What to make of Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World announced that the Magic of Disney Animation and the Animation Courtyard will be closing in July and August respectively.  This adds to the list to recently closed attractions at the park.  It has also led to some people complaining that Disney should start offering discounted admission to what is rapidly becoming a half-day park due to the lack of attractions.

Some people look at the glass half empty.  In this case, I’m looking at the glass has half full.  Closing attractions at Hollywood Studios is just one phase of a much longer end game for Walt Disney World as a whole.   Continue reading What to make of Hollywood Studios

Monthly Roundup

I missed a couple of weekly updates so I’ve put everything from the month of June into one big monthly roundup.

We started the month with our Imagineering hat on and came up with some upgrades to Future World.

June needs a calendar picture so we have one of those too.

There are lots of boat rides at Walt Disney World.  So, we came up with a Top 5 Thursday for boat rides.

We looked to the future with a December 2015 Planning Guide.

We upgraded EPCOT some more with an upgrade to The Liberty Inn.

More pictures with the everyday modes of transportation at Walt Disney World.

Disney announced the details for Frozen Ever After – The Attraction.

The Washington Post wrote a poor written article about Disney no longer affordable for the middle class.  We responded with a very strong rebuttal to the article’s claims.

We investigated if Disney should establish a “Stub-Hub” type system for Disney Vacation Club rentals.

Everybody took a ride on the Magical Blogorail Orange and had a breakfast at Chef Mickey’s.

After Inside Out, we ranked our top five Pixar movies.

The month closed with a trip to Ottawa to see the Women’s World Cup.

I’ve got another month filled with fun and thought-provoking articles.  Tell your friends and family about the goes on here.

Thanks for reading!

USA! USA! USA! A Family Road Trip to Ottawa

Since it’s the summer, I’m on the road for summer vacation more and more.  This is going to be one of those “non-Disney” posts.  This past weekend, my family and I spent the weekend in Ottawa, Ontario supporting our U.S. Women’s Soccer Team as they played China in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup.

One of things that is nice about Ottawa, for my family, is Ottawa is only a five-hour drive from our family’s house in New York.  The game, on Friday, did not start until 7:30 pm so this allowed us to wake up at our usual time before hitting the road for Ottawa.  Also, in the summer, it is a very easy drive as we could stay on highways on the entire time (an important thing when travelling with children).  There are other “faster” to get there but one way involves cutting up near Adirondack State Park and, as a result, does not have many good places to stop.  The other way involves going up to Plattsburgh and across the top of New York State.  Since that way took us through the area where the ongoing manhunt for an escaped prisoner, we decided to staying on the highways.

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Top 5 Pixar Movies

Pixar has released some very successful movie in its brief movie tenure.  There have been “duds” in there too (looking at you, Cars 2).  But, today, we are going to focus on the successful ones.  Pixar is coming off another smash hit with Inside Out.  Where does the movie rank among the all of the Pixar movies?  These are just my unofficial rankings.  Your rankings may differ.  See my rankings after the jump.

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Breakfast with the Big Five at Chef Mickey

Chef Goofy
Chef Goofy

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Orange loop. Today we are sharing some of the best breakfast spots at Disney.


One of my family’s favorite places to eat, at Walt Disney World, is at Chef Mickey’s.  While we usually eat dinner at Chef Mickey’s (in fact all of the pictures are from dinner), some of the reasons that we love the restaurant are also reasons to love the restaurant for breakfast.  Let’s head into the buffet line and take a look at why you think about having a Chef Mickey’s breakfast on your next Walt Disney World vacation.

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