Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The TTA!

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Monica, ML, and Sophie relax on the TTA!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post, the weekly series where I team up with my friends Heidi from Heidi’s Head, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to share with you a bit of Disney trivia!  I apologize for the delay in getting this post out, I have been having some issues with the network or computer (I’m not sure which) — but everything seems to be okay now!

This week I’ve got a trivia question of my own making based off of something my daughter Sophie said to us about the TTA — the Tomorrowland Transit Authority!  This is likely a very easy trivia question, but let’s see — read it and please leave your answer in the comments below!

The TTA Trivia Question!

Where can you find the Hidden Mickey on the TTA?
a) On the belt of the lady getting her hair curled.
b) In the model of what Epcot was originally going to look like.
c) Somewhere in the Buzz Lightyear scene.
d) There is no Hidden Mickey.

So what do you think?  Do you know the answer to our trivia question?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for playing along with us!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries by clicking on the links below, and thanks for stopping by!  Remember to go out and make every day a Disney Day!

Doc Hudson

Keith Partridge Buys Pixar’s Doc Hudson

With Disney buying so many franchises lately, I was surprised to find someone who could actually buy a little piece of the Mouse! But as I was watching another Season One episode of The Partridge Family (ep. 21 – A Partridge Up a Pear Tree) the first scene showed Keith cleaning up his ‘new’ car. The plot involves how broke he becomes trying to keep it on the road.

And I noticed right away that it was a fabulous Hudson Hornet from the 50’s! Sound familiar?

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It’s Doc Hudson! I’m thinking this was after his big crash but before he got fully restored and found a new life in Radiator Springs. Obviously, between those times, he ended up in the loving hands of Keith Partridge (above).

Here’s a pic showing Doc all fixed up:

Toy Cars Doc Hudson +

This is a die-cast model of Doc without his racing stickers, as we would see him in Radiator Springs. And next is a pic I took recently at the Art of Animation Resort in WDW, Florida:

Doc at AoA Resort

Looking good! As you compare the real Hudson Hornet to the Pixarified version, you’ll notice a little artistic licence was taken with the side trim and ol’ Doc was supposed to have a radio antennae sticking out of his forehead between his split windshield. But over all, our Pixar pals did an amazing job of staying true to the original car design.

Now all silliness aside, how many of you have actually seen a real Hudson Hornet? Well, if not, here is a little history on the car, and where you can see it today (from Wikipedia):

Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in stock car racing. The Hornet “dominated stock car racing in the early-1950s, when stock car racers actually raced stock cars.”

During 1952, Marshall Teague finished the 1952 AAA season with a 1000-point lead over his closest rival, winning 12 of the 13 scheduled events. Hornets driven by NASCAR aces Herb Thomas, Dick Rathmann, Al Kellar, Frank Mundyand, and Tim Flock won 27 NASCAR races driving for the Hudson team.

In the AAA racing circuit, Teague drove a stock Hornet that he called the Fabulous Hudson Hornet to 14 wins during the season. This brought the Hornet’s season record to 40 wins in 48 events, a winning percentage of 83%.

Overall, Hudson won 27 of the 34 NASCAR Grand National races in 1952, followed by 22 wins of 37 in 1953, and capturing 17 of the 37 races in 1954 — “an incredible accomplishment, especially from a car that had some legitimate luxury credentials.”

The original Fabulous Hudson Hornet can be found today fully restored in Ypsilanti, Michigan at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, a facility that was formerly home to Miller Motors, the last Hudson dealership in the world.

And I’ll conclude this post with a picture of what one of the Fabulous Hudson Hornets looked like, this one driven by Herb Thomas:

Fabulous Hudson Hornet

{Editor’s Note: Lee keeps turning out some great Disney information from old television shows!  Who would have thought that Doc Hudson would appear in the Partridge Family? Have you ever seen some Disney characters or things appear in your favorite shows?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!}

Valentine's Day

Disney Valentine’s Day Suggestions!

Valentine's Day

Mickey & Minnie enjoying a ride on Dumbo — one thing we can do with our loved ones on Valentine’s Day!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Riding the Rails post!  This series is hosted at the Magical Blogorail website, and I thank them for having this great series of posts.  This week we are talking about some things we can do around Valentine’s Day, so perhaps these posts will help you get some ideas on what you want to do with your special someone at Disney!  For starters, perhaps you will take a ride on Dumbo with your special someone, like Mickey & Minnie did back in 2010 in this photo!

Valentine's Day

Perhaps you want to take your loved one to World Showcase instead?

Another option you might want to consider is taking your loved one over to Epcot and stroll around the World Showcase.  Perhaps grab a drink, or a bite to eat, maybe take in a showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, and stroll leisurely around the world as you explore some of the things you don’t often see at Epcot!

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Of course, if this is a special someone, you might do this…

Back at the Magic Kingdom, perhaps this is the time you consider doing this with your loved one, as happened to my niece in 2012!  She was not expecting it, and everyone started crying when Shane proposed.  It was a great moment in my life that I’ll remember forever.

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You know, Valentine’s Day is sometimes a day for Dad’s and Daughters, or Mom’s and Sons.

Perhaps you are visiting the parks with your daughter, or perhaps your wife and you want to do something special for your daughter.  Well, why not treat her to a dance on the Biergarten dance floor.  This is a memory that I cherish, and I think Sophie does too — and I know that Cindy does!  Thank you Cindy for taking this picture.

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Perhaps, though, you want a romantic getaway at the Grand Californian Hotel…

To this day, I think this is one of the funniest pictures I have ever seen in my resort room.  When we checked in, our room wasn’t ready, but they went through the check-in process with us, and even spoke with Sophie.  When we walked in and saw this decor on the bed, Cindy and I first thought we were in the room for a newlywed couple, but it really was our room!  We have no idea why they did that, but Sophie thought it was a hoot, and loved collecting all the rose pedals!

So there you have it, my friends.  Some suggestions on some things to do at Disney for Valentine’s Day.  Thank you for stopping by, now please take a moment and check out the rest of the entries!  Just click on the image below, and thanks!  Remember everyone to go out and make it a Disney Day!