The Magic Kingdom Club was quite a dealOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 8:12 pm
Amazing what $1300 of coin-in will get youOriginally published by DK on July 8, 2020 at 10:41 am
Um, what the hell, Mickey?Originally published by DK on July 6, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Tom and Sarah Bricker’s excellent Disney Tourist Blog just published a post with their ranking of all 94 attractions at Walt Disney World. I’m really missing the Disney parks these days and haven’t seen any of the new Star Wars rides in California or Florida, so it was really fun reading this (and all of their posts, to be honest). Here are my personal top seven in Florida:
- Expedition Everest – Great theming throughout (and I love all things about the real Everest).
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – The original and still the best. Also has killer theming throughout.
- Test Track – I like Radiator Springs Racers in California better, but this OG made the other one possible.
- Avatar Flight of Passage – Not a huge fan of the movie and the wait times are usually crazy long, but it’s worth the wait.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – One Florida ride that is equal to almost all the others in the world (with the exception of Paris).
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Disneyland will always have the best version in my opinion, but this one is strong too.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – the theming might not appeal to “the kids” these days, but I love the whole pre-show, loading area, soundtrack, coaster layout and finish. Long live rock ‘n’ roll!
I’m sure some of the new rides I’ve haven’t seen might impact this list. Looking forward to our next visit…Originally published by DK on May 4, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Disneyland Hotel postcard, circa 1983Originally published by DK on April 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm
That’s pretty cool, actually – WTG, Let’s EncryptOriginally published by DK on March 27, 2020 at 1:29 pm
Everest is a great rideOriginally published by DK on December 7, 2019 at 10:56 am
Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis…Originally published by DK on November 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Take the Grand Circle Tour and travel exotic landsOriginally published by DK on November 5, 2019 at 10:20 am
your ghost host…Originally published by DK on October 1, 2019 at 9:19 am
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Welcome, September 2019Originally published by DK on September 3, 2019 at 10:55 am
Take the Open RoadOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 10:25 am
It’s that time of the year againOriginally published by DK on July 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm
Add in Star Wars and it was a great time to be a nerdy kidOriginally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 9:47 am
Especially May the FourthOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2019 at 5:15 pm
One of the best themed Disney rides everOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2019 at 10:19 pm
Time keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’Originally published by DK on March 4, 2019 at 9:55 am
He was an original Kilimanjaro Safari guide at DAKOriginally published by DK on February 1, 2019 at 11:20 am
Snow/cold days = perfect for Kingdom Hearts III (but still have meetings, a concert and Twins ticket group draft before I can start…Originally published by DK on January 29, 2019 at 10:59 am
You were short, but wonderfulOriginally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Thanks, BK (and PK)Originally published by DK on January 2, 2019 at 9:45 am
Getting my office current againOriginally published by DK on December 11, 2018 at 11:48 am
Liked how Ralph kept saying EboyOriginally published by DK on November 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm
Welcome to October 2018Originally published by DK on October 2, 2018 at 10:04 am
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’Originally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 1:14 am
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-disneyland-hotel-subsidy-20180815-story.html#Originally published by DK on August 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm
We are Siamese if you please. We are Siamese if you don’t please…Originally published by DK on August 7, 2018 at 10:28 pm
Back to back 31 day monthsOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm
Wonder how long WDW will keep this attraction?Originally published by DK on July 6, 2018 at 10:20 am
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Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…
Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.
My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).
After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.
See you in San Diego?Originally published by DK on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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Iron Chef, no more! Hitting up Art Smith’s Homecomin’Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 6:25 pm
Mr. Safari from day oneOriginally published by DK on June 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm
Hello Orange BirdOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm
Almost flipped on the actual dayOriginally published by DK on May 2, 2018 at 11:41 am
Disneyland is Vegas for children…Originally published by DK on April 11, 2018 at 11:00 am
Isn’t that right, Luna?Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:46 am
Fireworks over Big ThunderOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:44 am
Plaza Inn FTWOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:42 am
At least I beat her on one of themOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:39 am
Got our money’s worth on SundayOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:37 am
The single rider line is keyOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:35 am
I love you, choo-chooOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:33 am
Such an original “simple” rideOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:29 am
Coco foreverOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm
They better leave the Tower alone in FloridaOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm
The wildest ride in the wildernessOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:01 am
Red Wagon on Main StreetOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:00 am
Pirates ForeverOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm
Club 33 @ New Orleans SquareOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm
Still mostly the same as when it openedOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm
Love, love, love the MatterhornOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 10:59 am
Thanks again, Uncle BrianOriginally published by DK on January 4, 2018 at 9:08 am
Would love to go back to Disneyland ParisOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/xavier-atencio-disney-imagineer-who-wrote-a-pirates-life-for-me-dies-at-98/2017/09/12/d5b7f726-97c4-11e7-b569-3360011663b4_story.htmlOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2017 at 9:30 am
That must mean the State Fair is nearOriginally published by DK on August 2, 2017 at 11:45 am
Not what I expected, but still cool stuffOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm
At this rate, the Super Bowl will be over before you know itOriginally published by DK on May 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm
http://movies.disney.com/cocoOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2017 at 1:20 pm
https://www.toddheberlein.com/blog/2014/4/16/how-rm-rf-almost-destroyed-pixar-and-a-pregnancy-saved-itOriginally published by DK on March 3, 2017 at 9:58 am
Jingle Cruise for December calendarOriginally published by DK on December 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm
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Take a motorcar to nowhere in particularOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm
Le rÃªve d’une vie, c’est l’amour…Originally published by DK on January 17, 2016 at 12:04 am
https://www.yahoo.com/movies/the-making-of-captain-eo-lucas-coppola-and-162110246.htmlOriginally published by DK on December 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm
Exciting news regarding wdwgolf.comOriginally published by DK on September 16, 2015 at 8:57 am
http://www.eater.com/disneyOriginally published by DK on August 26, 2015 at 10:56 am