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Living At Disney: We Visit Universal (GASP !!!)

February 26, 2015
Living At Disney: We Visit Universal (GASP !!!)

Thanks for joining me again is this series on Living at Disney. While most of the country has been blasted with far below normal temperatures and feet of snow, we have been enjoying generally moderate to warm temperatures in Orlando. With our five week stay at Walt Disney World, we felt we had plenty...
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And The Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down Down….

February 12, 2015
And The Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down Down….

Rain at Disney can be  frustrating and upsetting to all your carefully made plans. Unfortunately, it is also probably inevitable at some point in your Disney visiting. So here are a few ideas of how to better handle those times when nature decides it’s time to drop some of the liquid stuff on central...
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Living At Disney – Part 2

January 29, 2015
Living At Disney – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Living at Disney. We  have now been here on property for a week or so staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs resort. As I mentioned in Part 1, we are staying in a one bedroom this year as opposed to the studio we had last year. So, for this post...
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Living at Disney – Part 1

January 15, 2015
Living at Disney – Part 1

Living at Disney ??? Who does that ?? Unless you  are one of the very fortunate ones who can afford the multi-million dollar investment in Golden Oak, the dream of living at Disney isn’t going to happen any time soon. But, for a reasonable investment you can spend one, two or even three months...
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Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 5 – Ford’s Magic Skyway

January 1, 2015
Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 5 – Ford’s Magic Skyway

We are back to the World’s Fair after our  brief pause to look at D23’s Destination D – Attraction Rewind. This will be part 5, the final installment in this series: Ford’s Magic Skyway. Ford’s pavilion was designed from the ground up by WED (short for Walt Elias Disney, what would eventually become WDI,...
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D23 – Destination D Recap

December 4, 2014
D23 – Destination D Recap

  We spent the weekend before Thanksgiving at the D23  off-year event called Destination D. As you may know, D23 hosts the D23 Expo on odd numbered years, 2009, 2011, 2013 and the next one in 2015, all in Anaheim, CA. During the year in-between the Expos, D23 host an event they call Destination...
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Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 4 – GE Progressland

November 6, 2014
Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 4 – GE Progressland

  I’ll take Disney trivia for $100: “There’s a Great Big   Beautiful Tomorrow, shinning at the end of  every day…” and “Now is the Time, now is the time, now is the best time of your life…” Answer: What are the theme songs for Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress? Our third 1964-65 New...
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Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 3 – It’s a Small World

October 23, 2014
Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 3 – It’s a Small World

The second of the four attractions Walt did for the World’s Fair that we will look at is “It’s a Small World”. If there is one truly iconic Disney attraction that would be recognized almost universally, it would arguably be “It’s a Small World”. Did you know that this attraction came very close to...
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Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 2 – Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

October 9, 2014
Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Part 2 – Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

The first Disney attraction from the Fair that we will be looking at is “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. As you will see, the concept began with Walt long before the World’s Fair. In the late 1950’s there was extensive planning on a major expansion to Main Street USA. Part of this was to...
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Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair

September 25, 2014
Disney WAYBACK Machine – Walt at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair

Overview In 1964 and 1965 New York City hosted what was the grandest World’s Fair ever and to this day, still is. For our purposes though, it included four attractions developed by Walt Disney and WED (Walter E. Disney – later to become Imagineering). Just a few years earlier, Walt had opened Disneyland with...
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