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A peek inside Walt Disney Elementary, Marceline, MO

Walt Disney Elementary School, Marceline, MO
Walt Disney Elementary School, Marceline, MO

Here’s a special peek inside the Walt Disney Elementary School in Marceline, Missouri, the city where Walt Disney began his childhood education.

When the city decided to name their elementary school Walt Disney Elementary, Walt was so touched, he attended the dedication, and brought gifts. He presented the school with a 55 foot flagpole from the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics for which he was “Chairman of Pageantry.” He also gave them an entire set of encyclopedias, and a specially designed playground.

Walt also had artist Bob Moore decorate the school with special artwork. The paintings you see here are in the school’s gymnasium.

What a treat it was to have the opportunity to visit inside this historic Disney location! Thanks, to Kaye and the city of Marceline!

Christmas in the Carousel of Progress at Disney World

Carousel of Progress - Christmas scene in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Carousel of Progress – Christmas scene in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

I took this photo of the Christmas scene in the #CarouselOfProgress attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Although it’s in the show year-round, I thought it was appropriate to post for this time of year. I’ve loved the Carousel of Progress since I used to see it in Disneyland back in the 1970s! I vividly remember the sad day that I went to see it and was told the attraction was closed forever. While the show was moved to Florida and is quite a bit different than the one I used to see, I still can’t believe I am able to bring my own boys to see it, with the rotating theater and the classic Sherman Brothers song, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” I posted this picture and lots more on my Instagram, come join me there

World of Motion picture for Epcot anniversary

World of Motion attraction at EPCOT Center
World of Motion attraction at EPCOT Center

For the 35th anniversary of Epcot today, which also happens to be the 46th anniversary of Walt Disney World, here’s a photo I took of one of the original opening day Epcot (or as it was then called EPCOT Center) attractions. This photo is from World of Motion and depicts the scene when sore-footed cave people decide it’s time to invent the wheel. Also, here’s some photos of Disney World under construction

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights "it's a small world" finale
Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights “it’s a small world” finale

I’v’e waited many years to see the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Dream Lights parade, and I finally got the chance to experience it last night. It not only lived up to my expectations, it far exceeded it!

With an updated version of the popular Electrical Parade them, “Baroque Hoedown,” the floats were grand and beautiful, and had so many effects! The “it’s a small world” finale was completely color as in the photo and then went to all white. The Genie from “Aladdin” was his traditional blue and then suddenly wearing a Donald Duck Suit, and then a Mr. Incredible outfit and he kept changing. This isn’t video but crafted out of the “millions of sparkling lights.”

I will post more photos of this extraordinary parade in the future along with other photos from Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and other Japanese Disney experiences.

Tony Solaroni, a Tokyo Disneyland character

Tony Solaroni in Tokyo Disneyland
Tony Solaroni in Tokyo Disneyland

This Disney character is Tony Solaroni, an Audio-Animatronics alien in Tokyo Disneyland at the Pan Galactic Pizza Port. Although he speaks Japanese, thanks to the clever subtitles above his head, I learned his unique alien-style pizza-making process including using the cheese-o-matic and the  glib-globulator.  (I love that he’s wearing a Disney nametag.) See ya soon, Tony!

Where in Disneyland Resort would you find these eyes?

I took this photo somewhere in the Disneyland Resort. Who can guess where? (ANSWER IS BELOW)

Did you know… back in the ’90s, Shani and I did two books of Disneyland photography? The books were sold in Disneyland for years and featured closeups of things in Disneyland Park, so readers could try to guess where it is and then turn the page for the answers.



These eyes can be found in The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in Disney California Adventure. (One reader was confused because I said this attraction is in the Disneyland Resort… don’t forget there are two parks in the Disneyland Resort.)