We Wants The Redhead!

Disney has announced that there will soon be a significant change to the beloved “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction.  Sometime in 2018, the most iconic scene “Auction, Take a Wench for a Bride” will be redesigned to a new one which depicts the Redhead as part of an auction crew where they want you to “surrender yer loot.”

“We wants the redhead” will soon no longer ring out across the river.

Even though Walt said Disneyland would never be complete as long as there is imagination, there are many who are upset with this change as it appears that it is being done for “politically correct” purposes.  The auction scene as it currently stands has been in existence since the attraction’s inception, even surviving the changes that took place in the late ’90’s where some of the scenes depicting pirates chasing women were changed to imply the men are now chasing food.

Some changes have been Continue Reading →

Which Is Better – Enchanted Tiki Room DL or WDW?

Welcome to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room!

This unique attraction was designed to be a restaurant, the original “Enchanted Tiki Room,” at Disneyland is where for more than 50 years Jose, Michael, Pierre and Fritz have been entertaining guests with their familiar “In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room…”

When the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World opened in 1971, it had its own version of the Enchanted Tiki Room (originally called the Tropical Serenade).  The Enchanted Tiki Room in the Magic Continue Reading →

Which Is Better – Pirates of the Caribbean DL or WDW?

“Pirates” at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Since this week marks the 50th anniversary of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, we thought we would pose the question of “which is better,” to see if there is an answer. A favorite attraction among many Disney park guests (us included), Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean has been taking people to an underground world since March 18, 1967, opening just a few months after Walt’s passing.  (It is rumored that Walt’s favorite ride was whichever one he was currently working on – so this could be said to be his last favorite).  With the addition of Walt Disney World, another version of this attraction opened in late 1973 in the Magic Kingdom.

There are fans of each park that insist that their favorite is the best.  So with that, we will try to compare the POTC attractions and see if there really is a better version.

Entry into the attraction:  At Disneyland, most of the queue is Continue Reading →

Cinderella’s Castle

The magic of Cinderella’s Castle goes beyond the size and scope of it as a building or the centerpiece of the Magic Kingdom.  It is also the entrance to Fantasyland, a stage for theater, television and movies, a restaurant, a projection screen, and a place to propose.  It is even a joy to photograph!  There are so many angles that natural lighting changes make every few moments a different picture, and the nighttime events add even more magic.

Cinderella's Castle - Magic Kingdom. 189 feet tall.

Cinderella’s Castle – Magic Kingdom. 189 feet tall.

Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom stands second tallest among the six Disney castles at 189 feet, measured from the bottom of the moat.  Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland is only 77 feet, although it carries the distinction of being the oldest Disney castle.  Hong Kong Disneyland has a carbon copy of Anaheim Disneyland’s original castle, also called Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, but it will be undergoing major remodeling where rumors have that it will be completely different, and scheduled to be finished in 2019.  Paris Disneyland’s castle, coincidentally is also called Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, but it tops out at 167 feet, more than twice the size of its sister edifices.  Cinderella gets another castle in Tokyo Disneyland and it comes in just a foot shorter than its Orlando version.  The newest castle is in the Shanghai Disney Resort and is also the tallest at 197 feet, but it doesn’t belong to any one Disney princess.  This castle is called the Continue Reading →

Which Is Better – Electric Light Parade or Paint The Night?

There are many debates around the internet about which Disney Theme Park Resort is better, Disneyland or Walt Disney World.  The opinions are wide and varied for lots of reasons; and we all have our favorite park – it’s all a matter of perspective.  With that, we thought we would conduct our own completely unscientific survey to hear readers’ thoughts on comparable attractions.  We want to know which electric parade you think is better.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Main Street Electrical Parade

Disney’s Main Street Electrical Light Parade was a Disneyland original that started in 1972, disappeared for a short while and then reappeared at Disney’s California Adventure before it left California for good in 2010.  Walt Disney World has had a couple of runs with the parade and it has been a staple in the Magic Kingdom since 2010.

In 2015, Disneyland brought in a new light parade called Continue Reading →

Dining At Walt Disney World

Through all the crowds, screaming kids, long lines and decision-making and the other things that distract from a magical experience, there is one thing that we definitely look forward to at Walt Disney World:

Fulton's Crab House in Disney Springs

Fulton’s Crab House in Disney Springs

The dining!  The food!  The atmosphere!  We wish that there was a place we could say “don’t go there,” but so far we haven’t found it when it comes to our appetites.

We have had breakfast, lunch or dinner at Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Fulton’s Crab House, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Boma – Flavors of Africa, Ohana, Liberty Tree Tavern, T-Rex, Yak & Yeti, The Crystal Palace, The Garden Grill, Hollywood & Vine, Rainforest Café, and San Angel Inn Restaurante.  And to think, we have only just begun!  So many Continue Reading →

Walt Disney World 2015

Velora, Dan, Debbie & Melvin

Velora, Dan, Debbie & Melvin

In mid-November, we had the incredible opportunity to go back to Florida to spend a couple of days in Walt Disney World.  This was following Melvin’s retirement and the sale of our home in California.  What we thought was going to be a few days to get away and relax (downsizing your life takes an unexpected physical and emotional toil on a person) turned into a celebration of our next phase of life.  Long days and lots of good food with dear friends left us with little time to relax.  But it was all worth it in the end.

We met up with our friends, Dan & Velora who arranged for all of us to stay Continue Reading →