Dole Whip History

Ahhh that fresh feeling you get as you sit in Adventureland enjoying your favorite frozen snack, the Dole Whip…. as I sit next to you eating my citrus swirl. The Disney Company entered into a partnership with the Dole Company around 1976. So despite what some think, the Dole Whip was not at the opening […]

Disney’s Barker Parrots

Disney weenies draw you deep into the park.   The castle pulled you down Main St USA and as you turned to the left and started into Adventureland you would see the tall Tiki structure in the distance pulling you deeper and deeper into the jungle.   Past the Swiss Family Treehouse and the backside of […]

Disney World Bus Transportation History

As you step out of the Magic Kingdom and look at the 30 or so bus stops and the non-stop bus traffic, it’s hard to imagine a time when buses were simply marked by a colored flag.   This colored flag was all you needed to know about the bus route.    I  remember watching for the […]

History of Pete’s Dragon

A dragon, A dragon, I swear I saw a dragon…… One of my all-time favorite Disney movies is Pete’s Dragon.  When I was a young boy I often pretended to have my own Elliott, yes he was the reason I was always getting into trouble. Pete’s Dragon, released in 1977 was the first Disney film […]

Sorcerer’s Hat History

The Sorcerer’s Hat, are you a lover or a hater?   Disney recently announced the removal of the hat from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.    The Sorcerer’s Hat will be removed in early 2015.   I’ve seen many posts and articles about this topic and you can definitely see the divide of those that visited the park before it […]

History of Maelstrom

We continue our tribute to Maelstrom this week as it sets sail this weekend.   Let’s go back to when the ride was first being imagineered, what was this attraction going to be called? You are not the first to pass this way, nor shall you be the last. Those who seek the spirit of Norway […]

Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes – Disney World

Let’s head back to opening day at Walt Disney World, you walk in, get your ride ticket booklet, and head to Frontierland.   In Frontierland you find three attractions, one these is the not much of an attraction, the Frontierland Train Station.   The other two are the Country Bear Jamboree and Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes. One […]

D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration

This past weekend in Atlanta, D23 hosted the Disney Fanniversary Celebration at the High Museum of Art.   This event travels the country celebrating the Disney Anniversaries that are occurring throughout the year.   D23 describes the Fanniversary as: “commemorating dozens of unforgettable Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries in 2014!”   During the celebration you get to see […]

Remembering the Adventureland Veranda

As you cross the bridge into Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, you will notice a large building on the right hand side with many different facades. This was the former home of the Adventureland Veranda, a counter service dining restaurant. The building definitely looks tropical and the menu was a mix of Polynesian entries, hot […]

Tony’s Town Square History

On one of our recent trips we enjoyed a meal at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and while looking at some old Magic Kingdom maps I noticed that this was not called Tony’s in the 80’s.   Here is a bit of history on what the Tony’s location used to be. The original plans for the Magic Kingdom […]