Life Is Fun With Kids

16 Apr

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My wife and I have finally decided to start a family blog to share the chaos, er, fun of our life with four kids. Because, when you have four kids, you need one more thing on your plate. :-)

I am building the site this month, so please check out our social media channels in the meantime:

Thank you, family and friends, for your support! We’re excited to share more of our family adventures with you.

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Time-Lapse Video of Disneyland Park Construction

24 Mar

The Disney Parks Blog just released this amazing time-lapse video of Disneyland Park construction. This is the stuff I love!

As we prepare to celebrate 60 years of memories and magic during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’ve been looking back at key moments in our history – times when Disneyland pushed the limits of what was possible and created new, innovative experiences for our guests. Searching our archives, we came across this amazing time lapse footage of Disneyland construction.

Read more here

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

19 Mar U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney WorldÊResort
© Disney (Mariah Wild, photographer)

© Disney (Mariah Wild, photographer)

From Walt Disney World News:

In a special moment for Magic Kingdom guests, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streaked across the skies above Cinderella Castle March 19, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The flyover featured the Blue Angels’ six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation making two dramatic passes above the Magic Kingdom, with Cinderella Castle as a focal point, en route to an air show in Florida.

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

© Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

See more at: http://wdwnews.com/galleries/2015/03/19/u-s-navy-blue-angels-soar-above-cinderella-castle-at-walt-disney-world-resort/#sthash.fsLB7lty.dpuf

Moms Panel Monday: Moms’ Views on your first visit to Magic Kingdom Park

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One of my favorite ways to helps Guests on the Disney Parks Moms Panel is by answering the Moms’ Views Questions. Moms’ Views Questions allow Disney Parks Moms Panelists to collectively answer a question from a Guest. It’s fun to read tips and opinions from my fellow Panelists as I answer, and it allows us to share a lot of great information with our Guests.

The most recent Moms’ Views that I answered was from a Guest planning a first visit to Magic Kingdom Park this spring. I love the Magic Kingdom, so this question was one I was very excited to answer.

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Click the photo above to hear what the Moms Panel had to say, or read more here.

Have a question about Walt Disney World Resort? Stop by the Moms Panel and ask me!

Fact Check Friday: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

13 Mar DreamIt

With so much information on the Internet about Disney, I have decided to debut another new series (the second one this week!): Fact Check Friday

Today’s fact check is about one of the most misattributed Walt Disney quotes:

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

I myself am guilty of attributing this to Uncle Walt. It was from one of my favorite (now extinct) rides at EPCOT Center, Horizons.

Horizons at Epcot, 1998-1999. Photos by Steven Miller.

Horizons at Epcot, 1998-1999. Photos by Steven Miller.

When it comes to Disney history, Disney Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith, is who I trust for accurate information.

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The following Q&A originally appeared on the February 27 – March 12, 2013 “Ask Dave” column of the D23’s Walt Disney Archives:

Q: I heard that Walt Disney did not, in fact, ever say the famous quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Is that true? If so, who did say it?
Krystina, Avondale, Arizona

A: He never said this quote. If you check my book, Disney Trivia from the Vault, you can find the true story: “Despite its frequent publication, that is not a Walt Disney quote. We checked with Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald for the definitive answer: ‘I am very familiar with that line because I wrote it! It was written specifically for the Horizons attraction at Epcot and used in numerous ways, from dialogue in the ride to graphics. I find it amusing that the Science of Imagineering DVD series attributes it to Walt Disney, but I guess I should be flattered.'”

So, the next time you see “If you can dream it, you can do it,” remember Tom Fitzgerald. If you share the quote, be sure to credit him.

Stay tuned for another Fact Check Friday soon!

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