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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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Missing in the Mansion (Disneyland Haunted Mansion)

DoomBuggy Runner

A fellow running blogger, Fit Fit Britt Britt sent me this video documentary from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.  This was an awesome video and could not wait to share it.  It was amazing.  Be sure at the end of the video to watch the follow-up video.

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If Disney Princesses Had Instagram

Which is your favorite?

Disney D23 Expo: Ask For Something Weird

What are YOUR thoughts about D23? Are you going to attend? Wish you were attending?

For The Record

Preview image for this weekend’s big expo released by Marvel and Disney.

This weekend’s heavily anticipated Disney D23 Expo event is mostly anticipated for the potential of Star Wars: Episode VII news, but it would be foolish to ignore Marvel and Pixar, who no doubt have big things up their sleeves as well. It is the former who have released a promo image for the event, simply saying “Ask for something WEIRD”.

What this is alluding to is uncertain, but the official line says that if you ask you will “get your first look at an all-new project coming from Marvel and Disney!”

The most popular possibility would be a much sought after Doctor Strange announcement, with weird obviously a synonym for strange. Fans have been clamouring for a Strange film ever since Marvel Studios opened its doors, and it is heavily rumoured to be part of the Phase…

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Becoming a crook to support a Disney Habit? Really!?

What do YOU think?

WDW Mousenger

I know identity theft is a serious thing, not something to truly be laughed at. But having said that, it’s hard to miss the irony of becoming a crook to go to Disney World…

The Daily Herald

Alexander Pera

By Lee Filas

The manager of a Lincolnshire restaurant accused of stealing more than $50,000 to fund numerous trips to Disney World pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft in Lake County court Tuesday.

Alexander N. Pera, 26, of the 3800 block of North Ottawa Avenue in Chicago, has also been charged with three counts of identity theft and two counts of theft after police claim he targeted employees and patrons at Eddie Merlot’s Restaurant.

Pera remains held in Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Defense attorney Adrian Gosch did not comment following the brief arraignment hearing.

Lincolnshire police were contacted in May by the Orange…

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad DLR Rehab Update

Are you as excited as I am?

Makes you walk a little taller….

Deborah's Disney Diaries

TIMG_1188he American Adventure, as I have said, is a terrific show in America in Epcot. During the Christmas season, there were wonderful carolers, but this show is so entertaining, multiple visits are encouraged.  Dr. Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Clemens( AKA Mark Twain), tell the story of America. Prior to entering the auditorium, one enters a escalator where all the flags that created America to the present one we are familiar with in present day.IMG_1197 Listening to the narrator as well as the conversation between Dr. Franklin and Clemens, one sits a little taller in your chair, and leaving you walk a little taller.

IMG_1196This little critter just made me smile. He or She simply deposited themselves near this family outside the American Adventure Auditorium was made it quite known of their presence, and didn’t seem to be at all bothered or shy about what they wanted. Since this is

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History of Mickey Mouse — Infographic

What do you think?



I am not shy at all to admit that I am in love with a mouse.  I have always adored Mickey and millions of other around the world have as well — so much so that he has become instantly recognizable in every corner of the globe and a part of many cultures. But how did our hero rise from his humble beginnings as a replacement for Walt Disney’s lost character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the superstar he is now?  Today’s inforgraphic traces his history and evolution from his “birth” in 1928 to present. [VIA]

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World Secrets: Jellyrolls Dueling piano bar near Disney’s Boardwalk Resort


Our latest edition to our World Secrets Series is taking us to Jellyrolls! This adult-oriented facility provides a noisy – yet very FUN retreat for the 21 and up crowd.   Jellyrolls  is named after Jelly Roll Morton, a legendary jazz pianist, not a desssert. His real name was Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe – but that probably wouldn’t fit on the marquee quite as well.


Depending on where you start out on Disney property,  you can get to Jellyrolls Piano Bar by boat, a bus, or even on foot. More on that later.

So what’s Jellyrolls like?  Well, it reminded me of Howl at the Moon, which is a similar piano bar located here in Orlando, and in 15 other locations across the country. What makes this different is it is at Disney, perhaps the only place in the world where you will hear a gritty-voiced piano man sing a song…

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The never ending adventures of Pinocchio


The original tale of Pinocchio, the wooden boy whose adventures are familiar from the Walt Disney film, was censored in the same way as translations of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Today’s audiences are less sensitive, so can we look forward to a no-holds-barred portrayal of the badly behaved puppet?

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