Category Archives: Walt Disney World

RIP Disney Legend Blaine Gibson

Blaine Gibson, Shani Wolf, Scott Wolf and Harriet Burns
Blaine Gibson, Shani Wolf,
Scott Wolf and Harriet Burns

by Scott Wolf

It saddens me to tell you that Blaine Gibson passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Blaine was a true Disney Legend in every sense of the word. Beginning as an inbetweener on the Pluto cartoon short, “Bone Trouble,” and then on “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio,” an as an assistant animator on “Bambi.” Blaine then sculpted for Disney. He did the carousel horse heads in “Mary Poppins,” the pirates and ghosts for Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean respectively, the dolls for it’s a small world and even the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

This is a photo of Shani and me with Blaine and another Disney Legend, Harriet Burns at the Disney Studios. Blaine and Harriet were dear friends who both lived near each other in Northern California until Harriet’s passing in 2008.

Blaine was so kind and maybe the most humble person I’ve ever met! It was great fun talking with Blaine about his Disney days, and I’m so grateful he let me record some of those conversations! It is my pleasure to share this conversation with you: http://blog.mouseclubhouse.com/interview-blaine-gibson-haunted-mansion-pirates-if-you-had-wings/

 

Cook with a Disney chef at Walt Disney World

Cook with Disney chefs in the new Culinary Adventure now at Walt Disney World Resort
Cook with Disney chefs in the new Culinary Adventure now at Walt Disney World Resort

Love Disney? Love cooking? Why not experience both at the same time in the new “Disney Family Culinary Adventure!” Beginning July 8, 2015, the new “Disney Family Culinary Adventure” begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World. Go backstage for a fun, interactive evening that includes time with Disney chefs, hands-on cooking and a festive, five-course dinner!

This 3 ½ hour interactive experience is available twice a week and costs $175 per adult and $125 per child (ages 9-12), plus tax. Each experience is limited to 30 Guests. Beer and wine are included for Guests 21 years and over. Upon arrival in the kitchen, you party will be broken into groups and assigned a portion of the meal, which they’ll prepare with the aid of a Chef. Teams will regroup to introduce their menu item before sitting down to a group dinner. At the conclusion of the adventure, everyone will be presented with a cookbook signed by the Chefs and a white Chef’s hat.

Contact me to book your culinary adventure and your Walt Disney World vacation.

Cranium Command throwback photo

Cranium Command at Epcot
Cranium Command at Epcot

 

 

Here’s a Throwback Thursday back to 1993. With the popularity of the Disney-Pixar film, “Inside Out,” I was inspired to share this photo.

That’s me in the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World next to a sign for the Cranium Command attraction. That sign depicts General Knowledge, who is looking to commandeer someone into piloting the brain of a small child.

Be sure to see Scott’s recent post about Cranium Command HERE.

Cranium Command at Epcot

Cranium Command at Epcot
Inside Cranium Command in the Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot

by Scott Wolf

With the release of the new Disney-Pixar film, “Inside Out,” which focuses on the “voices inside your head,” for some of us, it is bringing back memories of a former Epcot attraction with a similar concept, so I thought I’d post a couple of my photos from it.

Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot
Inside the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Cranium Command was housed inside the Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot at Walt Disney World. The pavilion celebrated life and, through entertainment, educated about the human experience. Other attractions within the pavilion included The Making of Me, a short live film starring Martin Short which delicately tells the story of human creation, including hilarious animated segments of the inner body workings of conception, and Body Wars, a flight simulator, like Star Tours, which brought guests on a journey through a human body, rather than outer space, to find and destroy a splinter.

In Cranium Command, guests would enter the brain control room where a young Audio Animatronic boy named Buzzy, helmed the controls. His mission was to keep another young boy out of trouble.

In the photo above, you can see Buzzy within the boy’s head, and through boy’s eyes when he first meets a beautiful girl.
Cranium Command featured an all-star cast with Charles Grodin as Left Brain, Jon Lovitz as Right Brain, George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”) was the Stomach, Bobcat Goldthwait portrayed the Adrenal Gland, and Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon were the heart’s Right and Left Ventricles (reminiscent of their characters, Hans and Franz, from Saturday Night Live).

Interview: Jack Gladish (His career; Walt Disney; Disneyland and World’s Fair attractions)

Jack Gladish worked as an engineer, responsible for submarines, dinosaurs, railroad locomotives and much more. Attractions include the “Carousel of Progress,” “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” and much more.  During his career he headed the plastics and fiberglass shops at the MAPO department of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney's Magic Skyway attraction for the World's Fair, working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World
Jack Gladish works on a caveman for Disney’s Magic Skyway attraction for the World’s Fair (left), working Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (middle), and a 2014 visit to Walt Disney World (right)

I just posted my interview with Jack Gladish on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, Jack discusses his career, helping to create attractions such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for Disneyland the 1964/’65 New York World’s Fair.  CLICK HERE for the interview

 

DISNEY CRUISE LINE RETURNING TO NEW YORK, MIAMI AND GALVESTON IN FALL 2016

In the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York for a limited time with sailings to the Bahamas that include a visit toWalt Disney World® Resort in Florida. New seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami, Florida and a return to Galveston, Texas round out the season. Learn more in this video!

Booking opens Wednesday, May 20, so contact me today to be one of the first to reserve your cruise.

 

FREE DINING PLAN OFFER AT SELECT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS

WDW Dining 2015

I’m very excited to announce one of my favorite offers by Disney! Book your Walt Disney World® vacation by July 10, 2015 and get the Dining Plan FREE*!!! Yes, FREE!

Purchase a non-discounted 6-Night/7-Day Walt Disney Travel Company package that includes a room at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and ticket with Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More Option and have meals and snacks included in your package.

Start planning your trip now with as little as $200 deposit! Contact me today to reserve your resort!

Offer valid for arrivals most nights Aug. 28 – Oct. 2, Oct. 25-31, Nov. 8-19, Dec. 15-21, 2015 when you book April 27 – July 10, 2015.

When you stay at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you get the Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to grab yummy treats on the go!

Ask me about packages for other lengths of stay (3 night minimum).

Booking Window: April 27 – July 10, 2015
Arrival Window: Aug. 28 – Oct. 2, Oct. 25-31, Nov. 8-19, Dec. 15-21, 2015

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Rooms, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort (for select dates). Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

MAGIC KINGDOM SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Halloween Xmas MK 2015

Tickets for the 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World® Resort are now available. Please see below for event dates and ticket prices. Please note prices do not include tax. Contact me to reserve your resort today.

Want to see a short video about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Click here.

To view a short video about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,  click here. 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Sept. 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27; Oct. 1, 2015
Advance Purchase Price: $68 for adults/$63 for children (ages 3-9)
Day of Event Price: $74 for adults/$69 for children (ages 3-9)

Oct. 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, Nov. 1, 2015
Advance Purchase Price: $74 for adults/$69 for children (ages 3-9)
Day of Event Price: $79 for adults/$74 for children (ages 3-9)

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 29, 2015
$79 for adults/$74 for children (ages 3-9)

Oct. 31, 2015
$87 for adults/$82 for children (ages 3-9)

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Nov. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19; Dec. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 2015
Advance Purchase Price: $74 for adults/$69 for children (ages 3-9)
Day of Event Price: $79 for adults/$74 for children (ages 3-9)

Nov. 20, 29
Dec. 4, 11, 17, 2015
$79 for adults/$74 for children (ages 3-9)

Dec. 18, 2015
$84 for adults/$77 for children (ages 3-9)

EPCOT’S HEIGHT CHART AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Did you know there are 11 attractions without any height requirements at Epcot at Walt Disney World? To get your little ones ready for your vacation, here’s a helpful guide showing Epcot’s height ranges for attractions and rides. Contact me for details on how I can help you plan while saving you money on your vacation. Click here for more information regarding Disney vacations.

Epcot's Height Chart
Epcot’s Height Chart