Ron Thompson

Disney Resort Review – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows

January 28, 2016

Aloha ! from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This resort, affectionately labeled The Poly by those familiar with it, has been around from just a few months after Walt Disney World opened in Oct of 1971. Until recently, it had remained largely unchanged. Over the last few years it has undergone sweeping changes and a...
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Disney Character History – Donald Duck

January 14, 2016

“Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me  M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E, Mickey Mouse…DONALD DUCK. “  As Donald reminded us on the Mickey Mouse Club, he always plays second fiddle to the Mouse. But he has been a beloved member of the Fab Five since 1934. Donald was originally created as a...
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The Essential Disney Bookshelf – Disney Trivia From the Vault

December 31, 2015
Disney Trivia Cover-15

As I write this post, we are only a few  days away from New Year’s and 2016. That will mark a sad day. I was a freshman in college when I heard the news that one of my heroes, Walt Disney, had passed away. So now looking back over those 40 years, the world...
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Disney Character History – Part 2

December 17, 2015
Early Mickey and Minnie drawing

In my last article, we looked at the history of Mickey Mouse, the icon  of the Walt Disney Company. So, as promised, we are now going to take a look at Mickey’s girlfriend – Minnie Mouse. Despite having the same last name, Mickey and Minnie are not related and have never been married. Minnie...
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Disney Character History – Part 1

December 3, 2015

We’ve lived with them all our lives. We slept with the plushes ( there are no “stuffed” animals in Disney), Wore their pictures on our T-shirts and included them in so many other aspects of our lives, but how much do we know about Disney’s remarkable characters? What is their history? Do they have...
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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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