Category Archives: Magic Kingdom

Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art

Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art by Disney Legend Marc Davis
Rare Pirates of the Caribbean concept art by Disney Legend Marc Davis

Yo ho everybody! I thought you’d enjoy this rare concept art by Marc Davis for the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Marc was my favorite artist and responsible for creating so many of the classic scenes you see in attractions such as Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and so much more. Marc started working for Disney as an animator and the first thing he animated was a scene in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” While he created characters such as Tinker Bell and Cruella De Ville, some of my favorite pieces were Marc’s characters that seemed to leap off the page – such as the various bears for the Country Bear Jamboree attraction. This Pirates artwork is a rough sketch for a scene that didn’t make it in the final attraction. I love it because it’s so rough, and different than a lot of Marc’s typically seen works, but still tells a story with humor. I’m grateful to Marc’s wife, Alice, another Disney Legend, for allowing me to scan it.

Walt Disney World opening in 1971

It was on this day in 1971 that Walt Disney World opened to the public. Learning from all the troubles they had at Disneyland’s opening day, it was decided to hold the grand opening festivities until later in the month. When WDW began, the Magic Kingdom was the sole park. There was no Epcot, no Disney’s Hollywood Studios, nor Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As for Resorts, there were no All-Star Resorts, no Grand Floridian, it was the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village. Enjoy this map to explore the World as it was in 1971.  (CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW)

1971 Walt Disney World map
1971 Walt Disney World map

Holiday Season Family Time Offer at Walt Disney World Resort

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I’ve got another deal for you, where you can stay 4 nights at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for just $1,980. The All-Star Resorts are a lot of fun! I can get you this special deal if you book your vacation before October 8, 2016 for stays most nights from November 6 through December 21, 2016.

Great rates are available for other lengths of stay and party sizes, too! Contact me for details on any of these deals!

 

* Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (10-17) and 1 child (3-9) in a standard room and a 4-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Advance reservation required.

Interview: Don Dorsey (Electrical Parade history and more!)

Disneyland's beloved Electrical Parade
Disneyland’s beloved Electrical Parade

With the official announcement of the beloved Electrical Parade returning to Disneyland, I thought I’d post some fascinating history about it! How was a football game responsible for the parade’s closing fanfare? Whose idea was it to have the park lights dim in perfect synchronization with the parade’s musical introduction?

All this and lots more Disney entertainment history is in my interview with Don Dorsey! CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos

Save up to 20% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels

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Okay, folks, here’s another sweet deal! I can save you up to 20%* on rooms for a five night stay at select Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resorts at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. You’ve got to book by October 8, 2016, though, so don’t wait on this one.  It’s like getting one of the nights FREE!

Available stays: November 6-10, November 13-22, November 26 – December 23, 2016

It’s a great time for a Disney vacation, with the popular seasonal events. Join the festive winter celebration for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and oh-so-jolly parade at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park (separate admission required). Discover global traditions at Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase. And, experience the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator, joyous pageantry and stirring music during Candlelight Processional.

Of course, you’ll also enjoy the usual Disney Resort Hotel Guest benefits – including Extra Magic Hours, complimentary MagicBands and early access to FastPass+ planning.**

Contact me for a free quote and I’d be happy to help you plan your Magical vacation!

 

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 20% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts. Full List of Disney Resort Hotel Exclusions: Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
**Valid Theme Park admission and online registration required. Disney FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.

 

Walt Disney World Family Late Summer Package Offer 2016

Save this summer at Walt Disney World

Late Summer Family Time Package Offer

I’m excited about this deal! If you want to go to Walt Disney World this summer, (Sunday through Thursdays from August 1 – November 5, 2016), just book the vacation with me before August 31, 2016 to enjoy a 4-day/4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for just $1,850!

I can get you other great rates for other lengths of stay and party sizes, too, so don’t be afraid to ask me!

Contact me for a free quote.

* Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (10-17) and 1 child (3-9) in a standard room and a Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Advance reservation required.

Interview: X Atencio (Animation and writing for Disney parks)

X Atencio with a replica of the Jolly Roger that he provides the voice for and wrote the dialogue for
X Atencio with a replica of the Jolly Roger that he provides the voice for and wrote the dialogue for

I just posted my interview with X Atencio on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, X discusses  his work for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, writing scripts and songs for attractions such Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and other attractions.  CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos

 

Now is the time! Book your 2017 Walt Disney World vacation now

I want to send you to Epcot in Walt Disney World!
Spaceship Earth in Epcot in Walt Disney World

Now is the time! Now is the best time to book your Walt Disney World vacation for next year! Today’s the first day to book, and a refundable deposit of $200 is all you need hold your reservation.*

As a former Disney Cast Member and current authorized Disney vacation planner, I’m happy to help you plan your vacation with no extra cost to you!  Contact me for a free quote or more information. Let my Disney knowledge help make your vacation Magical!

*Contact me for refund policies

Magic Kingdom – not just another Disneyland

Haunted Mansion statue - The Twins: Wellington and Forsythia
Haunted Mansion statue – The Twins: Wellington and Forsythia

I often have clients who tell me they are not interested in visiting the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World because they’ve been to Disneyland, but there is a world of difference between the two parks.

The Magic Kingdom features many attractions which are unique to that park such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is a rocking family friendly coaster, and the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor where the audience interacts with the animated monsters – no two shows are the same.

Some old favorites which are no longer at Disneyland can be experience at the Magic Kingdom, such as the leisurely ride around Tomorrowland aboard the PeopleMover, then there’s the Country Bear Jamboree and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress Audio-Animatronics shows.

Even attractions which are present at both parks will have noticeable differences, such as the Haunted Mansion. One of my favorite parts is the unique hitchhiking ghosts at the end of the ride! With some really unique technology, it’s nothing like Disneyland!

Please feel free to contact me about any of the Magic Kingdom offerings or any Walt Disney World vacation deals and packages!

 

iNSIDE Disney Parks – Episode 1

 

Here is the premiere episode of Disney’s official “iNSIDE Disney Parks!” This first-of-its-kind video series will feature the best of everything happening at Disney Parks right now for you and your family! With the latest Disney news and top stories worldwide, it’s an official insider’s look at what’s happening now and in the future – with a touch of nostalgia.

Warning: This just may make you want to book a Disney vacation. 🙂 And if it does, contact me to help customize it especially for you! As always, my services are free.

In this episode:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens at Night – Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, guests can enjoy a plethora of new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Jennifer Fickley Baker takes us behind the scenes as the Tree of Life prepares for nighttime awakenings.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure park – Luigi turns the tire storage yard behind his Casa Della Tires into a dance floor. Erin Glover goes for a spin with blog author Michelle Harker for a special look at the attraction.

Neel Sethi visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” Neel Sethi spent some time talking about the film and enjoying the park.

Timelapse of Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From our “Vault” segment, check out the construction of the tree from ground up.

New Star Wars-Themed Experiences This Summer – There’s a lot of fun in store for Star Wars fans this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Shawn Slater, Sr. Creative Entertainment manager and blog author, shared details and more during this episode.

 

New at Disney Parks this summer!
New at Disney Parks this summer!