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Disney quietly working on $1 billion-plus โ€œnext generationโ€ technology project

It’s a story after my own, geeky heart. The Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney blog reports the existence of a sooper seekrit high tech initiative to incorporate a great deal more wireless technology across the spectrum of the Walt Disney World experience, including the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) chips. Enshrouded in confidentiality agreements and references to “next generation” technology, there are definitely pluses and minuses to any application of this technology you can think of as it relates to theme park resorts. The minuses give me much food for thought. It boils down to an essential question:
QUESTION: Will Disney’s Guests be OK with the use of technology that enhances their experience, but also tracks their every move, all day long?
Come and leave a comment, let me know what you think.

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Corkscrew-Swamp-MapCorkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Naples Southwest Florida
Date: unknown!
We got rained out last Sunday – and I mean it practically MONSOONED, so we were grateful we’d had the good sense to call it off. Unfortunately, it looks like it might rain again this Sunday too; as of right now, there’s only a 20% chance, but that could change over the next couple of days. And seriously, who wants to be in a SWAMP when it’s pouring? ๐Ÿ˜€ So you can see why I’m not precisely sure when I’ll get to this Southwest Florida attraction – which is run by Audubon, by the way – but I WILL get to it! One of the “ghost orchids” bloomed down there last month, and April is typical for ghost orchid blooms, so I’m hoping to be in the right place at the right time to see it. I know I want to get there before Florida becomes hell-hot. Can’t go the following weekend, because I’ve got another adventure planned for then…

IMG00501-WDW-gates-on-the-roadLe Petite Moose Meet
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dates: Saturday 4/24 – Sunday 4/25
Yes, you are correct – those are the “pearly gates” and I’m going to Disney World! Last month we were there at just the beginning of the Flower and Garden Festival; not everything was assembled yet, and more importantly, the magnolias were not yet in bloom! So I need to get my fix. But the most important thing is that a small (hence “petite”) herd of “mooses” will be converging upon Walt Disney World that weekend. The “mooses” are a clan of Disney-lovin’ folk who met on the internet initially but now all that internet stuff is just filler between play dates at The World. Look for people like @DisneyMoose and @badelves and her family to be tweeting and blogging along with me. I think we’re going to have a blast!

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Big Thunder Trivia

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Here’s an interesting piece of “Walt Trivia” that I found this week, again in the Daily Disney. Apparently, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction reflects more than just one of Walt’s personal fascinations. We all know about his love of trains – how he worked one summer selling newspapers on a railroad, and how he grew up to build the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in his back yard when he lived in California. Well, not only are trains incorporated into the Big Thunder attraction, but the attraction itself was allegedly inspired by the time when Walt Disney had owned a home in the vicinity of Sedona’s red rocks. In fact, there’s a rock whose official name is Capitol Butte, but people now call it Thunder Mountain in honor of the Disney attraction.
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POST SCRIPT: I was googling around for a picture to go with the “Walt Trivia” piece. I searched PicApp for “submarine rock” and much to my surprise, I saw that familiar, three-orb silhouette. I never expected to get this “Hidden Mickey” photo out of “submarine rock”!. I have NO idea who or what that is behind Ringo and George, but I’m grateful because I needed to laugh and laugh and laugh like that ๐Ÿ™‚

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Model trains at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

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There’s a big gingerbread house set up in the lobby of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn during the holiday season, and this train circles ’round the base of it. Each of the cars represents a place on the Boardwalk, like the Atlantic Dance Hall or a restaurant, etc. In the background, you can hear one of those old-timey guys singing “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”, like Bing Crosby or maybe Dean Martin (actually, I think it IS Dean Martin – does anyone else think so?). The poinsettia are red, likewise some of the signage on the train cars (such as The Flying Fish) – and of course, the caboose is red, too!

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When critters attack! Part 2

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IMG_6610-WDW-EPCOT-Germany-blue-train๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a a day just like any other day in the beautiful German alps. A gentle breeze sets the pines a-whispering amongst themselves. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and a single, blue passenger car serenely makes its way along the alpine train tracks, little suspecting what insidious dangers lurk ahead…

IMG_6612What a pretty and quaint train station! OK, so the dead truck isn’t very attractive… but the buildings are a lovely pale yellow and the railroad staff stand ready to attend to the passengers, looking so smart and spiffy in their uniforms… but wait! What’s this I see? OH NO!


IMG_6612_cropIT’S A GIANT LIZARD! This horrible beast has apparently felled one person already (the unfortunate soul lying face-down by the tracks) and now it lies in wait on the roof of the station, ready to pounce upon the unsuspecting villagers as they disembark from the train.




(in case you hadn’t already guessed – just like Part 1, this is also the model train set-up at the German pavilion in EPCOT).

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When critters attack!

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Unsuspecting villagers practice yodeling outside the local pub while a giant bunny prepares to attack the village. RUN, UNSUSPECTING VILLAGERS – RUN!

(it’s really just the toy train village that’s set up outside the German pavilion at EPCOT)

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