Unlock Your Child's Imagination

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Wally & I are really excited about today’s Fun Friday because we get to share with you our adventure to unlocking imagination. Yesterday we had the opportunity to go to the new Disney Imagination Center® in downtown Chicago. The Imagination Center is very different from the “regular” Disney stores you have been to. As a matter of fact, it integrates experiences that you could have in Disney World® or Disneyland®.

The Disney Imagination Center is built around unlocking your imagination. Wally & I loved this aspect of the center because as we have learned from studies, developing your child’s imagination is key to many other developmental milestones. (Wally was very excited about it because his baby activity center helps your baby with play and imagination at a very young age.) There are many different ways to unlock your imagination and the Disney Imagination Center excels at it.

We arrived in time for the opening ceremony. The Disney Imagination Center doesn’t just open their doors, they open imagination from the very start of the day. The opening ceremony is a lot of fun. We don’t want to ruin the surprise of all that happens in the ceremony, but there is A LOT of participation from the crowd.

Opening ceremonies at Disney Imagination Center

Wally and I then walked down the pixie dust trail left by Tinker Bell. We stopped at the princess castle where we got to pick which princess we wanted to meet. We picked Cinderella 🙂 and received her special wand. Once we went through the castle and waved the wand before the magic mirror, Cinderella appeared and told us her story!

Shot of the top part of the Disney Princess Castle

Part of the magical mirror where we met Cinderella

Wally and I then spent some time coloring in the Imagination Center theater where we also watched some of our favorite Disney movies. You get to pick from a wide variety of movies and see on the mini-screen the countdown to when your selected movie will play.

Disney Imagination Center Theater

In the Imagination Center theater, kids who are young and old have the opportunity to learn to draw with Woody, attend story hour, and be part of all sorts of activities that unleash their imaginations.

Wally coloring at the Imagination Center

The cast members were so helpful and fun. When I asked Miguel, who was a team leader, what was their biggest hope for people who visit the Disney Imagination Center he responded, “We want kids of all ages to experience magic for at least 30 minutes.” From the pixie trail to the magical trees that have hidden Mickey Mouses and more, it truly was a magical experience.

We also loved how the  Disney experience is designed to customize a guest’s experiences and make every visit special, from the interactive displays and changing lights and media clips shown on the LED light trees to the events and so much more. (We also applaud Disney for being socially conscious & using energy saving lights. Applaud, Applaud)

Before we left, the cast put up a special message in the theater. (They asked who my favorite character was & I told them Alice.)

Disney Imagination Celebration

Wally and I celebrated my unbirthday Disney style with song and fireworks in the trees!

We give the Disney Imagination Center 10 stars. There are a lot of these new Disney stores popping up around the country -just check out the Disney website for the one nearest you!

And we brought a little of the Disney magic home for our Kolcraft fans. Leave a comment about which Disney character unlocks your child’s imagination and why and you will be entered to win a $25.00 Disney Gift Certificate. Contest ends at 7am CST on November 2nd.

21 Responses to “Unlock Your Child's Imagination”

  1. Shannon October 29, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I will have to say Winnie the Pooh. We don’t have lots of Disney stuff but my son has some stacking cups that have a Winnie the Pooh that fits inside the smallest one. He plays with these cups & the Winnie the Pooh a lot!! The gift certificate would be great to use to get him some Christmas gifts from Disney!! Thanks for always having great & fun contests!

  2. Sara October 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Tinkerbell! All the Disney Fairies and Princesses get love in our house, but my girls are big fans of Tink. My 3 year old just got a complete set of the Fairies dolls for her birthday last week and they have already gotten a lot of love and playtime. Since she herself is a little, petite pixie, we always joke that she is part fairy. The 3 Tink movies get a lot of play in our house too. Great contest idea (and p.s. I love Alice too- the unbirthday sounds like a lot of fun!)

  3. kristin October 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Kai loves Alice, much like you. She’s my super cretive child, and when we went to Dineyworld the one thing she wnated to do was meet Alice, and she did!

    When Kai was 3 she started a daypreschool program and when she would come up she would draft up these tea parties for her and her friends. She has the immagintaion I did when I was her age, I is always daydreaming. When I was in 1st grade I had an Alice in Wonderland tea birthday party she’s asking for her next birthday to be the same.

    Kaila likes to gather all the pillow on the couch, she makes a cave and pretends she’s in another world. And when we go on hikes we always try to make up stories and create an adventure.

  4. Sheryl November 1, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    She loves Snow white! She’s very imaginative and loves giving the dwarfs different names, loves guessing what animals are in the forest. She has quite a few dolls and gives them the dwarf names and enjoys enacting the story! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Carla Garcia November 1, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    My son loves Mater from CARS cause he’s so goofy. He loves to say all the things Mater says and go backwards around the house. He loves to come up with different scenes between Mater and Lightening McQueen. He builds stories around the races they compete in. It’s too cute to watch.

  6. Preethi November 1, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Mickey! he is all about Mickey. His birthday this time was a Mickey Mouse theme and he just loves the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse HOT DOG Song!

  7. Belinda Parker November 1, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    I would say Lighting Mcqueen from CARS! My boys love him and have their whole bedroom decorated with CARS. We have also had two birthdays themed with Cars.

  8. Michelle November 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Loving everyone’s posts on how their child unlocks imagination!

  9. Jennifer H November 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Buzz lightyear! Ever since my 2 yr old saw Toy story and now 2 & 3 he is infatuated w/Buzz. I would love to put this to use and get him a Buzz for Christmas.

  10. Amy Brown November 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    My daughter calls Tinkerbell her hero. She flys first off and gltters…how cool is that? Tinkerbell tinkers and nobody yells at her for it! My daughter CeJae just loves to tinker with everything….missing a part ??? CeJae probably has it. Around here its everything Tinkerbell and we don’t mind….CeJae will too one day fly and gltter!!

  11. Jennifer November 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Oh that looks like so much fun! I wanna go!

    Gavin just adores Mickey Mouse. He loves the music and the fun they always have. He loves to sport Mickey so I’d definitely use it to get him some new Mickey threads!

  12. Denise November 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    My daughter KD is 2. Up until about a month ago, she watched absolutley no television. I had Mickey Mouse CLubhouse on one day, and it became an instant hit. She loves the predictability. She has learned who all the characters are. She has learned some of her numbers and colors. She especially enjoys doing the Hot Dog Dance at the end of each episode. We plan on making it a Mickey Christmas & could really use the gift card to help in that direction.

  13. Liz November 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Tinkerbell. My daughter gets so excited over Tinkerbell that we just did her whole room using Disney Faeries stuff. Bed, bedding, toybox, pillows you name it and it’s Tink.

  14. Romina Mamá XXI November 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    My daughter love fairys and specially Tinkerbell. I would like to use this gift card to buy her some tinkerbell clothe.

  15. Randi K November 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    My son loves all of the Disney characters but his favorite is MICKEY!!!!! Buzz & McQueen are a close second though. I love that he is always using his imagination when he watches these shows/movies! He is always pretending to be these characters 🙂 One day he came running from his bedroom telling me that we had to go save Woody!

  16. Mickey Coutts November 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Tinkerbell. Both of my daughters love her. They have watched a few short videos of her learning to work and live with the other fairies and loved them. They actually refer to things that Tinkerbell did (like when someone was rude to her) when we talk about their actions. I think they’ve learned how to handle situations from watching her…not something I would have thought would happen from a kids fairy video! 🙂 Thanks!

  17. Michelle November 3, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Congrats Mickey!
    Our judges loved how your child’s imagination also effects her doing good and having polite manners!
    Thanks for sharing with us how to unlock your child’s imagination!

  18. amy dendy November 3, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    its all about the princesses for us!

  19. MichelleH November 3, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    If you can get to a Disney Imagination Center, your children will LOVE the magical princess mirror!

  20. Heide November 5, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    childrens imagination is their best way to grow up in their lifes.

  21. MichelleH November 8, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    We couldn’t agree more Heide!