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Hello and welcome to the Dad For Disney Blog. I'm Tim Brooks and I live in upstate NY with my wife of 15 years and our ten-year old daughter. I spent the early part of my career out of college working in sports information at the University of Delaware and then Allentown College. After leaving Allentown College, I did some freelance work and then taught sports management at Lehigh-Carbon Community College and then The College of St. Rose when we moved to upstate NY for my wife’s career. After my wife gave birth to our daughter, I decide to stay home with her and put my career on hold. Now, that she is ten years old, I volunteer at her school while keeping the house in order and writing my WDW planning guide tentatively named "Walt Disney World for Tweens and Teens". Dad For Disney and the Dad For Disney Blog is in no way part of, endorsed or authorized by, or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or its affiliates.

Ranking the EPCOT Festivals

EPCOT has become the “Park of Festivals” over the past couple years.  The only time that a festival is not going on at EPCOT is between Memorial Day to the weekend before Labor Day.  My thinking is it’s the busy summer months and World Showcase could get really crowded with the extra booths and the heavy crowds that come into the parks.  But also over the past few years, I have been able to attend all four of the EPCOT Festivals.  How do I rank them?

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EPCOT Forever Coming October 1, 2019 – History of EPCOT Night-time Show

It’s been a long time since I’ve written on the blog.  But I hope to change that starting today.  Last night, some big news was announced.  Illuminations will be ending its run as EPCOT’s night-time fireworks show on September 30, 2019.  EPCOT Forever will debut the very next night on October 1, 2019.  Illuminations had a long 20-year run as the night-time show in EPCOT.  Illuminations made it’s debut on October 1, 1999 as part of EPCOT’s Millennium Celebration.

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Preparing For The Summer Heat

The summer means two things for visitors coming to Walt Disney World: 1) big crowds because school is out for the summer and 2) heat and humidity that suck the soul out of most people especially the little ones.  How can you prepare for those crowds and that heat?  Dad For Disney is going to give you some tips on how to survive the summer.

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Two Hours, Three Mountains, Seven Dwarfs

While my wife was spending time with her sister and niece at the Bon Voyage Breakfast, my daughter and I headed into the Magic Kingdom for some exciting time in the parks.  We hopped on the monorail for the short ride from The Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom.  I really wish there was a way to make a walkway from The Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom like the walkway from The Contemporary but, alas, the water way where the Electrical Water Pageant floats are stored gets in the way.  Still we were in the park before 8 am.  However, we could not beat the end of the opening stage show and had to walk through the crowds to our first stop, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

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Bon Voyage Breakfast Review

On my family’s most recent trip to Walt Disney World, my wife, her sister and niece dined at The Bon Voyage Breakfast hosted by Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s Boardwalk.  I was off with my daughter climbing the four mountains of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (that’s another blog post for another day).  My wife knew this was a new and unique experience for our family and took great pictures of her experience for use on the blog.

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