Quote to end your week with

walt Walt on Mickey Mouse ~ ” Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence.  He was a means to and end.  He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad twenty years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.  Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry.  He provided Walt Disney, Mickey Mousethe means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation toward new entertainment levels.  He spelled prpartnersoduction liberation for us.”

To Aquaduck or NOT to Aquaduck?

That is the fate of Donald Duck when his nephew’s Huey, Dewey and Louey get up to their old tricks when it comes to their Uncle Donald Duck.  The Aquaduck on the Disney Cruise ships Dream and Fantasy starts out on Deck 16 and is 765 feet long and ends on Deck 12? This water roller coaster is the first of its kind on anyaqua cruise ship and the clear tunnel loops you out over the side of the ship some 105 feet above the oceans surface! The ride itself is about 45 seconds long and over 10,000 gallons of water move you along at a rate of almost 20 feet per second.
H ave you rode the Aquaduck? Tell aqua2us about your ride?

Windows of Main Street, USA

Did you know that windows on Main Street, USA in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom are dedicated to someone or something?  This first window that we all see OR don’t see if you are not really looking, is the Railroad Office.  This window is in the Main Street Railway Station and faces you as you walk through the ticket entrances.  The window reads Walt Disney World Railroad Office.  Keeping Dreams on Track  Walter E. Disney Chief Engineer.WoMS Rail road

Walter Elias Disney did not live long enough to see his dream of Walt Disney World become a reality. (boy, that line is familiar)  Originally, the Florida resort was going to be called Disney World, but Walt’s brother Roy was insistent that it be changed to Walt Disney World in honor of his brother and his dreams.  Walt was a dreamer and what better way to pay tribute to him than to put his name on the first window you see.  As for the Chief Engineer part this pays tribute to Walt and his lifelong love of trains.  But I think Chief EnginEAR is a more fitting title!

The era we are living in today is a dream coming true.”                                                                                                                        ~Walter E Disney




Trivia Tuesday – The Land Pavilion in Epcot

The Land Pavilion The-Land-Pavilion-Sign opened in Epcot on October 1, 1982.  Since that time this pavilion  has gone through 3 major refurbishments or changes with the latest in 2005 andthe land living with the land the new attraction Soarin’.  The other current attractions feature a boat ride – Living with the Land and a theatre show Circle of Life featuring characters from the Lion King.

QUESTION:                                      A popular character dining choice, the Garden Grill, features a rotating floor with a view of the darker sections of the Living with the Land attraction.  The Garden Grille was not the original name of this restaurant.  garden-grill-restaurant-00                                                                                                                                              What was the name of the restaurant when it first opened?

Please enter your answer in the comments.  The answer next week!

Be Our Guest to add Lunch Reservations

Be-Our-Guest-Set-of-4-Dessert-PlatesBeginning on February 25, 2015 guests to the Walt Disney World will be able to make Advance Dining Reservations (ADR) at Be Our Guest for lunch.  Since opening in December, 2012 dinner reservations have been hard to come b, often frustrating guests.  Adding lunch will give more guests the opportunity to experience this wonderful restaurant.  ADRs may be made online using your My Disney Experience account or you may call in Disney Dinning.  Lunch guests may also (optional) be able to select their meal.

Later this year, breakfast will be coming to Be Our Guest as well.  No word on if this will be character dining experience, but chances are the beast will not be able to stay in the West Wing while guests are dining in his castle!

Give us your opinion: Is Disney asking you to plan too much, if you can select your food when you make your reservation?