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Tomorrowland Speedway – Fastpass to History

Today, I join my friend Kim, who runs the Frontierland Station blog, on her Fastpass to History blog hop.  This blog hop looks back on the history of Disney.  This is one of my favorite blog hops because I like history, in general, and Disney so it’s a marriage of two of my favorite things.

This week, I’m looking back on the history of the Tomorrowland Speedway at Walt Disney World.  Tomorrowland Speedway is one of the few attractions that is still running from when Disney opened in October of 1971.

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Storybook Circus Signs – Wordless Wednesday

It’s time for another Wordless Wednesday blog hop hosted by Deb over at Focused on the Magic.  She has a different theme every week and this week’s theme is Signs.  I’m choosing to focus on the Signs around Storybook Circus and New Fantasyland.  All of these were taken during the soft open of the area in November of 2012.

Storybook Circus #1 Storybook Circus #2 Storybook Circus #3

Entrance to the ride
Entrance to the ride

Thanks for joining me on the journey of signs of Walt Disney World.


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Spaceship Earth Trivia

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia

It’s another Tiggerific Trivia Tuesday hosted by Jodi at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Mike at My Dreams of Disney, and Heidi at Heidi’s Head.  This is one of my favorite blog hops because I get to learn about cool facts about Disney related topics.  I like to keep my Disney topics in the parks.  I took a look at The Haunted Mansion last week.  This week, I’m going to take a monorail ride over to EPCOT and look at the iconic Spaceship Earth.

photo courtesy of wdw info
photo courtesy of wdw info

Lots of the little known facts about Spaceship Earth aren’t little known any more.  However, I found something out about the post-ride area of the attraction that I didn’t know about.  I even had a parent who worked for one of the companies who could have taken advantage of this little known fact and perk.

photo courtesy of
photo courtesy of

There is a VIP Lounge above the post attraction area where employees of Siemens, the attraction sponsor, and the guests can go.  This small lounge is curved (it still is in Spaceship Earth – it’s hard for something for NOT to be curved) and overlooks the park.  Siemens employees have been able to enjoy this perk since Siemens took over the sponsorship of Spaceship Earth since 2005.  Before that, AT&T employees, the previous sponsor, and their guests could use the lounge.  When the attraction was unsponsored, the lounge was used for weddings.

EDIT: A reader, who is an employee at Siemens,  provided me a link to a blog post that he wrote talking about his experiences with this area

Visit to Epcot’s Base21

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Part of Your World – Disney Music Monday

Disney Music Monday #1


Welcome to the inaugural #DisneyMusicMonday Blog Hop.  This co-hosted by me and Mike Ellis from My Dreams of Disney.  If you have a blog and you are a fan of music, then this is the blog hop for you.  Feel free to add your post by clicking the smiling frog at the bottom of the article.

With my inaugural post, I’m going to talk about Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid.  Everyone who is a fan of The Little Mermaid knows that the movie won the Academy Award for Best Score and Best Song from Under the Sea.  One of the other songs from the soundtrack is my favorite….Part of Your World.

It was written Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  Menken wanted a song which told a story like a listener would hear in a Broadway musical.  The song is paced like a slower ballad so the listener can hear the inner-fight that Ariel is having about wanting to join the human world.

It was an overlooked song by the Academy Awards as it was not nominated for Best Song.  Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl were nominated showing the depth of the movie’s soundtrack.  However, it is a song that is not overlooked by me.

Thanks for joining on the #DisneyMusicMonday blog.  I’ll be back, next week, with another quick look into the music of Disney.

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Characters From the Past – Orangebird

In this week’s Fastpass to History, hosted by the Frontierland Station Blog, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite Disney characters from the past.  This character was one of the original characters present at Walt Disney World on opening day but went on a long hiatus a few years later.  I’m talking about the one and only….ORANGEBIRD!

photo courtesy of Disney vinyl mania
photo courtesy of Disney vinyl mania

Orangebird never starred in any Disney movies nor did it appear in any Wonderful World of Disney shows.  Orangebird wasn’t even created by Disney.  It was created by the Florida Citrus Commission who sponsored the Tropical Serenade attraction when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.  The adorable little bird appeared in two TV ads and had one album which was narrated by Anita Bryant who told the character’s story.  Orangebird communicated only through thought bubbles.

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