Oldies But Goodies – Six Important Reasons For Seniors To Stay Onsite

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The choice to stay on or off site is an important one and can be particularly important for us, the Oldies. There are tons of reasons for staying on site that become apparent when you compare the experience to staying off. I guess you can compare them if you stay off site first like we did - ONCE, either that or you can take my word for it. Let's address what I feel are the six most important reasons for Seniors to vacation on Disney property.Safety - As we get older, particularly when … [Read more...]

A Chat with Young Bambi, Donnie Dunagan

Donnie Dunagan, Voice of young Bambi

Recently I was honored to take part in a chat with Donnie Dunagan, the voice of Young Bambi, to promote "Walt Disney: Bambi" available on Diamond Edition Blu-ray on March 1, 2011. Donald "Donnie" Roan Dunagan was born August 16, 1934 in San Antonio Texas. He made his film debut in "Mother Carey's Chickens" (1938), playing the son of the "Son of Frankenstein" (1939) and provided the voice of young Bambi for the 1942. Dunagan later became a career Marine (1952-77), serving in Vietnam and working … [Read more...]

Traveling Light at Walt Disney World: Mission Impossible?


I can hardly remember touring the Walt Disney World theme parks without a backpack that contains all the essentials. With small children in tow these days, it is usually chock full of diapers, snacks, water, clothing, sunscreen, medications, and ponchos. Even before kids, it was rare that my husband and I didn’t bring a theme park bag, lighter of course, but still filled with everything we would need while away from our resort room for the day. But, is it necessary? Traveling Light Traveling … [Read more...]

Downtown Disney Dining – Is It Worth the Trip?

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Walt Disney World Resort continues to re-invent Downtown Disney (DTD) as a shopping and dining destination, with many new and planned additions– to Marketplace, West Side and now Hyperion Wharf – being outsourced (non-Disney) restaurants.All these changes have led me to wonder about whether DTD dining is good enough to be the anchor of a Disney retail and restaurant experience. Similar to Allie’s question, “To Downtown Disney or Not,” I’ve started to ask myself, “Is it worth traveling to DTD … [Read more...]

Wednesday with Walt: Spreading the Magic


Walt Disney once said, "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." It has been said that Walt Disney would continually tell his cast members, "The customer is king" and "every cast member is responsible for the impression we make." He also encouraged them to  "take five minutes a day to make a magical memory for one of our guests." Former cast members have stated that Walt would walk around Disneyland with a … [Read more...]