Walt Disney’s Birthday!

Walt-Disney

Today we mark the celebration of the birth of Walt Disney.  This innovative pioneer, who was responsible for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney as we know it, was born on this day in 1901.  Today he would have been 117 years old.  As towering a personality as Walt Disney was in real life, when you think about his life and legacy, it really comes down to a few important things:

  1. Walt Disney loved his family.
  2. To Walt, it wasn’t about the money he was making — it was about connecting with his kids in such a way that they would want to continue to be around him.
  3. In addition, Walt wanted the rest of us — those that weren’t as fortunate, or as creative, or had as much imagination — to still be able to enjoy the time they had with their families.

It was because of all of this — and more — that Disneyland was born in 1955. So many people have Walt Disney to thank for so many happy memories.  This little blog wouldn’t exist if Walt Disney World didn’t exist.  So many memories that I have with my wife, daughter, and rest of my family would not have been created if we hadn’t gone to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  People often say to me, “Why do you keep going back to Walt Disney World year after year after year?”  My answer to them, and to you, is always the same.  I simply say to them, “No matter how often we go to Disney World, we always find something new to experience there.  More importantly, though, we always have some special moment that happens that lodges itself in our memory banks, and causes us to remember the memories we have had in prior trips.” My friends, I think that Walt Disney would like nothing better than to hear your reasons why you love Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other Disney parks as much as you do.  Please take a moment, leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page, or send us a tweet, and tell us why Walt Disney — and all of his parks —  is so special to you!  Thank you, and make sure you make it a Disney Day!

Festival of the Lion King

11 Days: Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

The Festival of the Lion King is back, and it’s our choice for #Day11 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

It’s back!  After a closure of many months to move it from it’s old location to a new location because of Avatarland, the Festival of the Lion King is back!  It was re-opened on June 1st, according to the Disney Parks Blog, and I for one can not wait to see it again!  When it comes to shows at Walt Disney World, in my opinion there are three big ones — Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical, and Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage.  They are all so good, I really have a hard time deciding which one I like best!

Festival of the Lion King can now be seen in the brand new Harambe Theater, which is located in the Africa section of the park.  While I don’t know yet what, if anything, will be different about the show, I do have fond memories of the old show, so I hope that things are just as good with the new show!  Here are some pictures I had taken previously:

Festival of the Lion King

My wife loves Giraffes, and I think this set piece is great in the Festival of the Lion King!

Festival of the Lion King

The acrobatics at the Festival of the Lion King show were great! Who doesn’t love the Tumble Monkeys?!

Festival of the Lion King

I wonder how much like the original show the new Festival of the Lion King will look like!

Now I’ve got a couple of questions for you.  For starters, do you like the Festival of the Lion King show, or do you skip it?  Second, do you think the show will be much different, or about the same as before?  And third, when do you think you’ll be able to see it next?  Thanks for stopping by, and please leave your comments for me in our comments section!

DINOSAUR

42 Days: DINOSAUR

DINOSAUR

DINOSAUR is our choice for #Day42 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown. Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day42 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at the Animal Kingdom attraction known as DINOSAUR!  This ride is one that I have only ridden once, and it was with Cindy and Sophie.  When we rode it that time, Sophie screamed, I didn’t like it, but Cindy said she would ride it again.

It has been several years since we rode it, and I am considering riding it again, but I just don’t know for sure.  What do you think?  Do you like this ride, or do you skip it?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Remembering Walt Disney

Walt-Disney

 

My friends, today we are remembering Walt Disney on the 47th anniversary of his passing.  Walt was a creative genius who was a father, husband, daddy, brother, uncle, and the mind behind such incredible vacation destinations as Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and all the rest of the Disney parks.

Walt Disney has been gone from this earth for 47 years now, but his legacy lives on.  Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the two most famous of Walt’s parks, have never been more popular than they are now.  Disney movies are at an all time high in my mind, with the latest movie, Frozen, playing to rave reviews and multiple showings.  Saving Mr. Banks, that incredible movie about how the classic film Mary Poppins came about, starts on the 20th.  If Walt were looking down at his legacy right now, I think he would be pleased with what he sees.

Walt Disney was a legend, a man who has left his mark on this world for billions of people to enjoy.  Walt Disney is more than just a company, more than just a brand; the Disney name is more than just a set of theme parks for us to enjoy.  Walt Disney was a man, he was a father, he was a husband, he was a daddy, he was a brother, he was an uncle; and on this day, we remember Walt Disney the man, and give thanks to God for his life, and also remember his family and lift them up on this day.

Tell me, please — what is your favorite Disney memory of any aspect of Walt Disney, whether it be a memory of the person, or of one of the parks, or of a movie, or something else?  Please let me know in the comments, and thank you for stopping by to remember Walt Disney on this day.

Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

Walt-Disney Today we mark the celebration of the birth of Walt Disney.  This innovative pioneer, who was responsible for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney as we know it, was born on this day in 1901.  Today he would have been 112 years old.  As towering a personality as Walt Disney was in real life, when you think about his life and legacy, it really comes down to a few important things:

  1. Walt Disney loved his family.
  2. To Walt, it wasn’t about the money he was making — it was about connecting with his kids in such a way that they would want to continue to be around him.
  3. In addition, Walt wanted the rest of us — those that weren’t as fortunate, or as creative, or had as much imagination — to still be able to enjoy the time they had with their families.

It was because of all of this — and more — that Disneyland was born in 1955. So many people have Walt Disney to thank for so many happy memories.  This little blog wouldn’t exist if Walt Disney World didn’t exist.  So many memories that I have with my wife, daughter, and rest of my family would not have been created if we hadn’t gone to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  People often say to me, “Why do you keep going back to Walt Disney World year after year after year?”  My answer to them, and to you, is always the same.  I simply say to them, “No matter how often we go to Disney World, we always find something new to experience there.  More importantly, though, we always have some special moment that happens that lodges itself in our memory banks, and causes us to remember the memories we have had in prior trips.” My friends, I think that Walt Disney would like nothing better than to hear your reasons why you love Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other Disney parks as much as you do.  Please take a moment, leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page, or send us a tweet, and tell us why Walt Disney World is so special to you!  Thank you, and make sure you make it a Disney Day!