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Hong Kong Disneyland workers train at Disney World

For the 6 weeks that I’ve been in Orlando and frequently visit the Disney themeparks here it has been easy to notice the presense of 500 workers from Hong Kong (CNN is running a story today). They all wear a bright red ribbon beneath their nametags. The ribbon identifies them as being from Hong Kong… Read More »Hong Kong Disneyland workers train at Disney World

Ever Stay at Port Orleans?

Ever stay at the Disney owned Port Orleans hotel while vacationing at Walt Disney World? If so you might be getting a visit from the FBI. Seems like some excellent digital detective work by the Toronto Child Abuse Prevention police identified one crime scene as having occured at the Port Orleans French Quarter. Now US… Read More »Ever Stay at Port Orleans?

Disneyworld Lowers Prices, Complicates Matters.

While some headlines out there are screaming about Disney World’s $5 price increase for a one day ticket, the real story is the unique customization that is available now. With the new a la carte pricing structure they call "Magic Your Way" Disney World has made the extended stay much more affordable. has an easy to follow chart with the new pricing options. Everything goes into effect on Jan. 2, 2005.

The new system isn’t really much more complicated than the old system. It will require more advanced planning on the vacationer’s part. So talking with a travel expert, visiting an online Disney fan site, or becomes more important. It is possible that someone won’t understand the system fully and be suprised by the extra charges for park hopping, non-expiration date, etc. I’m sure Disney is counting on a little of this to pad their profit margin.

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Tales II

By the way, I’m really excited about the magazine. It will be a ‘coffee table’ publication. The kind you want to leave out for your guests to read. The first issue looks wonderful and the second issue is already packed with great stories. Subscription information will be available in mid-December. More details available as soon… Read More »Tales II

Turtle Talk with Crush at EPCOT

A new attraction has just opened at Epcot. Turtle Talk with Crush is part of the continuing Finding Nemo overlay of the Living Seas Pavillion. The new attraction is an interactive show with Crush, the dad turtle from Finding Nemo, where guests are encouraged to ask questions and Crush imparts some of his philosophy of under water life.

For instance, on our visit we learned some of the many uses of the word ‘Dude’ and helped the Crush-Dude identify a human piece of apparel he found littering the beach. We also learned some of the aspects of turtle live such as how many children they can have and to leave any nests of eggs we find alone.

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Stitch’s Kingdom

Stitch, the alien creature from Disney’s animated feature Lilo & Stitch, is swiftly becoming the next big franchise character from Disney. He has a huge fan base. Check out this amazing lego spaceship. It has a great video game – Stitch: Experiment 626. Next up for the fluffy guy is his own attraction at Disney… Read More »Stitch’s Kingdom

Disney’s Vero Beach re-opens

The Vero Beach Disney Vacation club announce it’s open for business (mostly) after repairing damage from Hurricane Frances. “On Monday, September 20, 2004, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will reopen after a brief closure due to the impact of Hurricane Frances, which made landfall near Vero Beach, Florida, earlier this month. While limited repair work continues… Read More »Disney’s Vero Beach re-opens

Gay Days 2004 at Disneyland

This year’s great migration of the happiest people on earth to the happiest place on earth occurs October 1st through the 3rd. Gay Day 2004 is not sponsored by Disneyland, but Disney does make a ton of money off these 25,000 or so special guests and works with the event planners to make sure lots… Read More »Gay Days 2004 at Disneyland