Review: Planet Explorers Walt Disney World 2011

Author Laura Shaefer has just released a brand new travel book called Planet Explorers Walt Disney World 2011, offering tween-agers “a little extra information about what’s where and why it’s so cool.” With this non-comprehensive guide, kids gain clout to “impress your parents and brothers or sisters and be their guide through all four Walt Disney World theme parks—and beyond.”The book’s introduction contains a handy attraction evaluation key: (S) Scary, (A) Awesome, (D) Dark, (T) Thrilling, … [Read more...]

Teens Take on visiting Walt Disney World

Is your teen ready to go it alone at Walt Disney World Resort? Small children see the Parks through pixie dusted lenses. Everything is magical and memorable and perfect. As they age, though, a little of that pixie dust wears off. A Disney trip may still be fun, but tagging along with Mom and Dad and little siblings can be a drag.The teenagers I know keep their love of The Most Magical Place on Earth alive by stepping out on their own. They taste some independence, and they discover the … [Read more...]

All New Walt Disney World Pro App for iPhone & iPod Touch

 TimeStream Software Releases All New Walt Disney World Pro App for iPhone & iPod TouchA brand new mobile application from TimeStream Software is now available for Walt Disney World Guests on the go. Designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch yet compatible with iPad, this handy app contains just about everything the Disney traveler needs to know to make the most of a visit to Walt Disney World Resort.At one touch, Guests access extensive resources including the … [Read more...]

Cars 2 iPhone App from Disney Mobile

 The recently released Cars 2 app for iPhone is “TOP SECRET: FOR YOUR WHEELS ONLY!”Already the #1 top selling application in the Apple iTunes store, this game is a sure hit with fans of all ages. Featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen and two new stars from Disney•Pixar’s latest release, Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell, players are dared to accomplish a mission: to complete each race, unlock new levels and get the high score.To begin, choose your desired character and … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World Quick Tips – Slow down and pay attention

When you visit Walt Disney World Resort, slow down and pay attention. It’s impossible to see and do everything in one Park visit anyway, so try not to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of doing it all that you overlook what makes the place so magical.It’s tempting to take touring plans in hand and race from one attraction to the next or to watch your watch closely and time each curtain call. Gotta catch that bus, make the dinner reservation, sprint back for your Fast Pass … [Read more...]

Madame Leota: Imagineer Leota Toombs Thomas

The late Leota Toombs Thomas, longtime Walter Elias Disney (WED—now Walt Disney Imagineering) employee, model builder, costumer, and Imagineer, is best known as the disembodied spirit of Madame Leota in Disneyland’s and Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion attraction. Not long ago, I chatted with her former sister-in-law and my very dear friend, Joann Loughlin, who graciously shared her memories of this special relative.Leota began working for Walt Disney at a very young age, perhaps around … [Read more...]

The Magic, the Memories and…Wishes!

When Walt Disney World launched Wishes Nighttime Spectacular in 2003, it fired off the biggest and most extravagant pyrotechnic show in Magic Kingdom history. Most evenings throughout the year 683 individual fireworks pieces set from 557 cues burst dazzling color and light above and around Cinderella Castle.The breathtaking display is choreographed to 15 songs from 10 classic Disney animated films: • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) • Pinocchio (1940) • Fantasia (1940) • Cinderella … [Read more...]

That’s a Lot of Water! Disney Pools and Parks

The theme parks aren’t the only place to find thrill rides at Walt Disney World Resort. At Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, we spent the month of April surfing Typhoon Lagoon, one of the world’s largest wave-motion pools; snorkeling the Shark Reef, like a dive in a natural aquarium; and chuting down Crush ‘n’ Gusher, the only water coaster in North America with three separate rides off a single tower. We caught our breath with a relaxing float along Castaway Creek before chilling out at Blizzard … [Read more...]

I Love this Disney Site: MouseLinked

I love this Disney site! A few months back I met Randy Ojeda, aka @FluffedMojo, on Twitter. We chatted Disney stuff for a bit, then he invited me to check out his new social network: MouseLinked.To say MouseLinked is like Facebook for Disney fans is an understatement. It’s the place where all Disney fan communities come together, from blogs to podcasts to forums…to infinity and beyond! Randy’s goal in creating this new network stemmed from Walt’s own inspiration. He wanted to build “some … [Read more...]

Disney takes the time to Feed the Children

So you’re at Walt Disney World and you’re hungry. Not a problem! At the more than 475 eateries across the Resort, including snack carts, fast food and full-service restaurants, nearly 6,000 different dishes are available around the World, from pre-meal appetizer to post-dinner dessert, from morning coffee to evening nightcap.Annually10,000 dessert soufflés are baked at Victoria & Albert’s. 63,000 Cobb salads are tossed at The Hollywood Brown Derby. 1.3 million pounds of turkey … [Read more...]