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EPCOT’s 2014 Flower and Garden Festival…

April 8, 2014

It’s that time of year (Spring) that all Disney fans look forward to and that is the annual Flower and Garden Festival here at EPCOT. This perennial favorite is again in full swing and along with some pics, I have a little info on this year’s doings for those who cannot make the trip...
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COTM…Tarzan…

April 1, 2014

The Character of Tarzan was born in a novel written by American Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, which first appeared in the magazine, “All Story Magazine” in 1912 and later in book form in 1914. The basic plot is the story of John Clayton who is born to a marooned couple from England, John and...
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EPCOT’s Italian Pavilion…

March 26, 2014

In my last month’s installment of the World Showcase pavilions, we covered the United Kingdom. So for this month, I decided that since I am a full-blooded Italian, the Italian pavilion was the logical choice! Italy has always captivated me. Since both my grandparents came from the old country, Sicily and Rome, as a...
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Disney’s new “Festival of Fantasy Parade” debuts at the Magic Kingdom…

March 9, 2014

Today at the Magic Kingdom Disney unveiled its brand new parade, The “Festival of Fantasy Parade” down Main St. USA. The much-anticipated new entry for the Magic Kingdom lived up to all the hype. As only Disney can do it, the throngs of guests were treated to a new music score and some amazing...
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Disneyana Club’s Tower of Terror Backstage Tour…

March 5, 2014

Who doesn’t love Disney’s Hollywood Studios Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction? With its ominous presence at the foot of Sunset Boulevard, just beckoning you to enter, the thought of climbing into an elevator which will take you to the fringes of the Twilight Zone, this attraction is a mishmash of the Haunted Mansion,...
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COTM…The Three Little Pigs…

March 1, 2014

 The fable of the three little pigs has been told for centuries. It has become familiar to millions since Walt Disney re-told the story in his successful 1933 animated cartoon. Walt kept true to the story in most ways, but he toned down some of the violence a bit from the original tale. Because...
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EPCOT’s United Kingdom Pavilion…

February 15, 2014

I want to acknowledge the group of Cast Members here at the United Kingdom Pavilion who graciously took the time to help me with my research on this article. These knowledgeable folks, some who actually took the time to walk through the pavilion with me, pointing out many details and giving me some amazing...
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COTM-Aladdin

February 1, 2014

Anyone who has heard or read stories from the classic collection of tales from “One Thousand and one Arabian Nights” has certainly heard the tale of Aladdin.  This originates from a Middle-Eastern folk tale. The basic plot is that of a poverty-stricken young man named Aladdin who is engaged by a sorcerer to retrieve...
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EPCOT’S Moroccan Pavilion…

January 22, 2014

  I had the remarkable opportunity to interview for my article, the two owners of the businesses of the Moroccan Pavilion, Mr. Rashid Lyazidi and his co-owner Rashid Sufani. Both men were hand-picked by the Moroccan Government and Disney for this task. These men have been with the pavilion since its opening day and...
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P.L. Travers-The Mother of Mary Poppins…

January 8, 2014

With the new Disney blockbuster movie “Saving Mr. Banks” premiered during the Christmas holidays, I could not think of a better subject to write about than the creator of the magical nanny that was the crux of the film, Mary Poppins. But to the uninitiated, Saving Mr. Banks was not centered on the film...
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Character of the Month…The Little Mermaid..

January 2, 2014

Ariel is the main character in the 1989 Disney Movie “The Little Mermaid”.  She is the sixteen year old daughter of the Sea King Triton. King Triton is very protective of her and her six older sisters.  Ariel has become unhappy with her life under the sea and is very curious about the human...
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2013 Disneyana Christmas Party-”Voices of Disney”

December 23, 2013

I think that Mickey Mouse can say it best…”Golly!” It’s hard to believe, but another year has gone by since our World Chapter’s last Christmas Parties “Mini Mouseketeer Reunion” bash. As always, our core entertainment group has come up with another “Magical” evening to celebrate the Christmas Holidays. This years’ theme is “The Voices...
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COTM…The Absent-Minded Professor…Ned Brainard

December 1, 2013

In 1961 Walt Disney Pictures released one of its most popular and beloved movies, “The Absent-Minded Professor” based on a short story by writer Samuel W. Taylor titled “A situation of Gravity” The premise of the Absent-Minded Professor, a brilliant, mild mannered scientist who is constantly forgetting the time of day, appointments and in...
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German Pavilion at EPCOT…

November 26, 2013

My Wife and I love World Showcase. The diversity of Countries represented and the amazing detail always amazes me. Every countries Pavilion is a scaled-down, meticulously detailed area of the country shown, whether it be a town, countryside or plaza. The architecture and attention to historic correctness is astounding. My favorite “Country” is Germany....
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Press Event…

November 10, 2013

It’s hard to believe but the Christmas Season is again upon us! At this, the happiest time of the year, millions of families have their plans to celebrate and traditions to follow. For my wife and me, that means two things…Attending two of our favorite holiday parties at the Magic Kingdom- “Mickey’s Not-so-scary-Halloween Party...
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COTM…Zorro

November 1, 2013

  Walt Disney’s Zorro was taken from a fictional character created by writer Johnston McCulley in 1919. The character lived in old California during the Spanish Colonial era, and he was a savior and hero to the poor people of the land, living under the harsh Spanish rule. He defended the people from the...
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Interview with Tony Caselnova…Webmaster of Disneybythenumbers.com…

October 26, 2013

As a hardcore Disney fanatic, I have the need to know everything about Disney, and I mean everything! Dates, cost, how much, who did it, who thought it, how many and the list goes on. A scant 5 to 8 years ago, there were only a few of these “Trivia” sites to consult. Today,...
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COTM-The Phantom Blot…

October 1, 2013

Most fans when asked who Mickey’s biggest antagonist is, answer “Peg Leg Pete”, or just “Pete.  But Mickey had his share of others, notable one named the “Phantom Blot”. The Blot made his debut in the Floyd Gottfredson’s story “Mickey Mouse outwits the Phantom Blot” This was published in the Mickey Mouse Comic  Strip...
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MickeyNews Interviews John Saccheri-Host of BigFatPanda Vidcast

September 25, 2013

Search the name “Disney”. Immediately, thousands of hits will fill the screen…Websites, blogs, forums, podcasts and too many more to mention.  The newest entry into the fray is video podcasts, or vidcasts, all focusing on our favorite subject, Disney. I have waded through many of these productions, some good, and some bad. But all...
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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Press Event…

September 15, 2013

People always give me a strange look when I tell them that Halloween is our favorite holiday and time of year! My wife and I love the parties, the spooky movies on TV, the costumes and trick-or treaters. We have Halloween decorations galore and love giving out candy! And I can’t think of a...
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COTM…Rapunzel

September 1, 2013

The character of Rapunzel is a German fairy tale published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm. This story by the brothers is a variation of the fairy tale that was first written in 1698 by the French novelist and poet Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force. Her story was called Persinette, and in the...
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Disneyland and Television…Perfect Together

August 26, 2013

One could say without much argument the Walter Elias Disney was one of the most influential people of the 20th century, or perhaps, even in history. He was a dreamer, showman, and a creative and innovative genius, a man not afraid to follow his dreams to fruition, even when the experts, friends and even...
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Walt Disney World and the Weather…

August 4, 2013

Several years ago I wrote a piece about Florida’s weather and how it affects our outings to Walt Disney World. Since this year’s rainy season is in full swing, and it’s been pretty active, I decided to delve into the subject once again. Many people think that Florida is unbearably hot and sticky in...
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COTM…Hercules

August 1, 2013

Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek demigod Heracles, the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena. Both cultures admired his strength, courage and ingenuity; his iconographic attributes were the club and Lion skin. In the Disney tale, Hercules is the full child of Zeus and Hera, born on Mt. Olympus with all...
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Mickey News interviews David Sandidge…

July 2, 2013

                                                                                                        Ever since Walt Disney met the young Arribas’ brothers, Tomas and Alfonso at the New York World’s fair in 1964 and saw their beautiful glass works of art, he wanted a shop in Disneyland. It was the beginning of a collaboration that has lasted till this day. Known as an “Operating Participant” their...
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COTM-Chicken Little

July 1, 2013

This famous story of a chicken who believes the sky is falling because of being hit on the head by an acorn is re-told by Disney’s 46th animated feature film entitled “Chicken Little” What makes this feature unique is that it is the first CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) film that Disney produced without Pixar....
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Walking around the World…Starbucks on Main St.

June 25, 2013

Walt Disney World is always in a constant state of flux. Cherished attractions are replaced, songs change, as well as parades and shows; replaced with new and time relevant material.  Walt always wanted fresh and new venues for his guests and the parks were never intended to be a museum.  Case in point is...
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Walking around the World…Car Masters Weekend

June 16, 2013

If you love classic cars, Disney Movies, Music and a chance to go back to the fabulous fifties, then downtown Disney on this Father’s Day weekend is the place to be. This popular event, now in its third year showcases amazing classic, modern and tricked out trucks by the Muscle Car Network of Central...
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Star Wars Weekends…2013

June 3, 2013

Rebel forces and Imperial Storm troopers again roam Disney’s Hollywood Studios as Star Wars Weekends begins. (May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31-June 2nd, June 7-9). Held here annually at the Studios since 2003, George Lucas’ universe is now firmly in Disney hands, since Disney acquired the franchise from 68 year old creator, George Lucas...
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COTM…Dick Van Dyke

June 1, 2013

Dick Van Dyke, America’s iconic funny man from the 1960’s and 1970’s is best known and remembered by legions of Disney fans as “Bert” from Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins”, perhaps one of Walt’s most popular and beloved films. Based on a series of books by P.L. Travers,  Mary Poppins received a total of 13...
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