|Earliest: May 30, 2003||Latest: December 25, 2017||Total: 118|
|August 7, 2017|
When you encounter a Disney Character, in the Parks, they always stay in Character. Why not ask them questions to find out some information about the character. This is a fun way to "break the ice" when you walk up to the character.
Not all characters talk. In some cases, you may get a visual response to your question.
|July 31, 2017|
If you looking for a fun counter dining experience check out Pinocchio Village Haus. There are a select number of tables that have the view of the 'Small World Boats.'
These seats are great because you can watch people getting excited about riding it's a Small World.
Cast Members have created signs for you to hold up so the people on the ride can see them.
Some of the signs that are available for guest to hold.
You basically hold the signs up and then when people are performing the action, you flip it around. The people on the boats usually get a great laugh.
If you are sitting in the Small World seats and don't see the signs, look around, they might be on top of a nearby trash bin. All else fails, simply ask a cast member for them.
Its a fun way to enjoy lunch and dinner. Besides, you're making someone else's day more magical.
|July 24, 2017|
At the beginning of Main Street USA, is Magic Kingdom city hall. This is a place where you can find Disney guest services. I often see long lines and wonder what are all the things that people waiting for. So, I decided to do some research and find out all the things that people can do at the Walt Disney World City Hall.
Celebrating your First Visit? Anniversary? Birthday? Get a button at City Hall and let everyone know that you are celebrating. You can find some of the buttons near the door as you approach City Hall. There?s no need to wait in line.
Want to say an extra day? Make changes to your Multi-day passes? Convert a regular pass to a park hopper pass? This is the place to get it done.
Get Cash from the ATM for tips and snacks. Don?t forget to get some change for the Penny and Quarter machines!
Did you lose your wallet? Lens Cap? Sun Glasses? Come over and see if it?s in the lost and found. Make sure to give them a detail description of your item.
Do you need Guidemaps in German, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese? How about Translation Devices for attractions? There?s even a transcript of some rides.
Note: Back in the early 1990s, I remember going and getting the Haunted Mansion transcript. You can?t take it home, but it?s pretty cool to have available.
|July 17, 2017|
On our trip to Disney Studios this year, we took our daughter to be part of the Jedi Training.
Jedi Knights have assembled Force-sensitive children from throughout the galaxy to test their abilities. Under the tutelage of the Jedi, the recruits learn how to use the Force - and their wit - to wield lightsabers. Now that the Empire has driven the Jedi to the distant corners of the galaxy, the training must proceed in secret at ancient Jedi temples.
There are some merchants that sell Life Sabers around the Star Tours ride. Some of these look exactly like the ones that were used in the Jedi training.
While the children might be excited to get one. Just think of how you plan on getting that home. Earlier this year I blogged about the successful experience we had with getting it home.
|July 10, 2017|
Walking around Epcot many sidewalks you may miss some inspired designs. For example, near "The Land" is an Invention circle celebrating some of the most important inventions.
The Inventor's Circle was placed in 1998 and highlights the great achievements, breakthroughs, and exploration that the human race has accomplished. The circle is broken up into five categories:
The last "greatest" human race accomplishment is the World Wide Web - more specifically Tim Berners-Lee contribution. Time Berners-Lee came up with the idea of the hypertext protocol which allowed computers to talk to each other.
Powerful Quote by Tim Berners-Lee:
The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.
Read more about the sidewalk design in the Main Street Gazette. Ryan P. Wilson does a great job in describing the Inventor's circle. The story was posted in July 2009 and the information is very relevant today.
The Inventor's Circle is on the ground as you walk from the Epcot Character Spot to The Land showcase. Look on the ground and you'll see a large star surrounded by the five categories. The location isn't mentioned on the park map. If your unable to find it, ask a cast member.
Are there any inventions/discoveries that should be included?
|July 3, 2017|
In Disneyland, on Main Street USA, is a shop called Palm Parlor. Like many stores on Main Street, it's not a real store. It's just a facade to what's really on the other side of the wall.
What makes this place stand out from the rest is that its the only place on Main Street that has a porch. It's the only place to have a chair. It's a great place to watch the Main Street parades.
The Official name of the shop is Fargo's Palm Parlor. The first name isn't so easy to see as your walking by the shop.
On April 29, 2009, Roland "Rolly" Crump became the assistant to the Palm Reader. You can see his name in one of the second-story windows. Roland was a key player in helping Walt make Disneyland become a reality. He was instrumental in getting the designs in the Haunted Mansion, it's a small world and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
His name was chosen to be the assistant because he wanted the Haunted Mansion to be a walk-through type of experience. He envisioned a "Museum of the Weird." That's why he got the Palm reader honor.
The photos that I have doesn't include the window since it was taken before the window was put in.
The store door doesn't actually open. On the opposite side is Silhouette Studio. When you're in the store you can see people sitting in the rocking chair.
This is a great place for people watching. You can watch families walking down Main Street excited about their day in Disneyland. There are seats here for five people.
Unfortunately this isn't a great location to watch the fireworks as you don't have a good view of the castle.
The Fargo's Palm Parlor is only on the Main Street in Disneyland. It's located about 2/3 of the way down the street on your right as you walk in from the main entrance. Your best chances of getting a seat is early in the morning.
The next time you walk down Main Street USA, walk slower and pay attention to the details.
|June 26, 2017|
Here's something fun to do while on your next trip: Take a picture of your favorite spot and then use the GPS information to get the distance to your home. Use that information to make a custom sign for your room or playground space.
The whole purpose of doing this task is to have an accurate sign.
Find a location that you want to mark, here are a few suggestions:
Using your smartphone take a picture of the spot. That's all you need to do while you're there, the rest can be done when you get home.
When you're at home, make sure to take a picture where the sign will be hung. You can use the GPS from that photo as the destination point.
What's the difference between 28.376, -81.549 and "Latitude: 28* 22' 33.882" N, Longitude: 81* 32' 57.57" W"?
|Compass Direction with Degree/Min/Sec||Latitude: 28* 22' 33.882" N, Longitude: 81* 32' 57.57" W|
|Signed Decimal degrees without compass direction, where negative indicates west/south||28.376, -81.549|
You can find more on Geographic coordinate conversion - Wikipedia page.
Here's how to find the GPS location of a photo on the iPhone.
You will need to download the photo from the iPhone, as there isn't a way to get the GPS coordinates numbers that you need for this project. You can download the photo to Apple's Photo App, or use Google Photos.
Getting the GPS information on a photo in Photos
You can't get the detail GPS numbers in Apple Photos. Apple will only show you the map where the picture was taken. That doesn't help us. So we need to export the picture and use the View Info from the Finder.
Note: To get the Compass Direction, open up the image in Preview and the type Command-I
Repeat the above steps with your destination image. (You should have a couple of points)
Getting the GPS information on a photo in Google Photos
Repeat the above steps with your destination image. (You should have a couple of points)
You do have choices when it comes to calculating the distance. These should all give you the same results:
The Coordinate Distance Calculator on Jeff Boulter's site is a good place to calculate the distance between two points.
The National Hurricane Center Latitude/Longitude Distance Calculator is another good source.
You have a lot of choices. Check out the various sellers on Etsy.
|June 19, 2017|
The Leave a Legacy program allowed more than 550,000 Guests to purchase personalized tiles on the monoliths outside Epcot between 1999 and 2007. The entire program was discontinued in June 2007.
People would pay $35 for one person or $38 for two people to be on the tile. This means that Disney made between $19,250,000 and $20,900,000 from the tiles.
Everyone has to walk by the stones when they enter the park. The stones are located between the entrance and Spaceship Earth.
Every SpaceShip Earth picture taken from the entrance shows pictures of the Leave a Legacy tiles:
This is what the tiles look like up close:
Disney has guaranteed that the titles will be up for 20 years. Since the last photo was sold in 2007, it means that the tiles will not be coming down until June 2027.
Since there are still plenty of spots open, should Disney reopen the program with only a ten-year guarantee? Would you sign up for the program if they announced one last shot at getting on the tiles?
|June 12, 2017|
Back in January I blogged about the Cinderella's Horse at the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. At the time of the post, I didn't have good pictures of Cinderella's horse.
After that post, I got an opportunity to ride Cinderella's Horse at the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. This is pretty tricky to do since you have to be one of the first people in line and know exactly where the horse is.
This is a side picture of Cinderella's Horse:
What to look for:
Near a Cinderella's horse is Prince Charming's horse.
|June 5, 2017|
You can purchase special refillable mugs at the Disney World resorts. These mugs are call ?Rapid Fill? and they have a chip which allows you to refill the mugs for the length of your stay.
The mugs are included with all Disney Dining plans, otherwise, it cost $17.99.
The mugs can handle hot and cold drinks. In the morning, I would put some ice in the mug and make my own ice coffee.
I did a simple water test on the mug and got these measurements:
I believe the first mark is for the cream/sugar line before putting in the coffee. Simply put enough cream to the 1/3 mark then add your sugar amount.
There?s no special drink that meets the 1/3 cup. A shot is 1oz which is equivalent to .12 cup. The 1/3 of a cup is just about 2.7 US fluid ounces.
I don?t think it?s worth buying the mug for a short term stay (Weekend or long weekend stay). Currently, you can?t refill in the park, other than using them to fill up water from the fountains. So if your going to spend a lot of time in the park, doesn't seem to be worth it.
When we traveled to Disney, we would refill the mugs at the end of the day with Ice Tea, Sprite or Orange Soda.