Saturday, 9 February 2013

Disney Meet February 2013

The date was Saturday 2nd February, the location was Nottingham and the purpose was to bring together UK fans of WDW Radio, The Minnie Minxes Disney Podcast and the blog of Daydreaming Disney. 
By Michelle Tate Young

Alas the towel animals
were not up to Disney standards!

The event was an informal gathering and whilst a few of us had previously met, it was great to put faces to the names I had tweeted, or mailed on social media. In way of entertainment we started off with a Minxie version of Headbands. Now if you have never played this game, I suggest you do. You make it quite cheaply using post-it notes but we were in luck as Mark and Tara Petar had brought theirs with them.

"Hey am I a boy?" 
"I wanted to be Buzz!
Raffle Prizes
This proved to be an excellent ice-breaker and we moved on to our raffle. We were very lucky to have donated prizes from WDW Radio, Simon Phipps, Tim and Kerrie Craggs, Chris Manion and I managed to add a few things too. The raffle proved to be a big success and we surpassed the $75 target and actually raised $200, which will be donated to the Dream Team Project that fundraises for The Make a Wish Foundation.

Simon and Jayne
Jeff "Lightyear"
Everybody went home with at least one prize, an audio guide, WDW Radio badge and the raffle was a fabulous amazing of the integrity us Minxes pride ourselves on… well maybe not quite! Karen and Michael as well as Mark and won a meet with Lou for citrus swirls in the Magic Kingdom during their next trip. Though I must admit the star prize was definitely winning a personalise Simon Phipps media icon, won by Jeff, and boy it was the envy of all!

We 'boxed' Lou!

Then, thanks to the wonder of Skype, we spoke with Lou Mongello and everyone took turns to ask him questions. Then thanks to the kindness of Jayne Phipps, we had donuts and cupcake break. Following that it was onto the Minx quiz! Well our Kim definitely put together an amazing quiz and despite myself managing to play the audio clips at just the moment when the song title was revealed!

By this time the meet was running nearly an hour late! So we carried on the fun and games and had a meal together in the hotel restaurant because Disney and food always go hand in hand!
In my humble opinion, I feel the event was a huge success. Though I can't end this without saying a big thank you to everyone attended, donated prizes and gave IT assistance! We raised money and hopefully we brought a little bit of Disney magic to those of use living 4000 miles away from the magic. Here is to the next meet later this year!

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