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The Journey is as Important as the Destination

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 14, 2017

 

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We travel quite a bit- and not only to Disney, although any Disney Park is among our favorite destinations. We are asked one question more often than others, however, by our friends and family- why on earth do we drive everywhere rather than fly?

Let me take a moment to answer that. First of all, we do fly. Unfortunately we can not drive over the ocean (although I would cruise anywhere!). We have flown when we absolutely must get to our destination in a rush, such as in an emergency or when we need to take some serious time off of a trip. We simply choose not to whenever we can, especially when we are traveling with our daughters or other special folks.

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We have learned that it is the journey, not the destination, that really holds magic. More memories are made when you are driving to new places for many hours in a vehicle with your loved ones than can be made in a short flight. I am often told that our family is a rarity these days because we are all so close knit. I have no doubt that all of our family road trips over the years contributed to that closeness. My girls are amazing, and getting older- I would redo any single one of our car drives, for time is fleeting and waits for no one.

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The next time you need to take a trip, try to budget some extra time and drive with your own family. Put the electronics away and make up travel games to laugh together. You never know what you may see! Yes, it is possible to spend hours with your kids in the car- and one day, you will be thankful for the opportunity.

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Images ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

 

Do you prefer to drive? Leave us a comment, a like, or just share us with your pals!  🙂

 

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Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or any vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Fill out our form HERE to receive your FREE quote. Our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book Disney, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Fun From 2017

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 6, 2017

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People are always asking us what we love to do at Walt Disney World Resort in the Spring. One of our most favorite Spring activities that we coordinate for our Mad Hatter family is Epcot’s annual International Flower & Garden Festival. EPCOT is always lovely and a true feast for the senses, but during this blossoming festival, things really are kicked up a notch.

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This year’s festival is over, but 2018 plans are already being made. The Garden Rocks Concerts are always a fan favorite- and we are hopeful that in 2018 they will again have dining packages that allow you to get priority seating for your chosen concert.

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In 2017, two new outdoor kitchens were added, bringing the total to 15. We can not wait to see what they add for 2018! The fare available at the outdoor kitchens was divine! We particularly loved the Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique at The Berry Basket. Also a favorite was the Antipasta Misto dish at Primavera Kitchen.

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Throughout lovely EPCOT, there were nearly 100 topiaries on display for us to enjoy. I have shared some of these images with you, but you simply must see them in person to gain an appreciation for the effort that goes into them. There were even over 200 mini gardens floating on the water in 2017.

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There were plenty of goodies available for sale all over the park, too. I enjoyed perusing all of the interesting items for sale and even saw bonsai trees and boiled book crafts this time around.

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We always have an amazing time at the festival, and hope you will get to share in this in 2018 as well!

 

Did you enjoy this article? Please let us know-leave us a comment and a like below.  🙂

Images ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures 2017

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Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or any vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Fill out our form HERE to receive your FREE quote. Our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book Disney, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

Pondering: Disney’s Paint the Night Parade

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 1, 2017

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We at Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures are being asked a very popular question. The chatter is frequent and the speculation running wild. Since the Main Street Electrical Parade left Orlando for Disneyland last fall, everyone would like to know- what about the Paint the Night Parade? Will there be a new parade at Walt Disney World? Will there be no parade at all? What is going on?

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

We have been told by sources at Disney that the Paint the Night Parade is packed up and going somewhere- but we are hopeful that they will announce exactly where soon. Many multitudes of fans are hoping that the beautiful spectacle of dazzling lights will wind up at Walt Disney World, but it could go elsewhere (Tokyo is a strong rumor).

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

Paint the Night is an amazing parade (it is my favorite of all that I have seen at Disney Parks). It features more modern characters and very impressive technology. The parade only ran for a short duration during Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration.

What do YOU think? Would you love to see Paint the Night come to Walt Disney World Resort? Comment and let us know.

 

Photos and video ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

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Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or any vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Fill out our form HERE to receive your FREE quote. Our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book Disney, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

 

Route 66 and CARS LAND

 Growing up the daughter of a classic car expert (and former drag racer) was not without tales of Historic Route 66. My Dad told me of a time when it was realistic to take off in a large car with fins and cruise West, taking in all the sights and neon of motels, kitschy shops, and a variety of roadside attractions. By the time I was old enough to experience Route 66, all that was left were ghosts of the glory days and skeletal remains of these iconic places. Then Disney released the film “Cars“. Cars was the last film I watched with my Dad before he passed away, and he was not normally a big Disney guy (think more like John Wayne!). He loved Cars, however, and told my children, husband, and myself once again what it was like to have lived the legend.

 On my way to D23 in California this summer, I drove the length of Route 66 from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Cali. We saw a lot of sights along the way- remnants of the tales that I had heard for so long. It was a sad sight. So many abandoned buildings and towns that were barely there. Run down remnants of the past exist, but you have to get off of the “new” highway and actually look for them now. It was a special trip nonetheless, and one my father would have enjoyed. In fact, I could almost hear his voice when I laid eyes on an old truck, car, motel, or attraction telling me “see- I told you about this!”.

It is special that Disney chose to keep the memory of this era alive. When I walk into Radiator Springs at Disney’s California Adventure Park, I hear the sounds of the era in which my father was truly “cool”, get to sip a milkshake at Flo’s V-8 Café, and daydream about a simpler time. No wonder Dad talked about it so much.

Check out what we saw on the trip West, then see the gallery of Disney’s Cars Land.

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Think You Can Still Afford Disney?

I am anxious to hear your feedback from this poignant article!-Mztress

The Off Key Of Life

I came across my ticket book the first time we took our oldest daughter to The Magic Kingdom in Orlando in 1976. The cost for a one day adult entry with 10 attractions was $7.00. For a 12 attraction entry the cost was $8.25. This was up from $4.40 for a seven attraction price when the park opened in 1971.

tn_76-12rideADaopWell, things have definitely changed at Mickey’s place. Disney has raised the gate price to the Magic Kingdom 41 times since the park opened, including nearly doubling it in the past decade. This year the price for a one day adult admission to the “happiest place on earth,” will set you back 105.00 plus tax. That’s the first time a one day admission to the park has exceeded $100.00.

But Disney has no plans to stop there. They are considering a three-tiered park admission plan.  Their highest plan would allow…

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Once Upon A Disney Parade

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Spectromagic Mickey!

There have been many parades at the Disney Parks over the years- what is your favorite? What triggers a happy memory for you? This blogger is partial to the crowd favorites Spectromagic and the Main Street Electrical Parade, but let’s not forget the others through the years.

1960–1964, Mickey at the Movies

1965–1976, 1980–1985, Fantasy on Parade

1972–1975, 1977–1983, 1985–1996, Main Street Electrical Parade

1975–1976;, America on Parade

1983, Flights of Fantasy

1984, Donald’s 50th Birthday

1986, Totally Minnie

1986–1988, Circus on Parade

1987, Snow White’s 50th Anniversary

1987–1988, State Fair

1988–1989, Blast To The Past

1988–1989, Mickey’s 60th Birthday

1989–1990, Hooray For Disney Stars Parade

1990, Disney’s Party Gras Parade

1991, Celebration, U.S.A.

1992, The World According to Goofy

1993–1994, Aladdin’s Royal Caravan

1994–1997, The Lion King Celebration

1996–1997, Cruisin’ The Kingdom

1997, Light Magic

1997–1998, Hercules’ Victory Parade

1998–October 1999, Mulan Parade

Late 1999–2005, Parade of the Stars

2005–2008, Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams

2009–2010, Celebrate! A Street Party

2011– Soundsational

Which is your favorite???

Photo of the Week

Just a favorite Disney photo for your amusement. I like this one, as it makes me think of my happy place.

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes….

Once Upon A Disney Memory – Skyway!

Walt’s Basement article written by Arthur Vassar. What memories do you have of this?

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Once Upon A Disney Memory – Skyway!
 
by Arthur E. Vassar
 

The time was 1956… less than a year after the opening of Disneyland (which would see the parks overall number of visitors during that year coming in at over three and a half million) and Walt Disney was looking for ways to enhance the guests experiences at his park. This would be the year that “D” Tickets were introduced, and the first expansion would include an island in the middle of the Rivers of America (Tom Sawyer Island), Indian Village and War Canoes, Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, Storybookland Canal Boats, Astro-Jets and the first aerial tramway of its kind built in the United States, better know to Disney fans as the Skyway.

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This gondola lift attraction was opened at Disneyland on June 23, 1956. Walt had seen these lifts on many of his trips to Europe and decided that his park should have one as a way to get guests from one part of the park to another. This was Walt at his best, seeing it as another new form of transportation… just like its successors the Peoplemover and the Monorail. It also gave guests a chance to get a birds eye view of the park. It was built by Von Roll Ltd. of Bern, Switzerland. They were originally made with sidechairs for ski resorts, but since they were going to be used at Disneyland the Imagineers designed the bucket gondolas used when the attraction first opened. The Skyway was set up between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Originally tickets were one way (Skyway to Tomorrowland and Skyway to Fantasyland) and a short-lived round trip ticket. The stations as all things Disneyland matched their locations. Fantasyland station was designed to look like a Swiss chalet, while Tomorrowland station was given the futuristic treatment.

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People loved the opportunity to take a break from walking around the parks, and getting to see what was going on from above. Disneyland’s next major expansion came in 1959 when they added the Monorail, Motor Boat Cruise, Submarine Voyage and the Matterhorn. But what would happen to the Skyway? The Matterhorn was slated to be built right where the center cable tower was. In a brilliant move, the Imagineers built the Matterhorn to accommodate the Skyway, complete with openings for the two cable runs. The mechanical parts were now hidden in the mountain.

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When 1965 rolled around guests entering Disneyland were in for a change. The familiar bucket gondolas were replaced with rectangular ones. In 1971 when Walt Disney World opened, guests were greeted with many familiar attractions including the Skyway. There was a third location for the Skyway when Tokyo Disneyland opened on April 15, 1983. Getting back to the original Skyway, the mid-1980s Fantasyland renovations did cause the Fantasyland station to be closed for a time, and the round-trip returned to the Tomorrowland station during the work.

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The 1990s saw the end of all three versions of the Skyway. First to go was the Disneyland Skyway on November 9, 1994. According to reports it was due to stress cracks in the Matterhorn roller battery supports and overall metal fatigue of the attraction. When the word came out that the Skyway was closing fans rushed to the park to get in their last rides. If you visit the park now, the only visible reference to the Skyway is the old Fantasyland station. It is still there hidden amongst the trees, but slated to be demolished soon due to pests and a weakened structure.

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Next was the Tokyo Disneyland Skyway that closed on November 3, 1998. The Fantasyland station was removed to make way for a new attraction (Pooh’s Hunny Hunt) and the Tomorrowland station was re-purposed as a candy store. Lastly, Magic Kingdom Skyway ceased operation on November 10, 1999. The stations stayed around for some time, but in the summer of 2009 the Tomorrowland station was demolished. After a life as a stroller parking area, the Fantasyland station was demolished to make way for a Tangled themed restroom structure in 2012.

But is this the end of the Skyway story? For the Disney parks the answer is yes, but there are still many examples of the Von Roll aeriel tram still in operation around the world. The best known (and closest to Disneyland) are the The San Diego Zoo Skyfari and SeaWorld Bayside Skyride. They also still exist in three state fairgrounds (Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Washington) and international locations from Israel to Germany to Indonesia. The Skyride at Cedar Point in Ohio was built in 1961, using some of the Disney blueprints for its drive and tension systems, and is still fully operational to this day. The attraction has also spawned many fan groups around the world and individuals who create their own model versions of the Skyway. Here is a video made by a friend of mine who creates marvelous gondolas and has a fully operational Skyway in his backyard. So you see… the Skyway may be gone from the skies of the Disney parks, but they are definitely not forgotten!

Arthur E. Vassar – Theme Park Music Fan, W.D. Family Museum Volunteer

Hidden Mickey Autographed Book Contest for Disney Fans!

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Walt’s Basement is very proud to have among their 2015 sponsor partners Nancy Temple Rodrigue- author of the Hidden Mickey Adventure book series!

This month is a GREAT month to cozy up with a fantastic Disney read, such as one of her books. They are giving away one of her books, autographed by Nancy herself, to celebrate!

TO ENTER:

1) You must have at least 100 posts at the Walt’s Basement Forum. (If you don’t have them yet- get to posting, folks! It’s www.walts-basement.com!)

2) Check out Nancy’s blog HERE. Then come back to this topic (http://waltsbasement.yuku.com/topic/43770/HIDDEN-MICKEY-ADVENTURES-CONTEST) and post a reply telling us which one of her books you like the idea of the best, and why. This will gain you one entry!

3) Check out Nancy’s Facebook Hidden Mickey fan group page HERE. LIKE and join the page, and then come back to this topic (http://waltsbasement.yuku.com/topic/43770/HIDDEN-MICKEY-ADVENTURES-CONTEST) and post another separate reply telling them you joined! Once it’s verified, this will gain you an additional entry!

4) For one more bonus entry, you may post ONE image on this topic (http://waltsbasement.yuku.com/topic/43770/HIDDEN-MICKEY-ADVENTURES-CONTEST) in another separate post, please that you have taken of a Hidden Mickey either at the parks or at your home- anywhere!

You may gain a total of 3 entries for this one of a kind, specially autographed book!

Drawing will take place via random drawing generator and the results will be announced on February 9!

JOIN IN BY FEBRUARY 8! Posting and joining the WB Forum is simple and fun- plus once you get your 100 posts, you will be considered an active member and qualify for even MORE giveaways, mailings, and surprises all year long- just for the love of Disney!

Amazing WDW Christmas Village with Monorail!

Check it out- tell me you don’t LOVE this!