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  • Blog Post: Scoping out the competition: Six Flags Great Adventure

    As we eagerly await our trip to Walt Disney World this August, my 7 year old daughter and I decided to whet our theme park appetite with a trip to our local Six Flags park, Great Adventure in nearby New Jersey. It's not quite Disney World, but the weather was warm and the park was having special...
  • Blog Post: The Disney 9/11 stories continue ...

    You know, when people usually talk about what happened on 9/11, the focus (for obvious reasons) is on New York, Washington D.C. and that field just outside of Shanksville, PA. But -- as was proven by this past Wednesday's story on JHM -- the impact of these tragic events was felt the world 'round...
  • Blog Post: 9/11 at Walt Disney World: First Person Accounts

    Be careful what you ask for. Last Thursday, as part of my " Disney theme park emergency plan is simple as A, B, C " article, I asked that JHM readers who were actually at Walt Disney World when 9/11 happened to come forward & share their stories. And -- boy -- did you guys respond. I literally...
  • Blog Post: Disney theme park emergency plan is simple as A, B, C

    Martin L. writes in to ask: Jim -- This may seem like kind of a weird question to ask. But I was wondering if you had any stories about what really happened in the Disney theme parks on 9/11? How did Disney break the news to all those guests that something horrible had just happened and that -- as a...
  • Blog Post: What was supposed to be built at Disney World during the "Disney Decade"?

    So -- what with all the hoopla surrounding that "Coming Home" commercial -- I decided to go check out disneydestinations.com yesterday. And -- as I'm poking around the site -- I come across the "Happiest Memories on Earth Timeline" . This neat feature which allows you to explore...
  • Blog Post: Another WDW might-have-been: Fort Wilderness Junction

    As regular readers of JHM already know, the history of the Walt Disney World Resort is littered with great what-might-have-beens stories. Terrific sounding attractions that never quite made it off the drawing board. Entire resorts that were all planned & ready to go, only to suddenly fall out of...
  • Blog Post: A Mouseketrips Mouseke-tip: How to make eating out at Disney World NOT take a bite out of your wallet

    I remember sack lunches. You know, those meals lovingly packed by Mom each day before you headed off to school. The ones that contained, by the time you got around to opening the tattered brown bag, a completely flattened PB&J, a baggie of what were once full-sized potato chips, a well-bruised apple...
  • Blog Post: A Mouseketrips Mouseke-tip: There's more to meet the eye when the Disney Cruise Line heads west

    Most of you know by now that the Disney Cruise Line will, for the first time, be visiting the West Coast next year. As part of the Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration, the "Disney Magic" will be moved from its home port of Port Canaveral, Florida and will take up residence at the...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World for teens

    Can teens really have fun at a place like Walt Disney World? Absolutely! Actually, be prepared to have the time of your life. It's a safe place to assert some independence from your parents, a place you'll never forget. Here are some of the best experiences for teens at "The Happiest Place...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World's overlooked attractions: Disney Quest

    "Well, I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest . A quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun." -- Clark Griswold Thanks to our old friend Clark W. Griswold (a.k.a. Chevy Chase) in 1983's Vacation for the perfect opening quote...
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