know, kind of a let down, but I couldn’t think of anything else to name the title so that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

You can expect more from me during my free times.  I want to write about random and fun stuff, such as the perfect first Disney date, random places to visit on property, hidden mickeys (even though I am terrible at finding them without help), and anything else I can think of off the top of my head.

Have a magical day!

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

-Walt Disney


On the 8th Day of Christmas Walt Disney Gave to Me…

8 Live Stage Shows and 2 More for the Holiday Season

Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Hollywood Studios)

Building exterior and sign that reads ‘Voyage of The Little Mermaid’

Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom)

A female costumed performer from Festival of the Lion King sings and dances

Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage (Hollywood Studios)

Belle reads to the Beast in a scene from Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Finding Nemo- The Musical (Animal Kingdom)

Performers in brightly colored fish costumes in a Broadway-style show called Finding Nemo – The Musical

Dream Along with Mickey (Magic Kingdom)

Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Snow White stand with arms intertwined on stage during Dream Along With Mickey

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial (Magic Kingdom)

Captain Jack Sparrow's shipmate Mack and 4 budding pirates wielding wood clubs

Indiana Jones- Epic Stunt Spectacular! (Hollywood Studios)

An exciting stunt show re-enactment of a scene from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ with 2 actors running from a burning aircraft

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (Hollywood Studios)

Red car flying through a flaming explosion at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show (Magic Kingdom)

Close-up of a lamppost festooned in ribbons and garlands for the holidays

“Celebrate the Season” Show (Magic Kingdom)

Mickey Mouse and 2 toy soldiers dancing on the steps of Cinderella's Castle at a Christmas Party


Mickey’s Birthday Celebration [Part 7]

Based on this next clip, I’d say the gang knows how to throw a party.  Plus, who knew they could all dance so well?

I wonder if they are having a wonderful birthday party like this tonight in celebration?

(Video from Animation Kidz 2013)

Do any of you have great friends like Mickey who would make your birthday extra special?  I know I do! 

Again, Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!!! °o°

Mickey’s Birthday Celebration [Part 6]

Did you know that the voices of Mickey and Minnie were married in real life?  I wonder if their road trips went something like this one that Mickey and Minnie take in 1999 to Topsy Turvy Town?

(Video from DisneyIsAwesome1901)
And who doesn’t love the loving trio of Mickey and his pals, Goofy and Donald?  Enjoy this clip as the three friends test their skills on washing cars.

(Video belongs to TrollHeimer)