Saluting Sheriff Jack Lindquist

The passing of Jack Lindquist this week brings to my mind one of my favorite stories about this man who is heralded for his involvement in Disneyland–even being its first president. But this tale comes from the opening days of Walt Disney World, where all hands were needed–including Jack’s. In olden days, frontier towns like … Read more

Lessons From The Annual Canoe Races

As a new Disney cast member, I remember anticipating my first canoe race. Dozens of teams would sign up, usually from different parts of the operation. There would be some group representing Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, one group of French┬ácast members from World Showcase, while another group represented cast members from the Jungle Cruise. I … Read more

Change Around The Riverbend

There has been much said about the removal of the Big Thunder Ranch/Barbecue area and even more so about the shortening of the Rivers of America as Disneyland prepares to create a new Star Wars Land in that region of the park. On the outset, my belief that not only will Star Wars Land be … Read more

Big Thunder Mountain: “The Wildest Line in the Wilderness!”

There is no question that Big Thunder Mountain is one of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions at Walt Disney World–if not the most popular. It represents so much of what Disney does well–a fun coaster attraction set in the theme of canyons found in southern Utah. It’s pure western charm and folklore and yet … Read more