Top Five Tips for Displaying your Disney Collectibles

OK. You’ve just got back from that visit to The Happiest Place on Earth or perhaps The Vacation Kingdom. And although you promised yourself that you wouldn’t buy everything you saw, you’ve come home with an extra suitcase full of Disney collectibles!Now what? Well, once you convince your significant other not to leave you, it’s time to find a place for all that new stuff. And it ain’t gonna be easy!Fortunately for you, I’ve been in this predicament on more than one occasion, so here are … [Read more...]

Look for the Disney Trademarks

We’ve all done this: We’re browsing in an antique shop or at a flea market and come across a Disney treasure. We know we’ve found something special, but how old is it? We pick it up and turn it over, hoping to find a date. But all we find is a Disney trademark.But wait! It’s different from the one we know. We pick up another piece of Disneyana, and it has yet another trademark stamped on it! And now we’re all confused. Well, I’m here to clear up that confusion by sharing with you the Disney … [Read more...]

Top 5 Tips for Collecting Merchandise

All Disney collectibles are valuable. False!All Mickey Mouse collectibles are the most valuable. False!Nothing new will ever be worth anything. False!Just how many false impressions are there out there about Disneyana collecting? Probably as many as there are Disneyana collectibles! Antique dealers count on misinformation and sentimentality to slip that extra percentage on your purchase. Don’t let them rip you off!Follow these five tips for collecting Disneyana:Number … [Read more...]

Disney Quick Tips – Saving Your Digital Memories

More is better right? Wrong! If you have a 3 or 4 GB media card for your digital camera, or greater, you could be risking the loss of hundreds of Disney memories. Large GB cards can store several hundreds of high resolution images. It's convenient not to have to swap out cards every two minutes, but not so convenient when your camera decides to have a melt down and erase what you've taken!Or you could do what I did once and erase over 200 pictures yourself. And you could also lose your … [Read more...]

A Canadian Perspective of the Epcot Pavilion

Mountain Range Only eleven countries have the privilege of being represented in EPCOT at Walt Disney World. And as you probably already know, they are:American Adventure Canada China France Germany Italy Japan Mexico Morocco Norway United KingdomOf course, it’s the Canada Pavilion that this article will focus on.To begin with, I was surprised to find a Canada Pavilion at EPCOT. It’s all-too common for most of the world to see my country as nothing more … [Read more...]

Snowbirds: Disney Vacationing for Canadians

If you don’t know already, I am Canadian. And although my country isn’t exactly The Great White North anymore due to weather pattern changes, it still does get cold enough in winter to make Florida look awfully good. And warm!And to this ‘Snowbird’ it’s just a no-brainer to head to The Vacation Kingdom for that hot and sweaty two weeks of winter vacation time. But perhaps your dream vacation involves Disneyland.Before my family’s first visit to Walt Disney World in 2005, however, we had … [Read more...]

Top 5 Attraction Names at Disney World

The Imagineering doesn’t stop at ride mechanics or theming triumphs. It continues with music, lighting, location, and: Names!Yes, what would a Walt Disney World attraction be without a cool name? Well, just another amusement park ride, really. But Walt’s sense of whimsy is alive and well in every attraction, and I’d like to share with you just five of my favorite Attraction Names at Disney World:No.5: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical RevueIt’s fun. It’s frivolous. There’s whooping and hollering. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Theming Triumphs at Disney World

I know right out of the gate that I don’t have a hope of picking five winners that everyone will agree with in today’s Top 5 list. But you know me; I’m going to try anyway!Some theme parks may have a ride or two to rival Disney’s, but no one can match Disney theming. Whether it is a restaurant, attraction, or Land, the Mouse just knows what looks good!So here are my Top 5 theming triumphs from Walt Disney World:No. 5: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant(see picture above)I’m a … [Read more...]

Disney Food Confession – Fish and Chips

What is it? Just the best food in the World! There's nothing like an authentic feed of English-style fish and chips.Where to find it: After you pay your way into EPCOT, make for the World Showcase. Once there, go directly to the UK Pavilion and stop at, not the Rose and Crown Pub, but the Yorkshire County Fish Shop.Why do you want it? Everyone who knows me is aware that I'm Canadian. But: I'm actually English! Well, sort of. My entire family is from England but I was born in Toronto, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Imagineering Touches at The Magic Kingdom

Imagineers are mythical creatures that supposedly come out at night throughout the Magic Kingdom. They impishly fly around and tinker with things, always trying to make them better. But when the sun starts to come up in the East, these strange little creatures disappear... until the next night!And just what do they do during their nocturnal visits? They create little touches that affect our Park experience, whether we realize it or not.With great difficultly, I've managed to discover the … [Read more...]