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  • Blog Post: Ruminations - The Disneyland Railroad in Black & White

    Okay, so you know by now that I have a particular fondness for the Disneyland Railroad. The good thing, at least for me, is that I am certainly not alone. And just as with Walt himself, that fascination is somewhat a lifelong one. Walt Disney as the properly dressed steam locomotive engineer during an...
  • Blog Post: Six Degrees of "Star Tours"

    Are you familiar with the game the " Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon "? Where you try -- by using as few films as possible -- to link a particular performer to the star of " Footloose "? Well, when it comes to the "Star Tours" attraction, you can actually play a very similiar game with a Canadian-based company...
  • Blog Post: You wanna go where every birdie knows your name...

    Late last week, I finally got to check out Disneyland's refurbished "Enchanted Tiki Room." And I have to tell you that -- what with all their new paint & feathers -- I'm guessing that the AA cast of this Adventureland favorite probably look as good as they did back when this attraction first opened...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Disneyland's First Tinker Bells

    With the announcement that Tinker Bell will be making a new flight path around Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland as part of "The Happiest Celebration on Earth," I thought I would dig through my files to find information about the three early Tinker Bells who created the tradition beginning with the...
  • Blog Post: The short, short life of Disney World's STOLport

    Maybe you've seen it. Just off to the right through the trees after you've come through the Magic Kingdom's toll plaza. That long strip of road that seems to go nowhere on the other side of the Epcot monorail beamway. Sometimes you'll see buses out there idling near that long stretch of tarmac. "So that...
  • Blog Post: Are you a Pixie Planner?

    My family calls me the "Pixie Planner." Why? Because I'm the daughter who lives in Central Florida. The one who know Walt Disney World like the back of her hand. Which is why friends & family members are always asking me to serve as their personal tour guide during their WDW vacations. (Do I sound...
  • Blog Post: Could park-wide plumbing problems be sending DAK's expansion plans down the tubes?

    Given how thick and lush the foliage is at Disney's Animal Kingdom, it will probably come as no surprise that this theme park has an extensive drainage system. Photo by Jeff Lange But what may surprise Disneyana fans is to learn that -- in spite of the fact that Disney's Animal Kingdom is less than seven...
  • Blog Post: Remembering "Captain EO"

    This has been a very tough month for me. I came back home from a very long week covering the Consumer Electronics Show only to realize that my hopes and dreams for the return of a classic Disney attraction had been squelched by the media. Now I love ABC News. Not because it's owned by Disney, but somehow...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: The story of Epcot's Innoventions Fountain

    "In a ceremony signifying international understanding and cooperation, representatives of the performing groups gathered around the Fountain of World Friendship in CommuniCore Plaza and added water from their own countries into the fountain." ---EYES AND EARS (a Walt Disney World cast newspaper) reporting...
  • Blog Post: Out of the parks and "On the Record"

    copyright Walt Disney Company 2005 If we were comparing Disney broadway musicals to Disney theme parks, "Beauty and the Beast" would be Disneyland (charming and heart-warming), "Aida" would be Epcot (more intellectual and not as kid-friendly), and "The Lion King" would be...
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