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Disney D23 Expo: Ask For Something Weird

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

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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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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad DLR Rehab Update

Are you as excited as I am?

Free Dining Disney World 2013 Predictions

Eat.Breathe.Sleep.Magic.

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***Update:  New rumor here.***

Everyone wants to know:  When, oh when, will Disney release their ever popular Free Dining discount for 2013??

The quick answer:  No one knows for sure.

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The long answer:  The good news is I am very hopeful to see fall free dining for 2013.  In the past, Disney has split up the fall months into 2 time frames:  September and October-December.

For the month of September free dining promotion:  Last year Disney released that free dining discount right around March 5, 2012, so we are already a little late for this promotion in 2013.  It had to be booked by May 18th for the travel dates August 25 – September 29, 2012.

For the the October – December free dining promotion:  Last year, Disney released the free dining discount right around July 12, 2012 and it had to be booked by Sept 29, 2012. The…

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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

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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

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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.

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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 Architecture of EPCOT

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For those of you who have been following my blog for the past year, (Wow! A year already. Thank you to everyone!) you know that my favorite Walt Disney World theme park is EPCOT. And my favorite part of EPCOT is World Showcase. I’ve always loved to travel and around World Showcase you can visit 10 foreign countries all in one afternoon.

To pay tribute to those countries around the lagoon and to give you a taste of what those countries are really like, the Disney Imagineers did a beautiful job of recreating the architecture of each country when they designed the different pavilions. I’ve gathered some photos from both EPCOT and the countries to give you a comparison. EPCOT photos on the left, real places on the right.

Canada is patterned after a 19th century French chateau in Quebec City.

Canada Pavilion            

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D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

How fun would it be to spend time looking at these things?

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For the past several months, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley has been hosting Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, presented by D23. This exhibition is truly a must-visit for any Disney geek and it runs through April 30, 2013.

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For me, one of the most exciting displays was the three prop storybooks that open at the beginning of “Sleeping Beauty,” “Snow White” and “Cinderella” to introduce each of the films. They’re so iconic, it was a thrill to see them in person.

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Also impressive was the re-creation of Walt’s formal office at the Burbank studios, including his actual desk and personal items like Norman Rockwell sketches of his daughters.

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According to the information card, songwriter Richard Sherman — co-composer of “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” with his brother Robert B. Sherman — would often play “Feed the Birds” (Walt’s favorite song from…

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Disney World’s RFID bracelets use data to bring fantasy to life

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Musings of a Mouseketeer Mama

My family took a trip to Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving, and we took advantage of Disney’s new PhotoPass+ services.  I have been using the regular PhotoPass for years, and was excited to try out the upgrade.

For those that are unfamiliar, the new PhotoPass+ product includes select dining and attraction photos.  I thought we would wind up with a few more attraction photos than we did, but my little guy was pretty stuck on Buzz Lightyear and we wound up only riding a handful of attractions that take photos.  A summer trip would probably warrant more attraction photos, so I look forward to taking full advantage in the future.  The restaurant photos were actually printed and given to us, rather than being loaded to the PhotoPass+ card.  I’m not sure if this was the way it was supposed to go down, as the Cast Member in charge of pictures…

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