Fun facts about Monorail Red

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The original Walt Disney World Monorail Red went into service in 1971 and was decommissioned after more than 20 years of service. The nose end of it was auctioned off as part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration in honor of Walt Disney’s 100th birthday. This successor was captured passing the Imagination Institute in EPCOT in early March 2010.

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A Sanibel osprey vogues for me

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IMG_3854-Sanibel-Lighthouse-Beach-OspreyThere’s an osprey nest atop a tall pole at the Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach. Nearby are the branches of a dead tree which make for a convenient perch for this young osprey. He waits impatiently for a parent to come back with some dinner. While he waits, he whines, much like his human counterparts. Only, he whines on a single note, rapidly and repeatedly. “Where! Is! My! Food! I! Want! To! Eat! Where! Is! My! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! MOM!” If you want to hear what the osprey sounds like, then CLICK HERE for a *.wav file I found (it opened Quicktime in the browser for me). OK, now picture being subjected to that for even two minutes straight while you are trying to shell serenely. Do you not want to run away screaming yourself? 😉

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Since he’d given me his profile in the previous shot, he decided to turn the other way and give me the other side, too. Not sure which I’d classify as his “good side”, but he does seem to be sporting quite the stylin’ cowlick in this one. This is one hawt seahawk! 😉


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And finally we get his very best, “What are YOU lookin’ at?” pose – as though he totally isn’t digging all the attention! I think the only way he’d like it more is if I had a dead fish in my hands instead of a camera!

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Tink’s *~*~* Links: The one thing that might get me to go to WDW in the summer is…

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05152010653-WDW-MK-pearly-gatesI’ve seen Disney’s Main Street Electrical parade only twice – well, one and a half times actually. The half-a-time was in August 2001 when I visited Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim. I forget why, but my friend and I were in a hurry to get out of the park. We saw half the parade while trapped behind the inevitable ropes that prevent Guests from being trampled upon by the parade. Once the barricade was removed, we were outta there.

The second time was in February 2003 at Disneyland Paris. I climbed up to the train station at the head of Main Street to view it. I remember it was bitterly cold and I played a jumping-around game that I’d made up on the spot with some little kid I met up there, to keep warm. The little kid did not speak English and I did not speak French. But we both spoke the language of fun and games, so it was all good :) I loved the music from the Main Street Electrical Parade so much, I bought the CD on my way out of the park. The introduction in the disembodied electronic robot voice is in French!

Anyhow, after last year’s June visit to Walt Disney World, I privately vowed “Never again!” in the summer. May is tough enough, but June was a terror. The heat! The crowds! The bad behavior, obnoxious attitudes and meltdowns! And that was just the adults!

However, the Main Street Electrical Parade is only around through the summer and then it’s gone again. 2003 was a long, long time ago. I kinda wanna see it again.

My AP is good through the middle of January 2011, and it’s only a three hour drive….


I dunno – should I go?


Summer Nightastic! preview: Disney passholders can see Electrical Parade, fireworks early | TheDailyDisney.com from OrlandoSentinel.com.

This is what paradise means



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The moon hangs huge and orange over the Gulf.

I can hear racoons callinng to one another in the gathering dusk.

I damned near stepped on a SCORPION on my way back to tjhe car. OK not so much paradise but into every Eden a little evil must fall, to show you how good you’ve got it.

I found a reeeeeDONKulous (Nieceling word) number of mac and cheese shells after transplanting myself to Algiers.

Life is good :)

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May 2010 trip to Walt Disney World – mobile blogging roundup!

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10-06-07_1242-WDW-Pearly-Gates-2During my last trip to Walt Disney World (May 2010), I shared photos and comments on Twitter (via TwitPic), on Facebook and on this blog. Unique content was sent to each of these places. Here are some handy links to access that content

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IMG_3913-Universal-Studios-globe:) Check it out – Universal Studios has gone and put a castle in their new Singapore theme park. Gee, wonder where they got THAT idea? 😉 Although it appears to be nothing more than a facade for the Shrek attractions, it’s still a very nice facade.  It has lots more turrets than any of those OTHER theme park castles 😆 Clink the link to the blog article below to get a look at it.

Out of the Loop: A look at the new Universal Studios Singapore | Orlando Attractions Magazine Blog.

If your interest is piqued about Universal in Singapore, then you need to check out the blog of a fellow member of the WDB, Gregory aka Bigbearsg

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He’s also got a dedicated photo set on Flickr for Universal Singapore – including construction photos from 2008!

Greg’s Universal Singapore photos

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Lost scenes from the Jungle Cruise

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:) Look, it’s a hippo! He’s either hungry, or else bored….

Sometimes when I’m out and about and taking photos with the camera phone, I’m too busy photographing to mobile blog. I know that sounds strange but consider: can you send email and take pictures with your phone at the same exact time? I can’t. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a camera phone that CAN do that. So if I start emailing, which can take 30-60 seconds depending on the size of the shot, I cannot keep on taking pictures while that’s going on, and sometimes miss a good shot. Therefore, I will sometimes just keep on taking pics and then forget to scroll back and start sending!

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That’s what happened with some shots I took on the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom last week. I just kept snapping and snapping and then when we got off the boat it was off to another adventure and I never sent them. I love the animatronics on the Jungle Cruise -they still look great and some of them are very realistic. I think Disney especially did the hippo and the littler elephants really well.

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This isn’t an animatronic anything. It’s part of the stone ruins that you pass before entering the temple. I call her “the goddess”. I’m not even sure why I think this is a “her” – just a hunch, I guess. She’s one of my favorite things in the Magic Kingdom :)

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Design your own thrill ride!

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Nieceling and I designed our own thrill ride at EPCOT. The attraction, which is located in Innoventions, is called "Sum Of All Thrills". Presented by Raytheon, it’s designed to get kids interested in the physics and math behind the building of a thrill ride.

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Our thrill ride is a roller coaster with features like corkscrews and half-pipes. We call it “The Electric Star”

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You have four minutes to design your ride, and our little buddy Crash the test dummy helps you by trying out your stunts to see if they are viable. Crash is pictured here on a plastic electronic swipe card that stores your thrill ride after you have finished designing it. You then take the card to another section where you are strapped into a capsule on a crane and your program runs, turning you upside down, sideways and all around. Fun stuff!

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A whimsical watery wonder

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I was sitting on a bench in the Canada section of EPCOT’s World Showcase. A Disney Cast Member came along, sweeping up. Suddenly, he was not using the broom to sweep up garbage any more. He was dunking the broom in a pail of water and using it to draw a Mickey head on the pavement !

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Scenes from Saturday – for my friend Alicia

We did a few things in stroller hell – y’all know it as Fantasyland – before making our way out of the park for dinner. Caught the parade on the way out and saw Baloo!

oK that’s all for now – gonna hit the shower now and meet the family. I think today is an MGM oops I mean Hollywood Studios day. See ya real soon!

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Scenes from Saturday – what a scream!

After Splash, we stopped in the shade to have some ice cream – Nieceling opted for Mickey head sammich while I chose a Mickey On A Steeeeek 😉
Then we headed to the Haunted Mansion where we witnessed a belligerent Guest being approached by Security… We hastened inside and didn’t stick around for any of THOSE kind of fireworks!
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LIVE mobile blogging from Walt Disney World starts Sat. May 15th

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LIVE from Walt Disney World – mobile blogging on Saturday May 15th, Sunday May 16th and at least the early part of Monday May 17th (I have to go home sometime *sigh*).

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After dark, the dirty work at Disneyland begins

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I never knew that Disney actually encourages the “wild” feral cat population that lives at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Apparently, these cats serve a very special purpose… you’ll have to read the article to find out!

Long but worth it, this article touches upon one of the first things I learned about the making of Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

[pullquote]“When I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, ‘But why do you want to build an amusement park? They’re so dirty.’ I told her that was just the point; mine wouldn’t be”. – Walt Disney[/pullquote]

I’d read a while back that Walt had taken his girls to an amusement park one day and it occurred to him that it could be cleaner, more child-friendly and more adult-friendly too. It could be a place that would appeal to everyone in the family, a place cut off from the real world, where guests could literally step into the story and really be there and interact with the characters. Walt decided that since the place he was thinking of didn’t exist, he would make it happen himself. “If you can dream it, you can do it,” he’s quoted as saying. “Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”


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How I Stay At Disney World for FREE

Glorious morning, Walt Disney World Dolphin
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– a Starwood Resort
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in background)

Every so often, a reader sends an inquiry asking how I can manage to go to Walt Disney World so frequently. “What do you do for a living?” they demand. “You must be rich!”. Well, no – but a girl can dream, so hold that happy thought 😀

Seriously – first of all, I live in Southwest Florida, three hours away from Walt Disney World by car. Three hours worth of gasoline, even in these challenging times, is a whole lot cheaper than airfare! But I think the thing that saves me the most money is that I haven’t actually paid to stay in a hotel at Disney World in a very long time. I use Starwood rewards points and stay for free. The only thing I pay for under the rewards program is hotel taxes and fees (and if I valet my car, I pay for that too). So, the last time I stayed at the Walt Disney World Swan, which is a 4-star hotel, I paid something ridiculous like $90 for three nights. No, not $90 per night – $90 for the whole THREE nights in a FOUR-STAR HOTEL. See? I told you it was ridiculous!

The credit card that gives me this rewards program is the Starwood American Express. I basically use it to pay for all of my expenses – cable bill, phone bill, gasoline, groceries – you name it, I pay it with Amex (believe me, if I could pay my mortgage with it, I would!). I pay off the card in full at the end of each month, so I never pay them any interest charges. I get one point for every dollar I put through the card. The year I moved down to Florida from New York, I racked up some serious points – you know how it goes with moving expenses. 10,000 points will get me a free night at the Swan or the Dolphin. About 3,700 points will get me a free night at the Sheraton Safari right outside Downtown Disney, or else at the Sheraton Suites in Tampa, just up the road from Busch Gardens, or else at the Sheraton Yankee Trader on the beach in Fort Lauderdale… well, you get the idea.

I just got a notice in the mail that says “Introduce your friends to the card…” – it says if I “invite a friend” and the friend is approved for the card, the friend (that’s YOU) will get a sign-on bonus of 10,000 points (hey, a free night at the Swolphin!) and I will get a 5,000 point bonus. The notice also says that the the first year’s American Express membership fee will be waived (My own current fee is $45 annually).

If you want me to “invite” you to apply for this card, you can use this secure form I’ve created (see CLICK HERE, below) for you to use to send me your email address. I promise not to sell it or to spam you – the only purpose is for Amex to be able to email your invitation to apply for the card. Good luck with the application – I hope you’re able to get the bonus points and enjoy the Starwood program as much as I’ve been enjoying it!

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Life-changing Lessons from Walt Disney

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We’re on a roll with “Walt wisdom” this week. This article comes from an unusual source as it is not a Disney-dedicated site or publication. Walt Disney’s business acumen really boils down to a set of values and a unique approach to work. You might say Walt is the anti-Puritan when it comes to work. He never would have ended up in a “survival career” – he insisted on doing what he loved to do and getting paid for it. Good for you, Walt! This article is full of some of the better Walt quotes.

I recently found some of these very Walt Disney quotes decorating the temporary walls that had been erected around some construction at EPCOT and the Magic Kingdom. These signs were a delightfully welcome change from the typical “We’re Building The Future EPCOT for your enjoyment” (I saw just one of those). I took pictures of these inspirational messages while I was in the World in April. To accompany this article, I’ve made them into a little presentation using Flickr. Enjoy!

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Shady glade on the rose walk

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:) EPCOT’s rose walk has the only bench that I know of in any of the Disney theme parks that has a market umbrella installed next to it. The umbrella is a testament to the fact that it’s a rare thing to find a shady spot along rose walk. There are two places where trees throw shade JUST off the walkway. Even if you can’t sit in that shade, it still brings a smidgen of relief just to look at it on a hot day.

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A Downtown Disney mystery

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IMG_3390-WDW-DTD-sign-Marketplace-Team-Mickey😯 I don’t know how to tell you this, so I’m just going to spit it out – the Stepford-stewardess-zombie dolls are GONE!

Intrepid readers may recall that I discovered these oddities during my March weekend in Walt Disney World while browsing the Tren-D boutique in Downtown Disney. If you missed it or don’t remember, you can click here to read about it – go ahead, we’ll wait…. oh good you’re back. Surely you can see that the “Stepford Stewardesses” are a little strange. Each doll is clad in identical dresses with identical accessories and identical stares… I suspected then that there was something a little creepy about them, and apparently I was right!

IMG_3391-WDW-DTD-TrenD-Mickey-splatter-paintingLook – they’re GONE! It’s like they just marched away. No trace of them whatsoever. Where did they go? What is their mission? Who is controlling them and their vacant little staring eyes? And where did all these over-sized chess pieces come from?

I began to roam the store in search of them. Surely they could not have wandered far! Disney does not allow their theming to just get up and walk off. Unless… unless the Stepford-stewardess-zombie dolls had actually taken control of the store and all the Cast Members in it!

No sooner did I have this terrifying thought, then the teeny tiny hairs on the back of my neck began to stand on end. I felt uncomfortable, like I was being watched… Slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch, whereupon I came face to face with a site so horrifying, I nearly fled screaming in abject terror. For there, on a shelf in the corner stood…

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Stepford Polka Dot dolls


(queue scary music )

Have they read my mind? Do they know I suspect them of this diabolical plot to take over Downtown Disney by means of Stepford-zombie mind control? Are they hiding under my bed this very minute? Must I be COMPLETELY mad to be posting this?

NEXT WEEK: The Polka Dot dolls reveal all!

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Chez Bro scores big on “Men In Black”

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I just received this photo from the Blackberry of Chez Bro, aka my youngest brother. Apparently, he is at Universal Studios today, and this is his score on “Men In Black”. I guess it must be a pretty good score, else he would not risk me blogging it for all the free world to see 😉 He’s been known to share a few pics until I get there, which is not until a week from tomorrow – will share them here if they are any good (there was a reason I gave up my Crackberry for a Nokia phone….). Stay tuned!


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Shrine by a quiet stream in Anandapur

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A shrine made of stone sits by a quiet stream at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Anandapur is the name of the fictional village. In the real world, outside the 42 square miles upon which Disney built his Florida empire, there are two places called Anandapur. One of them is in India, and the other is in Bangladesh.

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Sea shells at the Boardwalk Inn

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I was taking photographs in and around Disney’s Boardwalk Inn when my camera ran out of juice. Fortunately, I had a set of fresh batteries with me, and scouted a place to sit down and swap them out. I found this chair and side table in the lobby of the Boardwalk.

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I knew right away that after the batteries were changed, the first picture I would snap would be of the table. It was decorated with images of my OTHER, non-Disney passion – sea shells! Not so surprising – the whole Boardwalk at Walt Disney World has a seaside resort and amusement theme. Sea shells fit right in.

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The reason I moved to the Lee Island Coast in particular was to be close to Sanibel Island, where many such shells can be found. The two smaller ones pictured on the table appear to be keyhole limpets. The larger one is a true tulip. It’s always a treat to find a true tulip – they are so bright and colorful, and they come in an array of patterns.

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I found a literal bonanza of true tulips on Sanibel Island the first year I lived here in Southwest Florida. Sometime in June of that year, Tropical Storm Alberto blew through. A tropical storm is not as severe as a hurricane, but it’s just enough to push a bunch of treasure up onto the shores of Sanibel. At the top of this photo, you can see the tops of two pear whelks. Below that, three banded tulips. And in the last row – an assortment of true tulips in various patterns and sizes. The largest one measures 5.25 inches from end to end – about as long as a pen.

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April trip to Walt Disney World – mobile blogging roundup!

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10-06-07_1242-WDW-Pearly-Gates-2During my last two trips to Walt Disney World (March and April), I’ve tried to focus on posting unique content to three different places. I’ve sent photos and comments to this blog, to TwitPic (it gets tweeted on Twitter) and also to Facebook (fan page for the blog). I’ve gone through and tagged the blog posts and the TwitPic posts in order to bring them up with ease; Facebook, we’ll all just have to wing it because tagging beyond identifying people does not exist there.

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The Mobile Blogging Roundup for Walt Disney World, April 2010

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