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Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy 88th Birthday to Mickey & Minnie!

Happy Birthday Mickey & Minnie! Today, 88 years ago, Mickey & Minnie made their “acknowledged” debut in Steamboat Willie! I say acknowledged because they were actually in Plane Crazy prior, but Steamboat Willie was the first one that they had voices! To celebrate all that they mean to Disney Fans across the world, here are some of my favorite pictures with Mickey & Minnie and our family. Enjoy!

The first picture was when Cindy and I saw Mickey & Minnie riding Dumbo with two very special Guests! Here’s another picture from that evening:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

 

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

The next picture was taken at Chef Mickey’s:

Happy Birthday Mickey

Happy Birthday Mickey

Our last picture comes to us from Disneyland. Here we are at the Big Thunder Ranch, just checking it out, when all of a sudden, these two came and we had our picture taken! There was practically no line!

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Sophie, Cindy and I with Mickey & Minnie!

To finish us off, here are the videos where our famous Mouse friends got their start! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy! Do you have a favorite memory or picture of Mickey, Minnie, or both of them that you would like to share? If so, share it on our Facebook page or leave us a comment here! We’d love to see and hear about it!

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Tomorrowland

Magical Blogorail: Tackling Tomorrowland at Night!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a tour of the lands at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park.


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Seen from Bay Lake Tower, Space Mountain in the foreground, with Cinderella Castle in the distant.

Tomorrowland, that land in the Magic Kingdom, home to some incredible attractions:

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Astro Orbiter

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Astro Orbiter

and many others!  But for this post, I’m focusing on perhaps the greatest part of this land — experiencing it at night!

For me, outside of Main Street, U.S.A., I think that Tomorrowland has the best setup possible to really capture what the Magic Kingdom is like at night.  With the futuristic theming, incredibly brilliant colors for such rides as Astro Orbiter and the neon of some of the attraction signs, Tomorrowland is truly a land that you will want to experience both day and night at the Magic Kingdom.

With that being said, though, what better way to show what I mean than by sharing some great photos? Have a look at these!

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©Disney — Monsters, Inc., Laugh Floor shines brightly in the night in Tomorrowland.

 

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©Disney – The Astro Orbiter is a fixture in Tomorrowland, with it’s ring of planets.

 

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©Disney – Another shot of Astro Orbiter, with Space Mountain in the background.

 

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©Disney – In Tomorrowland, you can also enjoy the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party!

Thank you for joining me today!  Please tell me, what do you think of visiting Tomorrowland at night? For me, it’s a must, I hope it is for you as well!

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Spaceship Earth

Blogorail Orange: Spaceship Earth Architectural Details

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite architectural details at the Disney Parks.


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Spaceship Earth stands proudly over Epcot!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Orange Loop!  Today we are taking a look at some of the incredible architectural details that you can find at Walt Disney World and the rest of the Disney Parks!  For me, I’m focusing on one of my absolute favorite attractions at Epcot (or any Disney Park, for that matter) — Spaceship Earth!

From a technology perspective, Spaceship Earth combines some incredibly cool — I would almost say geeky — stats as well as some technology from yesteryear.  Let’s dive into them just a little bit, shall we?

  • Spaceship Earth is 180 feet tall, and weighs in at about 16 million pounds!
  • The skin of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles!
  • Did you know that the water from rain that lands on Spaceship Earth never falls to the pavement below? There is a special system in place that takes the water and drains it into World Showcase Lagoon!
  • Spaceship Earth has a diameter of 165 feet, a circumference of 518.1 feet, and a volume of 2.35 million cubic feet!
  • As part of the attraction, though, did you know that Spaceship Earth incorporates an old 1A2 key system phone into one of it’s props?  Now that’s old school!
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The scenes inside the attraction are my favorites!

For me, though, more than the numbers, more than the technology, more than the incredible photo opportunities, what I really like about Spaceship Earth is the attraction, the ride itself.  Somehow, knowing that you are climbing into the belly of the “big golf ball” and heading all the way to the top is just really cool to me.  Reliving all of the exploration of how communication has adapted over time is really neat, and the sites, smells, sounds of it all just bring you there as if you are experiencing it firsthand.  That’s why I like Spaceship Earth so much.  Man, I miss this attraction!

I hope you have enjoyed our look at Spaceship Earth!  Tell me, what do you think of this attraction?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Now go check out the rest of the loop — we’ve got some great posts for you to read!

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Walt Disney World Tours

Walt Disney World Tours

Walt Disney World Tours

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Walt Disney World Tours

By Mike Ellis.

Walt Disney World is more than just theme parks, more than just golfing, more than just water parks, more than just hotels.  Walt Disney World is all of that, of course, and certainly that is what 99% of us come to Disney to experience, but for those of you that are looking for more than just attractions, this post may be just what you are looking for.

Walt Disney World tours are special event packages that immerse you into the behind the scenes type experiences that a typical Guest doesn’t experience.  Many of the tours that Walt Disney World offers are for adults only, or for Guests that are over a certain age.  In this post, I’m going to give an overview to these tours, and will write in more depth on many of the more popular ones in the future.

  • Backstage Magic
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Must be age 16 or older and have photo ID.
    • 7 hour tour!
  • Backstage Tales
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Must be age 12 or older.  Anyone age 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
    • There may be an opportunity for an animal interaction, but it is not guaranteed.
  • Behind the Seeds
    • 1 hour walking tour
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Any age may take part.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Night Safari
    • 1 hour long nighttime “Safari”
    • Exclusive to Guests staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, or DVC resorts Jambo House or Kidani Village
    • Call 407-938-4755 for reservations.
  • Disney’s Dolphins in Depth
    • This intimate encounter with the Dolphins from The Seas with Nemo and Friends is limited to 8 guests per day.
    • Guests must be at least 13 years of age.  Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Disney’s Family Magic Tour
    • 2 hour walking scavenger hunt best suited for Guests aged 4-10.
    • Guests under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour
    • 5 hour walking tour of the Magic Kingdom, with access to many backstage areas.
    • Guests must be ages 16 or older and have a photo ID.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
    • 3 hour walking tour begins promptly at 7:30AM
    • Guests must be ages 10 or older and have a photo ID.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Epcot DiveQuest
    • All Guests must be SCUBA certified, and be age 10 and up.  Guests ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult, and all participants must bring proof of certification.
    • Friends and family can view your dive from the upstairs Viewport in The Seas Pavilion — approximately 1 hour after the tour begins.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Epcot Seas Aqua Tour
    • 2 1/2 hour tour, featuring approximately 30 minutes of snorkeling time.
    • Guests must be 8 years of age or older.  Guests under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • The UnDISCOVERed Future World
    • 4 hour walking tour
    • For Guests ages 16 and older — must show valid photo ID.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • VIP Tour Services
    • VIP Tour Guides help plan your day for your party — up to 10 Guests per group (more than 10 requires additional Tour Guides)
    • Many different options are available, all at a price.
    • Call 407-560-4033 for reservations
  • Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour
    • 3 hour walking tour located in the Magic Kingdom
    • More suited for adults, but Guests as young as 12 may attend.  Guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure
    • 2 hour outdoor tour of Fort Wilderness Resort (and beyond) on a Segway X2.
    • Includes 30 minutes training time beforehand.  Guests must be ages 16 and older, have a valid photo ID, and sign a waiver.
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered
    • 5 hour walking tour of the World Showcase Countries
    • Includes lunch at Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations.  Billed for Teens and Adults, but doesn’t list age requirements specifically.
  • Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy
    • Seasonal in November and December
    • Call 407-WDW-TOUR for reservations
    • Must be age 16 or older and have photo ID.

This is just part of the information on these special tours.  I’ll link the tour to the post I write about it that has more details.  Thanks for stopping by, and go out and make it a great Disney day!

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As a Travel Agent with Pixie Vacations, I am able to help you plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other Disney travel destinations!  In addition, part of my concierge service to you — which I provide at no charge to those that book through me — is to help you make dining reservations, plan what parks are busiest on this day or that day, help you with your FastPass+ selections, and if you wish to try one of these tours, I can help by making the reservations for you for this as well!  If you would like me to work with you on some baseline pricing, give me a call to 919-606-6725, shoot me an email to Mike@PixieVacations.com, or click on the link to submit an online quote request!

Thank you for stopping by, and as I said, look for additional information on these tours in the days and weeks to come!

 

Haunted

Mike’s Favorites: The Haunted Mansion

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The Haunted Mansion is one of Mike’s Favorites!

Mike’s Favorites: The Haunted Mansion

By Mike Ellis.

Over at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square land is an attraction that everyone knows about, but is one that in geography is kind of isolated away from the rest of the park.  That attraction is the Haunted Mansion, and it is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World.

This opening day attraction premiered on October 1, 1971; it was an E-Ticket attraction then, and continues to be one to this day, even though the attraction ticket structure has changed over the years.  The slow moving ride buggy, also known as the Doom Buggy, is a continuous move system, but like any such system, it does have occasion where it needs to be stopped, usually to accommodate Guests that need assistance getting on or off of the attraction.

Most of you know the backstory — the Haunted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts, but there is always room for one more!  Will that be you? Only time will tell!  Since this attraction takes place in Liberty Square, the features of the building are such that they are more appropriate to a northeastern style building; by contrast, the original version at Disneyland is located in New Orleans Square, and the building is fantastically themed to look like a house you would find in New Orleans.  Another difference between the two attractions is that at Disneyland, when you are in the “Stretching Room”, the room actually descends in elevation so as to be able to accommodate the Disneyland Railroad tracks; however, at the Magic Kingdom version, you stay on the same level, and actually, it is the ceiling that is raised to give the illusion of the stretching of the room.

To wrap up our look at the Haunted Mansion, I’ve got a special treat to share with you; blueprints from the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom.  I came across these on the Internet some time back, so if it interests you, please have a look.  I hope you enjoy!

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I hope you have enjoyed this look at one of Mike’s Favorites, The Haunted Mansion!  Tell me, is this a favorite of yours also?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!