My Scrapbook from the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

August 31, 2015
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Possibly the only pavilion or event that could have remotely kept my interest amongst the chaos at the 2015 D23 Expo for 3+ hours was the Walt Disney Archives exhibit “Disneyland the Exhibit.” On August 18, 2015, I had the pleasure of consuming countless treasures from the Walt Disney Archives relating to the history of our beloved Disneyland. I am generally a lover of history, but Disney history and artifacts absolutely make my head spin. One great podcast that often focuses on the history of The Walt Disney Company and the Disney Parks is WEDWay Radio. My great friends Nate and Matt Parrish are the hosts and they sent...
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August 2015 Shanghai Express – End of Summer Drink

August 31, 2015
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  Hello everyone!  Wow we are almost in September.  I forgot about this drink I stumbled upon on the Party through the Parks website.  I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand.  I love trying new drinks at Disney when we visit.  This picture to the left was of me last August trying the Dole Whip with rum at Animal Kingdom, oh my was it good. So on to this drink I made and will make at the next gathering we have, it was very nice and light. I hope you enjoy. Note: Please remember to not drink and drive. Shanghai Express from Yak & Yeti at Disney’s Animal...
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Animals at Sea

August 30, 2015
Cobra - I think I've shown this one before, but the candy eyes always crack me up.  Stateroom attendants will also regularly use sunglasses, hats or other small items you leave lying about.

Of all of the little special touches I enjoy when cruising one of the things I like the most are the towel animals that are so thoughtfully created for you by your stateroom attendant each night. I know it probably seems silly to some, but I look forward each night to seeing what new surprise there will be. And although we’ve now cruised many times, it’s always so much fun when a special animal I haven’t seen before appears! On our recent Panama Canal cruise on the Disney Wonder we were treated to more examples of these amazing towel sculptures than ever before. Occasionally on a voyage your stateroom...
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A Friend Like Me in NYC!

August 29, 2015
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I’m very fortunate to live in New England where a trip into New York City is just a few hours drive or a train ride away. Like so many others, a huge draw of the city for me is being able to see live theater on Broadway, showcasing some of the most talented performers in the world. And luckily for Disney fans, Broadway has been home to Disney produced shows for over two decades now. So I was thrilled when my brother, a huge Disney fan like myself, asked if I wanted to join his family in seeing Aladdin, the most recent Disney production to come to the Great...
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Pondering the future of Disney Hollywood Studios…

August 28, 2015
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. If you’re a parent, like me, the end of August is easily the craziest time of the year. Extra-curricular activities are in full swing as your kids need transportation to either soccer practice or Marching Band. Those last minute summer projects needing to finally get finished…and don’t even get me started on everything that needs to be done for the beginning of the school year! So, when Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek recently announced at the D23 Expo that there would be not one, but two expansion lands in Disney Hollywood Studios, I was truely excited, but I really didn’t have the time to digest how these additions...
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A Princess Pearl

August 28, 2015
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Hi my friends! I hope everyone is enjoying the end of the summer! I can’t believe how quickly it went!  We just recently got back from our Walt Disney World vacation about a week and a half ago and I wanted to share with you a special experience that Princess Kayla got to do in World Showcase at Epcot in the Japan Pavilion. Inside the Mitsukoshi department store there is an area where guests can pick-a-pearl from an oyster. Princess Kayla chose to do this experience for one of her birthday surprises! The cost of picking a pearl is about $16 for one – you can choose to pick...
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Tom Sawyer Island without Children?

August 27, 2015
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If you ever experienced the week between Christmas and New Years in Walt Disney World, then chances are you know what it is like to be packed in like sardines behind a nylon rope waiting for a parade. A crowded commuter rail car at rush hour has nothing on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade.  Still like many, this was some of the only times off my job as a high school teacher afforded me; I had no choice but to deal with the crowds if I wanted to visit my happy place. That night as I stood in Frontier Land with The Rivers of America behind me, I...
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Disney Impressions: D23 Expo 2015 Recap

August 27, 2015
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Hard to believe that after two years of anticipation, the D23  Expo 2015 is over. It was a whirlwind but very exciting. In preparing to do a recap, I considered what areas to focus on as there was so much to cover that I could easily fill a dozen posts. In addition, these are personal reflections and a recap by others might well have different areas of emphasis. I decided not to focus on just the major panels, those are the ones that D23 puts into Hall D23. It is a large area with seating of more than 8,000 people. There were four major panels : Animation, Live action,...
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