Do You Speak the Disney’s Language?

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The world of Walt Disney entertainment is so unique it requires its own language. Some words originated directly from Walt and his Imagineers. Others, it seems, have grown into their own Disneyness and have acquired new meanings along the way.Attraction = a theme park ride or show Audio animatronics = realistic robotics that bring 3-D effect to an Attraction Automagic = play on automatic; the Disney way of making things magically happen Backstage = a park area not accessible to … [Read more...]



Review of Disneyland: Sunrise to Sunrise, by Tom Bricker

Disneyland Sunrise to Sunrise ebook

If you subscribe to TouringPlans.com, you are probably familiar with the photographic genius of Tom Bricker. Tom is the Chief Photographer for TouringPlans, and as such is responsible for the photos at the top of each page of the website as well as the attraction photo galleries and other assignments. You may also recognize Tom’s photography from the Unofficial Guide: Color Companion to Walt Disney World, Popular Photography Magazine, or his daily Disney photos featured on the blog he and his … [Read more...]



Disney Water Parks—Are They Worth It?

Castaway Creek Typhoon Lagoon

Looking for a thrill at Walt Disney World? The Resort’s four theme parks aren’t the only places to satisfy that urge.Typhoon Lagoon, as legend holds, resulted when disaster struck Placid Palms Resort in the tropical paradise of Safen Sound. Ships were tossed upon mountains, surfboards flung through trees and sharks deposited into the harbor. Left in the wake were an inland sea with breaking waves, a watershed mountain, caves, waterfalls, rivers and slides—a vacationer’s dream … [Read more...]



CHIMPANZEE Crafts and Activities

DisneyNature Chimpanzee

DisneyNature, the first new Disney-branded film label from the Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years, will be adding a new reel to their portfolio this Friday. Their first three releases, earth, oceans and African Cats, are among the top four highest-grossing feature-length nature films of all time, and we should expect no less quality production with Chimpanzee. Filmed in the lush forests of Africa, Chimpanzee follows the touching story of an orphaned three-year-old chimp named Oscar and … [Read more...]



Tom Sawyer: the Man, the Myth, the Island

Tom Sawyer Island at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Frontierland

Tom Sawyer: the man, the myth, the island…or the boy, the novel, the attraction.Samuel Langhorn Clemens, aka Mark Twain, is one of America’s best-known humorists, lecturers and novelists. His The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) launched him to celebrity status, with his subsequent The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) being considered “the Great American Novel.” Mark Twain’s masterfully written colloquial speech and dialect created lively, authentic characters who, it seemed, lived out … [Read more...]



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