Walt Disney World 45th Anniversary

Walt Disney World 45th Anniversary: Why It Matters

Today was the45th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Here’s what I observed on this “special” day: Transportation had buses ready to bring extra guests to the park from the TTC. But express monorails–a signature part of Walt Disney World’s opening–were not up and running until well after opening. Guests entering the park were handed free … Read more

Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Examining Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora, the World of Avatar will unveil itself sometime in 2017. Now is a good opportunity to really look at what we know–or don’t know–about this attraction based on the film Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’ve learned a few new things recently–and I have just taken a few unique shots that will help us better … Read more

VIP Treatment at Disney

VIP Treatment at Disney

Do you want VIP treatment at Disney? Perhaps you should visit the Fantasyland courtyard at the Magic Kingdom. There sits the Sword in the Stone. From time to time you find The Royal Majesty Makers inviting guests to pull Excalibur from its rock foundation. After older adults find no success, they usually identify a young child who easily pulls … Read more

Guests boarding vehicles at Test Track, a complicated attraction where computers manage the acceleration and braking for the passenger. Photo by J. Jeff Kober

Safety at Disney: Is There a Problem?

It’s been a long summer at the house of the Mouse. And the real culprit seems to center around safety at Disney. In what should have been a blockbuster summer of opening several shows and  attractions such as the new Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After, Friendship Faire and Rivers of Light, the advent of these … Read more

Disney Springs

Disney Springs From a Grove

In anticipation of the new Disney Springs opening, in May I wrote in a previous post about how Disney Springs had evolved originally from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Center to adding Downtown Disney and Disney’s West Side. We talked about the retail and competitive entertainment influences surrounding those neighborhoods of what ultimately combined to become Downtown … Read more

Making Shanghai Disney Less Overwhelming

Making Shanghai Disney Less Overwhelming

Last week, I showcased 5 things that made Shanghai Disney an amazing park. With that list, I identified ways those visiting can really enjoy the park. For Disney fans, it is an experience worth having on your bucket list. That said, the park is huge. It is difficult to traverse. It is very hot and humid. … Read more

Pleasure Island was an entertainment offering unlike anything on Walt Disney World property at the time. It was its own era. Behind the sign is the old Mannequins building, now the Morimoto Asia Restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Before Disney Springs

This weekend a major section of Disney Springs opens when their Town Center is unveiled to the public. Up until now, much of the remodeling of what was once Downtown Disney has been largely focused on what was formerly Pleasure Island, now known as The Landing. This major addition of the Town Center at Disney … Read more