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Here Bill talks about anything Disney. Whether it’s about history, trivia, reviews of attractions, rides, or restaurants, if you want to know how it works, or how it came about, or how Walt started it all. Even the lesser known acts or attractions will be discussed, plus Bill’s own thoughts and opinions, this will be the place.

The “Book of Mouse” by Jim Korkis…A Review

August 6, 2014
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A few weeks ago, I had to opportunity to interview Disney Historian and Author Jim Korkis; we spoke about his newest book, “The Book of Mouse”, which is essential a “Bible” so to speak about everything and anything about Walt Disney’s iconic “Mickey Mouse” The book is literally crammed filled from cover to cover...
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Jim Korkis’ Two new books…An Interview

July 18, 2014
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There are only a select few in this world with the amazing depth of knowledge on the subject of Disney as Mr. Jim Korkis. This internationally known Disney historian, writer, artist, animator, actor, Cast Member and teacher have worn these hats and more during his more than 30 years being involved with the Disney...
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Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train…First Impression…

June 23, 2014
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Since the long-anticipated Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride attraction opened at the New Fantasyland expansion, there have been countless videos and pics on Disney’s newest addition to their ride arsenal. So for this article, I wanted to give a little more of a personal view and a bit of background of this amazing finish...
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The Weather and Walt Disney World…Not always perfect together

June 10, 2014
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As you can read, I have published this piece several times during the beginning of our rainy season here in Florida. Our weather can be beautiful, but many times dangerous, i.e. THUNDERSTORMS. As the lightning capital of the world, we have to be diligent and use common sense, and that goes for visits to...
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Norway Pavilion at EPCOT…

May 22, 2014
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In my past articles, you know that I have an addiction for the World Showcase Pavilions. For me, they represent the pinnacle of the Imagineers attention to detail and history. As you know, the entire Showcase’ countries represented are accurate microcosms of actual buildings, areas, and the people of the country. Of course, most...
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Easter “Peeps” Week at the Swan and Dolphin…

April 25, 2014
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Easter is perhaps one of the holiest days on the Christen calendar. It celebrates renewal, rebirth and for many, the start of spring.  In addition to the religious significance, it is a time that most kids remember as a visit from the Easter Bunny who leaves us all those chocolate goodies, colored eggs and...
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EPCOT’s 2014 Flower and Garden Festival…

April 8, 2014
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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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EPCOT’s Italian Pavilion…

March 26, 2014
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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
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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
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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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EPCOT’s United Kingdom Pavilion…

February 15, 2014
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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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EPCOT’S Moroccan Pavilion…

January 22, 2014
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  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
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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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2013 Disneyana Christmas Party-”Voices of Disney”

December 23, 2013
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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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German Pavilion at EPCOT…

November 26, 2013
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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
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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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Interview with Tony Caselnova…Webmaster of Disneybythenumbers.com…

October 26, 2013
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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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MickeyNews Interviews John Saccheri-Host of BigFatPanda Vidcast

September 25, 2013
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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
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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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Disneyland and Television…Perfect Together

August 26, 2013
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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
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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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Mickey News interviews David Sandidge…

July 2, 2013
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                                                                                                        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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Walking around the World…Starbucks on Main St.

June 25, 2013
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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
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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
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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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WDWcelebrations “Flora, Fauna and Fantasy Meet…

April 29, 2013
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Here we are in early 2013 and Walt Disney World is marking another milestone anniversary…Animal Kingdom’s 15th birthday. Since its opening on Earth Day, April 22, 1998 it has set the standards for animal conservation and care and has become a favorite park for millions of Disney fans. On hand (Again!) to mark this...
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Walking around the World…EPCOT’s 2013 Flower and Garden Festival

April 18, 2013
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Here we are at one of my favorite Disney venues, the annual EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. Disney’s 20th annual Festival is now in full bloom here at EPCOT. Sponsored again by the popular cable show HGTV, this year’s Festival brings new topiaries, workshops and seminars by your favorite HGTV stars in the Festival...
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Video Interview with Disney Historian Jim Korkis…

April 8, 2013
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There is so much to love about Disney! The shows, attractions, the parks, and for many, the simple pleasures of just walking down Main St. USA. For myself, I have a personal love and fascination with Disney History. I am very partial to the history of the company and Walt and his family. Since...
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Touring the Disney Design Center with the Disneyana Fan Club…

March 17, 2013
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Has anyone ever heard of the Disney Design Center? Well if you enjoy all the amazing events and displays at Walt Disney World, you can thank this branch of the Disney Company.  They are responsible for setting up and maintaining all the amazing props that make up almost all events, including EPCOT’s Food and...
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Walt’s First Music Man…Carl Stalling…

February 23, 2013
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Walt Disney could without any argument be included among history’s greatest legions of Innovator’s, Dreamers and Showmen. Walt had the uncanny ability to know what would work, and was a stickler for perfection. He was also the eternal optimist. No matter what, Walt always had a bright outlook, even during bankruptcy; it seemed nothing...
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