Exploring the International Disney Parks

Disney World and Disneyland aren’t exactly the same, so why should the other Disney parks abroad be similar?  If you ever get the chance to travel to an international Disney park, perhaps to Tokyo Disneyland for the new D23 convention this fall, you might notice a few differences from the domestic ones.  BBC Travel did a report on some of the unique things that set the international parks apart. One of the most obvious differences is the food.  While you can get some international food at Disney Parks, especially at Epcot at Disney World, it’s still not standard.  Obviously, that’s … Continue reading

Disney Park Secrets: The Mark Twain Riverboat

After exploring the Hidden Magic of Disney World I decided to start a new recurring column: uncovering secrets of the Disney Parks. Today focuses on a special ride at Disneyland: the Mark Twain Riverboat. The ship sidles its way for twelve minutes around the Rivers of America attraction, taking guests for a short scenic cruise. Horns and bells are used to signify the arrival and departure of the Riverboat, and also to communicate specific messages to other crafts also sluicing through the waters, the Rafts to Pirate’s Lair and Davy Crockett’s Explorer canoes. What’s so special about the Mark Twain … Continue reading

Disney’s Virtual Day

The Disneyland Resort in California is going to weave a little magic with time this summer. Starting on June 11th, the cast members and management for the parks are going to create a virtual 8th day to the week so visitors can enjoy the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The attraction is returning to the parks as a part of their Year of a Million Dreams celebration. Each day, the subs will continue their voyages to discover Nemo for as much as 2.5 hours after the parks close. Disneyland is typically open 16 hours a day during the summer months, the … Continue reading

The Magic Kingdom – Visiting with Children

Are you heading to the Magic Kingdom sometime soon? Worried about how you’re going to be able to do all you want to do while you are there? Let’s have a look at a touring plan that will get you to the park and out of the park while still achieving your goals. First and foremost, before you take your children to the parks or on the vacation, have a family sit down and determine what rides are absolutely important to go on before you arrive. For my family, Splash Mountain is a must do ride. It’s my daughter’s absolute … Continue reading

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

“The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” is a film split down the center, with the first half telling the story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and the other recounting “The Wind in the Willows.” These two stories are nothing alike and indeed, the pairing of them seems like a mismatch, but they are both enjoyable stories and there’s nothing at all wrong with watching them together. Bing Crosby provides the narration for the first portion, which is “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” He also croons just a little bit, for what would be the point of having Bing … Continue reading