Fastpass To History: Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit

Over the years, Epcot has hosted many wonderful attractions which sadly are not longer a part of the theme park. Kitchen Kabaret, located in The Land pavilion, was one of the opening day attractions at Epcot Center in 1982. Sponsored by Kraft Foods, the attraction used singing animatronic foods to educate guests about the importance […]

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Walt & Lillian - Carnation Plaza Gardens

Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire sits in the location of what was a popular Disneyland attraction dating back to Walt Disney’s days in the park. The Carnation Plaza Gardens occupied this space from the parks opening in 1955 until April 30, 2012. For many years, guests visiting the Carnation Plaza Gardens could take part in swing dancing […]

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Disney Music Monday: Carousel Of Progress

The Disney parks are filled with wonderful Disney music. Some of the songs come from Disney films, while other songs were written specifically for an attraction. My favorite Disney park song, There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, was written especially for The Carousel of Progress. Disney was asked to design a show to be part of […]

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Fastpass To History: Discovery Island - Treasure Island

You may know Discovery Island as one of the lands at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But did you know there was at one time another Discovery Island at Walt Disney World? Located in Bay Lake is an 11.5 acre island. Its history began long before Walt Disney World was even thought of. In the early 1900’s, […]

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Honey I Shrunk The Audience

Honey, I Shrunk The Audience was one of my favorite attractions at Epcot. Guests would attend the Inventor of the Year Award ceremony at the Imagination Pavilion. Wayne Szalinski was the honoree at this special ceremony. You may remember him from the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids films. This attraction was sponsored by Kodak and […]

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The Original WDW Resorts - The Contemporary

When Walt Disney World first opened in 1971, there were only three resorts on the property. Do you know which are the three original resorts? When I found out there were only three resorts open in 1971, I naturally assumed it was the three monorail resorts near the Magic Kingdom. However, those are not the […]

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Skyway

I remember seeing the Skyway stretching across the Magic Kingdom when I was young. It was always so interesting to watch the gondolas travel in the air above Fantasyland. Although I can’t remember for sure if I ever rode the Skyway (but I think I may have), I do have a few great memories of […]

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds: The First Disney Mountain

For 55 Years, the Matterhorn Has Thrilled Guests and Dominated Disneyland Park Skyline Since June 1959, the Matterhorn has been a highly visible landmark for Disneyland Park, a sign to travelers that they are nearing The Happiest Place on Earth. Now part of the Disneyland “Mountain Range of Thrill Rides” – including Space Mountain, Big Thunder […]

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Lilo & Stitch

Stitch is my absolute favorite Disney character. I love seeing him in the Disney parks and having breakfast with him at ‘Ohana! One of my favorite things about Stitch is that I actually got to see the Disney animators at work creating  Lilo & Stitch! Years ago, the Orlando branch of Walt Disney Animation was […]

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Disneyland's Golden Spires - Sleeping Beauty Castle

While Disneyland was being constructed, Walt Disney wanted every detail to be perfect. He was always looking for ways to “plus” the park and enhance the guest experience. No detail was too small for Walt. In order to make the castle sparkle, Walt Disney wanted to put real gold on the spires atop Sleeping Beauty […]

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Donald Duck

Today, June 9th, 2014, is Donald Duck’s 80th birthday! This loveable duck (who sometimes has a bit of a temper) has been delighting children young and old since his 1934 debut in The Wise Little Hen. This cartoon short was part of the Silly Symphonies. Animator Dick Lundy is credited with creating Donald Duck in […]

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Spaceship Earth

Many people, even if they haven’t been to Walt Disney World, know Spaceship Earth as the symbol of Epcot. But this giant “golf ball” is more than just a park icon; This 18 story geodesic sphere houses an omnimover attraction which takes guests back in time for a look at the history of communication. Over […]

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Remember The Magic

In 1996, Walt Disney World celebrated its 25th anniversary with the castle decorated as a giant pink cake. Also as part of that celebration, the Remember The Magic Parade debuted at Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1996. The parade featured many of our favorite Disney characters and was, of course, led by Sorcerer Mickey. The […]

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River Country

In June of 1976, Walt Disney World opened it’s very first water park, River Country. Opening one year before Orlando’s Wet ‘N Wild, River Country is also said to be the very first themed water park in the world. Located on the shores of Bay Lake, this old fashioned swimmin’ hole delighted guests of all […]

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

I love this photo of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to ride this attraction, but I do remember seeing it at Magic Kingdom on several Disney trips. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea opened on October 14, 1971, just days after the opening of Walt Disney World. The attraction was […]

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The Disney Afternoon Show

The above photo is from The Disney Afternoon Show at Mickey’s Starland which was located in the Magic Kingdom. The show began around 1991 and featured characters from the Disney afternoon television shows. The show was updated each year to feature current cartoon characters. The first version of The Disney Afternoon Show featured The Gummi Bears. […]

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Abby Mallard & Chicken Little

  It’s Throwback Thursday! The above photo of Abby Mallard and Chicken Little was taken at Disney-MGM Studios in 2006. At the time, these two characters were some of the newest Disney characters. Their film Chicken Little released in 2005. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should watch it. It’s filled with lovable characters, funny […]

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Mickey Mouse Club MMC

On April 24th, 1989 Disney debuted a new version of the classic Mickey Mouse Club television show. This new 3rd version of the show was called The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (also known as MMC). It ran for 7 seasons from 1989 until 1995. Much like the original Mickey Mouse Club, the new version of […]

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Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Breakfast at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is one of my favorite Disney experiences which is no longer available for most guests. For so many of my childhood vacations to Walt Disney World, breakfast at Tony’s was a must! The location and atmosphere were fantastic. The food was always delicious. Each visit to Tony’s was a […]

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Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room has long been a favorite of visitors to Disney parks. The attraction as we know it has always been a show; however, that is not how plans for the Tiki Room began. Originally, Walt Disney envisioned the Tiki Room as a restaurant. After Walt shared his plans for this Polynesian themed […]

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