Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Where in WDW? Challenge 24

Well here we go again ...

Last week you were asked to locate this ...

Most of you knew that this was at the end of NY Street in Disney's Hollywood Studios ... right near the Book Stop (or whatever they are calling it these days).

This week you are challenged to locate and tell me Where in WDW? this is ...

As always, make your guess in the comments section below and check back next week for the answer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Where in WDW? Challenge 23

Here we go again ... time to tell me Where in WDW?

Last week we went small - with the smallest hidden Mickey in WDW ...

I can now reveal that this little fellow can be seen on a post in Conservation Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The post is in the area where you can sit in a sound booth and listen to the Sounds of the Rainforest. (Thanks to my daughter who was a castmember at Conservation Station at the time she pointed this out to me.)

This week you get what should be an easy challenge ... Where in WDW? is this ...

As always, add your answer to the comments section below and check back next week for the answer and a new challenge.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Magical Memories

This week's Wordless Wednesday's theme is Magical Memories.
Thanks to Deb for hosting this blog hop - why don't you stop by and join in.

After a brief hiatus, I return to present this week's theme of Magical Memories. You have seen my son and my daughter, so this week you get to see one of my wife's magical memories. This was the second year we were in WDW for a combination of Super Soap Weekend and International Food and Wine Festival. Here she is with Wally Kurth who was then on General Hospital.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Where in WDW? Challenge 22

Time to hop aboard the Where in WDW? train again and see how good your knowledge of Walt Disney World really is!

Last week we presented this image for you to identify and locate ...

This particular inscription can be found in Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge in the observation area behind the main lobby.

Did you get that one? How about this? I had to dig into the archives to find it. It is from the days that you could count the "megapixels" your digital camera produced on a single hand, and was small to begin with. In fact, it is the smallest hidden Mickey in Walt Disney World. Can you tell me Where in WDW? it is ...

As always, place your guess in the comments section below and then stop by again next week to see if you were correct.


9/11 and Disney World

Over the past eleven years I have spoken and written a lot about that day in 2001 that my home was attacked. (See the latest here - and follow the links) But I haven't written much about the trip we almost made to Disney World, or the one which we did.

September 11, 2001 actually started for me with a telephone call from Orlando. I had stayed home that morning, not sick but still not feeling 100%. I was asleep when my daughter - at the beginning of her Disney career - woke me with a phone call. (She was off that day.) She asked if the world was coming to an end. Having just woken up, I had no idea what she was talking about. When she said that the World Trade Center was gone, my mind could not grasp it, and all I could think of was a bad science fiction movie where aliens rip the twin towers out of the ground. I turned on the TV and saw a scene that looked just as much like science fiction as my initial thought as I watched one of the towers come down. Looking out of my window in the direction of Manhattan, I saw a black sky. Soon debris started falling here reminiscent of the dreaded nuclear winter. (You do not want to know what that debris consisted of.)

I was happy to know that she was at home and not at work at the Caribbean Beach Resort, where she was working at the time. However, Disney World was closed that day - the second time ever. (The first was a precaution against Hurricane Floyd just a few years earlier while my son was working in WDW.) I was a bit nervous as Disneyland and WDW were listed among the possible top targets. Since the airports and the parks were closed, when she returned to work, many guests were stranded but Disney accommodated them all, allowing those with airline tickets to remain in their rooms at no charge. Characters were dispatched to try to keep them entertained and thus the Character Caravan was born.

We had originally planned to visit WDW in the middle of September, but between scheduling and the holidays we decided that early November would work better, so we found ourselves in Disney World just weeks after the terrorist attacks. The feeling of togetherness was amazing, as if all Americans were related. US flags were appearing on T-shirts, pins, etc. on almost every guest you passed. Patriotic merchandise also was appearing in the gift shops - my favorites were the pins that had Mickey Mouse shaking hands with first responders - firefighters, police, etc.

But by far, the feeling was strongest, as you would imagine - at The American Adventure. A flag from ground zero was on display along with an exhibit on the World Trade Center. You could feel the energy (for lack of a better word) in the lobby that while we were hit and hit hard, we will not fall apart, but come together!

The performance given by The Voices of Liberty was particularly well received, though no mention of the attacks was made ... tributes to our armed services received unusually strong responses from the guests in attendance. (You can see the entire performance here.)

I took the finale of their performance that day and made this tribute to those who lost their lives that day. I have shared it each September 11, so please watch it and share it with others.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Where in WDW? Challenge 21

Here we go again ...

Last week we asked you Where in WDW? this is ...

A number of you guessed correctly that this arcade is next to the ESPN Club on the Boardwalk of the Boardwalk Resort.

This week we ask you to tell us Where in WDW? this is ...

As always, make your guess below in the comments section and then come back next week to check to see if you are correct.