Did You Just Say “A Moose In A Maple Tree?”

A Moose in a Maple TreeYou are not hearing things and no, you do not need glasses.  This time of year you often hear about a certain bird in said tree, but it is time to make some room up in the branches for Troy Townsin’s newest book, “A Moose In A Maple Tree.”  This engaging story is the “original all Canadian 12 Days of Christmas” and you will love it!  Troy, who is himself originally from down under ( aka Australia ;-) ) is now a proud Canadian and he shows it well in this delightful children’s book.  Canucks all over this whole wide world will relate well to the hockey sticks, totem poles and mounties.  I am in love with the winsome illustrations by Jennifer Harrington.  They leap off the page in an unobtrusive way and only add depth to the renewed song of Christmases past.

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Guest Blogger Aunesty Janssen: Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Today I have a treat for you, my beloved readers ♥♥  I would like to introduce you to the first ever Guest Blogger to honor us with their presence at MapleMouseMama!  Yayyyyy, cue the hand clapping, foot stomping, hootin and hollerin!!  Please welcome Aunesty Janssen, a fellow Disney lover, blogger and Authorized Disney Vacation Planner (Temporary Tourist Travel).  Aunesty is sharing her photographic review of Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  Enjoy the show!


We had been coming to Orlando for Walt Disney World for years, so when we moved down here, we knew we were going to go to Universal Studios. I had been looking forward to it since we decided we were going to move from the Midwest to Florida.

I hadn’t really done any research on Universal Studios. I knew it was two parks, Universal Studios Proper and Islands of Adventure. I knew that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in Islands of Adventure, but other than that, I knew nothing else. I had no idea what to expect.


After we entered Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, we headed to the right, because after all we were planning on making a beeline for Hogwarts. But to our surprise we came across Seuss Landing. Now I love Dr Seuss. With three grown children, a high schooler and two toddlers, Dr Seuss has been an integral part of my life for the last 20 plus years.

Seuss Landing is like walking into the pages of a Dr Seuss book. My two year old and one year old both lit up immediately when they saw all the bright colors.

This area of the park has a water play area that we can literally spend hours at! A one fish, two fish ride that is very similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant or Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride. A Cat in the Hat ride that spins quite a bit, I would say it is a cross between the Winnie the Pooh ride and the Teacups. There is a carousel that is full of Seuss characters, and one of my son’s favorite rides, a train that runs high above the heads of those walking through Seuss Landing. There is a candy shop and three souvenir shops that have everything from Dr Seuss books, to clothing, mugs, stuffed animals and so much more.

Just to give you a taste of Seuss Landing, please enjoy the sites we have captured below.
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Author Bio: Aunesty Janssen (of Temporary Tourist Travel ) and her family moved from Omaha, NE to Kissimmee, FL so they could pursue their dream of doing Disney Daily. She photo blogs their daily adventures and enjoys finding hidden secrets of Walt Disney World. You Can follow their adventures on their Site or via their Facebook Page where they post Walt Disney World photos daily.

Aunesty Janssen

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Have you visited Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure?  What was your most favorite part?  Thanks for stopping by ♥♥