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Welcome to this week’s version of the Chip and Company Disney Week In Review. We are introducing a new addition to the Week In Review starting this week which I will explain a bit later. First, let’s start with some of the big news from Disney this week.
- We have some updates for the happenings later this year at Epcot. Some of the details for the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival were released. Also released this week was the schedule for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Flower Power Concert Series for 2011.
- An international partnership between V8 Supercars and Pixar was announced this week lending more support for an ever expanding sport.
- The Magic, The Memories, and You!, the projection show debuted at Disneyland this week. Pictures of vacation memories are projected on the “it’s a small world” building facade much like what is happening at Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.
- This is a big one! The Disney Dream took it’s Maiden Voyage this week and you can read about it in this article.
- The Boss (Chip) was busy this week not only reporting news but adding to his Disneyworld Planning 101 series with articles covering Making The Best Use Of Time and Shopping Smart For Tickets. Read them both and save time and money!!
- Cynthia, a Chip Panel Guest Blogger, gave us a treat with her post entitled Dreams Really Do Come True At Disney. Thanks Cynthia, I know we all really believe the same thing about Disney and we hope to hear more from you.
- Our pals at Pixie Vacations gave us some food for thought about vacation planning with I Don’t Need A Travel Agent…Or Do I? Check it out – even as many times as I have been to Disney, I always use a Travel Agent. It makes things so much easier, they handle the details and you enjoy the results!
- Nancy, our own Affordable Mouse, gave us the scoop on Saving Time And Money with Disney’s Magical Express. She also gave us some excellent touring advice in Details, Details: What You May Be Missing At Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I know I’ll be stopping by the Writer’s Stop in October, thanks Nancy!
- Anonymouse came up with an interesting rumor about the plight of the Yeti at Expedition Everest. Take a look and see what you think!!
- If you are a Disney Vacation Club Member or are considering a DVC purchase you definitely need to read Lisa’s article, Changes Are Coming To The Disney Vacation Club. Thanks for the input Lisa, lots of folks appreciate it!
- Chip and Company is growing like crazy and we absolutely need some additional writers in some areas that aren’t getting the coverage they deserve. We’re Looking For A Few Good Writers outlines what we are looking for so if you would like to consider joining us, take a look.
- The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar at the Disney California Adventure opened a new display this week to highlight the Upcoming Little Mermaid Attraction at the Disneyland Resort. You could probably assume that the Walt Disney World version will be very similar.
- O.K., we know Brenda is all excited because she told us so in What A Thrill – A New Trip Is In The Works. She also filled us in on the new Disney Parks Memories Sweepstakes. Go ahead and enter, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
- Jess had a couple of new entries in the Guide To WDW series. You can read about the and the when you check them out. Thanks Jess, the more you know the more you enjoy!!
- Mike completed the rest of the theme parks in his One Ride I Must Ride series. You can check out Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in these posts.
- Lee did a movie review of one of our “Forgotten Favorites” , Home On The Range and then gave us some terrific advice in Pin Trading For Newbies – Realistic Tips, thanks Lee. (more about Lee coming a bit later)
- We all remember the inspiring story of the Chilean miners who were trapped for endless days. The happy ending continued when they visited Walt Disney World. Take a look at Chilean Miners Honored At Walt Disney World Resort and then check out
- We got a lot of Star Wars/Tron information from Aljon this week. He talked about the new Determine Your Jedi Name, and some more collectibles in the form of Star Wars Frames and the latest Hasbro Vintage Collection Figures. , how to
- Melissa is taking us on a guided tour of World Showcase dining opportunities and this week she covered , , , , , , and .
- Jennifer, our running guru, has given us pointers for Training For Your Disney Marathon with Starting From Scratch and Options Options Options.
- Anne spent a lot of time researching and telling us about the re mastering of the old Alice In Wonderland and exactly what is on the Blu Ray disc for us to explore in Re-mastering Wonderland.
- Debra detailed the how to’s of Disney Pin Trading: Rules And Etiquette For Enjoying The Experience. Read this one and you will know how it’s supposed to be done.
- Kristen helps us make some dining decisions with 2 articles; Dining Out At Disney vs. Bringing Your Own Food and Disney Dining Plan or Deluxe Disney Dining Plan…Which To Choose? Read both of those and you will be able to determine exactly how you want to dine while on vacation.
- In my Oldies But Goodies article this week I outlined What Should We Expect From A Walt Disney World Vacation? In one of my Quick Tips this week I asked you Don’t Miss The ‘Train Setup’ At Epcot it’s really very neat.
In our new feature, Lee, our “Denizen of the Blogosphere” searches the Disney oriented Internet for items that appeal to all of us as Disney fanatics. He will be bringing us articles from friends of Chip and Company and beyond to paraphrase Buzz Lightyear. Thanks for the help Lee!! Give us your best stuff!!
OK then, without further ado, here are some interesting and informative Posts from the last week or so:
- Ever want to just get away from it all? Or from the rest of your group during a WDW vacation? Well, George over at Imaginerding has a suggestion – The Wilderness Lodge and Ft. Wilderness Nature Trail. So jump on your Surrey Bike and peddle on over for a pictorial tour.
- It’s an Everest expedition over at My Dreams of Disney. Mike shares The ONE Ride I Must Ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Do you hear screaming? Oh, and be sure to check out his Disney Tote Bag Giveaway!
- What is the Sounds good to me. Click on over and visit Melissa Lynn at Confections of a Disney Addict to learn about this revolutionary new baking innovation.
- Be sure to add Everything Walt Disney World to your list of favorites! Chris covers a wide variety of topics including Tips, Attractions, and Disney News. Tell her I sent you! It won’t get you anything, but tell her anyways.
- And back to food! Jenn and Melissa over at the Disney Babies Blog had a Foodie Friday this week. For great pictures of some delicious edibles, check out the article Kouzzina by Cat Cora. And don’t miss the unique Hidden Mickey at the end of the Post.
- Hey, what about me? I’ve been busy sharing all kinds of Disney Collectibles over at my blog called Disleelandia. My favorite pick of the week (if I do say so myself) is the Cast Member Atlas from WDW. The Post features a great diagram of the underground tunnels beneath The Magic Kingdom, or as Imagineers would call them, the Utilidors.
- Thirsty? Good, because although I’m not saying that Kristen over at Cooking With Mickey drinks alot, it seems that she thinks we would like to! She shares two recipes for those who would like to imbibe: An Italian Margarita and the Monorail Yellow Drink. Make mine a double!
- Two articles over at The Affordable Mouse caught my eye this week. First, Brenda shares Learning to Zig When Others Zag, which teaches us how to enjoy WDW even when it’s over crowded. And Kelly shares Escape to the Border, a comprehensive look at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
- Aljon is rockin as always over at Sorcerer Radio. Every Friday brings a new Podcast on a variety of Disney subjects. But while you’re waiting for those, don’t forget that you can hear great Disney music and Theme Park audio tracks all day, every day. Too cool for words!
And I think that’s it people! Thanks for giving us a look this week, and be sure to come back next week for a whole new list of the Best of the Best on the Blogosphere!
Beloved Disney character couples are “feelin’ the love” at Walt Disney World Resort during Valentine’s month. Against the fairytale backdrop of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom are Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Aladdin and Jasmine, Belle and Beast, Price Eric and Ariel, Cinderella and Prince Charming and Donald and Daisy Duck.
Photo: Gene Duncan/Disney
- Disney Travel 101: Perks of staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel (examiner.com)
- Making Valentine’s Day Special at Walt Disney World Resort (chipandco.com)
I hate to start by saying It Depends but when we, as Seniors, travel to Walt Disney World we have the flexibility and the luxury to make that vacation exactly what we want it to be so long as we are traveling by ourselves or with like minded seniors. We are not locked into being anywhere at any special time and the only commitment we have is to doing exactly what we want to do. If you are traveling as part of a mixed generation group the rules are different, after all, family peace and contentment is extremely important.
As a couple or small group of seniors there are a number of options for a vacation theme:
- All Inclusive – Do as much of everything as you can, focusing primarily on the theme parks. It also includes time at Downtown Disney and perhaps even a water park. You might also consider things like parasailing and/or a Characters In Flight balloon ride. This is for the enthusiastic and high spirited Senior.
- Focus On Dining - If you enjoy fine or even quirky dining, Walt Disney World will give you the opportunity of a lifetime to experience an enormous number and variety of particularly fine and/or fun restaurants. These run the gamut from the Whispering Canyon Cafe to Victoria and Albert’s with every experience in between. Sure you can do other things but you focus on the joy of fun and fine dining.
- Golf – Lots of seniors love golf and Walt Disney World is an ideal place to pursue that love. There are four championship courses and one nine hole course on site and Disney resort hotel guests experience a variety of perks including free transportation to the courses to meet their tee times. A surprising number of us Oldies play a lot of golf while on vacation.
- Hanging Out – It may seem unusual to go to the #1 tourist attraction in the world and primarily spend your time just hanging out at your resort hotel or just traveling around the 42 square miles of Walt Disney World and never go to a theme park. Unusual yes, but it happens. Many of the Disney resort hotels are lovely and offer a lot of extras if you look for them. These extras range from beautiful pools to spa treatments and also include boat rentals and fishing trips.
These are just a few things you might expect if you theme your vacation to the things you love to do. That’s the beauty of a Walt Disney World vacation, you are not required to do anything or are you prevented from doing anything you would like to do. Your vacation is what you want it to be and how you want it to be. It’s all up to you what you choose to do. Have fun with it and as always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
Photo By Disney
- Oldies But Godies – What Should We Expect From A Walt Disney World Vacation? (chipandco.com)
- Disney World Quick Tips – Don’t Miss The ‘Train Setup’ At Epcot (chipandco.com)
Starting tonight, the façade of “it’s a small world” in Disneyland park is being transformed each night into a breathtaking display of moving, ever-changing photography, video, animation and music as Disneyland celebrates guests’ memories with an innovative new show – “The Magic, The Memories and You!”
Guests of all ages will be reminded of their Disney memories, and may even see themselves in the nightly show, as a kaleidoscope of larger-than-life images is projected onto the classic Fantasyland “it’s a small world” attraction. Included in the thousands of photographs each night will be approximately 500 photos of guests who made memories in Disneyland that very day – resulting in a different “The Magic, The Memories and You!” presentation every night.
“Disneyland has been making very special memories for families and guests of all ages for more than 55 years,” said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. “Now guests recalling and cherishing those memories will become stars of the show as well.”
After the sun goes down, the 10-minute spectacle combines that day’s photos with photos and videos taken from Disney’s “Let the Memories Begin” online hub, and brings them to life with the help of amazing new projection technology that transforms the architecture of “it’s a small world” in never-before-seen ways. Classic Disney music is woven into the new “Let the Memories Begin” theme song and, via some magical effects, even the singing dolls from inside the “it’s a small world” attraction find their way outside to appear in the show. The finale features a burst of fireworks over “it’s a small world.”
“We’re really taking it to the Nth degree and we’re doing it for our guests,” observes show director Alan Bruun, associate creative director, Disney Destinations Entertainment. “Some guests will spot their own photographs in the show, and yet our goal is for everyone watching the show to be able to say, ‘These are my memories. I recognize that moment, that emotion.’ ”
The visual and musical journey that takes place in “The Magic, The Memories and You!” traces the family vacation experience, from planning and travel all the way through arrival and fun in Disneyland. The show closes, appropriately, with a classic Disney memory. A similar show featuring guest images projected onto the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle premiered Jan. 18 in the Magic Kingdom park, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.
Disney Parks guests also are becoming the stars of television commercials. For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests telling their own Disney stories in television ads and other marketing.
At the online memories hub that launched Sept. 23, guests have been celebrating their only-at-Disney memories by sharing their stories and by uploading photos and videos. To access the site, visit www.DisneyParks.com/memories.
Vacation memories hold a special place in the hearts of families, according to a recent survey of Americans and Canadians conducted by Ypartnership, a leading research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel. Nine out of 10 parents polled said they plan their vacations with the express hope of creating a lasting family memory. And most memories don’t fade with the passage of time. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they think back “often” or “very often” on their most cherished vacation memories.
- Guest Images Come to Life on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort (chipandco.com)
- Events, Attractions, and More Coming to Disney in 2011 (chipandco.com)
In a dramatic new projection show filled with special effects and magic, Cinderella Castle will transform into a shimmering canvas for images of Walt Disney World guests and the memories they made that day at Magic Kingdom.
In the nighttime spectacle, photos of guests captured that very day in the park will be projected larger-than-life among the spires and turrets of Cinderella Castle. In similar fashion, guest images will be projected onto “it’s a small world” on select nights at Disneyland Park in California, beginning Jan. 27.
The ten-minute experience – called “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” – will dazzle park guests on both coasts in ways never before experienced, themed to beloved Disney stories and with playful animated sequences that seem to defy the architecture of the buildings. The spectacle is scheduled most nights with up to two shows per night depending on theme park operating hours and other special ticketed events.
As many as 500 images shot that day will project onto the castle each night the show is presented, producers estimate. Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests creating new memories as they “smile for the castle.”
“Disney parks create family vacation memories to last a lifetime,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “What better canvas for those memories than Cinderella Castle, one of the most photographed icons in the world.”
After the sun goes down, 16 high-powered state-of-the-art projectors will bring the castle to life as that day’s photos (and videos taken from Disney’s “Let the Memories Begin” online hub) seem to dance about the famous facade, explained Alan Bruun, associate creative director, Walt Disney World Entertainment.
As classic Disney music weaves in and out of the new “Let the Memories Begin” theme song,turrets spin while the castle shimmers and magically transforms itself in playful and exciting ways to accompany the guests’ memories of fun, adventure and family experiences.
“The images dance to the music and culminate in a spectacular finale punctuated by animated and actual fireworks,” Bruun said.
As Disney Parks encourages families to “Let the Memories Begin,” guests have been celebrating their only-at-Disney memories by sharing their stories and by uploading photos and videos online at DisneyParks.com/memories.
Vacation memories hold a special place in the hearts of families, too, according to a recent survey of Americans and Canadians conducted by Ypartnership, a leading research firm that tracks consumer insights and trends in travel.
Nine out of 10 parents polled said they plan their vacations with the express hope of creating a lasting family memory. And most memories don’t fade with the passage of time. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they think back “often” or “very often” on their most cherished vacation memories.
BY THE NUMBERS: ‘The Magic, The Memories, and You!’ Nighttime Spectacle
- Height of Cinderella Castle: 189 feet
- Number of shows: up to two per night (select evenings)
- Length of each show: ten minutes (approx.)
- Projectors: 16
- Same-day guest photos per show: up to 500
- Total number of images projected per show: more than 5,000
- Images from New Nightime Show ‘Let the Memories Begin’ (chipandco.com)
- Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! Parade Debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Photos and Video (Now in HD) (jefflangedvd.com)