Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Test Run

New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World began testing the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! This video has several viewpoints and pictures, to see the train test run, skip ahead to 2:40 of the video.

Rain at the Magic Kingdom

This is from June 8, 2013.  Just goes to show, you can have an afternoon shower pop out of nowhere like this.  If you don’t want to waist $6 or $7 per person, bring some ponchos with you and shoes that can get wet! There is still a lot to do in the rain with many indoor attractions. The lines are much shorter when it rains so don’t give up, just take it easy and enjoy yourself.

Disney with Young Children

Tips for Disney With Young Children

Tips for Disney With Young Children

By young children, I am referring to ages 2, 3, 4 and some 5. This is a big audience for Disney, but I have seen parents who simply want to do it all. It is understandable, as the Disney vacation is an expensive one. You will want to do as much as possible to feel a value for your vacation dollar. I am not immune! I often rush from site to site, push the family to get ready and get going! To some extent, this is an important quality for someone in each family, otherwise most of your trip may be spent sleeping, lollygagging around, and waiting in lots of lines, getting frustrated. Continue reading

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Arrives at Magic Kingdom

The first train car has been shipped and received at the Magic Kingdom! I was there in early June and you can see the progress of the attraction at my video:

And now the Disney company has released a picture of the new train car as seen here:

Snow White Mine Train

Snow White Mine Train

Disneyland Peoplemover Blast from the Past

dc2b4c6e17fb19fe40ee51987574870bCheck out this picture of an older Disneyland coloring book.  Look at the Peoplemover!  Interesting that the Astro Orbiters are basically the same although I seem to think they were called something different.

Today, of course the Peoplemover is a little more modern looking.  There is a neat 35th anniversary pin with Mickey and Minnie “meeting” on the Peoplemover, check it out:


Strategy: Riding Both Test Track & Soarin in One Day

The new Test Track is much improved!

The new Test Track is much improved!

With the newly redesigned Test Track a much improved version (see my video), crowds for this ride now rival and could surpass that of Soarin’, in terms of wait times. With that said: Is it possible for a normal family to ride both Test Track and Soarin’ attractions in one day at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World?  It can be done! But, it is not easy, nor always totally enjoyable.  Let me give you some tips based on my experience there in June 2013 to get the best possible Test Track/Soarin’/Epcot experience!  Continue reading

New Guide Book on Florida Theme Parks

This new guide book, Florida Theme Parks: A Guide by Alex Miller includes a pictorial tour of 20 of the state’s top theme parks. With over 280 color photographs and concise summaries of each of the parks.

If you are more a California person, you may like the California Theme Parks book.  Amusement parks have been a staple of California recreation for over a century. Discover how these magical places came to be; learn little-known secrets of 20 parks and what makes them memorable. 301color photos provide a unique glimpse into an industry that forever changed family entertainment.  The book is highly reviewed at 5 stars on Amazon!


Recommended Reading: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

This is a fiction – science fiction in fact – book about living in the future at Disney World. I just started and am about 1/3 of the way through. Science fiction is not really my genre, but I have to say that it is really quite stimulating.

I recently returned from an Orlando vacation and wanted to pick up something Disney related from the library. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow, has been the perfect cure for my post-Disney downer.

If you have ever thought about living and working at Disney, I would give this book a read. Check it out at Amazon: