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Adrienne Krock, editor
My Summer Vacation, by Adrienne Krock

Our summer was very busy! I had no idea what I signed up for when I told the MousePlanet staff that I would coordinate Magical Summer Memories. Several weeks later, here I am to tell you how it went, and to thank the people and organizations involved.

First of all, thank you! We received an overwhelming number of tickets from our readers: over 200! The tickets arrived from all over California, as well as from other states and countries. If you read our updates, you saw some of the wonderful letters that came with the tickets. Through our Amazon Honor System, you also donated almost $500 to help us with our program. To all of you who responded so generously, thank you.

A sincere thank-you also goes to the Disneyland Resort for its support of the MousePlanet Magical Summer Memories Program.

Several longtime readers know that Lani Teshima has been our resident button maker since before the start of MousePlanet. Lani designed, made, and donated buttons to distribute to the children from Orangewood and Crittenton to commemorate their trips to DCA.

Lani was not the only person inspired to make a special donation. One day, an Annual Passholder, a Cast Member, and a MousePlanet columnist were walking down Main Street (no this isn't a bad joke and I didn't make this up). They decided they wanted the children from our program to have a little something extra to remember their trips. In no time at all, they had gathered 160 stuffed bean bag plush dolls. The MousePlanet columnist delivered enough to the Orangewood home before their trips to DCA. For Crittenton, the columnist rented two lockers to store the plush during the day of their visit. I can assure you that I thanked these generous souls for their contributions!

As I reported in July, our plans for Magical Summer Memories began when a teacher contacted us looking for a few extra children's passes for her class. Initially, we were discussing the possibility of donating six to 12 tickets; however with your generosity, we were able to send 72 tickets instead!

Orangewood Children's Home brought groups of children over two Sundays and two Mondays. They also took tickets to distribute to foster families associated with Orangewood.

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The Mondavi Deli was a destination on the Mondays that Orangewood visited Disney's California Adventure. Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix met the groups outside of DCA and escorted them to There, Mondavi provided the children with generously portioned boxed lunches of a turkey sandwich, cookie, gummy worms, chips, and a soda.

MousePlanet would like to thank Jonathan Smiga and the staff of Mondavi for coordinating their donation of 60 boxed lunches to the children of Orangewood! If you are interested in trying a Mondavi boxed lunch, we recommend that you stop by the deli in DCA.

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On the Sundays that Orangewood visited Disney's California Adventure, Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix escorted them to a nearby fast-food restaurant. There, MouseShoppe purchased children's hamburger meals for each child. I would like to thank Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix and MouseShoppe for donating 64 children's meals!

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Crittenton Services for Families and Children brought over 50 children to Disney's California Adventure on Tuesday, August 27, and required 23 staff members to meet their needs and requirements! With the donations MousePlanet readers made through the special Amazon Honor System account, we purchased adult tickets for the older children of Crittenton. For each adult ticket we purchased through the Southern California discount program, we received a free child's ticket. Cafe logo

That afternoon, Rainforest Café hosted the 75 children and chaperones of Crittenton for a pizza and ice cream party on their upstairs patio. Mandi Osborne of the Rainforest Café planned and put together the lunch. If you are ever interested in hosting a birthday party or large group function at Rainforest Café, I personally encourage you to call Mandi at 714-772-0413, extension 120.

From l-r: Mandi Osborne, Rainforest Café; Adrienne Krock with Spencer; Tim Lechner, Director of Sales , Rainforest Café; Lisa Simpson, Crittendon Services
From left to right: Mandi Osborne, Rainforest Café; Adrienne Krock with Spencer; Tim Lechner, Director of Sales , Rainforest Café; Lisa Simpson, Crittenton Services

But before I go, I owe a huge enormous thanks to Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, my partner- in- planning. Adrienne was extremely patient with me, and gave me tips and helped me contact several organizations along the way. Adrienne donated a generous amount of her time to meet the groups at the Disneyland Resort in addition to donating meals to Orangewood. As the professional event planner, Adrienne's encouragement, advice and assistance were priceless.

Crittenton's kid's enjoying their day
The group from Crittenton, enjoying their day

Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Adrienne here.

Magical Summary Recap


Adrienne gathered experience taking children to amusement parks when she worked as a day camp counselor and director. She was an elementary school teacher before she started her favorite job: being Matthew and Spencer's mom.

Adrienne, Matthew and Spencer visit Disneyland several times a month, usually with Daddy.

Besides Matthew and Spencer, Adrienne and her husband Kevin created and maintain the award-winning Happiest Potties on Earth here at MousePlanet.

You can contact Adrienne here.


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