Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fun facts about Disney

  • Talk about keeping quiet. Disney employees are expressly prohibited from dating other Disney employees – hence Don’t Date Disney. A former employee of Disneyland let the cat out of the bag on that policy years ago when he tattled to “LA Magazine” about his time as Jack Sparrow. Unfortunately, someone took a photo of him and his then girlfriend, an Ariel, and showed it to the higher ups, who were displeased. However, it was going to the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” doing an interview in costume, giving his full name, and the interview being posted online that got his Ears taken away. At the same time, park employees are discouraged from trying to “excite” members of the opposite sex and to ignore any flirtation from guests. Tough luck, Jack, no lasses or goatee for you!

  • Included in that rigid control of their trademarks is the vaunted Disney Vault. Disney started theatrically re-releasing movies seven years after they were originally released after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” Since then, the home movie craze hit and with the advent of DVDs, the Vault is only reopened once every 10 years. Supposedly this is a ploy to get new generations of children interested in the movies. Or like any business, it could just be a way to make more money.

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  • Located entirely within its own improvement district – the Reedy Creek Improvement District of Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Walt Disney World with its main attractions and resorts is twice the size of Manhattan. Every day, the guests of the resorts use an amount of linens that would take a normal person 40 years to clean. Supposedly the landscaping crew puts over a half a million miles on the mowers covering the 47 miles of WDW throughout the year. In the last seven years, a water saving effort has taken place at the theme parks, which has meant a savings of about 2.5 billion gallons of water. Who said it was a “small, small world?”

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  • Walt Disney World® Resort encompasses 30,500 acres, making it approximately the same size as San Francisco.
  • When Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park first opened its doors on October 1, 1971, adult admission cost $3.50.

  • The replica of the Liberty Bell that can be found in the center of Liberty Square was built from the same authentic cast as the original in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Approximately 46 million people visit Walt Disney World – including Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Downtown Disney Area – annually.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Freebies at Disney

free cookie

Nestle sponsors the Junior Chef Program where kids learn to follow a recipe and bake real Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When they're fully baked, they get to sample the cookies they made. They also get to keep their chef’s hat!

The program is available for children aged 3-10. They must sign-up for this in advance and book a time.
Location: In Future World’s “The Land” on the lower level near “Living with the Land.”

Need a free pop.

“Club Cool” is sponsored by Coca Cola and features samples of beverages they sell around the world. It’s self-served and you can drink as much as you want.
Location: In Future World past the Epcot Character Spot.

Visit Downtown Disney.
It costs nothing to visit Downtown Disney. There are lots of fun shops to stroll through and plenty of people watching opportunities. Don't miss the snoozing man made from lego or the fabtastc magnets at Magnetron Magnetz. Stop in the Art of Disney store - They run a trivia quiz every day and give out prizes if you get them all right!

Watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks
From the beach of the Grand Floridian or Polynesian. You can park at the resorts for a short time for free. Tell the guard you are visiting the hotel coffee shop.

Take a free tour of Wilderness Lodge
Check with guest services for times and details.

Watch the Electrical Water Pageant
It takes place each night on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake - times vary. A long line of barges are transformed into a magical light show. It is short - just a few minutes long but is one of the overlooked treasures of Walt Disney World. It can be seen from the beaches of the Grand Floridian and Polynesian and the Fort Wilderness Marina and Beach

Nature Trails at Fort Wilderness
There are many miles of trails at Fort Wilderness, through pine and cypress woods. All free.

Visit The Boardwalk
Best in the evening. Just stroll and take in the atmosphere. There's usually lots of "street entertainment"

Visit the The petting farm at Fort Wilderness.
The petting farm is open 7 am to dusk a. There is free day parking at Ft. Wilderness.

Take the free garden tour at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort.
Call guest services for times

Take the free lobby tour at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Take a boat ride.
From Dixie Landings to Downtown Disney. Take a stroll round Downtown Disney and catch the boat back to your car at Dixie Landings.

For $14.00, your child can get their first haircut at The Harmony Barbershop near Main Street USA. Disney will make it memorable by giving them mouse ears that say “My 1st Haircut” and other fun stuff.
The barbers here are professional stylists and showmen who have lots of tricks to make little ones feel comfortable and enjoy their special treatment.
The shop is located between the Car Barn and the Emporium – just before Main Street. There are lots of cool antiques like a working Western Electric phone box.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week
Costs of Services:
Adult Cut: $17
Child Cut: $14 (12 and under)
Beard & Mustache Trim: $10
Colored Gel: $5

Fun Facts!
Did you know that at the Norway pavilion in Epcot, each day the first guest on the Maelstrom ride receives a free Viking hat that says "Viking of the Day"?

did you know that the tiles in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot World Showcase were created by Moroccan artisans brought in from Morocco by Disney? This may not seem too remarkable in and of itself. But take a look at each of the mosaics on the walls. You will notice that each mosaic has at least one cracked/flawed tile in it. This is because these mosaics, created by Moroccan artisans who worshipped Allah, believed that only Allah can create something that is "perfect". So every mosaic was purposely flawed by the artists in respect to their beliefs.

At 580 acres, the Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom park is five times the size of the Magic Kingdom, making it the largest Disney Theme Park in the world.

Mission Space requires more computers than a NASA space shuttle

Pirates of the Caribbean did not open until 1973, 2 years after MK opened..originally Imagineers thought Pirates would not be popular in Florida due to its proximity to the Caribbean, but Guests demanded it, and it quickly became the most popular ride at the park

The Cinderella Castle Suite used to be a Reservation Call Center

Other meanings for the acronynm Epcot: Experimental Polyester Costumes of Tomorrow, Every Person Comes out Tired, and Every Paycheck Comes on Thursday  

Saturday, November 12, 2011

3 Months and 1 week till Disney!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been thinking about our February Disney trip every day since my family and I planned it last year. Now the holidays are right around the corner and before I know it, it will be time to make my lists and pack. Once a week until our trip, I will be posting pictures of my past trips and tips about Disney World. My family from both sides, with my husband, two kids, and I will be going together. We are going to be renting a spectacular 7 bedroom home with a pool on one of the closest resorts to Disney World. I cannot wait to share these amazing experiences with my family as they journey on this next adventure with us. We had the best time of our lives the last few times we went, so here are some of our memories to share. 

These are a few of my favorite pictures from past trips to Disney World. I have so many favorite pictures to share with you all. Over the next 14 weeks, I will be posting pictures and advice on Disney World. The schedule is as follows...
week 1 and 2- My favorite pics of Disney World and some good advice
week 3- places to stay
week 4- places to eat on and off property
week 5 and 6- Magic Kingdom
week 7 and 8- Epcot
week 9 and 10- Hollywood Studios
week 11 and 12- Animal Kingdom
week 13- Favorite pics of Disney and some good advice
week 14- packing and more favorite pics of Disney and more good advice

Friday, November 4, 2011

Monkey Joe's

Recently we visited Monkey Joe's. It is a great place to take the kids and have parties. The girls had a wonderful time going crazy in there. Here are some great pics of our time there.