Ron Thompson

If I were CEO of Disney – Walt Disney World’s Fifth Gate

November 19, 2015

This is my second installment of the “If I were CEO of Disney” series. This time, I am looking at  the possibility of a Fifth Gate. In Disney speak, a Gate refers to one of the Theme Parks. So, the question I postulate: is there a good opportunity to develop another, a fifth, Theme...
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The Essential Disney Bookshelf: Since the World Began

November 5, 2015
Since the World Began cover

  When I started this series on the essential Disney bookshelf, I remarked that these choices were personal ones and people would probably agree with some of my choices and not with others. Since the World Began – Walt Disney World, The First 25 Years by Jeff Kurtti is one choice that any Disney...
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Disney Impressions: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

October 22, 2015
2015 Food and Wine Cover

Every year for the past 20 years, Epcot  has hosted the annual Food and Wine Festival. Each year it has gotten bigger, more expansive and encompassing. This year is no exception. While in previous years, the festival has been confined to the World Showcase Promenade, this year it has expanded somewhat to include some...
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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Planning Your Strategy

October 8, 2015

Every Year from around late September through the end of October, Walt Disney World hosts Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) on selected nights. This party is a hard ticketed event. Meaning that you must purchase a separate ticket for this event even if you have a day pass, multi-day ticket or Annual Pass.The cost...
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The Essential Disney Bookshelf: The WDW Trivia Book

September 10, 2015
Trivia Book Cover

When someone mentions an Essential Disney Bookshelf, what  comes to mind? Perhaps you think about the history of the Parks, perhaps about Disney Animation or perhaps about Walt himself. All of those are good answers however, I’ll add another topic to the list: Trivia. That may not seem to be in the same category...
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Disney Impressions: D23 Expo 2015 Recap

August 27, 2015

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...
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A Baker’s Dozen Reasons Why Every WDW Fan Should Visit Disneyland

August 13, 2015

We are in Anaheim on the eve of the D23 Expo but also looking forward to spending time at the Disneyland Resort. I am reminded about conversations I have had with friends familiar with WDW who ask me “Why should I go to Disneyland, isn’t it just a smaller version of the Magic Kingdom?”...
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Marvel One-Shots

July 30, 2015

So, you are a faithful follower of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). You say that you’ve  seen all the Thor, Avenger, Hulk, Captain America movies. You also stayed for the easter eggs after the credits so you have seen it all. Right? Maybe not. Not anyway if you haven’t seen the Marvel One Shots....
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The D23 Expo Sneak Peek

July 16, 2015
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In  just one month, Disney will host it’s fourth D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and it promises to be a blockbuster. Disney Fans should be well acquainted with D23 by this time but just in case you have been stranded on a deserted island or frozen in Carbonite since 2009, here is...
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The Essential Disney Bookshelf Part 2: Disney Animation – The Illusion of Life

July 2, 2015
1st ed Cover Photo

  Welcome to my second installment of the Essential Disney Bookshelf. In case you missed the  first posting, here is what it is all about. If you are a Disney Geek, Disneyphile or whatever moniker you choose to put on it, you likely have a few Disney related books on your bookshelf. Well, this...
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